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Daily Insanity

With the start of the New Year 2017, we shall be in luck given the plethora of bunkum that the bribed scribes call news. After they finish abusing the language, one needs a new dictionary to “dejargonize” the scribblings.

Looks like a serious case of operating a vehicle with no knowledge of electricity.

Tesla owner files lawsuit in California claiming sudden acceleration

Tesla Motors Inc was sued on Friday by a Model X owner who said his electric SUV suddenly accelerated while being parked, causing it to crash through the garage into the owner’s living room, injuring the driver and a passenger.

The Model X owner, Ji Chang Son, said that one night in September, he slowly pulled into his driveway as his garage door opened when the car suddenly sped forward.

“The vehicle spontaneously began to accelerate at full power, jerking forward and crashing through the interior wall of the garage, destroying several wooden support beams in the wall and a steel sewer pipe, among other things, and coming to rest in Plaintiffs’ living room,” the lawsuit said. [snip]

They can use some of the insurance money to hire the local Home Depot Feng Shui clerk.

Hey remember, this is merely part of the Obama Administration protocols.

Report: Homeland Security Officials Took Millions in Bribes to ‘Look the Other Way’ on Drug Cartels

A stunning case of corruption inside the Department of Homeland Security was overshadowed by headlines about Russia and Israel this past week. Yet, federal employees accepting millions of dollars in bribes to avoid doing their job, is certainly worth a look.

Hundreds of DHS employees have “looked the other way” as drugs crossed the border because cartels have made them offers they can’t refuse. Other employees have sold green cards and other documents illegally. More from The New York Times:

It was not an isolated case. A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.

No wonder our immigration system is so broken.

In order to address the internal issues, the department has hired more investigators, offered ethics training and is administering polygraph tests to new applicants, The Times reports.

The Times report does not include the gifts, trips or money that DHS employees have stolen, the editors note.

Once the inside corruption is taken care of, Donald Trump’s administration can get to work on building a wall along the southern border, install better aerial surveillance and send more agents down there to be on the patrol.

That’s going to cut into Obama’s vacation money.

I’ll let you look at the images of this disgrace. Now you can know why Britain is in such terrible shape. You’ll see some of our snowflakes in this arrangement.

Some people won’t be having a happy new year! Carnage on the streets of Britain as revellers see in 2017 with a night of fighting, vomiting and a LOT of flesh on show

It was a wild night of celebrations and booze-fuelled mayhem on the streets of Britain last night as revellers welcomed in 2017 – and no one was wrapping up warm.

Millions of raucous party-goers packed out pubs and clubs, with some braving the freezing temperatures in skimpy dresses.

However, as Britons waved goodbye to 2016, there were some unsavoury scenes with fights breaking out in Swansea and Manchester.

In one particularly unsightly incident, a flabby shirtless man was seen repeatedly kicking another lying in a gutter in Manchester, as the New Year celebrations turned ugly. [snip

If the aforementioned photo of some flabby idiot kicking the snot out of another unconscious clown doesn’t put you off your feed, perhaps this image will.
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Just one more example of why the disciples of Obama are considered worse than followers of Voldemort.

EPA To Alaskans: We Might Fine You For Burning Wood To Stay Warm

Well, in the Alaskan interior, winters can be brutal. With temperatures dropping below zero, burning wood is the only viable way for Alaskans in these rather desolate areas to stay warm. Yet, government thinks this is a problem concerning small-particle pollution. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency is so concerned that they’re mulling fining people who burn wood to stay warm. John Daniel Davidson, a senior correspondent for The Federalist (and Alaskan native) had more:

If only the bureaucrats in Washington DC knew what the wolf-dog knew. But alas, now comes the federal government to tell the inhabitants of Alaska’s interior that, really, they should not be building fires to keep themselves warm during the winter. The New York Times reports the Environmental Protection Agency could soon declare the Alaskan cities of Fairbanks and North Pole, which have a combined population of about 100,000, in “serious” noncompliance of the Clean Air Act early next year.Like most people in Alaska, the residents of those frozen cities are burning wood to keep themselves warm this winter. Smoke from wood-burning stoves increases small-particle pollution, which settles in low-lying areas and can be breathed in. The EPA thinks this is a big problem. Eight years ago, the agency ruled that wide swaths of the most densely populated parts of the region were in “non-attainment” of federal air quality standards.

