Saturday, October 31, 2015

Scalia: Court is Leading the Country to Destruction

 "Liberal" Justices Are Just Creating Rights

New American
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia  told a crowd at Santa Clara University that the “liberal” Supreme Court was causing the “destruction of our democratic system,” the SF Gate reported on October 29. According to the outspoken associate justice, his colleagues on the high court are creating rights ex nihilo and claiming the Constitution protects those new rights.
Scalia identified the adoption of the concept of the “living Constitution” as the first step down a “slippery slope.” At the end of that slope, Scalia said, was “the right to same-sex marriage.” He even questioned whether the Constitution ever would have been ratified had the Founders known that the document they drafted would have become “whatever a majority of the Supreme Court says it is.”
Rather than conforming the case to the Constitution, a majority of the justices conform the Constitution to the case, voting, Scalia says, “on the basis of what they feel.”
One of the things the justices "feel" is that they have the authority to repeal the will of the people and their elected representatives. For decades, one Congress after the other and Republican and Democratic presidents alike have acceded to the assumption by the Supreme Court of the absolute and unquestionable authority to define every word written in the Constitution and to insert words and rights therein where such was never intended.
Scalia rightly wondered in his Santa Clara speech how much further we can go down this road before our very system is subjugated to the supreme will of the Supreme Court.

Joe Gets In Some Early Trick or Treatin'

Friday, October 30, 2015

Gang Member Arrested In Connection With Black Church Fires

ST. LOUIS • Police have made an arrest in connection with a two-week string of church arsons the Post-Dispatch has learned. The suspect is a black man in his 30s, according to a police source. David Lopez Jackson, 35, was charged Friday afternoon with two in a string of seven church fires this month but authorities say they don't yet know the motive.

The charges, two counts of second-degree arson, list his address as in the 200 block of Presley Road in the Glasgow Village area of unincorporated St. Louis County. He was held in lieu of $75,000 bail, according to court documents.

Forensic evidence linked him to the fire at Ebenezer Lutheran Church on Oct. 18, and video of his car near New Life Missionary Baptist Church links him to the fire there on Oct. 17, Police Chief Sam Dotson said.  Investigators are expected to seek criminal charges against him today. Jackson's criminal record dates to 1998, when he was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon. He has also been charged with domestic assault, burglary, drug-related crimes, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

The string of fires, many of which did minimal damage, drew attention of local and federal investigators. The locations drew speculation of whether it was a hate crime.

Just trying to get a little race war going, that's all....

The Hilarious Reaction By the Lefties to The Decision to Tell NBC to @&#$ Off

"Republicans Very Upset At How Bad They Looked on Wednesday"

Mutha Jones
I guess this was inevitable:
The Republican National Committee has pulled out of a planned Feb. 26 debate with NBC News after widespread criticism of this week's CNBC debate from both the party and campaigns. "CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack.
"CNBC did screw up, but mostly by failing to keep the toddlers on stage under control and being poorly prepared to deal with brazen lies delivered with a straight face. For what it's worth, I'd also agree that a few of the questions they asked were stupid and/or churlish. Not much more than any other debate, though.
But conservative grievance culture is once again demanding someone's head on a platter. After all, if conservatives look bad on television it's gotta be someone else's fault, right? So it's off with NBC's head.
Jeebus. And these guys claim that they're the steely-eyed folks who can take down Putin and the ayatollah? What a bunch of crybabies."
Pure gold from a Bunch of leftest Clowns......if the shoe were on the other foot, the Dems would be calling for their broadcast license, a congressional investigation and restrictions of their free speech rights...not to mentions ginning up demonstrations in front of their corporate headquarters. 

What Will You Do With Your Extra Hour This Weekend?

Joe Biden's list of possible things to do with his extra hour this weekend:

* Put on a Mr. Peabody mask and pretend he's going back in time
*  Listen to Frédéric Chopin’s “Minute Waltz” 60 times.
* Try, again and again, to reset the clock on the VCR.
* Squeeze out and set aside one-inch lengths of toothpaste to save time in the coming weeks.
* Alphabetize the names of all of Bill Cosby’s victims.
* Restring all the Yo-Yo's in in his desk drawer. 
* Make love to his wife, then take a nap for the other 58 minutes.

