This is a placeholder for a developing story. Something seems rotten … and I don’t think it will turn out to be the food.
(Update: According to an article passed along by Marmoe, the place has been “indefinitely shuttered” — and there are many complaints. Not about Rancho, but about the USDA’s actions. See this story from two weeks ago.)
The FDA went after Rancho Feeding Corporation back in January, claiming that there was one day in early January during which the inspector(s) apparently didn’t properly inspect the food going out the door. Here was the way the news was phrased back on January 13:
The National Lawyers Guild
Just a few days ago, I mentioned the National Lawyers Guild (using its abbreviation NLG) to a person who portrayed himself as a lawyer involved with Constitutional issues. The NLG is a group of largely communist, America-hating lawyers and activists founded (along with the ACLU) by liberals and communists including Soviet KGB front people in the 1930s , and have spent the intervening time using the US Constitution to attack America any way they can.
In Antarctica, there is a place along the frigid coast called Mawson Station. It is named for Sir Douglas Mawson, an Engligh-born Australian explorer who was one of the early Heroic Explorers of Antarctica. His story is quite interesting, especially his survival during one grim trip where things went south, so to speak. There is a bit of info on that in the Wikipedia article, and the story is the subject of the book Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Story in the History of Exploration.
[UPDATE Dec 10, 2013: I reported below that in the bill passed by the US Congress "Mandela is not mentioned specifically." He is, in the final language, which is posted by Marmoe. I regret the mistake. Marmoe's comment also provides details of the "roundabout process that would lead to prisoner release" I mentioned. Also, I imply that Mandela, in his "evolution," distanced himself from ANC's violence early on. But even upon release from prison, he was still threatening that ANC's "armed rebellion" would continue until demands were met.]
Nelson Mandela did an excellent job as president of South Africa. He honored the notion of a limited constitutional republic, avoided wealth redistribution policies, kept the national budget close to balanced running a relatively small deficit despite extraordinary circumstances, and emphasized people coming together rather than pitting groups against each other. Mandela maintained a reasonable foreign policy and careful alliances with other countries.
From the carefully released snippets of his “note” and “literature” it would seem that Paul Ciancia, the LAX TSA shooter, is part of the Sovereign Citizen movement. The news media has not, so far, mentioned this phrase. Instead, they simply describe him over and over as “anti-government” — intending to evoke the Tea Party, also portrayed as “anti-government” (it is not, of course).
The “most transparent administration in history” has been putting those NSA phone records to use, against reporters — and whistleblowers. Even the Washington Post, normally a reliable water-carrier for the administration, has taken notice:
The woman who tried to breach the barricades around the White House (and perhaps the Capitol building) allegedly had a history of mental illness. You can tell that there was insanity going on: She fired seventeen shots at an unarmed person.
Well, actually, that was the police. But in any event, Miriam Carey was not in her right mind, and is no longer in her body as well. After she slammed into the barricade, knocking down one officer, then slamming into a police care as she sped away, I can understand the officers’ excitement. They are charged with protecting President Obama, and it is a credit to their professionalism that they take this job seriously.
As many of the articles about this incident mention the mental illness and note that it was only two weeks ago that the Navy Yard killed went on his killing spree. The news media, perhaps a bit cautious, managed not to allege that the Infinity sedan was an AR-15, nor did they suggest that Ms. Carey was a conservative. Good for them.
Mistakes were Made
As we’ve seen from the sequester to the shutdown to various other situations, the Obama administration has taken active steps to cause grief for two groups: conservatives and the military.
In the case of the World War II veterans attending the WWII Memorial, President Obama had a “two-fer”; they are certainly military, likely conservative, and revered by conservatives elsewhere. Merely allowing these veterans, who are in their 80s and 90s, to visit the open unguarded memorial would cost the government nothing. But President Obama refused a request to allow this, and spent extra money and used extra people to attempt to prevent the vets from paying homage to their fallen brothers.
That hasn’t worked for him, so far, despite media and Democrat spins that this is all the Republicans’ fault. (In fact, part of it is — but that’s a separate topic.) I’ve heard today that the people guarding the monument have decided to defy the administration an allow the veterans in, on the basis of them “exercising their First Amendment rights.” Good for them.
What About the Rest of the Time?
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I’ve traveled further yesterday than the crew did on their entire journey, but I had a rather easy time of it. In any event, there will probably be some final wrap-up post from me, as the two posts today from the crew aren’t quite the final ones.
They’ve made it to the halfway mark; I understand that the northwest passage is now blocked at both ends by ice. It was a tough year for the attempt, and they were hoping for a repeat of last year’s unusual conditions. No such luck.
This crew does not sound excited about trying it again in 2014 — perhaps that will change. I will be ready.
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The crew of the Arctic Joule are now blogging openly about their planned end when they reach Cambridge Bay:
After 2 days of stormy winds, we got going again today and I think we were all definitely beginning this morning with the end in mind. This has been an incredible experience so far but I know I am ready to get this done now and get to Cambridge Bay. We were chatting about this earlier today and we’re all on the same page.
So far, they’ve not mentioned anything about trying again next year. They’ve made almost 60 kilometers so far today, and I expect that they’ll be in Cambridge Bay sometime late tomorrow night (Tuesday) if the weather holds. But that weather has been notoriously treacherous (from their perspective, at least).
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