1/27/15: A POX ON THEM BOTH

1/27/15: A POX ON THEM BOTH

I suggested to my girlfriend yesterday that we host a Super Bowl Party, but only for those who hate both teams.  She thought I was kidding.  Well, I wasn’t.  Here’s why:

Take Seattle first, the simpler one.  Their star running back won’t speak to the media.  I couldn’t care less.  I do care that he likes to grab his crotch to literally lord it over his victims when he scores trouchdowns.  This is primitive and deplorable behavior.  Their star cornerback is an egomaniac who just can’t shut up.  Son, you’re just a football player.  And their quarterback cried after the unlikely victory over Green Bay.  Kid, it’s just a football game. It was not the birth of your first child.

But now comes the gravy, the New England Patriots.  I know, as a Yankee fan, I hate all things Boston, so I admit to bias.  But consider the data.  Sure, there’s “deflategate,” just the latest.  If the NFL had any guts, the team should already been disqualified from the Super Bowl and Indianapolis installed in its place.  In addition, the Pats were caught spying on the Jets in 2007 before a playoff game, and their coach was personally fined $500,000.  They weren’t caught for spying on the Rams in their first Super Bowl win years ago, but they did.  The Rams coach marveled after that the Patriots were so good defensively they seemed to know what the Rams were going to run in the red zone.  That’s because they did know, but the NFL swept this one under the rug.  I ignore the fact that the Pats were in that game only because they were the beneficiary of the”tuck rule” call in an earlier playoff game against Oakland, a game they should have lost.  And I ignore that their former star tight end, Aaron Hernandez, is, by all accounts, a psychopathic killer.  And, finally, I ignore that The Golden Boy, Tom Brady, the Pats’ star quarterback, dumped his talented girlfriend while she was pregnant for some vapid model.  It seems only karma that, since their three early Super Bowl victories, the Pat have lost twice to mediocre Giant teams on miracle passes in the games’ waning moments.  Serves them right.  

Though I hope they both lose, I know that can’t happen.  So, choosing between the lesser of two evils, I hope the Seahawks win, 94-0.  Couldn’t happen to a nicer franchise.      

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.1 Trillion

Unfunded Entitlements (MC/MC/SS): $93.773 Trillion

Debt per Taxpayer: $952,240

Annual Interest on Debt (@ .07%): $237.541 Billion

Annual Budget Deficit: $478.691 Billion

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT.   

 

1/22/15: THE SADDEST DAY

1/22/15: THE SADDEST DAY

I play on the phrase, “The Longest Day,” the moniker for D-Day on June 6, 1944.  “The Saddest Day” is January 22nd every year, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s disgraceful 1973 decision in “Roe v. Wade.”  As if to rub it in, the Republican House tossed in the towel yesterday on legislation to ban all abortions after the 20th week, when scientists largely agree the preborn can feel pain.  They just couldn’t muster the votes, even among Republicans.  The fate of the bill was even less certain in the Republican controlled Senate, and the President would certainly have vetoed it.  What’s going on?

The hang-up, believe it or not, was the language of an exception for prenancies stemming from rape or incest.  The authors of the bill wanted to require women claiming the exemption to have reported the crime to authorities when it happened, while opponents wanted to allow women to claim rape or incest without prior substantiation.  I repeat what I have often said here: what difference does it make to the child how it came into existence?  That aside, a reasonable compromise might have been to require simultaneous reporting to the police by the woman, with the threat of prosecution for murder and filing a false report should the claim prove bogus.  But no, yielding to the tyranny of the single female vote, Congress caved altogether.  Shame!

Need I remind my readers that the abortion obtained by Norma McCorvey, the “Roe” in “Roe v. Wade,” was falsely premised on a claim of rape.  Don’t take my word for it.  She later admitted it, and even sought to set aside the Supreme Court ruling in her name on the ground that, at the urging of her lawyers, she had falsified her claim.  She subsequently suffered emotional trauma over the abortion and has become a leading prolife advocate.  You can’t make this stuff up.  Single women are not to be trusted on this subject: those who want an abortion think they’re entitled to lie to get one, because they have the constituional right to murder their children.  What a world! 