The Little Troll on Raising of The Minimum Wage

Who would you fire, Professor Reich?
As far as I can tell, Robert Reich has never held a job in the free market. He is an academic who occasionally works in the government. There is nothing wrong with that. His new book is “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.”
In a recent post online, "The Morality of a $15 Minimum," Reich tried to make the moral case for raising the minimum wage to $30,000 a year, which happen to be slightly above the median wage in America. Actually, using his logic, we should eliminate minimum wage.
After conceding that raising the minimum wage to $30,000 a year will cost people their jobs, Robert Reich wrote: 
"Yet maybe some jobs are worth risking if a strong moral case can be made for a $15 minimum."
 Really? Whose jobs should be lost? Who is so insignificant -- so unworthy in the eyes of this man -- so tiny that they do not deserve a job?
 Because that is what he is saying.
He is a socialist -- oh, hell, a communist -- who reduces people to mere statistics, which makes it easy to say some jobs can be sacrificed for the greater "good."
And yes, liberal is progressive is socialist is communist. They believe in the state -- the government -- over God and man.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Trick or Treat at the White House

Barack Obama hands out candy at the White House dressed in the costume of a President handing out candy at the White House. He didn't pull it off very well. The consensus was he should have just went dressed as a jackass and quit the all to frequent bad impersonations of a real President....

More Hollywood Moonbat Racial Promotion

Leftist One Percenter George Lucas

George Lucas Donates $10M to USC Film School -
But Only for Blacks and Hispanics

ABC-The USC announced Tuesday that the George Lucas Family Foundation is donating $10 million to its film school to provide financial support to black and Hispanic students. The money will be used to establish the George Lucas Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity.
 In a statement, the "Star Wars" director said Hispanic and African-American storytellers are underrepresented in the entertainment industry.
Students will receive the first awards next fall. The endowment is the largest single donation for student support in school history. Lucas, a USC graduate, donated some $175 million to the school in 2006, including millions to rebuild its film school.
This is good to see since the film industry has been dominated so by all those films made Asians and Native Americans these days. Guess George is just as myopic as the rest of the Hollywood left and see only downtrodden black and brown..... or maybe George's White Guilt is been put on display for the Academy?  

Touché - Media Hit With Cruz Missile.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Is Bullet Head Knee Deep in the IRS Scandal?

US Rep. Elijah 'Bullet Head' Cummings (D-MD)

Every wonder why Democrat blowtorch Elijah Cummings was appointed to the House Oversight Committee investigating Lois Lerner and the IRS scandal? Protection and mudding the waters for the Obama administration, and himself.......Before the 2012 election, there seemed to be a concerted effort by democrats to get the IRS and other agencies onto the backs of conservative groups, and looks more and more like Ol' Bullet Head himself was involved......

Red Statements
Cleta Mitchell, who is representing True the Vote, filed an ethics probe against Elijah Cummings on February 6th (2014) with the Office of Congressional Ethics . Last fall, True the Vote started receiving 8 and 9 page letters from Cummings, claiming he was conducting an investigation of their organization as part of the House Oversight Committee. One problem. The House Oversight Committee is only allowed to investigate government agencies. Going after a private citizen is illegal.
Mitchell wants to find out if Cummings is responsible in part or completely for the harassment of Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote. After Cummings launched his “investigation” , Engelbrecht had her business audited twice, her personal taxes once, two visits from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a surprise visit from OSHA, seven visits from the FBI.
Last week, emails were released to the committee that showed that Cummings was working with Lois Lerner, which is why he attempted to scuttle the investigation into the IRS, immediately as soon as it was announced.
Cleta Mitchell is turning up the heat with her public statements such as:  

Who Needs Friends When You Have Enemies Like Us.

ISIS Has $1B Worth Of US Made Humvee Armored Vehicles
Now Being Used in Suicide Attacks

IBT - As Islamic State group fighters pillage their way across swaths of Syria and Iraq, they’ve managed to build up their military capability by commandeering U.S.-made Humvee armored vehicles, including one used Monday in a suicide bombing at an army base near Baghdad that killed at least 45 people. In an interview on Iraqiya TV, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said ISIS gained thousands of Humvees when it overran the northern city of Mosul on June 10 of last year.

"In the collapse of Mosul, we lost a lot of weapons," Abbadi said an interview Sunday, as translated by Al-Jazeera. "We lost 2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone."

