Damn ….. He Was The Best One We Had ….. SCOTUS Justice Dead At 79

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Time won’t permit a lengthy eulogy.  So, I’ll leave it at that.  He was, IMO, the best justice we had sitting on the Supreme Court.  This is a sad day for the US.

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Well, It’s True.

I am very aware that there are Donald Trump supporters who frequent this blog.  I have the upmost respect for those who do.  That’s what is one of the most wonderful things about this blog.  I can say X, Y, or Z, and the people of this blog can state their position freely.  They may agree, disagree, or have a perspective entirely different.  Here, at Suyts, anyone can state it, and make their case. 

With that in mind, here’s this.

 

Eminent.  ….. someone should look up that word and try to understand what it means. 

Anyone who believes it’s okay to take someone’s private property for the good of someone else’s private property is a complete and total scumbag.  They are a POS who don’t even deserve the scraping off of one’s shoe.  I fully believe there’s a special place in hell for people who believe in such madness. 

I don’t understand people who cannot extrapolate such madness to it’s logical end.  If someone believes this is okay, then there is no such thing as private property.  It’s just someone holding property until the public (or someone else wanting it) desires it.  There is no actual ownership of property.  By definition that is a totalitarian communist society. 

There is no distinction between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, except for labels and mouth. 

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The Person Responsible Wants To Be POTUS

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Unreal.  Shameful.  Infuriating. 

These people *spit* want to take part in running our nation.  The nation that flag represents.

WAKE UP, AMERICA!!!!!!!  WAKE UP!!!!!!

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Suyts Victory Tour!!!!! —– Sea Levels! Riding The Wave!!!!

One of the early topics we pursued at Suyts was to take an in-depth look at our sea levels.  We looked at both the satellite data and the tidal gauge data.  All that we did was too much to include in one blog post.  We looked at how the interpreted the data the satellites were giving them, we looked at various ways to to ascertain sea level rise from the tidal gauges.  We followed the satellite measurements for years. 

What we found was that it was all a bunch of babbling bs.  The satellite data is constantly changed/altered/invented.  The historical measurements of satellites such as Jason I and Envisat bear no resemblance to the measurements published while both were operating.  Indeed, it was only after they killed Envisat that they decided to alter the data so much that it now shows an opposite trend direction than it did when it was operating. 

There can be no definitive conclusions from the satellite data because the historical data is constantly changing. 

The tidal gauge data also suffers from revisionism.  But, more than that, the data suffers from poor spatial and continuity considerations.  There is no good way, using tidal gauges, to determine our sea-level and trends.  That stated, viewing the tidal gauges, in their totality, there is no way our satellite data can also be true. —– well, there’s no way our satellite data can be true, whichever version of faux reality they wish to present today, which will, most certainly, be altered in the near future.  

At one point, Hank did a fantastic job of looking at the tidal data in picking the best fit for looking at the data.  If and when I have time, I’ll dig up the link to his fine effort.  For all else I’ve stated, I simply don’t have the time to look up all the links. Curious people can start here and then work back for some trips down memory lane

In the mean time, I thought it would be a public service of Suyts to warn the great people of equatorial South America of the impending great tidal wave which is ever so slowly approaching them!!!!

Jason I first started tracking it!!!!  (It was different when it started, but, this is what they now say Jason saw) ……..

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I thought the Philippines were in peril!!!!! 

Well, they still are!  But, for a different reason!  The water is all leaving the Philippines!  Jason II shows us a great valley of water where there once was a rather large mound of water!!!!!

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Clearly, over the 13+ years, the mound of water has slowly moved across the Pacific and is headed straight towards South America!!!!!!  Never mind the 5 years of data overlap!!!!!!  We’re all doomed!!!!!!!  But, while we all wait for the impending doom …… which the great wave should strike S. America in about 5 years as it is clearly increasing in speed …… there’s obviously some great downhill skiing available out in the middle of the Pacific ocean.  I wouldn’t try it by the Philippines in that you’d never be able to swim back up the gorge!!!!! 

