The Archies!!!! Just because!!!

Well, I dig it!!!

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From Wiki ….

The Archies was an American fictional garage band founded by Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones, a group of adolescent characters of the Archie universe, in the context of the animated TV series, The Archie Show. The group is also known for their real world success, through a virtual band.

The fictional band’s music was recorded by session musicians featuring Ron Dante on vocals and released as a series of singles and albums. Their most successful song, “Sugar, Sugar“, became one of the biggest hits of the bubblegum pop genre that flourished from 1968 to 1972.[1]

Oddly, this was a semi-hit for these people …

But, then, there’s this song ….. but, with a twist!  The vid, here features Mary Wells (the brunette on Gilligan’s Island).  Takes me back!!!  And, yes, she was much hotter than Ginger!

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Speaking Of Extortionists ….. Clintons In The News!!!

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Clinton Foundation accused of trading ex-president’s presence for donation

….. According to the report, Clinton agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award at the June 2014 gala, hosted by the Happy Hearts Fund, only after founder Petra Nemcova offered to give $500,000 to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Sue Veres Royal, the group’s executive director at the time who was later “dismissed,” alleged that this amounted to a “quid pro quo.” 

She told the Times the foundation had rejected an invitation from the Happy Hearts Fund “more than once.” That changed, she said, when “there was a thinly veiled solicitation and then the offer of an honorarium.” …..

Original story from the NYT ….

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So …. We’re Charging The Person Blackmailed …. The Extortionist?

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Don’t get me wrong, I was never a fan of Hastert.  But, all of this seems a bit backwards to me.

Ex-Speaker Hastert reportedly paying to conceal sexual misconduct

Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert had been paying someone to cover up sexual misconduct before he was indicted for allegedly concealing those payments, a law enforcement source told Fox News Friday. ……

… The federal indictment said only that Hastert had been hiding payments he made in order to compensate for and conceal “prior misconduct.”

It said he agreed to provide $3.5 million to someone described only as “Individual A.” It did not elaborate on the alleged misconduct or indicate if Individual A is a man or a woman. However, it said the person has known Hastert most of the individual’s life. It also said the person has been a resident of Yorkville, Ill.

The 73-year-old Illinois Republican is specifically accused of structuring the withdrawal of $925,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000. He is also accused of lying to the FBI about the withdrawals. ….

…  A C-SPAN clip that surfaced from a 2014 “Washington Journal” segment fanned the flames. It showed Hastert responding to a caller identified as “Bruce.”

The caller greets Hastert and then says, “Remember me from Yorkville?” He then laughs and hangs up.

The indictment said the misconduct in question began “years earlier” and seemed to suggest it was back in his teaching days, introducing Hastert from the outset as having worked as “a high school teacher and coach in Yorkville, Illinois,” from 1965 to 1981.  …..

And, “Bruce”??? The guy extorting money?  Last I checked, extortion was a crime.

Again, don’t get me wrong, I was never a fan of Hastert, and I won’t shed any tears if he goes to prison.  But, the guy was being blackmailed.  I always considered blackmailers to be of a worse sort than people who hide payments from the government.

An aside to note ……

We all know banks are required to alert the feds every time there are bank transactions over $10,000.  But, then, we now see the feds are also on alert for transactions for less than $10,000 … meaning there is no personal bank transaction you can have without the scrutiny of the federal government.  Nice. 

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AHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Leftardedness On Full Display In Cali!!!!!

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You stupid, stupid people.

So California recently passed a hike in the minimum wage for the state ….  (the rest of the nation will soon follow).  This was mostly done by the scumbag unions.

Unions seek exemption from LA minimum wage law they helped pass

Union leaders in Los Angeles are being accused of hypocrisy after being caught trying to exempt themselves from a new minimum wage law they tried to impose on others. 

