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?

Republicans Without Principles

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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Why is OPM So Important?
Monday, September 25th, 2017 | Author:

A simple experience highlights an economic effect that greatly affects us all, and will continue to curse our nation into oblivion:

I speak of two tenants who recently moved into a rental unit I own. I made the mistake of renting the unit for one flat rate that included “free” utilities. Since the tenants didn’t have to pay directly for their electricity usage, they cranked the air conditioner day and night. There was no incentive for them to turn it off when they were at work during the day or away for the weekend. Whereas the electric bill for that unit averages about $50 per month this time of the year, their electric bill came in just under $200 per month – for the simple reason that someone else (that would be me) was footing the bill.

I got to thinking about this concept recently. It is the reason our government is so bloated and our deficit and debt (we just exceeded $20 trillion in debt a few weeks ago) are so high.

This is because millions of Americans like the concept of spending other people’s money [OPM] to benefit themselves – or, to be more precise, they vote for politicians who promise to give them things using other people’s money.

Source: Spending Other People’s Money

Obamagate vs Watergate
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 | Author:

Update

Well, well.  I’m certainly not surprised.  The Obama administration behaved like a banana republic and operated with impunity.

It’s now become public that most of the Obama enablers lied to Congress and the American citizens:

Last week, CNN revealed (and excused) one phase of the Obama spying operation on Trump. After lying about it on MSNBC, Susan Rice admitted unmasking the identities of Trump officials to Congress.

Desperate Obama cronies had figured out that they could bypass many of the limitations on the conventional investigations of their political opponents by ‘laundering’ them through national security.

When we learn the whole truth (if we ever do), we will likely discover that Obama Inc. assembled a motley collection of different technically legal pretexts to spy on Trump’s team.  Each individual pretext might be technically defensible. But together they add up to the crime of the century.

Do you think that there will be any repercussions?  Don’t hold your breath…

 

May 26, 2017

It’s interesting that none of the mainstream media outlets has elected to say a word about this emerging story:

A new report by Circa News details how the National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely spied on Americans, violating their privacy protections and the agency’s own database safeguards.

On Monday, Circa also reported that under Director John Brennan the CIA became the largest consumer of unmasked intelligence on Americans of all of the intelligence agencies, even though its charter prohibits it from spying on U.S. citizens.

 

May 7, 2017

I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that the mainstream media is ignoring this story.   Nevertheless, Sheryl Attkinsson has done a nice job putting together the timeline of the Obama administration’s involvement in the unlawful targeting of Americans.

 

April 6, 2017

Is this a surprise to anyone?

The Rice story strengthens the assessment that for eight years, Obama and his associates weaponized the federal government to wage a political war against their domestic political opponents in a manner that is simply unprecedented.

 

April 2, 2017

The emerging story about the Obama administration, and its use of the federal bureaucracy to spy on Republicans, is going to make Watergate seem like child’s play.  Naturally, there is nothing but obfuscation and diversion being played by the mainstream media and the Democrats:

Once you wave away all the smoke created by our dishonest media, the story of this past week was pretty simple. The Trump-Russia-Conspiracy narrative is falling apart. The Obama-Spied-on-his-Political-Opposition narrative is coming together

But in a stunning piece of video, a former Obama official who went on to advise the Hillary Clinton campaign essentially confirmed that she was urging the previous administration to abuse intelligence on the Trump people. Evelyn Farkas, former deputy assistant secretary of defense, told Mika Brzezinski earlier this month: “I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration. Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy. That the Trump folks – if they found out how we knew what we knew about… the Trump staff dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.”

Source: Obama Spied, Media Lied

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The Pursuit of the American Dream is Still Alive
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 | Author:

An excerpt from a great commentary…  The author is pointing out that America still offers great opportunities found nowhere else in the world. He uses the self-reliance of the Jews to present his example that you have to take personal responsibility to get ahead:

The most beleaguered people on the planet, the Jews, who have faced persecution since their birth as a people, are a living refutation of your claim. When they labored in slavery in Egypt, clamored in Palestine, made magnificent contributions to human civilization in European capitals, sojourned in Africa and Asia, and founded the modern State of Israel, no one gave these heroic people an affirmative-action plan to work anywhere. In spite of vitriol and invidious comparisons to vermin and pigs, and despite being subjected to countless pogroms and mandated ghettos, they thrived and flourished because not for one moment did they ever believe that their struggle for liberation lay in any hands other than their own.

Source: An Open Letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Freaky Felon Fellow
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 | Author:

It’s not the Onion… You can’t make this stuff up:

The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has named convicted felon and transgender activist Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow at its Institute of Politics for the 2017-18 academic year.

It’s a continuation of the Obama world view on “what’s wrong is now right”… Amazing.

Source: Chelsea Manning Named Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics

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Sports and Entertainment… and ESPN
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 | Author:

You can call me old-fashioned or a sports-traditionalist, but I don’t care for all the commentary around sports, or the efforts at treating it as ‘entertainment’.   I may represent a small minority, but I attend games or watch them on television (or my computer) to experience the purity of the athleticism.  In fact, I don’t believe that I’ve ever watched the ‘talking heads’ on any of the ESPN sports programs, and I’ve long ago removed those overwrought sports websites (e.g., Deadspin) from my newsfeed.  The only reason that I would tune into ESPN on my TV is that a specific game that I want to see live is being aired on that channel.

It appears that the leadership at ESPN is making it even more difficult to tolerate their broadcasts:

The leadership at ESPN seems to think it can change the way people think by injecting left wing politics into its coverage of professional sports. Instead, they are alienating sports fans, many of whom are conservatives, and destroying their brand at the same time.

Source: ESPN Determined to Kill its Brand With Left Wing Politics

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Someone that Pushes Back
Tuesday, September 05th, 2017 | Author:

An interesting commentary from Dov Fischer about the reasons that Trump is the right guy for the current political environment:

In such a volatile environment of static, of a new tyrannical left that honors none of America’s rules of civil engagement, the political left shamelessly rejects the voters’ choice to render it the “Loyal Opposition” and instead remarkably proclaims itself “The Resistance.” To counter, the pugnacious and divisive Trump emerges as the new-and-improved iteration of conservatives simply trying to be heard over a media din of dogmatic liberalism pocked by their coordinated corruption of conservative ideas and proposals, augmented by their blackout of any and all positive news of the good things that conservatives do and the excellent results that implemented conservative programs accomplish.

Source: A Flawed President Whose Pugnacious Divisiveness Uniquely Suits the Moment’s Need

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Republicans Without Principles
Monday, September 04th, 2017 | Author:

Update

A commentary from firebrand Kurt Schlichter, that provides some very basic observations about the real motivations of the Republicans:

Most Democrat senators and Republican senators have much more in common with each other than with us – to the GOP establishment, Trump’s clearly the bigger threat than a counterpart across the aisle. It also explains why you hear about Bernie supporters who went for Trump instead of Felonia von Pantsuit. That’s the fault line – the desire to keep or destroy this monstrous status quo.

You know, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that the real reason the Republicans don’t want to end the filibuster to allow them to pass legislation is that they would then be expected to pass legislation that their voters want and the GOP establishment doesn’t.

 

August 27, 2017

So now the former Republican governor of Ohio is so concerned about keeping Democrats in office that he is dispensing free political advice:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R.) said Sunday that Democrats have a “golden opportunity” to win elections but are squandering it because they can’t figure out how to be anything but against Donald Trump.

Source: Kasich: Democrats Are Blowing ‘Golden Opportunity’ to Win Elections

 

August 11, 2017

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.
Larry 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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Ridding Ourselves of the Obama Residue
Thursday, August 31st, 2017 | Author:

What do we like best about Trump?  He’s not Hillary!   And more importantly, he’s removing many of the inane and illegal policies of the Manchurian Marxist Moslem:

A great example is “Operation Choke Point.” I’ll bet good money 99% of Americans have never heard of it. You didn’t know President Obama created it. And you didn’t know President Trump killed it only days ago.

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“Operation Choke Point” was a program dreamed up by Obama to cut off bank accounts, credit, loans and credit card merchant accounts to LEGAL businesses in America. Yes, the federal government tried to strangle and “choke” LEGAL business that Obama deemed “undesirable.” Even liberal lawyers called it a terrible violation of the United States Constitution

Source: Proof Obama Wanted to ‘Choke’ Every Business Owner in America

A Stealth Move to Tyranny
Saturday, August 26th, 2017 | Author:

A good commentary in the Federalist identifies the true motivation of the Leftists:

Americans are being emotionally manipulated to take up cause with those whose ultimate purpose is the repeal of the First Amendment and erasure of national memory. As Helen Raleigh recently wrote in The Federalist, this has all the hallmarks of an attempted Maoist-style cultural revolution.

I think the recent gruesome events in Charlottesville highlight: 1. the manipulation of our language; 2. the deliberate use of such loaded language to cultivate extreme emotions in people, particularly anger and resentment; and 3. the role of mass media as a nuclear device to impose those perceptions on a mass scale

In the end, the war against free speech is a war against conversation and human fellowship. Without free speech, our alienation from one another would become complete. 

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Leftist Vandals Burn Lincoln Statue
Monday, August 21st, 2017 | Author:

Is this really about the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and Confederacy?

Attacks on America’s history continued in Chicago Wednesday night when vandals burned a bust of Abraham Lincoln that’s been in the neighborhood for 100 years, revealing that the violent campaign to scrub America of its Confederate past isn’t about the Confederacy at all.

Source: Chicago Vandals Burn Century-Old Bust Of Abraham Lincoln

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