Sunday, September 25, 2016

FEDS Growing Back-Door Suspension of Gun Rights For Almost All Americans

Arkansas Armory in Sherwood Arkansas reported yesterday that the "national instant check system" was down without notice and without an ETA for repair. That meant that only Concealed Carry Permit holders were able to purchase a gun yesterday. I don't just mean at Arkansas Armory in Sherwood, I mean at every retail establishment in the United States: You couldn't purchase a gun until the system came back online, unless you already had a state CCW license.

It stayed offline all day Saturday until most gun stores were closed ( ten minutes till eight PM). Hopefully, nobody in Charlotte or elsewhere gets caught in a riot unprotected because the FEDs made it impossible for them to exercise their natural rights as recognized by the 2nd amendment of the United States Constitution.

Americans are forbidden by federal "law" to purchase a firearm without a NICS check or a Concealed Carry Permit. When the system goes down, NICS checks can't be done. And according to the report from the Armory, NICS is going down a lot more often these days. So you either get a license from the state to carry a gun, or you don't get a gun during these outages. If ever there was a situation where the government wanted to suspend almost all American's ability to lawfully obtain firearms, they would not even have to pass another law, or executive order, or anything. They could simply switch off the NICS system for a few weeks until they were done rounding up "trouble makers".

Got guns? If not, maybe you should go buy one, if you can find a time when the Feds will let you.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Arkansas Government Set to Score on Obamacare Fraud

To test the fraud-checking capacity of Obamacare, 15 fictitious persons were signed up for Obamacare. The  fraud-checkers gave data for these "persons" that they knew would disqualify them from the coverage. Despite that, all fifteen were initially granted coverage. Three were later dis-enrolled when the bad data given prevented the system from paying their claims, and a dozen were kept on. Interestingly, the "fraud protection" features of Obamacare do not seem to include checking to see if a person who tries to enroll in Obamacare is already enrolled in Obamacare.

This gave me an idea on how Arkansas can defraud federal taxpayers for an even larger amount of dollars than the "Arkansas Works" scam is already bringing in. You may recall that under the Arkansas program our insurance providers get a certain amount in "premium" dollars from the Feds for every person enrolled. We even get money for those who may be dead or live in another state or who for any number of reasons will never make a claim.

So that is "free" money right there. Pure profit where the insurance companies are collecting premiums, but for which there are never any claims. Since Arkansas was forced to cull some of this fraud out, insurers in the state have had to ask for higher rates. Without the fraud-dollars to prop up the program, they are gonna need more money from the real people who are using it!

Anyway, since Obamacare has no safeguards in place for the same person enrolling in more than one state, I figure our "respectable" leaders who gave us this sterling program and implemented it, whether we wanted it or not, will be seeing dollar signs again. They can supplement this proscam by encouraging every American to enroll in "Arkansas Works", no matter where they live or even if they are already enrolled in Obamacare in some other state. I am actually quite certain that situation is occurring right now and that we can find people on our rolls who are also on the rolls of other states. So why stop half-way?

While some of our state leaders feign shock and concern that the number of people on this program has swelled to over 300,000 (10% of the population), the truth right now is that the more people that  are enrolled the more dollars the federal government extracts from the next generation of taxpayers and sends to the special interests in Arkansas. They are not really concerned that we are scamming the next generation, they are concerned that the present one is going to figure it out once these numbers get absurdly huge. I mean, without safeguards in place, what is to prevent every single American from enrolling in "Arkansas Works" today? Even if they are already on Obamacare somewhere else, they can sign up here too. The bills can go to the Obamacare program in the states where they live, while the premiums will continue to roll in to Arkansas health care providers. As long as you have no morals or sense of propriety its a fantastic pro-scam.

Now, when the total number of persons enrolled in "Arkansas Works" finally exceeds the total number of Arkansas workers, nay even the population of the state itself, folks might start to get a little suspicious. When there are four million people on "Arkansas Works" and only three million in Arkansas it might get a little, well, awkward. Fortunately we have the right ruling class to deal with the fallout. They have been shameless and deceptive about the state's participation in Obamacare from the start, and so there is no reason to believe that they won't be able to continue to brazenly ignore the truth about it going forward. So, on to three million!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Three Views of Wealth Creation

And the classical view has not even been a part of the conversation. Mark on the Paul Harrell Program. Go to minute 24 on this link.....

