“Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ex-Im BS

McConnell says he was forced to hold a vote on the Ex-Im Bank renewal because supporters demand it. Funny, it worked the other way around when Harry Reid was in charge.
McConnell told colleagues Friday that he had little choice but to ensure a vote on the bank because its supporters threatened to block votes on other amendments.

“Supporters of the Ex-Im Bank are demanding a vote to reauthorize it, and they’ve made clear they’re ready to stop all other amendments if denied that opportunity," he said. “They’ve already proven they have the votes to back up the threat too."

But Cruz ripped McConnell’s tactics, and conservatives applauded his salvo.

“Senator Ted Cruz's speech today is evidence of the rage that conservatives have toward Senator Mitch McConnell,” one conservative strategist told The Hill. “In essence, Sen. Cruz made a strong case that McConnell's whole agenda is a lie to the conservative movement.”

Cruz and McConnell have had a rocky relationship since the freshman conservative came to the upper chamber in 2013.

They clashed most fiercely that year over the best strategy to oppose the implementation of ObamaCare. Cruz pushed Republicans to oppose any government funding resolution that allowed the law to take effect. McConnell believed the 16-day government shutdown that resulted from a standoff over spending hurt the GOP’s brand.

Cruz and McConnell clashed again in December and earlier this year over a Department of Homeland Security funding bill. Cruz insisted it include language stopping President Obama’s executive order shielding up to five million illegal immigrants form deportation.

McConnell eventually moved a clean funding bill after Senate Democrats repeatedly filibustered language targeting the executive action on immigration.
Block what other amendments? He isn't permitting any.

In summary, the supporters of Ex-Im are going to shut down the Senate if McConnell doesn't give them a chance to rape taxpayers. If he doesn't allow a vote, McConnell is afraid it'll be like the government "shutdown" - bad for the GOP.

So, if the GOP shuts it down it's the GOP's fault. If the Dems shut it down, it's the GOP's fault.

Get a spine, Mitch.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Open Letter to Senator McConnell

Dear Mr. Majority Leader,

I watched Senator Cruz speak on the Senate floor about your vow that there would be no vote allowed on renewal of the Export-Import Bank. Either Senator Cruz suffers from a catastrophic hearing impairment combined with serious cognitive disability, or your assurance was akin to “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor:” You've decided there will be such a vote. The Ex-Im renewal amendment will be coupled with an amendment to repeal Obamacare that you've personally offered.

How generous of you. Some Republicans (who, I will remind you, comprise the party of which you are Senate Majority Leader) helped you pass Obamatrade based on your promise Ex-Im would die without a vote. Now they have to fight a battle you told them wouldn't happen. Crony capitalist leaning “Republicans” who want Ex-Im renewal get another kick at the can, but can symbolically vote against Obamacare.

You provide an easy choice for Democrats. They know the President has their back and will veto any Obamacare repeal. Democrats can vote to renew the Ex-Im Bank and even to repeal Obamacare, knowing only the former would ever be allowed to stand.

You've called this a “compromise,” giving Democrats and corporatist-state Republicans their chance to perpetuate a give away of taxpayer funds, and giving Republicans the chance to play-vote to repeal Obamacare. What a sham. And a shame.

I also understand you will not allow Senator Paul's amendment to stop taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood to come to a vote. Given Planned Parenthood's recently revealed nonchalance about selling dismembered babies' organs, which they view as clumps of waste tissue with a market, Senator Paul's amendment seems to me a timely, winning and principled one. A good issue with which to challenge the modern eugenicists' newspeak about “tissue samples”, ”calvarium” and “less crunchy.”

But beyond merely opposing these horrors on principle, did it ever occur to you that a compromise might be to fund the Ex-Im Bank with the half a billion tax dollars annually given to Planned Parenthood? That would be a compromise amendment. One where the Democrats are forced to pick their poison. It would have been far better than offering the hemlock to your fellow GOP Senators while serving milk and honey to the opposition.

By the way, if I were writing such an amendment, I would also include a provision to subtract from any future Ex-Im Bank funding the $10.3 million the bank provided as a loan guarantee to subsidize the installation of some solar panels in Belgium. Those panels were made by Solyndra, perhaps the poster child for public-pirate partnership. The installation was completed a year prior to the issuance of the loan guarantee and created exactly zero jobs. Ex-Im didn't facilitate this export, they shoveled money into a failing company as a matter of political policy.

