RANT: Benghazi case is dismissed; HRC gets off again


Under the Radar
Josh Gerstein on the Courts, Transparency, & More

Suit against Hillary Clinton over Benghazi deaths and emails is dismissed
By JOSH GERSTEIN 05/26/2017 10:58 PM EDT

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A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Hillary Clinton’s lax security surrounding her emails led to the deaths of two of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson tossed out the wrongful death claims as well as allegations that Clinton essentially slandered the parents of the deceased by contradicting accounts the parents gave of events related to their children’s deaths.

The suit was filed last August by Patricia Smith, the mother of State Department information officer Sean Smith, and Charles Woods, the father of CIA operative Tyrone Woods.

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In the days following the September 11, 2012 assault in Benghazi, Clinton and other administration officials linked the attack to protests in various places in the Muslim world over an anti-Islam movie trailer released on the internet. However, U.S. intelligence officials ultimately concluded that the assault using mortars and other weapons was not a spontaneous outpouring of anger but an organized attack.

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This is rapidly forgotten and brushed aside. 

“We, The Sheeple” are on to DWTS, “circuses”, and the Kardashians.

And, HRC again gets away scott free.


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GOLDBUG: Alternatives to “soon be virtually worthless Federal Reserve Notes”


LewRockwell.com anti-state•anti-war•pro-market

In Blow to Federal Reserve, Arizona Just Legalized Gold and Silver as Currency
By Shaun Bradley
The Anti-Media
May 27, 2017

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The current economic realities affecting our quality of life will continue to force local representatives to take action while Congress faces gridlock. Without establishing alternative options for communities across the country, our entire standard of living may fall fully into the hands of the establishment politicians in Washington DC — more so than it already has.

There is a subtle ongoing realization that no matter what the pundits and politicians claim, there is no easy way out of this mess. The public’s confidence in central banking is clearly eroding, and hopefully, it will be enough to allow a new kind of financial freedom that hasn’t been seen in the United States’ economic system for over 100 years.

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It’s not enough to see the future. One MUST be able to change it. That was the Oracle at Delphi’s problem.

I’m not a fatalist; just a cynic.

The politicians and bureaucrats are worried about any future; other than their own.

Maybe I should be so short sighted.

Save your nickels.

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GOVERNACIDE: Memorial Day — Remember the dead, dying, and maimed. Punish the “chicken hawks”!



The ‘lucky ones’
Fifty years after Vietnam’s bloodiest battles, veterans gather for what could be a final reunion
Story by Michael E. Ruane Published on April 29, 2017

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1st Lt. Victor David Westphall III , 28, of Albuquerque, killed May 22, 1968, at An Dinh in a battle that claimed 25 Marines, 12 from his company. After his death his parents and brother built a memorial to him in rural Angel Fire, N.M., among the earliest such tributes to the fallen veterans of Vietnam.

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Read the list of the young men in the sidebar of this story.

Then, tell me how you stand on “war”. Any war!

And, when you get all done, tell the “chicken hawk” politicians and bureaucrats to get us out of the Middle East and turn the Pentagon into a true “Department of Defense”.

I was lucky. I was state-side for my “term of enlistment”. Of my two best friends at Manhattan Prep, one went and came back different and one evaded dying in highway wreck. The saddest part is that I never saw my “evader” buddy and he died a few miles from where I was stationed.

Makes me sad. But I’d never criticize the folks who went or the folks who evaded. I WILL criticize all the phonies — “chicken hawks”, politicians and bureaucrats who will send youngster to die for their vanity, the Military Industrial Complex for profiting on those bodies, and the ersatz astroturf “anti-war” crowd that comes out only when there is an R in the White House. A plague on all your houses.

I reiterate the concept, that I heard best stated by video / podcaster Jason Stapleton https://jasonstapleton.com, “I’m not anti-war; I’m pro-peace”. He describes what war should be and it’s ugly. A lot of people will die. I agree that we should be “pro-peace” up until: our children’s lives or ours are at risk, our liberties are threatened, or there is NO other path to take. Then, if you’re at “war”, then be at “war”. Not this “shadow war” that “We, The Sheeple” don’t care about, want to pay for, and most certainly don’t want to fight in.

