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Tuesday, June 18. 2013
Nicaragua Revives Its Canal Dream
Hollywood Star Embraces Incest
Airbus test-flies A350 to rival 787 Dreamliner
Johns Hopkins Scientist Blasts CDC for Pushing Flu
Who’s afraid of internet porn? The
I Survived the 2013 Left Forum
Palin: 'Nanny' Bloomberg Thinks New Yorkers 'Bunch of Little Babies'
Black religious leaders call for an end to America’s war on drugs
VDH is powerful against immigration amnesty.
NYM has an opposing view
Map: Places That Will Flood More Often Due to Global Warming - Projected changes in flood hazard areas by 2100, mapped.
Merkel Sees the Folly of Green Energy Policy
Massive San Antonio NSA Data Center Raises Eyebrows
Immigration Bill Will Create National Database on Every Adult in US
Pyrrhic victory for federal government in Arizona voter registration case?
Kaus on illegal immigration
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Nashville is a city of contrasts...pretty much as described. This'n for buddy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52Fv9-zkt2I (Tom Schuyler of SKB...a great writer)
--got it, TC --thanks --will dig in ASAP able to nodhead, rubchin, furrowbrow --
'tuther tune...U might like...an 'arm's length friend...(Alan Rhody)...
"Thank the boys who make the noise"..
Tom's cover...by LJD...(no zac@$$...not LBJ)..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xzO2E4KKGc (bud.believe she's a Texas Gal...)
(buddy...even ELH (off her right) was quiet...and Rosanne Cash (with her 7 Year Ache) was impressed...
That flooding map is self-evidently absurd. They're trying to gin up panic by showing lots of flooding in densely-populated liberal strongholds like the Northeastern US, but low-lying South Florida and the Louisiana Delta won't be affected?
Blatant lies in the service of blatant fraud.
Ben Stein's formulation makes perfect sense when you reflect that the point of the system is to redistribute resources from the people who are not likely to vote for these programs to the people who are.
If we give 11 million or 20 million illegals amnesty it is over. The great American dream and experiment will end. Do you really think there won't be another 20 million illegals in ten years to give amnesty to? And then in another 10 years another 20-30 million illegals? How do we stop them? The "free stuff" is the lure and there is no restraint, no effort to prevent it, no punishment for breaking the law. Why would millions and millions more come here? In case you are unaware we are broke. 50 years of the great society and "free stuff" for everyone has put us into $17 trillion in debt. We can't pay it back and we will either simply collapse or go bankrupt or worse. The estimates are that illegals today cost the government $330 billion a years. It could be more, no one keeps track of this anymore then any of the government spending. They spy on tea party members but ignore billions going out the treasury doors. If we let amnesty happen it's done; we are done!
As I get older (or maybe as things get worse), I get more sanguine in my assessment of "the American Experiment". In some ways, it is over. As evidence, I present: the IRS, all the different forms of welfare (both corporate and "poverty"), the public education system, the fact that people trying to do the right thing are proposing laws that are supposed to support Constitutional Amendments (what??), and the huge mass of regulations which are laws that are not voted on.
However, I'm optimistic enough to think that even now, the experiment is not irretrievable. It's going to be very difficult, require a lot of bravery of a lot of people, and it will take a long time. We'll see if we can get it done. In the end, it might require secession, something that Lincoln, for all his positive points, made much more difficult than it should be.
But here is the problem with any collapse of our society. The world is not a safe place. China and Russia are two of the major contenders for world dominance. There is only one thing that has kept the world relatively safe for the last 100 years or so and that is the U.S. military and the will to use it. No doubt in public many nations would refute this out of pride in their own country or jealousy of the U.S. But in private they would admit it. Once the enormous strength of the U.S. military is compromised we will have world war on a scale never seen before. We, the U.S. cannot survive such a war because we would be the focus of it. Any military power intending to dominate the world must deliver the killing blow to the U.S. So the future is: either we will destroy ourselves and Russia or China will finish the job OR we will take our eye off the ball because of our internal problems and Russia or China will destroy us in a suprise massive attack. They sound about the same and for us they are about the same thing but they are different only in how we choose to commit suicide. I believe that is what we are doing today and I do not for a second think there is no outside agents embedded in our government acting against our interests. In fact I think some of these agents of destruction were elected by us and well known to us. If you are under 70 years old and in good health you will see this play out, that is you will see the collapse and destruction of the U.S.. I DO think we could reverse it I DO NOT think we WILL reverse it. It would take some drastic action to turn this around in time, things like impeaching Obama, throwing out all the communist/socialist Democrat congressmen/women and replacing them with statesmen the likes of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and getting rid of Rinos like McCain and Rubio. I do not see this happening so I think we are fated to collapse and the world will be ceded to the barbarians.
I agree completely. I have been saying as much for several years. Don't want to believe it, but have been watching it happen before my eyes.