The vehicles taken from Mosul would have been worth more than $1 billion if sold new. Late last year, the U.S. State Department approved a deal to sell Iraq 175 M1A1 Abrams tanks, worth $12.4 billion, and 1,000 military Humvees, valued at $579 million. Congress has yet to approve the sale, and some lawmakers have expressed concern about the hardware falling into enemy hands. The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), or military Humvee, is made by Indiana-based heavy vehicle manufacturer AM General. The Humvees stolen from Mosul probably were part of the
large amount hardware the U.S. left behind in Iraq after U.S. forces began pulling out in 2009.

Militants like ISIS generally rely on civilian vehicles like Toyota’s Hilux and Land Cruiser trucks. These stolen Humvees are much sturdier and can be used as lead vehicles in attacks like the one that took place on Monday against Iraq security forces at a base near the capital. The attack involved three explosives-laden car bombs escorted by one of the stolen Humvees, according to the BBC. 

Has Trump's Trash Talk Finally Caught Up With Him?

Why Trump’s Poll Numbers Are Falling in Iowa

The Spectacle
Donald Trump is baffled as to why his poll numbers are suddenly falling in Iowa in favor of Ben Carson. On Sunday, during an appearance on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday he said, "I don't understand Iowa because frankly, I just left and we had tremendous crowds and tremendous enthusiasm." Trump told the folks at MSNBC's Morning Joe, "I don't get it," as he plans to head back to Iowa today.
Since October 22nd, Trump's poll numbers against Carson in Iowa have been falling and I think it's pretty obvious why. That day Trump sent out a tweet which read:
"@mygreenhippo #BenCarson is now leading in the #polls in #Iowa. Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain? #Trump #GOP"
Donald Trump forgot the first rule of politics - don't insult people who you are trying to persuade to vote for you.
Sure, Iowans might have enjoyed it when Trump dissed Jeb Bush, insulted Megyn Kelly and threw Jorge Ramos out of his press conference. But Iowans become the target of Trump's ire they don't like it so much. And yet this surprises Trump? I can see how though. Almost everything Trump has touched has turned to gold for the past four months. If he could get away with insulting Jeb, Kelly and Ramos then he probably he figured he could away with insulting voters in Iowa. My friends this is called hubris.
A secondary reason for Trump's decline is his denigration of Ben Carson's faith. Last Saturday, at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida, Trump said, "I'm Presbyterian. Boy, that's down the middle of the road, folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don't know about. I just don't know about."
Now I have some strong reservations about Carson. Nevertheless, if Trump wants to regain top spot in Iowa he will have to better than knock Carson's faith. Of course, if Trump has a strong debate tonight in Colorado, then Carson's lead in Iowa (and nationally) could prove short-lived. But any rebound by Trump could also prove short-lived if he insists on cheaply insulting the people who might vote for him and cheaply insulting his opponents who are well liked by said voters.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Muslims All Butt-hurt Over Walmart Halloween Costume.

Customers shopping online for various items of interest, or just simply looking for something to be offended by, found the latter in the Halloween section of the retailer's website. Nestled among the typical witch and superhero costumes for kids was a costume of a different kind that Arabs found to be in extremely poor taste. 

It's beyond me who would want to dress up as an Arab Sheik or Achmed the mad bomber, but it freakin Halloween. It's a big holiday for kids and extrovert adults who never grew up to get out of themselves for a while.

At some point Muslims must realize that the world doesn’t revolve around them and their inherent hate for anyone and everyone who aren’t followers of Islam. Stores can and should sell whatever they want, whether it offends them or not. Now, only time will tell how Walmart reacts to the insistence that their merchandise is offensive, whether they bow down to a culture that incessantly complains, or cater to the people who shop in their stores and made them a success.

(h/t MadWorld)

For Those Who Like Their Coffee Overpriced and Bitter.

For every four cups of coffee you buy, they give a free cup to somebody else. And every cup is served by an angry unionized bureaucrat and accompanied by a possible stern lecture on gun control and sustainable development.

The Jebster Baffled By Zippers, Magnets..... Life Itself

This awkward moment was not captured by some devious macaca liberal with an iThingy, smeared across the interwebs to humiliate the Jebster who apparently does not possess functioning opposable thumbs.

