The Most Popular Postings on this Site
Monday, June 27th, 2016 | Author:

These are some of the most visited and popular postings on this dzsokol.com web site:

Is Greece the “Canary” for Economic Decline?

Aircraft Bone Yard in Tucson

What is Chanukah?

Gardening Experiment with Cucumbers

How to Know if You’re a 21st Century Liberal

Cracked Bicycle Rims

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Islam and Opposition to Western Values
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 | Author:

For those who believe that Israel is the reason that Islam opposes the West:

The international community must wake up soon and acknowledge the truth that a religious war is in progress between Radical Islam and the civilized, democratic, and free Western world, which includes Israel. Israel has been in the forefront of the war on Jihadist terror because it is a Western, democratic, nation located in the barbaric, primitive, Islamist neighborhood where Radical Islam originated.

However, the international community should know by now that throwing Israel under the bus through condemnations, product labeling, boycotting, and divestment will not save it from Radical Islam. Associating with, sympathizing with, and granting concessions to other radical Islamist players such as Iran, Assad’s Syria, Hamas, Hizb’allah, and the Palestinian Authority, only reassures Islamists that Europe and the world is not serious about defeating Muslim terror and eventually can be weakened and defeated by it.

Source: Betraying Israel

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You have been Snookered
Saturday, January 14th, 2017 | Author:

All of you who believe that Obama (better known as the Manchurian Marxist Moslem) is a master statesmen and the latest arrival of the Messiah should be a little disappointed.  In reality, he is a delusional master charlatan.  Take a step back and examine the facts.  Over eight years, Obama has relied on the unprecedented practice of two key strategies:

  • Repeat the message, no matter how fictional, until it becomes real to people
  • Use the federal presses to print money and buy-off the sycophants

As Lawrence Sellin noted: “Over the course of eight years, Obama’s pronouncements steadily became, not motivational instruments or representations of a desired state of affairs, but feats of political transubstantiation, where, if he utters them, words become reality.”  Obama and the mainstream media have perfected the practice of presenting their spin on any message.  It’s now very difficult to differentiate between videos observed on CNN from those produced by Hollywood.

You don’t believe that Obama was buying support?  During the Obama years, he added more than 9 trillion dollars to the national debt.  This is almost a doubling of the debt that has been accumulated over a 200 year period!  Is that not significant?    An example that may be more meaningful — the number of food stamp recipients increased by more than 10 million people, 32% higher than when Obama took office.   In 2008, about 80 million Americans were out of the workforce. That number has since grown by more than 15 million people.

All politicians are part-time magicians — fast with their hands and tongues.  Obama has taken the manipulation of the public to unprecedented levels.

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Is Science Now More Political Than Ever?
Monday, January 09th, 2017 | Author:

A tenured professor of climate science at Georgia Tech University decided to call it quits:

“A deciding factor was that I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the CRAZINESS in the field of climate science.  Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc.  How young scientists are to navigate all this is beyond me, and it often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide.”

Source: Knives sticking out of my back

Do Headlines Matter?
Sunday, January 08th, 2017 | Author:

In the world of Obama, the Moslems and Democrats are never responsible for bad behavior. Thus, for the last eight years we’ve seen headlines that twist reality and hope to absolve the immoral party of responsibility.  One of worst perpetrators is CNN.

The graphic below shows an example.  In this case, a Palestinian intentionally rammed a large truck into a crowd in Israel, killing four people. The headlines from some of the journals appear below…  I suppose the truck operated on it own.

It’s the Leftist journalist way of helping to ensure that Moslems are never accountable for their immoral behavior.

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There is Hope for America
Thursday, January 05th, 2017 | Author:

According to a recent Gallup poll, most Americans are concerned about the threat from a large government presence:

Two in three Americans (67%) identify big government as the country’s biggest threat. That is below the record high of 72% in 2013 but still on the higher end of the range since the mid-1960s.

Source: Americans Still See Big Government as Top Threat

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Sears Moving Towards Bankruptcy?
Wednesday, January 04th, 2017 | Author:

Update

It appears that Sears/K-Mart is on a downward spiral.

Hedge-fund manager Edward Lampert has pumped an additional $1 billion into his years-long effort to revive Sears, but the CEO’s latest financing likely is just another short-term fix for the struggling retailer.

Source: CEO Lampert Pumps Additional $1 Billion Into His Sears Bet

 

December 8, 2016

The venerable Sears retail stores, a mainstay of America for more than 100 years, is running into major financial problems:

It has lost more nearly $10 billion since 2010 and the retailer has sought to plug that with the sale of countless assets like some of its best stores, its stakes in Sears Canada and Lands’ End. It is currently trying to find buyers, investors or partners, for its remaining crown jewels, its Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard brands.

Source: Sears Says It’s Likely to Close Many More Stores

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We Want Less Tyranny
Monday, January 02nd, 2017 | Author:

Call it what you want — Classic Liberalism, Tea Party Supporter, Deplorable American.  It doesn’t really matter.  These ‘parties’ all support the same basic notions about liberty and freedom.  There are those of us who yearn to have less government telling us how to live.

