As we approach July 4th let us not forget our national heritage. Our guiding principals over the past two hundred and thirty four years of indiviual liberty, limited government, self reliance, competitive capitalism, and a belief that as Americans we can accomplish anything we put our minds to.

In these days of seemingly constant drift toward a progressive collectivist society, all freedom loving Americans who hold up the individual over the tyranny of the progressive collective state must remain vigilant and steadfast in their opposition to the forces of those intent on turning the United States of America into a collectivist state.



Les Carpenter III  
Editor in Chief
Rational Nation USA

Via: Memorandum

Chairman TAO's Challenge

By: Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA


Chairman TAO over at Corrupting Conservatives, the premier progressive collectivist blog of the year, has been having some fun with recent posts at Rational Nation USA.

It is apparent, at least to the rational thinkers amongst us, he has the usual personality disorder most all extreme progressive collectivists suffer from. The medical term (if there is one) escapes me for the moment so I shall substitute my own... Severe Delusional Collective Nanny State Worship.

Perhaps the above description some may find harsh. It is nevertheless an accurate one. For those who may not have braved a visit to his den of collectivist thought a visit is well worthwhile. If for no other reason than to gain a glimpse into the mind of a most dangerous foe, the progressive collectivist. The ghosts of those who followed the philosophy and principals of the progressive collectivists such as V.I. Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Chairman Mao, and Pot Pol I am sure would agree.

For all the Chairman's talk about owning his own business he is a prime example of one who both is willing and happy giving the government maximum economic and political control over his life. Irrespective of what TAO may say publicly on his blog he is desirous of forcing the same for you as well. Regardless of the fact you did not ask for it nor do you want it.

Progressive collectivists decided long ago they know what is best for all, and it is always Leviathan government controlled by those suffering equally from Sever Delusional Collective Nanny State Worship. A question to illustrate the point... Have you ever found a progressive collectivist to agree with anything that differed in the slightest from their cherished progressive collectivist belief?... I thought not.

There was a time when liberalism was actually attractive. That era died with Thomas Jefferson. The concept of liberty is simple to understand unless, as the progressive collectivists intentionally do, you chose to make it complex. Liberty, at least as understood by most conservatives and Libertarians means... The freedom to make choices of your own free will with respect to your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Liberty is the ability and right of the individual to make decisions with respect to their economic and personal welfare and desires as they see fit. Liberty requires the individual accepts responsibility for themselves and acts on their own behalf and self interests.

Liberty requires resistance to the state that with each regulation, with each new entitlement, with each new expansion of the bureaucracy, another small loss of liberty occurs. Maximum liberty requires the recognition that each and every individual is entitled to the vary same liberties you and I are. For those who love liberty it is our deepest responsibility to recognize and respect the rights of others to their life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness equally as well as our own...

It is no ones right (including Leviathan) to take from someone and give to another that which they have not earned the right to posses.

Since Chairman TAO made comments on a recent post at Rational Nation USA which I, the editor lacked time to respond to immediately following his post, I have decided to address them for the Chairman with this post.

The issue of slavery: I never claimed slavery was okay. It is both morally and ethically wrong and deserves the greatest condemnation. My reference to the slave trade and Africans selling their own into slavery was merely a point of reference to demonstrate the realities of the times. The obvious attempt to make me out a racist is so typical of your ilk.

With respect to Jefferson - It was not "okay" he had slaves. It remains the glaring personal flaw the man who was a great thinker and wrote our Declaration of Independence had. It however does not change the beauty or the profound wisdom and significance of his words.

With respect to Lincoln - Once again you misuse my reference. My position on Lincoln is that he was a statist. He used the federal government to forcibly keep the union together at a great loss of life. As I am sure you know the Civil War was more about economics and markets that slavery. An industrializing (if you will) north and an agrarian south who wished to remain so. Lincoln used his statist powers and the US military to prevent the southern states from succeeding from the union. As the United States was formed by voluntary association and entering into a contract by mutual agreement there is a sound argument the southern states should ave been allowed to succeed. Slavery was just the rallying cry.

With respect to the womens suffrage movement - I will concede that there was likely never any thought given by the founding fathers as to women having the right to vote. Women unfortunately held second class citizenship throughout much of western history. The still do in many parts of the world today.

As to landless males: The rational the founders held with respect to owning property as a ticket to the right to vote was based on sound reasoning as they saw it. Property ownership gave individuals a state in the land and society. As the nation was agrarian, ownership of property allowed people to provide the necessities of life for themselves. Landless individuals on the other hand were viewed as lacking a stake and were much more likely to be the least productive and the ones most dependent on government for their welfare.

I wish to make perfectly clear I do not advocate the return to slavery, women not having the right to vote, nor the idea that just because you do not own property you should not have the right to vote. Neither do I know of any conservative or Libertarian who feels we should.

I will state however that it is a perfectly reasonable and rational position (IMO) that to vote in America one should posses the ability to speak, read, and write English. Sorry liberals, Michael Savage has it right when he says... Borders, Language, Culture.

Regarding non interventionist F.P. - Washington and Jefferson's advice against forming alliances with foreign powers and thus entangling ourselves was sound reasoned logic. However, following WW I (Woodrow Wilson (D), and WW II (Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman (both D's) foreign entanglements and interventionist foreign policy became the norm. And shall we not forget Lydon Johnson, anther D and interventionism that exploded the war beyond anything Eisenhower or Kennedy ever envisioned.

