June 28, 2015
The deadline for Greece to accept the EU’s 3rd bailout offer expires on Tuesday the 30th. In response to failed talks, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls a referendum vote of the people of Greece. Great huh? Yeah, except the vote is scheduled for the 5th of July.
Greece has been stringing the EU (paid for by Germany) along for years. They have refused to meet the basic financial requirements of the EU community. They have been bailed out twice before and they continue to ignore the reforms required.
It appears the EU may have reached its limit.
Following an extrordinary Eurogroup meeting, eurozone finance ministers have refused to extend a bailout program for Greece ahead of a June 30 deadline.
Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that Greece’s bailout program "will expire on Tuesday night," rejecting a Greek request for a one-month extension.
Will Greece remain in the EU? Well, if it does it will only drag the rest of the EU down.
The Greek’s play this up as if they are the victims of the Evil EU which they say is trying to humiliate them. Does this sound familiar? Well it should, it’s the same argument that many special interest groups in America use continually. They use this excuse to feed off the hard work of others. Someday those “others” may also say enough.
It is a well used and often effective Marxist tactic.
June 15, 2015
Sunday my family and I went to see Jurassic World. I wasn’t a big fan of the first couple of movies but thought they were ok entertainment.
Jurassic World was very similar. It was fun. It was good for what it is. In fact the two hours watching it flew by which is always a good sign. It’s certainly not to be taken too seriously but for a Sunday afternoon matinee it was perfect.
I hear some radical feminist didn’t like it but let’s face it, radical feminist hate life in general. So who cares what they think anyway.
It was action packed and who doesn’t like seeing two dinosaurs fight to the death. The last part of the movie was like a really good CGI Godzilla V something or other.
So, if you haven’t seen it, there can’t be many of you left, go check it out.
June 12, 2015
Holy cow this is awesome.
Rick Wilson rant on the Chinese hacking of OPM.
Rick Wilson’s rant on OPM breach
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It only gets better from there.
June 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, saying that the cyber theft of U.S. employee information was more damaging than the Obama administration has acknowledged.
Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, said on the Senate floor that the December hack into Office of Personnel Management data was carried out by “the Chinese” without specifying whether he meant the Chinese government or individuals. Reid is one of eight lawmakers briefed on the most secret intelligence information. U.S. officials have declined to publicly blame China, which has denied involvement.
I’m pretty sure this is about the fourth time my information has possibly been compromised. If it’s not one agency losing laptops it’s Chinese hackers. Maybe we shouldn’t all be so well connected? It’s not like it’s helped our foreign policy strategy.
Well at least the Chinese can verify my Linkedin profile and probably quicker than the US GOV can’t do a security clearance investigation.
June 11, 2015
The Trade Promotion Authority bill is another example of how both US political parties are the same. The TPA, a bill that the public doesn’t get to see and one that many congressmen have to sign a non-disclosure agreement to visit in a locked room is being forces down our throats.
Is it a good bill or bad bill? Who knows? The public doesn’t. It appears the elite will tell us what we need.
Rep. Paul Ryan in his best Nancy Pelosi imitation stated the other day, “By the way, TPA—it’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to.”
Here’s a concept, how about open debate? We don’t need any more “secret / pass it then we’ll see it” bills. FFS.
June 9, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson has a very good article on “Building the new dark age mind”.
He demonstrates how we are turning our backs on free speech. It’s worth the read. Excerpt below.
The country is terrified about having a rational and logical discussion about almost every great issue of our times: unsustainable national debts and deficits, the new nexus between leftwing plutocracy and populism, the viability of Social Security and Medicare, deteriorating race relations, the Soviet-style American campus, global warming, and the deterioration of medical care. Instead, to preclude honest talk, we offer perfunctory charges of sexism and racism, and seek cover in “fairness” and “equality.”
The redistributionist, equality-of-result state — fueled by a national progressive ideology — is the new deity that determines what is free expression. Blasphemy is now defined as daring to use logic and evidence to expose the state’s failed, deductive tenets.
This descent into the Dark Ages will not end well. It never has in the past.
May 29, 2015
An excellent article over at PJMedia.
Andrew Bostom tells the realities of the Iraq war not based on the GOP or the DEM rhetoric but how things really happened.
The successful post-World War II paradigm of neutralizing Japan’s bellicose, religio-political creed of Shintoism has been turned on its head with regard to Islam and the theocratic Islamic legal code Sharia, which is imbued with jihad and completely antithetical to modern human rights constructs.
Despite the proven, concrete success of the post-World War II reforms in Japan, past intellectual honesty on Shinto was replaced by craven, politically correct ignorance on Islam in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, as championed by a callow American pseudo-scholastic apologist for Islam’s Sharia, who evangelized for “Islamic Democracy,” Sharia-compliant Iraqi and Afghan constitutions were crafted (and of course extolled by this same “scholar,” here and here)…
…Pew survey results reported in 2013 have confirmed the abject failure of the U.S.-midwifed Iraqi and Afghan “democracies” to fulfill the utopian aspirations of the Bernard Lewis doctrine. The negative prognostications, epitomized by my colleague Diana West’s evocative description “Making the world safe for Sharia,” have instead been realized…
Check it out. Andrew states very closely to what I’ve thought and said here better and with quotes and facts. Your own conclusion may not be the same but knowing what has really transpired in Iraq and to a great extent in Afghanistan is important when discussing the wars or listening to pundits and politicians go on about the wars and decisions.
May 28, 2015
AFA Graduation today. Got a nice Thunderbird demo. Too bad I didn’t have a good camera handy.