Friday, August 26, 2016

Damned by diversity

"For some reason, contemporary Aerica believes that it can reject its uniquely successful melting pot to embrace a historically dangerous and discredited salad-bowl separatism." - Victor Davis Hanson, writing at

Tricky talk and political scheming the founders warned of

The founders specifically warned that Congress, backed by a standing army, might one day move to disarm the American people, leaving citizens toothless to oppose tyranny.

Are we witnessing the start of something the founders warned of?

Retired Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli is now among those campaigning for deeper layers of civilian gun control. At Time, Chiarelli writes he's now part of something called the Veterans Coalition for Common Sense:
Some of us are combat veterans. Some of us are gun owners. All of us were trained in the responsible use of firearms and to have respect for their incredible power. All of us swore an oath to defend our Constitution and to defend the homeland. And we all agree on this: our country is in the grips of a gun-violence crisis...

The policies we support—closing the loopholes in our background check system and prohibiting known and suspected terrorists from legally buying guns—are not controversial. In fact, we are not asking our leaders to do anything that is not supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans, including gun owners. We are simply asking them to use common sense to save lives.
The term common sense must resonate well with average folk and focus groups. That's probably why so many politicians use the term to accompany twisted words and bamboozling proposals that put our rights at risk.

Pretty damn bold. Chiarelli wraps himself in the Constitution while advocating infringement of both the Second Amendment and citizen rights to due process. The Constitution considers an accused person innocent until proven guilty. Chiarelli and his cohorts wish to begin infringing on citizens rights based on mere suspicions, some of which may not even risk to the level of triggering active law enforcement investigation.

The founders warned of guys like Chiarelli and his would-be rights-crushing cohorts.

Ever read Liberty or Empire by Patrick Henry? By some accounts, it's Henry's second most famous speech, saying in part:
The honorable gentleman who presides told us that, to prevent abuses in our government, we will assemble in convention, recall our delegated powers, and punish our servants for abusing the trust reposed in them. Oh, sir! we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical, no longer a democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all? You read of a riot act in a country which is called one of the freest in the world, where a few neighbors can not assemble without the risk of being shot by a hired soldiery, the engines of despotism. We may see such an act in America.
Henry's speech was delivered in 1788 to the Virginia legislature testifying to his insistence that a Bill of Rights be included with ratification of the Constitution.

We're now seeing an orchestrated move by political elites to un-do the constitutional safeguards the founders put in place, and that those who push for the un-doing count on dumbed-down Americans who fail to see what's falsely touted as common sense by today's political class and their allies would have been labeled by the founders as steps toward tyranny.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Choppin' Time

Had some limbs break over the cabin this week, but other trees caught 'em, so no structural damage.

Feeling better about the situation as the tree guys brought down the broken limbs, and began removing other menacing close-in trees.

But while the pros are taking down the big trees, they're leaving me a mess o' fire wood that needs splitting.

Tonight, I picked up a wood splitting maul at Tractor Supply for 15 bucks on clearance.

I'll be giving it a workout next week.

Japanese Hornets

Somewhere near the cabin, there's a hornets nest.

 And not just any hornets nest. These are Japanese Hornets.

One of the hornets on the porch floor. That's a quarter next to it to give perspective.

Big and beefy. Folks around here call 'em B-52s.

I've read up on 'em, they do indeed carry a large amount of venom.

Tonight, they're buzzing around the outdoor floodlights. Not a swarm exactly, but seven to eight at a time. I'm playing bug assassin, spraying them from afar as a new group congregates.

I'm used to the flying wasp and hornet killer making short work of stinging insects. With these guys, it's taking a long time for the poison to work its magic.

Update: Friend on Twitter says these are European hornets. Doing some checking, I find it looks like he's probably right. 

Double standard

If Democrats call Trump a 'racist' for wanting to enforce the border and deport illegal aliens, why did Democrats cheer when Bill Clinton called for much the same thing in 1995?

Truly bizarre

What the heck is going on with the Libertarians?

Has the party been overrun by LINOs (Libertarians In Name Only)?

The Hill notes:
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is supporting a “fee” on carbon dioxide emissions, a policy more closely associated with environmentalists and liberals.
Yeah, Johnson calls it a fee, not a tax. The same kind of semantics game that was played to allow Obamacare to survive.

Couple this with the Libertarian VP nominee's desire to restrict some gun sales without due process, and I'd say the Libertarians have corrupted themselves as bad as the Democrats and Republicans - with scarcely a party candidate ever elected, and never elected to any high office.

Anyone care to take a shot at explaining this?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Does Clinton really have a lock on the African American vote?

Have you seen how Hillary Clinton tried to scapegoat Colin Powell for her email problems? I wonder how that's going to play with black voters this fall.

Courtesy:  Hope n' Change Cartoons

Speaking of black voters, surely they see how the Clintons have grown vastly more wealthy over the past eight years, while minority neighborhoods in cities across America have lost jobs, schools and other services under the present Democrat president.

Courtesy: Hope n' Change Cartoons

"Dough Nation"

"It’s against federal law for charities to act in the interests of private business or individuals. Yet the Clinton Foundation secured high-paying gigs for its namesakes and helped for-profit corporations with family ties set up lucrative deals.

"As it turns out, that’s probably the least corrupt part of the story."

- David Harsanyi, in the NY Post

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Prepare on warning

Says here that Germany's about to warn its citizens to stock up on food and water...
"For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday."

Can we trust Election 2016 politically polling from here on in?

I've been pondering political polling this morning. If mainstream media is in the tank for Clinton, why should we assume its polling is any less biased than its writers or anchors?

And it may be pollsters aren't intentionally biased, but are still missing the mark.

Most polling samples more Democrats than Republicans in part because that's how recent past elections have gone, but will the trend hold this year? Best estimate I can find is that Republican primaries drew a million more voters than the Democrat primaries, so is it still safe to assume more Democrats will trot to the polls in November?

I'd suggest some of the present polling may rely too much on old establishment models when this is an election cycle where anti-establishment is a dynamic force. And then there may be a factor of post-Obama fatigue or disillusionment in some Democratic circles. Clinton's not the energetic rock-star campaigner Obama was. Throw in the wildcard Never-Trumpers on the GOP side, and I'll hypothesize this is an election year where polls should be assessed carefully, will be subjected to some very off-the-wall spin, and many pollsters with good records in the past may completely blow it between now and November.

Oddly enough, it's a New York City tabloid taking notice

"American journalism is collapsing right before our eyes," says a headline in the NY Post.

The column, by Michael Goodwin,  says in part:

"By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion."

Food for thought

DC Clothesline asks the question: What items will disappear from store shelves first in a national emergency?
We can get some clues about which items will disappear first during a major national emergency by taking a look at where such a scenario is already playing out.  One recent survey found that over 80 percent of all basic foodstuffs are currently unavailable in Venezuela, and about half the country can no longer provide three meals a day for their families.  Thankfully, some stores still have a few things that they are able to offer, but other key items are completely gone. 
When I was running and maintaining a bunch of rental houses, I was amazed how many tenants had near empty pantries and seemed to depend on fast food or daily trips to the store for their meals.

Government disaster planners encourage people to have enough necessities like food and water on hand for emergencies,, and that's well below the two-week threshold established by Civil Defense planners in the Cold War era.

Two weeks seems like an easy threshold to meet. Two months could be accomplished with a little thought and planning, and done in a way that builds on items you'll eventually use anyway.