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Asteroids vs Climate Change
Friday, July 26th, 2019 | Author:

Evidently a city-crushing asteroid came very close to the planet that we call ‘home’:

The last-minute detection is yet another sign of how much remains unknown about space and a sobering reminder of the very real threat asteroids can pose… “It should worry us all, quite frankly,” he said. “It’s not a Hollywood movie. It is a clear and present danger.”

What do you suppose poses a greater threat to mankind?  Climate change or natural disasters (asteroids, sun spots, earthquakes, volcanos, etc.)?

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Do Google and Yahoo Provide ‘News’?
Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | Author:

Update

We now have a Google engineer stepping forward to explain the Google has innate bias in their search engine and news feed.

Hours after Google engineer Greg Coppola  appeared with James O’Keefe in a Project Veritas video, he was put on administrative leave by his company. In the video, Coppola said that he believed that Google News and Google’s search engine algorithms were biased

Is anyone really surprised that Google has shown news bias?  This doesn’t require a complex algorithm.  The Googlenicks just have to manage the sources of input to get the results that favor their desired political viewpoint (BTW, who really uses CNN as a competent news source?).

 

May 12, 2019

There is an article today at HotAir about Google favoring news from a small number of Left-leaning news sites (Is that a surprise?).  Various academic institutions performed a quantitative analysis by reviewing specific news articles and links.  I recall sharing a qualitative sampling and analysis back in April 2017 (see below)… The net-takeaway:

Google presents itself as a kind of internet utility which doesn’t take sides. But the results of this audit suggests it’s restricting news search results to a narrow band of left-leaning sources. This isn’t happening by accident. They have tweaked the code to make it work out this way. This probably had a far more serious impact on the 2016 election than anything the Russians did or attempted to do.

 

April 22, 2017

It’s amazing the drivel that covers the pages of the so called meaningful ‘news’ at the sites for Google News and Yahoo News.  Google is all about the mainstream media.  As you can see from the first screenshot below, they feature the usual suspects with articles from the Washington Post, New York Times, Huffington Post, etc.

Meanwhile, the Yahoo news site is fairly useless.  It reminds me of the magazines lining the checkout aisle at you local grocery store.  A little of National Star and People magazine.  As you can see in the second screenshot, they feature inane articles about the Kardashians and the cast from an old movie.  To make it even worse, Yahoo intersperses stealth ads that intentionally appear to be news articles.

Thank goodness for Feedly and the multitude of other information sites on the web.

Google News Extract

 

Yahoo News Extract

A Socialist Politician is a Hypocrite?!
Sunday, July 21st, 2019 | Author:

On-line users have called Bernie Sanders a hypocrite and mercilessly mocked him after the socialist firebrand admitted that he will have to cut the hours of staffers so that he can pay them the $15 minimum wage that his campaign exclaims is so essential for workers.

It’s OK. He’s a leftist. His logic doesn’t have to make sense.

The Professor of Economics from Harvard even has a blog posting with the appropriate title: “Demand Curves Slope Downward (even for socialists)”

Many Examples of Republicans Without Principles
Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 | Author:

Update

These are the four Republicans in the US House that voted for the Pelosi resolution.  They have consistently voted in alignment with the Democrats in the house:

  • Will Hurd (Texas)
  • Fred Upton (Michigan)
  • Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania)
  • Susan Brooks (Indiana)

 

June 5, 2019

Seven Republicans in the US House of Representatives voted for an amnesty bill that would provide permanent status to roughly two million illegal immigrants. The Republican reps voting for the amnesty bill:

  • Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon
  • Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
  • Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
  • Texas Rep. Will Hurd
  • Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse
  • New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith
  • Michigan Rep. Fred Upton

I don’t know about their districts and constituents, but there appears to be an interesting voting pattern by these Congressmen (see their votes for gun control, transgender support, etc., in earlier postings).

 

March 18, 2019

Well, the malevolent John Kasich is back in the news offering support for some facets of “Democrat Socialism”.  It appears that he is coming out in support of the philosophy behind the far left “Green Deal”:

But for all those problems, the Green New Deal is serving an important purpose by provoking a more vigorous level of public debate…. They can start with a carbon tax or a cap and trade program… It’s also important to continue subsidies for electric vehicles.

Good grief.  We citizens of Ohio are happy that he’s gone from our State Government. Perhaps he’ll move to a more welcoming environment in a place like California.

