Common Sense from the Common Man – Dec 2015

Heartfelt and Down to Earth Message

– Youtube

– The man speaks for himself. You be the judge.  This is not an endorsement for any candidate, but a forum for this man’s view, which doesn’t get heard often enough.

It’s called Common Sense.

Questioning Govt – Dec 2015

Congress Rolls Out Massive Government Funding Bill, Tax Break Extensions In The Dead Of Night

– Daily Caller


– New Congressional Leadership is neither open nor transparent. Backroom deals instead of open debate.  Anything ‘comprehensive’ coming of Washington DC only spells trouble these days.

All across the USA people feel we’re in crisis while Wash DC spends and borrows like a drunken sailor, all behind closed doors. Our govt, our security and our future are all for sale in the DC global bizarre bazaar.

One small bright spot the article by Juliegrace Brufke @ Daily Caller, is the fact that the govt is funded until September 2016, without the inclusion of additional controversial issues.  Future spending decisions will should be a major issue in the presidential and congressional races. If we want the status quo to continue, voting for the incumbent establishment will assure it.

“Late Tuesday evening, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced negotiators had come to an agreement on the “omnibus” government funding bill and tax breaks extension package.

Just before midnight, legislation was posted that would make 22 tax breaks permanent and extend dozens of other tax incentives.”

Read more here @ Daily Caller



Boston Globe: If People On No-Fly List Are So Dangerous, Why Aren’t They Under Arrest?

– Breitbart / Boston Globe


“On December 8, the Boston Globe asked why the individuals on the no-fly list are anything other than under arrest if they pose such a danger to public safety?

In so doing the Globe joined a growing chorus of voices criticizing the no-fly list. Those voices include The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and CNN.

According to the Globe, the most troublesome aspect about the no-fly list is the fact that the people believed to be so dangerous are actually being allowed to remain free to move about in society on a daily basis. If these people were simply arrested–or deported, when applicable–it would both increase the safety of Americans and remove the need for more laws/regulations to keep no-fly listees in check.”

Read the rest here @ Breitbart



Gov. Brown Says Only ‘The Coercive Power Of Government’ Can Stop Global Warming –

– DailyCaller – Dec 08

– Unbelievable, so for Gov Moonbeam are the Bill of Rights in play?  So let’s unpack the notion of governmental coercive power where the only official definition of Fascism comes from Benito Mussolini, the founder of fascism, in which he outlines three principles of a fascist philosophy:

1. “Everything in the state”. The Government is supreme and the country is all-encompasing, and all within it must conform to the ruling body, often a dictator.
2. “Nothing outside the state”. The country must grow and the implied goal of any fascist nation is to rule the world, and have every human submit to the government.
3. “Nothing against the state”.  Any type of questioning the government is not to be tolerated. If you do not see things our way, you are wrong. If you do not agree with the government, you cannot be allowed to live and taint the minds of the rest of the good citizens.

link here: Urbandictionary – Fascism

“Tom you used the phrase ‘policy — good policy,’ but I want to unpack that term a little bit,” Brown said Monday. “Inside the policy, you need a law, you need a rule, you need the coercive power of government to say ‘do this.’”

“Now you have to be wise and don’t say something stupid or try to order something stupid, but the fact is the regulations supported by the laws drive innovation,” Brown said.

Read the whole story by Michael Bastasch @ DailyCaller

– Jerry Brown is not wise, constantly says something stupid, and issues stupid orders. One can only imagine how he would have developed the Internet with all his laws and regulations ‘driving’ it.

– If Jerry Brown wants to apply some coercive govt power, why doesn’t he get the uranium out of the Central Valley water tables? It’s poisoning kids there. Read more here @ SFGate

– Poor deluded Brown who has never been in business. The internet while encouraged in its development had never felt the ‘coercive power of government.’  Nobody was ever told to ‘do’ something by the federal or state government. Which is why it developed as it did only to flourish later. People like Brown never understood it enough to issue commands on what to do. Thank goodnesss.

Brown has never invented anything, has never developed anything productive in his life, never created a singular massive achievement. Therefore he could never understand how California’s singular greatest achievement, the Internet, could be created without his coercive powers.

He knows the coercive power of govt in regulations and taxes. But for great work that is not enough.

It takes new ideas and hard work. Jerry has neither.



How the Web Was Won

– Vanity Fair

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Read this great story from Vanity Fair by Keenan Mayo and Peter Newcomb here: Who Won the Web

Here’s an excerpt:

“Leonard Kleinrock, a professor of computer science at U.C.L.A., was instrumental in creating the earliest computer networks, in the 1960s. J. C. R. Licklider, one of the fathers of computer science and information technology, was the first director of arpa’s computer-science division.

Leonard Kleinrock: Licklider was a strong, driving visionary, and he set the stage. He foresaw two aspects of what we now have. His early work—he was a psychologist by training—was in what he called man-computer symbiosis. When you put a computer in the hands of a human, the interaction between them becomes much greater than the individual parts. And he also foresaw a great change in the way activity would take place: education, creativity, commerce, just general information access. He foresaw a connected world of information.

The culture was one of: You find a good scientist. Fund him. Leave him alone. Don’t over-manage. Don’t tell him how to do something. You may tell him what you’re interested in: I want artificial intelligence. I want a network. I want time-sharing. Don’t tell him how to do it.”



FULL | Stacey Dash: Obama Doesn’t ‘Give a Sh*t’ About Terrorism | VIDEO

– Youtube / Foxnews – Dec 07

– Stacey kicks in after Kennedy’s strange but interesting remark at 5:00 mark.

Stacey make a serious plea for presidential gravitas at this moment in time. Stunning and passionate.

Stacey has since been suspended from Fox News apparently as a result of the remark.

Youtube link: Here



Here’s How Trump Could Legally Justify A Temporary Muslim Ban

– DailyCaller

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“Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily bar alien Muslims from entering the country is legal under the Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives the president authority to suspend the entry of any and all aliens deemed “detrimental” to U.S. interests.

His plan sparked an immediate bipartisan backlash from critics. Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham called Trump a “xenophobic, religious bigot,” and House Speaker Paul Ryan called it un-American. Several news outlets characterize the plan as unprecedented, unconstitutional and probably illegal.

The proposal may violate international agreements, but its hard to see how it could be unconstitutional, since it refers to non-U.S. citizens.”

See the whole article here @  DailyCaller

From the United States Code, Title 8:

(f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

USC Title 8, here: @ Cornell EDU



The Trump Speech Tonight in North Carolina

– Youtube / MSNBC / Diamond & Silk

Two Takes on the Same Event in North Carolina Tonight – One completely dishonest



First Rachel Maddow takes tremendous humor over this Donald Trump rally tonight in NC.  Her headline read:

“Donald Trump ends speech after 10 protest interruptions”

– I had the impression from Maddow that the protests ended the speech as a result, in fact she stated it categorically.

See her take here:

Rachel Maddow – Donald Trump ends speech after 10 protest interruption

– Well, that’s not what really happened. The speech went on for almost an hour with questions.

See the full speech below and decide for yourself. Meanwhile………


‘Stump For Trump’ Women Take the Stage During Donald Trump Raleigh Speech, North Carolina – Dec 4

– Youtube

– Diamond & Silk tear it up.

See the full speech, which ran for almost an hour with a Q&A at the end, here @ Youtube – Full Trump Speech in NC

– My question is how is suppressing free speech in the middle of a US Presidential campaign a good thing?

I write in response to see many, almost all posts regarding Maddow’s ‘news’ on the Democratic Underground Forum, calling for more disruptions of Trump’s rallies, as if this is progress,

Whether on our college campuses or political rallies, suppression of thought and speech is a very menacing and troubling development, more suited to dictatorships than democracies.

The rally concluding sucessfully was the best response to rude and intolerable behavior. If you don’t wish to hear the candidate, don’t go to the rally, but don’t deprive other citizens of the right to hear the speech.

Not sure there is any inducement that could get me to attend a Hillary rally, but I would never attend and try to disrupt it or prevent others from hearing her speak.

That is her right, and when we infringe on that, it infringes on all of us.

That behavior is incompatible with a free society.

The contrast between how Maddow framed and ‘resolved’ the coverage of the rally in NC for her viewers and Diamond & Silks’ appearance at the rally, could not show the bias of Establishment Media more clearly. But it is Maddow’s dishonesty that is truly breath taking.

How the media covers events and turns them into peoples’ truth and reality can be as smooth and comforting as advertising, which is what it has become.

We still have a right to expect truth from the press, even if we so rarely get it these days.

California Environment – Nov 2015

Global Warming –

– Frontline / PBS


Very interesting documentary from Frontline on the Global Warming/Climate Change/Extreme weather debate.

Frontline – Climate of Doubt

“At the beginning of Chapter 21 of George Eliot’s novel, Daniel Deronda, the author tells us:

It is a common sentence that Knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day’s dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a flavor to its one roast with the burnt souls of many generations.”

…and there are those who say that the humanities are no longer necessary for today’s students.”

NASA Study: Antartica is Not Shrinking – Nov 2015

– Breitbart- Nov 3, 2015:


Antarctica is growing not shrinking, according to the latest study from NASA. Furthermore, instead of contributing to rising sea levels, the still-very-much-frozen southern continent is actually reducing them by 0.23 mm per year.

What accounts for the difference in this study from others?

“But the satellite measurements used in the latest NASA report tell a different story. Unlike previous studies – many largely based on guesswork because the continent is so vast and inhospitable, meaning that data is extremely limited – they use satellite altimeters to calculate changes in the surface height of the ice. What they show is that the amount of ice lost by glaciers collapsing into the sea has been exceeded by the gain in ice mass from accumulated snow.”

Read the story here:



Obama To Turkey: Seal Off The Border To Syria, Turkey To Obama: Handle Mexico First

–  DailyCaller / Jonah Bennett


“President Barack Obama wants Turkey to close its 60-mile-long border with Syria to end the influx of new Islamic State fighters pouring into Syria and Iraq.

If Turkey acquiesces to Obama’s demands, no entry points will remain between the two countries. The entire border is 550 miles long, The Wall Street Journal reports.

But a Turkish official quickly pointed out to The Wall Street Journal the irony in Washington’s call to close off the border, given the U.S. is completely unable to stop flows in and out of Mexico.

In response, a U.S. official said, “If we were at war with Mexico, we’d close that border.”

– No they wouldn’t. Any administration that can provide arms to known enemy terrorists could hardly be counted on to realistically defend a border.

Obama in Paris: ‘Mass Shootings Don’t Happen in Other Countries’

– PJ Media


President Selfie: Clueless In Paris

“While giving a press conference in Paris, President Barack Obama told reporters that the mass shootings that plague the United States just never happen in other countries.

“With respect to Planned Parenthood, obviously, my heart goes out to the families of those impacted,” Obama said in response to a reporter’s question. “I mean, I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn’t happen in other countries.”

– Don’t happen in other countries? Like France? Like Norway? Truly an embarrassment on a global scale.

More here: Obama Cluelesss In Paris





….Meanwhile Gov Moonbeam is in Paris solving the Universe while dodging Oil Investment Questions in California

– Dan Walters / Laer Pierce Washington Times


– From several sources all about ‘environmental’ green Jerry Brown has been involved in all sorts of deals which benefited himself, his family and campaign donors.

Jerry Brown, alone among the Brown children, didn’t get a share of the business, but that changed after Alaskan oil came on the scene and threatened the monopoly Indonesian oil had in California’s power plants.

Chevron had just finished building a refinery in El Segundo that was designed to process Alaskan crude to compete against Indonesian oil for the California power-plant market. Before the facility could refine a barrel of North Slope crude, however, Jerry Brown’s Air Resources Board – headed up by his former campaign manager, Tom Quinn – passed a new air-quality standard for sulfur just barely too high for Chevron to meet with Alaskan oil. That cemented the Indonesian monopoly, and the Brown family, as the only oil provider to the California power industry.

Not surprisingly, when Jerry Brown left the governorship, Pat Brown finally gave him his own cut of the family oil business.

“To this day, Jerry’s very sensitive about it,” Mr. Walters told me. “He just hates the idea that people will bring it up because what it is, is the Brown family is in partnership with these corrupt, murderous dictators. It’s not something that a Jerry Brown wants to be associated with.”

The junta generals of Pat Brown’s day have given way to the more transparent, democratic government that rules in Indonesia today. The question here in California is: Will Jerry Brown also become more transparent and share with voters the details of this foreign influence on his personal finances?”

From the article by:  Laer Pierce @ the Washington Times




Porter Ranch gas leak increasing California’s greenhouse gas output by 25 percent



“Natural gas has been spewing from a ruptured well near Porter Ranch for a month, and the state Air Resources Board estimates the leak is so large that it’s increasing California’s atmospheric load of methane — the primary component of natural gas — by 25 percent.”

by Sharon McNary @  KPCC

– The leak is still spewing at this point, while our state and UC leaders are busy preparing to head off to Paris to discuss how to cut back on greenhouse gases.

Our tax dollars at work: UC brings California’s climate change message to Paris

On topic from Scientific American ClimateWire, this article on the Artic Permafrost on Nov 19, 2015:

““[The boreal] is such a large biome on the planet and, as a consequence, changes in that system have direct impacts on the global climate,” she said one evening, sitting on a dock jutting out into Goose Lake. Flies flitted around, and a loon laughed in the background.

“I’m not doing a very good job explaining this,” she said suddenly, with a sigh.

The boreal covers 5.3 million square miles in Europe, Asia and North America, and is an ancient carbon sink. About 20,000 years ago, ice sheets that had covered all of Canada rolled back into the Arctic. Coniferous forests rapidly expanded northward, their roots firmly planted on permafrost.

As the planet entered the summer-like Holocene Epoch 11,500 years ago, some of the southern reaches of the permafrost thawed and forests there turned to bogs and fens, which are known in Canada as muskeg. In that sense, the boreal has always been a shifting landscape.”

by Gayathri Vaidyanathan and ClimateWire

– My takeaway is that this happened before and the Earth dealt with it. Read it and decide for yourself.

Not sure I’d agree with the tone of the headline.

Right here: Permafrost Meltdown Raises Risk of Runaway Global Warming

Homeland Insecurity – Nov 2015

U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Destroy Russian Helicopter with CIA-Provided TOW Anti-Tank Missile

– PJMedia

“An emergency NATO session has been called for later today following Turkey shooting down a Russian SU-24 aircraft earlier today — reportedly the first incident of a NATO country shooting down a Russian or Soviet plane.

But following that shoot-down as Russian rescue helicopters searched for the pilots of that airplane, at least one of the helicopters was destroyed by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels using a CIA-provided TOW anti-tank missile.

Question: How did ISIS get these destructive weapons? Who in the US Govt ordered this?

Was this TOW missile acquisition related to Benghazi and is Hillary Clinton responsible? Or was she just following Obama’s orders?

Global Risk Insights provides an alternate take here, positing that our Saudi ‘allies’ have supplied the TOW’s with Obama’s approval:  Global Risk Insights

….And more here from theConservativeTreeHouse:

“On August 12, 2013 Joe DiGenova, attorney for one of the Benghazi whistleblowers, told Washington D.C.’s WMAL that one of the reasons people have remained tight-lipped about Benghazi is because 400 U.S. missiles were “diverted to Libya” and ended up being stolen and falling into “the hands of some very ugly people.”

DiGenova represents Benghazi whistleblower Mark Thompson. He told WMAL that he “does not know whether [the missiles] were at the annex, but it is clear the annex was somehow involved in the distribution of those missiles.”


– The detailed story here:  ConservativeTreeHouse on Benhazi

Finally, an excellent article on how the US TOW missiles ended up in Al-Queda’s hands thanks to Obama



“Given the Syrian rebels’ history of openly working along side or defecting to Al Qaeda groups, it is highly doubtful the US government did not predict the TOW missiles would end up in Al Qaeda’s hands.

It is more likely the US provided the rebels with the TOW missiles whilst knowing it would end up in the hands of Al Qaeda. Indeed it has been widely accepted, that Jabhat Al Nusra, ISIS and Ahrar al Sham, another Al Qaeda-linked group, are the most powerful groups opposing the Syrian army. The CFR wrote:

The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks.

Whilst in future these weapons may be used against American personnel, for now the US is desperate for a victory against the Syrian government. The US might find reports of arms ending up with Al Qaeda embarrassing, but such embarrassment can be mitigated by controlling the amount of attention it gets from the US-run media.”

The whole story here:  We Are

Joni Mitchell – Court & Spark Short Film

joni mitchell: “Court & Spark” / lauren hutton, keith carradine in “Welcome to L.A.” (mashup)

– Youtube

– Great take by the filmmakers on a great Mitchell song.  Quite the LA portrait.

More here

Environment – Frankenfish? Nov 2015

US FDA clears genetically modified salmon for human consumption

– Reuters – Nov 19 2015

Slabs of Salmon are displayed at a market. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Slabs of Salmon are displayed at a market. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“U.S. health regulators on Thursday cleared the way for a type of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon to be farmed for human consumption – the first such approval for an animal whose DNA has been scientifically modified.

Five years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first declared the product, made by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies, to be as safe as conventional farm-raised Atlantic salmon.

AquaBounty’s product will not require special labeling because it is nutritionally equivalent to conventional farm-raised Atlantic salmon, the FDA said on Thursday.

AquaBounty says its salmon can grow to market size in half the time of conventional salmon, saving time and resources. The fish is essentially Atlantic salmon with a Pacific salmon gene for faster growth and a gene from the eel-like ocean pout that promotes year-round growth.

Activist groups have expressed concerns that genetically modified foods may pose risks to the environment or public health. Several on Thursday said they would oppose the sale of engineered salmon to the public, while some retailers said they would not carry the fish on store shelves.

Kroger Co, the nation’s largest traditional grocery chain, has “no intention of sourcing or selling genetically engineered salmon,” spokesman Keith Dailey said. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market Inc also confirmed that they do not intend to carry the product.

The agency on Thursday also issued draft guidelines on how food manufacturers could identify whether the salmon in their products are genetically modified. The guidelines state that such labeling would be voluntary.

Stotish said in an interview that AquaBounty will follow the FDA’s rule for labeling and currently “there would be no requirement for labeling.

Activist group Friends of the Earth estimates that at least 35 other species of genetically engineered fish, along with chickens, pigs and cows, are under development. The FDA’s decision on salmon may set a precedent that could make approval for other genetically modified animal species easier.”

– by Lucy Nicholson @ Reuters

More here: GMO Salmon Approved

– Let me see if I get this: 1) there is no market for this product, 2) they develop it anyway, 3) there are major potential downstream risks, 4) they don’t have to LABEL it.

Great. Like the EPA, the FDA is supposed to protect us, no endanger us. Approve it will little testing, fine. Shame on you. Don’t label it, don’t inform me?

Shame on all of us for letting it happen.

World Politics – The Syrian Refugee Crisis – Nov 2015

Obama Admin blows off Gov Moonbeam

– BloombergView


– Proving the theory that even a broken clock is right at least once a day…..Gov Jerry Brown asks the right question regarding Obama Refugee relocation program:

“In a call with senior Obama administration officials Tuesday evening, several governors demanded they be given access to information about Syrian refugees about to be resettled by the federal government in their states. Top White House officials refused.

On the call several Republican governors and two Democrats — New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan and California’s Jerry Brown — repeatedly pressed administration officials to share more information about Syrian refugees entering the United States. The governors wanted notifications whenever refugees were resettled in their states, as well as access to classified information collected when the refugees were vetted.

Brown said he favored continuing to admit Syrian refugees but wanted the federal government to hand over information that would allow states to keep track of them, the GOP state official said.

McDonough responded to Brown that there was currently no process in place to give states such information and the administration saw no reason to change the status quo. The non-governmental organizations that help resettle the refugees would have such information.”

– by Josh Rogin @ Bloomberg

– Great article. So the Federal Govt has information, including ‘classified’ information on these ‘refugees’ but refuses to share that information with the states because no current process exists? Why not simply create a new process to share that info?

Recall one of the lessons from 9/11 was the silos of govt refusing to share critical information.

Wonder how Big Govt Jerry Brown feels about his Sanctuary Cities policy in California, refusing to cooperate with the Big Govt Federal authorities on immigration now that they are refusing to cooperate with him?

Why wouldn’t the Obama Admin want to share such vital information? Equally important, why wasn’t this news covered by the MSM?

More here: BloombergView

Obama administration has to change its refugee process, says Jerry Brown

– HotAir


“What exactly is so unreasonable about Brown’s requests anyway? If problems arise with refugees, it won’t be the FBI that deals with the acute issues, but state and local law enforcement. Should they not have access to the information garnered in the vetting process, especially since the White House insists it will be comprehensive enough to allay all fears of potential trouble?”

See the entire article here: Hotair

– The article notes how ABC News dropped the ball not covering Moonbeam’s questions.


Six Men from Pakistan, Afghanistan Busted Illegally Entering Arizona from Mexico

– Breitbart


“A highly trusted federal agent working under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has confirmed to Breitbart Texas that a group composed of 5 Pakistani men and 1 man from Afghanistan was captured by U.S. Border Patrol agents after having illegally crossed the porous U.S.-Mexico border in the Tucson Sector of Arizona.

Border Patrol agents were unable to do extensive interviews with the six Middle Eastern men because the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) took over the matter. The aliens were immediately transferred to Tucson where the FBI took custody.”

More here: Breitbart


Feds approve US Citizenship for 15 Foreign Terrorists Then Hide Info from Congress

– Drudge / Daily Caller Nov 18 2015


– It can’t be this easy to become a US Citizen.

“Dozens of the U.S. citizens arrested in recent years on terror-related charges are immigrants admitted to the United States legally who later obtained citizenship.

More than 70 U.S. residents have been publicly arrested and charged with conspiring to help, attempting to help, or actually helping terror networks such as Islamic State in recent years. At least 15 of them received U.S. citizenship after being admitted to the country legally, including one of the Boston bombers. ”

– By Rachel Stolzfoos @ DailyCaller

Read the whole story here



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– When Honduras is better at vetting fake Syrian ‘refugees’ than the United States, something is very wrong.

Please note neither President Obama or Governor Brown have yet to provide details on how they can possibly ‘vet’ or do a thorough background check on people who have no documents. Even if they have ‘documents’ it may be next to impossible to assure that many ‘refugees’ will not get through to the US with forged or stolen documents.

Based on this article and others, it is clear since 9/11 that people we let into the country so easily can do devastating and lasting damage to our culture and society. Why wouldn’t we take every precaution?

Maybe Gov Brown will hold a press conference tomorrow to assure how he will personally ensure no terrorists are among the ‘refugees’ he so desperately wants to bring into California?

It might be better if we reminded Gov Moonbeam, that one of our cultural values is: women and children first.

That will be enough for a state like California, but we should tell the president and the gov, women and children first. Let’s see how that goes over with the ‘refugees.’