Thursday, November 3, 2016
Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for the West as it commits suicide.
If a foreign government had imposed this system of education on the United States, we would rightfully consider it an act of war.
Glenn T. Seaborg, National Commission on Education, 1983
“Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Immigration without assimilation is invasion.
Yesterday Kaiser decided to send Roberta to the rehab unit at Holy Cross, where I learned how to recover from my stroke. I rejoiced. I don’t know if I had any influence over the doctors, but I sure tried to get her sent there. Last night they were ready to send her, but there was some kind of mix-up, and they couldn’t do it, so they moved her to another room in Kaiser from the intensive care place she had been. This morning my daughter Jenny went out to be handy when they moved her to Holy Cross, but as of 1400 that hasn’t happened yet. We’re hoping that happens soon, and I’ll go see her there.
Jenny’s going to come get me and take me out to Holy Cross when the move’s accomplished, which is why I have some time to be here. Yesterday Roberta was visibly better than the day before, so it’s reasonable to hope – and pray – for more recovery, possibly to a better level than I have. She should still have balance, which I do not, thanks to the radiation therapy, so she shouldn’t have as much trouble learning to walk. We can hope.
As Roberta reminded me after my stroke, it took a while to learn to talk after I was born. And to walk. It all has to be learned again.
The election news is boiling, and I haven’t anything useful to add to the turmoil. It is needless to point out that if back in my cold war days I had done what she did I would certainly have lost my clearances and my job, and probably have gone to jail. So would anyone else at my pay grade which was considerably below Cabinet level. It is likely that President Obama will give her a blanket pardon as soon as the election is over, and has not done so because he thinks a pardon would affect the election. That was to be expected.
The bit about a revolt in the FBI with the working agents furious with the Director is contradicted by my sources, who say the working agents are grateful to the Director for taking the blame while under tremendous political pressure. The conflict between the highly politicized Justice Department civilian lawyers and the FBI sworn agents seems to be real; at least I hear that it is. Obviously any FBI agent involved in investigating Cabinet – and above – level officials will be under very great pressure; apparently the Director is doing his best to shield them from it.
If it all reminds you of the Nixon Watergate fiasco, you are not alone in that observation.
This came in a couple of months ago at a time when I had other reasons for not looking at my mail. It’s still relevant.
On immigration, employment and welfare
Our biggest problem is that we are 65% employed. That’s one third of our non-retired nation sitting on their keisters collecting welfare. We can’t afford it: look at all the things that are not getting done.
So put everyone to work. Follow the ADA. If anyone is “disabled” find them a job they can do. People who can’t walk can watch screens. Ditch-digging today is done with machines. If the labor were free, we’d have people doing the labor. We’d have people to supervise sheltered workshop for EMR. Heck, EMR could dig ditches with their peers. To the point: they’d all be employed. We could ditch welfare because there would be no unemployment.
To supply all those ditch-diggers and clothing-wearers, we would buy only American-made products, putting some people to work in the private sector.
I once talked to an inmate who once worked planting trees. One year his employer didn’t call. He called the employer. The employer told him there was no work. Then the inmate saw company trucks filled with presumably illegal aliens. Now my inmate was in jail. Under the new scheme, he, any citizen who wanted work, and legal immigrants would have work. Their companies, with free labor, would underbid companies with illegal labor.
Yes, we’d have to make something so legit companies hiring legit Americans would not have to compete with free labor; but people hiring illegals would have to have a mighty fine business model to survive.
It’s the kind of solution Fred Pohl trained us to find.
Unemployed illegals, with no welfare in existence, would deport themselves.
One more thing: exempt businesses with less than 1000 workers from all/most regulations.
I’ll consider comments. It does remind me of Fred Pohl.
Another sent in late August
SUBJ: A remarkable current example of Pournelle’s Iron Law in action
Hope you have enough energy to read this during or after WorldCom. Hope you had a great time there, though. You deserve it. 🙂
“How We Killed the Tea Party” via _Politico_ magazine
“In 2014, the Tea Party Patriots group spent just 10 percent of the
$14.4 million it collected actually supporting candidates, with the rest going to consultants and vendors and Tea Part President Jenny Beth Martin’s hefty salary of $15,000 per month.”
Some like these:
New Hitler Rant
Yep. It’s that same old bunker clip with different subtitles…
(I was laughing so hard, tears were rolling down.)
Hitler finds out Hillary Clinton is back under FBI investigation;
It’s probably not as funny if you actually know how to speak German…..
Sweden Failed State
Sweden appears to be on a nearly failed state:
SWEDEN is on the brink of becoming a lawless state as the police force is losing the battle against unprecedented levels of crime and violence amid a growing migrant crisis.
The Scandinavian country is facing an existential crisis with on average three police officers handing in their resignations a day.
