Being lectured on decency by these people

© 2016 Jim Spence - Many of us who journey through life embracing the idea that overall America is good, complete with recognition all of our country’s flaws, can only shake our heads at the contradictions all around us. The greatest contradictions to be seen are created by the elites in American pop culture.
Last night during the Grammy Awards Americans were basically lectured on the evils of Donald Trump by people with no business lecturing. Yet it seems despite a booming economy and a record low black unemployment rate, those in the music industry believe that half of America does not know how to think or vote properly. So, we need lectures. What follows in this column is the most offensive language to ever appear on this site. None of these words are mine. They are simply a sampling of pop culture including a few tidbits of lyrics sung by Grammy Award winners when they were performing before their adoring masses.
Rapper Jay-Z is a perfect illustration of how far off course Democrats have drifted. Jay-Z is married to fellow pop culture icon Beyonce, who has performed at the Super Bowl. Both Jay-Z and Beyonce were regular visitors in the Obama White House. Jay-Z garnered a whopping eight Grammy nominations for 2017. It is worth considering some of the lyrics contained in a Jay-Z concert in Philadelphia back in 2016. The following lyrics were being belted out by Jay-Z on the same night he emphatically endorsed Hillary Clinton.
The public address announcer began Jay-Z’s performance by screaming the following as he took the stage: “You’re tuned into the motherfucking greatest!” Imagine the seven, eight, and nine year-olds in the star struck audience. The rapper’s song titles that night included, “Fuck With Me You Know I Got It” and “Jigga My Nigga.” The latter song title, includes the line, “I’m Jay-Z, motherfucker!” And of course there were these memorable utterances of hip lyrics during the evening, “If you feelin’ like a pimp nigga, go and brush your shoulders off.” And this was followed by the classic refrain, “Ladies is pimps too, go and brush your shoulders off. Nigga is crazy, baby, don’t forget that boy told you. Get that dirt off your shoulders.”
Now, that is some fine art in popular culture. Apparently, Democrats think this is very classy mainstream art. When I read these lyrics, the first thing that came to my mind was, “Hey, I wonder who this guy Jay-Z is going to vote for, because I’m following him.” Then again, maybe not.
Enough about the music industry, let’s consider Democratic Party politics and public education in Pico Rivera, California. It seems that city councilman and high school history teacher Gregory Salcido was captured on video trashing the United States military. Salcido called service men and women, “dumbshits,” who are not “high-level thinkers.” He suggested that people in the military are dumb people who joined because they were poor students and that they are the “lowest of our low.” Makes you want to vote Democrat like this guy does and also see to it good old Mr. Salcido teaches your child history......doesn’t it?
There is so much more. Democrats defend immigration policies that endorse the idea of allowing Sharia Law advocates entry into America. They do so despite the fact that the females in the families of this version of Islam are subjected to genital mutilation at an early age so they will never experience pleasure during sex. My question is simple. Can this possibly be squared with supporting the freedom and dignity of women? Democrats seem to think so or at least rationalize looking the other way.
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Barack Obama with pal Louis Farakhan
There’s even more. Recently a photograph of Barack Obama and his buddy Louis Farakhan surfaced. The picture had been kept a secret for nine years by a “reporter.” You see the photo’s protector understood that Obama’s friendship with Farakhan might be viewed dimly by non-partisans. He is probably right given a sampling of some rather infamous statements made by Farakhan. Here are a few:
“America is in trouble, and I say God is about to wipe this nation from the face of the Earth. I’m not crazy, I’m not drunk, how long do you think a nation can do evil and not face the wrath of god?”
“My god will wipe this country (America) from the face of the earth.”
“White people are potential humans – they haven’t evolved yet.”
Farakhan has had a few things to say about Jewish people over the years: “You are wicked deceivers of the American people. You have sucked their blood.”
“You see everybody always talk about Hitler exterminating six million Jews. That’s right. But don’t nobody ever ask what did they do to Hitler.”
 “The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man.”
Imagine that after hanging with Farakhan, Obama trashed Israel at every turn. Not much of a puzzle is it?
And finally it would seem that Hillary Clinton is thinking she may know how to get more voter turnout in the inner cities. She was on a video thanking all of the “activist bitches” and “supporting bitches” that helped her in her failed 2016 bid for the presidency. These ridiculous phrases were forced and unnatural, but when you are as thirsty for power as the Clintons are, you will pretty much lower yourself to any level to try to connect with those you need to manipulate.

