The Week that Was by the Bear

The internet is a wild and willy place full of spammers and hackers who seem to enjoy destroying another man’s property.

Last week “The Absurd Report” was hacked twice in one week and when you entered the site you saw all kinds of commercials promoting perfume, ladies ware and whatever. S0 in effect the hacker has destroyed my property. Whether the hacker get paid for this, I don’t know for sure, but I doubt it because what outside companies would want to be involved with this. My guess is that the hacker here gets his jollies off showing how astute he is on the internet. But this time he has meet his match.

Through a lot of research and help from the outside I found out his name address, and phone number. He lives in Oklahoma and that is all I will disclose on the internet.
To fix what he did took a lot of time and money and I am considering my legal options against him and one way or another I will teach him a lesson that he will never forget.

He is a fairly young kid and a nitrous hacker and many complaints have been filed against him for hacking websites.

So get ready punk, because you are soon to find out what the inside of a court room looks like.

The Bear

What Do the Trumpsters Want? By Victor Davis Hanson

There are many reasons to oppose Trump. But those aren’t the reasons being cited.

Count the reasons to oppose Donald Trump’s candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. His conservative credentials are thin, recent, and often haphazard. His brash style will likely alienate more voters than it will attract. What he calls being “direct” translates as gratuitously mean-spirited, rude, and even cruel. His knowledge of the issues, at least in traditional terms or compared with that of his Republican rivals, varies from spotty to nonexistent. And Trump often, like Hillary Clinton (e.g., dodging bullets in the Balkans) or Barack Obama (cf. the mythoi of his “memoir”), seems to make up details about his long business career.

All that said, there are two strains of opposition to Trump that seem incoherent. First is the suggestion that the majority of his supporters, the “Trumpsters,” are deluded — the naïve fooled by a buffoon. The second is the suggestion that the Trump candidacy marks a new low in American politics, in terms of decency and competence.

Let us quickly dispense with the second writ. Trump is a reflection of, not a catalyst for, a dishonest age. To illustrate my point, take a few of our contemporary public figures who are running for office on their assumed superior character and ethics. There is no need to dwell on the inveterate dissembler Hillary Clinton, with her labyrinth of e-mail, Benghazi, Clinton Foundation, and Wall Street speaking-fees deceit. Bernie Sanders, the archetypal socialist, calls for the wealthy to pay exorbitant income-tax rates. Yet Sanders himself paid an effective rate of about 13 percent, after taking thousands of dollars of itemized deductions, including a mortgage-interest deduction on a second home — all legal, and all just the sort of self-interested tax planning routinely embraced by Americans in the upper brackets, whose resulting reduced taxes the socialist Sanders is on record as abhorring. In recent interviews, the supposedly cerebral Sanders proved himself a veritable dunce, clueless about the U.S. banking system, current U.S. financial statutes, and the basics of how the U.S. criminal- and civil-justice systems work. I suppose if he were Trump, Sanders would argue that he was too busy making “huge” profits to sweat such details, but what is Sanders’s excuse for being so ill-informed? That he was too occupied as a U.S. senator to learn anything about the nation’s banking and legal systems?

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Would Trump mar the protocols of the White House? Perhaps. But that is another horse that long ago left the barn. Barack Obama has recently invited a number of rap artists, with long pedigrees of extremist and racialist rhetoric, to the White House. One, Kendrick Lamar (said to be Obama’s “favorite rapper”), has a current album whose cover shows a number of African-American males on the White House lawn, boozing, holding wads of cash, and celebrating, while the body of a dead white judge — black crosses mutilating his eyes — lies before them. Deep, profound, heavy symbolism? Switch the ancestries of the album’s corpse and its celebrants, and the Southern Poverty Law Center would be all over it.

The other White House guest rapper, Rick Ross — does life really replicate album covers? — had his ankle-bracelet alarm go off following a presidential chat. A judge had it clapped on Ross’s ankle because he is currently on bail facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery (how does one get through the White House metal detector with a court-imposed ankle bracelet on — did someone pass him through with a wave of the hand?). Obama has praised Beyoncé as a role model for his own daughters. The singer’s just-released video shows her destroying cars with a baseball bat as she promises to exact revenge on rivals, or, more specifically, “I’m gonna f— me up a bitch.”

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We could, of course, beat another presidential dead horse in Bill Clinton, a figure who makes Petronius’s Trimalchio appear staid and well-mannered. Is there a chance that a President Donald Trump would hire an intern and engage in oral intercourse with her in the Oval Office bathroom, after enduring a long string of complaints from a variety of women that he had variously grabbed their breasts in a White House hallway, pulled out his phallus in an Arkansas hotel room, and sexually assaulted a nursing-home operator? In Clinton’s case, this was all contextualized by his feminist wife — and current likely Democratic nominee — who now supports recalibrating sexual-assault laws on the premise that the allegations of female accusers “deserved to be believed.” I doubt that even the most imaginative writer on The Apprentice could top that. By “that,” I mean behavior that was once at least tsk-tsked by the Washington elite establishment, and that would easily get a teacher fired in Fresno or a fork-lift driver sent home in Akron.

But these are merely distractions in the age of the new normal, in which a president has ignored the Constitution, rendered immigration law null and void, doubled the U.S. debt, crashed U.S. foreign policy, and left us facing Armageddon from Iraq to the nation’s health care.

The moral corruption of our elites predated and transcends Donald Trump, and is second nature to many of his likely critics. Take one example from our premier legal institution, Harvard Law School, steward of America’s jurisprudence. Recently at a Law School panel on the Middle East, a young Harvard law student, Husam El-Qoulaq, asked visiting Israeli dignitary Tzipi Livni, a former foreign minister and a center-left representative in the Israeli Knesset, a simple question: “OK, my question is for Tzipi Livni. Um, how is it that you are so smelly?”

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Aside from the anti-Semitic pedigree of the slur about “smelly” Jews and the crassness of the question, what was the reaction of Harvard Law School? It refused to release the name of the questioner, and in Orwellian fashion edited his question out of a video altogether (in the same manner that the White House initially edited out from its official video French president Hollande’s reference to “Islamic terrorism”). El-Qoulaq so far faces no disciplinary action, and thus apparently is emblematic of the values of Harvard Law School. But were he Jewish and were the visiting dignitary a Palestinian, he would have been expelled or become persona non grata on campus.

Harvard Law School and its aptly named Dean Minow are just coming off another “teachable moment,” in which it is likely that the supposedly racist defacing of the photos of African-American law professors was not the work of white racists at all, but yet another campus example of supposed anti-racists seeking to concoct micro-aggressions to justify their own advocacy existence — again, to the silence of Dean Minow. But it’s not just Harvard. Few administrators at Duke, Yale, the Clinton Foundation, or the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change would have the requisite moral fides to accuse Trump of either lying or corruption.

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Back to the first charge. In fact, Trump’s supporters are not nativists, xenophobes, and veritable nihilists. They represent instead a mass revolt against insanity of the sort that we have grown accustomed to assume is normal.

Consider that almost half of all traffic accidents in Los Angeles these days are hit-and-run. Has Jeb Bush or John Kasich or, for that matter, Jorge Ramos been hit by a driver who left the scene of an accident, and who was without car registration or insurance? I have twice — and on four occasions I have had a driver veer off the road onto my property, destroy numerous grape vines, ditch his wrecked auto, and flee. The government response was not to help track down the fleeing criminal in order to allow compensation. Instead, on one of those occasions, an officer warned me that if I were to tow the abandoned car away for salvage fees to set against the damage I would be arrested. The tragic and needless death of Kate Steinle is, for those at ground zero of illegal immigration, a “There but for the grace of God go I” moment that thousands share.

Who is the more ethically bankrupt: those who in Confederate, John Calhoun style promote sanctuary-city nullification of federal laws — as in San Francisco’s refusal to turn the seven-time felon and five-time deported murderer of Kate Steinle over to the immigration authorities — or those “radicals” who simply wish to enforce existing federal law? And who are the insurrectionists: those who call for federal law to be honored, or the members of the Obama administration who, in emulation of South Carolinians circa 1861, insist that local communities and federal officials can ignore federal laws as they see fit?

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What the elites now consider normal and standard seems, to a growing minority of Americans, aberrant and unhinged — and they are looking for a remedy, even if it is mostly rhetorical and chimerical.

Members of the so-called establishment do not fear receiving a memo announcing that an immigrant technician on a work visa will be taking their place or that their jobs will be outsourced overseas. For that matter, I don’t expect that my employer, the Hoover Institution, will move to Mexico to cut costs, or that National Review will hire a foreign national to write this column for 40 percent of what it currently pays.

When the son or daughter of someone in New York or Washington who despises the symbolism of the Trump candidacy does not quite top out on the SAT, or does not make it to Ghana for his or her cultural-diversity summer internship, or does not earn a prep school’s full recommendation, and so does not get into Yale or Princeton, does the parent happen to know a powerful public figure, an Ivy League insider, or a rich donor who might wish to call and put in a good word for an underappreciated but talented white male? If so, then that parent is navigating around affirmative action rather than upholding it. Meanwhile, the 18-year-old son of a truck driver in Grand Rapids, of the wrong sex and color, is out of luck. I can attest to that from teaching thousands of students for 21 years in the California State University system. An Ivy League grandee once called me about potential graduate students and noted, “You have great minority applicants — any more of them?” When I said, “And equally good white males too,” He said, “Oh.” And that was that.

These are just a few of the goads that drive legitimately angry voters to prefer Trump to the far more sober and judicious Cruz, who would more likely translate their anger into concrete change.

Trump is certainly not the answer for our mess, but he is not the cause of it either. His supporters are not saints, but they embrace the argument that elites promote policies in the abstract whose negative consequences in the concrete always fall on someone else less wealthy and well-connected. Their anger at those hypocrisies deserves to be heard with respect. For the most part, they are supporting a candidate who, by the standards of a debased age, is no more disingenuous or disreputable than he who currently sits in the White House or she who will likely sit there in 2017.

NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author, most recently, of The Savior Generals.

Quote of the Day 05/01/16

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. — Thomas Jefferson

“Murphy’s Law” By Jim Murphy

Greetings from The Association Of Intolerant Judgmental Anti-News Reporting Xenophobic Firearms Owners Of West Texas.

I am a day late as we had a houseguest for three days and have been busy showing her around and visiting with her. During her stay with us she taught me some stuff on my laptop computer (which I don’t like all that much). Our houseguest was our 24 year old God Daughter who flew over from Suwon, Korea to spend a few days with us prior to starting her new job. We have known her for about 5 years and she is a very thoughtful and beautiful young lady. She actually wanted to surprise us for my Birthday but could not make connections so she got here as soon as she could. She starts a brand new job next Monday and of course it has something to do with micro-chips and computer programs. Very early this morning I drove her to Abilene, Texas which is about 90 miles North of San Angelo and she got on an American Airlines plane which was the start of her 16 hour flight back home. And I must tell you all that I do not handle little girls shedding tears very well.

PRINCE:

I am sure that the family of “Prince” along with many of his fans were shaken by the news of his sudden death. And once again, the media did their usual pathetic job of not only reporting the story but actually over-reporting the story. In watching a few minutes of Bill O’Reilly’s program he did his best to down-play the possibility that just perhaps there were drugs involved. Although I did not watch it myself, a friend told me that Megyn Kelly’s program was pretty much about nothing else than the career of “Prince” and his demise. I thought that perhaps this would pretty much end the wall to wall coverage BUT I was wr- – -; mis—–; incor—-; ……. a bit confused on this subject. The very next morning in the (Sub) Standard Times (our local liberal rag) , there appeared the odd article on his death.

It began at the very TOP of Section A, the front page. Then in Section A, page 5 there was nearly a half page article. Then in Section B, page 7 (the sports section) there was about a quarter page devoted to “Prince”. I thought to myself… ENOUGH! Ah, but I was wrong because in the GO (the entertainment section) we had the ENTIRE FRONT PAGE telling us of the passing of this music icon and just to make sure we didn’t miss the story in the middle of this GO Section there was a two page poster of “Prince”.

SO, with all this being said, I am now officially declaring this a “PRINCE FREE ZONE”. I recognize that he had musical talent as to many entertainers for whom I have little regard. And as I said I am sure his family and friends are saddened by his demise BUT please do not try to make him out to be more than he was and do not try to make me believe that had he not come along that our Democratic Republic would have folded. It might fold on us in the next couple of years but it has NOTHING to do with “Prince’s” life or his death.

OH, and before I forget, during the section of The O’Reilly Factor that I watched, I seem to remember that Bill O’Reilly himself reported that while an autopsy had been performed on “Prince” it would probably be WEEKS before results of the toxicology report could be known. REALLY? Funny, but I would venture to say that I and many other law enforcement officers have had a bit more exposure with autopsies and toxicology reports than Bill O’Reilly and there have been several occasions when I have had the results of both at least verbally given within 24 hours….. It damn sure wasn’t weeks before the results were known.

EU:

For those of you currently residing in the People’s Republic of San Francisco, I am speaking of the European Union….. which is apparently in a bit of trouble with at least Great Britain possibly dropping out of said European Union. Instead of resembling our own United States, it appears that the European Union leans a bit more toward the former USSR. I say this since the lion’s share of European countries are Socialist to the core.

I also seem to remember that Barack Obama spoke somewhat harshly about Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu making a speech before the U.S. Congress in which he spoke against the US/Iran nuclear deal and most far left liberals expressed their displeasure at a foreign leader speaking against a U.S. policy. Of course, many other countries including some Muslim countries were also against the U.S./Iran nuclear deal.

I listened to one of the British delegates to the European Union yesterday on the radio and he said that even as a delegate to the EU, he was for Great Britain pulling out of the EU and returning to an independent nation. This British representative also said the Barack Hussein Obama had spoken before the British Parliament and urged them NOT to withdraw from the EU .. AND.. that should Britain withdraw from the EU, then they would be put at the end of the line on trade agreements with the United States. And this is coming from a man who got bent out of shape when the Israeli Prime Minister simply spoke against the US/Iran nuclear deal WITHOUT MAKING ANY THREATS.

Seems a bit one sided. From everything I have read regarding the European Union, it is not working well at all.

PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado, Raoul McPeters, Bill Morrill -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, Don Weaver, Roger Goertz, Jerry Carpenter, Sherry Welch, Shirley Boatright, Dick Burnett, Freddy Dietz, Bobby Black, Kaylee King (2) – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (98) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson, Arlene Anderson, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller, Sheriff Richard Mack – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa), Kenny McPeters – CA – Pat Holley, Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey, Vicki Watson – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Joyce Marie Severino – GA – Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – RET. COL. Pete Mekkelson -WVA – CDR USN (Ret) Bob Palmer – WI – Timothy Lincoln Palmer* (Newborn Grandson of CDR Bob Palmer – smallest of quads), Tyler Seddon – RI

GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, CAPT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, LCPL Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien, MGySgt. ’46 – 82 (Ret) Harvey Weigart – US MARINE CORPS – Kenneth Thomas – USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates, – US AIR FORCE – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CDR Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), E5 Matthew J. Blaker (and crew of the USS ANZIO), LT JG Ethan English, – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA 74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military

John Mallory – DEA – Fr. Joseph M. Peek, Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“It was bad enough for the voters to make the colossal mistake of being taken in by appearances and ignoring realities. But to repeat that very same mistake with Trump, immediately after the Obama administration, is truly staggering. How many pied pipers are we going to follow off to parts unknown?”….. THOMAS SOWELL

“Just the thought of Trump appointing justices of the Supreme Court, who will have lifetime tenure and make decisions, for decades, that will determine whether we will still be a free people, should sober up all who have not been irretrievably hypnotized by rhetoric or so embittered by the betrayals of the Republican establishment that they can see little else, including life and death situations.”…. THOMAS SOWELL

“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”………… GEORGE WASHINGTON

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”.. GEORGE WASHINGTON

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”….. PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL ( R) , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Andrew Cuomo Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deval Patrick (D-MA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Jerry Brown (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Julia Pierson, Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX), HOWARD DEAN, Timothy Kaine* (D-VA), Charles E. Samuels Jr., Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Dayton (Gov. MN-D), Suspended San Francisco Sheriff ROSS MIRKARIMI, John Kirby (State Department Spokesman), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, JOHN HICKENLOOPER (D-GOV-CO), Terry McAuliffe (D-VA)

MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, AL SHARPTON, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland, Jesse Ventura, Geraldo Rivera FOX News, Juan Williams FOX News, The Washington Redskins Football Team, James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game). CDC (Center for Disease Control), Bill O’Reilly FOX News, Shepard Smith FOX News, Alan Colmes FOX News, MICHAEL MOORE, Bryant Gumbel, BLACK LIVES MATTER, The SIERRA CLUB, Megyn Kelly FOX News, Quentin Tarantino, The University of Missouri

*By Request

MORE STUFF:

WOW! What a surprise! Andrew Jackson’s likeness will be removed from the face of the $20 bill. When they started all this talk about changing the face on the $20 bill I could have told the world that it was going to be a black female who would grace the new $20 paper currency. And I thought that it would pretty sure be Harriet Tubman. I have read some of Harriet Tubman’s actions in assisting slaves to escape their situations on Southern plantations and getting them to freedom in the North. I am also sure that what she did certainly deserves recognition by everyone. But this all seems to fall into the category of “Change For The Sake Of Change”, a situation with which I do not find much agreement. I still liked my idea of creating a new U.S. Currency note, a $3 bill with either Janet Reno’s or Janet Napolitano’s likeness on the face.

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I would like to thank everyone for their birthday wishes. I had a great birthday with my good wife and I going out for lunch and I downed a generous portion of Cocoanut Shrimp with Pina Colada sauce. My absolute favorite meal when we go out to eat seafood. My other favorites are Italian and Mexican food. We had a great Mexican Food lunch yesterday and the day before I had Spaghetti and Meatballs. SO, within a weeks’ time I got to go out and eat my favorite foods…. OTHER THAN AN OLD FASHIONED HAMBURGER which is my absolute favorite and I had one of them today. Also, a good friend baked a Rum Cake for my wife and I and we polished that baby off in three days.

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When I hear these political news hacks speak very authoritatively about the upcoming Presidential election, I just have to wonder if the truth is found anywhere in their lives? In one breath, they say that Ted Cruz is hated because he is ONE OF THE ESTABLISHMENT. Then you hear some members of THE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT talk and they claim that Cruz IS NOT ONE OF THEM AND THAT HE IS HARD TO WORK WITH. OK. Which is it? It can’t be both ways.

Then within a week or so I have listened to “The Donald” talk about how he has bought off politicians and has donated to both parties and that he was a “HUGE DEAL MAKER” but yet when the news hacks reported that Cruz and Kasich had made a deal regarding campaigning in certain states, “The Donald” said that those two making a deal was CHEATING. OK. Let me see if I can get this straight. Donald Trump donating money to politicians in order to get something done which will benefit him financially is perfectly permissible BUT if Cruz and Kasich agree to not do heavy campaigning in several states, then that is cheating. SO, flat out bribery is OK but making an agreement with no money changing hands is somehow illegal.

I am pretty sure that Donald Trump will be the Republican Nominee and I am damn near positive that Hillary will be the pick of the Democrats/Progressives/Socialists. AND if this is the case and if Hillary can escape indictment then we need to all take yoga classes so that we can be flexible enough to kiss our own asses goodbye.

The media mutts who are now so friendly toward Trump will turn on him like a school of piranha if he is the Republican Nominee.

I do not want to vote for Donald Trump but if he is the Republican Nominee then I will vote for him as he is the lesser of the two evils. The thought of Trump appointing at least 2 and probably 3 Supreme Court Justices is flat out scary…… BUT Hillary Clinton being in a position to make those same appointments is more frightening than swimming with salt water crocodiles.

I have heard several people say that they will never vote for Trump and some say that they will never vote for Cruz. But the alternative of either a write-in or not voting at all gives the election to Hillary. Think about that.

GOOD GUYS:

TED CRUZ; ALLEN WEST; JOHN BOLTON; COL. RALPH PETERS; GEN. JACK KEANE; DAVID CLARKE, TOM COTTON; MIKE LEE

SEE Y’ALL NEXT WEEK

JEM

Study: GDP Would Be 25% Bigger If Government Regulations Had Been Capped In 1980

Red Tape: Economists scratch their heads when asked to explain the economy’s tepid growth over the past several years. A new study gives a possible answer: the growing, cumulative burden of federal regulations.

Under President Obama, annual GDP growth never once even hit 3%. Under Bush before him, there were only two years when growth topped 3%. But in the two decades before that, annual GDP growth was above 3% in all but six years.

Growth has been so anemic for so long, we’re now being told that this is the “new normal.” As the Bureau of Labor Statistics put it, “annual U.S. GDP growth exceeding 3% … is not expected to be attainable over the coming decade.” It lists everything as a cause, except for one thing: federal regulations.

Whenever a new regulation gets passed, the government puts out a cost analysis, which focuses on annual compliance costs. That’s fine for a point in time. But these regulations don’t go away. And every year more get added to the pile. The Code of Federal Regulations is now more than 81,000 pages long.

What’s the cumulative impact of all these rules, EDIT3-regu-042616regulations and mandates over several decades? A new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University tries to get an answer, and what it found is mind-boggling.

The paper looked at regulations imposed since 1977 on 22 different industries, their actual growth, and what might have happened if all those regulations had not been imposed.

What it found is that if the regulatory state had remained frozen in place in 1980, the economy would have been $4 trillion — or 25% — bigger than it was in 2012. That’s equal to almost $13,000 per person in that one year alone.

Looked at another way, if the economic growth lost to regulation in the U.S. were its own country, it would be the fourth largest economy in the world, as the nearby chart shows.

The authors — Patrick McLaughlin, Bentley Coffey, and Pietro Peretto — are quick to point out that this calculation includes only the costs of complying with federal regulations, not benefits — like cleaner air, safer workplaces, etc. — that don’t show up in the GDP numbers.

Still, does anyone really think that we are getting $4 trillion worth of benefits from federal regulations today?

Bad as this picture is, it has only gotten much, much worse since 2012, as President Obama has embarked on a regulatory free-for-all since winning re-election. While his administration imposed 172 “economically significant” regulations in Obama’s first terms, it’s added another 200 since then. The pace of regulations under this president far exceeds those of either Bush or Clinton. At the end of last year, Obama had imposed 85 more than Clinton and 100 more than Bush. Plus, the scale of Obama’s regulations are arguably far grander than his predecessors, including the entire health care industry, the banking and financial services industry, and the overbearing carbon emission rules.

Yet, mysteriously, this massive and growing regulatory burden on the private sector never comes up when the discussion turns to underwhelming economic growth. Instead, we hear about “headwinds” and the lingering effects of the financial crisis.

The authors say their findings suggest “that a wide-scale review of regulations … would deliver not only lower compliance costs but also a substantially higher economic growth rate.”

Indeed it would.