Life is a Bungling process...

"Fascism and communism both promise "social welfare," "social justice," and "fairness" to justify authoritarian means and extensive arbitrary and discretionary governmental powers." - F. A. Hayek
"What do you most value in your friends? Their continued existence." — Christopher Hitchens (Hitch-22: A Memoir)
"Life is a Bungling process and in no way educational." in James M. Cain

Jean Giraudoux who first said, “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”

"the difference between a negotiation and an argument ... an argument being something you can win." Christopher Buckley (Thank You For Smoking)

If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. Sir Winston Churchill

"summum ius summa iniuria" ("More laws, more injustice.") Cicero

As Christopher Hitchens once put it, “The essence of tyranny is not iron law; it is capricious law.”

"Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan

"Why did God make so many damn fools and Democrats?" Clarence Day

“You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.” Stan Laurel – “Brats”

"If I feel like feeding squirrels to the nuts, this is the place for it." - Cluny Brown

"Oh, pshaw! When yu' can't have what you choose, yu' just choose what you have." Owen Wister "The Virginian"

Oscar Wilde said about the death scene in Little Nell, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

"Half the World spends its time laughing at the other half, and both are fools." from Think Fast Mr. Moto

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Why would anyone vote for this Bitch of Benghazi? - Hillary Clinton Linked to Missing State Department Billions

This would have been Amb. Chris Stephen's Birthday. m/r

▶ Hillary Clinton Linked to Missing State Department Billions - YouTube

Apr 17, 2014
Video produced by Produced, written, and edited by Kris Zane. Narrated by Tom Hinchey

The Feds expect us to bow down to them - The Plains of Bureaustan

The last rancher standing! 
The Bureau of Land Management rules the 26th largest country on earth
The Plains of Bureaustan :: SteynOnline

by Mark Steyn  •  Apr 15, 2014

I wrote yesterday about the weekend's developments in Cliven Bundy's stand-off with the Bureau of Land Management. John Hinderaker returns to the subject:
To begin with, his family has been ranching on the acres at issue since the late 19th century. They and other settlers were induced to come to Nevada in part by the federal government's promise that they would be able to graze their cattle on adjacent government-owned land. For many years they did so, with no limitations or fees. The Bundy family was ranching in southern Nevada long before the BLM came into existence.

Over the last two or three decades, the Bureau has squeezed the ranchers in southern Nevada by limiting the acres on which their cattle can graze, reducing the number of cattle that can be on federal land, and charging grazing fees for the ever-diminishing privilege. The effect of these restrictions has been to drive the ranchers out of business. Formerly, there were dozens of ranches in the area where Bundy operates. Now, his ranch is the only one.
The land and its "public" ownership is the issue here. The federal government owns over 80 per cent of Nevada.
That's about 90,000 square miles - or the entire land mass of the United Kingdom, or, if you prefer, the size of Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic combined, which is to say a big chunk of the Habsburg Empire.
Again: why?
The United Kingdom is a pretty big country the way things are trending these days. A lot of Scots think it's too big and are minded to vote to go it alone in this year's referendum. If they do, the new independent nation of Scotland will be about one-third of the real estate owned by Washington in Nevada. The US Government owns most of the west.
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Weenies of the World Disunite! A Show of Contempt, at Home and Abroad

Weenie generations, starting with Baby Boomers, who's cry for diversity, has made them feel absolved from all personal responsibility for keeping tabs on the crooks of any color! m/r

A Show of Contempt, at Home and Abroad :: SteynOnline

by Mark Steyn  •  Apr 18, 2014

Happy Easter, Happy Passover. On this Good Friday, we mark the tenth anniversary of Mel's movie, and over the weekend we'll have something with a lighter touch.
Caroline Glick, my old colleague from The Jerusalem Post, has a column using a very Steynian word, "The Disappearance of America's Will":
The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US's indifferent response to it.

In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America's most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.
That first sentence is very true. Thirteen years ago, the left hopped aboard the war-on-terror bandwagon for reasons of electoral self-preservation, and hopped off as soon as they could. But, after a decade of ineffectual thankless three-cups-of-tea transnational ersatz "nation-building" in Mesopotamia and the Hindu Kush, the right has largely checked out of global geopolitics, too. Whether the GOP nominates a compassionate amnesty guy like Jeb Bush or goes full Rand Paul, the world and its woes will not be much of a factor. Miss Glick again:
The generation coming of age today is similarly uninterested in US global leadership.

