Sunday, March 30, 2014

Not Even Wrong About Russia-Will Russia and China Combine against the West?

"That's precisely what may happen if the West succeeds in "isolating"
Russia, as Germany's leading news organization Der Spiegel has been warning.
Of course, all this is on the German language site, beamed to the homefolks;
the Germans don't bother trying to explain things to the Anglos any more.
Use Google translate if you want to read it."

"A fundament of American policy since Henry Kissinger engineered the great
opening to China more than four decades ago has been to keep Russia and
China from combining against the West. John Lewis Gaddis in his history of
the Cold War claims that the U.S. opening to China was the decisive event in
winning the Cold War; I have criticized this view in the past for
underestimating the importance of the Central Front in Europe, but it surely
was a critical dimension of U.S. policy."

"Presently, we may undo the work of the Cold War era and stand godfather to
a new Sino-Russian alliance. This without doubt would be the stupidest move
in the history of American foreign policy. Russia's economy is weak, but
Russia has considerable latent resources in military technology. Russia has
a limitless market for natural resources in China and a prospective partner
in military technology. If we continue to dismantle our defense capacity
while Russia and China nourish theirs, we will be in deep trouble."

"The best response to Putin's challenge would be a massive increase in
defense R&D, with a view to neutralizing Russia's perceived areas of
strength in missile and air defense technology (remember how SDI cowed
Gorbachev in the 1980s?). That would command China's respect and reduce
Russia's attractiveness as a prospective partner. The Crimea was, is, and
will be Russian, and it's pointless to cry over milk that was spilled in
1783. We need to think several moves ahead on the chessboard. Otherwise,
Chancellor Merkel is quite right: sanctions are pointless."

"As for the West's credibility: the stock price of Gazprom, the Russian
state company that ships gas to Europe, jumped more than 5% today while
Western leaders gathered to anathemize the beastly Russians. The market, as
usual, has the last laugh."

Yeah, a Sino-Russian alliance is a distinct and unfortunate possibility at
this point. Certainly Russia and China have had their differences in the
recent past , but then again they just might have an incentive now to "sign
articles" and combine forces, like 17th Century pirate companies, in order
to take advantage of the West's current weakness and confusion. With America
disarming, as well  dismantling its industry, now's clearly the time to act.

By Epictetus

Ukraine's military unprepared to hurt Russia

"Ukraine's military is in such disarray after Russia's recent taking of Crimea that it will need help from NATO and outside forces to reorganize and defend the country, analysts and military experts say."

"Russia has moved 30,000 of its elite special forces into place on its 1,200-mile border with East Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin says it's nothing more than a training exercise, but Western leaders say he may be preparing to invade the eastern half of Ukraine."

By Epictetus

Key Senator Says We Depend Too Much on Russia for Space

"CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - As relations between the United States and Russia deteriorate due to the crisis in Ukraine, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is calling attention to concerns about the two nations' joint venture on the International Space Station."

"Nelson, who flew on the space shuttle Columbia in 1986 and now chairs the Senate's subcommittee on science and space policy, said the situation in Ukraine illustrates why it's "vital" for NASA to support the development of U.S. commercial spaceships."

"We've got to properly fund and support commercial spaceflight so we can keep our space program alive and well, no matter happens with Russia," Nelson said in a statement late Monday."

"Since America's shuttle fleet was grounded in 2011, Russia has been flying U.S. astronauts to and from the International outpost at a cost of up to $70 million per seat. If Russia Since America's shuttle fleet was grounded in 2011, Russia has been flying U.S. astronauts to and from the International outpost at a cost of up to $70 million per seat. If Russia should suddenly refuse to fly Americans there, the United States could be without the means to keep astronauts aboard the $100 billion-plus outpost."

"In 2010, retired senator-astronaut John Glenn literally begged President Barack Obama not to ground the space shuttles and leave American astronauts at Russia's mercy. Glenn's fears could now be coming home to roost."

"The quickest solution would be to accelerate efforts to upgrade SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft so it can ferry astronauts to and from the station. Some feel that could be done within two years."

The honorable Senator from Florida apparently does not understand that NASA
now stands for "No Americans in Space Anymore".

By Epictetus

Putin's Next Steps: Why He Does Not Fear NATO

"NATO, therefore, has always been a sore spot for Russia: it is the one entity that has been able to keep together the formerly warring West European tribes for more than sixty years. They still see the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as its first secretary general did - a means of keeping "The Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down." And since Germany was allowed into NATO in 1955, only the first two of its original three goals of NATO still remain."

"This means that if America is out, Russia is in. Or at least, that's the hope of Moscow. NATO has to die if Russia is to take its rightful place as a major European power. And, furthermore, if without NATO, Berlin, Paris, and London resume their triangulating ways, imperial Russians believe that
Moscow becomes Europe's preeminent power. NATO is the immediate obstacle to the Russian Empire's long-hoped for subjugation of Europe."

"Do not mistake that to mean Russia intends to conquer Europe militarily. Better than any other country, Russia understands the tyranny of distance, and knows that it can no more hope for a successful military conquest of the Continent than could Napoleon or Hitler hope to hold Moscow. Imperial Russia simply wants to call the shots, just as Putin told Medvedev what to do for
four years. "

A good analysis of what Putin's grand strategy might be. Probably spot on too. Putin no doubts see that this is an auspicious time to act , since the current American President is clearly indifferent at best to foreign affairs and the American people are confused and divided about the role they want
their country to play in the world.

By Epictetus

Friday, March 28, 2014

Kerry Declares: 'The Era of the Monroe Doctrine is Over,' Proceeds to Distort It

Well this one slipped in under the radar. Certainly the mainstream media didn't consider this announcement news worthy.

Henceforth the nations of the Eastern Hemisphere will be free to re-colonize the independent nations in the Western Hemisphere. The USA will no longer stand in general opposition to any such interventions. You're on your own... goodnight!

By Epictetus

Residents in This Longtime Liberal City Are Making the Case for the Second Amendment - Criminals Are Leaving Them No Choice

"Detroit has traditionally had a large percentage of the nation's justifiable homicides by citizens. In 2012, the last year for which national figures are available, there were 25 justifiable homicides in Detroit, which made up 8 percent of the 310 seen nationwide," the Detroit News reports. 'Last year, there were 15 justifiable homicides in the city.'"

"Detroit is on pace to see as many as 40 fatal self-defense shootings this year. But will the increase in armed resistance against criminals result in less crime?"

"Common sense says yes, but only time will tell. In recent years, the city has been plagued with violence and criminal activity."

