8/4/15: GOING BIPOLAR

8/4/15: GOING BIPOLAR

Heading into the first Republican presidential debate Thursday evening, a few comments on the race are in order.  What strikes me as most significant is the popularity of Donald Trump in the GOP  and Bernie Sanders among Democrats.  I can’t imagine Mrs. Clinton will prove a viable candidate — she’s simply on the take, though, like Tom Brady, she claims there’s no proof … after destroying the proof.  Joe Biden may get in the race, but Bernie is going to be around for awhile.  He’s an avowed socialist, and that’s where the Democratic party is headed.  The question is whether they go the final step and start talking about government ownership of private enterprise.  That’s the real deal, and that, too, is hard to imagine, though nothing surprises me anymore.

Trump is hard to figure.  I’ve always thought of him as a hustler and a charlatan, but he does seem to have touched a nerve.  His bombastic style has attracted quite a following.  I never watch debates but I’ll tune in for this one hoping that it will turn into a free-for-all around Trump.  The pundits say he has tapped into the public’s anger over Washington, but I say anger is a mask for fear.

What are we afraid of?  Maybe $18.3 TRILLION in debt.  Fox News invited questions from the public for the debate.  Here’s mine, to all the candidates: in what year of your presidency will you submit a balanced budget to Congress and start paying down the national debt?  That is the #1 issue we face, not immigration or ISIS, and only Chris Christie and Marco Rubio are talking about it, and for that I give them credit.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.332 Trillion

Annual Interest on ND (@.16%!): $247.898 Billion

Annual Budget Deficit (add to ND): $497.425 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC/OC): $97.263 Trillion

Debt per Taxpayer: $973, 919

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT.

7/30/15: MISPLACED PRIORITIES

7/30/15: MISPLACED PRIORITIES

It seems the whole world is up in arms because some American dentist killed a beloved lion in Africa.  Few, on the other hand, seem to be sweating the 60 million preborn murdered since Roe v. Wade.  What’s wrong with this picture?

Now there are disclosures that Planned Parenthood sells aborted fetal tissue for research.  Frankly, as long as abortions are legal, I’d rather the babies be put to some good use rather than be dumped in the garbage.  The vision of garbage bags full of preborns, ripped apart by scalpels and vacuums or intact, is almost too much to bear.  But here’s what I think is really going on, if we dig deeper.  I bet we find out there’s a huge market for organs for infant transplant, and Planned Parenthood is at the forefront of all this.  We’ll learn that PP is performing late-term abortions for this very purpose, and mothers and PP are making small fortunes off this.  We may even learn that mothers are getting pregnant for this very purpose.  After all, only babies near term would be suitable donors for transplants.  It’s all quite monstrous, and we deserve to die for it.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.325 Trillion

Annual Budget Deficit (add to ND): $497.198 Billion

Annual Interest on ND (@ merely .14%!): $247.625 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC/OC): $97.213 Trillion

Debt per Taxpayer: $973,713

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.

7/28/15: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

7/28/15: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

I’ve had it with the mass shootings, the latest in Louisiana at another movie theater.  The Commies are already beating the drum for gun reform, but how exactly do you stop the mentally ill from getting weapons?  They’re not going to own up to mental illness when they apply, and privacy/privilege concerns may block disclosure of vital information.  Plus, how do we agree on standards?  Many of us have been treated/medicated for depression, and does that disqualify?  I think not, but where do you draw the line?  Have at it, I say, but there may be an easier fix.  Let the tort lawyers go to work.

If owners of buildings frequented by the public — malls, office buildings, theaters, etc. — become fearful they could be held liable for gun shootings, they will install metal detectors onsite.  The key is liability insurance.  If insurers require security systems as a condition of liability coverage, then landowners will get the detectors and we will be a little safer.  Granted, it’s a pain in the ass to go through a metal detector everywhere we go, but isn’t that better than being blown apart while watching a film or shopping with the kiddies?

The great thing is that this poses no Second Amendment issue, because there’s no state action.  You don’t have a constitutional right to bring guns into my home if I don’t want them, because I’m a private individual.  Same for any landowner.  All guns at the door, or don’t go in.  Period.  End of discussion, and hopefully end of carnage.  I’m sick of it.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.323 Trillion

Annual Budget Deficit (add to ND): $497.108 Billion

Annual Interest on ND (@ only .13%!): $247.515 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC/OC): $97.193 Trillion

Debt per Taxpayer: $973,631

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.