“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.” Colonel Jessep in A Few Good Men played by Jack Nicholson

So too, if you’re so all hot and bothered to go to war, as Jason Stapleton say, “go buy a ticket, grab a gun, and go” and then you can urge — not force — other to go to. Be very lonely out there when you have to stand up and fight for what you believe in. Much easier to have the Gooferment send other people’s children to die in your stead. All so you can be “patriotic” and “though on defense”?

About the worst epithet that I can label someone with is “chicken hawk”.


Let’s be like Switzerland and MYOB!

Dona Nobis Pacem

Requiescat In Pacem, you fallen heroes.

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GOVERNACIDE: Reflecting on the USA foreign policy from 1900 on


The supposed positive outcomes of WW2 are vastly overrated. 
By Perry Willis

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To understand whether there was any positive value in U.S. wars and interventions we’ve thus far covered…

  • Were early U.S. wars good or bad?
  • Did Teddy Roosevelt co-found the Japanese empire?
  • Did U.S. politicians choose the more evil side in World War 1?
  • How U.S. politicians helped create the Soviet Union
  • How blundering U.S. politicians enabled the rise of Nazi Germany
  • How U.S. intervention in WW1 fostered the rise of radical Islam

Now comes the most important and controversial article in the series… 

Was World War 2 a “good war?”

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It’s takes a Gooferment to kill a lot of people.

Compare the USA to Switzerland and you see the difference between peace and war.

Death and destruction all over the globe.

Let’s bring all the girls and boys home now! 

“We”, as humans, have already paid to high a price.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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RANT: HRC still gets love from the media


Hillary Clinton Is Furious. And Resigned. And Funny. And Worried.
The surreal post-election life of the woman who would have been president.
By Rebecca Traister

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When I walk into the Chappaqua dining room in which Hillary Clinton is spending her days working on her new book, I am greeted by a vision from the past. Wearing no makeup and giant Coke-bottle glasses, dressed in a gray mock-turtleneck and black zip sweatshirt, Hillary looks less Clinton and more Rodham than I have ever seen her outside of college photographs. It’s the glasses, probably, that work to make her face look rounder, or maybe just the bareness of her skin. She looks not like the woman who’s familiar from television, from newspapers, from America of the past 25 years, but like the 69-year-old version of the young woman who came to the national stage with a wackadoodle Wellesley commencement speech in 1969. With no more races to run and no more voters to woo with fancy hair, Clinton appears now as she might have if she’d aged in nature and not in the crucible of American politics. Still, this is not Hillary of the woods. She is reemerging, giving speeches and interviews. It’s clear that she is making an active choice to remain a public figure.

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Sounds delusional.

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CLOUD: AT&T Locker shutdown; no reduction in price

AT&T Free Msg: AT&T Locker, a cloud storage service you or someone on your account set up, is permanently closing on 8/3/17. Photos, videos, contacts, music, and docs in your Locker will be deleted after that date. Download your content using a computer at locker.att.net. You won’t be able to upload anything after 6/4/17. More at att.com/lockerhelp

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Can’t depend upon anything staying around. 

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) takes $22,838,173


State Dept. Redacts Big Chunks of $22.8 Mil Contract to Resettle Muslim Refugees
MAY 23, 2017

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This has become a heated issue for the government which may explain why other agencies aren’t as forthcoming in providing specific figures, thus abusing the (b)(4) exemption. The State Department, for instance, redacted huge portions of records involving contracts with VOLAGs to resettle refugees from mostly Muslim countries. The files illustrate the disparate redaction treatment given by different government agencies to the same types of records. The State Department paid a VOLAG called United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) a ghastly  $22,838,173 in one year to resettle refugees that came mostly from Muslim countries. Unlike HHS, the agency redacted information related to what the USCCB charged the government for things like furniture, personnel, equipment and other costs associated with contracts to resettle refugees. Why did one government agency hand over the same types of records that another agency claims are trade secrets? Judicial Watch is challenging the State Department’s (b)(4) exemption and will provide updates as they become available.

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What happened to the “Separation of Church and State”?

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RANT: A special place in hell for those that make war on children

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Terror at the Concert

At least 22 people, including children, were killed and 59 wounded by a suicide bomber at a concert hall in Manchester, England, on Monday night. Just after American pop singer Ariana Grande finished a show at the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena, a loud explosion outside sent screaming fans, many of them young girls, fleeing. The blast took place near the box office, the Greater Manchester Police said, and on Tuesday authorities said they believed they knew the identify of the bomber and were seeking to determine whether he had acted alone or was part of a broader terror network. World leaders including President Trump issued condemnations, and national campaigning for Britain’s June 8 general election was suspended. It was the U.K.’s second terror attack this year and deadliest since 2005.

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A special place in hell for those that make war on children … …

… … and that includes “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.” — Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on 60 Minutes (5/12/96)

This is a sad statement on the ethics of human conduct.

Makes me sad. Makes me sick. Makes me especially mad at … …

… … the Gooferments with their politicians and bureaucrats, who support this type of “war”.


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CHARITY: theCHIVE.com, Austin, TX


theCHIVE.com, Austin, TX
“Making the world 10% happier”

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Taylor Morris came back from war severely injured. After recovery, theCHIVE community helped raise enough money to help him build his dream cabin in the woods. 

While the internet can be an echo chamber of negativity, cyber-bullying and mean-spirited trolls, there is one online refuge where sincerity and good-natured humor shine through. theCHIVE.com started as a photoblog in 2008 and in less than a decade has gone from a simple website to a global movement of goodwill.

Founded by two brothers from Indiana, John and Leo Resig, theCHIVE was created to make folks laugh without snark or ridicule. Photo galleries comprised of hilarious cats and adorable kids, feel-good features meant to inspire, heartwarming stories of people helping others and personal tales of triumph over adversary, theCHIVE’s content brings the best of humanity to the forefront, all to make the world 10% happier.

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Tell me again that how without the Gooferment there’s be no charity!

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VETERANS: Mitchel Square Washington Heights-Inwood War Memorial


Ferdinand J. Reinke:

Thank you for submitting the Mitchel Square Washington Heights-Inwood War Memorial to memorials for our website! Much appreciated.

Once our Judge Advocate has approved it, we will be able to publish it on our website. Thank you.

Julie Campbell
The American Legion

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Hard to believe that there’s no inventory of Veterans’ Memorials.

[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: Steve T for the lead]

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LIBERTY: “All peoples have the right to self-determination”

(who’s both a hard left Democrat and a Gooferment employee) 

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Aside from the fiscal death cliff of that would destroy the state from within, your guy Scalia threw water on this . “If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2010.

Other than fringe libertarians there are no legal conversation that supports a states right to secede.

Don’t let states fool you- they depend on the federal government for their existence. All the noise about states being independent of the federal government is a game played by republican governors and legislators.

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Well, I’m sure if you look at the USSR documents, their collapse wasn’t covered either.

“Right to secede”? Hmmm, interesting concept.

All peoples have the right to self-determination. … All peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
Jul 19, 2006
UNPO: Self-determination

The UN says I do.

The question becomes that when NH secedes, will the Federal Gooferment roll tanks on us?

Personally, I don’t care if they do or don’t . If they do, then the fraud of a peaceful benevolent Union is unmasked. If they don’t, we’re free of the tyranny of the “District of Corruption”. Either was, liberty wins.

p.s., The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution reserves all the unstated rights to The States or to The People. Since the “Right to Secede” is UNSTATED, then I must have it.

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POLITICAL: Another “state” wants to get on the dole?


A New Push to Become the 51st State in an Ailing Puerto Rico
MAY 16, 2017

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SAN JUAN, P.R. — It is a proudly Spanish-speaking territory at a time when the White House has taken down the Spanish version of its website. It is as materially poor as it is culturally rich. And Puerto Rico has entered a new and exotic version of bankruptcy, facing a staggering $123 billion in debt and pension obligations.

In short, it is difficult to imagine a worse time for governing-party officials in this struggling Caribbean commonwealth to persuade Washington it is ready to become the 51st American state.

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It’s funny when other groups are seeking the exit, this “state” wants to join. 

Could it be for the perceived largess?

In that case, why would “We, The Sheeple” want them in the “club”.

And, if they had any “national aspirations”, then why would they take them into “the Le Brea Tar Pits” of this “union”, or any union.


If anything, spin them off into their own country with our apologies for bothering them all these years.

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RANT: “too much time too much money getting other people’s business even when it’s not relevant”


The Red Pill Protests
Sargon of Akkad Sargon of Akkad 


“Raving about Donald Trump on an Australian University”.

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The world’s youth have been brainwashed and gone mad.

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GUNS: What the new ‘assault weapon’ regs, not available to the public?


California DOJ files new ‘assault weapon’ regs, not available to the public
5/16/17 | by Chris Eger  

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office this week filed new regulations for review over just what constitutes an “assault weapon” moving forward.

The state Department of Justice submitted draft regulations to the California Office of Administrative Law this week expanding the definition of an “assault weapon” in the state.

The state hasn’t released the proposed regulations to the public, submitting them “file and print only” even though California residents are facing an end of the year registration deadline to abide by the yet-to-be established rules.

This comes three months after the withdrawal of an initial proposed rule formulated during the administration of Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator, to address changes required by legislation passed last year. That rule had been submitted after a proposed emergency regulation on making now-outlawed pre-ban magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges compliant, which, in turn, has also been pulled.

The National Rifle Association and California Rifle & Pistol Association had fired off a prelitigation letter to the state, warning of several potential illegalities with the initially proposed regulations and now eagerly wants a look at the new regulations.

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It’s just a version of the old “hidden ball” trick. Unfortunately for the politicians and bureaucrats of the Pepuls Republik of Kalifornia, the NRA and other “pro-Second Amendment” groups ain’t falling for it.

“We, The Sheeple” should INSIST that all regs, diktats, and “laws” be available for at least 90 days before a 30 day public comment period and THEN a 90 day “cooling off” period, before they get “voted” on.

That should give enough time to people to vote with their feet!


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Time to shut down the FBI?


Why the FBI Has Always Been a Political Tool of Suppression
The Daily Bell
May 15, 2017

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There is a dangerous myth that permeates the political arena that government agencies and bureaucrats can somehow be non-political and independent.

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Politico’s article could be summed up like this:

The FBI has long been an enemy of the citizens of the United States and abused their authority by suppressing dissent and intimidating political opposition to the government. But now, the FBI risks becoming the exclusive tool of one political party, at which point others in government and politics may be targeted! Can’t we all agree that the proper target of the FBI is the peasantry and not the political classes?

The FBI has always been political, and always will be. Trump’s choice will not be inherently better or worse for the American people than picking someone who is not a politician. But Trump’s choice will be pretty scary for those in the government on the left.

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I doubt that any entity in the Gooferment, at any level, is “non-political”.

That’s why we’d best be served by not having such entities to exist at all. 

Sure MAYBE the FBI, thinking back to the Jimmie Stewart FBI movie, catches spies, bank robbers, and serial killers. But how much damage can one serial killer do? 100 people, maybe. How many has the Gooferment killed and ruined how many lives? 

As someone, unlikely to be “targeted” by the Gooferment, I’m afraid for my crazy little L libertarians, the whistleblowers, and just plain old good folk who run afoul of some diktat or “regulation”.

Time to tear down these power centers.

Plus, nowadays an admittedly minor afterthought, where in the Constitution does the Federal Gooferment get to have an FBI, CIA, BATFE, TSA, etc. etc. etc. ????????

Just asking?

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TINFOILHAT: Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich — mugging or coverup?


