Hillary and her violation of the Espionage Act.

Hillary is a liar. That goes without any sort of credible defense by anyone. So her lies become, something we’ve come to know about her and accept from her. It doesn’t make it right, it is just what is so. However, her blatant disregard for national security and her violation of the Espionage Act stand head and shoulders above her serial lying.

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Coffee Break

This will become a regular part of the blog.  Come give a listen to Willie and I as we discuss the political news and ideas of the day.

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Unemployment at 10.8%

Yes, you read correctly, that the unemployment rate in Bayfield County, Wisconsin is at 10.8% for February 2016.  While the number brings the issue into perspective, the lack of jobs in the area is not lost on the local politicians nor on local residents.

I had the pleasure of attending a local, League of Women Voters, candidate forum earlier this week.  It is said that all politics is local, and this meeting certainly held true to the statement. 25853279230_bd8c83c711_o I arrived a bit closer to the starting time of the event and was pleasantly surprised to see more than two dozen vehicles parked outside the local church where the event was being held.

The forum featured the two candidates for city council and the two candidates running for Mayor.  Questions were solicited from the gathered locals.  Questions were written down and then asked by the moderator.

While the focus of city council and the Mayor are a bit different, many of the questions were germane to both sets of candidates.  Question topics included:

  • The need for more silent sports.  (I needed to look this up.)
  • The local Architectural Review Board
  • The need for housing for both millennials and Seniors.26059767131_d2d78b0560_o
  • Seeking grants for local projects.
  • Getting the organization Core involved in projects.
  • The local area not wanting to become another Door County.
  • The city being an “Eco-Municipality.”
  • Marine Sanctuary on our nearby Apostle Islands.26033620602_8573dee628_o
  • Jobs, Housing,  and the local schools.
  • The City Marina.
  • Local Policing.
  • Attracting business to the city. (See a related posting.)
  • The City’s Historical District.  (I was unaware of such a designation locally.)
  • Reverting to an unincorporated town/city and having the county provided services.

Overall it was an enlightening and informative two hours.  It also has moved me into searching out more of the subject ideas that were brought up during the event.

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Obama Crying.

Can anyone tell me with a straight face, why the press is continuing to generate these crying stories? Given the numbers of people all chiming in on this display, one would bet the impression that this is the most important issue facing our country. I thought last week it was climate control, or possibly gun control.

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Welcome to Wednesday.

Welcome to Wednesday, the day formerly known as “Hump Day,” and thankfully that marketing meme is over. Rain and more fog from last night into this morning, and as I write this, it continues to rain. I went to sleep with the sounds of foghorns on the lake and they were back this morning as well.
Some random thoughts and musings:
Is Flonase a medical treatment or a way to get us to learn math?
I hear ads on iHeart Radio about home phone service. Do people really still have home phones and if so what percentage of the population of the U.S., falls into this category?
Glen Beck continues to repeat a fact that 500,000 pages of new regulations have been added, by the Obama Administration, to the ever growing list of federal regulations. While this seems to be an overabundance, how does this compare to previous administrations at this point of their second term?
I saw, thanks to my friend Duane Lester that McDonalds is now going to be serving breakfast all the time. It’s great to see important headlines and news stories like this move to the forefront of the news cycle. We all need a break from “The Donald,” changing the names of mountains, and there’s certainly no need to be discussing the Iran debacle.

In passing, I am glad to see that Carly Fiorina is to be included in the upcoming Presidential debate. I’m not confident that CNN will be able to bring any substance to their viewing audience, the same as Fox News was unable to do so either. The larger issue here is the fact that the first primary isn’t until February of 2016, so this is, to put it in a sports analogy, all just preseason fluff.

Dinner is cooking away in the crockpot. It’s cool and rainy and so, in went some chicken thigh quarters, onion a variety of spices and some liquid. Covered and set on low, and dinner will be mostly done by later afternoon. I’ll do some rice and some veggies, and we have tonight’s meal and plenty of left over chicken for another couple of meals.
I’ve been posting more photos and some video to Flickr and some of the other social media sites to give folks a look at our world. Please feel free to comment and like or not as the mood strikes you.

Black Lives Matter has been an ongoing meme and news item for the past couple of weeks. I’m wondering just why this has taken hold of peoples conversations and news feeds. As a reasonable person, who can think for themselves, why are we segmenting our population. If we’re all just supposed to get along, why don’t “All Lives Matter?” As I read postings and news items, “All Lives Matter” appears to be as offensive as anything else that comes along these days. Again, as a reasonable thinking human being, don’t all lives matter? Apparently not depending on your upbringing and or political leanings.

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Hangouts and catching up

I had a wonderful opportunity to once again have an hour of great conversation with my friend and political pundit Willie Lawson last night. While it’s always stimulating conversation, I did the entire hour from my phone while often walking around the community. Mobile connectivity is great.

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United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

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English: The flag of the United Nations, flying at United Nations Plaza in the Civic Center, San Francisco, California, United States of America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The long version is more commonly referred to as Agenda 21. I’ve seen in passing mentions of this topic and have done some initial investigations on the subject and until now, haven’t really thought much about it. Earlier this year Agenda 21, arrived 90 minutes up I-25 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, at a town hall meeting.

