Silvio Canto, Jr. Friday, May 22, 2015 5:00 AM "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
(My new American Thinker post) We know where President Obama's priorities are. He sees global warming or climate change as the threat of our times. Indeed, we have to care for our Earth but President Obama needs to read his daily security briefing more seriously. By now, ISIS has taken Ramadi and sits 90 miles (i.e. Dallas to Waco) from our US Embassy in Baghdad. Do any of the "yes we can" screamers surrounding President Obama remember the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81? A Baghdad hostage crisis would make Tehran look like a PG movie. They've also entered the city of Palmyra in Syria: [...]
Thursday: Elian Gonzalez is back in the news and a few other thoughts.... http://t.co/mxp07BYihQ Silvio Canto, Jr. (SCantojr) May 21, 2015 Tags: ISIS, Elian Gonzalez, Iraq, Panama Canal 2015 To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the My View by Silvio Canto, Jr. Thanks
K T Cat 5/21/2015 9:40:17 AM AskACatholicNun turned me on to this excellent, short video.It meshes well with BDaddy's post on Gay Marriage and craft beer which contains this tidbit.Destroying traditional pillars of culture and morality results in the need for more government control to make up for the lack of self-control in the population. This is a feature, not a bug, of the process of destroying the culture and is embraced by the left. For example, rampant sex between undergraduates on college campuses is the norm today, or so we are led to believe. While perhaps that has always happened to some extent; it was far less in degree and done with far greater discretion in times past. But since this behavior gives rise to sex under questionable[...]
That's the first thing I thought when I saw the great white shark on the specialized Florida license plate on a car in front of me. It looked like this.I think the Florida Tourism Board ought to have a say in next year's design.
W.C. Varones 5/13/2015 7:40:00 PM Portland Press-Herald:Hardest hit: College students who never finish schoolWhen Kat Ragot, 42, accepts her diploma for a bachelor of arts degree Saturday from the University of Maine at Machias, she will finish a journey that began 25 years ago and left her nearly $40,000 in debt.While fellow classmates who graduated from her first college, Carnegie Mellon University, went on to enjoy successful careers, Ragot dropped out, then struggled to make ends meet while working a series of low-paying jobs and raising two children on her own. She defaulted on her student loans, but later restored her credit so she could borrow more money and return to school.She needs that college degree, she says, so she can get a better-paying job[...]
Being interviewed in the Hollywood Reporter, Gavin McInnes nails my political philosophy (and I don't care if you think he's trolling):"I am a socially liberal libertarian who is not for open borders," he says. "That's my only problem with libertarians. I want almost no laws, I want the smallest government possible. I don't want anyone telling anyone what to do. But I also see the merit in tradition and I think that women and men are different."When THR pointed out that this sounds more like a socially conservative position, McInnes laughed. "Yeah, I guess so."For those who misread yesterday's post, this is my philosophy as well. We should be free to use social pressure to re-institute a conservative social order that[...]
Alternate title:The Left and Government Sanctioned Destruction of the CultureThe key insight that brings conservatives and libertarians together in an alliance against the left is that liberty in a constitutional republic can only be predicated on a conservative culture. A conservative culture constrains the bounds of behavior so that government can exercise a light touch over a society that will still function properly. This is why the left is seeking to destroy the pillars of conservative culture in America; marriage and family, the Christian church, and the language. This is being accomplished through government aided destruction of those institutions; while simultaneously "solving" the problems so created and[...]
The Bernie Panders (Socialismus fulgens), also called "Red" or lesser panda, not to be confused with the lesser pander, which is associated with the Clinton Foundation. The Bernie Panders is a small arboreal mammal native to Vermont.The specific epithet fulgens is Latin for "shining", which may refer to the path taken by the reds. Panda is the French name for the Roman goddess of peace and travelers, whereas the Pander is more amenable to fellow travelers. The species is generally quiet except for some twittering, tweeting, and Facebook communication. It has been reported to be both nocturnal and crepuscular. Results of phylogenetic research and party affiliation indicate strong support for its taxonomic[...]
Hillarymadillos Showmethecashimus Serverblankimus, are New World Order placental mammals with a leathery armor shell. Because of this, Hillarymadillos prefer to be photographed only in soft focus. This armor-like skin ,although thin, appears to be the main defense of the Hillarymadillo, though some escape predatory reporters by fleeing, often into vans and prearranged photo ops, from which their armor protects them. When startled by honest questions, the species frequently roll up into a ball.Hillarymadillos have been spotted in Illinois, as far south as Arkansas and primarily can be found in New York state. The Hillarymadillo has very poor eyesight and are prolific diggers. Many species use their sharp claws to grub for[...]
In defiance of the wishes of the Obama Administration, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Saeed el-Sisiseems prepared to follow in the footsteps of Rameses the Great.Like that ancient warrior-Pharaoh, el-Sisi is preparing to smite the Libyans; or at least the DAESH (ISIS) elements controlling parts of Libya.Egyptian land and naval forces seem to be preparing to strike intoLibya; their target likely DAESH forces in eastern Libya; and atDerna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital. In response, DAESH is reportedly rushing fighters from as far away as Iraq to counter any Egyptian moves.It is in Libya that DAESH has been carrying out the gruesome seaside beheadings of Christians seen over the last months.Such[...]
A psychiatrist once told me that the difference between a neurotic and a psychotic is that while the neurotic merely makes castles in the sky, the psychotic lives in themBy that definition our President might be psychotic; or at the least deeply delusional. He painted a verbal picture of a world security situation that exists only in his mind; in which he has solved every problem, and only global warming and the Republican Congress are a threat on the horizon.Oddly,PresidentObamafailed to say a word about Al Qaeda or Islamic fundamentalism. Nor the collapse today of the friendlygovernment in Yemen to Shia rebels loyal to the Ayatollahs in Iran. Yemen was a country he touted inlast year's State of the UnionAddressas a model[...]
Every once in a while a piece of legislation is introduced here in California that just completely makes me flip my lid. Now it has happened again. The piece of legislation that is creating more Nanny State and less Manifest Destiny is SB 8 offered by Bob Hertzberg of CA Senate District 18. This bill would tax services offered by small businesses. So just think, the myriad of Vaping and Hooka stores that have cropped in my neighborhood would now have to tax your experience. The small nail shop owner, the hairdresser you have been going to since you were in college, all of these services could potentially be taxed.The worst part of the bill is that Hertzberg actually believes this would enhance the states business[...]
At the end of this legislative session in California Governor Brown vetoed a few bills that, the legislature passed in Sacramento, which dealt with ethics. His reason was that he did not want to make the ethical practices the elected in Sacramento must follow to be made any more complex. Huh? Given that under his watch three separate Senators have been indicted on various federal and state charges ranging from voter fraud to gun running, how complicated are the current ethics rules?This gave me pause as to how complicated it must be already for these guys given their current legal troubles, so I went looking for the complex ethics one must follow if ever elected in our great state. Listed below are some of the ethical[...]
Dear Readers: Silvio Canto, Jr. and I wanted to invite everyone to join us for the 3rd annual Valentine's Day Show on Canto Talk (click HERE 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST for the live show or later for the archived podcast).The featured topic will be famous Television and Movie couples. After all the chaos and tragedy, I thought we needed a break from heavy history. We are also inviting listeners to call in with their favorites: 646-478-4933.My #1 Favorite TV Couple: Morticia and Gomez from The Addams Family.The Addams Family started out as a cartoon:The Addams Family is a group of fictional characters created by American cartoonist Charles Addams. The Addams Family characters include Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch,[...]
Dear Readers: I am thrilled to be chatting with Silvio Canto, Jr. this week on CANTO TALK. I will be on this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 (7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST). CLICK HERE FOR LIVE SHOW OR ARCHIVED PODCAST.One of the guests on the show will be an exquisitely beautiful artist I have connected with via Facebook, who plays like an angel. Joanna Mell is a Celtic Harpist, who renditions of traditional tunes have had a healing effect on my soul as I cover the chaos that has become the current news cycle.As I am a big fan of The Dresden Files book series about wizards, fairies, vampires, and other fantasy creatures, I wanted to feature this Carolan tune Si Beg, Si Mor (The Fairies of the Small Hill and the Big Hill).In fact, what[...]
Theres no denying that over the last few decades most all on-field rules changes made by the NFL have been exercises in increasing offense and scoring. This has created an arms race in a sense where the pendulum swings back and forth between the NFL offenses and NFL defenses whereby the offenses get aided by rules changes and the defenses counter with a combination of innovative schemes and superior athletes. To wit, for years, its been conventional wisdom that the best athletes in the world were in the NBA. Now days, we would add NFL defensive backs and possibly outside linebackers/rush ends into that mix (you dont think dudes like Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis and J.J. Watt can ball a little?).But[...]
*Youre loving this 4-team college football playoff format, arent you? Youve been loving the weekly unveiling of the top 4 teams every Tuesday night that was must-see T.V. for East Coasters and must-listen radio/must-interwebbing for us work-a-daddies on the West Coast, yeah? And you totally ate-up those semi-final games on New Years Day, didnt you? But youre a greedy one, right? We know what youre thinking, you dirty bird: Now, that youve wet your beak on this particular playoff format, youre of the mind that if 4 teams are good, 8 is better. Did we feel you on that?Well, pump the breaks, there, champ.There are certain logistical details within an 8-team format that need to be overcome, the chief[...]
Doo Doo Econ Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:06 AM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
This article is being written on the technical preview of Windows 10. It is impressive and exciting to see a real improvement aimed at desktop productivity.My motivation for reviewing Windows 10 on one of my Virtual Machine (VM) servers is to understand the future of Microsoft Windows Apps. Out of the gate, Windows 10 addresses my primary concerns. Apps tiles are now wonderfully integrated into the classic Windows Start button. The future of Windows apps looks bright. This new apps interface is terrific and a huge improvement over Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Windows apps now use their inherent responsive design model to resize throughout the desktop environment.The Windows 8 style[...]
Before beginning this timeline there are two alarming facts to keep in mind.This current enterovirus strain appears more severe than previous strains.If diseases were spread to American children through the Obama Administration's unilateral amnesty and relocation programs, enterovirus is just one of many pathogens in the exposure.Per USA Today:A dozen Colorado children have been diagnosed with polio-like paralysis, Wolk said. Although all of the children had a respiratory virus before muscle weakness set in, only four tested positive for enterovirus D68, he said. Most have gone home and are in rehabilitation."We're optimistic that a number of them, if not the majority, will gain some functionality back," Wolk said.This[...]
This blog doesn't get a lot of traffic, so I pay attention to those posts that do. Most of the all-time favorites are ones that have been featured in other, higher-traffic blogs, like one on Walmart and the DHS that made it onto some kind of right-wing e-mail list and one on collective bargaining that was featured on Mish's site. One post that has gotten consistent readership and strange little spikes (e.g. 260 pageviews this last month despite being two years old) is my review of Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt. The book is a defense of socialism and was recommended to me by a leftist college (biology) professor. He read it for his professors' book club. No doubt it's assigned reading in many classes around the[...]
First a big thanks to Leslie Eastman, the most link generous blogger I know, fellow SLOB and now frequent contributor to College and Legal Insurrection. She tells a good story and makes a big effort to pull together the thoughts and posts of other bloggers. She's been quoting my e-mails and throwing me links in her posts, which makes me remiss in not posting something new here.WARNING: this post has no conclusion. Its just a description of an intellectual journey half over. Call it a thematic compendium of book blurbs. Where did we go wrong? This question has been bothering me for years. We started out with a near perfect system of government, as close as could have been achieved given the knowledge of the[...]
It still represents an old guard of people who are pushing the culture wars and traditional family values. Of the molestation allegations and Duggars apology, Grant said: This is really going to hurt them. If it looks like hypocrisy, itll ...
Were all a little on edge these days with tense race relations in many quarters, strained police and community relations and the outline of a mushroom cloud hovering over the culture wars. You wonder who and what will explode next. This is why I felt ...
The ancient Egyptians worshipped divine bulls...and now it seems to be paying offThe country's stock market has gone bullish after it halted capital gains taxes. Egypt suspended a capital gains tax on Monday, sending shares soaring after a months-long downturn in which investors had complained of a lack of clarity about the new taxes, with some even taking the government to court.Immediately after the announcement, Egypt's EGX 30 index rose 3.3 percent to 8562.07, according to Egypt's official news agency. By late afternoon, shares were up 6.5 percent.President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi approved a law nearly a year ago which placed a 10 percent tax on capital gains, fueling a sell-off by investors in an economy already battered[...]