RANT: Texas Gooferment Skrules jump to the leftist tune

Monday, June 29, 2015

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2015/06/29/texas-schools-jump-on-bandwagon-to-dump-historic-confederate-ties/

TEXAS SCHOOLS JUMP ON BANDWAGON TO DUMP HISTORIC CONFEDERATE TIES
by MERRILL HOPE 29 Jun 2015 474

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Texas public schools are jumping on the bandwagon to shun symbols and dump historical figures that memorialize the Confederate South in a politicized push around the state that follows the tragic hate crime shooting of nine African-American church parishioners during a Bible study in Charleston, SC.

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Like they don’t have any more serious concerns?

Quality of education, results, costs … …

No, let’s spend time on “names”.

Anyone think that “Stonewall” Jackson was not an inspiring figure. Or Lee.

Will the Leftists want them renamed to Che, Fidel, Stalin, Mao?

Argh!

Let’s keep our eye on the ball here.

Not the balloons.

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RANT: Misdirection from Tyranny to Triviality

Sunday, June 28, 2015

 

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/06/thomas-dilorenzo/the-real-reason-for-flag-hysteria/

The Real Reason for the Anti-Confederate Flag Hysteria
By Thomas DiLorenzo
June 27, 2015

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Every couple of years the totalitarian socialist Left in America (a.k.a., the Democratic Party and all of its appendages) pretends to be indignant about the existence of the Confederate flag somewhere. The lapdog cultural Marxist media fall in line, treating the siting of the flag in the same way they would treat the siting of an Ebola victim in a large crowd. Americans are reminded once again by the New York/New England/Ivy League-educated presstitute class that they should hate Southerners and all things Southern. As Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart recently whined in faux horror, Southerners “waged war against the United States” government! Waaaaaaaaah!

The anti-Confederate flag hysteria is only one small part of the Left’s general strategy, however. It is part of their overriding strategy of diverting the public’s attention away from all the grotesque failures of leftist interventionism, from the welfare state to the government takeover of education to the war on drugs and beyond. The neocons who run the Republican Party are usually complicit in all of this.

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When this whole flag flap started, I immediately suspected “misdirection”. Like a magician or a scammer, they seek to divert attention from what they don’t want you to notice to something trivial.

In this case, I suspected the R’s fast tracking the TTP “trade deal”. Another secret — pass it to know what’s in it — deal!

Argh!

Yes, they seek to distract from the huge Gooferment failures, but in this case I suspect it was the TPP and the perfidy of the R’s.

Argh!

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RANT: That Berkeley balcony

Friday, June 26, 2015

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Rotten-to-the-core-Berkeley-balcony-covered-in-dry-rot-say-report.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=The%20Best%20of%20IrishCentral&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20IC%20%2F%20Merged%20-%20June%2024

Rotten to the core: Berkeley balcony covered in dry rot says report
Cathy Hayes @irishcentral June 24,2015 01:45 AM

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Officials from the City of Berkeley, near San Francisco, have confirmed that the eight wooden beams supporting the fourth-story balcony that collapsed killing six students were massively compromised due to dry rot.

The report, compiled by City of Berkeley engineers, stated, “The deck joist ends protruding from the exterior wall appeared to be severely dry rotted.”

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The preliminary ten-page report found that the balcony, in the Library Gardens complex on Kittredge Street, completed in 2007, should have been able to support up to two tonnes. Last Tuesday morning the balcony collapsed under the weight of the Irish and Irish American students and dropped 40 feet to the sidewalk.

A full report on the balcony’s condition will be completed over the coming months.

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As a fat old white guy injineer, I’m always interested in “engineering failures”. Sounds like everyone was doing everything correctly. Eight years for a wood deck doesn’t sound unreasonable.

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), this deck appears to have a different design than the others.

That strikes me as unusual. 

Now I am sure that the politicians and bureaucrats will huff and puff, but adding more controls, licensing, and permits aka taxes are locking the barn after the horse.

Seems like the engineering and construction “fraternity” have to “solve” this.

People have a great propensity to use stuff beyond its design life and abuse the heck out of stuff in ways never planned for by the designers. (Hence a small deck designed to hold 2 tons!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiot_proof

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Several Murphy’s law adages claim that idiot proof systems cannot be made.

“Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool”

and

“If you make something idiot proof, someone will just make a better idiot.”

Along those lines, Douglas Adams wrote in Mostly Harmless, “a common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”

So maybe there is nothing more to say about this sad event, other than “stuff happens”.

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RANT: Alex Rodriguez’s milestone

Monday, June 22, 2015

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2015/06/20/baseball-collector-not-giving-up-alex-rodriguez-milestone-ball/?intcmp=latestnews

Baseball collector not giving up Alex Rodriguez’s milestone ball | Fox News

“professional home run ball catcher”?

If I was the Yankees, then I’d politely ban him from Yankee stadium.

Even if he didn’t like Alex, he could donate it to Cooperstown.

Argh!

It’s always all about the money.

I’m surprised he didn’t try to sub in one of the batting practice balls.

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RANT: Should have been ejected for poor sportsmanship

Sunday, June 14, 2015

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/06/10/what-a-high-school-softball-catcher-does-not-once-but-twice-during-a-championship-game-is-downright-dirty/

SPORTS
What a High School Softball Catcher Does Not Once but Twice During a Championship Game Is Downright Dirty
Jun. 10, 2015 4:20pm
Dave Urbanski

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A Texas high school softball catcher was caught on a now-viral video elbowing — and toppling — runners trying score during a championship game.

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I think this says something about the young woman’s character.

If I was her Dad, I’d have gone down on the field and told her to “cut that <synonym for excrement> out”.

Of course, she should have been ejected for poor sportsmanship.

It’s a sad reflection on today’s social environment.

Be mad. Work harder. Be very mad — at yourself, your team, or even your luck.

“I think sportsmanship is knowing that it is a game, that we are only as a good as our opponents, and whether you win or lose, to always give 100 percent.” — Sue Wicks, tenacious Rutgers womens basketball payer

This is a disgrace to Texas high school softball. I thought better of Texans.

At the very least, the next offensive player to score should have decked her!

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RANT: Open email to Jim Gearhart on Christie and pot

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jim:

I was listening this morning about the Guv pontificating on enforcing Federal Pot laws.

Maybe at ‘Ask the Guv’, someone should ask him where in the Constitution’s enumerated powers, the Federal Gooferment gets to “regulate” drugs.

“We, The Sheeple” learn nothing — not from VietNam, not from Prohibition and on and on.

http://keywestlou.com/american-pharoah/

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I wrote this week’s KONK Life column yesterday. Got it out a day early. Don’t know where the energy came from.

The title is Portugal The Blueprint.

Portugal legalized drugs in 2001. All drugs. Even the real bad stuff like cocaine and heroin. Fourteen years later, the results are amazing. Drug problems significantly down in every area. Jails closing because there are not enough criminals to occupy them.

You will find the article interesting. Perhaps something the U.S. should consider. 

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I am a little L libertarian and completely agree with ending the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”. It’s a MEDICAL problem; not a legal problem.

My exemplar is Prohibition that created organized crime. (We got Prohibition because women regained the right to vote, but that it another rant.) Once Prohibition was repealed, there is no violence between Budweiser and Miller employees. And, “organized crime” had to move on to other prohibited substances.

Remember why Prohibition was repealed? Jury nullification.

Prosecutors could get a jury to convict any one on booze arrests; that’s why they had to get Al Capone on Tax Evasion.

So regardless of what the Gooferment, the politicians, or the bureaucrats say, American Juries can put an end to this nonsense all by themselves. No victim; no crime. Sorry. A juron doesn’t have to explain or even talk; just vote “not guilty” and this house of cards will come tumbling down. Argh!

What does an out of work Columbian or inner city drug lord do for a living?

AND, furthermore, the FDA should be in an ADVISORY role.

Leave “drugs” to the medical profession and people to figure it out themselves.

IMHO,
fjohn

p.s., I’ve left NJ because I couldn’t afford to die here. With no kids, the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee would tax my estate 30%. Ask the Guv why it’s OK to rob the dead?

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RANT: The “rules” are “heavily redacted in publicly available documents”

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/06/02/fbi-flying-surveillance-aircraft-over-us-cities-planes-traced-to-fake-companies/

HOMELAND SECURITY
FBI flying surveillance aircraft over US cities; planes traced to fake companies
Published June 02, 2015
Associated Press

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The surveillance flights comply with agency rules, an FBI spokesman said. Those rules, which are heavily redacted in publicly available documents, limit the types of equipment the agency can use, as well as the justifications and duration of the surveillance. 

Details about the flights come as the Justice Department seeks to navigate privacy concerns arising from aerial surveillance by unmanned aircrafts, or drones. President Obama has said he welcomes a debate on government surveillance, and has called for more transparency about spying in the wake of disclosures about classified programs. 

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Sorry, but every American should be hoping mad about this.

No one knew about it or admitted it until Drudge broke the story about “mysterious planes”.

And why hide the FBI affiliation?

Everything else has logos on it, except for unmarked police cars which is another topic.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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