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Paris Burns: DC Remains Too Cool

Posted by revkharma on November 16, 2015

Paris is burning, and DC is chilly. We have seen a well planned, well executed and devastating attack in Paris. Islamic fanatics have killed scores and it appears to be a direct result of the plans and achievements of the leaders of the West.
“Refugees” from Syria, and radicalized Europeans have struck in the heart of France with bloody results.
In the US, reaction is mixed. Our president has resolutely refused to change course, with his administration standing firm in their plans to import tens of thousands of those very same refugees.
After years of minimizing the role of ISIS, and refusing to even say ‘Islamic Terror’ President Obama on Friday, the day of the massacre, was quoted once more with noted ignorance, claiming that ISIS was now contained, and not a growing threat. At the gathering of world leaders, the American president was noticeably late for the formal gathering for a memorial moment of silence to honor the dead from the ISIS assault.
Even today, when pressed by media, President Obama has steadfastly refused to respond forcefully, with this the most telling exchange:

“CNN’s Jim Accosta said…’I guess the question is, and if you’ll forgive the language is”Why can’t we take out these bastards”?
Obama scoffed at the question: “What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of ‘American Leadership’ or America winning’ He said firmly”

Via Breitbart


This, then is pretty decisive and clear. This man, the president of the USA is NOT interested in victory by America.

Immediately following the attacks, Obama announced that he was releasing five Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo, including the man who was Osama Bin Laden’s body guard. He appears bent on  showing he cares more for Islamists than Americans.
Why is this? What can possibly be the answer?

Our president has sometimes been portrayed as being an islamist. He has denounced those who have questioned his Christian credentials. Recall the scrambling to rephrase and reframe this famous quote in an interview with George Stephanopolis, where he responded to a question with an answer about ” My Muslim Faith” ?  If in fact, Obama had been raised as a Muslim by his father, then later in life he became Christian, then according to the Sharia law, he is an apostate. If this were the case, he would be subject to death by true believers.  As it happens, there have not been calls for his death for this crime.  Yet he continues to show more concern for defaming Islam than defending Christianity.
Answers range from his leftist upbringing, racialist philosophy, to Al Taqiyya.
But, in truth, the answers are irrelevant. The truth, the facts, are plain enough. As long as he is in command, Obama will not lead, will not permit America to win. He has stated plainly such. He must be thwarted, his successor must be someone capable of reversing his damage.
Keep the Faith!
The Rev


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Fast thoughts on the Mittens lost election

Posted by revkharma on November 20, 2012

Ok,I have wasted some time reading some stuff, more post election whining and finger pointing. Just a couple of fast thoughts.
First: it’s time to eliminate any and all Bush admin folks from the ranks of any party that wants to win. Personally I think the elephant party should just go away, basically THEY SUCK.
Next, stop all the crap about ‘Swing States”. If you want to run to be President of the United States, then campaign in ALL of the United States. If you want to be president of Ohio, then put that on your ads and shut the fuck up.
Way too many states were taken for granted. This year there was a case to be made, and Romney and the elephants just didn’t bother. Since they only concentrated on swing states, and critical issues, then they abandoned the case that they SHOULD have made.

Run for president, not for marketing executive.
Make a case, present ideas, and tell me why you DESERVE to be my president.
If not, well, then people will stay home and you will continue to lose over and over and over.

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I don’t recognize my country today… or Has Carter been Reelected?

Posted by revkharma on September 13, 2012

I don’t recognize my country today.

The last few days have presented a clear and obvious choice. Our Embassies, sovereign territory placed within other nations, have been attacked and defiled. Our ambassador has been killed, along with several others in planned coordinated attacks on American facilities.

While the government of Mohammed Morsi permitted his thugs to invade the grounds of the American Embassy in Cairo, the US state department was issuing apologies to Islam, condemning those who would dare to ‘Hurt the feelings’ of Muslims anyplace in the world.