It is what they do

© 2016 Jim Spence - Horrific killings grab headlines in America several times a year. Not just the U.S. media, but the global media engage in a predictable pattern of behavior when events like the terrorist attacks at San Bernardino or Orlando take place. They do wall-to-wall coverage. The same is true if armed terrorists kill 130 people in Paris as they did in November of 2015.
The strange aspect of media coverage is how it changes depending on the location of the killings. When Paris was the locale where horrific shootings took place, there was at first, a concerted effort to identify the killers. This was followed by a deliberate understating of the impact of radical Islam on their acts of violence.
When gun killings take place on American soil it is a different story. If the perpetrator(s) use guns to kill the innocents as opposed to say a truck, or a bomb, there is always a political soapbox provided for hardcore anti-2nd Amendment Democrats, so they can pontificate. Media outlets like CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, the New York Times and Washington Post, as a matter of routine, find a way to allow Democrats to twist these tragic situations. It is as if every mass gun killing is simply a ripe opportunity for the media to create forums where Democrats claim that Republicans are to blame for the killings.
There seems to be a question begging for an answer here. Why were the horrific killings of 130 human beings in Paris in November of 2015 not seen as an opportunity for the gun control freaks in Paris to scream for more gun control? The answer is simple, though it is not reported by the U.S. media. France already bans guns. France has gun laws the Democrats pine for. In France they don’t merely have stricter gun “control,” in France guns are completely outlawed.
Still in America, when these terrible incidents occur, as they do in other places, Democrats immediately go to podiums and point fingers at gun laws. They pretend that these murders would not take place if Republicans would simply join Democrats in handing more power to government, in the form of stricter gun laws.
Don’t kid yourself. If Democrats could muster the votes to ban gun ownership (repeal the 2nd Amendment) they would do it. It is all the “deplorable” living in red states that make sure this does not happen.
When challenged, Democrats suggest that the Paris gun killings are just an isolated incident despite the fact that per capital gun killings are quite high in France. Democrats insist on ignoring facts while arguing that restricting or banning guns really works. Their assertions are empty if you consider the people living on the south side of Chicago or in Baltimore. In those cities, like many others, where the strictest gun control laws in the nation are in place, gun killings are a matter of daily routine. It seems that the killers don't care about the law. Imagine that.
Need more proof that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns? Look at Mexico where gun ownership is also ILLEGAL. In 2017, an astonishing 25,339 people were murdered in Mexico. This is an all-time record high number. The vast majority of these murder victims in Mexico were shot with guns that are 100% illegal.
What is Mexico doing about this, with guns having already been made illegal by its powerful government? Last week Mexico's congress approved a new security law that would make its government even more powerful by formalizing the military's responsibility for domestic security.
What will Democrats do if they ever get the 2nd Amendment repealed, and the gun killings most surely continue? The next step Democrats will want to take in America will be to follow the Mexico model. Right now it is easy for Democrats to simply point a finger at Republicans anytime there is a gun killing. In the future, if they get their way and guns are made illegal, Democrats will still continue to point the finger at Republicans. But instead of calling for the banning of guns as they already do in France and Mexico, Democrats will have to call for some other stupid measure that solves no problems but does give more power to government. It is what they do.


© 2016 Jim Spence - You have to wonder how committed to economic stupidity top Democrats are these days. Earlier this week Apple Computer announced that it was going to bring home $350 billion in overseas profits to invest in American facilities etc. The move will yield…….get this……$38 billion in federal income taxes. The money Apple is bringing home would never have been taxed prior to recently passed tax reform. It would have remained overseas. Many other large companies will be doing the same thing. The total assist to government coffers will be gigantic.
You would think this is good news unless you put credence into what Nancy Pelosi had to say about tax reform. When Pelosi and NO OTHER DEMOCRAT in the House or the Senate voted for the incredible tax revenue windfall she said:
"I would hope that with their big advantage of bringing money home at a very low rate that they would invest in infrastructure and things, but our experience has been that they will do dividends, do stock buybacks, and things like that. I think it's insignificant."
In December Pelosi characterized the tax reform legislation that will produce the huge windfall as: “Armageddon.”
Democrats either refuse to connect the dots or are too stupid to do so. The smart money suggests it is a little of both. It is as if every Democrat must take a vow to be oblivious to the value of dividends and stock buybacks.
The ironies are astonishing. Earlier this month for the first time California Governor Jerry Brown raised the prospect of pension cuts. Brown who is desperate to save California’s sinking pension ship said legal rulings may clear the way for making cuts to public pension benefits which are smothering both local and the state’s economy.
Um…..Democrats…….there are three ways to provide financial relief to the state and local governments in California.
  1. One way to do it is to see more tax revenues like those being generated by Apple’s move thanks to tax reform.
  2. A second way is to see more dividends and higher stock prices in the Calper’s pension accounts so pensions can be sustained.
  3. The third way, which will only occur if the first two options are not available, is to CUT PENSIONS for public retirees.

The Brown administration, which refuses to support business prosperity, has sunk so low it is hoping the courts will modify the so-called California rule, which says benefits promised to public employees can’t be rolled back. The California Supreme Court is set to hear a case in which lower courts ruled that reductions to pensions are permissible if the payments remain “reasonable” for workers.
As of today only 68% of California’s pension promises are funded. This is a daunting shortfall that can be assisted mightily by higher dividends and more stock buybacks……the things Nancy Pelosi has said are “insignificant.” The best guess is retired workers don’t think so……if they are thinking.
California is not alone. Many states and local governments have not set aside enough money to keep promises made to retired bureaucrats. Estimates are the total shortfall is around $1.7 trillion. Of course the powerful rally in the stock market has reduced this amount over the last fifteen months.
Jerry Brown told reporters in the next downturn, when things look pretty dire, public pensions would be one of the items on the chopping block. Democrats like Brown say these things while screaming bloody murder about tax reform. They are ardently against policies that would provide a huge assist to avoiding such a calamity as cutting retirees pensions.
Some people ask is every Democrat in California and in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate too stupid to connect the dots or are they ignorant?
My question is does it matter?

Shelby Steele's WSJ column today is a must-read

© 2016 Jim Spence - Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day. It is a day when millions of Americans celebrate one of our nation's greatest heroes.
Every now and then you read a column that is so profound, so chocked full of wisdom, you just feel compelled to share it. This morning as I perused the weekend version of the Wall Street Journal online, I noticed a column written by Shelby Steele. You can click on the link at the end of this column to read the article.
Steele received the National Book Critic's Circle Award in 1990 in the general nonfiction category for his book, “The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America.”
Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. He was appointed a Hoover fellow in 1994.
Shelby Steele
Shelby Steele
Steele has written extensively on the consequences of contemporary social programs on race relations. In 2006, Steele received the Bradley Prize for his contributions to the study of race in America. In 2004, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal. In 1991, his work on the documentary, "Seven Days in Bensonhurst," was recognized with an Emmy Award and two awards for television documentary writing—the Writer's Guild Award and the San Francisco Film Festival Award.
Steele has also written extensively for major publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine. He has also spoken before hundreds of groups and appeared on national current affairs news programs including Nightline and 60 Minutes.
Steele holds a PhD in English from the University of Utah, an MA in sociology from Southern Illinois University, and a BA in political science from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Shelby Steele should be an icon in the African American community. However, like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, and many others, far too often Steele gets ignored.
For enlightenment click this LINK, and partake of the latest profound wisdom of Shelby Steele.


