Jason Hayes

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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]

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.]

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

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.

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.

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?

Great vs. Petty Robbers

John Locke (Source: Wikipedia)

John Locke (Source: Wikipedia)

Should a robber break into my house, and with a dagger at my throat make me seal deeds to convey my estate to him, would this give him any title? Just such a title, by his sword, has an unjust conqueror, who forces me into submission. The injury and the crime is equal, whether committed by the wearer of a crown, or some petty villain. The title of the offender, and the number of his followers, make no difference in the offence, unless it be to aggravate it. The only difference is, great robbers punish little ones, to keep them in their obedience; but the great ones are rewarded with laurels and triumphs, because they are too big for the weak hands of justice in this world, and have the power in their own possession, which should punish offenders.

— John Locke, The Second Treatise of Civil Government [1690]

Exposing this Administration’s Immigration Enforcement failures

This is a frightening 8 minute long expose on this Administration’s deliberate negligence and gross legal malfeasance in the area of immigration enforcement.

To forestall complaints and charges that I am anti-immigrant, this post is not an attack on immigration in any way. My wife is a LEGAL immigrant to this great nation. Furthermore, I support the broadening and radical simplification of the immigration system to allow more people to enter this country.

What this post and Sen. Cruz’s video are opposing is the wanton disregard of basic immigration laws and the willing role this (and previous) administrations have played in turning a blind eye to the need for controlling this nation’s borders.

Another PPFA doctor traffics in human body parts

Ghoulish doesn’t even begin to cover the comfortable, joking manner that Mary Gatter employs as she casually discusses selling the body parts (brain, liver, thymus) of aborted babies. Apart from the fact that trafficking in human remains is a federal crime, the complete lack of humanity demonstrated by Ms. Gatter as she chuckles about purchasing a Lamborghini from the proceeds of these sales should cause any reasonable person to shudder in revulsion.

Sick, evil, grotesque, inhumane, offensive and a host of other equally harsh words come quickly to mind. The fact that this group and its doctors are funded by our tax dollars only serves to make this crime against humanity more foul.

Josef Mengele would be proud of these women and their cohorts at PPFA.

Here is the video of the first PPFA Dr. (Deborah Nucatola) who was filmed bartering for the remains of aborted babies.

Harry Reid described as “poisonous,” “abhorrent,” and “destructive”

More on the Harry Reid front.

Interesting comments from Dana Perino after another one of Harry Reid’s personal attacks.

The more you hear about Harry Reid, the more convinced you are that he is a truly base, degraded, all-round failure of a human being.

Harry Reid: Whining about “mob” stories

I had to do a double-take on this Washington Examiner story.

Harry Reid on conservatives’ mobster-beating theory: ‘They don’t like me as a person’

On CNBC’s “Speakeasy,” host John Harwood asked Reid about theories put forth by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Breitbart News that the injuries Reid sustained at the beginning of this year, including a blow to his right eye, are not, as he has said, the result of an accident involving elastic exercise equipment.

“The last few days, a bunch of people are saying, Reid, he didn’t have an exercise accident, he got beat up by the mob,” Harwood said.

“It shows the credibility of Rush Limbaugh, he’s the guy that got all this started,” Reid replied. “Why in the world would I come up with a story that I got hurt in my own bathroom with my wife standing there? How could anyone say anything like that? And I think a lot of people, as I read, they kind of don’t like me as a person and I think that’s unfortunate.”

Seriously?!?!

“It shows the credibility of Rush Limbaugh”??? “They don’t like me as a person”???

If anyone else had major media celebrity like Rush Limbaugh openly commenting on how they had been injured in a recent “accident,” I would at least feel a pang of remorse for them. However, Harry Reid is the epitome of all that is wrong and inappropriate in politics today. Reid has lowered the bar in political discourse more than any currently-living politician or media figure.

In fact, he just recently gloated over the fact that his lies about Mitt Romney’s tax situation – from the floor of the Senate – had likely played a key role in keeping Romney from winning the Presidency.

As the video clearly shows, Reid actually sat in that CNN interview with Dana Bash and smirked as he justified his lies and personal attacks on Romney as well as his misrepresentations about the Koch brothers. His lies achieved the desired political end of helping keep Democrats in power, so … it’s all good.

“Well, they can call it whatever they like. Romney didn’t win, did he?”

The hypocrisy and self absorption are almost dripping off of the page. I am actually amazed that Reid can keep a straight face when he whines that people are questioning him on his “athletic accident” story and complaining about the fact that people don’t like him as a person. The man has spent the past several decades making himself completely untrustworthy, and completely unlikeable as an elected official or as a person. He has gotten away with shady business deals and allegations of corruption that would sewer any other politician’s career, escaped any serious political ramifications of referring to the President as being “light-skinned” with “no negro dialect,” he has repeatedly used the power of his office as the head of the Senate to shower his political adversaries with any and every sort of unwarranted personal attack and with an endless stream of lies and misrepresentation. He has lowered the level of conversation in the Senate to less than that of a grade school recess yard.

So how could anyone – especially Reid himself – be surprised that a lot of people “don’t like him as a person”? Apart from his mother, I’d be surprised if anyone really likes him as a person.

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!

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

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.”