The more I looked at the sea level data, the more I realized there was nothing there to be taking serious.  All of the doomsaying is derived from some fantastic imaginations of some Malthusian misanthropists.  

You can find the maps at this real sciency place.

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Will Cam Now Grow Up? SB Follow Up!!!!

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Doesn’t feel so good, does it Cam?

So, SB 50 is in the history books.  I’ve got to say, even though neither of my teams were in the game, this was one of the most enjoyable Super Bowls I’ve watched in recent years.  Why?  Because it reaffirmed what the game of football is suppose to be about.  It’s about work, effort, and victories over your worthy adversary.  It’s about a gut check and taking a smack in the mouth and lining up and doing it again!  It’s about doing better against that guy you’re lining up against, every play.  Every play endeavoring to do better than the last play.  It’s about getting hit and delivering a hit.  It’s about playing smarter and better than your opponent.  It’s about maintaining your composure.  It’s about forgetting the last disastrous play and working to do better the next time. 

All of the flash, the pizazz, the bling, the long dashes to the end zone, the dancing and celebrating the touchdowns, the interceptions and all the other things the half-ass fans love to see are only the after-effects of the all that was mentioned prior.  

Personally, I hate that $hit.  I hate the dancing and prancing.  I especially hate it when the game clock is still running.  I especially hate it in the NFL.  It’s their job to score touchdowns and do the things in football which is the goal or aim.  Can you just imagine if people at their jobs started prancerizing every time they did something right on their job?  ——- Trash man manages to dump all of the trash out of a trash bin into the trash truck —- we take 2 minutes out of the job so the trash man can do a dance about him doing his job!  Factory worker spikes a widget after making one! ….. Farmer does a jig every time an ear of corn appears. …… 

Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with congratulating a teammate for doing an exceptional job or overcoming an exceptional impediment.   A high-five, a fist bump, a fist pump ….. sure,  it’s an emotional game.  One can’t help express satisfaction over doing something so good as it exceeds expectations.  And, don’t get me wrong, some Broncos went a little overboard, IMHO, in expressing their exuberance. 

But, no one embodies the over-expression of exuberance more than Cam Newton.  So, I think some of the celebration the Broncos did for doing their job was more of a jab at the Panthers and Cam Newton. 

Today, in the NFL, it is so bad it leaves me confused as to what actually constitutes the “taunting” penalty and what doesn’t.  It’s all taunting and done to show up an opponent.  Were it me, every time a player did that, the very next play would be only to physically punish the player who did an asinine “Super Man” idiocy in the end zone.  To hell with a penalty or fine.  I’d make sure the player got hit, and hit hard the very next time the player was on the field.  Preferably,  the player would exit on a stretcher.  Then, let the next idiot do a “Super” dance for doing their job.  And, then rinse and repeat.  Lose the game, probably, but, I’d bet the next time that team came to play they’d think twice before prancerizing for doing their job.  As talented and skilled as Cam Newton is, I wouldn’t have him on my team.  The game, any game, is about winning.  It isn’t about self-aggrandizement.  In any team sport, it isn’t about “self”. 

Perhaps, though, this could be a lesson learned by Cam Newton, and many others who seem to fall into the same trap of “self”.  One promotes one’s self by the play on the field.  That’s how you show up your opponent.  Not by the way one dances after doing one’s job. 

So, Cam couldn’t take hearing Chris Harris explain what the Broncos defensive game plan was…..  

Here’s what Harris said: “Load the box, force y’all to throw the ball. Can you throw the football? That was the gameplan.”

Sucks, doesn’t it, Cam?  Harris, btw, didn’t know Cam was listening or could hear what he was saying. 

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Chris Harris to me after realizing later his voice was audible during Cam’s presser: “Damn that’s the NFL’s fault for putting us that close”

See the difference?  Harris didn’t want to personally show up Newton.  He didn’t want to rub his face in it.  But, after all the times Newton rubbed his good plays in the faces of his opponents, Cam got some of it back …….. and left the press conference like a hurt little girl.  When he does it, he calls it “fun”.  Wasn’t so “fun” for him last night, I guess.  Or, maybe he thought he was the only one who was suppose to have “fun” playing football. 