If the alarming trend continues, and police officers continue to resign more than 1,000 officers will have quit the service by New Years.
But police have now admitted the force has reached breaching point as more than 50 areas in the country have now been placed on a “no-go zone” list.
In February a report from Sweden’s National Criminal Investigation Service announced there were 52 areas where officers would not cope with the levels of crime being committed.
Sex assaults, drug dealing and children carrying weapons were just some of the incidents mentioned in the report.
In September, Swedish officials were forced to add another three areas to the list.
Now the Police Association have said they need at least 200 new officers to regain control in the south-east of the country.
Apparently, these refugees are lighting cars on fire in the South-East more than in other parts of the country and the area is lawless.
Perhaps this helps explain Middle Eastern autocrats?
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Joshua Jordan, KSC
People forget that Swedes are still Vikings even if they are officially ashamed of once being so. The Normans are just Frenchified Danes/Swedes and once in a while they remember that. Of course the founders of the Kievan State which became Russia were Swedes.
China debuts J20 stealth fighter supposedly based on hacked US F22 plans
I wonder whose server they got those plans from.
Why Comey Did It
I’m not sure how connected the former Congressman is, but this is one of the most credible sources saying that Comey had a pile of resignation letters to deal with on this:
FBI Director James Comey reopened agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails last week because “almost 100” agents threatened to resign before next week’s election, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.
“A few weeks ago, almost 100 agents were threatening Comey that they were going to resign — and that kind of pressure is what turned him around,” DeLay, 69, the majority leader from 2003 to 2005, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” in an interview. “It wasn’t Comey or his integrity.
“I know he made a huge mistake when he indicted Clinton — though not indicting her — but now he’s trying to turn that around.
“He had to do it now or have all these FBI agents resign,” he added.
“That would have probably been a bigger story than what Comey did.
Have you ever seen anything like this in your life? If true, this should be the biggest story of the year — even if they don’t resign.
This is huge.
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Joshua Jordan, KSC
My sources do not corroborate this story, although I make no doubt that there was some strong sentiment for indictment; but I suspect most of the resentment is toward the Justice lawyers and of course the White House. Comey did what he thought he had to do.
FIVE FBI probes on Clinton Associates!
In addition to the email probe and the blocked — by DOJ — Clinton Foundation probe, FBI has at least five other probes on Clinton’s inner circle:
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Joshua Jordan, KSC
I wouldn’t know about this, but I do know they cannot ignore the investigation into the Clinton Foundation undertaken originally by Chelsea in good faith, and apparently leaked by vigilant hackers.
This may or may not lead somewhere. I haven’t time to do more. Some will find it interesting.
Beware Robots Bearing Beer
“Earlier this week, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and Uber Technologies announced that for the first time ever a self-driving truck completed a commercial delivery. The 18-wheeler truck drove more than 120 miles from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, hauling Budweiser with the human driver kicked back in the sleeper cab.”
“…Deloitte has previously estimated that 74% of jobs in transportation, 54% in wholesale and retail, and 56% in manufacturing are facing the risk of automation.
“In September, the transportation industry in the U.S. numbered 1.5 million jobs. That’s a big chunk of jobs in danger. And let’s not forget that America’s manufacturing sector is already shrinking painfully. This economic recovery has seen mostly a swelling of low-paying jobs in sectors such as retail — not a good sign when we’re only going to hand the few jobs we’re gaining over to automation.”
One more move toward robots doing reasonably paying human activities. I have said that by 2024 over half the human jobs can be done by a robot coasting about a year’s salary of the worker.
Our elected officials and their bureaucrats at work
Look at the fees for a certificate of citizenship! Remember, these are families adopting kids from other countries. Our “betters” can’t control our boarders, we are flooded with illegals and they want to charge me 1k for a piece of paper? Tar and feathers come to mind, at least.Phil Tharp
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For parents of older children who did not receive a Certificate of Citizenship automatically when your child came home, the fee (after 12/23/2016) will be more than double what it is now.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced numerous fee increases that will take effect on December 23, 2016. The fee to obtain a new Certificate of Citizenship (CoC) will increase from $550 for a minor adoptee to $1,170. The fee to replace a lost CoC or to change a name on an existing CoC will increase from $345 to $555. These fee increases may not affect parents who have automatically received their children’s CoC shortly after arrival, but will most likely have a big impact on parents and adult adoptees who still need to obtain a CoC.
If you haven’t submitted your child’s N-600 application for a Certificate of Citizenship yet, you might want to consider doing so as soon as possible. According to the USCIS website, these increases will not affect applications received prior to December 23, 2016.
To download the N-600 application for Certificate of Citizenship directly from USCIS, please click here.
peter thiel gave excellent speech this morning
about 12 minutes long. I think you will like it.
I generally prefer to read than listen. There’s a comment that tells you how to get a transcript.
Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.