Oh no. This clip of #JebNoFilter is from the Jeb! YouTube page, apparently because Jeb or the social media moron on his team — probably the same one whose Photoshop skills need ALL the work, unless Jeb’s hand was supposed to look black, figured this candid moment of Jeb not knowing how to put on a freakin' sweatshirt would ......we don’t even know what they figured, honestly. Making fun of Jeb is starting to feel mean. Like kicking a three-legged puppy or something. So please, Jeb, for the love of whatever “really cool things” you hold dear, just stop it already.  Put yourself out of your own misery, and put us out of your misery too, because watching you fail harder than the average Bush is so excruciating, we almost cannot bring ourselves to mock you for it anymore. Almost.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Who Doesn't Have an Oscar Yet, Slept Inside an Animal Carcass for His New Movie.....

For the love of God, somebody give him an Oscar so he can stop torturing himself on set. 

Oscar, is that you? It's me, Leo. Look at my beard and cuts

Actor and carbon footprint abuser, climate change scientist and professional heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio describes the brutal behind-the-scenes conditions he faced while filming his new movie, "The Revenant".

The epic film, coming out in December, depicts the true story of an early 19th century frontiersman who was buried alive after a vicious bear attack. It details what lengths a man will go to simply to survive in Hollywood without an Academy Award.
"It’s going to be one of the most unique film-going experiences that audiences have seen in modern times. I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. [I was] enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly."
DiCaprio opened up to Yahoo! about the grueling conditions he endured while filming his movie. He had to be really cold and eat gross stuff!  No Leo, maybe if you stand waist deep in a Paris sewer blowing bubbles out your butt and juggling three hamsters while singing the sound tract from to The Sound of Music, we'll consider you a great actor.....maybe.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Dare to be scared by Gender-Queer Apparitions, Ball-Busting Butches, and Never-Married, Happy-as-Hell Spinsters......

 Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

Mocks Radical Feminism

MCR - For those looking for something truly horrifying this Halloween, there is a lesbian feminist haunted house appropriately named “KillJoy’s Kastle.”

Inspired by the hell houses built by “radical evangelical groups,” Toronto artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell seek to “reclaim this hellish scenario with their sex positive, trans inclusive, queer lesbian-feminist-fear-fighting celebration.”

“Dare to be scared by gender-queer apparitions, ball-busting butches, and never-married, happy-as-hell spinsters. Get down on riot ghouls and radical vampiric grannies while channeling your inner consciousness hell-raiser. Each evening of nightmarishly non-assimilated lesbian mayhem will include multiple live performances from a spirited group of international and local weirdos,” the website reads.

A “demented women’s studies” tour guide takes individuals through the house, which includes  an actress portraying Valerie Solanas, dead lesbian folk singers performing acoustic songs, a “Giant Bearded Clam,” a punching bag named “Capitalism,” polyamorous vampires, and women who screech, “Problematic!”

The tongue-in-cheek nightmarish production, however, has drawn anger from the individuals it lightheartedly mocks. One commenter took offense to the “transphobic” comments made by the actress portraying Solanas. The “ball-busting lesbians” exhibit was decried as transphobic. The processing room, which individuals use to talk about their experiences, is allegedly not a “safe space.”

The exhibit is currently on display at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries. It runs from Oct. 16-30.

A Good Monday Morning

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The City of Oakland California Creates “Department of Race and Equity”

Cali Political Review
Once again California proves that it in competition with 1960 Alabama for being the most racist, bigoted State in American history. The City Council of Oakland is “borrowing a bigot from Portland, Oregon to head up a city council version of the KKK—the “Department of Race and Equity.” The city has determined that government policy is to be based on race and bigotry, so it needs  Pay, job opportunities, housing, education—all to be based on race—sounds like Alabama in 1960—using government to promote racism and bigotry.
Earlier this year, Councilmember Desley Brooks proposed the creation of Oakland’s first department dedicated to achieving racial and social equity in the city. The department was approved during the June budget season with the end of the year targeted for its debut.”
The Oakland City Council Rules Committee on Thursday scheduled an agenda item for Nov. 3 to approve the three-month temporary hiring of Dante James, who has led Portland’s equity department since its inception in 2012.  
Bigotry pays well in 2015 in California—your taxes at work. James earns over $147,000 a year, according to the report, making him one of the highest paid employees in Portland city government.  
James, who's sister is former KPIX news anchor Dana King, would retain his position in Portland, said the report, but Oakland would assume James’ salary while he works to set up the new department, in addition, to advising the city on hiring its first director.
It is also no surprise Oakland city leaders are reaching out to Portland for guidance. Brooks often recognized the city, along with King County, Washington as inspiration for her proposal.
h/t Beth Rogers

The Planetarium Gift Shop Manager is Playing Around on the Twitter Again....

