Pavlov’s Democrats

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Bell rings. Democrats drool

Americans have been experiencing historically cool summer weather in recent years, yet many Democrats believe they are burning up, simply because they are conditioned to believe it by politicians and the media.

2015-11-23-16-53-13

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    • omanuel says:

      It has been six years since Climategate emails first revealed manipulation of climate data. The more we have learned about our federal research agencies –NASA, NOAA, EPA, DOE, etc., etc. over the past six years – the lower has sunk public confidence in these once-respected institutions.

  1. Andy DC says:

    How dare you only show actual thermometer data and none of the proper adjustments by leading NOAA and NASA scientists, where by the magic of interpolation, extrapolation and sophisticated AL-Gore-ithms, they have scientifically demonstrated with red and brown crayons that in between the thermometers, it is much, much warmer!

    • Jason Calley says:

      And remember that no matter how much they alter the data, no matter what their pattern of alteration is, you still have not proven it is fraud. Even if they admit that it is fraud, they are probably lying about it and so it still is not proven. Even if God spoke from the heavens and proclaimed it to be fraud, He would probably be joking. Fraud? No way! Can’t possibly be fraud. Never been proven. Can’t be proven. I can’t hear you. I have my fingers in my ears! La la la la la la!!!

  2. eliza says:

    Has it been noticed that nearly ALL the mainstream media that publishes pro AGW NEVER but NEVER allow comments
    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/11/23/lamar-smith-is-hot-about-noaas-climate-science

    • Gail Combs says:

      They never allow comments because then the fence sitters read the nasty fact free ad hom comments by the drooling brain-dead CAGW zombies and can compare them to the well thought out fact filled comments of the ‘deniers’

      Here are current examples:
      http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/10/01/global-cooling-discovery-may-scupper-paris-climate-talks/

      http://www.theguardian.com/science/political-science/2015/nov/19/lamar-smith-harassing-climate-scientists

      Guardian uses another method. They ban ‘deniers’ or delete their comments.

      • Skeptical Science usually allows deniers one or two comments before banning them, and then the moderator deletes the good part of the post and writes “snip” where it was. Real Climate just bans all deniers and sends their posts to the bore hole immediately, where they still can be read. Wikipedia bans all editors who even comment on any topic related to global warming, unless they have special permission. Of the 3, Wikipedia is the most offensive.

        • Gail Combs says:

          “… Of the 3, Wikipedia is the most offensive.” And also the most important because it is direct brainwashing of the little kiddies that use WIKI to do their homework.

        • Jason Calley says:

          Hey Gail! “it is direct brainwashing of the little kiddies that use WIKI to do their homework.”

          But if it is on the interwebs it MUST be true!

          Some years back I was helping a young neice with her high school science report. I looked it over and remarked, “Hmmmm…This section is good, but it needs a better lead in from the previous paragraph. And this part here does not have a logical explanation for what they claim. And there are a few typos here…” Her response? “But it MUST be right! I cut and pasted it myself!”

          Sigh…

        • Gail Combs says:

          Jason,
          That is why I think HAND WRITTEN not typed should be mandatory in school for all work except typing class.

          At least that way they have to pay a bit of attention to what they are copying.

  3. rah says:

    This truck driver spent a good part of the last couple days in Democrat base voter land. Sunday they called me at 11:30. Dispatcher said something like this:
    ‘ I’ll be honest with you. We have drivers available to take this run but none of then say they can make it to Philadelphia in one driving shift. Due to a scheduling screw up it did not get set up for a driver to leave with it yesterday. It’s a new customer and our first load for them and I’d hate for it to be late. I know that in the past you’ve made it back from Philly in one driving shift. So I’m asking can you get there and deliver by 09:00 tomorrow morning?’

    Now maximum allowable driving time without a break to sleep is 11 hours. It’s 632 mi by the shortest route but 648 mi taking the fastest route. Our trucks are governed at 68 mph. There is no reason why a decent truck driver should not be able to make that trip in one driving shift if they want to.

    I said I’d go even though I did not have to according to the rules. I am loyal to employer and it’s part of the job. Sherry put on the coffee while I did my three Ss and got my stuff together. I got in to find the load was 44,780 lbs of canned Tomato products from Red Gold. It had been loaded on an adjustable deck trailer that is heavier than a normal dry van trailer. So I was very close to the 80,000 lb max with full fuel tanks on the tractor.

    The load delivered to a place on N. 5th Street on the Near north side of Philadelphia. IOW the delivery would be made in a rough part of town. Block graffiti covered walls with coils of razor wire on top kind of rough it what I’m talking about.

    Those two reasons are why nobody wanted to take it. Dragging that heavy load across the hills of the PA turnpike as fast as the truck will go would kill a drivers chance of getting the maximum fuel bonus for the quarter which can amount to over $400.00.

    Hooked up and took off at 12:40. Topped off fuel in Morristown, OH. No problems until I got to Philly. One thing driver runs into sometimes is that on Sunday nights in big cities they do maintenance on high volume routes. The ramp from I-76 to I-676 east was closed. I tried to follow their marked detour and though it got me over the river but after that it tried to take me where a big truck could not go. After wondering around trying to figure out how to get going north again and driving down streets with the tracks and overhead cables for the trolley where I should not have been I ended up going east on Market street and with the city hall square in sight a couple blocks ahead of me I did a U turn right on Market street to get to the ramp to I-676 to get where I needed to be. Figure I cleared a traffic light pole by about 6″ with the front of my truck doing it.

    All of that cost me 30 minutes but I still made it to the Honor foods warehouse with 30 minutes of drive time to spare. Parked in the last spot available for trucks waiting to deliver and pulled the curtains and went to sleep by about 03:00.

    07:15 was awaken by someone banging on my truck door. Lumper said get into door 9 and give me your paper work. Did as told with my e-logs still showing me taking my break. After being unloaded and going through the routine of getting a ComCheck to pay the lumpers I asked if I could park where I had been to finish my 10 hour break. Not allowed. Another driver told me to take a right out of the gate then take the first right and then go a few blocks down to America St and there is curb side truck parking allowed there and so that is what I did.

    At 13:10 the information for my back haul came over the qualcom. Called the broker and he said I had to be to the place on Washington Ave in Baltimore for my pick up by 15:30. Made it there at 15:22.

    As I was making the tight back into the door around another truck I heard “Sir, Sir” yelled at me. Younger black guy and I could tell right off he was panhandling. Typical cookie cutter Obama base voter looking for a handout. See it all the time. I said “These guys unloading want to go home and they can leave when they get me loaded and besides if your looking for money you aren’t getting any from me.” He said “It ain’t about money”. So I said let me get this backed in first then. Once in the door I climbed out of the truck and locked the doors and there the guy was about 30 paces away and he yelled “MFn White Bitch” and took off walking up the road. I smiled and walked into the warehouse to watch them load 24 pallats of cans of button mushrooms, pieces, and stems bound for the Save-A-Lot warehouse in Yorktown, IN. So it was about money after all. Didn’t bother me one bit. I’m very used to that kind of thing when I have to go into the Obamaland islands located along the east coast.

    Trudged my way through Baltimore evening rush hour and took a break in a service area on the PA turnpike and drove home. Now home safe & sound with an Egg Nog spiked with Wild Turkey beside me and glad of it. BTW there were icicles

    • Gail Combs says:

      Any snow RAH?

      It was 23F this morning in sunny NC – BRRrrrrr. Glad I put the quilt on the bed.

      • rah says:

        Drove through a couple flurries on the Turnpike this morning along some of the high places. Came down hard enough once I turned the defroster on full blast but it didn’t last. Saw my first icicles of the year where water seeps out between the strata on some of the north facing cuts also.

    • I. Lou Minotti says:

      Glad you’re back safe and sound in Indiana after your visit to what we call the badlands of N. Philthy. I know the area well, having contracted in the area from time to time. The last visit was on the Temple Campus for a year back in 2007-8 when we were building the Fox School of Business at 13th & Montgomery–about 10 blocks from Honor Foods at 5th & Montgomery.

      Needless to say, crackers are viewed with disdain in that utopian neighborhood–especially those who actually work for a living. We always took precautions to be able to defend ourselves from the third-worlders that populate that realm as we drove to the jobsite in our pickups. Driving a rig up 5th street is an endeavor I’d never want to undertake–even if armed.

      As I said, I’m glad you made it safely out of Philly.

      • rah says:

        Thank you I. Lou Minotti. It was cold with a breeze blowing and a very early Monday morning so was probably as good as time as any to go into that kind of neighborhood despite the tight confines in places with cars parked along both curbs.

        Red Gold is a good sized Tomato processor here in Indiana and ship everywhere. They have their own fleet so one can be pretty certain that the loads the company I work for picked up from them are ones they were having a hard time getting their own drivers to do.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Given the nasty neighborhood, I don’t blame the Red Gold drivers . Keep safe RAH.

          OH, one of the ideas that I really like coming from Trump is a concealed carry permit being universal like a drivers license.

          NATIONAL RIGHT TO CARRY.
          The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.

          MILITARY BASES AND RECRUITING CENTERS.
          Banning our military from carrying firearms on bases and at recruiting centers is ridiculous. We train our military how to safely and responsibly use firearms, but our current policies leave them defenseless. To make America great again, we need a strong military. To have a strong military, we need to allow them to defend themselves.
          https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/second-amendment-rights

          That should get the vote of every truck driver and construction worker that worries about getting mugged or worse. No wonder the Teamsters Union is thinking of endorsing Trump.

          Labor unions giving serious thought to endorsing Trump

          BREAKING: Hillary Clinton and Democrats STUNNED After What This Powerful Union Just Said About Trump

          Democrat officials and Hillary Clinton’s campaign were stunned Tuesday when officials from the Teamsters union refused to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.

          In a closed doors meeting, the union voted no on a Clinton endorsement that had been widely expected just two months ago, when the meeting was announced. But that was before Clinton came out against the Keystone Pipeline, a massive construction project of which the Teamsters were strongly in favor.

          But then the union said something that put panic into DNC officials: The officials told FOX News they want to meet with Donald Trump…..

          The Union is voting and we will know results in December. I really doubt most Teamsters believe in CAGW. Like farmers they are much more aware of the weather and ~90% of American farmers think CAGW is a crock. A Poll of over 1,200 farmers in Iowa found only 10.4 percent of participants agreed with the statement, “climate change is occurring and it is caused mostly by human activities.”
          …………………..

          This is an example of the deliberate brain washing techniques used by the ClimAstrologists to mess with our food supply.

          …To engage a farmer: Don’t mention ‘climate change’
          In order to get farmers to use adaptive farming practices like low tillage or crop rotations, Arbuckle recommended that extension workers avoid talking specifically about greenhouse gas mitigation or even use the phrase “climate change” at all.

          “Instead, the focus should be on adaptation to increasingly variable weather. Farmers are professional adapters, and they respond to the challenge of adapting to difficulty,” Arbuckle said….

          Another way to reach farmers is to target climate change awareness efforts toward agricultural industry representatives. In Iowa, extension program staff members work directly with agricultural retailers to teach them the latest in climate science, said Linda Prokopy, an associate professor of natural resource social science at Purdue University, who also studies farmers’ views on climate change.

          Because seed varieties change on an annual basis, farmers have become more dependent on both certified crop advisers and extension program staff to help guide their choices and inform them about the latest research, she said. Teaching crop advisers may help pass on more accurate climate change information to farmers.….

          USDA ‘climate hubs’ spread the word
          In addition to increasing funding for climate change research, USDA recently set up eight regional climate hubs.

          “Our role is to move research to the stakeholders,” said Randy Johnson, the national leader of USDA climate hubs. “We are taking research from other programs and then making sure the information gets to farmers.”

          http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-do-farmers-think-about-climate-change/

        • Jason Calley says:

          ” A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.”

          Argggggg! Talk about mixed feelings! Of course self defense is a right, and carrying arms for self defense is specifically mentioned as a right. Why on earth do I need a license for a right? Do I need a license to join a church? Do I need a license for free speech?

        • I. Lou Minotti says:

          The idiots were still in bed sleeping it off, most likely. Last call at Mumback’s Tavern at 5th & Cecil B. Moore is 5:00 am.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Jason,

          You are not going to undo 100 years of brainwashing in a few years. But at least making a concealed carry permit reciprocal is a step in the right direction. Trump certainly has a good point there too given cars kill a heck of a lot more people than guns.

          (Diving a car should be a right also.)

        • Ted says:

          Driving a car IS a right, as clearly spelled out in the ninth amendment.

          The concept of a “privilege” is incompatible with a democracy, or a republic. Politicians are servants to the people. A servant can no more grant his master a privilege, than an infant can grant one to it’s mother. While I agree that Trump’s position on this subject is a welcome step in the right direction, it’s only a step. We still have a looooong hike back to freedom. That said, at least it’s in the right direction.

    • I enjoy reading your road stories, rah, and it’s great to hear you are back home. We just did a 1,000 mile family trip through the west, up to Black Hills and back. I was reminded of you as I was meeting truckers on the road, especially after coming back down I-25 past Fort Collins in silly pre-rush hour commuter traffic. At one point I slowed down in the left lane with vehicles pushing up my back so a trucker on the right could pass a slower moving car. He will acknowledge the favor, I thought. Of course he did. He knew what I did and flashed his blinkers briefly.

      It was a good trip we managed to squeeze in between the snowstorms. There are new statues of U.S. Presidents at street corners in Downtown Rapid City that didn’t exist in the 90s, the last time we were there. There is George Washington in front of the historic Alex Johnson Hotel at 6th & St. Joseph, facing the unappreciated Andrew Johnson at the opposite corner. I wondered what life was like for the self-made man who came to be the President. I also wondered if Washington knew in his time where Alaska was and what he would have thought of buying the forbidden end of the continent from the Russians. I had to laugh when I saw that the intersection’s twosome was complemented by Reagan and Carter facing each other. There you go again, I heard The Gipper say, but Jimmy didn’t seem to care this time. He was walking happily towards Reagan, smiling and waving, the bitterness of the 1980 debate all but forgotten. He probably could have jay-walked the intersection, too, without much commotion. I found the drivers quite relaxed in South Dakota.

      The idea of downtown street corner presidential statues was hatched by a Rapid City businessman Don Perdue and others. It was privately financed, including I think the personal time of the sculptors that went above and beyond the payments. When you come this way you will enjoy walking these streets.

      http://www.presidentsusa.net/presidentstatuesrapidcity.html

      • rah says:

        Gail and CW.
        Gail, I have a permit to carry that’s good in Indiana and the several states which recognize it. However every trucking company I have worked for forbids the driver from having a firearm in the truck. This goes for owner operators that work for them also. I suspect that would remain the case even if there were a national right to carry law.
        A few times when teaming with Schneider National we pulled very high value loads of electronics for Motorola. In those cases the shipper supplied an armed escort. We were not allowed to stop until we had gone at least 150 mi from the shipping facility and had a separate radio to communicate with the escort. Teams were always used and required to have full tanks upon arrival for the pick up.

        CW it’s great you gave the driver a break but don’t expect recognition of it all the time. Lots of A-hole truckers out there. The creed of the road lives on in some of us but the fact is the industry has changed a lot since the days of “Smoky and the Bandit’. I leave my CB off 95% of the time when I’m driving because of the plain stupid and crazy stuff one hears on it most of the time. Listening to it in heavy traffic can be entertaining because some truckers get like angry little children that haven’t gotten their way and start cussing the threatening each other. All because they have gotten stuck in traffic in places and times where one should expect bad traffic. It is so predictable. I will say I have learned some wonderfully original insults listening in at times and some of the best of them come from women truckers putting some butt head misogynist in his place. Real laugh out loud stuff comes over that thing sometimes and helps pass the time and lighten ones personal load.

        • I know, rah. I see all kinds of people on the road and I don’t do such things for the acknowledgment, anyway. In this case, I could watch the driver’s behavior for a while and I had a sense he was one of the good guys. In general I experience way more stupid tricks from car drivers, especially impatient commuters. Many of them would not last as professional drivers unless they changed their attitude and behavior.

          I appreciate your perspective on CB. As we were meeting truckers driving on the remote highways of Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska, I was actually wondering how much they still use it. I haven’t had CB mounted in any of our vehicles for a while and I just didn’t know how much it may have changed.

          Concerning your trip, I was curious what it may have been like driving a heavy load in Downtown Philly. I rarely use Google for searches but I compromise on maps. Here is what I found:

          —–

          Concerning self-defense, of course I carried during this trip, especially since the visited states have reciprocity with Colorado licensing and comparable state laws. I just wish that Congress had the guts to fix the remaining National Parks nonsense. At Mount Rushmore, for example, you can stay armed from the parking lots to the open terraces and on the trails but you must disarm if you enter the visitor center or just want to go to the restrooms. I was talking with some of the friendly rangers and I was wondering if they felt safer because of this statute prohibiting guns inside of federal facilities. I could not imagine they did because none of them sounded stupid but then again, I know supposedly intelligent people in Boulder who told me that our schools are safer because nobody can bring a gun into the building. Go figure.

        • rah says:

          You use the intersections to make a U in such conditions. Not possible during normal traffic and of course you have to choose the right intersection where the poles or other obstructions are far enough away from the curbs nor parked cars in the way. Late at night or very early in the morning one can often get away with it without causing a traffic problem. It is just a matter of judgment that only comes with experience.

        • Yeah, I figured that’s how you did it given you were there in the middle of the night. I posted the picture for others interested to see how difficult it becomes when poorly thought out detours send you downtown.

          This guy in Milwaukee didn’t use reason and experience:🙂

        • rah says:

          Inexperienced drivers are far more apt to panic when they get miss oriented. The judgment to know where your rig will go and where it won’t and what turns you can make and where shouldn’t try is to a large extent learned and not intuitive. The crumpled air deflectors at the back on each side of the cab one sees on so many tractors attest to that fact. They get that way because a driver tried a turn he/she shouldn’t have or jacked it so hard past 90 degrees trying to back that the deflector was bent up by contact with the side of the trailer. One of the greatest dangers one has to look out for when doing a tight turn in an urban environment where you know your trailer wheels are going up over a curb on the inside of the turn is fire hydrants. They’re low enough to be difficult to see and pass right under the trailer and tear into the trailer air lines or tank or even the axles.

    • I. Lou Minotti says:

      It’s a good thing you weren’t driving eastbound on I-676 yesterday morning (Tuesday):

      http://6abc.com/news/teen-suspect-charged-in-shooting-of-state-trooper-on-i-676/1097486/

      Immediately after Giovanni Cotto (a “good boy,” according to his daddy) was arrested, Barack Hussein Obama held a news conference and stated, “If I had a son, he’d look like Giovanni.”

  4. rah says:

    I should mention that the reason my company is taking loads like this one I just did is because freight is starting to dry up. There has been no noticeable drop in the number of trucks on the road yet but if the current conditions persist that will start to happen. Normally this time of year I am away a heck of a lot more than I have been. So the economy is noticeably slower than it normally is this time of year. I don’t know, but I suspect this is not a temporary condition but the beginning of a longer term trend. I say this because the dedicated lanes we run for both Nissan and Toyota which are huge accounts for the company I work for have been gradually diminishing since the middle of the summer and the bidding competition for loads for those two large automakers has become noticeably more competitive.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Thanks for the heads up RAH. Trucking should be at its peak right now. Truckers are going to notice the fall of the economy first as warehouses fill up because product is not moving out the door. That is a really bad sign with Christmas just ahead.

    • Ted says:

      The Baltic Dry Index keeps making new record lows:

      http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bdi-fell-time-low-outlook-030547335.html;_ylt=A0SO8wqDx1hWqwsAZaVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyNDYzN3VpBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjEyNTNfMQRzZWMDc2M-

      It’s basically never been this cheap to ship things. That’s an ominous sign by itself, but downright scary when it happens in the months when Christmas usually ships.

      Also, while I’m self employed, I still keep a close eye on machinist jobs. In southern California, there seem to be less than half as many advertised now, as compared to last year. It doesn’t look like Obama will be able to finish his term before Bush single handedly causes another recession. Crafty SOB, that Bush. Easily the most powerful ex-president in history.

      • Gail Combs says:

        And Obummer is promising the UN they can TAX the US citizens for three billion a YEAR… GRRrrrrrr.

        I would not be surprised if the Trans-Pacific Partnership has a lot to do with the slow down. Why hire Americans?

        Last Thursday they just released the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership The agreement involving 12 countries comprises nearly 40 percent of global economic output.

        SYNOPSIS BY US GOV: https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2015/october/summary-trans-pacific-partnership

        TEMPORARY ENTRY FOR BUSINESS PERSONS
        The Temporary Entry for Business Persons chapter encourages authorities of TPP Parties to provide information on applications for temporary entry, to ensure that application fees are reasonable, and to make decisions on applications and inform applicants of decisions as quickly as possible. TPP Parties agree to ensure that information on requirements for temporary entry are readily available to the public, including by publishing information promptly and online if possible, and providing explanatory materials. The Parties agree to ongoing cooperation on temporary entry issues such as visa processing. Almost all TPP Parties have made commitments on access for each other’s business persons, which are in country-specific annexes.

        GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT
        TPP Parties share an interest in accessing each other’s large government procurement markets through transparent, predictable, and non-discriminatory rules….

        ENVIRONMENT
        As home to a significant portion of the world’s people, wildlife, plants and marine species, TPP Parties share a strong commitment to protecting and conserving the environment, including by working together to address environmental challenges, such as pollution, illegal wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, illegal fishing, and protection of the marine environment….
        They reaffirm their commitment to implement the multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) they have joined. The Parties commit to provide transparency in environmental decision-making, implementation and enforcement….. Finally, the Parties commit to cooperate to address matters of joint or common interest, including in the areas of conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and transition to low-emissions and resilient economies.

        There is a lot more.
        ZeroHedge:
        Obama Explains Why ‘The Greatest Corporate Power Grab In History’ Is “The Right Thing For America”

        From The Hill by former Bill Clinton advisor Dick Morris

        The TPP, generally supported by pro-free-trade Republicans but opposed by labor-union Democrats, reportedly contains a barely noticed provision that allows for the free migration of labor among the signatory nations. Patterned after similar provisions in the treaties establishing the European Union, it would override national immigration restrictions in the name of facilitating the free flow of labor.

        The draft treaty, now under discussion among 12 Pacific Rim nations, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Vietnam and Japan, makes provision for needed labor to move across national boundaries without restraint. While much of the commentary on the deal has been focused on high-skill, white-collar migration, it could easily be interpreted as allowing farm workers and others to flow back and forth without legal regulation…..
        Curtis Ellis, executive director of the American Jobs Alliance, calls the trade deal “a Trojan horse for Obama’s immigration agenda” on The Hill’s Contributor’s blog. He notes that “one corporate trade association says bluntly that ‘The TPP should remove restrictions on nationality or residency requirements for the selection of personnel.’ ” http://thehill.com/opinion/dick-morris/239633-dick-morris-tpp-mass-immigration

        The plot to use TPP as a back door for advancing Obama’s immigration agenda has received virtually no coverage by the establishment press. But it is not because the information is not there. In fact, Obama’s Trade Representative in charge of negotiating the pact with foreign regimes and special interests even boasted that the “temporary entry” guest worker scheme is a “key feature” of the controversial “trade” regime being negotiated. “TPP countries have substantially concluded the general provisions of the chapter,” the administration said, referring to the TPP chapter on immigration matters. “Specific obligations related to individual categories of business person are under discussion.”
        http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/immigration/item/20710-obama-gop-trade-scheme-includes-unrestricted-immigration

        blockquote>Leading arbitration lawyer, George Kahale (chairman of Curtis, Mallet-Provost, Colt & Mosie LLP, an international law firm) says there are critical loopholes in the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s investment chapter that leave Australia wide open:

        ….an MFN clause is tantamount to a classic wipeout move. It would enable foreign corporations from TPP states to make a claim against Australia based on the ISDS provisions in any other trade deal Australia has signed, no matter which country it was signed with. That means it does not matter how carefully the TPP is drafted: foreign investors can cherrypick another treaty Australia has signed, and sue the Australian government based on the provisions included in that treaty…..”
        http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/10/tpps-clauses-that-let-australia-be-sued-are-weapons-of-legal-destruction-says-lawyer

  5. rah says:

    Here is wishing all a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving even if it’s not a part of your culture or heritage.
    Every Thanksgiving my family, basically the whole clan from Dad & Mom to their Great great Grandchildren plus certain friends or extended family, gets together to share the day and a great meal. Every year my wife Sherry makes the Turkey and stuffing and Deviled eggs because all have agreed hers beats them all. The Deviled eggs are made and in the fridge as the 22 lb Butter Ball Turkey which Sherry and I will get up at 04:30 to put into the oven. Others bring a ham, and various potato and vegetable dishes.

    There is always much more food than even all 25 or so of us can eat but when it comes to the Turkey we won’t bring any home with us it’s left overs will go with others and some be left for Mom & Dad. As one gets older one appreciates this more or at least that has been the case for me perhaps because I missed so many of them when in the service. Or perhaps it is because I see the end is not far off for my beloved parents. But no matter what the reason I vowed several years ago to never miss a another Thanksgiving or Christmas with my family and have always taken vacation days when necessary to ensure I will not be called out to drive. And I’m glad I’ve kept that vow. So here’s wishing all of you the same feeling of contentedness and peace that I feel this Thanksgiving.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Same to you RAH. Hope you have a good holiday. When I cook the bird it is a goose or a couple of ducks since I really don’t like turkey.

    • Ted says:

      “But no matter what the reason I vowed several years ago to never miss a another Thanksgiving or Christmas with my family and have always taken vacation days when necessary to ensure I will not be called out to drive. And I’m glad I’ve kept that vow.”

      The wisest words I’ve ever read.

  6. rah says:

    “A progressive climate alarmist website has an invaluable voting guide for the presidential election: just pick the candidates it rates least highly – and you’re surely backing a winner.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/27/ted-cruz-exactly-right-climate-change/

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