Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Story's Just Seem To Keep Comming and at taxpayers expense

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad owns all of the rail lines in the  US connecting to western  Canada . They haul 80%+ of the crude oil from Canada to the Midwest and Texas, or charge other short line railroads a fee to use BNSF tracks.

BNSF charges $30 per barrel to haul the oil.
 The proposed "Keystone pipeline" would cost $10 per barrel according to the US State Department's own estimates and perhaps a lower amount as reflected in other estimates.

BNSF is owned by Berkshire-Hathaway whose chairman is Warren Buffett.   In the last 2 election cycles, Buffett gave extensively to Democrat causes and candidates, particularly Obama in 2012.  He also bundled and hosted numerous fundraisers for Obama.  If anyone believes the pipeline isn't being blocked by Obama on Buffett's behalf, you need to seek immediate medication.
On this basis, Buffett could stand to lose $2 Billion a year if the Keystone pipeline goes in and he makes the same amount every year it's delayed. Is this "crony capitalism" at its finest or what?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Facts That Pretty Much Says It All

Two Americas - Bob Lonsberry nails it

The Democrats are right, there  are two Americas. The America that works, and the America that doesn’t.  The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t. It’s not the  haves and the have not's, it’s the dos and the don'ts. Some people do  their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to  society, and others don't.  That’s the divide in America.  It’s  not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. It’s about  a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order  to win elective office.   It’s about a political party that  loves power more than it loves its country.  That’s not invective,  that’s truth, and it’s about time someone said it.

The politics of  envy was on proud display a couple weeks ago when President Obama pledged  the rest of his term to fighting “income inequality.”  He noted that  some people make more than other people, that some people have higher  incomes than others, and he says that’s not just.  That is the  rationale of thievery. The other guy has it, you want it, Obama will take  it for you. Vote Democrat. That is the philosophy that produced  Detroit.  It is the electoral philosophy that is destroying  America.  It conceals a fundamental deviation from American values  and common sense because it ends up not benefiting the people who support  it, but a betrayal.  The Democrats have not empowered their  followers, they have enslaved them in a culture of dependence and  entitlement, of victim-hood and anger instead of ability and hope. The  president’ premise –that you reduce income inequality by debasing the  successful –seeks to deny the successful the consequences of their choices  and spare the unsuccessful the consequences of their choices.   Because, by and large, income variations in society is a result of  different choices leading to different consequences. Those who choose  wisely and responsibility have a far greater likelihood of success, while  those who choose foolishly and irresponsibly have a far greater likelihood  of failure  Success and failure usually manifest themselves in  personal and family income.  You choose to drop out of high school or  to skip college – and you are apt to have a different outcome than someone  who gets a diploma and pushes on with purposeful education. You have your  children out of wedlock and life is apt to take one course; you have them  within a marriage and life is apt to take another course. Most often in  life our destination is determined by the course we take. 

My  doctor, for example, makes far more than I do. There is significant income  inequality between us. Our lives have had an inequality of outcome, but,  our lives also have had an in equality of effort.  While my doctor  went to college and then devoted his young adulthood to medical school and  residency, I got a job in a restaurant.  He made a choice, I made a  choice, and our choices led us to different outcomes.  His outcome  pays a lot better than mine. Does that mean he cheated and Barack Obama  needs to take away his wealth?  No, it means we are both free men in  a free society where free choices lead to different outcomes.    It is not inequality Barack Obama intends to take away, it is freedom. The  freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail. There is no true option for  success if there is no true option for failure. The pursuit of happiness  means a whole lot less when you face the punitive hand of government if  your pursuit brings you more happiness than the other guy.    Even if the other guy sat on his arse and did nothing.  Even if the  other guy made a lifetime’s worth of asinine and short sighted  decisions.

