RichTAkes! on Tyrants, Red Buttons, the IRS, Bears, and the Tipping Point

In 2009, Hillary was busy pushing a red reset button with Russia, and Obama toured the world apologizing for the United States. I have no idea what he was apologizing for, we have set more people free than any people in history. Obama and Hillary were happy to jump on the Arab Spring band-wagon tossing long-time friends under the bus. Okay, in Libya’s case, it was a bad guy who suddenly discovered civility of a sort after 9/11. Last year, in Syria, this administration had no trouble backing radical jihadis, and some A-Q affiliated groups in the conflict there, a stance which may have contributed to the tragedy in Benghazi. A “Red Line” was crossed, but no one had proof who did the chemical crossing. Some guy named Vladimir Putin saved the day, when the Red Line suddenly became pink and dotted.


“Putin is playing chess and Obama is playing marbles”

I think he’s lost his marbles, but he is performing exactly as I expected. Worse than Jimmy Carter, and I didn’t think that was possible.

Did you know that Kiev was once a part of Poland, and that Poland completely disappeared prior to WWI? Germany, Russia and Austria carved it up like kids at a candy store. Whatever.  This story is still playing out, here’s a few stories for now.

And some links I’ve found interesting lately!

RichTAkes! on Tyrants, Red Buttons, the IRS, Bears, and the Tipping Point

Beware the Russian Bear

“History shows the Russian Bear’s ambitions never die, they just go into hibernation.”

~ Indiana Gov Mike Pence

Russia Prepares for Occupation After Winning Control of Crimea

▶ Mark Levin: Russia & Ukraine—Palin Was Right & The Eggheads Were Wrong – YouTube

Liberal Prof.: Obama Has Brought Us to ‘Constitutional Tipping Point’

Turley flatly rejected the Obama administration’s reason for using more executive powers, which the president claims is a gridlocked Congress. “It is simply untrue that we’re living in very different or unprecedented times. The framers lived in these times,” Turley said, noting that back then Congress used the Alien and Sedition Act to arrest opponents and Thomas Jefferson referred to his opponents as the “reign of witches.”

“This is not a different political time, and it shouldn’t be used as an excuse for extra-constitutional action,” Turley warned.

Self-identified Obama supporter delivers a must-see critique of the President

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Rich TAkes! on The Modern USA

RichTAkes! RAnt Of The Day

I was skimming through a forum the other day when I stumbled across a comment, a portion of which was,

Anon: …in the modern USA, there are lots of people who are trying very hard to find ANY kind of work, let alone better work, sometimes to the point of traveling around the country and sending out hundreds if not thousands of applications, but aren’t getting hired. They’re always either overqualified or lacking the right credentials (read “connections”)

Here is my rant in reply in part as to why the job market stinks, unless you land a government job which is the only sector that has been booming since Obama has been President.

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Rich TAkes! on Canola Rapeseed Oil

I have long had an aversion to cooking with canola oil, it is produced primarily in Canada from rapeseed, a cousin of the mustard plant. It is essentially a weed. There are so many, far tastier cooking oils available anyway, why use an oil which contributes no flavor to your foods?  


Here is my Rich Takes! on Canola Oil

I am not totally opposed to GMOs, I think that it is a good thing to be able to grow corn, for example, that is resistant to pests. Or tomatoes which are resistant to various diseases. Yesterday I learned a little more about rapeseed and canola oil. It is an excellent industrial penetrating oil. It is used to produce glossy paper in magazines and brochures. Lot’s of great industrial uses, but why would anyone want to eat this stuff? WD-40 might be safer, it’s primary water-displacement agent is derived from fish oil. (don’t fry with WD, it’s too expensive anyway!)

Canola is also used in many commercial peanut butters and thousands of other processed foods. I’m a firm believer in reading the labels.

This is one GMO that I am not in favor of using, and you probably won’t be either after reading the following cross post written by  for Thank you Terrell for your taking the time to research this topic which affects us all.

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Obama’s Big Truck MPG TAkes!


Obama announced out of thin air that he was directing the EPA to mandate new MPG requirements for Class 8 trucks, mostly semi-tractors. What the EPA has already done to the Class 8 market is nothing short of breath-taking. 

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I first started big-time car-haul back in ’86, by ’88 I was running an 80,000 pound 65 footer with a large block 14 liter which got 6 MPG, a huge improvement over the average 4 MPG equipment from less than ten years earlier. In 1990, we had a small block 10 liter, rated at the same 300 horse power which got 8 MPG and was good for 10 MPG in certain applications.     