 

7/21/15: BAD DEAL

7/21/15: BAD DEAL

Forget $100 billion now for Iran to fund terrorism around the world.  Forget the ridiculous inspection lag time of 24 days.  Forget the illusion of “snap-back” sanctions if Iran violates the deal.  Forget the affront of going to the UN before Congress weighs in on the deal.  Forget that Iran didn’t promise to stop being a state sponsor of terrorism or to return our hostages, but did get concessions from us on conventional weapons and ICBMs.  Forget all that.

What is really bad about the Iran deal is that it kicks the can down the road.  If Iran complies — a big if — it becomes a legitimate threshold nuclear state in the future, at 10 or 15 years.  That is unacceptable.  Iran can never have nukes.  Period.  End of discussion.

So how do you get there?  For one thing, doing something the Administration never did: getting up and walking away from the table, and telling the Iranians to go fuck themselves.  That’s what you do in difficult negotiations, like virtually every litigation I’ve been involved in that has settled.  You get up, walk away, and resume the fight full on.  The adversary eventually becomes open-minded and as willing to listen as only the dying can be, or not.  Put another way, lead a man by his balls, and his heart and mind will surely follow.

In this case, we walk and impose new sanctions, intensifying the pressure until they wilt and return to the table willing to yield on anytime, anywhere inspections and abandoning all their centrifuges and all their stockpiled uranium.  If they don’t wilt, we impose more and more sanctions until we get what really should have been our goal here all along — regime change.  But this President was more concerned about his legacy –about making any deal before his term ends — so he couldn’t play the long horizon, and we’re left with a very bad deal.

Here’s how this is going to play out.  The deal has already been approved by the UN Security Council.  Congress will disapprove, unless 41 Democrat Senators can engineer a filibuster, but the President will veto and Congress will not vote to override.  And there we’ll be until the next President takes office.  All the more reason to elect a Republican, because Mrs. Clinton will honor the deal.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.314 Trillion

Annual Budget Deficit (add to ND): $496.789 Billion

Annual Interest on ND @ only .13%!: $247.132 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC/OC): $97.134 Trillion

Debt per Taxpayer: $973,421

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.

 

7/16/15: WHAT A WORLD (Part 5000)!

7/16/15: WHAT A WORLD (Part 5000)!

Newspapers were trumpeting a dissent in a federal civil rights case yesterday arising out of a police search.  The majority referred the case back to the trial court for additional consideration whether the defendants cops and city officials were entitled to immunity from suit, but the press focused on the dissent, which argued that there was no issue of immunity and that the plaintiff was entitled to an immediate trial on his claim for damages.  Nothing to it, you think?  Think again.

The civil plaintiff had been arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine.  The cops were sure he had stuffed the coke up his butt so they did a routine cavity search and found nothing.  So then they injected muscle relaxants and still found nothing.  Then they induced a coma, put the perp on life support, and found 10.4 grams of crack cocaine way up there.  The criminal charges were immediately dismissed by a federal court, which found the search “shocked the conscience,” whatever that means in a Fourth Amendment context.  So then the guy sues, and the newspaper finds as newsworthy the dissent saying the guy is entitled to a trial on his suit for damages.

So what’s the lesson here, at least according to one judge and the press: traffic in drugs, stick them up your butt, resist the search, get the criminal charges dismissed, and then sue for tons of dough.  And Bruce Jenner gets an ESPY for cutting his balls off and growing tits.  What a world!

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.308 Trillion

Annual Budget Deficit (add to ND): $496.562 Billion

Annual Interest on ND (@ merely .10%!): $246.858 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC/OC): $97.095 Trillion

Debt per Taxpayer: $973,272

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.

7/14/15: TRUMPED

7/14/15: TRUMPED

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made headlines recently for labeling Mexican illegals “rapists and murderers.”  The leftist media jumped all over this, hoping to paint Trump as symptomatic of all Republicans.  But was he wrong?

Just a few days later, a Mexican illegal murdered a young San Francisco woman.  Compounding the horror, he had just been released by San Francisco police despite a federal demand that he be handed over to them for deportation.  He had been deported five times previously but had regained entry illegally each time.  It seems that the City by the Bay is a “sanctuary city,” one of many across the country which reserve the right to ignore our immigration laws.  That the Obama Justice Department has not challenged these cities is itself a national scandal.  And that President Obama has had nothing to say about this murder, as he did in the killings of numerous black men by police, is yet another national scandal.

Be that all as it may, let’s get one thing straight — all illegals are criminal, whether they are rapists and murderers or not.  Gaining unauthorized access to this country is a crime.  That’s why no comprehensive immigration solution can include a pathway to citizenship.  Illegals forfeited that privilege forever by violating our borders.  The Sentinel does not oppose some form of legalization to enable them to remain, simply because the deportation of 11 million people is simply not feasible.  I leave it to Congress to work out the details.

Do I take Trump seriously as a candidate?  No, because he hasn’t said one word about the debt and deficit.  I listened to Scott Walker announce his candidacy last night, and neither did he utter one word about these paramount issues.  For all his flaws, only Chris Christie talks about our financial woes and curbing entitlements.  For this he gets my grudging support.  It’s difficult to support a candidate who wears the emotional illness of compulsive overeating on his waistline.  But I give credit where credit is due.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.305 Trillion

Annual Budget Deficit (add to ND): $496.469 Billion

Annual Interest on ND (@ merely .07%!): $246.745 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC/OC): $97.075 Trillion

Debt per Taxpayer: $973,198

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.

 

7/9/15: NOT QUITE, STAN

7/9/15: NOT QUITE, STAN

Speculation was rampant in the tennis world whether the Big Four in men’s tennis should count Stan Wawrinka in its ranks and become the Big Five, or still the Big Four with Rafael Nadal out and Stan in.  Not quite.  Stan lost yesterday in the quarters at Wimbledon to France’s Richard Gasquet, who is no doubt a fine player and is possessed of a one-handed backhand second only to Stan’s.  The plain fact of the matter is, though, the Big Three (Djokovic/Federer/Murray) simply don’t lose Grand Slam quarterfinals to the likes of Gasquet.  In fact, Nole will murder him in straight sets in the first semi.  I have no prediction for how Federer/Murray will come out, or the final for that matter either.  All I know is that Stan blew his chance to take his place among the giants of the game.  Whether he will regroup for the U.S. Open is anybody’s guess.

On the ladies side, I’m starting to become quite a fan of Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.  The “z” is pronounced “th,” though why is anybody’s guess.  She is in the process of routing the pusher, Aggie Radwanzka of Poland, who beat the mindless banger, American Madison Keys, in the quarters.  I predict Muguruza is the next big thing in women’s tennis and she will win the whole thing, probably over Serena in the final.  For reasons I can’t fully explain, I’m deriving great satisfaction over the utter collapse this year of Canada’s darling, Jeannie Bouchard.  Chris Evert was pronouncing her the next big thing for getting to last year’s Wimbledon final, but she sustained the worst beating I’ve ever witnessed at the hands of Petra Kvitova.  Muguruza seems more like the real thing, since she’s solid off both wings and plays with great courage.  She wins Wimbledon.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.298 Trillion

Annual Budget Deficit (add to ND): $496.242 Billion

Annual Interest on ND (@ only .07%!): $246.473 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC/OC): $97.036 Trillion

Debt per Taxpayer: $973,061

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.

7/7/15: THERE THEY GO AGAIN

7/7/15: THERE THEY GO AGAIN

A very predictable decision was issued by a federal judge recently in Tennessee.  It typifies today’s judiciary: activist and biased.  A little background is in order.

Back in 2000 the TN Supreme Court, much to my surprise, ruled that the right to abortion in TN is broader than the federal right. I won’t bore you with the details but the voters didn’t care for the ruling, so in 2014 we amended the Constitution to reverse that decision.  The TN legislature has since reinstated the abortion regulations struck down in 2000.

As you might expect, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the ProMurder Movement didn’t care for the amendment, so they sued in federal court to overturn it. TN’s constitution allows amendments of course, but requires that the number of voters voting for the amendment exceed the majority of votes cast for governor.  The obvious purpose of the provision is to prevent amendments people don’t care about from passing 1-0.

The proponents of the amendment moved to dismiss the federal action, but Judge Kevin Sharp denied the motion in an idiotic opinion.  Since the intent of the amendment was at issue, what he should have done was at least to abstain for the time being and refer (certify) the matter to the TN Supreme Court for its determination what the amendment process required.  But this federal judge refused to defer to a state court and ruled idiotically that the amendment process could mean that an amendment might pass even if it lost, so long as it had the support of more than 50% of the people voting for governor. This is sheer sophistry.  How could an amendment pass if it loses, but that’s what this Judge ruled to allow the case to go forward.

And here’s a shocker: the Judge was an Obama appointee in 2010, so he’s probably ProMurder, too.  It’s sheer bias dressed up in fancy legalese, but they call it jurisprudence.  Hopefully, the defendants can appeal and get the question certified to the TN Supreme Court by a federal appeals court.  In the meantime, we all hang in limbo, waiting to see if the will of the people can once again be thwarted by a single federal judge.  This is tyranny at its worst.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.296 Trillion

Annual Budget Deficit (add to ND): $496.153 Billion

Annual Interest on ND (@ only .07%!): $246.364 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC/OC): $97.017 Trillion

Debt per Taxpayer: $972,990

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.