RENT CONTROL!

by Jack

CA democrats fervently pushed for rent control last year, but they failed.  Now it looks like Oregon will actually do it.   It’s passed the Oregon senate and the governor said she will sign it.

In large measure this bill came about because of the invasion of homeless, say Oregon’s lawmakers.  But, is punishing owners of investment grade property in favor of housing hardcore welfare cases that have migrated to west coast the right way to go?  Liberal Washington, Oregon and California have become magnets for nations homeless because we offer them more than the previous states.  These hardcore homeless haven’t migrated here looking for jobs and a way out of poverty- they came here because of the benefits and free stuff.  Giving them more free stuff and more benefits is an insane way to handle the problem.

My prediction is rent control will have a dramatic negative impact on investment in rental property.  That can only lead to shrinking the state’s property tax revenue.  This will in turn  put  pressure on the legislators to raise taxes to offset that huge loss.  And in the end, rent control will do absolutely nothing to solve the homeless problem.

History tells us, every time that government seeks to control anything, especially those governed by the laws of supply and demand, it pushes closer to socialism and ruin.  This  whole thing in Oregon is just another fools errand.

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California’s Boo-boo Choo-Choo

by Jack

Jan. 2018   “The estimated cost of building 119 miles of bullet train track in the Central Valley has jumped to $10.6 billion, an increase of $2.8 billion from the current budget and up from about $6 billion originally.“  And this is but one of the many miscalculations that killed the bullet train.

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There are few things in government that have attracted more heated criticism than California’s bullet train and now it’s almost  dead, like the rusting hulk on the left.

From the start the critics (and there were many on both sides of the isle) said the cost v. benefit was simply way out of whack.  Even the State’s own statistical analysis concluded the train would never pencil out:  Too few riders, ticket prices too high and it would be competing against established air travel that is a fraction of the cost and moves passengers in far less time than the train.

But, California has never been known for making smart moves and the bullet train was no exception.   Over the last decade the bullet train has become a symbol of this state’s growing dysfunction.  Hundreds of millilons of taxpayer dollars have been squandered on this fools errand and the money was  given over to  any number of special interests groups without even the first rail being laid.  I cringe when I think of all the good uses that money could have gone too, but it’s too late now.

Newly elected Gov. Gavin Newsome is scrambling to figure out how to keep the 900 million plus dollars that the feds advanced us to help build this boondoggle.   Trump is demanding the money back now that the project has been cancelled.  But, Gov. Newsome hates Trump and he loves money, so naturally he doesn’t want to pony up.   The Gov. is looking for some creative way to keep the money, like building a short stretch of track just out of spite.  And that would be the exclamation point to end the bullet train saga.  Not a very good reason to abuse the taxpayers money is it?

 

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Church Under Siege – From Within!

by Jack

Disclaimer: When I was about 10 years old a classmate invited me to attend mass and I found it kind of boring. Other than that I have no connection to or nothing against the Catholic Church.

Now this. I’ve come across a huge story (maybe you’ve already heard too) that tends to explain how the Catholic Church has been increasingly embroiled in one pedophilia scandal after another, the latest being an American Cardinal that has regularly shared the television news with political dignitaries and even in meetings with several past Presidents.

However, this story is not new by any means, it’s just new to me!   Insiders says its been smoldering behind tightly locked closet doors for years.  Have you ever heard of the Lavender Mafia?  Me either, until just  recently…now this:

Ryan Fitzgerald, a well known Catholic journalist, writes, “It has various names — the Homosexual Network, the Lavender Mafia, the Gay Lobby — but whatever you call it, most people — inside or outside the Church — have never heard of it and would probably call you a crazy “homophobic” bigot for even entertaining its existence as a possibility….”

From the latest, breaking news stories, it appears a vast network of pedophiles and homosexuals are within the church and their influence extends into the highest ranks of the Vatican.

Church doctrine is and has always been, against homosexuality and of course against pedophilia in any form, but here’s the irony.  Closeted gay priests who may have been willing to come forward with evidence against the gay pedophile priests were blackmailed into silence, lest they become exposed as well.   Over time, this church doctrine has provided leverage to the pedophiles.  The unintended consequence, has been it has actually protected the pedophiles and facilitated their growing numbers in the priesthood.

The molestation problem has grown so vast that it is now no longer to be contained within the church.   The Catholic church is by all accounts in the midst of its greatest scandal since the Inquisition.

You can read more about this problem by using the search term, Lavender Mafia. I understand there is a well documented book that was just released, that gives very specific details just how pervasive this problem has become and why the Pope is unable to take effective measures to stop it.

And dovetailing into this is: “When Theodore McCarrick was defrocked on Saturday, becoming the first cardinal ever removed from the priesthood because of sexual abuse, he lost his right to the support he has received his entire adult life: housing and income provided by the Catholic Church. ” He was actually moved to remote church and lives in a modest home on the church property, and this has the locals upset and angry, especially since it appears no criminal charges will be brought the former Cardinal.

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A Case for Freedom

by Jack

A case for freedom….

The truth that the left does not want to hear is what the right holds to be self evident. That is: Freedom equals opportunity. Opportunity leads to innovation.  Innovation leads to progress.  Progress leads to prosperity.   

Conversely, the less freedom, the less you will have of everything else. It is a simple premise, but it fits perfectly with human nature and it’s been time tested for many millennia.

This truism begs the question, so why does the left feel compelled to propose so many things that undercut the human spirit and will eventually lead us into failure? Is it willful ignorance or something worse, like an obsessive need for power and control?

Here are a few lessons that people seem to be forgetting in our dash towards embracing the new left (old socialism):

  • Any law or regulation, no matter how well intended, has the direct or indirect effect of restricting freedom. Therefore, all laws and regulations ought to be passed with great restraint and with due diligence. The litmus test – incontrovertible proof of its absolute necessity! 
  • History is our greatest teacher. There is almost nothing new in politics and you need only look to history to predict future results of almost any sort of government endeavor.
  • Economic success is subject to 3 absolutes. The law of demand, the law of supply and the law of diminishing returns. These 3 things will touch everything in the economic world at some point and it is the basic foundation of capitalism.
  • Capitalism is by far the greatest vehicle ever invented to date on the road to prosperity.
  • And lastly, this gem – The most fundamental “law” of economics is people prefer more to less. Human nature makes us act in ways that attempt to gain more of what we value. Put another way, incentives fuel our desire to take the risks, overcome the obstacles and simply… do more. Entitlements via taxation and wealth shifting are not incentives.

 

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Jussy Smollet’s Story a Hoax? NOOOOOOOO!

Posted by Jack

BREAKING NEWS….

 

Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollet paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him that he reported late last month.

The men, who are brothers, were arrested Wednesday but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of “new evidence.”

The sources told CNN the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement.

Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.” He said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.  (One of the brothers worked on the set with Smollet, gee what a co-incidence!)

The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at an Ace Hardware store in Chicago.

CNN’s attempts Saturday to reach both Smollett’s representative and attorney were unsuccessful.

Smollett identifies as gay and since 2015 has played the gay character of Jamal on the Fox TV drama “Empire.”

What happened

According to Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, the actor told detectives he was attacked by two men near the lower entrance of a Lowe’s store in Chicago. Police were told the two men yelled “‘Empire’ fa***t” and “‘Empire’ n***er'” while striking him.

The day after the incident, police released surveillance images that showed two silhouetted individuals walking down a sidewalk, and police said they were wanted for questioning.

The two men were arrested Wednesday. Police on Friday said the men were being viewed as “potential suspects” and that detectives had “probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime.”

But by Friday night they had been released, Guglielmi said, “due to new evidence as a result of today’s investigations.”

“And detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” he added.

One of the men has appeared on “Empire,” Guglielmi said. A police source also told CNN on Friday night that the men had a previous affiliation with Smollett, but did not provide additional details.

Smollett has expressed frustration about not being believed

Following the alleged attack, Smollett’s colleagues and fans rallied around him, expressing shock and sadness.

“We have to love each other regardless of what sexual orientation we are because it shows that we are united on a united front,” Lee Daniels, the creator of “Empire,” said in a video posted to his Instagram page on January 29. “And no racist f*** can come in and do the things that they did to you. Hold your head up, Jussie. I’m with you.”

Smollett gave his first detailed account of what he says was a hate crime against him, and the aftermath, in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Thursday.

During the interview he expressed frustration at not being believed.

“It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more,” Smollett said. “And that says a lot about the place where we are as a country right now.”

Smollett also refuted reports that said he told police the attackers wore “Make America Great Again” hats.

“I never said that,” he told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “I didn’t need to add anything like that. They called me a f****t, they called me a n****r. There’s no which way you cut it. I don’t need some MAGA hat as the cherry on some racist sundae.”

CNN’s Ryan Young and Brad Parks reported from Chicago, while Dakin Andone reported and wrote this story in Atlanta. CNN’s Lisa Respers France, Sandra Gonzalez and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report.

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Honoring One of America’s Finest Patriots

Posted by Jack

Today is Frederick C. Douglass day, although most American’s don’t even know who he was, but we should.   He was a man of true character and vision.  Like MLK, Douglass was a Christian minister and a great orator on human rights.  Unlike King, he was  he was faithful to his wife.

Here are a few of Douglass’ quotes:

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.”

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

Douglass was one of America’s most important social reformers. Born a  chattel slave on a Maryland plantation in 1818, Douglass died a highly respected American citizen in 1895. Blight captures in vivid detail the rise of Frederick Douglass from obscurity to prominence.

Douglass was a self-educated man. With some rudimentary alphabet lessons from his slave mistress and white playmates, the Bible and the Columbian Orator developed his speaking, reading, and writing skills. These skills enabled him to write three autobiographies about his struggles against American slavery and racism and for African American citizenship.

 

In 1845, his first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave was published while living in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was a fugitive slave. In 1855, now a free man and a resident of Rochester, New York, he issued a revised autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom. He was a leader of the abolitionist movement. In 1876, the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass chronicled his journey to becoming one of the more prominent citizens of Washington, District of Columbia. He was a leading member of the Republican Party and an advisor to President Lincoln.

Douglass believed in speaking truth to power. He concluded that the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution were anti-slavery documents. These documents provided a political solution to the slavery problem. 

Douglass was also a strong supporter of women’s rights.

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Former Air Force Officer Sells Out to Iran

by Jack

After all that’s been said about Iran’s part in fomenting terrorism in the Middle East, it’s hatred for the USA, it’s part in killing our soldiers in Iraq, it’s capture of US military personnel in gulf waters, it’s nuclear ambitions, despite all this and more… this ex-USAF intelligence officer eagerly betrayed her people and her country.  She later defected and became a Muslim in her new country, Iran.

How could our background checks have failed us so miserably?

US prosecutors have accused a former US Air Force officer of spying for Iran in an elaborate operation that targeted her fellow intelligence officers.

Monica Witt, who allegedly defected to Iran in 2013, had previously worked as a US counterintelligence officer.

Four Iranian citizens have also been charged with attempting to install spy software on computers belonging to Ms Witt’s colleagues.

According to the FBI, Ms Witt was last seen in southwest Asia in July 2013.

Prosecutors say Ms Witt had been granted the highest level of US security clearance and worked in the US Air Force from 1997 to 2008.

The US Department of Treasury has also sanctioned two Iranian companies – New Horizon Organization and Net Peygard Samavat Company – for their role in the plot.

“It is a sad day for America when one of its citizens betrays our country, said Assistant Attorney General John Demers, the head of the justice department’s national security division.

What are the charges?

Ms. Witt is accused of sharing US government secrets, including the name of agents and specifics of operations, with Iran as early as January 2012.

In a charging document, investigators say the 39-year-old was deployed by the US to locations in the Middle East to conduct classified counterintelligence operations.

Prosecutors allege that shortly after defecting to Iran, she handed over information on her colleagues in order to cause “serious damage” to the United States.

According to officials, she sent a message to her Iranian contact in 2012 saying: “I loved the work, and I am endeavouring to put the training I received to good use instead of evil. Thanks for giving me the opportunity.”

Investigators allege Ms Witt was recruited after attending two conferences hosted by New Horizon Organization, which was working on behalf of the Iranian National Guard’s Quds Force to collect intelligence on attendees.

Several conferences sponsored by the New Horizon Organization have taken place in Iran and Iraq in recent years, according to US officials.

The conferences often included an “anti-Western” sentiment and “propagate anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories including Holocaust denial”.

At least one of those New Horizon conferences was organised by Iranian-American journalist Marzieh Hashemi, who was detained by US officials in January as a material witness in a federal criminal case, according to the Tehran Times.

The Department of Treasury accuses Net Peygard Samavat Company of being “involved in a malicious cyber campaign to gain access to and implant malware on the computer systems of current and former counterintelligence agents”.

Monica Witt was last heard from while travelling in southwest Asia.

Who is Monica Witt?

Monica Elfriede Witt, a former Texas resident, left the US military in 2008 after more than a decade of service.

A previously issued FBI missing persons poster said she was working as an English teacher in either Afghanistan or Tajikistan, and had lived overseas for more than a year before vanishing.

While in Iran, she also allegedly converted to Islam during a television segment after identifying herself as a US veteran, and delivered several broadcasts in which she criticised the US.

In the weeks after defecting, she also conducted several Facebook searches of her former colleagues, and is alleged to have exposed one agent’s true identity, “thereby risking the life of this individual”.

A warrant has been issued for Ms Witt, who remains at large.

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Investigation Finds . . .

Posted by Jack

BREAKING NEWS . . . . .

After 2 years, millions of dollars spent and over 200 interviews, the Mueller investigation into Russian collusion and President Trump has found nothing to support the original  allegation.

The bi-partisan senate investigative committee admits there was never one piece of evidence that could support a charge of collusion and likely there never will be.  The investigation now draws to a close, save for some minor charges of individuals giving false statements over otherwise non-criminal events and some personal tax issues, unrelated to Trump.

 

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Investigation Finds. . . .

Posted by Jack

Just to be absolutely clear, this is for the leftist mob that wanted the Catholic kids to be beaten and strung up.  The verdict is in:

Investigation finds no evidence of ‘racist or offensive statements’ by Covington Catholic students during incident on Mall that went viral.

Want to see my source?  Click here.

 

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Kamala Harris – Dishonest or Just Plain Stupid?

by Jack

Dishonest or stupid, either way Kamala Harris is not presidential material.  She just tweeted, “The average tax refund is down about $170 compared to last year. Let’s call the President’s tax cut what it is: a middle-class tax hike to line the pockets of already wealthy corporations and the 1%.”  

“Uh, because people were keeping more of their take home pay, as in not giving it to the government, so they received less of a refund back. Paying less in tax each month means less of a refund. You don’t just magically get money that isn’t yours.” Dana Loesch-R and taxpayer 

Several other  leftists in Congress joined Kamala Harris in this lie – and can you believe we elected these dimwits?

This catharsis reminds me of the time when Congressman Hank Johnson-D, was concerned that Navy artillery practice on one end of the island of Guam might cause it to capsize. ROFLMAO  you just can’t make this stuff up.

 

 

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