Category Archives: 24¢ Worth

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Poking the Sleeping Dog

Just a few thoughts from an America loving simple man on the whole situation that we find ourselves in…

To all of the anti-Trump hateful leftists that will undoubtedly troll this post… Our eyes are closed no longer. We see you for what you are. We see your destructive and divisive agenda/ideology, AND WE REJECT IT…. Continue reading

Bozell: The Slow Death of the Republican Party

The Grand Old Party is about to commit suicide.

All this talk about Trump this, and Trump that, masks a far bigger political controversy. The Republican Party leadership in Washington, D.C., has fundamentally betrayed its constituents and they are about to learn that they’ve been double-crossed — for years.

Every Republican candidate’s stock speech sounds the same, the thunderous roar about a government out of control, federal spending out of control (insert charts and graphs and why, if you stack hundred dollar bills, they will reach the edge of the universe), federal taxes out of control (insert comparisons to socialist countries), the federal bureaucracy out of control (insert metaphors about chains, yokes, and the like), the family shattered with federal funding of abortion a crime against humanity (watch for it — there! The heart-wrenching sob), and our military is emasculated. Continue reading

America is Under Attack from Outside and from Within

I, Jeffrey Bennett, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” ~ November 7, 1965

What occurred in Charlottesville North Carolina was a sad, tragic event especially with the death of a young woman Heather Heyer.

We can all agree that extremist fringe groups on both sides of the ideological spectrum; White Nationalists, Antifa, Neo-Nazi’s, White Supremacists, Black Lives Matter (BLM), anarchists and who knows what else prowls the streets of unrest, should be denounced and are anathema to the American ethos. Continue reading

In the Beginning… of Craziness!

The following was written by a reader of Federal Observer in response to a recent column posted by Neal Ross (How Did All This Craziness Get Started in the First Place). Thank you Mark. ~ J.B.

Hmmm… maybe someone should fly over Durham and airdrop a couple thousand copies of history onto the crowds?

But to be honest I don’t think it would matter to the Communist organizers pouring gasoline onto the identity politics fire raging…

Black Slaveowners: Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860

They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold History of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America

The Irish Slaves: Slavery, indenture and Contract labor Among Irish Immigrants

Black Confederates

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities

WHY LINCOLN CHOSE WAR and how he ran his war

Mark Manney ~ August 18, 2017

A Viable Solution to the Battle Over the Monuments

Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” ― George Orwell, 1984

We are headed in Orwell’s direction if we don’t get smart about censoring the past. One of the things the internet has done is make more information available to people.

Someone says this about that person, and another person says that based on some additional research. Each side gets a voice.
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Burkert: Bill of Divorcement

Originally posted on Federal Observer on April 20, 2017 as a reply to Is America In The Throes Of A Nasty Divorce?, by Ron Ewart. In a rare move – we felt that the author’s commentary warranted a posting of it’s own. ~ J.B.

I don’t think that there’s any doubt, that the American Union will eventually be dissolved. How that happens is what is in question. Will it be a violent dissolution, or will it be peaceful. Will each state become an independent nation, or will some states join in new, but much smaller Unions? Continue reading

General Pershing, Pigs, Philippines and Islamic Terrorism

“These Juramentado attacks were materially reduced in number by a practice that the Mohamedans held in abhorrence. The bodies were publicly buried in the same grave with a dead pig. It was not pleasant to have to take such measures, but the prospect of going to hell instead of heaven sometimes deterred the would-be assassins.”

These were the words of General Pershing in his autobiography. According to the New York Times (despite having reported on it at the time) it’s a myth. The Washington Post agrees. They both cite fact checks by Politifact and Snopes. The problem with all the fact checks is… the facts. Continue reading

Americans are Rapidly Descending Into Madness

I don’t live in an echo chamber, partly because there aren’t enough people out there who think like me, but also because I constantly and intentionally attempt to challenge my worldview by reading stuff from all over the political map. I ingest as much as I can from a wide variety of intelligent sources, picking and choosing what makes sense to me, and then synthesizing it the best I can.

Though I’m certainly grounded in certain key principles, my perspective on specific issues remains malleable as I take in additional information and perspectives. I try to accept and acknowledge my own ignorance and view life as a journey of constant mental, emotionally and spiritual growth. If I’m not growing my capacity in all of those realms until the day I die, I’m doing it wrong. Life should be seen as a battle against one’s own ignorance, as opposed to an obsession with the ignorance of others. You can’t legislate morality, nor can you legislate wisdom. The only way the world will improve on a long-term sustainable basis is if more of us get wise. That’s a personal journey and it’s our individual duty to accept it. Continue reading

Charlottesville Shows How Dangerous the SPLC Really Is

Anti-Trump rally, New York, August 14, 2017 (Rex Features via AP Images)

Charlottesville was a huge victory for the hard-Left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). And that’s not good for anyone who loves freedom.

The driver of the car who plowed into a crowd of Leftist demonstrators in Charlottesville Saturday was a neo-Nazi, and on Monday President Trump denounced the Ku Klux Klan, “neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups,” which he rightly said were “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” Continue reading

Driessen: Life in fossil-fuel-free utopia

Life without oil, natural gas and coal would most likely be nasty, brutish and short.

Al Gore’s new movie, a New York Times article on the final Obama Era “manmade climate disaster” report, and a piece saying wrathful people twelve years from now will hang hundreds of “climate deniers” are a tiny sample of Climate Hysteria and Anti-Trump Resistance rising to a crescendo. If we don’t end our evil fossil-fuel-burning lifestyles and go 100% renewable Right Now, we are doomed, they rail.

Maybe it’s our educational system, our cargo cult’s easy access to food and technology far from farms, mines and factories, or the end-of-days propaganda constantly pounded into our heads. Whatever the reason, far too many people have a pitiful grasp of reality: natural climate fluctuations throughout Earth history; the intricate, often fragile sources of things we take for granted; and what life would really be like in the utopian fossil-fuel-free future they dream of. Let’s take a short journey into that idyllic realm. Continue reading

The Summer of ’68

How many of these points can you share? So much of this sounds so familiar…..

When I was 8 during the summer back in the summer of 1968, we’d swim in the bayou, fish all day, live in the woods near my home playing guns (liberals of today would have kittens), football (no helmets or pads), basketball and baseball. We caught crawfish and our dads would boil them in a huge picnic with the corn and potatoes. We’d wave to the shrimp boats and the party boats headed to the Gulf and they’d blow their horns to us on the bank.

I never really watched a lot of TV and never had a reason to do so. I did chores, such as clipping the beautiful hedges that surrounded our parcel like a living fence and mowing the grass under our giant live oak tree with an old push mower. I started mowing the grass when I was 8 and I got an allowance.

My parents had a big, screened in porch that overlooked the bayou and we’d have sleep outs on it. We’d sneak outside and look at the massive amount stars overhead. Continue reading

Benson: Open Letter to President Donald Trump

Dear Mr. Trump,

You may well be already aware of what I am going to say here, but I felt the need to say it anyway. Lest it come across to you in the wrong manner, let me state that my wife and I both voted for you, and we pray for you, that what you are trying to do will be successful. There are people in your own administration that cannot honestly say that much.

Regarding this entire “Russian collusion” narrative you have asked several good questions which I need to comment briefly on. It should be obvious to you that Mr. Mueller, in some vain attempt to tie you to something illegal or treasonous, will investigate you, your family, your friends, including all the family pets (to see if you ever owned a Russian wolfhound) back for at least three generations, and no matter how tenuous whatever they manage to dig up is, it will be parroted by the mainstream media as a world crime of gigantic proportions. I think we both realize that. Continue reading

Tesla battery, subsidy and sustainability fantasies

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Tesla sales have plummeted to near zero in Hong Kong and Denmark, as generous subsidies evaporated. Its $7,500-per-car federal rebate (taxpayer subsidy) is about to start its death spiral. So California is halfway toward enacting legislation that would provide $3 billion in state point-of-sale rebates: as much as $30,000 or even $40,000 per car. The legislature apparently wants to continue ensuring that all families help perpetuate programs that thus far have transferred 90% of all electric car subsidies to the wealthiest 20% of families.

