Pardon Me?

There is a campaign afoot by folks like George Soros, Daniel Radcliffe, Susan Sarandon; other guys of the Left including Steve Wozniak and Jimmy Wales; the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International to get President Barack Obama (D) to pardon Edward Snowden.  It’s not beyond the realm of possibility, either; recall President Bill Clinton’s (D) pardon frenzy in his last days in office.

Anthony Romero, ACLU’s National Director, even acknowledges that Snowden broke the law, but that shouldn’t matter—there are mitigating circumstances.

Symbolism Matters

But so do actions.

Alex Taunton asked if he should take a knee, too; he decided not.

Kaepernick taking a knee can be a useful symbol—but with what concrete action is he linking it?

As Taunton noted, acts of protest need at least to be connected to the thing protested, they need to be concrete as well as symbolic.

To which I add, acts of protest are not that when all they are are acts of ego.

Read Taunton’s piece at the link above.

Here We Go Again

Because.  Just because.

In the wake of the Exxon/Mobil deal and the AOL/Netscape deal a while ago, here some other mergers we might expect to see:
Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush and W.R. Grace Company merge to become Hale Mary Fuller Grace.
3M and Goodyear merge to become MMMGood.
Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco and Dakota Mining merge to become Zip Audi Do Da.
Denison Mines, and Alliance and Metal Mining merge to become MineAll Mine.
Federal Express and UPS merge to become FED UP.
Xerox and Wurlitzer will merge and begin manufacturing reproductive organs.
Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will merge and become Fairwell Honeychild.
3M, JC Penney and the Canadian Opera Company will merge and become 3 Penney Opera.
My dog used to chase people on a bike a lot. It got so bad, finally I had to take his bike away.

Consequences

Two more prisoners who were released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in the first six months of the year have returned to the battlefield, the White House said Wednesday.

Seventeen of the 161 prisoners released by President Barack Obama (D) have returned to the “battlefield” to continue their butchery.  This much isn’t only on Obama; President Bush the Younger released 532, of whom 113 went back to their butchery.

However, this return of prisoners to their fighting is what Obama is extending and accomplishing—even with the example of Bush’s results before him—whether he intends it or not, with his insistence on releasing all the Guantanamo prisoners so he can try, again, to close the place.

Obamacare Fail

The headline of this Wall Street Journal piece pretty much says it all: Average Cost of Employer Health Coverage Tops $18,000 for Family in 2016.

The sub-head, with careful reading, adds clarity: Pace of cost increase slowed by accelerating shift into high-deductible plans, new survey shows.

That cost of employer coverage, buy the way, refers to the premiums employees must pay: $18,142 for a 2016 typical employer-offered family plan, and employees have to pay 30% of that, typically, up from 29%.  Like a sergeant I once worked with liked to say, sort of, “Holy cats.”

Pay to Play

This spreadsheet, via Grim’s Hall, speaks for itself (right click and Open in New Tab to get access to a larger image).paytoplay

Yet Another Democrat’s Disregard for An Inconvenient Law

Recall that Governor Terry McAuliffe (D, VA) granted en masse a restoral of the right to vote to some 200,000 convicted felons, and the Virginia Supreme Court said Virginia law didn’t allow that: any such restoral had to come only after individual, case by case evaluation of each felon separately from any other felons.

McAuliffe replied that he “cannot accept” the ruling. He called it a “political decision” that “reminded” him of Bush v Gore and that the justices were “scared” of the legislature. He has since acted on his defiance by restoring rights to some 13,000 felons who had already registered to vote when the state Supreme Court’s decision invalidated his executive order.

Refugees

President Barack Obama (D) intends to bring even more refugees into the nation, 30% more, to the tune of 110,000, of which 40,000 would be from the Middle and South Asia regions.  He intends to start this in just a couple of weeks, 1 October, the start of the new fiscal year.

Hmm….

President Barack Obama’s (D) former Senior Advisor, David Axelrod, commented on Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s near-collapse and subsequent release of the claim that she’d been diagnosed with pneumonia two days prior:

Antibiotics can take care of pneumonia.  What’s the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?

He’s right, but I have a few questions about his piping up.

Why?  What’s his motive, what does he gain from breaking Democratic ranks?

Or is he just asking questions, and it’s on Clinton to provide answers?  This is what he did when he smeared the Chamber of Commerce a few years ago:

Another Obama Policy

…that Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton intends to continue and to extend further.

Recall then-Democratic Party Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama’s (IL) remark about millions of honest Americans—in front of an audience of 1%-ers in San Francisco:

And it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Here’s Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about millions of honest Americans—in front of an audience of 1%-ers, this time in New York: