Scouring the internet for news items I want to write about leaves this humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in thinking that universal suffrage was a very bad idea. I find myself fantasizing about what our country would be like if we had a minimum IQ require to vote and to hold public office. We wouldn’t want to put the bar too high. I’m thinking a minimum IQ of 80 or 85 would do. My guess is that , if we had such a requirement, the number of qualified voters in the country would go down dramatically and probably 70% of the people currently holding public office, including the bureaucrats, would not be there.
What follows is just few news items that caught my attention that could have come from a news service called Ripley’s Believe It or Not. They are in no particular order.
When is breaking the laws of the land not considered a criminal act?
Apparently when the laws being broken are our immigration laws. From an American Thinker article we learn:
…now a Supreme Court justice has opined that calling illegal migrants “criminals” is insulting.
The author of the article wonders what we should call someone who breaks the law? “Legally challenged”? WTH?
Climate Hubs _ Another very bad idea brought to you by your federal government.
From Zero Hedge, we learn:
Ag Sec Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country. “Climate Hubs” will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management.Why is this being announced? “Today’s announcement is part of the President’s Climate Action Plan to responsibly cut carbon pollution, slow the effects of climate change and put America on track to a cleaner environment.”
This Global Warming/Climate Change nonsense has really got to stop. There is no settled science of global warming. There’s been no warming in over sixteen years. The polar ice caps are growing; not shrinking. Over the history of our small planet, there have been periods much warmer than now and periods much colder than now. Yes, the CO2 in the atmosphere is increasing. But, there have been other periods in earth’s history of high CO2 levels. More importantly, science can not yet tell us if these higher CO2 levels are a net bad thing or a net good thing (more greening of the planet). And, thank God that climate does change. If it ever stops changing, mankind will be in a world of hurt. Our government is using the Global Warming/ Climate Change scare tactics to take away more of our freedoms and to control every aspect of our lives. These so-called Climate Hubs will be used to interfere with how farmers use their land. Count on it! WTH?
Screw up a government contract really, really bad, and get rewarded with more government contracts.
Rick Moran at American Thinker has this to report:
The company that built the failed Obamacare website received six additional contracts from the Obama administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website’s disastrous launch, The Daily Caller has learned.
According to a company spokesman, CGI Federal was awarded six additional contracts from CMS worth approximately $37 million between October 1 — when the over $600 million Obamacare website launched — through January 2014.
CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of the Canadian company CGI Group, and was formed in 2009 to bring CGI into the federal contracting business. The company employs Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate, and 2010 White House Christmas guest, Toni T0wnes-Whitley as a top executive.
This administration has no shame. “Reward your friends and punish your enemies” is Obama’s motto. We taxpayers, apparently, are his enemies. WTH?
What separation of powers?
Congresswoman, Sheila Lee Jackson, likes what President Obama is doing to bypass Congress with his Executive Orders. But, she thinks he should do a lot more of it and she thinks Congress should help him go around Congress. How is that for convoluted logic?
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, recently announced the formation of the Congressional Full Employment Caucus, saying its members would “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign,” according toCNS News.
“We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work, and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” Lee said in a Jan. 29 speech at a gathering of Democratic lawmakers. “I believe this caucus will put us on the right path, and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength.”
Uh…, Congresswoman, they are called Executive Orders because they come from the Chief Executive of the United States; not from Congress. But, you hang on to that thought. This is America where apparently any idiot can become President. You still have a chance to the Executive who writes the Orders. WTH?
Obama channels Nixon
After losing the governor’s race in California in 1962, Richard Nixon told reporters: “You won’t have me to kick around any more.” On Super Bowel Sunday, President Obama asked Bill O’Reilly:
…what are you… going to do when I’m gone?
Seriously, Mr. President? Well, after we sober up from a week-long celebration, the list of things we will do would take the rest of your term in office to tell you all of them. WTH?
So, dear friends, maybe we should seriously consider my idea of establishing a minimum IQ requirement in order to vote or hold public office. But then, how would we get the low IQ folks to vote for that? Sigh!
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?