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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Rumors And Innuendo


At Commencement, Obama Mocks Lawmakers Who Deny Climate Change

But, once again, these alleged deniers are not named. In fact, no one is naming them. Yet, they offer them up, imply they are all Republicans, and the too many take it for fact. Personally, I think there is no such animal. A myth of a boogeyman used to frighten those on the left and to generate hate for Republicans among the less knowledgeable. Who are the "less knowledgeable?" Why, the vast majority of us; the ones who accept rumor and innuendo as fact and do not bother to investigate. Hey, investigating means taking the time and who has time when there are TV shows to watch?

I wrote about this the other day.

Almost every day I get emails offering some story or other that sounds good but is false. Snopes is helpful, as is Politifact. But do the senders bother to take the time to check on the validity of what they are sending? No, of course not.

Just the other day, I received this:

: Fw: Fwd: Why Burger King is leaving Military Bases
Sent: 6/6/2014 4:07:43 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Why Burger King is leaving Military Bases

Why Burger King is leaving Military Bases

The Burger King national headquarters announced this month they will be pulling their franchises from our military bases. Soon to follow will be Popeye's Chicken, Pizza franchises and the chain of barber and beauty shops which operates inside the gates of our military facilities. Reason? Obama's mandate that all companies who do business with the federal Government pay a $10.10 per hour minimum wage.

The companies cite the fact that a limited military customer base cannot sustain acceptable profit margins while still offering up a hefty share of profits to The Army and Air Force Exchange System's Health and Morale fund and paying $10.10 an hour as Obama has directed for any contractor doing business with The DOD. For those who don't know, hundreds of commercial franchises have operated on military bases for years. This partnership has been a boon to the non-profit AAFES system. All profits go toward programs such as organized athletic programs for the military and their dependents, exercise equipment, support for social clubs and the like.

Coming at a time of tighter defense budgets the withdrawal of commercial franchises Is going to put quite a squeeze on the military health and morale programs. Every time a military grunt got a haircut, every time a military wife got a manicure or hair styling, with every burger or slice of pizza or chicken dinner sold, a portion of the profits went to this much needed program.

Alas, as with all things Obama, every time he does something to please his socialist friends, someone suffers. In this case it will be our military. While this will be a serious loss for our stateside troops, the troops who will be most hurt by this are our troops deployed to remote areas of the world where our military folks had little to look forward to but a Burger King Whopper and fries at a small concession that might bring them a little bit of home to their lives.

This should not surprise at all but it does. I should have been prepared for this when Obama eliminated hot meals for our troops in Afghanistan even as He and Joe Biden were booking $500,000 per night hotel suites in Paris and London....or Obama's total disregard for costs as he and Michelle have run up over $600 million dollars in vacation costs during his tenure. Oh well, I understand the military's food research facility up in Illinois is Working on "Pizza in a Pouch" for the new cold ration packs. "Screw the Grunts" seems to be Obama's philosophy...even as he and Michelle host Jay Z And Beyonce at one of those fancy White House dinners.

The sender even prefaced the story with "Doug, this is true." Except I debunked it inside of 2 minutes. Here's the link to Politifact on it.  

 Read it for yourself. I am sure you receive these yourself but my question to you is:

Do you bother to check them out or do you just pass them on?

If you do the former, I am proud to know you. If you do the latter, well...

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