Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Oh, I DO Wonder at This Money Transfer!

Found on the NY Sun site - a breakdown of VERY suspicious "structuring" of money.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Are Progressives and Conservatives Really THAT Far Apart?

Maybe not, in some respects.

I was thinking about this, following reading one of the Liberty's Torch posts.  This was not posted by Francis, but Scott.

There are some areas where Progressives and Conservatives share concerns.  Both want the local community (what we Old Types used to call the neighborhood) to be a place of civil, respectful behavior towards other residents.

Both groups share some skepticism about the use of force by government against its own citizens.

Both believe that the local schools need to do a better job educating students.

So, there is room for some cooperation on specific issues, if there is a willingness to NOT engage in name-calling - which BOTH sides have done, at times.

Perhaps we can begin small - with community organizations, local watch groups (in my neighborhood, we have an ice cream party in the summer, and other get-togethers).

Most importantly, focus your justifiable anger at the political leadership, not at the individuals.  Many of those individuals share many traits in common with people we already do work with.  In social media, with individuals, speak softly, and try to find common ground.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Posted on Facebook First

Should have put it here first:
Just watched the HRC acceptance speech. She hit all the right notes.
But, she doesn't sing.
Her delivery is flat - she is too monotone (yes, that DOES count). She has several gestures that grate - that nodding her head like a bobblehead, her pinched hand pointing, that - Oh, yeah, smile! - thing. She has been coached, so it's all smooth enough, but she does not sound authentic. She sounds as though she is remembering to tick off specific points - mention grandkids, thank other Democrats, put in some reference to Trump - and contrast it with my position.
Sorry, she just didn't soar.
The positives: she didn't stumble her words, she paced herself appropriately - not too fast, left time for audience responses, pleasant facial features (no pulled down mouth - ages a woman HUGELY), no big surprises (the leadership hates when you go off-topic), she didn't dig a hole that she'll have to fill later.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Once Again, Explaining it to the Elite

I'm so tired of dealing with the Elites who want to impose their political hegemony on the rest of us:

  • The Communists used to call us the Proletariat (Proles, for short)
  • To the Fabian Socialists, we were the Masses
  • To the SJW, we are the Dumb Hicks Who Hate Everyone, and Only Act to Preserve our Undeserved Place in Society
  • To the Democratic Party, we are the Barely Tolerated Potential Voters, Who Had BETTER Vote the Way WE Tell You, Then Disappear - Well, Except for all that Taxpaying Stuff
  • To the Republican Party, we are the Uneducated, Fundamentalist Christian who votes on the basis of Social Conservatism (our concerns are not Free Trade, but Abortion, SSM, Drug Abuse, etc.).
In every case, we are assumed to be less intelligent, voting on an emotional basis, led around by equally dumb pastors, and just not smart enough to understand that these changes we oppose are Good for us.

The sheer arrogance of this always get to me.  Those who pursued undemanding majors (Poly Sci, Literature, Psychology) have no understanding of the brainpower needed for STEM majors, the skilled trades, or running a small business.  That such people might want some say in selecting their representatives in government, determining an appropriate educational plan for their children, or living according to their philosophical/religious thinking escapes these Elitist Tyrants completely.

Peter Thiel is a nice man, a smart man, and a well-intentioned man.  But, in telling us to forget about the "Bathroom Wars", he is wrong.  Rod Dreher says it better than I.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Been Out of Touch

I didn't watch the RNC this week, because:

  • There was really no "news" there - no surprises
  • My husband is opposed to everything he hears/watches about Conservatives/Libertarians/Republicans - it just wasn't worth hearing him spew about it all
  • I decided to detach from politics for a time - not sure how long I'll be uncaring of events
The only thing I was concerned about was the possibility of violence in Cleveland - it is my hometown, and I have many friends and relatives still living there.  Fortunately, it ended without chaos or violence.

I've also been focused on my physics conference/workshop, organizing the house, and trying - vainly - to lose some weight.  My husband will be home this morning, so I'll be spending time with him.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Words Fail Me

Consider President Obama's response to the Black Cop Shooter, who referenced the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests.

Just a random crazy.  He is baffled about the motivation of the shooter.

However, he is SURE that the cure for all this is to ban gun sales.


