Terms politicians hate

Care to strike fear into the dark hearts of any politician? Not difficult. What is difficult is getting these two items on the ballot for voter approval:

Initiative and Referendum

These can run counter to any ideas they have made with their large donors and the big Poobahs like the Unions, Big Business, Bankers and the Chamber of Commerce.
Why is stopping illegal immigration popular with the voting public and not with the politicians? The donors tell the politicians what song to sing and the CoC in on the side of business. Business wants cheap labor and the unions want dues paying members that are afraid to make waves. So at voting time you get bloviating crap and no votes for what you want.

With initiative and referendum, you can put an issue on the ballot for a vote and the politicians cannot stop it from becoming law. They cannot stop it from being placed on the ballot for voter approval.

What happens now is this:

This would require a Constitutional Amendment. Sounds good; I wonder why the Founding Fathers didn’t put it in the original document.
Think about that for a while.
This might work better on the state level You still have to battle activist judges.

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Observations

What do we do with this prisoner?

U.S. Military: American Fighting for ISIS ‘Surrenders’

The U.S. military confirmed a Daily Beast report Thursday that an American fighting in Syria for the so-called Islamic State has been taken into custody.

“The U.S. citizen is being legally detained by Department of Defense personnel as a known enemy combatant,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.

A source familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast earlier that the American was captured by Kurdish forces. Other military spokespeople indicated that the fighter “surrendered” on or around Tuesday.

In either case, the detention of an American fighting for ISIS on an active battlefield would set up a major decision for Donald Trump about the future of wartime captures. [snip]

Neither the U.S. military command overseeing the war against ISIS nor the Justice Department, which plays a substantial role in deciding what to do with U.S. citizen detainees, are disputing this reporting.

“We are aware of the report that a U.S. citizen believed to be fighting for ISIS surrendered to Syrian Democratic Forces on or about Sept. 12,” said the spokesman, Maj. Earl Brown.

This individual would have been far better off to have renounced his U.S. Citizenship before taking up arms. At this point he’s not just an enemy combatant, but probably faces other charges.

Observations

What does it take to take back the Country from the Marxists, the AntiFas, the Obama Nazis  and the rest of the other haters trying to ruin America.

How about doing this?

SOME STATES (Maryland, Michigan & Arizona) ARE ALLOWING MUSLIM STUDENTS TO PRAY DURING SCHOOL HOURS.

IF THEY ALLOW THAT, THEN WE SHOULD BRING BACK OUR FLAGS INTO THE CLASSROOMS AND ALLOW OTHERS TO PRAY TOO! TIME FOR THE CHRISTIANS TO SPEAK UP & DEMAND THEIR RIGHTS.

When we get 100,000,000, that’s one hundred million, willing Christians to BOND together, voice their concerns and vote, we can take back America with God’s help.

Become one of the One hundred million. Then let’s get 200 million. It can be done just by sending this post to your friends.

Do the math. It only takes a single willing heart and a fed-up SOUL. God Bless America and Shine your light on Her!

In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as a “National Day of Prayer.

In 1988 President Reagan designated the first Thursday in May of each year as The National Day of Prayer.

In June 2007, then Presidential Candidate Barack Obama declared that the USA “Was no longer a Christian nation.

In May 2009 President Obama dismissed our 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House under the ruse of “not wanting to offend anyone”

Sept. 25, 2009, a Muslim Prayer Day was held on the West front of the U.S. Capitol Building, the site where U.S. Presidents have been inaugurated since 1981. There were over 50,000 Muslims in
D.C. that day President Obama dismissed our National Day of Prayer and now it is okay for an event at our capitol for Islamists?

I for one was offended. But wait, it did not stop!

February 17-19, 2015, a Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the second day of the White House summit on “Countering Violent Extremism,” but no other religious text was presented during the portion of the event that was open to the press. Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, Minn., recited a “verse from the Quran” following remarks by Obama administration officials and Democrat members of Congress.

Former President Obama encouraged schools to teach the Quran for extra credit, while at the same time, we cannot even talk about the Bible, God, pray, or salute the American Flag.

The direction this country was headed should strike fear in the heart of every Christian.

How refreshing and beautiful our First Lady Melania Trump was in Melbourne, Florida on February 18, 2017. Instead of the normal “pumping up” of the crowd, Melania chose to start the rally off with the Lord’s Prayer. It sounded more like the start of a football game after the National Anthem rather than what we would expect to hear after a prayer.

The “sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” of Madeline Murray O’Hair and ACLU efforts in 1962, “School Prayer was removed from the U.S. public education system by slowly changing the meaning of the First Amendment through a number of court cases over several court cases should be confronted and reversed.

Observations

Irma is now a rainy zephyr annoying those in northern Georgia and Tennessee.

With that the stolid denizens of Florida are emerging from their lairs, scurrying around, searching for the omnipresent ‘Early Bird Dinner’.

Easily recognizable by their plumage, they are undaunted by nature’s mayhem as they meander from Cracker Barrel to Golden Corral exploring new platters of victuals.Some have been known to nosh themselves across the state.

Laissez le bon temps rouler

The biggest joke foisted upon the voting public since the turn of the last century is the idea that we have had a two party system. And the fools going to the ballot boxes believed it every two years.

Worse every four years the big circus with balloons, cigars and fat men from the banks, the Chamber of Commerce Wall Street and the Unions assembling, telling the Demicans and the Republicrats which two idiots are going to run in the (heh-heh) two party system.

Then they shove these dolts out in front of the curtain for the voters to squabble over for six months. It doesn’t make any difference who is elected for what promises made since those decisions are all ready chosen.

Bound to No Party, Trump Upends 150 Years of Two-Party Rule

[…]“I never viewed Trump as a strict adherent to Republicanism,” said Ned Ryun, a Trump supporter and founder of American Majority, which trains political activists. “He gave Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell almost nine months to get something accomplished, and all they accomplished was to really remove all doubts about their legislative incompetence.”

When Donald J. Trump set his sights on the presidency in the 2000 election, he pursued the nomination of the Reform Party, a home for disenchanted independents. “The Republican Party has just moved too far to the extreme right,” he explained. “The Democrats are too far to the left.”

In the end, he dropped the campaign and the Reform Party, the leftover construct from Ross Perot’s two independent presidential candidacies during the 1990s. It was one of at least five times that Mr. Trump would switch party affiliations over the years. “I’m the Lone Ranger,” he once said in another context.

Now in the White House, President Trump demonstrated this past week that he still imagines himself a solitary cowboy as he abandoned Republican congressional leaders to forge a short-term fiscal deal with Democrats. Although elected as a Republican last year, Mr. Trump has shown in the nearly eight months in office that he is, in many ways, the first independent to hold the presidency since the advent of the current two-party system around the time of the Civil War.

In recent weeks, he has quarreled more with fellow Republicans than with the opposition, blasting congressional leaders on Twitter, ousting former party officials in his White House, embracing primary challenges to incumbent lawmakers who defied him and blaming Republican figures for not advancing his policy agenda. On Friday, he addressed discontent about his approach with a Twitter post that started, “Republicans, sorry,” as if he were not one of them, and said party leaders had a “death wish.”

While some conservatives complained about the apostasy of cutting deals with Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, others applauded his assault on establishment Republican leaders like Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. By the week’s end, pundits speculated about whether Mr. Trump might seek re-election in 2020 as an independent. [snip]

Until now, the American two-party system has resisted assaults from the outside for more than a century and a half. No new party has captured the presidency since Abraham Lincoln’s Republicans in 1860.

Even formidable figures like Theodore Roosevelt failed to break up the duopoly. Unhappy with his Republican successor, William Howard Taft, Roosevelt formed his own Progressive Party, also known as the Bull Moose Party, to mount a comeback in 1912, winning 27 percent of the popular vote and 88 electoral votes, but losing to the Democrat, Woodrow Wilson. [snip]

If you still believe that our system of government operates as a two party system, make sure you don’t run out of lotus leaves. If you do the shock can cause severe medical conditions such as uncontrolled pooping, chewing toenails and/or sniffing bus seats.

It’s time to primary out ALL the clowns in DC, ALL 435 in the House and start on the bozos in the Senate: Both Parties.

Gold, Silver or Dross

When bankers buy up gold and silver and you have your money in stocks and savings accounts, you should be wondering if you missed a meeting. Obviously, you didn’t get the memo.

Goldman’s Blankfein on Markets: ‘Things Have Been Going Up for Too Long’

Goldman Sachs Group Chairman Lloyd Blankfein on Wednesday sounded a warning about the markets, saying that some of what he sees “unnerves” him.

Mr. Blankfein said the current market environment “doesn’t feel like tulip-bulb-mania,” a reference to the famous speculative bubble in the Netherlands in 1637, but was nonetheless concerning.

“Things have been going up for too long,” he told attendees at a Handelsblatt business conference in Frankfurt. “When yields on corporate bonds are lower than dividends on stocks? That unnerves me.” [snip]

Believe him.

Rain and the folly of man

We see human idiocy at work daily but only on occasion on a scale that that causes a national news orgasm. Katrina was one, Sandy another and now Harvey provides another opportunity for the media to stand genital deep in water in screaming wind and pelting rain, keeping warm with the renewed hope of a wild eyed Climate Change rant for the next two months.

None of this really gets to the reason the destruction occurred. Obviously, building on a seashore invites havoc. Houston however is another condition which exists in many other places as well. The have a nice term for this: Flood Plain.

Houston is build on a clay pan fr starters which impedes drainage but making matters worse, the swamplands that would take up the overflow of rains were backfilled and paved. Then on this buildings were erected and Houston sprawled out and the process continued. When rain of a couple of inches arrive the water has no where to go so flooding results.

Compounding this craziness, the Government, instead of preventing the encroaching on flood plains, sets up an insurance program for those fools that buy in those areas, and the rest of us get to pay more on our insurance for their protection. Rebuilding there is setting up for the next inundation.

No these aren’t surfboards floating in some parking lot. These are airliners costing some $350M or more each sitting on the tarmac at the airport. The electronics on these planes are worthless now; those cost close to half the price of the plane. Even using Common Core math, the insurance companies are going to take a big hit. So are you on your casualty policies premiums for these and for the buildings in Texas.

The question is if one is living in a flood plain and insured, suffer a total loss, get paid, be allowed to rebuild there again. If you do, should the insurance be on your own hook, no subsidy, if you can even find it. Why should we pay for the folly of others.