Category: Politics

Great Moments In Progressive Timing

Whilst we were out in Indiana we had some time to kill before the wedding, so we wandered up to the local megalopolis of Decatur. Like many of the towns we drove through out there the downtown was, for lack of a better term, faded. So many empty storefronts and buildings that attested to a prosperous past and a sadly desolate present surrounded us, and glimpses of lost civic pride were everywhere. One that particularly jumped out at us was the “Peace Monument” in Decatur:

peace

Constructed of locally quarried limestone, it was built to honor the local men and women who had served in various wars and more importantly as an expression of the shared fervent wish that the world was finally embarking on an era of peace and understanding amongst the nations.

When it was dedicated on October 30th, 1913, Archduke Ferdinand had eight months to live.

I Think It Was a Combination of Unexpectedly Bright Lights Shining on Their Nasty Little Business

…and getting awfully close to that 19th of April date which, for some reason, the Feds seem drawn to like a FLAME for coming down heavy, and leaving somebody…in flames.

More: From the Las Vegas CBS affiliate:

LAS VEGAS — The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will stop the roundup of cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy. The BLM says the animals have been illegally grazing on public lands for 20 years.

The BLM made the announcement Saturday morning, a week after rangers started gathering the animals from land near Gold Butte.

The agency says it is concerned about the safety of its employees and the public. Earlier this week, BLM officers and supporters of the Bundy family were involved in a scuffle. Cliven Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, was tased twice by federal agents. Another woman said she was thrown to the ground by an officer.

With more Bundy supporters pouring in from around the country, safety concerns began to grow.

The I-Team has learned the deal to end the gather was brokered by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

Though, isn’t it ODD how eveything has to simmer down RIGHT QUICK when HARRY REID’S DIRTY DEALINGS get stirred into this righteous “deadbeat cowboy didn’t pay his fees and is torturing tortoises” mix?

Koch brothers, my ass.

Nice to have friends ride in to help. And MILLIONS of friends to pass the pictures ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

The Committee Hearings May Get Even A Tad Livelier Now

Via HotAir, Issa is asking Cummings to do some explaining of possible collusion between Cummings’ staff and the IRS.

Good Thing The Government Has Declared That Inflation Is Under Control

Because otherwise I might be somewhat concerned by the fact that I walked into our local ShopRong today and they wanted $2.99…for 3 limes.

Three.

Er, Well…

…actually the reason for the attack seems pretty clear

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Two journalists working for The Associated Press have been shot in Afghanistan, one of them fatally, the news agency said Friday.

The Associated Press said the slain journalist was Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer. She was shot in the country’s eastern Khost province.

The second journalist targeted by the gunman was Kathy Gannon, a Canadian reporter based in Islamabad, the AP said. She is said to be in a stable condition and is receiving medical care.

…The two women were traveling in their own car in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots in Khost province, protected by the Afghan National Army and Afghan police, the news agency said.

A unit commander walked up to their car as it waited to move, yelled “Allahu akbar” — “God is great” — and opened fire on them in the back seat, the AP said. He then surrendered to the other police present.

The reason for the attack is unclear, but police have arrested the suspected shooter and the case is under investigation, Baryalay Rawan, a spokesman for the Khost provincial governor, told CNN.

Women who have the audacity to work, let alone get involved in elections, have a sad history of not fairing so well over there.

I Hope She Wins, And Wins A Lot

And I hope the DA grows a pair and files criminal assault charges against the agents

A University of Virginia student charged last year with assaulting Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents attempting to stop her for underage possession beer that turned out to be sparkling water has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the state and seven agents.

Among other things, Elizabeth K. Daly’s 47-page suit, filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court, alleges malicious prosecution, failure to train ABC agents appropriately, and six counts of assault and battery.

Michael Kelly, director of communications for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, said, “It’s incredibly unfortunate that the situation that night in Charlottesville occurred at all. As this case proceeds, the Attorney General’s Office will defend the commonwealth’s interests and work to ensure a just and reasonable outcome.”

