Sarah Palin Said What???

Sarah-Palin-Tea-Party-of-faceSarah Palin’s book royalties and speaker fees must be down. Sister Sarah has stated that she is “seriously interested” in running for President in 2016. (I think that’s called “Pulling a Trump“.)

In hope that she’ll do it, Tea Baggers are slapping “Run Sarah Run” bumper stickers on the back of their cars. (Progressives have theirs on the front!)

Like all Presidential wannabes, (serious or pseudo) Sarah tends to gravitate to Iowa a lot and somehow I don’t think it’s for the climate.

In that vein, she dropped into Des Moines to address Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit. At least her body did. From all reports, it seems that her brain just might have missed the plane.

Bare in mind that this is Sarah “Todd’s got the gun and I’ve got the rack!” Palin, but even by that standard, this was “interesting”! FYI, this time she didn’t use “hand notes” but she did make use of a teleprompter.

And, that’s where it gets interesting. The teleprompter froze!

Now, Sarah was supposed to be giving a long speech. Unless you really know your stuff, a teleprompter or copious notes are invaluable. The good(?) news is that she brought along a whole binder of notes. The bad(?) news is that there didn’t seem to be any coherent organization to them. Add to that the fact that she may well have been a bit unnerved by the situation. Nervous people tend to talk faster and as one reporter wrote, she delivered “an entire speech in one incredibly long run-on sentence”

Here are a few of her more interesting mouth droppings.

“The man can only ride you when your back is bent. So strengthen it! Then the man can’t ride you. America won’t get taken for a ride, because so much is at stake.

On Obamacare:
“What will they do to stop causing our pain, and start feeling it again? Well, in other words, um – Is Hillary a New Democrat or an old one?”
On “American Sniper”:
“Screw the left in Hollywood!”
On Hillary:
“Now I’m ready for Hillary Are you? Are you coming? “
“Now the press asks, the press asks, “Can anyone stop Hillary?” Again, this is to forego a conclusion, right? It’s to scare us off, to convince us that – a pantsuit can crush patriots?”

On 2016:
“Knowing what the media will do throughout 2016 to all of us, it’s going to take more than a village to beat Hillary…We the people, we realize that this is war, as I say, it is war for the solvency, the sovereignty of the United States of America. And we don’t sit on our thumbs this next time when one of our own is being crucified and falsely accused of whatever the hip activation of the day happens to be, right? Racism, sexism, whatever. Really, it’s kind of Orwellian observing how that works, that rule of Saul Alinsky’s I suppose, that the left employs. Disgusting charges from the left. You know, reverse them. It is they who point a finger who don’t realize they have triple that number of fingers pointing right back at them, revealing that they are the ones who really discriminate and divide. “

Of course, she also took some time to whine that the “Lame Stream Media” was trying to crucify her because of that fun photo she was in.palin-fck-michael-moore(Maybe she’s just trying to figure out what the missing letter is.)
She also said they were nailing her to the cross over letting her son stand on their dog:
“They’re howling through the press, you know, ‘cruelty to animals, Sarah Palin. Which surprised me considering what it does that Joni does to those poor defenseless really great tasting Iowa hogs.”
After the speech, Real Clear Politics’ Scott Conroy tweeted:
“I don’t say this lightly. This is the strangest speech I’ve ever seen Sarah Palin deliver.”
Bob Schooley had this to say:
“Sarah Palin is now the rodeo clown sent out to get the crowd riled and make the real cowboys look better in comparison.”
This one’s my favorite. It’s from The Guardian’s Jon Swaine:
“Following Palin, Rick Perry sounds like Pericles”
Democratic National Committee Communications Director Mo Elleithee was quite succinct:
“Thank you!”

Oklahoma Bill Would End Marriage Licenses

e173431Here we go again! Another Regressive politician throwing a tantrum over gay marriage.

Oklahoma State Rep/Assembly of God Minister (Isn’t that a conflict of interests?) Todd Russ is mad and he’s not going to take it any more!

