ALL authorizations of government actions not related to national security shall be identified to the specific person responsible, duly recorded and archived citing applicable authority, and subsequently made available to the public upon legitimate inquiry. ALL such government actions whose authorizations turn out anonymous shall immediately be deemed illegal on their face, and those affected will have just cause to seek redress, including rapid injunctive relief, through the courts. Proposed constitutional amendment from Rebane Doctrine.
“Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence” reports Reuters (here). Already an internet company on its last legs, Yahoo decided to get in the bag with the fed intelligence agencies and write a program that scans customer emails in real time looking for keywords and phrases prescribed by the agencies. They appear to be the first to cave after Apple made its refusal to do so very public last year. As readers here know, if it’s on the internet it is there for all to see and forever. (H/Ts to correspondent and also commenter in last sandbox.)
Obamacare, “the craziest thing in the world” is now the public assessment of Sweet William. The cynically named Affordable Care Act has been a failure from the gitgo with mounting outrages reported monthly for the last six years, and even more being kept hidden by the feds and their lamestream lackeys. Even Democrats are now abandoning this festering pile of garbage. Nevertheless, the intellectual deficits of our electorate are still highlighted by Hillary’s poll numbers as she continues to laud and take credit for Obama regime policies while out of the other side of her mouth she promises an endless number of fixes that are testimonials to eight years of failure in EVERY aspect of governance.
The Pence/Kaine debate sure showed another glaring difference in this November’s choices. Kaine, who to me looks and talks like an amalgam of a shyster lawyer and a used car salesman, couldn’t keep his mouth shut during Mike Pence’s turns to answer – Kaine interrupted Pence over 70 times. His own apologetics for the new policies of HillaryCare (not to be confused with the failed attempt in the 90s) illustrated the low grade ore that we can expect at best if Mrs Clinton wins. My proposal for all future debates is to seat both candidates in soundproof glass ‘isolation booths’. The moderator would have the ability to switch on/off the mike in either booth. This would let a more civilized debate be delivered even by weak moderators like last night’s Elaine Quijano of CBS News who could not control the loudmouthed lout Kaine. The debate continued to highlight the Left's determined effort to stifle the speech of their opponents.
[6oct16 update] Yesterday the Cato Institute released its 13th biennial comprehensive assessment of state governors – ‘Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors – 2016’ - which “uses statistical data to grade the governors on their taxing and spending records—governors who have cut taxes and spending the most receive the highest grades, while those who have increased taxes and spending the most receive the lowest grades. … Five governors were awarded an “A” on this report: Paul LePage of Maine, Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Rick Scott of Florida, Doug Ducey of Arizona, and Mike Pence of Indiana. Ten governors were awarded an “F”: Robert Bentley of Alabama, Peter Shumlin of Vermont, Jerry Brown of California, David Ige of Hawaii, Dan Malloy of Connecticut, Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Kate Brown of Oregon, Jay Inslee of Washington, and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.”
As expected, California occupies its usual place in the bottom of the barrel when it comes to benefiting its citizens. NPR reported this morning that Moonbeam intends to yet again increase taxes on the "rich" to pay for the state's eternal shortfalls in education. Nevada County's Measure B school bond issue brings it all home.
[7oct16 update] The spiraling Insanity of liberalism. Football coach fired for making a repeat offender bully take a couple of laps. Reason? He wasn’t trained to specifically handle bullying situations according to new state norms, therefore he should have let it pass again with an admonishment. The long past tipping point is fast disappearing in the rear view mirror. (more here)
[8oct16 update] Today The Union reports that the musical chairs for the principal's job at Nevada Union HS continues. This reminds us that a major scourge of progressivism's one-size fits all rules of political correctness is that it discourages good creative and competent leadership. No capable person with alternatives wants to be saddled with a job that requires hewing to a slavish set of constraints in what can and should be done that are mandated from above. Such a policy, now practiced across the land, leaves only the mediocre and meek dolts and grinders to manage our public institutions. This is one of the many diseases of collectivism that brought down the USSR, and today continues to make life miserable in socialist/communist countries. Sadly, many of these nations are held up to our youth as role models for a more perfect United States.