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… Not a Bad Idea [#electronic fence][#ISIL]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,November 30th,2016

.. this hopefully should help with protecting the country ‘ s borders …

.. Egypt can wipe its own fannie . All they need is the technology and the training . They do not need our people to man them ..

.. [h/t — DebkaFiles.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report …

.. whether it will help or not is open to question . It needs to be part of a comprehensive strategy to protect Egypt . Egypt needs to develop lightning quick response forces [air and ground] to respond to the threat …

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… Voter I.D. is Moving in Ohio [#voter fraud]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,November 30th,2016

.. unfortunately , it will not be in time for this fall ‘ s elections …

.. the state legislature is taking up another election reform bill . Especially since the GOP will still be in control , and Jon Husted [GOP SecState] will likely be the chief elections officer , the legislature does not have to double – time the issue …

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. the question will likely brought up again in the new edition of the legislature that will take office in January . Kasich will still be around [having been easily re – elected], so getting the bill thru will not be a problem . Setting it up for the early voting period will get interesting , though , to see how they require documentation to be submitted …

.. it will hit me . I have a driver ‘ s license , a state i.d. , and a US passport . It is plenty enough documentation for what will be required …

— [update]– hopefully , it will move in the post – election special session . it is possible , but it is not likely ….

.. a much more likely possibility is that the new legislature will take it up . Amazingly enough , the drubbing that the DemoCraps took at the polls on November 4th , 2014 had the predictable result — the Dems lost even more seats in the legislature , if that were possible . now the Dems are down to only 34 Dems in the State House , and 9 in the State Senate …

.. what that will allow is a provision of the Ohio Constitution , one that allows the Legislature to adopt a bill with a 3/5ths majority . It is usually done to adopt and pass a bill as an emergency [in a big hurry] . In this case , it is not needed . This provision is used to block any possible initiative or referendum that could possibly be mounted by interest groups to try to repeal the bill .  With a 3/5ths vote , un – uh … that move is not allowed …

.. expect a court fight (again) over this one . The NAALCP and the ACLU will go hyper – spastic over it . Knowing the ObamaCraps are still around , the Holder Department of InJustice will probably stick its nose in on their behalf …

.. someone should remind them … by a solid [7 to 2] precedent in Indiana [under the Voting Rights Act] , Voter ID has been found kopasetic by the US Supreme Court , so , enough already …

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… Look in the Mirror , Madame Associate Justice [#Sotomayor]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,November 30th,2016

.. she thinks that there is no such thing as ” judicial activism . ” Well , well ..

.. all she has to do is look in the mirror . She is the archtype of the radical judicial activist ..

.. judicial activism is , by definition , the construct of laws and / or parts of THE US Constitution and its Amendments . Doing so takes them entirely out of the course of their original and accepted meaning …

.. It is also the process of , in effect , writing law from the bench . A judge ‘ s job and role in our system is to interpret the law . They are to do so within the constructs of the US Constition . They are to do so only within the US Constition , and not using other legal works , such as UN declarations …

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news post …

.. there are other examples of judicial activism in D.C. . All she needs to do is to ” look down the hall ” at the U.S. Supreme Court . Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the quintecential judicial activist . One that is more recent is her fellow ObamaCrap appointee , Elena Kagan …

.. judicial activism is a cancer on the body politic and our legal system . It must be stopped , smashed , and then finally be crushed …

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… Should Greece have Been in the Euro ?? [# No]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,November 29th,2016

.. to be honest , No ! ..

.. why ?

.. [h/t — newsmax.com(Finance)]..
.. [link] to the blog post news …

.. first , their national financial statements .. Greece would have had to present them to the E.U. and the E.C.B. before being admitted to the Euro . Then , those statements would have had the have been audited . The results of that would have shown that those statement were as phony as a 3 dollar bill ..

.. second , even with proper financial statements , are the condition of Greece ‘ s national finances . There would have been no doubt that Greece would have been in no shape economically to handle the competition of being in the Euro , because their economy would be subject to stresses that it could not handle ..

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… Is POTUS really This Crazy ?!?! [#tax increases][#executive action]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,November 29th,2016

.. well , he has pulled that damn jackhole stunt on immigration . Thankfully , it appears that a judge has called him on the carpet on it . He still has delusions of trying to pull more of them in other subject areas …

.. such as taxes ..

