Concerning Hillary’s recent speech, here’s a little advice:
Concerning Hillary’s recent speech, here’s a little advice:
It’s time for me to take off the gloves. No more Mr. Nice Keln. I’ve been incredibly patient with the stupids this entire election season, especially up to the point where Donald Trump was the nominee and the stupids continued to cry about it like babies that didn’t get their blankie and their nappy.
I’ve delicately tried to lay out a reasonable argument as to why they should just go along with it and focus on the greater threat here, which is Hillary Clinton. I was being diplomatic.
No more. It’s now time to explain to these infantile, deluded ignoramuses what the real deal is. From this point forward, I’m going to be tossing out bricks of truth. And I don’t care who gets hit in the blankie.
The Conservative Well has been poisoned. And it’s been poisoned over a long period of time by two primary actors. This poisoning of the well has been a concerted effort to twist and distort conservatism away from the Reagan vision of a Shining City on a Hill into this ideology of corporatism and globalism that exists today…Neoconservativism.
We’ve been told since about the mid-80s that free trade at all costs is somehow a conservative virtue. That it shall not be questioned. That somehow, what is best for the corporate elite is best for us. Never mind that these neocons consider Reagan a hero. And never mind that Reagan used tariffs to balance trade and protect US manufacturing. This was a new model…their model. It led to NAFTA. It has led to an expansion of the WTO. And it has led to ignoring the stipulations of our trade deals, including NAFTA, with respect to currency manipulation and basic cheating.
And it is leading to TPP.
And what now do we have to show for this so-called golden “conservative” virtue of free trade at all costs? An economy on a downhill, crap-coated Slip’N’Slide to Hell. There are no jobs. Let me repeat this for you peons: THERE ARE NO JOBS.
Here’s what happened. Back in the day, the United States was a manufacturing-based economy. Main Street held political power, people had jobs, growth was through the roof, and life was good, for it’s time.
Then some people had the bright idea that they could make a crap ton of money through investment banking. However, the Glass-Steagall Act of the 30s kept such banking separated from the capital-commercial banking industry. Basically, these would-be paper-traders had no real capital to risk. And without all of that capital, they couldn’t make all of that money in the paper market.
So they eroded the Act, using the courts, mainly in the 1970s-1990s. Eventually, the Glass-Steagall Act was repealed (under Clinton of course). Investment banking combined with the commercial banks and the ginormous banks we see today (that are “too big to fail”) were born. The predominant market shifted from a tangible market to a paper market…or a Shadow Market.
As such, the political power shifted from the industrialists and manufacturers to the corporate investment bankers. And so the focus shifted from maintaining a manufacturing powerhouse in the US to buying power on the global market. Great for the traders, but a death knell for US manufacturing.
With all of that money, you can see now how political power was suddenly in the hands of banks and investment firms. And you can now see why these corporatists wouldn’t give a rodent’s posterior about American workers or really even the American economy. They were Global now. They have transcended borders. And to them, borders are really an obstacle.
I’m sure you can fast-forward along those lines from the late 80s until now and see how we have come to the point we are now in. If you can’t…well you are a really slow learner, and I’ve not the time to explain it to you. I can’t type that slowly.
It would be easy to blame the Democrats for all of this, considering the worst steps were all signed into law by Bill Clinton. But in reality, both the Democrats and the Republicans were at fault here. There is really very little difference between your average Democrat and Republican. Their checks are written by the same investment firms. They are visited by the same K-street pimps.
If you really want to shift blame around, you need to look at the two primary actors behind twisting Conservatism into something that would allow this to happen: Conservative punditry and Conservative Think Tanks.
For decades, Conservative punditry has been vastly controlled by one man: William Kristol. It sounds crazy, even conspiracy theorish…except that books and articles have for years been written about his singular influence on Conservative media. The Wall Street Journal, as an example, used to chase stories based merely on where Kristol’s finger happened to be pointing. That’s a lot of power vested in one man.
And of course Kristol is literally owned by Wall Street. He’s worked hard to warp conservatism in an effort to gain his power, influence, and especially all of that money. Another guy in this lollapalooza of nefarious punditry is Charles Krauthammer. As I like to say about these two gentlemen, I’ve become pretty regular as I’ve gotten older. I flush a Krauthammer every day, and when I eat Tex-Mex, I get a bad case of Kristol. But I digress.