“There’s a lot of constituents and people across the state who are not through pushing back on the federal government for the slam down they’ve given us with Supreme Court rulings.”

Todd has decided if Oklahoma can’t ban gay marriages, then by jinkies, they shouldn’t be in the marriage business at all. He’s proposed a bill to eliminate the state issuing marriage licenses at all.

Don’t panic! There will still be marriages, but they’ll be of the “God Approved” variety.

Instead of the state getting involved, he wants religious officials to perform the marriages and issue marriage certificates, which would then be filed with a court clerk.

“Marriages are not supposed to be a government thing anyway.”

Judges would no longer be allowed to perform marriages and any couple deemed unfit to wed by the so-called religious officials, would have to file an affidavit of common law marriage.

Common law marriages aren’t great when it comes to legal status. All marriage rights DO NOT APPLY! (Can you say “2nd class citizens”?)

Todd says he just wants to protect those poor county clerks from the trauma of betraying their “religious” principles by having to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Todd did make one major boo-boo. The bill, as written, only applies to Christian or Jewish religious officials: “…an ordained or authorized preacher or minister of the Gospel, priest or other ecclesiastical dignitary of any denomination who has been duly ordained or authorized by the church to which he or she belongs to preach the Gospel, or a rabbi.”

So if you’re Islamic, Buddhist, or YHWH forbid, a (shudder) Atheist, TOUGH BEANS! Get in the Common Law line!

Now, Todd may not consider any other religions valid. But the Supreme Court does!

So, if the Jesus or Judah guys turn up their nose at you, you could get the Church of Satan to do the honors. They love to get involved with situations like this. (As the “Hobby Lobby” celebrants have found out.) Or, I’ve heard, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will perform the ceremony for only $25.

Since we’re talking about Oklahoma, it shouldn’t surprise you that this isn’t they only “stop gay marriage” bill working its way through the process. State Rep Sally Kern wants a law making it legal to quit paying any public employee who issues a marriage license to a gay or lesbian couple.

If either one of these (or other such) bills pass, the legal fireworks will be fun to watch.

As usual, stay tuned!

High School Journalists to Fox: ‘You’re practicing rank propaganda’

Pauly Shore & Vinny Guadagnino Visit "FOX & Friends"

“Make the lie big. Make it simple. Keep repeating it and eventually they’ll believe it.” Joseph Goebbels

Years ago (decades actually, but who’s counting) I was pursuing my degree in Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Several of the classes leading to that degree were of the journalism variety and one of the first things they taught us was that reporting the news required impartiality.

Despite appearances over the last few years, it seems they still try to teach journalistic ethics, at least in one Vermont high school.

Last year Fox’s Bill Reilly sent one of his ambush interview producers to Bennington, Vermont to expose the city as a bunch of pot smokers, ski bums and (gasp) LIBERALS! (No real “Muricans” in sight.)

Students studying journalism at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington decided to use this as a case study for a “professional integrity audit” based on the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.

Turns out they found so many ethics violations, they lost count. In their words,

“Based on our studies about the field of journalism, we have determined that you’re not practicing journalism. You’re practicing rank propaganda.” […]

“By watching Fox News, we have learned buckets about journalism – what to do and, more importantly, what never to do. It is our hope that Fox News can learn the very same from watching us.”

Roger Ailes set out to create a conservative propaganda outlet when he built Fox News. That he succeeded is discouraging. That he gets called out by high schoolers is encouraging.

Roger got his big start in the 1968 Nixon campaign. (Why am I not surprised about that?)

Working as Nixon’s “executive producer for television”, Ailes manufactured a series of fake news events, then paid TV stations to run them as if they were real news. (Seems like ol’ Rog has been into fake news long before FOX.)

Fired by Nixon after the election, he later was put in charge of the newsroom for Television News Incorporated. TVN was a pet project of Joseph Coors, the archconservative beer baron. (Loved his beer, hated his politics.)

The business plan was to provide news clips that stations could use as their own for a small percentage of normal production costs. Once the stations were hooked on the discounted clips, according to its President, TVN would “gradually, subtly, slowly” inject “our philosophy in the news.” Btw, the network’s motto was “Fair & Balanced”. (Ring a bell?)

There was just one problem. TVN made the mistake of hiring professional journalists who revolted over such crap. One news director who quit said the network was a “propaganda machine.” Of course those that didn’t quit in protest, were summarily fired and replaced. (Roger learned never to make the mistake of hiring real news people again.)

There used to be a time in this country when a propaganda organization wouldn’t have been allowed. At the time, all broadcast media had to conform to the “Fairness Doctrine“.

The doctrine “required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was, in the Commission’s view, honest, equitable and balanced.” (No relation to B.S. Mtn’s “Fair & Balanced”.) That all went away when Saint Reagan was elected President. His F.C.C. dumped it in 1985.

Interestingly enough, Canada still has a law on the books that keeps Fox out of their hen-house. (And believe me, Fox has tried to break in!) It seems they have this silly law that requires news media to tell the truth, as far as they know it.

We could learn something from Canada!

 

 

 

Regressive Congressman: Minimum Wage Workers Aren’t Worth Any More Money

cspan_wj_mcclintock_150122a-800x430Meet Congressman Tom McClintock. Tommy is the Regressive representing CA-4 in D.C.. Born into wealth, Tommy is one of those people who, as Barry Switzer so delightfully put it, “are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple”.

Despite having been born wealthy and having been a professional politician all his adult life, I’ll refrain from any “never worked a day in his life” jokes. They would be redundant.

Now, I have nothing against being born into wealth. Hell, I’d love to have been born there! However with certain people, it tends to instill a rather distorted view of the other end of the economic spectrum. Our Tommy is a case in point!!

On Thursday (1/22/15)  Tommy was a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. The host, Greta Brawner, asked him if he supported Willie Romney’s claim that the minimum wage should be at least $10.10 an hour.

His response consisted of the usual Regressive talking points with the now usual bit of racism.

“Only [raise the minimum wage] if you want to rip the first rung in the ladder of opportunity for teenagers, for minorities, for people who are trying to get into the job market for their first job.”

Not true (aka a lie) according to the U.S. Department of Labor (And they should know what they’re talking about.)

A review of 64 studies on minimum wage increases found no discernible effect on employment. Additionally, more than 600 economists, seven of them Nobel Prize winners in economics, have signed onto a letter in support of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016.”

Back to Tommy.

“It’s not supposed to support a family. The minimum wage is that first job when you have no skills, no experience, no working history. That’s how you get into the job market, that’s how you develop that experience, develop that work record, get your first raise, then your next raise, then your promotion.”

There you have it folks, the view from 3rd base. The reality back at home plate is that way too many wage earners ARE trying to support their families on minimum wages. That statement also presumes that there are enough higher wage jobs to be promoted to. The reality is that employment is pyramid-shaped, wage and position wise. (What??? You thought there were as many CEO’s as janitors?)

“If your labor is an unskilled person just entering the workforce is worth say $7 an hour at a job and the minimum wage is $10, you have just been made permanently unemployable. That first rung of the economic ladder has been ripped out and you can’t get on it. That is a tragedy.”

This one’s a doozy! Tommy is assuming that despite the fact that a company has a need for entry-level employees, they wouldn’t hire any if the minimum was raised? REALLY??? Well, they probably wouldn’t need to for very long, because they’d be out of business or at least greatly downsized.

You also may have noticed in the quotes that he has lumped in “minorities” with 1st job teenagers and unskilled labor as unworthy of any more money than employers are already forced to pay them. No racism intended there, I’m sure. (RIGHT!)

While the racism is a newer factor, I’ve been hearing this same minimum wage garbage since it was 75¢ an hour and quite frankly, I’m sick of it.

If the original minimum wage had kept up with inflation, it would be around $22 an hour at this point. Other developed countries pay way more than the good ol’ U.S.of A. and they seem to be doing just fine.

  • Australia:  $17.39
  • France:  $12.22
  • Germany:  $21.42
  • Ireland:  $11.09
  • Netherlands:  $11.06
  • New Zealand:  $11.59
  • United Kingdom:  $10.32

We are the richest country in the world and we can’t afford to pay living wages?? Somewhere along the line, somebody screwed up, and I think it was people like Tommy!

 

 

Science Under Cruz Control?

142130133043897Ahhh, Texas.

The state that gave us such intellectual tulip bulbs as Louie Gohmert, Steve Stockton, Rick Perry & George (duh) Bush, now blesses us with Ted Cruz. (It seems to be a Texas tradition to elect village idiots to public office.)

Since the last election resulted in Regressives taking control of the Senate, their people take over as Chairpersons of the various committees and sub-committees. One of the more unfortunate results is that Texas Senator Ted Cruz is now the Chairperson of the Senate Sub-Committee on Science and Space.

To see what I mean, by ‘unfortunate’, let’s take a gander at Teddy’s positions on these subjects.

SPACE: You’d think that with the Johnson Space Center in Houston, that Teddy would be a fanboy. Turns out, that’s not the case. I know he sounds like one at times, but as we all know, mouth music is cheep. For starters, he tried to cut NASA’s funding in 2013.

He claimed it was to get the budget under control, but a large part of NASA’s budget centers around climate change research. In fact, they’ve just launched five new climate change projects.

“One of the problems with the Obama administration is that it has degraded NASA. It has degraded for space exploration, degraded manned exploration because the Obama administration has undervalued that and shifted to funding other priorities,” Cruz said in a statement. “It shifted the funding to global warming pursuits rather than carry out NASA’s core mission.”

Which brings us to the “science” part.

SCIENCE: Since climatology comes under the heading of “science”, Teddy has a major role in shaping the country’s approach to climate change. The portents are not good.

“The last 15 years, there has been no recorded warming. Contrary to all the theories that they are expounding, there should have been warming over the last 15 years. It hasn’t happened.”

Actually, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2013:

“Currently, the warmest year on record is 2010, which was 0.66°C (1.19°F) above average. Including 2013, 9 of the 10 warmest years in the 134-year period of record have occurred in the 21st century. Only one year during the 20th century—1998—was warmer than 2013.”

The results for 2014 are in, and it was hotter than 2010.

I think John McCain called it quite accurately when he referred to Teddy as”The chief of the wacko birds.”:

In case you are curious, the future NOAA budgets won’t go through him, but it will go through fellow climate-denier, Mario Rubio.

Just at the time when things are starting to get serious with climate change, it looks like we’re in for a 2 year delay in doing much about it. Never mind that we’re already a couple of decades behind.

There is one statement that Teddy has made, that I do hope comes true:

“Twenty years from now if there is some obscure trivial pursuit question, I am confident I will be the answer.”

As usual, stay tuned!

 


 

 

 

ABC Poll: Bad News for Keystone Pipeline Pushers and Other Regressives

keystone_pipeline_protest_11_07_2011A new day, a new poll and the trend continues.

The latest ABC Poll was released Monday (1/19/14), a day before Obama gives his State of the Union speech to Congress. Considering the tough crowd he faces, the poll gives him much-needed backup.

Overall, the president’s approval rating is up 9 points since December. He’s even up with conservatives. (11 points since October) This is due to a number of factors, the primary one being the belated recognition that the economy really is getting better.

  • The stock market is back in the stratosphere.
  • Gas prices are DOWN!
  • Five straight years of job growth.
  • Unemployment rate lowest since before the Great Recession.

Even the Regressive DS’s (Doctors of Spinology) are having a hard time spinning their usual economic b.s.

One of the questions asked in the poll concerned Obama’s handling of the Keystone Pipeline issue:

“16. Obama has said he won’t decide whether to approve a new oil pipeline from Canada to Texas until a review has determined whether it is in the national interest. The Republicans in Congress are working on a law to authorize the pipeline without Obama’s approval. Which side do you support – (should the pipeline be authorized now), or (should the review be completed before deciding)?”