Barack Obama and the Democrats preach equality of  outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of effort. The  simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall ye reap – is sometimes  applied as, “The harder you work, the more you get."  Obama would  turn that upside down. Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of  society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society.  Entitlement will replace effort as the key to upward mobility in American  society if Barack Obama gets his way. He seeks a lowest common denominator  society in which the government besieges the successful and productive to  foster equality through mediocrity. He and his party speak of two  Americas, and their grip on power is based on using the votes of one to  sap the productivity of the other.  America is not divided by the  differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our  efforts.

It is a false philosophy to say one man’s success comes  about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization. What Obama  offered was not a solution, but a separatism. He fomented division and  strife, pitted one set of Americans against another for his own political  benefit.  That’s what socialists offer.  Marxist class warfare  wrapped up with a bow. Two Americas, coming closer each day to proving the  truth to Lincoln’s maxim that a house divided against itself cannot  stand.   "Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety  percent how you respond to it."
Bob Lonsberry

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Things Have Gone From Bad To Worse for Our Fighting Men and Women

Veterans Backlash Against Obama
God Bless America.

I hope anyone who has military background, or even if you haven't, will forward this. If you are not a veteran send this to those that you know who are, or to those who may know veterans.

(The 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election. Get out and VOTE!)

A movement has been started by our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. They are organizing themselves, but this can be done by all of us. The President, the Commander in Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before they can even get permission to fight. Nothing has been done to stop our troops from being murdered by the Afghanis they are training, either. Now, the President wants the US to sign on to the UN's International Criminal Court (ICC), which would allow the UN's ICC to arrest and try US troops for War Crimes, without the legal protections guaranteed under US Law, and from which there is no appeal. The President, with his Democratic control of the Senate, has nearly all the power. If the Non-Establishment Republicans, and Conservatives, can take back the Senate in 2014, our troops can once again be protected from unnecessary danger. Please consider this, and send it on to your mailing lists. Thank You.

Interestingly enough, when GWB was president you heard about the military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan almost daily. With Obama in the White House, the mainstream media has been strangely quiet. --- More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before. Thirty have died in August. During the last month, over 50 additional NATO and US servicemen have been murdered, inside jobs by those who are hired to be a force for good in Afghanistan .

The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half-staff for the Sikhs that were killed on August 5, 2012.

There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this president.

It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war. Obama has had 4 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform. But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president.

Not just current active duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the retired, and all other prior service members. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond.

The one million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in that state if they all show up at the polls. It might not keep another one hundred U.S. troops from dying between now and November, but a turn out to vote by the military against this heart breaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement that hastens a change to the indifference of this shallow little man who just lets our soldiers die.

Please forward to your lists. High Priority!

Monday, July 14, 2014

This support an earlier Post by Ms Scott - Who Is This Man In The White House - A Joke For Sure

You may recall that a few weeks ago, President Obama spoke of three former Presidents making prisoner swaps at the end of wars that took place on their watch, "much like his swap" he said convincingly. carried this quote, “This is what happens at the end of wars,” President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday when he was asked about swapping American Army Sgt. Deserter for five vicious Taliban terrorists. "That was true for George Washington... That was true for Abraham Lincoln and that was true for FDR. That’s been true of every combat situation, that at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back... And that’s the right thing to do.”


That statement blatantly demonstrates that the most powerful man in the World and term President of the United States lacks even a grade school level of knowledge of American History; specifically, history as it relates to three of  his rather critical predecessors. It shows me that we have essentially elected a foreigner who has no understanding of the very country that he reigns supreme over.

Allow me to expound:

The Revolutionary War ended in 1783... George Washington did not become president until six years later in 1789.   

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in mid April of 1865. The Civil War ended the following month. He was still dead at that time. No deals were made to exchange prisoners after the war. All prisoners were simply freed.  

FDR died of a stroke before the end of WWII. You'll recall that Harry S. Truman made the decision to drop two nuclear bombs on Japan, ending World War II. We made no deals for prisoners. We went in and released them when necessary...

If any Conservative President had made such an uninformed statement we'd never hear the end of it. None of the Presidents that Obama noted were in office at the ends of those wars, making it impossible for them to make any sort of prisoner swaps, let alone the 5 for 1; plus unspecified cash; for a deserter and traitor by President "57 States".