When I think back to all the great players I’ve watched over the years, I don’t remember any of the real greats acting like it was the first time they ever scored a touchdown or threw a touchdown ……..  Johnny U., Fran Tarkington, Terry Bradshaw, Staubach, Montana, Young, …… Manning!  The list can go on, but, I’d be beleaguering the point.  

Well, I’ve never played in the NFL, but, I can tell you what fun is …….. winning.  Winning is fun.  Losing isn’t.  Indeed, I like to pretend my opponents, regardless of what game I’m playing, is a worthy opponent and I was fortunate to win a victory.  What fun is it to win over an unworthy opponent?  One should always endeavor to elevate your opponent to make your victory over your opponent look that much more exceptional. 

Well, enough of the rant, we’ll see if Cam grows up next year, or not.  If he doesn’t, I’d expect him to be a footnote, rather than mentioned in that list of QB’s above. 

A couple of class notes from the aftermath of the Super Bowl …….

From the Seahawks QB, Russell Wilson …..

Via The Players’ Tribune:

Sheriff, If this is it, there’s one moment I won’t forget.10th grade. Louisiana. At your quarterback camp. You inspired the kid in the green shirt.You inspired me to work hard. To be disciplined. To be respectful. To take notes.You inspired me to love the process. To love the sweat. To love the tears. But most of all …You inspired me to love the game.Thanks, Peyton. If this is it, Thanks.

That’s outstanding! 

And, then, there’s this.  Being a Cowboys fan, it’s especially touching to me.  From DeMarcus Ware ….. long-time Cowboy, one of the key players on the Broncos defense …..

But why was winning the big one “bittersweet” in Ware’s words? After playing in Dallas for nine seasons, the Cowboys struggled to win a playoff game much less make it to the Super Bowl.

“Yeah. You play for a team for a long time, and you think about, you know, you would really like to play for them,” Ware told the Dallas News. “But now you went to another team and there is change.

“Every year, you always feel like you’re going to make the Super Bowl, but you weren’t able to finish it out. You have to cherish where your feet are, you have to live in the moment, and it’s an experience for you.

Specifically, Ware wanted to share the moment of triumph with some of his former teammates.

“I wish Jason Witten was here,” Ware said. “Or Tony Romo was here. Jay Ratliff. Chris Canty.”

Yeh, damn. 

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Eleventh Hour Super Bowl Prediction!!!!!

Well, we’ve covered the NFL all season, so for completion, I’ll make my Super Bowl prediction. 

From all the football I’ve followed and watched this year, I would predict the Panthers winning. 

That said, the path to victory for the Broncos is easily attainable.  They’ve got a couple of fantastic DEs.  What they need to do is hit Newton every play.  If they do that, they’ll win. 

Then Manning factor ……. yeh, he’s not the same as he was.  But, as I watched the last couple of games he’s played, he’s thrown significantly better than he did earlier in the year, and he seemed to be improving. 

So, I’m picking the Broncs!

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Meanwhile ….. Less Than An Hour Away From Me …. SE Kansas Rocks!!!!!!

From Twitchy …

Atheists Bully Small Town to Remove God Bless America Flag, What Happens Next Will Lift Your Spirits

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It’s the little stories like this one that help restore our faith in humanity.

For years, a Post Office in the small town of Pittsburg, Kansas has kept a “God Bless America” banner hanging from the side of their building.

Of course, in the age of political correctness, angry atheists aligned with a Wisconsin-based group, Freedom From Religious Foundation, claimed that the banner violated the separation of church and state.

A few days after the banner was forced down, a local business Jakes Fireworks responded by creating 1,200 “God Bless America” yard signs and banners.

They started passing them out at 11 a.m. and finished by 11:45 a.m.

Now residents of the town are saying you can’t drive a block without seeing a “God Bless America” banner or American flag.

Read the rest at Twitchy

Pittsburg (yes, it’s really spelled that way), is really the “big” town in SE Kansas.

I haven’t been big on fireworks in recent years, but, I think the grandkids will enjoy a big bundle from Jakes this year!

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How Low Have “We The People” Become?

My goodness!

So, while reading news about the Iowa caucuses last night, I came across a video which really, really, really, depressed me. 

The video was made for the Cruz campaign, I think.  It shows him winning over a corn farmer in a campaign stop. 

The focus of this post isn’t Cruz, or how good or poor his arguments were (they were pretty good), but, rather, the poor pathetic shlep who believes he’s entitled to our money simply because he’s a corn farmer who chooses to live off of our teets. 

 

Here’s a fellow from the mid-west.  A farmer.  And, he’s demanding our money so he can continue to help provide the US with a less efficient, incredibly wasteful, more costly fuel.  Why?  Well, he doesn’t explain why he believes he deserves our money, he’s just mad because he heard Cruz wants to do away with his freebee.

Apparently, Cruz gave the boy something to think about.  It’s really pretty funny.  The arguments Cruz presents are good, but, fails to inform the listener of some important facts.  These facts would be in the “all of the above” energy mix Cruz supports, except all without subsidies, is really supporting only the traditional forms of energy.  That is to say, the free markets have already chosen the best and most efficient forms of energy.  Ethanol doesn’t make the cut, neither does wind, neither does solar. 

All of those, wind, solar, and ethanol, are old forms of energy the markets already knew about, knew about their potential, and made the choices already. 

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We Pause From Observing Our Societal Collapse For The Iowa Caucuses

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So, today we have the Iowa Caucuses, the first in the nation.  For those unfamiliar, this is part of the process in which the parties pick their nominee for the general election for President of the United States.  Much media and hype is committed to this caucus.

In recent history, the caucuses don’t tell us much for the Republican party nominee.  Since 1976, in elections in which an incumbent president wasn’t running, the Iowa winner went on to win the Republican nomination 2 1/2 times.  I wrote “1/2” because Romney tied Santorum in 2012.  Dole won it in 1996, and Bush Jr. in 2000.  The Dims used to be like that, but, in the recent ones, Gore, Kerry, and Obama have won Iowa and then gone on to win the Dim nomination. 

For the most part what one can read into the caucus is it tells us which candidates need to drop out.  There are exceptions this time around.

IMHO, I don’t think the Iowa caucus is the one to watch this time around, neither is the New Hampshire one.  South Carolina is the one to watch.  It does surprise me somewhat that Trump is doing so well in Iowa.  They’re more rural than most states.  It is even more surprising that Sanders is polling so close to Clinton in Iowa. 

Now, as to weeding out the irrelevant, the Dims basically have a two person race already, and Sanders isn’t getting out any time soon.  With Clinton, she’s out of time.  I believe her support has peaked.  She can only hope the time between now and the nomination doesn’t sap her support so much that she loses the nomination.  I believe it will, barring something massively stupid from Sanders ……. which is by no means a safe bet. 

On the Repub side, the object of the game is to not lose too badly ….. for most candidates.  For Christie, losing badly is a foregone conclusion, and he’s hoping for a good showing back east.  In Iowa, it would be a huge surprise is someone other than Trump, Cruz, or Rubio breaks the top 3.  And, the top 3 should be very close, in which case, all will claim victory and momentum.  Like Iowa is a write-off for Christie, it’s pretty much so in N.H. for Cruz. 

It is the South where it gets interesting for both parties, (Sanders is expected to take N.H.)  With Cruz, Rubio, Bush ……. well, now, it’s the South which will tell the tale for all three.  None of the previously mentioned can win the Repub nomination without the South.  Indeed, they all need both Florida and Texas.  South Carolina will give us some insights as to how well each can do in the South.  At this point, I think Trump has the East pretty much locked up, with Christie as the wildcard in that area, but, Christie needs to do well in N.H. to be seen as a viable candidate.  I think Jeb is done, with most of his support going to Rubio when Bush drops out. 

Those are my thoughts, anyway.  Off to get some popcorn!

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I must study POLITICS and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy

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The title is a quote from John Adams, 2nd president of the US.  It is an admonishment which the people of the US have totally disregarded in recent past and the present.  Sadly, many of them actually believe they are studying, but, they’re not …..

So, today from Breitbart we see this.

Quinnipiac Poll: Photo-Finish Between Trump and Cruz in Iowa

Well, I’ve made it no secret as to who I would prefer, and, today, I’ll detail some more.  It seems I’ve, once again, misjudged the American people.  Like many, I supposed that Trump would fade, he hasn’t. 

Now, the reasons why I supposed he would fade differ from most others.  Many thought the American people would reject him based on his own crassness.  It seems to be endearing to many.  Many thought he would utter something senseless and cause a minor scandal to cause him to fade.  I thought the would-be voters would actually look at the man’s actions and advocacy that would cause him to fade. 

Sure, I get the initial attraction …. the in your face, I’m going to say what I want and to hell with political correctness, I get that.  But, that’s personality, not policy. 

Over the course of the last several months people should have tried to dig beneath the surface.  Perhaps some have and simply embrace the things he’s done and his advocacy. 

It is true that I believe the border to be the biggest issue facing the American people today.  But, I also believe there’s more to cover, and more to look at other than a promise to close the border (as we’ve been lied to several times before on this issue).  There are others running in the race who promise to do the same.

I find it fascinating that people believe he’s a Washington outsider, he isn’t.  He’s the embodiment and epitome of crony politics.  He literally brags about how many politicians he’s donated to, he brags about how much influence this has bought him.  I would note that before, during and after the brags he never promises to change that culture in Washington.  It’s just that he brags about advantaging said culture. 

Over the course of the last several months, he’s demonstrated a woeful ignorance and lack of ability to grasp the foreign policy issues we face today.  I seriously and literally doubt that he knows the difference between a Sunni and a Shia. 

Trump has, many times, throughout his career, has used an overgrown powerful government to make his fortune. 

Of course, none of this disqualifies him to run for president, and there’s nothing wrong with citizens supporting such.  It isn’t as if Trump and his supporters are like Hillary and hers.  That’s an entirely different subject of someone embracing lawlessness and their supporters being intentionally blind to it.  And, it isn’t like Sanders and his supporters, with the unicorns and rainbows for everyone mindset with no desire to address reality.  These are different dynamics and not the point of the post. 

What has me baffled are the conservatives.  In many times in the past, I’ve noted two very different types of conservatives; that being fiscal conservatives and moral conservatives.  Both have me very confused.  I happen to be a bit of both, a fiscal and moral conservative. 

I believe the POTUS should be a Christian.  I cannot and will not vote for a person who isn’t Christian.  I understand many don’t feel that way, but, I can’t understand how a moral conservative would lend their support to a person who has stated publically and on more than one occasion that he’s never asked God for forgiveness.  That statement is wholly incompatible with the state of being a Christian.  I cannot and will not support Trump.

One of the biggest reoccurring and rallying themes of fiscal conservatives is a call for a much more limited government.  Our overgrown government has led to a severely bloated budget causing a crippling national debt in which there is no view on ending.  It has also empowered the government so much that nearly every branch and agency seems to be in a competition to see which one is best at stomping the individual and his rights.  From the BLM to the IRS to the EPA and everything else in between seems hell bent on spending our money in a united effort to destroy the individual American. 

And yet, conservatives? both fiscal and moral are flocking to and supporting Trump, a man who has literally used government power to strip people of their homes.  A man who says he’s never occasioned to ask God for forgiveness.  ——-  I can’t explain this.  I’m not sure I want to know why or how this is happening.   

People better start studying their politics and their politicians.  We’re already going through 8 years of some idiot in the office because he was different.  Are Repubs simply going to return the favor? 

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