Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amnesty for Illegals - Does Anyone Have to Follow the President's Extra-Constitutional Executive Orders?

I just have to wonder why any federal department head would follow the edicts handed down by the president when they know the executive order is not lawful?

In my time in the US Army, I knew that I was under no obligation to follow unlawful orders, and could be prosecuted if did violate the law. Cabinet and department heads should know this as well.

The US Congress is the check on executive overreach. The US Congress should bring criminal charges against any department head who implements illegal orders handed out by their leaders.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

PSU - College Promtes Free Speech, As Long As They Agree With The Message

Interestingly, when the Black Student Caucus at Penn State staged a protest, the Penn State President Eric Barron raises hands for student protest but when the Young Americans for Freedom a PSU student group wants to educate students on PSU's free speech policies on one of 12 small designated "free speech zones", they were told to pack up and leave by campus security. Student Activists Told To Remove Table From Penn State 'Free Speech Zone' (Video)

Progressive academia.  Penn State wins the Orwell award for proclaiming freedom while practicing restriction.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Petition the EPA - Daily Kos reveals their Naivete

The Daily Kos wants everyone to "sign" their petition, Titled, "Support the EPA's first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants" (Here), to limit CO2 emissions from power plants, claiming you can actually influence policy change.


My first problem with this approach is that I see no money changing hands, so politicians and bureaucrats will most likely ignore it.

Second - when this kind of 'law' is implemented, only the wealthy and their politicians will be better off.  Just look to former VP AL Gore, who 'earned' hundreds of millions of dollars selling global warming fear.  Hard working Americans will pay more for energy, as we do now.

Third - their controls only affect American power plants and American power plants are the most efficient in the world.  Our coal fired power plants are heavily regulated already. Coal fired power plants in China have no visible pollution controls. China produces 40% of the worlds coal fired power generation about twice as much as the USA's total at 20.5% (reference).

Fourth - and probably the most important fact to remember is, that if this country does nothing more than we are already doing in the area of influencing climate change, the sea level may rise 2 to 3 feet in the next hundred years.

The question then becomes: Who does this affect?

Let's see, rising sea levels would affect coastlines, oceanfront properties, and lowlands, that would realize a loss of land mass.  So, if you own oceanfront or seaside property you may need to move it back a little - a very expensive proposition.  But, then you are probably wealthy and so I don't care if you have to build a dyke or move to higher ground.

If you live in a low land, you have no doubt experienced flooding in the past.  I know the folks who live along the Mississippi River and its many of its tributaries have. And yet you rebuild in the same place - usually demanding my tax dollars for their disaster relief.  Why do we keep paying people, essentially encouraging them, to repeat the mistakes that put them in such a bad place. I've heard them on the news being praised for their bravery when they claim they will rebuild in the same spot that was just washed down to the Gulf of Mexico. Time for some tough love, I'd say.

Everyone else will do as humans and animals have always done: adjust to the situation - dress cooler, get more efficient AC, move north, move to higher ground (except the stubborn ones - who would soon be extinct), etc.

Number five - If you sign this petition you will be on record as being a mind-numbed low-information follower of lost causes - i.e., a Kosian.

Climate change is mostly a non-issue and those who promote hamstringing the US economy - making more Americans poor so they can be rich - in order to see their dream come true are doing nothing but living in a child-like dream world where their little minds are accepted as forward thinking intellectuals - someone is watching too many Disney movies.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Media Matters - The Don Quixote of Media Reporting.

I receive emails from Media Matters (MM) for America - the leftwing merry-go-round that spins the news for delicate progressive egos.

In their latest they have discovered that Fox News Channel is affiliated with multiple local television news programs and warn you to beware of conservative distortions reaching broadcast markets.

They do this with all the seriousness they can muster.
"Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes' 21st Century Fox owns and operates 28 stations in major media markets around the country. These stations might seem independent, but Fox uses them to push misinformation to viewers like you." - Media Matters
They title their plea as "Fight Misinformation On Local News", but then provide no (that's zero) misinformation coming from local Fox affiliates.  This includes the video on their web page.  They urge you to  watch and learn, but there is no there there. It shows clips of local reporters talking about a few political issues - but no partisan slant - no information at all.  MM cuts the clips short and we only hear the topic - Benghazi, etc.

They want you to join their campaign to make everyone aware that the same rich guy that owns Fox news Channel also owns these local news programs and therefore his influence must be there - if only they could find something to backup their fantasy.

Sorry MM.  Nothing to see here.  So, back to the drawing board.

Edit: More Media Matters mayhem from the honorable folks at Breitbart.com
"Trigger Warning! Media Matters Scolds Roll Out Lies For Thanksgiving"

Monday, December 1, 2014

Letter to Representative Vern Buchanan - Extra-Constitutional Executive Orders

Sent 11/22/2014
Dear Representative Buchanan.

I fail to understand how members of congress, reporters and opinion makers,  believe the president can get away with bypassing the US Congress.  He needs to be stopped in his tracks.  To do so I would suggest charging anyone in this administration with a crime for trying to enforce or implement unconstitutional executive orders.

I spend 21 years in the US Army and I know that there is no rule or regulation that requires carrying out orders and directives that are unlawful. Anyone in a position of trust and responsibility should understand this as well.

If the head of DHS implements the president's change to immigration law, he should be brought before congress and forced to explain his unlawful actions. Hefty fines should be levied and other actions such as impeaching department heads. The same goes for any federal department head who violates the law.

The president's actions show a clear contempt for our representative republic.  His proclamations need to be nipped in the bud before the executive branch makes congress and the people irrelevant.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.