Friday, October 23, 2015

Hilltoppers vs The Tigers

The 6-1 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Visit The 6-0 LSU Tigers


LSU 48 - WKU 20

I'm still not sure exactly what a Hilltopper is, but no less, Saturday night Mike the Tiger welcomes the Kentucky Hilltoppers to Baton Rouge. This game features one of the best passing offenses in the country with QB Brandon Doughty, who leads the nation in completion percentage, averaging 387 yards passing per game this season, against Leonard Fournette and one of the nations top rushing offenses. 

Doughty, said to be on his way to the NFL, is yet this year to face a pass rush like the Tigers, who spend as much time roaming the opponent's backfield as they do. Without a big threat from WKU's running game, it will be interesting to see if the Tigers pin their ears back and come hard to try and rattle  Doughty, and force mistakes. After manhandling the Florida offensive line and dropping the QB for 5 sacks last week, they will certainly be coming. It will also be a test of the sometime suspect Tiger secondary.  LSU is not taking this game lightly at all. WKU is Legit, and this should be a very good game, with the possibility of some big plays.
I Say LSU by 10


Else were in the SEC:

This Is The Week Things Start Getting  Interesting!

Tennessee (3-3) @ #8 Alabama (6-1) - The Volunteers visit Tuscaloosa in this years edition of one of the great rivalries of southern football. It even manifested this year in the form of an hilarious Alabama pranking of die-hard vol fans.

I initially looked at this as just another Alabama home field blow-out, but after seeing statistics from last weeks A&M game, they gave me a bit of a pause. Tennessee will be playing the spoiler and it's been a long dry spell since their last defeat of The Tide. The Vols are hungry. Both beat a good Georgia team.....but with my belief in the Tide's winning ways remaining strong, I have confidence Bama goes out front early and stays there......  
I say Bama by 14  ROLL TIDE!

#15 Texas A&M (5-1)  @  #24 Ole Miss (5-2) - The Aggies travel to Oxford to meet the Rebels (am I allowed to say Rebel?) after another embarrassing defeat at the hands of Alabama last week. This is a must win for both because of the major implication in the SEC west chase, and both must still face LSU. 

I'm going with A&M in this one for a couple of reasons (my growing dislike for Ole Missy has nothing to do with it.....really.....I promise.....really ☻). Turnovers aside, last week A&M's offense actually outscored Alabama's Offense, and the Aggie defense forced the Bama offense into 15 negative yardage plays. (??)

My conclusion is A&M is a better team then the score indicated. (The Tide has a talent for making a good team look bad, believe me, I KNOW THIS VERY WELL!) The Aggies play tough and will be too much for the Rebels.....
I Say A&M by 9 

After putting the so-called 'sports monkey experts' in the weeds by correctly calling a Memphis upset of #13 Ole' Missy last week (no applause please......okay, go ahead I'll wait) I went 2-0 for the week.

Jan's Picks on the year: 14-2

Officials Watch as Record Numbers of Illegals Cross US Border as Year Ends.

Fox 10- PINAL COUNTY, Ariz.: Officials are saying it is shaping up to be a disappointing end to the year that started with a major decline in illegal border crossings. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says they see an increase in drug and human smuggling daily.

According to recently released numbers, it shows the fiscal year of 2015 to be the second worst on record.
"Right now we're living in a country where there is no enforcement of immigration laws. So don't try and scratch your head and try to figure this out and wonder why our numbers doubled. In fact there should be no reason why the numbers shouldn't triple."
Agents caught nearly 4,500 children traveling without parents on the border last month, and about 5,300 parents and children traveling as families. Both of these are twice the amount since September of 2014. Babeu says more people are coming because it is easier than ever, and there are no consequences.
"They're all coming in as refugees, and then they're given papers, documents to report back in a month, or 60, 90 days, and it's already proven, past experience has shown that they're not showing up at all. Ninety-plus percent and in some cases much higher than that never appear."
Border Patrol officials in Washington have blamed violence and oppression in several Central-American countries on being the driving force bringing more unaccompanied children here. But agents on the ground say it is the failed catch and release policy.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Some Homeland Security Employees Have Been Paid to Stay Home for Over a Year

WAPO - A year after auditors documented tens of thousands of federal workers on paid leave for at least a month and longer stretches that exceed a year, close to 100 Department of Homeland Security employees still are being paid not to work for more than a year.

The large number persists even after the Obama administration urged agencies in June to curtail their reliance on what is known as administrative leave, the government’s go-to strategy for dealing with employees facing allegations of misconduct.

Now Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who provided the numbers he received from DHS, is demanding answers from agency officials. In a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Wednesday, he called the officials’ previous explanation for extended leave cases “too broad and vague to assess whether other actions might have been more appropriate.”

Grassley said the agency failed to explain how it was meeting federal guidelines to reserve paid leave for rare circumstances when an employee poses a physical threat in the workplace, or how sidelining employees for so long is consistent with numerous rulings by the comptroller general that federal workers should not be sidelined for long periods for any reason.

“DHS also failed to explain why such extended amounts of time were needed to conduct investigations into security issues, misconduct, or fitness for duty,” Grassley wrote.

DHS was one large agency cited by the Government Accountability Office in October 2014 in the first report on administrative leave. The audit, first made public by The Washington Post, found that 53,000 civilian employees were kept home for one to three months during the three fiscal years that ended in September 2013. About 4,000 of them were idled for three months to a year and several hundred for one to three years.

The tab for these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone, auditors found. While employees stay home, they not only collect paychecks but also build their pensions, vacation and sick days and move up the federal pay scale.

Hillary's Pathetic Attempt at Humor in Benghazi Hearings

This testimony is playing out like a trial where a republican asked questions and the a democrat cross-examines and defends her against all the previous questions. The strange thing about this, to me at least, is that the democrats don’t really do this in the form of questions but instead just kinda present evidence and ask somewhat rhetorical questions. Her replies to democrats, when not yes or no , seem very rehearsed.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It Really Makes You Wonder About These Government Guys Sometime........

The world’s most powerful spy, CIA chief John Brennan, was bested on Monday by a self-described “stoner” 13-year-old and an associate, who broke into his America Online email account and started posting some of its contents on Twitter.

At least some of Brennan’s private emails seemed to contain extremely sensitive information including his security clearance application and the social security numbers of several CIA officers.

The question is: what the hell was the the Director of the CIA doing using  AOL,  probably the most insecure email platform there is? DUH!

You can expect the 13-year-old prankster to get the hammer dropped on him though. As Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Nate Cardozo tweeted, the "CIA Director kept [secret and private] docs on AOL, that's until hacked by a 13 year old."

To add to the embarrassment, the nation’s top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official Jeh Johnson had a private  COMCAST account possibly hacked by these same teenagers. Its worrying that these technologically clueless people are in charge of the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure. The DHS has been singled out many times for its especially poor cybersecurity practices, despite the fact that they’re supposed to be the federal agency in charge of cybersecurity.

Like almost all hacks, Brennan’s started with something incredibly simple: social engineering. Motherboard’s Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai reported that – if we are to believe the hackers – they tricked Verizon and AOL into giving up Brennan’s password by calling their customer service department.

Do you ever get the feeling we are being ruled by Moe Howard, the Keystone Cops, and the Marx Brothers on a drunken binge?

Accountability in the Obama Administration:

"In the sadistic era of fraudulent Hope and Change, inspectors general inside the federal government have been kicked, neutered, and starved of the authority and information they need to do their jobs.
It's transparently clear: President Obama loathes and fears independent watchdogs.
Accountability is an empty talking point without whistleblower protection and investigative autonomy. That is why Capitol Hill must do everything in its power to stop the White House war on the public's ombudsmen. Federal inspectors general across dozens of agencies are begging lawmakers to grant them access to public records, as guaranteed by the 1978 Inspector General Act.
The call for help comes as Obama-administration obstructionists and cover-up operatives impede and downplay several key investigations into government corruption and malfeasance." — Michelle Malkin

"I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody..."

Aw Joe, we were lookin' forward to seeing you spend the next year kissing butter cows in Iowa and debating the merits of the metric system with Lincoln Chafee........

How Did Your Senator Vote on Sanctuary Cities?

Daily Signal
Senate Democrats blocked legislation that would punish “sanctuary cities” in a 54-45 vote Monday.
The bill, called the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, needed to overcome a 60-vote threshold. It would withhold certain federal funding from states or cities that refuse to comply with requests from federal immigration officials to turn over immigrants who are in the country illegally.
The Vote:

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the legislation, which includes a provision known as Kate’s Law, named after 32-year-old Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot in San Francisco on July 1. The bill would impose a mandatory minimum jail sentence of five years for illegal immigrants who are convicted of re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony or have three strikes for trying to enter the country illegally.
“It’s maddening that the Democrats are encouraging sanctuary cities like New Orleans that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement and let dangerous criminal illegals free,” Vitter said in a statement after the bill failed. Vitter has been pushing to defund sanctuary cities since 2007, when he served as chairman of the Border Security Caucus.

Just more proof the Democrat party cares nothing about co-operation for the betterment of the country, cares nothing about the rule of law, the Constitution or the freedom, safety and well being of law abiding legal American citizens.  

When will America raise up?

Obama's Successful Attack on the Middle Class

51 Percent Of All American Workers Now
Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year

As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders hypocritically drone on about the wealthy, and Barack Obama and brood live like a Royal Family, traveling the world and vacationing every 3 months, their party's  failed economic policies and importation of the third world is devastated the American system.      

We just got more evidence that the middle class in America is dying. According to brand new numbers that were just released by the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all workers in the United States make less than $30,000 a year. Let that number sink in for a moment. You can’t support a middle class family in America today on just $2,500 a month – especially after taxes are taken out. And yet more than half of all workers in this country make less than that each month. In order to have a thriving middle class, you have got to have an economy that produces lots of middle class jobs, and that simply is not happening in America today.
You can find the report that the Social Security Administration just released right here. The following are some of the numbers that really stood out for me…
-38 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000 last year.
-51 percent of all American workers made less than $30,000 last year.
-62 percent of all American workers made less than $40,000 last year.
-71 percent of all American workers made less than $50,000 last year.
That first number is truly staggering. The federal poverty level for a family of five is $28,410, and yet almost 40 percent of all American workers do not even bring in $20,000 a year.
If you worked a full-time job at $10 an hour all year long with two weeks off, you would make approximately $20,000. This should tell you something about the quality of the jobs that our economy is producing at this point.
Many families have to fight tooth and nail just to make it from month to month, and there are lots of Americans that find themselves sinking deeper and deeper into debt.
If you can believe it, about a quarter of the country actually has a negative net worth right now.
What that means is that if you have no debt and you also have ten dollars in your pocket that gives you a greater net worth than about 25 percent of the entire country. With each passing day, more Americans are losing their spots in the middle class and this has pushed government dependence to an all-time high. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans now live in a home that receives money from the government each month. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

It's OK to Pollute, If It's In The Name of Green Energy

 The Ivanpah solar project burns enough natural gas to be required to take
part in the state's Cap and Trade program to reduce emissions.  

Just goes to show, if there are cronies to enrich, more Government control and a left wing agenda to forward, conservation and  environmentalism mean very little, if anything.

A solar power plant at the center of the Obama administration’s push to reduce America’s carbon footprint by using millions of taxpayer dollars to promote green energy has its own carbon pollution problem.
The Ivanpah plant in the Mojave Desert uses natural gas as a supplementary fuel. Data from the California Energy Commission show that the plant burned enough natural gas in 2014 – its first year of operation – to emit more than 46,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
That’s nearly twice the pollution threshold for power plants or factories in California to be required to participate in the state’s cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions.
The same amount of natural gas burned at a conventional power plant would have produced enough electricity to meet the annual needs of 17,000 California homes – or roughly a quarter of the Ivanpah plant’s total electricity projection for 2014.
The plant, which was developed by Oakland-based BrightSource Energy, was approved in 2010 amid questions about its cost to taxpayers and the facility’s effect on the desert environment.
The U.S. Department of Energy granted Ivanpah $1.6 billion in loan guarantees. As a green-energy project, it also qualified for more than $600 million in federal tax credits.
Just before the project broke ground, President Barack Obama praised it in his weekly radio address:
"With projects like this one, and others across this country, we are staking our claim to continued leadership in the new global economy. And we’re putting Americans to work producing clean, home-grown American energy that will help lower our reliance on foreign oil and protect our planet for future generations."
And former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar freed up large expanses of public land for the plant despite environmentalists’ concerns about wildlife habitat and the loss of open space.
David Lamfrom, desert project manager of the National Parks Conservation Association, said information about the amount of natural gas used at Ivanpah shows that the plant is essentially a hybrid operation that requires both fossil fuel and sunshine to make electricity.
He said he doubts the project would have gone forward if it had been billed a hybrid plant.
“It feels like a bait and switch,” Lamfrom said. “This project was held up as a model of innovation. We didn’t sign up for greener energy. We signed up for green energy.”