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Reid is NOT the only big problem in Congress! House Immigration Bills Are Still in the Mix

Speaker John Boehner and the other, old boy, senior House Republicans are serving their donors and industry groups instead of those insignificant American People! 

So nice of the "House leadership" to serve the interests of so few rather than that of the Country and its borders. m/r

House Immigration Bills Are Still in the Mix -

   April 17, 2014

WASHINGTON—Speaker John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they aim to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of many Republicans to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.
Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year. But Mr. Boehner said at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month he was "hellbent on getting this done this year," according to two people in the room.
A spokesman for Mr. Boehner didn't dispute the account but said no action is possible until President Barack Obama proves himself a trustworthy partner to Republicans.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), chairman of the HouseJudiciary Committee, delivered an upbeat message about legislative prospects during a recent trip to Silicon Valley, said Carl Guardino, chief executive of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, who hosted his visit. …
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Harry Reid is the Biggest Problem! - "What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem"

I'll get you, you Americans! You are all
TERRORIST! You aren't paying enough
 taxes so I can control your lives and land.
That Nevada Land is ALL MINE!
Reid is either certifiably crazy or so corrupt, he has lost all reason for the existence of the US Senate. He has no idea that it is to serve the people of the US, not to serve the tax driven perks that fill his private coffers!  m/r

Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover | The Salt Lake Tribune

Apr 18 2014   by Kristen Moulton

‘It’s time’ » Lawmakers from 9 states gather in Utah, discuss ways to take control of federal lands.

It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday.
More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.
"It’s simply time," said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. "The urgency is now."
Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.
The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said. …
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How fast can NYC become a big slum? Steven Banks, Reporting for Duty

The idea is totalitarian equality, everyone equal at the bottom (that is except de Blasio's commie cronies). m/r

Steven Banks, Reporting for Duty by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal 18 April 2014

18 April 2014 - by Heather Mac Donald

Mayor de Blasio’s new welfare chief sends troubling signals right away.

When New York mayor Bill de Blasio announced his choice to lead New York’s $9 billion welfare agency, a collective gasp went out from the agency’s staff. As lead attorney with the Legal Aid Society, Steven Banks had been one of the premier litigators againstthe Human Resources Administration during the mayoralties of Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Bankschallenged the city’s implementation of welfare reform and helped create, through lawsuit, New York’s unique obligation to provide housing on demand to families claiming homelessness. So when Banks toured HRA’s offices on his first day as commissioner earlier this month, employees were undoubtedly eager for signs of his intentions. More worrisome than what Banks said was what he didn’t.
Turner and Doar’s transformation of HRA into a vehicle for self-help was a managerial triumph, requiring an attitudinal sea-change on the part of staff. All that organizational effort could easily be undone. De Blasio and Banks have already reversed the city’s opposition to counting enrollment in a four-year college as “work” for purposes of welfare receipt. They have stopped recouping from immigrant sponsors the costs of welfare illegitimately collected by those immigrants. Banks is looking to make it easier to apply and qualify for welfare. 
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Friday, April 18, 2014

The United States of WHAT THE …?!

No small burg left behind. 

Me too-ism run amuck! War Surplus from the Fed on easy terms and every little Suburb, Hamlet and Bourogh now may sport its own SWAT unit and cops wearing paratrooper pants, combat boots and write traffic tickets from a Sat-Nav equipped, souped-up and armored SUV. m/r

The United States of SWAT? | National Review Online

APRIL 18, 2014  

By John Fund

Military-style units from government agencies are wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens.

Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch.
They shouldn’t have been. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? All of these have their own SWAT units and are part of a worrying trend towards the militarization of federal agencies — not to mention local police forces.
“Law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier,” journalist Radley Balko writes in his 2013 book Rise of the Warrior Cop. “The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop — armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.”
The proliferation of paramilitary federal SWAT teams inevitably brings abuses that have nothing to do with either drugs or terrorism. Many of the raids they conduct are against harmless, often innocent, Americans who typically are accused of non-violent civil or administrative violations.
Take the case of Kenneth Wright of Stockton, Calif., who was “visited” by a SWAT team from the U.S. Department of Education in June 2011. Agents battered down the door of his home at 6 a.m., dragged him outside in his boxer shorts, and handcuffed him as they put his three children (ages 3, 7, and 11) in a police car for two hours while they searched his home. The raid was allegedly intended to uncover information on Wright’s estranged wife, Michelle, who hadn’t been living with him and was suspected of college financial-aid fraud. …
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Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery' … also Don't Say 'Obamacare' … 'IRS' … 'Benghazi' … 'Fast & Furious' … 'Illegal Alien Amnesty' … 'Black Panthers'...

'You Can Keep Your Insurance' … 'You Can Keep Your Doctor' … 'Ukraine' … 'Syria' …

Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery' - Yahoo News

Wannabe Coke Dealer — Sharpton Is ALWAYS Lying

And it is fitting an proper that the President and Attorney General pay this pimp homage. m/r

Snitchgate — Sharpton Is Still Lying | FrontPage Magazine

By Larry Elder On April 18, 2014 @ 12:05 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments
If the Rev. Al Sharpton, the bigoted, anti-Semitic, non-tax paying race-hustling poverty pimp, had any credibility left, it just vanished.

The beneficiary of a lifetime of passes from our race-conscious mainscream media, Sharpton ran into an outlet not afraid of him — The Smoking Gun. They obtained material that exposed Sharpton as an FBI “informant.” Sharpton, of course, denies that this constitutes “snitching.” No, he says he “volunteered” to “cooperate” with the FBI — and for the most honorable of motives.

Why would the government-hating “civil rights” leader cooperate with the feds? Sharpton told Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” that he did so to root out “mob influence” in the record business. To this, the suppliant Joe Scarborough actually praised Sharpton, calling him “a great example.”

Here’s the problem. The “great example” apparently cooperated to avoid going to prison for dealing drugs.

A “60 Minutes” outtake from CBS’ 2011 Sharpton profile shows correspondent Leslie Stahl aggressively questioning him about being an FBI “informant.” Sharpton admits “cooperating,” but says he did so to expose “crack houses” and corruption in boxing. They show the lying, shifty, obviously uncomfortable Sharpton dodging and deflecting — clearly unhappy with the line of questioning. He told Stahl that the FBI asked him “what I know about (boxing promoter) Don King, but said nothing about the mob in the record business, the reason he gave to Scarborough.

In 2002, HBO aired 19-year-old FBI hidden camera video of Sharpton with a self-described mobster and an undercover FBI agent posing as a Latin-American “businessman.” The three discussed promoting boxing matches and musical events. It also shows the undercover agent trying to convince Sharpton to play a middleman in a big cocaine buy. They discuss “4 million” in “coke,” a “six week” time frame, a price tag of “$35,000 a kilo” with “$3,500″ to Sharpton for “every kilogram” brought in.

Sharpton, on tape, was agreeable to all terms.

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Obama's Gestapo - IRS Among Agencies Using License Plate-Tracking Vendor

"For your own good"
Everyday there is a new chip chiseled out of out rights and freedom by Obama and his tyranny troop. m/r 

IRS Among Agencies Using License Plate-Tracking Vendor - Bloomberg

  Apr 17, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service and other U.S. agencies awarded about $415,000 in contracts to a license plate-tracking company before Homeland Security leaders dropped a plan for similar work amid privacy complaints.
Federal offices such as the Forest Service and the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command chose Livermore, California-based Vigilant Solutions to provide access to license plate databases or tools used to collect plate information, according to government procurement records compiled by Bloomberg.
Vigilant, a closely held company, has received such work since 2009. In February, Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, ordered the cancelation of an immigration agency plan to buy access to national license plate data. While the technology can help solve crimes, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have said the mass collection of data infringes the privacy of innocent people.
“Especially with the IRS, I don’t know why these agencies are getting access to this kind of information,” said Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based privacy-rights group. “These systems treat every single person in an area as if they’re under investigation for a crime -- that is not the way our criminal justice system was set up or the way things work in a democratic society.” …
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