The GOP, The Ex-Im Bank And Stupidity

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I’ve probably had too many beers tonight to properly write about this.  And, I will write about this on more than one occasion. 

But, for tonight, let me state this clearly and unambiguously.  The closing of the Ex-Im bank is horribly un-American. 

For those who do not know, the charter for the Export/Import bank was not renewed.  It expired last night.  It is a governmental agency which facilitated loans which allow some of our businesses to sell to foreign entities.  There are 59 other nations which have a similar governmental bank, operating to do the same thing the Ex/Im bank does. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for shutting it down.  But, before one does, one must set in place a vehicle to supplant it through the private sector.  This was not done. 

People have become so wedded to ideology that they’ve failed to know or understand why such ideology is preferable.  The goal isn’t free trade, the goal is to do what makes the people more prosperous!  Free trade is simply the vehicle to make it happen. 

Here’s a story about this issue …. and I’ll post a couple of excerpts ….

…. Boeing employs about 80,000 people in Washington state, nearly 15,000 in Missouri and 8,000 in South Carolina. Executives at Boeing and General Electric Co. have warned that without credit support from Ex-Im, they could be forced to move production overseas to compete with foreign rivals that enjoy similar backing from their home governments….

…. Boeing customers are among the biggest recipients of Ex-Im Bank loan guarantees. In the most recent fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2014, the bank helped Boeing sell 61 widebody planes to foreign airlines by guaranteeing more than $7 billion in loans.

Currently, the Ex-Im bank is servicing about $100 billion in loans. 

But, let me tell you about the “Boeing” employees.  I work in a plant of about 200 workers.  We’re just one plant of many working for the same company.  I do something only 2 other people in the world do.  I work with them.  The thing we do …. we don’t sell our product to Boeing.  But, the people we sell our product to, sells our product to Boeing.  But, many, most people in this plant work and make products which end up at Boeing.  The 100,000 + Boeing employees only scratches the surface of the workers who may be effected by the failure to renew the charter of the Ex-Im bank.  

The company I work for also contracts with entities such as Airbus, which has an equivalent to the Ex-Im bank to support them. 

Free trade only works when everyone is playing by the same set of rules.  I’m a firm believer in free trade.  It works, always.  But, it is only free trade when everyone is trading by the same set of rules and standards. 

I’m all for ending the Ex-Im bank.  But, before one does that, one must set in place a structure which allows for a private entity to supplant it!!!!  There is none in the US!!!!!!!  Imbeciles! 

Will one pop up?  Maybe …. probably not.  By the time one could, we’ve already lost. We’re talking about a bank capable of being on the scale of adding $100 billion in serviceable loans!!!!  What dumbass believes some private entity can suddenly pop up and do what the Ex-Im bank is doing?  Is it that people don’t believe Boeing should be selling to foreign nations?  Or that I should work for France rather than the US?  What special sort of stupid doesn’t understand that it’s better that my work product should stay at home rather than export the wealth I created to Europe? …………

Note!!!!!  Okay, I understand the way I worded this may be confusing to some people.  Please allow me to expound ……

I work for a company, in which Boeing is the ultimate beneficiary.   What I do and the pay I make is agreeable (barely) to me.  It provides for me and mine.  Other people, American workers, handle what I did and it provides for them and theirs.  And then, they send it on to Boeing employees, and what they do with it allows for them and theirs to be provided for.  Isn’t that nice? 

But, without the Ex/Im bank, if I still retain a job, it is likely the ultimate beneficiary of my work product will probably be France and the Eurozone ….. isn’t that nice?  I mean, as an American?

I despise globalists.  I despise people wedded to an ideology without thought.  You can’t, or, rather, you shouldn’t simply yank the floor out from underneath the people you’re supposedly trying to help.  Dumbasses!

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Pic Of The Day!!!!!!!

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Beautifully brilliant! 

You can read about the origins of the pic here

It’s a play on the “co-exist” bumper sticker seen often in the US. 

