I’ve a good, long-time friend named Jim. We met in 1960!
Jim is a former Marine, and has worked for the federal government for years. He is a good man, even though we differ politically and philosophically on many levels.
Jim LOVES trains. Especially train history and actually traveling in them. My father, who had worked on the railroad for a time (like his father before him) left me a gold-filled pocket watch, with a fob and locker key. The key was to his locker in Grand Central Station, NY!
Jim loves trains so much that for his 50th birthday, I gave him my father’s watch, fob and key. I knew he would appreciate it much more than me.
When we were in high school, Jim joined the National Association of Railroad Passengers. Got me to join, too. And Jim, his younger brother John and I took an overnight train trip from Flagstaff to L.A., and back (after spending a day @ Disneyland.)
Amtrak’s Auto Train from Virginia to Florida offers passengers complimentary wine and cheese, and three long-distance routes provide complimentary wine and champagne to sleeper-car passengers, Alves said, costing Amtrak $428,000 in 2012.…
“The Amtrak Inspector General has confirmed that Amtrak cooked the books to cover up food service losses that now approach $1 billion,” [John] Mica [R-Florida, chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee - DB] said.
The government running goods and services just isn’t healthy for the economy! (BTW – my ‘membership’ in the NARP only lasted one year. My heart wasn’t in it.)
Sorry Jim! And that government-run postal service for whom you work isn’t a bastion of efficiency and profit, either! Maybe they should increase the cost of their ad deliveries and get into the 21st Century offering Email and computer message services?
Just a suggestion.
d. all of the above!
One of The President’s top advisors is an Iranian born militant progressive. His Attorney General supports the New Black Panthers. Another advisor was one of the leaders of The Weathermen, involved in bombings and killings – he is completely unrepentant for these acts. His (former) pastor of 20 years is a Black Separatist Revolutionary.
There was a time folks with these kind of credentials would have been shunned by academia and the political world. At the very least. Now they are feted. (fetid?)
From Mark Knapp…
In 1970 Davis was implicated in the an armed invasion of a Marin County, California courtroom. Judge Haley, the prosecuting assistant district attorney, and two jurors were removed from the courtroom at gun point.
Judge Harold Haley’s was blasted in the head with a sawed-off shotgun owned by Davis. She then fled using aliases and had disguised herself when she was arrested two months later in New York City.
At her 1972 trial, Davis acted as her own attorney. Thus, she could not be cross-examined. She presented a number of alibi witnesses, almost all Communist friends, who testified that she had been with them in Los Angeles playing Scrabble at the time of the Marin slaughter. Prosecution witnesses who placed her in Marin were dismissed by Davis and her fellow attorneys as being unable to accurately identify blacks – because they were white.
When Davis was acquitted many of the jurors went to her victory party!
She now has her doctorate (!), teaches at The University of California, and lectures, nationwide. For a big (capitalist) fee. I’m certain she laughs all the way to the bank, a communist, terrorist laugh.
…she recently spoke to our community at the invitation of the Federal Way Public School District, raises the issue of whether she has ever actually changed any of her views regarding violent revolution.
Did the Federal Way School District know any of this history before they invited her? Did anyone on the Board object? Has Dr. Davis ever expressed any remorse for the sorrow she brought to so many lives?
THESE are the kind of people who have wormed their way into schools, universities and governments, pushing an anti-American agenda. As Glenn Beck said, (speaking of Van Jones) First, we were on the outside, now, we are on the inside.
Making law, policy, and destroying everything in their wake.
And they are supported not just by like-minded people, but also well-meaning people, who have no understanding of the agenda they are bringing to the table. People who vote for someone out of fairness, or ‘leveling the playing field’, or even guilt – supporting the underdog.
We’re not going to change the minds of the communist, terrorist, criminal, self-serving fellow travelers of Angela Davis, Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, and Bill Ayers.
We might be able to change the minds of people who believe things they say, though.
But, like reversing the Progressive policies of the past 100 years, it’s going to take time and patience.
Whipped Cream Difficulties reports ‘news’ (such as it is) from The People’s Republic of California.
So Robert “Ratso” Rizzo, former city manager of Bell, is going to prison. He’s expected to be sentenced to somewhere between 10 to 12 years (the actual sentencing is scheduled for March), and he’ll probably do about half that time.
Ratso also has to pay compensation to the city of Bell. As far as I can tell, there hasn’t been a final decision on the amount (I’m guessing that will be part of his sentencing) but it could be up to $3.2 million.
Where will that money come from? Rizzo sold his house at a loss, and it looks like the same thing is happening with his ranch.
Two places the money won’t come from: Rizzo’s retirement account, and his pension of $116,628 a year.
…city officials say they are legally prevented from going after the pension and the retirement account — which appear to be Rizzo’s main remaining assets — limiting how much the city can get back from him.
Are you f’in kidding me?
Of course, this is not unlike The
Honorable Convicted Felon Jesse Jackson, Jr., who will receive $8700 per month plus disability, while he serves his 2 1/2 years in prison!
Just an observation – you notice one doesn’t see such things in Arizona, or Utah, or other States where criminal felons are deprived of such things.
In liberal States, however…
Another Gun Blog shares with us what appears to be complicity (if not conspiracy) in the Navy Yard murders.
Apparently the Navy Yard murderer lied about his previous gun arrests and about significant personal debt when he applied for his security clearance. Worse yet, the Feds knew this, knew he lied and turned a blind eye to it.
“Then federal investigators dismissed the omissions, and made one of their own — deleting any reference to Aaron Alexis’ use of a gun in that arrest.”
I’ll keep saying it – political correctness will be the death of us. Oh wait, it already has!
Mike Vanderboegh of The Sipsey Street Irregulars and the USA TODAY actually agree on something!! (copied in it’s entirety – it’s THAT important. – Guffaw)
The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation’s top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime.
The U.S. Justice Department ordered the FBI to begin tracking crimes by its informants more than a decade ago, after the agency admitted that its agents had allowed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger to operate a brutal crime ring in exchange for information about the Mafia. The FBI submits that tally to top Justice Department officials each year, but has never before made it public.
Agents authorized 15 crimes a day, on average, including everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies. FBI officials have said in the past that permitting their informants — who are often criminals themselves — to break the law is an indispensable, if sometimes distasteful, part of investigating criminal organizations.
FIFTEEN CRIMES A DAY? And that doesn’t include the ATF and DEA, as reported earlier by USA Today: Crimes by ATF and DEA informants not tracked by feds.
Tell me again how federal “law enforcement” agencies actually enforce the law rather than carry out an agenda?
(The crummy part is I know folks, past and present, who did (do) their duty honorably, and obey(ed) the law. This kind of stuff makes them just as sick as it does me, even more so. Because it’s the bureaucrats that make the policy decisions. Think Fast & Furious. – Guffaw)
As one of the commenters said, distasteful?, how about illegal?
Irons In The Fire informs us about this new version of Arab Spring.
You remember the old one? The one our President supported, sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood? The one massacring Egyptian Christians and raping women?
Well, look what happened! (emphasis Guffaw)
Egypt’s new 34-member cabinet has “prominent figures from the country’s liberal and secular forces,” including three women and three Christians, but zero Islamists nor any “ministers from [Mohammed] Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.”
A: Looks like they’re serious about trying to get Egypt back on its feet.
B: The forces of darkness are seriously going to lose their shit over this. And it’s likely to get bloody.
And they may not like whose blood is spilled the most.
C: I’ll bet our Dear Leader is pissed; his favorites have been blocked out.
Mr. President – pipes and smoking, I’m just sayin’.
I keep hearing about how much better the United States would be if only they would emulate their friendly neighbor to the North, Canada…
How many Hollywood actors started out as Canadian actors, but emigrated here to make it big? (view the link)
How many folks cross the Northern border and take our better tech jobs, without the stigma of having different colored skin or language making them readily
How about smuggling and human trafficking from the North? Don’t here any fence talk there…
Canadian Health Care. If it’s so wonderful, why do people come down here for the heavy lifting? Because, one gets on a list there, a long waiting list. Welcome to what’s up next for us!
High River citizens right to be suspicious as RCMP changes story over removal of guns
Gee, ya think maybe?
Gone were the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s prior references to firearms having been “seized.” Now it was all about Mounties “taking possession” of firearms.
Also absent were all the earlier allusions to the RCMP having taken guns that had been “unsafely stored.” Now it was all about finding firearms that were “in plain view” and the force had “no way of assuring [would] remain secure.”
Well, why would that kind of think make anybody suspicious…
Cpl. Turnbill reported many firearms were left scattered about where their owners dropped them as they fled the sudden rise in water levels.
PS – I love my Canadian blogfriends! This is about government.
From Fox News:
. . . The plot successfully faked names and signatures on both the Obama and Clinton presidential petitions that were used to place the candidates on the ballot. So many names were forged — an estimated 200 or more — that prosecutor Stanley Levco said that had the fraud been caught during the primary, “the worst that would have happened, is maybe Barack Obama wouldn’t have been on the ballot for the primary.” . . .
In court, former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan, Jr. was sentenced to one year behind bars, and is expected to serve half that, as well as Community Corrections and probation. Former St. Joseph County Board of Elections worker and Democratic volunteer Dustin Blythe received a sentence of one year in Community Corrections and probation, which means no jail time. . .
AND, yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided that Arizona elections officials violated federal law by requiring voter registrants to provide proof of United States citizenship when registering to vote (via the AZ Motor-Voter Law only).
So, in theory, this decision only affects those States that allow illegal aliens to possess Driver Licenses…
Think this’ll be a problem ?
NAW. (I’m kidding)
“Pay no attention to the illegal voters behind the curtain of the voting booth!”
h/t John Lott
Knuckledraggin’ My Life Away brings to us yet another governmental intrusion. Can you imagine agents of the government taking your child’s fingerprints at school without your knowledge or permission?
Of course not. They just upgraded the technology and went with it, anyway.
Parents in Polk County, Florida are outraged after learning that students in area schools had their irises scanned as part of a new security program without obtaining proper permission.
Students at three facilities — an elementary school, a grade school and a high school — had their eyeballs scanned earlier this month as part of a ‘student safety’ pilot program being carried out by Stanley Convergent Security Solutions.
“It simply takes a picture of the iris, which is unique to every individual,” Rob Davis, the school board’s senior director of support services, wrote home to parents in a letter dated May 23. “With this program, we will be able to identify when and where a student gets on the bus, when they arrive at their school location, when and what bus the student boards and disembarks in the afternoon. This is an effort to further enhance the safety of our students.The EyeSwipe-Nano is an ideal replacement for the card based system since your child will not have to be responsible for carrying an identification card,” he added.
Parents at Daniel Jenkins Academy, Bephune Academy and the Davenport School of the Arts received the letter from the school board on May 24 informing them of the EyeSwipe-Nano program and that their child’s principal should be notified if they don’t want their son or daughter to participate.
MORE BIG SIS S**T HERE
I can’t help but notice this keeps getting worse. There is no privacy, the Fourth Amendment seems as outdated as a blunderbuss, they keep chipping away at the Second Amendment, and the First.
And government no longer asks permission in advance of their infringements, they just state you must notify THEM before they act. As if they wouldn’t do it, anyway, regardless.
Wait a minute! Didn’t the Mayor of Boston and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assure us that after the initial arrest was made, no one else was involved?
BEFORE the investigation was concluded? BEFORE the bodies were cold?
How could this be? They secretly let a Saudi Arabian person-of-interest leave, decry conspiracies and violent Islamofascist involvement, and declare ‘all done.’
What’s up with THAT?
OH, the other suspects are probably Irish Catholic Bostonian White folks. Nothing to see here, no terrorism.
Just workplace violence, like the Fort Hood shooter.
This just in – the three are friends of the surviving accused bomber, one an American citizen. Shameful!