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.095 Trillion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC): $93.511 Trillion

Debt Per Taxpayer: $950,543

Annual Interest on National Debt (@ .07%): $237.268 Billion

Annual Budget Deficit: $478.887 Billion

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT.     

 

1/20/15: BAD MOON A’RISIN’

1/20/15: BAD MOON A’RISIN’

Prediction: we will have nationwide gay marriage this year.  

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a gay marriage appeal, which will be argued in April and must be decided by June 30, when the Court’s term ends.  I predict nationwide gay marriage for two reasons:

First, the case the Court agreed to hear is the only one of five Courts of Appeals decisions which have considered the question and the only one, from the Sixth Circuit, that upheld state gay marriage bans and limitations.  The Court expressed no interest in the four cases that struck down the bans.  Read the handwriting.

Second, the Court in general reverses 70% of the time they agree to hear a case.  Makes sense when you think about it.  If they agreed with a decision, they would just let it stand.  Maybe we can count on Justices Alito, Scalia and Thomas, but that’s about all.  6-3 or 7-2 for gay marriage.    

There are two causes for hope for those of us who oppose gay marriage.  First is Justice Ginsburg’s expression of regret about Roe v. Wade as having gotten ahead of itself in 1973 before legislative processes had played out.

Second is the Sixth Circuit’s observation that, if marriage is considered a fundamental right, it’s not clear where you would draw the line.  How do you ban polygamy or incestuous marriages?  As the Circuit Court pitily observed, “Plaintiffs have no answer for this.”  The other night on Fox News Sunday, lawyer Ted Olsen, who helped to overturn California’s ban, was debating an opponent of gay marriage.  The opponent said he’d read an article in “New York” magazine about a girl who wanted to marry her father.  Olsen’s only response was to express surprise that the conservative opponent would read such a liberal publication.  The Fox News anchor was not quick enough to take Olsen to task for avoiding the question.  “Plaintiffs have no answer for this.”  That’s the problem for the proponents of gay marriage: where will we/can we thereafter draw the line?  Who’s to say five parents — or seventy — aren’t better than two?  We are headed for the destruction of the family unit, which has been around for millenia, in just two decades.               

I’ll leave you with this.  Proponents cite the fact that gay marriage is already legal in 36 states, so get over it.  Not a single state, though, has approved gay marriage by referendum. Three socialist state legislatures have approved it — New York, New Hampshire and Vermont.  The other 33 states have gay marriage because of the tyranny of the federal judiciary, which runs this country.  Enough is enough.  

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.084 Trillion

Unfunded Liabilities (MC/SS/MC): $93.503 Trillion

Total Debt: $111.587 Trillion

Total Debt per Taxpayer: $950,395

Annual Interest Payment (@ .06%): $237.162 Billion

Annual Budget Deficit: $478.964 Billion

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT.

 

 

1/15/15: “JE SUIS CHARLIE!”

1/15/15: “JE SUIS CHARLIE!”

There’s a ton to be said about that Charlie Hebdo terrorist massacre in Paris last week, but let me make just two points:

