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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A Lack of Realistic Perspective on Threats
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Author:

It’s interesting to hear people yammering on about how terrible the people were in Charlottesville.  Yet, there are never-ending acts of terrorism from Islamic extremists and we hardly see a comment:

…the almost non-existent neo-Nazis are the boogeymen of the hour in the eyes of our friends on the left.  Again, what a convenience, because dealing with what happened in Barcelona is surprisingly difficult.  It isn’t because of neo-Nazis or the KKK that it’s been decades since any of us has walked onto an airplane or entered a concert or museum without being examined or x-rayed, that our daily lives have not been the same. A vicious ideological war is obviously being waged against the West and its liberties with its end nowhere near in sight.  As ISIS wrote of the Spanish terror, “We will recover our land from the invaders.” Like the Nazis of old, they mean it.

Will the left ever wake up?  Or will they still be talking about Charlottesville when a runaway truck barrels across Times Square and down Broadway?

Source: Charlottesville, Barcelona, and the Left’s Nostalgia for Naziism

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Cincy Tennis 2017
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 | Author:

For more than 30 years, we’ve been attending the annual ATP tennis event in northern Cincinnati (about 45 minutes from our home).  It’s not been one of the better years for player participation at the Cincinnati tennis tournament.   Only 3 of the top 10 players were able to compete in this year’s event (many player injuries  — perhaps tennis is becoming too demanding on the human body).  Nevertheless, we got a chance to sit in the front row for some very good matches with David Ferrer and Juan Del Potro.

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Who is Pushing Totalitarianism?
Monday, August 14th, 2017 | Author:
If you recall, this site promotes the notion that politics is inherently an inextricable tension between Tyranny and Anarchy… A good summary from Daniel Greenfield about recent flare-ups in the US:
Extremists want to eliminate the consensus of civil society. They want to destroy the idea that there’s any solution except violence through confrontations that show the helplessness of civil society. That’s true of black nationalists and white nationalists, of Communists and Nazis, of Antifa and Vanguard, of the tankies and hipster Nazis of the Alt-Left and the Alt-Right. They’re a set of evil twins and when you unleash one, you unleash the other. Their real enemies aren’t each other, but everyone in the middle. The bourgeois normies who don’t want to replace society with their totalitarian nightmare.

Source: Stop Neo-Nazis using this one weird trick!

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Republicans Without Principles
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Author:

Update

Some pertinent comments from Victor Davis Hanson:

And I don’t see how they’re [Republican Trump-Haters] ever going to come back to the Republican party, and if they think they can impeach or get rid of Trump and they’re gonna save the Republican party, they don’t realize that Trump is the … he’s consequence, he’s not a catalyst. He’s a reflection of a new movement. Of people who were sick of them. And they can’t win without that core. Blue state, blue wall group. And they’re never gonna get it back with John Kasich or John McCain or any of those people… They have a visceral either dislike of people in rural Ohio or the San Joaquin Valley…

 

July 28, 2017

You’ve heard it before —  Politicians in Washington DC behave the same regardless of the R or D before their name.  Keeping the folks in DC in control of our lives is the default ideology of those in the federal government.

Republicans have long paid lip service to opposing big government when the Democrats are in charge, only to keep the trillions flowing once they take charge.

Republican senators on Wednesday voted to break their seven-year old promise to repeal Obamacare. In a vote on a “clean” repeal bill that would have phased out much of Obamacare’s taxes and spending while leaving its core regulations intact, seven Republicans voted “no,” denying Republicans the 50 votes that would have been required for passage. In 2015, when Republicans passed the identical bill that was vetoed by President Obama, six of those seven Republicans (save Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine) voted in favor of repeal. The reversal of the remaining senators represents a dramatic turnaround.  Here are the names of those senators that flip-flopped on repeal:

  • Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
  • Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
  • Dean Heller, R-Nev.
  • John McCain, R-Ariz.
  • Lisa Murkowski R-Alaska
  • Rob Portman, R-Ohio

 

July 26, 2017

Uh oh, there is bipartisan agreement between Democrats and Republicans.  That usually means one thing:

There’s always a lot of talk about the benefits of reaching across the aisle. In Washington, it seems like cooperation between the two pillars of political power rarely happens. That makes it all the more disheartening when the Democrats and Republicans reach bipartisan agreement, but in a way that suffocates the American people.

Maybe growing the federal government is the only thing the two parties can agree on.

When the two parties come together and agree to increase the size of government at the expense of the everyday consumer it’s time to push back.

 

July 17, 2017

You’ve read on this site the continued displeasure with politics in Washington and the fact that it’s very hard to distinguish between the Republicans and Democrats.  For example, we have Obamacare that was passed in 2009 without a single Republican vote.  People were not able to keep their own doctors as promised. No one’s premiums went down by $2,500.  For eight years, Republicans campaigned for office to repeal it.  The House voted repeatedly to repeal it. Now that Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House they suddenly cannot do what they promised to do… Why is that?

Here’s another one for you courtesy of the Republicans.  Barbara Comstock, Republican Representative of Virginia, is sponsoring House Bill 257 which conflicts with our First Amendment rights by silencing Americans speaking openly about the threats we face as a nation.  If House Bill 257 is passed into law, you could be jailed for an opinion that defies political orthodoxy with regards to sharia law or radical Islam.

And yet here’s another questionable decision by Republicans: 24 Republicans banded together recently to defeat an amendment which would have ended Obama’s policy of funding “gender-reassignment” surgery for soldiers who want to live as members of the opposite sex.   The Democrat ideology insists that a person’s  gender is defined by their self-assessment and not by their biology.  The belief is that other Americans must agree with people who say they are a member of the opposite sex, and citizens should pay for their gender-changing surgeries.

 

May 29, 2016

Just last week, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for Obama’s transgender agenda. Congress was voting to elevate sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class garnering special legal privileges… Here is a list of the 43 Republicans who voted for the amendment:

Justin Amash, Mich.
Susan Brooks, Ind.
Mike Coffman, Colo.
Ryan Costello, Pa.
Carlos Curbelo, Fla.
Rodney Davis, Ill.
Jeff Denham, Calif.
Charlie Dent, Pa.
Mario Diaz-Balart, Fla.
Bob Dold, Ill.
Daniel Donovan, N.Y.
Tom Emmer, Minn.
Michael Fitzpatrick, Pa.
Rodney Frelinghuysen, N.J.
Chris Gibson, N.Y.
Joe Heck, Nev.
Will Hurd, Texas
Darrell Issa, Calif.
David Jolly, Fla.
John Katko, N.Y.
Adam Kinzinger, Ill.
Leonard Lance, N.J.
Frank LoBiondo, N.J.
Tom MacArthur, N.J.
Martha McSally, Ariz.
Pat Meehan, Pa.
Luke Messer, Ind.
Erik Paulsen, Minn.
Bruce Poliquin, Maine
Tom Reed, N.Y.
David Reichert, Wash.
Jim Renacci, Ohio
Tom Rooney, Fla.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Fla.
John Shimkus, Ill.
Elise Stefanik, N.Y.
Fred Upton, Mich.
David Valadao, Calif.
Greg Walden, Ore.
Mimi Walters, Calif.
David Young, Iowa
Todd Young, Ind.
Lee Zeldin, N.Y.

Source: Republicans Who Voted for Obama’s Transgender Agenda Spin Vote

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How to Rein-in Bloated Government?
Thursday, August 10th, 2017 | Author:

From Rand Paul…  This would be a reasonable first step.  It’s a start towards what we in private industry refer to as ‘zero-based budgeting’:

The Legislative Performance Review Act would place a four-year expiration date on all new budget authority included in appropriations acts, while requiring regular reviews for continued budget authority for existing programs. If the program’s authorization expires, the legislation would allow for an “orderly,” two-year wind-down.

“As our national debt rapidly closes in on $20 trillion, we should, at the very least, acknowledge that government should not automatically fund programs without regard for performance or continued need,” Paul said in a statement last week. “Passing this bill is one of the easiest, most common-sense steps we can take to make Congress a better steward of the American people’s money.”

Source: Paul Urges ‘Common-Sense Steps’ to Rein in Government Waste

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The Hypocrisy of ‘Diversity’ as a Business Objective
Wednesday, August 09th, 2017 | Author:

Update

I think the title of this article in the Washington Examiner sums it up best:

Google is more afraid of liberal outrage than federal law

In other words, the leadership at Google likely recognizes that they are violating federal law in terminating the employment of the ‘manifesto’ author.  Yet they’ve calculated (using their version of logic and mathematics) that it will be less costly than absorbing the wrath of the leftists.

 

August 8, 2017

The political correctness of the Left is coming back to bite them… The notion that a company needs to have a ‘Vice President of Diversity’ shows you how far they’ve traveled into the outer limits.  Any successful executive managing a business knows that having employees with a diversity of experience, expertise, and thought processes (these attributes of diversity are what is important to a business) represents the best portfolio to manage risk.  This recent incident at Google is evidence that some corporations are all about ‘virtue signaling’ and not really sincere about their policies:

The catch-22 here is that Google, which states that they value all forms of diversity, political, lifestyle, gender, sexuality and otherwise, was faced with one of its own exercising his stated right to diversity. It just so happens that his opinion did not align with the progressive worldview consistently voiced inside young tech firms. So what does Google do when presented with an opportunity to show real tolerance for others’ opinions?

They fire the person.

By lopping off the head of the person who dared express this worldview, even if that worldview was offensive to others, Google willfully proved the engineer’s point: Namely that the company itself is using the diversity card as a straw man and it does not engage in the practice of true tolerance, which can be defined as acceptance of others’ opinions, even when you disagree with them.

Source: The Company That Knows Everything About You Is Now Punishing Thought Crimes

Flowers in Our Garden
Sunday, August 06th, 2017 | Author:

As a follow-up to the previous posting on our efforts with horticulture (found here), I’ve included photos of the various flowers that we’ve raised in our Ohio summer garden (mostly from seeds):

White Petunia

 

White Coachella

 

Purple Cosmos

 

Yellow Tuberous Begonia

 

Orange Marigold

 

White Hydrangea

 

White Cosmos

 

Pink Begonia

 

Pink Hibiscus

 

Blue Morning Glory

 

Orange Zinnia

 

Yellow Pansy

 

Red Rose

 

Purple Dahlia

 

Pink Geranium

 

Red Tuberous Begonia

 

Pink Impatiens

 

Purple-White Petunia

 

Pink Echinacea

 

Coral Fuchsia

 

Purple Petunia

 

Orange Sunflower

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Leftist Media Continues As Before…
Monday, July 31st, 2017 | Author:

There have been little or no repercussions for the many bouts of wrong-doing from the Obama generation (IRS, VA, JournoList, etc.)… Heck if Obama could operate openly with spite towards the United States and the Constitution, why would you expect anything different for his journalist sycophants?

One year after WikiLeaks began publishing emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta that exposed prominent journalists as partisans, many of those journalists are continuing their careers without, it seems, any serious consequences.

Source: No Consequences For Media Exposed By WikiLeak

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In this day and age when hard-copy printed media is disappearing, the Dayton Daily News shares an article about investing $64M for a new downtown library. The story is subtitled “What taxpayers are getting for their money.”  While the facilities are likely very nice, you have to question this amount of investment in brick & mortar to enable ‘book browsing’ (Bear in mind that there was another $100M spent to build other new libraries around the county).  I would be willing to wager that it is not the best expenditure of funds, especially in light of underfunded areas such as pensions for county workers.  How long will we have to wait until they come back to the citizens of Montgomery County for more money?  It’s inevitable.

Because it has four times the public space as the old library, the new building will be able to put all 200,000 of its circulation books and other media on the shelves whereas previously much of it was stored. This means more books to browse…

In 2012, voters approved a $187 million bond issue to pay for library renovations…

The Dayton Metro Library last passed an operating levy in 2009 and has an operating budget of around $30 million. Kambitsch said the library may need to revisit that at some point, but there are currently no plans to go back to the voters.

Source: A sneak peek at Dayton’s $64M downtown library

Garden Panorama
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 | Author:

At this point you’ve probably discovered that I am an avid horticulturist (fancy word for ‘gardener’).  This year I planted Vinca vines at the top of my lattice panels (which love to grow downwards) and Morning Glory vines at the bottom of the lattice (and they love to grow upwards).  In addition, we have plenty representative members of the squash family and legume family of plants, such as beans, pumpkins, cucumbers, and so on (note: I think I could drop a bean seed on my driveway and it would find a way to germinate).  In addition, I’ve got Marigolds reproducing all summer so they are everywhere (note: Marigolds, Begonias, and Petunias are relatively difficult to grow from seed by the amateur gardener in a greenhouse. However, they’re easy to re-seed outside during the summer growing season).  As a result, our deck and waterfall are flourishing with greenery this year.

I’ve inserted a photo below that gives a nice view of what I get to see from my easy chair…  My wife calls it our ‘Gatsby Garden’.

Click photo to view full scale panorama

Some close-up photos of peppers, raspberries, tomatoes, watermelons, and squash growing in the garden.

 

 

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