Thursday, June 26, 2014

Success! Fire all the Climate Change Scientists!



Since the 'science is settled' we can now immediately halt all funding, subsidies and grants for climate scientists, anthropagenic global warming fear-mongers and climate change alarmists.

The science is settled, therefore we need not study or research the topic any longer.

But - I have a feeling we'd soon be hearing, "Wait!!! We just realized the science isn't settled after all. We were just kidding. It's not settled, really. And we must continue to receive more money so that we can study this suddenly not-so-settled science. But - it is settled".

Sheep.

All of us.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Don't Ever Ring the Bell!


William H. McRaven is a Navy admiral, former commander of SEAL Team 3 and current commander of the US Special Operations Command — the man who led the mission to get Osama bin Laden. On May 17, he gave the commencement address for his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, which touched graduates with its earnest, simple advice about living a better life. This Memorial Day, an excerpt:

If you will humor this old sailor for just a moment, I have a few suggestions that may help you on your way to a better world.

And while these lessons were learned during my time in the military, I can assure you that it matters not whether you ever served a day in uniform.

It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status.

Our struggles in this world are similar and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward — changing ourselves and the world around us — will apply equally to all.

I have been a Navy SEAL for 36 years. But it all began when I left UT for Basic SEAL training in Coronado, California.

Basic SEAL training is six months of long torturous runs in the soft sand, midnight swims in the cold water off San Diego, obstacles courses, unending calisthenics, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and miserable.

It is six months of being constantly harassed by professionally trained warriors who seek to find the weak of mind and body and eliminate them from ever becoming a Navy SEAL.

But, the training also seeks to find those students who can lead in an environment of constant stress, chaos, failure and hardships.

To me basic SEAL training was a lifetime of challenges crammed into six months.

So, here are the 10 lessons I learned from basic SEAL training that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life:

Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room, and the first thing they would inspect was your bed.

If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack — rack, that’s Navy talk for bed.

It was a simple task — mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle-hardened SEALs — but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.

If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

 

During SEAL training the students are broken down into boat crews. Each crew is seven students — three on each side of a small rubber boat and one coxswain to help guide the dingy.

Every day your boat crew forms up on the beach and is instructed to get through the surf zone and paddle several miles down the coast.

In the winter, the surf off San Diego can get to be 8 to 10 feet high and it is exceedingly difficult to paddle through the plunging surf unless everyone digs in.

Every paddle must be synchronized to the stroke count of the coxswain. Everyone must exert equal effort or the boat will turn against the wave and be unceremoniously tossed back on the beach.

For the boat to make it to its destination, everyone must paddle.

You can’t change the world alone — you will need some help — and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them.

If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.

 

Over a few weeks of difficult training my SEAL class, which started with 150 men, was down to just 42. There were now six boat crews of seven men each.

I was in the boat with the tall guys, but the best boat crew we had was made up of the the little guys — the munchkin crew we called them — no one was over about 5-foot-5.

The munchkin boat crew had one American Indian, one African-American, one Polish-American, one Greek-American, one Italian-American, and two tough kids from the Midwest. They outpaddled, outran and outswam all the other boat crews.

The big men in the other boat crews would always make good-natured fun of the tiny little flippers the munchkins put on their tiny little feet prior to every swim.

But somehow these little guys, from every corner of the nation and the world, always had the last laugh — swimming faster than everyone and reaching the shore long before the rest of us.

SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.

If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.

 

Several times a week, the instructors would line up the class and do a uniform inspection. It was exceptionally thorough.

Your hat had to be perfectly starched, your uniform immaculately pressed and your belt buckle shiny and void of any smudges.

But it seemed that no matter how much effort you put into starching your hat, or pressing your uniform or polishing your belt buckle — it just wasn’t good enough.

The instructors would find “something” wrong.

For failing the uniform inspection, the student had to run, fully clothed into the surf zone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand.

The effect was known as a “sugar cookie.” You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day — cold, wet and sandy.

There were many a student who just couldn’t accept the fact that all their effort was in vain. That no matter how hard they tried to get the uniform right — it was unappreciated.

Those students didn’t make it through training.

Those students didn’t understand the purpose of the drill. You were never going to succeed. You were never going to have a perfect uniform.

Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform, you still end up as a sugar cookie.

It’s just the way life is sometimes.

If you want to change the world, get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

 

Every day during training you were challenged with multiple physical events—long runs, long swims, obstacle courses, hours of calisthenics—something designed to test your mettle.

Every event had standards — times you had to meet. If you failed to meet those standards your name was posted on a list and at the end of the day those on the list were invited to — a “circus.”

A circus was two hours of additional calisthenics — designed to wear you down, to break your spirit, to force you to quit.

No one wanted a circus.

A circus meant that for that day you didn’t measure up. A circus meant more fatigue—and more fatigue meant that the following day would be more difficult—and more circuses were likely.

But at some time during SEAL training, everyone — everyone — made the circus list.

But an interesting thing happened to those who were constantly on the list. Overtime those students — who did two hours of extra calisthenics — got stronger and stronger.

The pain of the circuses built inner strength-built physical resiliency.

Life is filled with circuses.

You will fail. You will likely fail often. It will be painful. It will be discouraging. At times it will test you to your very core.

But if you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.

 

At least twice a week, the trainees were required to run the obstacle course. The obstacle course contained 25 obstacles including a 10-foot-high wall, a 30-foot cargo net and a barbed-wire crawl to name a few.

But the most challenging obstacle was the slide for life. It had a three-level, 30-foot tower at one end and a one-level tower at the other. In between was a 200-foot-long rope.

You had to climb the three-tiered tower and once at the top, you grabbed the rope, swung underneath the rope and pulled yourself hand over hand until you got to the other end.

The record for the obstacle course had stood for years when my class began training in 1977.

The record seemed unbeatable until one day a student decided to go down the slide for life — head-first.

Instead of swinging his body underneath the rope and inching his way down, he bravely mounted the TOP of the rope and thrust himself forward.

It was a dangerous move — seemingly foolish and fraught with risk. Failure could mean injury and being dropped from the training.

Without hesitation — the student slid down the rope — perilously fast, instead of several minutes, it only took him half that time and by the end of the course he had broken the record.

If you want to change the world, sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head-first.

 

During the land-warfare phase of training, the students are flown out to San Clemente Island, which lies off the coast of San Diego.

The waters off San Clemente are a breeding ground for the great white sharks.

To pass SEAL training there are a series of long swims that must be completed. One is the night swim.

Before the swim, the instructors joyfully brief the trainees on all the species of sharks that inhabit the waters off San Clemente.

They assure you, however, that no student has ever been eaten by a shark — at least not recently.

But, you are also taught that if a shark begins to circle your position — stand your ground. Do not swim away. Do not act afraid.

And if the shark, hungry for a midnight snack, darts towards you — then summons up all your strength and punch him in the snout and he will turn and swim away.

There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim, you will have to deal with them.

So, if you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.

 

As Navy SEALs, one of our jobs is to conduct underwater attacks against enemy shipping. We practiced this technique extensively during basic training.

The ship-attack mission is where a pair of SEAL divers is dropped off outside an enemy harbor and then swims well over two miles — underwater — using nothing but a depth gauge and a compass to get to their target.

During the entire swim, even well below the surface there is some light that comes through. It is comforting to know that there is open water above you.

But as you approach the ship, which is tied to a pier, the light begins to fade. The steel structure of the ship blocks the moonlight — it blocks the surrounding street lamps — it blocks all ambient light.

To be successful in your mission, you have to swim under the ship and find the keel — the centerline and the deepest part of the ship.

This is your objective. But the keel is also the darkest part of the ship — where you cannot see your hand in front of your face, where the noise from the ship’s machinery is deafening and where it is easy to get disoriented and fail.

Every SEAL knows that under the keel, at the darkest moment of the mission — is the time when you must be calm, composed — when all your tactical skills, your physical power and all your inner strength must be brought to bear.

If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

 

The ninth week of training is referred to as “Hell Week.” It is six days of no sleep, constant physical and mental harassment and — one special day at the Mud Flats. The Mud Flats are an area between San Diego and Tijuana where the water runs off and creates the Tijuana slue’s — a swampy patch of terrain where the mud will engulf you.

It is on Wednesday of Hell Week that you paddle down to the mud flats and spend the next 15 hours trying to survive the freezing-cold mud, the howling wind and the incessant pressure to quit from the instructors.

As the sun began to set that Wednesday evening, my training class, having committed some “egregious infraction of the rules” was ordered into the mud.

The mud consumed each man till there was nothing visible but our heads. The instructors told us we could leave the mud if only five men would quit — just five men and we could get out of the oppressive cold.

Looking around the mud flat, it was apparent that some students were about to give up. It was still over eight hours till the sun came up — eight more hours of bone-chilling cold.

The chattering teeth and shivering moans of the trainees were so loud it was hard to hear anything and then, one voice began to echo through the night — one voice raised in song.

The song was terribly out of tune, but sung with great enthusiasm.

One voice became two, and two became three, and before long everyone in the class was singing.

We knew that if one man could rise above the misery then others could as well.

The instructors threatened us with more time in the mud if we kept up the singing — but the singing persisted.

And somehow — the mud seemed a little warmer, the wind a little tamer and the dawn not so far away.

If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person — Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan, Malala — one person can change the world by giving people hope.

So, if you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.

 

Finally, in SEAL training there is a bell. A brass bell that hangs in the center of the compound for all the students to see.  All you have to do to quit — is ring the bell. Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the freezing-cold swims.

 

Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT — and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training.

Just ring the bell.

If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Irena Sendler - Why You Have Never Heard of Her, and Have Heard of Al Gore


 
 
A Lady Named Irena Sendler Died May 13th ,2008
    
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a
plumbing/sewer specialist.  She had an ulterior motive...
  
She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being German), so  

Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried, and
she also carried, in the back of her truck, a burlap sack, (for larger
kids).   She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi
soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.
  
The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking
covered the kids/infants noises.   During her time and course of doing this, she

managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.
  
One day, she was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs and arms and beat her
severely.
  
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept
them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.
  
After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it,
and reunite the family.


Most, of course, had been gassed.
  
Those kids she helped were placed into foster family homes or adopted.
  
Irena was nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize....
  
She LOST.
  
Al Gore won for doing a bullshit, inaccurate slide show on global warming.
 
 
 
Shame on the media. Shame on all of us...

Smoke and Mirrors Obama Style


For the life of me I fail to understand in what universe a country of 320 million that signs up 7 million ( 0.0218% ) of its citizenry into a program is called a "Success" Even if each one enrolled represents a family of 4 that's still only 28 million or 0.0875% of the population.

It seems as if the 99% argument has done a 180. Where does the $$ to provide 'subsidies' come from?

If they're getting it from premiums then that means less money goes to actual care, if they're getting it from general taxation then it means that not only those that receive subsidies are offsetting their subsidies, but those who are fortunate to have their own coverage get to pay even more!

Even Ponzi couldn't outdo this scheme?

Smoke and Mirrors Obama Style


Friday, January 10, 2014

All Citizens are required to celebrate the good employment news!



Obama declared that he ended Bush's "recession" in June 2009, and started 'Obama's Economic Recovery', which has done the following for the American people:

1) The number of people has increased each and every month, just since Obama's "recovery", to historically record setting high numbers of people on 'Welfare', 'Food Stamps (EBT Cards), and 'Disability'. 47 million people on food stamps alone. Number of "disabled" has tripled.

2) While Obama, just since his "recovery" started, has dropped over 11 million people from the 'US Workforce', until today it's participation numbers are the lowest in the last 36 years, going all the way back to 1977 when the US population was less than 2/3rds of what the 2010 census tallied to be three years ago.

3) Over 92 MILLION Americans are now out of work, cannot find a job and are being supported by those who still have jobs.

But the cost of living has increased by as much a 30%, considering the rising costs of Health Care, food, housing, reduced wages and transportation, so the ability of those who work, to support the economy through consumer spending and taxes, is rapidly decreasing. But HEY! the economy is recovering "nicely", just slower than "expected". And there are no limits to how you can falsify Economic & "unemployment statistics"!

Put in perspective - 525,000 people left the work force. 74,000 people got jobs - 1/2 of which were temporary or part time, and the population increased by 150,000 people. According to my limited math skills, nearly 600,000 people became jobless in December alone.

The White House deems this as "encouraging progress". Spin it all you want - the entire population of Portland or Las Vegas lost their jobs - JUST THIS MONTH ALONE.

Our Comrades at al-Reuters unexpectedly found a dark cloud behind the silver lining, stating: "U.S. employers hired the fewest workers in almost three years in December." al-Reuters further notes that the new Unemployment Rate of 6.7 percent is the lowest since October 2008! Although they add this: "in part reflected people leaving the labor force."

Citizens are reminded that ALL news is GOOD news here in the Age of Obama! So having the Workforce Participation Rate at an all time low of 62.8% is, by definition, GOOD NEWS! Citizens are therefore ordered to celebrate!

To not do so would be racist and an offence.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

If you like the truth, you can keep your truth...

The Liberal media won't report it so it is up to us to report over and over, this is what they said about ObamaCare...

These are all direct quotes from Obama, and Senators about ObamaCare...

Obama on ObamaCare...
Obama, Aug. 15, 2009: I just want to be completely clear about this; I keep on saying this but somehow folks aren't listening, if you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan. Nobody is going to force you to leave your health care plan.
Obama, March 25, 2010: From this day forward, all of the cynics, all the naysayers, they're going to have to confront the reality of what this reform is and what it isn't.
Obama, June 28, 2012: First, if you're one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance — this law will only make it more secure and more affordable.

Henchmen on ObamaCare....

Sen. Landrieu (D-LA): “If you like the insurance that you have, you'll be able to keep it.” (MSNBC’s Hardball, 12/16/09)
Sen. Hagan (D-NC): “We need to support the private insurance industry so that people who have insurance they're happy with can keep it (National Journal’s Congress Daily, 6/18/09)
Sen. Begich (D-AK): “If you got a doctor now, you got a medical professional you want, you get to keep that”.
Sen. Bennet (D-CO): “Start with the basic principle if you have coverage and you like it, you can keep it. If you have your doctor, and you like him or her, you should be able to keep them. We will not take that choice away from you.”
Sen. Murry (D-WA): “Again, if you like what you have, you will be able to keep it. Let me say this again: If you like what you have, when our legislation is passed and signed by the President, you will be able to keep it.” (Congressional Record, S.6400, 6/10/09)
Sen. Harkin (D-IA): “One of the things we put in the health care bill when we designed it was the protection for consumers to keep the plan they have if they like it”…we said, if you like a plan, you get to keep it, and you can grandfather it in.” (Congressional Record, S.7675-6, 9/29/10)
Sen. Schumer (D-NY): “If you like your insurance, you keep it.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/24/09)
Sen. Durbin (D-IL): “This bill before us on the Senate floor makes it clear that if you have an insurance policy that you like, you can keep it. If you like the doctor that you're currently doing business with, you can continue to use that doctor.” (Teleconference, 12/4/09)
Sen. Reid (D-NV):“In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” (Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)
Sen. Baucus (D-MT): “That is why one of the central promises of health care reform has been and is: If you like what you have, you can keep it. That is critically important. If a person has a plan, and he or she likes it, he or she can keep it.” (Congressional Record, S.7676, 9/29/10)
Sen. Levin (D) Mi. April 6, 2012: And it is important to remember that for those who already have health insurance, the law allows you to keep your existing plan.
Sen. Merkley (D) Or. Nov. 11, 2013: If you like your current health insurance, you will be able to keep it. And you will be able to continue seeing your current doctor.

Lest we forget. Or the media makes us forget...

Fudging the Employment Numbers the Chicago Way

Did Team Hope and Change Fudge the Unemployment Numbers Just Prior to the 2012 Elections?

Lets look at the data!
 
Some may say that no fudging is going on because the numbers are still dismal. I'll give you that - but fudging one month's unemployment data wasn't designed to change that. It was designed to get Obama re-elected, specifically by providing him cover for the charge that he had failed to meet his 2009 promise to get the unemployment rate below 8 percent.
 
Census Data employee Buckmon himself said the falsification came on orders from higher up the food chain, which means it was systematic. If it's true that Buckmon left his job in 2011, that doesn't mean his on-the-record information about systematic falsification is any less credible. This is the sort of guy that liberals refer to as a "whistleblower" when they like what he's saying. He's a pariah when he disagrees with them.


But even that isn't the strongest proof that the numbers were faked.

The strongest proof is the numbers themselves, which are simply implausible. Maybe Democrats and low info voters will believe anything, but the rest of us are not that stupid. Consider:

The unemployment report is based on two surveys - a household survey and an employer survey. Here are the new job creation results of both surveys, by month, for the entire year of 2012 (the numbers are in thousands):

Employer Survey

Jan: 311
Feb: 271
March: 205
April: 112
May: 125
June: 87
July: 153
Aug: 165
Sept: 138
Oct: 160
Nov: 247
Dec 219

Household Survey

Jan: 712
Feb: 411
March: 1
April: -86
May: 368
Jun: 146
July: -198
August: -86
Sept: 810
Oct: 354
Nov: -51
Dec: 28  



So what Hope and Change operatives wants us to believe is that, consistent with the household survey, in November 2012, an economy that had struggled all year, and had actually lost jobs the previous two months, suddenly for no apparent reason created 810,000 jobs! This in spite of the fact that the employer survey shows no serious variation from the trend.






I suppose you could cite the similarly odd number from January 2012, which purports to show 712,000 new jobs created, and use this as evidence that the household survey varies wildly and therefore what it showed in September is not all that unusual. But January 2012 did show relatively strong growth coming out of the employer survey, whereas September 2012 showed no such thing.






The bottom line here is that we have to measure the strength of the argument of those who believe

there was faking going on against those trying to deny it. In our camp we have a) implausible numbers; b) motive; c) sources inside Census Bureau, one of whom has given his name; and d) an administration we already know is willing to use manipulate government agencies for political purposes. In their camp is a) an official government denial; and b) apologists who follow the usual script whenever conservatives catch Obama doing something wrong.






You decide.







Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Palin's Record in Contrast to the Dear Leaders...

As governor, Palin combed through the Alaskan budget line by line and powerfully wielded her veto pen.In stark contrast to President Obama and other governors whose fiscal records are dogged by credit downgrades, Palin left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as governor. Standard & Poor’s raised Alaska’s credit rating from AA to AA+ in April 2008.

Then in 2010, both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Alaska to AAA for the first time in the state’s history due to policies enacted by Palin that made the state’s finances more than solvent.

She implemented important reforms to Alaska’s oil industry and pressured Exxon to start drilling again in Point Thomson after holding leasing on the land for years.

And, unlike the Democrats who talk a big game about taking on Big Oil, Palin actually took on Big Oil with a tenacity that should make her Nancy Pelosi’s hero, releasing the stranglehold that those companies had on the oil resources and industry in her state, driving both more exploration, and the resulting jobs at the same time increased royalty revenues.

She didn’t stand for corruption in the Alaskan government – her ethical stance, in fact, was a key factor in the popularity that allowed her to run for governor.Taking on corruption and crony capitalism has always been a cornerstone of Sarah Palin's agenda; in Alaska she did take on the old-boy network — the oil companies and her own party . As oil and gas commissioner, Sarah Palin called out the unethical practices of members of her own party. As Governor, she sought to end the back room deals and improper relationships between oil companies and politicians.


And for all that she's labeled as "empty" and according to MSNBC, worthy of only defecating on. Seems like the party of "Hope and Change" is letting everyone know what they really think of strong, successful, intelligent women.

Or - you could be a community organizer.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Obama falls for another whopper....

I don’t think for one moment that the Syrians will give up their chemical weapons stocks. They will say they will give it up and they will play the game to undercut any support for a military strike. But they will then start to put conditions on verification and on the foreign presence in Syria. Then they will start in with Israel; demanding that Israel’s nuclear weapons be put on the table. All of this will lead nowhere for the United States — exactly where Damascus and Moscow want it to go, and exactly what they knew Obama would fall for. The AHP - Amateur Hour Presidency. Risking lives and prestige daily.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Obama's Credibility Free Fall - The Amateur Hour Presidency

Usually I am the first to say that what is bad for Obama is good for America - but the recent Middle East debacle(s) is embarrassing all of us, and not just Hussein Obama.

Specifically, Obama lost credibility:


-When he pulled the missile shield from Poland and the Czech Republic.
-When he negotiated away various US nuclear weapons capacity with Russia without receiving much in return in the recent START Treaty.
-When he talks about further unilateral cuts to the US nuclear arsenal without any cuts made by US adversaries or enemy states.
-When he pulled out of Iraq without a status of forces agreement and allowed Iranian influence in,
When he announced a partial surge in Afghanistan, while announcing at the same time a withdrawal in Afghanistan.
-When he withdrew his support for 30 year old ally Mubarak in Egypt and supported Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
-When he told Israel it should negotiate a return of territory based upon pre-1967 borders.
-When he negotiated, threatened and did not act against Iranian nuclear development.
-When he failed to support the democratic forces in Iranian against the Mullahs at the start of his presidency.
-When he supported the would-be dictator of Honduras against that country's legislature and national court.
-When he lied about the facts surrounding Benghazi and tried to place the blame on a video about Mohammed.
-When he failed to respond in any way, even to this day, to the attack on the consulate at Benghazi.
-When he started to negotiate with the Taliban to enter the Afghan government, after US forces withdraw.


Usually one learns from their mistakes. Apparently, AHP (Amateur Hour Presidency) has learned only to make bigger mistakes. And those bigger mistakes make us a smaller country. Americans have, and will continue to die as a direct result of the AHP.