.. yes , taxes . It appears that HIS Lordship is preparing another Executive Action , this one that would be designed to raise taxes unilaterally , without congressional action or congressional approval . That would really be nuts …

.. [h/t — Townhall.com/tipsheet]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. this is most definitely a giant step too far . Taking the ” creative ” step that he did in immigration is one thing . But taxes . Taxes ?? … POTUS is [was] a constitutional law professor , or he was allegedly one . Someone evidently forgot to give him a current copy [with amendments] of our Constitution . Boy , did he really screw the pooch on this one …

.. those items that he is trying to change are in the tax law . To be specific , they are in the tax law . They area ensconced in law , which needs to be changed by an Act of Congress . They cannot [and must not] be changed by an Act OF EXecutive fiat …

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… What a Disgusting Disgrace !! [#POTUS statement][#fidel castro death]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,November 29th,2016

.. it could not get a whole lot worse ..

.. at least POTUS did not praise the guy . Given his ideology , one could have expected that ..

.. but what he did say what disgusting ..

.. Fidel was a murderous dictator and a thug , one who was responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands and the imprisonment of millions . Cubans live in squalor and misery . They earn very little , and are forced to work 2nde jobs in order to get by . That is the national prison that is Cuba today  ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

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… Israel will Absorb Every Jewish person that it can [#Europe]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,November 29th,2016

.. considering the economic and social chaos in Europe , Israel has to making plans to make a mass absorption of people of the Jewish faith . It is not just a question of a few thousand people , though ..

.. [h/t — PamelaGeller.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. it is a question of hundreds of thousands , perhaps a few [one or two] million Jews . Can Israel do it ? …

.. yes , it can . It has done it before , and when it was far weaker , economically . It could also use help from the U.S. , though …

.. if it does need U.S. help , it will ask our Congress , directly . It will not ask the ObamaCraps , not in the slightest . The ObamaCraps would act to use it as a wedge to get something that they want , policy – wise , from the Israelis . The Israelis [left , right , or center] will have none of that . The GOP and the Dems will work together to get Israel what it might need , and , to be honest , screw the ObamaCraps …

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… Why are the Allied Nations reluctant ?? [#coalition]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 28th,2016

.. why should they be ?? …

.. they do not trust Obama . POTUS has not shown himself to be courageous , to be worthy of trust , of faith …

.. George W. Bush and other Presidents , they trusted , to one extent or another . Some they trusted more , some less …

.. [h/t — DebkaFiles.com]…
.. [link] to the intelligence report …

.. this President is someone that they do not trust . POTUS has drawn a so – called ” red line , ” and has not backed it up . Other nations [friend and foe alike] have seen the result , and are acting accordingly …

.. they even see the ambivalence here in the U.S. among high officials in Obama ‘ s own administration . You would figure that since the Boss made the decision , the minions would march to the same tune . Not So …. other countries see that lack of resolve and discipline , and realize that Obama ‘ s own plan is a half – ass piece of crap ….

.. just imagine POTUS trying to get a AUMF or a war declaration through Congress …. good luck . I doubt that one will be brought up in this Congress , at least until the ” Lame Duck ” session ….

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… ding , dong , the Bastard is Dead [#Fidel Castro]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 28th,2016

.. good riddance , the bastard is dead ..

.. may he rot in hell !! …

.. [h/t — MiamiHerald.com]..
.. [link] to the Editorial ..

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… Will Miz Hillary ever Learn ?? [#email server][#State Department]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 28th,2016

.. it appears not …

.. early on in her tenure at State , her aides [ including Huma Abedin] treid to get Her Lordship on the State Department ‘ s e mail system . But , it was Miz Hillary . She would have nothing of it ..

.. [h/t — WashingtonExaminer.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news story ..

.. now , you look at the criminal investigation of her actions in context . Should she have known better about using the private server . This especially comes to light , in terms of the gross lack of security on that system . Then you realize that she was far more concerned with the e mail server than with any concern with security ..

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… What POTUS owes to US [#as a nation]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 28th,2016

.. to be upfront and honest with us …

.. right now , he is lying , or , at the least , he is being disingenuous about it . We already have ” boots on the grounds , ” or , as the term should be normally put , ” ground troops … ”

.. [h/t — WashingtonFreeBeacon.com]..
.. [link] to the news article …

.. what does he think that our Special Forces are ? Chopped Liver ?? … They are there , they are on the ground , and they are in combat ….

.. POTUS just does not want to admit it …

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… This Supposed ” Iran Agreement ” is Nuts [#policy debate]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 28th,2016

.. I have had quite some time to think about this proposed ” Iran Nuclear Agreement . ” I have thought about both the policy and the process , and it is disgusting ..

.. the idea of the policy is outrageous . What in the hell are the ObamaCraps thinking ? Do they really expect that this mess will actually stop the mullahs in Qum from getting the BomB? If they do , then they have to be crazy ..

.. at least some adults in the room [so to speak] are thinking about some decent minimum that should be required of Iran in any agreement . These folks are meeting under the aegis of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy , and they and the Institute agree strongly on this baseline …

.. [h/t — WashingtonInstitute.org]..
.. [link] to the policy proposals ..
We are united in our view that to maximize its potential for deterring and dissuading Iran from building a nuclear weapon, the emerging nuclear agreement must – in addition to its existing provisions – provide the following :
1. Monitoring and Verification: The inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (the “IAEA”) charged with monitoring compliance with the agreement must have timely and effective access to any sites in Iran they need to visit in order to verify Iran’s compliance with the agreement. This must include military (including IRGC) and other sensitive facilities. Iran must not be able to deny or delay timely access to any site anywhere in the country that the inspectors need to visit in order to carry out their responsibilities.
2. Possible Military Dimensions: The IAEA inspectors must be able, in a timely and effective manner, to take samples, to interview scientists and government officials, to inspect sites, and to review and copy documents as required for their investigation of Iran’s past and any ongoing nuclear weaponization activities (“Possible Military Dimensions” or “PMD”). This work needs to be accomplished before any significant sanctions relief.
3. Advanced Centrifuges: The agreement must establish strict limits on advanced centrifuge R&D, testing, and deployment in the first ten years, and preclude the rapid technical upgrade and expansion of Iran’s enrichment capacity after the initial ten-year period. The goal is to push back Iran’s deployment of advanced centrifuges as long as possible, and ensure that any such deployment occurs at a measured, incremental pace consonant with a peaceful nuclear program.
4. Sanctions Relief: Relief must be based on Iran’s performance of its obligations. Suspension or lifting of the most significant sanctions must not occur until the IAEA confirms that Iran has taken the key steps required to come into compliance with the agreement. Non-nuclear sanctions (such as for terrorism) must remain in effect and be vigorously enforced.
5. Consequences of Violations: The agreement must include a timely and effective mechanism to re-impose sanctions automatically if Iran is found to be in violation of the agreement, including by denying or delaying IAEA access. In addition, the United States must itself articulate the serious consequences Iran will face in that event.

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… Strategic Retreat , Political Damage [# ] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,November 27th,2016

.. and moral surrender ..

.. all of the sucking up and toadying to the Mullahs in Qum are a disgrace . We look far below and way beyond weak in the process ..

.. not only that , it sets a horrible precedent for the future . Who will trust us ? Who will trust our reputation and our word ? …

.. [h/t — DebkaFiles.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report ..

.. the moral angle of all of this makes me want to throw up ! …

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… the Tragedy of Kate Steinle [#murder][#illegal immigrant]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,November 27th,2016

.. what a god – awful tragedy ..

.. Kate is of course [was] the 32 – year – old professional woman who was walking on San Francisco ‘ s waterfront with her father . It seems that a repeat illegal immigrant [Francisco Sanchez] had other plans . He shot her with a powerful pistol that he had stolen a month before , and she died …

.. [h/t — HotAir.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. I have been out of contact for the last couple of days . Yes , I have been following the news , especially about Kate Steinle . But , Wow , is their ever an uproar , one that even I did not even forsee ..

.. now comes the recriminations . Boy , there will be plenty of them , and for a great many parties to come …

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… I Agree — You should Show IDs for Food Stamp use [#US House]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,November 27th,2016

.. it seems that the guts that Maine Governor Paul LePage has showed is spreading down to Washington , D.C. …

.. somehow , LePage was re – elected Governor of Maine . He was elected in the first place in a four – way race . Now , he was re – elected in a three – way race . Part of that is the guts and leadership that LePage has showed on issues such as this one — IDs for food stamp use ..

.. [h/t — TomFernandezBlog.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. the relevant Fed law and Department of Agriculture regs allow it . However , the ObamaCraps keep waiving the requirements to do so . LePage has dropped the hammer in Maine to enforce the requirement ….

