10/30/14: WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?

10/30/14: WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?

I of course quote from the title of the Buffalo Springfield classic, and I do so regarding recent events in San Francisco.  Before I get to that, congrats to the Giants on their world championship of baseball.  I was rooting for the Royals because I’m a Cardinal fan and don’t want anyone to detract from the Cardinals’ status as the class of the national pastime.  But with their third championship in five years, the Giants have eclipsed us.  Something to shoot for.  Joe Panik’s fielding play in the third inning, coupled with Madison Bumgarner’s astonishing pitching performance, were worth the price of admission. 

Speaking of San Franciso, America’s Communist city appears to be the epicenter of the “income inequality movement.”  Don’t get me wrong.  If I thought the fed had any business setting a nationwide minimum wage — I don’t as a matter of constitutional law – I’d be in favor of a raise.  All such things should be tied to the rate of inflation and, if the last minimum wage hike had been, we be around $10 an hour now anyway.  

But what concerns me is the “equal pay for equal work” mantra.  I don’t think they mean it.  I’m absolutely in favor of that as well, but when I see shiftless  San Franciscans blocking the busses that Silicon Valley sends around to pick up their workers, that worries me.  Those employees are kids with backgrounds in mathematics, science and engineering, and they got good jobs by making the right choices in school.  We can’t all be rappers and massage therapists.  What’s really next for the Elizabeth Warren crowd is “equal pay for any work,” and that my friends is Communism, or at least socialism.  Where we’re headed is frightful.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.893 Trillion

2014 Interest on Debt: $269.059 Billion

2014 Budget Deficit: $481.641 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (MC/SS/MC): $115.368 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.   

10/29/14: SAY WHAT?

10/29/14: SAY WHAT?

The other day Hillary Clinton actually said to a group of women that, “Corporations and businesses don’t create jobs.”  She later tried to walk it back, saying she was really talking about supply side economics, but her words speak for themselves.

It really doesn’t matter whether she believes it, or she just said it to placate her audience, which cheered.  Of course, it is disturbing that a candidate for President would actually profess such drivel, but, even if not, there’s still a large segment of the public which apparently, incredibly believes it.  One of her New Hampshire supporters echoed the sentiment, adding, “Job openings are posted, and you apply.  That’s all there is to it.”  I really don’t know what to say to that, other than this female should be put out of her misery by lethal injection, or at least denied the right to vote.  Charles Krauthammer says Elizabeth Warren makes the same case more clearly, but how does she make sense out of nonsense?  We can’t all be employed by the government.  

Mitt Romney for President.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.892 Trillion

2014 Interest on Debt: $269.115 Billion

2014 Budget Deficit: $481.681 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements: $115.357 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT. 

 

 

  

10/23/14: GROW A PAIR

10/23/14: GROW A PAIR

The Sentinel was shocked by the recent vote in Scotland to remain part of the UK.  I remind the Scots that, before the invasion of the island by the Angles and Saxons from Germany, the native Picts in what is now Scotland were the ONLY POPULACE EVER to stand up to the Roman Empire.  After years of failed attempts at conquest, the Romans finally built Hadrian’s Wall at the southern border of Scotland in the early 100s to keep the ornery bastards at least locked in.  Rome harbored  no more illusions of conquest. 

And how about William Wallace?  Scotland’s great hero led a rebellion against England in the 1300s that almost succeeded, for which he has long been remembered in literature and film, ala Mel Gibson and “Braveheart.”  The point is that these people have long yearned to be free and independent and, when given the chance to walk peacefully, they blinked.  There may never be another opportunity.  The Picts and Wallace are rolling in their graves.  Shame on you.  

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.886 Trillion

2014 Interest on Debt: $269.442 Billion

2014 Budget Deficit: $481.909 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC): $115.289 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.  

10/21/14: LAME CHOICE

10/21/14: LAME CHOICE

I ignore the disturbing fact that the President chose a political operative, Ron Klain, to spearhead our ebola response, rather than a medical professional.  The President’s stated purpose was to put someone in charge who knows his way around the bureaucracies.  Even assuming that’s a valid criterion, how does being a chief of staff to two Vice Presidents equip one to navigate the federal government?

Far more disturbing to me is that Mr. Klain, yet another lawyer, was in charge of the infamous Florida recount debacle in 2000 on behalf of his man, Al Gore.  It is disturbing enough that Klain was portrayed by Kevin Spacey, a fine actor most skilled at playing sleazy characters to perfection, in the film on the subject, “Recount.”  What really clinches it for me is that Mr. Klain made the WORST CALL in the history of politics by asking for only a limited recount in Florida, in three Democratic counties where Mr. Gore was likely to do well.  Forget hanging and dimpled chads, although you can’t make this stuff up.  The fact is that, by not asking for a statewide recount, Mr. Klain colored the thinking of the Supreme Court of the United States, which likely stripped the presidency from Mr. Gore by a 5-4 vote.  

So now we have a political operative in charge of a health scare, who is on record making the worst decision in the history of American politics.  A fine choice indeed.  Let’s see what monumental blunders he can come up with to undermine our battle against the scourge of ebola.  All he cost Al Gore was the presidency.  Now he’s got a chance to cost us all our lives.  

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.884 Trillion

2014 Interest on Debt: $269.556 Billion

2014 Budget Deficit: $481.989 Billion

Entitlements (SS/MC/MC) Shortfall: $115.265 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.     

10/16/14: Ps & Qs

10/16/14: Ps & Qs

I have no idea where “Ps & Qs” came from or what it stands for exactly, but we all know what it means: mind your own business.  What the hell is CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden doing telling us that we shouldn’t impose a travel ban on Ebola central in West Africa because these are “precarious, fledgling democracies” whose economies we don’t want to hurt?  That’s presidential talk.  Leave the policies to the elected idiots.  You, Doctor, just tell me how to stop this spreading pandemic.  That’s your job.  Our State Department may overrule you, but let the chips fall here they may.  You don’t make economic decisions.  Just give me the medical angle.  

By the same token, what the hell is Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey doing talking about Ebola transmission on the talk shows?  Let’s leave that to Dr. Frieden.  All I want to hear from Chairman Dempsey is how we’re going to stop ISIS in the Middle East, how we’re going to stop Iran from getting nukes, and how we’re going to stop Putin from reclaiming the Soviet Reunion’s Eastern European empire.  You just talk about military stuff and leave the medical stuff to the doctors, if they can ever stop talking about geopolitics.  Mr. Chairman, just tell me how we’re going to kill our enemies.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.865 Trillion

2014 Interest on Debt: $269.828 Billion

2014 Budget Deficit: $482.179 Billion (significant progress here)

Entitlement (SS/MC/MC) Shortfall: $115.209 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.

10/14/14: ECHOES OF THE PAST

10/14/14: ECHOES OF THE PAST

As I watch Turkish tanks sitting idle just over the Turkish border from Kobani, Syia, I am reminded of the Warsaw uprising in 1944.  The people of that Polish city rose up against their German masters and were slaughtered as the Soviet army sat encamped just outside the city, only too content to let the Germans do their bidding.  The Germans then withdrew and the Soviets moved into a destroyed but tamed city that probably would have revolted against their rule as well.  The Russians then enslaved the Poles along with the rest of Eastern Europe for a half century.  

That is almost exactly what the Turks are doing.  Kobani is a Kurdish city and the Kurds of Syria, Iraq and Turkey want to form an independent Kurdistan, and why not?  The Turks are opposed to Kurdish independence and are therefore only too content to let ISIS conquer Kobani and crucify its inhabitants.  History is repeating itself.  If the Turks won’t do it, we must come to the defense of Kobani, even if it means American boots on the ground.  War is hell.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.863 Trillion

2014 Interest on Debt: $269.937 Billion

2014 Budget Deficit: $525.628 Billion

Entitlements (SS/MC/MC) Shortfall: $115.187 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.

 

10/9/14: THE GOLD STANDARD

10/9/14: THE GOLD STANDARD

The St. Louis Cardinals have replaced the New York Yankees as the new standard of excellence in Major League Baseball.  In beating a very good Los Angeles Dodgers team, the Cardinals advanced to the their fourth consecutive National League Championship Series, where they will have a chance to avenge their shocking 2012 loss to the San Francisco Giants.  Perhaps even more startling is that, since 2005, the Cardinals have played 80 playoff games.  Second place goes to the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at 51 each.  That’s an amazing differential.  The Cardinals are the new standard of excellence.

Two further notes:  First, the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Cards in last year’s World Series, did not even make the playoffs this year.  In fact, they finished last in the American League East Division.  Second, far more satisfying, the traitor Albert Pujols, who dumped the Cards after their World Series triumph in 2011 to join the California Angels, is out of the playoffs.  The Angels made the playoffs this year for the first time since he joined them, indeed had the best record in baseball, but were ignominiously swept by the lowly Kansas City Royals.

The Sentinel dreampt of a Cards/Angels World Series, where Prince Albert would have returned to Busch Stadium.  You know what would have happened?  The Cardinal fans would have given him a warm reception, because they’re that classy.  Not me.  I hope he gets too fat on frijoles to play next year.

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.859 Trillion

2014 Interest on Debt: $231.789 Billion

2014 Budget Deficit: $586.239 Billion

Entitlements (SS/MC/MC) Shortfall: $115.130 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, WOULD BE INSOLVENT. 

10/7/14: CROSSING THE RUBICON

10/7/14: CROSSING THE RUBICON

Everybody’s all atwitter about the Supreme Court declining to take the gay marriage cases yesterday.  It was a no-brainer, since to date there is no “conflict among the Circuit Courts” on the issue, a key criterion for the Court to take up cases.  All five federal Courts of Appeal which haved decided the issue have invalidated state bans.  The High Court might have taken the case anyway, if there was substantial unanimity to overturn the intermediate courts but, with four Commies on the Court, Chief Justice Roberts was right to persuade his brethren not to take up the issue.  

The Sixth Circuit may yet come down on the other side in cases before it, and that would give the Supreme Court the justification it seeks to get involved.  But, make no mistake, yesterday was a significant day.  By declining cert, the Court left in place rulings allowing gay marriage in many states.  It is difficult to foresee the Court later undoing those marriages with the stroke of a pen.  We may have crossed the Rubicon.

The Sentinel is glad the great State of Tennessee is not one of those states.  Remember: anal intercourse is an abomination.  I refuse to live in a state or country which countenances the practice.  

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $17.857 Trillion

2014 Interest on Debt: $231.680 Billion

2014 Budget Deficit: $586.619 Billion

Entitlements (SS/MC/MC) Shortfall: $115.107 Trillion

THE UNITED STATES IS BANKRUPT AND, BUT FOR OUR PRINTING PRESSES, INSOLVENT.