That prompted state and local authorities to look for ways to cut down on pollution from wood-burning stoves, including the possibility of fining residents who burn wood. After all, a declaration of noncompliance from the EPA would have enormous economic implications for the region, like the loss of federal transportation funding.

The problem is, there’s no replacement for wood-burning stoves in Alaska’s interior. Heating oil is too expensive for a lot of people, and natural gas isn’t available. So they’ve got to burn something.

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This of course is a ridiculous situation. The EPA has no business telling Alaskans they shouldn’t burn wood to keep warm in the depths of winter. For one thing, concern over air pollution from wood smoke is misplaced. The high levels of particulate matter in places like Fairbanks in January are not the same thing as smog in Los Angeles. The areas affected by pollution from wood stoves are relatively small because they’re the result of something called inversion. At -30 degrees Fahrenheit, smoke doesn’t rise. It drops down to ground level and settles in low-lying areas. But this doesn’t happen city-wide, it happens on a single block or street.

Well, hopefully things will change once the Trump administration takes over on January 20.

It is going to take much time and huge digging to get the pinheads out of the EPA.
The is another option. Just get rid of it, and that is easy to do. Thanks to President Milhous Nixon, the EPA came into being via executive orders. Nixon did this to appease his detractors, foolish him.

More on this in another post.

Daily Insanity

Another collection of what poses as deliberative thought and rational posits, but is the usual dissonant thinking rampant in today’s political milieu.
Do you wonder why either nothing is accomplished or the result is dystopia, a condition found in any Progressive attempt at logic.

Consider this bit of welcoming jabbering to start off the new Congress and Presidency. The politics of color brings this to you.

House Democrat: Our Party Is Just Too Nice When We’re In Control And I Won’t Work With Trump

Well, if there’s one Democrat President-elect Donald Trump can dispense with offering an olive branch, Rep. Maxine Water (D-CA) is the one. On Monday, she told MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff that she would a) never accept an invitation to sit down with Trump to work on an issue in which they found common ground; and b) didn’t think that incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) should work with Trump where he could either. She also said that the Democratic Party is too nice when they’re in power to work with people. [snip]

No, absolutely. I do not agree. I tell you that been a problem in my party that when we are in power, we are nice. We bend over backwards to work with people,” Waters said. “Trump has stepped on everybody. He has no respect for his own colleagues, let alone those on the opposite side of the aisle.”

Waters continued by asking why she or Democrats should trust Trump when “he’ll tell you more thing today and another thing tomorrow.”

“I have no intention of pretending everything is alright and that we are going to work together. For me, as the ranking member of the Financial Service Committee, where he said he’s going to bring down Dodd-Frank and he’s going to get rid of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, I am going to fight him every inch of the way,” Waters said.

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This idiot gets reelected by running on the Black Party section of the Jackass Party. After reading and hearing those words falling out of her mouth, is their any wonder why those clowns lost as heavily as they did?

Anyone wondering how the brain dead would act only need to follow this tale to the ugly finish.

As Socialism Shattered Venezuela, The Useful Idiots Applauded

When the Cold War ended 25 years ago, the Soviet Union vanished into the ash heap of history. That left the West’s “useful idiots” — Lenin’s term for the ideologues and toadies who could always be relied on to justify or praise whatever Moscow did — in search of other socialist thugs to fawn over. Many found a new heartthrob in Hugo Chavez, the anti-Yanqui rabble-rouser who was elected president of Venezuela in 1998, and in short order had transformed the country from a successful social democracy into a grim and corrupt autocracy.

An avowed Marxist and protégé of Fidel Castro, Chavez gradually seized control of every lever of state power in Venezuela. The constitution was rewritten to strip the legislature and judiciary of their independence, authorize censorship of the press, and allow Chavez to legislate by decree. Before long the government acquired a stranglehold over the economy, including the huge and profitable energy sector. (Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world.)