By a 27 point margin, (61-34) the pollees (is that a word?) told the pollers that they supported Obama’s position on the pipeline. The Regressives have been selling this as jobs, Jobs, JOBS, however only 35 of them will be permanent.

If the Regressives really want to put people back to work, the country’s infrastructure (roads, bridges, dams, buildings, etc.) could use some upgrading.

The poll also found support for Obama’s proposed community college tuition elimination by a 53 to 44 margin.

They’re behind Obama when it comes to issuing executive actions when congress won’t act. 50-44 on that one.

They’re against upping the hours required for federal health insurance, as is Obama.

And, in support of what is sure to be emphasized in the SOTU, they think big business pays too little taxes. 65% of those polled, feel they pay too little, compared to 19% that feel they pay their fair share and 9% who actually think they pay too much.

Does this polling change anything?

Probably not, but it does give the President firm ground on which to stake his positions, and a good deal of ammo (if the Dems don’t shoot themselves in the foot with it) for the upcoming battles leading to 2016.

‘Constitutional Sheriffs’ Supporters: ‘Hang the Lying Muslim Traitor’

CSPOA-Senate copyHere’s one that must have fallen into the floor cracks at “liberal media” headquarters,

Though not many people know about it, there is an organization composed mostly of county sheriffs called the “Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers’ Association (CSPOA). The CSPOA claims 485 sheriffs as members and/or supporters, however, there seems to be some doubt about that number. (More on that later.)

What differentiates this group from your normal law enforcement organization is that they believe The sheriff’s position overrides any federal agents or even the arrogant FBI agents who attempt to assume jurisdiction in our cases.” 

As they state on their website,

“CSPOA assembles Sheriffs, Peace Officers and Citizens who understand the grave implications of our eroding Constitutional protections. Whether it’s an illegal checkpoint violating the 4th Amendment, 2nd Amendment intrusions affecting your defense of your home or family, or ANY other infringement of your freedom, CSPOA is on the front line defending your rights and Liberty.”

There’s also a quote from their founder, Richard Mack,

“We will take America back, Sheriff by Sheriff, County by County, State by State.”

You might remember Richard from his days on the front lines of the Bundy Ranch standoff last year. (He was on the Bundy side.) One of his contributions to the situation was this brilliant strategy:

“We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.”

You get the picture. They’re a group of law officers who lean right (about 80 degrees).

On November 10th, a member of CSPOA called for a “USA Sheriffs’ Caravan” to travel to Washington D.C.on December 10th, in a showdown with Obama over his immigration executive actions.

As the National Review Online headlined it: ” Sheriffs Plan Massive Gathering in Washington to Oppose Executive Amnesty

They were expecting around 200 to participate. As the day grew closer, they dropped that to 50 Sheriffs showing up. I haven’t been able to find evidence that more than 14 law officers attended.

One of the primary purposes of the “caravan” was to meet with senators and congressmen and send a message that

“We are sick and tired of being marginalized in our ability to protect our citizens. We want the border secured. And until you do that, until you secure these borders, which you’ve been telling us since Day One, you will never ever have legitimate comprehensive immigration reform.”

While the sheriffs were meeting with senators and congressmen (Actually, two senators, David Vitter (R-LA) & Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and one congresswoman, Martha Blackburn (R-TN)) their supporters were down the mall at the White House protesting and demanding Obama be kicked out of office. (After all, it is the WHITE House!). Unfortunately, it got a little out of hand when some of the participants started calling for a lynch party.

”Hang the lying Muslim traitor!”

According to U.S. Code § 871, it is a crime to threaten the life of a President (no matter what his skin tone). A crime punishable by a fine and/or a five-year stretch at one of Uncle Sam’s finer crowbar inns.

Now, let me be very clear about this. These were NOT the sheriffs themselves calling for a lynching. These were their supporters. The type of people they attract with their rhetoric and policies. And, that’s just about as scary.

One last item before I sign off. In researching this article I ran across CSPOA’s list of members and supporters in law enforcement. You might want to check it out and see if your county sheriff is listed. If he is, give him a call and see if he’s really a member and/or a supporter of CSPOA. If it turns out that he is, I’d seriously consider dumping his ass next election.

