March 1, 2015

Verizon Speaks Out On New FCC Regulations

WASHINGTON – Today (Feb. 26) the Federal Communications Commission approved an order urged by President Obama that imposes rules on broadband Internet services that were written in the era of the steam locomotive and the telegraph. The following statement should be attributed to Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president, public policy and government affairs:

“Today’s decision by the FCC to encumber broadband Internet services with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors. Over the past two decades a bipartisan, light- touch policy approach unleashed
unprecedented investment and enabled the broadband Internet age consumers now enjoy.

“The FCC today chose to change the way the commercial Internet has operated since its creation. Changing a platform that has been so successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis, full transparency, and by the legislature, which is constitutionally
charged with determining policy. As a result, it is likely that history will judge today’s actions as misguided.

“The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary. The FCC had targeted tools available to preserve an open Internet, but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt 300-plus pages of broad and open- ended regulatory arcana that will have unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the Internet ecosystem for years to come.

“What has been and will remain constant before, during and after the existence of any regulations is Verizon’s commitment to an open Internet that provides consumers with competitive broadband choices and Internet access when, where, and how they want.”


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Obama Defends Iran Nuclear Weapons Development?

The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Following Obama's threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.

According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel's back.

The report claimed that an unnamed Israeli minister who has good ties with the US administration revealed the attack plan to Secretary of State John Kerry, and that Obama then threatened to shoot down the Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Al-Jarida quoted "well-placed" sources as saying that Netanyahu, along with Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon, and then-Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, had decided to carry out airstrikes against Iran's nuclear program after consultations with top security commanders.

Story here.

We Are The Seat Belts

Scripture and history warns us that life is not a smooth path from the cradle to the grave. It's a well-worn path that all must travel, and for some it is an expressway with regular rest stops and no red lights.

For most of us it is a rocky, bumpy, debris-shewn roller coaster ride - seat belts are required.

For the billions who travel on the well-worn path, it is best to prepare for the worst. And in this respect, God has indeed provided the safety belts ... us.

We are the straps that help us cling to life when we are about to get thrown out of the car. Our family, friends, neighbors and communities grab hold of our ankles and keep us in our seats. It doesn't mean that our hair won't get mussed or our clothes torn or even wind up missing a limb or two. But for the most part, we remain.

Over the course of millennia the Church has been an important link in this support system and, although weakened by liberal doctrine and lack of faith, it still remains a vital component for survival when SHTF.

Author James Jay Carafano (see below) has published an e-book, "Surviving the End: A Practical Guide for Everyday Americans in the Age of Terror." In his book Mr. Carafano states:
"... there are two crucial moments that determine whether someone will survive a disaster. The first is the “golden hour,” when a seriously injured individual needs to receive emergency medical care in order to survive. The next tipping point is the 72-hour mark. Individuals who can’t get water or are exposed to harsh weather for up to three days will likely die.

But what happens if the crisis is extended and ongoing and the government is unable to provide assistance in the wake of a catastrophic event?"
This is where the rubber meets the road. We have seen this in disasters before. The federal or state government will step in, but they can be slow, cumbersome beasts. Local services - fire, police, Red Cross - are the fastest government responders in an emergency.  But in the face of overwhelming major events they are a mile wide and an inch deep. And again, where do we turn to when all levels of government are reduced to helplessness?
"There is a pretty broad consensus that faith-based organizations are among the top performers during a crisis. The tasks they perform, such as supplying food, clothing, and shelter to those in need, or providing mental health responses for everything from stress and grief counseling to recovery from spousal abuse, can be immensely valuable for communities struggling to survive in the wake of a catastrophe. Being connected to a faith-based organization could well be critical for staying alive when nature or men do their worst."
In my church we assign tasks to assist members who require assistance. It may only require a single man with a snow shovel or a month of meals or a squad of men under the leadership of someone who knows carpentry to make repairs.  We elect deacons who have proven that they can provide leadership and possess a servant's heart. We are beginning to discuss what we can do if a prolonged emergency takes place.

But an emergency is something that occurs out of the ordinary. What do we do when the extraordinary becomes the norm? The next step after that is this: what do we as a church do if government collapses and there is no one to respond? Grocery stores will have nothing but empty shelves in a matter of hours. What if electric service disappears?  Natural gas? Petroleum?

The answer is this, we have God's grace and we have us.  I truly believe the End Times are approaching and our response should not be to bury our heads in the sand or to sit around waiting for Jesus to turn the lights back on. We must prepare to take care of each other if the need arises.

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

1 John 3:17-18
But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

Galatians 6:9-10
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

More here.