When a candidate for the office of president challenged the appropriateness of this apology, he was roundly criticized, not for saying something untrue or incorrect, but for ‘the timing’ of his statement. All this while the State dept. repeated and reissued the same statement even while the flag of our nation was being pulled down, set ablaze and replaced by a flag representing the very Al Qaeda groups which have attacked us repeatedly.

Following that atrocity in Egypt, Libyan ‘extremists’ assaulted the consulate and the American Ambassador. He and others were escorted to a ‘safe location’ by Libyan guards… apparently we had no US Marines available to protect the representative of the United States in a dangerous area…

Once ensconced in said safe location, the Libyan ‘protectors’ then took to the streets, to inform the ‘small band of extremists’ as to the location of the American delegation.

Upon this felicitous discovery, the Ambassador and his aides were murdered, and their bodies carried, as trophies, through the streets in jubilant celebration of the pinnacle of Arab Muslim civilization.

To this point, there have been as many differing explanations and causes given for the death of these people as questions about ‘the motives’ of the assault.

It must have been that cheap movie; the clip was shown on YouTube. That’s why they attacked. Not because they want to extend their reach globally. So, in order to prevent them from attacking again, and to refute the statements of those who claim this is all about extending Sharia law in our modern world as it has been in their pre historic caliphate, many journalists have called out for the arrest and trial of a nominally Christian pastor who has supported the movie. He must be made to pay. We must curtail his right to speak, lest he offend some Islamic man of peace and drive him to behead someone in The Levant. We must implement the rules of Sharia in order to prove that the Islamofascists are not trying to implement the rules of Sharia.

Then our President makes his statement.

He uses one of his most useful collections of weasel words, telling us to “Make No mistake”

(This is a phrase he generally uses to ensure that we know he is about to make an intentional forced error)

“Justice will be done” Our president has promised that “Justice will be done”

This is step one. Justice, as in the Department of Justice. That great bastion of integrity and fairness which upon winning summary judgment against a group ( The New Black Panther Party) which used force to intimidate voters at polling places in Philadelphia, abandoned the case, and surrendered, dropping all charges against those who had just been convicted. That Standard Bearer of brilliance, which has stonewalled the investigation of the killing of a US agent by foreign nationals using guns purchased through a program managed by that very justice department, and denied by the head of that august body. That kind of justice.

Today after two devastating attacks, carried out on the eleventh day of September, (does that day ring any bells anyone??? Hello???) Our President, our leader, the most powerful man on the planet, has dispatched…….

The FBI to investigate and determine the motives of the attackers.

THE FREAKING FBI????? We are attacked by forces under the control of foreign governments, our representatives are murdered, our embassies defiled, our flag burned and REPLACED by the flag of our enemies, and we send in the cops???

Of course we will investigate, we will debate, and we will take an overt act of war and magically transmogrify it into an act of civil criminal disobedience, to be explained by root causes, and oppression by the evil conservative Christian right wing hate groups.

 Soon enough we will see that the attacks in Cairo and Ben Ghazi are actually the result of actions by Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and Paul Ryan, abetted of course by the Koch brothers, enabled by the Citizens United decision. The only way to prevent such attacks from happening again will be to suspend the first amendment, and permit the government to support and affirm the rights of Muslims to impose their will, to eliminate the second amendment to prevent ‘right wing terrorists’ from attacking us from within, and to ensure that Obama and his administration remain in power to protect us from the Israelis who are the real source of terror in the middle east.

Of course, that last paragraph is a farce, a parody of reality. Absurd words, meant to dramatize the reality which is much nicer and safer. It is, I promise, … or at least I pray it is.

Keep the Faith!

The Rev

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Gold standard, Double Standard

Posted by revkharma on September 12, 2012

Recall during the DNC convention, there was a little fuss about leaving out a couple of items from the platform. We were told over and over that the president did NOT write it, and anyway, it is just a document for the group, not anything that binds anyone and really does not reflect the views and plans of the party, or the campaign. Pay no attention to it, we were told by various and sundry media outlets and pundits.

