Jim Yardley

Jim Yardley is a retired financial controller for manufacturing firms, a Vietnam veteran and an independent voter. Jim blogs at jimyardley.wordpress.com

Most Recent Articles by Jim Yardley:

Do Laws Only Apply to Conservatives?

Jan 11, 2017 — Jim Yardley

The recent nonsense regarding some of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes being unwilling to perform at the Trump inauguration leads to the potential for many parallel examples but with wildly different reactions.

For example, a waiter or waitress might determine that a restaurant patron doesn’t agree with them politically. They might tell their boss to find this reprehensible person another server because they refuse to wait on that particular patron.

Dealing with the United Nations

Dec 28, 2016 — Jim Yardley

The current imbroglio at the United Nations triggered by the abstention of the United States government during the Security Council vote on a measure which condemned the government of Israel over the building of a few apartment blocks in East Jerusalem demonstrates, for me anyway, two things.

First, this action with regard to foreign relations in the Obama administration clearly indicates a tectonic change in our relationship with the government of Israel. 

How Could the Polls be So Far Off?

Nov 11, 2016 — Jim Yardley

The post-mortem on the 2016 election has now begun (and will probably continue for the next dozen election cycles) trying to identify for both Democrats and Republicans how badly the polls performed.  The questions will all be variations on a simple premise:  How could our pollsters have failed us so badly?

I think that this might accurately answer the question, but will never, ever be accepted by politicians of either party:

A Stunning Achievement

May 8, 2016 — Jim Yardley

While thinking about the unusual primary season for Republicans (how’s that for an understatement?), with the result being Donald Trump becoming the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. This season has also led to the disappointment of many in the print and broadcast media that there will not be a contested convention for Republicans in July.

On the other hand, since everything else in this primary has not been according to traditional campaign standards, there seems to be one contested item for Republicans to settle without the “help” of Donald Trump, which is the selection of the vice-presidential candidate.

What Did He Just Say?

Dec 3, 2015 — Jim Yardley

For seven years, or perhaps a bit more, we’ve listened to Barack Hussein Obama say things to us as a nation where the vast majority of people went “What did he just say?”

Now I can even accept that—in the heat of the moment—anyone—including the president of the United States can misspeak. What I find nearly impossible to accept is the nonsense that pours endlessly out of Obama’s mouth about nearly everything he wants to accomplish.

I can’t decide if the man is ill and medically delusionary, or if he simply believes that having been elected twice to the presidency of the most powerful nation on earth, he actually has a speaking ability similar to Adolf Hitler. Hitler had the same gift of convincing ordinary Germans of the same type of nonsense that Obama has used to convince ordinary Americans of his nonsense.

Tell Me That You Love Me

Dec 1, 2015 — Jim Yardley

Every person who enters into a relationship with another human being always wants to hear their potential partner say the words “I love you” in some form or other. All of us do, and sadly we succumb to the temptation to give little hints to the other person as to what it is we really want to hear from them.

Most of us have succumbed to that temptation, particularly as teens or young adults. Then we hear those magical words, and we’re in heaven. The fact that the person telling us that they love us is frequently lying, and may have an ulterior motive, is ignored. We heard the words that we really, really, REALLY wanted to hear. They took the hint! Hoorah!

Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Mean “Free” Speech

Nov 29, 2015 — Jim Yardley

The phrases “free speech” and “freedom of speech” are being used over and over as if they were interchangeable.  Yet they mean utterly different things.

The actual phrase “freedom of speech” is used in the First Amendment of the Constitution. See for yourself (with emphasis added):

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

A Non-Partisan Question for All the Candidates

Nov 24, 2015 — Jim Yardley

Democrat or Republican, male or female, older or younger, none of that makes any difference in answering this crucial question.

The Constitution of the United States needed only 322 words to define the job of President of the United States. The various candidates can speak to innumerable shades of meaning each one of those words, but there is only one job requirement that doesn’t have nuances of any sort. The most important function of the man or woman who is elected is that of commander-in-chief of the military forces of America. This requirement is not particularly confusing for any candidate, or any voter in this country. The key phrase in Article II reads:

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States…

I Am a Terrorist

Nov 22, 2015 — Jim Yardley

I realized this morning, in the middle of my first cup of coffee, that I should be classified as a terrorist! I mean who knew?

Thinking back, Janet Napolitano accused veterans of being potential terrorists.  I’m a veteran who spent two fun-filled years in Viet Nam, so the worthy Ms. Napolitano has declared me to be a terrorist. 

Are you a member of the Tea Party (or even fellow traveler of those good folks)?  When the answer is a resounding “Yes I am,” Janet labeled you, too, as a potential terrorist.  That seems to be another Democrat “hate-bomb” tossed in my direction as well.

The Real Source of ISIS Recruiting Strength

Nov 20, 2015 — Jim Yardley

Within mere days of the “success” of Islamic terrorists attacking civilians in the center of Paris, Barack Hussein Obama is still insisting that he has to shut down facilities located in Guantánamo Bay.

He continues to insist that maintaining Guantánamo Bay to contain some of the worst terrorists ever spawned on this planet is in fact a recruiting tool for ISIS and because of that it must be closed.

