Sunday, August 31, 2014

Is There Really an Artic Meltdown?...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Not being a climatologist or a scientist in the conventional sense, thus being at the mercy of the "experts", could someone, anyone, sort all the confusing and contradictory data and info out for us average, normal, hard working people with bills to pay and family's to raise so we know for sure if we are being screwed or not by the purveyors of climate change and the catastrophe will strike us all unless we cap and trade the hell out of everybody crowd.

Daily Mail - The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’

Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.

But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012

To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice.

The most widely used measurements of Arctic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by Nasa. These reveal that – while the long-term trend still shows a decline – last Monday, August 25, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometres.

This was the highest level recorded on that date since 2006 (see graph, right), and represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometres over the past two years – an impressive 43 per cent.

Other figures from the Danish Meteorological Institute suggest that the growth has been even more dramatic. Using a different measure, the area with at least 30 per cent ice cover, these reveal a 63 per cent rise – from 2.7 million to 4.4 million square kilometres.

The satellite images published here are taken from a further authoritative source, the University of Illinois’s Cryosphere project.

They show that as well as becoming more extensive, the ice has grown more concentrated, with the purple areas – denoting regions where the ice pack is most dense – increasing markedly.

Crucially, the ice is also thicker, and therefore more resilient to future melting. Professor Andrew Shepherd, of Leeds University, an expert in climate satellite monitoring, said yesterday: ‘It is clear from the measurements we have collected that the Arctic sea ice has experienced a significant recovery in thickness over the past year.

‘It seems that an unusually cool summer in 2013 allowed more ice to survive through to last winter. This means that the Arctic sea ice pack is thicker and stronger than usual, and this should be taken into account when making predictions of its future extent.’

Yet for years, many have been claiming that the Arctic is in an ‘irrevocable death spiral’, with imminent ice-free summers bound to trigger further disasters. These include gigantic releases of methane into the atmosphere from frozen Arctic deposits, and accelerated global warming caused by the fact that heat from the sun will no longer be reflected back by the ice into space.

Judith Curry, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, said last night: ‘The Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed.’

Those who just a few years ago were warning of ice-free summers by 2014 included US Secretary of State John Kerry, who made the same bogus prediction in 2009, while Mr Gore has repeated it numerous times – notably in a speech to world leaders at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, in an effort to persuade them to agree a new emissions treaty.

Mr Gore – whose office yesterday failed to respond to a request for comment – insisted then: ‘There is a 75 per cent chance that the entire polar ice cap during some of the summer months could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.’

Misleading as such forecasts are, some people continue to make them. Only last month, while giving evidence to a House of Lords Select Committee inquiry on the Arctic, Cambridge University’s Professor Peter Wadhams claimed that although the Arctic is not ice-free this year, it will be by September 2015.

Asked about this yesterday, he said: ‘I still think that it is very likely that by mid-September 2015, the ice area will be less than one million square kilometres – the official designation of ice-free, implying only a fringe of floes around the coastlines. That is where the trend is taking us.’

For that prediction to come true it would require by far the fastest loss of ice in history. It would also fly in the face of a report last year by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which stated with ‘medium confidence’ that ice levels would ‘likely’ fall below one million square kilometres by 2050.

Politicians such as Al Gore have often insisted that climate science is ‘settled’ and have accused those who question their forecasts of being climate change ‘deniers’.

However, while few scientists doubt that carbon-dioxide emissions cause global warming, and that this has caused Arctic ice to decline, there remains much uncertainty about the speed of melting and how much of it is due to human activity. But outside the scientific community, the more pessimistic views have attracted most attention. For example, Prof Wadhams’s forecasts have been cited widely by newspapers and the BBC. But many reject them.


Via: Memeorandum

Saturday, August 30, 2014

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Warning to the West...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

ISIS and the terrorist threat is growing as we (the world as a whole) debate, dither, and ponder just what the most appropriate response might be. A couple things seem quite clear, 1) any response must have the backing of the Middle East and it's population, 2) a broad Arab, European, and American coalition must be formed with all parties being both the financial burden as well as military involvement. Anything short of this will ultimately be doomed to fail.

There are hopeful signs that such a coalition may be in the realm of possibility. As time is of the essence assembling such a coalition sooner rather than later should be of utmost priority. Of course the United States because of it's role as leader of the free world must take a leading role in any effort to assemble such a coalition.

From Yahoo News:

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.

"If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.

"Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has prompted widespread concern as it advances in both Syria and Iraq, killing hundreds of people, including in gruesome beheadings and mass executions.

Lack of action would be "unacceptable" in the face of the phenomenon, King Abdullah said.

"You see how they (jihadists) carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street," he said, condemning the "cruelty" of such acts.

"It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: 'Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed'."

President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether the United States should launch raids against positions held by the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria to follow US air strikes on IS activities in Iraq.

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for a global coalition to combat Islamic State fighters' "genocidal agenda".

President Obama has been accused of not taking the threat seriously and of having a disjointed ineffective foreign policy. This may be true in some respects. Somehow one gets the feeling that his measured actions thus far may very well be the forerunner to decisive action with respect to the ISIS threat to Europe, the USA, and indeed the entire world.

Will have to wait and see but I for one remain hopeful.

Full story BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Friday, August 29, 2014

UN Accuses United States of Police Brutality and Racism...

by:Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Perhaps after the UN will focus on major racist activity that is manifest elsewhere and the US media will pick it up. Oh wait, first the UN has to report on it.


Via: Memeorandum

The Color Of Presidential Suits and What they Signify, By Rep. Peter King...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

President Obama in his dapper tan suit looking very fasionable

I don't know about you'all but I for one have absolutely no issue with the President in his stylish tan threads. A little envious perhaps, not being able to afford such fine attire, but a President should look good right?

Apparently one, a republican as expected, has a major problem with it and made a big to do over it.

BuzzFeed - Republican Rep. Peter King of New York is no fan of tan. The conservative member of Congress from Long Island blasted President Obama for wearing “a light suit, light tan suit” to talk about the threat of ISIS on Thursday.