Beginning with 2006 models, big trucks were mandated by the EPA to reduce particulate emissions, that puff of black smoke which appeared slightly when shifting gears, it is unburnt carbon which falls harmlessly to the ground. Diesel engines have never contributed to smog, they only emit CO2, not CO, as gasoline engines do. Pre-2006, larger horse power engines yielded better fuel mileage, if the gearing was set up correctly. (most fleets did not spec larger HP engines, since they cost significantly more)

Last year, I moved into a first generation EPA emissions unit, and I was towed five times, and lost 20 days of work due to the emissions system breaking down. Any Class 8 tow-truck driver will tell you that 90% of his tows are all new EPA-mandated 2006 and newer equipment, in many cases, these power units are less than a year old, sometimes this occurs within the first week of being put into service. 

The 2009 Sterling that I am operating now is lucky to get 4 MPG, the older, pre-emissions 2005 model that I got out of was good for 5 MPG, and it was only towed once (the engine blew, it was long over-due for a rebuild).

Things got so bad that Caterpillar got out of the highway engine market altogether. They didn’t need the hassle, Class 8 engines was only a small part of their business. The EPA mandates added easily $20,000 to the price of an engine, and the manufacturer could lose a lot of that in warrantee claims.

So now comes Obama, proclaiming that he will have the EPA mandate the equivalent of CAFE standards for big trucks, with another expensive unrealistic mandate, which will serve to put the small operators out of business, and the big fleets will be able to suck it up by passing along higher freight rates to everyone, resulting in higher prices for everything.

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RichTAkes! on the Beatles, 50 Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago today, I was 7 1/2 years old, I didn’t give the Beatles invasion much thought. I wasn’t really into music much at all, but I remember liking the Tokens cover of  The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and Neal Sedaka’s Breaking Up Is Hard to Dobeatles-apple

This was cutting edge rock and roll at the time. Gramps had fun making fun of the Beatle’s haircuts, and the lyrical stylings of “yeah, yeah, yeah”   

I didn’t pay much attention to all of the Beatle-mania surrounding us until years letter when I heard “Paperback Writer” and didn’t know who did it.

It was fifty years ago today

Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play

They’ve been going in and out of style

But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile

So may I introduce to you

The act you’ve known for all these years

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Fifty years ago today, the Beatles landed in New York and launched the British Invasion.

We needed invading. A little background:

 Elvis was drafted for service in the armed forces in 1958. In 1959, rock&roll died.

In 1964, rock and roll was nearly dead. The pop scene featured some doo-wop and girl-groups, but mostly a lot of “folk”, since the music industry decided that’s what the kids liked, and they pushed tunes like “Puff, the Magic Dragon” images of the Opium Wars be damned. 

The Beatles held five out of the top five spots in Billboard’s Hot 100.

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Rich TAkes! on Illegal Alien Amnesty, a Fluke, a POTUS Pot, and Marxism to Boot!

It’s time for another update, this week we explore illegal alien amnesty, marxism, Obama’s flatulent high school pot-dealer, with a Fluke tossed in for good measure.

As always, my comments appear in Cayenne, while quotes are in gray. I also recommend using a Flash-blocker when viewing this page, since several YouTubes may be embedded, and you don’t want them all loading at once.

Happy Birthday, President Reagan— Too Bad They Didn’t Listen To You

resisting tyranny

Now back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program.

One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.

~ Ronald Reagan, 1961

Intellectual Froglegs: The Rebranding of Karl Marx

Ted Cruz: The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama

Rule of law doesn’t simply mean that society has laws; dictatorships are often characterized by an abundance of laws. Rather, rule of law means that we are a nation ruled by laws, not men. That no one—and especially not the president—is above the law.

Rep. Jackson Lee: ‘We’ll Give President Obama a Number of Executive Orders’

“Progressives” have no issue by-passing Congress, which means bypassing themselves.

The Liberal List: Here are the current VIPs:

Obama is nothing more than the latest actor to step into the starring role in one of humanity’s longest-running dramas: the tyranny of the few.

“The New Litmus Test Of Leadership In The Military Is If They Will Fire On US Citizens Or Not”

The expulsion of generals and admirals who do not share Obama’s vision has been going on for years now.

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