I don't disagree with your central idea though I think the last "war to end all wars" is some ways away but I agree that it is our current direction. Obummer has very little concern for the fact that Russian nukes are set or already have surpassed ours. The reason I believe it is a longer term worry is that we spend the most on our military by far so it will take a long time for any group of nations to achieve relative parity with us. Of course, nukes create a wildcard scenario since they are difficult to defend against (come on SDI!).
I can't decide whether I agree with you or not. Want to. Definitely agree with the "in some ways, it is over" part. I'll be very interested to see how the current snowballing of government scandals affects popular trust in government.
But I wonder if it isn't just too late for the U.S. to have a whole-hog lefty welfare state grafted onto it. When such states were created in Europe they were imposed on relatively small populations that were relatively homogenous, culturally and racially.
Here the population has been racially, culturally and regionally diverse for decades or longer. In a welfare state you're going to have sharp competition between groups - regions - for state largess, all siphoned off what will likely become a diminished productive sector. Not good for long-term political stability.
Further, in my experience even our more recently deracinated citizens (or not-amnestied prospective citizens) seem to understand the idea that the U.S. is supposed to be where you can go to be free, prosper by the work of your own hand, and live your life as you will - and they seem understand that whether they're really living like that here or not (I refer to illegals I've known who have received various forms of state largess. Generally, they seemed to think it's just temporary 'till they get on their feet. They are at least a bit apologetic about it).
So in a lot ways I think the notion that the U.S. can be a successful semi-collectivist state is a pipe dream for those who hold it. More than any of the Euro welfare states, in their early years, the U.S. population is much more truly diverse, more inclined to bite the hand that feeds it, and rather than stay on the same page, run off.
I guess that's not exactly a hopeful prospect; it implies a lot of social unrest. The failure of such a U.S. welfare state might amount to a failure of the whole thing. What comes after, who can say.
It was all over on the amnesty issue when Ronnie Raygun in cahoots with Simpson and Mazolli stabbed American laborers in the heart and legalized 3 million plus hispanic lawbreakers in 1986.
yall yankees needed a leader and got a duckless sellout turkey but he sure was funny, "I didn't leave the democrat party!"
Here is the reason for immigration reform: "http://www.trevorloudon.com/2013/06/socialism-through-immigration-leading-marxist-immigration-activist-admits-its-all-about-the-votes/"
The Obama administration has become a data-collecting machine. No wonder the PTB are building centers for storage.
The FBI/CIA have long interfered with the USPS. NSA collects your Internet transmission, be they phone calls, Skypes, banking activities, e-mails, etc. The Dept of Ed is refining data on students with Common Core curricula, College Board testing, SATs/ACTs, etc. Obamacare requires electronic records on every ache and pain, pharmacy records have long been electronic. The IRS collects data on your work record. Cameras collect your image at every street corner, every store. GPS tracks your auto travel, your cell phone location and, heaven only knows, what else is chipped besides your pet. TSA knows when and where you travel and what your interior organs look like.
Interesting...that same administration can't find millions of illegal immigrants; control our borders, gun running and drug cartels; prevent illegal voting; hold the banking industry at bay; cut the scam artists from Medicaid/Medicare/food stamp programs; manage risks at our foreign embassies and within our own military; determine the difference between a Tea Party member seeking to control the size of government and a terrorist seeking jihad; understand the Constitution does not give the Executive branch the right to pick winners and losers in a free market economy...oh, but I diverge, the last point has nothing to do with data collection. Just being able to read.
The drug laws are a necessary cause to take violent black males off the street. There is no law for driving or hanging out while thug. Drug position and distribution along with illegal gun possession that is usually a component of the arrest typically does the trick. Take away drug laws and you take away a lot of the means to get these thugs off the streets.
Drug position is usually tucked up in anal orifice of chocolate dealers.
Legalization would clean up the trade and could increase employment among white law school grads.
Law enforcement prefers the drug laws to give them cause to remove the black violent underclass.
Drug laws have little to do with non black casual users who are otherwise law abiding citizens.
Anyone who goes into debt to any but the top law schools is a fool and deserves to be un or underemployed.
Decriminalize drugs and the minimally endowed white children could use their minimal legal eddiction to start up retail outlets in ma and pa's neighborhoods and black thugs wouldn't have junk in their trunks and zips on their hips and sherriffs could police the IRS and investigate homeland security thugs.
Missy Sarah has the Mayor fingered all wrong.
He better knows his constituents are ignorant fat asses who need
his expert supervision.
She further qualifies as a stay at home mom to think muhammad's devillah should be given any place in sortin' out killin' or judgin'.
Go home girl and as me Mom use say, devil is a large mean dog at end of a log chain so, walk around long way from it's vicious desire.
The next post up, the 'Air War in Italy' is a glimpse of what happened the last time all the insoluble problems referred to in this post, suddenly spontaneously combusted.