“There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday,” King said of President Obama on NewsMaxTV. “When you have the world watching… a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. For him to walk out — I’m not trying to be trivial here — in a light suit, light tan suit, saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans care about the revision of second quarter numbers on the economy. This is a week after Jim Foley was beheaded and he’s trying to act like real Americans care about the economy, not about ISIS and not about terrorism. And then he goes on to say he has no strategy.”

King said Obama’s comments and actions showed “foreign policy was not a major issue” for President Obama.

Yep, when ya ain't got squat of importance in your little mind talk suits. Especially the color. OyeVey!!!

Via: Memeorandum

Massachusetts Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker Pulls Ahead Of Democrat Martha Coakley In Recent Polling...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Massachusetts  Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker is pulling ahead of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley by a razor thin margin in recent polling. In a state so blue it is almost navy this is a welcome development. Aside from having a moderating effect on the machinations of MA state government Charlie will be more pro business and that would be welcomed by employers across the state.

The Boston Globe - Republican Charlie Baker has edged ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley in the race for governor, taking the lead by the slimmest of margins for the first time in the Globe’s weekly poll.

The survey found the hypothetical general election race in a statistical dead heat, with 38 percent of respondents saying they would support Baker for governor, a slight edge over the 37 percent who said they favor Coakley. Though Baker’s lead remains well within the margin of error, it shows movement in a race between the two likeliest candidates for the November election.

Baker’s prior experience as one of successful former governor William F. Weld's top aides, as well as president and chief executive officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care certainly give Charlie the creds to fill outgoing governor Deval Patrick's shoes and then some.


Via: Memeorandum

A Presidential Gaffe...

By now, President Obama's remark that "We don't have a strategy yet" has made the rounds. Republicans were quick to pounce on it, as well they should have(emphasis mine).

But while the White House went into damage-control mode, emphasizing that it was a reference to the lack of decisions about increasing military action in Iraq and/or Syria and not a lack of a broader strategy there, the damage was already done.

As with all gaffes, the worst ones are the ones that confirm people's pre-existing suspicions or fit into an easy narrative. That's why "47 percent" stung Mitt Romney so much, and its why "don't have a strategy" hurts Obama today.

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Yeppers, the quote above from The Washington Post sums it up quite well. As I was watching TV with the wife and we heard the President utter his truth we both looked at each other and said almost in perfect sync, damn that was dumb.

Where is the teleprompter when you need it?


Via: Memeorandum

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PEW Research: 2014 Midterms and Republian Optimism...

by; Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

With just over two months left until the 2014 midterm elections republicans remain optimistic while democrats are decidedly more pessimistic. Given the present national landscape and world turmoil it is not surprising nor unexpected.

From the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:

With just over two months before the midterm elections, Republican voters are widening the “expectations gap” with the Democrats. About six-in-ten (61%) Republican and GOP-leaning registered voters think their party will do better than in recent elections — roughly double the share of Democrats (32%) who feel similarly about their party’s chances.

This gap has not reached the same levels of the GOP’s margin before their large 2010 gains or the Democrats’ expectations in their 2006 sweep of both houses of Congress. Last December, the expectations gap was narrower; 55% of Republicans and Republican-leaning registered voters said the party would do better than recent elections, compared with 43% of Democrats.

A plurality of Democrats (48%) believe their party will do about the same as past elections while 14% think the outcome will be worse. Among Republicans, about one-third (32%) think the GOP will perform about the same and just 3% say the party will do worse than in recent elections

A new national survey by the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY, conducted Aug. 20-24 among 1,501 adults (including 1,171 registered voters), finds that about half of voters (49%) have given “quite a lot” of thought to the upcoming elections. The amount of thought given to the elections at this point of the campaigns is in line with the attention given to past midterm elections.

The public’s congressional vote preference remains fairly even. Among registered voters, 47% would vote for the Democratic candidate today or lean Democratic and 42% would vote or lean Republican (11% volunteer “other” or don’t know). In surveys going back to last October, neither party has opened up a large lead in the generic ballot.

However, those who plan to vote Republican this fall have given more thought than Democratic voters to the midterm elections. Nearly six-in-ten (58%) Republican voters have given “quite a lot” of thought to the elections, compared with 44% of Democratic voters.

At about this point in the 2010 midterms, overall voter preferences also were closely divided. About as many Republicans voters said they had given quite a lot of thought to the election as say that today (58% now, 59% then). But Democratic voters are now more likely to say they have given a lot of thought to the midterm than did so in early August 2010 (44% now, 34% then).

Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

The Scum of the Earth...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

ISIS Jihadist Scum

As pathetic and revolting as it is there are scum that were born in this country and are fighting for the ISIS in Syria.

More revolting is the cable and network news with their erroneous and disgusting reference to "American Extremist Killed Fighting for ISIS."

What is true is true is this: 1)the bastard(s) were born in the USA, 2)they are not Americans, having renounced their right to USA citizenship the instance they became part of ISIS, and, 3) they deserve to die.

This scum, born on USA soil can worship the false prophet mohammed, piss be upon him, and die in the hell holes of the Arab world.

That is all I have to say and it is something I shall stand by until I die.

NBC NEWS - The battle in itself seemed tragically normal. Two Syrian opposition groups fought and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Then victorious rebels rifled through the pockets of the dead. One contained about $800 in cash -- and an American passport.

Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. Photos of McCain's passport and of his body -- which feature a distinctive neck tattoo -- have been seen by NBC News. According to an activist linked to the Free Syrian Army who also saw the body and travel document, McCain was among three foreign jihadis fighting with ISIS who died during the battle.

Senior administration officials told NBC News they were aware that McCain was killed in Syria and that his family was informed on Monday. The officials added that they believe dozens of Americans have gone to Syria to fight with extremist groups - including, but not limited to, ISIS.

"The threat we are most concerned about to the homeland is that of fighters like this returning to the U.S. and committing acts of terrorism," a senior administration official told NBC News.

NBC News has contacted several members of McCain’s family and dozens of friends – including his mother, sister, aunts and cousins. A woman who said she was McCain's aunt confirmed that he had "passed" and referred calls to McCain’s mother.