Now from that quote you can see the AG sure sounds like he’s looking for a way out of this. And for good reason:

According to the suit, Daly and two friends went to a Harris Teeter store in Daly’s Chevrolet Trailblazer, arriving shortly before 10 p.m. Among other items purchased by one of Daly’s friends was a case of canned LaCroix sparkling water. The women walked into the parking lot, one of them carrying the clearly visible sparkling water.

Seven ABC agents were in the parking lot watching for young-looking individuals and checking their identification to ensure no state laws were bring broken. Two agents followed the three to their car.

Daly got behind the wheel, one friend sat in the front passenger seat and placed the sparkling water on the floor and the other friend got in the back seat. Before starting the car, Daly saw two people approach the car and begin banging on the windows.

The two agents, says the suit, “allegedly displayed their badges hanging from necklaces which at the time and under the circumstances were not clearly visible or readable.”

The agents warned Daly not to turn on the car, but she and a friend were unable to open the windows using buttons because the car was not running. Other agents ran to the car.

The suit alleges that Daly called 911 on her cellphone, which she handed to a friend. The friend told the operator that they could not tell if the agents were real law enforcement officers.

Daly “was shaking and saying, ‘I don’t know what to do!’?” One agent suddenly drew a gun, pointing it toward the ground.

When an agent tried to break a passenger window with a steel flashlight, Daly drove off with some of the agents chasing on foot. She drove out of the parking lot and stopped at a red light intending to drive to a police station.

While at the red light, the 911 operator confirmed to the women that they were real ABC agents, according to the suit.

Police arrived on the scene and drove Daly to the police station, where an ABC agent swore out a criminal complaint that led to Daly’s arrest over assaulting two agents and over failing to stop when ordered.

Daly spent the night in jail and was released the following afternoon. On June 27, the charged were dropped. On Oct. 22, the arrest and court records were expunged.

These sorts of way-over-the-top police incidents for “crimes” so pernicious and perilous, crimes that threaten the very the Survival of the Republic like, well I shudder and blanch to mention, crimes like Under Age Possession and Presumptive Consumption of Carbonated Beverages By Teetotalers, these sorts of things are where the courts and the citizens need to hit back, and hit hard. This type of governmental abuse can not be allowed to stand.

Caprice and arbitrary thuggery are the hallmarks of a police state.

All I Can Say Is…

…it’s for REALS.

Code Chaos
Another nightmare for doctors, courtesy of the federal government

Ever considered suicide by jellyfish? Have you ended up in the hospital after being injured during the forced landing of your spacecraft? Or been hurt when you were sucked into the engine of an airplane or when your horse-drawn carriage collided with a trolley?

Chances are slim.

But should any of these unfortunate injuries befall you after October 1, 2014, your doctor, courtesy of the federal government, will have a code to record it. On that date, the United States is scheduled to implement a new system for recording injuries, medical diagnoses, and inpatient procedures called ICD-10?—?the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases propagated by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

So these exotic injuries, codeless for so many years, will henceforth be known, respectively, as T63622A (Toxic effect of contact with other jellyfish, intentional self-harm, initial encounter), V9542XA (Forced landing of spacecraft injuring occupant, initial encounter), V9733XA (Sucked into jet engine, initial encounter), and V80731A (Occupant of animal-drawn vehicle injured in collision with streetcar, initial encounter).

Wonder if “Death By Bongo” has a code?

It should.

We’re ALL going to expire from it before this is through.

I Do Not Think Harry Reid Understands the Concept of “Video”

Bill Quick’s New Book

It’s actually quite good and an enjoyable read. It’s called “Lightning Fall” and it concerns an all-too conceivable EMP attack on the US, and how very quickly our tech/electricity-dependent society could fall apart, especially when aided by the misplaced priorities of our political class.

If you have a kindle, get it.