The Ex-Im Bank is a tool for politicians and lobbyists. It is a highly visible example of the unholy alliance between the Federal government and the corporate-welfare queens laughingly calling themselves capitalists. The private sector is more than up to the task of financing viable business ventures, but apparently provides insufficient opportunities for graft and corruption.

Bad though Ex-Im is, I'd rather waste the money on failing “green” energy companies than on “non-profit” mega-abortion mills. Planned Parenthood is the single largest perpetrator of abortions in the world. It commits an estimated third of a million abortions per year. About as many abortions as the total of half the remaining G7 nations (Germany, France, Canada) combined. Most of those abortions are performed on black and hispanic women in our inner-cities, where the number of abortions typically exceed the number of live births. How about shoving the #WaronWomen and #BlackLivesMatter memes back in the faces of the hypocrites who excuse this leisurely genocide?

In short, Mr. Majority Leader, I agree with Senator Cruz: You are acting like Harry Reid. Senator Cruz is also right that introducing your own Obamacare amendment is a distraction, intended to fail. And intended to muddy the waters.

I am in full-throated agreement with Senator Cruz' assessment of the GOP leadership. I've been disillusioned for many years, and your personal betrayal of your fellow Senators is, sadly, just a small example of the wider corruption which is driving me from the party.

The public adulation for Donald Trump (R?, Blowhardville), should be telling you something about how alienated much of your base already feels. I urge you to reconsider how you are handling this matter, rather than further destroying the brand.

Monday, July 20, 2015

War Fighters

...of the Social Justice variety.

As far as I can tell, this USMC Lt. Col. was fired for doing her job: Making Marines.

That includes:
Running Boot Camp. Pursuing a vision of Marines as elite warriors. Demanding accountability to standards. Honoring the Corps in spite of a hostile command hierarchy whose budget is hostage to Political Correctness. Integrating female Marines with their peers with whom they may SHARE COMBAT. Challenging female Marines to improve: To have a better chance of survival.

According to the complainers, Lt. Col. Kate Germano, the former commanding officer of 4th Recruit Training Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, was:
"bullying Marines and singling them out for under-performance.”
Sounds like Boot Camp to me.

Look, the USMC does not want people to fail. They're not stupid. They have well tested methods to help recruits succeed. Because, you know, they want more and better Marines next to them in foxholes.

Lt. Col. Germano is alleged to have:
""reinforced gender bias and stereotypes" in the minds of her Marines by telling them on several occasions that male Marines would not take orders from them and would see them as inferior if they could not meet men's physical standards”
Telling the truth. And the truth is that it’s now the Corps that is "reinforcing gender bias and stereotypes” that women are unable to perform.

Germano was accused of:
“...singled out Marines who couldn't perform three pullups or complete a physical fitness test's 3-mile run in less than 23 minutes.”
Enforcing standards and individual accountability.
"Witnesses said she implied that sexual assault is "100 percent preventable” [Their words, you’ll notice. I’d say the correct term would be ‘inferred.’] and that "by drinking, you are putting yourself in a position to be sexually assaulted.” ...

The investigation found that Germano's personal viewpoints on the issue of sexual assault revealed no malice or bad intent. But, the investigating officer found, her poor choice of words and focus on accountability left room for misinterpretation and left some Marines feeling less safe.”
I think the Marines who should feel less safe are the ones who might end up in a foxhole with the snowflake “Marines” the program is apparently designed to produce.

All this would matter much less if these women weren't candidates for combat duty. But the Social Justice Warriors saw that as discriminatory. Now they see preparation for combat as discriminatory. Rather than admit they were wrong in the first instance, they double down.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

There. Fixed that for you, Daily Beast

This Is How Hillary Loses the Primary
Something remarkable is happening in American politics. For the first time in our history, a socialist is running a close second and gaining ground on the front-runner in a presidential race.
What they really meant: "Something remarkable is happening in American Democrat politics. For the first time in our history, an honest socialist is running a close second and gaining ground on the main stream socialist-as-usual front-runner in a presidential race."

Monday, July 06, 2015

"Rope-a-Dope" as defined by Mrs Bill

Mrs. Bill ropes some dopes.

Clinton campaign ropes off reporters at New Hampshire parade

Then some reporter gets to ask a question. He asks, "What's your favorite ice-cream?" She says, "“I like nearly everything.”

One would think he might have inquired about her favorite lasso material. Nylon? Jute? Polypropylene? Hemp? He would have received the same answer, but it would have been much more interesting.