For those not well versed in English, or the imagery …..it spells “Comply”, and every bit of the pic is about people demanding you comply with their wishes, rather than attempting to “co-exist”.

 

I think this is a keeper!

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Tweet Of The Day!!!!! The Fantastical And Fanatical World Of Leftards Exposed By The NY Times!!!!

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Yes, these are both images of current Cuba. 

So, the NY Times had this to say ……

NYT Science @NYTScience

The embargo and socialism helped protect Cuba’s environment. Now, “the tsunami is coming” http://nyti.ms/1LItpIj pic.twitter.com/0eX1Ez6Z9G

The lenses of fanatical socialism (there’s no other kind) are so fixed they will refuse to see reality.  Many times, I’ve seen where leftards held Cuba up as some idiotic sort of example of the Utopia socialism will bring you.  But, it’s all imaginary.  None of it is real. 

The poverty and hardships the Cuban people have had to go through since Castro took over is well documented, along with the loss of lives and freedom for people who wished for better. 

The notion Cuba’s environment is somehow to be more desirable than a semi-socialist state (we all are living in a semi-socialist state, if not an outright socialist state) is beyond absurd, it is a patently false notion. 

It’s difficult to distinguish between the ignorance of a leftard and the overt act of deception of a leftard.  This is because they’re willfully ignorant, and have no qualms about lying to your face.  One just never knows. 

Twitchy documented several worthwhile responses.  But, I think this is the best one ….

Kevin D. Williamson @KevinNR

@NYTScience Cuba’s environmental conditions are, by Cuba’s own account, a mess. pic.twitter.com/gpswuwV49P

3:08 PM – 1 Jul 2015

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Yep, the Cuban Utopia is about to be wrecked by re-engaging with the US. 

There is, of course, much more to say about all of this.  But, I think it’s a good start to a lengthy thread for the commentators.

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In Other News …. The Religion Of Peace ….

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The jihadist terror group Islamic State responded to the Supreme Court’s recent decision on gay marriage by killing accused gay men by pushing them off a roof.

Released on the same day as the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing homosexual marriage across all 50 states, the video shows ISIS militants pushing several men off a high roof to their deaths.

The official Twitter account of human rights watchdog group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, using the “Love Wins” hashtag, tweeted that four gay men were pushed to their deaths to “celebrate” the ruling.

The tweet also included photos of the execution, including one particularly graphic photo. Reader discretion is advised.  ….. read more at the link.

In this asinine absurd nation (the US), Christians are considered the enemy by many leftards.  But, the same lunatics who support Gay marriage also advocate and celebrate “cultural diversity” to include extreme lunatic Muslims such as the ISIS group.  Sure, no, they don’t openly advocate for ISIS, but, allow for it, and cause other lunatics to support maniacal groups such as ISIS, through their “tolerance” for everything which is wrong, rather than anything which is correct. 

But, we’re told such extremists are such a small minority of the Muslim faith …. right?

REPORT: ISIS Could Have 42 MILLION Supporters in the Arab World

Yeh, well, I know the influence a small minority of lunatics such as 30-40 million people can have. 

California, the scourge of the US has about that many people, too

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Confederate Flag Issue Going Well Beyond Ridiculous To Absurd …… “Dukes Of Hazzard” Pulled From TV Land!!!!

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Really?

TV Land pulls reruns of ‘Dukes of Hazzard’

The latest victim of the growing controversy over the Confederate flag is the 1980s TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

A TV Land spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that the network has pulled reruns of the series from its schedule, which had been airing twice a day.

The network declined to comment on why the episodes were removed, but the southern-set show has come under fire recently for its depiction of the Confederate flag, which is emblazoned on the hood of the Duke Boys’ signature 1969 orange Dodge Charger.

Warner Bros., which owns “The Dukes of Hazzard,” last week halted production on toy replicas of the car dubbed the General Lee. That followed moves by other retailers such as Walmart and eBay to stop selling items bearing the Stars and Bars after the deadly church shooting in Charleston, SC, in June.

A Change.org petition telling Viacom and Warner Bros. to “Stop Banning Dukes of Hazzard” had collected nearly 400 signatures since launching on Tuesday.

“The Dukes of Hazzard” originally aired on CBS from 1979-85 and followed the adventures of cousins Bo Derek (John Schneider) and Luke Derek (Tom Wopat) who raced around town in their trusty stock car.

This article originally appeared in The New York Post.

Really? 

Now, I was never a huge “Dukes of Hazzard” fan, but, anyone who watched that show knows and understands there’s not a thing offensive about it ….. other than the lame slapstick. 

It’s absurd.  I don’t care about the “Dukes” not airing, but, I do care about the absurdity some fellow Americans are engaged in.  It needs to stop. 

Let us also recognize, this is part of the ultimate goal of leftards.  It is to destroy everything uniquely Americana.  It’s time to tell the children they’ve gone to far and have taken advantage of our goodwill once too often.   

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Bonus Gems!!!! June 29 Scripture Selection: Psalm 45-46

Apparently, I lost a day, June 29, to be more precise.  For anyone who became confused about our calendar, I apologize.  We don’t really skip June 29 and have just a June 30 in its place. 

In this particular instance, we can’t very well just skip the Bible reading and message and go on.  So, for completeness, here’s the post I neglected to post.   

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

June 29 Scripture Selection: Psalm 45-46

Food for Thought: Ps. 45:2-5; 13-15

The most fabulous, regal wedding is soon coming! It is not only the wedding of the century, but of all eternity. And the happy couple, arrayed with adornment and raiment of the highest of elegance, is the most celebrated and prominent ever to be.

The majestic Bridegroom is King Jesus Himself. The Word makes several references to Him as the Bridegroom, among which are Mark 2:19 (“And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.’”), and John 3:28-29 (“You yourselves bear me (John the Baptist) witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice.”).

Who does He marry? The glorious Church that He loved and gave Himself for. She has been prepared for the wedding, sanctified, and cleansed “with the washing of water by the Word that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish (Eph. 5:25-27).” She is the royal daughter who is radiant and gloriously clothed with many robes and who shall enter the royal palace (Ps. 45:13-15).

The culmination of this grand marriage is discussed in Revelation 19:6-9: “… ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’ And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. …‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’”

Jesus wants us all there and in Matthew 25:1-13 advises everyone to be prepared for His unannounced entrance to collect His Bride. The great thing is that all we have to do to be called is to make ready for it by first being sure that we are believing members of His Body, the Church, sanctified, cleansed, holy, and without blemish. Thankfully, that is accomplished with the washing of water by the Word, Who is Jesus. Through believing in Him as Lord and Savior, He cleanses us (I John 1:7). Then, we are able to be clothed in the proper raiment of fine linen, the “righteous acts of the saints” for the wedding, the event of all eternity, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Gems 2015 — July 1 Scripture Selection: Psalm 49-50 Plus Bonus Jun 29!!!!!!

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

July 1 Scripture Selection: Psalm 49-50

Food for Thought: Ps. 49:15, 16-20; 50:3-6

This confidence in the Lord expressed by Asaph is powerful and reflects the same assurance in all who have believed in the Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Asaph boldly proclaims, “God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me (vs. 15).” He couldn’t have made such a resolute statement had he not had revelation of the benefits of a relationship with God.

Sadly, people who do not trust in the Lord cannot make such a statement. Their confidence and attention are in the here and now. Though they may enjoy many earthly pleasures and fill their lives in search of more, their “end” will be tragic because, like the beasts, they don’t understand (vs. 20). Their glory shall not descend after them when they die, and they shall never see light (vs. 17-19). That’s why John writes in I John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” Nothing that the people who do not know Jesus as Savior will remain.

Mark 8:36 asks the most important question that they should ponder and allow the question to lead them to turn their attention to that which truly matters before it is too late: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” When it is all said and done, the Lord will gather His saints (those who have believed in Him) together with Him (50:5), and only the ones who have made covenant with Him by sacrifice will be included; all others will face judgment and the torment of having rejected life in Him. But the Good News is that making a covenant with God requires only turning to Him and receiving the sacrifice of the life of Jesus already made. No further sacrifices are required!

Once you understand what Jesus did, and desire that covenant with God, it is just a matter of believing and making the bold confession of faith. Romans 10:8-10 explains: “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Everyone who makes such a statement in faith can say with all confidence like Asaph, “God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me.”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Greece ……. A Possible Watershed Moment!!!!!

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So, by now, for those of us who are watching, we all know Greece failed to make its IMF payments.  No, no.  This doesn’t mean Greece will suddenly exit the Eurozone, but, they’re getting very, very close.  The big deadline is later next month when Greece is due to pay the ECB back some money.  If they fail to pay back the ECB without another agreement …. then, that’s the end. 

But, let me state this clearly.  A Greek exit from the Eurozone would be the best thing for the Greeks.  The should also exit the EU, but, I doubt that they would. 

An exit from the Eurozone would ensure that Greece would have to face reality.  It is only by facing reality that the Greeks could then end the madness which has plagued them over the last several years.  There is no such thing as a magical money tree.  Sure, you can print all the money you want, but, if there’s no value in the money you’ve printed, then, you’ve wasted value on printing the money. 

You see, Greece doesn’t have to have a sugar daddy.  They can actually run their country without begging other countries and entities to support them.  It’s just been so long since they actually had to pay as they went, they forgot how.  I can assure them, they will figure it out, as soon as they have to. 

It must be a hell of thing for a nation to wake up and realize that all that they’ve done in the past ….. they’ve spent it.  All that they’re doing right now …. they’ve already spent it.  Indeed, for Greece, some of them are now realizing all that they will do for the rest of their lives ….. they’ve already spent it. 

But, it isn’t what you do, so much as it is what you leave behind.  Here is an opportunity for Greece to, once again, stand up on their own feet.  You don’t have to borrow from the future to exist today.  All one has to do is to provide enough value today, for the stuff you are consuming today.  It’s better to make just a little more value than what you consume.

Yes, Greece may have to, temporarily, take a slight step backwards in their current standard of living.  But, the emancipating knowledge that they could be no longer beholding to anyone other than Greeks would be worth it.  And, with the liberty of no longer being beholding to other nations and entities, the freedom would allow Greece to produce yet even more value. 

But, that will never happen.  What do the people running Eurozone hate and fear the most?  A state which can and does for itself.  Why, if Greece can do it, what then would the people of Spain think?  Of Italy?  Of Germany?

And, if a common currency can’t hold, then, what of the EU?

Without a common currency, there is no bond as a nation.  It can’t, it doesn’t work that way.  A common currency, the Euro, is a natural progression from a common European government.  If it cannot progress to a common currency, then, the European state will fail.  This is because government policies directly effect the value of currency.  Banking laws, bonds, wealth extraction from the land …. all of this goes to the value of a nation’s currency

A Grexit could very well be a boon to humanity!  

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Better Pic Of The Day!!!!!

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This, of course, is a specific reference to the recent Zerocare ruling, in which our Supreme Court ruled that words don’t really mean what they mean, but, rather, they mean what the Supreme Court wishes them to mean. 

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Pic Of The Day!!!!!

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Source is Zerohedge

h/t Lars

I find Chief Justice Roberts’ spot on dissent in a recent SCOTUS ruling a bit ironic, in that just one day prior he engaged in exactly the same crap he was complaining about. 

Personally, I think most of the Supremes have engaged in making law, rather than interpreting law, with the possible exception of Scalia.  I was very disappointed in Thomas in a recent ruling.  It rather surprised me. 

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