Jason Hayes

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Suddenly Richard Dawkins is a racist and mysoginist??

It’s worth reading this amusing Spectator blog post that looks at the decline of “pop-science” author/speaker/professor Richard Dawkins in the eyes of the politically-correct left. Now that they recognize his anger, vitriol, and invective have not been saved solely for the Christian church, he’s suddenly become a ‘bigot.’

Pass the popcorn bowl people, this one should be good for a laugh.

As I said at the time, that article — in the Washington Post, no less — ‘conjures up the image of a nasty old man who’s losing his marbles. It’s not very nice about the Pope, either.’ But Dawkins has not become any crazier in the intervening four years; he’s simply widened his attack on blind faith, as he sees it, to include Muslims and feminists.

In the process, he’s exposed a rich vein of hypocrisy in the Left — and, more significantly, an intellectual rift between hard-line and multiculturalist atheists. That rift is growing fast: non-believers, having exhausted their anti-Christian rhetoric, are turning on each other with the ferocity of religious zealots. Enjoy.

Boundless power – not what the Founders wanted

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (Source: Wikipedia)

 

I consider the foundation of the [Federal] Constitution as laid on this ground: That “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.” [10th Amendment] To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specifically drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.

- Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank [February 15, 1791]

Greedy Hand of Government

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (Source: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Beware the greedy hand of government, thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.

- Thomas Paine

Umar Mulinde: a powerful message

This man has a powerful story. Well worth considering his words.

“Stand, and resist evil!”

Honesty

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (Source: Wikipedia)

He who dares not offend cannot be honest.
- Thomas Paine

HHS does not verify the immigration status of sponsors for UAC’s

This is absolutely shameful, and it should be criminal. That is, people like Mark Greenburg, HHS Acting Asst. Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, should be facing prosecution for their actions. Any reasonable person who sees this video should be asking why it takes over four minutes for Mr. Greenburg to plainly state that HHS refuses to check the immigration status of sponsors for the flood of unaccompanied alien children that are crossing our borders right now.

Sen. Coburn’s repeated questions and statements that placing a UAC with an illegal alien sponsor “markedly diminishes” the likelihood that this child will ever be seen by an immigration judge are completely justified. The simple, straightforward fact of the matter – something which Mr. Greenburg skates and dances around for more than four minutes – is that an illegal alien sponsor will not bring a child to an immigration hearing, because doing so would inevitably expose them to a potential deportation hearing themselves.

It is increasingly clear that there is a deliberate, systemic federal policy of ignoring and contravening federal immigration law at every step. So why are there so many people on both sides of the aisle who simply ignore the problem and hope that it will go away?

Freedom

John Locke (Source: Wikipedia)

John Locke (Source: Wikipedia)

Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.

– John Locke, The Two Treatises of Civil Government [1689]

Great question

Brent Bozell asks a simple, but very pertinent question. That is, “at what point will the news media decide that that the IRS scandal is news?” How much more obvious does it need to get that something is rotten in the state of DC before the media takes part?

Cover up of a cover up is absolutely accurate because the media spent dozens of hours of nightly news covering the Bush TX ANG story. However, they are so thoroughly in the tank for the Obama administration that they can’t even be bothered to cover their own polls when those polls show a strong majority of Americans find fault with the President’s foreign policy.

No one believes you

I’m very glad that someone in the Congress is finally getting the backbone to stand up and say what is going on in the IRS is wrong; it is unbelievable; it is outright abuse. I’m amazed that so many in Congress have let it go on so long. It’s doesn’t take a great deal of foresight to see that this type of abuse could happen in either direction, so it behooves us all to root out this type of corruption, no matter who is currently benefiting from it.

CNN openly admits they are in the bag for Hillary

CNN anchors are now openly and laughingly admitting the media “are the biggest ones promoting (Hillary Clinton’s political) campaign so far.”

It’s time to stick a fork in American “journalism,” it’s done.

Hillary burnishes her anti-2nd Amendment cred

Hillary was out stumping for her 2016 Presidential run and burnishing her anti-2nd Amendment cred last night. In a CNN town hall she advocated for reinstating the “assault weapons” ban and attacked firearms owners, arguing that they “terrorize the majority” of Americans.

Asked by an audience member whether an assault weapons ban and magazine capacity limit would affect gun violence in the United States, Clinton answered, “We cannot let a minority of people, and that’s what it is, it is a minority, of people hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”

In other words, Clinton equated gun owners and gun rights advocates with terrorists. …

But the most galling aspect of Clinton’s response is her flippant dismissal of a substantial section of the population, and her flagrant disregard for Constitutional liberties. According to her, supporting the right to bear arms and protecting that right by being vocal about our liberties is terrorism

Jake Tapper picked up on the same thing in a recent Tweet.

Ripe for destruction

John Witherspoon (Source: Wikipedia)

John Witherspoon (Source: Wikipedia)

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue.”

–John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776

It’s time to rally and recall

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (Source: Wikipedia)

Though written constitutions may be violated in moments of passion or delusion, yet they furnish a text to which those who are watchful may again rally and recall the people. They fix, too, for the people the principles of their political creed.

 – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Joseph Priestley [1802]

Q1 GDP numbers even worse that we thought

Seriously people, I am wondering how much worse it has to get before we can plainly state that the Obama administration–with its Keynesian sycophants, heavy-handed regulation, anti-energy, tax-and-spend policies–has completely botched the job?

The U.S. economy may have contracted more than previously thought during the first three months of 2014, private economists said Wednesday based on new health care-sector data from the government.

Some analysts said economic output may have contracted at a 2% pace in the first quarter. That would be its worst performance since the recession. …

J.P. Morgan Chase economist Daniel Silver and Pierpont Securities economist Stephen Stanley both cautioned that it’s not clear exactly how the Commerce Department will adjust GDP to account for the new health-care services data.

But they and other analysts downgraded their estimates for the first quarter based on the new survey, as well as other recently released data. Mr. Silver predicted GDP declined at a 1.6% pace in the first three months of the year. Mr. Stanley predicted contraction at a 2% pace. Macroeconomic Advisers also estimated GDP shrank at a 2% pace.

Tankchair

This is American ingenuity at work! Brad Soden’s Tankchair.

Voice recognition / Scottish accents / a Lift

What happens when you try to mix a Scottish accent with voice recognition technology on a lift/elevator.

A return to constitutional government

I submitted a Letter to the Editor at the Casa Grande Dispatch this morning (more of a short op-ed actually). I thought that I would share with with my readers (I know that there are a few of you out there). Lets hope that even a few people will see it and have a better idea who they can vote for (as opposed to just voting against people, like so many do).

Short version for the attention(ally)-impaired is that it is well past time that we return to a constitutionally limited government.

JTH

Letter to the Editor: A Constitutionally Limited Government

Government assaults on our country’s founding documents are sadly becoming the norm. Elected officials at all levels now routinely ignore constitutionally prescribed limits on policy and spending, meaning that their legislation and regulations are often based on emotion, special interest pressure, and political expediency.

Since so many elected officials ignore (or are ignorant) of our nation’s founding principles, I have made a point of attending several different meetings in the Casa Grande area where candidates for elected office described their plans and visions for this nation and our state. Thankfully, there are still candidates who support a return to constitutional values and limits on government.

Three of the candidates I met were gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones, CD1 Congressional candidate Adam Kwasman, and State Senatorial candidate Irene Littleton.

Our nation and state are struggling after years of excessive spending, tax increases, and policies that created and then prolonged the economic downturn. So, Christine Jones’ plans to reduce taxes and bring new businesses to Arizona are a breath of fresh air. Lower taxes and business-friendly policies can’t help but kick-start job creation and lift Arizona up to its rightful place as “the brightest star in the Union.”

I grew up in Canada and endured (for most of my life) the waiting lists and high tax rates that characterize socialized medicine. Reports of the Veterans Administration scandal reinforce my concerns over government control of health care. With the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) now openly admitting that it is impossible to even track the actual costs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Adam Kwasman’s proactive plans to put patients in charge of their own care and replace the ACA with market-based solutions like Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and cross state-line insurance shopping are a welcome change.

I work in the energy industry, so was also very pleased to hear both Christine Jones and Mr. Kwasman recognize the importance of developing and maintaining our domestic energy supply. Protecting valuable resources like the Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine will save thousands of jobs and ensure affordable, reliable energy that keeps this state’s (and country’s) economy running.

Lastly, I have lived in Casa Grande for seven years and am involved in community groups like the Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce. In almost every activity, I have seen Irene Littleton’s name or heard stories about her involvement in our community. Few people have spent as much time serving or helping people throughout this region. My wife expends an enormous amount of effort homeschooling our three children, so I was extremely glad to hear Irene boldly state that she will work to remove Common Core requirements from Arizona. (Yes, homeschoolers you are now being impacted by Common Core.)

A return to constitutional limits on government is necessary if we are to ensure prosperity and freedom for this state (and country). Having candidates for elected office who recognize that fact is a step in the right direction.

Jason Hayes

Trust no man living with power to endanger liberty

John Adams (Source: Wikipedia)

John Adams (Source: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.” –John Adams, Notes for an oration at Braintree, 1772

War

James Madison (Source: Wikipedia)

James Madison (Source: Wikipedia)

In the general distribution of powers, we find that of declaring war expressly vested in the Congress, where every other legislative power is declared to be vested, and without any other qualification than what is common to every other legislative act. The constitutional idea of this power would seem then clearly to be, that it is of a legislative and not an executive nature.

 – James Madison, Helvidius No. 1 [August 24, 1793]

CCD may not be caused by pesticides

The NCPA’s Energy and Environment blog has an encouraging post on honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). While most of us will have heard about the pending eco-pocalypse that (we are told) will shut down world food production and plant pollination, this blog post has a more positive outlook.

What has been ignored, however, is recent good news about CCD. A recent study by Bee Informed, a nationwide survey of beekeepers, the percentage of hives that died over winter fell from 30.5 percent in 2012-13 to 23.2 percent last winter, a 25 percent reduction in hive mortality.

The post goes on to note that better management practices by beekeepers appears to have actually caused overall bee populations to increase.

Total honeybee populations in the United States are actually increasing. A reduction in hive mortality will help this trend. Beekeepers are responding to CCD by increasing breeding. For example, one of my two hives died over the winter, but I will have four hives this year because I am buying newly bred bees and splitting one of my hives into two. Others are doing the same, which is actually increasing the number of pollinators.

So a brighter day may still be on our horizon and beekeepers and farmers (who use pesticides) may not have to fight each other to the death. Of course, given this news, I’ll expect to see a new burst of scary headlines describing how burgeoning world bee populations are combining with climate change and threatening to overwhelm various and sundry ecosystems. Of course we can expect to learn that “experts” predict this new terror will also cause a massive collapse of food production capabilities, etc. etc. etc.