According to the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Division for Sustainable Development, Agenda 21 is –

Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment. Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests were adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development or, Agenda 21 is a non-binding United Nations document signed by the U.S. and more than 100 other countries in 1992, has been mostly under everyone’s radar, the appearance of a foothold into local city planning documents has brought the U.N., and it’s plan front and center again.

Cheyenne resident Brad Harrington spoke at the town hall meeting. He detailed to the county commissioners the link, intentional or not, between Agenda 21 and the city and county’s planning document, Plan Cheyenne, and the Unified Development Code approved by the Cheyenne City Council. In reviewing the language of the documents, Harrington said the city introduced and thereby made the non-binding international document law on the local level.

This is not the first time, Agenda 21 has made its way into local politics and city planning. In march of 2011 Agenda 21 policies of advancement of sustainable development. as defined by the United Nations Division of Sustainable Development (Agenda 21) found their way into the Cobb County, Georgia, County Comprehensive Plan. Politically correct phrases such as, Sustainable Development, and Smart Growth have become the rallying cry of the growth or lack thereof in our cities. Those promoting these policies insist that we must change our lives, give up driving, and live in crowded multi-use buildings, and travel by train and bus lines, in order to save the planet from the scourge of global warming.

Our elected officials, both Democrat and Republican have, for the most part become champions for this type of change. Lest we forget, President Obama stated in a campaign stop in 2008, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

Now four years later it appears that transformation is beginning to take hold.

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Blog Analytics and SEO.

I’m looking at Blog Analytics and SEO this morning, covering the first 15 days of December 2012 and the first 15 days of January 2013. I began the first of this year, concentrating on making sure

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that my posts were annotated with a green dot, per WordPress SEO by Yoast.

I won’t bore you with all the sordid details but rather a simple snapshot. For my personal blog,

December 1-15, 2012
Visits – 257
Unique Visitors – 156
Page Views – 765
Most Visitors in one day – 29
New Visitors – 57.59%
Return Visitors – 42.41%
Daily Visitor Average – 17.13

January 1-15, 2013
Visits – 253
Unique Visitors – 149
Page Views – 891
Most Visitors in one day – 29
New Visitors – 66.20%
Return Visitors – 33.80%
Daily Visitor Average – 16.86

All numbers are from Google Analytics. There has been little change in the overall numbers for the time period. I know that SEO is a long term proposition, and I wanted to get a feel or sense of what has been happening since I began this process.

For my site, The SwansenReport, which is associated with Liberty News,
December 1-15, 2012
Visits – 472
Unique Visitors – 464
New Visitors – 423
Most Visitors in One Day – 29
Daily Visitor Average – 31.46

January 1-15, 2013

Visits – 2,538
Unique Visitors – 2,440
New Visitors – 2,279
Most Visitors in One Day – 1,737
Daily Visitor Average – 169.92

All numbers here are from GetClicky. The spike, I attribute, to a one day of Twitter and Facebook promotion posting by the national office. As before, I know that SEO is a long term proposition.

Now I’m also reading and posting comments on various sites in the effort of gather some links back to the sites as well. The posting are not promotional comments, rather, specific comments to the blog posting.

I’d like to see a more consistent uptick in visits on both sites during the next two weeks, to see an improving trend in visitors to the sites.

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Sen. Sessions to EPA: Show Me Evidence for Obama’s Global Warming Agitprop

I’m sure that the White House is rushing around madly to gather the requested information for Senator Sessions. They’ll get to it right after they finish gathering the information on Fast and Furious and on the attack on our consulate in Benghazi.


Sen. Sessions to EPA: Show Me Evidence for Obama’s Global Warming Agitprop: ”

Today, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) directed a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson asking for clarification on President Obama’s recent statement that ‘the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even 10 years ago.’ That position has been used by the administration to push the possibility of vastly increased regulation of carbon emissions.

Sessions wrote:

This statement is contradicted by the facts. The actual temperature data show no significant change in global temperatures over the past decade and certainly less warming than the climate change models predicted.

Sessions asked for answers on three specific questions. First, he asked whether Obama could show data demonstrating the truth of his statement; second, he asked what that data was; third, he asked for the administration’s ‘chart of the global average temperature increases since 1979 … versus the latest IPCC predictions.’

Obama’s global warming propaganda will not go unchallenged. It must not, or the press will certainly use it to ram through more crippling self-sanctions on the US economy.

(Via Breitbart Feed.)

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Harry Reid blames tea party for lack of fiscal cliff deal

Senator Reid has lots of room to talk. No budget from the Senate in 1,314 days and counting. Senator Reid needs to take a good long look in the mirror before he goes blaming

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Harry Reid – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

anyone else for fiscal problems within Washington.

Harry Reid blames tea party for lack of fiscal cliff deal: “‘The tea party has a firm grip on the Republican Party. … This vocal minority contingent exerts tremendous influence'”

(Via The Daily Caller – Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment » Politics.)

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