Fox News – Obama Will Alter The First Amendment To Align With Sharia Law

Screenshot-2014-05-04-16.59.59Last November, I did a post about a Fox contributor (paid consultant) by the name of Dr. Keith Ablow. Dr. Keith, a psychiatrist, was advocating for an American Jihad.

As I was watching, I thought, “Why would a major news organization allow their facilities used to propagate this vile nonsense?” But, once again, this is Fox, and they’re not really a “news” organization.

Which brings us to today’s subject: “Judge” Jeanine Pirro. Judge Jeanine is a bit more intelligent than your average Fox News wench. She should be, she’s an ex-district attorney and an honest to goodness, real life, ex-judge.

She’s also a politician. She was elected district attorney, but other than that, she hasn’t been too successful. She ran for Lt. Governor and dropped out after 2 days. She ran for Senator against Hillary and dropped out of that race as well. She ran for NY Attorney General and lost that race 58%-39%

Like way too many failed Republican politicians, she found a home at Fox: “Justice with Judge Jeanine“. Her show is supposed to be focused on legal issues, but hey folks, this is Fox!

Last Sunday (1/11) Judge Jeanine had a few things to say about the Charlie Hebdo killings. Or rather she had a few things to say about Obama in relationship to the killings and to the “Islamic threat”, as well as some words of wisdom on how to solve the “Muslim problem”.

For starters, she claims Obama is focused on political correctness rather than the threat to the U.S.

“The FBI destroys tens of thousands of documents deemed offensive to Islam! The CIA removes the word “Islamic” before “terrorist” in those Benghazi talking points. They can kill us, but we can’t hurt their feelings? I’m surprised there isn’t a new executive order that simply says ‘don’t offend Muslims’.”

(You’ll notice, like any good Fox marionette, she managed to shoehorn “Benghazi” in.)

Not only that, but she said Obama is going to try to limit the 1st Amendment so it syncs up with Sharia law.

“And make no mistake – as sure as I’m talking to you – there will be efforts to limit our First Amendment – our free speech – to comply with Sharia blasphemy laws which call for death to those who slander the prophet Mohammad.”

The reason behind this seems to be that Islam has infiltrated into our society.

“They have conquered us through immigration. They have conquered us through interfaith dialogue.”

 

“Muslims were even invited to worship at the national cathedral in Washington, DC.”

And, of course, this being Fox, the “Persecuted Christians” card got played.

“I’ve been telling you for a year that they’re coming for us. That there is a reverse crusade in progress, a Christian genocide.”

But, not to worry. Judge Jeanine has the answer. Unlike Dr. Keith, she doesn’t want an American jihad. She wants to….., well I’ll let her tell it.

“After this week’s brutal terror attacks in France, hopefully everybody now gets it. And there’s only one group that can stop this war: the Muslims themselves.

 

“Our job is to arm those Muslims to the teeth. Give them everything they need to take out these Islamic fanatics. Let them do the job.”

(Actually, we’ve been doing that for decades. We didn’t get to be the #1 arms dealer in the world by ignoring the Arab Middle East.)

“Force Arab nations to choose. They’re either with us or they’re against us. And stop with this nuclear negotiation nonsense. They don’t operate the way we do. You can’t negotiate. You can’t mediate. You can’t bargain. You can’t even reason with these people!”

(What are we going to do if they don’t? Threaten to quit buying their oil?)

So, instead of an American jihad, Judge Jeanine wants a proxy war, with us footing the bill, of course.

Did I mention that this lady is an ex-judge?

Stay tuned. Knowing Fox, I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear of this drivel.

 

Senator Johnson: Single Mom with Money Worries? Get a Man to Marry You!

Kerry_Nomination_0f3c4 copyMeet Senator Ronald Johnson (Regressive – MN). Ronnie’s the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. However, that’s not the reason for today’s visit.

