Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

However and wherever you spend it, reflect on Abraham Lincoln's advice when he proclaimed the holiday:
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Take that

Obama: Climate change conference “a powerful rebuke to the terrorists."

What, we’ll lubricate windmills with bacon grease?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The database

Donald Trump is taking flak for proposing a "Muslim database." In fact, this was proposed by a reporter, Trump never said it. Trump's mistake is that he didn't address the idea. As if the content of a reporter's question is his responsibility.

What he did say, however, is worse:
Well, we're going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule. And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy.
The larger point that seems to have gone missing is that there already is a database of Muslims... and tea partiers and ACLU supporters and college protesters and gun owners and Bernie Sanders contributors and... well, what ever filters the NSA wishes to apply to the bulk data they're collecting.

They already know where you've been, if an email had a keyword they're looking for, your age, your race, your charitable contributions, where you were born, what you've purchased, what you read, what you eat and drink, the state of your health and who you've called and when. Do you really think they can't already pretty precisely figure out your religion? A bit of information, moreover, some of you may have already directly declared on some government form or other.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

All your bases are belong to you

The Progressives discover the racist basis of one of their most accomplished enablers:
"Woodrow Wilson was extremely racist — even by the standards of his time."

It's no secret that the arrogant, mean-spirited and insufferably pedantic Wilson despised the Constitution:
All that progressives ask or desire is permission — in an era when "development," "evolution," is the scientific word — to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle; all they ask is recognition of the fact that a nation is a living thing and not a machine.
-Section II: “What Is Progress?”
...and with that, except for the "permission" bit, the crybullies and Barack Obama agree.

More on Woodrow Wilson here.

Recommended reading:
Wilson's War
Jim Powell

Theodore and Woodrow
Andrew P. Napolitano

Friday, November 20, 2015

Promises

File Says N.S.A. Found Way to Replace Email Program

So, NSA does not need to collect and store everyone's email to provide security insights. They told a Clinton "Truth" when they said they shut the program down for “operational and resource reasons” - they meant they found another way to do it.

As far as phone records, all the bulk data is still available from the phone companies - it just requires observance of the 4th Amendment.

When we are asked to trade fundamental civil rights for security by a government that could find no wrongdoing at the IRS, blamed a minor film maker for its own deadly security lapse at Benghazi, runs an airport security agency which misses 95% of weapons it's tasked with finding, prevaricates about the data it gathers on its own citizens, ignores precise warnings about bomb plots (the Tsarnaevs), refuses to use the words "Radical Islam" even while terrorists shouting "Allahu Akbar!" murder scores - calling the terrorists a lesser threat than climate change - why should we trust their promises regarding our civil rights?

Why, in fact, should we trust such power even to men and women with a good track record? Men and women in government change, sooner or later you get ones like we have now. A "good track record" means preserving and protecting the Bill of Rights.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Security vs Liberty

Leaked NSA doc reveals ‘sheer luck’ needed to find useful info in sea of surveillance data

This is the national security program Marco Rubio apparently puts ahead of the 4th Amendment. It's actually more like the TSA playing with keyboards.
The NSA didn’t know it was already sitting on a “goldmine” of data on one of its targets until one of its analysts discovered it by “sheer luck,” according to an internal newsletter entry leaked by Edward Snowden.
It increases our chance of getting lucky, but does not fulfill what's promised in exchange for giving up civil liberties.

The White House safe space

Ya ya ya ya I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
In Rise of ISIS, No Single Missed Key but Many Strands of Blame
And there were, in fact, more than hints of the group’s [ISIS'] plans and potential. A 2012 report by the United States Defense Intelligence Agency was direct: The growing chaos in Syria’s civil war was giving Islamic militants there and in Iraq the space to spread and flourish. The group, it said, could “declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria.”

“This particular report, this was one of those nobody wanted to see,” said Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who ran the defense agency at the time.

“It was disregarded by the White House,” he said. “It was disregarded by other elements in the intelligence community as a one-off report. Frankly, at the White House, it didn’t meet the narrative.”
ATTKISSON: OBAMA WON’T READ INTELLIGENCE ON GROUPS HE DOESN’T CONSIDER TERRORISTS

Speech offensive to the President is banned. Reality is merely delayed.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cruz? Rubio?

In recent days, Ted Cruz has attacked Marco Rubio on Rubio's well known, and since abandoned, proposal favoring a path to citizenship/illegal immigrant amnesty.

Then, Marco Rubio attacked Ted Cruz on Cruz’ (and Rand Paul’s) resistance to NSA's warrantless accumulation of email and phone records from American citizens, going so far as to link Cruz to Edward Snowden and the atrocity at Bataclan.

That settles the Cruz/Rubio question for me. Rubio is suspect on illegal immigration and squishy on the 4th Amendment. And, trying to tie Snowden and the Paris atrocities to Cruz is despicable.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Safe-space creation gap?

Supporters of the #BlackLivesMatter Speech Supression Squad have been shocked by a humiliating loss in the international safe-space creation competition.

We spoke with the coaching staff in the faculty lounge. While none would speak for attribution, the prevailing sentiment is they were caught flat-footed, failing to appreciate Team ISIS’ determination to create a world wide Islamist safe-space.

Team members were more forthcoming.

“We thought we had speech suppression and the intimidation of Western Cultural lackies locked up,” said a Graduate Assistant in Transgender Restroom Implementation Studies at Yale. “The administrators were resigning like flies. All eyes were on our message… Then this [the Paris massacres]. Now I’m worried my grant to study the Post-modern Psychological Implications of LGBT Restroom Stall Design could be reallocated to the Defense Department.”

A professor from the University of Missouri School of Relativist Morality commented, “Our scouting reports completely missed this. Our scouts didn’t even tell us about Charlie Hebdo, because they said it might upset us… Well, yeah.”

He went on to say, “We’re hopelessly outclassed in the attention whoring twitter sweepstakes, our precious little fascists are sounding like John Kasich at the last GOP debate.” As examples he displayed screen shots of tweets (since deleted) from Team #BlackLivesMatter:


For more examples, see this link.

“Look, we’re way behind,” an Administrative Assistant to the Office of Diversity Determination at the University of Michigan told us, “we understand these ISIS guys have every right to make people shut up about Mohammed, peace be upon him. We get that. They just need to leave us a little space for tweeting about what we don’t want discussed. Like police and guns and terrorism. And words.”

“We know we’ve got work to do to become competitive,” said a spokespersyn at Amherst College, “the first step in our rebuilding process is to implement the re-education camp protocols. We’re really serious about it, and we’ve started setting up safe-spaces where we can work without any distractions from reality.”

Whether Team #BlackLivesMatter can achieve a resurgence remains to be seen.

Update 4:32PM More #Mizzou whining here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bill O’Reilly, ahistorical buffoon

I have my reservations about George Will’s political world view, but I respect his intellect and abilities. On policy, he would make a slightly better president than Jeb!.

I have no reservations about Bill O’Reilly. He is a populist buffoon on his best day. Whenever the hell that occurred.

O’Reilly is the only person I would nominate as more aggressive-narcissist than Donald Trump. Trump has a vastly better sense of humor and more self-awareness.

I know, I know… Trump self-aware? Well, think about the contenders here. Trump might be at 8 on a scale of 1 - 100: dimly cognizant of how his hair is combed. O’Reilly, unconscious even that a coherent political philosophy is a good thing, has a downside limited only by the fact I set the scale minimum at 1.

I exclude Barack Hussein Obama from this specific competition because his narcissism is whiny passive/aggressive.

Bias disclosed, I give you some insight into a dispute George Will (not alone) is having with O’Reilly, over O’Reilly’s fatuous book, Killing Reagan.

Will takes O’Reilly apart in two (so far) columns.

Bill O’Reilly slanders Ronald Reagan
Nov 5

Bill O’Reilly makes a mess of history
Nov 10

Another view. Not Will’s.
What Bill O’Reilly’s new book on Ronald Reagan gets wrong about Ronald Reagan
Oct 16

Will went on “The Factor” to discuss the book and his critical column. O’Reilly’s technique of shouting about irrelevance is illustrated. I find it just as despicable as a dozen of O’Reilly’s “interviews” I watched 15 years ago while figuring out what a vacuous, wind-blown, opportunist and deranged cretin he is.

At the link, scroll down a touch to the "WATCH:” heading.