The Pesky Truth About Stuff — Some Serious, Some Funny

by Garnet92

Pesky Truth is about two things: serious political writings and satirical pieces where I get to poke fun at politicians (like Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, etc.). To visit the “making fun of” section of Pesky Truth, click SATIRE.

Serious Topics

13 Republicans most likely to win WH … Really? This is an article evaluating 13 guys who the pundits think might win the Republican candidacy. [Dec. 9, 2014]  NEW!

A look at the workings of your federal government  A light-hearted look at what the inner workings of DC REALLY look like. [Dec. 8, 2014]  NEW!

The great handgun debate (9mm/.40/.45)  This piece explores the debate over which handgun caliber is “best.” [Dec. 7, 2014]  NEW!

When there’s no electricity, what will you do? A look at what life might be like if our electrical grid is damaged or destroyed. [Dec. 6, 2014]  NEW!

Could Obama pass a Top Secret security clearance?  We analyze whether Obama could have passed a TS security clearance – if he’d been subject to it.  [Aug. 1, 2014]

A Gowdy-Palooza  A post dedicated to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and his rise to stardom among House committee investigators – includes 4 videos  [July 30, 2014]

Impeach Obama? How would you vote – any why …  Making a case for (or against) impeachment of president (sic) Obama  [July 29, 2014]

Obama is a lazy, part-time president  An analysis of Obama’s golf outings and some of his fundraising numbers  [July 25, 2014]

The Texas Navy  Who knew Texas had a navy? Well, we do and it’s a kickass navy patrolling the Rio Grande  [July 15, 2014]

The Barack Obama Question: Incompetence or Ignorance?  Another perspective on the question about whether the president is incompetent or ignorant  [July 8, 2014]

Cochran’s black democrat voters reckon that it will soon be payback time  Black democrats who helped Thad Cochran win in Mississippi will expect him to return the favor if/when he returns to the Senate  [July 8, 2014]

All’s fair in Love, War, and Mississippi?  Some really funky activities by the GOP establishment against a Tea Party candidate  [July 8, 2014]

Trey Gowdy Whacks IRS Commissioner into Little Pieces  A 5:53 video of Rep. Gowdy questioning IRS chief Koskinen (it’s a blood bath)  [June 25, 2014]

Finally, Some Legal Action with Balls  Reblogged from Powerline, this post contains a legal letter from True the Vote to the IRS about the “lost” emails  [June 17, 2014]

Why Team Obama Was Blindsided by the Bergdahl Backlash  This is an article written by retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters about the Bergdahl prisoner swap  [June 4, 2014]

Faithless Execution – Impeachment is a matter of political will  A National Review article by Andrew McCarthy about impeachment.  [June 1, 2014]

Who’s in charge here? Take me to your leader  This is yet another piece lamenting the Talker-in-Chief, Barack Obama and responsibility.  [May 28, 2014]

Who’s Pushing the National Popular Vote Scheme?  Should we dump the Electoral College and switch to a national popular vote?  [May 18, 2014]

The Benghazi Cover-Up: questions for the House Select Committee  I’m suggesting a few of the questions that MUST be answered by Obama and Hillary  [May 6, 2014]

How the Truth-O-Matic came to be  This is a fictional story about the invention of a truth detecting device the size of a cellphone [May 2, 2014]

Now it’s Personal  This is about the impact that Obamacare recently had on my personal life.  [Mar. 29, 2014]

Obama Admitted His Plan  While discussing the Simpson-Bowles Commission’s plans to fix our economy, Obama related his real plans.  [Feb. 20, 2014]

Connect the Dots: The Shadow Party  An update of an essay originally done in 2009, this essay covers the Soros-supported “Shadow Party,” a collection of leftist groups dedicated to transforming the U.S. into a more socialist society  [Feb. 8, 2014]

Connect the Dots: George Soros  An update of an essay originally done in 2009, it shows how Soros uses his fortune to affect the political climate in the U.S.  [Feb 4, 2014]

Can voter fraud cancel your vote? (part 2)  Part 2 has statistics on closeness of elections, number of frauds identified, and hacking a voting machine  [Jan 23, 2014]

Can voter fraud cancel your vote? (part 1)  This is part 1 of a multi-part series on voter fraud  [Jan 17, 2014]

How the RNC has screwed us all, but Milo spills the beans  More than you ever wanted to know about a 1982 Consent Decree and its ramifications  [Jan 7, 2014]

The Worst Crime in American History  Here we’re presenting another view of Obama’s birth certificate (COLB) from Douglas Vogt, worth looking at. [Jan 1, 2014]

I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Constitution  This is about how Barack Obama ignores the limitations placed on the presidency by the Constitution to gain his Imperial Presidency  [Dec 18, 2013]

Democrats Screwed up the Country Big Time, This Time  This essay is about the IPAB. The 15 member board created by Obamacare (PPACA). It is plain evil.  [Dec 7, 2013]

A Doctor SUMMING UP OBAMACARE IN ONE SENTENCE  Nothing more to say about this one  [Dec 6, 2013].

The Obama Scale  Like the Fujita tornado scale or the Richter earthquake scale, I’m proposing an Obama scale to quantify the severity of a lie. [Dec 1, 2013]

Some Tasty Political Tidbits (Friday, Nov. 22, 2013)  A few miscellaneous political news bits well worth nibbling on.  [Nov. 22, 2013]

There’s a Lot Obama Doesn’t Know  How many times does Obama expect us to swallow the “I didn’t know” excuse?  [Nov 16, 2013]

Republicans About to Walk into a Trap – Again  Rep. Upton’s plan to allow people to keep their old plans may be a trap, and here’s why.  [Nov. 14, 2013]

Why Did Obama Lie?  He had to lie, if the truth had been known, the ACA wouldn’t have passed Congress and he wouldn’t have been reelected.  [Nov. 9, 2013]

Doctors Have Their Own Problems  We’re already short of doctors and the ACA threatens to reduce their numbers even more  [Nov. 6, 2013]

Are We Being Snookered – Again?  More ACORN voter registration on our dime is now included in Obamacare – who knew? [Nov. 1, 2013]

More Hidden Costs of Obamacare  What about the costs associated with the insurance company’s software complying with Obamacare – who will pay for that? [Oct. 31, 2013].

Benghazi – Who Issued the “Stand Down” Order?  Some new information from a knowledgeable source about the Benghazi “Stand Down” order. [Oct. 30, 2013]

John McAfee on healthcare.gov.  See what security expert John McAfee, the founder of McAfee security software has to say about the new healthcare.gov site.  [Oct. 23, 2013]

An Extraconstitutional Coup. This piece examines the use of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and Cloward-Piven’s strategy to assist president Obama in redistributing the wealth of the U.S.  [Oct. 16, 2013]

Our NEW Civil war. This is about the war going on between informed voters and low information voters – and they’re winning.  [Oct. 5, 2013]

The following four parts make up an exhaustive study of the effect on our daily lives if (when) an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) strikes the earth – either via a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) or from a high level nuclear explosion – the data are chilling.

Part 1: What is an EMP and why should I worry?

Part 2: How Damaging Could It Be?

Part 3: Nuclear Detonation as a Source of EMP’s

Part 4: Is There Anything We Can Do?

13-month-old Baby shot in Cold Blood  This is the story of a 17-year-old black teen who shot a baby, in a stroller, while his mother watched.