Watergate Hotel or Trump Tower, burglary is still burglary

© 2016 Jim Spence - It all becomes pretty clear if you only take a little time to connect the dots. However, before we connect the 2018 dots, let’s flash back to All the President’s Men, the ultimate story of the depths of corruption at the Nixon White House more than forty years ago.
At the core of the Nixon White House corruption was the same old story. The Nixon paranoia and thirst for power corrupted almost everyone around him. In the mind of Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell and Richard Nixon himself, the end (GOP power) justified any means used. Flush with so much incoming campaign contribution cash, John Mitchell approved a scheme to get this…….because it will repeat itself…..eavesdrop on Lawrence O’Brien, who just happened to be the head of the Democratic Party. Burglars were hired by the Nixon re-election team with money donated to Nixon’s campaign. These burglars were caught breaking in to Mr. O’Brien’s office with electronic bugging devices in hand, at the Watergate Hotel building. The rest as they say is history.
As Nixon departed the White House, after resigning in disgrace, he lamented his hating of his perceived enemies. Nixon noted that when you hate others, you hurt yourself much more than you hurt them. If you are a corrupt GOP president this seems to be true. With Democrats, not so much.
Let’s have a peek at 2018. Is there a rational human being anywhere who cannot detect visceral hatred of Donald Trump coming from every nook and cranny of the Democratic Party and their friends in the news media and Hollywood? Just last night, actor Robert De Niro felt he had a license to go off on a profanity-laced rant attacking Trump at an awards ceremony. Who does this at an awards ceremony? The answer is simple.....Democrats.
And so with this backdrop, we have the fertile ground from which a scheme was hatched in 2016 that is woefully mindful of Watergate. The amazing thing about this particular White House scheme, which was to listen in on all digital conversations of political opponents, is that no burglars were needed. Technology being what it is these days, Obama's NSA was already recording and saving every telephone call, text message, and email in 2016. All the Obama political schemers and the DOJ needed to do, was gin up an excuse to get access to this private information that was already being captured and stored.
How to circumvent the constitution and seize this information? Not a problem. The Obama White House used an opposition research piece that was bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee (the Steele dossier). The hit piece accused Trump of everything except child molestation. Obama officials then couched the Russian collusion accusations in this bogus dossier as information that had been obtained.....not from political cronies........but by non-partisan agents working at the CIA and FBI. All of this fiction was offered to the FISA court, a secret court set up to protect Americans from unlawful searches and seizures of such communications. It turns out if you have no integrity, a scam like this can work like legal magic. A legal warrant was obtained from the FISA court that allowed get this.......the reading of transcripts by Obama political operatives of every digital communication made by people in the Trump campaign.
Astonishingly, the chief burglar in this scheme was White House confidant Susan Rice. Rice along with others, worked directly inside the Obama White House and/or DOJ.
The only difference between Rice and company and the Watergate burglars seems to be who paid them. Instead of the Clinton’s campaign funds paying for everything, it only paid for the pack of lies in the dossier. Our own federal government, under Obama’s totalitarian control, paid for the rest, when it chose to act as if the federal government is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.
The bottom line is simple. The Obama team knew it only had to dupe a FISA court to successfully intercept all Trump campaign messages captured by the NSA. So it did so. The end justifies the means a la Nixon.
More amazing than the fact that so far the Democrats have gotten away with these felonies, is the fact that even with the amazingly flawed Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, and the Clintons having access to every digital communication their opponent's team made, Hillary still lost, and lost big in the Electoral College. Now that is a weak candidate.
Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has lamented how sad it is that few Americans seem to care that the federal government is being used to spy on citizens for political purposes. One would think that every freedom loving American would be objecting to this story. But very few Americans are actually connecting the dots, since there is no Woodward and Bernstein to spoon feed them the information.
The same kind of infinitely corrupt behavior that once shamed Richard Nixon into resigning, has instead been obfuscated and legitimized by Democrats.
My questions are troubling. Do Democrats want GOP presidents using the NSA to spy on them in the 2018 mid-terms and 2020 election? I don't. Where is the ACLU and what are they thinking about when it comes to civil liberties? This crap should transcend all partisan bickering. But it does not seem to anymore. What a pity.


