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What Mayor Bird Brain Doesn’t Know About Legionnaires’ Disease

August 6, 2015 | Filed Under Gary Krasner | Comments Off on


What Mayor Bird Brain Doesn’t Know About Legionnaires’ Disease

-By Gary Krasner

On August 4, 2015, The New York Times reported that, “Since the outbreak that gave Legionnaires’ disease its name nearly four decades ago, water-cooling towers have been identified as prime breeding grounds for the deadly disease.” It reported that “Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York advised the public to be on the lookout for symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease and to immediately seek treatment if symptoms start to appear.”

Old guys like me may remember the connection to water-cooling towers for air conditioners with this disease. But few of us know that the disease is not caused by any pathogen floating in the water, but rather what is leaking from the AC units which that water is used to cool.

Legionnaires’ Disease was a good illustration how illnesses from chemical toxins are erroneously attributed to infectious microbiological agents. To allege that fabricating an infectious disease epidemic is possible opens the door halfway into accepting these ‘heresies’ in theory, with respect to other phony influenza outbreaks, such as West Niles, H1N1, Swine, Avian and Spanish flus. To actually believe that the fraud occurs routinely opens the door completely.

My first inclination to believe this occurred before I had any knowledge about the fallacious contentions of infectious and communicable diseases generally. In 1979, I read a three-page article that started to change my perspective. The protagonist in “What Dr. Runsdorf Knows (And the Government Doesn’t) About Legionnaires’ Disease” (Phil Patton, New York magazine, January 29, 1979, p.30) was a Brooklyn surgeon whose independent investigation into the outbreaks of pneumonia revealed that they were not infections from a bacterium, as the CDC concluded, but rather a chemical toxin.
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Hillary is Julia Louis Dreyfus in VEEP

August 2, 2015 | Filed Under Gary Krasner | Comments Off on


Hillary is Julia Louis Dreyfus in VEEP

-By Gary Krasner

A week ago Friday (July 24th), Hillary Clinton gave a press conference and said, about her email scandal, “we are all accountable to the American people to get the facts right, and I will do my part.”

Huh? Who’s “we.” And she will do HER PART to be accountable? There is no “we” in this violation of law, or in concealing from the president that she conducted State Department business on her private email server. SHE must be held accountable. That is her “part” in this matter, and no one else’s.

That weekend, I was catching up on season 4 of VEEP, starring Julia Louis Dreyfus. In season 4, she ascended to the presidency after the president was forced to resign from a scandal.

I saw a very close similarity in Julia’s character portrayal of President Selina Meyer to Hillary’s persona. Their styles match in some ways. Meyers frequently huddles with staff people to conjure up a message at a press conference which is undecipherable, unfathomable, nonsensical, and appropriately ambiguous. Essentially, it’s a non-statement statement to avoid being blamed for something. It means nothing and merely gives the impression that a response was issued, so we can all move on.

THAT comment Hillary made on Friday is typical of some of her prior comments. It’s rehearsed like Meyer’s; probably poll-tested like Meyer’s, and essentially doesn’t address the issue, or misstates the issue, or obfuscates it. And like Meyer’s, you can see that smirky gaze on Hillary’s face, that seems to suggest that she thinks she got away with averting accountability, because you see, “we are all accountable.”

In fact, it was Hillary’s remark that day, followed by that smirky smile, and that look of accomplishment after uttering such vague and ambiguous nonsense, which prompted me to see the similarity with Selina Meyer. Watch that HBO series and you will see our future if Clinton is elected president.

On the same weekend, one of the channels was playing Easy Money (1983), starring Rodney Dangerfield and Joe Pecsi.

Rodney plays baby photographer Montgomery “Monty” Capuletti, living in middle-class Staten Island. His mother-in-law, Mrs. Monahan, is willing to him her great fortune and high class Manhattan department store, but only if Monty gives up smoking and drinking.

Her scheming, smarmy right-hand man Clive Barlow (played by character actor Jeffrey Jones) does his best to undermine Monty’s resolve so the money and department store can instead be left to him. Jeffrey Jones, you’ll recall, was the school principal vainly hunting for Ferris Bueler, played by Matthew Broderick, in that legendary role as a truant high schooler.

Barlow looks down his nose at Monty. He views Monty to be a rube who can’t speak correctly or dress correctly, and that’s sufficient to try to exclude Monty from high society and from owning the store. But Rodney has a breakthrough, by coming out with a popular clothing line, with bowling shirts and baggy pants–“the Regular Guy look, it’s called.

That’s when it hit me: Donald Trump is Monty! The Republican Party and mainstream political pundits find Trump’s manner and speech low class–which only the common people appreciate. Trump is direct, blunt, undiplomatic, unsophisticated, and sometimes crude, like Monty is. And the regulars in the party, represented by Clive Barlow in the movie, want to keep Trump out, despite his popularity with the common folk.

So Trump is the regular guy trying to enter the exclusive republican club. But unlike Monty, he already has his fortune. And that will make all the difference.


Planned Parenthood and the Jigsaw Man: The Moral Ethic vs. The Utilitarian Imperative

July 16, 2015 | Filed Under Abortion, Gary Krasner, Planned Parenthood | Comments Off on


Planned Parenthood and the Jigsaw Man: The Moral Ethic vs. The Utilitarian Imperative

-By Gary Krasner

Planned Parenthood’s director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola was secretly taped describing how her organization secretly sells fetal body parts. I hope this spells the end of taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood, despite the likelihood that neither President Obama nor LA Mayor Eric Garcetti would prosecute this violation of law.

Apart from the immorality of abortion, we need to understand why the sale or donation of body parts, without the consent of the human whose body is being dissected, is a dangerous slippery slope for society. That is solely what this article is about.

Ethics Must Come First

The spin was pathetic. Planned Parenthood claims, in its defense, that it’s not selling baby parts. Rather, it’s getting reimbursed for ’tissue’ donations. But as Kevin D. Williamson wrote on July 15, Nucatola’s own words demonstrates that this is a competitive market where supply and demand, not Planned Parenthood’s expenses, is what sets prices.

But the immorality is not just about high profits, or even illegal profits. If you read this entire article, you’ll learn that there’s a terrible cost to society. But let’s start with the aspect of vested interests: Planned Parenthood is in the business of abortion. A profitable business. It receives a half-billion dollars a year in taxpayer money every 3 years. It aborts a million pre-born babies. So it has a vested interest in killing innocent life. And it uses its involvement in that killing to leverage an advantage in extracting and selling the organs of that killing. It’s similar to Microsoft using it’s large installed base of its operating system to leverage an unfair advantage in marketing its other products which run on that operating system.

Thus, Planned Parenthood is not just furnishing women with abortions–which it amazingly considers a virtuous service. We see now that it also has greater financial incentives to kill than we previously had known–by selling off the body parts of the innocent human it killed. Worse, by receiving $500 million in government funds annually, government adopts a stake in this inhumane undertaking.

Why is that of concern? We’ve become all too aware of the dangers of an overpowering government under President Obama. It’s one thing for individuals and families to make decisions about when life begins and when it can end, and who lives and who dies, but it’s quite another when government bureaucrats decide it. As my friend Debi Vinnedge (Director of Children of God For Life ) succinctly said it last April, “I prefer government when it’s protecting life and not when it’s calculating when life should be ended, because it’s an amoral calculation.”

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Greek Tragedy

July 2, 2015 | Filed Under Gary Krasner | Comments Off on


Greek Tragedy

-By Gary Krasner

Why must we work? That was the question my cousin Bob asked me over 10 years ago.

Bob was a retired teacher. A brilliant teacher, in fact. Won lots of awards. When I visited him upstate, he got into this rant about having had to work all his life to live comfortably. I was dumbstruck. He was supposed to be the smart guy in the family. How could he not know the answer?

I didn’t understand as much about economics then, as I do now. But even then I couldn’t comprehend his idea that people shouldn’t have to work. Had he asked me that today, I would have used Greece as an example. Or Eddie.

People must work. They must produce something of value. They must invest or sell their labor. They must do this work for income. My neighbor Eddie for 25 yrs lived with his mom all that time and never worked. Never, unless he needed to spend money. Never saved money. Not a dime. I warned him plenty, but he never listened to me. Then 2 years ago his mom died and he was forced onto the streets. But saved eventually by the welfare system he used to be on with mom, but this time they’re making him work for the booty.
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The Present State and Need of Civil Rights in the United States, Part Two

June 13, 2015 | Filed Under Civil Rights, Constitution, William M. Hart | Comments Off on


The Present State and Need of Civil Rights in the United States, Part Two

Lynching Niggers Just Like Grandpappy Used to Do, and Choose Your Poison
-By William M. Hart

II

Through early 2010, my best friend, Mahir, was undergoing another round of treatment for alcoholism.  He struggled with his illness for the eleven years I had known him, and suffered blood alcohol poisoning twice during that time.

He was a phenomenally talented drummer, and it was in that capacity that I first came to know him, as the drummer for my band.  He did things I saw no other drummer do, such as leaning into one drum with a stick to increase the head tension, changing the pitch, while striking the drum with the other stick— all on the fly in the middle of a fill.  He liked Buddy Rich and Phil Collins.

