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Sunday, November 30, 2014

#THANKSMICHELLEOBAMA

One of the high trending Twitter sites is (hashtag) thanks Michelle Obama. It's a place where students post photos of their disgusting school lunches.

This is where the Michelle Obama sponsored school
lunches go. These are paid for with your tax dollars.
The schools are your paid and it's "free" to the kids
so who cares if the politically correct meal is dumped?

Some of the photos trending on twitter:




First Lady (heavily girdled) with some of her favorite inner city students.
When I was a kid, government sponsored free lunches were available. I was a poor kid and qualified, but I would rather have starved (and often did) than take the free hand-out. It speaks to how I was raised and you can judge that for yourself.

Today almost all children qualify for free lunch and under the First Lady's program, they are frequently rendered inedible. At least that's the way it is if tens of thousands of tweets count for a plebiscite. 


The New American Voter

Yes, it's Sunday and I know that you're here at Virtual Mirage for your sermonette. This rant has more to do with trying to define who the people President Obama is working diligently to sell firearms and ammunition to are. Say what you will about Obama, but he's done more single handedly to promote the sales of arms and ammunition to the American people than any other president in history including George Washington. After six years in office, you still can't readily buy .22 long rifle ammunition easily. You need to watch for the ammo to become available like a hawk.

More to the point:  Do white middle-class and working class voters perceive the Democratic Party as their enemy? Or are they ready for Hillary Clinton to step into those size 13 Obama wingtips?

Do America's labor unions convince their membership to vote for the Democratic Party the way that they once did?

I had a conversation with my son-in-law, a police officer who is a member of a police association (labor union). He said that it's a running joke that the association sends its membership election guides and the only people that they endorse are Democrats. Most police officers vote Republican.

Working Americans have expressed unease at collectivism, at the lies of Obamacare, the Benghazi Massacre and the Operation Fast and Furious debacle that was engineered to provide the Obama Administration with the grist to seize your firearms.

There will always be a coterie of liberal students, bent by their liberal professors who swallow the lies promoted by Marxist/Leninist doctrine, that capitalism is evil...but they don't work for a living either. It's easy to sit on a high horse when you eat other men's bread.

2014 Election Map
Note the large areas of Arizona and New Mexico that are
blue are areas completely dominated by Indian Reservations.
On the Res there is a fear that Republicans will take away their
entitlements.
That Red part of the nation (above) is made up of people who Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have said, "didn't build that". They are the racists who need to be punished. They are the ones who's children are turned away from American universities in favor of a "dreamer" who is less qualified. They're the ones who hate gays, engage in a fictional "war on women" and cling to their guns and religion.

The people in "Fly-Over Country" are the butt of every joke made in Hollywood. They are the fall guy when Democrats make their pitch to any and every interest group under the sun. They are the bad guys who are not subject to any degree of civility or political correctness, who are not to be respected or listened to. If you listen to the Liberal Lobby, those people need to shut up and continue to work harder to pay for everybody else's food, clothing, shelter, entertainment, drugs, booze, ObamaPhones and degenerate lifestyle.

Those are the new American voters who the president wants to marginalize by adding 5 million illegal aliens to the voting rolls. Many of the same "new American voters" feel that the rioting negroes in St. Louis would end up in a shallow grave if they chose to riot out in the fly-over countryside. It's not about race, it's about respect for the rule of law and the rights and property of those that the rioters and looters destroy. It's country where Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jessie Jackson do not obtain donations. It's the land where the Kardashian women and poor Bruce Jenner, the whipped, metrosexual father, never tread. It's where places like Boise and Topeka have housewives, but they don't have their own TV show where they flaunt themselves... and it's the place that voted the largest Republican majority into the House of Representatives since 1926.




Saturday, November 29, 2014

Can an Andromeda Strain come to Earth?

The answer would seem to be 'yes', at least in the experiments conducted (see below). Does this mean that DNA that originates on Earth could end up elsewhere? Possibly. Conversely, it opens the door to the credible possibility that genetic material that originated elsewhere can come to Earth. 

It was SciFi 
(The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crighton) Five prominent biophysicists give the United States government an urgent warning: sterilisation procedures for returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. 
Two years later, Project Scoop sends seventeen satellites into the fringes of space in order to 'collect organisms and dust for study'. Then a probe falls to the earth, landing in a desolate area of northeastern Arizona. A little while later, in the nearby town of Piedmont, bodies are discovered heaped and flung across the ground, faces locked in frozen surprise.
In the book, the hostile organism came to Earth in a satellite called, "Project Scoop", but based on Swedish flight experimentation, that may not be necessary.

This image shows the launch of the rocket TEXUS-49
from the Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, North Sweden.
Genetic material DNA can survive a flight through space and re-entry into Earth's atmosphere -- and still pass on genetic information. A team of scientists from UZH obtained these astonishing results during an experiment on the TEXUS-49 research rocket mission.**
**Cora S. Thiel, Svantje Tauber, Andreas Schütte, Burkhard Schmitz, Harald Nuesse, Ralf Möller, Oliver Ullrich. Functional Activity of Plasmid DNA after Entry into the Atmosphere of Earth Investigated by a New Biomarker Stability Assay for Ballistic Spaceflight Experiments. PLoS ONE, 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112979
Applied to the outer shell of the payload section of a rocket using pipettes, small, double-stranded DNA molecules flew into space from Earth and back again. After the launch, space flight, re-entry into Earth's atmosphere and landing, the so-called plasmid DNA molecules were still found on all the application points on the rocket from the TEXUS-49 mission. And this was not the only surprise: For the most part, the DNA salvaged was even still able to transfer genetic information to bacterial and connective tissue cells. "This study provides experimental evidence that the DNA's genetic information is essentially capable of surviving the extreme conditions of space and the re-entry into Earth's dense atmosphere," says study head Professor Oliver Ullrich from the University of Zurich's Institute of Anatomy.

Spontaneous second mission

The experiment called DARE (DNA atmospheric re-entry experiment) resulted from a spontaneous idea: UZH scientists Dr. Cora Thiel and Professor Ullrich were conducting experiments on the TEXUS-49 mission to study the role of gravity in the regulation of gene expression in human cells using remote-controlled hardware inside the rocket's payload. During the mission preparations, they began to wonder whether the outer structure of the rocket might also be suitable for stability tests on so-called biosignatures. "Biosignatures are molecules that can prove the existence of past or present extraterrestrial life," explains Dr. Thiel. And so the two UZH researchers launched a small second mission at the European rocket station Esrange in Kiruna, north of the Arctic Circle.

DNA survives the most extreme conditions

The quickly conceived additional experiment was originally supposed to be a pretest to check the stability of biomarkers during spaceflight and re-entry into the atmosphere. Dr. Thiel did not expect the results it produced: "We were completely surprised to find so much intact and functionally active DNA." The study reveals that genetic information from the DNA can essentially withstand the most extreme conditions.

Various scientists believe that DNA could certainly reach us from outer space as Earth is not insulated: in extraterrestrial material made of dust and meteorites, for instance, around 100 tons of which hits our planet every day.

This extraordinary stability of DNA under space conditions also needs to be factored into the interpretion of results in the search for extraterrestrial life: "The results show that it is by no means unlikely that, despite all the safety precautions, space ships could also carry terrestrial DNA to their landing site. We need to have this under control in the search for extraterrestrial life," points out Ullrich.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Black SMG Friday

If Oprah (paunchy, haughty, rich, has-been talk show host) can have her favorite things, so can I. And it's Black Friday. 

Therefore, I thought that I'd blog about my favorite BLACK submachine guns/machine pistols to shoot. They are not in any particular order. I love shooting them all for different reasons. When I was in the military and in my subsequent civilian government work, we qualified on "third world weapons" semi-annually, which meant those weapons we would likely find on the bodies of people we killed - and may need to take up and use if we ran out of ammo ourselves. Yes, I like the H&K MP-5SD2, MPK and the G-36 Commando, but I carried those as duty weapons at different times and became over-used on them so that they weren't as fun to shoot as the more "exotic" SMG's, below. The exception to that is the MP7A1 and A2.

I start with the SMG's and gravitate downward to the Machine Pistols, which are a subset of SMG's.

M-1928A1 (Navy) Thompson Submachine gun USA


I love the Thompson gun. It's low cyclic rate lets your fire full auto and walk the rounds to the target as the heavy .45 ACP rounds thud out of the barrel. The weapon is rugged and was built to last. Using .45 ACP tracer ammunition is a real kick because the glow like "pumpkin balls" as they drift out to the target. It's at the top of the list because it's one of my very favorites.

M-45 Carl Gustav  SWEDEN


No, it's not a "Tommy Gun", but the Swedish K is a very reliable, functional, easily repairable, submachine gun. They are still found around the world in the hands of militaries, spooks and mercenaries. For a very long time it was the favored submachine gun of US clandestine operators. It's light to carry and as with its brethren, it bridges the gap between a handgun and a carbine/rifle.

MP7A1 (H&K) GERMANY

Heckler and Koch threw a 4.6x30 mm lightweight cartridge into a submachine gun/machinepistol hybrid and came out a winner. This weapon is currently carried by US forces, so I'm fudging by adding it here. I have no choice, I love this little weapon. There couldn't be more difference than shooting an M1 Thompson, but that's why more than one firearm is made. It's the size of a pistol with a big SMG punch in a small cartridge.

Skorpion V-61 CZECHOSLOVAKIA 


There are different cartridge options with the Skorpion. I favor the .380 (9 mm kurtz), but there are a lot of people who differ with me and prefer the .32 ACP (above) variant. They are small, have a high cyclic rate and are a true 'machine pistol'. The new CZ805 BREN is also called a Skorpion, but they are two different weapons entirely.

Micro Uzi Israel


My Israeli friends would be unhappy if I snubbed them. The "Micro" Uzi is a reliable, effective machine pistol. I haven't fired them as frequently as I fired their larger brethren, but you'll note the effective use of the stock as a fore-grip as well as as the economical manufacturing process. They're a in the same class as the Skorpion in that their high cyclic rate makes them a favorite with assassins.

PP2000 RUSSIA

The Russians, interested in retaining bragging rights for a machine pistol, came out with the PP --- in 2000. It has some interesting features and MUST be fired with two hands, despite what Spetznaz operators claim. This comes from a design and balance issue. However, when fired as designed, it's a buzz saw. 

The venerable WW2 era PPSh came in honorable mention. No, it's not something that I'd want to carry into battle because you have no idea where the rounds are going, but it's a hoot to fire.

Feel free to post your favorites and dispute my choices.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Report and Sermonette

Happy Thanksgiving 


Go ahead and spend the morning at the beach and work up an appetite.


I'm grateful for many things, not the least of which are the friendships that I've made over the years. Those friendships extend to many of you who read this blog, some of whom I know personally and others, simply from the force of personality that you project onto this strange medium where we meet to vent and discuss things that are important to us.

It's a beautiful day in Southern California with highs in the mid-80's at the beaches as they have been and will be through the long, chilled, winter months. While the East Coast is buried under an arctic blizzard, we will muddle along as best we can in the 'endless summer'.

Which is to say, we won't be traveling "over the river and through the woods to grandma's house on a sleigh". We drive over freeways in the concrete jungle, stacked up in traffic and wear short sleeved Hawaiian shirts and shorts with sandals on, while drinking a monster iced beverage with a healthy wedge of lemon. Thus, the Thanksgiving celebration falls short of the emotional and traditional ideal.

I don't think that I've ever done a Thursday Sermonette before - - feels weird. This blog is getting just a bit too holy for even me, but I'm going to forge ahead with a message for you, your families and your neighbors. Ok, here goes:

Varied and diverse people will be coming to the manse today to eat a semi-traditional dinner. Along with the stuffed chicken, stuffed turkey and Honey Baked Ham, there will be green beans cooked with bacon. There will also be bacon in the stuffing and bacon bits on the salad. This will serve as fair notice to Muslims living near me that every scrap of food that I am serving for Thanksgiving is haram.  Rooting around in my trash and dumpster diving will only lead them to grief when they find out that:




I know you're asking for the hidden spiritual message in this, because that's the essence of a sermonette. If you can't figure it out, just eat your turkey and stuffing without adding bacon with it's distinctive, delicious, smoky flavor...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Get-Away Wednesday

I  GOT  A  DIG  BICK

You that read wrong


You read that wrong too


And you read that last sentence twice
to make sure that you didn't do it again.





The workweek has ended for most of us. It's time to fight traffic home so that we can fight traffic to the place where we will have three helpings of turkey and fixins. It will make us want to sleep until we can get back to work again and start the cycle over again.

For those of you who will be with kids or grandkids, I offer this message.


Why things don't work in Fergusson



Brown axed day mamma fo zum money ta go to de sto. Muthafukka keeped da benjamin and lifted da Swishers. Den da copz kilt da mothafukka.

h/t Daily Timewaster

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Less is More


President Obama doesn't refer to himself as a socialist, but his policies and those of his party may be said to pivot on the notion that taking money from one group of people and using that money to buy votes from another group of people as a recipe for political success.

You may have heard some Democrats bemoaning income inequality. The idea that the rich get richer while everyone else doesn't, gets pretty wide agreement in the polls. So does the Democrats' favorite redistributionist policy — raising the minimum wage. It is only slightly hyperbolic to say that an increased minimum wage is a transfer of income from fast-food customers to fast-food workers, minus those who are replaced by kiosks. That's not a very effective way to sock it to the top 1%.

The less the federal government is involved in tinkering with things like the green energy fiasco (even Google has said that it's not economically feasible at present), the minimum wage and most domestic issues, the better things work. Allowing the various states to make decisions impacting people locally is always the best way to approach a problem. But you don't get to be emperor by doing that, do you?


Truth in Norwegian Advertising?

Norway is a very interesting place... at many levels.

The stores are almost all closed on Sunday as a matter of law, the place is "close to nature" even in the largest cities, and while I'm not a fan of lutefisk, the fish are excellent and fresh. The women are generally attractive.

I spent time there this summer and will be returning when the sun returns to Norway in the Springtime.








Monday, November 24, 2014

Berserker in the Underbrush


This is the deal. Pretty Jenny (fellow blogger) doled out some "Berserkers in the Underbrush" mugs, with the hedgehog berserker logo on them.  Because there's nothing quite so fierce as a hedgehog viking that is about to go berserk.

Jenny herself is protected in her home by a killer hawg (hedgehog), deceptively named "Begonia". Everyone knows that hedgehogs are tiny aliens, remorselessly plotting the overthrow of the world for their own gain.

The catch to getting a mug was that I was expected to pose for a Berserker selfie. I don't do selfies usually, I'm not that easy -- but a free mug -- well, I am cheap.


Snarl on my lips, showing fangs, camera trigger in the hidden hand, wearing a camo sniper's smock and a Russian Naval Infantry t-shirt. It's about as sinister as I could get, holding a killer hedgehog mug aloft while displaying a meaty fist with old, scarred knuckles.

Stones and bones...

The Old Taxi Scenario

The last time that I met Hillary Clinton she had breath that smelled like an old tent, masked with too much floral perfume. Not unlike the sort of scent that an undertaker uses on a corpse at a viewing.  So when I read this Obama quote in Fox News (below) it really hit home.

Barack Hussein says that the next president needs to bring a 'new car smell' to the White House. If that's true, Hillary Clinton is an old, well worn taxi, with the smell to match. Have any of you ridden in an old taxi? You can't mask the smell of tobacco, sour age, the cloying barf that didn't get completely clean, blended with the sweat of curry that is dripping off the driver. There's always the smell of ass and mildew in an old taxi that you can't eradicate. When you're in a taxi like that, you'll roll down the windows whether there's a blizzard outside or if it's blistering hot. It's the smell! That old taxi smell!!

And it's difficult to imagine that Elizabeth (fake Indian) Warren, also a Democratic Party luminary, smells much better. 

The Hillary Clinton of Automobiles
Hard ridden, well used & unreliable.
(Fox News) HENDERSON, Nev. – President Barack Obama says voters want a "new car smell" in the 2016 White House race and that Hillary Rodham Clinton would be "a great president."
In a nationally televised interview broadcast Sunday, Obama seemed to suggest that any Democrat other than him would provide the turn of the page that he says voters are interested in. He acknowledged the "dings" to his own political standing during nearly six years of sometimes bruising battles with Congress and said Americans will want something new 
"They want to drive something off the lot that doesn't have as much mileage as me," Obama said in the interview with ABC's "This Week," which was taped Friday in Las Vegas following a public appearance there by the president. 
He said a number of possible Democratic candidates would make "terrific presidents," but Hillary Clinton is the only one he mentioned by name. He said she would be a "formidable candidate" and make "a great president" if she decides to run a second time.
WHY ARE AMERICANS TIRED OF OBAMA?

Ok, let me count the ways. This is what Saturday Night Live said:

Isn't it Monday?


I don't want it to be Monday.


Black Friday is coming and I will end up draining my bank account.


Can't we pretend that it's two days ago. Saturday was fun.


No more pigeons to kill...what a pity.




Sunday, November 23, 2014

Listen to your Betters (sermonette)

Should liberal professors and community activists run the nation? Over half of American voters answered yes...twice. If you'd put it to them the way I just did, I think that the answer would have been 'no' unless you were speaking to a liberal professor or a community activist...

It's time for a(nother) Sunday SermonetteThe Liberal Mindset, explained:



A smart king will have an even more unpalatable dupe waiting in the wings to take his place should he fall. This is called the "retarded stepson" maneuver.


Standing up for Men

New Symbol for the Sunday
Sermonette
(my collar is ripstop cotton camo)
I've known Laura Schlessinger personally for about 35 years now. I met her when she struck up a conversation with me in a shopping mall across the street from the radio station where she worked. Yes, that means that I knew her before she married, had a son, etc. And for those of you who are running the abacus, she's about ten years older than I am.

Some of you undoubtably are annoyed by her radio program(s). However, she's a generally squared away woman, likes to shoot, sail and practice martial arts, etc.

In previous discussions with her (no, she's not my shrink), we've chatted about how women are often insulted that men are essentially not always trying to out-think women. Men are simply not all that complicated. They often deal with the "how to" of life in their thoughts and musings and are usually not all that subtle (dog vs cat/Mars vs Venus).

A woman looks into the mirror and sees all of her flaws. A (straight) man looks in the mirror first thing in the morning and thinks, 'I look pretty damned good'. Men and women encounter the world differently. I realize that it's not politically correct to point that out.

So having been invited a Christmas party (Seasonal Holiday Gathering in political correct speak) at her manse, I decided to comment on her book, since the invitation brought the book to mind.

This Sunday Sermonette (the first of two today) comes from her 2006 book, The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands.
Women want to be in love, get married, and live happily ever after. Yet disrespect for men and disregard for the value, feelings, and needs of husbands has fast become the standard for male-female relations in America. Those two attitudes clash in unfortunate ways to create struggle and strife in what could be a beautiful relationship.
The mainstream media and situation comedies have a few target groups who are always fair game in a world of political correctness. The stand-out group is men and more particularly, husbands.  This same group of politically correct fools works hard to break down traditional marriage and family values. Schlessinger has a different point of view.
From a review: The women who criticize their husbands in the stories that Schlessinger relates are depressed in their marriages and feel little love from their husbands. Unabashedly asserting that man is a "very simple creature," who needs only "direct communication, respect, appreciation, food, and good loving'" to respond with devotion, compassion and love, this controversial marriage and family therapist claims that every woman can achieve a deeply satisfying marriage if she adheres to certain fundamentals men require. Preparing dinner, caring for the children without complaint, greeting her husband with a kiss and engaging in sexual intimacy instead of "tearing down a husband's necessary sense of strength and importance" can result in the harmonious marriage women crave. While many of her listeners and readers claim her unequivocal advice has salvaged teetering marriages and improved marital harmony, others perceive Schlessinger as a throwback to what many see as years of female oppression in the home.

Yes, I understand that many modern women find this song incredibly insulting in a general sense.

And NO, it's not a general indictment of women. There is no hidden agenda in this blog post. It is what it is without subliminal intent.

This appeals more to men (and yes, we do think about sex all of the time) than the typical post-modern female rant.





Saturday, November 22, 2014

Views and News

RUSSIA

(Examiner) Because of, rather than in spite of one of the world’s highest murder rates, Russian gun laws have now been relaxed, International Business Times reported Wednesday. Previously permitted for sporting purposes such as target practice and hunting, Russians, the story claims, will now be lawfully allowed to carry guns for self defense.

While Russian violent crime has fallen in recent years, its murder rate is still fifth highest in the world, and is much higher than that in the United States, the report documents. The move to liberalize gun laws there contrasts with well-financed efforts to increase restrictions in this country, despite documentation from the Bureau of Justice Statistics that prompted Forbes to acknowledge, “As gun sales soar, gun crimes plummet.”

CALIFORNICATION

The City of Berkeley wants you to know that they care about the serious threat to public health, economic well-being and global warming, so these pathetic signs are now on all of the gas pumps in town.

It simply warms my heart to see progressives being stupid -- which is not difficult to find in Berkeley, or Detroit, or Austin, or San Francisco, or the White House.










IRAN

Iranian Nuclear weapons production and nuclear enrichment talks  are proceeding with US Secretary of State John Kerry arriving -- just as the Iranian delegation is leaving. SECSTATE Kerry is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, so he's the perfect one to negotiate on behalf of the free world since Joe Biden is having his face stretched again and won't be able to attend. 

Eventually, Biden will end up looking like Nancy Pelosi (The Pelosi Twins), but he has a lot more surgery ahead of him to get to that point.

Friday, November 21, 2014

News and Views

This and that

DINERS, DRIVE-IN'S and DIVES



Guy Fieri with normal hair...could be a long shoreman or a plumber with the normal dooo.

THE COMEDY RAPIST?

(Fox News) Over a dozen women have come forward claiming them that Bill Cosby raped or sexually abused them. It's to the point where Queen Latifah even cut him off and has refused to interview him.

Netflix canceled a deal with him and NBC is in the process of canceling a comedy series with him.

Am I surprised? Ask me if I am...well, no, I'm not. He always struck me as a bit of a self-absorbed perv. He's a big Obama supporter and he's extremely progressive...says it all.

BLACK ON WHITE CRIME


Naturally Rev. Jessie Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, two of the holiest men in America are defending the inner city youth who acted out of a spirit of repression from the whites who never gave him a chance at a decent life.


Thank you Barack!

A shifting tide.


More than any single American, it's Barack Hussein Obama's Democratic Party that has helped to radically transform America from a situation where the Democrats controlled both the Executive Branch of government and both houses of Congress to a situation where they dramatically lost the Senate, lost more of the House of Representatives --- and even his home state of deep blue Illinois chose a Republican Governor, as did other blue states. Scott Walker won in Wisconsin; Sam Brownback in Kansas -- two governors reviled by the left won landslide victories. The aftermath of the election was dramatic. Barack Obama been repudiated: his policies, after all, were on the ballot and many of his enablers are looking for jobs now.
America can certainly blame a lot of our problems on Barack Obama and the Democratic Party: trillions of dollars in debt, an eviscerated military, the ruin of our healthcare system through “reform” (now the world’s biggest fraud), sky-high food stamp and disability payments, the trampling of the Constitution, the collapse of our standing in the world. (H/T AT)
Yesterday Barack tried to reverse the flow by baiting the Republicans - doing what he vowed not to do and began to rule by fiat. The hope is that Republicans will vote to impeach or de-fund government. What they need to do is keep giving him rope. Another two years of major fiascos and scandals will mean that the nation will be re-transfomed into a Constitutional Republic from the socialist nanny state that Obama and friends wanted to turn it into.

ObamaCare, the president's landmark legislation was murdered by it's author, Jonathan Gruber. The move to seize firearms went down in flames with Operation Fast and Furious and setting the government against political opponents is embroiled in the IRS Scandal. Eric Holder is gone and another clay golem was put in his place.
George Condon writes at the National Journal, “From Congress to state capitals, the last six years have taken a huge toll on Democrats' fortunes”: 
The impact of the carnage in state legislatures on Obama's watch is hard to overstate. This is where the future classes of mayors, governors, and members of Congress are bred. This is where the boundary lines are drawn for congressional and legislative districts. This is where party leaders come from. And this is where the rules are made for party primaries and election laws are set. According to Tim Storey at the National Conference of State Legislatures, what we saw on Tuesday was an almost unprecedented "Republican wave," which he said, leaves "Democrats at their lowest point in state legislatures in nearly a century."
The Republican victory at the state level reflects a backlash against federal control and an embrace of federalism as a check on Big Brother. They also represent a rejection of the tax, spending, borrowing and anti-growth agendas that are the Democrats’ mantra. 

Who is left to carry on the Obama legacy? Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Hillary Clinton, Jerry Brown and Joe Biden? If they were baseball players, would that be a promising team? 

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee, will face a challenging time. Not only is she tainted by her association with a failed presidency, but her policy for years has been Big Government -- not exactly a winning unique selling proposition following eight years of Big Government failure. In the words of liberal columnist Ron Fournier, Obama has destroyed the credibility of government itself.
Barack Obama is radically transforming America. Thank you Barack. And thanks again for promoting the sales of privately owned firearms and ammunition more than any single American in history. The Second Amendment is on the mind of Americans more now than ever in my memory and more people are reading the Constitution now -- yes, we have Barack to thank for that.




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tyranny


Obama: Re-cutting the Constitution to suit his own whim and to try and cynically bait the Republicans into action that will be politically damaging to them. Barack-the-Compassionate? Will that be his legacy. If you listened to that speech without the slightest bit of insight and historical context, maybe. In the harsh light of reality -- no.


The real question is whether or not Republicans will take the bait, or if they will maturely and responsibly move forward, generally ignoring Barack-the-Malicious Narcissist.

Who Discovered the Americas?

President Barack Obama has long asserted that Muslims built America - and maybe that's part of what he means when he says, "You didn't build that!" Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is echoing the same sentiments here (FOX News), as he asserts that Muslims, not Vikings, Spanish, Irish monks or Portuguese people discovered America. 
"It is alleged that the American continent was discovered by Columbus in 1492," Erdogan said. "In fact, Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus, in 1178."
Some say it was Columbus, Muslims say it was one of their own (but they
don't know 'who') that discovered America
Does Erdrogan have proof?  Let's just say that he has as much proof as President Obama has -- and we will tread softly on the feelings of Muslims here at Virtual Mirage, because they are easily bruised. If I wasn't delicate about it, the Religion of Peace would declare jihad on me -- oh, they already have. Never mind. I forgot, I'm an American and live in "the Great Satan".

If you'll reflect back to last week's post about Kennewick Man (link), it's relatively clear these days that people have been crossing the Atlantic and Pacific for at least the past 9,000 years, as they were want to do. The technology has been in place at least that long. So there's nothing to suggest that rag heads didn't cross the ocean to the Americas at some point.

So why do these comments by President Obama and Prime Minister Erdogan rise to the level of being blog-worthy? Maybe because they were intended to be obnoxious.

Obama-the-Muslim, still hasn't discovered
America

Is it a Golf Thing?

I am not a golfer. I'd rather shoot skeet. So maybe I don't understand this. Perhaps y'all can explain it to me. (the y'all is because Jenny would like me to speak Texan properly - even though I'm not in Texas...)

Black golfer Charlie Sifford is to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, for being a black guy who golfed. It will take place, November 24 during a ceremony at the White House.

I don't know Charlie Sifford, and I'm glad that he likes to golf. The president also likes to golf, and it makes a type of synergy when the golfing president gives a golfer a medal for being a golfer...I guess.

This is one of those medals that the president can hand out to anyone because he's the president. I could get one for wearing a viking helmet at a Minnesota football game, for example - or for winning a pie eating contest at a church social. The president picks the criteria.

The Medal: 

Awarded for"An especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Mother Teresa, heads of state, etc. have received the medal. I don't think that it's been awarded to a golfer before so it must have something to do with "love of the game"? If it's a racial thing why not Tiger Woods? He's more racially blended to Barack and is a better golfer, and had an extremely hot Swedish wife. Maybe that's the problem...he's heterosexual and he's a better golfer than Barack? Edgar Bronfman received the medal for being rich and Jewish (he's dead now) so maybe it's along the same lines.

I'm only trying to make sense of things that are going on in the White House these days. Barack humiliates himself in China and now he is handing out a really cool medal to a guy because he's a negro and he is a golfer, right after he makes all of the illegal aliens legal and affords them all the rights of citizens, even though he has no Constitutional authority to do so.