I find it interesting the Chairman chose to use Israel as example of how we should pull our support of this only middle eastern democracy in support of his position statement. Logically one would have to concede the point he makes is rational. It would be my preference that we rethink our entire foreign policy along the lines of the Washington's and Jefferson's philosophy... As well as that of Representative Ron Paul. However, to do so at this time would almost certainly result in the genocide if the Israeli people at the hands of the Iranian extremist President or some other irrational extremist in some other irrational extremist Islamic theocratic state. But I am sure TAO is not at all concerned with this likelihood being no doubt the supporter of all things Islamic, no mater the irrationality.

The point of this little travel through Chairman TAO's obvious transparent lack of integrity is just this... Conservatives and Libertarians can and will debate progressive collectivists. Proponents of individualism, liberty, and the right of free will and association have been doing it for well over a hundred years. We have will continue to acknowledge their valid rational points as infrequent as they are and when correct we will concede.

The Chairman's attempts to misrepresent, twist, and turn the words of conservatives and Libertarians only shows his strict adherence to the progressive collectivist ideology and it's universal failure wherever it as been tried. Equally as telling and importantly is his lack of rational and unemotional thought.

Again I urge anyone who has not visited the progressive collectivist blog of the year, Corrupting Conservatives to do so. This is the irrational and inherently evil thought process that liberty is up against. Do not be fooled by the "fuzzy feel good emotionalism" of the progressive collectivists. Do the research, there are many examples of the abject failure of Chairman TAO's philosophy in modern history.

Long live America and here's to liberty and free choice!

Cross posted at Rational Nation USA

Tiger Woods Divorce Settlement: Ellin Nordegren Nets Cool $750 Million


by the Left Coast Rebel

Today's Tiger Woods divorce settlement news is a fitting close to the sordid tale of a man's public image that proved to be a historic charade. Reaganite just brought reader's attention to the conclusion:


deserves every penny- perhaps the Tiger Woods divorce will have a deterrent effect on other disloyal celebrity scumbags who's ego's take over and think they can treat those who love and count on them like yesterday's garbage.

As Reaganite notes, the Tiger Woods divorce settlement comes down to two simple concepts - keep the kids away from your floozies (or vice versa) and money, money, money:

Tiger Woods is banned from letting girlfriends near his kids in a divorce deal netting his ex a record $750 million settlement, The Sun reported Wednesday.

The golfer agreed to keep single women away from daughter Sam, three, and son Charlie, one.

He can bring a new flame into their lives only if he marries her. In return, former wife Elin Nordegren ,30, gets the biggest payout ever seen in a celebrity divorce.

But she can never publicly speak out over his alleged flings with socialite Rachel Uchitel, reality star Jaimee Grubbs, porn queen Joslyn James and up to 17 others.

Good for her. Let that be a lesson to you men out there (especially super-wealthy celeb-types) - infidelity has ugly consequences, including financial.

Read more at Reaganite.

Flipping Racial Minorities The Byrd

Dear Government, Re: Oil Spill, You’re doing it wrong; Kevin Costner & reason 86,347 the Free Market is better.

By KOOK for Left Coast Rebel

Cross posted at Allied Liberty News

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From a recent piece written by Dick Morris:

“It's one thing to say that Obama's administration showed ineptitude and mismanagement in its handling of the Gulf oil spill. It is quite another to grasp the situation up close, as I did during a recent visit to Alabama.
According to state disaster relief officials, Alabama conceived a plan -- early on -- to erect huge booms offshore to shield the approximately 200 miles of the state's coastline from oil. Rather than install the relatively light and shallow booms in use elsewhere, the state (with assistance from the Coast Guard) canvassed the world and located enough huge, heavy booms -- some weighing tons and seven meters high -- to guard their coast.
But...no sooner were the booms in place than the Coast Guard… uprooted them and moved them to guard the Louisiana coastline instead.
So Alabama decided on a backup plan. It would buy snare booms to catch the oil as it began to wash up on the beaches.
But...the Fish and Wildlife Administration vetoed the plan, saying it would endanger sea turtles that nest on the beaches.
So Alabama…decided to hire 400 workers to patrol the beaches in person, scooping up oil that had washed ashore.
But...OSHA  refused to allow them to work more than 20 minutes out of every hour and required an hour break after 40 minutes of work, so the cleanup proceeded at a very slow pace.
The short answer is that every agency -- each with its own particular bureaucratic agenda -- was able to veto each aspect of any plan to fight the spill, with the unintended consequence that nothing stopped the oil from destroying hundreds of miles of wetlands, habitats, beaches, fisheries and recreational facilities.”

So, as per usual and standard, the government has completely road blocked every single effort People have come up with to clean this mess up, whilethe Fedzilla goes about the business of protecting us from ourselves and the breeding habitat of turtles. Turtles that will likely soon die in an oil slick before they can breed again anyway.  Let us not forget Obama’s refusal to step on Union toes and rescind the Jones act for this emergency.

0614_costner But, once again proving that when there is a problem that needs solved, someone will invent it and it will not be the Government.  Enter Kevin Costner.  Now, I do not know what the man’s politics are but apparently he is a Capitalist.  That is at least a good starting point.

Apparently more than ten years ago Kevin Costner, of Dances with Wolves and Robin Hood fame,  wondered why we had so much trouble separating oil from water and decided to put his not-inconsiderable-wealth where his curiosity was.

 

Costner  became inspired to work on a solution after watching coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Valdez spill happened in 1989 and occurred off the coast of Alaska when the Exxon Valdez hit a reef. Approximately 11 million gallons of oil spilled into Prince William Sound, causing widespread harm to the local wildlife, environment and economy. 

In 1993 Kevin,along with his Scientist brother, Dan, procured a technology transfer from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory for a centrifugal oil-water separator.  Apparently the Government could not get the technology to work (imagine that).  He founded Costner Industries (CINC) and committed the next 15 years, and over $20 million (possibly as much as $24 million) toward R&D of his oil separator. The oil separator is a powerful centrifuge that can separate oil from water by spinning it at a high speed,  leaving the water 99 percent oil free.

In his recent congressional testimony for government approval to allow BP to test them, Costner recounted his struggle to effectively market the centrifuge (in the past). He explained that although the machines are quite effective, they can still leave trace amounts of oil in the treated water that exceeds current environmental regulations. Because of that regulatory hurdle, he said, he had great difficulty getting oil industry giants interested without first having the approval of the federal government.  So, just another example of the Government worried about one snowball during an avalanche.costner-centrifuge

So does the thing work?

BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said,  "We tested it in some of the toughest environments we could find, and actually what it's done — it's quite robust," Saying,  "This is real technology with real science behind it, and it's passed all of those tests." He added that Costner's device has proved effective at processing 128,000 barrels of water a day, which "can make a real difference to our spill response efforts."

How big of a difference? 


The largest machines are designed to separate 200 gallons of oil from the water per minute. That's about 210,000 gallons of oil per day.   The most recent estimates suggest that between 20,000 and 40,000 barrels of oil per day are leaking out of the Deepwater Horizon well. A barrel of oil is 42 gallons. So, if we take the highest estimates, that's about 1,680,000 gallons of oil per day. That would take just eight of the OTC machines to clean up the new oil each day, not  counting the petroleum that's already in the water.

Henry Fountain explains in the New York Times, the gadget in question marks a major breakthrough in spill cleanup technology. And BP, after trial runs with the device, is ordering 32 more of the Costner-endorsed centrifuges to aid the Gulf cleanup.  Suttles said the additional machines will be used to build four new deep-water systems: on two barges and two 280-foot supply boats.

It's true, as Fountain notes in the Times, that innovation on spill technology has been hobbled in part by the reach of federal regulation — though Fountain also notes that oil companies have elected to devote comparatively little money for researching cleanup devices. 

Then again, why would they, when 99% effective is not good enough? 

Imagine if we held Government to the same standard…

 

 

 

-KOOK

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John Boehner Needs to go....


by the Left Coast Rebel

.....if this is true:

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said House Minority Leader John Boehner "is not a hard worker" and cuts out of the Capitol early for bar-hopping evenings in Washington.

On his “Morning Joe” show Wednesday morning, the former Florida Republican congressman described Boehner as a disengaged pol whose work ethic doesn’t hold a candle to that of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).

In the past I have gotten the feeling that Boehner is either a 'rummy' or a smoker - his appearance kind of gives that up.

In the least we need leadership in the conservative resurgence that is energetic, invigorated and ready to fight. Especially if the Grand Old Party takes back both houses of Congress. If that is to mean anything to the nation then in the least leadership needs to be far better than the 'cocktails at five' crowd.

Furthermore, while I'm 'going there,' John Boehner has been in office too long and was far too cozy (not to mention abetting) George W. Bush's record of profligate spending, 'No Child Left Behind, lobbyists....

Buh-bye, (hello Paul Ryan or Tom MClintock?)

More anecdotal evidence that global warming is a religion and not science


By Conservative Generation for Left Coast Rebel

It will be another day before the National Enquirer follows up
their claims to an Al Gore sexual assault with some alleged evidence. The article is scheduled to hit news stands tomorrow. While we wait, I felt it would be a good time to add yet one more nuance to the old "global warming is a religion" analogy.

So let's look at the analogy thus far: We have a movement whose sole tenant is that all of mankind is a sinner by our mere existence since our breathing causes CO2. We must therefore follow the tenants of global warming science as a way to absolve our sins. These tenants include buying hybrid cars, painting our roofs white, not eating meat, using GE made CFL light bulbs, ect…. To administer their doctrine, the global warming fanatics have canonized a high priest Al Gore. The church of global warming requires a tithe from everyone in the form of carbon taxes.

Well the analogy just got juicier with its first Catholic priest style sex scandal. The story is complete with loony sex poodle, high priest in Al Gore. However, Byron York gives us the latest nuance; the church of global warming aligned itself against the victim of sexual abuse to protect the sanctity of the religion:

Finally she got away. Later, she talked to friends, liberals like herself, who advised against telling police. One asked her "to just suck it up; otherwise, the world's going to be destroyed from global warming."


As it occurs in so many cases where clergy are involved in sexual abuse, the church members often become accomplices to the cover up. When news of a scandal comes to light, church members regularly rally to protect the clergy predator instead of the victim by citing the virtues of the greater good of the clergy member's work on achieving eternal objectives over the seriousness of the victim's claims. Their mind set is that a scandal will damage the credibility of the church's message to the unbelievers. Thus, justice for the victim becomes secondary to keeping a pretense of holiness.

As Darth Vader once so eloquently put it to Obi Won Kenobi, "the circle is now…complete."

Via Memeorandum

Italian Tea Party! - San Diego's Own Tea Partier Leslie Eastman Home from Italian Tea Party (+ vacation, lucky her!)


by the Left Coast Rebel

Leslie Eastman chalks it up to divine intervention.

She just happened to be vacationing (set in motion many months ago) near beautiful Florence, Italy and became privy to the fact that an Italian Tea Party was scheduled during her vacation(pic @ left).

So Leslie, armed with 18 months of tea-partying knowledge, met with local leaders in the movement and shared wisdom and insight - not to mention wine and the obvious beauty of the locale. Oh yah, she was interviewed by the 'Glenn Reynolds of Italy,' too.

I'm so jealous to hear her exciting story and proud to have her as a friend. Read it about here.

The Difference between Sympathy and Empathy

By KOOK for Left Coast Rebel

Cross Posted at Allied Liberty News

 Closing Guantánamo Fades as a Priority - NYTimes.com

guantanamo_bay The above linked article from the NYT discusses how support for the plan to close the prison at Gitmo went from having a slight majority of support on inauguration day, to nearly 60% majority for keeping it open by March.  Certainly the failed bombing attempt in Times Square has increased the support for keeping terrorists off our soil and stirring up the anger levels again.  But I believe there is more to it than that.

The Moonbat plan was to close camp Xray and move all the prisoners to some civilian prison on US soil.  Several Liberal Lawmakers made political hay out of the plan by saying that they would be glad to house the terrorists in their states.

I think that is where things began to falter for the hope’n’change crowd.  It went from theory to reality.

gitmo-protest-amnesty-international_preview“close gitmo!, no military tribunals!, civil rights!”  “close gitmo!, no military tribunals!, civil rights!” “Bush  Lied, people died!”

 

barack-obama-smiling  “We are bringing them to your city”

 

 

gitmo-protest-amnesty-international_preview“close gitmo!, no military trib….no…wait, what?  near my home and my children? In my community?  No, I want Gitmo closed but I don’t want them in my backyard.”

There is the real break in the mental processes that separates logical, pragmatic, realistic, liberty loving, constitutional libertarian thought from  impassioned, emotional, irrational, illogical moonbat ‘thought’. 

When the argument for closing Xray went from some theoretical exercise where the terrorists would be housed out of sight and out of mind, and the libtards could feel that they were being morally superior and all goody- goody, safe in the knowledge that Khaled Sheikh Muhammed was being treated with Kid gloves, but far far away from them; to theoretically being held within 30 miles of their homes with underpaid and undermotivated civilian guards the whole thought experiment was made real.

This is something I have expressed before.  When any of the Liberals pet issues is put into a perspective where it would actually affect them, the tune suddenly changes.  They move from Sympathy to Empathy.   Sympathy for the perceived situation, to empathy with how actually being in the situation feels.

Deer_Herd_in_Playground Other cases in point:  Many are against hunting, feeling as though it is animal cruelty.  In several cities suburban hunting permits for deer are issued to well qualified archers.  There is usually the obligatory protest of people wanting to “live with Nature” until a deer runs into the side of their Hummer H3 and dents it all up.  Then there is the chorus of “kill bambi” which reinforces what farmers and ranchers have known all along, Man and Animal can coexist, as long as both sides are controlled.  Fact: Deer are hard on crops, fences, and automobiles and until the Sympathy for Deer becomes Empathy with20061127_deer_hit11 someone who has had the beejesus scared out of them and cost them a few thousand bucks in auto repairs by a suicidal deer, it is not “real” to some people.   

Take Arizona and the illegal immigration debate as an example; it is very easy for a senator from a northeastern state, or someone who lives in a gated community far removed from the border to denounce what the citizens of Arizona have been clamoring to have for years.  Arizona needs to secure the border it shares with a foreign country because there is a serious crime wave going on down there and no one but Arizonans are going to do anything about it.  Arizona has no hope to stop tArizona Reconquiestahe crime wave if they cannot control the free movement of foreigners back and forth across their border.   Now, if one of Nancy Pelosi’s grandkids was kidnapped by a foreign invader from mexico, do you not think that immigration reform would suddenly find its way onto the House Calendar?  It is like the old west in southern Arizona now, with the criminal element coming into the state to commit its’ crimes and then hightailing it back across the border, like Pancho Villa or something.

I remember when I was younger there was a huge debate in Missouri regarding “bussing”.  Many rural and suburban schools were predominately White, and many inner city schools were predominately Black.  This was obviously (to democrats) a problem.  In support of this was the fact that inner city schools performed more poorly than those of the suburbs.  Now, I firmly believe that the real source of the problem is not Race, but one of culture. There is nothing inherently inferior about anyone’s skin color or ethnicity. 

But I can take any child and ignore them, never teach them right from wrong, show them that might always makes right, that society “owes them something”, and turn them into the perfect weapon of self destruction. 

The solution was to spend huge amounts of taxpayer money on “bus-ing”  white kids to inner city schools andeaststl-314 black kids to Suburban schools.  I would have argued that the lower test scores and higher dropout rates in the cities was not related to race at all and would have probably spent the money on some sort of job creation, community outreach, and parenting classes for families in those areas where performance was suffering.  But that is not what happened, does anyone care to guess or remember the result?  Performance of both types of schools went down, violence went up, and parents got angry.   Once the feral kids who were (un)raised by people succored from the government teat were introduced into schools where more parents took an active role in their children’s education everyone suffered.  The issue was not because some kids were black and some were white,  it was because a majority in one group were effectively tutored in how to be a productive member of society, and a majority of the other group were raised as though in the wild.  This whole issue went from being a sympathetic thought experiment in forced diversity, to an empathetic real world experience of what happens when children who have never been taught how to behave in society mix with less violent ones who were raised by people who believe that you can socially engineer the demographics of a city. 

One more short example:  Two years ago there was a huge sympathetic outpouring of support for a little known Freshman Senator from Illinois to become The President of the United States.  He promised Hope, and Change.  People said, “just give him a chance.”  The sentiment was one of sympathy for his message, and the historic nature of  half black man as president.  Now that we have moved into an empathetic situation of dealing with he and his friends’ policies more and more people agree with those of us who said that he had no executive experience, had questionable judgment in choosing friends and associates, and no more cared about the rights of  the oppressed or the economic opportunities of the poor than any other Despotic ruler throughout history, irrespective of his genetics.  Popular sentiment is now changing.  But that is ok, society forgets these lessons every two generations or so.

