Sunday, January 31, 2016

Eye of Newt: Gingrich evaluates 2016’s political climate | BizPac Review

From the article: 
Americans should distrust government, he says. "It's a mess,"citing the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the inability of the Pentagon to know where key assets are.

Some very interesting comments from Newt Gingrich.  He pretty much says we need to raze the whole darn place and start over again.  

BTW, Ginni Thomas, the author, is married to Chief Justice Clarence Thomas.

Mike Roark

The extraordinary generosity of ordinary Americans :: Jeff Jacoby

From the article: 
There are those whose first instinct is to turn to government when a social ill appears. Of course there are some functions for which government is well-suited. But on the whole, private philanthropic problem-solving will always be more nimble, more innovative, more individualized, and more efficient than anything the government can do.

Another reminder of the efficiency of the free market over government intervention.  Also, the general goodness of the American people in contrast to some who want to paint us as evil to the rest of the world.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Next Big Future: USA is not buying the cheaper and deadlier AIP stealth submarine capabilities but the rest of the world is

From the article: 
The threat of super-stealthy diesel submarines being deployed around the world has been present for decades. Still, newer boats are coming armed with advanced anti-ship weapons and are being combined with new air-independent propulsion systems (AIP) making them near impossible to find in the ocean's depths.

Who knows anything about this?  

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Pentagon’s Pricey Culture of Mediocrity | War Is Boring

From the article: 
These policies undermine the military competence of the Pentagon's own officer corps. They're creating a system that self-selects a large cadre of mediocre conformists.

They are talking about "up or out".  I always thought that was a real problem and it affected me way back when.  One of the reasons I got out early.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Who are Boehner and Pelosi? : A Slough of Irrelevance | Fred On Everything

From the article: 
If they have any notion of what is going on in the US, they conceal it well.

Yes, Fred Reed is rude, crude and obnoxious.  I don't agree with everything he says and I don't always like the way he says things but, It is clearly true that "they" don't really have any notion of what is going on in the nation.  "They" being the government, its branches and bureaucracies and the media.  

When is the last time Congress did anything that mattered? he asks.  Well, when?

How in the heck, did "they" get so much power and yet still so so useless.

Mike Roark

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Statecraft, Strategy, and Ethics: A Noetic Trinity | Small Wars Journal

From the article: 
Statecraft is what ought to be. It is normative. But in its very oughtness, it thereby oftentimes ends up being more an ideal (unattainable, but nonetheless worth pursuing) than an achievable objective to be pursued. It is what statesmen do – tradecraft by and for statesmen. It is an inherently strategic enterprise, and statesmen, its practitioners, must necessarily be strategically minded and strategically oriented.
To be sure, politics and statecraft share some common conceptual and practical terrain. They both concern themselves with purpose – accomplishing something, getting something done, achieving aims. In the case of politics, cynical though it may sound, purposiveness – serving or effecting a useful function, though not as a result of planning or design – is typically at play; while in the case of statecraft, purposefulness – having or tending to fulfill a conscious purpose or design – is the name of the game. Politics focuses on proximate aims; statecraft, on ultimate (or penultimate) ones.

Pretty interesting stuff here.  Considerations of long term vs short term goals and what is the real motive are important.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Federal Bureaucracies: Incompetent, Corrupt, Or Both? | Power Line

From the article: 
Is this because federal agencies are corrupt, or because they are unusually inept? The familiar adage is that one should never presume malice when incompetence is a sufficient explanation. But here, I think we are going beyond ineptitude. Are federal agencies the only employers who can't hire people who know how to follow court orders? No. Incompetence may play a part, but it is hard to avoid the conclusion that federal agencies led by left-wing bureaucrats, including but not limited to the IRS, view themselves as above the law and protected by the scofflaw Obama administration, and therefore entitled to thumb their noses at the federal courts.
This is a new development in our democracy. Until now, we have never experienced an extra-legal administration like that of Barack Obama. Will the rule of law survive the 2016 presidential election? I don't know. That wheel is still spinning.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

US-Russian marines set up bridgehead in E. Libya for campaign against ISIS

From the article: 
According to the scenario sketched in advance by DEBKA Weekly, large-scale US air, naval and ground units are to spearhead the new coalition's combined assault on the main Libyan redoubts of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Ansar al-Sharia and other radical Islamist organizations. Cruise missiles strikes will blast them from US, British, French and Italian warships on the Mediterranean.
At the peak of the assault, large-scale US, British and French marines will land on shore for an operation first billed as the largest allied war landing since the 1952 Korean War.