Today, the local paper reprints an editorial from of all places The Chicago Tribune.

It criticizes the elephants for inserting a section which suggests forming a committee to examine the idea and possible consequences of some sort of return to a gold standard for financial stability.

They even go so far as to quote from William Jennings Bryan’s legendary “ Cross of Gold” speech.

I am just curious, why is it so important when the elephant party has something in it’s platform, and irrelevant when the jackass party has, or omits, something in it’s platform?


Sometimes you just have to wonder.

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Posted by brotherkharma on July 15, 2009

Legacy.  It’s an odd word.  It used to mean, according to Merriam Webster, “a gift by will” or “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past”.  Well, as with so many words, politicians have annihilated that as well.  Legacy now means the way today’s media would like historians to judge a current political figure.  Please don’t confuse this with their actual legacy, which is what they have transmitted to our culture and posterity.

Take for example, and I do hesitate to invoke the name, President Clinton.  I am not, in any way attempting to link the current administration to Clinton’s.  For one thing, Clinton was much better about doing a poll driven 180° policy turn and convincing a lot of people this was the original direction.  That brings me rambling along to something like making a point.  (I understand that is what I’m supposed to do with these blogs, go figure).  Enough time has passed that we can begin to honestly evaluate the Clinton legacy.

To do this, we will need to look at the “Webster” legacy, and the “Network” legacy.  First, the network legacy.  I will paraphrase a few things; sort of quote a source occasionally.  You know, real, hard hitting modern journalism.  There is a NY Times article, “Striking Strengths, Glaring Shortcomings”, that is one of many attempts to describe the former President as someone who tried really hard.  He had to overcome a public that just didn’t trust the executive branch after the 12 years before him.  They actually referred to his “modest domestic initiatives” in the same paragraph as “his effort to overhaul the nation’s health care system”.  They refer to his poll driven policies as navigating between the left and the right.  The gist of most of the major news outlets view of the administration is that he was a likeable guy, bad husband, and the only really practical person in Washington.  Their version of his legacy is that conservatives learned to move to the left because of him, and those who disagreed with his practical policies had to attack his personal life.  The impeachment was, after all, the result of Ken Starr being a pervert and a prude (with no explanation how you are both).

Watching some of the recent news of the day is what prompted me on this rambling.  I am seeing more of the true legacy.  To be fair, it is not all directly from the former President, but what I see is the result of both his actions and those who rushed to his defense.  In 1988, there were several prominent Democrats running for their party’s nomination.  In these pre-Clinton days, reports of Gary Hart’s affair on the yacht Monkey Business was more than enough to run him out of the race, and politics.   That same year, another Senator running for office was discovered to have plagiarized a speech by British politician Neil Kinnock, as well as a number of papers while in law school.  He was disgraced and withdrew from the race (although he did provide me with a good joke for my brother’s wedding toast) and was very quiet for a long time.  Now, in the post Clinton days, that man is Vice-President.  I look at the Governors of New York, New Jersey, and South Carolina and I hear people saying it’s their personal life.  In New York, Eliot Spitzer is actually being considered as a viable candidate.

We used to look for leaders, for people to inspire the nation to greatness.  I can’t stand to hear one more talking head tell me that our politicians are just like the rest of us.   That’s not leadership.  George Washington was not like the rest of us.  Most people would have taken the opportunity to become the first American King, or Emperor.  Why do we tolerate (and don’t get me started on the new definition of that word) mediocre leadership?  I see the messages battering my children that some sex is not sex, and anything you do in private is OK.  Spin is OK.  I’m sorry but spin is just a soft way to say lying through your teeth.  My kids have been told (not at home) that there are times in life when a little lie is the right thing to do.  Let me repeat that.  They have been told that sometimes a lie is the right thing to do.  As long as you avoid offending anyone, and spin it right, just say what you need to say and get past the situation.  Of course, if you botch it, there is a guaranteed fix.  If you actually do something that someone considers wrong, and get caught, you must apologize.  It should go something along the lines of “To the extent that anyone may have taken offense at what I said, although I never intended to offend them, I apologize.” Apologize for someone else’s actions too, while you’re at it.  Can’t hurt.

So in the end, I am trying to raise my kids to learn the lesson of the only legacy that truly matters.  I understand that this gets me labeled with all sorts of horrible titles, but I still do it.  It is a true legacy, a “gift transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past”.  The world has the legacy of Christ, handed directly down from Him through Saint Peter.  I will hitch my wagon to that, and let the others try to build on the media legacy.

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Good Bye to W

Posted by revkharma on January 20, 2009

At the end of High Noon, Gary Cooper’s character, Will Kane has just completed his sworn duty, and Frank Miller and his gang lie dead after a gun blazing shoot out in town. Kane puts his wife into his wagon, and takes his sheriff badge, looks at it and tosses it into the dirt. He climbs onto the wagon,and rides out of the town. You can see this film off and on on any of several cable channels. Some of the parallels are striking. A dangerous criminal, one everyone thought was gone for good is returning, sworn to avenge himself against the town that punished him. The sheriff asks for help, and at first many say they will. Others are skeptical, eventually not only refusing to help, but blaming Kane for the problems.  They mock him and tell him he’s stupid to even think of doing this. If he would just go away, they say, Miller and his gang would ignore the town, and everyone would be safe. Kane saw the danger, and with the small help he could muster takes on and defeats the Miller gang. There are many similarities to the last eight years, and certainly many glaring differences.

Mr. Bush chose the difficult path of law and order, deciding to stop the ‘bad guys’  rather than surrender to chaos. He accepted the derision and contempt of the towns residents, and fought the battle despite others unwillingness to help.  President Bush similarly made a choice, and saw it through. Despite setbacks, resistance and outright hatred by erstwhile allies, Baghdad is now closer to freedom than any other middle east country, with the exception of Israel. Afghanistan, while still in peril, is not gripped by the fanatics of the Taliban. Al Qaida, while still present, is a shadow of it’s former malevolent shadow government.

The signal achievement of the Bush years has been security. We have NOT been attacked since then, and have rolled back some of the danger. Certainly not all is clear. We are safer, but we are not safe.

All that aside, G.W. Bush’s presidency has seen an unprecedented expansion of the government, and greater and more powerful intrusion than just about anyone since FDR.  His response to an economic downturn would make a New Dealer blush. His classic and underreported quote: ‘I abandoned free market principles to save the free market” displays his disatrous reliance on Big Government instead of liberty. GW’s early cries of ” I’m a compassionate Conservative” should have been a signal.  That term has proven to mean a government believer who uses HIS philosophy instead of a humanist philosophy. Any justification to expand the reach and scope of government is a wrong headed one. Under his stewardship our deficits have grown, our debt has exploded, and rather than look to trust the people, he has given more and more power to commissions, cabinet departments and federal agencies.

Mr. Bush has justified much of his security policies,[rightly so] on the foundation of preventing another major attack. Unfortunately, he has sought to make these permanant. Such powers should be fleeting, used only during emergencies. Mr. Bush has shown good intent, and sound judgement. We cannot be certain his replacements in the Oval Office will have the same character.

Internationally, while he started well, rejecting the Kyoto Protocols, GWB continued to embrace an internationalist, globalist policy that will only continue to degrade American independance.

On the whole I think George W. Bush is a good and decent man. He took office during a time of great turmoil, and faced strains and attacks from foreign enemies, and domestic idiots. He fared well, but failed  in many ways. In a sense, George W. Bush is the quintessential American Tragic Hero. He succeded greatly and failed greatly at the same time

Mr. Bush has earned a well deserved retirement.

With all that in mind, I salute him

GW, Thank you for keeping us safer. Thank you for the good you did. thank you for enduring the assaults from the lunatic left without losing your sense of dignity and your decency.

Now go home.

Good Riddance!


As Always,

Keep the Faith

The Rev.

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Obama calls for Revolution

Posted by revkharma on January 18, 2009

Preparing to board a train for his ride to the nation’s capital, Obama said that “what’s required is a new declaration of independence — from ideology and small thinking.” –President Elect Obama in Philadelphia

The all wonderful Mr.Obama gave a speech in Philadelphia. He invoked the founders, and called upon Americans to exhibit courage, specifically the courage of the Founders.

As he takes office, we find a federal budget with a deficit which has grown to incredible proportions. Mr. Obama is poised to roughly double it with his ‘recovery plan’. The smoke and mirrors he employs would impress the best of stage magicians. Hidden behind all the obfuscation is one central theme: Expand the scope, size and reach of the Federal Government in D.C.

His choices for various cabinet posts display a staggering penchant for expansive powers of government, and show his plans to bring the power of Washington to bear in more and more intrusive ways than anyone since Woodrow Wilson ever dreamt of. Look to Tom Daschle, as HHS secretary, whose stiletto politics will drive a new push to nationalize healthcare. Eric Holder as attorney General brings a new level of corruption to the post. His handling of Bill Clinton’s last minute pardons , including FALN terrorists who never even requested them shows his subversion of justice to political ends. Mr. Obama’s choice for the EPA has long ties to extremist leftist organizations. John Holdren, the presidents Science adviser is an ally of Paul Ehrlich, of ‘population bomb’ fame, and various other discredited scientific frauds.

The permanent campaign has now added a new and chilling extension. Obama’s vast fund raising machinery has continued an unprecedented fund raising operation even after the conclusion of the election. The mystery is gradually being resolved, and it is not a heartwarming situation. Team Obama is devising what is, in effect, their own political party. The monies raised will go exclusively to a significant staff of permanent political operatives who will engage immediately in preparing for the next election cycle. Most interesting of all is the formation of a ‘service organization’ funded directly by Obama’s political campaign funds, through private donations.

In what would be another unprecedented step, Obama’s political staff is deciding whether to create a service organization that would use the vast corps of its grass-roots campaign supporters. As described by one source knowledgeable with the discussions, this nonprofit arm would be used to help victims of natural disasters, but would do so under the Obama umbrella while continuing to build the overall network’s massive e-mail database.

The prospect of a president being able to guide a service or relief agency outside the framework of his government is a unique development

Of course, this will always be devoted to the most high minded of causes. I do feel like I need to ask one question though: ” What color shirts will they wear?”  Brown or Black?

Obama’s speech in Philadelphia, made while fawning media compared him to Abraham Lincoln was headlined this way:

Obama: Americans must emulate courage of founders 

He elaborated  with some wonderful tidbits:

President-elect Barack Obama is calling on Americans to live up to the courage and sacrifice of the country’s founders as they strive to redeem the promise of freedom.

Even better is this :

Obama said that “what’s required is a new declaration of independence — from ideology and small thinking.

So, in answer to our next President’s call for us to model our behavior, and exhibit the courage of the Founders, I offer the following pledge as a way of following his suggestion. I assure you, this is not “Small Thinking”.  A few minor changes and it applies even today!

[My sincere apologies to the author of the original!]

 Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies,[States] solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies  [States]are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown,[DC Government] and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain,[DC Government] is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

 This is the courage of the Founders. Mr. Obama would do well to use caution in his wishes and instructions to the People of America. He may find he gets more than he anticipates!
As Always,
Keep the Faith!
The Rev!
You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once. 
R.A. Heinlein

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Reciprocity: Join Us In A Big Hug

Posted by revkharma on November 10, 2008

Since the election of President Elect Obama I have seen many  comments, letters to editors and received personal missives, all with the similar aims. As they celebrate the election results they appeal to those who did not vote for Mr. Obama. Uniformly  they ask that we who were defeated join and work together with the new administration. “It’s time to reunite and rebuild” they say.” Please don’t be bitter, they implore, now is not the time for it. Join us, help us, put past  hard feelings aside.”

I find it difficult to absorb that message when it comes from the same people who, from the instant polls closed in 2000 screeched so shrilly that they election had ‘been stolen’ and President Elect Bush was ” NOT MY PRESIDENT”.

These are the people who are reflected in the comments from actor Ron Silver,  during Clinton’s first inaugural was comforted that the military jets overhead now were “our planes” and therefore safe now.

The spirit of cooperation is shown by Senate Majority Leager Harry Reid, who has been meeting with Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who dared dissent from Democrat orthodoxy and supported the war in Iraq. Now that  the evil republicans are out of power, he will be punished for his wayward thoughts. Nancy Pelosi, from the Speakers Podium cheers the possibility of a new “Fairness Doctrine” to impose uniformity of thought on broadcasters.

The warm, and embracing feel from the original letters gave way rapidly in my area. The day after the election several local papers immediately portrayed all republicans as crying and using (interestingly enough) the phrase used for the last eight years by the dems ” Not MY president”. Letters to the editor columns are filling rapidly with taunts and threats that republicans had better go along, or be labelled as obstructionists or worse.

Rumor has it that even Michael Moore has a letter circulating, requesting that conservatives join hands with the Obama crowd and unite our country once more. This is the same Moore who went to Cuba, praising the system of a man who tortures those who disagree with him.  Praising the leadership of a man who makes it a crime to attempt to leave his needlessly impoverished country for those seeking a better life. He toasts thugs like Hugo Chavez who openly boast of their desire to destroy America and it’s economy. Then Mr. Moore wonders why those who did not support Senator Obama’s campaign are reluctant to become loyal soldiers in the President Elect’s new army.

I have had conversations with many close friends, some who were quite vocal supporters of Mr. Obama. I have no problem with them, nor do I doubt their real sincerityof belief. That’s the way American politics SHOULD work. I will not however ‘join hands and unite in support’ with the likes of Moore, Pelose, Reid, Nadler and the others in government and outside it who seek fundamental change and irreversible destruction of the system of government our nation has built for more than two hundred years.

Barrack Obama has been elected president. That in itself belies the cries of ‘racist’ hurled by so many at our country. That in itself shows the openness to change of our nation.  I honor him, and salute his remarkable, and yes, historic achievement. I will support the President of The United States. I will, however oppose his policies and politics the moment they swerve into areas I know will bring our country to ruin. This is not personal. It is simply politics.

As Always

Keep the Faith

The Rev

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End of Civil liberties?

Posted by revkharma on August 17, 2008

We can all recall the yelling, shouting and jeers as the NY Times wrote of “Secret Prisons” that the US had set up in some countries to house detainees captured while fighting US troops abroad. America was compared to the worst tyrants in history. Sen. Shumer of NY, Sen. Durban of Il, Kennedy, and others screamed that this was evil and no one should be housed in secret places, or warehoused. Recall, the people held there were terrorists, bent on the attack and destruction of US soldiers, US interests, and if possible, the US homeland.

Today I saw this. Note the article specifically says

“…the city had long planned to build a new holding facility for the DNC”

This is not a normal jail, this is a jail built to hold anyone who is opposed th the Democtatic Party! Senator Obama and his party are so afraid of actual people messing up his media big show, they have a SECRET JAIL set up? I understand the need for jails, because all sort of nutcases and moonbats will show up to scream and shout and make faces and try to disrupt the convention. That is to be expected, and Denver and the DNC would be stupid not to be prepared to handle it. But, until some reporter uncovered this, it was a secret jail. This is just wrong. Was the plan that any one arrested would be whisked away, hidden from sight, so the glorious Obama could seem to be ascending to his throne with no objections?

Help me understand this… a city is building a jail at the request of a political party? I am baffled. I know that the CCCP build jails for enemies of the party in the Soviet Union, and they do so in Communist China, but this is the USA, right? Why are city officials building .. and again this is right from a city spokesman

Undersheriff Bill Lovingier, the city’s director of corrections. Lovingier said the city had long planned to build a new holding facility for the DNC, which triples the processing speed of the city jail. Lovingier said the Steele Street warehouse will be able to process 60 arrestees an hour.

Just what the hell is going on here?

As Always

Keep the Faith.

The Rev

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Socialism and Control: Destroying the Economy

Posted by revkharma on July 23, 2008

As the never ending campaign for President grinds on and on, we hear more from various ‘intellectuals’ telling us how things ‘simply must be done’ if we are to have our economy survive. This morning on NPR’s “Market Place” brought out another whopper. Robert Reich, former Bill Clinton Labor Secretary expounded on how unfortunate we Americans are when compared (once again) to our more fortunate European counterparts. Mr. Reich, a professor at UC Berkley feels that we Americans simply do not have enough vacation time. He compares the average US worker’s time off with that of several European nations. The French, for example have 37 days off. His solution is, of course federally mandated paid vacation time for all US workers. Nifty idea, eh? But then, just where will the  money come from? Any employer has a set budget, and a mandated increase in paid time off will need to be offset by other wage reductions: either lower rate of pay, or fewer employees on the payroll. Getting laid off will certainly add to your time off, but it surely will not help your finances. Alternatively, employers could offer more ‘paid time off’ by reducing overall compensation. The same dollars will simply be spread out over actual time worked and paid time off.  The result will inevitably bring a reduction in overall productivity, and a decline in the general economic strength of the  US economy. A quick comparison of the US economy and that of just about any nation on earth shows exactly the result of such ‘free vacation time’. Worker productivity in the USA is vastly higher than the combined productivity of the EU nations. GDP per employee hour in the US for 2006 hovers just around $50 per hour worked. the same period  for the EU shows a rate around $38 per hour worked. All those days off the job sipping wine and eating smelly cheese at a street cafe show up quickly.

If the figures are broken out for the most competitive EU nations, France, Italy, Great Brittian, the gap narrows, but still those countries lag behind. Imagine if their workers actually showed up and actually DID something during August! (Anyone can search and verify this information, my source today is from this source: Backtalk Blog)

Mr. Reich ends his rant against evil employers with a telling conclusion. He urges anyone campaigning for office to promise free vacations to potential voters. What a concept! Run for office and promise to use the power of government to force private business to pay someone for not working. I seem to recall there is a document somewhere called The Constitution that forbids government from enacting legislation which interferes with legal contracts. ” No State shall…pass any Bill.. or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts” Article1, section 10. But to a professor, a BERKLEY professor at that, why care what the Constitution says? Just ignore it, and hope that if and when it gets to court, the judge will go with the flow, and invoke a “living, breathing, doctrine of the Constitution” which allows the imposition of current enlightened thought in place of the plain text of the actual document.

The big government socialists are very good at promising all sorts of things to people and obligating someone else to bear the burdens created. Someone like Mr. Reich is insulated by tenure and connections, and thus pretty close to immune from the consequences of his theories. The average worker, who will be displaced or suffer a pay cut in order to pay someone else to take vacation is not immune. But the politicians will continue to make promises,and thereby expand the scope and power of government. Once they do so, the problems which result from their schemes are then used to justify MORE power grabs and more control over the economic liberties of more Americans. Each expansion creates a new class of people dependent upon government for their economic support. That support is then taken from the increasingly limited pool of those who actually produce value rather than drain the public treasury. Remember, whenever a politician promises to give you something for free, it’s being stolen from someone else!

As always,

Keep the Faith.

The Rev

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