Tuesday, August 11, 2015

America's Newspapers - Who Reads Them

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. 

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country. 

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country,    and who are very good at crossword puzzles. 

4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't  really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics    shown in pie charts 

5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could find the time -- and if they didn't have to leave Southern    California to do it. 

6.  The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a poor job of it, thank you very much. 

7.  The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train. 

 8.  The New York Post is read by people who don't care who is running the country  as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated. 

 9.  The Chicago Tribune is read by people that are in prison that used to run the state, & would like to do so again, as would their constituents that are    currently free on bail. 

10. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores. 

 11.  The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure if there is acountry or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for.  There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are gay,handicapped, minority, feminist, atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not    Republicans. 

12.  The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store. 

13.  The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Liberalism At Its Best - Why Is Any Of This A Surprise To Anyone?

Low wage workers in Seattle who spent months agitating for a city-wide $15-per-hour minimum wage were quite successful in their quest. But many have suddenly found that the new rate has had unexpected consequences.

Some workers across the city are left telling bosses to give them fewer hours at the higher wage because a full week’s earnings now puts them past the threshold for some welfare payments such as food stamps and assistance with rent.
Of course, one of the things that supporters of the higher wage said was that they wanted to help lift min. wage workers out of poverty and welfare.
Only last week, for instance, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti claimed that a $15 min. wage in his city would lift 600,000 out of poverty. Self-avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) a candidate for the Democrat nomination in 2016, also recently claimed that a $15 min. wage would “lift millions” of Americans out of poverty, off welfare, and into the buying public.
But now some workers in Seattle are finding that the higher wage is forcing them off the welfare programs they would rather stay enrolled in and, instead of celebrating their higher income, they are imposing fewer work hours on themselves in order to stay on assistance.
Seattle’s KIRO-TV recently spoke to a nursing nonprofit that admitted that some workers are trying to cut hours and earn less to avoid losing assistance. In another case, a local radio station has been talking about the story.
“If they cut down their hours to stay on those subsidies because the $15 per hour minimum wage didn’t actually help get them out of poverty, all you’ve done is put a burden on the business and given false hope to a lot of people,” said KIRO-FM’s Jason Rantz said this week.
There have been other unforeseen consequences to the higher wage. Some restaurants are tacking on a 15 percent surcharge onto customer’s bills in order to avoid firing workers.
Other stores, restaurants, and small businesses are simply closing down because they can’t afford the wage hike. By March of this year, for instance, restaurant closings increased at a much higher than average rate in Seattle.
Many restaurants noted that the new wage put labor costs at nearly 50 percent of operating costs, and that made profit margins disappear.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

America Under Attack

This is NOT an attack on Islam  - it it NOT an attack on Muslims - it is just pure plain talk and common sense!!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Correcting The Record

First Lady Michelle Obama reminded attendees of a naturalization ceremony Wednesday that the Founding Fathers weren't born in America. The ceremony for 50 new U.S. citizens was held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

She said during her speech, referring to the Declaration of Independence,
"It's amazing that just a few feet from here where I'm standing are the signatures of the 56 Founders who put their names on a Declaration that changed the course of history, and like the 50 of you, NONE OF THEM were born American - they became American."

For the record:
  • Benjamin Franklin was born in Pennsylvania;
  • Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and James Madison were born in Virginia.
  • John Adams was born in Massachusetts.
  • Only eight of the 56 were not born in America.
The first lady is a Harvard graduate who is out of touch -doesn't  personallly do her homework  - relies 100% on her staff who make up stuff that is politically correct to make her sound good regardless of the facts.  
As John Wayne said, "Life's tough. It's tougher when you're stupid!!" 

Monday, July 6, 2015

A Perspective Of Amercia - Seen Through The Lens Of A Non-American

Correcting The Record

A "gone viral' email that links President Obama and Saul Alinsky ("Sauls list of 8 government based rules required to create a social state") dramatcally overstates their relationship since there is no evidence that links the two individuals nor are there any such set of 8 rules actually stated in Alinsky's writings. For the record, Alinksky did write about 13 rules required for power tactics that can be readily linked to the tactics used by Obama and Hillary Clinton who wrote her senior thesis "An Analysis of  the Alinski Model" while she was a student at Wellesley College in 1969.  .)

Count me as one who believes that the primary issue with Obama is - he an incompetent leader who doesn't remotely understand or appreciate the importance of American Exceptionalism. Obama did not create the current level of ignorance and lethargy that exists today among America's citizens. His worst sin as the leader of our republic is his hatred of the loyal opposition whom he has always vilified. (Note Alinsky's 13th rule listed below.)

Alinsky's 13 rules required for power

Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. 

The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat. 

The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat. 

The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity. 

The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage. 

The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic. 

The seventh rule: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment, like going to church on Sunday mornings. 

The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose. 

The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself. 

The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign. 

The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside; this is based on the principle that every positive has its negative. 

The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying "You're right — we don't know what to do about this issue. Now you tell us." 

The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

America Under Attack From Within

1) Unsustainable Debt: By 2020, projections indicate that we’d need 20% of the GDP of the ENTIRE PLANET just to finance our debt, which will continue to increase at a rapid pace. Despite the fact that it would require a miracle bigger than what Joan of Arc accomplished in order for Social Security and Medicare to function for another 20 years without enormous tax increases, we just added another costly entitlement program (Obamacare) and politicians are incessantly clamoring for new spending. Simply put, that is unsustainable over the long haul and without almost revolutionary changes that are currently politically unimaginable, our country will either go bankrupt or our money will be inflated so much that we’ll need wheelbarrows full of greenbacks to buy a loaf of bread.
2) Enormous Centralized Government: The bigger the tick, the less blood there is for the dog and there is no larger collection of blood suckers on Planet Earth than our own federal government. Our government has become so massive that lawmakers don’t even read the bills they pass any more, trivial changes to regulations made by unelected bureaucrats can drive productive businesses into bankruptcy and perhaps worst of all, 49% of the public gets benefits. That has not only bled the private sector and made our economy less dynamic, it has led to massive corruption. As P.J. O’Rourke said, “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.”
3) An Overly-Progressive Income Tax Code: There are a lot of ramifications to almost half of all Americans paying no income taxes and few of them are good. There are few brakes on high income taxes because half the country isn’t impacted at all. Moreover, the progressive nature of the tax code stifles movement between economic classes. It’s a lot harder to go from “rags to riches” when the government starts looting you like a Somali pirate the moment you make any real income. Additionally, if half of Americans aren’t paying “their fair share,” then the other half has to overpay to make up for it. That reduces investment and production from the people in the best position to create jobs, thus slowing economic output even further. What happens when the tax code gets so skewed that the “takers” outnumber the “makers” in the United States? We’re getting very close to that tipping point and it’s doubtful that we’ll like the answer when we find out.
4) Moral Decay: It’s highly ironic that Americans have pushed Christianity to the side and embraced an, “If it feels good, not only is it okay to do it, but other people should celebrate you for it,” mentality at the very moment America is being decimated by a profound moral crisis. It’s no coincidence that America has the largest prison population in the world, drug use is rampant, 41% of births are out-of-wedlock and mass murders have become all too common in a Christian nation that has turned its back on God. As our nation becomes increasingly decadent, we’re learning what John Adams meant when he said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
5) Backward Immigration Policies: When America is still considered the most desirable place to live on the planet, immigration should be a huge boon to the country. At times in our nation’s past it certainly was, but today this potential source of strength is a wash at best and a drag on the country at worst.
For example, did you know that, “in 2010, 36 percent of immigrant-headed households receive benefits from at least one welfare program, compared to just 23 percent of households headed by U.S. natives. Among households with children, immigrant welfare households outnumbered non-immigrants by a similarly wide margin: 57 percent to 40 percent.”
The percentage of immigrants on welfare should be zero. After all, why would we want to bring someone into our country who’s going to end up on the dole?
Instead of selecting the cream of the crop, the rich, the geniuses, the skilled, and people who can add to our tax base, we take pretty much anybody who has a relative here or who claims that he’d be in danger in his home country (and let’s face it, the vast majority of them are lying). Do we get SOME great Americans this way? Sure, but why not spend all our time searching out those people instead of getting a few of them, lots of welfare cases and a handful of Dzhokhar Tsarnaevs in the process?
This is even truer for illegal immigrants who are overwhelmingly poor, uneducated, minimally skilled and by definition, are not law-abiding people. In a world where an education and a high level of skill are becoming ever more necessary to get most jobs worth having, why import massive numbers of people who will never fit that definition to undercut poor American workers who are already struggling to climb the ladder?
On top of all this, instead of encouraging immigrants to adapt to this most successful culture in recorded human history, they’re encouraged to nurse grievances, despise their own adopted home country and cling to the cultures of the failed nations from which they’ve come. Instead of a source of strength, immigration is handled so poorly that we’d be better off stopping it entirely until our laws can be rewritten from top to bottom rather than continuing on with a system that’s completely broken.
Editor's addition:
6) Public School Education Is A Mess - Controlled By Corrupt Politicians and The Teacher's Unions Who Support Them