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Breaking: Inspector General Finds Lois Learner’s Emails!

Lois Lerner said she couldn’t provide her emails because her computer crashed and back-up tapes didn’t exist. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of government, knew that this was horseshit. His Majesty then said that there was no corruption at the IRS.

The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how

Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.

Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.

“There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said.

He said they have also discovered the hard drives from the IRS’s email servers, but said because the drives are out of synch it’s not clear whether they will be able to recover anything from them.

“To date we have found 32,744 unique emails that were backed up from Lois Lerner’s email box. We are in the process of comparing these emails to what the IRS has already produced to Congress to determine if we did in fact recover any new emails,” Mr. Camus said.

Hmmm. It’s almost like they lied to us.

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Marco Rubio Is Sorry

Yes, he is. I will never again vote RINO. That includes Marco Rubio. Sorry Marco…

Two years ago, Rubio was part of a Senate “Gang of Eight” that drew up a comprehensive bill to reform the nation’s immigration system. The bill, which included a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States, prompted a conservative revolt among the party’s grassroots. It passed the Senate but was never taken up in the House of Representatives.

Hannity asked Rubio about his past support for the bill. He suggested it was a mistake to go after comprehensive reform before focusing on complete border security.

“You have 10 or 12 million people in this country, many of whom have lived here for longer than a decade [and] have not otherwise violated our law other than immigration laws. I get all that,” Rubio said.

“But what I’ve learned is you can’t even have a conversation about that until people believe and know—not just believe, but it’s proven to them—that future illegal immigration will be controlled. That is the single biggest lesson of the last two years.”

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This Is What Passes For Science

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I started this yesterday and lost my train of thought. The salient point here is that the “scientific community”, upon presentation of evidence to the contrary of the social engineering agenda, have been attempting to downplay or discredit the fact that the world has seen no appreciable warming since 1998. They are now doubling down on their claims, while simultaneously acknowledging that natural cycles play an unquantifiable role in “climate change”.

This means, logically, that the net effect of man’s input is likely unquantifiable, as well… which is what most of us have been saying all along.

It’s been called the “hiatus,” “pause,” or “slowdown” and has been a favored meme of climate skeptics for years[…]

That internal variability is found in the natural cycles of temperature change that occur over years or even decades in the oceans, like El Niño and La Niña. There are others, like the “Atlantic multidecadal oscillation” and the “Pacific decadal oscillation,” which Steinman said are leading culprits for the warming slowdown[…]

Chris D. Roberts and colleagues at the Met Office Hadley Center in Britain looked at the pause’s possible lifespan. Using a suite of climate models, they estimated that there is good chance, up to 25%, of it continuing until the end of the decade.

More troubling are the odds that the end of the hiatus, whenever it does happen, will be followed by a five-year period of accelerated warming[…] They put the chances of that warm burst at up to 60%.

The Science study, which looked at how a warming pause is created, took over 150 models and let them age from 1850 to 2012[…]

The Nature Climate Change study looked at an “archive of 15,000 years of simulated climate” to see what a nature-made hiatus typically looks like[…]

“Eventually we expect temperatures to ‘catch up,’ but it may take longer than five years for that to happen,” Roberts told Quartz.

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Your Net Neutrality Update

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The Republican Party wants the power when they are in charge, so they’ll make a show, but do nothing of consequence to change this.

Embrace the suck.

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Net Neutrality: Good Or Bad

The FCC voted to treat broadband as a public utility.

Okay my friends, I would like to do a mental exercise. I have heard all kinds of positive & negative spin for both sides of the net neutrality debate. I know that we have several low, medium, & high level players with skin in this game (directly or otherwise), who frequent our site. I look forward to your opinions and your insight into the matter.

That said, my focus is from a slightly different perspective, as I don’t know shit about net neutrality, but I understand my government quite well.

The Setup:

His Majesty’s Minions say that the leviathan is working in your best interest, to insure that small providers have the same chance at your divided attention as the big players. They say that net neutrality will guarantee “no throttling”, “no blocking”, and “no paid prioritization”.

Contributing Factors:

Netflix is the largest consumer of peak bandwidth. They are followed by all of the other providers. Netflix built 0% of the infrastructure. Google, Amazon, Hulu…they built 0% of the infrastructure. They all get the same priority as say Verizon who put $17B into internet infrastructure in 2014.

