EVLYNN: Our Girl followed Grentz, Portland, and all the “Mighty Macs”

2018-Jul-30

http://www.dailyitem.com/sports/portland-remembered-most-for-her-friendship/article_738613ab-acfc-5501-9c17-cf315315e3ec.html

She followed them wistfully.  I assume imagining what might have been.

Requiescat In Pacem, Rene.  You’ll have at least one fan to greet you.

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Personal Finance Expert Ric Edelman Reveals Solution to the Social Security Crisis

Based on the principle of compound growth, the T.R.U.S.T. Fund for America calls for the government to set aside a one-time amount of $7,000 for each child born in the United States, and to repeat this annually for the next 35 years. The money would be placed in an investment portfolio determined by an expert panel appointed by the president and Congress. After 35 years, the government would receive back its initial outlay, plus inflation, and use the proceeds to fund the program for children born during the next 35-year cycle.

Source: Personal Finance Expert Ric Edelman Reveals Solution to the Social Security Crisis

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It’s at least a start.  Most realistic idea that I’ve heard yet.

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Conspiracy alleged in Girard speed camera case filing | News, Sports, Jobs – Tribune Chronicle

Previously, Girard Mayor James Melfi said the city wasn’t aware of the speed limit change until Jan. 7.

Source: Conspiracy alleged in Girard speed camera case filing | News, Sports, Jobs – Tribune Chronicle

How convenient?

7,000 tickets!

Wow!!!

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Win for Public Right to Know: Court Vacates Injunction Against Publishing the Law

Industry Groups Want to Control Access to Legal Rules and Regulations San Francisco – A federal appeals court today ruled that industry groups cannot control publication of binding laws and standards. This decision protects the work of Public.Resource.org (PRO), a nonprofit organization that works to improve access to government documents.

Source: Win for Public Right to Know: Court Vacates Injunction Against Publishing the Law

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That would be “funny” peculiar if you could know the standard a law was passed to enforce.  Anyone see where this trend takes us?  Secret laws to go along with secret (FISA) courts!

Argh!

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PEACE: “All we are saying is give peace a chance”

2018-Jul-17

http://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/trump-calls-off-cold-war-ii/

Trump Calls Off Cold War II
PAT BUCHANAN • JULY 17, 2018 • 900 WORDS • 9 COMMENTS 

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Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.”

He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.”

It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency.

He has rejected the fundamental premises of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and blamed our wretched relations with Russia, not on Vladimir Putin, but squarely on the U.S. establishment.

In a tweet prior to the meeting, Trump indicted the elites of both parties: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”

Trump thereby repudiated the records and agendas of the neocons and their liberal interventionist allies, as well as the archipelago of War Party think tanks beavering away inside the Beltway.

Looking back over the week, from Brussels to Britain to Helsinki, Trump’s message has been clear, consistent and startling.

NATO is obsolete. European allies have freeloaded off U.S. defense while rolling up huge trade surpluses at our expense. Those days are over. Europeans are going to stop stealing our markets and start paying for their own defense.

And there will be no Cold War II.

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Certainly seems like a good meeting for us anti-war advocates.  

I personally hope that DJT45 closes down NATO and lets all its politicians and bureaucrats more onto more productive work.

It’s a good time to change the foreign policy of “world’s policeman” and institute a Swiss style MYOB.

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NJ Veteran Claims Police Tried To Take His Guns Without Due Process

New Jersey now has a law on the books that allows the government to confiscate guns from anyone considered a threat without anything approaching due process. There’s a slightly more complicated process, but in its essence, that’s pretty much exactly what is at play.

Source: NJ Veteran Claims Police Tried To Take His Guns Without Due Process

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Big Brother testing what they can get away with?

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Man Shoots Burglar, Family Predictably Cries Foul

What is it about family that makes it so you can be absolutely convinced that despite them engaging in a criminal act, they’re still somehow angels? I ask because it seems that no matter what the circumstances, when someone gets shot, the family will invariably step up and pontificate on just why that person shouldn’t have been killed.

Source: Man Shoots Burglar, Family Predictably Cries Foul

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My sympathies go to the shooter who will have to live with it for the rest of his life.

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O’Donnell: The USMC’s Forgotten Epic Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge

This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of one of the United States Marine Corps’ (USMC)’s bloodiest battles of the Great War: the forgotten assault on Blanc Mont. | Big Government

Source: O’Donnell: The USMC’s Forgotten Epic Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge

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Sadly, a waste of many good men in “Mister Wilson’s War”!

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PEACE: NATO — Let’s Get Out!

Trump Hammers NATO. Good! Let’s Get Out!Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams Posted on July 11, 2018President Trump is making waves as he arrives in Europe for the NATO summit. Chiding Germany for benefitting from US protection against Russia while buying billions of dollars worth of Russian oil, he has captured the duplicity of European leaders. But the solution is not to browbeat them to spend more on their militaries. It’s to shut down NATO once and for all.

Source: Trump Hammers NATO. Good! Let’s Get Out! – Antiwar.com Blog

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What a great way to return to the “peace path”.  NATO serves NO purpose other than provide Gooferment “jobs” for all involved.

We can’t afford it!

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Kidnappers: The Tyranny of Child Protective Services

242 years ago American colonists declared independence from England, in the name of personal liberty. What would it take for Americans to once again declare independence from an oppressive government? For the colonists, it was excessive taxation without representation.

Source: Kidnappers: The Tyranny of Child Protective Services

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No warrant needed to take a child from a parent!

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Having some familiarity personally with “the system”, judges need to be held to the highest standards of fairness and impartiality.  It’s a hard thing to separate a child from the parents.  BUT sometimes it is for safety and in the child’s best interest.  We ALL are responsible for the choices we make.  Parents, especially those who are drug addicts, need to be made aware that society will not allow children to be harmed.

Now I have a tough time squaring that with “abortion rights”, but that’s a discussion for another day.

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U.S. allies fear Trump will reduce U.S. troops in Europe | McClatchy Washington Bureau

European allies fear President Donald Trump may begin to bring American troops home from the continent as part of his “America First” agenda. They are lobbying him to boost the number of troops to combat an increasingly aggressive Russia.
— Read on www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article214324579.html

That would be great!

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GUNS: Why did no one shoot back?

2018-Jul-05

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle979-20180701-04.html

Assailant with shotgun invades newsroom, kills five. Why did no one shoot back? 
by Vin Suprynowicz 

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Why did no one in the building shoot back? Were they all disarmed? Why? Is the Annapolis newspaper one of many with signs on its entrance doors warning employees—not just visitors, mind you, but trusted EMPLOYEES—they can be suspended or fired if they bring onto the premises a self-defense handgun—even one for which they have a hard-to-acquire, government-issued “permit”?

I’ll betcha. I’ll betcha they do. And if that turns out to be the case, could it possibly be . . . the management of this oh-so-Far-Left and Politically Correct newspaper chain that has “blood on its hands”?

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Yet another “gun free zone”.

Argh!

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LIBERTY: What was the AR about?

FROM TOM WOODS’ EMAIL BLAST

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Independence Day is coming up, and I wonder how many people really get why it matters.

In school, we were told this: “No taxation without representation.”

Zzzzzzzz.

The real principles were more like the following.

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(1) No legislation without representation.

The colonists insisted that they could be governed only by the colonial legislatures. This is the principle of self-government.

This is why a Supreme Court ordering localities around is anti-American in the truest sense. It operates according to the opposite principle from the one the American colonists stood for.

(2) Contrary to the modern Western view of the state that it must be considered one and indivisible, the colonists believed that a smaller unit may withdraw from a larger one. Today we are supposed to consider this unthinkable.

(3) The colonists’ view of the (unwritten) British constitution was that Parliament could legislate only in those areas that had traditionally been within the purview of the British government. Customary practice was the test of constitutionality. The Parliament’s view, on the other hand, was in effect that the will and act of Parliament sufficed to make its measures constitutional.

So the colonists insisted on strict construction, if you will, while the British held to more of a “living, breathing” view of the Constitution. Sound familiar?

So let’s recap: local self-government, secession, and strict construction. Not exactly the themes you learned in school.

And not even what you’ll learn in graduate school.

One day I decided I had to know what my fellow Columbia Ph.D. students thought Independence Day was all about.

What could these left-liberals be celebrating? They don’t favor local self-government, which is what the war was all about. They don’t favor strict construction of the Constitution, while the colonists were insisting on precisely that, in a British context.

So what the heck did they think it was all about?

Only one person answered me: “There was a distance involved.”

So the problem was that the ruling class was too far away?

“Come on, men, we must continue making sacrifices so that we may someday have exploiters who live close by!”

I don’t think so.

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LIBERTY: Seventy-two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation in Boston

2018-Jul-04

And finally. . . . .

Seventy-two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation in Boston – source Frontlines of Freedom Newsletter

National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw. Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.

The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed widespread refusal by local citizens to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons. Gage issued a ban on military style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week.

This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the
governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms. One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.” Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.

During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange. Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from
surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.

And this fellow Americans, is how what became known as the American Revolution began, April 20, 1775. On July 4th, 1776 these same extremists signed the Declaration of Independence, pledging to each other and their countrymen their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. Many of them lost everything, including their families and their lives over the course of the next few years.

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If Self-Serving Celebs Want to Help Vulnerable Kids, They Should Look at US Militarism & Foster Care

Hollywood celebrities are furious over Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families, but their outrage is selective and often self-serving. In recent weeks, border separation has been the top story. Media coverage has included horrific pictures and videos of young immigrant children in anguish at being taken from their families.

Source: If Self-Serving Celebs Want to Help Vulnerable Kids, They Should Look at US Militarism & Foster Care

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Another problem with the spate of Tinseltown voices demanding action to stop Trump’s brutal family-separation policy is that these stars didn’t get up in arms when President Obama had a similarly callous policy towards illegal immigrant families.

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While the policy stinks  — there are reports of traffickers faking it  — it’s another “political” astro-turf like the “anti-war” protests.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: As if “includes both overpayments and underpayments” makes it less bad?

2018-Jul-02

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/01/4-billion-in-snap-money-went-to-improper-food-stamp-payments/

$4 Billion in SNAP Money Went to Improper Food Stamp Payments
Katherine Rodriguez — 1 Jul 2018

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) spent a total of $4 billion on improper food stamp payments to those receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the USDA confirmed with Breitbart News on Friday.

The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service announced this week that improper payments made up 6.3 percent of SNAP money in the fiscal year (FY) 2017—the latest data available from the agency.

Breitbart News analyzed the USDA’s data on food stamp spending and found that $4,007,026,532 of the $63,603,595,754 the agency spent on SNAP in FY 2017 went to improper payments.

The USDA told Breitbart News that “it is important to note that improper payments include both overpayments and underpayments,” meaning that households on SNAP that received less than what they were supposed to receive for the month are also included in the percentage rate.

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Sorry, but that much “error” is inexcusable!

But why should the politicians and bureaucrats care it’s OPM (i.e., Other People’s Money)!

Argh!

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