Presidents Day II

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Presidents Day

George Washington: The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. ( Farewell Address )

John Adams: A government of laws, not of men. (Quote)

Thomas Jefferson: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. ( Declaration of Independence )

James Madison: As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter , under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived , ( Federalist 49 ) Continue reading

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Pick Me!

dt170220I swear that sometimes I think Scott Adams is detailing my career graphically.  Except I have better hair and are taller.

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Let us also give thanks.

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Mike Rowe, Call your mother.

I wish I had ever seen his show, everything I’ve read or heard about him impresses me.

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None dare call it treason.

An Alleged Muslim Spy Ring – Why Rex Tillerson Was Right To Clean House

The key to understanding the urgency of the actions of Sec.of State Tillerson come from the details of the costly anti-terror mission into Yemen.

“Initial reports are always wrong, but it doesn’t appear to be a failure of planning or intelligence,” said the former special forces officer.

Almost immediately, the raiding force on the ground took intense fire, according to the briefing paper and a senior military official. Occupants of the targeted house and its compound, along with their guard force, moved to a separate cluster of houses nearby where families, including women and children, were staying. Armed women fired on the U.S. and Emirati forces.

“There were a lot of female combatants who were part of this,” said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman, on Monday. “We saw during this operation, as it was taking place, that female fighters ran to pre-established positions — as though they had trained to be ready, and trained to be combatants — and engaged with us.”

One Navy Seal died, three others were wounded.

While most know about the Yemen raid, most do not know about the dismissal of the three Awan brothers, Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan.  On February 2nd, they were abruptly removed from their positions of managing information technology for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The Awan brothers were hired by the Obama administration, and access to top secret information regarding military operationsThe committees they allegedly worked for had access to “the most sensitive and secretive government intelligence, including covert anti-terrorism activity… including the Yemen operation”

One thing is for certain  “Trying to nail down who the leakers are is like trying to count the cockroaches under the couch.”  However, it seems most of the “leaks” are coming from Obama holdovers.  Which makes Tillerson’s “cleaning house” look like not just the correct move, it leaves you wondering if he did enough cleaning house.

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Concise review of energy policy and choices.

The Solution for U.S. Energy Policy Is Really, Really Simple

Three very good suggestions and best of all, all are current technology, nothing requiring more research or future breakthroughs.   Though the reference to ultra-high-voltage direct-current (UHVDC) power lines,  was new to me and very interesting.

Just about all these points are currently in use, in China.

1. Build Generation IV nuclear power plants.

2. In the meantime, embrace fracking and natural gas.

3. Upgrade energy infrastructure. (that’s the UHVDC part)

Then for the future…

4. Invest in solar and fusion research.

But with the correct attitude towards both.

Solar power is not yet efficient enough. (Highly efficient solar panels are outrageously expensive.) A breakthrough creating cheap, efficient solar power is surely on the horizon, but it has yet to happen. Fusion power, which harnesses the same reaction that powers the sun, turns out to be rather difficult to sustain on Earth. Both are research problems that the federal government can help to resolve by providing R&D funding (as opposed to subsidizing companies). In the distant future, solar and fusion will likely play a major role in powering the planet.

Build meltdown proof nuclear power plants, which we have known how to do for decades and as the Chinese are doing already, build new energy transfer infrastructure with UHVDC to distribute power more efficiently, especially for coal.   Build new, clean, modern coal fueled power plants where the coal is mined and send it into the power grid using the UHVDC lines.  That’s doing something ‘For the Environment’ that’s real.

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Has to be true, Wiki says so.

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Steers: Steers have similar conformational qualities as bulls do, except that they lack that testicular sac between their legs and their navel or sheath is much less defined. However, steers still retain the hair hanging down from the middle of their belly, and this is, like bulls, where their penis is housed and where they urinate from. This little hair is pretty much the only way to tell if this animal you are looking at is a steer. Steers typically appear more feminine than bulls do, lacking the characteristic muscular hump and depth over the neck and shoulders. Sometimes, when steers and heifers are living together, the only way to tell if the animal you are looking at is a steer is that the vulva, present only in heifers and cows, is absent. If there’s nothing else under the tail except the anus, and said animal has no testes, then it’s a steer.

Steers are not born as steers, they are born as bull calves and are made into steers by the process of castration.

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Cows: The best way to tell if a bovine or cattle-beast is indeed a cow is to look between the hind legs and see if an udder is present.  If you look under the tail (if you can’t you can see it when the tail is swishing flies away or for some reason or other, is held to the side), you will see a slit with a prepuce hanging down from it. This is where the vulva is located, the area where cows (and heifers) urinate from, accept the penis of bulls to be bred, and where their calves are born from. All cows have this, and it is a bit more defined and larger in cows than in heifers. Vulvae are located below the anus.

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Bulls: Bulls are typically massive beasts. When they are among the cowherd, it’s pretty easy to pick out the bull among the herd because of his larger size and masculinity in comparison to the more feminine-looking cows or heifers that he is with. Not all bulls have horns. The only way you are really going to tell if it’s a bull or not is to look to see if there is a large football-shaped sac hanging down between his hind legs.

Stag: a male bovine (or bull) that has been castrated after or upon reaching sexual maturity and is primarily used for beef, but can and is also often used as a “gomer bull” for detecting cows and heifers in heat.

Get the point?  It has never been the case that castrating a Bull makes it into a Cow or a Heifer.  Just a Steer, a male bovine (or bull) that has been castrated before reaching sexual maturity and is primarily used for beef. 

And on the farm or ranch, the Bulls, Steers, and Cows all go to the bathroom in the same place.  Because they’re animals.

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Another smear campaign against Trump, or Wednesday.

John Stossel: The incredible smear machine aimed at Team Trump

Oh, no! I did it again.

It was a foolish mistake. But I slipped.

I read The New York Times.

This is bad for my health, because I get so mad at the smug socialist spin, but how can I not read it? It’s my hometown paper. My wife wakes me up with indignant questions like, “How can you say government is too big? The Times says … ”

Aargh! Nearly every day brings a new Times outrage.

Saturday, a front-page story smeared Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder.

The story begins, “Decades before President Trump nominated him … Puzder went to battle with federal labor regulators …

Wait a second. “Decades before”? They went back decades to criticize him? Actually, three decades — to 1983, when as a young lawyer, Puzder represented a client whom the Labor Department accused of squandering union money.

Problem is, the lies are easy. The lies flow off the tongue and the pen (OK keyboard!) easily and quickly, to refute them is time consuming and interrupts what constructive work or thought you  were engaging in.    Which is the point really.  The Trump team is steadily dismantling the edifice of regulations, taxes and fees.  Inspections and demands for paperwork and forms; endless forms to be filled out.

(I always wondered why a certain type of person demands that other people waste their time filling out paperwork and forms, more pages of useless minutia than anyone could ever read. And why would you?)

So the reason for the incoming barrage of lies and sly innuendo is to slow Trump down, occupy the members of his administration, waste their time.

Fortunately, no one reads The New York Times anymore.

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