The Best is Yet to Come … of course it is

Nov 11, 2015 — Jim Yardley

The Internet today has been simply aflame with stories and articles about the complete meltdown of sanity at Missouri University (or Mizzou if you prefer) over one of the precious students finding themselves offended by something.

Sadly, however, exactly what it was that offended the students was rather elusive. On the other hand, their response to these alleged offenses was utterly evident. For our convenience, the best organized of the student protesters drafted a list of demands, including the termination of the university’s president, which they apparently think might solve the problem of these precious snowflakes being offended.

Oops!  I Made a Mistake

Oct 19, 2015 — Jim Yardley

Too many times our colleagues from the Progressive wing of the “Can I Be Any Stupider Party” draft and pass legislation that claims to help protect the average American.  In trying to sell the public on any of this legislation, exactly WHY it is needed is never stated openly.  The underlying logic of Progressives is an assumption that only they themselves are competent to arrange and manage their own affairs. That’s simply a nice way of saying they think anyone who doesn’t send them a large check just before each election is a complete moron.

Why Do People Hate or Denigrate Columbus?

Oct 12, 2015 — Jim Yardley

My wife and I were watching a show on the History Channel about who was really the first to discover America.  Why?  First, we both love shows that get us to think “Wow, I never knew that.”  Second, I always start with the hope that the show will puncture some educational pomposity.

Luckily for us, both my chance to say “Gee, I didn’t know that” AND watch some of the pomposity of our liberal leaning educators exposed was achieved.

Refugees: Their Sense of Both Superiority and Entitlement

Oct 10, 2015 — Jim Yardley

The well-spring of the millions and millions of so-called “refugees” currently invading Europe (excluding Russia of course) and demanding entry into other nations that fit into their desired pattern of those being dominated by the politically liberal left are not really motivated by an understandable fear of the civil war in Syria. Or the war being fought with the Kurds.  Or the war being prosecuted by ISIS and fighting both Iraqi and Iranian militias, with the current addition of Russian air and ground forces. 

Of course, listening to those who are among those on the extreme left, the real source of this “crisis” is the imperialistic behavior of the United States and Europe and their behavior vis-à-vis the Middle East and the rest of the Islamic world.


Sep 10, 2015 — Jim Yardley

In 1987, one of the most charming films of all time was released. It was a fairytale, but a fairytale designed to entertain adults. “The Princess Bride” has been, and continues to be, a work that brings a smile to almost everyone’s lips, effectively mocking the conventions normally associated with fairytales.

But after 28 years it can be discovered that hidden among the jokes and mockery are the occasional gems of educational wisdom. For those of us who fondly remember the film, we remember that the early part of the story involves three would be criminals who kidnapped the Princess. This trio of ambitious kidnappers was led by Vizzini (played by Wallace Shawn) and was aided by a skilled sword master named Inigo Montoya (delightfully portrayed by Mandy Patinkin) and one of the largest human beings ever to live on the planet, and played by Andre the Giant, who filled the role of Fezzik admirably.

The First Place to Cut Spending…Easily

Aug 23, 2015 — Jim Yardley

If you’re at all like me, you must have said to yourself hundreds of times in your own life “I just don’t have the time to do everything. I can’t get everything done.” And we always say that like it’s a bad thing.
But is it a bad thing? It depends largely on context, at least in my opinion.

Let’s just say that you’re the President of the United States. You need to shrink the size, and massive cost, of government. Obviously, entitlement spending would be a great target but trying to reduce payments to entitlement recipients would be political suicide.

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

Aug 19, 2015 — Jim Yardley

First off, everybody just calm down. The title does not refer to the Republican Party. It refers to one of those “Why did the chicken cross the road?”, or “Why does a fireman wear red suspenders?” type questions.  Those questions where the answer is so obvious everyone in involved thinks it’s a trick question.

Will We See the Downfall of Both Parties?

Aug 18, 2015 — Jim Yardley

Do we have a unique chance at this crossroads in our history, the 2016 presidential elections, to see the destruction, the complete and utter destruction, of both political parties at one time?

Think I’m kidding? Imagine that Hillary, clever lawyer that she is, manages to survive her disastrous email investigation, wins her battle to be nominated as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.

What Should Really be Blamed?

Jul 13, 2015 — Jim Yardley

We see time and again, over and over and over, aberrant behavior. People are beaten, people are robbed, people are denied their rights and equal protection under the law, poverty, hopelessness, and so on.

When Does Decency Triumph?

Jul 9, 2015 — Jim Yardley

The recent Supreme Court decision announcing that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right is now viewed in many cases as an imprimatur over all aspects of homosexual demands on the rest of society. If a same-sex couple wishes to marry, the press and many left wing pundits now view this as having the right to demand of every citizen to do exactly what they’re told to do by every same-sex couple that walks in the door, regardless of the religious strictures that may have created resistance to participation, even marginally, in a same-sex wedding event.

Of course the actual decision doesn’t say any such thing. It says the two boys or two girls can marry each other because they have the same right to marry a boy or a girl of their choice as any heterosexual citizen who meets all existing legal requirements, such as minimum age for consent, not being already married to someone else, and so on.