Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Law of the Land

What is actually meant by “The Law of the Land”? Okay, without a doubt I am procrastinating on homework….BUT…..! I am sitting in one room and the TV is on in another and I have sometimes, sad to say, very acute hearing. Sounds like Florida Senator Bill Nelson was referencing the Affordable Care Act and used that expression. When you stop to think of it, just about EVERY politician uses that phrase, “The Law of the Land”, in an effort to say basically that THIS is how it is, it is not subject to change or modification so you better just suck it up. Do they ever reference “the law of the land” when they are trampling on your OTHER Constitutionally protected rights? You may recall this one.

DNC staffers tell us to eat it

JUST what the DNC thinks of the rest of us

How many times has said “LAW” been modified since its passage? How many times has Congress, also known as the Legislative Branch, had a hand in making those changes? How many times were we “promised” or assured that there would be no more changes to it (Another “unplanned” change)? Reminds me of an exchange between a couple of ’70’s TV series bad guys:

“Baltar: What of our bargain? My colony was to be spared!
Imperious Leader: I now alter the bargain.
Baltar: How can you change one side of a bargain?
Imperious Leader: When there is no other side.” (Battlestar Galactica, original series, 1978)

Laws are a double-edged thing in that they must command or forbid an action. Part of that means that the parties identified by any law have duties, responsibilities and obligations that carry penalties if not met. In this instance it requires us to obtain health insurance from an acceptable source and requires the government to have “rules” under which we can do the former and meet out punishment for those who do not. There are no provisions for one party to alter the “bargain” without process, procedure, discussion and mutual acceptance.

For one side to alter an agreement without the notification and consent of the other nulls the entire law. Why would we be constrained to Legislation that does not equally bind the Legislator? Corporations and friends of the ruling class are given delays and exemptions, the government is certainly not bound to the same requirements as the rest of us…too much of a hardship for those poor hard working folks I s’pose.

The feds were quick to beef up the enforcement aspect of the Act so we now have plenty of IRS agents to ensure our compliance. It seems that the normal procedures under which an idea becomes reality in Law did not hold true for this Act, nor did the standard method of modifying it.

Then again, Mr. Obama has a pen and a phone.

A pen and a phone

Senator Reid calls US “stoopid”…

Senator Reid was attempting to illustrate why the American people needed more time to comply with the sign up requirements….I said MANDATORY REGISTRATION DEADLINE of the Affordable Care Act. As mentioned in an earlier post, mandatory means nothing in this Administration…

Part of his postulation is that his grandchildren are much more computer literate than we poor hapless A-MUR-icans.
Why an extension is needed
We are the ignorant ones
Just call me Dee Dee DEEEeeeeee, Senator Reid

He references his grandchildren being more tech savy. Perhaps because his grandaughter had a $17,000 stipend from his Campaign (spell that as ILLEGAL) to further her study of computerese?
Explain the 17 grand of “holiday gifts”, sir

I heard an interview earlier where a reporter attempted to ask the Senator about the expenditure and was summarily shut down, not just abruptly, but smugly with a comment about “I can write that check” (regarding reimbursing the campaign expenditure) or words to that effect.

The public servant who is non-responsive to the public

It was all my wife and I could do to muster 10 grand for one of our daughter’s first semester at college in 2003! What makes this man of the people, from such a transparently elite group, not only give away OUR money to a family member but coincidentally omit her last name from the forms so that on the face of it, she is NOT a relative?

So yet another delay, another stalling tactic to hide the absolute failure of the law. “Not for nothin’ ” SOMETHING needed to be done but the methods used: deception, lies, backdoor deals, broken promises and then attempts to lay the blame on the PEOPLE rather than on the architects of this nightmare just stagger the imagination.

Just to be sure I, in my “ig’rance” have his meaning clearly: After their due diligence, the Government designed a system of Health Insurance (it REALLY is not health CARE) and mandates that everyone participate. They determine that an online interactive series of forms is the most efficient way to gather the participants. They spend years and as of the end of 2013 $677 million dollars to implement this system (The Cost of HealthCare.gov) and then publish it in a medium that the target audience is incapable of using. Sure. Totally believable. I guess they should have used….say….Fortran? Cobol? Both were designed in the 1950’s so by now we should be as intimately familiar with them as we are with Pong.

More and more the world relies on the internet. My wife went from neophyte to Jedi Master seemingly overnight. We are a connected people and our inter-connectivity has enhanced our lives. There are so few who are not online that I cannot find a reference for them (duh!).

Referencing the “grands”, ALL of our grandchildren have at one time or another “played” with my tech. On first seeing it, one dove at my pedometer and reset it (at ~18 months). That required simultaneously pressing two opposite buttons. I was WEARING the darned thing and could not catch him. Another shut down my computer in the midst of my homework (same age, different child), another worked the various remotes (same age, different child) and others are adept at my ipad and their parents iphones (YOUNGER ages, different children). In their “tweens” our children could go through the navigation screens on their video games faster than we could read the instructions and one daughter can hold a coherent conversation with you, looking you in the eye and text her friends with both hands never looking at her phone.

WE, as human beings, have an incredible capacity for knowledge and an ability to perform any task we have a mind to. It is inconceivable that the problem with HealthCare.gov is US. I had JUST finished posting about the Democrats busted by the feds for various crimes against their constituents and then this pops up.

As the expression goes, “ya can’t make this stuff up!”

Democrats busted by the FBI

This is a story you will more than likely NOT hear about in your local press, mainly because it shows just how badly our “representatives” abuse the trust of the people. Multiple Democrats busted by the FBI on various charges, all dealing with public corruption.

The FBI raided and or arrested public officials from California, North Carolina and New York on various public corruption charges. The California representative was charged with associations with a Hong Kong-based crime syndicate. In every instance, these were Democratic elected personnel.

Public Corruption

The Mayor of Charlotte has resigned over the issue.

Charlotte Mayor resigns after corruption arrest

The New York Assemblyman “may” have been padding the per diem account a bit:

Queens assemblyman is a poor accountant

The Rhode Island House Speaker as well:

Rhode Island’s peaker of the House resigns and drops reelection bid

Is California the tip of the iceberg?

Cali corruption

When Ms. Pelosi was voted Speaker of the House, her opening statement said that the American People had voted for change and for Democrats to take our Country in a new direction. Did anyone think THIS is what she meant? All we have seen from this group over the last few years has been scandal, corruption, lies, inuendos, and legislative “anarchy” (thank you, Sen. Reid). Any confidence that was remaining in them or the process gets chiselled away at every new revelation of their true character.

I really do not have a lot to say for this one. Their actions speak as eloquently as anything I could write. I think this will be the icing on the cake:

most transparent congress

Here is an excerpt from Leland Yee’s ‘difficulties’:(emphasis added)

“Yee is also the third California state senator, all Democrats, to be tied to corruption investigations this year. Last month, state Sen. Ron Calderon (D) was indicted on bribery charges, and in January, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D) was convicted on eight counts of voter fraud and perjury, after being indicted in 2010.

Calderon and Wright have taken indefinite leaves of absence from the state Senate, costing Democrats their super majority status and threatening key elements of the party’s platform. State Senate President Darrell Steinberg’s spokesman told the San Jose Mercury News Steinberg wasn’t ready to comment on Yee’s arrest, though Democrats have blocked Republican-led efforts to oust Calderon and Wright in recent weeks.”

How much clearer does it need to be? State Senators Calderon and Wright are separately indicted and or convicted of felonies and rather than have their absence jeopardize the Democrat platform, the party is blocking the Republican effort to remove CRIMINALS from public office. Their main concern is, as it ALWAYS is, Politics over People.

Have we not the RIGHT to expect at a minimum HONESTY and ACCOUNTABILITY from our elected officials? You and I would “have the book thrown” at us should we become involved in such corruption and depravity, not have our associates fight to protect our jobs. Then again, there WAS the Teacher’s Union fighting to get severance pay for a convicted molester, but that is another story (Michigan teachers union and the rapist).

Once again I turn to Mel Brooks to fine tune the problem.

Legislative losers

Senate Democrats cry foul of suspected CIA spying…..

Today I choose to spell “hypocrisy” FEINSTEIN, as in Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D) California. The Senator is Head of the Senate Intelligence Committee and alleges that the CIA “may have committed a crime” and “may have violated the Constitution and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” in reviewing a stand-alone computer that Congressional staffers have been accessing to review “allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program”.

  

Spy on THEM (American CITIZENS), not US (Congress)

Now, the recently silent Sen. Reid is weighing in on the issue and tasking the Master-at-Arms with investigating the suspect wrongdoing on the part of the CIA. To echo former Secretary of State Clinton, “What difference does it make…?”

Sec’y Clinton’s “What difference does it make” statement

WHY are they still evaluating a program that is LONG over? Is there possibly any useful information to gain? Are we merely rehashing the debate over “Intel vs. torture”? In the wake of a National tragedy as 9/11 did ANY of us actally CARE about the methods used to “GIT the sum-bit**es” responsible for the despicable acts of cowardice and terror? No, only the Monday morning QB’s were concerned post facto. Now that things have calmed down, the new cause celebre is to again chastize President Bush for the methods employed on OUR behalf. Can anyone say with certainty that we did NOT get useful information that lead to the capture or termination of our enemies? Either way, the ONLY thing this is good for is to open old wounds.

There are none in Washington, D.C. that will dispute the government’s “surveillance” program on American Citizens is NECESSARY to protect the Nation and Her allies. EVEN though the Constitution and all our laws guarantee innocence til guilt is proven, the right to face your accuser and above all, the requirement for Authority to obtain a warrant based on provable evidence before any search can be performed. Nah, that, like ALL of Congress’ actions ONLY pertains to you and me but we hear their cries of foul and the “independent investigation” chatter when THEY are on the receiving end. So, Ms. Feinstein, Mr. Reid, et al, cry foul all you want but what is good for the Goose is good for the Gander.

Sen Reid asks for his OWN Sheriff to investigate

I say, too bad, so sad, how does it feel?

Who you gonna believe? Me or your lyin’ eyes?

This is an addendum to my post of 28 Nov 2013 about “Off-script comments” where Senator Reid had been railling against the GOP for wanting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, symbollically castrate the President’s signature legislation (I thought CONGRESS was in the biz of Legislation…shows you what I know…) and leave the truly ill to fend for themselves.  In the references I added, Sen Reid is quite clear WHO is leaving the sick out in the cold. 

How the Democrat Party portrayed GOP’s Paul Ryan

You wanna know who made that disgraceful ad? A Democrat backed organization founded by Ms. Erica Payne….

Oh, i GOTTA paste this excerpt…..

“The Agenda Project’s goal is to build a powerful, intelligent, well-connected political movement capable of identifying and advancing rational, effective ideas in the public debate and in so doing ensure our country’s enduring success.

Between out-dated political parties, self-interested multi-national corporations, and ineffectual elected officials, good values and common sense have lost their power in the public debate.  Our goal is to return normal Americans to the center of the policy debate by cultivating an understanding of public policy, facilitating common action, and connecting the best ideas and the strongest leaders with engaged citizens, elected officials, the media, political insiders, and experts through a variety of in-person and on-line platforms.”

Does an organization that could make such a horrid political advertisement sound like the visionaries who would use the preceeding as their mission statement?

Ms. Payne’s bio

this is probably the most telling aspect of her bio:

“Prior to founding the Agenda Project and the Tesseract Group, Payne co‐founded the Democracy Alliance, a donor collaborative whose partners have invested over $100 million in progressive organizations.

Her early career included serving as Deputy National Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee during the 1996 presidential re‐election campaign and as a consultant to a number of campaigns and political organizations. In addition to her public sector work, Payne has held senior marketing positions in the private sector. ”

 

Senator Reid’s true feelings on healthcare

Video of Senator Reid’s comments and finger-pointing

The first reference is from October 2, 2013 and I have not heard a single word about it since.  Goes to show you the partisan nature of the press corps. 

About 1977/1978, my mother had my brother in daycare near home so she could work.  SALT OF THE EARTH, my mom!  A true American woman of hearty pioneer stock.  Single parent for a dozen years or so and then married to a true GENTLEMAN from the Islands.  Well, in an attempt to reign in the budget, New York decided to curtail the daycare program.  This would have been devastating for all the working parents who needed it.  Imagine cutting the preschool programs today.

The parents organized a rally and several hundred showed up in support of keeping the program intact.  The New York Post article grossly undercounted the numbers and added that the couple of dozen or so were daycare workers upset about their impending unemployment.  My mom wrote a letter to the editor.  First and foremost, SHE can write.  I get my writing from her and my narrative abilities (story telling) from my Aunt Annette and Aunt Sarah.  She clarified the true depth of the “protest”.  Her article was edited so that it agreed with the newspapers original story in contradiction to her actual meaning.

SO! When I say that you have to exercise care in your reading, caution in your research and compare/contrast sources to get to the truth buried between the lines, believe that! Since that event, lo those moons ago, I do not read any local newspapers. I developed a severe allergy to BS.

…And now a page from Sen. Harry Reid’s playbook…

Howdy, friends and neighbors. I spoke some time ago about Senator Reid casting aspersions on the character of Governor Romney based on his “anonymous”, “informed” “source” telling him that the Governor had not paid taxes in a decade, going as far as to use a form of the “yo mama” routine by asserting that “His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,” Reid said, in reference to George Romney’s standard-setting decision to turn over 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in the late 1960s.”

Did he KNOW if the allegations were true? He was circumspect about it. In truth, all he NEEDED to do was get the narrative “out there” in the public venue and let human nature run free. Regardless the veracity of the claim there will ALWAYS be those who believe it, proof or not. A jury may find someone “not guilty” (never “innocent”) but there will always be those that believe a person “got away” with it for whatever reason (Recall OJ’s original trial).

Sen Reid says Gov Romney is a tax cheat

Senator Reid calls TEA party members “anarchists” because of their push to repeal the Affordable Care Act in favor of a more sensible approach to HealthCare.

Sen Reid regarding TEA Party anarchy

“H.G. Wells: The first man to raise a fist is the man who’s run out of ideas. … ” (Time After Time [a version of “The Time Machine”], 1979 movie version)

The corollary to that is that the first person to resort to name calling and character assassination has also not only run out of ideas but is attempting to minimize the other person’s standing to elevate his own. It is cheap, callous and demeans the subject speaker, not the object.

In this next insert, The Justice Department is stymying a Utah investigation into alleged wrongdoing on the part of Senators Reid and Lee (R-Ut).

FOXNEWS article on Sen Reid’s investigation

ABC News article on Sen Reid’s investigation

Senator Reid’s thwarted corruption investigation

I am going to blow right past Senator Lee, here, and take a small measure of editorial license. My focus is on Mr. Reid, solely. According to “sources” he was to perform quid pro quo for political contributors. Now instead of an open and above board investigation, we have silence and closed doors. And the USUALLY loquacious Mr. Reid?

Back in the 70’s there was a genre of film referred to as “Blaxpoitation” in that the main characters were usually Black and were usually the good guys or a good BAD guy (Superfly comes to mind). This particular one I am recalling is Black Belt Jones (Jim Kelly from Enter the Dragon). Scene: Militant youths enter “Pinky’s” pool hall with guns, chains and clubs to stop him from selling dope in the hood. Plenty of “righteous” back and forth yelling til the militants are surprised and disarmed. Pinky walks up to the leader who is “brickin’ ” right now and asks “Hey boy? Why you so quiet?” That “yout” is how I see Senator Reid right now. ALWAYS has something to say about ANY Republican, Conservative, Tea-Party or States rights opponent but suddenly gets lockjaw.

No one is calling for an investigation, none suggest a special prosecutor. Nary a cry of “If you have nothing to hide…”. No, the Senator is going to sit this one out and in usual form, with the assistance of our Fourth Estate, will squeak by yet again and never have the topic mentioned.

Do I KNOW any of this to be true? I think I, too, shall be circumspect.

The value of labor

“You can raise the price of labor but you cannot raise its value”

I was watching Hannity and one of his panelists said this. What a fantastic statement! FoxNews contributor Jehmu Greene alleges that raising the minimum wage will get Americans off of food stamps whereas Mr. Hannity countered that having a JOB will get Americans off of food stamps.

We have been hearing lately about the supposed need to raise the minimum wage. McDonalds and Walmart employees, having been spurred on by the economic equality elite feel entitled to $15 dollars an hour. They see it as a moral imperative.

Bloomberg’s take on a $15/ hour minimum wage

We have all been on eBay either to browse, buy or sell. We have all been amazed at the price some sellers have assigned to their items and everyone except them knows that it will not sell. The reality of the situation is that your perception of an objects’ worth is nearly always going to be subjective and all that matters is another persons objective appraisal of its’ relative worth.

Proponents of the increased minimum wage say that it will bring people out of poverty, minimize the dependence on social welfare programs, end generational dependence on government handouts and boost the general economy of the country. All things are relative.

Increase the minimum wage nearly double and the cost of doing business rises. More people are going to be laid off. The cost of production increases. The increased costs will be passed off to the purchaser. The ancillary items that are in perpetual flux around us will rise in cost….those things that you pay for that allow you the ability to work: groceries for lunch so you do not have to buy overpriced cafeteria food, fuel, vehicle costs, child care costs.

I worked at a company for 14 years in California. We were union (grist for another mill, this story). Our pay was regulated by the union contract. After about 10 years and a few raises the contract was renegotiated. New hires were coming in and their starting salary was about twenty-five cents less than what my then-CURRENT salary was. Now, I REALLY do not care as long as I can meet my financial obligations WHAT the next guy is getting but there seemed to be a lack of parity. People who are currently making just over the new minimum will be up in arms wondering about the equality and “fairness” of the system. They worked hard to get what they have and where they are and now with the stroke of a pen, those with potentially less education, skill, training or talent will be on a par with them. Many will want increases to regain the relative differential they see in their work vice someone else’s.

Then we will be right back at the beginning, arguing over the relative income gap between those at the low and higher end of the scale. Remember the movement—when?— back in the 70’s I think about relative worth? I think it was geared towards creating financial gender equality….let me look…I cannot find my reference. You gotta ask the right question to get the right answer. Back to it.

All of us working souls more than likely have a pay-scale that takes into account longevity, productivity and skill. The rest are probably important but not germane at this moment. “Imagine if you will…” that the decision is made to pay everyone based on some measure that promotes “fairness”. The proverbial “Great Equalizer”. I work hard and take pride in my work. For me, doing well enhances my ego. We all have our reasons. What do you do when no matter how hard YOU work, another person will profit just as well from NOT putting in any effort? Really, where is the “fairness” in just getting paid and riding along on a wave of social justice.

Ahh, this is a good place for this….Before I provide the link I HAVE to excerpt the synopsis:

“You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.”

This is the story of a Professor who failed his entire class WITH THEIR ASSISTANCE to demonstrate an economic principle.

Perception of the value of labor

To quote Stan Lee (Marvel Comics), ” ’nuff said’ “.