Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Trans Pacific Partnership

The executive is attempting to create a loophole in immigration law, using the TPP treaty as the beard. 
As copied from NumbersUSA…
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has offered two amendments to the fast-track trade bill that would give Pres. Obama full negotiating authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. This bill would require Congress to give a speedy up-or-down vote without the ability to offer amendments to the final deal. TPP is also a "living document" and can be changed even after Congress gives its initial approval.As Sen. Sessions pointed out in his 5-page memo a few weeks ago, free trade deals like the TPP often increase immigration numbers by granting extra visas to agreement signatories.Sen. Sessions' amendments would require Congress to approve any changes to TPP after Congress' initial approval and would prevent the president from negotiating any changes to federal immigration law, including visa numbers, visa requirements, and visa lengths, as part of the TPP process.
This is the letter NumbersUSA created for individual to facsimile to their respective Senators. Acronyms have been corrected from the original.
Dear Senator,The Sessions amendments to the legislation granting President Obama TPP must be passed to ensure the trade agreement doesn't change U.S. law. Please vote in favor of these amendments.Sen. Jeff Sessions has proposed an amendment to the TPP legislation requiring Congress to approve of any changes made to the TPP after Congress gives its initial approval. With free trade agreements impacting almost every segment of a nation's economy, it only makes sense for Congress to retain this oversight.
Sen. Sessions has proposed a second amendment to the bill that prevents President Obama from negotiating changes to American immigration laws as part of the TPP process. Free trade agreements typically increase visa numbers for signatory nations and make it easier for workers from those nations to attain visas. The United States already grants work visas to 1.5 million new foreign workers each year and any increase in that number would only serve to harm the 18 million Americans unable to find a full-time job.
Please vote in favor of the Sessions amendments to the TPP legislation so that Congress can retain oversight and ensure American workers are protected.
Find a way to speak to your own Senator, this backdoor is hardly an accident and knowing from experienced will likely be used with impunity.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Interesting Stuff from Judicial Watch

Freedom of information uncovers that the White House knew of ISIS plans in Iraq well before the 2012 election. Also that the DOD was aware of potential attacks in Benghazi ten days before the now well publicized attack.

The State Department is still resisting attempts to obtain emails sent by Secretary Clinton.

Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance

What does that matter? I would say little, we all knew in a hearts that the politicians want this to disappear and made feeble attempt to make that happen. The fact that they failed to protect our citizens is simply the result of obstinate naivety. Deadly naivety.

It Shouldn't Have Been Close

We should not care what party they are from, all who voted against this deserve ouster.

20 Republicans Who Deserve A Primary Opponent For Supporting Amnesty Before Veterans | ConservativeHQ.com

I'm Melting

We're not one to watch the numbers on this that closely, but recently this was above %50, the POTUS seems to be on a four week slide.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Lately I have been reading while exercising on the elliptical. This means about three hours a weeks have been the extent of me effort. Hawaii started for me a couple of times, seemed boring as hell, but on this attempt, of middle adulthood, and slightly more effort, the hook was set and I managed to get through it. At three hours a week, this monster took me about ten weeks to get through.
Hawaii was written by James A. Michener and published in 1959 by Valentine Books. The paperback edition has 1130 pages.
The plot is basically this history of the islands, starting before mankind as an upright being.  How the island chain was formed by volcanoes along an oceanic tectonic plate. First settled by Polynesians from Bora Bora. A society forming based symbiosis on what the island offers naturally. Then discovery by the English travelers, later settling by missionaries from New England.  In particular this story describes the effect of a particular shipload of Congregationalist ministers from Connecticut.
This was interesting to me since having grown up in Connecticut and having been a member of said church. That triggered more interest and I have since found that the state was founded by Congregationalists seeking separation from the Puritans of Massachusetts. Peculiar in the sense that they were seeking to escape those that sought to escape the religious persecution in England. These are the folks that generated the first colonial constitution, that became the foundation of United States Constitution.
This particular group of ministers became the backbone of capitalism in the islands, some still rooted in puritanical righteousness. The New Englanders became plantation owners and intercontinental traders. Seeking fresh supplies of manpower for the plantations, Chinese, Filipinos, Indians and Japanese all came to Hawaii to work and eventually evolved, fully after World War 2, into powerful constituencies rivaling the fading power base of the missionary settlers that had been built over the previous 100 years.
The book comes to an end after the ascension of Japanese political power and just before statehood for Hawaii.
A slow read, not for people who like action, but a book filed with information. I enjoyed Hawaii very much and recommend for a change of pace.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Let's Do Our Job