Mid-March of that year saw him in treatment once again, and on a day when we had made arrangements for me to come visit him at the rehab center that evening, he showed up at my door in the afternoon, drunk.  He had no insurance, and so was discharged early, as that facility is known to be in the habit of doing with uninsured patients.  He denied drinking, though he was obviously drunk, was asking to borrow some money, and wanted me to give him a ride to meet a couple of other fellows, friends of a friend (a direct descendant of the first settler in the town), who were looking for a new roomie, as they had recently lost a roommate, and were less than pleased at the prospect of increased expenses.
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The Present State and Need of Civil Rights in the United States, Part One

June 8, 2015 | Filed Under Civil Rights, Constitution, Free Speech, Freedom, Human Rights, Regulation, William M. Hart | Comments Off on


The Present State and Need of Civil Rights in the United States, Part One

By William M. Hart
How to Commit Bankruptcy Fraud and Get Away With It Scot-Free

By any objective standards, the federal judiciary is so wholly corrupt that, even when a person who personally planned a crime that was committed comes forward to say, “This is the crime, and this is how it was done— I know, because I personally planned it,” they remain obstinately resistant to acknowledging any manner of wrong-doing, even when presented with concrete evidence of it.

I say this not as a matter of subjective opinion, but as a verifiable fact.

You see, I’m the guy who planned it.  It was my baby.

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I met a woman on the internet, a blogger, a Ms. Salois, who seemed to be all I could ever dream for.  She was an English teacher with aspirations of publication, having several chapters already written for a novel, and I, already a published author and journalist, agreed to edit some of her work, a sample of which you may find here.  She was in an abusive relationship with her husband (hint: plot complication here), an ex-Marine ex-cop (and also a former student from her English class, I was to find out later), and the two were in the process of a separation at the time we met.

She had knowledge of my background, as she assisted me in writing an updated resume.  She knew that I had a background in taxes, and that I was looking at opening a tax preparation office as a franchisee.

She began asking me about how a person might go about committing bankruptcy fraud, were one so inclined, a series of question and answer sessions spanning some four weeks through late April to mid-May of 2007.  I was uncomfortable with how she would return to the subject repeatedly, and asked if this was some sort of plot device for a story, which she assured me it was.  I believed because I wanted to believe— I did not want to consider the alternative at length.
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Hewitt Strikes Out on Meet The Press

April 15, 2015 | Filed Under Gary Krasner | Comments Off on


Hewitt Strikes Out on Meet The Press

-By Gary Krasner

After watching Hugh Hewitt on the guest panel of pundits for three outings on Meet the Press so far this year, it’s looking like he’s content on joining the ranks of David Brooks and Michael Gerson in being considered just part of the scenery for liberal media programs.

Admittedly, the token conservatives who get invited to Sunday Morning news shows do not get many opportunities to chime in. Which means that they can’t afford to waste their shot with a neutral, squishy comment. Editor of National Review Rich Lowery, for example, ably gets in some good conservative jabs when it’s his turn to speak. He gets invited back to Meet the Press and Face the Nation, because he’s had enough skill and poise to slip the knife in without much blood spatter. It’s a skill that Jason Riley, editorialist for the Wall Street Journal and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, didn’t exhibit when he appeared on Meet the Press last August.

After making stinging comments against Obama on Iraq–which was fine by Andrea Mitchell who supports Hillary–something unexpected happened. What happened was that Jason Riley spoke up, without prompting by moderation manager Mitchell (David Gregory was out), and hauled off on the Ferguson shooting that was under discussion, saying how blacks own violent crime, statistically.

That sent alarm bells ringing in the control room. You can see moderation manager Mitchell starting to squirm in her chair, and tried to interrupt Riley, a man with unmistakably black skin. But not before Riley–ignoring the nonverbal signals to pipe down–segued into attacking Al Sharpton, saying that 40 black kids got shot in Chicago by other blacks during the Ferguson affair. But said that instead of going to Chicago to protest, Sharpie went to Ferguson to exploit his grievance agenda.
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Detecting Stealth Jihadists

March 27, 2015 | Filed Under Gary Krasner, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Detecting Stealth Jihadists

-By Gary Krasner

At this stage, investigators still cannot rule out the possibility that actions of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz–who had locked the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the Germanwings aircraft into the French Alps, killing 150 passengers–wasn’t an act of jihad. At least jihadists aren’t silent about it. They think Lubitz is an Islamic State hero.

While we won’t know the reason until perhaps the investigation is completed, we do know that it’s within the realm of possibility given the heightened recruitment of jihadists in most countries today. And they love to crash planes. It seems likely that the crash of EgyptAir New York to Cairo flight 990 on October 31, 1999, for example, was an act of jihad by Captain Gamil el Batouty.

Granted pilot suicides are rare. An FAA report from 2014 revealed that eight out of 2,758 fatal aviation accidents between 2003 to 2012 were suicides. All pilots involved were male, with a median age of 46. In seven of the eight crashes, the pilot was the sole occupant of the downed aircraft. Four of them tested positive for alcohol, and two of them were positive for antidepressants.
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SAE Frat Video is Neither Racist Nor Offensive

March 26, 2015 | Filed Under Gary Krasner | Comments Off on


SAE Frat Video is Neither Racist Nor Offensive

-By Gary Krasner

Hear me out, before you get outraged. That’s been the problem with this and similar incidents far too often. Everyone’s on a hair trigger to condemn anything that seems “racist”, or anyone who doesn’t agree that something is racist.