Could Your Own Car Be Used to Kill You?  This is a chilling report on how our own cars can be remotely hacked and made to crash. This is scary!  [July 1, 2013] UPDATED July 26, 2013)

Obama’s Missing Words  Pesky Truth scientists have learned that Obama can speak in a way that escapes human hearing  [May 24, 2013]

Where Was Obama?  Why won’t the White House disclose the whereabouts of our president during the Banghazi attack? Don’t we have a right to know?  [May 20, 2013]

How Do We Make Sense of Obama’s, Clinton’s and Panetta’s Actions during the Benghazi Attack?  Obama, Hillary, et al, did what was politically expedient in handling Benghazi and now are trying to cover up their botched mismanagement  [May 12, 2013]

“No one is asking you to give up your guns”  No, they’re not ASKING, they’re trying to FORCE us to give up our guns [Apr. 13, 2013]

“I Misspoke” and Other Lies  Now, we have “no fault” lying  [Apr. 8, 2013]

The Book of Progressivism  How the “progressives” determine what they’re FOR and what they’re AGAINST – it’s really very simple  [Apr. 1, 2013]

Guns, Politics, and Poll Dancing  The gun show “loophole” and polls  [Mar. 14, 2013] 

When Seconds Count …  More guns on the street = declining crime  [Feb. 25, 2013] 

Special Reports on selected individuals

What critics are saying about Rick Perry (negatives), Part 1  Originally published in Dec., 2009, this article addresses negatives were being said about Perry (part 1 of 2)

What critics are saying about Rick Perry (negatives), Part 2   Originally published in Dec., 2009, this article addresses negatives were being said about Perry (part 2 of 2)

What you need to know about Rick Perry (positives)  This article identifies the positive traits and experience that are resident in Perry.

The truth about Rick Perry and Gardasil  Much has been said about Perry’s E.O. mandating Gardasil, this piece attempts to explain the truth about his actions.

Ted Cruz, intelligent and driven  A look at Ted Cruz’s background and experience.

What you should know about Trey Gowdy  A brief biography of Gowdy’s education and experience.

Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s puppet master  Not much is ever publicized about Obama’s closest advisor, this piece relates her upbringing, education, and experience.

 Real life “what if” Scenarios:

You hear glass breaking … A family can’t fight back without a gun – what would YOU do?  [Jan. 30, 2013]

If a teacher had been armed … Adam Lanza could have been stopped  [Jan. 6, 2013]

Why carry a handgun?

Reason and Force  Only two ways to convince someone, reason or force  [Feb. 4, 2013]

Sandy Hook, Adam Lanza and Arming Teachers:

Adam Lanza broke the law  (by my count, 38 of them)  [Dec. 29, 2012NOTE: this post was updated with new information on April 7, 2013

Arming teachers: How it could work  This is an idea for arming (trained) teachers and how hardening schools could work to save our kids  [Dec. 28, 2012]

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What You Should Know About Trey Gowdy

So far, he’s squeaky clean, but the left-wing destruction machine isn’t in full nuclear attack mode yet. They will be soon and we’ll learn that Gowdy is an awful person. He’s a racist – why? Because he married a white woman (a female of no-color). He’s homophobic because he married a woman (weren’t there any men around?), and he’s anti-feminist because he has children (OMG, why didn’t he just abort them?). And he’s a (gasp) Southern Baptist so he’s got to be a religious nutcase. And that’s just for starters, they’ll scour the earth to find something, anything to attack him over.

Even though I’m not a fan of Speaker Boehner, tan John finally did something right. And he had some words of wisdom that the democrats might take to heart, “Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come,” the speaker said in a statement Monday. “His background as a federal prosecutor and his zeal for the truth make him the ideal person to lead this panel.” Even if his hair looks funny and he wears Rush ties.

We’ll see … stay tuned …

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Harold Watson “Trey” Gowdy III was born on August 22, 1964 in Greenville, SC to Novalene (née Evans) and Dr. Harold Watson “Hal” Gowdy, Jr.

Trey graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982. He earned a B.A. in history from Baylor University in 1986. He was a member of Kappa Omega Tau, a service/social Fraternity while at Baylor University. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989. In law school, he was a member of the scholastic honor society “Wig and Robe.”

Following law school, he clerked for the late John P. Gardner on the South Carolina Court of Appeals and United States District Court Judge Ross Anderson. He then went into private practice before becoming a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina.

During his six years as a federal prosecutor, Trey prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness. In April 1994, he was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row.

In February 2000, he left the United States Attorney’s Office to run for 7th Circuit Solicitor. The 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office is essentially the District Attorney for the state of South Carolina’s 7th Circuit in criminal cases.He defeated incumbent Solicitor Holman Gossett in the Republican primary. No other party even put up a candidate, ensuring his election in November.

He twice won reelection, in 2004 and 2008, to the office of county solicitor for the state’s seventh judicial circuit, where he sought the death penalty in seven cases and won them all, according to the National Journal.

Trey Gowdy pointing fingerAs 7th Circuit Solicitor, Trey led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees. During his tenure, he started a Violence Against Women Task Force and a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.

He was recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and drunken driving enforcement and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions.

Representative Gowdy, who rode the conservative tea party wave into Congress in 2010, prefers to call himself “a prosecutor not a politician.”

Trey Gowdy entered Congress with a resolute commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. At the core of those principles lies a firm belief in a limited government that inspires trust and demands accountability.

Representing South Carolina’s 4th District, Representative Gowdy serves on the House Committees on Education and the Workforce, Ethics, Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for the Judiciary Committee. In these capacities, Representative Gowdy has fought to highlight facts, uphold the Constitution, rein in the ever-expanding scope of the federal government, and restore America’s trust with a renewed spirit of honesty, fairness and reason.

Trey Gowdy family

Trey is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy, and they have two children: Watson and Abigail. Terri works for the Spartanburg School District as a teacher’s aide. She is a former Miss Spartanburg and finalist for Miss South Carolina.

Watson is a sophomore at Clemson University and Abigail is a rising 10th grader at Spartanburg High School.

The Gowdy family also includes three dogs: “Judge”, “Jury” and “Bailiff.” So he’s got a sense of humor too!

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OK, so he’s supposed to be a conservative. Is he? Make up your own mind. Even though he’s not running for national office (yet), I thought that knowing more about his positions on national issues could help flesh out who the man is – and how he is likely to perceive things brought out during the Benghazi investigation. So, following are a few of Gowdy’s positions on various issues – from On The Issues. More detail on each item is available on the website.

Abortion

  • Pro-life plus: revisit Roe v. Wade & incentivize adoption. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Ban abortions for sex selection or race selection. (Dec 2011)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
  • Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
  • No family planning assistance that includes abortion. (Jan 2013)

Budget & Economy

  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Apply all remaining stimulus funds to budget deficit. (Feb 2011)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Jan 2013)

Energy & Oil

  • Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
  • Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures. (Jul 2010)
  • Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. (Jul 2010)

Environment

  • The “takings clause” should not allow governments to take private property for non-public purposes.
  • Rated 13% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Energy taxes like “cap and trade” or other “carbon taxes” will further penalize American industry and drive more jobs overseas.

Foreign Policy

  • Rated -3 by AAI, indicating an anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)

Government Reform

  • Read the 9th and 10th Amendments; stick to enumerated powers. (Aug 2010)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • No recess appointments without Congressional approval. (Jan 2012)

Gun Control

  • Sufficient federal gun laws in place already. (Nov 2010)
  • Strongly favors absolute right to gun ownership

Health Care

  • Threat of a national takeover is looming. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the “Prevention and Public Health” slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)

Immigration

  • Secure the border; it’s respect for the rule of law. (Aug 2010)
  • Congress has repeatedly dropped the ball on immigration reform. We must secure the border, enforce existing laws, and have an immigration policy that is fair, compassionate toward the politically persecuted but above all enforced.

Tax Reform

  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxes. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)

Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)

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Benghazi LiarsSo, now that you know a little more about Trey Gowdy, what do you think that his chances are of getting to the bottom of the Benghazi incident?

I know for sure that I wouldn’t want him prosecuting me.

I’ve got some advice to Obama, Biden, Hillary, Rice, and Carney … be afraid … be very afraid.

Garnet92

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13 Republicans most likely to win WH … REALLY?

Republicans say their long list of 2016 hopefuls is among the deepest, most diverse group in recent history without a clear frontrunner.

“This is the most open field we’ve ever seen,” one GOP strategisRepublicans say their long list of 2016 hopefuls is among the deepest, most diverse group in recent history without a clear frontrunner, one GOP strategist told The Hill.

That means there will be a narrow path to victory for many of the candidates, as they fight for the money, media, and voters they’ll need in the win-early-or-go-home battle royale.

The Hill spoke to more than a half-dozen Republican strategists to find out where the top names currently rank. Here’s their take.

Get that? The Hill spoke to six “Republican strategists” and the following crap is what they said. They are the very reason that we’ve been unable to win the Presidency since George Bush. They pick the candidate and the candidate they pick is NOT a winner, he’s “one of them,” a member in good standing of the RINO Club – probably a Grand Poobah or something. These are the same rocket scientists or brain surgeons (or other very intelligent icons) who brought us John McCain and Mitt Romney. I don’t know about you, but what they’re trying to sell us is about as smelly as a baby’s diaper and full of the same stuff.

A number of references are made to “our poll” here. That reference is to a poll that was published at ‘Nox & Friends (another conservative blog that I write for) and at the time I’m writing this (Dec. 9, 2014) we have had 301 voters weigh in on their favorites for the Republican candidacy. Voters there could select from one to six candidates from a list of 12. Thus, the “votes” for each candidate were not necessarily for them to be THE candidate, but one of the six that would be acceptable to the voter. Some voted for one, some voted for six, either technique was ok, it’s just that six was a maximum number of votes that any one voter could register.

If you’d like to join the fun and vote, just click HERE and you’ll be directed to the N&F site. Be aware that we also have brief biographies for each of our twelve candidates so you can brush up on those who may not be familiar to you.

 THE BIG THREE

These candidates will leverage strong donor bases and have the most potential to bridge the establishment vs. conservative gap.

Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) Paul didn’t fare so well in our poll, he’s holding at 5th place.

Paul would not have been in the top tier just a few months ago, but since then he’s become a media sensation. He’s as comfortable bashing the president for his immigration executive actions on Fox News as he is joking about pot with Bill Maher on HBO’s “Real Time.”

In addition to inheriting his father’s campaign infrastructure, he’s moved early and aggressively to build his own from Silicon Valley to Washington.

Paul’s Libertarian streak could appeal to young voters who have tilted Democratic in recent years. And out of the top tier of establishment contenders, he has the best chance of winning the Iowa caucuses, which would make him the unquestioned frontrunner.

“Paul supporters always do more with less,” one strategist said. But it doesn’t look like he’ll have to this time around.

Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) Chris Christie? Give me a break. He doesn’t stand a chance of being the Republican candidate – in our N&F Presidential Poll, he tallied a whopping 8 votes.

Christie “thinks on his feet and returns fire,” one strategist said. “Republicans love that.” If that was all we had to consider, Christie would be a winner. But he’s about three country miles from being conservative and is too squishy on immigration and gun control. Conservatives have flushed Christie down the porcelain convenience.

He already has a lock on the New York-New Jersey fundraising network, and his success as chairman of the Republican Governors Association has boosted him nationally.

But Christie will need to focus on the New Hampshire primary right away because conservative voters in Iowa and South Carolina aren’t likely to give him an early boost.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) Another RINO favorite. He is faring only marginally better than Chris Christie, with 17 votes from 301 voters. Conservatives don’t like him.

With the best name ID and access to his family’s deep political and fundraising lines, Bush would loom large over the field if he does run. But strategists question whether he wants it bad enough to go through the grinder.

“There are lots of differences between him and his brother, but one of them is that George loved to campaign and Jeb does not like it,” one Republican said. “Jeb can disarm Wolf Blitzer in an interview, but I’m not sure he’s interested in handling 100,000 screaming Ted Cruz fans.”

THE CONSERVATIVE GUNNERS

The 2012 Republican field was roiled by conservative upstarts, but those driving the conversation to the right this time around will be more polished and better funded.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) The Governor isn’t faring too well on N&F, he’s gathered only 31 votes (out of 301).

“If he’s in the field, the calculations change completely,” one strategist said. “He’s the biggest draw among conservatives who turn out in primaries.”

That’s a big if, because Huckabee enjoys a comfortable life right now hosting a popular weekend show on Fox News. But if he were inclined to leave that behind, strategists say he could do even better than he did in 2008 because he’d be able to raise money, already has a network, and is a known commodity.

“He can’t be underestimated,” another strategist said. “His folksy appeal and blue collar appeal is very strong, certainly in Iowa. He’s also very well known, so he starts out ahead of the pack there, and he can rally evangelicals like no other candidate. It’s stunning how devoted his followers are.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) Now, these six “experts” have finally found someone that a conservative can get behind. Cruz is running second with 170 votes.

Cruz’s brand of unabashed conservatism will play well on the campaign trail in the critical early voting states. He seems to relish the attacks against him, especially those who try to portray him as a far-right extremist.

Those attributes will keep the fundraising dollars rolling in and will produce strong turnout for his events especially in states like Iowa and South Carolina.

But if Huckabee is in the race, strategists wonder if there’s enough oxygen in the room for both.

 THE SECOND TIER

In any other year, these two might be near the top of the list but each has a glaring issue that knocks them down a peg.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Rubio isn’t doing very well among our conservative readers. He’s garnered only 27 votes among 301.

Most of Republicans interviewed included Rubio in the top tier of establishment candidates, but he falls on this list because his candidacy is dependent on Bush declining to run.

“Marco’s biggest problem, other than immigration, is if Jeb gets in,” said one strategist.

“They have overlapping fundraising needs,” another strategist said. “There are donors who give to both Jeb and Rubio, but not many who give to only Rubio.”

Still, Republicans have high hopes for Rubio, with one strategist calling him a “generational candidate” who can use the 2016 cycle to “introduce and define himself positively,” whether that’s as a presidential candidate or as a high-level surrogate.

If a presidential run isn’t in the cards this time around, Republicans say he’s a likely top pick for vice president, along with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.)  Governor Walker is running third behind Perry and Cruz. Frankly, I thought that he’d do better.

Walker has a conservative resume that Republicans lust over and has survived three tough contests. The only thing keeping him out of the top tier is that strategists say he doesn’t have the star power or charisma to cut through a crowded field of big personalities.

“A lot of donors are interested in Walker because he’s a governor,” one strategist said. “But he’s severely lacking on the communications side.”

 NEEDS AN IOWA MIRACLE

The strong competition and narrow path for these candidates has some questioning whether they’ll be able to break through.

Gov. Rick Perry (Texas) Well, Governor Perry may need a miracle, but our conservative readers have him ranked as the man to beat. 185 out of 301 voters cast votes for him, the most of any of our twelve candidates.

“In 2012 he woke up, decided to run, and there was suddenly $18 or $19 million in a campaign account for him,” one strategist said.

But Perry may have whiffed on his best chance at the White House in 2012, when the group of candidates was considerably weaker. Strategists say he’s not as popular as Huckabee and not as fiery a conservative as Cruz.

Dr. Ben Carson Doctor Carson is doing pretty well. He’s running sixth among our twelve candidates.

Republicans say there won’t be any room for the kind of upstart, underfunded candidates that made waves in 2012, so it’s a testament to how much respect they have for Carson that he made this list at all.

“Ben Carson is very interesting,” one strategist said. “He’s important to the discussion…he won’t win, but he needs to be in conversation and could develop a compelling narrative.”

 WAITING IN THE WINGS

Expect to see a lot of this bunch on the campaign trail, even if it’s just to build chits for a potential Cabinet spot or vice presidential candidacy.

“This group is better for campaigning with, not running,” a strategist said. “A lot of these candidates are like boxers in first round of a fight, listening to the media, checking the winds. They’re going to donors and activists, saying ‘I know you’ve made your choice, but hypothetically if that person drops out, I want to be your second choice’.”

Gov. Mike Pence (Ind.) We didn’t believe that there was enough interest in Pence to even include him in our N&F Poll.

A social conservative with a strong record as governor, some Republicans argued that he belongs in the first tier of conservative gunners and is the best of the group of Republican governors mulling a bid.

“If another conservative isn’t in the running, maybe Pence does,” said one strategist. “Why not take a shot and see if you can catch fire at the end?”

Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.) While Governor Jindal was among our twelve candidates, he’s currently in seventh place – pretty much out of the running as far as our readers are concerned.

Strategists say Jindal has the strong record on policy but lacks the charisma to make a dent in the field.

“He’s nobody’s favorite and everybody’s backup,” one Republican said.

The strategists largely believe that Jindal will be a big presence on the campaign trail, but say he’s likely angling for a Cabinet spot in a potential Republican administration.

Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) Not enough interest in Portman to include him.

Portman has a reputation as a moderate, which isn’t necessarily a good attribute in the primary process.

“Talk to some lobbyists around DC and they’ll tell you Rob Portman would be the best person to be president, if only he could run a campaign,” one strategist said.

Gov. John Kasich (Ohio) Not enough interest in Kasich to include him.

Kasich is also boosted by virtue of being from the critical swing state of Ohio.

“Don’t count the Ohio twins out for vice president,” one strategist said.

“Kasich is a little too flakey, he’s still Kasich the congressman to a lot of people, and generally speaking, the politics of Ohio are a little too left of center for a lot of Republicans,” said another. “But guys like him bring an awful lot to the debate.”

We did include Allen West in our poll and he is currently in 4th place, ahead of Paul, Carson, Jindal, Huckabee, Romney, Rubio, Bush, and Christie. I also note that Mitt Romney wasn’t included in the Hill’s 13 candidate population. Romney is at least as viable a candidate as Huckabee and Jindal.

Be sure to check out our N&F Presidential Poll and if you haven’t voted yet – DO SO NOW! Here’s a LINK.

Garnet92

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A look at the workings of your federal government

You’ll immediately recognize your government in action. You’ll see:

Component parts (that you paid for) running around in circles; lots of big wheels pushing little wheels around, some spinning out of control, a mass of wasted motion, expending energy going in and out, back and forth, up and down while getting nowhere. Even with all of the infernal motion, nothing productive ever happens except that it continues making incessant noises, wasting time, effort, and taxpayer dollars and accomplishing ……

ABSOLUTELY  NOTHING  WORTHWHILE

This is indeed a representation of your government in action

H/T to my friend Jim H. who sent this to me.

Garnet92

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The Great Handgun Debate (9mm/.40/.45)

9-40-45In doing the prep work for this piece, I read close to 100 articles and probably several hundred comments. There is indeed, a great debate raging.

I had no idea how difficult a chore this piece was going to be – it has been kicking my skinny butt. By now, I’m approaching a month’s elapsed time, (off and on) trying to come to grips with the debate and how to present the data in a fashion that would be both informative and worth the reader’s time to read.

The difficulty is that there ISN’T a way to objectively identify which caliber is best because when the individual’s needs are removed from the equation, the rest quickly falls apart. Is the individual a frail 90 lb. woman or a beast of a 300 lb. man who enjoys pain? Obviously, those two extremes will find little common ground when selecting a handgun – and its caliber.

There’s also another aspect to this debate that is seldom raised by the debaters – that being, that ammunition has become a true equalizer.

So, I’ll present the pros and cons of each caliber (and the handguns chambered for them) and leave it to the reader to decide, based on his/her needs.

I realize up front, that this piece is only one tiny contribution to the debate. Essentially, I’m just acting as an aggregator; bringing together material that I’ve gathered from articles written by others. There’s a lot of information out there on the subject; just Google “9mm/.40/.45” and you’ll get something like 785,000 hits. There are a lot of opinions out there.

Each caliber has its proponents and opponents, and each individual has his or her own personal reasons for their position.

Gun people will probably like all three, viewing those different calibers just like three different tools – all useful, depending on conditions. Is a framing hammer better than a tack hammer? Not when the job calls for driving tacks. Both will work, but a framing hammer is really overkill for driving tacks and can’t be wielded with the finesse of the smaller tack hammer. On the other hand, a tack hammer doesn’t have the heft to drive the heavy nails used when framing. Like so many other tools, each caliber has its place.

The answer is obvious to gun nuts; we need all three (gun nuts are always finding reasons to justify buying another gun).

It goes without saying, that our entire premise for discussing calibers is that we want a handgun for self-defense; for protection against those who would do us harm. Regardless of whether a bad guy (BG) with a weapon confronts us during a home invasion or on the street, if we’re convinced that he intends to harm us or our family. We need to STOP him.

Stopping Power

In today’s litigious society, LEO’s (Law Enforcement Officers) don’t shoot suspects with the intent of killing them; they shoot to stop the threat to themselves and others as quickly as possible. Stopping power is a measurement of the likelihood of stopping the BG’s activity with little continuing aggressive action.

When we talk about stopping power, we’re trying to approximate what it’s likely to take to stop an assailant almost immediately, prohibiting him/her from committing additional mayhem. There isn’t a single numerical value that can be assigned to stopping power. Some have issued rankings to various ammunition loads based on test results, but there still isn’t a single recognized stopping power index. It is a combination of bullet weight (and design) coupled with enough velocity that will allow the bullet to penetrate deeply enough to damage internal organs and transfer enough energy to cause neurological trauma – thereby stopping the assailant. That requires expansion of the bullet and penetration to a depth of 12″ to 18″, using FBI criteria.

Greg Hamilton may have said it best: “The entire discussion of ‘stopping power’ is both stupid and irrelevant. Statistics cannot be applied to individuals. People that need to be shot need to be shot soon and often. They need to be shot until they run out of fluid, brains, or balls.” Amen.

The Ferguson incident is just one example. According to Grand Jury findings, Officer Wilson was faced with an angry, charging 300 lb. man and some complained that he should have shot to wound, not to kill. Officer did what was required, he continued shooting until Michael Brown stopped.

When we’re talking about relative stopping power, we’re anticipating that shots will be to the center mass of the BG. Center mass is the center of operations for your body, it houses your heart, lungs, and lots of important nerves. One of those nerves acts as a master switch for your heart rate and blood pressure. Turn off that switch or puncture the heart and a person is likely to give up the fight – quickly.

It goes without saying that a hit to the head that penetrates the brain can disrupt the nervous system and stop the BG immediately, but that shot requires accuracy that is difficult enough under ordinary circumstances, and even more so when you’re in a high stress situation. That’s the reason for the center mass shot – it’s an easier shot and therefore stands a better chance of stopping the bad guy.

One interesting take on the “stopping” of a threat, which also makes sense, is thinking of the stoppage as being attributable to one of two reasons: 1) psychological stops, and 2) physical stops. A psychological stop occurs when the BG realizes he’s been shot and doesn’t want to be shot again so he stops. Sometimes, just the appearance of a handgun will stop a BG, but simply brandishing a handgun is not a credible defense. A physical stop is where a hit incapacitates him due to trauma to the head or vital organs. It took a physical stop to convince Michael Brown that he shouldn’t continue his aggression.

And one more final word before leaving the stopping power issue is that of far more importance than the caliber of the handgun, the bullet size, muzzle velocity or energy, is shot placement.

Nothing is more important than shot placement

Again, referring to Michael Brown, he was reputedly hit six times before he stopped. The final shot was to the crown of his head – that was the one that stopped him, the previous hits didn’t do anything but piss him off.

Remember that Senator Bobby Kennedy was murdered by Sirhan Sirhan with an inexpensive Iver-Johnson “Saturday Night Special” using .22 shorts – a cheap revolver firing a wimpy round. A 29 grain bullet with 52 ft. lb. of energy is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to ammunition power. But while that’s certainly true, that pipsqueak of a round to the head was enough to kill Bobby Kennedy.

A .22 between the eyes will incapacitate an aggressor (permanently), a .45 to the forearm won’t – in that case, the big hulking .45 loses out to the tiny, wimpy .22.

So, let’s keep in mind that shot placement is vastly more important in stopping the BG than caliber, ammunition, or which gun fired the shot(s). Whatever you choose, you haven’t finished your preparation until you’ve practiced enough to be confident that you can place your shot(s) effectively.

What’s the purpose for the handgun?

While that may sound like a stupid question, here’s why it’s important. What is the environment in which the gun is most likely to be used? Will it be a home defense weapon or will it be for concealed carry? An extra ten ounces and a couple of inches in length doesn’t matter much for a home defense handgun that resides in a nightstand drawer, but it could disqualify that same pistol from being carried as a concealed weapon.

In this essay we’re not trying to choose a specific handgun, only to establish some of the parameters that will help you decide which caliber might be most appropriate for your purposes. For example, if you intend to carry the handgun and require a lightweight model, that alone will limit your choices in .45 because most .45’s are pretty heavy and fairly large (I’m discounting small two-shot derringers in favor of a safer weapon that provides more than two shots). Please note that I said limit the choices in a .45, not eliminate the .45 as an option. There are some new subcompact .45’s that will make great carry weapons.

The Venerable “big and slow” .45

Ruger SR1911 Commander model

Ruger’s implementation of Browning’s 1911 design. This is a Commander sized SR1911 .45 ACP

Probably the most important thing to the .45 crowd is the sheer size of the bullet (it makes the biggest hole). Among the three calibers we’re comparing, it is the largest in diameter and the heaviest (big). It’s also likely to be traveling at the lowest velocity (slow).

Before I go further, a few comments are worth a mention. First, there is a segment of the handgun crowd who are adamant about there being no other caliber except .45 – everything else is a pretender.

One of the comments I got a kick out of was that “a 9mm is a .45 set to stun, and real men do not believe in stun.” That might have been true of a full metal jacket (FMJ) 9mm in the old days, but it’s not accurate anymore.

And here’s another, “I love the .45 ACP because of the manly ‘I eat my steak bloody and get into boxing matches with bears’ feeling.”

It’s pretty apparent that the .45 crowd is the most vocal of the bunch. You don’t see many 9mm or even .40 people who are as emotionally attached to their caliber like the .45’ers are.

It’s easy to understand how a person can be fond of a particular gun (especially a 1911) and therefore the .45 caliber associated with it. We humans tend to form a relationship with things that are comfortable and familiar – one reason we still have “Ford guys,” and “Chevy guys.”

Any shooter who is familiar with John Browning’s iconic 1911 pistol design has to appreciate the sheer magnificence of his creation. A tribute to his design was displayed in 1910 when the Army was testing new handguns. A Browning-designed Colt .45 fired 6,000 rounds over two days without any reported malfunctions. Not too shabby, eh? The army formally adopted the Colt in 1911, thus the “1911” designation that even today still identifies that Browning designed pistol.

The general characteristics of a handgun chambered in .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) are as follows:

  • Size – most .45’s are full sized pistols and are a little larger than most 9mm and .40 pistols, which also make them more difficult to conceal. Most standard magazines are 7 or 8 rounds, with some up to ten (single stack), and up to 14 double stacked (+1 in chamber). There are now a few subcompact models now available that generally hold 6 rounds. Here are three examples of full-sized .45’s: A Glock 21 weighs 29.30 oz, is 8.03” long, 5.47” high, and 1.27” wide. A Kimber Custom II 1911 weighs 38 oz, is 8.7” long, 5.25” in height, and 1.28” wide. A CZ 97 weighs 38 oz, is 8.38” long, 5.37” high, and 1.25” wide.
  • Weight – again, most .45’s are heavy to help tame the recoil of the powerful cartridge. The pistol can range from 20 oz. (subcompact) to almost 40 oz. full size (all weights are with empty magazine). A loaded 7-round magazine weighs about 7.5 oz.
  • Recoil – especially in lighter pistols, recoil may be too aggressive for some shooters. In full sized formats, it is manageable by most seasoned shooters.
  • Price – most .45’s are substantial pistols and most come from quality manufacturers. There are a few “cheap” .45’s around, but the majority are high quality handguns. They will generally cost more than either 9mm and .40. Approximate prices for a good quality .45 ACP will be about $500 at the low end and up to $1,600 (and more) for the top quality guns. A nice .45 can be had in the range of $6-800.
  • Ammo availability and price – this can have an impact on the expense and frequency of practice, .45 ammo is generally available anywhere, but .45 ammo is more expensive than 9mm or .40 for the same configuration. FMJ (Full Metal Jacket) 230 gr. ammo can be had for as little as $15-16 a box. More exotic rounds can go up to $35/box of 50.
  • Ballistics – ammo velocity varies from 800 ft/s up to 1,200 ft/s. A .45 round’s energy can vary from 350 (FMJ) up to 800 ft-lbs (various +P hollow points). This is where .45’s get their reputation for stopping power – they hit hard. NOTE: +P identifies a round that is loaded “hotter” than a standard pressure found.

The “Compromise” Hot .40

Sig Sauer P229

Sig Sauer P229 .40 S&W

I’ve labeled the .40 S&W as a “compromise” because that’s the way a lot of gun people see it. It’s more powerful than a 9mm and a little less than a .45 (ammo being equal) so a lot of folks view it as a good compromise between the two more established calibers.

The .40 caliber is a relative newcomer to handguns. The .40 S&W cartridge debuted January 17, 1990. It was developed from the ground up as a law enforcement cartridge. The FBI started the process with the intent of replacing their standard issue .38 revolvers with a semi-automatic pistol. They developed a series of tests to evaluate the performance of 9mm and .45 ammunition. During the tests, a 10mm handgun was also included. A slightly less powerful ammunition load (called the FBI Load) was found to be very desirable since the standard 10mm was noted for its heavy recoil.

The FBI liked the reduced load 10mm so much, they asked Smith and Wesson to develop a handgun to those FBI specs and during that process, S&W found that slightly modifying the brass casing would allow the new cartridge to fit their medium-framed 9mm handguns and would deliver ballistic performance identical to the FBI’s reduced velocity 10mm cartridge.

S&W teamed with Winchester to produce the new cartridge, now dubbed the .40 S&W. New pistols were immediately developed and the guns and ammunition were an immediate success.

The .40 S&W has been popular with law enforcement since it possesses nearly identical accuracy, drift and drop, as a 9mm. It has an energy advantage over the 9mm, and while its recoil is more pronounced than a 9mm, it remains more manageable than a 10mm or a .45 ACP. It sounds like an ideal compromise between a 9mm and a .45.

Another advantage of a .40 over a .45 is magazine capacity. Most .40 pistols can hold as many as 16 cartridges.

The general characteristics of a handgun chambered in .40 S&W follow:

  • Size – most handguns chambered for the .40 S&W were originally designed for the 9mm and later modified to accept the .40, thus they’re considered either medium or full-sized handguns. As a result, the .40’s are similar in dimensions to a 9mm within the same manufacturer’s model line. There are even conversion kits that allow a .40 to be “retrofitted” to shoot 9mm with a simple barrel swap.
  •  Weight – A full-size .40 can be expected to be approximately the same weight of a 9mm – they’ll vary from 27 to 34 oz. A few subcompact models are available down to as little as 18 oz. (Kahr and Glock are examples).
  • Recoil – a .40 can be expected to have snappier recoil than a 9mm since the ammunition is loaded a little hotter and it’s likely to be firing a slightly larger bullet.
  • Price – typically, most manufacturers offer 9mm and .40 S&W in the same platform for the same price – your choice. A good .40 can be had for from $400 up to $1,000.
  • Ammo availability and price – .40 S&W is a little more expensive than 9mm, but a little cheaper than the same ammo in .45 ACP. FMJ can be found as cheap as $14-15/ box of 50, with exotics running up to $30.00 for a box of 50.
  • Ballistics – All major ammunition companies offer multiple choices in .40 S&W. Velocities range from just under 1,000 ft/s to 1,500 ft/s with a few rounds actually exceeding 2,000 ft/s. Muzzle energy varies from just under 400 ft-lbs to around 600 ft-lbs. Bullet weights start at around 125 gr and top out around 180 gr.

The Speedy Gonzales of Calibers: 9mm

Glock 17

Glock 17 9mm

The ubiquitous 9mm’s technical name is the 9X19 Parabellum (also known as the 9mm Luger). It was designed by Georg Luger for his semi-automatic pistol by the same name. The 9mm was adopted by the German Army in 1906 and has since become the most widely used military handgun cartridge in the world. It has been adopted by NATO, the U.S. Military, and close to a million police officers worldwide; over 90% of the world’s police use 9mm.

One of the main reasons is the reduced recoil when compared to .40 S&W and .45 ACP. The diminished recoil is one of the reasons that inexperienced shooters like the round. Rather than get discouraged by punishing recoil, the rookie shooter can learn the basics of sight picture, trigger control, etc. without getting battered by the gun.

Generally, most 9mm shooters can put more shots downrange accurately since with lighter recoil, there is less muzzle flip. Reducing the muzzle flip cuts the time it takes to get the sights back on target and allows more accurate follow-up shots. Most tactical handgun trainers agree that the ability to put multiple rounds downrange into a target is critical for self-defense.

Another reason for the 9mm’s popularity is the cost of ammunition. It can be downright cheap – in fact it’s so cheap, it’s almost a waste of time and energy to reload it. Practice ammo (FMJ or “ball”) can be two to four dollars a box cheaper than comparable .40 and .45. Less expensive means more ammo and more ammo means more practice, which means greater skill.

I know that some will say that “it’s a wimpy round with little stopping power” or words to that effect. That’s no longer accurate. It is true that if FMJ ballistics is the criteria, the 9mm FMJ is less capable than .40 or .45. But when we consider more modern premium loads, the 9mm can hold its own with the other calibers. The 9mm is no sissy cartridge.

Following are some general characteristics of a handgun chambered in 9mm:

  • Size – 9mm’s can vary a lot. Here are three full sized examples: the Glock 17 which weighs 25.06 oz, is 8.03” long, 5.43” high, and 1.18” wide. A Sig Sauer 226 weighs 34 oz w/mag, is 7.70” long, 5.5” high, and 1.5” wide. And a Beretta 92FS weighs 33.3 oz (unloaded), 8.5”, 5.4” high, and 1.5” wide. For concealed carry, there are several quality subcontract pistols that are available. Here are three examples: Springfield Armory XD-S which weighs 23 ozs, is 6.3” long, 4.4” high, and .9” wide. The S&W Shield weighs 19 oz, is 6.1” long, 4.6” high, and .95 wide. The Beretta Nano weighs 19.8 oz (unloaded), is 5.63” long, 4.17” high, and .9” wide.
  • Weight – as noted in the examples above, full sized guns can range from 25 oz to 33 oz, while subcompacts can vary from 19 oz to 23 oz.
  • Recoil – recoil is quite manageable in standard pressure loads and not excessive in +P and +P+ loads. Recoil can be expected to be less than either the .40 S&W or the .45 ACP. Note: +P designates a high-powered load.
  • Price – typically the least expensive of the three calibers and there are a large number of guns from which to choose. From subcompact to full size, the choice is extensive, starting down around $300 and going up to $1,200 and more. Many models are available in the $350 to $500 range.
  • Ammo availability and price – at the low end is FMJ (or “ball”) and that can be under $10/box of 50 on up to premium defense ammo which can run over $40 for 50 rounds. Highly regarded defense ammo generally runs $15-$20 for a 20 round box.
  • Ballistics – bullet weights vary from 115 gr to 147 gr. Most premium ammo uses a 124 gr bullet. Velocities range from just under 1,000 ft/s for the 147 gr bullets to 1,260 ft/s for 115 and 124 gr bullets in standard loads. Premium loads (+P) can go up over 1,300 ft/s.

 Summary

So, there it is, everything you need to know to make a decision about your next handgun acquisition – based on whichever caliber you’re most comfortable with. Or, if you’re like most of us gun nuts, maybe you’re just deciding on the next caliber you’re getting. At any rate, the difference in stopping power between the calibers is no longer as dramatic as it once was. With judicious ammo selection, you’ll be well armed regardless of your selection.

Just remember  to be aware, be safe, and that practice, practice, practice makes you perfect, perfect, perfect.

 We welcome your comments!

Garnet92

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When there’s no electricity, what will you do?

Don’t worry; it’ll be back on soon. In the meantime, break out the flashlights and light some candles, eat some cold leftovers, it’s only a minor inconvenience. You can survive for an hour or two, maybe even a couple of days, no big deal.

Electrical Grid

But what if it doesn’t come back on?

What will you do if there’s no electricity for months; or even a year or more?

It’s a scenario that I’ve written about before – several times, but I’ve been concerned about EMP’s (Electro Magnetic Pulse) originating from the sun (via solar storms) or from a high-level nuclear attack by our adversaries, like North Korea, Russia, China, or Iran (all of whom have the capability), or maybe even a coordinated terrorist attack on distribution centers within the grid.

Now we can add yet another source for an attack on our electrical grid – a cyber-attack by adversaries.

Just today (November 20, 2014), Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency (NSA) stated to the House Intelligence Committee, that a cyber-threat was real and that China, along with “one or two” other countries had the capability to successfully launch a cyber-attack that could shut down the electric grid in parts of the United States.

He also stated that if the U.S. remains on the defensive, it would be a “losing strategy.”

The possibility of such cyber-attacks by U.S. adversaries has been widely known, but never confirmed publicly by the nation’s top cyber official.

At a House hearing, Rogers says U.S. adversaries are performing electronic “reconnaissance,” on a regular basis so that they can be in a position to attack the industrial control systems that run everything from chemical facilities to water treatment plants.

Following is an excerpt from an N&F article entitled, “If the grid fails, will you die?” Forget the reference to EMP’s, just mentally replace that with a cyber-attack because the end result – shutting down the electrical grid would cause the same problems.

It seems too many people are flippant or dismissive of the potential hardships. “An electromagnetic pulse is a joke and would be minor at best,” notes one person. “I say that because most people know how to survive without all the modern conveniences.”

Or, “We’d go back to the 1800s. Big deal. People lived just fine in the 1800s.”

I’m not here to argue about the odds of an EMP taking out the grid. I’m not going to discuss the technicalities of Faraday cages or the hardening of electronics. I’m here to state that if you think life in America without electricity will merely revert us to pioneer days, you are dead wrong (no pun intended, I hope). We wouldn’t regress to the 1800s; we would regress to the 1100s or earlier. Life would become a bitter, brutal struggle for survival.

Society thrived in the 1800s for four very simple reasons: 1) a non-electric infrastructure already existed; 2) people had the skills, knowledge and tools to make do; 3) our population levels were far lower, and most people lived rural and raised a significant portion of their own food; and 4) there were relatively few people who didn’t earn their way. To be blunt, if you didn’t work, you seldom ate. Those who couldn’t work (the disabled, the elderly, etc.) were cared for by family members or charitable institutions. There were no other options.

These conditions no longer exist. Homes do not come equipped with outhouses, hand water pumps and a trained horse stabled in the back. Many people don’t have the faintest clue how to cook from scratch, much less grow or raise their own food. Eighty percent of Americans live in cities and are fed by less than 2 percent of the population, which means farmers must mass-produce food for shipments to cities. And there are far too many people on multi-generational entitlement programs who literally know no other lifestyle except an endless cycle of EBT cards and welfare payments.

Additionally, the interconnectivity that exists in today’s society is complex beyond belief. It’s been proven again and again that a single weak link can bring down the whole chain. A trucker’s strike or a massive storm at one end of the country can mean interrupted food deliveries at the other end.

America’s connectivity, more than anything else, will cripple our society should the power fail. It’s all well and good for a surgeon to have the knowledge of how to operate on a cancerous tumor, but if sterile scalpels and anesthesia and dressings and other surgical accouterments are not available, the surgeon’s abilities regress almost to the point of a tribal witch doctor by the lack of infrastructure, services and supplies.

In short, society is no longer (if it ever was) comprised of self-sufficient and autonomous individuals who can shear their own sheep, weave their own cloth, grow and preserve their own food, manufacture their own tools, doctor their own illnesses, accept death at a young age and otherwise live without outside services. Instead, we’re all soft, specialized cogs in a wheel of dependency powered by electricity. If we lose electricity, we will break into millions of lost, useless, bewildered and starving pieces of organic material. Cheery thought, eh?

Got your attention yet?

But wait – there’s more.

The following is excerpted from another N&F post: “Forecast: Millions dead within a year, Part 2.”

“A pre-industrial society, which is what we would be reduced to, would not have the ability to sustain itself as we do today,” he (Frank Gaffney) told FoxNews.com. Mr. Gaffney is president of the Center for Security Policy and former assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan.

“Think of people in cities with no access to food or potable water, no sewage, no access to transport to get out of there … those become ‘dead zones’ in a matter of weeks or at most months. And the population living off the land elsewhere may be able to sustain itself, but nowhere like what we have at the moment,” Gaffney said.

“It’s really grim,” he told FoxNews.com.

In 2008, the bipartisan Electromagnetic Pulse Commission testified before Congress that: Contemporary U.S. society is not structured, nor does it have the means, to provide for the needs of nearly 300 million Americans without electricity.

In fact, the average U.S. city has only three days’ worth of food and health care provi­sions.

Drinking water and fuel supplies would soon run dry as pumps from water reservoirs or underground tanks at fuelling stations stopped working. Back-up generators would assure power to pivotal sites such as hospitals, but only for a few days. And, perishable foods and medications would soon spoil, creating shortages of vital supplies.

Most Americans do not have enough bat­teries to keep flashlights working for any period of time, much less generator capabilities. And many of the country’s most vulnerable citizens rely on the electricity grid for medical equipment, such as dial­ysis machines. Even standard medication will be difficult or impossible to come by.

Just stop and think, without electricity for any extended period, how would you survive? Without potable water, food, medicine, sanitary facilities, transportation, ATM machines, credit cards, etc.

Now we’ve got a four sources capable of shutting down the electric grid. Isn’t it time that our government, in concert with the electricity providers, better prepare for a disastrous event that could cause so much harm? It seems only logical.

Anyone who dismisses the possibility of a solar storm, a high-altitude nuclear attack, a cyber-attack, or a coordinated terroristic attack on our grid is living in a Utopian world and isn’t prepared for what, almost for certain, will happen one day.

Garnet92

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Valerie Jarrett’s Strategery Will Win the Day [satire]

Obama & Bo

It’s ok Bo, go ahead an pee on the floor, I do it all the time.

The president escaped from Valerie’s confinement and was determined to show that even without her direction, he could rule the country his-own-self.

But he had to hurry. He knew that he only had a few minutes before she and Bo tracked him down and she reattached his GPS ankle bracelet. He’d learned too late that Bo wasn’t really a family pet; he was a Barack-retriever. Barry couldn’t hide anywhere – Bo would find him and Valerie would punish him again. His nipples still hurt from his last escapade.

Luckily he spied one of his advisors, Gus Undheit, in the mall and pulled him aside. He was so proud of having thought up a solution for the ISIS problem and the Southern border all in one fell swoop, he just had to tell someone, Gus would have to do.

Ooh, ooh, Gus I’ve got it.” Barry was almost giddy. He’d had a real bona fide original thought (and those were rare) and he just had to tell someone!

Here’s what we’ll do, we’ll intercept those Guatermelons and Honderasses and Niggeragwas people before they get to the border. We’ll blindfold them and fly them to Saudi Arabia and help them cross the border into Iraq’s Anbar province. We’ll tell them they’re crossing the border into Texas. They’ll never know the difference!

That way they’ll overwhelm ISIS’s benefit and welfare and education systems and cause a taxpayer revolt among the ISISians, and they’ll fold.”

Gus wasn’t impressed. Sir, you don’t understand … er, sorry, I misspoke – I meant that ISIS is not as welcoming as we are, they may even harm the refugees. And since they won’t be here, the new undocumented citizens won’t be able to vote for democrats. Remember, that’s why we invited them in the first place.

But, can’t we just have them fill out absentee ballots first?

Before Gus could answer, Barry felt something sniffing around the back of his pants leg and knew that he’d been caught. He turned, expecting to see Bo.

But it wasn’t Bo, it was Valerie and in a flash, he was cuffed again. “Drat.”

Bo was sitting a couple of feet away, watching, dog-smirking at the ineptitude of his so-called “master” and slowly wagging his tail back and forth. “What a dumbass,” he thought.

Barry knew what came next. “Heel” was Valerie’s command and dutifully, both Obama and Bo followed her back to the family quarters, walking on either side as trained dogs do. Bo was fine, but Barry was shivering in his Johnson & Murphy loafers, leaking little drops of urine along the way. He knew he was in trouble.

Michelle was waiting with her paddle at the ready. Barry dropped his presidential trousers and lay across the bed, steeling himself for what he knew was coming next.

WHACK uhhh WHACK uhhh WHACK ohhh WHACK “Ohhh please stop, he sobbed.” Michelle handed the paddle to Valerie, “It’s your turn Val, give him a few more.”Obama’s half-tan bottom was beginning to glow a beet red. WHACK aaiiiyyyeee WHACK “please, no more.” WHACK arrggg WHACK.

The noise from the spirited paddling echoed throughout the President’s Bedroom. Now the whacking and cries gave way to the President of the United States quietly sobbing into a pillow.

Don’t you EVER do that again.” Valerie had made it clear that he could not escape her wrath. Michelle was looking on, smiling; she had a sadistic streak and loved to see Barack humiliated – especially by VJ.

By now, Barry’s butt was glowing – so red it could light a cigarette – God help them if he farted … an incendiary WHOOSH could char and blacken the wallpaper and that might be hard to explain.

Valerie was pleased to see small wisps of steam coming from Barry’s buttocks. “Pull your pants up and come with me,” she commanded. “That’ll learn him,” she thought.

~~~

Michelle and Barry sat down at a table in the President’s Private Sitting Room while Valerie locked the doors. She needed super-ultra-double secret conditions for what she was about to reveal.

“I’ve got a new program for you to introduce, it’s brilliant. It’ll benefit every political faction – every one – even Republicans. It’ll appeal to women and men alike and to all races – in short, it’ll appeal to all adult voters and it’s guaranteed to win us a third term.”

She walked to a flip-chart and flipped over the cover page. There was only one word on the page.

OBAMREPAIR

The president looked confused, “wha, what the heck is “obamrepair”?

“It’s Obamacare for home appliances,” announced VJ proudly.

Barry was struck dumb (perhaps that should be struck dumbER).

Obviously, he did not comprehend. He was speechless; his face displayed no indication of brain activity. He was now in a blue screen error condition. He was still red on his bottom end, now blue at his top end, damn shame he wasn’t white in the middle – he might have at least looked American.

Michelle understood the concept and clapped her hands gleefully. “What a great idea!”

“Everybody needs appliance care and you can’t just throw the washer or dryer in the back of your Mercedes and take it to your friendly repair clinic, you need house calls. And those are expensive!”

“That’s right Michelle, and poor disadvantaged voters can’t afford it. We’ll have emergency outpatient clinics for toasters and coffee makers and make house calls for washers and dryers.”

“Everyone who doesn’t have coverage will benefit and we’ll even cover senior appliances too. We can cover substance abuse – like when Shaniqua pours a gallon of paint in a washer or when little D’marcus tries dry out his hamster in the dryer.” VJ was encouraged by Michelle’s enthusiastic response, so she went on …

“We’ll set up a new Obamrepair Marketplace website, just like the old one so everyone can quickly and easily sign up and we can offer subsidies to low income families so they can cover their appliances too.”

“We can keep co-pays and deductibles low so a catastrophic dishwasher stoppage won’t break a family. Some out-of-plan repairs, like hairdryers and pasta makers, will be included so they won’t have to be paid out-of-pocket.”

“And hand-me-down appliances can be covered on their parent’s plan until a child reaches the age of 26!”

“And Barack can promise to save a family over $2,500 in the first year and guarantee that they’ll be able to keep their existing stove and oven. Period”

“Barack … Barack … are you listening?”

It was obvious that the lights were on, but no one was home. He obviously needed a reboot. Valerie reached over and slapped the president a few more times … hard. Something inside his head rattled.

Slowly, his eyes rolled, spinning like a slot machine and finally stopped on lemon-lemon. He was slowly coming back.

“I,I,I,I,ME,ME,ME …”Another couple of slaps.

“Present” was all he said.

At last, our fearless “leader” was back, ready to meet any challenge, vanquish any foe, syrup any pancake.

Barack was back. O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! The Jabberwocky was back!

And now we, the 317,000,000 citizens of these United States, can once again sleep soundly knowing that our fate is firmly in the grasp of this partier, this golfer, this fund raiser extraordinaire, and that he will stop at nothing to assure our peace and prosperity.

Right. And if you believe that ………

Don’t miss the next exciting chapter when Barry gets together with Bill Clinton to try to figure out what the definition of ISIS is.

Garnet92

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Could Obama pass a Top Secret security clearance?

Top secret and people

With the experience of an obviously unqualified Barack Obama all too fresh in the nation’s memory, just what qualifications should a president have, at a minimum, to sit in the Oval Office?

We all have our own opinions. We believe that certain traits and capabilities should be present, but for this post, I’m going to concentrate on one specific qualification – and that is the ability to be granted a Top Secret security clearance.

I know that this sounds ludicrous, but shouldn’t our president be required to pass a top secret security clearance?

Isn’t it important to be assured that the Commander-in-Chief of our military and the chief executive of our United States has no hidden secrets that could be used to blackmail him or her? And shouldn’t we be certain that our president doesn’t have a history of association with anti-American or subversive factions?

That question has always stuck in my craw since I don’t believe that Barack Obama could have passed an “ordinary” Top Secret security investigation. Don’t believe me? I stumbled onto a government security application form back around 2008 and answered the questions based on what I knew about Barack Obama. He would have failed. Follow along and I’ll prove that statement.

First, what sort of access requires a Top Secret security clearance?

Individuals with a Top Secret clearance have access to information or material that could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security if it was released without authorization.

Wouldn’t that describe the president’s access?

It follows then that we should REQUIRE that candidates for the presidency pass a background check in order to be considered for participation in a presidential election. The appropriate form to be filled out is the OPM Form 86, Questionnaire for National Security Positions.

While I’d like to show the full form 86 here, it is 121 pages long, so I’ll just select a few questions to make my point.

For anyone who is interested in seeing the full actual form, be aware that it is a LARGE fillable .pdf and (depending on your connection) may take a full minute or more to load. Here’s a link:

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Here are your instructions: Read the questions carefully and answer them as Barack Obama would – know full well that there WILL be an exhaustive investigation and every answer will be verified. It would not be wise to lie on the questionnaire. Misrepresentation on the form is a felony and could be punishable by fines and up to 5 years imprisonment.

There are several questions that could be troublesome for Obama. I’m not staking out a position on any of these specific items, I’ll leave it to each individual to determine how Obama’s public information might pass muster or might cause a concern warranting additional investigation.

A seminal question: His place of birth was a questionable issue leading up to the 2008 election, and as such, would have required a satisfactory answer. Remember that Obama released a “Certificate of Live Birth” just before the 2008 election. It was immediately subjected to analysis with some labeling it as a “fake.”

Assuming that the same document would have been provided to an investigating authority, and being aware of the accusations, it could have been subject to in-depth examination before the 2008 election. It also would have been entirely appropriate for the investigating team to demand to view the “original” at the Department of Health archives in Hawaii.

Exactly what they would have found is conjecture based on one’s stance on the Obama “birther” issue.

Section 4: Social Security number. It’s been reported that Obama’s SSN won’t pass the E-Verify system. I know that there has been a lot of talk about how it was registered to someone else and that it doesn’t have the proper number prefix. I’m not addressing those accusations, only the fact that I personally saw what was believed to be his SSN fail the E-Verify program and return a message that it was an invalid SSN.

This is likely a minor item assuming that what was entered wasn’t his real, true number, although if the SSN does turn out to be an invalid number, it would prompt additional investigation.

Section 10: Dual/Multiple Citizenship and Foreign Passport. If you are (or were) a citizen of the U.S. and another country, provide the name of that other country. A document from an Indonesian school shows him identified as an Indonesian citizen (and his religion as Islam). This one also may just be noise and likely wouldn’t prevent the issuance of a clearance, but could require some investigation in the “other” country.

Section 10.2: Have you EVER been issued a passport by a country other than the U.S.? Enter passport information (country of origin and number). Some have stated that Obama had an Indonesian passport, which may or may not be true; it is unknown what he used for his trip to Pakistan. Just having a passport from another country isn’t, by itself, a problem.

Section 14: Selective Service Record. Have you registered with the SSS? Provide registration number. This is another murky area in Barry’s past. There are conflicting stories about the validity of the draft card that he provided as proof of having registered. Again, if the documentation can be supported, there may not be a problem, if not, more in-depth investigation is called for.

The next question is one where Obama has serious vulnerability.

Section 16: Provide extensive contact information for three people that you know well. How would Frank Marshall Davis (a Communist Party USA member having a 601 page file with the FBI and was under surveillance for over 19 years), Jerimiah Wright (black theology proponent who made statements against the U.S.), and Bill Ayers (Weather Underground member and an admitted bomber) fare when investigated as Obama’s “friends.”

I wonder what the security investigators would think about Obama’s association with those pillars of society.

And be aware that those specified three people aren’t the only ones that they’ll interview; they’re just a starting point. Obama has ties to many folks who will not be viewed as “friendly patriots” by investigators. Those three will lead to others, who will lead to others, etc.

Section 18: Relatives. Obama might have listed his father (a Kenyan), and his seven half-siblings from his Kenyan father’s family. That will take the investigation to Kenya and expose his father’s drinking and multiple wives. The problem with family problems is that it could expose the applicant to extortion and blackmail to keep those family problems quiet. It is yet another vulnerability.

Section 23: Illegal use of drugs and drug activity. Though perhaps not within the seven years specified in the questionnaire, the fact that he admitted to doing marijuana and cocaine while in school might warrant an investigator digging a little deeper.

Here is another where Obama is especially vulnerable.

Section 29: Association Record. 1) New Party – There is documented evidence of Obama’s membership in the Democratic Socialists of America-offshoot New Party. The New Party was also communistic in its operation and Obama worked side-by-side with known communists while a community organizer. 2) ACORN – founded by Wade Rathke, a former member of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), ACORN was a leftist community organization accused of militant tactics that Obama worked closely with on several projects as well as representing them as their attorney.

There are a whole bevy of other groups who counted Obama as a member or supporter, and would be, as a rule, considered un-American.

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Recognizing that I’ve only touched on a few areas that could prove troublesome for Obama, any answer that raises a flag for the vetting team requires more in-depth investigation and there are several (in my opinion) that would prevent a Top Secret clearance from being issued to B. Hussein Obama and thus prevent him from running for president.

While I was in the Air Force, I had a Secret clearance (not a Top Secret) and investigators even interviewed the neighbors in my parent’s neighborhood! I can’t speak for today, but at least back then, they were deadly serious about security clearances.

I maintain that our vetting (or lack thereof) of the president, our CEO, our Commander-in-Chief as it’s currently practiced is total LUNACY.

We go to great lengths to investigate anyone who is going to be privy to the country’s most highly guarded equipment and information, yet we give a free pass to an uninvestigated political operative who is almost assuredly a professional liar (aren’t all politicians?) and wants to be our president.

HOW STUPID IS THAT?

Supposedly the vetting of a candidate is done by the nominee’s political party and the Secretary of State in each state where the candidate will be on the ballot. It is plain that the presidential nominee satisfies the political party’s desires for a winner over and above anything else and I’d be amazed if little foibles in the nominee’s background wouldn’t be ignored or covered up in favor of a winning political package. I believe that the DNC saw Obama as that “ideal” candidate and would have done anything to cover or hide anything that could have been considered detrimental, like perhaps, where he was born?

Right. Great job guys! You really picked a winner! Just look at how Obama has improved life in these United States!

I’d love to see the information accumulated by the detailed “investigations” that were performed in order for Barack Obama to become the 2008 presidential candidate.

H/T to shycommenter for giving me the idea for this post!

Garnet92

 

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