With petrodollars pouring in, Chavez had free rein to put his statist prescriptions into effect. The so-called “Bolivarian revolution” over which he — and later his handpicked successor, Nicolas Maduro — presided, was an unfettered, real-world example of anticapitalist socialism in action. Venezuela since at least the 1970s had been Latin America’s most affluent nation. Now it was a showpiece for command-and-control economics: price and currency controls, wealth redistribution, ramped-up government spending, expropriation of farmland, and the nationalization of private banks, mines, and oil companies.

And the useful idiots ate it up.

In a Salon piece titled “Hugo Chavez’s economic miracle,” David Sirota declared that the Venezuelan ruler, with his “full-throated advocacy of socialism,” had “racked up an economic record that … American president[s] could only dream of achieving.” The Guardian offered “Three cheers for Chavez.” Moviemaker Oliver Stone filmed a documentary gushing over “the positive changes that have happened economically in all of South America” because of Venezuela’s socialist government. And when Chavez died in 2013, Jimmy Carter extolled the strongman for “improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.”

In the real world, however, socialism has transformed Venezuela into a Third World dystopia. [snip]

You can ask any one of them to explain what happened and you will get the boilerplate response: It is _________ fault. (Fill in the hated one of the day) Never is it the fault of the leaders, of Socialism. Kind of what Hillary or Obama say when their plans go awry.

Following the crazy thinking from above we get this nuttiness from Obama!

Obama’s exit interview: I could’ve won again

Arguing that Americans still subscribe to his vision of progressive change, President Barack Obama asserted in an interview recently he could have succeeded in this year’s election if he was eligible to run.
“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama told his former senior adviser David Axelrod in an interview for the “The Axe Files” podcast, produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN. [snip]

Are you not glad Obama ‘splained’ that to you? Never would have known how great a President he could have been, if he was given a third term.

Here is a delightful quandary for that pair of Marxist, no-good frauds that hangs both out to dry. There is no good answer for either choice impugns one or both in some manner.

Will Obama pardon Clinton? And if he does, will she accept?

Executive orders barring offshore drilling in most U.S. Arctic waters; an abstention at the U.N. permitting the Security Council to declare all Israeli settlement activity to be illegal and an obstacle to peace; the possibility of further action at the U.N. to formalize the administration’s comprehensive vision of a two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict — President Obama is sprinting, not jogging, to the finish line.
In dashing through his last few weeks in office, will one of Obama’s final acts be to pardon Hillary Clinton for any violations of federal law she might have committed while she was secretary of State?

It’s an interesting and complex question.

We should first note that the Obama administration’s decision not to prosecute Clinton would not bind the Trump administration. Until relevant statutes of limitations have expired, she could still be prosecuted by the new administration. It is possible, in my opinion, for Clinton to be prosecuted for either her improper handling of classified information on her “home brew” email server or allegations of “pay to play” arrangements between the secretary of State and donors to the Clinton Foundation, which could constitute bribery.

The statute of limitations for most federal crimes is five years from the commission of the offense; that would apply to the two categories relevant to Clinton. Her tenure as secretary of State ended Feb. 1, 2013, so it is possible that the statute of limitations will not run until Feb. 1, 2018, more than a year after Donald Trump takes office.

What looks like one question — will the president pardon Clinton? — turns out, on analysis, to be two. The first question is: Would Clinton wish to receive a pardon?

That question seems to be a proverbial no-brainer. Surely, any person who had been in federal government would be eager to receive a presidential pardon, because it eliminates even the possibility of federal prosecution. That looks like all upside and no downside.

But there is a downside, and it isn’t trivial. A pardon must be accepted by the person who is pardoned if it is to effectively stymie any prosecution.

Furthermore, there is solid legal precedent that acceptance of a pardon is equivalent to confession of guilt. A U.S. Supreme Court case from 1915 called Burdick v. U.S. establishes that principle; it has never been overturned. [snip]

If Clinton decides that, everything considered, she would prefer to receive a pardon, she would no doubt be able to convey that message to Obama, and then the ball would be in his court. Thus, the second question is: Would Obama grant Clinton’s request for a pardon?

From Obama’s perspective, the decision to grant or withhold a pardon is a political and a personal one. Legal considerations do not directly arise.

Like all presidents at the end of their terms, he is concerned about the legacy he leaves for history. Does he want his legacy to include a pardon of the secretary of State who served under him during the entirety of his first term in office?