Monday, July 11, 2016

The List of Why HRC SHOULDN'T Be Elected President, Part I

This list, of supposed "reasons" to make Hillary President.

Let's just address a few of those "reasons".

  1. As a former secretary of state, U.S. senator, first lady, and a lifelong advocate for women and families, no one is more qualified to be president than Hillary.  Uh, the bolded terms, however interesting they are, do NOT rise to the level of being a reason to be President.

  1. Hillary knows child care, equal pay, and paid leave are fundamental economic issues—not just “women’s issues.” Well, yeah, they ARE issues.  This says nothing about how she will address them - or pay for any changes.
  2.  Our democracy should work for everyone—not just the wealthy and well-connected.  You do realize, don't you, that HILLARY and her family ARE wealthy and well-connected.  As the most recent FBI announcement proved.
  3. Our next president could make multiple appointments to the Supreme Court.  And, with justices like RB Ginsberg holding on - despite being well past her sell-date - that's yet another reason to have term limits for the Supreme Court.  What we have now is partisan justices spitefully refusing to leave until someone whose politics they agree with is elected.
  4. We need comprehensive background checks on gun purchases.  Well, that's already the law.  Unfortunately, the federal officials responsible for that seem to prefer spending their time going after Republicans, Christians, and other malefactors.
  5. She’ll fight to overturn Citizens United to curb the outsized influence of big money in politics.  Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha- Oh, stop, I may hurt myself laughing.  BTW, for the less informed - also known as Leftist stooges - the thing Leftists hate about Citizen United is that it leveled the playing field, and allowed counter-balancing opinions to be heard.
  6. Because the wealthiest should pay their fair share in taxes.  Except, of course, for Clintons, Gores, Pelosis, Reids, etc.
  7. We need comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to full and equal citizenship.  No, we don't need comprehensive anything.  If you want to fix something, do it one step at a time.  Otherwise, you're like the guy who has a leaky pipe, and tears out ALL of the pipes, sewers, and electrical in his house.  And digs up the lawn.  And takes a mortgage out for 20 times the home's value - which he only makes interest payments on.  Because, of course, he wants a comprehensive solution to the problem of a leaky pipe.
I'll fisk more later - my delicate tummy can't take too much of this at one sitting.Share

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Guess the Launch Date for the October Surprise!

I woke up early today (penalty of age), and was thinking about the predictability of the Leftist Running Dogs (trademark pending).

Every presidential year, there is a massive "surprise" that often flips the election to the Democratic contender.  It's been going on for years, with the only two variables being When and What.

I've decided to gamify the process - if you go to my ExpectNet site, you can enter to WIN (What, I haven't decided as yet).

Under the city and state information, put in your guess as to what the surprise will be - it will be used to break any ties.

If you want to Share this with anyone else, I'd appreciate it if you would use this link to do so.


Friday, July 08, 2016

Why Brezel's Citing HRC Will NOT Hold Up

Major Jason Brezel self-reported that he had sent a message containing sensitive information from his own laptop.  So far, not unlike HRC, right?  And, if it were a single incident, he might have some wiggle room.

That message, alone, would not necessarily have gotten him into major trouble.  But, when the investigators checked out his laptop, they found more:
Brezler was not charged criminally in his case. A board of inquiry recommended his removal from the service in December 2013 after it found that Brezler knowingly kept more than 100 classified documents on his personal hard drive and thumb drive so he could write a book about his experiences in Afghanistan.
That bolded part is what got him in serious trouble.  Guys, no matter how important you think you are, and how scrupulous you think you are, sooner or later, information kept on movable platforms (laptops and removable drives) WILL disappear.

Yes, I know that Clinton did at least as much as he did.  However, any hope he had of leniency vanished when they found those other documents, which took it from a one-time careless lapse to an on-going problem.

Furthermore, professional soldiers - which is what officers are considered - ARE held to a higher standard than civilians.  Major Brezler is a shining example of the whiny, entitled, excuse-making WhyMe? Generation that will not accept the consequences of their actions, and try to escape punishment by pointing and saying, "But, she got to do it!  That's not FAIR!"

He has since joined the NYFD, where his skills will likely be appreciated.  However, he is NOT up to the standards of the military, at least as far as professionalism and attention to orders.

Portrait of a WhyMe? Whiner.