Saturday, November 30, 2013

DNC Memorandum #15

From the office of the chairWOMAN, 30 November 2013

***Listen up! There are no apologies offered for the absence of memos since summer. This has been a terribly busy time for the chairWOMAN account having to further deal with the “Weiner Affair,” the IRS scandals, the Benghazi slaughter, Fast-and-Furious, and Hillary Clinton since she’s connected to all of them and has told me she’s mad as hell, had nothing to do with them, and won’t take it anymore. Add the fiasco vis-à-vis the rollout (or roll-off…little joke there) of the ACA and even a Nader Raider could understand the complicated spin involved. By the way, the rumor that Ms. Weiner lives in this country and stays married to the creep because she can’t drive a car in her own country, Saudi Arabia, is not true. She considers Hillary a role model for women with spousal perverts and follows her lead, which currently is attempting to raise enough funds to move to another state and run for the senate.

***IMPORTANT! The term Obamacare is no longer in use and any staffer using it will be shunted off to the Durbin Re-indoctrination Center & Gulag, with its particular emphasis on how to lie believably. The proper term is AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. Do not—NOT!—bring up this subject in town-hall meetings, whether in school gymnasiums or – more usually – in bars. If someone else does, simply switch the subject to something like FLOTUS’s latest treatise on peanut-butter-jelly sandwiches (bad) but never to Benghazi or – absolutely never – to Syria! Have bouncers on call for hecklers who claim the ACA is an oxymoron. If that doesn’t work, drive home the point that ACA dysfunction is, as usual, the fault of former POTUS Bush.

***POTUS is still considering instituting a Department of Gender and has requested another yellow/black/white/red paper on how to do this while still awaiting word from the LBGTQ group as to how many genders there are. This hasn’t been settled yet mainly because the American Conference of Transitioning and Ultimate Personhood (known for short as ACT-UP) still threatens to sue something or somebody if not included in the gender-count, but certainly not in the Q group. Also, a complaint from something called the Platonic Education Department Of Pleasing Habituations in Loving Eroticism (PEDOPHILE, for short) has been lodged with AG Holder, claiming gender-status and threatening action from some Catholic priests account violation of First Amendment rights.

***A word of caution: Since becoming Secretary of State, following in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton, and since he was a senator for much longer than she, John Kerry is an item, along with Clinton, to be handled with great care concerning the presidency-race in 2016. You might do well in meetings to mention age since Hillary will be 69 and Kerry 73 in 2016, while the chairWOMAN will be only 50…something to think about. Kerry once declared before a Senate committee that American GIs murdered 200,000 folks per year in Vietnam (about 1.6 million altogether) and Clinton claimed last year that an 11-minute you-tube movie in Cairo caused the slaughter of American officials in Benghazi. Both were lying, of course. Don’t bring these things up but if someone (you plant?) should ask about them…well…

***A number of if not most staffers are 26 or under. POTUS has suggested that the DNC encourage you to voluntarily remove yourselves from your parents’ healthcare insurance in the interest of magnanimously (straight from some teleprompter) exhibiting your patriotism in keeping the new millions being added to Medicaid from dying prematurely. Since legally he couldn’t do this and executive orders to take you off would look bad right now, especially with regard to more than a thousand other exemptions already made illegally…little joke there…and the big one concerning the unions to be made at midnight on some Friday, he is anxious for you to send money. POTUS has offered to autograph the cast of any affirming respondent with a broken limb or the lab report of anyone suffering from some dread disease or even a bad cold.

***DNC workers may moonlight in the evenings and during the weekends as Navigators and this sounds like a good deal for both experience and some extra cash to help in the withdrawal from parents’ insurance benefits. The training takes very little time since the healthcare web-site isn’t running correctly yet (and may never); however, POTUS insists that it be used. Navigators simply punch up the system on their computers and wait with their clients until something happens. This may take a few hours or a week since, as POTUS promised, some 30 million or so will be signing up for healthcare for the first time. At its current alleged capacity of processing 50,000 applications per day, this should last about 600 days, though predictable glitches and glitch-fixers and glitch-fixer-fixers may string this out into years. In the meantime, HHS Secretary Sibelius is urging people not to get sick or even fall for the next couple of years. Two complete baths or showers every day and washing hands every 15 minutes are suggested for escaping infectious diseases. Also, avoiding crowds except at POTUS speeches is recommended, though breathing through a mask might be a good idea.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Prof Cites Buccaneer Business

About the movie Captain Phillips, Mike Rivage-Seul, former professor of peace and social justice at Berea College, wrote that it was “mutatis mutandis” (a nice Latin flourish), in a column in the Lexington Herald-Leader of 23 November…sort of “all’s well that ends well.” He began with the wild-west Indians and transitioned into the Somalis’ piracy of the Maersk Alabama in 2009, sort of U.S. Cavalry morphed into the Navy Seals. He mentioned the main characters—Tom Hanks and Somali Barkhad Abdi—but that of the two the latter was splendid. Abdi emigrated with his family in 1999 to Minneapolis.

A small nit-pick: The professor claimed that “over-fishing in Somalia by factory ships from Europe and the U.S. has left tribal fishermen [presumably Somalis] without income.” Commercial fishing by the U.S. in Somalia—except in rivers and lakes—is impossible since Somalia, officially Muslim, is – yep – solid real estate, not an ocean. It even has a government that changes often as “tribal fishermen” vote the usual Islamic way, with bullets and machetes. Remember “Black-hawk Down?” Bill Clinton does.

Somalia lies on the Arabian Sea (north) and the Indian Ocean (south), the former measuring 1,491,127 square miles (average depth about 1.7 miles) and the latter a paltry 28,400,130 (average depth about 2.5 miles), meaning that the Somalis had only 29,891,257 square miles, roughly eight times the size of the U.S., in which to ply their trade in waters about two miles deep. Logical conclusion: The “tribal fishermen” had every right to resort to compensating circumstances, ergo, piracies and kidnappings, both lucrative substitutes for fishing in such cramped quarters.

Rivage-Seul: “The inattentive [folks like me…the great unwashed] will experience the simple catharsis afforded by such action thrillers.” He mentioned some things that in our “simple catharsis” we wouldn’t understand about the movie—globalization, national sovereignty and the military-industrial complex—presumably because we’re too dense. Wonder what a “complicated catharsis” might be? He didn’t say.

R-S launched into an explanation of “buccaneer business,” in which “multinational corporations act like lawless pirates” and generally create “noxious effects their investments have on local populations.” In domestic terms, he would cite Walmart and Target in places like Lexington and Berea…or maybe Bluegrass Field account its planes covering the great unwashed below with noxious jet-fuel exhaust/carcinogens.

Rivage-Seul, “Whether understood as such or not, Somalis [dense like us], ‘reparations’ could in effect be seized by attacking ships on the open seas.” Reparation is defined as “the act of making amends, offering expiation, or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury.” So, the professor would insist that piracy is the fair—if illegal and bloody—way to go, the devil take the hindmost. He explained that it was just a highly financed buccaneer business competing with a more primitive poorly financed buccaneer business.

Then Rivage-Seul delivers the coup de grace by introducing the evil military-industrial-complex into the picture. Instead of the equally evil well-financed buccaneer businesses hiring their own mercenaries to protect their ships against the poverty-stricken Somalis they went begging to the U.S. military…maybe even to the (gasp) White House (at least in the movie), whereupon the Navy Seals (fanfare, please) in a wild and authentic operation freed the ship and Phillips while wasting some of the pirates.

Concluding his pièce de résistance, Rivage-Seul declared: “Hollywood can no longer portray Indians as savages.” Does this mean that others may do so? This completes the logical lineage, i.e., going from the wild-west “savages” through the rich business buccaneers through the poor business buccaneers through the sailors straight back to the “savages,” just the opposite of Custer’s last stand, wherein the “savages” (currently the defeated Somalis) prevailed.

Doubtlessly, “peace and social justice,” the professor’s area of expertise, comprise the compelling factor in Rivage-Seul’s essay, though one might say that “fighting fire with fire” was the operative element in the whole dustup. That somehow seems a bad fit for “peace and social justice.”

Strangely, Rivage-Seul finished with this sort of biased statement: “…the West has already been won, but the resources of Muslim tribals [sic] are still up for grabs.” (italics mine) Since the Muslim tribe-members comprise the poorly financed business buccaneers, one wonders what those resources are, especially since those Navy Seals have threatened to shut down the operation. Rivage-Seul’s intended message: Capitalism is BAD, even if it provides work for folks everywhere.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sex & the Soldiers

On 17 November, the lady senator from New York was one level shy of hysteria on a Sunday talk-show with Martha Raddatz, who had a hard time getting a word in. I’ve watched two other lady senators on C-Span delivering withering lectures on the subject before that august body. The subject (again): sexual assaults in the military. The women want alleged perpetrators to be tried in civilian courts. A change in assault laws is before the Senate.

On C-Span back in the summer, a hearing by the Senate Armed Services Committee was aired, about a fourth of its 26 members being women, nearly all of them democrats. The subject of the hearing: rape in the military and the alleged lack of effort to do anything about it. The officers/witnesses—top brass—had to sit and take tongue lashings from the women senators, who knew as much about the military as a bullfrog knows about jet engines.

The statistics had to do with rape in the military—3,374 reported in 2012, with 238 convictions in military courts, but also 26,000 other assaults (including groping, etc.) that were not reported, an increase of 37% from 2011. Ostensibly, the episodes were not reported for fear of losing rank or location or whatever.

One supposes that the number 26,000 was not just pulled out of a hat, but one also wonders how its validity was determined if there were no records supporting it. Did it derive from the women-troops just talking to each other and perhaps noting the information in their diaries, with the diaries somehow made available to somebody…maybe a female news-anchor?

Rape is the quintessential “he said, she said” thing, his word against hers. There are rarely witnesses to rape or even groping. So, even if rape-kit results point to intimacy they do not furnish facts concerning who did what absent physical injuries such as would be present in the case of an actual altercation between the players.

The female senators argue that the conviction-rate represents a military not policing itself adequately or conducting its tribunals according to law. A conviction rate of only 7% has to account for something, but all a woman has to do to be taken seriously is simply make the charge. The male in either civilian or military status is automatically presumed guilty until proven innocent, no matter the actual facts.

One senator gave a gory description of an assault (and others) at the Air Force Academy. It was discovered long ago that gender-integration in boot camps was loony-tunes and had to be stopped. Why not just set up military academies—like boot camp but on the college 4-year level—that are gender specific? That’s simple enough and the government wastes relentlessly the minute amount of cost involved.

The disgusting thing about that hearing (charade, actually) was that everyone in that room knew precisely what would virtually cut the incidences of rape or rape-accusations to nothing, to wit, taking the military back from the social engineers who have been wrecking it for a generation. Placing a handful of women in combat roles now only exacerbates the problem. They’re as fit for armed combat as they are to play in the National Football League…dead weight, taking the attention of fighting men from their jobs – breaking things and killing people.

Unisex is great for political-correctness methodology but it’s loony-tunes practically. If women are as good at making war as men are, let them form their own platoons, companies, brigades, etc. Let naval ships be either all-male or all-female. When the sexes are not thrown together, especially in high-hormone-mode connected to youth, they won’t commit hanky panky or groping or rape. This could be done practically overnight.

It won’t be done. The lady-senators would be horrified at such a thing. It’s more fun to chew-out hapless generals, who also know about the female come-on factor and the revenge-tool of rape-charge employed by a woman scorned, things the officers will never mention. The vapid Congressmen are incapable of facing the truth in the face of having to count on votes from the largest voting bloc—women. In short, common sense has no place in government.

As for the lady news-anchors who might be in on the alleged info (26,000)…while the military women dress modestly, at least in public, the TV gals do the come-on thing—plenty of cleavage and thigh, with body language to make the news sexy, no matter if it involves something like the Marathon bombers or a school-shooting. No wonder it’s called the “boob-tube.”

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Devious Democrat Boilerplate

In a Lexington [Ky.] Herald-Leader op-ed piece of 16 November, Al Smith said this: “Whether Tea Partiers, tax-hating, self-styled conservatives or opportunist politicians, the extremists sue to roll back revenues for libraries, scoff at early-childhood education, cheer cuts to food stamps, suppress child care for low-income workers, oppose a minimum wage hike and pray for health care reform to fail. That's the A list. Privatizing public schools and social security, blocking tax reform and ‘freeing up’ Wall Street and the big banks are the B list.”

Smith could have avoided the wordy categorizing of the insensitive monsters by simply using the term republicans. He was alluding to the cuts that have been triggered in the federal budget due to requirements of the 2011 Sequestration Act—the president’s baby—that was supposed to pressure Congress into doing his bidding. It didn’t work.

A bipartisan commission was concomitantly enacted to compose a deficit-reduction template that would satisfy every entity. Predictably, the commission couldn’t do that by the January 2013 deadline for triggering across-the-board cuts despite enormous pressure so the deadline was reset to March 2013—same result, involving $85-$100 billion annually. Wall Street? Obama has awarded it and insurance companies an unconscionable suck-up.

Even worse now, Obama’s rubber-stamp senators and congress-people are screaming over the chaos of the Affordable Care Act and his (their) oft-repeated LIE about what it would not do – cause people to lose satisfactory insurance. Senator Baucus, who slithered the ACA through the Senate in 2010, announced months ago that ADA was a train-wreck, with events since 01 October affirming.

Smith said that “red-state leaders” (translated white racist republicans) dislike Obama just like “1963 Dallas” (white prejudiced democrats) “seethed with hatred of JFK [President Kennedy]”…pretty strong stuff. He juxtaposed President Johnson’s “war on poverty” with a current “war on the poor,” wondering if the latter, fomented by evil republicans, had replaced the former, notwithstanding Obama’s promotion of and signature on the Sequestration Act.

Smith said: “Untroubled about sending hungry kids to school, reactionary forces in Washington have cut food stamps for 875,000 Kentuckians. Over three-fifths of food stamp recipients are children, or adults living with children.” Leading the “reactionary forces” is President Obama, who gladly signed the bill he meant to enhance his power only to find that it backfired and hurt all the people Smith lists. Treasury Secretary Lew called for replacing (actually repealing Sequestration) in October, thus repudiating the president who appointed him.

Smith said: “No longer a place of barefoot feudists, Kentucky abounds with champions for education… .” Barefoot feudists? With this demeaning statement, Smith turned to education, crediting the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 for education improvement, but its main feature comprised payoffs for good test grades, triggering the predictable outcome—cheating on an inordinate level by teachers and administrators…stealing.

Much if not most of KERA has been chipped away, first de facto by actual educators ignoring it and later de jure by the legislatures that finally discovered how bad KERA was. According to the federal No Child Left Behind report for 2011, Kentucky met 13 of 25 target goals (52%). Since 2002, in only one year, 2006-07, was adequate yearly progress made in one subject, math. There was no other AYP in any year. For the sixth consecutive year in 2011, the federal education establishment instructed Kentucky to take corrective action.

In Kentucky’s Common Core tests for 2011-12, reading proficiency for middle and high school students was 51% and 56%, respectively; for math proficiency, 41% and 36%, respectively. The reading and math proficiencies for elementary school students were 48% and 44%, respectively. Two-thirds of high school students are math-ignorant. These figures largely represent the damage accruing to the disastrous KERA throughout the 1990s. The major “academic” thrust of KERA was self-esteem, with 2+2 not necessarily equaling 4.

KERA was a humongous pork-barrel exercise involving the highest tax increase in history at the time. If Smith thinks KERA helped Kentucky education he’s on another planet.

Smith finally wondered who might emerge and how he/she would fix the poverty-gap problem in Kentucky. He offered no suggestions, but the number of jobs lost during the Obama administration (coal, anyone?) will be hard to recoup. The actual unemployment rate of about 14% is damning the economy nationwide.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Degradation in High Places

The bane of democratic governance is comprised of incompetence or corruption or both, with an insidious political correctness damning every facet of the system, largely the reason for both of the above. This accounts in large part for the currently obvious decline of the U.S. as both a world leader and an institution free of the acceptance of perversion as normal. The unrelenting necessities for good governance are integrity and respect for both body and mind.

In the animal world there are “protected species,” not to be abused or otherwise disadvantaged. In U.S. society, at least two large species are protected—women and African-Americans. Political correctness, backed often by laws that are sometimes patently un-Constitutional, was never more in evidence than in the presidential election of 2008. A woman and an African- American (his self-identification) contended in the democrat primary, with the latter winning the nomination.

Since neither a woman nor a black had ever run for the office, political correctness demanded that it was time for one or the other to be elected, no matter if he/she lacked the sense to get in out of the rain. The candidates were like two peas in a pod politically and philosophically—socialists to the core…nothing to make either distinctive—with both raising tons of money and accusing the other of being unready to be president. In this, they were both right, sharing the same degree of incompetence.

The Congress and courts composed of a cross-section of the populace supposedly with enough members of sound minds to keep an errant president from wrecking the country are currently also damned by political correctness, incompetence, and opportunism to an extent unbelievable in modern times. The result is transparently obscene. No one is minding the store.

The main loser is integrity. The abilities of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to lie are unparalleled in officialdom. They stood in the Rose Garden and purposefully lied with regard to the Benghazi massacre, and Obama even advanced the lie to the UN two weeks later. Both knew the truth but had the automatic reflex many politicians share—LIE when caught. Clinton made up a tale in 2008 regarding her desperate escape from snipers in Bosnia in 1996, a humongous lie revealed in actual TV footage. Incompetent…or dumb?

Obama’s subterfuge vis-à-vis the so-called Affordable Care Act (no lost coverage) was matched only by that of some Congress-people. No republican in either house voted for ACA. It was passed by democrats on Christmas Eve night 2010, despite the fact that virtually no legislator had read the bill. That was dishonesty taken to a new low-level. Then-Majority Leader Pelosi proclaimed that no one would know what was in the Act until it was passed…and she was right. She probably still doesn’t know what’s in the Act.

While running for reelection throughout 2009-2012, the president knowingly (unless plainly stupid) lied through his teeth repeatedly and often that no one would lose his/her insurance as a result of ACA. To tell the truth would have deep-sixed his chances for staying in office. This narcissistic, arrogant, in-your-face, public deviousness is intolerable in any official, much less the president. It’s grounds for impeachment even though teleprompters do not place their puppets under oath. The republican-controlled House is too timid to act account fearing racism tag.

Obama has either lied, been ignorant or devious concerning Fast-and-Furious, the IRS scandals, Solyndra payoffs, Benghazi, ACA, Libya invasion, Syria, and even approved infanticide, lying to himself that the partial-birth victim was no more than an exposed appendix. One of his early acts in office in 2009 was to conspire with Senator Durbin to deny Obama’s vacated Senate seat to the man who under the requirements of both the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions was appointed (physically locked out at one time), not that Obama had spent much time in that seat.

Morally, the president became an even emptier suit when he “evolved” from his marriage position (one man, one woman) in 2008 to his enlightened position in 2012—let the homosexuals get legally married and sponge to the greatest possible extent off the government…and make real whoopee. When perversion grips a nation, it’s doomed, just like old Rome and Greece, not to mention Sodom and Gomorrah—God’s justice.

When historians look at the Obama record some day they will discover unbelievably inept, even malicious, governance in his attempt to drag this great country into perversion, socialism and worse.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Monday, November 11, 2013

Tyranny & Veterans Day

The muffled sound of drum and fife
And musketry in mortal strife
And voices raised in anger, pain,
Or mourning those among the slain
Are sensed when contemplating still
The carnage of a Bunker Hill,
When only battles - bloody, fierce -
The wall of tyranny could pierce.

Then comes to mind the gory scenes
From Queenston Heights to New Orleans
When tyranny again was banned
Upon the sea, upon the land;
And one can sense again the sound
When roaring cannons shook the ground
And mortal make men free...
Would enter immortality.

On Shiloh’s bloody ground that day
They died with valor in full sway,
Or Gettysburg...Chancellorsville,
Where brothers each might brother kill;
One hears the massive, tragic groan
As tens of thousands would atone
- With blood - for hated slavery...
The vilest form of tyranny.

When jaded beasts oppress the poor
And close to them sweet freedom’s door,
It falls upon the free...the strong
Throughout the world to right this wrong;
At Santiago, brave men fell,
And San Juan Hill became a hell,
But men who found eternity
Gained entry scourging tyranny.

Chateau-Thierry, Belleau Wood,
Where thousands died, but others stood
Their ground with blood and sweat and fears,
And buried comrades through their tears;
And one can sense the frightful sounds
Of tanks and planes emitting rounds
From lethal, modern weaponry
To end the threat of tyranny.

To end the threat of tyranny? - Normandy,
Or Iwo Jima, Anzio,
Where once again the blood must flow;
And one may close the eyes and see
And hear the mighty guns at sea
And wonder why it all must be...
But knows deep down...end tyranny.

So listen!...hear the muffled roar
Of new jet planes now bound for war,
Of new invasions from the sea,
The dying fighting tyranny;
And names like Inchon, Pork Chop Hill,
And Bloody Ridge - remembered still -
Assault the mind, yet augur peace,
In hope that tyranny will cease.

But hope, though strong, has little worth
As long as despots roam the earth,
As long as beasts whose prime resource
Is tyranny...forge brutal force;
So the jungle screams,
And those who die are shorn of dreams
At Pleiku, Khe Sanh, and Da Nang,
Where flags from coffins daily hang.

No…evil tyranny survives,
Each generation robbed of lives
Attempting to wipe out its curse,
Each war the next one to rehearse;
Recall the battle in the sand -
Exploding missiles as they land
On Persian Gulf, Kuwait, Iraq,
Mad tyranny again to block.

As in most centuries before,
The twenty-first begins with war
When evil men in Allah’s name
Torch innocents in jet-fuel flame;
Their leaders learn that they will pay
In Afghan mountains day by day,
Or in Iraqi towns and sand
An awesome price when good men stand.


In tranquil fields throughout the world,
Our dead are marked by flags unfurled,
Or marked by nature’s restless waves,
Beneath the seas in timeless graves;
Yes, thus it is, and thus will be...
Until God’s final, terse decree...
But until then, now strong and free,
The decent must kill tyranny.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Friday, November 08, 2013

National Morality Gone South

The Supreme Court is considering another “prayer problem” currently, petitioners insisting that the separation of church and state (this term nowhere mentioned in the U.S. Constitution) is violated when anyone is subjected to hearing a prayer in any public place such as a public school or governmental setting such as a town’s legislative session. This is another ho-hum issue, with God certainly unbothered, but atheists and maybe Muslims unable to handle PTPD – Post Traumatic Prayer Disorder.

It’s unlikely that God will be erased soon from governmental entities such as buildings and currency and prayers in the Congress, as well as being a guiding factor in the way many people live, but the erasure is at least a de facto matter now that will, as the president might say, “evolve” into de jure status when national secularism, now well on its way, reaches full ascendancy.

Morality is established individually and is operative as long as a citizen’s practice of it does not adversely affect another citizen, at least in a civilized society. National morality is established when the majority of citizens are in agreement concerning things that are morally acceptable and enact laws to reflect the consensus, with friction among the citizens as a predictable result. One person’s morality may be another’s orgy.

During World War I, in which the U.S. began its rapid journey to world leadership, a main contention in the Congress and country concerned alcoholic beverages being made, transported and consumed—a well-defined “morality issue.” The result was the Eighteenth Amendment ratified in January 1919—Prohibition. Sobriety and a public protected from alcohol usage prevailed.

Myriad state laws at one time prohibited the practice of sodomy, a “moral issue” usually defined as use of sex organs for other than procreation purposes (homosexual behavior), and in 1986 – Bowers v. Hardwick – the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state sodomy laws did not violate the U.S. Constitution's right to privacy, though the laws were virtually unenforceable.

“Blue Laws” regulating what could and could not be effected on Sunday were introduced in colonial Virginia in 1620. Since then, states have enacted all sorts of “blue laws” having to do with commerce, transportation, entertainment, with religion being the main driver of these laws. Even laws prohibiting sale of liquor on election days remain in force, though not account religious reasons.

How things have changed! As the country has become more secular and religion has become more “watered-down” and ridiculed, these actions have all gone by the board. Prohibiton was repealed in December 1933 before it could even be evaluated, a mere 14 years. Given an entire generation, it might have made a tremendous difference socially. Heroin and crack pale into insignificance when their usage is compared to the results vis-à-vis that of alcohol.

In 366 U.S. 420 (1961), the Supreme Court ruled that some “blue laws” were indeed constitutional, not on a religious basis but for the welfare of the people. Since then, all “blue laws” have been set aside and anything goes on Sunday, though alcohol still may not be sold on Sunday in some areas.

Laws against sodomy prevailed in the U.S. right through this century. In a 6-3 ruling of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence vs. Texas (2003), sodomy laws in Texas were considered unconstitutional, effectively deeming all state laws against sodomy unconstitutional as well.

These examples indicate how the national morality has changed, especially in just the last 80 years (since Prohibition) but more markedly in just the last decade as the nation has plunged into an almost deification of what the founders and two centuries of their heirs considered unacceptable morally, culminating in a sort of acceptable debauchery.

The elitists love Plato’s “republic design:” (1) Philosopher kings to govern and furnish intellect; (2) Guardians to keep order and furnish will; (3) Ordinary citizen/workers to furnish appetites. Morality is whatever the kings approve, enforced by the police, and hopefully satisfies the people, no matter the perversions involved. Check out today’s circumstances and compare with King Obama’s imprimatur on same-sex marriage and forcing homosexuality on the military.

Oh yes. Plato was perhaps the ancient Greeks’ highest profile homosexual/pedophile and probable pederast. Look at the current U.S. “republic scene” and weep as it goes the way of Plato’s republic—rotting inwardly.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Beshear—Obama’s Fair-Haired Boy

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear attained “fair-haired-boy” status the other Sunday morning when he appeared on an elitist top-guru talking-head show to extol the virtues of the Affordable Care Act, which becomes more unaffordable as facts become known, and to finger the president as perhaps the best prez since Lincoln…maybe even Jefferson…or (gasp and a palpitation) Washington. Indeed, Prez Obama took time from his busy driving-range duties to phone Steve with compliments fit for a czar.

Recently-arrived Lexington Herald-Leader political writer Sam Youngman (04 November) even said one’s imagination would not be stretched a hallucination too far to see ol’ Steve trotting in to take over the HHS barn now patrolled by the honorable Kathleen Sibelius, there to knock the stalls of three years of you know what. In Boston, the Big O said Steve was like a man possessed with helping more people but lots of folks just think Steve’s merely possessed.

Youngman was actually doing a mild hatchet job on Rand Paul (plagiarized perfect Wikipedia) and threw in the Beshear glorification to maybe help change the state from red to blue. Not likely, especially in light of the current exposure of the Big O’s outrageous three years of lies regarding the sacred ACA, not to mention ratcheting up everyone’s electricity costs while killing the coal industry, as he promised to do in 2008.

Neither Beshear nor Obama mentioned 280,000 Kentuckians losing their current health-coverage plans, as reported by the Associated Press on 03 November. This applies even in state government, of which I have first-hand knowledge—increased premiums, co-pays and deductibles. Reason: the policies don’t jibe with Big O’s infallible mandates. Accounted as brilliant, maybe he can explain why a 75-year-old man should pay for an expensive policy covering gynecological problems.

Give Beshear some credit…or blame, depending on one’s take. He was smart enough to use the state option with the Big O picking up the cost—more than $250 million—to create the online signup site. Obama must not have used the same outfit for the national site, since he’s spent $600 million on it and it’s nowhere near ready for use and may never be. Maybe his rich pals at bankrupt Solyndra got the job…or folks just like them—presidential cronies.

So…practically all the 31,000 or so Kentuckians who’ve signed up have been herded onto Medicaid, paying no premiums while the rest of the folks in the U.S. pick up their tabs. In the other 36 states, choosing to let the Big O do it all, chaos reigns and folks are finding that the president actually meant in 2008 and thereafter that folks could keep the plans and doctors that NOT THEY but Obama liked.

The prez usually blames George Bush for everything that goes wrong but this time he’s blaming the insurance companies for deep-sixing his promises that folks had nothing to worry about. The insurers, while not being totally insensitive, nevertheless see bankruptcy as their final resting place (Obamacare is interested in that subject) if they inculcate the ACA mandates without concomitantly increasing premiums, co-pays and, of course, huge deductibles, thus putting policy-holders in a brand-new bind.

Lately, the White House info-machine has propagandized that the prez actually hedged his promises with the caveat that they depended upon the insurance suppliers being good guys and maybe emulating government, but printing money to offset bankruptcy is not within their purview, thus the skyrocketing charges and adverse policy conditions.

Getting something for nothing (or at least very little) has always been the goal for most people whether they admit it or not. It’s a lead-pipe cinch that the prez has never read the ACA and knows little more than he’s been told. Nor did/does the Congress-people who passed it. His czars wrote the bill, which is designed to drive the nation into socialized medicine (single payer) as rates explode and the ACA system crumbles. This has been his plan all along, so to that extent he’s in the saddle. As for details, he either lies or is just plain ignorant…or both.

Bill Clinton was impeached for telling a humongous lie that didn’t affect the nation. Nixon resigned over nothing affecting the government. Obama’s lies, publicly much better documented over years, are serious enough for impeachment. Won’t happen—racism, of course.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Friday, November 01, 2013

Presidential Fraud

In the 1990s, mainly when Brerton Jones was Kentucky governor and the legislature was solidly democrat-controlled, he and the lawmakers decided to tell the healthcare insurance providers what they would cover. Since citizens were lawfully unable to contact out-of-state insurers they were trapped.

The providers were in business to show profits to their shareholders, not necessarily keep everyone well. The actuaries discovered in various stages that such profits—at least under the current premium costs—would not be possible. There were about 46 of these companies and they began shutting down business in Kentucky. They simply left the state one-by-one until there was only one (maybe two) insurers left.

The guv and lawmakers discovered they could not demand business to do certain things. So, without competition among insurers, the citizens had no alternatives. The elected representatives might have attempted a sort of socialized system such as that enacted in Massachusetts later, but they didn’t…maybe too gun-shy account the public outrage.

Flash forward! The president’s lackeys rolled out a healthcare bill and the democrat-controlled Congress, without even reading the humongous volume of words and terms and references to other laws with which they were totally unfamiliar, enacted it on a technicality in the Senate that was probably unlawful.

Congress enacted into law exactly what insurance providers would cover in all policies. Rather than just “leave the state” (or nation), providers merely started canceling policies, Kentucky-like. Under the premium remittances, they could not pay claims and make a profit.

The president has promised in speeches for years that this would not happen, i.e., that policy-holders satisfied with their plans and doctors would not lose either, knowing full well all the time that it would happen. If he didn’t know that simple truth, one can judge his competence. He committed fraud. In the process he continually lied, but not under oath (by teleprompter), so he continues to speechify but on a different basis.

Caught in the lie, Obama’s strategy now, as spouted by his bureaucrats, is that insurance companies are to blame because they didn’t tailor their policies according to law, thus immediately raising premiums. Obama feels that he and the Congress (actually the czars) can legislate insurance provisions, notwithstanding the outrageous personal cost-increases that the appropriate adjustments will incur. The policy-losers are forced to hunt for new insurance they can hopefully afford (realizing outrageous deductibles), though some might get government subsidies to help with increases.

The subsidies will not likely be of much help. They will also be taken from the budget that’s already trillions of dollars in the red. The next demand, when the problem becomes more full-blown, will be for tax increases on everyone. The catch: Just under half of households in the U.S. pay NO taxes, so the half that works will get the bill. This kills incentive and, of course, jobs.

The president – or somebody – decided that the provision requiring businesses with at least 50 fulltime employees to insure everyone in January 2014 was a bad one and somehow changed the date to January 2015 without Congressional approval. Businesses are already in the process of putting employees on less than 30 hours a week to dodge that law, creating a part-time uninsured work force. The unions (Obama’s water-carriers) have discovered that their plans are in jeopardy and are demanding to be exempted from Obamacare, just another of many exemptions, among them the lawmakers and their staffs. The hoi polloi can eat cake.

HHS Chairman Sibelius said in the Thursday House-hearing that this is not socialized medicine since it deals in insurance and not government-run healthcare. It IS socialized medicine since the government is calling all the shots. The government apparently tried to handle Medicare after it was passed in 1965. In 1982, the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act made it easier and more attractive for health maintenance organizations to contract with the Medicare program. Claims pass through insurance companies now, not the government.

On that basis, one can only wonder how fouled-up Obamacare will be in very short order, not even able in three years to construct a web-site to handle applications and creating a system costing tens of millions requiring “negotiators” to guide the great unwashed through it…25 minutes for an individual and 45 for a family.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark