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.
Because this is what defending the Constitution looks like –
Our trees scream out, “a
Jew hides behind me!” Too bad
they can’t quite spot missiles yet…
But wait, before you jump to conclusions, consider the sources, one a conservative outlet, the other a bunch of racist Zionist butcher kikes:
Hamas has been disseminating to its followers in the Gaza Strip a detailed terrorism training manual that teaches would-be bombers how to make explosives and conceal them in household items such as televisions, according to documents seized by the Israeli military during recent raids.
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers discovered the handbook on the ground in the Gaza Strip as they conducted raids of homes and other facilities used by Hamas to plan its terror activities.
Hamas’ terrorism manuals instruct readers on how to build homemade explosive devices and how to set them to explode in unlikely places.
Hamas has even strapped explosives to donkeys and attempted to send them after Israeli soldiers.
The terror group’s goal is to encourage the citizens of Gaza to plant explosives in unlikely places in the hopes that Israeli military personnel set them off during routine raids in Gaza.
It is just another example of how Hamas utilizes unconventional warfare techniques and civilian cover to carry out attacks on Israelis. Hamas has already been caught using women and children as human shields and firing their rockets from hospitals and United Nations-owned schools.
The detailed manual, excerpts of which werepublished by the IDF this week, explicitly instructs readers to camouflage their explosives, with one diagram demonstrating “how to fill a television-shaped bomb with shrapnel,” according to the IDF.
Soldiers in Gaza have reported seeing the techniques described in the handbook implemented in various homes. In one instance, an Israeli soldier entered a civilian home located next door to a school only to find eight mines connected together by cable and spread throughout the home.
Mines have also been discovered hidden in the shape of a chicken coop in other homes. Other diagrams in the handbook appear to detail methods to embed explosives in wall mounts, such as those used to hang televisions.
Is there any doubt that, just as it’s without question Israeli artillery is responsible for bombing innocent, missile-hiding UN schools, the Jews themselves are behind this false flag operation, willing to kill their own just to suggest, ludicrously, that Hamas is some sort of terror organization?
I mean, please, people. These are Jews. Who control all the banks and Hollywood and the media. Can we trust them? I mean, honestly?
Factoid: You can’t spell Benjamin Netanyahu without “Satan”. If he had an “s” in his name. Think about it!
Given that we are now experiencing genuine national security risks thanks to the surge at our border, it bears repeating: Obama doesn’t give a shit. He wants what he wants, and that’s fundamental transformation of a colonialist, racist nation that doesn’t deserve its hyperpower status and whose citizens live to well and arrogantly and disgustingly lay claim to selfish individual sovereignty at the expense of the collective Greater Good. As imagined, engineered, and run by Obama and his like. For our own good, naturally.
I mused a few weeks back that the camps that Bill Ayers once dreamed of may manifest themselves in pockets of disease that wipe out the right kind of citizens. As stories of ebola begin to make the rounds, keep that crazy conspiratorial gleaming in the back of your minds.
And worry not if lots of the proper kinds of citizens are also impacted. They’ll be just bumps in the road to Utopia, their deaths for the cause the greatest form of heroism. Not one that any of the movement’s leaders would take, mind you — Ayers didn’t like to get his hands dirty, either, though he wasn’t averse to watching as pieces of his girlfriend got scooped into plastic bags — but then, somebody has to do the difficult work of taking care of all the thinking.
(h/t Pat Dollard)
The bad news first: “Alpha announces 1,100 layoffs at several mines“:
Eight operating affiliates of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., including two in Boone County, have notified their employees that the coal mines and other facilities where they work are subject to being idled due to sustained weak market conditions and government regulations that have challenged the entire Central Appalachian mining industry.
In accordance with requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, notice has been given today to approximately 1,100 employees at 11 Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia, as well as preparation plants and other support operations, advising them of the expected idling of those facilities based on Alpha’s current assessment of market conditions.
Now the good news: these 1100 serial, terrestrial rapists have been effectively castrated so that Mother Nature no longer has to endure their unwanted penetrations into her resource-rich inner regions. This may prove disastrous for humans — after all, our energy grids are still reliant on coal, and brown outs and black outs, in addition to over a thousand newly-unemployed, may soon flood the markets — but then, humans are just carbon dioxide belching walking plagues, anyway.
No worries, though. Ebola will probably take care of a good chunk of them. So we can get back to the paradise we were all promised — where cougars once again run wild, and we sleep quietly and contemplatively in our thatch huts. Right up until the time we’re either wiped out by a flu or eaten by emboldened, pissed-off bears.
Utopia is nigh!
That’s the bad news. The good news is, there’s not a damn thing we can do about it! So let’s keep this party going, bitches!
Over the past 21 / 2 years, the Obama administration has published hundreds of rules — on how wheelchairs should be stowed aboard U.S. aircraft, how foreign trade zones should be regulated, how voting assistance should be provided for U.S. citizens overseas and so on.
There’s a problem, however: Technically speaking, these and about 1,800 other regulations shouldn’t be in effect, because they weren’t reported to Congress as required. Yet there is little that lawmakers or the courts can do about it.
The situation illustrates the obscure, byzantine process used to create federal regulations — and how easily it can go awry.
“It’s pretty apparent that the system is broken,” said Curtis Copeland, a retired Congressional Research Service staffer who discovered the issue. “It would seem this is one area where congressional Republicans and Democrats could get together and say: ‘This is crazy. We can fix this.’?”
Under a 1996 statute, most federal rules are supposed to be reported to the House and Senate in paper form and to the Government Accountability Office electronically. But since the start of 2012, that hasn’t happened for many of the regulations put out by the Obama administration, either because of bureaucratic oversight or because they were considered too minor to be reported.
Failing to report many of the rules is a “technical violation” of the statute, “and the law says they can’t take effect,” according to Robert Cramer, the GAO’s managing associate general counsel.
But there’s another catch: Congress also barred such rules from judicial review. Two federal appeals courts and two district courts have upheld this principle even when the regulation in question was not submitted to Congress as required. Since Congress cannot pass a resolution of disapproval for a rule until it receives it, this means neither lawmakers nor the courts can step in and demand that agencies submit the required paperwork.
The 1996 law at the center of this mess is the Congressional Review Act, or CRA, which added requirements for reporting most administrative rules to Congress. The idea — stemming from the Republican Party’s “Contract With America” — was that lawmakers would have a chance to overturn any pending regulations they didn’t like before they took effect.
But Congress has only set aside one rule in the 18 years since, and bureaucrats and some lawmakers say the law has evolved into a major hassle. In addition to copies of each rule, agencies are supposed to provide a “concise general statement relating to the rule” and the rule’s effective date, all to be distributed to relevant committees. It’s also not entirely clear which rules need to be reported.
In 2009, the House parliamentarian complained that the law had more than doubled the number of committee referrals it had to send out. “This flow of paper poses a significant increment of workload for a range of individuals,” according to a House Judiciary Committee report from that year.
“It’s called the ‘Messenger Relief Act’ because it provided so much business to couriers,” said Jeff Lubbers, a professor at American University’s Washington College of Law.
Well, we wouldn’t to burden people with work. The Constitution would hate that idea! After all, it’s nothing if not a document begging for its own streamlining and deconstruction!
Most of the missing rules are minor. But 43 have been deemed “significant” by the Office of Management and Budget, and six of those count as major. Three rules published in early 2013 carried out the Pentagon’s sexual-assault prevention and response program; one was estimated to cost nearly $15 billion to implement.
The only measure overturned since the law was passed was an ergonomics rule that the Labor Department adopted just before former president Bill Clinton left office.
“This is a make-work statute,” said Columbia Law School professor Peter L. Strauss, an administrative and regulatory law specialist. “It creates volumes of paperwork for Congress and the GAO that sit on the floor.”
Former senator Don Nickles (R-Okla.), one of the law’s original sponsors, said the statute helps lawmakers hold hearings and use other tactics to influence regulations before they take effect. Major rules are not supposed to go into force until 60 days after they are reported to Congress or published in the Federal Register, whichever is later.
When informed about the hundreds of missing rules, Nickles — who now heads his own consulting and lobbying firm — said: “It sounds like they’re breaking the law.”
Yeah. As if that’s even a thing.
You throwbacks. You just don’t understand how DC works, do you?
Answer: any which way it can. And if that means churning out rules that aren’t subject to congressional oversight — and so aren’t subject to any kind of check, including a check on the Congresspeople who represent us who can be judged by how they deal with such regulations — that’s all the better for Leviathan.
Leviathan don’t care. Leviathan don’t give a shit.
United Nation holds that police agencies who don’t provide Kevlar vests to criminals are guilty of crimes against humanity [Darleen Click]
Or something like that …
Navi Pillay told reporters following yet another “emergency” meeting of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council that Israel was not doing enough to protect civilians. “There is a strong possibility,” said the known Israel critic, “that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.”
Among the UN’s long bill of particulars against the beleaguered Jewish state comes the almost unbelievable accusation that Israel’s refusal to share its Iron Dome ballistic missile defense shield with the “governing authority” of Gaza – i.e. Hamas, the terror group created to pursue the extermination of the Jewish state and now waging a terrorist war against it – constitutes a war crime against the civilians of Gaza.
Not like the California Leftist aristocracy in Marin County and the legislature actually give a damn.
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.