The Ark with a rainbow

And also appropriated the rainbow to boot: Genesis 9:10-15

10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
11 And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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It seems that the only people who wish that only smart guns can be sold are Progressives that don’t own guns.  Yet they keep saying they are GREAT!  I guess they think that being able to hack a smart gun so it WON’T shoot is a feature and not a bug.

So, for the rest of us, how GREAT is a $1,400 .22 cal pistol than can be immobilized?  And this isn’t even going after the “smart” stuff:

So much for the Armatix iP1

(H/T: RightWingNews)

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Which is exactly what the Authoritarian Progressives (masquerading as Democrats) want for America because GOVERNMENT CONTROL.  Powerline has an excerpt from a report concerning an in-depth look at how good the Canadian system is – after all, the Dems keep tell us it will make it GREAT!  But what do the folks that have to live (and die) under have to say?

On measure after measure the data belie the boasts that medicare apologists tout as proof we have the best system in the world. When measuring the equity of our system against the others, we come a pitiful ninth out of 11, despite the fact that “fairness” is the argument most frequently trotted out to defend the status quo. Turns out Canadian health care isn’t all that fair.

Ditto for health-care outcomes. Despite being a fairly high spender, we are not able to turn that money into better outcomes for Canadians. Again, we rank ninth out of 11.

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https://t.co/yLLLr6sGGI

He can be – move.

What is it about these people that want “other than America” here in America but don’t have the stones to go where it IS “other than America” and then the rest of us will get what we all want – to be left alone.

(H/T: The Blaze)

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popcornIf you missed this from Monday, Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman is being investigated by the FBI.

The Capitol Police are involved, there is a criminal investigation, and it looks like Imran, who had extensive access to a number of congressional networks, is in some serious trouble, a problem which THIS news from today can only make more interesting.

The top information technology aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., was arrested Monday attempting to board a flight to Pakistan after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to that country.

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Tom Steyer's dirty coal_handsWith apologies to William Shakespeare and Macbeth,

Exeter is but a walking shadow, a poor Climate player
That struts and frets its hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Unless of course, Exeter is planning to build a coal fired plant or have convinced someone to bribe them in exchange for the proclamation. Then it might mean something.

Exeter Selectman Proclaim Paris Climate Accord Support

 

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Flag Hypocrisy

(H/T: Powerline)

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they are expressly prohibited from doing anything

“The federal government has spent the last two centuries-plus willfully ignoring the Constitution. With ever-increasing frequency and intensity, the Feds have drifted further and further from their charter. There is no longer even a pretense of pretending to care whether or not what DC wants the government to do – is an expressly enumerated Constitutional thing that the government is supposed to be doing.

We are currently in the midst of the Republican wing of the bipartisan DC Establishment Party struggling mightily to keep its word to We the People – and repeal the ongoing, rolling train wreck that is Obamacare. A chief self-imposed impediment for the DC GOP – is with what to replace Obamacare. I.e.: What alternative government medicine nightmare mess should be erected – to be substituted for the current government medicine nightmare mess.

Nigh nowhere in the now-decade long DC debate about any of this – is the Constitution even glancingly referenced. So I’ll do it. I’ll posit a quite simple query to DC:

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Rather shocking to see and hear this.  The Muslim community, especially CAIR, is often warning us about “Islamophobia” and backlashes.  Well, a phobia is an unsubstantiated fear.  If I was Jewish, well, this is some substantiation for why that fear exists.  It is clear that some mosques are at the forefront of radicalization.  I’m not sure that this rises to the level of some but the elevator has certainly left the Lobby level.

Imam Ammar Shahin is the Iman at the Islamic Center of Davis (CA) and an Islamic instructor at University of California-Davis.  Just like in Europe, we are seeing a more hateful environment on US campuses towards those of the Jewish faith; I’m betting that this is one nail in that process.

 

Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews. Oh Allah, destroy those who closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Oh Allah, show us the black day that you inflict upon them, and the wonders of your ability. Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them.

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With the Senate voting (barely) to advance debate on Obamacare:

This isn’t about Americans “losing” health insurance. It’s about them making their own choices on insurance coverage once the individual mandate is gone.

(H/T: Heritage)

The Democrats took away the ability to choose for ourselves – they put the Federal Government in charge of making those choices for us.  Is that part of the “Land of the Free”? I think not – and now I hope and pray that the GOPe doesn’t screw up (again) in returning that control back to us from the bureaucrats.

What would have the Founders done to the Democrats 8 years ago – and what would they do to the GOPe?  They pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their honor for Liberty – how sad they must be that Congress must have to vote to return it?

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Today’s parents and Society in general seems to be adamant that today’s kids must be watched by an adult 24/7 and should never, EVER be exposed to any kind of physical risk at all (sorta like Progressives that are trying to mitigate all bad decisions resulting in bad outcomes).  Pure stupidity, in my humble opinion.  A sheltered child is going to fail to learn some real important lessons both in the now and later in life.  But, that seems to be what is going to – a pacified nation of corner-sitters rather than daring individuals willing to take great risks (and reaping the rewards).  It also means a dearth of experiences on which to call upon when needed.  So I just loved this post:

23 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do

And then gave 23 activities that we should all let our kids try.  I know growing up I did each and everyone of them – and it was FUN.  My kids did most of them as well (except I didn’t have any firearms back then)!  And now, our grandson will do the same as we attempt to raise him.  He’ll have

  • Play With Fireworks (with supervision on this one)
  • Hammer a Nail
  • Stick Your Arm Out a Car Window

 

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boehner_clownYet another failure by an old style politician to adapt to the speed of the Internet (emphasis mine, reformatted):

…Any interaction with a Democrat risks being covered by conservative outlets as a potential betrayal of the GOP, he said.  “Boehner blamed figures on the right who purchase lists of conservative activists and then position themselves as leaders of a movement. He said talks between party leaders can be ruined by ‘one person who creates a committee to preserve the Constitution’ and can ‘blast out information quickly. You used to have a little breathing room–24 hours, 48 hours before it actually got in the press. Well, that’s gone. Everything today is instant,’ he said.

…“Boehner pointed to the fragmentation of the national media as another reason for the paralysis and what he sees as alarming intensity and partisanship in politics. “’What’s making everything even worse today is because we have so much news, people get to choose where they get their news,” Boehner said. “It used to be we had three big TV networks, five big newspapers, and five big radio stations and whatever they said was the news. Everybody else followed what they do.’”

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As the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, continues to disintegrate, and Republicans endlessly fumble their plan to repeal and replace it, support is growing in this country for a single payer system. That concept, originated by Democrats and the left, has now begun to spread, possibly helped by the new entitlements Obamacare provided. The Pew Research Center recently reported that 33 percent of the public favors a single payer approach to health care. While that’s still a minority, it represents a five point increase since January and a 12 point increase since 2014.

Perhaps more significant is the number of Americans who now believe that, in principle, the federal government should be responsible for providing health care for all its citizens. According to the Center, that figure is 60 percent, the largest number in nearly a decade. Read the whole thing!

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“The Obama agenda…attacked the notion of personal responsibility, killed on the altar of universal ‘rights’ and the politics of victimhood. The Left preached that everyone has a ‘right’ to free child care, free health care, a free college education and a roof over their head. And that the State will provide no matter what, so there’s no need to save, no need to work hard or pay your mortgage or student loans. This is also the first generation raised by ‘helicopter parents,’ who did their part, however well-intentioned, to undermine personal responsibility. Too many of today’s parents do everything for their children and shield them from learning life’s hard lessons.”

Our Founding Fathers would have given some tough love to this generation: Life is and will remain difficult, but you are free. You’re free to take responsibility for your own life, your own insurance, your own healthcare, your own lodging. And if you need temporary help, humbly seek the help of your community to get you back on your feet. But don’t expect your neighbor to keep paying your bills. Grow up. You aren’t promised happiness, only the right to pursue it! It’s government’s job to ensure that you’re free to succeed, fail, and bounce back by your own efforts.

-Frank Dowd

In other words, stop being a grasshopper and forcing everyone else to be your ants.

(H/T: Townhall)

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I’ve been listening to a lot of nonsense about the impact of the different GOP “replacement” plans for Obamacare and the numbers just didn’t make any sense. After all, none of them drastically did much on the core structure of Obamacare.  They deleted most (but not all of the taxes).  They started to tinker with Medicaid Expansion implementations (showing their backbones made of Silly String while yammering about it). The only part that made a whole lot of sense in pulling that initial string out of the tangled ball of yarn that is Obamacare (since none of them dared to add in the Freedom for us to be able to buy across State lines) was the elimination of the individual and employer mandates.  Yet, the CBO numbers made the GOP look bad.

And now we know why – Avik Roy clues us in.  Take a look at this chart and then peruse the snippets I copied over:

1-Impact of Individual Mandate Repeal

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Via RedState:

Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane when they are in Washington DC, live in this house on Capitol Hill, ok? Part of their vast real estate empire. They’re like wannabe Trumps with their real estate holdings.

The next-door neighbor…their neighbor on Capitol Hill called the Washington Post and told the Washington Post that they were cancelling their Washington Post subscription because their very expensive Sunday Post stopped showing up. Not there this week, last week, the week before, then it was there one week but the week before it wasn’t delivered, so I’m cancelling my subscription to the post because your delivery person never gets to me. I’m paying for it but it never gets to me.

The Washington Post said, “Please, do not cancel your subscription to the Washington Post. We will investigate with the delivery person and we will get back to you.”

So the Post investigated. They got back to the person cancelling their subscription to the Post and they said, “Listen, we talked to the delivery person. Our delivery person claims has seen you come out of your house again and again and grab the paper on Sunday mornings. Immediately as the paper delivery person delivers the paper, they’ve seen you come out of your house and pick up the newspaper. So, sir, you are lying to us.

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Green CarIn July 2015 Severin Borenstein and Lucas Davis released a report titled, The Distributional Effects of U.S. Clean Energy Tax Credits. It sought to examine the distribution of government handouts (incentives) to invest in things the government insisted would be better for the environment. The government is incredibly bad at so many things but thinking it can change the weather is second only in stupidity to the foolishness of the rubes who believe that the weather or the planet has anything to do with these “policies.”
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The Fifth American War

…Progressivism.

It has an insidious appeal to human nature, offering contexts and arguments for dependency — which is defined as the consequence of some sort of prior unethical exploitation (rather than chance, bad luck, or personal pathology, perhaps in addition to exploitation) and therefore deserving of proper recompense. Progressivism promises a transcendence over nature’s limitations through superior education, proper training, and correct reasoning, as if poverty, illness, and inequality were not innate to human nature but results of selfishness and ignorance and so rather easily remedied. It confuses technological progress with a credo that human nature itself evolves in predictably progressive ways, thereby supposedly making obsolete institutions and protocols (from the Constitution itself to ancient ideas such as deterrence) that were once time-honored.

Virtue-signaling among elites

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Silent Cal is one of my favorite Presidents:

Calvin Coolidge, pictured below with his ghostly Jedi halo, once said that one of his administration’s greatest accomplishments was that it minded its own business. The Tea Party’s goal, as Glenn has said, was a government that would leave us alone.

In the days of Leviathan government, is that still possible?

Whatcha think, readers? Can it be put back into its Constitutional box or have the Progressive Authoritarians used their box cutters and sliced it into ribbons?

1984 as not supposed to be a warning and not an instruction manualNote: Progressives ARE Authoritarians as they believe and act that the purpose of Government is to control our behavior.  I shall now call them that going forward.

 

(H/T: Roger Simon)

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Some related links here and here. The source page for this video can be found here.

RCS

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“The Annoying Party” – Nurse Ratchet instead of Nanny Mary Poppins

by Skip July 23, 2017

Yep.  The Democrat Party.  They are the ones with “the Political is Personal; the Personal is Political” and have turned it into the absolute weapon.  NOTHING in life can be made, seen, or discussed outside of their political realms – even eating a hamburger has life and death ramifications.  They haven’t figured out that sometimes […]

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“The Key Facts About Slavery That the Left Conveniently Ignores.”

by Skip July 23, 2017

“Everybody does it” is no excuse, but not everybody fights a horrible Civil War over it, then constitutionally elevates former slaves to full citizenship.” Yes, were there slaves in the Colonies at the start of the Revolutionary War?  Were there slaves when the Constitution was written?  Of course there were and no conservative would argue […]

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More and more, the GOP not acting up to its own PR is being noticed

by Skip July 23, 2017

Winning is only the precursor; what you do afterwards is most important Stephen Green (“the VodkaPundit”) makes a few observation about what the DC GOP has been doing that runs counter to what they SAY they stand for.  It’s the reason why I’ve been saying for years is don’t LISTEN to politicians. Instead, pay attention […]

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Data Point – Concealed Carry Permits

by Skip July 23, 2017

Abstracted from Fox News: Concealed handgun permits surging, blacks, women lead growth Concealed handgun permits in the United States soared by 1.83 million since last July, New record for the fourth consecutive year Concealed handgun permit holders in the country = 16.3 million Largest rate of growth among women and African-Americans, the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) said. […]

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I still don’t understand why this is a bad thing?

by Skip July 22, 2017

Jeh Johnson (former Obama Secretary of DHS) (emphasis mine, reformatted): Johnson argued on CNN’s “New Day” that Trump’s tone toward illegal immigrants has made those in Central America and Mexico afraid to enter the U.S., and the people would rather stay in their home countries instead of risking an illegal entrance. “Through his rhetoric, he scared off a lot of […]

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Notable Quote – Sarah Hoyt

by Skip July 22, 2017

“When a culture is invaded and occupied, the first thing the occupiers do is take over the education of children (sometimes by force), the means of disseminating news (there is a reason we joke about invaders taking radio and TV stations first), the cultural life of the country including entertainment. All of these mechanisms are […]

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Which one is not the same?

by Skip July 22, 2017

Sorry, trick question; they are all the same. (H/T: Powerline)

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That “Grassroots” Resistance is More Expensive Than They Thought

by Steve MacDonald July 22, 2017

The DNC, still in rough financial shape, finished last month $3.3M in debt, per new @fec report. https://t.co/IOv38AdHTC — Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) July 21, 2017

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Palate Cleanser: THAT is some scary driving!

by Skip July 21, 2017

“When a huge set wave nearly trapped the safety boat in the impact zone at Jeffreys Bay, they skillfully skirted disaster by ripping their way across the big green wall. #WSL #jbay” This boat just “drifted” across that wave face! (H/T: LIKECOOL)  

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So the Democrats have decided to go the way of Papa John’s?

by Skip July 21, 2017

Yeah….er no, the Democrats aren’t going into the pizza business.  But can Papa Johns’s go after them for “re-purposing” their corporate tagline: ?Better Ingredients, Better Pizza”?  I remember when that came out – after a slump in their business, they went back to basics, back to the beginning, to improve their product. So what did […]

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