First, our President remains completely obtuse on the subject of radical Islam.  He calls this attack “violent extremism” and didn’t even bother to send a high-level representative to a rally in Paris over the weekend, which drew a million people and numerous world leaders.  He brought shame on the United States.  Of course this was radical Islam at work, but for reasons which may surprise you.  As is said in the Prayer of St. Francis, “it’s better to understand than to be understood.”  All Muslims are offended by depictions of The Prophet, particularly satirical depictions, because there are no icons, paintings or statues in Islam.  Unlike Christianity, which venerates and depicts God, Jesus and all manner of saints, Islam has none of that.  So all Muslims are offended by any depiction of Mohammed, but only radical Muslims kill over the slight.  That’s what makes them radical.  More broadly, all Muslims believe in the Second Coming, just as Christians do, but Muslims believe who’s returning is the 12th Imam, a religious leader, not Jesus.  Just as is prophesied in our Book of Revelations concerning Jesus’ return, great tribulation will precede the return of the 12th Imam.  All Muslims believe this, but only radical Islam seeks to create the chaos though murder and conquest needed to initiate the Second Coming.  That’s what this is all about, and that’s why they’ll never stop.

Second, for The Sentinel the most disturbing news out of the massacre is that France, even Paris, has Muslim “no-go zones” — lots of them — where police don’t go and Muslim Sharia law prevails.  This is a tantamount to a surrender of sovereignty, and a frightfully dangerous proposition.  These Muslim ghettos are just breeding grounds for homegrown radicals.  “No-go zones” must be eradicated and all residents made subject to French law — TODAY!

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.089 Trillion

Annual Interest on Debt: $236.870 Billion

Annual Budget Deficit: $479.174 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements: $92.562 Trillion

Debt Per Taxpayer: $788,591

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT.  

 

 

1/13/15: NO CONTEST

1/13/15: NO CONTEST

Turns out Oregon is soft.  Ohio State simply hammered them in the college football national championship game last night.  The Buckeyes won 42-20 despite 4 OSU turnovers, only 1 of which can be credited to the Duck defense.  The rest were simply gaffes by OSU.  Imagine what the score might have been without the miscues.  

The turning point of the game, if there was won, came in the third quarter.  Down 21-10 af half, the Ducks scored on a long touchdown pass after a Buckeye giveaway  to make it 21-17.  Then after yet another turnover, this when the Buckeye quarterback simply dropped the ball under pressure — ala Jameis Winston — the Ducks had to settle for a field goal rather than a touchdown, when the OSU defense stiffened.  After that, it was all downhill for Oregon.  This was no contest.

OSU’s Zeke Elliot may be the best running back I’ve ever seen.  He rushed for well over 600 yards in OSU’s last 3 wins, including last night, when he went for about 250 and 4 TDs.  OSU completely dominated both lines of scrimmage, where all football games are won and lost.    

Urban Meyer is to be credited with a brilliant coaching job, bring a young team to the title with a third-string quarterback.  Yet he made some inexplicable calls in the second half.  With the game still slightly in doubt in the third quarter, he went for it on 4th and 2 inside OSU territory.  They made it but it seemed a reckless call.  Then in the fourth quarter with the game no longer in doubt, he didn’t go for it on 4th and a few on the Oregon 30.  That would have been the time to go for it, not before.  But they won the game, so no doubt he will be proclaimed the genius of the hour.  But I saw some muddled thinking. 

All in all, though, complete Buckeye domination.  The naysayers, who said OSU didn’t even belong in the playoff, are forever silenced. 

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.087 Trillion

Annual Interest on Debt: $236.782 Billion

Annual Budget Deficit: $479.237 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC/OC): $92.559 Trillion

Debt Per Taxpayer: $788,521

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT. 

1/6/15: WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

1/6/15: WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

I’m referring to the national debt, of course, a subject on the mind of AOL news today.  The answer is nothing, also of course.  The new Republican Congress won’t do anything for fear of endangering its chances for the presidency in 2016.  The President doesn’t seem to care.  One thing is for certain: the Keystone Pipeline is not the solution to the debt problem, but it makes for good press.  

Where do we stand?  See below, but roughly $18 TRILLION and counting, with unfunded entitlements another $92 TRILLION, for a debt per taxpayer of $789,000, a simply staggering sum.  There are only two things that can be done — cut spending or raise taxes, or both.  We, the American taxpayer, won’t stand for either, so there we are.  When Republicans try to cut spending, we’ll throw them out, and they know it.  When it’s the Democrats turn, they’ll raise taxes and we’ll throw them out.  So neither spending will be cut nor taxes will rise, and all the while the debt will be increasing to the breaking point.     

The condundrum is compounded because the Fed is caught in a bind as well.  If it keeps interest rates at their current historic lows, we run the risk of terrible inflation, given our current economic growth.  If the Fed raises interest rates, our annual interest payments on the debt will go through the roof, forcing cuts in spending and stirring social unrest, and the stock market will crash, dependent as it is on low interest rates.  

So it’s not a pretty picture, and there’s no way out, given our current proclivity to blame Washington for everything.  The debt is our problem.  Whoever said that getting out of $18 TRILLION in debt would be painfree?  But that’s what the public wants, a painfree solution.  There isn’t one. 

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.081 Trillion

Annual Interest on Debt: $236.388 Billion

Annual Budget Deficit: $479.520 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC): $92.544 Trillion

Debt Per Taxpayer: $788,963

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT. 

 

 

1/2/15: SMOKE AND MIRRORS

1/2/15: SMOKE AND MIRRORS

All season long the Florida State football team had been rallying to win close games, creating an aura of invincibility.  Despite their 29-game winning streak and status as defending national champions, it turns out it was all smoke and mirrors.  Trailing the Oregon Ducks 25-20 midway through the third quarter, the Noles committed 5 straight turnovers, leading to 5 Duck touchdowns, and down went the Noles, 59-20.  It was particularly satisfying the one of the turnovers was a pathetic fumble on a pass attempt by Jameis (The Rapist) Winston.  As an aside, wherever did he get that first name?  Most satisfying, however, was to see him bickering on the sideline during the debacle with his coach, who at one point theatened visibly to bench the QB if his histrionics continued.  Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Before the playoffs started, I took the Ducks all the way but figured they’d play Alabama’s Crimson Tide in the final.  Not so it seems.  It’s the Buckeyes.  Now I’m going double or nothing.  The Fighting Ducks easy.  They’ll run OSU off the field. 

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.040 Trillion

Annual Interest on Debt: $236.168 Billion

Annual Budget Deficit: $479.679 Billion

Unfunded Entitlements (SS/MC/MC): $92.536 Trillion

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT.

 

12/30/14: A POX ON THEM ALL

12/30/14: A POX ON THEM ALL

Everybody was up in arms over Sony’s initial cave-in to North Korea over “The Interview.”  My God, the media says, our most treasured First Amendment rights are at stake.  Legalisms aside, my take is a little different:

First, making a movie about the assassination of a foreign leader, no matter how absurd he is, is simply offensive and beyond the pale.  Of course, Sony has the “right” to make such a movie, and I have the “right” to decry it and not see it, and I won’t … ever.  A pox on the makers and stars of “The Interview.”  

Second, Sony got what it deserved when it was hacked, and the emails purloined revealed contemptuous attitudes towards movie stars and racist attitudes toward President Obama.  A pox on Sony.

Third, the threats of violence against theaters showing the movie by the same hackers was uncivilized and wrong.  A pox on the hackers.

Fourth, the CIA is absolutely convinced North Korea was behind the hacking.  I’m equally certain NK does nothing without the knowledge and approval of their puppeteers, the Red Chinese.  A pox on North Korea and Red China.

Fifth, tangentially, I predict Red China will make a move on Taiwan during the last two (2) years of Mr. Obama’s presidency.  They know they won’t be able to get away with such a bold maneuver after 2016, whoever’s President.  A pox on President Obama.  In fact, a pox on them all.  

SO SAYS THE SENTINEL.

National Debt: $18.027 Trillion

Annual Interest on Debt: $265.991 Billion

Annual Budget Deficit: $479.494 Billion

Entitlements (SS/MC/MC) Shortfall: $116.061 Trillion

WE ARE BANKRUPT AND INSOLVENT.