It seems Ronnie has figured out the solution to struggling single moms. They need to find somebody to support them. After all, it worked for him. He married a fortune dressed up as a “plastic wrap” heiress.

Seriously, her daddy made his fortune in plastic packaging. In fact, his innovations landed him in the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame. (Bet you didn’t even know that existed.)

Ronnie married his money instead of earning it, so I guess he thinks that makes him an expert on the subject.

Anyway, the senator thinks that if a single mom wants to “increase her take-home pay”, she should dump the idea of having another rug rat to get more welfare money and  set her sights on a man to support her, like they did back in the day.

I’m not going to dwell on the fact that child assistance doesn’t come close to the cost of raising a child. Just ask anyone who’s actually had to depend on it. Ronnie claims they can make $35,000 a year on welfare, but that got a couple of “Pinocchios” from the fact checkers at the Washington Post.

There are, of course, a couple of alternatives that must have completely slipped his mind:

  1. Raise the minimum wage. If it had kept up with inflation it’d be around $22 an hour now. Other countries, and the companies in them, have minimum wages high enough to keep a family above the poverty rate. The U.S. doesn’t. But then, we really only support families with lip service. (Oh, and those companies in other countries are doing just fine, or they wouldn’t be there.)
  2. Crack down on deadbeat dads. Since it “takes two to tango”, make the other half of the dance team live up to their obligations. They did the crime, they should pay the dime.

Those alternatives won’t of themselves solve all the problems, but they will help quite a bit. Especially the minimum wage increase. (And NO, $10 an hour is not enough to do it. It needs to be at least $15.)

Oh, and if you are single and expecting, don’t even think about an abortion. Senator Ronnie is a fierce fighter for the unborn. For the born, not so much.

Multi-State Terror Plot Foiled

140728-oklahoma-city-bombing-1610_45ab173c206ff1f7bd239c6a42ab9cff copyThree men in Rome have been charged with “conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction” in what some allege is potentially the largest domestic terrorist plot since 9/11.

Another massive Islamic Jihadist attack? Not hardly! This Rome is in Georgia and the perpetrators are “good ol’ bubbas” and members of a Georgia militia. (Keepin’ the cuntry safe for REAL ‘Muricans)

Not the brightest bulbs in the tulip patch, they went online last January to discuss their plans and objectives. Unfortunately for them (and fortunately for us) Big Brother (aka the FBI) was listening in on the conversations.

They discussed launching guerilla attacks on government buildings including an Atlanta police station. They also began recruiting like-minded wing-nuts to join their cause and instigate similar simultaneous attacks in other states.

They suggested non-Constitutional targets such as TSA checkpoints, road blocks, law enforcement agencies operating outside their version of the Constitution. Also, as they put it, to participate in the “removal of government people who support extra-Constitutional activities”. (“Extra-Constitutional activities” probably includes listening to internet conspiracy plots. I’ll leave it to you to figure out what “removal” means.)

To these ends, the three men, Terry Peace, Brian Cannon and Cory Williamson,

(L to R) Terry Peace, Brian Cannon & Cory Williamson

(L to R) Terry Peace, Brian Cannon & Cory Williamson

took a trip to Cartersville GA to purchase explosives. They were particularly looking for thermite-mix charges and some pipe bombs built for “maximum fragmentation”.

“If he can hook us up with, say, 12 pipe bombs, that will be sweet,”

They knew there were some available, because they called ahead. (Duly recorded by the aforementioned FBI.)

On February 15th of last year, just as they took possession of the explosives (rendered inert, btw), the FBI played “Gotcha”!

They were originally charged with violating Title 18, of United States Code, Section 371, “conspiracy to receive and possess a destructive device”. Conviction would come with a 2 to 5 year stretch in the stoney lonesome.

Last Monday (1/5/15) the charges were upped BIG TIME to violation of Sec. 2332a of Title 18, “conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction”. Conviction on the latter charge includes a lifetime vacation at one of Uncle Sam’s crowbar hotels.

Attorneys for the government stated that the new charge had to be cleared in D.C. before they could pursue the new indictments.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20.