French Law Enforcement Belong to a Special Class

CNN Breaking News:

French law enforcement officers have been told to erase their presence on social media and to carry their weapons at all times because terror sleeper cells have been activated over the last 24 hours in the country, a French police source who attended a briefing today told CNN Terror Analyst Samuel Laurent.

So, if you are French Law Enforcement, you belong to a favored class who are encouraged to carry firearms for personal protection. If you are a regular citizen… too bad for you. The politicians have designated law enforcement personnel to carry for them. The rich and the powerful can hire personnel to carry for them. The average French citizen can neither afford professional protection, depend on the limited resources of civil servants, nor enjoy the privilege of owning a firearm for personal or family protection.

Before You Celebrate That 5.6% Unemployment

Source: The ammo this jobs report gives the GOP

Before you celebrate:

Friday’s jobs report showing a gain of 252,000 positions and a dip to a 5.6 percent unemployment rate offered up more good news for President Barack Obama, who is wrapping up a weeklong road trip to tout the improving economy and offer up fresh proposals on housing and education in advance of his State of the Union address later this month.

Keep the following items in mind:

The report showed that average hourly earnings decreased by 5 cents to $24.57, following an increase of 6 cents in November. On the year, average hourly earnings have risen just 1.7 percent, barely enough to keep pace with inflation. The encouraging 0.4 percent increase in wages reported in November got revised back down to 0.2 percent.

 

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The labor force participation rate also ticked down to 62.7 percent, the lowest level since the 1970s. [my emphasis] That number comes from the volatile household survey so probably does not mean very much on a single-month basis. But the overall trend in participation will be very much a Republican talking point over the next two years.

We are actively driving workers out of the workforce. This is really, really, exceptionally bad. With 27.3% of the workforce not even trying to find jobs, many of whom are relaxing in the comfortable “hammock” of unemployment or other social welfare programs, the load on those who remain in the workforce carry a tremendous burden. The heavier this burden becomes, and the more generous we are to those not working, the less incentive people have to work.

Sometimes, “generosity” – especially the “generosity” that comes from the plunder of workers (i.e. taxes) – kills.

 

“Free” stuff for everyone!

CNN Breaking News:

President Barack Obama says he’ll propose making two years of community college “free for everybody who’s willing to work for it.”

“We … have to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages and better benefits,” the President said in an announcement the White House posted to Facebook and Vine on Thursday

The problem with giving stuff away “for free” is that NOTHING. IS. EVER. FREE.

Robert Heinlein told us in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, “There Ain’t No Such Thing As a Free Lunch” – TANSTAFL. Even breathing is not “free.” College tuition certainly is not!

Do not be fooled by the “generosity” of those who are willing to plunder your neighbors to give you the loot. This is not generosity. This is plunder in the guise of caring.

Obama vs Krazy Kim

CNN Breaking News:

U.S. investigators have evidence that hackers stole the computer credentials of a system administrator to access Sony’s computer system, U.S. officials tell CNN’s Evan Perez.

The United States is preparing to publicly blame North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack, and one official said, “We do think it’s appropriate to respond.” The White House and government agencies are holding a series of high-level meetings to discuss the range of options, a senior official in the Obama administration said. 

Maybe President Obama will “draw a red line!”

Sony, The Interview and North Korea

So, it appears that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un (hereafter referred to as Krazy Kim) hired some hackers to jack Sony servers, release a bunch of personal trash and get a movie release canceled. Nice. That’s SO “Communist Dictator Play Book” material. All of the Great Leaders who have gone before would just love that.

From CNN: “The movie’s plot involves the attempted assassination of North Korean dictator [Krazy Kim].”

Anyway, now there is this movie setting on servers at Sony, and thousands of copies (on whatever media studios ship movies to theaters on) out there that I had no interest in seeing…. But now I have to!

I predict that a copy will escape, get bootlegged and become the most watched movie of 2015, and an instant cult classic – even if it is terrible… Especially if it was terrible!

I am already imagining the official press release from Sony Studios with angry language about the criminals who released a copy of their intellectual property and the criminals who continue to copy and distribute the material and calling for legal action and threats…. Yes, “don’t watch this illegally obtained movie. That will make us very, very angry. Don’t do it!”

I wonder if they will re-edit the movie before it “somehow” gets “leaked?”

On Losing Liberty

Lamenting Liberty Lost http://reason.com/archives/2015/01/08/lamenting-liberty-lost

A British author, residing in the United States for the past 30 years, created a small firestorm earlier this week with his candid observations that modern-day Americans have been duped by the government into accepting a European-style march toward socialism because we fail to appreciate the rich legacy of personal liberty that is everyone’s birthright and is expressly articulated in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

I often do not agree with Reason’s Libertarian ideology, but I will not deny that they often get things correct.

Thoughts on Offerings (in Church)

From Douglas Wilson: A Box in the Back http://dougwils.com/the-church/a-box-in-the-back.html

When it comes to godly fund-raising, there are two basic methods employed in the Bible. When Paul puts the godly squeeze on the saints, it is for the sake of distributing practical relief to others (2 Cor. 9:2-4). Even there, there is a point made of having accountability (2 Cor. 8:18-20), but Paul does lean on the saints to dig deep and give . . . to the poor.

This is worth thinking about….

Books Read

In 2008 I started keeping a list of books that I have read. I wish I had started sooner. I’m very happy that I did not wait longer. 2014 was my best reading year ever. I did “cheat” a little by recording every book of the Bible separately, but I have no regret on that score. I hope that 2015 is as good.

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James Tooley on Private Schools for the Poor and the Beautiful Tree – EconTalk

Podcast:
James Tooley on Private Schools for the Poor and the Beautiful Tree EconTalk

URL:
http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/Tooleyschools.mp3

Description:
James Tooley, Professor of Education at Newcastle University, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about low-cost for-profit private schools in the slums and rural areas of poor countries. Tooley shows how surprisingly widespread private schools are for the poor and how effective they are relative to public schools where teacher attendance and performance can be very disappointing. The conversation closes with whether public schooling should remain the ideal in poor countries.

President Obama on Censorship

Extracted from a CNN Breaking News:

Obama said at a White House news conference:  “We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” Obama said. “That’s not who we are. That’s not what America is about.” (emphasis added)

You see what’s important here, right? We cannot allow some dictator some place to impose censorship on us, because we are much better at doing that domestically.

If you think that the pervasive surveillance that has continued to grow in the world (under every political party) is not a form of censorship, you are simply delusional.

To Christmas or Not To Christmas…..That Is The Question – Sola Sisters

Imagine my delight, then, as a born again Christian when I came to realize that it WAS true after all: God did become flesh, and He did dwell among us. And He did it out of his great and wondrous love for us, as part of his plan of redemption. Amazing!

To Christmas or Not To Christmas…..That Is The Question http://www.solasisters.com/2014/12/to-christmas-or-not-to-christmasthat-is.html

ARPA DARPA ARPA DARPA

From the Wikipedia article:

…Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) created in 1958…

ARPA was renamed to “DARPA” (for Defense) in March 1972, then renamed “ARPA” in February 1993, and then renamed “DARPA” again in March 1996.

I wonder what that cost the American Taxpayer?

Confused in Chief – Immigration (from the news)

Our President seems to be confused on a number of issues:

CNN Breaking News 20.Nov.2014 4:10 PM
President Barack Obama will order immigration officers to deport “felons, not families” as he wields executive power to shield five million illegal immigrants in the most sweeping reform of the immigration system in decades.

In a prime time address to the nation Thursday, Obama will lay out changes he is making to immigration laws without the consent of Congress.

A key element of his plan is to instruct immigration authorities to prioritize expulsion action against gang members, felons and suspected terrorists rather than law abiding undocumented parents of US citizens and residents and others, senior administration officials said.

  1. “Obama will lay out changes he is making to immigration laws without the consent of Congress”It seems that our Commander-in-Chief is not aware that he is NOT our king. Being as he was a Professor of Constitutional Law, you’d think he would be able to fake his way around this issue.
  2. “A key element of his plan is to instruct immigration authorities to prioritize expulsion action against gang members, felons and suspected terrorists rather than law abiding….”Now, hold on a moment: “undocumented” is a politically kind way of saying “residing in the United States in violation of the law.” What the President is saying is, “I want to get rid of those criminals that will come back to haunt me, but not the ones that I can get to vote (illegally) for me and my party.”

    Let’s try to pretend to honesty, Mr. President. At least you can try to pretend, can’t you?

  3. “felons, not families”There is a gaping hole here concerning felons with families. Since we have already established that “undocumented emigrants” are felons…. well…. do you see the problem?

Quote – Unfriendliness

Friendliness in itself is not holiness; it is sometimes a mask for hidden agendas and a palliative for a conscience that hides other iniquities.  “I may be a monster, but at least I am nice to strangers and puppies,” the hedonist and serial killer might say.  However, in the kingdom of Christ selfishness is not allowed, it is a sin.  Unfriendliness as an expression of that selfishness is anti-Christ; it is a putting off of people not a welcome to them.  It is a symptom of a wretched and nasty heart.
– Randy Nabor

The fish tank returns

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The Things finally moved the Wii fish tank from the original Wii (which suffered a disk drive failure and was replaced) moved onto the Wii U. This fish tank was written by a little software company called Hudson Soft which is now defunct. This fish tank ran on a hand-me-down Wii, on a hand-me-down TV in front of the pharmacy counter at the Medicine Shop in Roswell for a couple of years until the store closed. It has pacified countless customers and entertained countless children for countless hours. It’s still my favorite Wii “game.”