-KOOK

(PHOTOS) Anna Chapman, Hottie Turned Russian Spy

by the Left Coast Rebel

Almost forgot - there's a femme fatale angle on the Russian spy ring. NY Post has information on her:

A ring of 11 Russian moles right out of a Cold War spy novel was smashed yesterday — and among those busted was a flame-haired, 007-worthy beauty who flitted from high-profile parties to top-secret meetings around Manhattan.

Russian national Anna Chapman — a 28-year-old divorcee with a masters in economics, an online real-estate business, a fancy Financial District apartment and a Victoria’s Secret body — had been passing information to a Russian government official every Wednesday since January, authorities charged.

Listen to this description of Femme fatale Anna Chapman's behavior:
In one particularly slick spy exchange on St. Patrick’s Day, Chapman pulled a laptop out of a tote bag in a bookstore at Warren and Greenwich streets in the West Village while her handler lurked outside, receiving her message on his own computer, the feds said. A similar exchange occurred at a Midtown coffee shop at 47th Street and 8th Ave.

Last week, an undercover agent pretending to be a Russian official arranged a meeting to talk about the weekly laptop exchanges, pretending to be ready to send the sexy spy on a mission to deliver a fake passport to another female agent, according to the federal complaint.

Chapman allegedly was also supposed to hold a magazine under her arm so her counterpart would recognize her, and plant a stamp on a wall map indicate the handoff was a success.

Another spy-movie-like maneuver took place in Brooklyn shortly after the meeting with the undercover agent when Chapman darted into a Verizon phone store to buy a cell using the name Irine Kutsov, and an address of "99 Fake Street," the feds said. She only planned to use the phone to "avoid detection of her conversations," the FBI alleged.

Photos of the Russian spy Anna Chapman:

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When I read about Anna Chapman I wondered what kind of punishment she would face. Jeff Stein in WaPo reveals some facts on this:

No death penalty here. The three busted in Arlington, Va. were charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Two of the ten busted were also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Since we don't have a Glienicke bridge between east and west Berlin anymore, my guess is they will be quietly stuffed on an Aeroflot back to Moscow. The government got what it wanted with the publicity of this case.

Death penalties are applied to US citizens who commit treason, not foreign spies. . . If any of these are shipped back (after they're convicted) we'll only do it for something in return. Offhand I'm not aware of any CIA officer in a Russian jail.



Exit question - which James Bond international crime/espionage vixen does Anna Chapman remind you of? Hint - Rosie Carver of Live and Let Die is not a good answer....but this one would be.

UPDATED: Spies use Facebook? Via NYDailyNews, here's some picture of Anna Chapman from her Facebook page:

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Fox News explains more:

A neighbor of Chapman's, who spoke to FoxNews.com on condition of anonymity, described her as a "nice girl" who kept to herself and had little interaction with the other residents on her floor.

Chapman, who provides few details about herself on her Facebook profile, posted a dozen photographs of herself along with several "wall postings" in Russian.

Some of her postings, however, are written in English, and offer a twist of irony in the alleged spy ring bust that the Russian government has angrily rejected as a return to the Cold War era .

"When you speak the truth, you don't have to remember it," Chapman wrote on her Facebook wall on January 19.


Oh yah, according to Facebook as well, she liked Tequila and...

The "interests" on Chapman's Facebook page include "Alma De Agave Tequila, New York Entrepreneur Week, Do It In Person, AMBAR, MostProperties.com and School of Academic and Professional Blogging." Her list of friends on the social network are people mostly in Russia and includes several Russian-based corporate and business executives.

Russian"Illegal" Spies Lived Like Normal Americans


by the Left Coast Rebel

The New York Times has an interesting story up regarding the 11 people (so called ''illegals") supposedly living unremarkable, suburban American lives yet spying (for years) for the S.V.R. (the successor to the KGB):

The alleged agents were directed to gather information on nuclear weapons, American policy toward Iran, C.I.A. leadership, Congressional politics and many other topics, prosecutors say. The Russian spies made contact with a former high-ranking American national security official and a nuclear weapons researcher, among others. But the charges did not include espionage, and it was unclear what secrets the suspected spy ring — which included five couples — actually managed to collect.
The details sound like they are straight out of an Iam Fleming story:

Criminal complaints filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Monday read like an old-fashioned cold war thriller: Spies swapping identical orange bags as they brushed past one another in a train station stairway. An identity borrowed from a dead Canadian, forged passports, messages sent by shortwave burst transmission or in invisible ink. A money cache buried for years in a field in upstate New York.

But the network of so-called illegals — spies operating under false names outside of diplomatic cover — also used cyber-age technology, according to the charges. They embedded coded texts in ordinary-looking images posted on the Internet, and they communicated by having two agents with laptops containing special software pass casually as messages flashed between them.
And like I said, they completely blended in in suburbia and even had American born children:
Neighbors in Montclair, N.J., of the couple who called themselves Richard and Cynthia Murphy were flabbergasted when a team of F.B.I. agents turned up Sunday night and led the couple away in handcuffs. One person who lives nearby called them “suburbia personified,” saying that they had asked people for advice about the local schools. Others worried about the Murphys’ elementary-age daughters.
UK's Telegraph explains that this bunch weren't quite the harmless middle-classers that they appeared to be (also, I wonder if even they were shocked by the corruption they found in our Congressional politics):

The FBI arrested 10 people for allegedly serving for years as secret agents of Russia's intelligence service, the SVR, with the goal of penetrating US government policy-making circles.

It is alleged that they were tasked with gleaning intelligence on nuclear weapons, foreign policy and Congressional politics.

The 10 arrested are accused of conspiracy to act as unlawful agents of a foreign government. Nine of them also face a charge of conspiracy to launder money.

An 11th suspect named "Christopher R Metsos" was arrested on Tuesday in Cyprus.

It also emerged that one of the 10 was in contact with a subsidiary group of Oxford University.

A subsidiary group of Oxford? What, the faculty and majority of professors? It wouldn't surprise me. After all, Putin was said to have waxed fondly for the 'glory days' of the USSR, perhaps leftist academics do too.

Discussion over at Memeorandum.

Joker Turned Senator Al Franken Bored to Tears over Elena Kagan

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by the Left Coast Rebel

Why was Al Franken so bored at Elena Kagan's testimony today? Perhaps it's because Al Franken knows what is bouncing around in Elena Kagan's skull and considers the 'hearings' even less than a moot point. Does liberalism cause narcolepsy?:



Or does narcolepsy cause liberalism?

Narcolepsy of the brain, if I were to surmise from Elena Kagan's empty, flowery, worthless speechifying today.

Exit question - Does, "I've learned that we make progress by listening to each other across every apparent political or ideological divide..."

Substitute, 'I do solemnly swear to faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States under the Constitution and laws of the Unites States, so help me God?'

If so, then perhaps the 'redistribution of wealth to it's rightful owners' really has replaced 'the pursuit of happiness.'

Via Memeorandum.

UPDATED: Oh my goodness, he dropped the 's' word! Does Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) sum up precisely that which I did above?:

(VIDEO) General Electric Exec. Jim Campbell Faints as Joe Biden Speaks at GE

by the Left Coast Rebel

I have limited access to internet today but this caught my eye via Memeorandum, Breitbart:



Right before Jim Campbell of GE fainted, Biden's mouth:

"The country that does not innovate stagnates...."
Truly ironic words to make a high level Obama-company official faint?

You tell me.

Freedom is in our DNA

by KOOK for Left Coast Rebel

This is a slightly edited reposting

Tyranny It really all comes down to who knows better.  It is the same story that most of you are familiar with as being told by Braveheart.  The Scots-Irish is the culture that more than any other begat the USA.   It goes way, way back to the time of the Romans several years before Christ’s birth, but really takes off not long after his death.  The Roman army conquered the south end of England but was never able to really take the north because there were crazy people up there who fought like madmen and painted themselves blue, they were called Picts.  They refused to bend a knee to a far away authority.  Their culture was based on family ties, personal honor, and leadership was only accepted after it had been earned.  Allegiance was to the most local level.  In AD 122 Hadrian began construction of a wall between the ‘civilized’ part of the island and the wild north. Kings tried again and again for literally hundreds of years to bring these ‘savages’ into line.  They map_ireland_england burned whole towns, slaughtered them in droves but never, eva, eva, won.  These people had freedom hard wired into their DNA.  The Scottish ‘nobles’ eventually were bought off and became ‘civilized’ to the British way of thinking, but still the people themselves never submitted.  They did not view allegiance the same way as the Brits. The British view was of wealth and property, poor people owed their allegiance to their rich ‘betters’.  Scotsmen knew in their hearts every man, prince or pauper, was free, and as stated before their allegiance was to their Kin, then their Clan, then their neighbor clan. They were not isolationists like the gypsies, did not have a class caste system like the rest of Europe, and they freely intermarried with other groups, who then became Scots.  This is what we think of as  a “grassroots” organization now. Their religious affiliation was Protestant and they were some of the first.  The Brits had always also had difficulty with the Irish, for differing but similar reasons.  They decided getting the Scots to move into Ireland would allow them to take both Ireland and Scotland in time.  Bad plan.  Many Scots moved to Ireland in the Ulster Plantation under a colonization plan dreamt up by the Brits.  Soon the Irish and the Scots were fighting each other…when they weren’t both killing the English.  The Irish and the Scots had similar views on Freedom, but differing views on Religion.  Then the first colonization of North America began.  Some Scots-Irish left Ulster to come to the “new world”  with puritans_71107 the Puritans thinking they too could have religious freedom, and to their way of thinking they were protestants just like the Puritans.  Not true.  The Puritans idea of religious freedom was that everyone should be ‘free’ to worship as the Puritans did (Everyone was entitled to their opinion, as long as it was the Puritan opinion).

appalachia6  Scots again refused to be assimilated, and were pushed further west into the Appalachian mountains, which was similar to throwing Brer Rabbit into the Briar Patch.  More Scots came and they stayed in the Mountains, moving South all the while. They intermarried and had lots and lots of little Scots-Irish babies (up to 40% higher birthrates than other immigrants at the time).  Ohio was opened for settlement and by this time the Native Americans or “Indians” were wise to this tide of white men and so began killing of the more gentrified of the English settlers…  The aristocracy in Britain thought they knew just the people to send over to make the Indians lives rough…the Scots.  They sent Scotsmen literally by the boatload to cheap land on the wild western frontiers as as a buffer between “Civilization”  and the “Indians”.  The Scots did as predicted and more.  The Scots kept coming, causing at least one wealthy landowner in England to lament (paraphrasing) “why are we letting them move if it is only so that they can have a better life, how does that profit us?” because he was losing too many tenants on his vast landholdings. The Scots kept pushing the Indians, and still managed to cause problems with their more ‘enlightened, wealthy, and civilized betters’  When the American Revolution began many in England saw it as nothing more than just one more Scottish rebellion, some called it exactly that.  The vast majority of the Scots stayed out of Militia_Shooting2 the fray until the English using their typical bullying tactics that had so enraged Scotsmen for eons, really went too far.  Then buckskin Scots came down out of the hills near Kings Mountain and destroyed an entire British Loyalist force 10 to 1.  Then they did it again at Cowpens, which the Brits never recovered from, ending in their defeat at Yorktown.  The Scots refused to bend a knee, and the USA was born. Down through the ages, the Scots-Irish CULTURE, meaning not only those people descended from the Scots, but also those who became culturally inseparable from the Scots,  have fought in more battles and done more to defend Freedom than any other group of people.  They have given us most of our  presidents (61%), many of our founding fathers were Scotsmen by birth or culture.

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 Nasty Botoxi Night of Living Dead

   The battle is the same today in the 21st century. The Puritans, the Elite, Our Betters, the Democrats, the proponents of European Socialism believe they know better than us.  Us, of the Mountains of Appalachia, the Carolinas, descendents of the first settlers of Ky, TN, TX, AR, and the Missouri Ozarks and all points West.  Our ancestors were at the forefront of the frontier and settled the West because no one else was tough enough, crazy enough restless enough to do it.  They were always fighting and moving to try to keep their individual freedoms, to be LEFT ALONE.  Today we are called Hillbillies, Rednecks, Rubes, Hicks, Uneducated and Unenlightened.  We are the faceless ignorant electorate, “those People” in the “Flyover”.  What we really are is the Poor but Proud, the  Entrepreneurs, The self made men and women  who frickin run this country, just like our ancestors.

You. Are. Not. Our. Rulers.

ALL YOU ARE DOING IS SEALING YOUR FATE, WE WILL NOT BEND A KNEE FOR OUR BETTERS.  YOU ARE DONE. 

-KOOK

C Gen's article for the Democrat and Chronicle: NY 25th Congressional District incumbent Dan Maffei needs to answer for his voting record


By Conservative Generation for Left Coast Rebel
Via Upstate Political Report

November is coming up quickly and while we all hope for a stunning defeat of the Obama agenda, we all know that victory isn't just going to just spontaneously manifest itself.  We will each need to do our part, which means donating, volunteering, and putting our God given talents to work.

Nearly penniless and grossly short on free time, I've sought to help further conservative ideals in a way that is cost free and is easily managed around the hectic schedule of a full time employee, who is a new dad and is still finishing up their masters degree while fixing up his house.  That activity is writing.


Although, a large part of my focus has been to write on my local site, Upstate Political Report.  I've decided to reach out to other, larger publications to affect change in local politics.  This morning, I was featured in the
Democrat and Chronicle, the local city newspaper.

Please check out my essay below on local Democrat Congressman Dan Maffei incumbent for NY's 25th Congressional District.



Essayist discusses congressional intentions



Over the last month, congress has struggled to clear several pieces of important legislation. One measure was to abate a 21% Medicare reimbursement rate cut for doctors. These cuts have a long history of being subverted by congress since they unduly penalize doctors and threaten the security of Medicare's good standing in the medical community. The legislation passed, although it came late, over two weeks after the cuts were already enacted, and only after the measure was removed from a job extenders bill.

Should it be so hard for congress to ensure that doctors are reimbursed properly for elderly patients on Medicare?

A second bill for extending unemployment benefits and several popular tax credits faired worse than the earlier mentioned doctor fix. On Thursday, the Senate refused to call a vote on the bill. Meanwhile, roughly 1.2 million Americans who have been unemployed the longest will have their benefits lapse by the end of the month.

Would any dispute that with the current unstable economy, now is not a good time to allow unemployment benefits to lapse?

With the failure of the unemployment extender, a new round of finger pointing has erupted in Washington. Yet, when you take away all the political hyperbole and demagoguery, there is only a single reason that these important pieces of legislation have struggled in congress as they have; Democrats are not living up to their Pay-as-you-go pledge to ensure that new spending does not add to the deficit. To put it another way; Congress is having trouble finding money to pay for their legislation.

Why is congress having trouble finding money? That would be a good question for Congressman Maffei to explain. After all, his voting record is directly related to why these bills have struggled in congress.

For example, in March, Congressman Maffei voted for the recent health care reform. A measure the congressional budget office projects will cost more than $1 trillion over the next ten years. Yet, the program doesn't take effect for the next four years. To pay for the legislation, congressman Maffei voted for a wide range of tax increase and budgetary schemes that are so numerous I dare not try and list them all. A few of the more questionable items include taxes on those without health insurance, taxes on small businesses with more than 50 employees, and diverting hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare. As a result of the legislation, the chief actuary in charge of Medicare estimates that Medicare will become insolvent by 2026, but the larger danger was in doctors dropping coverage as 20% of Medicare Part A providers would become unprofitable during the next 10 years.

It seems foolish that congress would choose to spend $1 trillion today on health care four years from now, given the very serious needs of the economy right now. Especially when the final bill signed into law exacerbates and fails to resolve Medicare's budgetary problems.

I wish I could say health care was Mr. Maffei's only questionable vote, however he has also spent a great deal of money on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a nearly $1 trillion dollar stimulus bill, of which the congressman claims a success despite the fact that the Syracuse area just set an unemployment record; last April was the highest unemployment figure for any April on record.

I don't call into question Maffei's voting record to dispute his stated intentions. By all means, who could be against increasing the number of those with health insurance, trying to save an economy and fight a war of necessity? Yet when we look around at where Maffei and this congress brought us, we can only conclude that their intentions as stated sound compassionate, but their judgment is poor and their policies reckless.

Congressional Democrats plan to table the unemployment extender bill instead of finding the needed funding. It speaks as an admission to their poorly prioritized agenda? This summer, congress plans another stab at cap and trade legislation, even as the economy limps along. What could be more evident of poor judgment than to table unemployment benefits to move onto cap and trade? This November, Maffei needs to answer for his voting record.

Robert Byrd R.I.P.

by Proof

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Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia has died at age 92. He became a Senator in 1958, but had served six years in the House before that. In national politics since 1952, Robert Byrd spend 58 of his 92 years as a Washington insider. Over half his life, certainly over half his adult life, on the government payroll.

As a human being, we mourn his passing. As a force in politics, as odious as the man was, naming every pork project in West Virginia after himself, he may be a net loss to the Democrat party. Sure the Democratic governor will appoint his replacement. But, had Senator Byrd even maintained a pulse until after July 3rd, that appointment would not have faced reelection for more than two years. Now, it's four months until November, and whoever the appointment is, will have to spend his or her time campaigning to retain that seat.

And for all his faults, Byrd probably subscribed to a stricter moral code than the current crop of Democrats. There may be subtle ways in which we will miss the man in his absence, as he will no longer be an anchor to the party's headlong slide into socialism.

Cross posted at Proof Positive, discussion at Memeorandum.

A Little Personal Note

by the Left Coast Rebel

(Editor's Note: I put the following up at my Facebook page and thought that you would like it in case you didn't see it there).

Lucy came into my life when I first met my wife. At the time, Mrs. LCR was living in Los Angeles and quite busy so she opted to have Lucy live with me in San Diego at my house.

I hated her......

I called her the 'little monkey' and felt like she invaded my privacy....and that's not to mention the hair, not having had a pet in years, among other things.

Alas, how times change. Lucy is now officially a member of the family (as I'm sure you can tell in the pics).

lazy lucy

lucy milk

lucy snuggler

lucy ball of fur

If you can believe it, these pictures were taken in just one day....

Biden Gets told to "lower our taxes" by Manager at Kopp's Frozen Custard in Glendale, Wisconsin

Biden

A small business manager retaining his income? Now that's a smartass notion - and a big f*cking deal.

by the Left Coast Rebel

Reality for progressive-collectivists outside of the Beltway/lame stream press/academia bubble often hits a brick wall. That's why it's so funny to see 'plugs' Joe Biden confronted by an everday citizen that owns a small custard business in Wisconsin to, "lower our taxes." Imagine, the little people see beyond generational theft and a government bleeding a nation's prosperity!

Clifton over at Another Black Conservative writes:

Reality is a bitch. You can try to ignore it, try to duck it and even try to avoid it, but sooner or later reality will have its way. This administration loves to go around pretending that the stimulus has worked and that they “saved” or created jobs.
Watch it:



For his quip, the manager of Kopp's Frozen Custard in Glendale, Wisconsin was regarded as a 'smartass' by Biden. If you watched the video above though, it all seems to be somewhat in jest.

Although, of course, any progressive-collectivist such as VP Joe Biden would consider it a 'smartass' notion that one would retain a majority of one's earnings.

I'd say Joe got by pretty easy on this one. If I had been **** I would have told him to tell his boss to 'stop forcing the tenets of Marx and Engel, to consider what the debt will do to future Americans and that the Federal government has no business spreading the wealth.'

Oh yah, almost forgot the most important thing too - 'cut taxes and spending' because there's no such thing as a free lunch or custard.

Now that would be a big f*cking deal and I would be the new 'Joe the plumber' (but much smarter and coherent...)

Liberal Media Bias? Press Caught Bashing Palin on Open Mic at Cal State Stanislaus

by the Left Coast Rebel

The worst thing about systemic liberal media bias is that the media denies it even exists. Those of us with two brain cells to rub together know better:



Breitbart
captions the incident above:

Following a live feed of Sarah Palin's speech at Cal State Stanislaus, reporters are caught openly trashing the former Vice Presidential candidate. The audio went out on the live feed supplied by Fox 40.


Dan Riehl highlights how this story was broken by 3 ladies proving how effective the fifth estate has become:
"@sistertoldjah I am already sick of Weigel. We have a big expose on MSM bias, and it gets little attention" twittered rising blog star Cubachi a few minutes ago. We checked out her story and Sister Toldjah's on-the-scent post, and eureka! Those two new-media woman warriors and a handful of nightowls (see below) were witness in the wee hours to a Weigel-like revelation as unidentified "newsmen" covering Sarah Palin's controversial California State University Stanislaus speech felt free to spew the Palin's-a-Pinhead party line into the ether when they didn't realize the microphone was still on.
Read the rest here. Sister Toldjah has a great rundown on the affair (and her own Memeo thread, woo-hoo!), along with a partial transcript taken from the video above:

Anyway, she gave a great speech as always (commentary/live Tweets are here) but at times the Fox40 live feed was hard to hear – they were having audio issues. But at the end of the speech is where it got interesting. Here’s what some of the audio/camera guys** were saying:

“The dumbness doesn’t just come from soundbites.”

[...]

“I can’t believe she quoted Kennedy – twice.”

[...]

“how am I going to write about this-there’s nothing there-answer well there’s your story” (source for this quote)


Read her report (the best) here as well. Oh yah, almost forgot - Fox40 in Sactown admits the comments were made by 'reporters' but not Fox reporters....does Cubachi prove otherwise?

Imagine if 'reporters' were heard belittling the Obamanation like this (raaaaacism!), would you get any reaction from the libtard-left like this?

If Cannabis Is Legalized, Portugal Could Be A Window Into California's Future



Hey there! Wes Messamore here. In this video, I narrate my most recent article at CAIVN- Jack Hunter style. Opponents of cannabis legalization worry that it will have a detrimental effect on society. That feeling is understandable, but citing a Cato study, I take a look at Portugal where all drugs were decriminalized in 2001. Ten years later not only has Portugal avoided a nightmare of spiraling drug addiction, all signs indicate that drug use in Portugal has declined. Enjoy!


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