Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Obama Commutes Manning's Sentence

It's got to be frustrating to be a Democrat while Obama is doing stuff like this.

If you don't recall, Manning was the enlisted soldier in the US Army who intentionally leaked tons of information to Wikileaks and was convicted dozens of offenses related to this intelligence loss back in 2010. Manning has been in jail since 2010, after being sentenced to thirty-five years. Oh, and he thinks he's a woman or something.

Anyway, it really must be tough to be a Democrat these days. Right now, the big Democratic talking point is that this is really serious you guys about Russia "hacking the election" and using Wikileaks to do it.

And now Obama decides to take this solider who pleaded guilty to intentionally giving a huge amount of classified material to Wikileaks and let him out of know...because Manning's sorry.

Oh, you're sorry? Well shucks, why didn't you say that earlier? I guess it's all good then. You're free to go. Have a nice day!

In any event, it seems difficult to say that the Russia/Wikileaks thing is a big deal and bad, while simultaneously saying that it's no big deal and that Manning should walk free.

But hey, I'm guessing by now, the Democrats are starting to realize that Obama really only cares about himself and his feelings. The rub is that the Russians actually did try to undermine our election with what they did, but Obama has essentially killed that whole point.

No worries, Democrats, you've only got two more days of Obama screwing you over.

Friday, January 13, 2017

With one week left in his Presidency, Obama eliminates "Wet-Foot Dry-Foot" policy

This freakin' guy.

With one week left in his administration, Obama has decided to eliminate the United States' policy of granting residency to any Cubans who reach America's shores, but turning back those who are picked up in the water - commonly known as the Wet-Foot Dry-Foot Policy.

The idea behind granting Cubans this special status in immigration is that we're acknowledging that Cuba is essentially a prison for it's people and they aren't allowed to immigrate through natural channels. Essentially, the people there are under a dictatorship, and they're seeking freedom in the US.

Apparently, Obama has had enough of treating Cuba as an authoritarian regime, and he's decided to end this policy. Honestly, I wouldn't have a problem with this change in the policy of the US had been able to get Cuba to agree to allow it's people to immigrate normally.

Did we get that? Nope.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mattis Hearing Cancelled by Trump

I'm taking us to DEFCON 3

I don't like the sound of this.

Mattis was scheduled to appear before the House for a hearing related to his appointment, but now that's been cancelled by the Trump transition team.

Mattis has to get approved by both the House and the Senate for his waiver, but that was largely expected to be a done deal, given that he's the best person Trump has picked for anything yet. Even so, Mattis was going to appear before a House committee as a gesture to the fact that the House needs to vote on him.

The U.S. House of Representatives had been due to hear Mattis testify on Thursday and he had agreed to appear. Mattis, who retired from the Marine Corps in 2013, is technically ineligible to be defense secretary since he has not been a civilian for at least seven years. That means Congress would need to grant a waiver, something it has not done since 1950.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said it was his understanding the Trump transition team had blocked Mattis from testifying. Congressional aides also confirmed that Mattis had agreed to testify but the appearance had been blocked.
I really hope this doesn't have anything to do with the stories that Mattis has been objecting to some of the other military picks, or at least that he wasn't included in the decision making process.

Mattis is a smart, capable guy who knows what's what. He's a man of respect and honor. He doesn't need this job anyway, but he's agreed to be SECDEF out of sense of duty. If Trump tries to push Mattis around into doing things he doesn't want to do, Mattis is going to be heard on the issue, and he might just up and quit if it gets bad.

If Mattis quits or is pushed out of the Trump administration, that's an indicator that things are going south. Mattis is my "canary in the coal" mine for the Trump presidency. If he's out, things are getting bad.

I hope this isn't a big deal, but it does worry me.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Man ticketed $128 for leaving his car warm it up...on his own property

Another reason not to live up north.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Yep, it's my birthday, and I don't feel a day over the age I was yesterday. Since I've survived another year without being killed by a grizzly bear, I figured I'd go celebrate with the family.

I celebrated my birthday by going to court on a contested case, so you know...the usual. I hope everyone out there is enjoying their birthday as much as I am.

That reminds me, I need to go check out what my blog's birthday is. I've been doing this for awhile, and I need to figure out what day to celebrate myself in another way.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What Does Vladimir Putin Want?

He wants to undermine the West.
Putin’s goal is not just a little more turf. Russia has a lot of that. His telos—his endgame—is the destabilization, the overcoming, of the whole Western order. This sounds fantastical to Americans because we’re an ahistorical people. That doesn’t mean we’re ignorant of history, although there’s a great deal of that, too. It means the categories with which we apprehend the world are not defined by the past, and we can’t really understand how it could be otherwise.
There's lots more, but I can't use the whole thing. Go read the whole thing.

(h/t Insty)

Dylan Roof Sentenced to Death

Good. No tears should be shed.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Every Band Member a Rifleman

When the Germans broke through the Ardennes, American soldiers from the 28th Division Band and Quartermaster Company, stayed and fought Germans in Wiltz, Belgium, until their ammunition was exhausted. Of the sixty guys in the band unit, all but thirteen were killed or captured.

No, I'm not going to post the photo here, so just go ahead and click the link. Yes, I know it's tough to click, but it's worth it.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy Friday Night

Sorry for no post today. I had lots to do at work - hearings, arguing with other lawyers, etc. The big snow and ice system is heading in tonight, so Mrs. Permanent Press and I have stocked up on the essentials so we don't need to leave the house.

By essentials I mean a good bottle of Madeira, various meats vegetables, cheeses, coffee, and other sundries.

I also brought in a big stack of firewood and have it stored on the screened-in porch so it won't be wet.

Stay warm and stay safe. Enjoy the cold.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Brave Revolutionary Activists Kidnap and Torture Special Needs Kid

First of all, this makes me sick.

I guess when prominent political leaders go around saying and writing that Trump is "racist" and that he's "Hitler", some people will feel like they can strike back with violence against Trump and his supporters (or just white people generally, I guess) and somehow still  be in the moral right.

Again and again, I must remind you that I didn't vote for Trump. However, the conduct of people taking place after his election constantly make me not unhappy he won.

Regarding the four guys who were arrested: I am really impressed with the courage of those revolutionary activists fighting back against the white oppressors. It takes a special kind of courage to kidnap, beat up, and torture a special needs kid.

These cowardly, miserable creatures deserve every bit of whatever the criminal justice system gives them. People who bully and hurt special needs kids earn themselves a special place in hell.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Journalists Freak Out When Asked "Do you know anyone who drives a truck?"

I guess when you live in a bubble, you get a little irritated when someone points it out.

Which brings us to the simple question about truck ownership from John Ekdahl that drove Acela corridor progressive political journalists into a frenzy on Tuesday night: “The top 3 best selling vehicles in America are pick-ups. Question to reporters: do you personally know someone that owns one?”

Rather than answer with a simple “no,” the esteemed members of the most cloistered and provincial class in America–political journalists who live in New York City or Washington, D.C.–reacted by doing their best impersonation of a vampire who had just been dragged into the sunshine and presented with a garlic-adorned crucifix.

There were basically three types of hysterical response to a simple question about truck owners: 1) shut up, 2) you’re stupid and/or sexist and/or racist, and 3) whatever, liar, trucks aren’t popular (far and away my favorite delusional response to a simple question from a group of people who want you to believe they’re extremely concerned about “fake news”). It turns out that people who are paid large sums of money to opine on what Americans outside the Acela province think get very upset if you demonstrate that they don’t actually know any of the people about whom they pretend to be experts.

The really telling thing is that they're getting so upset about it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Giving Your Five Year Old Some Freedom

The rally point is the bread aisle. Meet me there, soldier. Papa Bear out.

Our five-year old son got a set of walkie talkies for Christmas this year. One of the things I do with him to let him get a bit more freedom and independence is that when I go to the grocery store with him (we're Publix people) I usually tell him to go get an item and then meet me at somewhere else. 

For instance, I'll say "I'm going to the vegetables. Go get one carton of yogurt and meet me there." He'll then go get the yogurt, find me in the vegetable section, and I'll send him on another mission.

This has a couple of benefits:

1. First and foremost, it's giving him a bit of independence, where parents aren't hovering over him all the time. Boys need that. He knows I expect him to act politely in the store, and he acts accordingly because he feels "grown up" getting "missions" to get specific items. I've actually seen him (when he didn't know I was looking) politely ask a lady to get some hamburger buns from a shelf that was too high for him to reach. He asked nicely and said "thank you" when she handed them to him, then he  calmly walked off down the aisle like he owned the place.

2. It keeps him from getting bored in the grocery store just following me around, which inevitably leads to him asking for things to put in the basket. He gets so into obtaining whatever I assign him, he doesn't even stop to think about getting cookies or whatever.

3. It saves me time in the store. I get in and out faster since I have someone getting me things.

I know that some people worry that you shouldn't let you kids get out of your sight, but you've got to give little boys a little rope. Also, Publix is a really controlled environment. Heck, half the people in the store are my neighbors who know us. My wife and I have a joke that you can't go to Publix looking like a slob because you'll invariably see someone you know. It's not like I'm taking him to the State Fair and setting him loose.

Why do I bring this up? I think I might get the walkie talkies involved just for fun.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

I'm a Bad Fan - Bowl Game Edition

I'm a bad fan.

I was generally aware that the Gamecocks were playing in the Birmingham Bowl. I knew that it was today, and I knew that the opposing team was USF. However, I had no idea what time the game was. I just never thought to look. I assumed it was a night game.

This morning, a friend texted me and asked me what I was doing for the game. I responded that I was working most of the day, and then would watch the game (assuming it was a night game) he reminded me that the game was at 2:00PM.

As Rick Perry would say: "Oops."

Go Gamecocks!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Obama Makes Last Minute Change to Classify People Receiving SSI as "Mental Defectives" Thus Making Them Ineligible to Own Guns

Giving a big middle finger to due process.

So the Social Security Agency can now prohibit you from gun ownership without you having a chance to present your own evidence, cross-examine witnesses, or attend any sort of formal hearing...because this is simply some government employees sitting in a room looking at documents then making a decision about someone's second amendment rights.

Supplemental Security Income helps blind, disabled, and elderly people with little to no income. Previously, it was understood that "mentally defective" referred to one's mental health. Citizens who have been institutionalized against their will are restricted from owning a firearm. The new definition of "mentally defective" has nothing to do with being mentally ill.
What an absolutely spiteful person.