Did he or didn’t he? Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich ‘had WikiLeaks links’ according to private investigator – but the victim’s family have dismissed the PI’s claims as ‘fake evidence’

  • Seth Rich was gunned down in Washington DC as he walked home from a bar 
  • DC police claimed the DNC data analyst, 27, was killed in a ‘botched robbery’
  • An investigator working for the Rich family claims his death is being covered up
  • Rod Wheeler claims to have evidence Mr Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks 
  • He also believes the authorities have been ordered to drop the investigation 
  • But Rich’s family called that ‘fake evidence’ and said they’d heard nothing
  • They said the claims were just a distraction from finding Rich’s real killers
  • And they complained the PI was only supposed to speak with their authorization

By Jay Akbar For Mailonline and Louise Boyle and James Wilkinson
For Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 04:46 EDT, 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:13 EDT, 16 May 2017

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You decide?

I’m just asking the question.

And, if there is a cover up, then who’s behind it?


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The pressing NJ problem of “varsity letters”?


Shared from the Toms River, NJ Patch | Politics & Government
Chris Christie Signs 7 Bills Into Law, Including One Inspired By ‘Snooki’Gov. 
By Tom Davis (Patch Staff) – May 8, 2017 2:39 pm ET 

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S-2398/A-3879 (Bateman, Allen, Greenstein, Singleton/Ciattarelli, Auth, Space) – Requires school district to adopt policy allowing students in grades 9 through 12 who participate in certain interscholastic extracurricular activities to earn varsity letter

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So the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee has time to legislate on “varsity letters”, but can’t solve the fiscal problems.

Doesn’t anyone see the folly in this?

Another reason that the Gooferment Skrules should be privatized. Really privatized.

I believe that it could take 40 years — 20 to transfer them to private entities and another 20 to reduce the Gooferment funding to zero — but imagine how free we’d be when the Gooferment can’t propagandize the the children.


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NOTRECOMMENDED: LIMA, a personal cloud server and service


This does NOT live up to the hype. I read the articles, some from reputable tech journals, and bought in.

After trying to install it, and could not, I find out there are all sorts of problems.

* Doesn’t work with CHROMEBOOKS (No one mentioned that.)

* Doesn’t support shared Users on a computer.

* Doesn’t install easily

And there support site has many pages of questions form Users globally.

I was looking for a POGOPLUG replacement and I think I’ve bought a pig.

More to follow.

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POLITICAL: A “Mother’s Day” blog post remembered

RANT: Mother’s Day; Mothers, globally, end all wars now

Sunday, May 8, 2011

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Not very nice. But then neither are all these Mothers’ sons and daughters dying for the whims of politicians and bureaucrats!

What better way to celebrate Mothers’ Day?

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Here’s a re-cycled post that STILL makes me crazy.

Why can’t we have peace?

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Categories WSJ

POLITICAL: Why aren’t anti ‘Airbnb’ Ordinances a “taking” under the Fifth Amendment?


Toms River ‘Airbnb’ Ordinance Revised for Barrier Island Neighborhoods
By Daniel Nee –  May 11, 2017 

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An ordinance aimed at preventing short-term home rentals such as those booked on the website ‘Airbnb’ was tweaked this week to exclude barrier island neighborhoods from the regulations, which essentially ban short-term rentals. But one mainland resident said that it is not fair to those who live on lagoons on the west side of the bay, which also could be attractive for vacationers.

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Why isn’t this a “taking” under the Fifth Amendment?

Whose property is it?

And unless you live there full-time, you don’t get to vote for these tyrants. “No taxation without representation” is another joke!


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HEALTH: DVT prevention; your responsiblity — not the airlines or the Gooferment


How to prevent blood clots as airlines squeeze you into tighter spaces
By Claire Maldarelli

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The bottom line, Stewart says, is that as long as people continue to practice unhealthy plane habits, the rates of DVT will either remain the same or increase—but with a little knowledge (and movement), the condition could be completely prevented.

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It’s a systemic problem we have the airplanes, their design, and the Gooferment. No one is responsible for the result —  crippled and even dead people!


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POLITICAL: End the “taxpayer-provided congressional health-care plan”!


This daily briefing is named “The 10-Point” after the nickname conferred by the editors of The Wall Street Journal on the lead column of the legendary “What’s News” digest of top stories.

Richard Hobson of New Jersey wrote: “The only standard by which our distinguished congressmen and congresswomen should be judged on this issue is simply this: Will you personally forsake your current taxpayer-provided congressional health-care plan for the new one you have just passed?”

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That’s the acid test of all this bluff and bluster from the “District of Corruption”!

Just do a clean repeal, put down the pens, and step away from the “legislating”.

All they do is make things worse and worse.

Leave people alone to make their own decisions.

End Congress’ special benefits for itself.


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MOVIE: Water for Elephants (2011)


Water for Elephants

Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a traveling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster’s wife.

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This was a really engaging movie. You could / should know that this was going to end badly. And it did. I thought it was completely believable. The elephant was great and made the story human.


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POLITICAL: I thought “all powers not enumerated were reserved to the States or the People”?


Despite Secession Talk, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
May 04, 2017 By Mindy Fetterman

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Recently, these efforts have ranged from fairly large, ongoing campaigns in Texas and California to smaller pushes in Oklahoma, Maine, Utah, West Virginia and New York’s Long Island, among others.  

Just last month, a longshot effort to allow Californians to vote on seceding fell apart after one of the founders dropped out amid criticism of his ties to Russia. But a new group pushing secession has vowed to collect the nearly 600,000 signatures required by July to put the measure on the November 2018 ballot.

Last May, the Texas Nationalist Movement came within two votes of adding Texas independence language to the state’s Republican platform. And in Oklahoma, Republican state Sen. Joseph Silk in January introduced a bill to remove the word “inseparable” from the sentence in the state constitution describing Oklahoma as “an inseparable part of the Federal Union.”

The move for independence, whether it’s from the right of the political spectrum as in Texas, or the left as in California, reflects the political division felt across the country, said Edward Meisse, a supporter of the Yes California secession group that just disbanded. “We have two diametrically opposed philosophies in our country, and we’re just not getting anywhere,” he said. “I think we should allow states to secede so California can be California and Texas can be Texas.”

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Yeah, right! Unfortunately, once the Gooferment gets power, it will never relinquish it voluntarily. People can NOT be held against their will. If an individual did it, then it’d be called “kidnapping”. But when the Gooferment does it, it’s call “jurisdiction”. Of course, once people start to refuse their cooperation to the Gooferment, it’ll collapse. It happened to the old Soviet Union; it’ll happen here too.

With all the out of control spending, unfunded and underfunded pensions, soaring “entitlement” costs, the collapse is inevitable. The only question is “who takes the ‘haircut’?”


Secession is the only LOGICAL solution.

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INTERESTING: A ship tunnel



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NORWAY IS HOME to more than 1,100 road tunnels. They cut through the mountains and stretch under its deep sea, allowing vehicles a more direct route through the country’s challenging terrain. The Scandinavian country has burrowed thoroughfares for nearly every mode of transportation—except one.

“We build a lot of tunnels, just not for ships” says Terje Andreassen, head of Kystverket, the Norwegian coastal administration. It’s strange when you think about it. Norway has more than 18,000 miles of coastline, punctuated by rugged cliffs that jut into the sea like outstretched fingers. The country’s fjords fill the long, slender gaps between the cliffs. These narrow inlets are famed for their beauty, but are a pain for shipping vessels. Traversing the country’s coast requires venturing in and out of fjords, which is inefficient; and rough waters on the open ocean occasionally strand boats in an inlet’s relatively placid waters. That’s why, for the last two years, Kystverket and the architecture firm Snohetta have plugged away at a proposal to build the world’s first ship tunnel. The recently approved plan calls for a mile-long passageway through the Stadlandet Peninsula in northwestern Norway, and would afford boats a safe and quick alternative to the tumultuous waters separating two major fjords.

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Seems so obvious.

And a great engineering feat.

Makes life better, safer, and more predictable for their society.

My only question is: “As a gooferment project, as opposed to one funded and done by an entrepreneur, how much of a boondoggle will this become?”

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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