Political Anatomy 101


Give Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" a Frozen Globe award for the greatest Crockumenatary ever made

© 2016 Jim Spence - P.T. Barnum couldn’t be more proud of "an inconvenient truth" scammer Al Gore, as record breaking cold temperatures grip much of the U.S. 
Basic logic suggests to anyone with a lick of sense that if there is an overall “warming trend,” we surely would not be seeing cold temperature records being shattered all over the nation. The temperature data itself denies any trend towards warming.
Consider what Al Gore said a few years ago. Gore’s Crock-umentary, “An Inconvenient Truth” was hardly a film predicting record cold temperatures a dozen years into the future. In fact, Gore suggested quite the contrary to his gullible viewers in 2006. He said temperatures were going to be so mild in the winters that the warmth would completely disrupt civilization. Gore never mentioned increasing snowfalls as a consequence of man-made global warming. Instead, Gore was screaming at the top of his lungs that there would soon be a complete lack of snow. He was emphatic in asserting that the lack of snow would be the evidence we needed to look for to realize that there was a huge trend towards man-made global warming.
Gore is not the only climate change/global warming hack who warned us of higher temperature trends in all seasons and less snow in the winter. The U.K. Independent quoted "scientists" who suggested that, “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past” and “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”
Oh really? I am thinking children all over the U.S. remain intimately familiar with snow in early 2018.
OK, enough of the old BS predictions of Gore. Let's fast forward to earlier this week and see how this hyperbole-addicted blowhard has changed his predictions by exactly 180 degrees (no pun intended). Gore has radically altered his doomsday rhetoric to match the cold temperature data, even if what he says about cold temperature data makes no sense whatsoever. Late this week Gore, with a straight face said, "bitter cold is exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis."
Sorry folks, we do not have a climate crisis. What Al Gore has is a credibility crisis. And it is getting acute as his con gets exposed more frequently than Harvey Weinstein's ying-yang.
So here is the "new" deal according to Gore. The climate is still in crisis, except now the crisis comes to us in the form of harsh lower temperatures and tons of snow.......instead of harsh higher temperatures and no snow. Just a little modification to the predictions proving his theory.
Here is Gores’s tweet from January 4, 2018: “It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis.”
Gore linked to an article on the brutal winter weather written by the disgraced Mann.
In the Gore-touted article, Mann had the balls to connect the harsh cold temperatures and tons of snow to “climate change.”
So we have gone from hearing Gore hype the lack of snow as evidence of man-made global warming to hearing him hype the over-abundance of snow as being “exactly” what we should expect to prove his theory. So it must be, according to Gore, that no matter how bogus his predictions are they prove his theory.
The problem Gore has seems to begin with how he defines the term “exactly.” It seems that while most people think that "exactly" is a precise term, Gore wants us to believe that exactly means no snow OR tons of snow and also means extremely high temperatures or extremely low temperatures.
One thing is for sure, this crock of dung is being fed to every K-12 and college student in the world. It is one more thing they will need to un-learn in the real world.

The car he sold you did not break down, it is just resting.

© 2016 Jim Spence - Thirty-one years ago the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing. The politicians wanted a few scientists to address the impact of so-called ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, and global warming. It turned out to be a great opportunity for Democrats to start an effort to turn the nation and the world against fossil fuel. To boot, they figured to secure hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer dollars for global warming research in the decades to come. James Hansen, who was supposedly a leading climate modeler with NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies at the time, emptied his gun at the hearing when he made remarkably apocalyptic predictions.
Let’s see how Hansen’s forecasts turned out.
This weekend Niagara Falls pretty much froze solid. Sharks that apparently froze to death in the extraordinarily chilly waters in the Northern Atlantic last week were washing up on the Massachusetts shores. The northern polar ice cap has been expanding for three consecutive years. The southern pole ice cap has expanded to such an enormous size over the last decade that researchers are wondering if it has ever been larger. All of these grim realities of a trend towards colder global temperatures since 1997 are completely contradicting the dire predictions made by the anti-fossil fuel “scientists” thirty-one years ago.
In 1986, James Hansen was very specific about his model. He predicted that “global temperatures should be nearly 2 degrees higher in 20 years." Hansen went farther. He also predicted an acceleration of the trend with an increase of, “an additional 3 or 4 degrees sometime between 2010 and 2020.
Though this is the most under-reported fact on this era, Hansen and so many of his colleagues have not just been wrong, they have been spectacularly wrong. According to the NOAA calculator, the average temperature trend has been falling at -0.06 F degree per decade since Hansen predicted temperatures would rise much more sharply. Hansen’s scientific prediction that the Earth would be the warmest it has been in the last 100,000 years should actually be the subject of ridicule based on the how emphatic he was thirty-one years ago. Thanks to the bogus news media, Hansen gets a pass.
One must recall that even the faux scientists slurping up taxpayer dollars in exchange for forecasting global warming began to realize they needed a new line of bull quite some time ago. To mask all of their absurd forecasts never materializing, Democrats in the global warming crowd actually coined new words to help themselves to more research dollars. The phrase they coined to replace “global warming” was “climate change.”
Climate change is a wonderfully useful term, particularly for those interested in deception. Because it is so vague, it can be bent to fit any trend that shows up in the real data. The trouble with predicting ”Global Warming” was obviously more tricky than previously thought thirty-one years ago because……..the data needed to show that the globe was actually…um…warming.
The term “Climate Change” is infinitely more flexible. With Climate Change, every outside of “normal” weather event can be blamed on the use of fossil fuel. The trend of the data does not matter. And of course, all those old pesky apocalyptic predictions about crop failures, seas rising, and the end of civilization, well, the “scientists” cashing grant checks are now telling all of us to just forget about those warnings and heed their latest warnings, more important warnings.
So, what has the discredited global warming alarmist James Hansen done lately in the way of forecasting new dire warnings that require billions more in research dollars? Well, it seems that Hansen has now published a paper that suggests global warming will get this………. trigger an “ice age” in the near future. No, I am not making this up.
Thirty-one years later, after tons of temperature data has been collected that shows Hansen is a boob, now he says we need to forget about temperature measures as a way of proving temperatures have changed or will change. Instead he says, pay attention to, “Global Energy Imbalance.” He says this vague and strangely indefinable concept is a more meaningful measure of planetary status. Hansen sounds like a used car salesman explaining that the car he sold you did not break down, it is just resting.
What are we taxpayers to make of all this? It is important to understand that Global Warming/Climate Change was always a Democratic Party political agenda dressed up as science. Real scientists would have never conspired to squelch debate like the parasites angling for research grant dollars have done in this particular space. So, after a cascading avalanche of bad predictions have exposed the folly of their claims, the only way for people like James Hansen and thousands of others to get more and more research dollars, is to embrace a line of bull that is infinitely more flexible and unscientific. Yet somehow those exposing this amazing scam are called “deniers.”
As 2018 begins, we are now to believe that because of global warming, we are facing an “ice age.”
You have to hand it to these con artists. No matter what happens to global temperatures, the climate explainers provide a ridiculous explanation that blames all bad weather on the sin of using fossil fuel. Never before has there been such an infinitely adaptable ruse that, with a straight face, is still referred to as, “science.” If we have a bout of warm weather this confirms their already discredited predictions. If we have colder temperature data trends they are routinely dismissed.
It does not matter to any Democrat that Al Gore predicted that the polar ice cap would be GONE by 2014. We have to save the planet from incinerating or freezing, or whatever.