Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

How the Press Always Seeks the Truth

On Thursday, the Washington Post published an article by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin titled “The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn't Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers.” The article’s first paragraph included this claim:

    The biggest lease holder in the northern Alberta oil sands is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the privately-owned cornerstone of the fortune of conservative Koch brothers Charles and David.

The theme of the article was that the Keystone Pipeline is all about the Koch brothers; or, at least, that this is a plausible claim. The Post authors relied on a report by a far-left group called International Forum on Globalization that I debunked last October.

So Thursday evening, I wrote about the Post article here. I pointed out that Koch is not, in fact, the largest leaser of tar sands land; that Koch will not be a user of the pipeline if it is built; and that construction of the Keystone Pipeline would actually be harmful to Koch’s economic interests, which is why Koch has never taken a position on the pipeline’s construction. The Keystone Pipeline, in short, has nothing whatsoever to do with the Koch brothers.

How does the Press Always Seek the Truth? Actually, it doesn't bother.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

ORDERED TO EXECUTE

Article II, Section 3, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution gives the President a way to do his/her job which he/she is sworn; to make certain the laws of the land passed by Congress are faithfully executed. That is called “Executive Order.” It is not intended to circumvent a law, to expand a law, to enact a law or to make exceptions to a law. It is intended to allow the president to execute an already passed law when Congress is not in session.

President Obama (the amateur president) has used Executive Orders to change laws, to avoid adhering to a law, to make exceptions to a law and to just make laws up. If he does not know that E.O.s are not designed for those purposes, he is incompetent. If he does know, he is a crook and violates the Constitution.
In the case of an Executive Order issues on March 6, 2014, PBO (tap), regarding what Vice President Biden calls a “land grab,” has assumed “legal authority” to seize private property held by foreigners (the 11 Russian leaders used to sanction Russia for its Crimean involvement). Since such a law never existed, PBO (tap) could not possible clarify it, so he just invented this justification.

President BO (the amateur president) has practically institutionalized the Executive Order as a tool to propagate a political agenda. He has chosen to use it as a weapon. The entirety of Europe and members of the UN are all laughing at PBO (tap) and the one laughing the hardest is V. Putin.
How many E.O.s will it take that deal with making, changing and ignoring laws (read: ObamaCare) before the country wakes up to the fact that they are allowing a man to become a dictator? How far left will we allow the leftists to lead us?

Let me be clear (to use an oft used phrase): this is not about how many E.O.s have been used, it is about the nature of the Orders. No prior president has so extensively used Executive Orders to fundamentally change the United States of America.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Do You Even Get the Point?

He's More Prolific than
Dan Quayle ever was.
BLOOMBERG – Vice President Joe Biden wandered a little off course on a trip down memory lane today.

“Fifteen years ago, I was honored, as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, to lead the fight for Poland’s admission into NATO,” Biden said in Warsaw during a visit designed to reassure America’s Eastern European allies in the wake of Russia’s move to take control of Crimea.

The only problem: Biden wasn’t chairman back then.

It was Sen. Jesse Helms, a North Carolina Republican, who guided the committee and launched the floor debate on granting NATO accession to Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Biden did lead minority Democrats in approving the treaty resolution, after having initially expressed doubts about the political viability of expanding NATO.

See, the issues is not what he lied about. That was menial. The issue is how easy it is for him and the Democrat administration [including President BO (the amateur president)] to just continually lie about everything. They sincerely believe that if it comes out of their mouths it is truth, whether or not what they say really happened.

They lie to convince you to accept something ("If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance." "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."). They lie to make themselves look more accomplished than they are (see above). They lie about their agenda (caught on camera whispering to Putin: "I'll have more flexibility after the election." - See how flexible he is now?). 

Lying is an accepted technique for putting forth the Democrat agenda. Not a one Democrat that I know of sees anything wrong with that. 

Look, I know what I am talking about. I have degrees in psychology, sociology, political science, history, cosmology, cosmetology, finance, and 98.6 degrees from Fahrenheit. 

So don't try to pull the wool over my...

Monday, March 17, 2014

My America (Further Almost Random Thoughts)


1.      Individuals should be allowed to earn whatever they can. Remember, the more they earn, the greater the income of the federal government, since 11% of more is more. Since CEOs do not waltz in and receive a salary apart from the company’s stock holders, the federal government should have no say in how much the CEO earns. The feds can just tax him at 11% on everything he earns over the poverty level.

2.      Regulation of pollution should rest with the states. If, and only if, the states request coordination from the federal government, that assistance should not exceed the amount budgeted for that kind of thing, and must comply with section 7 of yesterday’s post. (Go back and read it, you lazy scoundrel!)

3.      The skyways should continue to be coordinated by the FAA, whose equipment should be updated to today’s standard of state-of-the-art and should be reviewed/replaced every 2-5 years, as needed.