Because acceptance of a pardon amounts to a confession of guilt, the acceptance by Clinton would, to a degree, besmirch both Clinton and also Obama. After all, Clinton was Obama’s secretary of State. If she was committing illegal acts as secretary, it happened literally on his watch.

On the other hand, if the new administration were to prosecute and convict Clinton of crimes committed while she was secretary, that might be an even greater embarrassment for Obama post-presidency. [snip]

Oh yes, this is a yummy situation. There are always consequences to one’s actions. Unavoidable, they are.
Not always are the effects felt immediately, but they will later or sooner, erupt especially when you need it to show the least.

Cognitive dissonance

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It is impossible for those who so proudly claim the label Progressive/Liberal/Socialist to avoid making total asses of them selves. If they were in a fresh pasture with only one wet cow pie, all of them wold manage to step in it. (If you have ANY farm experience, you will know just how ridiculously impossible this is.)

As an era closes, Barbara Boxer defends politics as a ‘noble’ profession ~ [snip] In 1991, Boxer championed the cause of law professor Anita Hill, who had accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. In a made-for-television bit of drama, she led a clutch of congresswomen up the steps of the Senate to demand that Hill’s charges be investigated. [snip]

If this doesn’t tell you what kind of BS Boxer’s time in the Senate consisted, you’ve been smoking large amounts of Obama’s choom right along with him.

Sad! Alec Baldwin Reportedly Struggling to Cope With Election Results ~ In the latest installment of our Make Schadenfreude Great Again! series, please taste the salty tears of ill-tempered Hollywood lefty Alec Baldwin — most recently known for his extremely unflattering portrayal of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. Trump was frequently depicted as a sure loser on the show, a predicted outcome that Baldwin clearly relished. But the Republican ticket prevailed in a major upset, and the actor sounds like he’s struggling to cope with that new reality. [snip]

Whatever Baldwin decides to do next, we have to wonder if it includes punching out some passerby who happened to be outside his door.

FAIL: PRWeek’s ‘Survey’ of 22 PR Pros Found ZERO Predictions for Trump ~

The pre-election predictions of communications professionals surveyed by PRWeek proved to be unanimously – and embarrassingly – wrong. Could every PR executive in the U.S. have been so off, or was this a case of media bias in choosing the “experts?”

On Nov. 8, PRWeek published “They’re with her: PR execs predict a resounding Clinton victory,” in which it reported the pre-election predictions of 22 communications professionals – not one of whom predicted Donald Trump would win the election. Not only were their predictions wrong, they were embarrassingly wrong, with some apparently more influenced by personal opinion than science.

As a result of the overwhelming inaccuracy of the experts surveyed, PRWeek’s “biggest lesson” for PR executives proved wrong:

“The greatest irony here and the biggest lesson for communications professionals: Donald Trump may lose tomorrow because millions of Latino, Muslim, and women voters he vilified – Democrats and Republicans among them—help push Hillary to victory.”

No, the “greatest irony here” is that those who make a living as barometers, and drivers, of public opinion could all be so far off. [snip]

One can only hope that they bet every item of value they own on their prognostications. Maybe their first born, but they probably value their car more highly.

Charlie Rangel on How America Changed ~

This year’s election taught Rep. Charles B. Rangel that America has changed.
“It’s abundantly clear that the standards that Alexander Hamilton expected to find for candidates for president have been lowered,” the New York Democrat said, speaking of President-elect Donald Trump.

“It’s ironic that we find a person that, by all standards, has more experience and is better qualified, having a two-and-a-half-million-votes edge in the popular vote and Donald Trump edging out in the Electoral College vote,” he added.

For two generations, Rangel has been the only congressman Harlem residents have ever known. He is the second-longest-serving current House member, behind only Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr., and has been in office since 1971.

Rangel, 86, knows Congress, and the country, better than most. [snip]

Rangel has to be one of the poster boys for what is wrong with having these clowns in Congress for so long. In spite of getting caught in all sorts of shady deals, he got reelected because of racial voting patterns. Rangel brought the bacon home to Harlem, promptly took half for himself and handed out the rest to his cronies.

Ponder this

On January 21st of 2017, the day after I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced. We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone. But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens.

~ Donald Trump