It should be pointed out that countless deserters and traitors were shot or hung during all three of the aforementioned wars...

What amazes me even more than the ignorance of the President is that he has somehow managed to surround himself with a staff that is just as clueless.

Some Baseball Trivia With

When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included.  Although he played with 5 major league teams from 1923 to 1939, he was a very mediocre ball player.  He was regarded as the brainiest ballplayer of all time.  In fact Casey Stengel once said:  “That is the strangest man ever to play baseball.”  When all the baseball stars went to Japan, Moe Berg went with them and many people wondered why he went with “the team”

The answer was simple: Moe Berg was a United States spy working undercover with the CIA.
Moe spoke 15 languages - including Japanese - Moe Berg had two loves: baseball and spying.
In Tokyo , garbed in a kimono, Berg took flowers to the daughter of an American diplomat being treated in St. Luke's Hospital - the tallest building in the Japanese capital.  He never delivered the flowers.  The ball-player ascended to the hospital roof and filmed key features: the harbor, military installations, railway yards, etc.  Eight years later, General Jimmy Doolittle studied Berg's films in planning his spectacular raid on Tokyo .. 

Catcher Moe Berg 
Berg's father, Bernard Berg, a pharmacist in Newark, New Jersey, taught his son Hebrew and Yiddish.  Moe, against his wishes, began playing baseball on the street aged four.  His father disapproved and never once watched his son play.  In Barringer High School , Moe learned Latin, Greek and French.  Moe read at least 10 newspapers every day.  He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton - having added Spanish, Italian, German and Sanskrit to his linguistic quiver.  During further studies at the Sorbonne, in Paris , and Columbia Law School , he picked up Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Arabic, Portuguese and Hungarian - 15 languages in all, plus some regional dialects.  While playing baseball for Princeton University , Moe Berg would describe plays in Latin or Sanskrit.

Tito's partisans
During World War II, he was parachuted into Yugoslavia to assess the value to the war effort of the two groups of partisans there.  He reported back that Marshall Tito's forces were widely supported by the people and Winston Churchill ordered all-out support for the Yugoslav underground fighter, rather than Mihajlovic's Serbians.  The parachute jump at age 41 undoubtedly was a challenge. But there was more to come in that same year.  Berg penetrated German-held Norway , met with members of the underground and located a secret heavy water plant - part of the Nazis' effort to build an atomic bomb.  His information guided the Royal Air Force in a bombing raid to destroy the plant. 

The R.A.F. destroys the Norwegian heavy water plant targeted by Moe Berg.

There still remained the question of how far had the Nazis progressed in the race to build the first Atomic bomb.  If the Nazis were successful, they would win the war.  Berg (under the code name "Remus") was sent to Switzerland to hear leading German physicist Werner Heisenberg, a Nobel Laureate, lecture and determine if the Nazis were close to building an A-bomb.  Moe managed to slip past the SS guards at the auditorium, posing as a Swiss graduate student.  The spy carried in his pocket a pistol and a cyanide pill.  If the German indicated the Nazis were close to building a weapon, Berg was to shoot him - and then swallow the cyanide pill.  Moe, sitting in the front row, determined that the Germans were nowhere near their goal, so he complimented Heisenberg on his speech and walked him back to his hotel. 

Werner Heisenberg - he blocked the Nazis from acquiring an atomic bomb.
Moe Berg's report was distributed to Britain's Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and key figures in the team developing the Atomic Bomb.  Roosevelt responded: "Give my regards to the catcher." 
Most of Germany’s leading physicists had been Jewish and had fled the Nazis mainly to Britain and the United States .  After the war, Moe Berg was awarded the Medal of Freedom – America’s highest honor for a civilian in wartime.  But Berg refused to accept, as he couldn't tell people about his exploits.  After his death, his sister accepted the Medal and it hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown ,      

Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest award to be awarded to civilians during wartime)
Moe Berg’s baseball card is the only card on display at the CIA Headquarters in Washington DC