Meanwhile, ardent renewable energy aficionados insist that the key to a wind and solar future is battery backup systems … which are just around the corner. Not so fast, says technology guru Mark Mills. Storing 12 hours worth of household and business electricity demand per day, plus charging up 1.4 billion currently gasoline-powered vehicles, would require 1,250 years of production from every existing lithium battery factory worldwide. It’s not going to happen, he says. And that’s just the beginning of the subsidy and sustainability fantasies we must deal with. ~ Paul Driessen
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Are men on college campuses entitled to equal justice under law?

Following President Trump’s February executive order, the Department of Education has been reviewing regulations and guidance to make sure that they “adequately protect students.” Men on college and university campuses are students too, and they greatly need protection from the regulations and guidance of the Obama-era Office for Civil Rights, which remain in force at this writing. Campus drinking is a problem, but it is not the most serious problem (“Trump education official: Parties usually ‘both drunk’ in campus sexual assault cases,” July 12, 2017). Here is the most serious problem.

The situation regarding anything even remotely sexual on college and university campuses today is entirely controlled by ideologues steeped in former President Barack Obama identity and sexual politics. Those who caused the current situation to exist are “true believers” who must be replaced by centrists open to evidence and reason. Continue reading

Accepting a Society of Government Tyranny

Rational thinking and moral conduct are rare in a society that has no respect for other individuals or succumb to the dictates of an all powerful government. Without free will, the dignity of the person is removed from the social relationship. Tyranny is not simply a state of mind, but is an imposition of compulsion designed to control the behavior of subjects of whatever form of government claiming legitimate rule.

Mary Ann McGrail contends that Shakespeare viewed “tyranny is a perpetual political and human problem“.

“She locates Shakespeare’s expansive definition of tyranny between the definitions accepted by classical and modern political philosophy. Is tyranny always the worst of all possible political regimes, as Aristotle argues in his Politics? Or is disguised tyranny, as Machiavelli proposes, potentially the best regime possible?

Shakespeare’s dramas of tyranny rest somewhere between Aristotle’s reticence and Machiavelli’s forthrightness.”
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White Privilege” a Myth

“White privilege” is a spurious construct invented by progressive academics who love to divide and categorize people into groups

I was pondering the other day, how I came to be the lottery winner of “white privilege.” God made me in the image of a good Christian, compassionate and loving to my fellow human beings, and gave me certain tools for success that he gave everybody else, regardless of skin color.

I felt privileged that my parents worked hard and put a roof over our heads and food on the table. It was not the best in the world, but we survived. Nobody gave us welfare and, had we demanded something we did not earn and were not entitled to, we would have been told swiftly, “no work, no food.” Continue reading

The US Is Not “One Nation” – And It Never Was

Patrick Buchanan is an informative and interesting writer. On foreign policy, especially, he’s long been one of the most reasonable voices among high-level American pundits.

When it comes to cultural matters, however, Buchanan has long held to a peculiar and empirically questionable version of American history in which the United States was once a mono-culture in which everyone was once happily united by “a common religion,” a “common language,” and a “common culture.”

Now, he’s at it again with his most recent column in which he correctly points out that the United States is culturally fractured, and speculates as to whether or not Thomas Jefferson’s call to “dissolve political bands” in the Declaration of Independence might be sound advice today.

Buchanan is correct in noting that the US is culturally divided today. Continue reading

Mercer: The Declaration Of Independence Has Been Mocked Out Of Meaning

For most Americans, Independence Day means firecrackers and cookouts. The Declaration of Independence—whose proclamation, on July 4, 1776, we celebrate—doesn’t feature. Contemporary Americans are less likely to read it now that it’s easily available on the Internet, than when it relied on horseback riders for its distribution.

It is fair to say that the Declaration of Independence has been mocked out of meaning. Continue reading

Preserving the Union: Preventing an American Divorce

In his June 8th article for National Review, David French discussed the rise of homogenous enclaves in our country and the part they play in dividing Right from the Left. According to French, we now face something “akin to the beginning stages of a national divorce.” French describes the social and political forces driving America apart as a “combination of negative polarization and a phenomenon Tyler Cowen calls ‘matching.’”

Briefly, negative polarization, as described by French, is the tendency for Americans to associate with “political tribes.” They do this not based on any affinity of ideas, but because of a shared hatred of the opposing point of view. Each tribe views the other as inferior in some meaningful way representative of personal morality. Continue reading

Can a Divided America Survive?

The United States is currently the world’s oldest democracy, but America is no more immune from collapse than were some of history’s most stable and impressive consensual governments. Fifth-century Athens, Republican Rome, Renaissance Florence and Venice, and many of the elected governments of early 20th-century Western European states eventually destroyed themselves, went bankrupt or were overrun by invaders.

The United States is dividing as rarely before. Half the country, mostly liberal America, is concentrated in 146 of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties — in an area that collectively represents less than 10 percent of the U.S. land mass. The other half, the conservative Red states of the interior of America, is geographically, culturally, economically, politically and socially at odds with Blue-state America, which resides mostly on the two coasts.

The two Americas watch different news. They read very different books, listen to different music and watch different television shows. Increasingly, they now live lives according to two widely different traditions. Continue reading

Obama and Holder Lied – Brian Terry Died

Brian Terry

As liberal McCarthyism continues searching for Russian monsters under Trump administration beds, it might serve us well to remember the Obama administration scandals, for which there were no special prosecutors appointed, no grand juries convened, not even a leaked memo to the New York Times via a friendly professor at Columbia University.

A few years ago, President Obama called the scandals swirling around his administration “phony scandals”. As The Hill reported in 2013:

With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Obama said in an economic address at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill…

Obama on Wednesday did not specify which controversies were “phony,” but the administration has been attacked over National Security Agency surveillance programs leaked to the public, the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, the Department of Justice’s seizing of media phone records, and last year’s attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Phony scandals are those that do not have a smidgeon of evidence of a crime, like alleged Trump collusion with the Russians or obstruction of an investigation that was never stopped or even slowed down. Phony scandals do not produce body bags as the Obama administration produced in Benghazi and during Operation Fast and Furious — the Obama administration’s gun-running operation in which it armed Mexican drug lords and cartels with heavy weapons for which the U.S. Border Patrol had no match or protection. That gun-running operation led to the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Continue reading

Finley: Equal justice under law for fathers

I applaud Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her colleagues on the United States Supreme Court for seeking gender equality in citizenship law (“Supreme Court strikes down gender-based citizenship law,” June 12, 2017).

Engraved above the public entrance to the United States Supreme Court are the words: “Equal Justice Under Law.”

All fathers are entitled to equal justice under law in all of the nation’s courts — including family courts.

Can the nation now move on to adoption law, where birth mothers and birth fathers are treated totally differently based solely on their gender and which often leads to heartbreaking legal cases and a lose-lose-lose situation for all members of the adoptive triad —birth parents, adoptive parents and the child? Continue reading

Williams: Rewriting American History

The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal, they move their agenda to something else. If we Americans give them an inch, they’ll take a yard. So I say, don’t give them an inch in the first place.” ~ Walter Williams

Walter Williams, Economist

George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history. Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and execution.

Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee monument removed last month. Former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton wanted the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, removed from the city park. In Richmond, Virginia, there have been calls for the removal of the Monument Avenue statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. It’s not only Confederate statues that have come under attack. Just by having the name of a Confederate, such as J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia, brings up calls for a name change. These history rewriters have enjoyed nearly total success in getting the Confederate flag removed from state capitol grounds and other public places. (Read complete column on Metropolis Café…)

Mortier: Medicaid, Pre-existing Conditions and the Doughnut Hole

They are all subtle genocide, Taking Medicaid from the disabled and poor seniors. There was a blind woman on local TV who only gets a couple hundred a month and she said not be able to make it without Medicaid. A lot of people not just seniors, but the young people and children have preexisting conditions. Cancer, Diabetes, Asthma, MS, Mental, knee replacements every l0 years, Heart problems, Kidney disease, Lupus, etc. which i could go on forever are all preexisting conditions. Then that Medicare Doughnut Hole where you have to decide between the food on your table and the roof over your head or your medicine. I have already given up two medicines, because of the doughnut hole. Brand names only – not generic. Continue reading

Beaman: Who Seperated Church and State?

A Supreme Court Malfunction…

The phrase ‘separation of church & state’ is found nowhere in The Constitution but rather was lifted from a letter of assurance to the Danbury Connecticut Baptists Association by Pres. Thomas Jefferson. It is upon that phrase in that letter that aggressive anti-establishment cultists such as The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FRF) and militant atheists base their extreme policies. There is a problem with it.

While certainly among the most brilliant, and probably the most libertarian of the Founders, Thomas Jefferson had no hand in writing The Constitution, being engaged in Paris as United States ambassador to France at the time of The Convention in Philadelphia. Plus, reports are that he was very upset with it when he returned & read it.
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What is the Best Way to Support Veterans?

Since the abolishment of the draft, volunteers have manned the military. By professional armed services standards, this conversion has produced the most efficient and competitive war machine ever. However, what escapes this simplistic viewpoint is that the forces deployed “To Kill People and Break Things“, are used to expand and perpetuate an empire, while forgoing an actual defense of our nation. Decisions to police the world are made by non elected agencies, who essentially formulate the detailed policies that shed the blood of soldiers and drain the treasure of the country. Presidents and politicians talk about the hard determinations to place service personnel in harm’s way, but it is the military-industrial-complex that does the grunt work in staging the logistics and directing what theater of operations the grand imperial military can operate. Continue reading

The Conservative Approach to Taxation and a Healthy Business Climate

As a small business owner and taxpayer in Morris County, New Jersey, I face two issues that are near and dear to many others in our county: taxes and the business climate. I believe that these issues are directly related and it is only by bringing business back that we can prevent Morris County residents from being taxed out of their homes.

As a business owner, I am proud that I am able to help my employees to put a roof over their children’s heads and food on their tables but it is also a great responsibility that cannot be taken lightly. Here in Morris County, like anywhere else in the world, business climates change. Continue reading

MSM: ‘Trump Robs the Poor

Trump’s $3.6 Trillion Budget Cuts Hit His Supporters Hard,” blares the Bloomberg headline. The subject, is of course, President Donald Trump’s leaner budget proposal released Tuesday morning. The Bloomberg story begins by fleshing out the headline: “President Donald Trump’s first full budget would dramatically reduce the U.S. government’s role in society, hitting hard many of the rural, working-poor supporters who propelled him into office as he cuts through the safety net for the poor and disabled, impacting farming communities and inner cities alike.” Why would he, as The Washington Post put it so pathetically, release a “budget that would bolster the rich, [and] remove benefits from the poor”? Continue reading

Health Care, from the Top

We cannot vote away scarcity.

Our ongoing troubles with health care stem from an unwillingness to deal with certain facts. One of those facts is scarcity. “Scarcity” is a term from economics, and it refers to the fact that there is never enough of anything to satisfy every possible desire — the universe holds only so much, and human desire has a way of outgrowing whatever we have. So we have to come up with a way of dividing up that which is scarce. We have tried many different ways of doing that — war, caste systems, central planning — though mostly we’ve relied on the fact that everybody wants lots of different things, which makes it possible to trade. But buying and selling stuff is not, to be sure, the only way to divide up that which is scarce. Continue reading

Hop Sing forecloses on Cartwright’s. Ponderosa now owned by Chinese

A Chinese Factory Slave Explains Why Manufacturing Jobs Are Never Coming Back To America No Matter What President Trump Says

“You get no job back!”

While we all loved President Trump’s campaign pledge to bring jobs back to America, there are powerful economic forces at work that suggest the shift to cheap labor is pretty much irreversible. Yes, Trump has spoken with the leaders of some of America’s biggest companies and he’s been successful at getting those chief executives to commit to creating or keeping a few thousands jobs here and there, but when you consider that the competing foreign labor force primarily responsible for manufacturing America’s consumer goods numbers in the hundreds of millions of people, the notion that we’re somehow going to see explosive manufacturing growth over the next four or eight years is nothing more than a pipe dream. Continue reading