I’ll Just Go With Charles Cooke’s Opinion

The Greatest Opening Line in the History of Campaign Commercials

Well, yes. Yes it is.

Koch Head

“Squirrel! SQUIRREL!!! SKA-WHIRL!!!!”

Still Waiting For Koch Bros Funding Since 2005

Just saying.

You know how to contact me, fellas.

It’s Getting So Bad

I’m starting to hear “Koch” in my sleep.

THE ROUNDTABLE:

ABC’s RICK KLEIN: The new Senate analysis from our colleagues at FiveThirtyEight.com is the latest warning signal for Democrats in 2014. Its main conclusion, that the GOP holds a 60 percent chance of taking back the Senate, is coming under harsh criticism from Democrats, naturally. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee quickly penned a memo arguing against making such conclusions this early. Naturally, the DSCC included this line:

“It has become crystal clear that our opponent in 2014 is not the Republican Party but two billionaire brothers.”

Democrats are doing all they can to try to bring money of their own into the process, amid frustrations that the Obama operation isn’t in high gear for this year. But does anyone think American voters will turn out in the kind of numbers Democrats need to send a message to the Koch brothers? Democrats need a different climate, not simple outside spending to match the Kochs, to overcome the forces at work this year.

ths update: (Keeping all these insinuations/messaging moments together for easy reference…)

Amy Walters Made It a Point to Call Americans for Prosperity a “KOCH BROTHERS Supported Backed” Organization

…on PBS’ The NewsHour Thursday night (with an able assist from Stuart Rothenberg just to make sure you heard it the FIRST time…).

STUART ROTHENBERG: The average voter doesn’t say, wow, who’s contributing to who?

So I think it’s a general Democratic frustration here. When you look at these races, it’s not as though the Republican candidates have a lot more money than the Democratic Senate candidates. That’s not the case at all.

AMY WALTER: But the AFP is out, which is the Koch brothers-backed group.

GWEN IFILL: Americans for Prosperity.

AMY WALTER: I mean, when you look at how much they’re spending in some of these states we just talked about…

STUART ROTHENBERG: That’s true.

AMY WALTER: … in North Carolina, their super PAC up against the Democratic super PAC called the Majority — Democratic Majority — what is it? Majority PAC, yes.

STUART ROTHENBERG: Majority PAC.

AMY WALTER: Majority PAC.

It’s, in some cases, 3-1, 4-1 difference in the number of ads that have been run. But I agree with you that it’s — it may not stay that way.

STUART ROTHENBERG: And, remember, the Republican super PAC that was so big last time, Crossroads, seems not to be active this cycle, at least at this point. They will be later in the cycle.

But, so far, AFP, the Koch brothers group, has really been carrying the ball for Republicans as the outside group.

SAH-lick message re-inforcement there, team!

No mention of any ‘Soros supported’ groups helping out Democrats during the roundtable, to my surprise.

Our little fishwrap this morning, seemly being eaten alive by USA Today inserts, amazingly enough, had a similar, unbiased observation:

I’m sensing a “theme”…

Jeb Bush Looking to Torpedo Whatever Chances He Might Have Had

…in one fell swoop.

Caputo updated the Tweet a bit later…

“I’ve Always Dreamed of a Piece of Fine Bottom Land”: Moving Swiftly to Marginalize and Contain the Opposition

while handsomely rewarding local favorites, I’d imagine.

Crimean Tatars Will Have to Vacate Land – Official

MOSCOW, March 18 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s breakaway region of Crimea will ask Tatars to vacate part of the land where they now live in exchange for new territory elsewhere in the region, a top Crimean government official said Tuesday.

Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said in an interview with RIA Novosti on Tuesday the new government in Crimea, where residents voted Sunday to become part of Russia, wants to regularize the land unofficially taken over by Crimean Tatar squatters following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“We have asked the Crimean Tatars to vacate part of their land, which is required for social needs,”

I’m sure our President will be PISSED when he gets off the course and finds out about this…right up until he finds out WHY they went all grabby pants.

For “social needs”?! Then it’ll be okey schmokey dokey. Might even see if they need some help with that.

…Temirgaliyev said. “But we are ready to allocate and legalize many other plots of land to ensure a normal life for the Crimean Tatars,” he said.

Temirgaliyev emphasized that members of the Tatar community could receive senior political positions in the new government, in an apparent move to ease ethnic tensions in the region.

“I think that Crimean Tatars will be well represented in the government and parliament,” he said.

I’ll BET they will! EVERY government needs janitors, sanitation engineers and road crews/ditch diggers.

Shovel ready jobs for the opposition.

Our Imperial Overlord in His House of White

is just the sneakiest pen-wielding bitch EH-VAH!

‘Most transparent’ White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs

It’s Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.

The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities.”

That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public.

“We’ll Give You SUCH A Pinch”

John Kerry, Super Stud Muffin

Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed to persuade Moscow to soften its stance.

…U.S. and European officials argue that Moscow is orchestrating the referendum and waging an intimidation campaign with thousands of Russian troops controlling the region. If Russian-backed lawmakers in Crimea go through with the Sunday referendum, Kerry said the U.S. and its European allies will not recognize it as legitimate under international law.

The U.S. and Europe on Monday would then unite to impose sanctions on Russia, Kerry told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Thursday during a hearing on the State Department’s budget.

“There will be a response of some kind to the referendum itself,” Kerry said. “If there is no sign [from Russia] of any capacity to respond to this issue … there will be a very serious series of steps on Monday.”

You just know that Putin is quite likely shivering in fear.

Smart Power has him right where we want him, yessirree, caught up in that web of Reset.

Update: Per ZeroHedge, here’s a handy graphic so you can see those Russkies quaking in their boots at the Wrath O’Kerry

Hiding Ivan

“I Will NEVER Stand for ANY President…”

Trey Gowdy, ladies and germs.

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From The Annals Of “You’ll Find Out What’s In It Once You Vote For It”

Everything is proceeding exactly as I have foreseen

New information-reporting rules for many businesses and their insurers are on their way under the federal Affordable Care Act. But with less than 10 months to go before data tracking is to get under way, the impact on affected businesses could be overwhelming, the National Restaurant Association reported last week.

Last week the IRS issued rules requiring many employers to turn over significant data to the IRS and to employees starting in early 2016. Data tracking must begin Jan. 1, 2015.

The rules are aimed at helping the IRS enforce the health care law’s employer and individual mandates, including allowing the agency to calculate and assess monthly penalties against large employers who fail to offer qualifying health care coverage to full-time employees. Federal and state agencies will also use the data to determine which individuals are eligible for federal tax help to buy health care plans on exchanges.

…Dawn Sweeney, NRA president and chief executive officer, said that the NRA is disappointed in the overall regulations. “We asked the IRS to offer options for a truly streamlined reporting process, taking into consideration the employer reporting requirements holistically. Instead, employers will face an overwhelming and extensive set of requirements. The data-collection process will be massive, likely requiring new administrative resources and technology upgrades. Our industry has never needed to track such a massive outflow of employee data. The prospect of putting systems in place by the end of the year to collect, maintain and protect new data continues to be a great concern for restaurateurs,” said Ms. Sweeney.

Yes, more liars for Harry Reid to dismiss.

Dear Sen. Gillibrand

This is precisely WHY you don’t take “JUSTICE” out of the military’s hands. It’s a SHAME when suddenly exposed POLITICAL MACHINATIONS screw up a perfectly good lynch mob, isn’t it?

Judge weighs evidence of possible Pentagon meddling in Army sex case; jury dismissed for day

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The judge in the case against an Army general believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be tried on sex assault charges is considering new evidence that a top lawyer at the Pentagon may have unlawfully interfered in a decision on whether to accept a plea agreement that was ultimately rejected.

Attorneys for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair presented the evidence, and Judge Col. James Pohl dismissed the jury for the day Monday morning. Pohl then retired to his chambers, where he will weigh the email chain between the prosecution team at Fort Bragg and a top Pentagon lawyer.

It is unlawful in the military justice system for senior commanders to interfere in prosecutorial decisions.

The UCMJ is designed to protect both defendant AND victim, as well as keep the proceedings free from WHATEVER PC command influence may be brought to bear in the shadows. There ARE mechanisms to completely exonerate a defendant who’s been ridden out on a rail due to senior meddling/predetermined outcomes. Granted, it helps to have that attorney who knows the ropes and can see the forest for the trees.

Right, General Amos?

There’s no question this general is a piece of work who deserves to be cashiered for a variety of sins, but there is DEFINATELY a question about what sort of “abuser” he is, considering the “victim’s” emails, diaries and that her “complaint” was never filed until she found out she wasn’t Numero Uno in his lovelife.

And if he had a plea deal worked out that got scotched because the Administration and this milquetoast DoD wanted a SHOW TRIAL?

Well…good for the judge in putting the brakes on the second he found out about it.

Unexpectedly (Only To The Super Geniuses In The White House) Putin Turns Things Up A Notch

Hey Europe! Nice heat you’ve got there…be a pity if something were to happen to it

Putin mocks the West and threatens to turn off gas supplies
Russian leader says does not want ‘new cold war’ but threatens to disrupt European gas supplies

Vladimir Putin has mocked diplomatic efforts to end the Ukraine crisis as Russia threatened to disrupt European gas supplies by cutting off sales to Kiev over its unpaid debts.

The Russian president said through his official spokesman that, despite deep disagreements with the West, he did not want a confrontation over Ukraine to spiral into a “new cold war”.

Nevertheless Dmitry Peskov ridiculed Western demands for direct talks between the Kremlin and the new Kiev government, claiming that the loss of credibility involved “puts a smile on our face”.

… Earlier, Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned energy giant, said it would start to reduce deliveries to Kiev, a move that would disrupt supplies to Europe. Gazprom said Ukraine had failed to make payments on its £1.2 billion debts.

Ukraine is one of the main transit routes for the continent’s gas and the suspension of Gazprom exports in freezing temperatures in 2006 and in 2009 endangered national grids and caused sharp rises in prices. “We can’t supply gas for free,” Alexey Miller, the head of Gazprom, said. “Either Ukraine settles its debt and pays for current deliveries or the risk arises of a return to the situation we saw at the start of 2009.”

Energy experts said Russia had the power to cause problems in markets across Europe, even though peak winter demand was past. “Europe still relies heavily – in some cases 100 per cent – on Russian gas. And if that was interrupted very suddenly, there would be difficulties all round,” said Lord Howell, the former energy secretary.

Now Crimea Has “Voted” To Join Russia

So I guess we’re all good then, right?

(Reuters) – Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow’s rule came as European Union leaders gathered for an emergency summit to seek ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation.

The Crimean parliament voted unanimously “to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation”. The vice premier of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea military base in Sevastopol, said a referendum on the status would take place on March 16.

Democracy flowing from the barrel of a gun.

Well This Is Reassuring

“Top Men” are working on the Ukraine crisis

Top diplomats seek Ukraine solution in Paris talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is holding talks with counterparts from the US and key EU states to try to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.

The US wants independent observers in the flashpoint region of Crimea and direct talks between Kiev and Moscow.

Russia was expected to call for greater representation for Ukraine’s Russian-speaking areas in the Kiev government.

The EU earlier offered 11bn euros ($15bn; £9bn) of aid to Ukraine and froze the assets of 18 Ukrainians.

BREAKING NEWS: Oh, Hot DAMN!


ths update: More:

And apparently Pederast Harry Reid has CHANGED his vote vote to “no” as well, supposedly giving him the option to reintroduce the nomination at a later date.

I don’t see that happening. Justice won this round.

And, no doubt, “RACIST” in three…two..one…

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