The other actor, Conservative think tanks, are really little more than pseudo-academic conglomerates paid for by grants from….ta da! Wall Street. Their entire purpose is to continue to push the “free trade at all costs” agenda. Keep the borders open, eliminate tariffs, and make it as easy as pie for companies to relocate to countries where labor is almost slavery and importing into the US doesn’t cost anything.
How do they make it so easy to convince manufacturers (that these investment types bet on) to leave the US? Taxation and Regulation. Makes it pretty hard to keep operating here when you have to pay all of those costs. And starting a new business? Fuggifaboudit.
That is your modern conservatives for you. And hence, your modern conservative party. Last year, about 17 Republicans stepped forward to run for President. Of the 17, only two had no connections to Wall Street, and only one had no reason to accept a dime from Wall Street. The one guy was Donald Trump. He represents the old, almost now defunct, Main Street. The old industrialists who no longer have much power. The other outsider, Ben Carson, never had the kind of capital (or charisma) to mount a serious campaign.
The Federal Government loves to issue unemployment numbers that have no basis in reality. “Unemployment”, according to the government, means people who are literally on unemployment benefits. Once your bennies run out…you are now no longer “unemployed”. This in no way represents the true unemployment figures (1 in 5 households have 0 adults with a job).
Manufacturing is all but gone. And the so-called service economy is not, and never will be, big enough to make up for it. And the service economy is by-and-large composed of minimum wage jobs. The American Dream is not about flipping burgers at McDonalds or stacking shelves at WalMart. Those are supposed to be teenager jobs.
Adult jobs were supposed to be working at factories, making THINGS. Now China, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and others make all of those things. All we do is buy them. That is an untenable situation. It is only a matter of time before our entire economy collapses on itself. We’re screwed unless we can change back to a Main Street economy. The very economy that created the middle class.
Enter Trump. He has literally been talking about all of this since the 1980s. For all of you morons saying “oh, he’s really a Democrat, mer mer mer”…shut your whorish mouth. He has been saying the same doggone thing for decades. He saw what would happen, it happened, now he is saying “I told you so”. And not only that, he is saying “and we can fix it”. He’s pretty optimistic. I don’t know if I am as optimistic, but at least not continuing to dig a hole is a step in the right direction.
My point is, and this is for the stupids (those who call themselves “Never Trump”), the well was poisoned, even before Reagan left office. And it has poisoned your thinking. You have a definition of “Conservative Principles” branded into your hide that you just cannot shake off. And you have been listening for decades to punditry who have reaffirmed these so-called principles so long, you are not willing to accept you could have been wrong.
The difference between you and a lot of us is this: We can admit we were wrong. Gloriously wrong, and I am OK with that. I still consider Reagan my hero. It’s easy…because he wasn’t a part of that neoconism in the first place.
But your pride has you so latched onto that, because you invested so many years into that thinking, that you cannot let go, and to Hell with the world before you will let go. Arrogant pride, nothing more. That is all you are reduced to.
It’s time to let go. It’s time to look around and see who all of these people supporting Trump are. No, many might not have been staunch conservatives in the past. Some were even Democrats (shudder). Some of us have been super-staunch conservatives all of our lives. But we all have a common bond…we love our country. And we see it going down the tubes. And out of all of these political candidates and pundits we’ve listened to over the years, Trump is the first in a position to win that is actually speaking to the real problems in this country. He is not so fascinated with social issues, which are used to divide us every election.
He is going back to the old “it’s the economy, stupid” motto. And he’s right. It really is the economy. From economic security, national security is assured. And everything else is possible once those two are fixed.
People aren’t supporting Trump because he had a reality show (which I never actually watched), or because he has a giant ego or a line of ties or wines or steaks or hotels. We’re supporting him in spite of a lot of that stuff. It’s the message we’re interested in. And God save Trump if he were lying, because this movement behind him will not stand for it. We want America First, and we want to change the political climate. NOW.
Call it Populism if you like. I’m sure you had some professor tell you that “populism is bad mmkay…because Nazis”. Well, professors are usually leftist stupids, so keep that in mind.
But the message of Trump isn’t all that populist. It’s simply sensible. Our economy sucks. People are out of work. The reasons why are definable. And the solutions, while maybe not as easy as he says they are (or are they?), are definitely doable.
And his message is not demagoguery. Saying such is a nice intellectual-sounding argument without any substance. Trump doesn’t play on fears: he points out reality. Literally nothing he points out is anything everyone doesn’t already know. It is just that he points it out without apology or sugar-coating. We already know Islamic terrorism is a serious threat to our existence. We already know that unmitigated immigration is a recipe for disaster, both from an economic and security standpoint.
And the argument that Trump is a racist: leftist projection. Trump is big tent. He has even stated he is big tent. He doesn’t pander. The left panders. Hillary panders. She labels everyone. And depending on what your label is, you get a different speech. Trump gives everyone the same speech. His ideology: Make America Great for Everyone.
It isn’t racism. It is indifference to race. It isn’t sexism, it is indifference to gender. The man who broke racial barriers on golf courses and gender barriers in the construction world cares about one thing only: can you do the job? Your race or your gender don’t matter.
That is not racism nor is it sexism. And those calling him such are the same who call anyone they disagree with sexist or racist. Those words have lost their power when coming from the left.
I will never ask anyone to like Donald Trump. But I will ask you to let go of your pride and stop being such a rube. Politicians and media have been playing us all for decades. I’ve fallen for a lot of it myself, with McCain followed by Romney as wake-up calls that all was not well in modern conservatism. It turned me real cynical. I’m still a cynic, but I am taking a chance here.
Might as well. The alternative is…Clinton.
Cross-posted at NukingPolitics.com
Since I’ve been given permission to continue with my pro-Trump crusade, I am going to continue doing so.
Because the alternative is horrendous.
I actually watched Hillary Clinton’s speech the other night. As speeches go, it was bad. But I kept an open mind. My open mind told me to batten down hatches and dive dive dive. It was horrible.
Look, you can’t always get what you want, as the song goes. But sometimes, you get what you need.
I am not gonna ask people to fall in love with Donald Trump, nor do I give crap if they do.
But what is at stake here? Hillary Clinton as president.
That means open borders, pay to play at the presidential level, full blown corruption in government instead of the pussy-footing around it. And most of all it means leftist activist judges on the Supreme Court.
Really, are you willing to basically toss our Republic into a trash can because of your pride? Because you “just can’t get behind Trump because he said this thing I don’t like”?
For Pete’s sake get REAL.
#NeverTrump people, to me, are the lamest people alive. I really don’t get you. I could care less if you are excited about a candidate. Who the hell should be excited about a candidate in the first place? I’ve read the Constitution. It says nothing about being excited about a candidate. All I know is, if Hillary wins, she will sell us out like we’re some crap from the 80s she found in her basement and it’s Yard Sale time.
I don’t care if you like Trump. I consider that a personal problem anyway. You’re so uppity in your views you cannot accept Trump because…blah.
I mean, really. We accepted Romney. ROMNEY. That dude was a stuttering clusterflip of a candidate if I’ve ever seen one. But we, like obedient servants, accepted Mittens in 2012. Because, like good little servants, we accepted that he was accepted.
Seriously, that guy was a douche. Trump may not embody everything that you think the perfect candidate should, but he is a tough guy. He is a lion. He is what we need right now after 8 years of a beta male who thinks a bicycle is living on the edge.
Those chimps in the media. They keep chattering their garbage. They keep nipping at the lion’s mane. But at the end of the day, when the lion awakens…it never ends well for the chimps.
Obama said a lot of things in his speech to the DNC Convention.
I just wanted to point out the most important thing about it:
That is all.
The following is an edited version of my original post at Nukingpolitics.com
I know the general attitude around here is “I am not excited about a presidential candidate and I want a sweet meteor of death to just kill us all”.
Frank J is sooo pessimistic like that. And he and I are enemies. I think. I’m not actually sure. I think he responded to an email I sent him once and he challenged me to a fight, saying something about his father and how many fingers I have. I dunno.
Well, all I have to say to that is…meh.
I never thought in a million years I would be this excited about Donald Trump.
I mean…it’s Donald Trump, right? Kind of a goofball, entertainer type, business mogul. Calls into Fox & Friends every once in a while, has a reality show.
What does he know about America and being president?
Apparently a lot.
Time after time after time, he nailed it in his acceptance speech and his rallies. Speaking to The People, not the political class. Not to the media. Not to the corporatists. Not to the pundits. But to the people.
Even if he had no idea what the real problems in this country were (and video evidence suggests he did know), he literally spent time listening to what the people…callers to radio talk shows and the like…were saying for the last few years. One can only assume he talked to his “bottom level” employees as well. And I am sure he talked to plenty of other business owners, who he knew personally. All to find out (or to verify) what the real problems in America are.
And you can criticize his way of speaking if you like. You can criticize his hair. You can criticize all kinds of superficial things about him. But when it comes to substance. When it comes to ACTUAL…he is beyond criticism.
Because he has allowed himself to become a voice for the people. He is saying what we have all been thinking.
The political elite call this “populism”, and they say that with derision. They say populism means “catering to the masses”.
I’m wondering where the masses fits in with “Government of, by and for the people”.
No, we are not a straight democracy of mob rule. But the majority does still rule. Because the majority feels, personally, the effects of every single policy established by their “betters”. The “betters” who are conveniently never effected by those policies.
Populism, better defined, is running on a platform that the majority of people (lower and middle class) can recognize as things that will make their situation better.
The upside of that, in a capitalist society, is that what makes lower and middle class lives better actually helps Main Street business. Wall street will lose, at first, but it’s not going to bankrupt them. And, let’s be honest…when has the Dow or the S&P indices ever helped the average American personally?
Jobs, manufacturing, making things…created right here in this country. Manufacturers not looking for a quick exit to a cheaper base of operations, will help Americans get back to work. Then they will have money to spend. And the government will not be shelling out money it doesn’t have to people not employed. And they will be collecting taxes from those who are.
And when there are jobs, jobs, jobs, everywhere, then crime falls. A small percentage of criminals are just evil people. The majority are less than stellar at making life choices, but when there is obvious, legal, opportunity…they take it. Less crime, less angst, when there is opportunity.
Trump said “We cannot have prosperity without Law and Order.” This is true. But we cannot have Law and Order without Prosperity. Look at every crappy nation in the world. What do they have in common? The majority of the people are either dirt poor or struggling.
If it is populism to reestablish basic economics 101 and basic national security, then we need a heavy dose of populism.
This may be a Correction. This may be a Revolution. But whatever it is, it is a SOLUTION.
I know I usually deal in snark. I know that is the order of the day around here right now. And I know I could lose my honored place as a contributor to this great website I have loved for a long time. But we are at a crossroads. I am feeling it as a government contractor now. I would be in prison for what she did. What Hillary got away with is an absolute travesty. Her as president is not an option.
We have to be a nation of laws. We have to be a nation where those laws are enforced. And a sweet meteor of death is not going to do that. Staying at home because “your guy” wasn’t nominated is not going to accomplish that.
Preventing Hillary Clinton from gaining the presidency is the equivalent of fighting the greatest battle ever. Each and everyone of us must commit to that.
I personally have endorsed Donald Trump. It was a long road to come to that for me (I originally backed Cruz), and I know a lot of you will not accept him. But we have to be honest…the alternative is simply unacceptable. Hillary cannot be allowed anywhere near that kind of power.
This is an important vote, and a chance to actually Make America Great Again.
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The following is a comment that, I believe was made at MSN and is being spread around the internet. I figured I’d do my part and post it here as well. I do not know who wrote it, so I cannot attribute it properly. I will say I disagree with the requirement of being 50 for remembering any of this, as it’s quite clear in my memory and I am only 37. I’ve done a bit of editing, but the text is as follows:
If you’re under 50 you really need to read this. If you’re over 50, you lived through it, so share it with those under 50. Amazing to me how much I had forgotten!
When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.
Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration.
Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.” Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.
Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovery of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.
Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.
Many younger votes will have no knowledge of “Travelgate.” Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired.
This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.
Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House.
Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.
Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle were:
• She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones.
• She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor.
• After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr’s investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.
Hillary’s game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for ‘lying under oath’ to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.
Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath.
After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.
Now we are exposed to the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the “pay to play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next.
But to her loyal fans (supporters) – I guess in her own words “what difference does it make?” I guess being a female Democrat is all that matters. By the way, I’d post the same if she were a Republican. You see, she’s already been in the White House, she has a record we can review.
Hillary for prison 2016 would be a good start to help make America safe again.
Cross-posted at Nukingpolitics.com
• NRA News – Federal judge rules D.C. Concealed Carry policy “unconstitutional burden” – Oh my. But then the whole “shall nor be infringed” part –
– Act so as to limit or undermine (something)
– Act so as to limit or undermine (something)
• Obama is spending millions to find summer jobs for refugees – What about jobs for Americans? What about jobs for blacks? What about jobs for your OWN PEOPLE?
• Arizona primary poll has John McCain and his primary opponent Kelli Ward tied at 41%. Oh snap!
• “Don’t ever take down a fence until you know the reason why it was put up” – G.K. Chesterton
• How can anyone look at or listen to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and think “Oh, hey, that is a serious person I should listen to”?
• Charles Krauthammer continues to be stupid, clueless, arrogant, and more stupid. And stupid.
• Trump lives and works in Trump Tower. If this were a comic book, he would be MAGA-Man
• So I watched the Megyn Kelly special. In the words of the great Ralphie, it was “just a crummy commercial” for her book.
• NYT Interviewee: “Trump was very nice to me. He called me beautiful.” NYT Headline: Trump Cat-Calls Women and Shames Them
• Primary in KY is too close to call. This is like watching an Olympic match for the Bronze medal.
• Islamists: “Why do you hate us?” – It’s the beards. And the beheadings. But mostly the beards.
• Some say Hillary has done nothing for women. Hang on! She has done plenty for women. She showed Bill’s women the error of their ways by ruining their lives.
• I’m glad I predicted after Wisconsin that Trump would win every state after it. I could have actually bet on it and won for once. If I’d had any money.
• Iran arrested models for un-Islamic modeling. Their burkas were too clinging? Seriously, what is Islamic modeling exactly?
I am continuing my rather lazy campaigning for Donald Trump here in addition to my two whole posts on my own blog. Why lazy? Because meh. I just can’t get too trumped up about anyone. See what I did there?
Look, Frank J obviously hates Donald Trump, maybe because Trump poked a hole in his bicycle tire when he was a kid, which is something Trump is known to do in response to a Twitter comment, and so I feel like I need to say something about that. He’s missing the whole point of Trump. Yes I get that so many of his supporters sound like Ron Paul! crazies, and there is probably a high probability that some of them are exactly the same people, but that is not a reason to not get behind Trump. I’ve said this several times elsewhere, but Trump is the nuclear option here folks.
Wait, better yet, he is the Nuke the Moon option. Do you nuke the Moon because it really needs to be nuked? No. The Moon doesn’t care. It’s just another crater as far as it’s concerned. You know, if it could be concerned about anything, which it isn’t because it’s just s stupid rock floating up there being stupid. You nuke the Moon because it’s a psychological tool. In Frank J’s brilliant-ish quasi-intelligent piece about nuking the Moon, he clearly demonstrates that it is a way for the US to get the world to take us seriously and respect us. While also looking crazy. But that is besides the point. Unless the point is that nobody messes with the really crazy dude in prison. Then that is entirely the point exactly.
Voting for Trump is the same thing. The difference is, it is getting the Republican party to be afraid of the voters. Does anyone but weird crazy Trumpeters think that the orange-crusted Donald Trump would be a wonderful president? No, of course not. I mean, he could be, but I wouldn’t lose money betting on it. There is a possibility he would gild the entire White House like his Manhattan apartment and make it look like an episode of the Jersey Shore and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous crashed into each other and exploded, and consider that his legacy. But it is definitely nuking the Moon of politics. Or “nuking politics” you could say. I would say that, because that is sort of my thing.
So vote Trump. Because Carson is a soft-spoken kinda scientifically-challenged nut, Rubio, Bush, and Kasich are the same old crap, and Cruz is a pathological liar. And also because Trump scares pretty much everyone in power, everywhere. Even the Pope. I mean, the last presidential candidate that made the whole world happy to get elected was Obama. How’d that work out?
I am sure by now that everyone is aware of the Iran “nuclear deal”, which basically says “g’ahead Iran, spin them centrifuges”, and how that doesn’t sound like a deal at all but a capitulation by the US. But, I guess the Obama administration thinks it’s a good idea for Iran to enrich uranium, seeing as it’s only fair since the US can enrich all of the uranium we want, amiright?
Well, except the US can’t enrich any uranium. I mean zero, nadda, null. The US currently has no domestic uranium enrichment capabilities. I bet few Americans actually knew that.
For many decades up until a few years ago, the US enriched its own uranium for commercial and national security use using the old Manhattan Project era gas diffusion method. I don’t want to get too detailed about it, but it’s old tech and very inefficient. The US plan? Do what everyone else in the world is doing and research using gas centrifuges. But us being America, we gotta make ’em bigger and better than anyone else’s.
So the Carter administration actually started the ball rolling on such a program and in the 1980s the government built a facility next to the Department of Energy’s operating gas diffusion plant in Piketon, OH. Research and development continued and lots of centrifuges spun until the DOE pulled the plug in 1985. The facility was mothballed and the US uranium enrichment future looked bleak.
In the 1990s, the Clinton administration and Congress directed the DOE to privatize their enrichment operations. USEC Inc., the company formed from this, then began to look earnestly at the old centrifuge facility and started cleanup and rennovation. By the late 2000s, they had centrifuges spinning again, albeit a much smaller amount compared to the original program. Unable to gain enough investors due to a shaky uranium market (where all other enrichment operators were fully or partially state owned), the DOE’s unwillingness to authorize a loan guarantee, and the permenant shutdown of the last US enrichment operation, USEC filed Chapter 11 and was renamed Centrus Energy, while it’s shares were shuffled around to creditors.
Certain folks in government got nervous about this, namely the NNSA and quite a few congress members, and decided it would be in our national security interest to keep the centrifuges running and testing continuing, so that they could finance building several cascades for NNSA use in the near future when funding was available and the details worked out. So the DOE and ORNL, along with Congress, began funding the project last year setting a lot of technical milestones (which were all met), while the NNSA discussed their plans for several cascades of centrifuges for their use.
On September, 11 of this year (seriously), the DOE announced that they were no longer going to fund the centrifuges at Piketon, OH after the end of the month and would only fund research and design activities on a much smaller scale in Oak Ridge, TN, effectively shutting down the US’s own uranium gas centrifuge program for the second time.
As the title says, I am not making this up. The Obama administration is basically saying Iran should run uranium centrifuges, but we can’t afford to, even if by not doing so we are putting ourselves at risk of losing our nuclear capabilities in the future.
What we really can’t afford to do is not enrich our own uranium, while at the same time allowing Iran to do so.
We have a problem America. Or ‘Merca. Or the U S of A. Or, the Fifty Oppressive White People States. Whatever you people call yourselves now.
Anyway, that problem is the mercurial nature of definitions. I mean, it’s gotten really bad. Like…you can’t even define a woman any more. And forget an African American. Apparently you can choose your “race” and sex all willy nilly and nature has nothing to say about it any more.
Too bad the dinosaurs didn’t have that ability. They could have avoided the whole extinction thing by self-identifying as birds or something. You know, since they apparently had feathers. Which ironically makes them more birds than a fake fro makes Rachel Dolezal a black woman. Or fake whatycallits makes Bruce Jenner a woman.
But the one redefinition, or re-branding if-you-will, that makes absolutely no sense is the left calling themselves “liberal”. Seriously…just stop. We’ve had enough. Y’all aren’t liberal about anything except the boundaries of your lunacy. I mean, think about it. “Oh, look at me, I’m a liberal and I love freedom because I love huge government that tells me what freedom is and isn’t”.
Seriously? That isn’t liberal. I mean, super-liberal himself Thomas Jefferson would be spinning in his grave. Trying to get into his Super Liberal costume no doubt, but it’s a grave. Way less room than a phone booth.
It’s really time for my fellow, whatevers, to start calling a spade a spade. A man is a man. A woman is a woman. A white American is an American. A black American is an American. Rachel Dolezal is a weirdo. Bruce Jenner is some sort of creature or something. A “liberal” is actually a leftist. Or a progressive. Those are synonyms.
I mean, if we don’t have actual definitions for things, then how do we know what anything is?
(Cross posted at Nuking Politics )
It seems that the denizens of the political left in our country are tired of hearing about Obama golfing so much and don’t understand why everyone seems to be so upset about it. I encountered one such confused person on the internets the other day and explained it to him thusly:
Maybe this is just me, but if I were the President of the United States and there was a rampaging horde of maniacs cutting people’s heads off in the Middle East and threatening to spread that into Europe and heaven knows where else, I’d probably postpone all golf trips, fundraisers, vacations, and dinners until, at the very least, I had some kind of strategy to deal with it. Then, once the plan was in action, I might do 9 on the course to relax a bit, having actually done my job and all.
Somehow I doubt that will make sense to someone who’s first reaction to any criticism towards Obama is to bring up Bush. But hey, I tried.
According to this news story, Rhino poaching has gotten out of hand and they may be facing extinction in South Africa.
I’ve got a plan…invite the poachers to Washington D.C. We’ve got tons of the bloated creatures there, and we actually want them extinct.
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