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George Washington on Patriot Distrust of Government:

“there will always be reason to distrust the patriotism of those who in any quarter may endeavour to weaken its bands.”

Obligation of Patriots:

“…the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.” “From their natural tendency it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose; and there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.”

Excerpted from a post made on 7-28-2012:

https://truthvspower.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/warnings-from-george-washington/

President Obama‘s use of the 1906 Antiquities Act is already unmatched.  In an effort to secure his environmental legacy, his administration has created or enlarged 26 national monuments since 2011, including 14 in just the past year and a half, collectively totaling more than 750,000 square miles.  Any national monument designation is effectively final.

That means portions of America’s Arctic Ocean bestowed with monument status would be removed from oil and gas development forever, even if a later administration, with the benefit of hindsight, wanted to reverse the order.

Source: Obama eyes taking control of the Arctic, adding to Monuments Act

Oct 31, 2016

Presented by

Steven Crowder

What is democratic socialism? What makes it different than regular socialism? Has it been tried? Could it work in the United States? Comedian and political commentator Steven Crowder, host of Louder With Crowder, explains.

 

WND’s Joseph Farah provided an explanation of how the Electoral College system worked in 2011. Go HERE for that post.

This is a somewhat later explanation of how (and why) the Electoral College is still viable and a needed element in the election of a President -underline my emphasis-

The Electoral College – What Is It and How Does It Function?

The following is a guest post by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, both legal reference librarians in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.

The 2012 Presidential election is projected to be close, and attention has turned to whether the Electoral College may diverge from the popular vote in shaping the outcome of an election.  Should this come to pass, we will once again have a national debate as to whether the Electoral College should be maintained, scrapped, or amended.  But what exactly is the Electoral College system and who established it?

The concept of the “Electoral College”—although not specifically mentioned by name—appears in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, representing the Founding Fathers’ effort to create a mechanism by which the states select the President and Vice President of the United States.  Section 1 creates a select group of representatives known as “electors,” determined by state.  The number of electoral votes awarded to each state is dependent upon the number of Senators and Representatives that state possesses. For example, California has two Senators and fifty-three Representatives, so the state has fifty-five electoral votes.  The 23rd Amendment, ratified in 1961, provides the District of Columbia with “A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State … perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.”  The states cast their electoral votes through these electors, and the candidate who receives a majority of the electoral votes, currently at least two-hundred-seventy, is declared the winner.

Why did the authors of the Constitution decide to create such a system?  Alexander Hamilton sheds some light on the intent of the Founders through his description of the Electoral College in the Federalist Papers, specifically No. 68.  Hamilton stated that “the sense of the people should operate in the choice of the person.”  He also expressed the importance of having electors, who he expected were:

“men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”

In addition to having the benefit of such educated and interested individuals involved in the election of the President, the state-dependent electoral college system was also intended to avoid a scenario where a populous region of the country was able to elect a candidate who enjoyed great popularity within that region, but who did not enjoy a broad base of national support.

Despite these lofty ambitions the Electoral College system did not operate as intended during the election of 1800.  In that election, although Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams in the Electoral College, the electors failed to distinguish between Jefferson and his running mate Aaron Burr both of whom received 73 electoral votes.  In order to avoid such challenges in the future, Congress drafted the 12th Amendment which altered the electoral process so that President and Vice President were elected separately.

Counting electorial vote, U.S. Capitol [Washington, D.C.], 4/14/17

The 12th Amendment did not put an end to the controversy surrounding the Electoral College.  The 19th century saw several bitter contests when candidates carried the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote.  In 1824 Andrew Jackson won the popular vote, but none of the four candidates received a majority of the Electoral College.  As a result the election was decided by the House , which selected John Quincy Adams after Henry Clay shifted his support in exchange, it was believed, for an appointment as the Secretary of State.  In the 1876 election, Samuel Tilden won the popular vote, but after a lengthy, bitter dispute over the electoral votes of Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, Rutherford B. Hayes carried the Electoral College.  The storm over this result only intensified after a controversial electoral commission was created to resolve the dispute, and determined the result via a vote along party lines.  In 1888, Grover Cleveland won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College to Benjamin Harrison.

Although in recent years, the battle over the Electoral College has become a more regular source of contention, it is interesting to note that challenges to the system are not, in fact, new.  It is actually because of these past struggles that the Electoral College takes the form it holds today.  The Library of Congress’ website includes information on the Electoral College and elections.

From Prager University

Five tiny cars with a Suicide streak

The real title of the ad featuring these pics is “5 tiny cars with a green streak”.  The last entry is one I have yet to see -thank God-;  though I did see a so-called green car so tiny that a golf cart would look large in comparison.  I don’t care how many air bags they have; IMHO that’s so the first responders won’t have to look for the bodies.

Also, like every vehicle newer than the 2002 models, they have sensors (computer controls) which will cost you a small fortune when they go “Looney Tunes”.

Ask any Ford owner with a model newer than 2002 with the obnoxious gas cap sensor…  If you don’t tighten it enough for the system’s satisfaction,  you’ll get the check engine symbol; if you can’t go to one of the auto parts locations which will give you a free description of the damn code, that will cost you just to find out what the problem is.  Then, you must go to the (!!!) dealership and pay out the -omitted- to have them reset it; it won’t just let you tighten the cap a bit more.

These vehicles would lose if they had a head on collision with a DOG, never mind any real sedan, or truck.

CAVEAT EMPTOR. [ Latin – Let the buyer beware.]   ‘Nuff Said.

Smart fortwo electric drive

Smart fortwo electric drive

  • Starting price: $25,000, coupe; $28,000, cabriolet

  • Gas mileage:

    • City – 122 mpg

    • Highway – 93 mpg

This Smart electric model has been tested and perfected on European roadways since 2007. While the 2012 EV model was available for lease only in the U.S., you can buy the 2013 model outright.

 

Chevy Spark LS

Chevy Spark LS © General Motors

  • Starting price: $12,185, manual; $13,920, automatic

  • Gas mileage:

    • City – 28 mpg

    • Highway – 37 mpg (automatic)

The four-passenger Chevy Spark comes in a pallet of fun colors — salsa red, jalapeno green and techno pink. It is a tiny car, with an affordable price and great safety features such as 10 air bags.

 

Fiat 500 Pop

Fiat 500 Pop

  • Starting price: $16,000

  • Gas mileage:

    • City – 31 mpg

    • Highway – 40 mpg

There’s something distinctly European about the Fiat 500, with its soft, rounded edges and stylish interior. The four-passenger Fiat 500 Pop is powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 101 horsepower. It comes in five model options, but the Turbo and Abarth versions are the zippiest, with 135 and 160 horsepower, respectively. Passengers are protected by seven air bags, traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

  • Starting price: $29,125

  • Gas mileage: 112 mpg

Egg-shaped and almost geeky in appearance, the four-passenger Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an all-electric vehicle with 63 horsepower, according to Consumer Reports. And, it can make a top speed of 81 mph. But most owners of this EV won’t ever need to push it to top speed. This is a car that is meant to tool around city streets.

 

Hiriko

Hiriko

  • Starting price: $16,000 (estimated)

  • Gas mileage: 200 mpg (estimated)

This futuristic pod-like car is the smallest of the mini cars, especially when it collapses to less than 5 feet long to squeeze into a city parking spot. That’s right, the car actually folds up. It also has other delightful toy-like features, such as the ability to move 360 degrees on its own axis and a joystick that replaces a steering wheel. It will get from zero to 70 kilometers per hour (about 43 miles per hour) in eight seconds and has a range of 75 miles before needing a charge. It will get an equivalent of 200 mpg as an electric car, according to an ABC News report.

This super-tiny car has seating for two and was created in collaboration between the Massachusetts Institution of Technology Media Lab and Spain’s Basque Center for Innovation to be an urban car. It is being developed by a consortium of seven firms in Spain’s Basque region, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization. It is set to go into production this year, with 9,000 units produced annually by 2015.

 

Two Ladies Talking In Heaven (Humor)

This valued blogger has not made any posts since early last year.  I hope the author remains active. Was unable to amend spacing errors in the text; posted as is.

Two Ladies Talking In Heaven

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David Horowitz addresses this issue. –  Hamas on campus –

Courtesy of   danmillerinpanama

Above is a live link to the entire post –  Trump Won Fair and Square. Get a life.

A small part of his comprehensive and vital posting:

Nigel Farage speaks about the Trump and Brexit revolutions

Like the wonderful aroma of good coffee brewing;

In Star Trek “First Contact”, that was Picard’s response to Data complying with his suggestion that he deactivate his emotion chip.

Don’t be naive; fifty plus years of liberal policies will not be reversed overnight, or in four years.  Trump and his appointees will still face an uphill battle in dismantling policies that decimated the economy, wrecked our initiative, and permitted greed and expedience to become Wall Street’s shrine; like a Cancer it attacked, and infiltrated what had been a moral society.

I may start referring to Socialists as “The Borg”; due to their unrelenting, destructive influence.  The battle is a continuing one, and we will need to be forever vigilant.

My Thanksgiving wish is that -if nothing else- the issues of Illegal Immigration, and Islamic infiltration of our Government and the military will have been purged within the next two years.

Pawn Sacrifice

checkmateThis is hardly the usual fare for my political page.  Posted under the category of People; because you will be drawn into the characters, and the times it reflects.

Anytime a movie is prefaced with “Based on a true story”, I’ve learned that based on (key words) means that among other forms of artistic license, they may add fictional situations, and/or characters to dramatize the story.  I’m posting it, with 45 minutes still to be seen.

Among the questions I’m asking myself; Was Bobby as egocentric, and arrogant as he is portrayed? Was he really paranoid?  Did he in fact have a priest (also a chess player) as a close friend, and confident?

In one scene, he even receives a phone call from Henry Kissinger.  Was that real or fictionalized?  The fellow who played Peter Parker in the first Spiderman movies is portraying Fischer.  They call this a “biography drama”, but in reality, -including the clever insertion of period music- the suspense factor for anyone who is a Chess fan, is palpable.

http://yesmovies.to/movie/pawn-sacrifice-7020/84916-8/watching.html

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