Monday, September 05, 2016

Atheists Give Hillary an "A" but Trump an "F" on Issues

Following is my letter to the editor printed in the Jonesboro Sun, Wednesday September 5, 2016.
Letter to the Editor:
 
My letter to editor in the Sun on Bernie Sanders and socialism reminded me of two other articles I've read since writing it.

In one of the articles the author talks about how socialism is beneficial, at least to those elitists who cry out for equality but go on to live lavishly while enslaving millions. For example, Bernie Sanders who prided himself as being one of the poorer members of the U.S. Senate, just bought his third house, which cost $600,000, and signed a book deal believed to be worth millions (Clinton received $10 million for hers).

All those young people who followed Bernie for his socialist ideology were left disillusioned when Bernie so willingly endorsed Hillary after months of condemning everything for which she stood. So much for the socialistic idealism Bernie shared with them on the campaign trail.

But isn't that the way all the socialist leaders live out their ideology? Castro rises up in Cuba and talks about all the poor people and equality and the next thing you know he is living in a palace for 50 years, and Lenin leads this revolution for the poor people with slogans like "Peace, land and bread" and lived in a palace the rest of his life, and private property disappeared. Instead of peace, his revolution brought a bloody four-year war at a cost of 15 million lives and billions of rubles and horrible starvation.

And Hillary goes around the country speaking out against "white privilege" when Hillary and Bill gave Chelsea a $3 million wedding and helped Chelsea and her husband buy a $9 million apartment.

The other article that I refer to is, "Atheists give Hillary Clinton an 'A' on the issues; Donald Trump receives an 'F.'" You haven't seen that poll in the news, have you? Millennials probably don't even know that socialists are often atheists. Socialists hide that fact as much as they can. The executive director of the Secular Coalition pointed to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails in which Hillary and the DNC were plotting to "exploit the perceived atheism" of Hillary's rival, Bernie Sanders. Bernie spent his honeymoon in Russia in 1988, an atheist, communist country.

A Pew Research Center poll in July found nonreligious voters prefer Clinton to Trump by a 67 to 23 percent margin.

Either Hillary or Trump (both multi-millionaires) will be our next president. So consider carefully who supports your religious views.

Debbie Pelley Jonesboro
Socialism Always Wins Through Deception

Below is a letter to the editor I sent to the Jonesboro Sun and it was printed today, Wednesday, August 17, 2016.  The editor gave it the title, Socialism tutorial

Letter to Editor:

This elderly former candidate for President, Bernie Sanders, appears to be such a kind hearted, honest man that millenniums fell in love with him. They trusted his integrity and pure intentions, and socialism is such a nice sounding name.

But have these Bernie supporters turned a deaf ear to the cries and anguish of those who constantly flee from socialist/communist countries?  Bill Whittle  put it this way:  "It has never happened in the US that a dentist went down the streets of Ft. Lauderdale with his family and put his aged grandmother in a lounge chair, his young wife and baby girl and ten-year-old son on a raft, not ever once, has anyone pushed off the beach in South Florida to sail down to get to the free healthcare in Cuba.  That's never once happened."

"Hundreds of thousands of people have made the choice to come from Cuba to get some freedom, and tens of thousands or more left those shores and never got here. So you have to ask yourself a question...What would make you take that kind of risk where you watch your grandmother slip out of that chair and disappear beneath the waves or your little two-year-old daughter torn apart by sharks in front of your eyes?

"They will say," Whittle continued, "Oh, no, no that is communism; that's not the same thing. You know what; I didn't name them.  I didn't name The Union of Soviet Socialist Republic.  They named it. And I didn't name the National Socialist German Workers Party.  I didn't name them either, the Nazis.  They named themselves socialists. 

"You know what if we stood over the straits of Florida and 60 percent of the rafts were coming this way [toward the US] and 40% were going that way [to Cuba] we would say we have a better system than they do do.  But it is not 60 to 40; and it is not 90 to 10; and it is not 95 to 5; and it is not 99 to 1.  100% of the people who risk their lives to go from one system to another come this way [toward the US]. None of them go that way [toward Cuba] because their lives depend on it.  That's data! Not my opinion but facts."

Historians estimate that socialist/communist governments killed from 94 million to 140 million people in the 20th century, and "all of the world’s worst famines during the 20th century were in communist countries."
 
Bernie and two-thirds of his socialist supporters switched to Hillary.  Doesn't that tell you something about Hillary?

Debbie Pelley
Jonesboro, Arkansas

Link to Tea Party 2015 presentation by Bill Whittle's video referenced above.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N67LJcvqzsQ

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Beyond the Ballinger-King Dispute

Yes who is right and wrong is important, but the lessons behind the dispute are even more important. Go to minute 29 of this audio from the Paul Harrell Program.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Arktimes Wrong On Issue, Right About Griffin and Dem-Gaz

The Arktimes made mention today of something that I have noticed for a while now. The Democrat-Gazette, the state's most establishment newspaper, gives Lt. Governor Tim Griffin more coverage, favorable coverage, than his position or opinions would seem to merit. In this case, they chose him to give a quote that could have come from any number of people on the subject of the school desegregation case down in Union County.

Let me be clear here, the Arktimes is wrong (as they so often are) to grouse about the quote. I agree with the quote. Most sane Arkansans (a group which may not include Mr. Brantley) would agree with the quote. The right question though, is why did the Dem-Gaz turn to Tim Griffin for that quote? What made them think "here is a story on school desegregation in El Dorado, let's get the Lt. Governor to address the issue"?

I have noticed the same trend coming from Americans For Prosperity. In the recent battle in the legislature over Medicaid Expansion some legislators were being savaged for bucking the Governor's pro-obamacare plan. Griffin made some vague quote about how Obamacare was a bad idea and some of them floated a meme of it like the quote came from Bhudda. They thanked him for a "courageous stand" that he never made. Nowhere in the quote did it even say that he opposed "Arkansas Works", which was the point at issue at the time.

My conclusion is that there are forces in this state, and maybe beyond since Griffin is an acolyte of Karl Rove, that are determined to pump up Tim Griffin's public image. You can bet there is a reason for it.


Friday, August 19, 2016

On the Air with Paul Harrell on Media, Party Platforms, Pre-K, and Higher Ed

I talk media, pre-K, platforms, and Higher Ed with Paul Harrell. Go to minute 25 in this link.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Higher-Ed Bubble in Arkansas - State University Opens Mexican Campus

Did you know that Arkansas State University was partnering with Mexican officials to open a campus outside of not only Arkansas, but the United States? It is true, and our globalist state officials are cheering them on all the way. Meanwhile, here is a chart which shows inflation in college tuition and textbooks compared to inflation in many other sectors. Spoiler alert- things the government threw lots of money at got more expensive faster.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Perspective On Pre-K and the AR GOP Platform

The recent news about Pre-K is a perfect microcosm of the delusion and dysfunction of our political system. It might even be more correct to say that it is a reflection of the delusion and dysfunction of our whole society, of which the delusion and dysfunction in the political system is a mere reflection.

The story is this, the Republican Party of Arkansas delegates voted to remove all mention of Pre-K from their platform. Some conservatives comfort themselves that the party can still make what they consider conservative platform planks. That is a part of the delusion, self-chosen unfortunately, that I mentioned earlier. The Republican Governor and legislators will not stop spending money in ever increasing amounts on Pre-K regardless of what is in the platform. The "platform" exists only to help members of the Republican party to dupe themselves into believing that they have some say-so about anything while the real decisions about policy are being made in Washington or even further away by whoever runs the global corporations which fund the Republican party.

Governor Hutchinson has called for a steady increase in pre-K funding. In the typical pattern, when the Democrat House Minority Leader called for increasing pre-K funding by ten million dollars, Hutchinson responded in "conservative" fashion by only increasing it three million dollars. That is the range of the debate in public policy these days. The Democrats propose spending a lot more money on a program and the "conservatives" respond by suggesting a smaller increase. Nothing that happened vis-a-vi the platform is going to change that behavior. It is not going to change until people quit outsourcing the job of protecting their liberties to these two DC-controlled and globally funded but morally bankrupt political parties and seek other ways to do representative government.

When the scope of the debate is whether public funding for Pre-K should be increased by three million dollars or ten million dollars, then the conservative position is unrepresented. The conservative position is that the best thing for almost all Pre-K children is to be raised in their own home by their own families. People who sacrifice financially so that their children can be raised in their own home by their own family should not have to sacrifice again to pay for child care for those who make other choices. The conservative, and libertarian, position is that government has no business jumping in on one side of that lifestyle choice.

If they insist on jumping in and taxing one group of citizens to support the lifestyle choice of another group then the case can be made that it should be on the side of those who sacrifice financially to give their children the loving and stable environment of being raised in their own home by their own family. Even difficult family situations can be better for a child's emotional development than being raised by a carousel of strangers who make nine bucks an hour in a state-institution. Little children belong in families, not institutions.

I can remember when that was the standard conservative position, now it is not even close to being on the table by any office holder in either party, regardless of what an irrelevant platform says. The assumption of both sides is that the state has to tax people who think four years old is too young to be sent off to a state institution in order to pay for Pre-K for those who don't think its too young. I think kindergarten is too young. Actually, when I consider how insane DC-controlled public education is becoming, the most humane position is that no child at any age should be subjected to it! The only reason it may still be a moral choice is that local communities and individual teachers are not fully on-board with the education establishment's agenda.  They can add some measure of humanity to the situation.

I taught public school for twelve years and I have looked at the Pre-K studies. The so-called "advantages" of Pre-K is that the kids are taught to what is tested in public school more than home raised children and so they do a little better at first. That goes away in a few years once schools move beyond what was taught in Pre-K. Nor does that advantage even exist when you compare those children to home-raised children in homes where education is valued. This is one of those cases where it should not matter whether you are a Christian fundamentalist who believes God ordained the family to be the institution to train up small children or whether you are an atheist evolutionist who believes we evolved so that children are to be trained up in such social structures. Either way, these expensive efforts to force the state into children's lives at an earlier and earlier age make no sense.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

Does the GOP Try to Purge Conservative Office Holders?

Mark and Paul Harrell talk about it starting at 24:30 on this link.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

86,000 Criminal Aliens Released by ICE Instead of Deported
Following is a Transcript of Chairman Jason Chaffetz 3 minute Video on "Criminal Aliens Released by the Department of Homeland Security" at this link:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/2QOwAJ2ez6U  Published April, 2016

Preparing for this hearing has been - it's hard to keep your cool in preparing for this meeting.
Let me tell you the heart of why we are here today.  Immigration, and Customs Enforcement [ICE].  I have met with the men and women who work there, wonderful hardworking, dedicated people who do a hard and difficult job.

But I've got to tell you what's going on in Homeland Security, what's going on with Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] is one of the most infuriating things  I think I've seen in this government yet.

In a three-year period immigration customs enforcement has released more than 86 thousand criminal aliens into the American public.  These are people that were here illegally, got caught committing a crime, were convicted of that crime; and then instead of deporting them, they were just released back out in the United States of America.
All told they had more than 231 thousand crimes they were convicted of - 86 thousand of these people.

In 2015, 196 of these people were convicted of homicide and ICE released them back into the public rather than deporting them. 124 of those that were released between fiscal year 2010 and 2015 went on to commit homicide.

Let me give you some other stats. In 2013, ICE released 36,007  criminal aliens -  criminal aliens - who were here unlawfully and present in the United States.As of September, 2014, 5,700 of those individuals went on to commit additional crimes.

In March, 2015, ICE Director Sarah Saldana testified before this committee that during fiscal year 2014 that ICE released  another 30,000 individuals with criminal convictions. In fact, ICE released 30,558 criminal aliens in 2014 who had a combined 79,059 convictions instead of deporting them.  Of those 30,558 criminal aliens, 1,895 were charged with another crime following their release.

Their convictions included  sex offenses, assault, burglary, robbery, driving under the influence and ICE told us that in 2016 the agency released 19,723 criminal aliens with a combined 64,197 convictions including 934 sex offenses, 804 robberies, 216 kidnappings and 196 homicide related convictions and that's on your watch.

They were here illegally; they got caught committing a crime; they were convicted of the crime; and instead of following the law and deporting them you released back out into the public and they commit more crimes. How do you look those people in the eyes?  How do you go back to a family and say you know they were in our detention but we just thought it would be better to let them out in the United States of America.  That is so wholly unacceptable. 

I want t to show you this football stadium.  This is Notre Dame football stadium,  You've released more people that were convicted of a crime that should have been deported than you could fit into that stadium.  You would still have people waiting outside the line.  Those are the criminals that you released instead of deporting.  One of the people that is very passionate about this issue and has spent a lot of time with that is our colleague Mr. DeSantis of Florida.  I would like to yield time to him. 

Does anyone believe any of this will change if Hillary is elected President?