Shame

Shame.

I visited my mother in New York last week and she had a handwritten quote from George Orwell’s book, “1984” on the refrigerator…  “In an age of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

And so it is this week in Ferguson, where the truth is sacrificed to political correctness.  CNN, Eric Holder and the rest of the press would have you believe that it is forced poverty and racism and not the actions and choices of people responsible for what is happening in Ferguson MO…  a situation that bares much more resemblance to a Third World Banana republic, than to a civilized society more than 238 years in the making.

Violence before consideration is the antithesis of civilization.  Civilization is not an absolute condition, it is a contract among people to behave in an agreed upon fashion to prevent the disintegration of community. Here are some my observations about the situation in MO.  I will let you think about what’s the truth.

  • The unfortunate teen slain here is not an innocent.  This does mean he is deserving of his fate.  It is merely to state that he has a crime record and drug history…  and was only moments before the terrible incident involved in the commission of a crime.
  •  In 2013 there were over 5,000 murders of black men by other black men.  Where is the sorrow and the media coverage regarding these unfortunate young men?  However, involve a white/hispanic person in this slaughter and it is national news.  Perhaps you can define racism for me.
  • Take a look at the pictures of the rioters in Ferguson.  Here’s what you will notice.  They are well fed – in fact many overly so.  Many  sported iPhones and were wearing $250 Nike shoes and  expensive sports team regalia.   Then there is the gold jewelry and the sleeves of tattoos.  I think this stuff costs money too.  Perhaps you can quantify poverty for me.

So now let me ask you, given these and potentially many other observations, is the violence, rioting and the wanton destruction of other’s property the inevitable response to this incident?  Or maybe was it a conscious choice of those involved abetted by identity politicians who excuse this kind of behavior more likely responsible for these events?

It’s been almost 50 years since the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and now Eric Holder and Barack Obama  high-jacked Martin Luther King’s struggle for the high road of equality and responsibility, and morphed it instead into the low road of victimization and irresponsibility.

He who marched with courage and valor through Selma AL would be rolling over in his grave at the march of events in Ferguson MO this week.

Shame.

 

Whether you like it or not…

Underfunded civil service pension liabilities in the future mean one thing only…  more taxes as there is no negotiating with government employees.  “They” were promised retirement at age 50 with 90% of their three highest years and a Cadillac Health Plan.  None of which came from contributions they made, as is the case with everyone else in the private sector.  Even my wife’s pension with a private company can “go away” one day.  Not theirs…

Why am I talking about this?  I was reminded the other day about the arrogance for, and lack of accountability these civil servants have for we citizens who pay for all this largesse they will enjoy.

I exited the Pennsylvania Turnpike this week and arrived at the tollbooth to discover I did not have enough cash for the $12.75 toll.  The toll collector requested my license and upon seeing it said, “It always Californians.”  I indulged him with a smile, and then he then proceeded to say something like, “They can’t read the signs posted.

OK.  Now I am not smiling and I say.  “Interesting you should say that.  You know in CA we use a technology called a credit card, where you can simply pay at the tollbooth, and you can do all this without actually having a conversation with a smart ass civil servant like you.”

That was the end of our conversation.  Except it is not the end of our interaction with them…  as we will all be paying for these dopes when they retire at age 55 having done a job that any private company would have replaced a decade ago.

Whether you like it or not…

Amateur Hour

It was another banner week for the White House…

Last year Joe Biden (military expert and all around genius) along with his boss proclaimed success in Iraq and took credit for a foreign policy coup…  leaving…

On Monday this week the President stated that the world has never been less violent than it is now.  The following is an excerpt from a WSJ OpEd this week…’’

It has not been a good year for the liberal world order. Not since the end of the Cold War have so many crises erupted in so many places: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China’s relentless push in the East and South China seas, and the surge in jihadist violence and terror from Boko Haram in Nigeria to the religious war that now engulfs Syria and Iraq. This is not what Americans thought the world would look like in the third decade since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

By Friday Iraq had dissolved into jihadist violence and everything we sacrificed – including 4488 Americans killed in combat – to make it otherwise was rendered irrelevant.

Another week…  and another foreign or domestic disaster.  But at the White House it’s just another edition of Amateur Hour.

Will someone please take the keys to the car away from this guy before we all get hurt?

What Does It Matter?

This is what Hillary Clinton said when questioned on what really happened to those American citizens killed in Benghazi.

This is what Harry Reid said today when questioned on who this guy Bergdahl really is, and why we traded one guy for five criminals.

This is the consistent attitude and practice of this President when it comes to taking responsibility for his decisions.

The fact is it does matter.  It matters because we are reminded on this 70th Anniversary of D-Day that real men made the ultimate sacrifice for that fragile idea we call LIBERTY.

It matters because the cost of liberty is constant vigilance…  not just to the idea, but to the practice of it by the People and our Representatives in government.

Shame on you Hillary, Harry and Mr. President…  It matters and you should know that.

RIP to those brave men.  It mattered to them… and it matters to me.

CITIZEN KEHOE

Heresy

In the Middle Ages the toxic combination of religion and politics stifled free thought…  think the Spanish Inquisition.  Today it’s the combination of “science” and politics doing the same thing.  If you disagree with the evangelical Climate Changers, you are a “denier” or a “heretic” (it used to be global warming…  but facts got in the way of that belief).

So it is with organic farming…  So let’s separate fad from fact…

  • Organic farms with equivalent acreage and water usage produce crop yields 50% lower than non-organic
  • Composted organic fertilizers leach significantly more nitrates into ground water
  • Organic’s reliance on tillage in place of herbicides increases soil erosion
  • Organic farming – unlike the myth – uses pesticides like copper, sulfur and nicotine sulfate
  • Organic products unlike GMO crops have lower nutritional values (GMO = genetically modified foods – like the stuff you grew up with AND that made the boom in crop yields since WWII possible)

Despite this science the liberal World Watch Institute declares, …organic farming has the potential to contribute to sustainable food security while (wait for it…..) SIMULTANEOUSLY reducing vulnerability to climate change and enhancing biodiversity.

The trifecta in one sentence…  only a liberal could compose a sentence with all those syllables…  But, they forgot to mention that organics also SIMULTANEOUSLY make your breath fresher and your teeth whiter making you more attractive to the opposite sex or… (you can fill in the blank).

When politics gets meshed with “science” you get religion… and accusations of heresy from the true believers.

But hey…  all you true believers…  forget those facts and make sure you buy your organic kale this week.  And remember that somewhere out there cattle are happy that they don’t have to eat that crap anymore.

Here’s the link to the to the article for you heretics who dare read it…  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304431104579550002888434432?KEYWORDS=organic+farming&mg=reno64-wsj

CITIZEN KEHOE…  just doing my job.

No Better Than Nixon… Worse

Richard M Nixon the man the liberals love to hate is a piker when it comes to “Dirty Tricks” and “Enemies Lists” compared to the people in the White House now.  Nixon in his paranoia used staff and aides to go after his “enemies.  These people – in their paranoia and intolerance – use entire government agencies.

pik·er [pahy-ker]  noun Informal.

a person who does anything in a small  or cheap way.

This week’s agency used against enemies:  The IRS

THE SETUP:

The House Ways and Means committee voted Wednesday to seek an investigation of whether former IRS official Lois Lerner violated federal law by using her power to ensure Right-leaning groups were targeted for extra scrutiny by the agency, giving misleading information during a probe of the matter by the Treasury Department‘s inspector general and using her personal email to conduct official business, which could have resulted in the disclosure of confidential taxpayer information.

In one instance…  The Committee says the public “deserves a full and truthful explanation” for the actions of its ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), whose staff “surreptitiously contacted the IRS” about a conservative group that was seeking tax-exempt status — and was subjected to inappropriate scrutiny.  Cummings never told committee Republicans about his contacts with the IRS concerning the group True the Vote. In fact, he has denied any such contact. 

THE RESPONSE:

Today is not about Lois Lerner or the alleged inappropriate tactics she may have employed,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday. “Today is about protecting the integrity and the credibility of this committee.”

Speier accused committee Republicans of fabricating a “vast conspiracy” around a “mid-level bureaucrat who may have made some poor decisions.”  “There is no connection to the White House,” Speier said. “What we are trying to do is hold in contempt a mid-level bureaucrat, and the actions of this committee won’t hold up to judicial scrutiny.”  

Hmmmm…  “Vast conspiracy”…  These are precisely the words Hillary Clinton used when her husband was caught with his pants down in the White House.  He didn’t do it, the vast conspiracy did.  This is called the party playbook folks.  It’s what you say when you are caught with your pants down.  It’s simple…  every totalitarian state – being insecure by nature – needs the party playbook.  Through it, the state secures complete conformity and “toeing the party line” regardless of facts.

You need to read this week’s Charles Krauthammer Washington Post Op Ed on the nature of our current situation in regard to vast conspiracies.  Click here…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-thought-police-on-patrol/2014/04/10/2608a8b2-c0df-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_print.html

If you don’t know Charles, take a moment to read him.  He is a recovering intellectual liberal.  He says eloquently in this column what we all know from history…  Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Don’t think it can happen here?  Just ask 20th Century Germans and Russians who never thought it possible in their countries.

It’s staggering to think that these people today have the temerity to use Nixon as the personification of evil.  Nixon was a piker compared to these people.  He never dreamed of being so audacious in his paranoia.

te·mer·i·ty [tuh-mer-i-tee] Show IPA  noun

reckless boldness; rashness.

TWO WEEKS LATER:

From Mr. Ramirez…  my favorite political cartoonist…  Weekly Standard Magazine…  Just saying’…

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

It’s an old proverb with origins from Mid 17th Century England.  I like proverbs because they contain a kernel of commonsensical truth.  They are timeless…  and also not very modern.

Liberals like modern (they will tell you so)…  Conservatives tend toward the timeless (thus they appear “un-hip”)…  Each would interpret this proverb differently.  The modern view is fences are bad because they limit and discriminate.  The timeless view is fences are good because they protect and clarify.

Where am I going with this?  I got to thinking about this on my drive from Phoenix to California this past weekend. There are fences that stretch the entire 400-mile distance…  Really.

Why do we need fences in the middle of emptiness?  I thought because “Good fences, make good neighbors”.  Fences create boundaries.  Boundaries foster healthy respect for others.  Fences say, “This is mine, and that is yours…  please don’t take what’s mine.”  Fences don’t say, “You are not my friend, stay off my property”…  unless the fence is consistently and intentionally breached.

It’s simple human nature… when you take what is mine fairly earned, there is a fight.  When you respect what’s mine fairly earned, there is harmony.  Liberals today have become fence “breachers”.  When the modern idea of redistribution becomes the governing ethos, there will be a fight.  It’s commonsensical.  Not so for the modern liberal.  They have a better way…  no fences.  As they say, the road to hell is paved with so called good intentions.  (I could not resist :))) )

Test yourself to prove my point about timelessness.  How many of the following can you complete? 

  • Where’s there’s smoke…
  • The apple never falls…
  • A bird in hand…
  • Birds of a feather…
  • Haste makes…
  • Discretion is…
  • The early bird…
  • Don’t count your chickens…
  • He who laughs last…
  • Every dog has…
  • A leopard doesn’t…
  • Let sleeping dogs…
  • Make hay while…
  • Necessity is the…
  • An ounce of prevention…
  • A fool and his money…
  • People in glass houses…
  • What goes around…

Let’s hope this last one is true…  as the road to hell is not a good place to be.

AND…  Good fences… you get my point.

 

MORE Thoughts on Liberal Thinking

The Nature of Insurance

Those without earthquake insurance might be running to their providers this morning to buy some.  However, they will likely find that there is none to be had since their will be a moratorium imposed by companies that offer it given the last 30 days of earthquake activity here.  This is called a pre-existing condition.

Now if ObamaCare were the law of the land in earthquake insurance, there would be no problem getting it, and in fact you would be able to buy it at some subsidized rate lower than that paid by those who purchased it before the condition existed.  Yep…  this makes complete sense…  to the liberal mind.

The Nature of Envy

There is a Cadillac commercial you should watch.  The YouTube link is below.

The ad is wonderful on two levels.  On a business level, the target marketing is brilliant.  Cadillac has identified its buyer and its competition.  The buyer they want is a successful 40 – 60 year old male who right now drives a European car.  Cadillac makes no bones about why this guy should drive a Cadillac.

The ad is equally wonderful on a social level… and here is where it gets interesting.  CNN and MSNBC called out Cadillac for the “not so subtle” jab at socialism the ad makes.  Really?  It was necessary  - once again – to demonize the success possible with capitalism?  Maybe Cadillac should have made a commercial where they divide up the car and redistribute it among all the neighbors?

Envy…  It’s not a pretty emotion, but it’s real enough…  but liberals are never jealous.  They are above such base emotion.  They attack capitalism not out of any sense of envy…  no, no no…  they are  only interested in fairness.

Sure…  But I’d be willing to wager that if Cadillac gave one of them the car for free, they’d take it and not share it with their neighbors.  N’est pas?

Click on the link here… for the Cadillac ad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGJSI48gkFc

CITIZEN K

Deep Thoughts about Health Care

It must be great to live in a cult…  you never need engage your brain…

More Democratic Deep Thinking

This from afternoon TV today…  The President stopped by the Ellen show to sell his program.  Here’s the deep thinking…

[ObamaCare's] doing very, very well… you’ve got 5 million people signed up so far [Audience Applauds]… An enormous number of people have signed up, so it’s successful… I think everyone’s very grateful you did this, and I think it’s important to sign up.

…Ellen DeGeneres

“Let’s go to break and when we come back Michelle will give us some of her fashion tips for the Spring…”

Obama can’t sell this thing to Congress, business or anyone in healthcare.  So what does he do?  Enlist Health Care experts like Ellen to get “mom’s” who watch soap operas to sign up.  You go girls…  woooo   hoooo

On the real Health Care front today…

My doctor shared this with me…  Monarch Health Care (my carrier) won’t accept Obama Care.  That’s right.  The same company whose execs flew to Washington 5 years ago to negotiate with the President and returned singing the praises of ObamaCare telling all the doctors in their network to sign up…  won’t be accepting ObamaCare in their network.

Hmmmmm.  I wonder who knows more here…  the Health Care execs or Ellen?  Yeah, ya gotta go with the obvious.

So you go moms, take Ellen’s advice and sign up…  but first let’s dance.

CITIZEN KEHOE

Circling Back on Two Old Stories

Remember my comments about Alex Fish (D-FL) …  She of …  we need immigration reform because we need Mexicans to do the laundry and mow the lawn  ???  She lost her election bid in a landslide this week to an unknown and under-funded Republican.  She ran on a “Fix ObamaCare” platform…  while simultaneously increasing the population of Mexican laundry and landscape workers.  :)))

Her opponent ran on a “Repeal ObamaCare” platform and believed illegal means …  uh… illegal.  He was able to convince voters in FL that enforcing current immigration law is not the same as “hating” Hispanics… and that ObamaCare is a really bad idea.  He did not say whether he has a Mexican landscaper…  CNN is working hard on that story now – I am certain.

 

I did another commentary last week about Rep. Sheila Lee Jackson (D-TX)She of the 400-year old Constitution infamy…  She should serve as a reminder and renewed impetus for term limits and a return to the days of Citizen Representation.

No more “careers” in Congress and life-time pensions and Health Care coverage (ObamaCare does not apply to them).  Any American should be allowed two terms before a mandatory return trip to the real world.  The problem for most in Congress today is that they are incapable of working in the real world.  I am willing to bet that few possess employable skills.  That, I am happy to remind them, is easily remedied… they can enroll in one of the many “Job Training” programs they’ve created.   I love simple solutions.

That’s all for now.