About the Author: James Jay Carafano, Heritage Foundation’s leading expert on national security and foreign policy challenges, is an accomplished historian, author and teacher. Carafano is adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the Institute of World Politics and has served as a visiting professor at National Defense University, assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., director of military studies at the Army's Center of Military History, and fleet professor at the U.S. Naval War College.

February 27, 2015

Communicating In Dangerous Times

I just stumbled across this little Android communications app... Zello.
Could prove to be very useful in a pinch. I just installed it on my Samsung.
Of all the available group chat apps, Zello is credited with helping protesters across the globe organize and communicate, much as Twitter and Facebook did during the Arab Spring in 2010. Zello was the most popular app on the App Store and Google Play for several days in Ukraine before it began topping the charts in Venezuela. Reports from sources from NPR to Quartz extolled its developers' work to evade blocks put in place by Venezuela's state-run mobile service provider.

Zello works like a walkie-talkie, allowing users to broadcast voice messages to groups using their smartphone's data connection. It is used for many of the same tasks that walkie-talkies are, with a range as far as a phone’s data connection.

Launched in 2007, Zello is popular thanks to "the same qualities that have been popular with two-way radio for organizing people and events," Bill Moore, CEO of the Austin, Texas-based company, told International Business Times. "Participants don't need their hands or eyes. The information is in real time, it works with small or large groups. And voice carries much more information than text."

Zello (and it's free).
Turn your phone or tablet into a walkie talkie with this lightning fast free PTT (Push To Talk) radio app, which works between Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, and PC. Talk to your contacts privately or join public channels to engage in a hot debate.
Zello features:
• Real-time streaming, high quality voice
• Contacts availability and text status
• Public and private channels for up to 1000 users
• Option to map hardware PTT (Push To Talk) button
• Bluetooth headset support (selected phones)
• Voice history
• Call alert
• Images
• Push notifications
• Works over WiFi, 2G, 3G, or 4G mobile data
Zello uses proprietary low-latency push-to-talk protocol and is not interoperable with Voxer, Sprint Direct Connect or AT&T Enhanced PTT. Zello Android client supports free public service, Zello@Work cloud service, and private Zello Enterprise Server.

No Bush 45

I've had my fill of Bush's.

I am right up to here with Bush's.

No more Bush's.

No more "Read My Lips. No new taxes." - Bush41
We got a nice increase in existing taxes.
And fancy new ones like the Audio Home Recording Act.

No more "Mission Accomplished." - Bush43
No it wasn't.
Still isn't.
But we did get:

  1. more entitlements ( in the first 7 years Medicare Part D added almost $320 bn to the national debt) and the first in a long line of
  2. financial bailouts, first for the automotive industry (GM alone got $49 bn and reneged on $11 bn in pay backs) and then Wall Street ($700 bn).
So, what was the mission again?

Not a chance for “I think Detroit would do real well if we started repopulating it with young, aspirational people.” - "Jeb" Bush45 wanna be.
Sure, concentration camps.
Filled with conservative youths.
Or illegal aliens.

Here's ya young, aspirational youts Detroit

More here for Jeb's latest "let's see what I yank out of my ass" comment.

Really, this guy's an idiot. Detroit's problem is 60 years of corrupt Democratic political control.

Also, Dianny of All The Right Snark now has her own site at the Patriot Retort. Go visit.

February 26, 2015

Just How Screwed Up Is This Guy?

I'm not sure why I even bother posting anything about these people. A slow motion train wreck doesn't begin to describe what is happening to this human flotsam and jetsam.
Bruce Jenner reportedly plans on being a lesbian once he completes his gender reassignment and becomes 'Belinda.'

The 65-year-old Olympic gold medalist has told loved ones that he 'can't imagine himself being attracted to men.'

'He's not sure if the hormone treatments will change how he feels about men,' a family insider said in the March 9 edition of Star Magazine. 'But right now he says that he still likes women.'
Story here:

America hasn't lost it's moral center; America has rejected it.
We'll see even more of this kind of senseless mutilation and confusion celebrated in the media.

February 25, 2015

Redneck Gatling Gun

Made from six SKS semi-automatic rifles. I believe those are 30-round mags in those rifles. That's 180 rounds before reloading.

Story here.

Cutting Men?

Wait a minute...

Exactly what are we cutting?
And what part of my world are you rocking?

