Jason Hayes

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Obomzie jumps …

After listening to the President’s National Prayer Breakfast speech where he lamely tried to find any way possible that he could point a finger of blame at Christianity instead of keeping his attention focused firmly on the islamist terrorists that make up Daesh (aka ISIS), I was struck by the notion that I had seen someone attempt to pull an equally lame stunt as a means of trying to remain relevant.

It took me a few minutes, but then I remembered back in 1977 a once promising TV show was running out of ideas and struggled to find a way to keep viewers interested. To keep the story moving along, the writers had one of the key characters accept a challenge from the “California Kid.” As a result, Aurthur Herbert threw on his leather jacket, strapped on the skis, and little Opie Cunningham fired up the ski boat. Little did they know they would ensure the end of their hit show soon after while also creating one of the Interwebz most enduring memes.

So I took a few minutes and whipped up a commemorative graphic for the President’s big speech.

Obomizie jumps the sharkBy reaching back over 900 years into history to find something (anything!!!) with which he could tar the Christian faith (and conveniently ignoring the fact that the Crusades were undertaken as a defensive reaction against 400+ years of Muslim aggression across the Middle East, Asia, and Europe), our President latched on to that same tenuous grip on relevancy that the Fonz had as he entered the water and jumped the shark.

Thank you, Mr. President for confirming to one and all your complete lack of connection with the real world.

To steal a quote from your 2008 debate with Mitt Romney, “the 11th Century is now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”

 

Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo’s most famous cartoons, translated and explained – YouTube

Charlie HebdoYou don’t have to agree with what Charlie Hebdo published – I certainly didn’t – to stand up and LOUDLY shout that they protected everyone’s free speech rights against brutal, totalitarian Islamic terrorism and deserve to be remembered for their bravery.

The funny thing – if you can take anything funny or good from terrorism and murder – is that these islamist butchers and their supporters have made the murdered staff of Charlie Hebdo into martyrs for the cause of freedom and have greatly increased the world’s interest in their work.

Sad to see so many in the media rushing to apologize for Charlie Hebdo and demanding that we censor ourselves and ‘live on our knees’ in submission to radical islamist terror.

Lest we forget – “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” –Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier (1967 – 2015), publisher, Charlie Hebdo.

Lan Astaslem!

What is truly offensive at UC Berkeley?

This video speaks for itself and it speaks volumes about the mindset of people who attend and work at UC Berkeley.

The purpose of writing

After seeing all the other garbage going on in the world, I needed a bit of a break.

This is, hands down, the best Calvin and Hobbes ever. It always brings a bit of levity into the situation and brightens up my day.

Calvin and Hobbes - the Purpose of Writing

Sickening

Har Nof – What kind of animal would dance, sing, and cheer at the sight of this …?

Source: Israel National News

Source: Israel National News

Paying their “fair” share

The AEI post about relative tax burdens borne by Americans is (to say the very least) an eye-opener. Using CBO data, this post shows that the top quintile not only pays it’s “fair” share of federal taxes. People in the top quintile essentially pay the full share of American taxes.

Source: AEI

Source: AEI

Once federal taxes and transfers are taken into account, the top two quintiles bear the full burden of all federal taxes. That means that the bottom 60% of American earners receive more from the federal government than they pay in.

Source: AEI

Source: AEI

A final update note to the article also notes that the U.S. has the “most progressive tax system among all OECD countries.” So the notion that America is some wild west, laissez-faire, wilderness where the poor and indigent are left to care for themselves is shown to be a complete and total farce … a prevarication … an oversimplification … an equivocation … a flat out lie. The supposedly more progressive European nations make their poor pay a higher level of taxes and take less in taxes from the uber wealthy than does the American system.

The graph speaks volumes to the massive load of bravo sierra we have been fed by progressive thinkers for years on the issue of relative tax burdens. When we hear from politicians like President Obama saying that the “rich” don’t pay their “fair share,” more of us now have the information to stand up and say that they are not only paying their fair share, they are paying almost everyone else’s share as well.

Thug Rules

Nate Beeler’s (unfortunately) very accurate portrayal of the Obama administration’s “three branches of government.”
Thug Rules

Video #5 of Gruber mocking Obamacare concerns

The unbridled arrogance of Obamacare architect, Jonathan Gruber, clearly knows no bounds.

If you dare to express concerns about the “Affordable Care Act,” you are nothing more than a small, noisy child in Gruber’s mind. His words indicate a seething contempt for you and your perceived inability to comprehend the nuanced import of the legislation, or to express an intelligent argument against it.

It doesn’t matter what your abilities, education, experience, or background might be. Even “a former senior policy adviser in the White House” can be quickly dismissed as an “adolescent” by this towering intellect, who has been made wealthy by the very tax dollars to which you juveniles so desperately (and ignorantly) cling.

The President’s harshest critic

You won’t hear these arguments from the mainstream media, so you should listen to President Obama as he becomes his own best critic on the issue of whether or not he should unilaterally move to grant amnesty for illegal aliens in the U.S.

“I am not a dictator, I’m the President.”

Fundamental principles

John Adams (Source: Wikipedia)

John Adams (Source: Wikipedia)

 

 

The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratic council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor.

- John Adams, Letter to Thomas Jefferson [November 13, 1815]

Kyrsten Sinema compares herself to head lice

Kyrsten clearly tries, but it honestly seems like she’s not always firing on all 8 cylinders; kind of like she’s a few slices short of a loaf.

Her latest comment where she compares Congress – herself included – to head lice ranks right up there with the time she said stay at home moms were “leeches,” or the time she described herself as a “Prada socialist.”

“Lice, head lice, is more popular than Congress right now and it is evident Congress is broken, Washington is a mess.”

You don’t see a lot of Kyrsten in the media, but when you do, you always can count on getting a good quote or a YouTube moment.

Our guiding light

“To reverse the trend and reduce the role of government in our lives, and thus alleviate the government deficit and inflation pressures, is a giant educational task. The social and economic ideas that gave birth to the transfer system must be discredited and replaced with old values of individual independence and self-reliance. The social philosophy of individual freedom and unhampered private property must again be our guiding light.”
- Hans F. Sennholz

Destroying the foundations of a free society

“The increased dependence of the individual upon government which inflation produces and the demand for more government action to which this leads may for the socialist be an argument in its favor. Those who wish to preserve freedom should recognize, however, that inflation is probably the most important single factor in that vicious circle wherein one kind of government action makes more and more government control necessary. For this reason, all those who wish to stop the drift toward increasing government control should concentrate their efforts on monetary policy. There is perhaps nothing more disheartening than the fact that there are still so many intelligent and informed people who in most other respects will defend freedom and yet are induced by the immediate benefits of an expansionist policy to support what, in the long run, must destroy the foundations of a free society.”
- Friedrich A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty [1960]

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?