RANT: The IRS influenced the BHO44 reelection

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/obama-and-thugs-pulled-off-the-heist-of-the-century/

OBAMA AND THUGS PULLED OFF THE HEIST OF THE CENTURY
Sep. 28, 2013 9:00am
WAYNE ALLYN ROOT

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What did the IRS get out of this? The answer is pure bribery. Republicans, and especially Tea Parties, believe in limited government, smaller budgets, fewer government employees, and cutting bloated salaries, obscene pensions, and early retirement for government employees. Another Tea Party landslide would have threatened the power of government employee unions. Many government employees would have been laid off.

Does anyone believe it a coincidence that Obama met with IRS union boss Colleen Kelley at the White House the day before the targeting of Tea Parties by the IRS began? If you do, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Barack Obama was fraudulently re-elected. Our country was hijacked by government employees protecting their cushy lifetime jobs, bloated salaries, obscene pensions, and powerful unions.

Think I’m wrong? Evidently IRS officials don’t. Several of them have been busy hiring famous and expensive law firms to defend themselves.

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RANT: Over the wall with a pair of hands

http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-true-stories-behind-iconic-pictures-badass-women_p2/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fanpage&utm_campaign=new+article&wa_ibsrc=fanpage

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When Mrs. van Gorkum died eight years after husband, she wasn’t plopped down in the family plot at all; instead she was placed on the other side of the wall where her husband was buried. And the two graves were connected over the wall with a pair of hands.

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I really liked this one!

Screw the prejudices of others.

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MEME: Everything is as it should be

http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/07/20/12-tough-truths-that-help-you-grow/

POST WRITTEN BY: MARC CHERNOFF
12 Tough Truths that Help You Grow

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Everything is as it should be.  It’s crazy how you always end up where you’re meant to be – how even the most tragic and stressful situations eventually teach you important lessons that you never dreamed you were going to learn.  Remember, oftentimes when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place.

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I’m not sure if I can accept that.

I’m not sure if I even believe that.

I’m not sure if this is really true.

I’m certainly not evidence of that.

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HARDWARE: LIVESCRIBE (not recommended)

http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/

Bought one on a lark.

Some minor issues, but worked through them. 

Even liked it. 

Can think of some stuff that could be better.

BUT now I have come up with the KILLER negative.

I lost the darn thing.

OK. It’s a $200 gadget. But it was “useful”.

So I ask the question, “if I buy a new one, can I link it to my old stuff.”

Answer, <cue Jeopardy theme>, …

… NO!

Are u kidding me?

There’s an obvious “use” case!

Oh well, let me slap a big NOTRECOMMENDED on this one.

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RANT: Raging at the dying!

http://zenhabits.net/changes/

The Pain & Beauty of Life Changes
By Leo Babauta

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The reason for our suffering is our resistance to the changes in life.

And life is all changes.

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A loved one dies. One of the ultimate changes is death, of course, but what has changed? Well, the person is obviously no longer in our life (at least, not in the same way), but just as painfully, we are not the same person when a loved one dies. We have to change who we are — we’re now a widower instead of a husband, a father without his daughter, or a friend who is left alone (for example). We want life to be the way it was, but it isn’t, so we grief, we rage.

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Be like Dylan Thomas, and rage at the “dying of the light”.

Why do I always think of Rodney Dangerfield recitation of this poem?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090685/quotes

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Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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To which is the movie, there’s a line: “I mad as hell! And, I don’t take no crap from anybody.”

That’s how I feel.

Raging at the dying of the light!!!

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INTERESTING: Entropy, old age, and effort

http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/universal-law-causing-struggle/?utm_source=feedly

This Universal Law is Causing You to Struggle!
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 BY DR. TOM PRESTON

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The purpose of this article is to help you understand these laws and how they play a role in your life. It is to help you understand that there is a very large force at work in the Universe that has assisted you in falling into the rut you are/were in and hopefully as a result of this understanding you can stop beating yourself up, accept things as they are and choose to change it!

You are the master of your own destiny, the pilot of your life and the artist behind the creation of each day. This means that you and you alone have the power to change/effect/enhance your life through your thoughts and actions!

Do not forget that the fundamental essence of our manifest Universe is energy and that you get to exchange as much or as little energy with the Universe as YOU choose! Please do not think that this means just taking action all the time for if you have studied any physiology or psychology at all you know that “thoughts are things” and that you can exchange at least as much, if not arguably more energy with the Universe through your thoughts then you ever could with your actions!

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Sigh, but it’s so much effort to just do anything.

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RANT: Opposition to Obamacare

Ted Cruz Is Talking Until He Can’t Stand Anymore
“I rise in opposition to Obamacare,” the Texas Republican began. This speech may go on for a while.

By Matt Berman, Matt Vasilogambros and Dustin Volz
Updated: September 24, 2013 | 7:50 p.m.
September 24, 2013 | 2:58 p.m.

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Has to stop somewhere?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Who knows what the tide could bring?

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/09/18/lessons-in-manliness-the-hobbit/

Lessons in Manliness: The Hobbit
by JEREMY ANDERBERG on SEPTEMBER 18, 2013

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4. To simply continue on is one of the bravest things that can be done. Near the end of the story, Bilbo is in the mountain and ready to gaze upon the dragon that is guarding the lost treasure. He’s alone, and in the dark (seems to be a common setting, doesn’t it?). He could see the glow of the dragon’s fire, but not the dragon himself. “It was at this point Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterwards were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.”

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I can empathize with that.

One foot in front of another.

“You can’t be afraid. It’s not right to be afraid. It’s as if you don’t trust the Lord with our lives. I’m not a big Bible Banger, but it seems rude to joggle God’s elbow. Like a little kid, who has no concept of what is happening.” — character “John” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 206

“I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have her. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) in “Cast Away” (2000)

One foot in front of the other.

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FUN: All I get is …

“Male menopause is a lot more fun than female menopause. With female menopause you gain weight and get hot flashes. Male menopause – you get to date youngᅠgirls and drive motorcycles.” – Rita Rudner

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All I get is strange dreams, night terrors, and drenching sweats!

Argh!

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Categories FUN

RANT: How sad to kill anyone

Wartime Disposability

At http://www.avoiceformen.com is an excellent article by Jon Gunnarsson called, “The Pinnacle Of Male Disposability” that highlights how men throughout history have always been considered expendable by politicians, and even the people they protect. An example is the White Feathers, a group of upper-class British women during WWI who would hand out white feathers to any man not in uniform as a sign of cowardice to shame them into enlisting. This included boys as young as 15 who lied about their age so they could enlist and die.

Wes Carr wesjcarr@yahoo.com

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I guess if we had drafted women then there would have been a different reaction.

(I’m very much against using women i this fashion. Or, men for that matter.)

If we were Israel where there is no safe “rear”, or the enemy was landing on the coast. (Unless they had quarters to play the games.)

I have moved completely from my youth when I believe everything our Gooferment said.

Gulf of Tolkin changed that. Then I started to really study my history.

Somewhere along the way, for anyone who cares, I became a miniarchist almost an anarchist.

Wish I could say I was finished in my political maturaton.

I’m going to be more of a loon as I get I get older.

I could cry over the youngsters and their stupidity.

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JOBSEARCH: It’s about what you put into it … …

FROM AN EMAIL

… 

I wanted advice from you on what the best paying business careers are. Im currently a Finance and Global Business major. I’ tried to speak to the dean as well as the handler for internships but they all told me to enjoy my classes and wait out to see how it goes and maybe i’ll find out what I like. I don’t have that luxury and I don’t want to end up in a typical dead end business job.

I wanted an established and successful business man like yourself to assist me since no one at this time is able too. Do you know of anyone who can help me achieve that goal. Im willing to give up everything and work like a dog for success.

I have a feeling you may say your own business in the only way since thats what you had said at the club meeting. If you can teach how to “play the game” I’d greatly appreciate it.

Much Respect,

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It’s not about the “best paying business careers”; it’s about what is “best” for you.

So, find your own internship. You didn’t say what year you’re in. If you’re a freshman, then why would a business spend time on you? There are many part-time sales jobs that you could try that would tell you if you like sales.

There are no “dead end business jobs”. Just people who accept that as an “end point”.

“I want …” Well, I want to be “thin, young, and handsome”. No one care what YOU want; they are interested in what you can do for them.

I think YOU can achieve YOUR goal. When you have one. Goals have to be “SMART”. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Most of the self-help books can help you set your goals. Sounds like what the Dean and the Internship Handler are telling you is that: “You don’t know enough to be good pick for any internship.” I’ll be more blunt — I’m a fat old white guy injineer — you have no clue as to what you can do, want to do, or would love to do.

No, I wouldn’t say “own biz” to you because you don’t have the spark. One of your peers in meeting HAS his own biz, a product, a marketing / manufacturing plan. He’s ready.

What I will say is that you should talk to the folks over in “placement” about taking some of the aptitude tests to figure out where your skills and interests are. I’d urge you visit Ms. Duchone over at the library and have her aim you at some of the clasic “self-help” books — Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill should be and early one. Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. And anything by Wayne Dyer and / or Covey.

Then, you’ll be able to focus on how to craft a great career.

Hope this helps

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RANT: Flashback to 1992

http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2013/09/passing-buck.html

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013

Passing the Buck

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Perhaps Mr. Hagel and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will expand the official inquiry to determine who “passed the buck” on an individual who should have been booted from the reserves for his conduct and denied both a security clearance and employment as a defense contractor. As more is learned about the former Petty Officer, we seem ample opportunities for intervention–opportunities that were continually ignored, for whatever reasons.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time that commanders and supervisors have taken a pass on dealing with a troubled individual, with deadly consequences. And we’re not referring to Fort Hood, either.

Flashback to 1992. A young man from Michigan with a long history of mental illness appeared at an Air Force recruiting office. Apparently, his problems never surfaced during the enlistment process; the individual either lied to the recruiters, or the service ignored potential warning signs. With a solid score on his ASVAB, the individual was allowed to enlist and shipped out for basic training.

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Sorry, but everyone in the chain of command should take a serious hit for this, these, blunders.

But, politicians and bureaucrats don’t care!

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MEMORIES: Life is not a VCR

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” – Oscar Wilde

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And sometimes the joy of getting what you want is balanced by the pain of losing it 40 years later.

So would it have been better to forego the first to avoid the second?

“Better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.”

Maybe, but maybe not.

I’ll never know.

Not sure that it would make a difference.

The “Road Less Traveled”?

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GUNS: A classic symptom of a paranoid schizophrenic goes unnoticed?

http://www.capitalisminstitute.org/judge-defends-military/

Gun-free zones don’t work. They disarm the wrong people and turn even military bases into targets for those who want to go on mass killing sprees.

That’s exactly what happened at the Navy Yard shooting as military members were not legally able to carry guns for self-defense.

Former judge Andrew Napolitano says we should change that… Allow the military to finally defend themselves. Agree?

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Thank Bill Clinton for this piece of stupidity.

Guess we learned nothing from Fort Hood.

Guess Gooferment bureaucrats don’t get in trouble for losing files or failure to prosecute.

Guess “hearing voices” (i.e., a classic symptom of a paranoid schizophrenic) doesn’t get your “security clearance” yanked.

Sorry, but it’s not about “guns”; it’s about VD (Victim disarmament)

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RANT: Surprised? Not me!

FROM WSJ!

 

Pricing Glitch Afflicts Rollout of Online Health Exchanges
Government software can’t reliably determine how much people need to pay for coverage, as the launch of health-insurance exchanges nears.

If not resolved by the Oct. 1 launch date, the problems could affect consumers in 36 states where the federal government is running all or part of the exchanges. About 32 million uninsured people live in those states, but only a fraction of them are expected to sign up in the next year.

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INTERESTING: Mistakes?

http://99u.com/workbook/18843/become-a-connoisseur-of-your-own-mistakes

Become a Connoisseur of Your Own Mistakes

“The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them – especially not from yourself. Instead of turning away in denial when you make a mistake, you should become a connoisseur of your own mistakes, turning them over in your mind as if they were works of art, which in a way they are.” — Daniel Dennet via Dan Shipper

by Sean Blanda on Sep 17, 2013 – 7:00am

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I found this interesting because I just finished telling a bunch of smart college kids that there was really no such thing as a “mistake”.

In life, we make “choices” that either work out well or badly. 

That doesn’t make a choice — right or wrong.

And, life doesn’t have a rewind button so you can’t do it over again and see how it works out the next time.

Watch the poker shows on the boob tube. The players figure the odds and make decisions. Some work out; some don’t. Just like “life”.

Humans have to make decisions based on limited information without a real understanding of the probabilities of the outcomes.

Am I crazy?

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INSPIRATIONAL: “Do what you love”

http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2013/09/how-to-do-what-you-love/

HOW TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE

Posted by James Altucher

Smile

 

Martin Luther King nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 and he’s a buddhist monk and peace activist.

And when he was standing right in front of me tonight I was blown away by what he said.

We went to an opening for an exhibit of his calligraphy.

He looked like a child. He smiled like a child. He talked like a little boy. It was almost funny to look at.

Here’s some things he either said or drew that I learned from.

How to Do What You Love.

He starts his day with tea, he said. And he loves calligraphy. So he puts the tea in the ink and starts his drawing.

Funny, I thought. He combines the things he loves. But then he went further.

{Extraneous Deleted}

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What can I say but he is light years ahead of me on the curve of human experience.

I’d love to meet the Pope, the Dali Lama, and Thich Nhat Han.

Only to listen.

Maybe I’d collect a “pearl”.

If I didn’t, I’d still treasure the experience.

Let me add Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Reba, and Cher to that list.

But in their case, it’s more about the experience than the wisdom.

#tswift13 #tswift

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GUN: “stupidity with a firearm

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/aaron-alexis-navy-yard-shooter-567432

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

Aaron Alexis, Suspect In Washington Navy Yard Shooting, Was Once Arrested For Shooting Bullet Into Neighbor’s Home

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The suspect in today’s deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard was once arrested for discharging a firearm into the ceiling of his Texas residence, according to police records.

Aaron Alexis, 34, was arrested in September 2010 after his upstairs neighbor called Fort Worth cops to report that a bullet had been shot into her apartment. The round apparently first traveled through her home’s floor and then the ceiling.

[UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF PIECE: Alexis was also arrested in mid-2004 for shooting out the tires of a car owned by a construction worker who purportedly “mocked him.” Alexis told cops that an anger-fueled “black out” promted the shooting. Alexis’s father told investigators that his son suffered from “anger management problems” that were related to post-traumatic stress disorder, perhaps connected to his involvement in rescue work following the September 11 terror attacks.]

The woman, whose name is not listed in a Fort Worth Police Department report, said that she was “terrified” of Alexis, who had previously confronted her about making too much noise. The woman, who was “visibly shaken up” when questioned by police, said that she believed the shooting was “intentional.”

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I don’t understand. 

He should have been arrested.

If for nothing more than “stupidity with a firearm”.

If convicted, he’d have been barred from possession.

Yet, now we’ll endure more “gun control”.

In realist, what genius decided it was a good idea to prevent the military from packin on a base?

… … <cue the Jeopardy theme> … …

Bill Clinton!

Argh!

[Personally, I’m praying for the victims. Victims of Gooferment stupidity.]

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LIBERTARIAN: Porcupine

http://porcupine-musings.org/about-me/

Why the porcupine? The porcupine bothers no one and no one bothers it. If attacked it will defend itself. As much as an animal can, it embodies the libertarian ideal of a world of liberty where we are free to lead our lives as we see fit as long as we do not impinge on the rights of others to do the same.

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POLITICAL: Kidnapped Anti-War Celebrities?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnekdahl/14-principled-anti-war-celebrities-we-fear-may-hav-a1x1

14 Principled Anti-War Celebrities We Fear May Have Been Kidnapped
Our government is yet again marching us towards a war of choice in the Middle East and our non-partisan, peace-loving celebrities have gone missing since late 2008. We fear the worst.
posted on September 6, 2013 at 5:51pm EDT

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Can the Sheeple see the astroturf?

Not bloody likely.

Call them what they are: phonies, fakes, and frauds!

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RANT: Court Says TSA Can Lie

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130905/18570724424/court-says-tsa-can-lie-about-whether-not-it-has-information-youre-requesting.shtml

Court Says TSA Can Lie About Whether Or Not It Has The Information You’re Requesting
from the clearly-spelled-out-on-the-brand-new-FUIA-request-forms dept

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In theory, the Freedom of Information Act is great. It allows citizens to pursue disclosure from government entities in order to better understand processes or look for malfeasance. In reality, however, it’s often incredibly difficult to convince these agencies to actually free up any information.

Whatever isn’t delayed indefinitely is redacted heavily. Everything else that doesn’t hit these two extremes tends to run into various bureaucratic walls. FOIA request fulfillment is often handed off to whatever part of the agency seems least likely to want the job, either because of its natural antipathy towards the public or because it’s chronically understaffed.

It’s gotten to the point where people are regularly suing the government to get documents released. No one needs to point out the sheer insanity of a system that expends public money to keep public documents from the public, especially one that is governed by an act meant to make the wall between the public and its servants so thin as to be nearly transparent.

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Hopefully, one of these days, the Sheeple will wake out and realize that the Dead Old White Guys were right and it’s Gooferment we have to fear!

Argh!

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RANT: Yet another rep who doesn’t represent my thinking!

 

U.S. Senator Kaine <senator@kaine.senate.gov>
2:48 PM (6 hours ago)

to goa
Letterhead
September 11, 2013
Mr. Ferdinand Reinke
1641 International Dr Unit 414
McLean, VA 22102-4831

Dear Mr. Reinke:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the Senate vote on limited military action to punish Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians. This is a difficult issue and an important one.

First, I applaud President Obama for bringing the matter to Congress for a vote. Given a recent history where many Presidents have acted to initiate military action without legislative approval, I have been urging President Obama and his Administration to bring Congress fully into these decisions. We are stronger in any military action when the political leadership is united and Congress must go on record on a decision as serious as this.

Second, after significant classified and unclassified briefings, discussion with military and foreign policy experts, conversation with Virginians, and much thought, I voted in favor of authorizing limited military action. It has a specific purpose – to punish the Assad government for its use of chemical weapons and strongly deter any future use. The authorization is limited in scope and time, guarantees that no American troops will be deployed inside Syria for combat operations, and requires all diplomatic options to be exhausted before the commencement of any military strikes. These actions have helped pressure Assad to consider relinquishing his chemical weapons stockpile to international control. I welcome this development and will continue to carefully examine this and any other credible offers presented by the Russians and Syrians.

I voted for the authorization for a simple reason – there has been an international consensus against chemical weapons use since 1925 that has been followed in a near universal manner. The prohibition has protected civilians, as well as American servicemembers who have fought in Europe, the Pacific, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan without the threat of chemical weapons being used against them. If we allow Assad’s use of chemical weapons to kill combatants in a civil war and also innocent civilians, including hundreds of women and children, we can be guaranteed that he will do it again. He might use them against larger groups of civilians in Syria. Or he might use them against neighboring countries – Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon – with significant populations of American citizens and servicemembers. Unless we act to stop him now, we will send the message to other tyrants that using chemical weapons–is acceptable. That message jeopardizes the lives of our servicemembers in combat both today and in the future. It’s in our national security interest to defend the principle that has protected them from these inhumane weapons for nearly 90 years.

I believe that acting now to uphold the prohibition against chemical weapons will make us safer and avoid larger challenges in the future. I recognize the risk this poses, but I believe the risks of inaction are greater. If America leads, we will have partners. But if we do nothing, I am not sure that any nation will stand up against this horrific crime. I find the gassing of innocent men, women, and children intolerable, and believe there must be a consequence.

Once again, I appreciate your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Signature

Tim Kaine

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What does one do when one’s “representatives” never listen!

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POLITICS: Obamaccare affects coverage

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL News Alert
IBM to Move Retirees Off Health Plan

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International Business Machines plans to move about 110,000 retirees off its company-sponsored health plan and instead give them a payment to buy coverage on a health-insurance exchange, in a sign that even big, well-capitalized employers aren’t likely to keep providing the once-common benefits as medical costs continue to rise.

The move, which will affect all IBM retirees once they become eligible for Medicare, will relieve the technology company of the responsibility of managing retirement health-care benefits.

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This is just another of the dropping shoes!

I foresee litigation.

Unless the politicians and bureaucrats give the Crony Capitalists a “free pass” because it is a big boost to their plan for “single payer socialized medicine”. 

In any event, the “Age of the Golden Watch” when paternalistic companies could be trusted with the best interest of valuable employees. Foolish meme at its heart. But, if I was an IBM employee, or potential IBM retiree, the hand writing is on the wall.

Yes, the new employment meme should be “Every person for themselves!”.

Cause NO ONE — not your employer, not the folks you buy from, not the politicians — NOBODY is looking out for YOU, but YOU!

Forget that at your own peril.

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RANT: Remember two things: 9/11 and Benghazi — both national disasters

9/11

A national disgrace. 

“We” rebuilt the WTC, but it’s a shadow of its former self. I would have put up a replacement with an extended middle finger.

Benghazi-gate

Obama, Clinton, many politicians and bureaucrats failed 4 good men. And, it’s a stain on the nation’s history. CYA still abounds. Considering the Sheeple never DEMAND the truth, it’ll never be cleansed.

Dona Nobis Pacem!

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