These are some of the most visited and popular postings on this dzsokol.com web site:
These are some of the most visited and popular postings on this dzsokol.com web site:
Has there ever been corruption in America to the level practiced by the Clintons? Would the election of Hillary negatively transform this country such that it never recovers during my lifetime?
Consider something so basic as how you raise your children in a country where the president is most probably an indictable criminal and most certainly a serial liar of almost inexhaustible proportions. What do you tell them? What do their teachers tell them? A far cry from George Washington, isn’t it? What does this say about our basic morality and how does that affect all aspects of our culture? The fish, as they say, rots
As always, great commentary on current issues from Victor Davis Hanson:
Emphasizing diversity has been the pitfall, not the strength, of nations throughout history.
Is there any evidence from the past that institutionalizing sects and ethnic grievances would ensure a nation’s security, prosperity and freedom?
Some public figures have sought to play up or invent diversity advantages. Sometimes, as in the cases of Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Dolezal and Ward Churchill, the result is farce.
Campuses desperately need unity czars, not diversity czars. Otherwise, we will end up as 50 separate and rival nations
As the best pundits like to say, “Read the whole thing:” Diversity: History’s Pathway to Chaos
Do you think that this matters to American Jews?
Kaine joined anti-Israel radicals in Congress in boycotting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in March 2015 — the last plea of a beleaguered nation against an agreement that Iran is already violating with ballistic missile tests.
Bloomberg News at the time predicted that Kaine’s decision to boycott the speech “could resonate for years,” describing it as a sop to the party’s left-wing base.
Notably, Kaine is supported by J Street, the George Soros-funded radical left-wing organization widely regarded as anti-Israel for its opposition to every attempt by Israel to defend itself against terror.
Even though President Obama was busy vacationing and golfing as Louisiana suffered flooding worse than that which occurred during hurricane Katrina, he and his minions found time to divide our nation along racial lines:
“Care must be taken to ensure that actions, both intentional and unintentional, do not exclude groups of people based on race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), religion, sex, or disability.”
“Those planning for Katrina appeared to assume most people could rely on personal vehicles to evacuate and failed to consider the transportation needs of all segments of the population.”
“Many seeking temporary housing immediately encountered discriminatory advertisements that explicitly refused to rent to African Americans.”
His cynical contempt for the American people never ceases to amaze… If he didn’t spend $12 trillion more than the Federal government took in through taxes during his nearly eight years, I’m willing to wager that his support would be below 30%.
August 19, 2016
The President Can’t Be Everywhere – Responding to criticism that President Obama has not interrupted his summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Johnson said several times, “The president can’t be everywhere.” Johnson also said the (golfing, vacationing) president “has a very busy schedule this fall and in the coming days,” hinting that Obama has no plans to go Louisiana.
August 18, 2016
Trump Turns President In Louisiana As Obama Chills – Trump’s decision to visit Louisiana came after the White House said President Barack Obama was unlikely to break from a New England vacation to survey the damage, despite calls for him to visit and meet with responders and victims.
August 17, 2016
I recall the mainstream press describing GW Bush as being grossly incompetent because of his response to Katrina… kinda makes you wonder:
“America, once famous for its can-do attitude, now has a can’t-do government that makes excuses instead of doing its job. And while it makes those excuses, Americans are dying.” That was liberal economist Paul Krugman’s assessment in 2005, just two days after the levies and floodwalls protecting Greater New Orleans from the water that looms over it failed. The preventable toll of human suffering in New Orleans—the property damage, the dead, and the traumatized—was a travesty.
A flooding disaster is unfolding again in Louisiana today, this time in Baton Rouge, but it has yet to stimulate the ire of the nation’s liberal opinion makers. Why?
I know many people who get up in the morning, go to work all day, come home and eat dinner and watch the network news. Their realities of what’s happening outside their immediate world is shaped by watching the traditional TV networks or reading their local newspaper.
In my younger days, we used to joke about the Communists in the Soviet Union and their use of Pravda (the official newspaper of the Soviets) as a means to spread their message and baseless propaganda. It appears that we have a similar farce emerging here in America:
The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand in hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.
The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America. The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.
Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.
This is a pretty good rant from Charlie Reese (Hat tip to my buddy, Joe K)… however, one key item that he overlooks is these 535 politicians are part of a representative democracy, and the people have said that they rather have handouts instead of buckling down.
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
100 senators, 435 congressmen, 1 President, and 9 Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the roughly 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing.. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget (Of course, Obama didn’t even propose a budget). He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House now? He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan … If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses, provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees… Think of all the ways that politcians have discovered to separate the citizens from their money:
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had no national debt, the largest middle class in the world, and Mom, if agreed, stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’
Surprise, Surprise (or not)…
There might be good reasons for the administration officials to overlook the facts. First, a public acknowledgement of Iran’s cheatings would unravel the agreement. Second, the unraveling of the agreement would result in Iran expelling the IAEA inspectors and expedite the nuclear weapons program. There is not enough time to utilize economic sanctions to stop the break out. Clearly, the Obama administration lacks credibility in making threats of military strikes after the administration’s refusal to enforce its red lines when Assad used chemical bombs against civilians. With the evaporation of Obama’s military deterrence, the actual use of military strikes is the only option left to stop Iran’s nuclear bomb, an option President Obama does not wish to use. Thus, by ignoring Iran’s violations, it is hoped that Iran would proceed slowly which would allow the Obama administration to postpone a forceful response to the next president. The next president’s threat of force might be the only option other than actual military strikes to convince Ayatollah Khamenei to stop going nuclear.
President Obama made a huge gamble. The evidence clearly shows that he lost the gamble.
It may be a mystery to some of you. For me it’s summed up in three simple words: Manchurian Marxist Moslem
Missy and I spent nearly 6 hours at the ATP tournament in Cincinnati (were women playing tennis there?). The matches were supposed to begin at 11:00am, but due to a torrential downpour, we didn’t show up in Mason until 12:30pm. Instead we started our morning at Jungle Jim’s (largest grocery still in the US – see first photo). When we finally made our way to the tournament grounds, we encountered a swamp instead of a parking lot (see second photo). However, after the clouds cleared, we saw some great tennis matches — Nishikori vs Youzny, Thiem vs Millman, Dimitrov vs Lopez, Opelka vs Tsonga, Isner vs Raonic, and Granollers vs Vesely. Some of the matches were power-serving duels with very few rallies (Opelka vs Tsonga) while other matches were pure finesse with many slices and approaches to the net (Dimitrov vs Lopez).
I’m making a prediction that the 18 year old, 6’11” Reilly Opelka from Michigan becomes the highest ranked American men’s tennis player within the next four years. He already has a serve almost on par with John Isner, but he appears to be much more athletic with a relatively complete repertoire of tennis hitting capability.