If you’re a reader of this blog, you likely understand the viewpoint that politics is not so much about Democrat versus Republican, but about the trade-offs between tyranny versus anarchy.

Interestingly, this week two pertinent articles appeared from authors for which I have great respect.  Both writers share stories about how government mandates and regulations have reached ridiculous levels.  The first commentary is from Mark Steyn where he notes:

In the Fifties one in 20 members of the workforce needed government permission to do his job. Now it’s one in three. The original justification for requiring a government permit to cut another person’s hair is that a salon contains potentially dangerous chemicals such as coloring products. Making the license conditional upon acing sexual-assault training courses is not just the usual Big Government expansion but the transformation of the relationship between a private business and the state

The second commentary is from George Will where he observes the evolution of the nanny state:

Let freedom ring, in the nooks and crannies of the administrative state: One day a year — Lemonade Day — children in Austin can sell the stuff without spending $460 on various fees, licenses and permits. Twelve-year-olds in a Tampa middle school, learning about “how much privilege” they have, were asked if they were “Cisgendered,” “Transgendered” or “Genderqueer.” Two years after Emma was the most common name given to baby American girls, the trend was toward supposedly gender-neutral baby names (e.g., Lincoln, Max, Arlo) lest the child feel enslaved to stereotypes. A New Jersey mother says a police officer interrogated her 9-year-old son after he was suspected of a racial slur when he talked about brownies, the baked good. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pondered whether a worker committed racial harassment by wearing a cap emblazoned with the Gadsden flag (depicting a coiled rattlesnake, with the words “Don’t Tread on Me”). A University of Iowa professor complained that the Hawkeyes’ mascot Herky, a fierce bird, is “conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence” that is discordant with the “all accepting, nondiscriminatory messages we are trying to convey.”

With the new year, many of us are hoping that the new administration restores a little more logic in its handling of governance.

 

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Vacation in Aruba
Sunday, January 01st, 2017 | Author:

We recently returned from our regular pilgrimage to the tropical island of Aruba.  It’s hard to beat the routine 80 degree and sunny days, along with the fine dining in the evenings.  Below are a few photos from our visit, including the view from the hotel balcony and a view towards the beach.

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Obama – Forever the Marxist Moslem
Saturday, December 24th, 2016 | Author:

I first started calling O’bama the Manchurian Marxist Moslem on October 30th, 2009 (see posting here).   There have been numerous articles about Obama and his embrace of Islam as well as his adoption of economic ideologies favoring Socialism/Communism (you can see here, here, and here).  It’s interesting how other pundits and editorial writers have finally caught-on to this simple observation some 7 years later.   Most recently, Cliff Kincaid was reminiscing about this situation with Obama when he shared a hard-biting quote:  “Barack Obama is Louis Farrakhan and Karl Marx rolled into one.”

The famed documentary filmmaker, Dinesh D’Souza tried to perform a scholarly diagnosis about Obama’s pathologies with his 2010 book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage“.  Frankly, I cut-to-the-chase and saw Obama as a combination Islamic Caliphate Trojan Horse and a Soviet Double-Agent. Think about it for a moment — Obama has done more damage to the USA than the Politburo was able to accomplish spending a trillion dollars during the Cold War, and Al Qaeda was able to accomplish hijacking multiple airplanes on 9/11/2001.

 

A recent commentary in American Thinker describes his Moslem orientation:

But what is to be expected from a president for whom everything is racist until he says otherwise?  For him, the very existence of Israel is racist because there is a tiny minority of people who refuse to bow to the dictates of dhimmitude, of which he is so fond.  No matter that Israel is the only country to have saved more black Africans over the years than any Muslim-dominated country.  The hate that oozed from Edward Said, Rashid Khalidi, and Reverend Wright, mentors of the 44th president, found a comfortable niche within Obama’s heart, and his actions display this prejudice on a regular basis.

I am assuming that the holy deity will ensure that Obama receives what’s due to him… in this life or the next.

 

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Playing Ice Hockey Again
Friday, December 23rd, 2016 | Author:

After 35 years, it’s time to get back playing the sport of my first passion:  Ice hockey.

I found my CCM Super Tacks from my playing days (see attached photo).  They’re not in bad shape for being 35 years old…  Unfortunately I was 5’11”, 180lbs when I last used these (versus 6’3”, 240lbs).   Stated another way: You typically wear skates a size smaller than your shoes.  However, these skates are size 8. I now wear a size 11… Ouch.

The heavens have raised the stakes for me to get back on the ice – I’ll have to invest in new skates.

I see that CCM still uses the Tacks brand name, but there are all types of variations.  $900 for Super Tacks!??  The Tacks 2092 for $75?   WTF!

I recall when I first started playing at age 9 and my dad was yelling at my mom about the cost of the equipment she was buying for me (including my $20 Canadian Flyer hockey skates).  The cost of equipment for this sport is still crazy.

I’m overwhelmed by the number of brands, variations, etc.   It used to be one or two pro quality options from CCM, Bauer, and Cooper.  And where are the black blade holders on the current skates?  You can only get white?   I always favored black tape on my stick and black tuuks for my skates – the better to hide the black puck.

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