For months, organized labor went after companies like McDonalds and Walmart, shaming any business that paid the old minimum wage. Carrying signs saying, “We see greed” and “We are worth more,” union members marched outside businesses and appeared at City Council meetings demanding Los Angeles raise the minimum wage from $9 to $15 by 2020. 

“We say, ‘Don’t leave anybody out, don’t cut anybody out, a wage raise for all workers!'” Mary Elena Durazo, the longtime leader of the 600,000-strong Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, told a cheering crowd of supporters at a recent council meeting. 

Yet after pushing through the new wage law, union officials are asking for a waiver that would allow any company that unionizes to avoid paying the minimum wage. ……

Delicious, isn’t it?  But, it gets better!!!

…… Rusty Hicks — current president of the L.A. Federation of Labor, who replaced Durazo after she left to head a casino-and-hotel worker union — argued, “it is critical that no Angeleno, whether they’re workers or owners of small businesses and nonprofits, is left behind.” 

But Wednesday night, Hicks changed his position, telling the council that workers who collectively bargain for wages below the minimum shouldn’t be penalized. He and labor attorney Margo Feinberg say federal law protects workers who choose collective bargaining. 

“This is a standard clause to protect basic worker rights,” Hicks said in a statement.

Yeh, right …. Real workers …. that is to say people who actually work, instead of union officials, are known worldwide to collectively bargain for wages lower than the prevailing wage.  This, somehow, protects their rights …. right?

Any member of a union which is arguing to be exempt from a minimum wage is a complete imbecile.  But, then, if you unionized while content to be paid minimum wage, you’re a complete imbecile, anyway. 

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Gems 2015 — May 29 Scripture Selection: Job 16-18

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 29 Scripture Selection: Job 16-18

Food for Thought: Job 16:2-5, 20, 21

Some friends! Job’s so-called friends are the ones who inspired the expression “With friends like that, who needs enemies?” Job notices right away that his “friends” are of no help to him. He calls them “miserable comforters” and “worthless physicians” (13:4) whose words are useless. In fact, they actually cause Job even more pain. In the midst of his suffering, they scorn him (vs. 20) and mock him (12:4) after sitting with him silently for seven days.

One good thing that comes out of this, however, is the lesson on how to be a good friend to one who is going through hard times. Job actually tells his friends exactly what he needed. First, he would have really appreciated some encouraging words that would strengthen and comfort him (vs. 5). Further, Job wished out loud that they would have prayed for him (vs. 21). In 6:14, he suggests something that should have been obvious: “To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend,
Even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”

Romans 12:15, 16 teaches us to accompany the friend in whatever the situation and not be so quick to condemn or offer our “wise” counsel as Job’s friends did. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”

To simplify, Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.“ Just keep loving the friend and serving him/her through it all, just as Proverbs 18: suggests: “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Stand by him/her and minister to his/her needs, always offering hope. Then you will not only be called a friend, but also a brother.

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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Hottest Year Evuh!!!! So Far!!!!

So, NASA and the other group of lunatics contend this year’s Jan – April is the hottest ever!  Indeed, here’s a quasi-famous lunatic blog heralding such stupidity ……

You Just Lived Through The Earth’s Hottest January-April Since We Started Keeping Records

Yeh, it’s funny how the lunatics only note records they wish to note …  Here’s some records of some empirical data … our North Hemisphere snow extent …..

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Well, that’s strange!!!  Over the last 30 years I can see where there’s been less snow on the ground in the North Hemisphere at least 11 years!!!  Weird!!!  Well, the hot is probably focused on the Southern Hemisphere …..right?

Apparently, more snow on the ground and more ice in the sea is a symptom of a warmer planet.

Source for snow graph source for the ice graph.

 

At this point, no one with a viable brain can possibley believe the last four months have been the “hottest ever”. 

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The Adriatic? Puhhlease!!!! Croatia Faces Hard False Choice!!!!!

Good heavens the lunatics are everywhere! 

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The picture above is, of course, a faked picture.  Oil rigs don’t hang out near a beach. If the oil were that close, the drillers would “horizontal” drill from dry land.

This brings me to this idiotic AP article ……

Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism

MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) — Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts.

With Croatia announcing it will allow oil drilling in the Adriatic sea, the 60-year-old German businessman is having second thoughts about his loyalty to this Mediterranean tourist haven known for glorious sunsets over sparkling seas and white pebble beaches shadowed by thick pine forests.

That picture-perfect image, he fears, could soon change with the construction of giant offshore oil rigs on the horizon.

“This is a high-risk problem,” Fries said in a warm breeze that stirred the sea’s mirrored surface. “No one wants to swim or dive in a sea with pipelines, oil platforms and tankers.”

Despite surging opposition to pumping crude in the waters of one of Europe’s fastest-growing summer travel destinations, the Croatian government is determined to boost the state’s poor finances by offering several exploration licenses to foreign energy companies.

The decision has deeply split the European Union’s newest member state of some 4.3 million, a country still scarred by the 1990s Balkans wars and where the untouched beauty of the Adriatic is a matter of national pride.

Opponents warn that besides damaging the spectacular scenery, offshore drilling represents a grave environmental hazard, raising the risk of oil spills that could wreck tourism — the country’s main source of income.

Supporters say pumping oil could bring billions of dollars to Croatia’s troubled economy, which has been in recession for years. They add that drilling could ultimately help Europe reduce its reliance on Russian energy imports.

“This is an existential matter that will bring a better life to Croatian citizens,” Economy Minister Ivan Vrdoljak told The Associated Press. …….

….. There is little doubt that there are oil and gas reserves in the area. In neighboring Italy, dozens of offshore platforms currently operate, some syphoning crude. There are also 18 rigs on the Croatian side of the Adriatic that extract only gas, which is considered a much smaller environmental risk than oil.

There’s so much idiocy to all of this ….  There are already oil rigs in the Adriatic.  Did Italy’s tourism die?  No?  Well, it prolly will for Croatia, amirite? 

Tourism, the country’s main source of income ……. has left them in a perpetual state of recession.  Prolly time to try something different, no? 

Lastly, I’ve been to the Adriatic ….. pristine isn’t the word I’d use for it.  When I visited it, it was a fairly rough sea compared to the other side of Italy.  Perhaps things have changed.  But, even then, the beaches were rocky, not sandy.  The article describes them as “pebbles” ….

Look, drill your own energy, or import it and squander your wealth.   

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$8 Billion? Phhhtttt!!!! Just Give It To Them And Then Walk Away!!!! —- Greece Again!!!

This is a hoot! 

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So, we’ve more drama from the drama queens, Greece, the IMF, and Europe.  Today, we learn they can bundle their repayments to the IMF to the end of the month, as they have multiple scheduled repayments next month. 

Greece could use ‘Zambia’ option as progress on deal unclear

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and rescue lenders remained at odds over whether the two sides are close to a breakthrough in negotiations, as the International Monetary Fund confirmed Thursday that Athens had the right to ask for “bundled” repayments next month. ….

… He said Athens hadn’t made a request to combine repayments, adding that the last country to do so was Zambia three decades ago.

Greece has warned it may be unable to repay an IMF loan due on June 5 unless it reaches a deal with emergency creditors to unlock remaining bailout funds. It has four IMF repayments due next month, through June 19. ….

…. “It is based on very specific facts,” government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis said. “We are going into these negotiations with the aim to have an agreement with our partners by Sunday.”

Murray refused to comment on when a deal could be struck, insisting “work still needs to be done” — a note of caution echoed in Brussels. ….

…. Tsipras’ government, elected in January on an anti-austerity platform, has been in talks for four months on what reforms it should make to get the final bailout installment of 7.2 billion euros ($8 billion) from fellow eurozone states and the IMF.

Creditors insist Athens must take more long-term measures to ensure its economy is reformed and doesn’t slip back into the bad habits of the past, with reckless borrowing and a large and inefficient public sector…..

…. Greece’s conservative opposition criticized the government’s handling of the negotiation.

“It is obvious that the government is at a dead-end,” New Democracy party spokesman Kostas Karagounis said.

“It announces deals that don’t exist, it presents its own positions as agreements, it is refuted by all foreign officials and meanwhile time has run out and the money has been exhausted.”

Final bailout installment of $8 billion?  $8 billion or 7.2 billion Euros won’t get Greece through the next quarter.

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Graph is in Euros.

Considering all of the money they’ve been given/loaned …. last I looked it was something like 1/4 $trillion what difference does $8 billion make? 

If this is to be the “final” installment, then, never mind, they’re not going to make it.  It’s already over, it’s done.  All of this is harping about nothing.  Even if they were to suddenly clamp down on their spending to lower than the last 12 quarters, they’re still going to running a deficit. 

So, all of this drama is meaningless …….. that is, unless Europe and the IMF intend on setting up another bailout package.  It would probably all be easier if Greece simply admits that they’re worthless and must become wards of the greater state.  Which is what I predict will happen, in essence. 

Of course, there’s always another alternative.  The people of Greece could decide to live within their means, exit the EU, tell the IMF and Europe that they’ll catch up with them later to pay them back and stand on their own two feet.  But, given the government they recently elected, they’ve no knowledge as, how, exactly, to accomplish such a Herculean feat.   

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Cartoon Of The Day!

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I’ve honestly lost count.  Kasich is expected to announce soon and Pataki has announced.  Both will hurt Christie and perhaps Walker more than they will Cruz or Paul.  I’ve no idea why Kasich is running, but, Pataki could be a formidable candidate, and will definitely compete with Christie for the NE Repub vote.

Now, mind you, I’m all about choices, but, this is getting ridiculous.  And, it’s going to be harmful.  

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Gems 2015 — May 28 Scripture Selection: Job 13-15

 

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 28 Scripture Selection: Job 13-15

Food for Thought: Job 14

Poor Job had several misconceptions expressed in chapter 14 which left him at a disadvantage, though he was right about a few things, as well.

For one thing, he was definitely right in his perception of the length of time of a life. In verse 2, referring to man, he says, “He comes forth like a flower and fades away.” That is similar to how I Peter 1: 24 expresses the length of a man’s days: “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away.” Life in the flesh is, indeed short. That is why it is necessary for us to be born of “incorruptible seed” for eternal life (I Pet. 1:23), something Job could not have known about, and do it quickly before time runs out.

Since Job doesn’t have the whole picture, he has no place from which to derive hope. In verses 7-10, he says, “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant. But man dies and is laid away; indeed he breathes his last and where is he?” This is like many people who think that once you die, it’s over. But it is not over!

Job continues with that thought and rhetorically asks, “If a man dies, shall he live again? (vs. 14),” implying that that would be impossible. However, in many places in the Bible it tells us of eternal life in Him, even after we leave our earthly “tents.” II Corinthians 4:16-18 through 5:1, 2 expresses this beautifully: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven.”

Job gets closer to the truth in verse 17 when he says, “My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and You cover my iniquity.” For him, it was true because of his constant sacrifices offered; however, we can gladly declare now that our transgressions are not just sealed up in a bag to maybe be held over our heads at a later date. Now they have been completely erased by the blood of Jesus Christ. There is no record of them ever having occurred. Similarly, the iniquities are not just covered; they, too, have been removed. (See Heb. 9:15; I Cor. 6:11; II Cor. 5:17; Rev. 1:5)

Because we enjoy the benefits of having been washed completely clean, we know that Job’s assertion that God destroys the hope of man (vs. 19c) is untrue. On the contrary, because of what we know about Jesus, we can surmise that the Lord desires that we have hope. Hope for today, and hope for eternity.

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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