"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." - Will Rogers

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
“Like most people, I like pizza. I also like bacon on my pizza sometimes.

My old neighborhood in Baltimore had five pizza places in fairly close proximity, but one was better than the others, both in price and taste. So, after a night of adult beverages with friends, we’d inevitably end up in one of them, generally the one most convenient to where we were. Sometimes that was the one with the better pizza.

One time we were in there and my friends and I were in a “pizza with bacon” mood, but there was a problem: This place didn’t have bacon as a topping option.

They hadn’t sold out … that wasn’t the issue. The issue was they didn’t offer bacon at all. The place is owned by people who are Muslim, and they don’t offer pork in any form. Their pepperoni is beef, as is their sausage. They didn’t even offer turkey bacon.

We immediately rallied our friends, wrote up protest signs, called the mayor and media, screamed slogans about how my right to the pizza we wanted the way we wanted was being trampled, and filed suit against the place with the help of the ACLU.

Of course we did nothing of the sort. We ordered one with other toppings, and the next time we were out and had a hankering for pizza with bacon, we went to one of the other places.”

Liberals and progressives want to rule all aspects of everyone's lives --- however, all too often they don't believe the same rules apply to them. Yes, we are living Orwell's prediction that 'some pigs are more equal than other pigs'. Today that descriptor is applicable to liberals and progressives ... the apples that didn't fall too far from the trees of communism and Marxism -


“This debate is so banal. Progressives shout “discrimination,” conservatives cry “liberty,” and it really all boils down to the difference between government and private action, which both sides misunderstand.

Progressives aren’t satisfied with state recognition of same-sex couples and want to bend the will of those private citizens who have religious objections to the only belief system that’s now allowed by MSNBC polite society. Conservatives are wrong to oppose the extension of state marriage licenses to same-sex couples – I’m against such licensing schemes, but states have no good reason to treat gay and straight people differently – and it’s that opposition that breeds distrust when they correctly argue that people should be free to live their lives according to their consciences.

As I said a year ago,

[The Indiana law] does nothing more than align state law with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (which passed the House unanimously, the Senate 97-3, and was signed by President Clinton in 1993). That is, no government action can “substantially burden” religious exercise unless the government uses “the least restrictive means” to further a “compelling interest.” This doesn’t mean that people can “do whatever they want” – laws against murder would still trump religious human sacrifice – but it would prevent the government from forcing people to violate their religion if that can at all be avoided. Moreover, there’s no mention of sexual orientation (or any other class or category).”

As opined by so many, the faux-Controversy of the Indiana Religious Freedom Law is just another reminder that the Left in this Country demand that their 'rights' supercede the 'rights' of others. Typical behavior of liberals, progressives, socialists, communists and Marxists -


“The Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson (with whom I happen to disagree on same-sex marriage) appeared on Ed Schultz's MSNBC program (cough) last night to discuss Indiana's religious freedom law, and the resulting conversation culminated with the host instructing producers to silence Anderson's microphone.

Yep, if you don't agree with whom you debate, shut the conversation down. That's the solution liberals and progressives provide ANYtime they face strong opposition to any position they take. Liberals and progressives on the whole can't disagree without being disagreeable!


“In the free market capitalist vision of society, individuals and companies would set aside whatever personal animosities they have if they wanted to supply goods and services to the widest possible customer base. That would impact decisions on hiring employees, establishing relationships with suppliers, or seeking out new customers.

The misogynist would hire women because they couldn't afford to bypass half the population, possibly missing a person who could add value to their business. It might mean a racist might source from a minority-owned company, if they offered the best price or service. A conservative Republican might transact with a liberal Democrat, because a sale is a sale and businesses can't survive without them.

On the other hand, in that society they'd also be free to do business with whom they'd like. The only force, one way or the other, would be the dispassionate judgment of the marketplace. The men-only, majority-race only, conservative-politics-only business would compete with those that didn't have those self-imposed restrictions. And the business would survive or it wouldn't.

Fortunately, such silliness isn't going to be happening any time soon here. Rather than dealing with the sometimes-messy consequences of freedom and liberty, it seems we'd prefer to follow offense with a lawsuit. It seems that the force of the government, after a successful court battle, which would then force someone to provide a good or service for someone else, is the way things are now supposed to be done.”

You know, I'm not going to evolve in my opposition to the fundamental transformation of America being perpetrated against our Nation by the most Liberal President in our History and his acolytes. Capitalism and free-market enterprise have underwritten the freedoms that propelled our Nation forward to become the envy of the world. So today I'm ready to revisit, "America, love it or leave it." -


For several years in a row, GM's favorite deus ex trick to "boost" sales and fool most of the people all of the time, also happened to be the oldest: channel stuffing. As we showed previously, as recently as year ago, GM had some 800,000 vehicles parked on dealer lots.

