Jason Hayes

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The future

On this inauspicious occasion – the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade – as we consider that approximately 58 million completely innocent lives have been snuffed out, it is worth it to consider the following.

“A nation that kills its children has no future.”

Pope John Paul II, 1996

Kerry called Iran to ‘take care’ of Navy boats and crew

This revelation from Louis Gohmert has me absolutely gobsmacked. How stunning is it that our Secretary of State actually tipped off the Iranians to the whereabouts of the 10 Navy sailors when their two boats had mechanical issues. Kerry is described as having called the Iranians to “take care” of those American sailors. Gohmert’s thoughts on the matter were spot on.

“When our Navy ships have problems, we don’t call Iran. We call the rest of the Navy. We can call the Air Force, the Army, the Marines, Coast Guard. We don’t call Iran,”

Gohmert is absolutely correct when he suggests that Kerry is too close to the Iranian power structure and notes that the son of Iran’s foreign minister was the best man at Kerry’s daughter’s wedding.

This action by the Obama administration is at the very least bordering on treason – if not bull-in-a-china-shop stampeding over the line between reasonable and treasonous actions.

How can anyone in our military trust their Commander-in-Chief to lead our forces if they can’t know whether they will be turned over to enemy forces at the first sign of difficulty?

It is stunning and truly sad to see our President and his administration once again (remember Benghazi) so blatantly sacrificing the lives and safety of our military servicemen and servicewomen to help ensure their political aims are protected.

EV & hybrids don’t “compete” without corporate welfare

From WaPo,

Tesla owes its survival to subsidies from taxpayers, who are usually less well-heeled than its plutocratic customers; this Silicon Valley start-up has gotten $4.9 billion in state and federal support over the past decade…

Sorry folks, but I don’t know of any business that could miss making a big splash – just like Mr. Musk has – with $4.9 billion in taxpayer handouts.

If renewable energy, EV/hybrids, and other so-called green options are so competitive and so desired by consumers, they should be able to produce products that compete without receiving just south of half a billion in handouts each year.

Of course the article goes on to note that Mr. Musk’s payout is just scratching the surface as U.S., government subsidies to the EV market will be “$7.5 billion through 2019.”

This is not capitalism and the free market. This is crony-capitalism, corporate welfare, and direct handouts to preferred companies and technologies. The renewable, EV/hybrid world needs to put on its big-boy pants and quit sucking off the government (taxpayer) tit.

Stop robbing the middle class and poor to pay for green play toys for the rich.

Yale students excited to sign petition to repeal the First Amendment

This is what $50,000/yr in annual tuition fees will get you at Yale – you are surrounded by coddled, self-obsessed whiners who are willing to sign away their right to free speech so they can feel “safe” from opposing viewpoints.

Truly amazing that this is what the nation’s “top” universities are turning out now.

Unbiased journo’s celebrate Paris climate agreement

Never fear gentle reader; the media will always present climate issues, for which they are engaged in an orgiastic frenzied celebration in this video, in an unbiased and dispassionate manner.

Reform

Cardinal James Gibbons
Reform must come from within, not from without. You cannot legislate virtue.

— Cardinal James Gibbons

Powerful presentation by Dinesh D’Souza

Well worth the time it takes to watch this video by Dinesh D’Souza.

You sir, do NOT ask Her Royal Hillaryness a real question

Clearly this fellow forgot his place. One simply does not ask Her Royal Highness Hillaryness a real question.

“Do you think the American public is that stupid?”

Hillary’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad week keeps getting terribler. If even MSNBC’s hosts won’t stand up for her anymore, Hillary has to be getting a little bit concerned.

von Mises on Government Interference

Ludwig von Mises“It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. The funds that a government spends for whatever purposes are levied by taxation. And taxes are paid because the taxpayers are afraid of offering resistance to the tax gatherers. They know that any disobedience or resistance is hopeless. As long as this is the state of affairs, the government is able to collect the money that it wants to spend. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.”

— Ludwig von Mises, Human Action [1949]

In Senate testimony, Sierra Club President refuses to recognize science and fact

This is an amazing set of questions from Sen. Ted Cruz to Sierra Club President Aaron Mair. Mair is clearly out of his depth as he repeatedly has to look over his shoulder to get fed answers by his staff on one of the Sierra Club’s signature issues.

After watching this back and forth between Cruz and Mair, I am struck by the absolute and steadfast refusal of the Sierra Club executive to allow facts and science to even cause them to pause to reconsider, let alone actually move them from their ideological position. As Sen. Cruz stated, actual satellite temperature readings have shown no statistically significant warming over the past 18+ years. However, that reality does not phase Mair; he (via his staff) just keeps going back to the long  ago debunked Cook study that claims a “97% consensus” on so-called climate science.

Despite their clear inability to allow scientific facts to impact their worldview, Mair and his organization are playing a significant role in the establishment of environmental policy for this nation.

Something is clearly wrong with this picture and I – for one – am very glad to see the Senate beginning to provide some oversight in this area.

Character

Hellen Keller (source: nndb.com)“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

– Helen Keller

Industrious and decent men

H. L. Mencken (Source: Wikipedia)It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men.

— H.L. Mencken [1926]

Gun buy-back programs

Clint Eastwood (Source: El Mundo)

 

“Participating in a gun buy-back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.”
— Clint Eastwood

Dr. Kelli Ward for U.S. Senate

I have decided to work with Dr. Kelli Ward’s campaign to send a fresh new voice from Arizona to the U.S. Senate.

I would encourage Arizona-based readers to support and join Team Kelli, so we can bring some new ideas to DC.

Wisdom from Burt

“You can only hold your stomach in for so many years.”
– Burt Reynolds

“Free” Healthcare

Once more, for those who missed the memo, Canadian healthcare is not even remotely “free.”

From the Fraser Institute’s new study – “The average Canadian family with two parents and two children earning $119,082 will pay $11,735 for public health care insurance in 2015. A single individual earning $42,244 can expect to pay $4,222.”

The contemporary definition of an “extremist”

Joe Sobran
If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government …to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.

— Joseph Sobran

Conquering

Edmund Hillary

 

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary