Jason Hayes

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On the side of the majority

Mark Twain“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

–– Mark Twain

Excuses

Florence Nightingale

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”

– Florence Nightingale

The man-child is at it again

Childish attacks like this on anyone who has a reasonable disagreement with the President’s policies are why it is impossible to take anything Mr. Obama says seriously.

There are the people on his side on the Iran deal, President Barack Obama said Monday evening. Then there are “the crazies.”

The man is a walking contradiction, demanding “civility in politics” and then acting in the most uncivil and unprofessional manner at every turn. It is not possible to work with a person whose life is so full of cognitive dissonance, but who still demands complete fealty to his every whim, as this President does.

You either march in lock step with the man or you are castigated as “crazy,” “racist,” or you’re described as being in league with Iranian hardliners. The man acts like a petulant child who can’t be seen as serious on any reasonable level.

The greedy hand of government

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (Source: Wikipedia)

We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping at the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute.

— Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man [1791]

Success

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” — Francis Chan

Via: Relevant Magazine

Adversity

“Adversity brings knowledge and knowledge, wisdom.”  — Welsh Proverb

Augustine on robbery

Augustinus (Source: Wikipedia)Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies?  For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms?  The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on.  If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity.  Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized.  For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, ‘What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor.

— St. Augustine, City of God [Circa 420 A.D.]

If …

“If there is no wind, row.” — Latin Proverb

Mencken on “The government”

H. L. Mencken (Source: Wikipedia)The state — or, to make matters more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get, and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting ‘A’ to satisfy ‘B’. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advanced auction on stolen goods.

— H.L. Mencken

Knowing

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse. — Nigerian Proverb

EPA attempting to dupe Navajos after Aminas spill

This is the sort of story that would normally have Hollywood bigwigs slavering like an overheated dog. I somehow doubt they’ll be all that keen on making a movie that shows the government (the EPA specifically) attempting to swindle elderly members of the Navajo Nation out of their future rights to claim damages for the pollution in the Animas River.

The EPA is trying to cheat Navajo Indians by getting them to sign away their rights to future claims from the agency’s Gold King Mine disaster, tribal officials charged Wednesday, adding more to the administration’s public relations problems over the spill that threatens critical Southwest waterways.

Environmental Protection Agency officials were going door to door asking Navajos, some of whom don’t speak English as their primary language, to sign a form that offers to pay damages incurred so far from the spill, but waiving the right to come back and ask for more if their costs escalate or if they discover bigger problems, Navajo President Russell Begaye told The Washington Times.

I’m honestly gobsmacked by the EPA’s actions in this spill. They apparently blustered forward with their plans to address the slow leak of abandoned mine drainage, without local input, knowledge, or approval. They messed that plan up – big time – and caused the massive release of drainage that turned the Animas River yellow last week and has potentially poisoned thousands of water wells, among a multitude of other damages. To make things worse, they blundered their first response by claiming the spill was smaller than it actually was, and tut-tutted locals who were expressing reasonable concerns about potential long-term impacts.

They have taken responsibility now. They have admitted their response was too slow and that the spill is worse than they initially thought; that much is true. However, reports from the Navajo nation appear to show they have compounded their initial bungling by knocking on doors of elderly Navajos who live downstream – many of whom do not speak English – asking them to sign Standard Form 95 “Claim for Damage, Injury, or Death.” Even a quick read through this form shows that respondents are required to fill in an exact dollar amount of the damage claim they are seeking. “Failure to specify a sum” the form explains, “will render your claim invalid and may result in forfeiture of your rights.”

Reasonable people are asking what would happen if a mining company had spilled millions of gallons of settling pond refuse into a river and had then sent out company representatives only a few days later, expecting people impacted by the spill to sign forms limiting potential damage claims. One can be sure that environmental groups would be releasing private addresses and threatening to violently attack the homes of company executives involved with these activities.

The EPA, however, dumps millions of gallons of mining refuse into a river that (in part) supplies water to much of the American Southwest, gives a lame apology, shrugs it off by claiming there’s really no danger, AND then sticks these government claim forms in front of elderly Navajos, and the nation is expected to just look the other way?

The levels to which the EPA will stoop are really mind-boggling.

