Saturday, 19 April 2014

In Passing

No. Next question?

‘‘You can’t park there!’’  Dept

Glenn Reynolds:
Are there any federal agencies that actually help the little guy?
Actually, I’d start with the USMC, but I don’t think those are the kind of ‘‘federal agencies’’ Glenn means.

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Friday, 18 April 2014

In Passing

44 Democrats and 2 Independent Communists vote to void the Second Amendment

The Usual Suspects  Dept


In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty...  The...treaty, which has been championed by the Obama Administration, would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms.  The ban would have affected all private gun owners in the U.S. and had language that would have implemented an international gun registry... on all private guns and ammo.

Astonishingly, 46 out of our 100 United States Senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power.

Here are the 46..:
  • Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Baucus (D-MT)
  • Bennett (D-CO)
  • Blumenthal (D-CT)
  • Boxer (D-CA)
  • Brown (D-OH)
  • Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Cardin (D-MD)
  • Carper (D-DE)
  • Casey (D-PA)
  • Coons (D-DE)
  • Cowan (D-MA)
  • Durbin (D-IL)
  • Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Franken (D-MN)
  • Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Harkin (D-IA)
  • Hirono (D-HI)
  • Johnson (D-SD)
  • Kaine (D-VA)
  • King (I-ME)
  • Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Landrieu (D-LA)
  • Leahy (D-VT)
  • Levin (D-MI)
  • McCaskill (D-MO)
  • Menendez (D-NJ)
  • Merkley (D-OR)
  • Mikulski (D-MD)
  • Murphy (D-CT)
  • Murray (D-WA)
  • Nelson (D-FL)
  • Reed (D-RI)
  • Reid (D-NV)
  • Rockefeller (D-WV)
  • Sanders (I-VT)
  • Schatz (D-HI)
  • Schumer (D-NY)
  • Shaheen (D-NH)
  • Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Udall (D-CO)
  • Udall (D-NM)
  • Warner (D-VA)
  • Warren (D-MA)
  • Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Wyden (D-OR)

Via (and post title stolen from):  Bill Quick

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In Passing

The *possibility* of good intentions?

Assuming facts not in evidence  Dept
David Goldman:
Spengler:  Putin Isn’t a Genius — We Are Complete Idiots
Except ‘‘complete idiots’’ might be trying to protect American interests.

(Via: Instapundit)

Related  (Rubes, self-identifying Dept):
The Wall Street Journal:  The Voice of America Shouldn't Be A Whisper
In which John Lenczowski (founder, Institute of World Politics) just can’t understand why an American Government run by leftist progressive internationalists would cut back its foreign broadcast operations at a time of international crisis...

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Thursday, 17 April 2014


Clipfile - April 17, 2014

‘‘The obstacles to [immigration] reform are not bogeymen who want to deport everyone, but the disingenuous who prefer to deport no one.  The culprits are not mustachioed villains who want to close the border, but the more sophisticated who want it to stay wide open.  And the real reactionaries are not those seeking to make ethnicity incidental to legal immigration, but those who want to ensure that it remains absolutely essential.’’ - Victor Davis Hanson

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The Press

‘‘Coverage’’ as expected

Upholding The Narrative  Dept
Bill Quick:
The ‘‘memorial ceremonies’’ in Boston have been leading all the radio newscasts, the reports being strong on weepy choir music and uplifting speechifying from the mutilated.

Oddly missing in the reports were the words ‘‘Muslim,’’ ‘‘terrorism,’’ and ‘‘Islamic jihad.’’

Apparently the two bombs made their own way to the marathon finish line, detonated themselves, and did all this for no discernible reason.
We knew that.


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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Dear Diary...

Can say that I’ve just about *HAD IT* with Winter?

Or do I have to wait until Tuesday?

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Clipfile - April 13, 2014

‘‘If liberal arts were taught correctly, those degrees [w]ould be every bit as difficult to obtain as engineering degrees.’’ - Jack DeWalt

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

In Passing

Just in case you still believed government exists to protect its citizens...

The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

The agency’s reported decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests
threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts.
Later:  We knew nussing!!!
The NSA has now said it knew nothing about the Heartbleed bug in a brief statement on Twitter.
Statement:  NSA was not aware of the recently identified Heartbleed vulnerability until it was made public.
— NSA/CSS (@NSA_PAO) April 11, 2014
Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they.

And just why should we believe them this time?

MORE: From the Register story comments: April 7th a patch had been written and committed for 1.0.1e, had been registered for 3 days, there had been considerable correspondence between the Finnish company and the authors.  Google had allegedly already patched it servers.

And the NSA had not known this?

Which leads to the conclusion they are incredibly incompetent or barefaced liars.  Your choice.

And if they lied about 2 days or 2 weeks how can one believe it wasn’t two years?

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In Passing

Right. Good luck with that!

Your Government Inaction  Dept
Christopher Bergin:
The bad behavior going on at the IRS – whether it is politically motivated or not – does not stop with Lerner.  It has to go higher than that.  How much higher, I do not know, but that’s yet another reason why we need an investigation – a real one.
Sorry, Chris, but the guys over at FedGov are too busy threatening citizens and stealing their stuff..

(Credits:  TA via Insty, DG via Bill Quick)

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Friday, 11 April 2014

In Passing

So why aren’t there more?

Spotted in the Ace Of Spades sidebar:
Ace Sidebar, April 10, 2014: ‘‘Hot Air: Allahpundit: 40-50 House conservatives plotting to oust Boehner as Speaker ‘One new key detail: Cantor’s also on thin ice....’ Cantor is part of the current leadership team. Should he even be in the running? [rdbrewer]’’

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