Pirate's Cove http://www.thepiratescove.us If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:23:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Jodi Earnest Talks About Nullification Or Something http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/29/jodi-earnest-talks-about-nullification-or-something/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/29/jodi-earnest-talks-about-nullification-or-something/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:23:22 +0000 states nullify federal laws passing laws we’re right…we’ve states nullify laws explicitly supported pro nullification legislation born the article joni ernst the tenth amendment’s states’ rights ernst a first term state senator nullifying ” “you talked http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36182 The “or something” refers to the crazy headline at The Daily Beast “Exclusive: GOP Senate Candidate Caught Saying States Can Nullify Laws” which is not born out by the article

Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, appears to believe states can nullify federal laws. In a video obtained by The Daily Beast, Ernst said on September 13, 2013 at a forum held by the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition that Congress should not pass any laws “that the states would consider nullifying.”

“You know we have talked about this at the state legislature before, nullification. But, bottom line is, as U.S. Senator why should we be passing laws that the states are considering nullifying? Bottom line: our legislators at the federal level should not be passing those laws. We’re right…we’ve gone 200-plus years of federal legislators going against the Tenth Amendment’s states’ rights. We are way overstepping bounds as federal legislators. So, bottom line, no we should not be passing laws as federal legislators—as senators or congressman—that the states would even consider nullifying. Bottom line.”

Except, she did not specifically state that states can nullify laws, she said that Congress should not pass laws that states might consider nullifying. There is a difference. Many states are truly unhappy about many of the insane laws passed by Washington. This is a direct result of the passage of the 17th Amendment, which made Senators directly elected by the citizens, rather than appointed by the state legislators. No longer are Senators representatives of their state government, who put their states first, but minions of their national parties, simply looking at national solutions (or, is that “solutions”?).

Ernst, a first-term state senator, has never explicitly supported pro-nullification legislation in her time in the Iowa state senate. However, she co-sponsored a resolution that says “the State of Iowa hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.” It was introduced in response to “many federal mandates [that] are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

Good grief, a legislator who apparently thinks highly of the Constitution! The nerve! But, she never said that states can nullify.

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Red State: Obama Is Malicious, Not Incompetent http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/29/red-state-obama-is-malicious-not-incompetent/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/29/red-state-obama-is-malicious-not-incompetent/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:06:33 +0000 maliciousness incompetence involved acorn blackmail schemes premised incompetence expression odious foreign potentates – there noble praising a man and a party maliciousness president and tearing america jeff clearer and clearer http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36180 I’m not quite sure if I agree with Erik Erickson’s full assessment, but he makes a good case

For the longest time I have chosen to chalk our President’s stumbles, bumbles, and disasters up to incompetence. He is in over his head. He is inexperienced. He is out of his league. It is hard to accept otherwise.

But it is clearer and clearer that is not true. It is clear that President Obama’s disastrous policies are premised not in incompetence, but in maliciousness. Our President — and he is our President — is not a stumbler and a bumbler, but a Nero who when not persecuting Christians, plays golf while the world burns.

President Obama has surrounded himself with a group of people who comport to his own world view. That world view is very simple to explain: Barack Obama and his advisors belief that in order for the world to be safer, they must make the United States less safe. In order for the world to be stable, the United States must be less stable.

In short, Barack Obama blames America first.

Most of his article is premised on how Obama sees the world and America’s role, which is about tearing down the U.S. into “just another country” while fomenting issues around the world. The question is, is this maliciousness on the part of Obama, or is it on the part of the people he hired? Is he truly incompetent? With a smattering of indifference? Jeff G at protein wisdom digs deep into the archives, back to November 5, 2008

This “good man” was involved in ACORN blackmail schemes. With an attempt to fraudulently undermine the Second Amendment by gaming court rulings. He got rich off of schemes that led to the mortgage crisis — then stood by and let others fix it in order to keep his hands clean during the final stages of an election. He has thrown in with race hustlers,”reformers” who believe that domestic terrorism was a valid form of expression, odious foreign potentates –

There is nothing at all noble about praising a man and a party who reviles you simply because in doing so you appear noble. Jews have tried that. And it’s often ended with skeletons and ash, or the twisted wreckage of a bus in Tel Aviv. (snip)

Sorry. But good men don’t lie, cheat, steal, and throw longtime supporters by the wayside just so they can rise to power — even if they’ve convinced themselves they’re doing so for some Greater Good.

Which is it, maliciousness or incompetence? I don’t believe it is that simple. It’s a confluence of both, with indifference. He’s certainly over his head in many areas. You also have to consider his narcissism, his holier than thou attitude, and his king complex. His laziness. We should probably be thankful that he doesn’t work very hard. Many times he just doesn’t seem to care, whether it be about working hard, doing the job, or what happens to Other People, including Americans. He is a petty man, and more than happy to retaliate and/or let his minions, including those in the media, retaliate.

What he has done is surround himself with malicious people who share his world-view, people who are pre-disposed to hardcore Progressive politics and to tearing down America. Jeff G hits closer to the mark that Obama is not a good man. He may not be evil, but his actions go well beyond those of typical politicians.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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Only In Australia: Inmates Escape, Get Drunk, Sneak Back In http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/only-in-australia-inmates-escape-get-drunk-sneak-back-in/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/only-in-australia-inmates-escape-get-drunk-sneak-back-in/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:45:35 +0000 prisoners jumped the fence notice the abc understands authorities seriously abc net prisoners repeatedly escaping the prison checking low security prisoners time jumping a cyclone fence drunk voluntarily returning berrimah jail http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36178 No, seriously

(ABC.net) At least four prisoners in Darwin are suspected of repeatedly escaping the prison, getting drunk, then voluntarily returning to the facility in the hope no one would notice.

The ABC understands authorities were checking whether low-security prisoners have repeatedly escaped from a work release centre at Berrimah jail for a few hours after a 7pm headcount.

“It would appear that a couple of prisoners have jumped the fence but returned,” a spokesman for NT Department of Correctional Services said.

Authorities were believed to suspect the group, and possibly other prisoners, were from time to time jumping a cyclone fence, getting picked up from a main road by partners and given alcohol and marijuana, before breaking back into prison a few hours later.

They figured something hinky was going on when the authorities took a squizz at 5 inmates were having a blue over a mobile phone and seemed to have the wobbly boot on.

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Illegals Demand!!!!!! To Be Part Of White House Meetings http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/illegals-demand-to-be-part-of-white-house-meetings/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/illegals-demand-to-be-part-of-white-house-meetings/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:56:33 +0000 accommodate the illegals the illegals organizers a statement announcing the action billing illegals humble and conformed picket the white house monday afternoon symbolize demand sadly calling fellow immigrant rights advocacy groups making now demanding representation president obama specifically includes illegal immigrants http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36176 Sadly, this is not The Onion or any parody site

(Washington Times) Illegal immigrants plan to picket the White House Monday afternoon, calling on fellow immigrant-rights advocacy groups to refuse to meet with the Obama administration until President Obama specifically includes illegal immigrants in any future meetings.

“We are among the millions of people who will either benefit or be harmed by the decisions the President makes, and we are here to represent ourselves in any future negotiations,” said Rosi Carrasco, one of organizers, in a statement announcing the action.

Billing themselves “undocumented immigrant leaders,” the organizers said they will erect a picket line to symbolize their demand.

Sadly, these illegals will surely not be arrested during the protest.

Anyhow, again, this is exactly part of the reason illegals have created a backlash: they Demand. As I noted a few weeks ago

They demand that legal American citizens change to accommodate the illegals. The illegals want to “shift the conversation around citizenship”. They can start by stopping the entitlement mentality and being all sorts of demandy. Post 9/11, when the security of the border and concerns over those who were overstaying their visas become a serious issue, illegals could been humble and conformed to America. They could have shown that they really wanted to be Americans, not citizen of another country who was legally entitled to be in America. Stop demanding we provide them with social services, healthcare, taxpayer money, housing, all sorts of things in their language. Instead, they did the opposite. America is a generous country. Illegals took heavy advantage of that generosity, and the resulting backlash is of their own making.

Now they’re demanding representation. This is like gang members demanding that they be allowed representation on parole boards and prison administration. Along those lines:


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If All You See… http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/if-all-you-see-1204/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/if-all-you-see-1204/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:00:58 +0000 a hair dryer is a horrible flooded earth campers denied protein wisdom a warmist the blog a post the day http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36172 …is a horrible flooded Earth due to Someone Else using a hair dryer, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is protein wisdom, with a post on campers denied at our northern border.

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Bummer: We’re In For A Fiery Doom Thanks To Frozen Pot Stickers http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/bummer-were-in-for-a-fiery-doom-thanks-to-frozen-pot-stickers/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/bummer-were-in-for-a-fiery-doom-thanks-to-frozen-pot-stickers/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:19:28 +0000 pot stickers chinese dumplings automated dumpling freezers and yogurt display cases snip extremely complicated artificial refrigeration contributes a fully developed cold chain field precooling stations commercial and residential refrigeration the united states trucks grocery stores and domestic refrigerators all frozen pot stickers the world emerson distributes the compressors http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36174 Cause “climate change”, y’all!

Frozen Pot Stickers Are Hastening The World’s Demise

Your favorite doughy midnight snack may be a contributing factor to world annihilation. A fascinating article in this week’s Times Magazine shows how China’s rapidly expanding network of freezers is having a huge impact on global warming.

The world’s number one carbon emitter (We’re Number Two!) is experiencing the boom in commercial and residential refrigeration the United States saw some decades ago, but on a much larger scale.

This [refrigeration] is not simply transforming how Chinese people grow, distribute and consume food. It also stands to become a formidable new factor in climate change; cooling is already responsible for 15 percent of all electricity consumption worldwide, and leaks of chemical refrigerants are a major source of greenhouse-gas pollution. Of all the shifts in lifestyle that threaten the planet right now, perhaps not one is as important as the changing way that Chinese people eat.

Usually, this would be a good time for a

and ending the post. However, let’s jump to the original article, which is not so much about pot stickers/Chinese dumplings, but simply using them as an excuse to whine about modernization and factories. There was actually a good point made early in that NY Times article, in terms of how these factories that spring up causing actual air pollution in China. You’ve seen the pictures of massive smog in China. However, instead of focusing on the dirty air itself, this bat guano insane Warmists have to bring “climate change” into the debate, attempting to make it the focal point, when the dirty air itself should be the primary focus.

The Times, along with Gothamist, are Very Concerned with the rise of refrigeration. The Times’ article notes how much better for human health refrigeration is, but, now that Other People are starting to use it, they are very much against it, cause “climate change”.

For all the food waste that refrigeration might forestall, the uncomfortable fact is that a fully developed cold chain (field precooling stations, slaughterhouses, distribution centers, trucks, grocery stores and domestic refrigerators) requires a lot of energy. In the city of Suzhou, I visited the research-and-development center of Emerson Climate Technologies, one of the largest manufacturers of refrigeration systems in the world. Emerson distributes the compressors, valves and flow controls that cool many of China’s new automated dumpling freezers and yogurt-display cases. (snip)

Calculating the climate-change impact of an expanded Chinese cold chain is extremely complicated. Artificial refrigeration contributes to global greenhouse-gas emissions in two main ways. First, generating the power (whether it be electricity for warehouses or diesel fuel for trucks) that fuels the heat-exchange process, which is at the heart of any cooling system, accounts for about 80 percent of refrigeration’s global-warming impact (measured in tons of CO2) and currently consumes nearly a sixth of global electricity usage.

This is all very easy for Warmists, like the writer, Nicola Twilley, to complain about, because they already have their own refrigeration, and are more than happy to shop at stores which have theirs. They want to stop Other People from getting the same.

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Sarah Palin Calls Out Washington Post http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/sarah-palin-calls-out-washington-post/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/sarah-palin-calls-out-washington-post/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:20:39 +0000 lerner “lost” pertinent email communications you’ve allowed obama the permanent political class’ cocktail parties and petty gossip fests the lois lerner irs harassment of conservatives scandal the white house the washington post’s reputation soared obama abuses and impeachable offenses media integrity those running the washington post’s failing investigate the obama scandals my challenge job reporting current corrupt events fairly http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36170 While I’m not a particular fan of Palin’s at this point, she still makes some valid points. I this case, she takes on the Washington Post for failing to investigate the Obama scandals

My Challenge to the Washington Post

To reclaim your credibility (and the mainstream media’s, at large), I challenge you to engage in the same aggressive investigative journalism you courageously employed 42 years ago covering President Nixon. The public knows of our current president’s incompetence, denials, and cover-ups, but would be well served if we could count on your resources to dig deep for truth in all matters pertaining to Team Obama.

One example: your reporters kept tracking an obscure break-in story and that led to revealing a grave problem in the White House. The Washington Post’s reputation soared as the model of good journalism. Today, you’ve fallen like a lead balloon. Whereas you once doggedly covered the 18.5 minute gap in Nixon’s White House communications, you’ve virtually ignored the Obama Administration’s 1.2 million minutes of deleted communications by just one of the agencies under Obama’s executive branch. I’m speaking of the Lois Lerner IRS harassment-of-conservatives scandal wherein Lerner “lost” pertinent email communications. You’ve allowed Obama to skate with his proclamation that absolutely no wrongdoing occurred at the IRS, “not even a smidgen.”

The list of Obama abuses and impeachable offenses is long. I challenge you to lift a finger and help protect democracy, allow justice for all, and ensure domestic tranquility by doing your job reporting current corrupt events fairly. If not, you prove yourselves incompetent and in bed with Obama, not caring one iota about media integrity.

Those running the Washington Post’s show now, compared to those during the Nixon era, are too afraid of being uninvited to the permanent political class’ cocktail parties and petty gossip fests, making you all a bunch of wusses. I challenge you to get to work.

That should be a challenge to every media outlet. Without using the word “wusses”. Sometimes, the folksy language can go a bit too far. I also believe she should have left the impeachable offenses mention out of the post. Regardless, she’s barking up the wrong tree, because there will be no true nor dogged investigations by the Washington Post nor any other Leftist news organizations as long as Obama is President. They’ll continue to be apologists, and, at best, chiders of Obama. They will not do anything that harms Obama nor damages Democrats.

BTW, she’s also going to launch her own on-line video channel, which will require a subscription of $9.95 a month.

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NY Times: Why Won’t Israel Find An Accommodation With Hamas? http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/ny-times-why-wont-israel-find-an-accommodation-with-hamas/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/28/ny-times-why-wont-israel-find-an-accommodation-with-hamas/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:01:58 +0000 israel arab league refuses israeli writer david grossman israel exist arabs and palestinians referring the arab peace initiative the arab league initiative the arab league initiative hamas performed the passover massacre israel avoided judicious negotiations http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36168 The NY Times gives an opinion platform to Israeli writer David Grossman, a long time critic of Israel’s dealings with the Palestinians, and an apologist for the terrorist activities implemented against Israel. In American terms, he’s much like our far left Progressives, who seem to hate Israel, find fault with everything America, and find comfort in supporting America’s enemies.

Inside the bubble, who can fault Israelis for expecting their government to do everything it can to save children on the Nahal Oz kibbutz, or any of the other communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip, from a Hamas unit that might emerge from a hole in the ground? And what is the response to Gazans who say that the tunnels and rockets are their only remaining weapons against a powerful Israel? In this cruel and desperate bubble, both sides are right. They both obey the law of the bubble — the law of violence and war, revenge and hatred.

But the big question, as war rages on, is not about the horrors occurring every day inside the bubble, but rather it is this: How on earth can it be that we have been suffocating together inside this bubble for over a century? This question, for me, is the crux of the latest bloody cycle.

Since I cannot ask Hamas, nor do I purport to understand its way of thinking, I ask the leaders of my own country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his predecessors: How could you have wasted the years since the last conflict without initiating dialogue, without even making the slightest gesture toward dialogue with Hamas, without attempting to change our explosive reality? Why, for these past few years, has Israel avoided judicious negotiations with the moderate and more conversable sectors of the Palestinian people — an act that could also have served to pressure Hamas? Why have you ignored, for 12 years, the Arab League initiative that could have enlisted moderate Arab states with the power to impose, perhaps, a compromise on Hamas? In other words: Why is it that Israeli governments have been incapable, for decades, of thinking outside the bubble?

So, at the end of the day, it’s pretty much Israel’s fault in Grossman’s world, which is the same opinion held by so many Leftists around the world. But, it is very easy to understand Hamas’ way of thinking: they want to kill Israeli civilians, kill Jews, and destroy Israel. It’s all printed in black and white by Hamas, just like with the other anti-Israel groups and nations. As far as negotiations with the “moderate” Palestinians, can he find some? These are the people who voted to put Hamas in governmental power.

If Grossman is referring to the Arab Peace Initiative, well, let’s not forget that the military wing of Hamas performed the Passover Massacre on March 27, 2002, the day before the Initiative was published. Hamas mostly rejects the plan, something Grossman forgot to include. He didn’t even need to ask Hamas directly to find out. Said Initiative pretty much has nothing for Israel, and everything for Palestinians, going back to the 1967 lines. If Israel gives away the kitchen sink, Arab nations “promise” to sign peace agreements with Israel. Yet, this same Arab League refuses to recognize Israel as a state as late as March 2014. If they cannot even offer recognition, how can their be peace?

Much of the rest of the article is about moral equivalency, which is truly false. If “Palestinians” and the Arab League want peace, the answer is simple: stop attacking Israel. No more rockets. No more suicide bombers. No more tunnels. Use the aid Gazans are given to help the citizens, not for weapons of war. Israel would like nothing more than to be left alone. The Arab League could make it clear that they will not support terrorist groups like Hamas, and stop supplying them with terrorist tools.

How is it possible to negotiate with people who refuse to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist? Arabs and Palestinians have, time and time again, scuttled peace deals, typically by demanding more and more of Israel. Israel has many times given in to those demands, only to see the Palestinians renege. If Grossman wants peace, perhaps he can go to the Palestinians, if he can even find any moderates, along with the Arab League, and ask them why they won’t recognize Israel’s right to exist.

Furthermore, why should Israel give an inch on opening their borders to Gaza when Hamas will simply use that to attack Israel? Egypt understands this, as their part of the Gaza border is pretty much shut tight, and they are a participant in the “blockade”. The Arab League Initiative goes heavy on Palestinian “right of return” while also wanting every. single. Jew. out of Gaza, the West Bank, and other areas, such as Eastern Jerusalem.

Israel is not without faults, just like with most nations. They have a right to defend themselves from terrorists. Terrorists which are now part of the popularly elected government in Gaza.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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Say, Would Jesus Accept Climate Change? http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/27/say-would-jesus-accept-climate-change/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/27/say-would-jesus-accept-climate-change/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:40:56 +0000 push pseudo religion would jesus accept climate science climate change robyn camparo purchia i religion finds a spiritual connection texas tech university and an evangelical christian faced the science scary and the challenge daunting humans and the environment spiritual connection door hear my neighbor yelling real accept the science the answer http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36165 Personally, I have to wonder whether Jesus would care about “climate change”, what with all his teachings on tolerance, love, redemption, and, first, repentance as a path to God. Anyhow, it seems Warmists are using religion more and more as a means to push their pseudo-religion

Would Jesus Accept Climate Science?

Climate change is one of the biggest and most divisive environmental issues we’ve faced. Not only is the science scary and the challenge daunting, but it calls into question the very way we live our lives.

Perhaps that’s why climate science is causing a schism of sorts among American Christians. On one side you have Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, spokesman for the conservative group, Cornwall Alliance, and former professor of historical theology and social ethics at Knox Theological Seminary, who claims that climate science is alarmist junk. Then on the other side, you have Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and an Evangelical Christian, who educates people on the dangers of climate change.

With all this rhetoric going back and forth, what’s a Christian in the U.S. supposed to believe? Do climate scientists lack ethics when they say climate change is real and dangerous? Or is there some truth to what they say?

Perhaps some of these Warmist religious leaders should be more worried about Godlessness and a loss of morals.

Whom should a Christian believe? Should they assume all climate scientists are just furthering a government agenda when they conclude that climate change is real? Or should they accept the science?

The answer to that question lies in the exercise of free will. God gave us brains to make good choices. It’s just important to remember that every choice has consequences.

I imagine sitting in a room. Next door I can hear my neighbor yelling for help. One person in the room with me says, “Oh don’t worry. They’ve shouted for help before and it’s turned out to be nothing. There’s no observable proof that they’re actually in trouble this time.” The other person in the room says, “Well, it might really be something this time. Maybe you should check it out.”

What would Jesus do? Would he go check on his neighbor? Or would he wait for blood before acting?

He’d probably wonder why religious leaders support abortion. More on the writer, Robyn Camparo Purchia

I’m an organic-eating, energy-saving naturalist who composts and tree hugs in her spare time. I have a background in environmental law, lobbying, and field work. I believe in God; however, I do not call myself a Christian or a Jew or a member of any religion. I am merely someone who finds a spiritual connection to all humans and the environment.

Spiritual connection. Um huh.

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If All You See… http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/27/if-all-you-see-1203/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/27/if-all-you-see-1203/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:00:32 +0000 a big d c gun carry ban ruling it is a horrible rising sea coming swamp the land purple week the beach a warmist the blog a view a post http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36162 …is a horrible rising sea coming to swamp all the land, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is A View From The Beach, with a post on a big D.C. gun carry ban ruling.

It’s purple week. Have any suggestions for photos?

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