April dinner meeting

RC of the Foothills Flyer 2016-4 The Republican Club of the Foothills

Invites you to an evening with

Jim Potts Speaking on

Domestic Terror: Terror From The Right

Jim has been assisting and representing employers of all sizes and industries in the field of employment law for thirty-six years.  He has attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Juris Doctorate Degree, Real Estate Brokers License, is a former Reserve Captain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a Mediator with the Los Angeles County Bar Association and was a Master Teacher for the University of Phoenix.   Jim is the author of Right to Counsel and Walking on Eggshells, a manager’s handbook on managing a minority workforce. Jim’s third book, The Master’s Will is expected out by the end of the year.

 

As a 20 year Reserve Deputy Sheriff, he worked on the “Open Source Intelligence Team” searching out terrorist threats in South and Central America as well as domestic terrorist threats within our borders.

 

Finally, Jim has a weekly Blog since 2008 and his Podcast can be heard on iTunes just search for “Listen Up with Jim Potts.”

 

When:          Tuesday, April 5, 2016

                    Doors open at 6:00 p.m. ~ Dinner & program begins at 6:45 p.m.

 

Where:         La Canada Thursday Club

                    4440 Woodleigh Lane, La Canada

 

Cost:            $25 for members; $30 non-members; Students $5

                    $5 Non-diner members:  $10 Non-diner non-members

                    Dinner catered by: StoneFire Grill

 

RSVP:          rcotf1@gmail.com      Mary Owen: (818) 249-5936   

  

Make checks payable to Republican Club of the Foothills (RCF)

Mail checks to RCF,  ​2029 Verdugo Blvd., Box 275, Montrose, CA 91020

Phone: 818-248-4600  ​​

Notes on the opposition

How America has fallen.  Nothing says we’re on the ropes like the class of politician that stand a chance at winning the Democratic nomination for President.  For a while there a guy named O’Malley or So’Malleable or something would show up at the love fests touted as ‘debates.’  Seems he’s lost his way as nobody’s seen him for a while.  Searchers are still combing the Union Rescue Missions coast to coast for him.  Not that he would stand out enough in that mass of cracked and dispirited humanity to be recognized.  Probably his mother loves him, poor guy.  See ya around, Marty.

Then there’s the graceless, cackling harridan whose claim to fame is being the sad spouse of a serial rapist and all around champeen womanizer.  Lacking accomplisments of her own that would denote some modicum of competence she’s consistently built a reputation for serial mendacity, graft and loose emails that would have landed anybody else in Leavenworth for two hundred to life.  And that’s what can be bruited about in polite company.  Sure hope she gets over her cough.

Then there’s Comrade Bernie ‘Schmendrick’ Sanders, also a man of ‘unusual’ accomplishment.  Investor’s Business Daily has the story (h/t Gateway Pundit)

It wasn’t as bad as he says. His family managed to send him to the University of Chicago. Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn a living, even as an adult. It took him 40 years to collect his first steady paycheck — and it was a government check.

“I never had any money my entire life,” Sanders told Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real job as mayor of Burlington.

Sanders spent most of his life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished much of anything. And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances — “We will raise taxes;” he confirmed Monday, “yes, we will.”

One of his first jobs was registering people for food stamps, and it was all downhill from there.

You’ve got to go read it, the man is, well, special.  And it was indeed all the way down, until he hit the jump at the bottom of the political slide and now he’s soaring with presidential ambitions.  Somehow the Democratic Party dropped its mask for him and is backing crazy old Uncle Bernie as a Socialist Democrat or a Democratic Socialist, or some such Marxist flim-flam.

The current closet Communist in Chief and his co-conspirators have done a great job transforming America when substantial numbers of Americans can root for candidates such as these.  Republicans had best get on the stick and win if we don’t want to see the United States become the largest third world country on earth.

February Dinner Talk

The official flyer for the upcoming Republican Club of the Foothills dinner is out! Click on the image to get the flyer in .pdf format in your browser, or right click on it to download the file.

Oh, and don’t forget to show up and have a great time!

San Berdoo and the Obamanator

President Obama’s speech tonight left your humble correspondent less than comforted; nothing new there. True, he acknowledged that the San Bernardino massacre was an act of terrorism, a conclusion he to which he was dragged kicking and screaming. He even acknowledged that the Fort Hood shootings by then Major, now Lt. Colonel (he got a promotion while in prison) Nidal Hasan was also an act of terrorism, which is a real shocker. Up to this point Hasan’s murderous rampage was officially labelled ‘workplace violence.’ He also dropped the claim that the motives for the husband and wife murder spree were completely unknown and unknowable; we are now told that it was motivated by an evil ideology that is a perversion of Islam. Essentially, this had nothing to do with REAL Islam.

He acknowledges that terrorism has changed. It has been forced to change because his policies have been so effective at breaking up large terrorist plots, reducing those infected by the evil, non Islamic ideology of hate to lone wolf operations.

No, seriously, he said that. No acknowledgement that his policies have fanned Jihadism from a dangerous fire into an out of control conflagration that has set the scene for World War III. Nope, it wasn’t him! Tacitly he’s blaming Bush, whose fault all this is, and will continue to be right up until the next Republican administration is sworn in.

But even though his Bizarro policies have been successful, his administration is taking steps to make them even more successful, by reviewing and tightening up the criteria for the K-1 Fiancee visa. That’ll do it for sure! No need to tighten up the criteria for visas for non matrimonial entrants from those parts of the world where the flame of Islam burns hot and wild. No need to impede the flow of gazillions of illegal immigrants unregistered invaders undocumented Americans future Democratic voters flowing across our borders. No siree! On the contrary we gotta import hundreds of thousands of ‘refugees’ (tee hee!) from those benighted places, making sure that we get only the poor, peaceful Muslims while insuring the vile, bloodthirsty Christians remain trapped in the ISIS slaughterhouse. Of course America is not at war with Islam, even though a big chunk of Islam is at war with us.

But there are other important steps we as Americans can and must take in order to insure our safety. Namely, insuring that people on Do Not Fly lists are ineligible to buy guns! In fact, more ‘common sense’ gun laws must be enacted by Congress. Because assault weapons kill people! Guns don’t protect people. Only a government monopoly on guns can protect people. Like at Waco and Ruby Ridge. Trust government, not yourself.

We have to prevent a Muslim backlash, we must accept with open arms or Muslim friends, neighbors, military personnel and sports heroes. Aye, the same Muslim backlash about which we are continually warned but never see. In fact, we as Americans must welcome even more of these folks whose religious beliefs are at odds with what America is (or was, anyway) and who hold as a fundamental tenet of their faith that they must by any means necessary compel everybody to cave to their demands that they never perceive anything that might offend their religious hypersensitivities lest they explode in righteous Jihadist rage(TM). We must respect them even when they won’t respect us, our laws, our culture or our manner of life. This is, we are told, our American heritage.

No, dear reader, I am not comforted. Neither am I surprised. The transformation of America continues apace. I grew up in the land of the free and the home of the brave, I find myself living in the land of the bewildered and the home of the timorous.

Hope lives yet, but finds not its foundation in the President or any political movement. Hope lives because there are still men and women who believe in themselves, the principles of the Founding and who plead for Divine Favor. What the Progressives promise is a world radically at odds with reality, which cannot stand and which has demonstrated its failure everywhere it has ever been tried. I believe it was Winston Churchill who said something to the effect that America would always do the right thing, after having exhausted every other possibility. We’re scraping the bottom of the barrel, now there is nowhere to go but up.

We know what we must do.  Now let’s be about it.

Train wreck in progress

If it was not clear before, and I’ll argue that it was, just nobody was really paying attention, it is clear now that the entire Progressive project is going off the rails. If at any point in the last few years anybody, including the architects of Leftist Lunacy, thought they had it under control that illusion has been dispelled. The law of unintended consequences is in charge now as events set in motion years ago cascade out of anybody’s control. The Left’s motto seems to be, “We are all going to die, but we do it faster.” Consider:

Multiculturalism is one of the linchpins of correct Leftist doctrine. It asserts that all cultures are good and are to be equally valued, except Western Culture and American culture in particular. So they set about importing gazillions of non-Western people with no intention of even suggesting that they ought to assimilate. No, each proudly maintains its own heritage, asserting its superiority over and demanding ever more concessions from the host culture, else they won’t form the solidly reliable liberal voting blocks they are intended to be.

Most such cultural blocks are content to take what they can get, particularly unearned, taxpayer funded support. But some have the built-in conviction that they are destined to rule and a history of achieving this rule by the use of war. This year again France has been awakened to this fact. It seems unlikely that the ruling elite intends to remain awake any longer than it takes to soothe the peasantry back into somnolence. But the French are awake to the danger, as are a great many Germans, Swedes, Poles and just about everybody else. Why, even Americans are waking up! Masses of people are aroused and seem determined to change the system, which is not at all what the Utopian Dream Masters want.

Here in America the Dream Masters have been pushing for a race war using multiculturalism as pretext. The hoopla with Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, et al is intended to ignite and fan the flames of septic resentment among American Blacks, isolating them and inciting them to violence. #BlackLivesMatter carries the not unintended corollary, #OtherLivesDon’t, particularly White lives. As George Orwell pointed out in Animal Farm, some animals are more equal than others.

Since the black lives matter meme has infected the University of Missouri the contagion has spread to other institutions of higher dementia to such an extent that the professors of Socialist propaganda and Leftist twaddle can’t even indoctrinate their charges. This has had the unintended consequence of exposing the university system as the preferred (because it is so expensive!) means of turning the cream of American youth into irrational, whiny losers utterly unfit to be entrusted with their own pocket lint, much less the future of the nation. Pushback from this has already begun, not least from the young people who hope for more than Dreams From Mein Fuhrer in their future, and the parents who fund their kids’ “education.” It will only grow.

Everywhere the proponents of the Blue Model Assault on AmericaTM have the blues. If Conservatives and Republicans have been discouraged that is as nothing to the panic that is beginning to overwhelm those who have dedicated their whole lives to the destruction of America’s republican form of government and its replacement with the Worker’s Paradise. This not the time to rest, we’ve been doing quite enough of that. Now is the time to go on the offensive and knock the Dream Masters down once and for all.

How to do that?

For starters, make an appointment with your local elected officials for a friendly meeting in which you express your desire that you don’t want foreign invaders, be they refugees or not, to be resettled in your community at taxpayer expense. Attend your city council meeting and make the same point firmly but politely. Network with the people you find there, form alliances and devise plans to cooperate on issues important to them even if they are not that important to you.

Get information on the classes offered by the Center for Self Governance in your area. Take those classes and take control of your government back.

Taxation without consideration

The Wall Street Journal reports on another Congressional jam down:

Every time Congress has taken a serious look at proposals to boost Internet sales taxes, it has rejected them. That’s probably why pro-tax Senators are trying to rush through an online tax hike with as little consideration as possible.

As early as Monday, the Senate will vote on a bill that was introduced only last Tuesday. The text of this legislation, which would fundamentally change interstate commerce, only became available on the Library of Congress website over the weekend. And you thought ObamaCare was jammed through Nancy Pelosi‘s Democratic House in a hurry.

. . .

Mr. Enzi’s Marketplace Fairness Act discriminates against Internet-based businesses by imposing burdens that it does not apply to brick-and-mortar companies. For the first time, online merchants would be forced to collect sales taxes for all of America’s estimated 9,600 state and local taxing authorities.

New Hampshire, for example, has no sales tax, but a Granite State Web merchant would be forced to collect and remit sales taxes to all the governments that do. Small online sellers will therefore have to comply with tax laws created by distant governments in which they have no representation, and in places where they consume no local services.

. . .

The drivers of this rush to tax are Wal-Mart and other big retailers that can more easily absorb the costs of collection than can smaller competitors. Also supporting the bill is Internet giant Amazon, which coincidentally now sells its own tax compliance service to other merchants. Adding to the lobbying muscle are state and local governments. The politicians believe they’ll collect tens of billions of dollars in taxes that are already owed by shoppers on remote sales but rarely paid.

So big business and big government are uniting to pursue their mutual interest in sticking it to the little guy. Any Internet seller with more than $1 million in annual sales would be forced to serve all of the nation’s tax collectors.

Which is pretty much what Adam Smith predicted in Wealth of Nations.  I’m sure that the taxing agencies will collect more tax dollars, but at the expense of driving small internet based businesses out of business.  I wonder if the added cost of government support for bankrupt business owners and employees is more or less than the projected increase in tax revenues, never mind the actual increase in revenues.

Pushback

Over the weekend, Breitbart reports, that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s supporters took a page from the Left and applied it to the Left.  Observe:

The Washington Times is reporting Arpaio’s opponents are having trouble obtaining the number signatures they need in their petition to recall “America’s Sheriff” Joe Arpaio.

Volunteers’ latest effort took place at a music festival, targeted for its huge crowd size and liberally-minded attendees, The Associated Press reported.

But shortly after setting up camp, recall workers found themselves facing an even larger opposition group: Supporters of Mr. Arpaio turned out in droves and drowned out the recall workers’ rally calls, AP reported.

At the end of the day, pro-recall workers only netted 100 signatures — far less than anticipated for such a heavily attended event.

The union-backed recall drive started in January, and anti-Arpaio forces are reportedly far behind in their goal. They need to collect 335,000 signatures by May 30, and are having to rely primarily on volunteers due to the fact that the effort is not attracting much in the way of donations.

This is good and is another illustration of the ‘Silent majority’ getting off their posterior analytics and on the ball.  This is one possible response to the Lefts ongoing efforts to continue their march to despotism.

36 strategems

In a previous post a commenter remarked on the “36 Strategems” of which I was previously unaware.  A fortuitous convergence found them over here.  Here are the first two:

1.) Expose the basic contradictions of the Left’s position by letting them “own” the fiscal crisis and confront them on their role in redefining (at a handsome profit) “culture” as it relates to the evil “gun culture.”

2.) Expose the rifts between unions and various other factions and groups fighting for smaller pieces of the fiscal pie and sow discord within their ranks.

Go read them all, then run your OODA loops and get going.  (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act)  No time to review these this morning, will do so later and post an update later.