Eventually, GM got enough questions from outside sources (here and here), to where it was forced to taper its aggressive channel stuffing only to find a second "deus ex" - subprime loans. This lasted for a little over a year before none other than the government itself yanked the subprime bubble from under the car-makers in the second half of 2014, leading companies such as Goldman to admit "subprime was responsible" for the subsequent collapse in auto sales.

So with both channel stuffing and subprime out of the window if only for the time being, GM, whose China sales are falling off a cliff, had to come up with some urgent source of end demand. A source which we would not have been aware of at all had outside pressure not once again forced GM to start breaking down its sales by customer type less than a year ago, in June 2014. Which sadly means that we barely have 10 months of data.

You had to know something was fishy when the Obama Administration, Democrats and mainstream media all began touting that Obama's bailout for the automobile industry has been proven a success ... Yep, if the bailout you design doesn't result in the company or industry being kept alive through Government intrusion, just continue that intrusion through any means possible ... including loading up on that Company's product. Manufacturing faux-economic success on the backs of the taxpayers ... Priceless -


“Protesters are demonstrating, the Obama administration is speaking out, the mainstream media is in an uproar, major companies are threatening boycotts, and even the NCAA is concerned that a new bill signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence could negatively impact the “inclusive” culture of college sports.

Why such an extreme reaction to a bill simply reinforcing the religious freedoms of all Americans?

Could it be that conservative Americans have dared to fight back against gay activists and their allies?”

Can we get an Amen for respecting difference? Yeah, there's too much intolerence for that simple of a solution -


“Discrimination is going on all right but not against the groups many on the Left are claiming. Here’s the bottom line: many people who support abortion or who support same-sex marriage don’t just want those rights for themselves. They want society at large to approve of their actions. And they will fight any law or movement that they believe undermines that goal. Religious freedom laws, like the one coming under fire in Indiana, are needed because it is increasingly people of faith who are being persecuted.

Christianity has been and remains under assault. Liberals and progressives in America are all about controlling any and all aspects of everyone's lives, even dictating core and personal values. They remain unreal, unbelievable, and pathetic -

“Last week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a law with the same name as one signed on the federal level by President Bill Clinton in 1993, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the presumptive next Senate minority leader. Naturally, Pence found himself on the wrong end of a partisan barrage from ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for signing that law the following Sunday. It sure is nice to be a Democrat.

What exactly does the law state? The Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana states that "a governmental entity may not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability." That rule does not apply only if the government's action "is in furtherance of a compelling government interest" and is also "the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling government interest." If government does act against someone in violation of that person's religious principles, he or she can assert that violation "as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding." ...

... You do not have a right to my services; I have a right to provide my services to whomever I choose. If you believe that your interpretation of public good enables you to bring a gun to the party, you are a bully and a tyrant. So it is with the modern American left, to whom freedom now means only the freedom to do what it is the left wants you to do at point of gun.”

We shared the last paragraph of this OpEd, as we believe it shares the real threat we face as a Nation today -


Over the past few decades while the economic power of the Chinese has grown exponentially, many observers have been surprised by the relative willingness of China to operate within the financial and economic framework established by the dominant Western order. But it should now be blatantly clear that Beijing prefers to act slowly, deliberately and quietly to advance its agenda. This is the case with the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a Chinese-led lending institution which could emerge as an international rival to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Such an institution could support Beijing's political interests by controlling the flow of infrastructure financing that is vital for developing economies. As we all know, money can often buy loyalty.

This article is for monetary-policy wonks. The handwriting is on the wall. Under Obama's policies the dollar has been debased through quantitative easing and through the massive debt the United States continues to incur. Hard times are in our future if the dollar is no longer considered the world's currency. Just another example of how Tzar Barry is fundamentally transforming America -


“The Obama administration informed House Speaker John A. Boehner this week it will not prosecute former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner for contempt of Congress, concluding that she did not waive her Fifth Amendment rights to avoid answering questions when she was called to testify nearly two years ago.

Ms. Lerner, the figure at the center of the IRS’s tea party targeting scandal, is still facing investigation over the intrusive scrutiny of conservative groups, but the decision by U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen not to pursue the contempt charge approved by the U.S. House does away with at least some of her legal jeopardy.”

Oh like this wasn't expected! What? Do you think Obama's Department of Justice would seek justice against Lerner, when there is a distinct possibility that her abusive behavior was condoned and encouraged by the White House -


“Never in the history of our nation have we experienced such a frighteningly inept and incompetent presidential administration. One could make a good argument that this would apply in all areas, but it’s particularly applicable in the area of foreign policy and national security.

Right after Bowe Bergdahl’s release in the trade for five senior Taliban commanders, National Security Advisor Susan Rice described the Army deserter as serving with “distinction and honor”. The very same soldier now charged with ‘desertion and misbehavior’ by the military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice. Charges that can send Bergdahl to a military prison for the rest of his life.