February 22, 2015

I Like Scott Walker

 Gov. Scott Walker

I like the Governor of Wisconsin.
I like his stance on public sector unions.
I like his stance on government sending.
And I really like the way he handles the idiots in the media who are howling for the scent of a story, any story, that could derail his Presidential aspirations.
How do you know that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has taken at least temporary custody of frontrunner status in the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016? Beyond, of course, the polls that show him rocketing to the front of the pack in critical early primary states like Iowa? The political press is coming down hard on him and his nascent campaign.
When Obama announced his candidacy for President, the media immediately started humping his leg. Scott Walker announces his candidacy and they're biting at his ankles. But that's what liberal dogs do.
After three unambiguous statewide victories in a Democratic state in just four years, Scott Walker is thoroughly vetted. If there were skeletons in his closet, the media and the myriad opposition researchers scrutinizing his past would have found them by now. “Scott Walker could very well be indicted in the coming days,” the forlorn MSNBC host Ed Schultz predicted on the night of Walker’s second statewide victory. He never was.
Schultz was on suicide watch for three weeks after that insanely wistful prognostication. Schutz sounded like he wanted a pony for his birthday and got a three-legged cocker spaniel with a saddle instead.
So, the press has taken a keen interest in catching Walker in unflattering moments or making hash out of otherwise minor controversies. Rudy Giuliani was speaking at an event for Walker when he sent the political media into a manic frenzy in which reporter and pundit alike tripped over one another to denounce what they dubbed the New York City’ mayor’s callous and quite possibly racist assertion that President Barack Obama doesn’t love his country. Only now, on day five of that story, is it finally beginning to fade from the media’s focus.
Nope, no meat on that bone. The dogs must dig elsewhere.
Watch them rip up his lawn and piss on his geraniums.

More here.

6 Years Too Late

Former NYC Mayor Guiliana asks the $4 million question and now the media starts chasing its tail again. Why wasn't Obama put on the rack about his personal and political connections during the 2008 Presidential campaign?

Why didn't the media hammer Obama six years ago with these questions?

Obama's early history is sealed up tighter than a frog's butthole, where were the reporters then?

Never mind, we know...

February 20, 2015

In The News

Shortly after announcing his resignation, Williams was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. Visibly shaken, Williams could only murmur, "the horror" before walking away. He was last seen walking on 6th Avenue stroking his PTSD relief shih tzu dog...
Disgraced NBC News anchor Brian Williams has resigned from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s board of directors.

In a statement announcing the resignation Thursday, foundation president Ron Rand did not elaborate on Williams’ reason for the decision.

Williams, 55, has been on the foundation’s board since 2006. The organization supports the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which presents the country’s highest military award for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
The occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Battle for Iwo Jima sparked Williams' PTSD episode.

Citing Dramatic Increase in Posterior Circumference, Michele Obama Releases Hundreds of Broomsticks That are Now Too Small

In a press release, DoD Undersecretary Harfa was quoted as saying, "These broomsticks were originally purchased in 2009 as part of Operation Ass Lift and,  having been decommissioned, are no longer flight capable. Under existing NATO reciprocal military equipment recycling agreements, these broomsticks were delivered to the Bundeswehr, Germany's Armed Forces."
The German army has faced a shortage of equipment for years, but the situation has recently become so precarious that some soldiers took matters into their own hands.

On Tuesday, German broadcaster ARD revealed that German soldiers tried to hide the lack of arms by replacing heavy machine guns with broomsticks during a NATO exercise last year. After painting the wooden sticks black, the German soldiers swiftly attached them to the top of armored vehicles, according to a confidential army report which was leaked to ARD.
Replacing Michele's broomsticks is no easy task. The White House has approved the purchase of an additional wide-load capable aircraft to support Operation Ass Lift.

Nicknamed, "Big Booty," the Lockheed Corporation is refitting a C-5A Galaxy with eight additional GE90 jet engines, four JATO packs, a catapult launch mechanism at Andrews AFB and a heavy duty fork-lift assisted passenger entry gangway.

Terrified By Possibility Of Another Attack On Trenton, New Jersey Police Arrest Flintlock Pistol Packing Terrorist

NJ's Cumberland County sheriff deputies must have attended a seance wherein they contacted the ghosts of 18th century Hessian soldiers killed in the 1776 Christmas morning attack by Gen. George Washington on the city of Trenton, New Jersey.

Alarmed by the prospect of another such attack, this week Cumberland County deputies arrested a retired English teacher potential terrorist armed with an unloaded 200+ year old flintlock pistol that mightcould be used to terrify an entire county if:
a) black powder and ball were available, and
b) it fired without blowing up and killing the person holding it.

Gordon Van Gilder, a 72-year-old retired schoolteacher in New Jersey, faces a 10-year prison sentence for possessing an unloaded 18th-century flintlock pistol in his car.

Mr. Van Gilder, a collector of 18th-century memorabilia, said he had the gun unloaded and wrapped in a cloth in the glove compartment of his vehicle when he was pulled over in November by a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy for a minor traffic violation, according to a video posted last week by NRA News.

After consenting to a search of his vehicle, Mr. Van Gilder said he alerted the deputy of the pistol in his glove box. The deputy let him go that night, but four police officers showed up at his home the next morning with an arrest warrant, he told NRA News.
Although Cumberland County is about 75 miles south of Trenton, sheriff's deputies have been stationed along the Delaware River on the county's south shore, standing as a bulwark against rowboats that might be laden with hundreds of musket-bearing, sword-wielding terrorists.

Cumberland County, you may rest easy tonight, secure in the vigilance of your police.

Because... it happened once, it could happen again.

February 19, 2015

Self Fulfilling Prophecy

New York's Democratic thug Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks the truth. As long as he and other crooked politicians are in office there will be corruption in Albany.
There will always be corruption in government — and Albany is no worse than anywhere else, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. 
“You’ve always had and you probably always will have some level of corruption,’’ said Cuomo in an interview with New York 1.
 And he likes it that way.
“Power corrupts, and government is a source of power, you have it in the City Council, you have it in the state Legislature, you have it in the Congress of the United States, so, that continues.”

His remarks stood in stark contrast to those of US Attorney Preet Bharara, who last week noted that state lawmakers are more likely to be arrested than be tossed out at the polls.

“When you have a degree of corruption that is that deep and pervasive and frequent, that’s a big problem,” Bharara told MSNBC.
Story here and more here.

US Army Embraces Diversity

Our military has responded magnificently to their Commander-in-Chief's diversity initiatives.

Men who are women, women who are men, frogs who are fishes, male dogs who are bitches, everyone is welcome, everyone has a part to play in the Armed Forces Opera.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — Meet Tracker, a five-year-old, sixty-pound Belgian Malinois and a graduate of the Military Working Dog School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He’s also one of the Army’s first five openly transgendered military police dogs, assigned to the 42nd Military Police Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

“We took to each other pretty quickly,” said Spc. Jeffrey Grassley, a military policeman and dog handler partnered with Tracker. “I mean, it’s a little weird that they tell me to call him a ‘him,’ since he’s obviously a female dog, and there was that time last month when he was laid up for a few days after he gave birth to a litter of puppies, but we’ve really forged a close working friendship.”

Tracker, who was raised as a female dog under the name Regina, first identified as a male during the initial breeding and selection process the military uses to screen potential military working dogs.

“Looking back now, it was pretty obvious that she was — sorry, He — was a little different,” said Tech Sgt. Walter Flaherty, one of Tracker’s trainers. “He didn’t really say much, obviously, but you could just sort of tell.”

Story here.

Relax .... Duffle Bag is a military satire site.

End Annoying Phone Calls

Consumers Union is hosting an effort to stop annoying robocalls by demanding legislation to force phone service providers to allow consumres to block calls.

The petition states:
"I demand that you provide free tools to block unwanted robocalls before they reach my phone."

Sign up here.

February 17, 2015

Jobs - The New Secret Weapon

Truth be told, if I had a good job, I wouldn't be killing this Jew!

I can remember needing a job just a few times in my life. I am rather fortunate in that I always seemed to be able to do what I had to to support myself and my family. But every single time I returned home discouraged and downhearted because of unemployment, or whenever I hung up the phone without gaining a job interview, well, I dreamed of kidnapping Christians or Jews or a bunch of school girls and making a video while cutting their heads off ..... NOT.

The Obama administration must be running out of village idiots, they have so many.
Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said America can’t win against the Islamic State “by killing them” and ought instead to focus on addressing what she claimed was the root problem — their poor economy — and help them get jobs.

“We’re killing a lot of them, and we’re going to keep killing more of them,” she said during a televised segment on “Hardball” with Chris Matthews. “So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians. They’re in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s a lack of opportunity for jobs, whether …”

Killing always works; you just have to kill a lot more. Loosen up the ROE a bit (actually a lot) and shrug off the collateral damage like we did in WWII. Job done. Go home.

Mary Harf, you ignorant slut, you should have shut up. But nooo, when you hit intellectual bedrock with your little shovel you get yourself a backhoe...
Mr. Matthews then cut her off and said: “We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime or 50 lifetimes. There’s always going to be poor people. There’s always going to be poor Muslims, and as long as there are poor Muslims, the trumpet’s blowing and they’ll join. We can’t stop that, can we?”

Ms. Harf dug in and insisted improving the economic opportunities for the terrorist group is the key to turning back their terror, The Right Scoop reported.
We could be shoveling pig shit rather than killing Der Juden!
“We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance,” she said. “We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.”
And now, Allah willing, let's go meet with the venture capital people!

I can visualize Gen. Eisenhower, Gen. MacArthur, Gen. Marshall, Gen. Bradley and Gen. Patton giving themselves massive heavenly face palms once they realize that all they had to do to defeat the German and Japanese war machines was to offer their soldiers jobs.

Story here: