Four days and a wake-up

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I’ve got a bunch of people at my job that are sharing the countdown. Of course they would, we ARE the people who work for a living.

So we chat, and we cheer, and we hold up the number of fingers until the day.

I was talking to one of my old bosses the other day, no longer in my chain of command, and his words kind of made sense. His words were “It’s not so much that I’m looking forward to Trump in, as much as Ovomit the fuck OUT”. Now, I’m looking extremely forward to Trump in. He’s got a lot of good plans. We have the numbers in CONgress to make his ideas work. We simply need to hold their feet to the fire to do these things, so we can’t just drop back in to our old “American Idol” watching mode, we need to keep our…

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McAfee demolishes Russia did it myth

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2jD4SF9gFE

“It’s not just flimsy”, or “…propaganda intended to incite the American people to anger against Russia for some reason…”

Or, McAfee said, “our initelligence community is so ignorant and naive that they should all be replaced!”

They [the hackers] “…according to the report used a piece of malware a year and a half old.” Would a sophisticated state agency use an outdated piece of malware and make sure they left tracks all over the place in the target system that were so easy to hide behind modifications and proxy IPs?

SANS and other credible cyber security consultants and educators are laughing at this story for the gullible. It is meant for political science and minority studies students and for people who get their education on computer hacking from movies, who do not know this stuff.

This has all the attributes of a psy-war campaign against the citizens of the…

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Least Surprising Headline Ever – another Giant Cost Overrun and Huge Delay for a Pork-Barrel Infrastructure Project

International Liberty

When politicians create programs and announce projects, they routinely lie about the real costs. Their primary goal is to get initial approval for various boondoggles and they figure it will be too late to reverse path once it becomes apparent that something will cost for more than the initial low-ball estimates. Obamacare is a classic (and discouraging) example.

These “cost overruns” are very bad news for taxpayers, of course, but the system works very well for insiders. Bureaucrats get more money. Interest groups get more money. Government contractors get more money. Government consultants get more money. And some of that money gets funneled back to politicians in the form of campaign contributions, so they get more money as well.

This scam is particularly prevalent whenever politicians decide to build infrastructure. And there are lots of local examples in the Washington area.

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The Left’s Siren Song of Coerced Equality

International Liberty

Since I can’t even keep track of schools of thought on the right (libertarians, traditional conservatives, neocons, reform conservatives, compassionate conservatives, Trump-style populists, etc), I’m not going to pretend to know what’s happening on the left.

But it does appear that something significant – and bad – is happening in the statist community.

Traditionally, folks on the left favored a conventional welfare state, which revolved around two components.

  1. Means-tested programs for the ostensible purpose of alleviating poverty (e.g.., Medicaid, food stamps, welfare, etc).
  2. Social-insurance programs for the ostensible purpose of alleviating sickness, unemployment, and aging (e.g., Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, etc).

This agenda was always a bad idea for both macro and micro reasons, and has become a very bad idea because of demographic changes.

But now the left has expanded its goals to policies that are far more…

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An Open Letter to Meryl Streep

Socialism is not the Answer

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Dear Ms. Streep,

Congratulations on your award last night. You’ve had a long and successful career. Bravo for you. I’m sorry to say, I personally don’t like your films or your acting, but I guess I’m just another deplorable who watches football and “mixed” martial arts when John Wayne movies aren’t on TV.

In typical Hollywood tradition, you used your moment in the spotlight on stage to bash President-Elect Trump and soon to be President Trump.

As Jackie Gleason said, “How sweet it is…”

Your little tirade on stage consisted of a myriad of criticisms launched against Mr. Trump. In true liberal fashion, they were filled with emotion and fury and signified nothing.

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The Petulant Child Chronicles

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With 10 days left to complain and whine in Office, so he can whine and complain out of office incessantly, the Narcissist-In-Chief is pouting again.

WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Friday that criticism from the left wing of his own Democratic Party helped feed into the unpopularity of Obamacare, his signature health care reform law.

Obama has been spending part of his last two weeks in office urging supporters to speak out against plans by Republicans – who will soon control both the White House and Congress – to dismantle the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

At a town hall event with Vox Media, Obama acknowledged the politics have been stacked against his reforms, mainly blaming Republicans who he said refused to help make legislative fixes to Obamacare, which provides subsidies for private insurance to lower-income Americans who do not have healthcare plans at work.

But Obama also said liberals…

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World’s Best-Ever Receipt and a Serious Lesson about Tax Visibility

International Liberty

I don’t often use the literary tactic of referring to something as the “best-ever.” Indeed, the only time that phrase appeared in the title of a column was back in 2014 when I smugly wrote about the collapse of government-run single-payer healthcare in Vermont. Recalling what Justice Brandeis wrote about states being the “laboratories of democracy,” I asserted that the disaster in the Green Mountain State taught the entire nation a valuable lesson about the dangers of bad policy and that this was the “best-ever argument for federalism.”

Well, it’s time to once again use this superlative because consumers in California get the “best-ever receipt” when they make purchases at Firearms Unknown. Here’s the example that’s gone viral, and I’ve highlighted the relevant portion that gives an amusing description of California’s onerous sales tax.

By the way, not everything you see on the Internet is true (yes…

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Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

THAT'S WHAT I'M SCREAMING

By:   D.W.  Wilbur

Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

While pondering the last days of Barack Obama as president of the United States – not something entered into lightly considering that wasting one’s time pondering the intricacies of the digestive process of a clam is more rewarding – but nonetheless watching the Obama Administration in its death throes one is reminded of the old saying about ‘doors slamming against posteriors.’

Certainly one would expect any president to remain on the job right up until the appointed time when the satchel with the nuclear codes is passed off to his successor, but one normally doesn’t expect to see such a flurry of last minute activity in an outgoing administration as we are now seeing with Barack Obama.

With his recent hissy fit over the supposed Russian interference in our November elections, the knifing in the back of Israel, our closest and most reliable ally in the Middle…

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It Ain’t Over

Indyfromaz's Blog: The Thoughts of An Independent Arizonan

You know in your heart that the Left has learned ABSOLUTELY NOTHING  about their humiliating defeat. They learned nothing after 2010. They are not capable of it.

They are impervious to learning any valuable lessons. They just think us Neanderthals cheated or they weren’t pure enough and dedicated enough to beat us. It’s our fault they lost, not theirs.

They STILL want a word of “diversity” where you have no choice but do everything they want, when they want, because they want. They are very “tolerant” of that.

I wish I could tell you that, having dodged the naggy bullet that was Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit, we can now spend the next four years being left alone. But that’s not in the cards. Liberals won’t – because they can’t – pause to reflect on how they should stop being such insufferable jerks and live with us normals in peace and…

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Obama finalizes Social Security gun ban ‘rule’

BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades!

Obama is dropping a whole lot of goodies down our chimney before he exits. As if selling Israel down the tubes at the UN with the latest abstention vote wasn’t enough to rile us, let’s tool up the gun rights folks. Of course SS folks are in the news everyday, brandishing their weapons. I was chewing on raw hide all weekend wanting to post this but did not in respect for Christmas. Here tis:

On Monday the Obama administration finalized a Social Security gun ban that could prevent “tens of thousands” of law-abiding elderly citizens from purchasing guns for self-defense.

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The Los Angeles Times reported that the ban would be sweeping; that it would cover those who are unable to manage their own affairs for a multitude of reasons–from “subnormal intelligence or mental illness” to “incompetency,” an unspecified “condition,” or “disease.”

Current law prohibits individuals from buying a gun if…

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