Since taking office the Obama Administration has exhibited the judgment and intelligence of a trio of stooges known as Moe, Larry and Curly when it comes to the military and national security issues. In fact, one might credit the real Three Stooges with a bit more brain cells than the senior members of this administration have displayed over the past six years.”

We have to say that this author has besmirched the memory and legacy of The Three Stooges through comparing them to Obama and Team. At least The Three Stooges were very purposeful and successful in pursuing their endeavors to entertain America. Team Obama has proven to be a joke, but no one is laughing -


“Conspiracy theories are running wild over the Army’s planned multi-state training exercise this summer.

Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Special Operations forces will conduct realistic training exercises from July to September across the southwest – including in 17 Texas cities.

The exercise, called Jade Helm 15, has critics worried that the Army is preparing for modern-day martial law. Some are even calling it “the Texas takeover.”

Officials say the goal is to see if groups of Special Forces can move around a civilian population without being noticed and can handle different threat scenarios. The military says that these are vital skills when it comes to the ever-changing threats that military members face.

But a slideshow about the training exercise shows Texas labeled as simulated "hostile" territory, which prompted concern from some Americans.”

Note in particular that all the states selected are among the most conservative and ask yourself under what circumstances would they be considered “hostile territories” and be invaded by federal forces. I'm not getting that warm and fuzzy feeling of love -


“Deeply and deceptively interesting,” is how New York Times Magazine described Sen. Harry Reid in January of 2010. Deceptive indeed. Five years later, Reid’s cache of secrets in the Senate chamber puts Harry Potter’s wizardry to shame.

Two chambers—House and Senate—comprise the U.S. legislature. Our bicameral structure helps keep raw political power in check. Yet without term limits, a bicameral legislature is not enough to restrain the ambition of politicians like 75-year-old Reid who have held public office for decades.

Grab your candle and follow me as I guide you through the backmost rooms of the Senate chamber, where Reid hides five dark healthcare secrets. Ignore the cobwebs, broken wall lamps and thick layer of dust. Few human beings ever traverse this quiet corridor.

First Secret: Women and Children Last ...”

Hmmm ... Obama lied, with Harry Reid orchestrating the fraud from the Senate. What a toxic duo, eh? America will be paying for this debacle for generations to come -


“Earlier this week a bill prohibiting federal employees from looking at porn on government computers and devices passed through the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It’s quite a sad commentary on the state of government affairs that this bipartisan bill’s advancement is news, let alone good news.

So, why was it necessary to begin with?”

THIS is what happens when career bureaucrats become so powerful, they become entitled ... above even basic decency. And, The American Federation of Government Employees (union) makes it near impossible to fire Federal employees for these type of infractions (or any other for that matter) ... you know, taking pay and not working. Something in the private sector we'd call 'theft of time', and we'd terminate the perpetrator(s). But that's the world the vast majority of us live in, while our elected elite and their cohorts in the Federal Bureaucracy live in an alternative universe. Of course, that's because We, the People allow it to be so -


“Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law is not anti-gay. It is not anti-Black. It is not anti-Semitic. It is, however, pro-religion and pro-freedom and that’s why Leftists hate it.

Let’s read the actual bill and interpret it, then figure out how the crazy Leftists have managed to spin this into the worst thing since New Coke.

The law is explicit. The government cannot substantially burden anyone from exercising one’s religion. If it does so, it must “further a compelling government interest and be the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.”

This is no different than the laws in 19 other states, and the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act that passed in 1993 – by unanimous vote in the House, 97-3 in the Senate, and signed by the ultra-Right-wing-nutjob Bill Clinton.”

Like so many Americans, I too have an opinion on everything whether I know what I'm talking abut or not. However, generally speaking I try to educate myself to some degree before spouting off. Liberals and progressives in America have an agenda, which doesn't allow for becoming educated on issues, it requires visceral and emotional responses to anything with which they might disagree. Welcome to Amerika!


“During this past week as we’ve been swamped with bad news pouring out of every corner of the globe, it wouldn’t be surprising if you missed one of the more shocking revelations about White House actions that would make even Richard Nixon blush.

The Wall Street Journal revealed that it had obtained a 2012 Federal Trade Commission report detailing the closeness of Google and the Obama administration while the FTC was engaging in an antitrust investigation of the Internet giant.

It’s usually the case that you get more interesting information when the details were supposed to remain secret, and that’s the case here. The FTC, responding to an open-records request, accidentally sent 160 pages of a private 2012 report to the The Wall Street Journal, detailing their antitrust investigation into Google.

What was disclosed paints a picture of unusual activity between the White House, Google and the FTC while the antitrust investigation was being conducted. Ultimately, the FTC staff recommended bringing a lawsuit against Google on antitrust grounds. Despite this, the commission voted 5-0 against charges.”

Hey, hey, hey ... If a President can't provide cover for the source of major Democrat campaign contributions, just what can he do? Oh, we're talking Obama here ... HE can do ANYTHING he wants without interference from those clumsy and inconvenient things we call LAWS -


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