Is this for real?  Still uncorroborated by other news agencies.  1000 SAS already deployed and a huge landing in the offing?  Seems about time we actually started fighting back.  There is other news that ISIS has reduced salaries because of a cash flow.  Seems to me we could have caused that to happen a long time ago.  Why have we waited so long?

The Lamps Go Out | John C. Wright's Journal

From the article: 
Let us not forget who the enemy is: one philosophy and one alone in the West has made us unable to recognize an enemy when he strikes us, made us unwilling to fight in self defense or defense of the innocent, and made us eager to cover up a decade of rapes rather than accuse a Muslim ring of crime, made witnesses unwilling to report suspicious activity by gunmen or high-jackers for fear of being seen as racist, and, in a word, made the entire West yearn for suicide, and not a painless suicide either.
I called it a philosophy. It is in truth a psychopathology, an insane inability to look truth in the face. It is the revolt against reason, the rebellion against reality, the desecration of beauty and the mutiny against God.
It is secular humanism.

I wonder when we'll wake up?  What will it take for us to respond to these barbarians?  

It's the Demography, Stupid - WSJ

From the article: 
That's what the war's about: our lack of civilizational confidence. As a famous Arnold Toynbee quote puts it: "Civilizations die from suicide, not murder"--as can be seen throughout much of "the Western world" right now. The progressive agenda--lavish social welfare, abortion, secularism, multiculturalism--is collectively the real suicide bomb.

The great Mark Steyn nails it here.  A pretty all encompassing understanding of the current state of Western Civilization.  

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Real Immigration Debate America Needs to Have | The National Interest

From the article: 
Britain's John Stuart Mill spent a good chunk of the nineteenth century pondering the question. His conclusion, in Considerations on Representative Government, was that "free institutions are next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities." As Mill explained:
Among a people without fellow-feeling, especially if they read and speak different languages, the united public opinion, necessary to the working of representative government, cannot exist. ... A portion of mankind may be said to constitute a Nationality if they are united by common sympathies which do not exist between them and other others — which make them cooperate with each other more willingly than with other people.
It is good that we're finally debating assimilation, national identity and what they mean for representative government. But a serious discussion requires that we first clear the myths out of the way. We don't have to go down the multicultural path of the past three decades.

I have been saying for years that assimilation is the problem.  Allowing immigrants who are seeking freedom and want to assimilate into the American culture are welcome.  Immigrants who simply want to live here to take advantage of our economy and standard of living and the freedom our society offers but don't want to become "American" are not welcome.  If they want to maintain their old culture and societal norms, and they are incompatible with American norms, they should stay in their old country.

I pay attention to a guy named Dennis Prager.  He is a radio talk show host.  He is a conservative Jew and right-leaning American.  He says the biggest problem in our society today is that we have not passed on the American societal norms to our children.  If we are having trouble passing these norms on to our own next generation, how the heck are we going to assimilate people from other cultures?

Mike Roark

The FBI and Mrs. Clinton

From the article: 
"It is now undeniably clear that the results of the FBI investigation will be the end of one of two things:  Hillary's bid for the White House or the legitimacy of the FBI -- at least when it comes to prosecuting cases on the mishandling of classified material. ...  In other words, if you have worked with classified material for more than a day, it seems highly implausible that someone could receive any of the aforementioned over an un-secure medium without alarm bells sounding.  However, reading about a Special Access Program on an unclassified device would make anyone even remotely familiar with intelligence mess their pantsuit.
Meaning, the FBI has got to make a decision: If they don't indict they are forever going to be thought to be corrupt.  And do they want that?  Do the people at the FBI...? James Comey. I don't know James Comey.  I only know people who know him.  He was top lieutenant for John Ashcroft when he was the attorney general, and Ashcroft had just tremendous respect across the board for people.  I can't believe from what I've heard about James Comey, that he wants any part of any possibility that people would begin to think the FBI has been corrupted.

So, what will the FBI do?  Has it become conditioned and intimidated by the idea that truth is relative?  Will it succumb to the pressure?  This all started when Bill lied to the country.  Everyone knows he lied - just couldn't prove it in court.  After that, the measure of truth became not what was morally true, but what could you legally get away with.  A sad moment in the evolution of our society.  HRC protected and enabled him all along.  She is just as corrupt as he is.  

Mike Roark

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Managerial State of America | The Z Blog

From the article: 
What we are seeing today is the public waking up to the reality in which they find themselves. Both political parties in America are now immune to the will of the voters. Across Europe, the main parties work together to thwart challenges from populist parties. At every turn the public is faced with a unified ruling class, from proselytizing by the cultural organs to financial chicanery greenlighted by the political class. Of course, no one in power is ever held accountable.

Chilling!!  "Both political parties in America are now immune to the will of the voters"

Monday, January 18, 2016

After 30 years on ice, this thing came back to life | Fox News

From the article: 
Japanese researchers have successfully awakened a microscopic tardigrade (more colloquially known as a waterbear) after it spent three decades in a subzero slumber, the Telegraph reports.

For real?  Frozen for 30 years and it comes back to life and then lays an egg that hatches?  Whoa!!!!  Things going on here we need to learn more about.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Whence Islam? | Small Wars Journal

From the article: 
Yes, Islam! The politics and theology of Muslims is now the dominant source of global instability; although any separation of the two is moot in most nations with an Islamic majority.  This is not to discount criminals, militants, extremists, terrorists, various Muslim small wars/insurgencies, or even "nefarious characters" and "lone wolves." All of these euphemisms are symptoms; unfortunately, now also doing service as rhetorical burkas for metastasizing religious instability, a theopolitical movement of global dimensions. Call it Islamism, if a short hand is necessary.
Indeed, a latter day Muslim crusade is underway. Religious imperialism is now an existential threat across the autocratic Ummah and the republican West. If we can borrow the Huntington prophesy, the future is one of cultural conflict - between "the West and the rest." The secular world is at war with irredentist theocracy.

This is quite a good and powerful article.  Johnny Brooks - you might consider this article for your email group.

I’d like to share possibly the most POLITICALLY-INCORRECT prayer you’ll ever read - Allen B. West -

From the article: 
One of the handouts for the Bible study was a prayer given almost 20 years ago to the day in the Kansas House of Representatives by Pastor Joe Wright. Legendary radio host Paul Harvey famously shared this prayer on his radio show and it received an immense response. Still to this day, folks ask to receive copies of this prayer delivered January 23, 1996.

Do read the prayer in the article.  A good read for Sunday go to meetin' day.  

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Map That Will Change The Way You See The World | Zero Hedge

This is a bit interesting.  I thought it would be much more out of whack, but it's mostly consistent with geography.  I knew India and China would be large.  And I knew Russia and Australia would be small.  

POWERFUL: Muslim Man BLASTS Islam, Says What Obama WON'T About ISIS ⋆ Doug Giles ⋆ #ClashDaily

From the article: 
But I want to say that as a Muslim, I wish that we weren't so quick to emphasise that this has nothing to do with us. While I personally have never killed anyone and none of my friends and family have ever resorted to violence, radicalism has everything to do with Islam. And the failure to address that out of a well-intentioned commitment to tolerance is making the problem worse.
ISIS is a Muslim organisation, and it is an Islamic problem. Let me say it again to be perfectly clear. ISIS is a Muslim organisation, and they are a cancer at the heart of Islam. And the problem will not go away until Muslims confront that.

Excellent article from a Muslim who has the courage to speak the truth.  The root of the problem with multiculturalism is "a well-intentioned commitment to tolerance is making the problem worse".  Do gooders the world over are consumed by their feel good intentions and simply refuse to deal with reality.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Contra-survival: What is it?

Abundance and freedom are wonderful things, and I wouldn't wish their absence on anyone. But there is a small downside to these blessings: they make us soft. When our time, attention and energy are not focused on the daily struggles of making a living and providing for our families, then we have the leisure to tilt at the windmills of phantom enemies.
Soft people don't understand harsh reality. If someone's widdle psyche is hurt by "micro-aggressions" everywhere he turns, he's simply not equipped to handle brutal barbarism and naked violence. If someone has the time and energy to dialogue about social justice, it means she has the freedom and full bellies to do so; but if that situation reverses, these people won't have the mental hardness necessary to handle adversity when it hits.
The relative freedoms and abundance of Western nations are why political correctness and feel-good policies have taken over; and even more ironically, it's what will contribute – if uncorrected – to the downfall of these nations.

People get soft when they are separated from harsh reality?  As much as we love our modern technology and the standard of living it affords, maybe we should think a bit harder about what we might be giving up.

Mike Roark

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Why is Compromise Always the Best Solution? - Maggie's Farm

From the article: 
Frankly, it isn't.  We have been conditioned from birth to believe compromise is somehow 'good'.  Even as I write this, I feel bad thinking that compromise isn't a welcome path for me anymore in my political views.  Is it age?  No, because this is a question I asked long ago in college while studying political science.  Some friends would say I never compromised, forgetting my path to Libertarianism required years of questioning, change, and compromise.  Even now, I am willing to compromise.  Between the anarchist wing of Libertarianism and the minarchist wing of the Republican Party.  I fail to see much value in discussing policy with Democrats.  They've spent too much time saying "You have nothing to offer."  Well, actually there is a tremendous amount which has been offered, you've simply refused to look at the datasets that support our views.  For you, it's always been "I want what I want, or at least compromise so I get a little of what I want while you get nothing."

I've wondered about this for years.  It seems the religion of compromise only brings us mediocrity.  Politicians talk endlessly about bipartisanship as if it were the Holy Grail.  Bipartisan this and bipartisan that.  Reach across the aisle this and reach across the aisle that.  Endlessly seeking to make nice and get along and all the while accomplishing nothing useful for the nation.

The Inevitability of Eugenics: A Race of Self-Designing Tinker Toys | Fred On Everything

From the article: 
For the thoughtful, the question of playing God is…unnerving. Are we to be modeling clay, shaped by whatever shapers to be whatever they want us to be? Will the State control the design? To what ends? Idealists may dream of brilliant, pacific philosophers living as one with nature and thinking deep thoughts. Is that what (See? We are back to Hitler) the Fuehrer would create? Do we have any foggy idea of what we apparently are about to get into?
Does this sound ridiculous? Alarmist? Wait ten years.

We are headed that way.  Wait ten years.  We should start to have an adult conversation about this but I'm not sure we can.  We don't seem to be able to have adult conversations about other important things.  

Majority of Labor Economists Believe Minimum Wage Hikes Cause Unemployment – Employment Policies Institute

From the article: 
Over 73 percent of AEA labor economists believe that a significant increase will lead to employment losses and 68 percent think these employment losses fall disproportionately on the least-skilled. Only 6 percent feel that minimum wage hikes are an efficient way to alleviate poverty. The survey also found:
Employers would turn to better skilled employees: More than two-thirds of labor economists (68 percent) believe a mandated wage increase will cause employers to hire applicants with greater skills.
The minimum wage is not an effective anti-poverty measure: 70 percent say that an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) would best assist those in poverty. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) believe that an expanded EITC would lead to employment gains. Meanwhile, just 9 percent say a higher minimum wage is the best anti-poverty measure and only 6 percent believe that a minimum wage increase would lead to employment gains.

Jordan's leader says ISIL can be quickly defeated militarily | PrairiePundit

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Travel Issues:::Tom Payne

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 I'm writing this with tears in my eyes, my family and I came down here to  Cyprus  for a short vacation,unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed all cash,credit card and mobile phone were stolen off us but luckily we still have our passports with us.

We've been to the Embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all the bad news is our flight will be leaving in less than 8-hrs from now but we're having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

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One year after VA scandal, the number of veterans waiting for care is up 50 percent –

From the article: 
Here we see the inherent danger in large bureaucracies. Even when everyone knows there are horrible things going wrong it's almost impossible to solve the problems because the system works to protect itself  before serving its "customers". This is the essence of "big government." Nothing is precise. Few are accountable. The key is to go along to get along. Everyone clings to their job until the payoff of retirement.

A concise explanation of what is wrong with big government.  Too bad this problem is so close to home for most of us.  

What will it take to get fundamental and meaningful change in the way we manage this country? 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Treasons of the Democrats | Frontpage Mag

Our country is at a perilous crossroads, one that is made immeasurably more dangerous by a treacherous national party, which blames its own country for the crimes of its enemies, and by a political opposition too feckless and timid to hold its fellow citizens accountable for their treasonous acts.

Honor Flight

I just received confirmation that I will be a Guardian for a PHX AZ Honor Flight on 12-14 Apr '16. I thought they had forgotten me when I volunteered a year ago. I am greatly honored to be of service in this way and looking forward to doing this.

The Larger Motive Behind the Groping Jihad | Gates of Vienna

From the article: 
Islam understands something that we Westerners seem to have forgotten: A society that refuses to defend its women will defend nothing.
Islam targeted European women because it views them as our most valuable property (with the possible exception of our nuclear weapons). If we won't defend them, is there anything we will defend?
Well, is there?

So, is this just "boys will be boys", random teen misbehavior?  Or, is this war?  What will we defend?

Loyalty Is a Two Way Street – The Dying of Patriotism in America - Eagle Rising

From the article: 
A key ingredient in patriotism is love of country. When your country, or your leaders, are no longer worthy of love or respect, is it any wonder that patriotism is dying? President Reagan once said, "I didn't leave the Democrat Party. The Democrat Party left me." Many Americans are starting to feel the same way about our country. We must remember that when we elect our next President. It's time for a change of direction, because the way path we are headed down now leads to an America that is not worthy of the sacrifices of patriots past and present.

Pretty good question.  Are our leaders no longer worthy of our respect?

Power and its Side Effects

From the article: 
When abuse of power is a fact, the fault lies not only with natural, hubristic tendency of particularly ruthless and vain human beings, but mostly with the lack of accountability unnatural for our society. It's our time to draw the line. As envisioned by Thomas Paine: "The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

The age old struggle of man.  Hubris and accountability.  

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Alabama Judge Blocks Same-Sex Marriages | LifeZette

This could get interesting.  A state supreme court challenges the Federal Supreme Court.  We are a Republic built on the notion of states' rights vs federalism.

A Nation of Fly Larvae: Obama and Gun Control | Fred On Everything

Who is this President? How did we get him? Does he have anything in common with me? Is there anything even American about him? He is an African of Islamo-Indonesian culture, deeply hostile to America and white people and ruling with a dictatorial style more like that of Shaka Zulu than Thomas Jefferson.
Yet I confess to a grudging admiration. He, belonging to one of the virile peoples—blacks, Hispanics, and Moslems–has keenly diagnosed the weakness of American society:
There is no one who will say "No."

Did you get that part here he said "they" are the virile peoples and the American Society is weak?  How does that sit with you?  True or not?

Do read the whole thing.  He says much more.

Mike Roark

Sunday, January 3, 2016

SPLAT: Sniper 'Kills 3 ISIS Bombers Thru A 10" Wall From a Kilometer Away With THIS Rifle' ⋆ Doug Giles ⋆ #ClashDaily

Marijuana Legalization in U.S. Cuts Mexican Pot Profits by 70 Percent

As marijuana legalization in states like Colorado and Washington continues, marijuana farmers in Mexico are starting to see a steep decline in the profits their crops once fetched. Some growers report they're seeing a decline in income as high as 70 percent, and they blame the popularity of higher quality legal marijuana in the U.S.

So, the free market wins again.  It does what billions of War On Drugs dollars have not been able to do.  Legalize drugs.  Shut down the "war on drugs".  Save billions of dollars and the cartels will go out of business.


End of your arm: "Political Correctness Protects Muslim Rape Culture"

"As a political matter, liberals and advocates of unrestricted Muslim immigration want desperately to censor open discussion and debate on the Muslim rape culture and related problems. They do this by labeling any dissent from open borders as an outbreak of racism and religious intolerance."