Well common sense tells us that rate of burglaries and home invasion robberies in Detroit would be even worse, if it were not for that fact that law-abiding citizens are allowed to arm themselves now. Certainly criminals in Detroit have little to fear from police, as it is well known by now that
it  often takes the DPD two hours or more to respond to a burglary call (as reported by Charley Leduff of Fox TV 2 News in Detroit) . In that amount of time the perpetrators could conceivable be out of the state completely, by the time a police squad car arrived at the scene of the crime.

By Epictetus


Once Again Ann Coulter nails it.

“That's not insurance! It's a huge transfer of wealth from people who work for a living to those who don't, accomplished by forcing the workers to buy insurance that's not insurance. Obamacare has made actual health insurance "illegal."

If you live in America, your health insurance is going to disappear, too.

Soon ( in 2015 and/or 20160 the waivers on employer provided health care will expire (which is how most people currently get health care insurance). As a matter of fact it was even against the law for the President to issue waivers to Obama-care. Regardless, once the waivers “expire” and the law is enforced in full, it will become uneconomical for most health insurance companies to remain in business. Then health insurance as we currently know and understand it in America will disappear, to be replaced by…what?… a national health-care system managed by the federal government? At least that seems to be the Democrats’ long range plan. We’ll just have to endure who knows how many years of hell before we arrive at that utopian socialist paradise. In the meantime most investors will send their money elsewhere while the American economy undergoes this lengthy sorting-out process.

By Epictetus

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CA State Sen. Leland Yee Indicted for Arms Trafficking After Supporting Assault Weapons Ban

The Associated Press reports that Yee was to receive campaign donations in exchange for various favors, including acquiring arms from a Muslim rebel group. The people with whom the deals were made turned out to be undercover FBI agents.

According to the Associated Press:

"Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder fired automatic weapons and missiles, and took him through the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bringing them to the United States, according to the affidavit by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.

According to Project Vote Smart, Yee voted "yea" for the proposed California assault weapons ban (SB 374) in 2013. He also voted "yea" for the ban on lead hunting ammunition and "yea" for background checks for ammunition purchases.

Yee was a co-sponsor of SB 755, which expanded the "list of crimes that
disqualify an individual from firearm ownership."

By Epictetus

Is Democrat Leland Yee a Full-Blown Gun-Runner for Russians and Islamic Terrorists?

Well how do you like that?  A big anti-gun Democrat State Senator from San-Francisco turns out to be a gun-runner.

By Epictetus

Report: Russian Forces Moving Toward Ukraine

Boy, this will likely be the first war filmed on dash-cams.

"Earlier this week, news broke that Russian nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky penned a disturbing letter. In that letter, the Putin adviser and leader of  Russia's Liberal Democratic party proposed dividing Ukraine's territory  between Russia, Romania, Hungary and Poland. Zhirinovsky is the deputy  speaker in Russia's Duma, and is often aligned with President Vladimir Putin."

By Epictetus

Do Not Make Fun Of Those That Have Fallen Out Of The Middle Class

Funny, nowadays it's the Left-Wingers who are telling those people to quit their whining and just "get a job".

By Epictetus

Uptown family concerned by lack of 911 response after break-in, several calls to authorities

"NEW ORLEANS, La. -- An Uptown family woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of someone breaking in and luckily their dog's barking scared off the intruder. What they didn't expect was no one answering their 911 calls for help."

The local 9-11 system does promise to record your last words.

"I'm Sheriff David Clarke and I want to talk to you about something personal: your safety. It's no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game. But are you ready? With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can beg for mercy
from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family,"

Sheriff David Clarke
Milwaukee County
PSA 2013

By Epictetus

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pop Quiz: Can You Name One U.S. Senator?

They don't know much about how the government works, but it's guaranteed
they have opinions about what it ought to do.

This makes a case for repealing the 17th Amendment, and going back to having
the state legislatures elect the two  members of the U.S. Senate to
represent their state.  Why elect U.S. Senators by popular vote if nobody
knows or cares who they are?

By Epictetus

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Before and After: Photos Show Mudslide's Destruction


FYI: Snohomish County is just north of Seattle/King County Washington.

By Epictetus

Arctic Cold Returning to Midwest, East Despite Spring

It's those giant Russian fans again....

By Epictetus

Obama & Putin Phone Conversation on "Tonight Show"

Recently released NSA recordings....

By Epictetus

BOOM: Thug Gets Punched So Hard He Turned Into A Seal!

Ouch!...Well, that's what can happen when you pick a fight above your weight
class...and apparently just being from NYC didn't help that much.

By Epictetus

Susan Rice: No Focus on Providing Arms to Ukraine

"Hey ...what part of 'they're on their own' didn't you understand?", she

By Epictetus

Friday, March 21, 2014

Unlike the West, Putin Knew Exactly What He Was Doing

“On 18 March President Putin signed the treaty of reunification with Crimea along with the Crimean prime minister and parliament speaker. He gave a ten minute address in which he in which he defended Crimea's vote as a restoration of historical justice.”

“In the speech, Putin stressed the history of Russian connections to Crimea, the legitimacy of Russian actions and the precedent set by Western recognition of Kosovo.”

Yeah, remember Kosovo? The Russians sure do. They remember how the US and NATO intervention in Kosovo redrew the borders of Serbia and effectively granted the province of Kosovo independence from Serbia. The US and NATO maintained they did this for good and noble reasons: to end the genocide and ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Serbs against the Muslim Albanian Kosovars (and saved western Europe from having to take in the Kosovar refugees, most of whom would likely become welfare clients and/or gangsters). However, the fact remains that the US and NATO redrew the borders of a sovereign country in contravention of the UN Charter when it suited them to do so. So whenever our President scolds the Russians for breaking international law by annexing Crimea, the rebuke falls on deaf ears, for in the minds of the Russians the US and NATO did it first. And might do it again whenever it suited them, for that matter, which is why the Russians are happy to have a strong leader who will stand up to the West.

By Epictetus

He Was Tortured for Two Days and Left in Woods for Wolves to Eat - But What Led to the Twisted Crime May Be Even More Disturbing

Attempted murder in the North-woods.

I suspect that the real motivation for the beating was that the unfortunate "mark" in this caper suddenly decided he didn't want to play the "sugar-daddy" and continue to give money to the woman he met through the online dating website. It wouldn't be the first time internet dating was used to commit fraud and extortion. Like Craig's List and similar internet services, such web-site are occasionally employed by criminals to lure in victims.

By Epictetus

'My mistake and I own up to it': Phoenix reporter reverses course, says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney DOESN'T get daily briefing questions in advance

Doah! Looks like someone was taken to the wood shed. Too late now though, the cat is already out of the bag.

This revelation does confirm what people have long suspected: that the White Press conferences are contrived affairs.

So now we know for certain that there is no real news reporting by the mainstream media and no investigative reporting either.

