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Saturday, December 31, 2016

California Libs Do It Again

The People's Democratic Socialist Republic of California is the poster-child for Progressive insanity. In addition to other weird and self-destructive laws it has recently passed (read article) is SB1322 which prohibits the arrest of children under 18 for solicitation or acts of prostitution. Pimps and pedophiles are in a state of euphoria, I'm sure. As usual, Progressive "good intentions" will result in irreparable harm to the innocent. This underscores my heartfelt hope that the Calexit secessionist movement is wildly successful. Removing this cancer from the rest of the country would be a boon to civilization. La La Land, an oasis of ignorance, repressive intolerance and cognitive dissonance, is flourishing still. PLEASE, California, do us all a favor and LEAVE the union!!!! Frankly, you're an embarrassment.
Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right. SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to…

States Again Whine About Illegal Federal Land Grab, But Do Little Else to Restore State Sovereignty

Every time this issue comes up, the media, both left and right, totally ignore the fact that, from a Constitutional standpoint, such federal land grabs are entirely lawless. (I devoted an entire chaper in my book, "A Patriot's Call to Action", to this very issue.)
Everyone, please read the Enclave Clause, and if you really want to better understand how far the feds have strayed from the Constitution in this regard, read the history of the Northwest Ordinance. It's not rocket science and it makes crystal clear what our Founders' intent was with respect to federal control of State territories.
Of course, and as is too often the case, lawless judicial revisionism has corrupted original meaning and intent, but the point is this: the States are completely within their authority to reclaim all lands not conforming to the Enclave Clause. PERIOD. (The Antiquities Act of 1906 which significantly limits the extent of such fed land grabs notwithstanding, the ENCLAVE CLAUSE is what the States should be looking at and acting upon.) Obama has not only violated the Enclave Clause, but the Antiquities Act as well. A real sweetheart.
It is wearying and depressing that not only the media, but also our political representatives, both State and Federal, are so utterly clueless about the brazen lawlessness of such federal seizures of sovereign State territories when done without a State's legislative consent and when the land seized does not comport with Enclave Clause parameters.
The spinelessness of the States and the ignorance of our "leaders" continue to be painfully outrageous. No wonder our so-called republic is in such a mess. Thus, I lay the blame for this federal overreach not on Obama (one should reasonably expect him to be brazenly lawless) but on the wimpy, heavily bribed and submissive States who routinely permit such tyranny. Shame!
President Barack Obama designated two national monuments Wednesday at sites in Utah and Nevada that have become key flashpoints over use of public land in the…

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Kerry, Please Don't Let the Door Hit You On the Way Out. (Oh! And Good Riddance!)

Though resisting nodding off and realizing that his speech was likely nothing more than a desperate rhetorical attempt to recover credibility, I carefully listened to Kerry's regurgitation of age-old "principles of peace" required to settle the lingering dispute between Israel and Palestine. And, guess what?Absolutely no new ground was broken & no new break-through solutions were advanced which would result in a resolution of that nettlesome conflict .
My initial reaction was "Why now, Kerry, just three weeks before leaving office?" To me, it was a desperate, albeit entirely useless, shamelessly self-serving and transparent, attempt to recoup some semblance of credibility in the midst of the wreakage created by 8 years of a remarkably failed Obama foreign policy.
Aside from denying playing any part in drafting the UN resolution prohibiting the expansion of Israeli settlements (sure), and his assertion that "friendship requires mutual respect" and "honesty" (hmmm), and despite the ghastly Iran deal, an existential threat to Israel's very survival, his hollow pleas of innocence and good intentions were utterly unconvincing.
And regarding that elusive and long sought-after 2-State solution, what he didn't seem to appreciate is that, from the outset, the Palestinians have 1) refused to recognize Israel's right to exist, clearly a negotiating non-starter, and 2) Israel's unilaterally surrendering land in return for peace has NEVER WORKED. In fact, such well-intentioned retreats have led to more aggression from the Palestinians, Israel's ceding Gaza being the clearest illustration of that.
Another reality few seem to understand is that Palestine itself is divided, one decidedly more secular (West Bank) and one terrorist (Gaza). Not even these entities agree with one another. So, is it a 2-State solution or a 3-State solution we should be pursuing?
The sad truth is that peace between Palestinians and Israelis is most likely impossible. AGE-OLD hatreds and distrust are now foundational. Yes, we can continue trying to "bring them together" and to reduce conflicts and casualties, but, currently and for the foreseeable future, peace is but a pipe dream, and we need to come to grips with that unpleasant reality.
And though Obama's foreign policy has been feckless and short-sighted it has created an opportunity for Obama's successor, that being a serious re-examination of America's relationship with and support of the U.N. And, of course, there will be a return to normalcy in America's relationship with one of its closest democratic allies in the world. So, in that regard, thank you Kerry and thank you Obama.
And to those who proclaim the need for an international organization to better ensure peace in the world, why not a powerful League of Democratic Nations? Should we continue to rely on dictatorships and thugocracies, themselves the greatest threats to peace, to help us accomplish what doesn't come naturally to them? No. There is a better way. The League of Nations was a failure and the U.N. has proven to be an even costlier failure.