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August 1, 2014

August fundraiser is here [sticky; new posts below]

As some of you have gathered, we are getting ready to move shortly — in fact, because of an unprecedented string of good weather (thanks, climate disruption!), the builder finished our new home early and has us scrambling to get our current house packed up, fixed up, and ready for potential rental — and the work has become overwhelming, particularly with my wife traveling often for her job and, soon, Satchel beginning fifth grade.

Fifth grade.  Where does the time go?

At any rate, I’ve been trying to balanced parenting — Tanner has hit the terrible twos! — with the heavy work of packing and lifting and logistical planning (our cars have been booted from the garage so that we can store the packed up house until we close, and at the same time get things out of our current living space so we can make the minor dry wall repairs, buff the floors, do the banister refinishing, and rip out and replace the carpeting, in order that we can start showing the house to potential tenants) — while at the same time maintaining the site, keeping up a presence on Twitter (which evidently is something you have to do these days, even if that presence is you getting called a liberal by people so dumb that they almost certainly harm us more than they help us), and fighting off a sickness that has made its way through our family and settled squarely in both my stomach and head.

In short, though I have much to be thankful for, life is a real bitch right now.

Because we’ll be taking possession of the new house earlier than we anticipated, by close to two-months, in fact, our budget was thrown for a bit of a loop.  Rather than go through the builder, we decided to do our finishes through a friend whose family owns a flooring / stone /cabinet shop, which means that even once we close, the first few weeks will be spent replacing the builder grade floors, carpet, tiling, and the majority of the counter tops.   Additionally, we have to install the garage door openers I purchased separately, along with the laundry sink, the fans, a pair of fireplaces, a second hot water heater, a set of french doors, all the toilet seat lids, four sinks, a new faucet, new shower heads and wands, the exterior security cameras, and a pair of garbage disposers.

Our budget had us finishing up this work in November.  But because of the early close, we’re going to have to do get much of it done sooner:  the guys putting in the wood flooring, tiles, heated floor elements, etc., are all in the same crew and working under the same labor bid.  The guy doing the carpet needs to begin once the wood is laid, or else we’ll be stuck moving in to a house with exposed sub floors on the entire second level (we’re tearing out and selling the builder carpet:  5000 sq ft, roughly, including padding, for $2500, if anyone is interested).  I have an electrician friend who will come in and give me a GFI outlet and wire and hang the heated towel rack in the master bath for dinner and beer, which is great.  Another friend of mine is a master carpenter, and he’ll be doing some custom built ins and a secret door for us, as well as helping replace the sliders with the french doors and, we hope, finishing the interior roof of the outdoor patio with wood planking.

This doesn’t even take into account the basement pub / entertaining space and in-law suite, which will be back to concrete slab until my wife and I can lay the flooring down there ourselves — a task we’d like to try to complete as the carpet is being finished up, but that we as of now can’t fit into our immediate budget.  Furniture?  Uh, yeah.  Yoga mats and folding chairs.

Which is why these next two-to-three months of fundraising is going to be so crucial to us.  This site used to generate more income — it’s no secret that requiring comment registration, coupled with certain actions taken against me that are outside of my control, has reduced revenue, and that fundraising itself is down rather significantly — but it’s not something I’ve worried much about, because on whole we’re doing just fine, thanks, and I’ve started an ancillary business that relaxes me somewhat and brings in a bit of extra revenue.

But that, too, takes time — and capital — to run.

So.  If you can manage to contribute over the next few months, that would be, in a word, superb.  It wouldn’t be just me who appreciates it.  It would be my entire family, which is about to face a rather big life change.

Having said that, I do write a political blog, and I’m aware of the economic situation right now.  So if you can’t do it, you can’t do it, and I understand.

Thanks in advance to those who can contribute, and to all of you who have long kept pw afloat.  Sincerely.

– Jeff

 

 

 

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 8:47am
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August 1, 2014

Jerry Brown says “California is back” — Really? [Darleen Click]

Not like the California Leftist aristocracy in Marin County and the legislature actually give a damn.

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August 1, 2014

Global Cooling, Global Warming, Climate Change Climate Distruption — Is there anything it can’t do? [Darleen Click]

All you First World, carbon big-foot, Gaia-raping people of pallor, the flood of Little Brown Children™ across the artificial southern border is your fault

On a three-day trade mission to Mexico, California governor Jerry Brown talked most frequently about climate change and immigration, and spoke passionately about the link between the two, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“We can see how some are fearful of children walking across the border,” Brown said at the signing of a voluntary climate-change agreement with Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, according to the Journal. “What will they think when millions of people are driven north from the parched landscapes of a world degraded by intensifying climate change?

Brown reportedly spoke of California’s relationship with Mexico as older than the one his state has with the “government in Washington.” Brown pledged to do whatever he could do to aid the Central American unaccompanied alien children arriving in his state and proclaimed his support for additional shelters for the illegal-immigrant children in California.

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July 31, 2014

BREAKING: Execrable House Amnesty-aid Bill Lacks Votes to Pass

Or at least it was 3 hours ago, when I was napping.  Washington Examiner:

The House abandoned efforts to pass a bill to deal with the surge in migrants on the southern U.S. border Thursday.

House Republicans, who had authored a plan to spend $659 million on humanitarian aid as well as additional border security and judges, failed to garner enough support among their rank and file to come up with the 218 votes needed for passage.

They plan to adjourn today until Sept. 8, which virtually guarantees no action on legislation until after the August recess.

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The GOP was not able to pull in enough votes despite promising a faction of conservative Republicans a separate vote on legislation to curb an executive action by President Obama in 2012 that allows young people who came here illegally as children to avoid deportation.

Republicans earlier today were hopeful they could come up with the votes, but many conservatives wanted the the separate vote on the executive action included in the main legislation so that the Senate would be forced to consider it.

Language in the GOP’s bill included provisions that put the onus on the government for contending that illegals who didn’t show up for administrative hearings to determine status were doing so intentionally.  That is to say, this bill was full of shit, was not at all representative of the wishes of most GOP voters, and you can bet your ass that Boehner and the boys are fuming right now that they couldn’t at least wear the figleaf of “helping the humanitarian crisis” before Obama does them the final solid of issuing Executive orders that legalize 5-6 million illegals anyway, taking the political pressure off of them to enjoy the very amnesty they’ve been pushing for behind the scenes and against the wishes of the majority of Americans and most especially their base.

Once again, we have the conservative faction of the House to thank for this — Boehner couldn’t count on Dem votes this time, given that certain language in the bill rubbed against the President’s deportation standards — and once again we’ll hear lectures about the political optics of all this, rather than celebrate the fact that we the people have just enough TEA Party types left in office to trouble the statist GOP establishment and flummox their plans.

And we also why it is that this same establishment wants so desperately to see TEA Party-types defeated:  the “citizen-legislator”-types don’t understand that this is a game they’re supposed to be playing, and so they keep acting on principle when they should be acting on expediency.  Because of the 3-D chess.

Not only don’t they answer to demands to eat their peas, but they don’t really like it when you tell them to get their asses in line, either.  And that’s a good thing.

 

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 3:26pm
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July 31, 2014

“Are Hostile Blog Posts Clues to Dan Markel Murder Mystery?”

Guess there are dangers to posting under your own name, after all.   Even if that danger is something other — and potentially more lethal — than people try to sic Anonymous on you.

I’m not familiar with Markel’s blog, but I can offer this general observation, based on historical evidence:  if Markel was indeed assassinated for his political opinions, there’s virtually no chance he was progressive.  Conversely, were he progressive, there’s virtually no chance he was assassinated for his political beliefs — at least, not by someone laying claim to constitutionalism and truly believing in it.

That’s just not how conservatives roll.  Generally speaking.

Me, I have a carry permit.  And cameras.  And dogs.

None of which are as cool as the bear traps, though.  Just to rub it in.

(h/t RI Red)

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:29am
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July 31, 2014

Corey Haim’s “Notes from the afterlife,” 19

“Not that anyone’s really asked, but here’s one of the things I’ve learned since first arriving here:  never let another tenant borrow your Smiths mix tapes, or promise he’ll pay you later for the fistful of Oxycontin and pair of blunts you stupidly fronted him because you have a misguided trust in the integrity of other users.   Sympathy is for suckers.  And commerce is commerce.

“Number 2:  when it comes to cable TV in Heaven, just because ‘Full House’ was widely syndicated and ran for, like, fifty plus years or whatnot, doesn’t make it any more watchable once you’re dead.  And yet, all we get up here are episodes of ‘Murder, She Wrote’ and Olson twins marathons.  Which, if I didn’t know better, I’d point out is rather hellish — and yeah, I’m looking at your stupid hair, Stamos.  I mean seriously, bro:  were it any bigger, would anybody be surprised to learn that Joey Lawrence occasionally got fucked up on berry wine coolers and spent weekends crashing in it?

“And no, that’s not a rhetorical question.  Because before I died, I heard things…”

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:01am
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July 30, 2014

Breaking Political News, Sourced by Social Media [Guest post by Doug Ross]

Like you, I spent a lot of time trying to keep up-to-date on the hottest significant news stories.  Since we free-thinking folks have to largely bypass vintage media, which have largely become a public relations arm of the Obama administration, it isn’t easy to do.  There are thousands of great sites out there, any of which can have a noteworthy news story.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time to check thousands of websites for breaking news.

Yes, there are some great aggregators out there:  Drudge, Twitchy, etc.  But all of them rely upon human editors and, most importantly, don’t give smaller blogs and websites much of their attention.

That’s why we created BadBlue News.  It’s a very different type of news aggregator because it uses machine learning and automation to achieve massive scalability in assessing news sources and breaking stories.  Here’s how it’s different:

1. It uses social network buzz, not a set of human editors, to determine how important a story is.

2. It levels the playing field for smaller websites and blogs by taking into account traffic patterns; that is, a story on a small blog with 15 retweets might be equivalent to a story on Fox News with 1,000 retweets.  The traffic patterns and social buzz are both factored in by BadBlue to offer a much wider range of news coverage than any other aggregator.

3. It never sleeps: BadBlue runs 24×7 and never relies upon human editors making decisions.

BadBlue is growing quickly.  From September 2013 to January 2014, page views grew by 20 percent with Google Analytics reporting the average time onsite is a startling 31 minutes!

In this election year, BadBlue can play an important role for advancing the conservative agenda by cutting through the media censors and offering a level playing field for websites and blogs of all sizes.

I’d love for you to come visit and, if you like it, to tell your friends, tweet about it, or like it on Facebook.

2014 will be a big year for liberty and I believe getting the word out on uncensored news stories — bypassing the state-run media — will be critical.

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Doug Ross runs his own blog, which you can visit here.

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July 30, 2014

“Sessions calls House border bill ‘surrender to a lawless president’”

The Blaze:

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday said the House’s proposed $659 million spending bill to address the border crisis is effectively a sign of surrender to President Barack Obama, since it contains no language that would stop Obama from granting amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.

Sessions has warned that reports indicate Obama is planning to take this step, and that Congress must seek to defund this possible action or watch as expensive efforts to secure the border fail under the weight of an even bigger flood of immigrants.

“Any action Congress might consider to address the current border crisis would be futile should the president go forward with these lawless actions,” Sessions said. “Congress must speak out and fight against them. It must use its spending power to stop the president’s executive amnesty.

“That the House leaders’ border package includes no language on executive actions is surrender to a lawless president,” he added. “And it is a submission to the subordination of congressional power.”

Sessions also said the bill is “unworthy of support” because it failed to tighten up rules for granting asylum to immigrants. He said that means the new immigration judges the bill would fund would end up allowing more immigrants to stay in the U.S. longer.

“It is a plan for expedited asylum, not expedited approval,” he said.

Sessions’s comments were released just a few hours after the House released a bill proposing $659 million in more funds to secure the border and process the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the U.S. border.

The House bill is a more modest attempt to resolve the problem. It only spends money in the current fiscal year, in contrast to Obama’s proposal for $3.7 billion in new funds.

Or, another way of putting it is this:  the House bill is a way to make sure we lose more slowly.  

Incidentally, when Obama simply legalizes 5-6 million erstwhile illegals in direct contempt of existing US law — and we’re told it is not in our interests, politically, to try to impeach him — he will have gotten what he wants, the GOP leadership and the US Chamber of Commerce will have gotten what they want, and the veneer of an adversarial two-party system will continue apace, with the GOP fundraising on something it clearly doesn’t particularly oppose, and the Dems doing the same, while claiming  a moral high ground.

So the only ones screwed are we, the people.  But don’t worry:  once “we” take back the Senate, we’ll be screwed will a bit less thrust.  And not just because McConnell is likely limp as an old green onion stalk.

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July 30, 2014

On Impeachment

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed a lengthy exchange I had with John Sexton of Verum Serum and AG_Conservative after the latter quipped that the DNCC fundraising apparatus should send Sarah Palin a thank you note for being able to raise so much money off of impeachment talk.

What I gleaned from the exchange that followed was this: there are those on the right who concern themselves primarily with what they call “strategy” — and in this case, view impeachment as a terrible strategy that could energize the Democrat base and foil a takeover of the Senate by the GOP (or, if you prefer, those who carry an R in front of their names, but who ran by courting Democrats and demonizing the constituency they now will claim to represent, making their affiliation more difficult to pinpoint) — and those who view impeachment not as some mechanistic act, but rather as a Constitutional imperative if in fact the case can be made that impeachable offensives have been committed. That is, while impeachment itself as a numbers game cannot happen given Reid’s control of the Senate — and so is a futile “strategy” maneuver, when viewed in that light, one that may, in fact, energize the Democrat base if it’s promoted on principle alone — the argument can (and in my opinion should) be made that those who take an oath to uphold the Constitution should be prepared to use those remedies proffered by the Constitution; more, they are in fact obligated to use such remedies, if in fact they wish to maintain the integrity of separation of powers. (Sarah Palin called into Michael Medved’s show to make her case; while Medved argued as Medved normally does, up to and including a reminder that Obama is, in fact, the first black President).

Boehner’s lawsuit is, as I’ve argued, a punt. A distraction. A joke. And while I do hope it is granted standing, there’s no reason to believe a court won’t ask the GOP House why, when it has among its own powers several checks on executive overreach, among them the power of the purse (a power Speaker Boehner preemptively surrendered), it is seeking remedy from a co-equal branch to solve what is a separation of powers dispute that the Constitution already provides remedy for?

The essential question is this: if the GOP believes that Obama is a lawless President who has committed the high crime or misdemeanor of exceeding, repeatedly and without fear of clear constitutional restraints, the proper function of the executive, and has appointed himself a second legislature, one that trumps the actual legislative bodies designed and implemented by the Constitution, then does it have an obligation to act on behalf of We, the People, whose sovereignty is being molested by the bypassing of elected representation?

This is not a simple matter of mechanistic strategy. It is a matter of Constitutional principle and the fate of the separation of powers. So while it may not prove politically expedient to do what the Constitution calls for, does that mean that not doing so is savvy politics, or an abrogation of the responsibility doled out to elected representatives under our Constitutional structure?

Many prominent Republicans who concentrate on head counts and believe control of the Senate under any circumstances (save conservatives being elected, natch) should be our primary focus choose to see impeachment as a mere political tool. Whereas others of us see impeachment as a political tool that is meant to be used when the Constitutional principles our elected officials swear to uphold come under attack.

Again, one way pragmatism can be used is in the promotion of principle as your rallying cry. The case for impeachment can be made, and it should be. This doesn’t mean it will succeed — and in fact, in the current electoral situation it almost certainly can’t. But the fact that it won’t succeed doesn’t necessitate an avoidance of the argument advancing the principles behind the attempt.

If we believe in the Constitution and wish to call ourselves conservatives, we simply must be willing to buck the popular wisdom — for instance, who cares what percentage of those polled are against impeachment? Have they had the case made to them why impeachment is being considered to begin with, and what the President’s overreach means to them as individuals going forward? — because the popular wisdom is almost always narrativized by the left and then reinforced by a timorous right who fears losing the “moderates” or undecideds.

Pale pastels or bold colors. There’s a choice to be made. So while you may be of the opinion that impeachment as a tactic is dangerous so close to an election, that’s no reason to try to minimize or dismiss those who hold an opposite view.

The truth is, the Democrats can get their base energized just as easily by calling us racists; or by raising the specter of a “war on women.” And so long as we keep allowing them to do so, they’ll find boogeyman to use against us.

Instead of running from the case for impeachment, it is just as reasonable to outline the case and then say that, from a numbers perspective — and given the lockstep nature of the Dem Senate under Reid — there is no way that impeachment can happen. But that still shouldn’t prevent the American people from hearing just what it is the Dem-led Senate is willing to say is proper Executive behavior.

The left sticks together; we eat our own. But not because our own deserve to be eaten. Rather, because those who are eaten are consumed to show deference to the left’s hold over popular opinion.

You don’t change that by consistently capitulating to it. You change that by going around their presumptions to play permanent narrative gatekeeper.

All of which was just my long run-up to this interview with Andy McCarthy on the subject:

For those of you unable to listen, the transcript can be found here.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 12:51pm
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July 30, 2014

“Connecticut Police Department Tries to Arrest One of Its Own For Brutality, State’s Attorney Says Nope, Too Complicated”

Is it possible to appreciate law enforcement while noting far too many of its members are allowed to get away with rogue behavior? Or perhaps better put, is rogue behavior itself becoming normalized within law enforcement, at least to the extent that law enforcement is able to protect its own? The Courant:

According to the arrest warrant application, Worden told [Lt. Lawrence] Curtis that he hit [suspect Mark] Maher twice in the shoulder area because he was resisting arrest and that Maher was “tensing his arm” and “clenching his fists” while Worden was patting him down on the hood of a cruiser.

Worden told Curtis that he delivered two closed fist punches aimed at Maher’s upper right arm “to disrupt the nerves and incapacitate the muscles so the arms could be controlled.” Worden said Maher was thrashing on the ground after officers took him down and that “this thrashing caused one of the punches to hit Maher in the right side of his forehead above the eye,” the application states.

The application states Curtis concluded that the video did not show Maher resisting arrest and that at one point it shows Worden, while Maher is on the ground with one arm pinned behind him, stopping to adjust the glove on his right hand before delivering two of the four punches he threw.

In her letter rejecting the arrest warrant [state's attorney Gail] Hardy said the video “depicts many moving parts where it is extremely difficult to keep up with everything that is going on with all parties.”

(h/t Reason, which notes that “Hardy was appointed state’s attorney for Hartford in 2007 after working for the state’s Division of Criminal Justice for 11 years. She is the chief law enforcement officer for the judicial district of Hartford.”)

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