 

February 27, 2019

Eight House Republicans voted for increased gun control yesterday:

  • Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
  • Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan
  • Florida Rep. Brian Mast
  • Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
  • Texas Rep. Will Hurd
  • New York Rep. Pete King
  • New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith
  • Michigan Rep. Fred Upton

 

July 24, 2018

Mr. Kasich is in the news again… and not for a good reason.  He is bringing more Chicago-style politics to Ohio in manipulating local boards, and removing members that don’t comply with his wishes:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order July 11 that recommends eight northwestern watersheds be considered under state law as “Watersheds in Distress,”… Bill Tom and Dennis Corcoran, both who have farm backgrounds, were told they were not being reappointed July 13, less than a week before the commission was set to meet and entertain a vote on Gov. Kasich’s order.

You may recall that Kasich is the RINO Governor that replaced members of the State Controlling Board who planned to vote against his scheme to sidestep the legislature in order to push Medicaid expansion through when he didn’t have the votes in the Ohio House.

 

May 18, 2018

I can’t say that I always agree with Rand Paul, but he is certainly one of the more principled Republicans in Congress.   He recently introduced a bill into the Senate called the “penny plan,” which was intended to balance the federal budget over five years by cutting spending except for Social Security by 1 percent every year.  Of course,  no Democrats backed the proposal.  However, there were many Republicans (including Portman from Ohio) that voted against a balanced budget.

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May 7, 2018

I have no doubt that this is how most establishment Republicans view Trump, because he has shattered the GOP’s “loyal opposition” bubble and has capitalized on Republican and right-leaning independent voters’ perception of the Grand Old Party as an impotent and ineffective governing majority party.  I’ve deemed those most sensitive to their legislative obsolescence of influence Tessio Republicans.  Remember the famous garden scene in The Godfather, when Marlon Brando’s character, Don Vito Corleone, warns his son, Michael, played by Al Pacino, that someone close to the family will arrange a meeting where Michael will be assassinated?

The real-life political equivalent of that landmark cinematic moment is playing out before our very eyes, with the Republican National Committee and congressional Republicans.  On the omnibus, on the Second Amendment, on border safety – almost every issue – the GOP continues to betray the family.  Who is the family?  The American people, that’s who.

Republicans are fearful of America First nationalist patriotism, likely because they are obsessed with being liked by the DMIC and Democrats.  It’s an oddity – Trump constantly appeals to his base (the Americans who work to get him elected and vote for him), and Republicans constantly appeal to Democrats who will never support or vote for them.

Source: Trump Shattered the Glassiest of Glass Ceilings

 

March 23, 2018

With the latest $1.3 trillion budget approved by the US Congress, it difficult to be optimistic:

It’s long since past time to recognize a glaring truth about two-party politics in 2018: In both effective practice and, increasingly, aspirational rhetoric, there are no significant Republican or Democratic voting blocs on Capitol Hill in favor of reducing deficits, restraining government growth, tackling entitlements, protecting privacy, defending free speech, practicing transparency, challenging prohibition, conducting legislative-branch oversight, passing damn budgets, reducing war, or extending the post-World War II America-led system of reducing global tariffs in the name of both prosperity and peace.

Moreover, the Republican Congress doesn’t seem to care about many components of the Leftist agenda that are inserted in this budget:

Congressional Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the same time, they have voted to funnel tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations and support other actions that Democrats will love.

 

February 8, 2018

It appears that there are no politicians in either party (except perhaps for Rand Paul) that care about the massive amounts of debt that they continue to authorize:

McConnell, Ryan, and Trump, are going to be responsible for massive increases in debt. We voted in a Republican President, a Republican House, and a Republican Senate, and it is still not enough, we still cannot get one cent from one program cut.

A smart man remarked over 200 year ago about the nature of our democratic republic: “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” ― Benjamin Franklin

 

September 4, 2017

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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Socialists and Islamists — Marriage of Convenience?
Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 | Author:

Update

A recent commentary from Eileen Toplansky expounds on the notions of Islamists and Leftists uniting in opposition to western values.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar being anti-Semitic is not surprising.  They both hail from an Islamic world that promotes nonstop hatred of the Jew.  Tlaib has skewed the facts about the active Muslim assistance offered to Hitler during the Holocaust. Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin el-Husseini met with Hitler as they both worked towards the extermination of the Jews.  Moreover, Tlaib has permitted her campaign fundraiser to call Jews “satanic.”

When lhan Omar states “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby,” and asserts that Israel has “hypnotized the world,” she is drawing on the stereotypes that have murdered millions of people in the Holocaust.

Omar and Tlaib are just the most public faces of the ongoing surge that is working to elect jihadist-loving Muslims and bring sharia law to this country. 

 

May 16, 2019

A recent article in Canada Free Press notes:

Socialists and Islamists are working together for the destruction of the Free Market in the West and Israel …the Democrat Party and the media continue the wild goose chase to prove the Russians-stole-the-election-from-Hillary-Clinton conspiracy while completely ignoring that the Socialists have ganged up with the Islamists to bring down the country that pays their freight.

 

May 8, 2019

Growing up in the United States you realize that the most prevalent underlying philosophy of life is based on the Judeo-Christian outlook of “treating others as one’s self would wish to be treated”.  It’s not an outlook that is exclusive to citizens of the United States, but it’s been very prevalent in North America and it is fundamentally based on the ethic of reciprocity.

I could never understand why the Leftists and Moslems — with seemingly so many beliefs at odds — were aligned with one another.  It finally occurred to me why they are kindred souls.   First, they both take a strong position of hating capitalistic western values.   Whether it’s Sharia law and the Caliphate or just pure socialism, they want to replace the democratic republic known as the USA.  Second, they both operate with the basic underlying philosophy of life that “the ends justify the means”.  If you have to lie or cheat to defeat whoever you designate as your enemy, then so be it.

Hence, it may just be as simple as Leftists and Moslems coming to the implicit conclusion that they have a common enemy and they share some basic philosophies of life.

As Bruce Thornton so eloquently summarized, this pact between Progressives and Islam won’t last:

…like the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact between Nazi German and the communist Soviet Union in 1939, this alliance is fundamentally incoherent. A secular, hedonistic, feminist progressive ideology that mocks religious faith as atavistic superstition, and promotes homosexuality, public sexual license, on-demand abortion, and multiple sex-identities, cannot coexist for long with a traditional, patriarchal faith that subordinates women, practices polygamy and honor killings of women, stones homosexuals, oppresses other faiths, executes apostates, accepts violence as a religious obligation, and is fiercely religious to a degree seldom seen any more in the West, even among church-goers.
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Gardening Progress 2019
Monday, July 08th, 2019 | Author:

A few snapshots of my plants (mostly grown from seeds or tubers).  The first is my grape plant, the second is a snap pea plant (that is growing like crazy), and the third is a photo of one of my over-sized Asiatic Lilly flowers.

 

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Knee High by Fourth of July
Saturday, July 06th, 2019 | Author:

It’s a common phrase in the corn-growing Midwestern States: “Knee High by Fourth of July“.  It’s a reference to the height of the corn stalks in the growing season.

In reality, the hybrid corn grown in Ohio has often been chest high by Independence Day… except for this year.  There has been so much rain that the farmers couldn’t get the seeds in the ground.  The photo below is a shot I took on my way to tennis a couple of days ago.  There isn’t a height reference in the photo, but this is one of the better fields and the corn is likely just “ankle high”.

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Happy Birthday
Thursday, July 04th, 2019 | Author:

Happy Birthday to the USA and Fred…

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Devastation in Dayton?
Wednesday, July 03rd, 2019 | Author:

It’s now more than a month since the destructive tornado winds passed through Southwest Ohio — and as evidenced by a photo that I took today of a home in the Trotwood area (see below) — there are still many areas that need major reconstruction.

 

May 29, 2019

It was an interesting weekend in Dayton, Ohio.  Of course, the news organizations certainly blew the events out of proportion:  First it was 9 members of the Indiana KKK in Dayton with the national news forecasting the end-of-the-world; and then it was a major tornado that touched down in my vicinity with the media claiming ‘devastation’…

The challenge with tornadoes is that they are very unpredictable.  Weather radar and cloud formations are not necessarily reliable indicators of potential touchdowns and damage.

You can see a photo below that I snapped on Tuesday morning of a tree hanging over the electrical lines, a common occurrence with windy summer weather.  The second photo is of my old stomping grounds during my ice hockey days, Hara Arena.  It looks like someone has started demolition of the old eyesore.

Fortunately, other than sheltering in the basement Monday night and being without electricity on Tuesday and Wednesday, we’re doing fine.

Of course, I had to fire-up our 5KW gasoline-powered electrical generator to keep the refrigerator/freezer running (as well as provide some lighting and recharging capability).

The image below shows the paths of the multiple tornadoes (purple lines) as well as the areas of major damage (yellow triangles) .   Since these ran near both my home and my businesses, we were pretty lucky to come out fairly unscathed.

 

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Democrat Humor
Wednesday, July 03rd, 2019 | Author:

Is this humor from Democrats or humor about Socialist Dimocrats?

There’s not much worse than a Leftist self-hating Jew…

 

Leftists and Islamists just love America so much…

 

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