Remember this lovely image? The label on the button, in Russian, was supposed to say, "Reset," but instead it said, "Overcharged." I'm not sure that was a mistake so much as a double entendre. Hillary as Secretary of State ran an email server inside of her house and did all of her business from there where no one could monitor what she was doing. While Secretary of State, foreign governments poured millions of dollars into the Clinton Foundation. After she left office, she's pulled in 6-figure payouts for canned speeches all across the country while her inexperienced and semi-skilled daughter was similarly paid by a major news organization.That button was a symbolic start to her career.Her career as a[...]
K T Cat 3/4/2015 6:39:06 PM ... may not apply to everyone.I heard a talk today given by a SEAL team commander on leadership. It didn't resonate with me at all and I tried to put my finger on just why that was. I wondered if it was my normal contrariness until I finally hit upon it.SEALs are effectively professional athletes. Their ability to carry out their missions are closely tied to their physical prowess. After a while, age takes it's toll and they can no longer do the job.Contrast that with a professional - engineer, scientist, accountant, what have you. You can continue to develop within your profession until your mental faculties give out which is a substantially longer time frame. In fact, most of the superstar engineers and scientists I know[...]
Silvio Canto, Jr. Thursday, March 05, 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)In "Fantasy Island", the old TV series, Tattoo would look up in the sky and say "The plane, the plane". It was an announcement that a plane carrying guests was about to arrive.In the next round of U.S.-Cuba talks, we will hear someone say "the ship, the ship", or a reminder that Cuba is still smuggling weapons. Our friends at Capitol Hill Cubans posted this today:The Colombian authorities have intercepted a Chinese-flagged ship loaded with "war materiel" headed for Cuba.It was intercepted near the Port of Cartagena. The cargo includes long-range weapons systems.According to El Tiempo, the ship did not have appropriate documentation --[...]
Wednesday March 4: Iran in Latin America, Argentina & other US Latin America stories....... http://t.co/ZvHsuhVzzU Silvio Canto, Jr. (SCantojr) March 4, 2015 Tags: Iran and Latin America, Argentina and the death of Mr Nisman, Colombia and FARC, Venezuela and putting the opposition in jail To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the My View by Silvio Canto, Jr. Thanks
W.C. Varones 2/20/2015 3:11:00 PM That's our mantra when it comes to politicians choosing to fix long-term problems or kick the can down the road. We've seen it for years in the federal budget. It's a lot easier to pass a continuing resolution than work toward long-run fiscal sustainability.And now "Always Bet on Can-kicking" pays off big in Greece. Both sides had postured and pretended they were willing to walk away, which would have meant serious near-term chaos and pain but at least a final end to Greece's suffocating Euro debt. But no, they kicked:Greece and eurozone nations have agreed a deal to extend financial aid after bailout talks in Brussels.Eurozone finance ministers reached an agreement to extend Greece's financial rescue by four[...]
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This lake near San Luis Obispo, California barely contains any water following a several year drought. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The ever helpful nanny state types have invaded my neighborhood app, called Next Door, with tips about saving water. Of course, there was no discussion about why we don't have any water and why agriculture is dying in California. Since the hypocritical nanny-staters didn't allow me to comment on their post, I am responding here.I muted the discussion topic "Waste No Water" because they closed any discussion of their post. The fact is that California is suffering more from this drought because of the stupidity of past kowtowing to the[...]
B-Daddy 2/10/2015 9:45:50 PM From the U-T: The City Council voted 6-3 on Monday to reject plans to build three homes on the Jessop estate in Point Loma, adding to the single one built in 1926.. . ."When you have properties this big, you shouldn't be putting the houses 12 feet apart," said Council President Sherri Lightner, adding that the design would make firefighting difficult. "I have grave concerns about public safety."Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, whose district includes Point Loma, said she could support adding development to the site, but not this particular proposal for La Crescentia Drive because of the locations of the new homes.Monday's council vote was actually in favor of a resident's appeal of the Planning Commissions approval of[...]
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[...]
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[...]
While some 40 world leaders came togetherMondayin Paris to lead a massive march through the streets, in solidarity against terrorism and for the freedom of the press, a London School of Economics student named Daniel Wickham watched with scorn and amusement; all too aware of the hypocrisy on display. Here were leaders or representatives of governments whose policies towards the press have not been without blemish, to say the least. Deciding to shame them (how sweetly nave are the young: we old folk know politicians know no shame) he tweeted the records of many of these nation's records regarding freedom of the press; perhaps attempting to turn this moment of tragedy into one of farce.The kid is right, of course: the[...]
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[...]
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[...]
The most shocking part of the stories out of Ferguson is the photos and realization that the Ferguson and state police are armed to the teeth. If this doesnt seem like an overreaction to the situation at hand I dont know what does. Most telling is the fact that the law enforcement in the state feel like they need to bring out all of their war toys.Since 1997 the DoD has been shuffling through the Department of Homeland Security all of their excess hardware such as armored vehicles, assault weapons and even helicopters. So is it any wonder that the cops are now acting like the military? And how far do we need to go before losing our liberty is more important than our perceived security? I know if I live in Ferguson, MO I dont[...]
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[...]
California now has a Republican contender for its soon-to-be open Senate seat. Rocky Chvez, a state assemblyman and former Marine, said Thursday that he would run to succeed Senator Barbara Boxer when she retires next year. In a statement announcing his ...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Senate has confirmed the former executive producer of the "The Hangover" movies to the California Community College Board of Governors. Senators voted 29-6 Thursday in support of Scott Budnick. Budnick was first ...
The last time we checked in with the Duke University Porn Star Belle Knox, she was complaining about how the disclosure of her new-found adult film career was hurting her sex life.Knox seems to be making a second career out of complaining. She is a featured speaker forLiberty Fest NYC this October, on the high cost of education that she says drove her to her current job.Belle Knox (Miriam Weeks) made headlines when it was revealed that she is a Duke University student paying for tuition by doing porn. Belle has used her new found fame to have an honest discussion with Americans about the state of college tuition & the federal governments wasteful spending.I would have more respect for Knox if she put her expensive[...]
The last time we checked on California's new rules for issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, the Department of Motor Vehicles was so overwhelmed with requests for new licenses that it can take up to three months to get an appointmenteven for lawful citizens.The new program has been so popular that now over 110,000 illegal immigrants now hold those vital pieces of identification.California has handed out 110,000 driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally during the first seven weeks of applications.The figures for all of January and much of February were released this week by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles.In early January when the law took effect, hundreds of immigrants lined up at[...]