.. Hell , you have to show I.D. [several times] to get any kind of public benefits , for God ‘ s Sake . People do have that kind of I.D. . So , what is the damn problem ? …

.. politics and philosophy , what else , especially with the ObamaCraps . They just do not want it , period …

— Note — I am on Medicaid . Before now , I had the choice to choose to want Medicaid . Now , with ObamaCrapCare , you get it whether you like it or not [if you are at a certain income threshold , or below] . That I hate ….

.. I have had to show ID . Lots of times . I still have my driver ‘ s license , at least for another year and a half . Ditto for my U.S. Passport . I also have my public transit Paratransit I.D. , whcich is also acceptable  as a form of Id …

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… The Department of What was He Thinking ?!?! [#Again][#POTUS]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,November 26th,2016

.. he did it again . In the same interview , for God ‘ s Sake ! …

.. how , it is in reference to the murders of folks of the Jewish faith in paris , France at that Kosher Bakery …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt.org]..
.. [link] to the interview clip …

.. this time it is not just ” what was he thinking ? ” He actually must believe this kind of crap . It is either that , or his blinders on his glasses are ridiculously so narrowly focused that … well , I cannot quite explain it in a rational manner , yet …

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… the Trump Transition [#AG][#Jeff Sessions]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,November 26th,2016

.. Jeff Sessions has had a long career in public service , including 20 years in the U.S. Senate , a term as Alabama ‘ s AG , and a tour as the U.S. Attorney for Alabama . Who can quibble with that ?? …

.. He is a solid law – and – order conservative . He is a public official who is one who is not afraid to fight for what he believes in ….

.. Session ‘ s choice signals sends a loud a clear signal to the radical left . Get your resumes in order , because your days of pollution the Department of Justice are over with …

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

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… Nicely Done , Mossad [#Israeli intelligence]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,November 26th,2016

.. well , they did it again .

.. they are the best in the world . They have to be . Given the threats that Israel faces from outside and inside powers , Mossad always has to be on top of its game . It cannot afford a letdown . Ever ..

.. [h/t — Debka.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report ..

.. Mossad [I am pretty sure that it is them] nailed Hizbullah with one of the oldest intel ops in the book. Yea , the honey pot . The Mossad was thinking long – term . Not only were they targeting Hizbullah , but the op targets Iran ..

.. squeezing the smuggling and money laundering of both Hizbullah and Iran will do untoward damage . The damage toll is just beginning …

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… What happens to the Clintons ?? [#Miz Hillary]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,November 26th,2016

.. She is finished ..

.. he is popular on the fundraising and speaking circuit ; she is not ..

.. also , their effective power is gone ..

.. goodbye and Good Riddance , Miz Hillary !! ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

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… the Height of Outrageous [#His Lordship]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,November 26th,2016

.. yes , the Charleston shooting is a tragedy ..

.. should there be a discussion of issues , yes .

.. but in its own good time . There needs to be a time to mourn and to grieve . It is not just for the families , to be sure . The nation as a whole needs time to mourn and reflect on what has happened and why …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop.com]..
.. [link] to the Press Conference snipet ..

.. so what does POTUS do ? He goes out and goes off on gun control , when the bodies of the dead are [in effect] still warm . How sick is that ! …

.. why ?!?!

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… Are the Palestinians Crazy [#U.N. Security Council]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,November 26th,2016

.. it seems that the Palestinian Authority [the P.A.] is at it again …

.. in any other time , they would not even try to pull this …

.. but , now , we have the First Wuss [an anti – Israeli POTUS]…

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. it is a resolution that would normally pass the Security Council . The big question is our own country . Normally , a veto at the U.N.S.C. is an easy call to expect . But , remember , we have the First Wuss in the President ‘ s Mansion . So , ….

.. he will not vote in favour , but he also may not veto the resolution , either . So , it will take effect . To what effect , lord knows ….

— [update] — the U.S. voted against , but did not veto the resolution . Boy , did the First Wuss look weak and disgusting in this one ….

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… Interest Rates Needed to Go Up [#Real Interest Rates]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,November 25th,2016

.. hey folks , it is a time that had to come ..

.. interest rates have been at ” zero ” for quite a long time . 8 years , to be matter of fact ..

.. it is a region at which interest rates normally do not operate . They rise . They fall . But they do not belong at zero . They were kept down there for a good reason ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com/Finance]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. due to idiotic government policies [and edicts] , the financial system nearly fell in on itself in 2008 . Bush – era policies are usually blames , but , in fact Clinton – era [and Carter – era] policies were , in fact , responsible for the financial collapse . Now it is time for the financial markets to be returned to normal operating conditions ..

.. it also means allowing interest rates to ” come up off the deck , ” and operate in a normal environment …

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… the Trump Transition [#CIA][#Mike Pompeo]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,November 25th,2016

.. Pompeo is a solid conservative , a national sercurity hard case , and a excellent choice to become the next CIA Director ..

.. Pompeo was a businessman before he went into politics ..

.. he was also a distinguished college graduate . He attended the U.S. Military Academy AT West Point , where he graduated 1st in his class ..

.. who better to become the nation ‘ s next top Spy ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

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… The Iran – Sanctions Deal is a Fool ‘ s Errand [#stupid]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,November 25th,2016

.. and it should not happen .

.. somehow , the wheels of diplomacy are moving in that direction . The wheels of business want to re – open the doors of commerce with Qum and Teheran . But , should they ? At least , should they with the Mullahs still in control ?

.. [h/t — NYSlimes.com]..
.. [link] to the news article …

.. I would say no . It makes our world a far more dangerous one . It has already set off a nuclear arms race in the most unstable region in the world [the Middle East] …

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… What happens to the Clintons [#Mr. Bill]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,November 25th,2016

.. Bill Clinton is still an idol in the DemoCrap party ..

..He is still a pretty fair public speaker . He is also a superb fundraiser , both for politicians aand for charity ..

.. he still has a future in political retirement . He doesn’t have to run for office anymore ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
… [link] to the blog post ..

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… Since When should our Country be Playing Footsie with the Mullahs [#Qum]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,November 24th,2016

.. it appears that we are .

.. that makes many people nervous , including me .

.. it makes you wonder , what the hell is the ObamaCrap Administration doing and thinking . Not only that , but why ? …

.. [h/t — DebkaFiles.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report ..

.. negotiating with the Mullahs in Qum over their nuclear weapons programs is bad enough . Playing diplomatic footsie with them over other issues is worse …

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… the Trump Transition [#DOD]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,November 24th,2016

.. no one , yet ..

.. some rumors have retired Marine Gen. James Mattis in line for the selection . There are few people that could be a better choice ..

.. Mattis [or , David Petraeus , matter of fact] would have one big problem . Retired military officers have to have been retired for at least 10 years in order to be chosen . A Senate [60 vote] waiver would be required to choose one of these guys ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

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… There is No Excuse , POTUS [#using the ” N ” word]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,November 24th,2016

.. there just is not ..

.. in particular , this holds for a public figure . It is even more so the case for the President of the United States ..

.. his mentality [a ghetto mentality] does not excuse his behavior . It just does not ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post // video clip ..

.. to me , there is no less an authority on civil rights than the Rev. Michael Meyers , the President of the New York City Civil Rights Coalition . He is a liberal , but he has an independent liberal , but he is a free thinking speaker , especially with an independent viewpoint . He is also a Foxx News Channel contributor . Not bad for a liberal …

.. Meyers does not excuse POTUS ‘ behavior , either …

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… Why China is A Problem [#currency exchange]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,November 24th,2016

.. yeah , they still are a problem ..

.. the big problem [first] is understanding . The name of the currency is the Renminbi . The base unit of the currency is the yuan . Get it . I didn’t , for a long time . Having the different names makes things confusing ..

.. yes , China is a major power . Economically , without question . Socially , I would question that a great deal . Military they are , but only to a point . Their naval power is growing steadily , but their army ‘s power is limited . India is in the neighborhood , and geography limits the possibilities of what the Chinese might want to do . Also , there are modern First World powers [Japan , the ROK , and Taiwan] around to act as a check on them …

.. [h/t — http://en.wikipedia.org(Renminbi)]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. one is that the yuan is not fully convertible . If it were , China would be more fully exposed to the ” winds ” of the the financial markets . Whatever they do and whatever they say would affect them . Somehow , I do not think that the P.R.C. does not like the idea of that a whole lot …

.. two is that the yuan is being ” managed ” at a level that is far below its normal value . Ifthe yuan were allowed to float , then Chinese companies would be squeezed bythe competitive winds of a fully functioning market . I do not think that the P.R.C. likes that , either ..

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… Why Our Rights to Have Guns are Fundamental [#2nd Amendment]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,November 24th,2016

Obama Defies Constitution for Gun Grab

Image: Obama Defies Constitution for Gun Grab (AP)

By Andrew Napolitano | Thursday, 07 Jan 2016 10:45 AM

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

— Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

In 2008, the Supreme Court laid to rest the once-simmering dispute over the meaning of the Second Amendment.

In an opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court articulated the modern existence of the ancient right to keep and bear arms as a pre-political right.

A pre-political right is one that pre-exists the political order that was created to protect it. Thus, the court held, the origins of this right are the ancient and persistent traditions of free peoples and their natural inclinations to self-defense.

The court also characterized the right as fundamental. That puts it in the highest category of rights protected by the Bill of Rights.

Though the origins of this right are from an era well before guns existed, the textual language in the amendment — “Arms” — makes clear, the court ruled, the intention of the Framers that its continuing purpose should be to recognize the right of people to keep and use the same level of technologically available arms that might be used against them.

That, in a nutshell, is the history, theory and purpose of the amendment as the modern Supreme Court has found them to be. But as we have seen, the constitutional guarantees that were written to keep the government from interfering with our rights are only as viable as is the fidelity to the Constitution of those in whose hands we have reposed it for safekeeping.

In our system, principal among those are the hands of the president; and sadly, today we have a president seriously lacking in this fidelity. And that lack is salient when it comes to the Second Amendment.

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama announced that he will sign executive orders that expand the size and scope of federal monitoring of the acquisition and use of guns —traditionally a matter left to the states — and he will interpret the laws in novel ways, establish rules and impose obligations that Congress rejected, and prosecute those who defy his new system.

The president has very little room to issue executive orders on guns because the congressional legislation in this area is so extensive, detailed and clear.

In addition to ordering your doctor to report to the Department of Homeland Security any mention you may make to the doctor of guns in your home, the president has decreed on his own and against the articulated will of Congress the obligation of all people who transfer any gun to any other person to obtain a federal gun dealer license.

This is among the most cumbersome and burdensome licenses to obtain.

He has also decreed that any licensee who fails to perform a background check on the person to whom the licensee has transferred a gun shall be guilty of a felony. Give a BB gun to your nephew on his 16th birthday without a federal license and you can go to prison.

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Can the president do that? In a word: No.

Under our system of government, only Congress can write federal laws and establish crimes. The president is on particularly thin constitutional ice here because his allies in Congress have proposed this very procedure as an amendment to existing law, and Congress has expressly rejected those proposals.

The president is without authority to negate the congressional will, and any attempt to do so will be invalidated by the courts. As well, by defining what an occasional seller is, beyond the congressional definition or the plain meaning of the words, the president is essentially interpreting the law, a job reserved for the courts.

By requiring physicians to report conversations with their patients about guns to the DHS, the president will be encouraging them to invade the physician-patient privilege; and I suspect that most doctors will ignore him.

Under the Constitution, fundamental liberties (speech, a free press, worship, self-defense, travel and privacy, to name a few) are accorded the highest protection from governmental intrusion.

One can only lose a fundamental right by intentionally giving it up or via due process (a jury trial resulting in a conviction for criminal behavior).

The president — whose support for the right to keep and bear arms is limited to the military, the police and his own heavily armed body guards is happy to begin a slippery slope down into the dark hole of totalitarianism, whereby he or a future president can negate liberties if he hates or fears the exercising of them.

We still have a Constitution in America. Under the Constitution, Congress writes the laws, the president enforces them, and the courts interpret them.

The president can no more write his own laws or impose his own interpretations upon pre-existing laws than Congress or the courts can command the military.

As troubling as this turn of events is, it is not surprising. The president is a progressive, and the ideology of progressivism is anathema to self-help or individualism.

He really believes that the government can care for us better than we can care for ourselves. Yet he ignores recent history. Any attempt to make it more difficult for people to keep and bear arms not only violates the fundamental liberty of those people but also jeopardizes the safety of us all.

Add to this the progressive tendency to use government to establish no-gun zones and you have the recipe for disaster we have recently witnessed.

All of the recent mass killings in America — from Columbine to San Bernardino — have occurred in no-gun zones, where crazies and terror-minded murderers can shoot with abandon.

That is, until someone arrives with a gun and shoots back. Then the killer flees or is injured or dies — and the killing stops.

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano was the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of New Jersey. He is Fox News’ senior judicial analyst. Napolitano has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications. He is the author of the best-seller, “Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History.” For more of Judge Napolitano’s reports, Go Here Now.

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