What a novel idea. Senators making a statement of intent. More likely a statement intended as a substitute for actual treaty approval, legislative capitulation.

Congress.org presents M E G A V O T E on May 11, 2015, for Georgia's 13th Congressional District.

Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Motion to Proceed
  • Senate: Iran Nuclear Agreement - Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills
Senate: Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act
House: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
House: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization

Recent Senate Votes:
Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Motion to Proceed Vote Agreed to (53-44, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate agreed to Wyoming Sen. Michael B. Enzi's motion to proceed to the conference report on the concurrent resolution that would reduce spending by $5.3 trillion over the next 10 years, including $2 trillion in reductions from repeal of the 2010 health care overhaul.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Let’s agree to plan to save money. It may be true for all I know, but it sounds like bull shit to me!!! (lyrically to Auld Lang Syne)

Iran Nuclear Agreement – Passage Vote Passed (98-1, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate passed a bill that would give Congress the right to deny Iran relief from statutory sanctions if two-thirds majorities from both chambers oppose the terms of a final nuclear deal. The bill would also require detailed reports on Iran's support of global terrorism and fulfillment of commitments under any agreement.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Isn't it ironic that the body in Congress responsible for treaty approval, designated by the Constitution has to introduce a bill that says they intend to do their job?  This is where we have arrived after six years of the President colluding with Harry Reid, a President willing to circumvent any obstacle, whether it be legitimate or farcical. Limitations were created in the Constitution, mainly by setting up opposing forces, with intent to restrict governmental extrapolation. Some of this counterbalance design was removed with the 17th amendment, taking appointment of Senators away from the state governments and giving it up to popular vote. This was an intentional deconstruction of the Constitution endorse by President Woodrow Wilson. Now Senator, popularly elected and having long six year terms are generally immune to the consequences of their votes. It won’t happen but, I think this amendment should be repealed, states should have more control over Washington. 
The examples are countless, but here are a few:
  1. The IRS is involved in the political bullying of conservative non-profit applicants
  2. Non-enforcement of immigration law.
  3. Stonewalling of Fast and Furious investigation
  4. Obstruction of the Benghazi investigation
  5. Dishonesty in the portrayal and installation of the Affordable Care Act.

Upcoming Votes:
Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act - S.995 The Senate is scheduled to work on this trade bill.
Fertile ground for politicians, screwing with industry with the intent of favoring one group of corporations over another.

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - H.R.36 This House bill would amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes.
This on the surface sounds like a practical approach to abortion limitations.  Due to the unreliability of human choices, deceptions and beliefs, survivable children are being aborted.  I believe that a woman has the right to control what goes on in her own body, like the Supreme Court decided, up to the point a baby can survive or suffer from the procedure.  So while the woman should have the right, she also has a responsibility to make the choice in a timely way. Public records show that timely choices do not always happen. First there should be a definition of  

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - H.R.1735 The bill would reauthorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
Blah, blah, blah, talk to the hand. On the whole the Federal government, for the moment is about restriction when it comes to the military.  They see this as wasted money that could be better used on welfare priorities. Things can change quickly in the field, especially with the change of a President, but until after the next election, substantial change for the good will not happen.

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The Party of Stupid

George Stephanopoulos and the 2016 Presidential Debates

The Party of Stupid, George Stephanopoulos and the 2016 Presidential Debates | ConservativeHQ.com

I think it is peculiar that anybody presumed he was not a favored operative for the Clinton family. That said he has an affable style that makes him popular, I enjoy watching him, but when it comes to politics I don't trust a single word out of his mouth.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dough Boy Does Well

He keeps getting new promotions.

Proud of my friend.

Defense.gov News Release: General Officer Assignments

No Nose

Congress.org  presents: MEGAVOTE published on May 4, 2015 for Georgia's 13th Congressional District.

Recent Congressional Votes
<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>House: Fiscal 2016 Military Construction - VA Appropriations - Passage
<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>House: D.C. Reproductive Health Law - Passage
<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>House: Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations - Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills
<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>Senate: A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the NLRB relating to representation case procedures

Recent House Votes:
Fiscal 2016 Military Construction - VA Appropriations - Passage Vote Passed (255-163, 13 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that would provide $171.1 billion in fiscal 2016 for the Veterans Affairs department, military construction and military housing. It would provide $76.6 billion in discretionary spending, including $60.2 billion for veterans health programs.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
Looks like May started in a contrary way for little David Scott. Do not know the reason for his denial, but owing to my belief that the Republicans are generally for ponying up the money for Veteran’s care and Democrats are not, I’ll take this is proof that the Democrats part line about caring for the people and not the service is simply lip service, the two cannot be separated.

D.C. Reproductive Health Law – Passage Vote Passed (228-192, 11 Not Voting)
The House passed a joint resolution that would provide for disapproval and repeal of the District of Columbia's Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which prohibits employers from discriminating based on an individual's reproductive health decisions.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
Politicians trying to undo the work of only a year ago.

Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations - Passage Vote Passed (240-177, 14 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that would provide $36.1 billion in fiscal 2016 to fund the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation and several regional water and power authorities. It would provide $29.0 billion for the Energy Department, of which $12.3 billion would be designated for the National Nuclear Security Administration. It also would provide $5.6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers and $1.1 billion for the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
Would have thought that 1.1 Billion for reclamation would be right up the Democrats alley. They are advocates for using Federal resources to take land by imminent domain and at times outright theft.  Reclamation is a euphemism for buying up land intended to keep people out of. People have forgotten quickly about Pfizer in New London and more recently the standoff in Arizona. Government want to control the land so that it can force folks into urban planning schemes. In truth I am surprised with David’s vote, that he went no is ok with me.

Upcoming Votes:
A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the NLRB relating to representation case procedures - S.J.Res.8 The Senate is scheduled to work on this joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures.
David Scott will vote against this, mark my words.

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Jump at the Chance

A young man joined the army and signed up with the paratroopers - his father had been airborne. He went through the standard training, completed the practice jumps from higher and higher structures and finally went to take his first jump from an airplane. The next day, he phoned his father to tell him the news.      

"So, how was your 1st jump?" the father asked.

"Well, let me tell you what happened. We got up in the plane and the Sergeant opened up the door and asked for volunteers. About a dozen men got up and just walked out of the plane!"

"Is that when you jumped?" asked the father.

"No, not then. Then the Sergeant started to grab the other men one at a time and push them out the door."

"Did you jump then?" asked the father.

"I'm getting to that. Everyone else had jumped, and I was the last man left on the plane."

  I told the Sergeant that I was too scared to jump. He told me to get off the plane or he'd kick my ass."

"So, so then you jumped?"

"Not then. He tried to push me out of the plane, but I grabbed onto the door and refused to go. Finally he called over the Jump Master.

The Jump Master is this great big guy, about six-foot five and 250 pounds. He said to me, 'Boy, are you going to jump or not?'

I said, 'No, Sir. I'm too scared.'

So the Jump Master unzipped his pants and took his dick out.   I swear, it was about ten inches long!  Like a baseball bat. He said, 'Boy, either you jump out of that  door, or I'm sticking this up your ass.' "

"So, did you jump?" asked the father.

"A little, at first … "