October 23, 2014

Won't Be Going Back To School

Here's a reason to avoid having to visit my son's high school:


Visitors will be asked to provide a driver license for identification. The license will be scanned and checked against appropriate data bases. If the individual does not possess a driver license, a photo will be taken for the data base.

This does not give me a warm fuzzy feeling of security. This adds to the growing knot of dread.

"The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.” 
― George Orwell, 1984

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October 18, 2014

A Vote for Nothing

I find myself having to something I didn't expect to be doing - writing a post urging people to vote for Republicans for Senate. I don't have any great fondness for the GOP. They are mostly another pack of self-serving statists. They are certainly not great defenders of liberty and in fact they are barely advocates for their alleged limited government principles. But they can be a useful tool to solve a problem. 


The problem is insufficient gridlock in the federal government. 

With the Republicans in control of the House and Democrats in control of the Senate there is gridlock in Congress but that is not enough. The President has demonstrated a willingness to rule by executive order regardless of Constitutionality. The congress is doing nothing about it because the Democrats in the Senate like what he is doing. 

If the Republicans controlled the congress they could serve as a check on Obama's overreaching power grabs. I have no illusions that they would be doing this for any principled defense of liberty and the Constitution. They would stand in Obama's way strictly out of partisanship and that's fine with with me.

Stopping Obama is probably the best we can hope for in the mid-term. Once that's done we can start to focus on returning to liberty and Constitutional government. 

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September 18, 2014

Oval Office Tyrant

The man currently working out of the oval office is a tyrant. He has no respect for the constitution he swore to uphold. He does believe in the concept of individual rights.


In a presidential proclamation marking Constitution Day - a day set aside to honor the ratification of the document that should form the basis for our government but no longer does - Obama wrote:

It secures the privileges we enjoy as citizens, but also demands participation, responsibility, and service to our country and to one another. (emphasis added.)

A right is yours. It is inherent in your being. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights it contains do not grant you rights, they protect your rights from infringement by the government.

A privilege is something granted to you, and having been granted can be taken away. That is why the tyrant in the White House refers to your rights as privileges. Because his goal, and the goal of both political parties in Washington, is to take those rights away. To exert power and control over everyone and everything.

Is there a chance this can be stopped by voting? I doubt it. There are too many people willing to hand over their rights in exchange for a taxpayer backed check.

Sic Semper Tyrannis.

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September 10, 2014

Harry Is Not Happy

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid brought a procedural vote to the floor to begin debate on the amendment eliminating the Constitutional protection of free speech. He expected Republicans to block the vote and effectively kill the bill. By a bipartisan vote of 79-18 debate will go forward.

Now instead of moving on to other issues which Reed hoped Democrats could use to their advantage in the mid-term election, they will have to go on record for why they think repealing the First Amendment would be a good idea.

Harry is apparently not happy that the Republicans he routinely excoriates as obstructionist didn't obstruct the debate he never wanted to have.

That's just too damned bad.

Freedom Universal Can Keep
Your Opinions Unregulated

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September 06, 2014

Organizing for Freedom

Harry Reed and the Senate Democrats are going to move forward on a vote to amend the Constitution in manner that would allow the Congress to regulate political speech.


Specifically they want to be able to limit the speech of certain organizations involved in the political process i.e. the ones that oppose their statist socialist agenda.

The vote in the Senate will likely fail. Even it manages to pass, the proposed amendment would go no where.

But just in case I am announcing the formation of a new Political Action Committee.

Freedom Universal Can Keep
Your Opinions Unregulated

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September 03, 2014

Terrorist Management 101

At a recent press conference, President Obama announced to the world that we don't not have a strategy for dealing with ISIS. This gave me hope. With two years left to go in his administration he had said the stupidest thing I can imagine a president ever saying. There was no where to go but up.


I was wrong.

Speaking at another press conference (and maybe he should consider not doing any more of these) Obama said:

We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem.

A manageable problem? What does that even mean? 

If they only kill X number of people a week that's OK? 

How many heads do they have to cut off before they are considered unmanageable?

The American people have elected a complete idiot to the White House. We need to take steps to make his stupidity manageable.

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August 15, 2014

The Europeanization of America

You never know where you will stumble across one of the left's stupid ideas. This one I found on one of my regular design blog reads. I can't say if they agree with the nonsense, they may have just liked the design.


If you are one of those people who scoff at people like me who argue that one of the goals of the left is turn America into another anemic European socialist paradise, check out the Vacation Equality Project.

Be sure to scroll down to the map.

Their main cause is that:

America is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee any paid vacation days.

Seriously. If I wanted to live in Europe, I would move there. Why don't you clowns move there and leave free people alone.

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August 14, 2014

At The Table

Israel is apparently engaged in trying to negotiate a truce with Hamas in their recent conflict in Gaza. I cannot understand why they would even bother.


Based on observation, Hamas appears to have two positions to bring to the bargaining table. Position one amounts to, "Give us everything we demand or we will keep firing rockets at your cities." Position number two is, "Give us everything we demand and we will keep firing rockets at your cities."

You cannot negotiate with that. You cannot negotiate with an enemy whose goal is your total annihilation. You do not compromise with that enemy. You destroy it.

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August 11, 2014

Toward A Consistent Goal

There is a consistent pattern in the repeated foreign policy failures of the Obama Administration that causes me to wonder if his foreign policy decisions are not directed toward a consistent goal.


Since the end result of every foreign policy action by this administration has been to weaken American influence around the world and allow the advance of totalitarianism - particularly Islamic totalitarianism - the only conclusions that can be drawn are either that they are extraordinarily incompetent or that they are accomplishing their goals.

Al queda is advancing in Syria and Libya. Iran continues unchecked in its quest for nuclear weapons. The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan. The administration is siding with Hamas in its aggression against Israel. Russia is poised to annex all of the Ukraine. China is seeking to expand territorial control over international waters in the South China Sea.

The feckless Obama administration served by pathetically weak politically motivated appointments to the position of Secretary of State has put in place policies that have not only permitted all of this to develop unchecked by American influence, but in cases such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya have actually helped the spread of tyranny.

That this comes from a president who routinely threatens to subvert the democratic process of American governance through the use of executive orders isn't all that shocking. The totalitarian impulse is a driving force behind Obama and much of the American left.

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August 04, 2014

On the Border

President Obama's unconstitutional disregard for the laws governing immigration and his apparent distaste for the concept of border security have created a crisis. This should really come as no surprise as he needs a crisis to use as cover for his next extra-constitutional edict - the granting of legal status to 5 or 6 million illegal immigrants.


All of which is part of his plan to "fundamentally transform" America. To change it from the land of the free and the home of the brave into ... something else.

I do not think this is crisis that cannot be solved constitutionally, and relatively quickly. Here's how I propose it be done.

Close the Border
The very first thing that has to be done is to immediately establish real border security. Security that will actually prevent illegal entry into the country. If this cannot be done with current ICE Border Patrol resources, bring in the Army to back them up until ICE can handle the task on its own. Troops, tanks, air support all of it.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Offer people currently in the country illegally a limited opportunity to become legal. This process would require such persons to report to an immigration border control point on their way out of the country to declare that they are leaving the country for the purpose of applying for legal status.

Once they are out of the country they can apply for status as a legal immigrant and if they can document that have been productively employed while in the country illegally, and they have not been convicted of a serious crime, they will be granted a limited legal immigrant status. They will have access to public services and the full protection of their individual rights. They will not be permitted to vote in Federal elections.

This limited option for obtaining legal status is available for one year. Any person found to be in the country illegally after this one year will be subject to immediate deportation.

I'm Here. Now What?
Persons who have been granted legal immigrant status under the program above will have that status for a period of five years. At the end of that time if they remained a productive member of society and have not been convicted of any serious crime they will be eligible, for two years, to apply for full citizenship. If they have not met those requirements they will be subject to immediate deportation.

What took so long?
At the end of the two-year eligibility period, those who have not applied for full citizenship will be asked to leave.

The idea is designed to filter out those who want to become citizens and respect the rule of law from those who do not - and to remove those who do not from the country. It does not grant a blanket amnesty but requires the demonstration of a serious commitment on the part of those who wish to stay in this country.

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July 23, 2014

Finding Out What's In It

Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, famously quipped about the Affordable Care Act that "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it." Yesterday we found out a little more, and it's not good news for Nancy and Company.


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia ruled that the plain language in ObamaCare specifying that premium subsidies are available on policies purchased via an exchange established by a state, means exactly what it says.

It also, according to the ruling, means that subsidies are not available for policies purchased on the exchange established by the federal government.

Despite the subsidy deal that was written into the law to entice states to set up exchanges, 37 states chose not to do so. Under the law as written people who are no longer eligible for subsidies and cannot afford Affordable Care, will be exempt from the individual mandate and it's penalties.

The court rightly decided that the law enforced should be the law that was passed. That if the Congress wanted to offer subsidies via the federal exchange they should have written the law accordingly. The court was also correct in asserting that it is not the role of the court to amend the legislation. That is the job of the legislature.

There will of course be an appeal to the full Appeals Court panel, and inevitably to the Supreme Court. If this ruling survives the appeals, ObamaCare will collapse under the weight of its own flaws.

Faster please.


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July 15, 2014

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations...

Just when I am convinced that we have we have seen the full extent of this administration's contempt for the individual rights, liberty and the rule of law we get a story like this:


The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to investigate a Nebraska parade float that criticized President Obama.

A Fourth of July parade float featured at the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk sparked criticism when it depicted a zombie-like figure resembling Mr. Obama standing outside an outhouse, which was labeled the "Obama Presidential Library.”


Regardless of what you think of this float as political commentary; regardless of what you think of the appropriateness of this float in an Independence Day parade; regardless of what you think of the Obama administration; regardless of what you think of Barack Obama; this action by the Justice Department is an egregious and abusive violation of the right to free speech.

If the outhouse in the float represents the Obama Presidential Library, Attorney General Eric Holder can be found in the lower level of the reading room.

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July 14, 2014

Chillin Old School

The refrigerator decided to crap out this weekend. The parts that make the cold stopped making cold and the cost of new parts was approaching the cost of new refrigerator so a new refrigerator was ordered and is expected by Wednesday. Until then we have traveled back to a simpler time. A time when a refrigerator just kept things cold. It didn't serve you water and fresh uniform ice cubes. It didn't have wi-fi so it could order groceries for you.




Since the fans are all still working, I put two 20 lb. bags of ice in aluminum roasting pans in the freezer and a third one in the refrigerator section. We don't have any frozen food - but at least the cold food is staying cold. 

Based on the current rate of melting it looks like I'll have to replace 2 bags a day. Unfortunately there is no Ice Man with his kindly horse delivering ice to my door. That's the price of progress!

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July 10, 2014

Insecurity

I know why President Obama did not want to visit the southern border while he was in Texas. It's not just because there are no good golf courses there.


Everywhere the president goes he is accompanied by a large contingent of security and he is opposed to having any security on the border.

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July 06, 2014

Refreshing

Since Hold the Mayo was recovered from the great mu.nu crash of 2014 I have been thinking that in addition to a renewed commitment to writing here more often, it was time to update the look. 


Since this blog was started in August of 2003 it have lived on three different platforms. Even through the migrations the look of the site really never changed all that much.

So I decided to play with the design. Not really a huge change just a tweak hear and there. A new banner, new fonts and changed the look of the sidebar. Added a little orange here and there as an accent.

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July 04, 2014

Wishful Thinking

Steve Forbes has in interesting column headlined: The Time Has Come: Defund The IRS


I have no quarrel with virtually every word in the piece with the exception of this bit of wishful thinking:

Defenders of liberty, especially Republicans, must now think and act strategically.

With the exception of a small handful of individuals, looking to the Republican Party as a defender of liberty is simply delusional.

The Democrats and the Republicans are no longer two distinct political parties advocating two distinct political philosophies. They are nothing more than competing factions of the Washington Party.

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July 03, 2014

Outside of the Box

In 1776 a vision was put forth for a nation of free citizens with authority granted to the state to govern by the consent of the governed. This vision was later codified in the Constitution of the United States.


Little by little, and more recently in ever increasing chunks at an ever more rapid pace, that vision has been cast aside.

Now it seems as though this is the only relevant passage remaining:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

The train of abuses and usurpations has indeed grown long and it often seems that the not only is the object to reduce us to a state of tyranny, but that this goal is precariously close.

The time has come to throw off such government. But I wonder if we can manage to do this at the ballot box.

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July 02, 2014

Get Another Hobby

The level of absurdity in the left's reaction to the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case would be comical if it were not so predictable. The perpetual faux outrage of the left has gotten tedious.


They need to take up a new hobby.

Here's my take on it - and from what I have read it syncs up with fairly mainstream conservative opinion. 

Women have a right to privacy in making their personal medical and "reproductive health" choices. Women have an absolute right to purchase whatever method of birth control they prefer.

Women do not have the right to demand that everyone else pay for that choice.

The left claims they do not want government or their employer to be part of women's decisions on their "reproductive health." Good. I agree, They should have no part in it. Including paying for it.

But there is one fact that gets lost in all the caterwauling about birth control and "reproductive rights." The battle over the Affordable Care Act is not about birth control. It's about people control. Birth control is just one means to that end. The true source of the left's outrage is that a small segment of the population found a small way to get a little bit out from under the thumb of government control.

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June 26, 2014

I Don't Work For The IRS

Aaaaaaaand, we're back!

Hold the Mayo has been offline for a while. On May 14 it just disappeared from the internet. Naturally my first thought was that somehow my blog was hosted at the IRS and it was lost in a server crash.

I was half right. It was a server crash. But since I don't work for the IRS nothing was actually lost. And thanks to the efforts of the venerable Pixy Misa, Hold the Mayo is back from the dead.

My family and Facebook friends will be grateful that I have somewhere else to rant.

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May 07, 2014

Top Secret Polution

The Inspector General for the Environmental Protection agency testified in Congress that a political office within the agency, and run by the Obama White House, was blocking investigations into the agency.


EPA's deputy administrator, Bob Perciasepe, told the House Oversight and Government Reform committee that he will instruct EPA's little-known Office of Homeland Security to seek permission to share information with the inspector general's office.

The announcement came during a congressional hearing after a top investigator with the inspector general testified that the office, run out of the EPA administrator's office, had for years systematically refused to share information on external threats, computer security and employee misconduct, citing national security.

I'm not an expert on everything the EPA does, but I am having a hard time imagining where the mission of the EPA intersects with national security.

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