On a daily basis they do everything in (and much that is beyond) their power to shut down productive, hard-working people with a never ending string of increasingly extreme and pointless regulation. At the same time, we now see, they engage in behavior that, if it were done by any private company or individual, would have EPA storm troopers on their bully pulpits, stridently attacking, setting fines, and incarcerating anyone involved.

Arrogant, entitled, shady, unscrupulous, corrupt, hypocritical … words that only begin to describe this agency and its actions.

Focus

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”

– Steve Jobs

Morality and force

Auberon Herbert (Source: Liberty Fund)Do you not see, first, that — as a mental abstract — physical force is directly opposed to morality; and, secondly, that it practically drives out of existence the moral forces? How can an act done under compulsion have any moral element in it, seeing that what is moral is the free ac of an intelligent being? If you tie a man’s hands there is nothing moral about his not committing murder. Such an abstaining from murder is a mechanical act; and just the same in kind, though less in degree, are the acts which men are compelled to do under penalties imposed upon them by their fellow men. Those who would drive their fellow men into the performance of any good actions do not see that the very elements of morality–the free act following on the free choice–are as much absent in those upon whom they practice their legislation as in a flock of sheep penned in by hurdles.

— Auberon Herbert

Yet another PPFA video

You keep hoping that the absolutely sick and inhuman attitudes, the nonchalant discussions about tearing babies limb from limb and then playing around in bowls of their remains with forceps and tweezers will end, but they don’t stop.

Here’s yet another video of PPFA ghouls casually discussing the sale of body parts from dead babies. As with previous videos, viewer discretion is advised. It is very likely you will be disturbed by the discussion and pictures.

“Dead broke” Clintons give massively to charity … their own

You really can’t make this sort of thing up.

Hillary Clinton late Friday afternoon released her 2007-2014 tax returns, showing that she and Bill reported $139.1 million in adjusted gross income, paid $43.9 million in taxes (a 31.6% tax rate), and made $15 million (10.8% of their AGI) of charitable contributions, $14.9 million of which went to the Clinton Family Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Yes, you did read that correctly $15 million on charitable giving (a bit less than 10%), but 14.9 million of that went to their own foundation. How many of us could get away with claiming these sorts of write offs for “charitable” giving.

I need this to help the kids learn how to drive

If I purchased this, I would do so in a totally selfless manner. I would think only of the kids learning how to drive effectively – improving their eye-hand coordination. Absolutely no thoughts of personal enjoyment would enter my mind.

Can’t get the video to work properly so here’s the link to the video on Facebook.

Another PPFA video – “Another boy!”

In my previous post on the string of Center for Medical Progress videos documenting Planned Parenthood for America (PPFA) doctors trafficking in the body parts of aborted babies, I had said that Josef Mengele would be proud of these people. However, this latest video makes me wonder if even Mengele would be getting squeamish watching these “doctors” and medical techs digging around in pie plates of human remains with sticks and forceps to make another $75.

(This video is disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.)

Hearing the medical tech happily exclaim, “Another boy!” as she crunches her way through the baby’s skull and then pokes at its eyes, heart, and kidney with a stick sends chills down your spine. To call these people ghoulish and inhumane is being far too civilized. These people are sub-human, butchers, trading and dealing in human organs as if they were car parts or widgets.

The arbiter of prosperity

William Leggett (Source: Online Library of Liberty - http://oll.libertyfund.org/quote/340)Whenever a Government assumes the power of discriminating between the different classes of the community, it becomes, in effect, the arbiter of their prosperity, and exercises a power not contemplated by any intelligent people in delegating their sovereignty to their rulers. It then becomes the great regulator of the profits of every species of industry, and reduces men from dependence on their own exertions, to a dependence on the caprices of their Government. Governments possess no delegated right to tamper with individual industry a single hair’s-breadth beyond what is essential to protect the rights of person and property.

— William Leggett

Another PPFA video

I’m wondering how much worse it needs to get before these people are charged and we stop giving them multiple millions each year in tax dollars?

Freedom and Wealth

Friedrich August von Hayek (Source: Acton Institute)

 

Though freedom and wealth are both good things which most of us desire and though we often need both to obtain what we wish, they still remain different. Whether or not I am my own master and can follow my own choice and whether the possibilities from which I must choose are many or few are two entirely different questions. The courtier living in the lap of luxury but at the beck and call of his prince may be much less free than a poor peasant or artisan, less able to live his own life and to choose his own opportunities for usefulness.

— Friedrich A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty [1960]