By Epictetus

Rush Limbaugh Says 'Democrats Are Living in Mortal Fear' of the Day This 'Huge' Story Is Widely Reported

Limbaugh cited an Associated Press report run Wednesday on page A14 of the New York Times about the Wisconsin Assembly passing Walker's $504 million tax-cut plan. As previously reported by The Blaze, Walker intends to use part of Wisconsin's projected $977 million surplus to pay for property and income tax cuts.

"He introduced a bill in January that would send $406 million to technical colleges to reduce their property tax hit and cut income taxes by $98 million by reducing the lowest bracket to 4 percent from 4.4 percent," the report states. "The end result would be a $131 reduction a median home's tax bill this December and $46 in annual income tax savings for the average worker."

The bill now heads to Walker's desk for his signature.

Limbaugh mocked the report for giving the success story just ten lines, though he also said he was "amazed" the story ran in the New York Times at all.

"The solution to this country's problems gets ten lines in the New York Times," Limbaugh said. "I'm amazed they even ran the story. But it gets ten lines. I think this is one of the biggest and under commented on - and including in conservative media. This is simply huge what Scott Walker has

Much of the bias in the news media is revealed in what the media considers news worthy. Indeed, Governor Walker's success is something the mainstream media doesn't want the public to know about.

By Epictetus

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vladimir Putin urged to snatch back Belarus and Kazakhstan

"When a putz like Obama tells Putin it's illegal for Russia to absorb the
Crimea which is mostly Russian, and then demands that Israel evacuate
300,000 Jews from historically Jewish Judea and Samaria to appease
terrorists, what other reaction can one have but, HUH?!"

John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.) Brisbane, Australia, Dissecting Leftism BlogSpot.

By Epictetus

Ukraine making plans to pull troops from Crimea

"KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's government said Wednesday it has begun
drawing up plans to pull its troops from Crimea, where Russia is steadily
taking formal control as its armed forces seize military installations
across the disputed peninsula."

"In a warning to Moscow, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden declared the United
States will respond to any aggression against its NATO allies, which include
neighbors to Russia."

By Epictetus

Obama Rules Out 'Military Excursion' in Ukraine

Well now Ukraine knows for certain that it is on its own.

As Victor Davis Hanson observed our President excels at calmly talking
nonsense, "from the trivial to the profound".

"We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine," he
said in an interview with KNSD in San Diego. "What we are going to do is
mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we've got a
strong international coalition that sends a clear message, which is that
Ukraine should decide their destiny."

"There is a better path, but I think even the Ukrainians would acknowledge
that for us to engage Russia militarily would not be appropriate and would
not be good for Ukraine either," he added.

In a separate interview with KSDK in St. Louis, Obama reiterated that a
military option is not on the table but that the United States and its
allies are prepared to take "even more disruptive economic actions."

"Obviously, we do not need to trigger an actual war with Russia," he said.
"The Ukrainians don't want that. Nobody would want that."

Well yes, Ukraine would want that! Ukraine wants us to come kick the
Russians' ass and send them running home with their tails between their
legs. Why else would Ukraine seek to ally themselves with us? After all, the
Ukrainians divested themselves of their nuclear weapons, as well as
thousands of tons of conventional  munitions, on the promise that the USA
would  guarantee their security. Then Senator Obama was even part of the
U.S. delegation that made that promise to Ukraine.

"The media, of course, accepts that what Obama says on any given day will
contradict what he has said or done earlier [13], or will be an exaggeration
or caricature of his opponents' position, or simply be detached from
reality. But in their daily calculus, that resulting chaos is minor in
comparison to the symbolic meaning of Obama. He is, after all, both the
nation's first African-American president and our first left-wing
progressive since Franklin Roosevelt."

Well, we may as well admit it, we're done fighting foreign wars. Not going
to do it anymore.

By Epictetus

What Sanctions? How Russians Spend Their Rubles in the U.S.

Life styles of the rich and Russian.

By Epictetus

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kerry: Invading East Ukraine Is a "Hard Line" .(No More Red Ink Left for Red Lines?)

Hmmmm...... where did we hear that before?

By Epictetus

Russian forces storm Ukraine naval HQ in Crimea

It begins.

By Epictetus

President Barack Obama picks Michigan State Spartans as men's basketball champions

It's good to know that our President is not confused about his priorities.

By Epictetus

Biden to NATO Allies: 'We Will Respond to Any Aggression'

"Biden's visit is intended to reassure nations like Poland and the Baltics
that the United States will live up to its NATO pledge to protect allies
under attack. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are all members of both
the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - unlike

"There has been widespread alarm at Russia's explanation that it annexed
Crimea in order to protect Russian citizens and Russian speakers. Many of
the Baltic nations have a significant number of Russians living within their
borders and historical ties that pre-date the Soviet Union."

Vice President Biden said that if any NATO member countries are threatened, he will load his shotgun, go out on the balcony and fire two warning shots in the air.

By Epictetus

Arctic blast coming to Eastern US - likely to be the coldest opening to calendar spring in at least 50 years | Watts Up With That?

Yep, it's because of those giant nuclear powered fans the Russians set up in
the arctic to blow cold air deep into North America.

By Epictetus

29-Year-Old Welfare Parasite Would Not Accept An $80,000 A Year Job Driving A Truck

Hannity pointed out that Greenslate rides around in a Cadillac Escalade and
frequents strip clubs, all while receiving government assistance and not
working at a job that actually pays.

When Hannity asked Greenslate who he thinks pays for his food stamps and
free health care, Greenslate said, "Government, taxes, us, the people."

"Not you, because you're not paying taxes," Hannity responded.

Hannity went on to point out that nearly 60 cents out of every working
Californian's dollar goes to taxes. "You're taking their money and you just
don't seem to care," Hannity said.

"Who says I don't care?" Greenslate asked, adding that he was "thankful."

Hannity even asked Greenslate if he would take a job as a truck driver for
$80,000 a year, and Greenslate refused.

Hannity went for broke: "If I could get you a job that would pay you $80,000
a year driving a truck in North Dakota, would you take it?"

Greenslate paused for a moment to think about it: "No."

Of course most Americans actually do want to work, and only go on government
assistance if they really need it.  Unfortunately, however, there are a lot
of "Jason Greenslates" out there, and their numbers are growing with each
passing year.

And without a doubt, life is tough if you are trying to survive at the low
end of the wage scale these days.  It is hard enough to take care of
yourself, much less an entire family, on 9 or 10 dollars an hour.

For many, it is simply easier to give up on working for a living and depend
on the government instead.

By Epictetus

Demography Is Destiny-In Crimea And In The U.S.

"The point of immigration restriction, sovereignty, and having a country to
begin with is for a group to exercise control over its own destiny. A
nation-state is the political expression of a particular people. When a
people has no identification with a state, or when they associate a state
with a different people, you get conflict, as we see in the
rapidly-dissolving polity of Ukraine. [39] A group that loses control over
the state is at the mercy of others-as the Tatars are today."

"And so too is the historic American nation-oppressed by contemptuous
rulers, looted by sneering oligarchs lusting for cheap labor, morally
attacked every day by pundits and "activists" who deny that white Americans
are a people with legitimate collective interests. Like Stalin with the
Tatars, [40] our elites flood and overwhelm us with a new people they see as
more politically reliable. [41] Just as the Tatars lost the Crimea, so too
are Americans losing the country they created. [42]"

"Of course, there's a difference. Russian conquest of the Crimea gave a new
birth to Orthodox civilization  [43]and arguably expanded the reach of the
West. But loss of control over the U.S. by the historic American nation will
mean the degeneration of the world's sole superpower into a cacophonous
Affirmative Action swamp."

"And it is easy to imagine that collapse beginning with an "American Crimea"
in the Southwest not long from now. After all, the Southwest once belonged
to Mexico, [44] as the Crimea belonged to Russia before it was given to
Ukraine. The immigrant Mexican population apparently can't even stomach the
sight of American flags in public schools without resorting to violence
[45]-and the federal government sides with the invaders [46]."

"A few decades from now (if not sooner), what do you think the results of a
referendum in Southern California would be?"

"Needless to say, any suggestion that demographic change in the American
Southwest [47] may lead to our own Crimean situation will be either
dismissed  [48]as conspiratorial  [49]or attacked  [50]as "racist." But
ignoring the facts doesn't make them go away."

"Establishment conservatives intellectuals love to talk about American
Exceptionalism-but the Gods of the Copybook Headings [51] are not stayed by
wishful thinking.  The End of History is being replaced by the Age of
Ethnopolitics-and the headlines in Sevastopol [52] may herald what's coming
to Los Angeles."

"It used to be said that politics stops at the water's edge. Now it seems,
only logic does."

By Epictetus

A New 'Cool War' With Russia Is About to Begin

"The upshot is that the crisis over Ukraine is likely to reorder global
relations in a significant way. The U.S.-Russia rivalry that was being
vociferously debated as recently as the 2012 presidential election, when
President Obama mocked GOP nominee Mitt Romney's argument that Russia had
become America's "No. 1 geopolitical foe," is today quickly becoming
conventional wisdom in Washington."

"A kind of "cool war" between the two countries-one that is not quite yet
"cold"-may already be emerging. While this is clearly nothing yet like the
great ideological struggle and arms race of the Cold War, U.S. officials may
soon need to consider a new strategy involving the containment of Russian
countermoves around the world."

That's it... it's the "Cool War"!

Very apropos. President Obama is the "cool" , so it stands to reason he would only fight a "cool" war. Cool buys exemption from criticism.

By Epictetus

Here's What Rush Limbaugh Says Obama Should Do to Punish Russia - and Why He Won't

"Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday revealed what he thinks
President Barack Obama and his allies should do to punish Russia for its
aggression in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials
have essentially laughed at the sanctions imposed by the Obama
administration and other U.S. allies."

"Limbaugh said sanctioning eleven individuals - seven Russians and four
Ukrainians - is not going to accomplish anything."

"There is something that Obama and the European Union could do," Limbaugh
said. "It's a very easy way to punish Putin in a way that would really
matter. They could kick him out of the IMF and the G8, which would mean it
would cost Russia more to do business with the rest of the world. They could
do that."

"But Obama is "not going to do that," he added."

"Citing the "Limbaugh theorem," the radio host argued Obama "doesn't believe
in American exceptionalism" and doesn't mind if the U.S. is "brought down to

"He continued: "[Obama] doesn't believe in any of the things about the
United States being policeman of the world or being the outpost of liberty
or freedom in the world. He's never, never believed that. He doesn't think
we've ever been a legitimate superpower. He's been of the belief that that's
been illegitimate and not warranted."

Rush is right. Cutting America down to size so it can't bully other  countries has been President Obama's "leitmotif" (directing motivation) from  the beginning. That what that obsequious bowing to foreign leaders at the beginning of his office signified. He doesn't believe himself to be humbled
by Putin's rebuff. After all, he is doing what is necessary to promote world  peace. President Obama believes his real enemies are the Republicans, the Tea Party, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

By Epictetus

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Some fast food outlets closing on military bases

"McDonald's independent owners operate about 30 restaurants on military
installations. "Whenever we reach the end of a term, whether on a military
site or otherwise, we consider many factors in deciding whether to
renegotiate a new term," McComb said."

"She said the owners of the three closing outlets are offering affected
employees transfers to other nearby McDonald's restaurants."

"Martin said new Labor Department rules issued last fall for fast food
workers on federal contracts under the Service Contract Act require an
increase in the minimum wage for such employees, varying by region. The
rules also require payment of new, additional "health and welfare" fringe
benefits at a rate of $3.81 per hour to those employees."

"Contractor-operated fast food concessions on military installations fall
under those regulations."

"The new rules "have to be part of any contract we negotiate," said Martin,
adding that many vendor partners "have verbally indicated hesitation" to
accept contract changes reflecting the revised wage rules."

"In addition, President Obama recently signed an executive order that will
increase the minimum wage for employees of companies with new federal
contracts beginning Jan. 1. At that time, the minimum wage for all federal
contract workers - not just those working for fast food concessions - will
increase to $10.10 from the current $7.25. It is not yet known how
far-reaching the effects will be for contracts on military installations."

"The wage hikes are good news for the many military spouses and veterans who
work for these contractors - but only if the concessionaires continue to

Well General Stanley McChrystal would no doubt be pleased. Servicemen don't
need to be eating at places like that anyway.

By Epictetus

Gainesville's Urinating Man Strikes Again

GPD releases sketch of 'urinator'. Gainesville’s Mad Pisser.
Three more women have reported being urinated on by a man near the University of Florida campus.
The Gainesville Police Department released this sketch of a man suspected of urinating on women from behind in Gainesville.

Must be getting “Justice for Trayvon”.

By Epictetus

Russian Threat Re-Energizes Sweden's Push To Join NATO, Boost Spending | Defense News |

"In a direct response to Russia’s military actions in the Crimean Peninsula,
Jan Björklund, the Liberal Peoples’ Party leader and Sweden’s deputy prime
minister, is pushing for a “comprehensive strategic military re-think on
capability.” Björklund also wants Sweden to “set the wheels in motion” to
join NATO."

“What the crisis in the Ukraine shows is that we need to return to our
original defense doctrine of having the capability to defend our borders,”
Björklund said at a March 12 news conference. “The crisis highlights our
vulnerability in the Baltic Sea. We need to strengthen our presence and
capability here. NATO membership is the best long-term option."

By Epictetus

The Adventures of Patrick of Ireland -- Aching for Hollywood's Attention

"I am Patrick, yes a sinner and indeed untaught; yet I am established here
in Ireland where I profess myself bishop. I am certain in my heart that "all
that I am," I have received from God. So I live among barbarous tribes, a
stranger and exile for the love of God."

Saint Patrick

By Epictetus

Krauthammer: Obama 'Sanctions' on Russia 'a Humiliating Response'

Once again Krauthammer is spot on!

But it's not like anybody in America, except the talking heads on TV, really
wants to get involved with the trouble in wave your hands in
the air like you don't care.

On the other hand, maybe it's time to settle disputes like this through a
contest between national leaders. Like a shin-kicking contest. Best three
out of five.

Yeah that's the ticket! Bet they'd clean up on pay-per-view. Enough to pay
off the debt.

By Epictetus

Monday, March 17, 2014

State-Sponsored Television Anchor Threatens: Russia Is "Realistically Capable of Turning the United States Into Radioactive Ash"

A leading anchor on Russian state television on Sunday described Russia as the only country capable of turning the United States into "radioactive ash", in an incendiary comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea referendum.

"Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning
the United States into radioactive ash," anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said on his
weekly news show on state-controlled Rossiya 1 television.

Kiselyov made the comment to support his argument that the United States and
President Barack Obama were living in fear of Russia led by President
Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine crisis.
He stood in his studio in front of a gigantic image of a mushroom cloud
produced after a nuclear attack, with the words "into radioactive ash".
Putin last year appointed Kiselyov head of the new Russia Today news agency
that is to replace the soon to be liquidated RIA Novosti news agency with
the aim of better promoting Russia's official position.

Source: AFP

Looks like it's back to a 1980's foreign policy. To the Leftists that meant that the USA must dismantle its nuclear weapons, lest it start a nuclear war. That is ongoing, so not much has changed.

By Epictetus

Russia's Lackey, Belarus, Mobilizes Its Military

"Belarus is allied to Moscow. If the plan is to move in from both Russia and
Belarus, Ukraine will be blitzed from the east and the north. It barely
stands a chance. Russia could be expected to seize Ukraine's east, while
Belarus forces might be tasked with taking Ukraine's energy producing region
to the west. Putin might have already struck a deal with his client state to
divide Ukraine between them. Such a deal would be in keeping with Russia's
longstanding strategy of building buffer states between itself and the west
- Belarus control of Ukraine's west effectively sets Belarus as a buffer
state between Russia and Poland, Romania and other frontier NATO states."

By Epictetus

Noah Set to Flip the Biblical Script

For God so loved the world that he destroyed Mankind in order to save the environment.

More proof that militant environmentalism and belief in man-made global warming is a "faith-based belief system", which is to say a religion, because in this case the militant environmentalists are endeavoring to re-write the Bible.

"Now we have begun to see clips from the film. The one above revealed Aronofsky's revised reason for Noah to build an ark. "Our family has been chosen for a great task, to save the innocent. the animals," Noah tells his family. When one of his sons asks what makes the animals innocent, Noah's daughter beats him to the punch: "Because they still live as they did in the Garden [of Eden]." From this we may infer that God regards animals as morally superior to human beings. In the clip, Noah adds, "I guess we get to start over too," as if the involvement of his family were an afterthought secondary to God's purpose. The Bible tells a different story. All creation shares the curse of sin,
including animals. The flood surged as judgment against that sin, and Noah's family was preserved in fulfillment of God's covenant to provide salvation for mankind."

FYI: here's what the Holy Bible really has to say about the flood of Noah
(From the New International Version-NIV).

Genesis Chapter 6

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the
earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was
only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings
on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, "I will
wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created-and with them
the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground-for I
regret that I have made them." 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the

Noah and the Flood

9  This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he
walked faithfully with God. 10  Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. 12 God
saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had
corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to
all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am
surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark
of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15
This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long,
fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. 16 Make a roof for it, leaving
below the roof an opening one cubite high all around. Put a door in the side
of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring
floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every
creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.
18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark-you
and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you. 19 You are to
bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep
them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal
and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you
to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten
and store it away as food for you and for them."
22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

By Epictetus

Five Major Developments in Ukraine Over the Weekend, Other than the Referendum

"Will Russia invade the rest of Ukraine? That still seems likely. Having
taken Crimea and sawed it off the rest of Ukraine with the referendum on
Sunday, Russia is consolidating its gains, mobilizing its forces along
Ukraine's border, and through Gazprom building an economic case for invasion
of eastern Ukraine, where the bulk of the country's energy production lies.
The smear of the Maidan protesters and the instigation of riots and violence
in eastern Ukraine would be mere pretexts to sweep into Ukraine and either
turn it into a puppet state or, with assistance from Belarus, dismember it."

"You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an
opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

- Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief Of Staff to Barack Obama 2009

By Epictetus

Pro-Russian Crimeans toast future with Moscow after vote

" (Ukraine) (AFP) - Flags, chants and music plus plenty of alcohol filled
the streets of Crimea's main cities Sunday after voters backed joining
Russia and breaking away from Ukraine in a disputed referendum."

By Epictetus

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Janitor in fatal shooting of two Milwaukee teens has gun permit

Well they finally let him go. The authorities  kept him locked up even
though they had cell phone video, taken by one of the three attackers no
less, that proved he fired in self-defense. What's up with that?

By Epictetus

Saturday, March 15, 2014

In Ukraine, a Call for a '2nd Amendment'

"The Ukrainian Gun Owners Association put out the following press release,
calling for a right-to-bear-arms amendment to the Ukrainian Constitution
(reproduced verbatim):"

"Today every citizen of Ukraine understands why our country has hundreds of
thousands of policemen. Last illusions were crushed when riot police used
rubber batons and boots at the Independence Square on peaceful citizens."

" After such actions, we realize that it is not enough to only adopt the Gun

 "As of today, Ukrainian Gun Owners Association will start to work on the
preparation of amendments to the Constitution, which will provide an
unconditional right for Ukrainian citizens to bear arms."

 "People should have the right to bear arms, which will be put in writing
into the Constitution."

" Authorities should not and will not be stronger than its people!"

By Epictetus

At least six dead in central China knife incident

"The government blamed that attack on militants from Xinjiang, home to a
large Muslim Uighur minority."

"Beijing has not explicitly accused Uighurs of carrying out the Kunming
attack, but by calling the perpetrators Xinjiang extremists the implication
is clear."

"Many Uighurs say they are infuriated by Chinese curbs on their culture and
religion, although the government says they are given wide freedoms."

FYI: Uighur is pronounced "Wee-ger'.

By Epictetus

Russian propaganda war in full swing over Ukraine

"MOSCOW (AP) - This is Ukraine today, at least as seen by most Russian news
media: the government is run by anti-Semitic fascists, people killed in
protests were shot by opposition snipers and the West is behind it all."

"And the room to disagree with that portrayal is getting smaller by the

"With Crimea set to hold a referendum Sunday on whether to merge with
Russia, the push to demonize Ukraine's leadership has reached fever pitch.
Authorities in Ukraine have responded by blocking Russian TV channels."

"Lev Gudkov, head of a respected independent Moscow-based polling agency,
says the propagandist tone of Russian state television has reached new

"For intensity, comprehensiveness and aggressiveness, this is like nothing I
have ever seen over the whole post-Soviet period," Gudkov said."

"News bulletins on top network Channel 1 carry extensive reports detailing
purported rampant lawlessness to vague threats of reprisals against ethnic
Russians and Jews, as well as showing interviews with talking heads alleging
foreign-engineered plots."

By Epictetus

After Crimea, wary Eastern Europe asks: who's next?

"BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Broken promises of help from the West. A tragic
history of Russian invasion that goes back centuries. A painful awareness
that conflicts in this volatile region are contagious. These are the factors
that make nations across Eastern Europe watch events in Ukraine - and
"From leaders to ordinary people, there is a palpable sense of fear that
Russia, seemingly able to thumb its nose at Western powers at will, may seek
more opportunities for incursions in its former imperial backyard. The
question many people are asking is: Who's next?"

Yes, many of Russia's neighbor, former Soviet republics, have significant
enclaves of ethnic Russians. These enclaves provide a ready-made excuse for
a Russian intervention as well a "fifth column" to prepare the way for
Russian forces. So naturally the situation in the Ukraine has these same
countries worried. Especially since it appears that the USA and the Western
European member of NATO are now all broke and war weary from the war on
terror and thus may not have the stomach for a conflict with Russia.

By Epictetus

GUN WATCH: High-crime America?

High-crime America?

As for crime rates overall, the picture is stark: the CDC's National Center
for Injury Prevention and Control lists the homicide rate per 100,000 as
23.1 for blacks, 7.8 for Native Americans, 7.6 for Hispanics, 2.7 for
whites, and 2.4 for Asians.  The reality of crime in America is that the
white and Asian homicide rate is on par with Finland's.  The American black
homicide rate is on par with those of Zambia and Rwanda (22.9 and 26.6 per
100,000, respectively)."

That's the reality of multiculturalism, you end up with a fragmented country
full of different sub-cultures often with vastly different situations in
each sub-culture. America doesn't have a "gun crime" problem, it has a "gang
crime" problem. Most of the country's crime is occurring in our major cities
and other areas (like the Border with Mexico) where there is significant
gang activity. Over sixty over cent of the murders in America are s of
criminals killing other criminals. The various criminal gangs are ethnically
homogenous, thus the majority of the violent crime is committed by handful
of ethnic groups. Overall the murder rate for the United Sates of America
was 4.8 per 100,000 in 2011.

For 2011, Canada had 1.73 homicides per 100,000 people. Nevertheless some
Canadian Provinces have a higher local murder rates than the U.S. average.
Minnesota had a 2011 murder rate of   1.4 per 100,000 people. This was not
only lower than the Canadian national average, but it was also lower than
many individual Canadian Provinces: Nunavut (21.01), Northwest Territories
(6.87) , Nova Scotia (2.33), Manitoba (4.24), Saskatchewan (3.59), and
Alberta (2.88). Why the higher murder rate in those provinces? Because the
aboriginal peoples who inhabit those provinces have greater murder rates
than white Canadians do.

A study done in 1977 comparing crime rates in Seattle and Vancouver even
indicated that white Canadians are slightly more violent than white
Americans. But hey you just have to go to a hockey game to confirm that!

What does this multicultural crime mean to us in America? It means that if
we Americans ever give up our right to keep and bear arms we'll be at the
mercy of the country's criminal underclass, because in a great many parts of
our country the authorities have proven unwilling and unable to deter crime
in any meaningful  way that would ensure the public safety were the people
to be disarmed.

Only a few law enforcement official like Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee
County Wisconsin are honest enough and courageous enough to tell us we must
be prepared to protect ourselves.

"I'm Sheriff David Clarke and I want to talk to you about something
personal: your safety. It's no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the
game. But are you ready? With officers laid off and furloughed, simply
calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can beg for mercy
from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are
you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a
firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to
protect yourself and your family,"
Sheriff David Clarke, Milwaukee County Wisconsin, Radio Public Service
Announcement,  2013

By Epictetus

Vladimir Putin: Hero of the European Union

"Vladimir Putin's adventurism in the Ukraine has had a strange side effect:
it may well have prolonged the life of his chief rival and antagonist - the
European Union - by several years."

Yeah, besides inspiring the EU countries to conduct greater energy
exploration, he's probably strengthened NATO as well. Now NATO just has to
try to get the USA back on board.

By Epictetus

Ukraine official: 2 dead, several hurt in shootout

"Kharkiv, near the Russian border, is a hotbed of pro-Russia sentiment and
opposition to the acting Ukrainian government that took power last month
after Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in the
wake of months of protests."

"After the skirmish, according to the reports, there was gunfire outside a
building housing the offices of several nationalist groups including Right
Sector, which was one of the drivers of the protests against Yanukovych and
that vehemently opposes Russian influence in Ukraine."

"Russia has denounced Right Sector and similar groups as "fascists" who
allegedly want to oppress ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

By Epictetus

Friday, March 14, 2014

Maintenance worker who shot teens has concealed carry permit

This is curious. Even the police chief told the TV news elsewhere that this
shooting looks like a case of self-defense and yet, they holding the
maintenance man in jail pending charges of first degree intentional
homicide. So what's up with this?

One gets the impression the authorities are trying to avoid a "George
Zimmerman " situation by not giving the person who acted in self-defense a
presumption of innocence until proven guilty, thereby placating the friends
and relatives of the late lamented teenagers who clearly seek to make
excuses for their actions, as well as seeking to avoid accusations from the
local racial  grievance advocates that the police are somehow countenancing
an "open season" on poor African-American youth.

After all, ganging up on people and beating them with a baseball bat is just
what people do in the inner city in lieu of taking someone they have a
monetary dispute with to small claims court. So what might appear to be a
criminal assault to the public at large might not be regarded as such in
that neighborhood. Thus the alleged attackers might have been "good" people
who were not really threatening the maintenance worker with grievous bodily
injury or death  and the presumed victim of the beating may not have been
entirely blameless, you see.

By Epictetus

Data shows millions of Americans falling out of the workforce

"The army of idle Americans is important for the immigration debate, because
advocates for greater immigration say foreign workers are needed to fill
slots that can't be taken by Americans."

"The 50 million idle Americans include many who are studying, have chosen
not to work or have retired early."

"But the government data shows that 16.7 million native-born Americans
wanted - but did not have - full-time work in 2013, up from 10.5 million in
late 2007, and 7.8 million in 2000."

"These unemployment and underemployment numbers include all native-born
Americans who sought work in the last few weeks, are working part-time while
seeking full-time jobs, and those who are "marginally attached" to the

"The rise in the number of unemployed Americans was accompanied by increased
employment of immigrants."

"The data shows that 23.8 million immigrants had jobs in 2013, up slightly
from 23 million in 2007, and up sharply from 18.8 million in 2000."

"The shift in employment patterns underlies the numerous polls that show
rising opposition to any amnesty for illegal immigrants, and that show
lopsided opposition to further inflow of immigrants and guest-workers."

"A March 13 report by Gallup showed that only 4 percent of Americans regard
immigration as the top problem facing the United States. The poll did not
say if the four percent want more or less immigration. Unemployment and the
economy was deemed most important by 36 percent of the 1,048 adult

"The opposition to increased immigration may have played a role in the March
11 win by Republican Rep. David Jolly, who slammed his opponent after she
supported greater use of migrant workers."

"We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and
especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get
people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping?" Sink told
her audience Feb. 25."

"Subsequently, Jolly ran a TV ad in the district, saying "on illegal
immigration, I favor stronger borders. Not amnesty." He won the district,
even though he was outspent and 50.7 percent of the district's voters pulled
the lever for President Barack Obama in 2012."

"The opposition to amnesty gives the GOP an opportunity to leapfrog over the
Democrats, according to Sen. Jeff Sessions."

By Epictetus

Russian Nationalists Riot, Maim and Kill Pro-Ukrainian Demonstrators in Donetsk

"This and other comments in the videos, as well as multiple pro-Russian
comments on various YouTube threads, reveal a paranoid, hateful mind-set,
which boils down to the following presumptions:"

"(a) The Ukrainian revolution was the result of a vast Western-Zionist
conspiracy against Russia; (b) all pro-Ukrainian demonstrators are violent
Nazis, fascists, and traitors who have been paid with dollars by their
American, European, and Zionist masters; and (c) the demonstrators are all
intruders from Western Ukraine, the land of hateful worshipers of the "Nazi
collaborator" Stepan Bandera."

"Such absurd beliefs are the result of a massive campaign of lies,
distortions, provocations, and propaganda that the Putin government has been
disseminating through all available media channels, both inside Russia and
in the Russian-speaking areas of Ukraine, aiming to discredit and demonize
the recent popular uprising against the corrupt pro-Russian government of
Victor Yanukovich. Among the various reasons to suppress the Ukrainian
revolution, probably the most important one was the Kremlin's fear that it
may soon spread from Maidan to Red Square."

Some inside info on the crisis in Ukraine.

By Epictetus

$3 Billion for Ukraine to Go Straight to Russia

"As Western leaders prepare a bailout package for embattled Ukraine, they
face a startling irony: Thanks to the almost bizarre structure of a bond
deal between Ukraine and Russia, billions of those dollars are almost
certain to go directly into the coffers of the Putin government."

"As CNBC has reported, some aid money is bound to go into Russia as a result
of energy trade and other economic factors. But the situation is actually
much more acute than just that: An existing agreement between the two
countries makes an immediate, direct transfer from Ukraine to Russia legally

"In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to lend Ukraine $15
billion. Few details were released at the time, except that Ukraine would
issue bonds and Russia would buy them in installments through 2014."


By Epictetus

19 Signs That The U.S. Consumer Is Tapped Out

In order to have an economy that is dependent on consumer spending, you need
to have a large middle class.  Unfortunately, the U.S. middle class is
steadily shrinking, and unless that trend is reversed we are going to see
massive economic changes in this country."

The good news is that you won't have to worry about keeping up with the
Jones's...'cause they can't keep up either.

By Epictetus

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Commission Finds 'No Compelling Medical Reason' To Exclude Transgender Americans From Military

Hey, what could go wrong with that? It's not like the government couldn't
afford to pay for hormone treatments and sex change operations.

Plus we need to disabuse people of the notion that the military is an
instrument of national defense, rather than an engine of social change.
We're not going to fight anymore.

By Epictetus

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Obama Surgeon General Nominee Developed His Gun Hatred From Cartoons

"President Barack Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, Vivek Murhty, has
already been criticized as being too young, too inexperienced, and too
politically polarized for the position, and that was before it was revealed
that the British-born 36 year-old developed his rabidly anti-Second
Amendment views neither from academic research nor first-hand experience,
but from watching Saturday morning cartoons:"

More proof that the Democrats DO want to take your guns away from you.

By Epictetus

Teen Gunned Down After He "Accidentally" Kicked In Door, Attacked Homeowner in Omaha

"His family claims that perhaps the teen had been drinking and was confused,
and thought he was at his aunt's house. Presumably, crashing in through
doors and taking a swing at those inside after they've retreated to their
bedrooms is just how Ramon greeted people."

"The district attorney said that Ramon was known in the neighborhood. and
not for his hugs. He ruled Ramon's entry a home invasion, and his swing at
the homeowner a deadly force attack justifying the use of deadly force."

"No charges will be filed."

Yeah, and the  poor misguided youth was probably just getting his life
turned around too.

Did a "swing" constitute a deadly force attack? Keep in mind that the
homeowner was 66 years old and under the law in many states battery to a
person over 65 is a felony, given the greater likelihood that an elderly
person might suffer life-threating injury from blow with a fist made by a
much younger person . Thus, under such a law, attempting to punch an elderly
person in the head would constitute a threat of lethal force, justifying the
use of lethal force in return to terminate the attack. Apparently such is
the case in Nebraska where this crime occurred.  Nebraska does not have a
"castle doctrine" law, but Nebraska Revised Statute 28-1409 does state  that
in responding to a threat of  lethal force by another "The actor shall not
be obliged to retreat from his dwelling or place of work, unless he was the
initial aggressor or is assailed in his place of work by another person
whose place of work the actor knows it to be."  Fines point of law the late
lamented youth may not have been aware of.

Adam Lanza's father: I wish he had never been born

"In the article, Lanza indicates that he believes Adam's diagnosis of
Asperger's syndrome may have masked potential schizophrenia."

"Adam had what was then called Asperger's syndrome and what would now be
autism spectrum disorder,'' Solomon said. "He had a certain amount of
autism, and the autism made him as his father said, 'very weird.' Because
they had a diagnosis, it didn't occur to them that anything else was wrong."

Probably true. Adam Lanza probably was schizophrenic, as well as afflicted
with Asperger's syndrome. Those sorts of mental disorders don't seem to go
together commonly , but they aren't necessarily exclusive either. Like they
say, most schizophrenics are not homicidal or even prone to violence, but
the few that are seem to cause trouble all out of proportion to their

By Epictetus

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Zach Galifianakis Asks Obama: 'What's It Like To Be the Last Black President?'

Apparently our President is trying to reach out to the young hipsters and
get them to sign up for Obama-care by appearing on an internet comedy show.

Although this was  a mock interview, the host , Zach Galifianakis asked
questions the mainstream news media should be asking:

"Here are some of the best questions Galifianakis asked the president of the
United States, or as his show displayed "Barack Obama (Sp?):Community

"What is it like to be the last black president?"

"In 2013 you pardoned a turkey; what do you have planned for 2014?"

"Do you send Ambassador Rodman to North Korea on your behalf?"

"What should we do about North Ikea?"

"You said if you had a son you would not let him play football. But what
makes you think he would want to play football; what if he was a nerd like

"Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to create your [health care]

And, of course, if you can't see that this appearance made our President
look large and in-charge, then you are just a racist.

By Epictetus

Kim Jong Un Wins North Korea Election With 100% Turnout, 100% Approval

What's his secret?

By Epictetus

20 Facts About The Great U.S. Retail Apocalypse That Will Blow Your Mind

"But Internet shopping alone does not account for the great retail
apocalypse that we are witnessing.  In fact, some retail experts estimate
that the Internet has accounted for only about 20 percent of the decline
that we are seeing.  Most of the rest of it can be accounted for by the
slow, steady death of the middle class U.S. consumer.  Median household
income has declined for five years in a row, but all of our bills just keep
going up.  That means that the amount of disposable income that average
Americans have continues to shrink, and that is really bad news for

By Epictetus

What Makes Putin Tick? Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert!

Dick Morris take on what motivates Putin. Interesting.

By Epictetus

Aretha Franklin says Obama knows 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T'

"I'm sure the President had much on his agenda and was just a little tired,"
the 71-year-old singer said in a statement Monday."

Hmmmm... he sure gets tired a lot. Probably needs to take another vacation.

By Epictetus

Monday, March 10, 2014

Thanks To Time Travel, "Blackwater" Mercenaries Are In Crimea!

The "unidentified armed men" in the Crimea are most likely Russian
"contract" soldiers wearing "sanitized" uniforms. Most Russian servicemen
are draftees fulfilling their term of national service. The term of national
service has recently been reduced from two years to one year, since the
draft is universally unpopular in post-Soviet Union Russia and many
conscripts don't even bother to show up for induction. Naturally draftees
serving for just one year aren't worth much , since by the time you get them
all individually trained and integrated into a unit  their time of service
is nearly up and you'll soon have to send them home. Consequently, about the
time of the Chechen War, the Russian Army started taking volunteers under
"contract" and paid them much more than they paid draftees. Actually this is
nothing new since many countries in the past maintained separate formations
of draftee and volunteer soldiers. For example, France fought its Indochina
War exclusively with volunteers, all the while it had a draft. However, this
idea of contract soldiers, a professional army,  is something new in Russia,
so apparently a number of people there regard the volunteers as
"mercenaries" or "hired killers", rather than as Russian citizens fulfilling
their military service obligation.

By Epictetus

US Official Claims 6,000 Russian Troops In Complete Control Of Crimea - Crisis Map Update

While the images and local news have been suggesting that Russia is in control on the Crimean peninsula, US officials (according to Bloomberg) have confirmed this:


Obama, Merkel, and Cameron are now on a conference call to discuss this "fact" and officials have just reported that US Secretary of State John  Kerry will visit Kiev tomorrow (though we suspect not Sevastopol):


By Epictetus

Ukraine's Military Mobilizes, Prepares For Combat: Trucks, APCs, SAMs, Howitzers, Tanks Rolling Out

Crimean War II developing...

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
    Volleyed and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
    Rode the six hundred.

By Epictetus

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Armed robber caught after he dropped gun and took off balaclava to pick it up

Is this a case of life imitating art or did Guy Ritchie simply have a good
understanding of the characters he was portraying?

By Epictetus

Weather or Not: is the Polar Vortex responsible for our Frozen Economy, by Peter_Schiff

Winter was bad, but Spring…will be bad too.

By Epictetus

Woman warns, kills man breaking into her home

"The woman warned the intruder she had a gun and was going to shoot him if
he came into her home, but the man continued entering through the side
window and the woman shot him in the chest."

"The man ran but fell in the street. Police said he was pronounced dead at
the hospital."

"According to the woman's husband, this is the eighth time someone has
broken into their home."

By Epictetus

Detroit homeowner shoots, kills invader; police seek 2nd suspect

"Detroit homeowners have been fighting back. In just more than 2 weeks there
have been five home invasions in which the homeowner has shot a robber.
Three of the shootings have left would-be robbers dead."

"Police say this is a strong message to criminals."

"They need to arm themselves, and whoever goes in your house, they get what
they get. He got what he got," said neighbor Mary Beard."

By Epictetus

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Russian Ammunition Cutoff Rumors Are Bogus

Well that's good to know. So far neither the Russian Government or the U.S.
Government have made moves to halt the trade  in Russian made ammo.

By Epictetus

Catholic Church on Homosexual Acts: 'Under No Circumstances Can They Be Approved'

"The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that "homosexual persons are
called to chastity." (2359)  The Catechism further says, "Basing itself on
Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,
tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically
disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act
to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual
complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved." (2357)

"Matrimony is between a man and a woman"

Well, it looks like in spite of the fact that we have a cool new Pope, the
Catholic church is going to continue to be a bunch of buzz-kills when it
comes to sex.

"Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do
not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers
nor men who have sex with men,"

I Corinthians  6:9

By Epictetus

Time to End Our Dependence on Russian Spaceships -The crisis in the Ukraine shows the insanity of relying on Russia to get us to the Space Station

“As the artillery rolls into Ukraine [1], and the notion that Vladimir Putin’s Russia is an ally has been revealed to one and all to be a fantasy, it’s time to finally end our policy insanity of relying on Russian spaceships for American access to space.”
“Since the last space shuttle flight two-and-a-half years ago, our only means of getting NASA astronauts (or anyone) to the ISS has been on the Soyuz launch system, at an ever-rising cost, now over $70M a seat as of last August.”
Now NASA stands for “No Americans in Space Anymore”. We aren’t going to do dangerous stuff like going into outer space anymore.

By Epictetus

Obama Misspells Aretha Franklin's 'RESPECT' During Women of Soul Jam

Another story conspicuous by its absence in the mainstream news media
reports. Of course, if a prominent Republican made a gaff like this , we
would be reminded of it on a daily basis, for as long as it  took to hound
that person out of office.

By Epictetus