4.      The federal government should be required to operate the USPS in a manner at least as effectively and efficiently as its commercial counterparts (FedEx, UPS, etc.). The price of stamps should be raised (when necessary) to the next coinage level, i.e.: from $.43 to $.45 or $.50, and then in $.05 increments. In other words, so we can use nickels, dimes or quarters to pay for them...no pennies needed.

5.      The federal government should enact and enforce laws that deal with: the murder of or by federal personnel, thievery of or by federal personnel, lying by or to federal personnel, or the destruction or obfuscation of any citizen’s property.

6.      The federal government should have no role in education, unless such role conforms to and fulfills the requirements of section 7 in yesterday’s post. (Go back and read it, you lazy scoundrel!)

7.      The federal government should have no role in matters of health, health insurance or any other matters not governed by section 7 of yesterday’s post. (Go back and read it, you lazy scoundrel!) Those matters should be regulated by the states. The states may request coordination by the federal government so long as the actions of the federal government do not violate the requirements of section 7 of yesterday’s post. (Go back and read it, you lazy scoundrel!)

8.      No agent of the federal government should be allowed to enter a citizen’s dwelling, whether owned or rented, without the dweller’s permission, without a warrant from a federal judge.

9.      The legal concept “innocent until proven guilty” should apply in all matters of federal, state or local law. In no case must “innocence” be proven; it should be assumed unless the accusing entity can prove guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt.

10.  Citizens should have the absolute right to defend themselves from bodily harm by whatever means necessary, without interference from or fear of the federal government.

11.  Citizens should have the right to arm themselves with whatever weapon they choose without interference from the federal government.

12.  Non-citizens should be granted temporary residence in this country for purposes of work or education after undergoing a proper background check and being issued a temporary visa for no more than 4 months at a time. This would be a part of the federal government’s requirement to defend the country as per section 7 in yesterday’s post. (Go back and read it, you lazy scoundrel!)

13.  The federal government should maintain a military force strong enough to defend the country from attack from any or all other countries. Every able bodied male citizen should be prepared for military defensive combat and every able bodied female citizen for any support role.

14.  The federal government should enact no law that is written in anything but common English and that law should not be more than 2 pages in length (using 12 point type).

15.  The federal government should not engage in the defense of any other country unless requested by that country and unless Congress approves of the action by a 2/3 majority vote of both houses. No president should commit troops for any reason, under any circumstances, without permission from Congress, for more than 4 days, during which time Congress should be required to decide whether or not to continue the action.

16.  All matters before either house of Congress should be decided by an immediate vote, either to adopt, reject or table the issue. If tabled, the matter should have to be reopened within 1 month unless specific, meaningful and necessary delay is agreed to by a majority vote of those present.

17.  No absentee voting should be allowed in Congress. Congresspersons should be required to be at work at the nation’s capital when convened. Members of Congress should be allowed two weeks of vacation after their first year in office and one additional week for each year served over five. The rest of the time they should be at work in the nations’ capital or in their respective district/state.

18.  No member of the federal government should receive any compensation from any entity for any activity while in office. If they are not satisfied with the pay and benefits they receive, they should resign and let someone who would be satisfied be voted in to take their place.

19.  Congress should make no law regarding the behavior of any entity unless the activities of that person or corporation would pose a threat to the country that violates at least one of the provisions of section 7 in yesterday’s post. (Go back and read it, you lazy scoundrel!)

20.  Individual states may not enact legislation that violates the provisions of section 7 in yesterday’s post. (Go back and read it, you lazy scoundrel!)
So there you go. That’s more of what my United States of America would look like.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What Should the United States of America Look Like?

The United States should be made up of states that unite themselves according to certain principles, including (but not limited to) the right to life, the right to individual and collective liberty, and the right to the opportunity to make of one’s life whatever he/she wants to make of it, so long as he/she does not violate the rights of another.

There should be a central government which should serve chiefly as a coordinator of those activities expressed in section 7 below on behalf of the states.
Here is what I think the federal government should be like:

1.       There should be three co-equal branches of government: the Executive, the Judicial and the Legislative.

2.       The Legislative branch should consist of two houses: the House of Representatives and the Senate

a.       The House of Representatives should consist of elected officials who represent the views of those who elect them to office.

b.      The Senate should consist of 2 senators from each state, each representing the legislators of those particular states.

c.       Each house should enact those laws that are essential for the well-being of the country in accordance with the rules set out in the Constitution. There should be only one topic per bill. Any amendments should be germane to the initial bill. Either house may propose and pass a bill, but each bill must be ratified by the other house and signed or vetoed by the President.

d.      Senators and members of the House of Representatives should not be able to serve more than 7 years.

3.      The Judicial Branch should be seated in a Supreme Court which should review the laws passed by the Legislative branch to determine whether they are constitutional.

a.       Their decisions should be able to be over-ridden by a 2/3 majority vote of BOTH the House and the Senate as to Constitutionality only.

b.      No Supreme Court Justice should serve more than 9 years and should not be able to be appointed to that office again.

c.       Supreme Court members should be suggested by the President and should have to be confirmed by both houses of Congress.

d.      No issue shall come before the Supreme Court unless it relates specifically and identifiably to one or more of the functions of section 7 below.

 
4.      The Executive Branch should consist of a President, whose job it would be to execute the wishes of the Congress by signature, or by vetoing a law, which veto must be upheld by a 2/3 majority vote of BOTH the House and the Senate. The President and Vice President should be able to serve no more than 8 years, 4 years at a time, after which they shall be ineligible to be elected to either of those offices again.

5.      Revenue for the operation of the three branches of the government should be by a 11% tax on every earned dollar over the poverty level by individuals and/or businesses, whether corporations, sole proprietorships or any other kind of business. The poverty level shall be defined as $20,000.00 per year or the bottom ¼ of the average income of all of those employed, whichever is greater. No other form of taxation should be allowed.

6.      The federal government should not interfere in any way with any person or group’s freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press or the freedom to assemble peacefully for the purpose of expressing themselves regarding federal legislation.

a.        Each state should decide for itself how to run itself without interference from the federal government. If an individual state decides it should be legal in that state to yell, “Fire!” in a crowded theater, so be it. The federal government should not get involved.

b.      The federal government should not enact any legislation or rule that governs how people think, believe or behave.

c.       These freedoms should be exempt from all federal prosecution, period. Federal prosecution should be reserved for those matters that involve unity, justice, defense, wellbeing, encouragement and liberty as each relates to the country as a whole.

7.      The federal government should be responsible for enacting legislation that specifically and directly deals with, and only with, 1) keeping the country united, 2) seeing to it that federal suits, trials and other legal issues are administered justly, 3) defending citizens and their property from all enemies, foreign and domestic who cannot be defended by local peace keepers, 4) promoting ideas and directions that lead to the general wellbeing of the citizens, 5) keeping people confident in the country’s direction so as to allow them to be about their business and 6) making certain that current citizens and their progeny will have liberty and that they will be free of interference from the federal government.

8.      No group should be allowed to exert influence on any governmental official by lobbying either senators or congressmen in the nations’ capital. Those groups should be able to encourage their membership to express themselves to their respective representatives singly or en mass in their state and localities.

9.      Every citizen should be empowered to vote for or against any person running for the presidency or vice presidency without influence from or fear of any persons or force outside of themselves.

10.  People should be able to become citizens of this country by being born to one or more citizens of this country or by a process of naturalization leading them to proclaim their allegiance to this country.

11.  Interstate commerce should not be regulated by or interfered with by the federal government except and unless such regulation relates specifically and identifiably to one or more of the functions of section 7 above.

12.  The Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court and the President, or any other federal office, should not have any say in determining its own salary and benefits. The salary of the President, Vice President and members of the Supreme Court should be decided by both houses of Congress. The salary and benefits of the Senate should be decided by the House of Representatives. The salary and benefits of the House of Representatives should be decided by the Senate. No branch of the federal government should be allowed to interfere with the salary and benefits discussions of any other branch.

13.  No special programs or funding should be established by the federal government except those that relate specifically and identifiably to one or more of the functions of section 7 above.

14.  Interactions between branches of government, or between political Parties, for the purpose of influencing a vote on a particular issue should be prohibited. Joint committees should be made up of persons from all of the branches of government, and should deal with one issue only. No branch of the government should give testimony that would violate national security, which violation should be demonstrable and verifiable by those holding

15.  Giving false testimony to Congress, regardless of who is testifying, should be a felony offense punishable by no less than 5 years in federal prison. If the person testifying is a member of any branch of the federal government, he/she should forfeit one year’s salary and benefits in addition to the other penalties and should be placed on immediate 1 year probation. Any violation of the probation should result in removal from office and should require his/her district to elect another person to fill the vacancy.

16.  Rules about federal law “trumping” state law should apply only to those items listed in section 7 above.

17.  The federal government should be allowed to serve as a coordinator of those activities that would by nature involve more than one state, such as what is now known as the federal highway system.

18.  No federal agency should exist outside the bounds of section 7 above. Every federal agency should be subjected to an annual evaluation by Congress in the form of a service/financial audit to determine whether it is or is not fulfilling its mission in a proper and economically sound manner.

19.  No branch of the federal government should be involved in the private affairs of citizens, corporations, or states except to evaluate whether they are in compliance with section 7 above.

20.  The federal government should establish a balanced budget in keeping with tax revenues expected to actually be received according to section 5 above.
That’s what I believe the United States of America should look like.
You may disagree. This is America. In my vision of America, you have the right to be wrong.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014