Need I mention, as an example, the liberal riot called “Ferguson”? All that death and destruction from a rush to judgment, based on a pack of lies, which the media was eager to believe over more credible witness testimony to the contrary. In fact, it was because there were threats against anyone to might testify to the truth which discouraged them from coming forward to the media much sooner, which could have stemmed the fomentation. The looters in Ferguson painted the words “snitches get stitches” on the convenience store that the “Gentle Giant” had robbed.

So give me the patience that’s required for rational, analytical thought.

OK Gary, didn’t you see the frat boys singing that racist song?! Let’s begin with what I saw. I saw a bunch of kids acting giddy over a song that, by any standard, is considered taboo, because it’s racially insensitive. Racism is the new pedophilia today. Kids know it. Kids like do things that are stupid and outrageous, because they’re stupid and outrageous. Just to trigger that reaction. What they do is intended to shock people, or just to one-up each other in such adolescent exercises.
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Michael Tomasky: An Example of a Stupid Liberal

March 22, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gary Krasner, Government Corruption, Liberals, Progressives | Comments Off on


Michael Tomasky: An Example of a Stupid Liberal

-By Gary Krasner

I came across Michael Tomasky’s recent article, “Jeb Bush’s Minimum Wage Radicalism.”

It’s a good example of liberal stupidity because one can realize it without reading studies and guessing if the study is fraudulent or deficient in some way, which is often one or the other.

First, he wastes two paragraphs saying he likes the moderate positions of moderate republicans. Why? Because he’s a liberal democrat. Oh, thanks for clearing that up, and for wasting my time with obvious “mysteries.”

Having made the claim that moderates in the republican party will help the political discourse, he neglects to demonstrate that, even with an example. One suspects this idiot means that there would be less debate. Which means he believes debate is a bad thing. All that proves is that he’s a liberal, which we already know!

Next, he says he favors minimum wage laws. Why? Because it makes workers happy. Oh, but what about employers? He’s a liberal, so he thinks employers have a huge chest full of money in the backroom which they can pay employees.
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Let’s Disobey ISIS

February 6, 2015 | Filed Under Gary Krasner, ISIS, Islamofascism, Terrorism | Comments Off on


Let’s Disobey ISIS

-By Gary Krasner

I’m sick and tired of idiots hosting talk radio urging everyone to watch the latest atrocious executions by ISIS.

“It’s important for everyone to see how barbaric these animals are”, they say.

No it isn’t. I don’t have to see a beheading, or someone burning alive, or someone getting skinned alive.

Just knowing that these atrocities occur is quite sufficient. i do not also have to view them to appreciate its utter brutality.

These are brutalities I never wish to become numb to. Or see again in my nightmares. Only a fool would.

ISIS WANTS us to watch it, because it wants us to be terrorized by it. To be revolted from it. And to remember the horror of it.
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An Epidemic of ‘Stupid’

February 3, 2015 | Filed Under Gary Krasner | Comments Off on


An Epidemic of ‘Stupid’

-By Gary Krasner

Gov. Chris Christie is an anti-vaccine conspiracy nut?!

Any observer of politics can only sit back and marvel at the irony of this event. The fact that this is another instance of political demagoguery tainting a complicated science issue is nothing to celebrate. So don’t get me wrong. It’s unpleasant to watch. But it’s so educational about the disgusting dumbing-down of any issue that’s not of Micky-Mouse simplicity.

But just look at what’s happened.

Up until yesterday, Chris Christie was the top sound bite winner of all time. He used his power as governor to hog the spotlight and shout down voices of dissent. He was a “debate ender”. He never fostered thoughtful commentary which departed from his views. Why permit dissenting views when you command all the attention, by way of being governor?

He defended, for example, judicial rulings that were in accord with sharia law. And he nominated a pro sharia lawyer to judgeship. Thoughtful criticism was published. But Christie lashed back with intolerance and didn’t address the criticism on-point. He just issued the usual demagoguery and strawman arguments in sound bite format against dissenters. he called them Islamophobes.

OK, you get the point.
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‘Interstellar’ Climate Change

February 1, 2015 | Filed Under Entertainment, Gary Krasner, Hollywood, Movies | Comments Off on


‘Interstellar’ Climate Change

-By Gary Krasner

This is not political commentary. it’s just an interesting observation that there may be a political subtext to the movie interstellar.

I don’t know if anyone else has made this observation. But I made the connection as soon as I saw who played a certain character in the movie. And given that you may have read elsewhere that director Christopher Nolan appears to be a political conservative (e.g. his last Batman movie), this may have been intentional.

And I’m not referring to themes in the movie that some reviewers have construed to be pro conservative. Some were written by conservatives, no doubt desperate to discover something from Hollywood that is not propagandizing from the left.

Although this reviewer (“Jay” somebody), while also mentioning a political subtext at one point, without labeling it conservative vs. Liberal, presents an interesting science interpretation of the film, albeit getting loopy on one aspect about it (e.g. – our fake moon landing!)

OK, with that said, here’s my observation. And let me know if you found anyone else making this connection:
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Why Has George Clooney Remained Silent About ‘Charlie Hebdo’–Is He a Coward, Hypocrite, or Just a Pussy-Whipped Husband?

January 11, 2015 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, al Qaeda, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Constitution, Crime, Entertainment, Europe, France, Gary Krasner, Hollywood, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Koran, Movies, PCism, Religion, Sharia, Society/Culture, Terrorism, Western Civilization | Comments Off on


Why Has George Clooney Remained Silent About ‘Charlie Hebdo’–Is He a Coward, Hypocrite, or Just a Pussy-Whipped Husband?

-By Gary Krasner

A couple of weeks ago, George Clooney and his agent, CAA’s Bryan Lourd, circulated to the top people in film, TV, records and other areas, a petition which stated that they will stand up for freedom of speech not be intimidated into silence by the ruthless regime in N. Korea. It read in part:

This is not just an attack on Sony. It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country. That is why we fully support Sony’s decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands […] We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty. We hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear. We will stand together.

No one in show business would sign it, despite Clooney saying that not doing so was tantamount to giving in to ransom.
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Gary’s Liberal Deprogramming Workshop

November 25, 2014 | Filed Under Gary Krasner | Comments Off on


Gary’s Liberal Deprogramming Workshop

-By Gary Krasner

Good morning class. Today you liberals will learn how to recognize coded language. And we will use the Ferguson incident as a case example.

GARY: Did you all watch the president’s comments last night?

Naive, mushy-headed young liberal: Yes, he called for calm following the grand jury verdict.

GARY: But why did he wait until AFTER the verdict was rendered?

Naive, mushy-headed young liberal: Why does it matter?

GARY: It matters because the rioters were already assembled on the streets. It was a little late at that point, to get them to disband.

Naive, mushy-headed young liberal: I suppose, but so what?

GARY: The reason Obama waited for the verdict was to editorialize about it. Had he given a news conference BEFORE the verdict, the only thing he could have said was that we’re a nation of laws, and juries hear the evidence and we have to accept the verdict.

Naive, mushy-headed young liberal: But isn’t that essentially what Obama said last night?

GARY: No. He said a lot more. He said, for example, that it’s “understandable” why people may be angry about the verdict.

Naive, mushy-headed young liberal: what’s wrong with that?
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Labor Unions For Dummies

November 24, 2014 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Gary Krasner, Jobs, Pensions, Public Employees Unions, Unions | Comments Off on


Labor Unions For Dummies

By Gary Krasner

Let me describe one larger point regarding public employee unions. It relates to the anti-competitiveness of unions generally, the same idea that Richard Epstein often writes about. But I’ll greatly simplify it for you.

Companies are not in business to make jobs. They’re in business to make profits. (It’s no different than when you invest your money.) Jobs are necessary to make profits.

Hiring labor is part of the cost of doing business. The object is to keep that cost down, but not to the extent that it will affect the performance of the company.

That means people who are capable and perform well are what businesses need, and it is why they compete with other companies to get such workers.

Example: In my profession, prepress computer operators who were fast and accurate could negotiate for higher wages. Through that reputation, they were in demand. Poor workers were not.

Such workers do not need unions. Mediocre and poor workers need unions. Unions benefit those who are the worst at their job.
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You DID Build That Business!

October 30, 2014 | Filed Under Gary Krasner | Comments Off on


You DID Build That Business!

-By Gary Krasner

It only took a couple of days for Hillary Clinton’s “people” to walk back her gaff in a speech she delivered last week while campaigning in Massachusetts with Senator Elizabeth Warren. In trying to best Warren for leftwing support, Hillary said, “Don’t let anybody tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs.” Whatever the hell she really believes on this issue, and it’s anyone’s guess what that might be, given the Clinton’s extraordinary political expediency, I feel there’s a need to educate liberals on this issue.

The reason Sen. Warren, and now Clinton, tell businesses “you didn’t build your business” is two fold.

Their reason is to get elected from resentful losers—-democrats. They covet the rich. (But they don’t hate George Clooney or Oprah’s wealth.)

But the reason Democrat voters like the message is because they dont understand or want to accept, that they don’t’ understand economics. what exactly?

The FACT that 100 percent of the revenue that builds roads and pays for fire and police services comes from businesses.

But not all kinds of business transactions. Lets review:
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Paul Newman Knew How To Deal With Hamas

August 5, 2014 | Filed Under Gary Krasner, Gaza, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamofascism, Israel, Jihad, Terrorism | Comments Off on


Paul Newman Knew How To Deal With Hamas

A little-known film from the 60s taught us how to deal with jihadists unworthy of civil treatment.

Before we can learn how to deal with terrorists, we need to be able to identify whom they are, because the Obama Administration either doesn’t seem able to, or it favors them. In the context of this essay, we’re limiting the discussion to violent Islamic supremacists who kill noncombatants.

The next step would be to elect a president of the US who can cut it. This one cannot. He doesn’t have a clue. But Paul Newman understood exactly how to treat terrorists. At least the character he played in Hombre had.

Hombre was a small budget, 2 hour-long western that premiered in US theaters in January 1967. Wikipedia calls it a “revisionist western.” It was distinguished from others in the western genre, revisionist or not, by its producers and renowned cast. The script was written by Elmore Leonard and Irving Ravetch, based on a novel by, you guessed it, Elmore Leonard. And directed by Martin Ritt.

As I said, the dozen main cast members were outstanding in their field. The protagonist was John Russell, played by Paul Newman. Russell was the top cop in the Apache police. Fredric March was Alexander Favor, a government bureaucrat whose function was to administer the Indian reservations. Barbara Rush was his wife, Audra Favor. Diane Cilento plays opposite Newman, as Jessie Brown, the manager of the boarding house that Russell just inherited from his father. And Martin Balsam, with Spanish accent and makeup to appear as stage coach driver Henry Mendez. The bad guys are played by Richard Boone (Cicero Grimes), Cameron Mitchell (Sheriff Frank Braden), David Canary (Lamar Dean) and Frank Silvera, as the “Mexican Bandit”, his perennial role as character actor in many films.
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A Review and Some Predictions of The New Series ‘Extant’ (CBS)

July 18, 2014 | Filed Under Cable, Entertainment, Gary Krasner, TV | Comments Off on


A Review and Some Predictions of The New Series ‘Extant’ (CBS)

-By Gary Krasner

With great analytical powers, comes great responsibility. Therefore, I’m being responsible by warning you that if you are enjoying “Extant,” the new TV series with Halle Berry, then you should stop reading now. Because I’m going to poop all over it, and make predictions about how it will disappoint you if you stick with it.

Still here? OK, you’ve been warned.

Last Wednesday, after it premiered, my pal Jason wrote me that he liked it. I opined that it was a cross between the movies Solaris (George Clooney) and AI (Spielberg), and that it has signs that it will string audiences along, as Lost (ABC) had done. They both seem to be enticing the same kind of audiences (SciFi conspiracy lovers).

I watched episode 2 tonight. Hearing it mostly, and glancing at the screen occasionally. At the 20 min mark, I pretty much wrote this entire review in my head. Now that I have time, I will lay it all out for you.
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Ted Cruz is IT!

October 4, 2013 | Filed Under Gary Krasner, GOP, Republicans, Senate, Ted Cruz | Comments Off on


Ted Cruz is IT!

-By Gary Krasner

David Gregory must have thought he would be another Tim Russert when he was preparing to tackle Ted Cruz this morning.

But after the Obama-worshipping Gregory completed the 25 min interview, you can see he felt like a complete failure.

He hit Cruz with every Democrat nonsense talking point, and Cruz aced every question.

This is rare. There has been no true conservative republican who understood the basics or ARGUMENT, let alone could craft an effective argument.

But Cruz clerked for Chief Justice Renquist. That is where you learn the basics of effective argument.

NBC-Obama worshipping Dummy Chris Mathews said following the interview that House republicans are not following “our system of government.”

The Constitution gives the House the power of the purse, PRECISELY in order to defund bad law or bad executive actions.
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An Open Letter To Code Pink

September 11, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Gary Krasner | Comments Off on


An Open Letter To Code Pink

To: Medea Benjamin

Dear Ms. Benjamin,

I watched you on CSPAN today and decided to write an essay about code pink’s tactics. But first, I would like to get your response to a challenging question.

Before I ask my question, some background:

Like you, I’m also 60. My family was on the left, politically. My Aunt was co-founder of the NAACP Bronx Chapter in the 50s, and mentor to me growing.

But even when I was a radical leftist before 1994, I didnt see the productive purpose in public protests, and certainly not the kind of protests code pink performs.

By that, I mean I was never taught to disrupt other people’s speech. My parents said protest rallies are fine. Especially prior to the internet, when getting your views published and seen by many was costly.

But my parents were old school. And pacifists in their approach regarding tactics. They told me that in a free society, where speech was free and unrestricted, you persuade others by ADDING speech, and not taking away other people’s speech.
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Join Me On The Grand Old Podcast

November 13, 2012 | Filed Under Entertainment, Libertarian, Paleo-Skeptic, Podcasting, Republicans, Society/Culture | Comments Off on


Join Me On The Grand Old Podcast

-By Paleo-Skeptic

I was chosen as a panelist for the Grand Old Podcast, a project from the libertarian site, the League of Ordinary Gentlemen; the podcast focusing on such issues as the future of the Republican Party in the wake of the defeat of Mitt Romney, etc.

For the record, I have always said that I thought we had two very good candidates in play.  I think that we came up with the lesser of the two, but that is irrelevant.

I still believe that conservatism has a still has a vital role in our society.  The message itself is one of empowerment– either an individual is capable of bettering themselves, regardless of whether they happen to be “behind the 8 ball,” or people will be increasingly and forever dependent on the benevolent paternalism of an increasingly malevolent government.
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Extortion under Color of Official Right and Interstate ex parte Orders of Protection in Bankruptcy

October 31, 2012 | Filed Under Missouri, Paleo-Skeptic, The Law | Comments Off on


Extortion under Color of Official Right and Interstate ex parte Orders of Protection in Bankruptcy

By- Paleo-Skeptic

Although the race for Missouri Attorney General is not one often highlighted, it is in presiding over violations of federal law affecting residents of other states such as this which makes removing Chris Koster from office of necessity for any persons of decency who might wish to pass on to their children a nation in which rights may be enjoyed.  And ditto for Eric Holder.

Ed Martin is a good, solid candidate, but he needs your help.

The rest of this is a repost from The Malfeasance of St. Louis County.

[I went back to edit this to add boldface to portions of the excerpts. — PS.]

Perhaps not as uncommon as one might think.

 28 U.S.C. § 1334:

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the district courts shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction of all cases under title 11 [ie, bankruptcy].

(b) [T]he district courts shall have original but not exclusive jurisdiction of all civil proceedings arising under title 11, or arising in or related to cases under title 11.

28 U.S.C. § 157:
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Mitt Lost That Second Debate

October 18, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Gary Krasner, GOP, Liberals, Mitt Romney, President, Progressives, Republicans | Comments Off on


Mitt Lost That Second Debate

-By Gary Krasner

I thought Mitt lost, by my standards. My standards is that if you had points to make and didn’t make them, you lost the debate. Obama made the best use of a miserable record, by being more adept in rebuttal, and having another moderator rescue him occasionally.

Romney has imbeciles as advisors. They didn’t prepare him well. Mitt’s answers were poll-driven, repetitive and uninspiring.

Here is an example of how Mitt should have responded to Obama’s Lilly Ledbetter law, which Obama ALWAYS cites to make Romney look like Don Drapper on Mad Men.

EXAMPLE:

Romney: Mr. President, I believe US presidents should receive the same salary, but not the American people who work for a living. I was fortunate enough to meet Alice Jones, a retired prepress operator in Ohio. Alice was a very proficient computer operator. The managers of her company could measure her performance, as they could the other workers, and see that she worked faster and made few mistakes than most others.
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More on Obama’s ‘No Justification’ Comments

September 28, 2012 | Filed Under Gary Krasner | Comments Off on


More on Obama’s ‘No Justification’ Comments

-By Gary Krasner

Imagine.

The Muslim gang who raped Obama’s wife announced that they raped her as punishment, because she had not covered her head in public, as Islamic law requires.

At a news conference, President Obama announced that while he respects all beliefs, and does not wish to denigrate the opinions of the rapists who say that women must be modestly attired, he also stated that there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless rape of Michelle. None.

The above incident never happened. But thanks to former CNN correspondent Bernard Shaw, we have a precedent for pondering such parallels, when Shaw proffered such a hypothetical scenario when he questioned presidential candidate Michael Dukakis during the debates.

However, Obama’s hypothetical answers may look familiar to you. That’s because he actually uttered those words in his reaction to the invasion of our Libyan embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and the murders of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans there. (The next day we learned that Stevens was raped and tortured to death.)

This is what Obama actually said on September 12, one day after the attacks and after the 911 anniversary:

The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

This was part of Obama’s first statement in response to the first assassination of a US ambassador in over 4 decades. And it was disgraceful. HOW SO? There happens to be a small issue and a larger issue involved here.
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Pretext vs. Rationale — Why We Were Attacked

September 19, 2012 | Filed Under Gary Krasner | Comments Off on


Pretext vs. Rationale — Why We Were Attacked

-By Gary Krasner

When Islamists attack the US, they always make sure to have pretexts ready at hand. That’s to ensure that Americans remain divided over solutions, while the Islamists get what they originally wanted.

They understand the danger of a united consensus in the US. Even the Iraq war obtained support among 80 percent of Americans.

That is why organized attacks (portrayed as “spontaneous”) on Americans always accompany a “grievance narrative”, so that the murders do not appear gratuitous.

But in point of fact, they are not. It’s just that Americans cannot conceive of a population willing to “kill the infidel wherever you find them”, as one of its holy commandments.

So islamists, eager to spread Shari’ah law everywhere, generously furnish the gullible media with pretexts that Americans WOULD understand.
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The ‘No Justification’ Talking Points

September 13, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Egypt, Ethics, Gary Krasner, Government, Liberals, Libya, President | Comments Off on


The ‘No Justification’ Talking Points

-By Gary Krasner

Referring to events in Libya and Egypt today, Obama said there was “no justification” for Muslim mobs violating US sovereign territory and murdering our embassy people and ambassador.

Hilary also said there was “no justification.”

Presidential spokesman Jay Carney said there was “no justification.” That was the administration’s line for the day. It’s an abamination.

Whenever one says that there’s no justification for a particular action, that means there are situations when that action might be deemed justified.
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The ‘No One Gets Rich On Their Own’ Baloney

July 30, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Gary Krasner, Health, Liberals, Obamacare, Regulation, Taxes | Comments Off on


The ‘No One Gets Rich On Their Own’ Baloney

-By Gary Krasner

Obama’s “no one gets rich on their own” rant was to justify policies that soak the rich, and not about the wonders of roads & bridges! But that was how Obamians had tried to spin it, such as here at Huffington Post.

You can read my postscript deconstruction of his Roanoke speech at the end of this article to see how ridiculous that is. Bottom line is that when Obama uttered these two sentences, “If you’ve got a business—-you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen”, he was NOT referring to roads and bridges from the prior sentence. It would have been far too obvious for him to have meant that shop keepers do not build the roads and bridges in the towns where they operate. He sure as hell didn’t mean to suggest that their taxes help build them! No, holding to the full context of the speech, he meant that they are not singularly responsible for their success, that would warrant the degree of wealth they reaped.

The original thesis—-the product of liberal linguistics consultant George Lakoff—-is a way to minimize individual success, so as to justify taking from successful people the rewards of their success, through taxes. Liz Warren—-the women who couldn’t get into Harvard on her own without falsely claiming to have one drop of Cherokee blood—-had adopted this simplistic baloney to frame the debate for OWS, if you recall.

Here’s Lakoff:
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Testimony

July 29, 2012 | Filed Under Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Missouri, Paleo-Skeptic, Police, The Law | Comments Off on


Testimony

-By Paleo-Skeptic

I am now an eyewitness in a police shooting death.

There are six police officers and a sheriff’s deputy who will stand trial for violation of civil rights under color of law and battery leading to wrongful death.

The plaintiff seeks $1 million apiece from each defendant.

Here is my testimony:

I am not allowed to speak or to give testimony in this matter.

The State of Missouri [under Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster] has determined that there is no manner of limitation to the extent of crimes of violence [pursuant to 18 USC 924(c)(3)] that persons acting under color of state law are permitted to enact on a witness in a federal matter for the sole purpose of influencing or preventing testimony in a pending federal judicial proceeding.

Actually, it goes even further than that.

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Why Is Islam at War With the West?

July 16, 2012 | Filed Under Catholicism, Christianity, Gary Krasner, Islam, Koran, Religion | Comments Off on


Why Is Islam at War With the West?

-By Gary Krasner

Indeed, why are there so many acts of terrorism by Muslims today? If there can be one central reason, I think it was that Judeo-Christianity was better able to reform and conform to political modernity of secular government and freedom of conscience, based on a less specific code of conduct than that of Islam.

The Catholic Church, for example, does not require Catholics to cite specific tenets to do or not do something. Indeed, the Church itself has stated in doctrine—-which is „tenets‰—-that it doesn’t have to specifically oppose or endorse something in order for a Catholic to oppose or endorse that something—-if it’s based upon his Moral Conscience. There is nothing in Catholic doctrine, for example, for a Catholic to conclude that it‚s wrong to kick a dog or surf the internet. Or he is being a good Christian by kicking a dog or surfing the internet. Either way, no specific doctrine is required.

As instructed in Catholic Doctrine, in Dignitas Humanae, Pope Paul VI wrote in 1965: “It is through his conscience that man sees and recognizes the demands of divine law. He is bound to follow this conscience faithfully in all his activity so that he may come to God, who is his last end.” More recently, Pope John Paul II wrote on October 11, 1992: “The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I approved June 25th last and the publication of which I today order by virtue of my Apostolic Authority, is a statement of the Church‚s faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition and the Church‚s Magisterium. I declare it to be A SURE NORM FOR TEACHING THE FAITH, and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion.” [On matters of conscience, refer to CCC 1776, 1777 & 1782]
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