McCain, 33, called himself "Duale ThaslaveofAllah" on Facebook and his Twitter bio reads: "It's Islam over everything." But how did this would-be rapper go from shooting hoops in a blue-collar area of Minnesota to dying in the civil war thousands of miles from home? This is his story -- one shared in part by only a "small handful" of Americans believed to be fighting in Syria with ISIS.

More BELOW THE FOLD if you can stomach it.


Via: Memeorandum

Editorial Update Point and Request:

Mr. President, please direct United States and Allied intelligence to identify these false American scum and eradicate them from existence first... Thank you.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Is It Time For The Ascendancy Of The Libertarian Party?...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

With America's two major parties unable to get much done these days, and with both stuck in old paradigms or just plan nonsense, it is time, IMNHO (in my never humble opinion)to consider alternative minor parties. Libertarian is not a bad choice, although not one that would be endorsed by Ayn Rand, and for hose who have read her thoroughly know this. Nonetheless, the Libertarian party offers an attractive alternative for those concerned with an overreaching overarching federal government.

PEW REASERCH CENTER - The question of whether libertarianism is gaining public support has received increased attention, with talk of a Rand Paul run for president and a recent New York Times magazine story asking if the “Libertarian Moment” has finally arrived. But if it has, there are still many Americans who do not have a clear sense of what “libertarian” means, and our surveys find that, on many issues, the views among people who call themselves libertarian do not differ much from those of the overall public.

About one-in-ten Americans (11%) describe themselves as libertarian and know what the term means. Respondents were asked whether the term “libertarian” describes them well and — in a separate multiple-choice question — asked for the definition of “someone whose political views emphasize individual freedom by limiting the role of government”; 57% correctly answered the multiple-choice question, choosing “libertarian” from a list that included “progressive,” “authoritarian,” “Unitarian” and “communist.” On the self-description question 14% said they were libertarian. For the purpose of this analysis we focus on the 11% who both say they are libertarian and know the definition of the term.

These findings come from the Pew Research Center’s political typology and polarization survey conducted earlier this year, as well as a recent survey of a subset of those respondents via the Pew Research Center’s new American Trends Panel, conducted April 29-May 27 among 3,243 adults.

Self-described libertarians tend to be modestly more supportive of some libertarian positions, but few of them hold consistent libertarian opinions on the role of government, foreign policy and social issues.

Perhaps it is time for a multiparty parliamentarian system in the USA.

What say you?

Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD.

ISIS Must Be Stopped...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

As the irrational, barbaric, savage, and murderous ISIS continues its quest to impose the will of the prophet mohammed on everyone another rational voice is heard.

New York Times Editorial BoardThe United States cannot go it alone in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the extremist group known as ISIS whose ruthlessness and killing has dumbfounded and horrified the civilized world.

American airstrikes and other assistance from the United States have brought some measure of relief to religious minorities and others that ISIS has threatened. But defeating, or even substantially degrading, ISIS will require an organized, longer-term response involving a broad coalition of nations, including other Muslim countries, and addressing not only the military threat but political and religious issues.

The recent persecution of Christians and Yazidis and the murder of James Foley, an American journalist, has brought ISIS’s savagery into full view. On Thursday, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said ISIS posed an “immediate threat” to the West, in addition to Iraq, because thousands of Europeans and other foreigners who have joined the group and have the passports to travel freely could carry the fight back to their home countries — including the United States.

Extremism in the pursuit of evil must be suffocated wherever it dwells.

Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Who's Financing Hamas' Terror?...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Truthful observations ignored by far too many.


THE hostilities in Gaza between Israel and Hamas persist and the diplomatic war at the United Nations continues, also without resolution. While there is no shortage of opinions on the way forward, the most obvious solution is strikingly absent — the need to disarm and isolate Hamas, the radical Palestinian Islamist group.

Since Israel disengaged from Gaza in 2005, Hamas has dragged us into three rounds of major assaults, and more than 14,800 rockets have been fired into Israel by the group or its proxies. The discovery of dozens of tunnels packed with explosives, tranquilizers and handcuffs that end at the doorsteps of Israeli communities should be enough to convince anyone that Hamas has no interest in bringing quiet to Gaza or residing alongside Israel in peace.

But until nations who benefit by Qatar's extravagant spending, ... The emirate is known for international shopping sprees that have included the funding of six American university campuses in Doha, the purchase of the iconic Harrods department store in London, and ownership of the Paris Saint-Germain soccer club., take the necessary economic actions don't expect much to change on a permanent basis.

There are of course other options but they don't seem to work well long term either.

Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Cops Gone to far?...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

There always rests the danger that some individuals entrusted with authority and the power to use it will take the exercise of said authority one step too far. Is this possibly what you observe in the video below?

View the article BELOW THE FOLD.

What say you based on current information?

Via: Memeorandum

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hillary on Ferguson Missouri... Silence

by Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Clinton has not yet commented on the situation in Ferguson. | M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO
On Ferguson Missouri Hillary Rodham Clinton has yet a peep to make. Yet all the while Rev. Sharpton is his hallmark pontificating self.

Former First Lady and Secretary of State acting as the measured and reasonable candidate for the democratic 2016 presidential nomination she hopes to be is rightly waiting for all the evidence to be weighed and the grand jury to render it's decision. Rev. Sharpton is busy being himself.

Refreshing it is indeed when a serious candidate for the highest office in our land decides to withhold comment until it is appropriate.

POLITICO- Hillary Clinton ignored reporters’ questions about the racial conflict in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday at the end of a book-signing event in Westhampton Beach, a vacation enclave near her rented summer house.

Clinton, the potential 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful who has been vacationing in the Hamptons since the first full week of August, has not yet commented on the situation in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, where an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown was killed by a police officer two weeks ago.

Since then, there have been protests marked by arrests and clashes with police, and a national debate about race and the militarization of police departments.

(Also on POLITICO: Gov. Nixon: Review of military equipment 'worthy')

Two reporters called out questions to Clinton about her thoughts on Ferguson after she had wrapped up at Books & Books on Main Street in Westhampton Beach, a store owned by former Simon & Schuster executive Jack McKeown. (Simon & Schuster is the publisher of her new book, “Hard Choices.”)

Clinton ignored the questions and kept walking toward a rear entrance of the book store.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, at a rally in Ferguson last weekend, pushed toward the future, calling on all the 2016 potential candidates, including Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush, to comment on the situation. Clinton is the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination.

Read the full story BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Seeds of Mistrust...

"I understand that mistrust," Holder said. "I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man." The attorney general then described how he was stopped twice on the New Jersey Turnpike and accused of speeding. Police searched his car, going through the trunk and looking under the seats.

"I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me," Holder said.

Holder also described how once, while living in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, he was running to catch a movie with his cousin when a squad car rolled up and flashed its lights at the pair. The officer yelled, "Where are you going? Hold it!" Holder recalled.

His cousin "started mouthing off," and Holder urged him to be quiet.

"We negotiate the whole thing, and we walk to our movie. At the time that he stopped me, I was a federal prosecutor. I wasn't a kid," he said.

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Attorney General Eric Holder gets his share of flak, often earned. But anyone who is reasonable and rational will understand why the above, taken from FOX News, speaks volumes.

People, regardless of race, ethnicity, or culture are shaped by the realities of their life. For anyone to deny or question that people are affected by circumstances as described above, particularly and especially when such circumstances are pervasive is to deny reason. Yet many continue to do so.

Until America looks at both its past and present acknowledging it's lumps, bumps, and scars we will continue to experience circumstances like Ferguson. But then I guess that's no surprize to anyone. Recognizing what it will take to truly clam the waters of racial tension, well, that is something a bit more difficult for many.

Entire article HERE.

Via: Memeorandum

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On Internet Trolls and Stalkers...

The following guest post is by (O)CT(O)PUS of THE SWASH ZONE. Although (O)CT(O)PUS and I often hold opposing views he is a respected blogging colleague and a friend. He and I share a common concern with trolls and stalkers that seem to be becoming more prevalent. His views on this are spot on.


Let’s face it.  There are times when the  blogosphere resembles a war zone.
Anonymous trolls, predators, stalkers, and comment assassins – they pop up sight unseen like whack-a-moles.  Some merely argue in bad faith; some rise to the level of
road rage; others leave behind taunts and menacing comments. Some incidents are more memorable – meaning more disturbed and disturbing – than others. For over a year, a persistent predator has been stalking this community.

Years ago, I recall, another predatory troll visited my email box early one morning on Christmas Day. On a holiday celebrated by millions of families, here was one lone predator with malice on his mind.  How strange (and troubling), I thought.  After reporting this incident - among others - to law enforcement, the stalking ceased.

What are the signs and symptoms of a truly disturbed personality behind the anonymous moniker? Momentary outbursts of bad temper do not qualify as disturbed behavior. At various times, all of us have strong viewpoints and our moments.

The signature trait of disturbed behavior is simply this:  a pervasive, pernicious, and long-term pattern of predatory behaviors that rise to the level of obsession.  The predator who stalks this community meets
these criteria. Consider the frequency and level of vitriol in comments received within the last 24 hours alone (edited for brevity):
6:59 PM, August 18, 2014:
Not with all the Jew haters on here, smells like shit, group shit
7:48 PM, August 19, 2014:
You are no liberal defender of civil rights when you help protect and hide antisemitism. You censer those ideas differ from yours and claim it was the troll aspects, or insults that you objected to, yet you allow your buddies to call names to anyone who differs from your thinking, and then you all have a good laugh. What a hypocritical jackass.
7:51 PM, August 19, 2014:
I've seen Octo on the blogs for years. He is one of the biggest trolls and intentional instigators of blog disruption I've ever read. What a fucking hypocrite he is.
7:58 PM, August 19, 2014:
To bad you have to lie to make your false points, but it does show your shit character, just as protecting your antisemite buddy does. Yes, your anti-Semite buddy, documented as such on Shaw's blog, yet you both protect him. Fuck you asshole
For over a year, my Spam Box has filled with messages like these, presumably from the same anonymous commenter who stalks one of our readers across Cyberspace and accuses him of anti-Semitism.

Is subject reader, in the crosshairs of subject troll, really an anti-Semite?  The
accusations are delusional and irrational – as manifest in all obsessive- impulsive behaviors of this type:
Recurrent and persistent thoughts and impulses that are experienced as intrusive and inappropriate and cause marked anxiety or distress;
Thoughts, impulses, or images are not simply excessive worries about real-life problems;
With poor insight: For most of the time, the person does not recognize that the obsessions and compulsions are excessive or unreasonable.
In these email missives, the anonymous stalker never offers a single citation no links, no quotes, not one shred of evidence, nothing!

The Internet should never be used as a medium for character assassination or as a venue for holding Kangaroo Court.  Even more offensive is when a nameless, faceless person levels unfounded accusations while hiding behind a mask as an anonymous stalker. When the accused never even has a chance to face his accuser, this is the most gutless, cowardly, and unethical act of all.

Ya Just Cant Make This Stuff Up!!!...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

The above was seen on one of two of Samuel Wurzelbacher's, better known as "Joe the Plumber", Facebook Pages today. Now I won't accuse the man of being a racist as some might be inclined to do but he sure as hell is pretty damn dumb.

Aside from the fact it simply is not true it is lacking in character, it is insensitive in the extreme, and sure as hell does not serve any purpose other than making as ass of Joe the Plumber. I might add that it is very unlikely anyone could have done a better job of making Joe look like as ass.

Straight from TPM:

Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," took to Facebook on Wednesday to post his thoughts about the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo. and compared the protestors to "cockroaches."

In two separate Facebook posts, Wurzelbacher speculated about the clashes and looting that have broken out in Ferguson in the wake of the killing of a black unarmed teen by a white police officer:

Since gaining fame during Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) 2008 presidential campaign, Wurzelbacher has used his notoriety as a platform to weigh in on an array of national issues.

Earlier this year, following a shooting at the University of California Santa Barbara, Wurzelbacher said the killings should not lead to gun control measures. "Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights," he wrote.

Hero of  Nutters

Via: Memeorandum

ISIS Potential Threat To Foreign Investors...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA Purveyor of Truth

A threat to the world actually...

Via: FOX News

The President Speaks Out On Jim Foley's Death...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

There will be those on the right who will, as they are prone to do, find fault with the President's comments. After listening to the comments twice, as well as reading the transcript how anyone, right or left can find much to fault is beyond me.

They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people. So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day

Quoted above is the single statement made by the President that is cause for concern. This organization, as well as Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaida, and others have one thing in comment, they all praise Muhammad and worship the god of Islam, Allah. Until such time as the moderate, non violent Muslims rally and stand up forcefully against those within their own faith the genocide and terrorist activities will surely continue. At it's core the barbarous violence is an Islamic and Arabic problem. Until the Islamic and Arabic nations that harbor these extremists take action against them nothing will ever permanently change.

Read the full text HERE.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ISIS and the Beheading of an American Journalist...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

ISIS has released a video of the beheading of journalist James Foley as well as threatening the life of another American if President Obama does not stop American operations in Iraq. This announcement should take no one by surprise, ISIS being the scum of the earth.

Graphics of the beheading are so gruesome CNN has determined not to publish the full video.

Radical jihadists, adherents all to the "prophet" Muhammad and his "religion" called Islam, will continue their barbarous assault on reason, liberty, Christianity, Judaism, and any other belief system that does not conform to their treacherous beliefs and values.

It remains to be seen what Obama will determine to do in response to this beheading of an innocent American journalist. Now may not be the time to show weakness.

Read the full story BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum


Friday, August 15, 2014

Potential Life Ending Impact...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Will the earth, and life as we know it end? If not by our own hands perhaps by matter from outer space.

THE INDEPENDENT - Scientists have moved closer to being able to stop a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth and potentially wiping out human life.

Researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered that blowing the space rock up could make the collision worse by causing several devastating impacts.

Instead, small changes could be made to its surface to disrupt the forces keeping it together and cause it to break up in outer space.

They were studying asteroid 1950 DA, which has a one in 300 chance of hitting the planet on 16 March, 2880.

Although the odds seem small, it is the most likely asteroid to collide with Earth and the odds are higher than being shot dead in the US.

The asteroid has a diameter of one kilometre and is travelling at nine miles a second relative to the Earth, which it would hit at 38,000 miles per hour.

The impact would have a force of around 44,800 megatonnes of TNT and cause a huge explosion, tsunamis and change the climate of the globe, devastating human life.

The good news is we have 35 generations of scientists to figure out out to avert the potential disater.


Via: Memeorandum

ANTHROPOGENIC Climate Change Update...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Interesting stuff. The global warming climate change folks and the outright deniers can have fun chewing on this one too.

Science XPress - The ongoing global glacier retreat is affecting human societies by causing sea-level rise, changing seasonal water availability, and increasing geohazards. Melting glaciers are an icon of anthropogenic climate change. However, glacier response times are typically decades or longer, which implies that the present-day glacier retreat is a mixed response to past and current natural climate variability and current anthropogenic forcing. Here, we show that only 25 ± 35% of the global glacier mass loss during the period from 1851 to 2010 is attributable to anthropogenic causes. Nevertheless, the anthropogenic signal is detectable with high confidence in glacier mass balance observations during 1991 to 2010, and the anthropogenic fraction of global glacier mass loss during that period has increased to 69 ± 24%.

Is America Becoming a Police State?...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Eerily resembling Nazi Germany, Communist Russian, and most totalitarian police states. Is America next to join the long line of the all powerful state?

The Washington Post - The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., has produced a rare and surprisingly unified response across the ideological spectrum, with Republicans and Democrats joining to decry the tactics of the city’s police force in the face of escalating protests.

Most notably, the reactions reflect a shift away from the usual support and sympathy conservatives typically show for law enforcement in such situations. Although possibly unique to the circumstances of the events in Missouri this week, the changing reaction on the right is clear evidence of a rising and more vocal libertarian wing within the Republican Party.

No better sign of that came Thursday than in an article by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)


Those people alarmed by the militarization of local police, he said, are the same people troubled by the widespread surveillance programs of the National Security Agency or the increasing use of drones as military weapons.

Looks like maybe we can relax as for once there seems to be a developing consensus and unity what happened in Ferguson is simply not acceptable.


Via: Memeorandum

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Police Weigh In On Ferguson...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

It was bound to happen.

THE HILL - The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama Thursday for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo.

"I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha's Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation," director Jim Pasco said in an interview with The Hill.

"I think what he has to do as president and as a constitutional lawyer is remember that there is a process in the United States and the process is being followed, for good or for ill, by the police and by the county and by the city and by the prosecutors’ office," Pasco added.

Pasco harkened back to 2009, when Obama criticized a Massachusetts police officer for arresting Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, when he was attempting to break into his own home. Obama said the officer had “acted stupidly.”

"That is one where the president spoke precipitously without all the facts," Pasco said, adding that the current situation "is a much larger and more tragic incident."

Pasco said both police and members of the public are entitled to due process but said he is not convinced police have used excessive force in Ferguson.

"I'm not there, and neither is the president," Pasco said. "That is why we have due process in the United States. And this will all be sorted out over time. But right now, I haven't seen anything from afar — and maybe the president has — that would lead me to believe the police are doing anything except to restore order."

As in most situations the natural tendency is to protect, or cover for your "own."


Community Police Should Not Act Like a Military Unit...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

TIME - Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention, Sen. Rand Paul writes for TIME, amid violence in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting death of Michael Brown. The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation. If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn't have expected to be shot. The outrage in Ferguson is understandable—though there is never an excuse for rioting or looting. There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response. The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action. 
Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD. This should not be. Via: Memeorandum

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama: Let's hug it out.... Smoke and Mirrors

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Wow, and WOW again!!!

Is disingenuous and smoke and mirrors indicative of the democratic party today?

After essentially trashing President Obama this week Hillary Clinton is mow engaged in a make up hug fest with the President.

So, what gives here? Which HC are we to really believe? I mean REALLY believe?

POLITICO - Hillary Clinton called President Barack Obama on Tuesday to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him” when she recently discussed her views on foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic, according to a statement from a Clinton spokesman.

The statement comes amid tension between the Clinton and Obama camps in the wake of the interview. It also comes as Obama and Clinton, his former secretary of state, are due to cross paths at a social gathering Wednesday night in Martha’s Vineyard.


The statement from Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill noted that although Obama and Clinton have had disagreements, she has discussed these differences publicly before, including in her memoir, “Hard Choices.”


She talked extensively about the situation in Gaza, aligning herself tightly with Israel, and spoke in tough tones about Iran’s nuclear program. When asked about Syria’s civil war, she reiterated her past position that the U.S. should have assisted the Syrian rebels sooner, the efficacy of which Obama has rejected as a “fantasy.” And as far as the “Don’t do stupid stuff” mantra, she said it was not “an organizing principle” — something that “great nations” need.

Several Clinton supporters have stressed that she is entitled to her own views, and that she is in a bind — either criticized as overly calculating if she stays silent or faulted for being candid about what she thinks.

One of the criticisms about her interview relates to its timing: It comes as Obama is attempting to get his arms around a number of overseas crises, from Ukraine to Gaza to Syria.

Read the flip side and rest of the story BELOW THE FOLD, and then what say you?

Via: Memeorandum

Democrats Looking To 2016 Midterms and 2016 Presidential Distancing Themselves From President Obama...

by: Les carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

I am generally not a supporter of the democratic agenda, it being way too progressive and starry eyed for me.

Democrats of late are distancing themselves from President Obama fearing he will hurt rather than help their election or reelection chances in 2016. Could this mean the democratic party is really more conservative than the President whose whose choice for the democratic nomination in 2016 is Senator Elizabeth Warren, the ultra progressive senator from Massachusetts? Or does it mean the party base is becoming even more progressive and believe (rightly or wrongly)America wants a president more progressive than Obama has been?

With two and a half months until midterms and two years two and a half months until the presidential election a lot can happen and it should be interesting.

At any rate a recent McClatchy-Marist poll reveals some not so good news for the democratic party. If the President is hurting democrats because of his liberal as well as inconsistence policies it is a very good news for republicans going into the 2014 midterm elections.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is dragging down his party and hurting the prospects of fellow Democrats as they head into midterm elections that will determine who controls Congress, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Obama is beset by problems at home and abroad. Just 40 percent of voters approve of the way he’s doing his job, tying his worst mark in three years and the second worst of his presidency.

Just 39 percent approve of the way he’s dealing with the economy and only 33 percent approve of how he’s dealing with foreign policy, the worst of his years in office.

Read more here:

Something tells me this could be why President Obama is hitting the links so often and likely keeping the ibuprofen or aleve close at hand.


Via: Memeorandum

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Iraq and the Obama Almost Strategy...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

President Obama, in his signature style is taking quarter measures to prevent immediate genocide by the ISIS in Iraq. Neither Obama or the western democracies are will to admit that the terrorist networks that adhere to the cult of Islam are determined to take control of the Middle East as well as the entire globe. Until they do, and take the necessary military action to crush every single one of the filthy lice ridden barbaric terrorist organizations this problem will forever be with us all.

Even democratic Senator Feinstein recognizes ‘It takes an army to defeat an army.' However she stopped short of addressing the core of the problem or offering any serious alternatives to the President's response.

The Washington Post - PRESIDENT OBAMA was right to order military action to prevent a potential genocide in northern Iraq and to stop forces of the al-Qaeda-derived Islamic State from advancing on Baghdad or the Kurdish capital of Irbil. However, the steps the president authorized on Thursday amount to more of his administration’s half-measures, narrowly tailored to this week’s emergency and unconnected to any coherent strategy to address the conflagration spreading across the Middle East.

While U.S. airstrikes and drops of supplies may prevent the terrorist forces from massacring the Yazidi sect or toppling the pro-Western regime in Kurdistan, Mr. Obama lacks a plausible plan for addressing the larger threat posed by the Islamic State. In recent weeks, senior U.S. officials have described the danger in hair-curling terms: The Islamic State forces, which have captured large numbers of U.S.-supplied heavy weapons, threaten not only the Iraqi and Kurdish governments, but also Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. With hundreds of Western recruits, they have the ambition and capability to launch attacks against targets in Europe and the United States.

Yet by the White House’s own account, the measures ordered by Mr. Obama are not intended to defeat the Islamic State or even to stop its bloody advances in most of the region. Instead they are limited to protecting two cities where U.S. personnel are stationed and one mass of refugees. The hundreds of thousands of people in Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere threatened by the al-Qaeda forces will receive no U.S. protection. Nor will the terrorists’ hold over the areas they already control, including the large city of Mosul and nearby oil fields, be tested by U.S. airpower.

U.S. officials say that Mr. Obama has refrained from a broader campaign because he believes the Islamic State is “an Iraqi responsibility,” ...

We may as well face it folks, the world is facing a deep river of sh*t perpetrated by these genocidal barbaric liberty hating assh*les and it hasn't a clue as to what to do about it or the will to do what it will take to eliminate the threat, except the tiny democratic freedom loving state of.


Via: Memeorandum

Friday, August 8, 2014

As the Evil Grows...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

The face ofevil, growing rapidly and determined to overtake the Middle East and eventually the world. All in the name of a backwards, barbaric, liberty hating, women hating, and reason hating cult called Islam. A cult established by a barbaric authoritarian dictatorial madman named Mohammed. Called the "Prophet, piss be upon him, he prophesied the destruction of those who dare to believe differently.

Find the article BELOW TE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

High Speed Rail, Feasible or a Pipe Dream?...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

The high-speed rail program was one of the ways in which Obama sought to show that government is capable of doing big things, but thus far he has proved just the opposite.

Having high speed efficient rail is a dream come true, in Europe. Here in the USA we remain if not light years behind Europe certainly we are stuck in the technology of yesteryear. Perhaps this is because Europe simply sees more value in high speed rail, it is after all more efficient than the personal automobile. Maybe Europe is not so tied up in paradigms created through years of habit as the USA. I suspect if the American people wanted high speed efficient rail, and were willing to pay for it high speed rail service would become a reality in the USA.

High speed efficient rail service is extremely costly. While the ideal situation would be for private capital to build and operate a high speed rail system in America it is not practical due to regulatory constraints and therefore no private sector company, even if it had the capital would do so. As much as it pains me to say so for an endeavor of the magnitude of high speed rail service to ever become reality in the USA will require a a population desirous of it as well as one wiling to pay for it through taxation.

Europe has made it happen and Europeans are quite happy with their world class high speed rail system. America, being the exceptional nation we have become to believe we are ought to be able to out do the Europeans. Shouldn't we? Waiting to hear the sound of shattering paradigms...

Washington Examiner - Few of President Obama's initiatives are more emblematic of his early ambitions to be a transformational liberal leader than his vision for connecting the nation with a vast high-speed rail network.

The dream of building a system of bullet trains in the United States akin to what exists in Europe involves massive and sustained government spending, more money for unions, and promises to move the nation away from car-based transportation. Thus, it represents everything that excites American liberals.

Obama’s February 2009 economic stimulus package committed $8 billion to 79 projects spanning 31 states that were to lay the groundwork for “13 new, large-scale high-speed rail corridors across the country.”

In his 2011 State of the Union address, Obama touted high-speed rail as a central part of his plan for “winning the future.”

“Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail," Obama boasted. "This could allow you to go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying — without the pat-down. As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already under way.”

As Americans’ assessment of Obama’s job performance turns increasingly negative, however, that vision is in shambles. And even the liberal New York Times is catching on.

In an article that appeared on the front page of the Times’ Thursday print edition, Ron Nixon wrote that “despite the administration spending nearly $11 billion since 2009 to develop faster passenger trains, the projects have gone mostly nowhere.”

Nixon noted that “Instead of putting the $11 billion directly into [high-speed rail] projects, critics say, the administration made the mistake of parceling out the money to upgrade existing Amtrak service, which will allow trains to go no faster than 110 miles per hour.”

Liberals often argue that America is well behind Europe when it comes to train travel, but having a vast rail system in the United States makes a lot less sense. Europe is much more densely populated and its major cities aren’t as spread out. Somebody who takes a train from Barcelona and Paris can easily get around once in Paris without a car – but that isn’t the case in Los Angeles.

When Wisconsin, Ohio, and Florida were taken over by Republican governors during the 2010 wave election, they smartly declined the federal money – recognizing that the short-term injection of funds would impose massive long-term costs and obligations on the states.

The only place where high-speed rail would theoretically make sense is the Northeast Corridor that runs from Boston to Washington, D.C., but it would also be a prohibitively expensive project.

If the Northeast corridor is a theoretical sensible possibility so too it would seem a West coast system would be a theoretical sensible possibility. What it appears to be needed is a) national paradigm shifts, b) willingness to invest in the nation's infrastructure, c) a real desire for improved transportation at a reduced cost that positively impacts the environment, and d) a government with vastly improved efficiency and ability to set realistic priorities and goals.

What say you?


Via: Memeotrandum

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Democrats and Impeachment Talk...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Just wondering how many individuals realized the following tidbit of information. I'm willing to bet not many. I know I didn't.

THE HILL - Congressional Democrats have talked about the impeachment of President Obama 20 times more than Republicans have on the House and Senate floors.

Since the start of the 113th Congress last year, Democrats have used the word “impeach” or “impeachment” regarding Obama 86 times, according to a review of the Congressional Record by The Hill.

Utterances on the floor from Republicans about impeaching Obama, in contrast, have been relatively rare. Only three Republicans in this Congress have raised the subject on the House floor, and the words have been used a total of four times by GOP members.
Most of the talk has come from House Democrats, with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) alone using the words 18 times in two separate speeches late last month.

In the Senate, where the GOP hopes to retake a majority this fall, not a single Republican has mentioned impeachment on the floor over the last couple of years.

The figures highlight how impeachment has been a hot topic for Democrats, and one most Republicans want to avoid.

The campaign arm for House Democrats raised $2.1 million in online donations over a single July weekend while talking up the possibility that Republicans would impeach Obama.

Most Republicans have sought to avoid the topic, which they see as a lose-lose situation

So, it appears the democrats view keeping talk of impeachment on the front burner to be a great way to snag those donor dollars and ignite, or perhaps incense is a better word, the leftist base of the D party.

I guess when there ain't all that much positive going for your party going into an election year you take what you can get.


Via: Memeorandum

Will the "Peaceful" Adherents of a Violent "Religion" Ever Denounce it's Militarist Violent Creator?...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

As the religion of "peace", Islam, continues to metastasize into an ever growing and more virulent force for evil and bloodshed in the Middle East, indeed throughout the world, leftist the world over embrace tolerance and understanding for these extremists and monsters of inhumanity who worship Mohamed, the Quran and Allah.

It is enough to cause even those with an iron stomach to become ill and vomit. But the extreme (irrational) left will no doubt continue to trip over themselves trying to find a way to assign responsibility to the west for the barbaric actions of the haters of religious freedom and lovers of tyranny.

It is going to get worse, much worse.

BAGHDAD — Sunni Muslim extremists punctured Kurdish defenses in a major offensive in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing control of the country’s largest Christian town and sending thousands of civilians fleeing in panic.

Kurdish officials pleaded for international assistance as they appeared to be losing control of the 650-mile border between their semiautonomous region and territory controlled by Sunni extremist militants belonging to the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda splinter group. The Kurdish forces were forced to pull out of the towns of Qaraqosh, Bartella and Bashika overnight, putting militants within 40 miles of the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil, the officials said.

The Kurds’ reverses have compounded an already desperate humanitarian situation, and have left Iraq’s religious minorities particularly vulnerable. Iraqi politicians have appealed for emergency aid for thousands of civilians who have been stranded with little food on a mountaintop since they were driven from another town, Sinjar, by the al-Qaeda-inspired rebels several days ago. Most of those refugees are members of the minority Yazidi sect. They fear death if they descend into areas controlled by the extremist rebels, who consider them apostates.


Links to related articles of interest HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Via: Memeorandum

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Unaccounted For $619 Billion...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

$619 billion in greenbacks missing from the federal budget. That is to say just how the $619 billion, covering 320 federal programs was spent is a mystery. There apparently exists no accounting of the $619 billion.

Although this is a major issue, or at the very least it should be considered as such, does the fact it happened really surprise anyone?

WASHINGTON — A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.

And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on is "fully consistent with agencies' records," according to the report.

Among the data missing from the 6-year-old federal website:

• The Department of Health and Human Services failed to report nearly $544 billion, mostly in direct assistance programs like Medicare. The department admitted that it should have reported aggregate numbers of spending on those programs.

• The Department of the Interior did not report spending for 163 of its 265 assistance programs because, the department said, its accounting systems were not compatible with the data formats required by The result: $5.3 billion in spending missing from the website.

• The White House itself failed to report any of the programs it's directly responsible for. At the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House, officials said they thought HHS was responsible for reporting their spending.

For more than 22% of federal awards, the spending website literally doesn't know where the money went. The "place of performance" of federal contracts was most likely to be wrong.

That's a problem, said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

"We live in a world in which information drives decisions," Carper said. "And, given the budget constraints that our government faces, we need reliable information on how and where our money is being spent."

I suppose when the federal government views it's taxpaying citizens as a never ending and bottomless money pit this is what we can expect.


Via: Memeorandum

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Nation Held Hostage By Gridlock...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

While the following is somewhat partisan and slightly tilted leftward it does, at the same time, speak to the truth. Only a complete non partisan with an inability to see and acknowledge the truths that are evident in the article would say otherwise. Truth always has a way of surfacing and ultimately winning the war.

Politico - defines a grifter as: A grifter is a con artist—someone who swindles people out of money through fraud. If there’s one type of person you don’t want to trust, it’s a grifter: Someone who cheats someone out of money.

Historically, grifters have taken many shapes. They were the snake-oil salesmen who rolled into town promising a magical, cure-all elixir at a price. The grifter was long gone by the time people discovered the magical elixir was no more magical than water. They were the sideshow con men offering fantastic prizes in games that were rigged so that no one could actually win them. They were the Ponzi scheme operators who got rich promising fantastically high investment returns but returning nothing for those sorry investors at the bottom of the pyramid.

Over the last few years we have seen the rise of a new grifter—the political grifter. And the most important battle being waged today isn’t the one about which party controls the House or the Senate, it’s about who controls the Republican Party: the grifting wing or the governing wing.

Today’s political grifters are a lot like the grifters of old—lining their pockets with the hard-earned money of working men and women be promising things in return that they know they can’t deliver.

Political grifting is a lucrative business. Groups like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Patriots are run by men and women who have made millions by playing on the fears and anger about the dysfunction in Washington. My former House colleague Chris Chocola is pocketing a half-million dollars a year heading the Club for Growth; same for Matt Kibbe heading up FreedomWorks (and I don’t think Kibbe’s salary includes the infamous craft beer bar that FreedomWorks donors ended up paying for). The Tea Party Patriots pay their head, Jenny Beth Martin, almost as much. These people have lined their pockets by promising that if you send them money, they will send men and women to Washington who can “fix it.” Of course, in the ultimate con, the always extreme and often amateurish candidates these groups back either end up losing to Democrats or they come to Washington and actually make the process even more dysfunctional.

Just look at what happened this past week, when hard-right House members with extensive ties to these outside groups, egged on by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, snarled up a sensible effort to pass a bill that would at least begin to address the crisis of undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border. It was an embarrassing display of congressional dysfunction, and it showed that the grifting wing has learned nothing from last fall’s shutdown fiasco.

The grifting wing of the party promises that you can have ideological purity—that you don’t have to compromise—and, of course, all you have to do is send them money to make it happen. The governing wing of the Republican Party knows that’s a damn lie. Our Founding Fathers set up a system of government that by its very nature excludes the possibility of one party or one ideological wing of one party getting everything it wants. Ted Cruz, who quotes the founders almost every chance he gets, ought to know this.

Even Ronald Reagan—who won in two of the biggest landslides in American history—was forced to compromise. It was President Reagan who cut deals with Democrats to extend the solvency of Social Security and put the federal budget on a sounder footing. It was Reagan who famously said that someone who votes with him 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally. Reagan’s record and rhetoric stands in marked contrast to the grifting win of the party today, even as the grifters invoke his memory in their disingenuous appeals. Emphasis mine.

For certain a segment of the republican party (the Tea Party wing) has little interest in governing and is banking on its sheeple to not notice their grifting until it's too late and they have profited and vanished. Ted Cruz appears to be on the way to becoming it's most influential grifter.


Via: Memeorandum

Friday, August 1, 2014

United Nations Condemns Israel, For Not Sharing Iron Dome...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Have you ever read or heard so much, pardon my french, pure unadulterated buulshit?"

Excerpt, Breitbart - Navi Pillay told reporters following yet another "emergency" meeting of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council that Israel was not doing enough to protect civilians. "There is a strong possibility,” said the known Israel critic, “that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.”

Among the UN’s long bill of particulars against the beleaguered Jewish state comes the almost unbelievable accusation that Israel’s refusal to share its Iron Dome ballistic missile defense shield with the "governing authority" of Gaza – i.e. Hamas, the terror group created to pursue the extermination of the Jewish state and now waging a terrorist war against it – constitutes a war crime against the civilians of Gaza.

I am reminded why I sometimes find the United Nations to be anti west, anti liberty, pro mediocrity, and frankly pro insanity at times. This is one of those times.

Find the rest BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum