Jim Comey’s Clinton Standard

The most revealing words in FBI Director James Comey’s statement Tuesday explaining his decision not to recommend prosecuting Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information were these: “This is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions.”

So there it is for everyone to understand: One standard exists for a Democratic candidate for President and another for the average citizen. No wonder so many voters think Washington is rigged for the powerful.

The following remarks are taken from the press release issued by the FBI Continue reading Jim Comey’s Clinton Standard

8 adult skills your 18-year-old needs to excel

  1. An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers
  2. An 18-year-old must be able to find his or her way around
  3. An 18-year-old must be able to manage his assignments, workload, and deadlines
  4. An 18-year-old must be able to contribute to the running of a house hold
  5. An 18-year-old must be able to handle interpersonal problems
  6. An 18-year-old must be able to cope with ups and downs
  7. An 18-year-old must be able to earn and manage money
  8. An 18-year-old must be able to take risks

If you want to read more about this, I suggest you read the article where I found these ideas: A Stanford dean on adult skills every 18-year-old should have

RANT: Please don’t bruise me with your book bag

I fly a lot. I typically do close to 100,000 miles in a year.

Anyone that frequently flies goes into what I call Airport Mode. This mode essentially means you zone out other people. You ignore crying babies. You are indifferent to people that talk loudly. You tolerate idiots that cannot squeeze their tuba-sized suitcase into the overhead bins.

The hardest thing to ignore is a bruised shoulder. This happens when an inconsiderate person insists on wearing their book bag on the plane and then smashes it against your shoulder while they are walking down the aisle.

bookbag photoYour book bag doesn’t make you rude when you are walking in a straight line. However, when you turn it is quite likely that you don’t realize that you are now quite deep.

Restaurant Automation Is Almost a Guarantee

Consumer preferences, reduced technology costs and government policies that increase labor costs are driving a trend toward automation in the restaurant business. If you make something more convenient and less expensive, it tends to catch on.

As recently as the 1960s, gas-station employees would rush to fill your car’s tank, wash the windows, check the oil and put air in the tires. Telephone operators made your long-distance calls and bank tellers cashed your checks. Those jobs now are either gone or greatly diminished.

Today, we reduce jobs whenever we shop on Amazon instead of our local retail outlet, use an Uber app rather than calling a cab dispatcher, order a pizza online, use an airport kiosk to print boarding passes, or scan groceries. Each of these changes in behavior has increased convenience and reduced labor costs—and competitive businesses pass the savings to their customers.

The Costs of Mass Deportation

One of the more foolish statements of Mr. Cruz and Mr. Trump (the two least qualified candidates in the race) is their love of saying that they would deport anyone here illegally. I am sorry but I simply do not want to pay that much in taxes to do that and if their supporters could actually use a calculator, they wouldn’t want it either.

My gut is that Mr. Cruz and Mr. Trump would both renege on this campaign promise. Mr. Trump calls Mr. Cruz “Lying Ted” in this regard, Mr. Trump is correct but the bad news is that Lying Ted should call the Republican nomination current leader, Lying Donald. Thank goodness Mr. Kasich understands how to do math and has a reasonable agenda.

A Bernie Sanders supporter called me last night

I live in Ohio, so I wasn’t surprised that last night I received a call asking me to support a Presidential candidate. I was surprised that the candidate was Bernie Sanders.
I almost felt sorry for him but in the end, I did suggest that when he hung up that he should leave the volunteer center and go home and stop trying to ruin America now that he had received a lesson in economics and voting record.

She Knew All Along


Mrs. Clinton complained in her testimony on Capitol Hill that past Congresses had never made the overseas deaths of U.S. officials a “partisan” issue. That’s because those past deaths had never inspired an administration to concoct a wild excuse for their occurrence, in an apparent attempt to avoid blame for a terror attack in a presidential re-election year.

The early hints that this is exactly what happened after the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans cast doubt on every White House-issued “fact” about the fiasco and led to the establishment of Rep. Trey Gowdy’s select committee.

Count on the Obama administration to again resort to blaming “confusing” and “conflicting” information at the time for its two-week spin. That was Mrs. Clinton’s flimsy excuse at the hearing. But her own conversations prove she was in no doubt about what happened—while it was still happening.

12 Truths You Should Know by Now

  1. The route to our destination is never a straight one.
  2. Real friends won’t ask you to change who you are.
  3. Cheating is a choice, not a mistake, and not an excuse.
  4. The past can’t hurt you anymore – not unless you let it.
  5. Adversity will come to every person at some point.
  6. Sometimes things fall apart so better things can fall together.
  7. Someone else doesn’t have to be wrong for you to be right.
  8. Everything has been just the way it needed to be.
  9. Silence is often the loudest cry.
  10. The difference between where you are and where you want to be, is what you do.
  11. It’s not who you are that holds you back, it is who you think you’re not.
  12. Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you.

What David Siegel Learned about Climate Change: The Science is not Settled

I have read a lot on the subject of climate change.

There is a lot of misrepresentation and foolishness on both sides of the issue but this very long article is among the most thorough and best written that I have read in a long time. It is about 9000 words so you are going to have to sit and read for awhile. Also, you would be wise to click on his sources but since there are so many that will increase the time you spend.

@Pullnews asks hard questions about climate change, read and tell him what you think on Twitter and give me your thoughts on Twitter or below.