The Summary:

His Majesty say that net neutrality is a good and necessary thing for our country. That alone evokes a visceral – and absolute – rejection from me. The media – across the intertoobs – is hailing this vote as an historic victory for the public. Since the media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of His Majesty’s Regime, I reject their advice on the matter. I don’t see how more government fingers in the cookie jar, increased regulation, and added expense can possibly be a net plus for me, as a consumer.

Also, I GUAR-DAMN-TEE, this ruling has provisions which allow for more government intrusion into our lives. GUARANTEE. I don’t trust our government any further than I could piss on them with a weak-stream. I sure as hell don’t trust them to make any decisions to “make my life better”.

His Majesty says that he will provide you with a better experience, if only you will give him the power. I think you should trust him, because if you like your provider, you can keep your provider.

The floor is open for debate.

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Happy Humpday Haiku Hysteria

Caveat emptor: off topic & opinionated.

So, I had to help my son write a couple of reports the other day. The first was a book report on a book of Haiku. Uh, yeah… that was an exercise in tedium. First thing, he hated it. I totally understand why. Haiku is retarded.

Incidentally, the second was about a characteristic of honeybees. He chose the dance they do to communicate. What an interesting topic. I told him that he could enjoy writing this one on an interesting topic, since the other one sucked. His Mom didn’t like that I encouraged his belief that haiku is stupid. I don’t get it. I don’t like haiku, either. I just shrugged it off and let it go. So, today I decided to revisit my feelings on the matter. Here are a few attempts:

My government sucks
It works only for itself
It should leave me be

Politicians are all whores
They all suck Should be exiled
I wish they were gone

Don’t like your freedom
Choose a progressive state to live
Give up liberty

Liberty or death
Simple words by which I live
Liberty From God

No fan of haiku
Doesn’t make much sense to me
Yep Still retarded

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Mr. Ed Says We Can’t Trust Bibi Because…

…he supported the Iraq War. Yep, the same one John Kerry supported and voted for, until he didn’t.

Secretary of State John Kerry blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming his support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq shows his judgment on Iran can’t be trusted. “The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush. We all know what happened with that decision,” Kerry said during a House hearing Wednesday. Of course, Kerry voted for the war in Iraq in 2002 and said he was for the invasion during his presidential campaign against George W. Bush in 2004.

Fool.

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Additive Manufacturing: An Update On The Future Of Manufacturing

I wrote about this back in 2012. I have been fascinated with the idea ever since.

The idea to print untraceable guns was a no-brainer, as soon as this technology was publicly available. The political opposition to it, sadly, was as well.

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Our very own Greg B has even made some magazines (above) with this amazing technology.

Last November, I was at a trade show, where a vessel manufacturer has table top vessels with 3D printed deck machinery. Since this is my industry, I was intrigued and asked about the models, which were produced in exacting detail. The vendor told me that he took a few solid works models to the local UPS store and had them printed for $500 apiece. Imagine that. When I did the patent search on an invention I came up with, and moved to prototyping – I stopped. Making a sample/prototype was prohibitively expensive. Now, 12 short years later, you can have someone print the things you want, for next-to-nothing. 3D printing has already revolutionized production!

Now, GE is using 3D printing to make a the fuel nozzles for a new aircraft engine they are building. How cool is that. Sure, His Majesty King Barry the #2 would decry such innovation as inhibiting jobs (and then claim that he saved X-number of jobs by banning it), and certainly there will be creative destruction as a result of this emerging technology. Just imagine the possibilities, though.

The coming explosion of ideas and burgeoning class of inventors who may otherwise have wasted their lives on non-creative endeavors. Gets me buzzing intellectually, it does. I love the defiance which 3D printing engenders. The middle finger of rebellion, just searching for a place to reveal itself. The 3D gun crowd is giving this proverbial middle finger…and I absolutely love it.

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From Russia With Love

During yesterday’s “Defender Of The Fatherland Day” Parade:

“To be personally delivered to Obama”. (No, I’m not making that up.)

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I wonder how that reset button and increased flexibility are working out for international diplomacy, courtesy of the smartest diplomat ever.

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Former Plunge Protection Team: Governments Impose Prices On Market

Enjoy.

The media sells a line that’s beneficial to the gov’t, at all times. It’s almost like there is some agreement between the corporate-owned media and the corporate-owned gov’t.

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CIA & The US Media Establishment

What you see below is an excerpt from an article written by Carl Bernstein. If his name sounds familiar, it should. It’s that Bernstein… of Woodward & Berstein, and exposing the Nixon “connection” to Watergate. He wrote this article in 1973.

Like MK Ultra & so many other Agency mind control programs, I’m sure they lost interest in the media as an intelligence gathering & propaganda tool – and simply stopped doing it. [insert obvious snarkasm here]

By far the most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials, have been with the New York Times, CBS and Time Inc.

The CIA’s use of the American news media has been much more extensive than Agency officials have acknowledged publicly or in closed sessions with members of Congress. The general outlines of what happened are indisputable; the specifics are harder to come by. CIA sources hint that a particular journalist was trafficking all over Eastern Europe for the Agency; the journalist says no, he just had lunch with the station chief. CIA sources say flatly that a well‑known ABC correspondent worked for the Agency through 1973; they refuse to identify him. A high‑level CIA official with a prodigious memory says that the New York Times provided cover for about ten CIA operatives between 1950 and 1966; he does not know who they were, or who in the newspaper’s management made the arrangements.

The Agency’s special relationships with the so‑called “majors” in publishing and broadcasting enabled the CIA to post some of its most valuable operatives abroad without exposure for more than two decades. In most instances, Agency files show, officials at the highest levels of the CIA usually director or deputy director) dealt personally with a single designated individual in the top management of the cooperating news organization. The aid furnished often took two forms: providing jobs and credentials “journalistic cover” in Agency parlance) for CIA operatives about to be posted in foreign capitals; and lending the Agency the undercover services of reporters already on staff, including some of the best‑known correspondents in the business.

In the field, journalists were used to help recruit and handle foreigners as agents; to acquire and evaluate information, and to plant false information with officials of foreign governments. Many signed secrecy agreements, pledging never to divulge anything about their dealings with the Agency; some signed employment contracts., some were assigned case officers and treated with. unusual deference.

CIA-conspiracy

a. To discuss the publicity problem with and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors) , pointing out that the [official investigation of the relevant event] made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by … propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (II) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories[…]

4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:

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Who Doesn’t Want To Be Thanked For Their Service?

Good article.

HUNTER GARTH was in a gunfight for his life — and about to lose.
He and seven other Marines were huddled in a mud hut, their only refuge after they walked into an ambush in Trek Nawa, a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan. Down to his last 15 bullets, one buddy already terribly wounded, Mr. Garth pulled off his helmet, smoked a cheap Afghan cigarette, and “came to terms with what was happening.”

“I’m going to die here with my best friends,” he recalled thinking.

I didn’t know any of this — nor the remarkable story of his survival that day — when I met him two months ago in Colorado while reporting for an article about the marijuana industry, for which Mr. Garth and his company provide security. But I did know he was a vet and so I did what seemed natural: I thanked him for his service.

“No problem,” he said.

It wasn’t true. There was a problem. I could see it from the way he looked down. And I could see it on the faces of some of the other vets who work with Mr. Garth when I thanked them too. What gives, I asked? Who doesn’t want to be thanked for their military service?

I read this and had multiple responses, based on personal experience, both as the one giving thanks and the one being thanked. First, let’s establish that these “thank you” experiences are an uncomfortable exchange for both parties.

When I read the title of this article, I thought the guy (who was thanked), was just being a dick.

When I read the article, I realized that his words on the matter, were the result of being questioned by the reporter. Being a big supporter of speaking one’s mind, I’m glad to have read this.

The topic brings up some interesting thoughts on the matter. Whenever someone tells me “thank you for your service”, I just awkwardly nod and try to brush it aside, quickly changing the subject. After realizing that I felt this way, I quit thanking other vets my age, unless we have established that we share this common bond.

I now tell the older vets (Vietnam, Korea, WWII) “I’m glad you made it home, brother.”

This usually leads to a genuine “thank you” and recognizable appreciation from the recipient. The older guys, I find, really appreciate younger folks who are thankful. So, what gives? Why do the younger vets not want to hear it, but the older ones do? Is there a generational gap, or is today’s war still just too fresh for us?

The article touches on the “why” of the “thank you for your service” crowd, as well. What is their motivation? Are they genuinely wanting to show support for our warriors or just caught up in modern day hero-worship? Is it possible that they are doing so to assuage their guilt for sending others to fight on their behalf? For going on with life without more than a moment’s consideration of the sacrifice made by these men and women?

My oldest friend in the world spent a couple years in the turret of a Humvee, in Baghdad. The entire time he was there, his status on social media remained the same “We are at war. America is not at war. America is at the mall.”

This sentiment, I think, betrays the real reason that these platitudes are so uncomfortable. When you sacrifice and witness others doing the same, while everyone else just goes on with life, it can make a “thank you” – no matter how well intentioned – seem disingenuous.

I’m interested in what you folks have to say on the matter. What are the reasons and are the thoughts of the vets in the article in the wrong?

Whatever your views on the matter, I think the best response is always humility. Don’t read into their thank you, just accept it and move on.

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12 Risks That Threaten Human Civilization

This is an exercise in global warming hysteria, cloaked in “global risk” assessment. There is a pdf of the document, complete with plenty of graphs and cute pictures. It frequently uses Wikipedia for it’s source material. Yes, that Wikipedia…you know, the one where users write the information. Uber-sciency and shit.

The report is written by the “Global Challenges Foundation” whose goal is Increasing awareness of global catastrophic risks, while searching for the governance that can decrease them.

So, Sweden’s self-proclaimed best investor ever made his billions and decided that he wanted to use them to push global governance, and social engineering. Enjoy.

This report has, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, created the first list of global risks with impacts that for all practical purposes can be called infinite. It is also the first structured overview of key events related to such risks and has tried to provide initial rough quantifications for the probabilities of these impacts[…]

The 12 global risks that threaten human civilisation are:

Current risks

1. Extreme Climate Change
2. Nuclear War
3. Ecological Catastrophe
4. Global Pandemic
5. Global System Collapse

Exogenic risks

6. Major Asteroid Impact
7. Supervolcano

Emerging risks

8. Synthetic Biology
9. Nanotechnology
10. Artificial Intelligence
11. Uncertain Risks

Global policy risk

12. Future Bad Global Governance

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Bizarro World Update: You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up

A Utah Appeals Court has decided to allow a woman to sue herself for negligence and wrongful death. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. Over.

She’s suing herself for the mental anguish she caused herself. The insurance company, of course, has to foot the bill. We are hopelessly lost, as a society. I often find that I don’t want to live here anymore.

The Utah Court of Appeals has ruled that Barbara Bagley will be allowed to proceed with a wrongful-death lawsuit against herself for alleged negligence in the Dec. 27, 2011 accident east of Battle Mountain, Nev., that killed her husband, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports. Court documents show that Bagley will be suing the driver of the vehicle, Bagley, for an unspecified amount of money stemming from losses in medical, funeral costs and mental anguish[…]

“If this suit is allowed to continue, a jury would be asked to determine whether Barbara Bagley’s fault caused Barbara Bagley’s own harm,” attorneys Peter Christensen and Kathryn Tunacik Smith said in a motion to dismiss the suit. “The jury would be asked to determine how much money will fairly compensate Barbara Bagley for the harm she caused herself. The jury will be highly confused — it cannot order a person to compensate herself.”

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Survival Tips: Morality, Integrity, And Action In A World Gone Awry

I have seen much in the way of anti-heroes. Every day, it seems a new iteration of a world gone sideways is foist upon us (The Walking Dead, Sons Of Anarchy, et al), and of course, we sit with rapt attention because the shows are imaginative, entertaining, and betray a brief glimpse at that darker side of ourselves. The side, of which, we dare not speak in polite company.

In watching shows about the crooked timber of humanity, exhibited during times of open lawlessness, we are able to at least partially exorcise some of our demons. It’s a guilty pleasure, if you will.

As most of you know, I enjoy the study of all things intriguing and like to wrap my brain around the motivations of people and their true nature. Jim22 and I were driving back from Branson, MO and discussing this very topic. I had a question that I have wrestled with for some time:
“How do I reconcile my Christian duty to love my neighbor as I love myself, while also protecting myself and my family and the resources we have accumulated at great cost & sacrifice?” For instance, when a woman shows up in a post-American scenario, with her two malnourished kids in tow, begging for food, what do I do?

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I Hope The People Act More Like Sheep

Yes. He actually said that.

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Hong Kong’s unpopular chief executive has infuriated pro-democracy campaigners by using a Chinese New Year message to urge the former colony’s citizens to act more “like sheep”. 

In a brief video address commemorating the start of Year of the Sheep, CY Leung said sheep-like behavior was required in the wake of the turbulence caused by last year’s street protests.

“In the coming year, I hope that all people in Hong Kong will take inspiration from the sheep’s character and pull together in an accommodating manner to work for Hong Kong’s future.”

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Globull Warming™ To Freeze Entire Earth?

I’m sure it’s ‘just weather’ and – as the fear mongers say – it has nothing to do with climate.

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Old Man Winter will be unrelenting across the Midwest and Northeast this week as yet another blast of arctic air spreads deep into the South and off the Atlantic coast.

This current push of arctic air is delivering air that is just as cold, or even colder than the air that brought subzero lows to the Midwest and Northeast during last weekend.

Millions will shiver from Chicago to New York City as record lows are challenged during this bitter blast. Records may also fall across parts of the South where temperatures manage to fall into the teens and single digits.

[…]At Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the temperature dropped to minus 19 F Thursday morning and set a record low for any date of the year. The old record was minus 18 F set during January 1977.

I’ve been discussing the nature of this Globull Warming™ with my brother ‘Magellan’ via text for some time. Whereby, I send him pictures of sunny Washington and screen captures of the weather/temperature (It’s lovely out here), and he sends me lamentations of the miserable sub-zero temperatures he is enduring in Michigan. It’s quite fun.

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I’m actually quite fond of this warming nonsense. Enjoy the frigid weather, suckers.

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18 February In US Military History

Specialist 4th Class Daniel D. Fernandez risked his life to save two men, then gave his life to save four of them. His sacrifice is not forgotten. Rest in peace, brother.

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FERNANDEZ, DANIEL
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry (Mech) 25th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Cu Chi, Hau Nghia Province, Republic of Vietnam, 18 February 1966.
Entered service at: Albuquerque, N. Mex.
Born: 30 June 1944, Albuquerque, N. Mex. c.o. No.: 21, 26 April 1967.

Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Fernandez demonstrated indomitable courage when the patrol was ambushed by a Viet Cong rifle company and driven back by the intense enemy automatic weapons fire before it could evacuate an American soldier who had been wounded in the Viet Cong attack. Sp4c. Fernandez, a sergeant and 2 other volunteers immediately fought their way through devastating fire and exploding grenades to reach the fallen soldier.

Upon reaching their fallen comrade the sergeant was struck in the knee by machine gun fire and immobilized. Sp4c. Fernandez took charge, rallied the left flank of his patrol and began to assist in the recovery of the wounded sergeant. While first aid was being administered to the wounded man, a sudden increase in the accuracy and intensity of enemy fire forced the volunteer group to take cover. As they did, an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the group, although some men did not see it.

Realizing there was no time for the wounded sergeant or the other men to protect themselves from the grenade blast, Sp4c. Fernandez vaulted over the wounded sergeant and threw himself on the grenade as it exploded, saving the lives of his 4 comrades at the sacrifice of his life. Sp4c. Fernandez’ profound concern for his fellow soldiers, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

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Liberty: It Will Always Be Anathema To Islam

noun, plural liberties.
1. freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.
2. freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.
3. freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions,
4. freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint:

“…among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…”

This morning, I called in to talk radio to address an incorrect assumption by the talking head, about the nature of Islam and the “supremacist beliefs of ISIS”. I later started reading – as I am oft given to doing – and considering my position on liberty, as pertains to my disdain for Islam. This position on individual liberty is the prime motivator for my disdain for Islam.

I cannot abide anyone who believes that their “truth” is more important in my life than my freedom to tell them to go fuck their self. You may not like the terse way I express it, but the fact remains that I have a the immutable right to say “Fuck you”. I do my best to control my language on this site, because I know there are those who are sensitive words. I don’t get it, but I often try to be accommodating.

Islam literally means “submission”. A Muslim is “one who submits”. The only people allowed to live in a Muslim society, are those who willingly submit to Muslim rule and pay their 2nd class citizen tax, the jizya. Slaves, sexual or otherwise, comprised of women and children are fair game from the ranks of the kuffar (kafir; infidel).

I believe that human beings come in two different views of human nature:

Individuals corrupt institutions and other men, or institutions and other men corrupt individuals. Most of us (here) fall into the former. The gun lobby doesn’t kill people. McDonald’s doesn’t make you eat 2,600 calories in one sitting. Big Tobacco doesn’t make you smoke. More government is rarely ever the best answer to a problem. The reason is that we understand that the men in government tend to easily corrupt it and the whole cycle of abuse, which is ever-present in human history, continues unabated.

This same line of thought transfers – quite logically – to any government formed by, for, or around religion. I wholly support my elected representatives using their moral compass when they represent me. I flatly refuse to obey the orders of anyone who dares to tell me how to live. I choose a very conservative lifestyle. The key being that I choose it.

Islam does not allow any alternative to their choice. They allow individuals to pay a tax, so they can hide in the shadows, never displaying or exhibiting their faith. Outright disbelief is forbidden and punishable by death in the most cruel and arcane manners imaginable. Much like totalitarian governments of the “other world view”, Islam demands submission to it’s way of life. Alternative view points are not acceptable.

I have faith in God. I trust in him, and the saving grace of Jesus Christ, at all times. I use my faith in God to define the way I see the world, but my choice is not your choice and I wouldn’t have it that way, even if I could. I will fight to the death for the right of the atheist, to deny God’s existence – the same way I would fight to the death to defend a Christian’s right to deny Buddha, Muhammad, or Vishnu. My view of this absolute – God-given – right to live as you see fit is wholly compatible with allowing Muslims to believe as they see fit, as well.

The rub comes when they refuse to extend me the same courtesy. Islam cannot be changed or reformed. Allah himself said that he perfected the religion and altering or corrupting it is punishable by the same aforementioned horrors.

Freedom from… freedom to…

My world view says that you have the freedom from intrusion by anyone else, into how you live your life, so long as you violate the rights of no other. The opposite view holds that you are granted the freedom to do certain things, so long as the institution (gov’t, party, group, special interest, religion, et al) agrees. This view is anathema to individual liberty and will forever remain so.

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DOJ: Operation Chokepoint

Operation Chokepoint is a DOJ operation that allows the Obama Regime to target businesses and industries it doesn’t like. That’s any industry they don’t like… I think Barry’s regime must be gay, they like the backdoor more than any regime in history. Pen & phone. It’s not just a joke, it’s a serious threat to the republic:

House Oversight Committee Report

CPFB Compliance Report

FDIC Press Release

Hawkins Guns Targeted By Operation Chokepoint.

Daily Caller: Banks Told Not To Disclose.

The Blaze: Chokepoint allows Consumer Protection Bureau to operate outside the law.

Wikipedia entry on Chokepoint:

Operation Choke Point is an initiative of the DoJ that was announced in 2013, which is investigating banks in the United States and the business they do with payment processors, payday lenders, and other companies believed to be at higher risk for fraud and money laundering.

This operation, first disclosed in August 2013 Wall Street Journal story has been criticized for bypassing due process; the government is pressuring the financial industry to cut off the companies’ access to banking services, without first having shown that the targeted companies are violating the law. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, critics believe “it’s a thinly veiled ideological attack on industries the Obama administration doesn’t like, such as gun sellers and coal producers.”

The operation itself is now under investigation by two federal agencies.

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Federal Judge Overturns GCA Interstate Sale Ban

DC v Heller is like herpes – the gift that keeps on giving.

Bretibart News previously reported that this ban was implemented after Congress passed Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), which was signed into law by Lyndon Baines Johnson in the fall of 1968. The interstate sales ban bars a law-abiding resident in one state from buying a handgun from a retail gun store in another, but allows interstate shotgun, rifle, and tactical rifle sales to continue.

According to the Firearms Policy Coalition, the ruling was the result of Fredric Russell Mance, Jr. et al. v. Eric H. Holder, Jr. and B. Todd Jones, which was backed by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA).

Judge O’Connor ruled that the ban on interstate handgun sales violated “the Second Amendment and the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause.” The provisions of the ban are therefore unconstitutional and the “[d]efendants are enjoined from enforcing [them].”

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My Son: In Whom I Am Well Pleased

So, most of you know that I, while very liberal in my views, live a very conservative life. I take the kids to church every week. We home school the children, have family movie night on Friday, and (accept for the rare occasion that I allow work to interfere) we eat dinner together, at the table, every night.

My son has a pretty hefty case of OCD to go with his ADD (I think he’s on the Autism spectrum, but I don’t want a diagnosis hampering his ability to get a security clearance when he gets older). He insists on saying the prayer before the meal each night. He always says the same thing:

“Thank you for the food before us, the family beside us, and the love between us. In Jesus’ name, Amen”

Well, the other day a line was added by my 9 year old son, that made my heart swell with pride:

“…and thank you for the men who can’t be home with their families because they’re out protecting us. Please, protect them.”

I tell you what, as a father, that made me tear up.

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U.S. Rolls Over And Pisses On It’s Stomach

Russia knows that they can do whatever the hell they want to do. I guess Crimea is just theirs to keep? Barry’s playing marbles. Putin’s playing chess.

The United States welcomes the news that the OSCE-led Trilateral Contact Group, supported by Chancellor Merkel and Presidents Hollande, Poroshenko, and Putin, reached agreement on a ceasefire and heavy weapons withdrawal in eastern Ukraine, and on the implementation of the September Minsk agreements. We particularly commend the diplomatic efforts of our European Allies, Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande, and their teams in making this agreement possible. Actions will be what matter now. The first test of this agreement and the prospects for a comprehensive settlement will be the full implementation of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons by all parties – by Ukraine, the separatists, and Russia. All the parties must show complete restraint in the run-up to the Sunday ceasefire, including an immediate halt to the Russian and separatist assault on Debaltseve and other Ukrainian towns.

The parties have a long road ahead before achieving peace and the full restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty. The United States stands ready to assist in coordination with our European Allies and partners. We will judge the commitment of Russia and the separatists by their actions, not their words. As we have long said, the United States is prepared to consider rolling back sanctions on Russia when the Minsk agreements of September 2014, and now this agreement, are fully implemented. That includes a full ceasefire, the withdrawal of all foreign troops and equipment from Ukraine, the full restoration of Ukrainian control of the international border, and the release of all hostages.

We also welcome the news that the Government of Ukraine and the IMF have reached an agreement that will allow the IMF to provide Ukraine with $17.5 billion in financial assistance in support of economic reforms. This agreement will enable Ukraine to continue implementing the reforms it needs to build a stronger, more prosperous, democratic future for the people of Ukraine.

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These People Do Not Represent Me

Remember yesterday, when I mentioned that the GOP is failing to capture the non-progressive liberal voters, such as myself? Yeah, this type of government in loco parentis shit is not helping. Okay, I get it. Decency standards are almost non-existent, anymore. But, yoga pants? Really? With all the ills of the world, you choose to go after the bacon of clothing? AYFKM?

Mmm...bacon.

Mmm…bacon.

A Montana representative is introducing a bill to strengthen the state’s indecent exposure laws after a group of naked bicyclists pedaled through the city of Missoula in August.

Rep. David Moore’s proposal would tighten indecent exposure laws to include any nipple exposure—including men’s—and any clothing hat “gives the appearance or simulates” a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvic area or female nipple, the Associated Press reports.

Tight-fitting clothing—like yoga pants, for example—could also be considered indecent exposure under the law, the Republican lawmaker said. “Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” Moore said after the hearing.

Tip o the hat to “A Guy”.

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Know What We Need Right Now?

Serious People In Charge.

With the global economy on the brink of collapse, and the global chessboard one mis-step away from open war, we need a President who thinks his best move is to take a bunch of selfies and post them on the internet. I realize this is just irreverent time-killing, but I think it reinforces the perception that our President is not a serious man. That, I think, weakens our standing in the world. What say you?

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