Fifty Million Plus Dollars Later

Wednesday, June 21, AD 2017

 

 

Republicans are now 4 for 4 in special House elections since Trump took office:

 

Republican Karen Handel has won Georgia’s record-breaking special congressional election, dashing hopes by Democrats to pull off an upset in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections.

Seen as an early proxy for whether Democrats can flip certain Republican-leaning districts in the President Donald Trump era, Tuesday’s election drew national attention and record cash from around the country. Democrats have aimed to leverage Trump’s dismal approval rating and opposition to the Republican health-care bill into winning Republican seats and potentially taking control of the House in 2018.

The race for Georgia’s 6th District for the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price pitted Handel, 55, the former Georgia secretary of state, against Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year old former congressional aide. Fueled by a rush of donors from around the U.S., Ossoff pushed for an upset in the suburban Atlanta district that Price repeatedly won easily.

 

He came up short, as Handel won by about 5 percentage points, according to incomplete returns.

The two campaigns and outside groups supporting and opposing the candidates shelled out at least $36 million as of May 31, including more than $22 million from Ossoff’s campaign. The election easily set a record for spending in a House race, according to NBC News.

 

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18 Responses to Fifty Million Plus Dollars Later

  • I am glad the Dems lost again. I hope this continues.

    That said, I remained surprised that my company – a nuclear one which normally should favor Republicans – has management which openly despises Trump. I think I have figured out the reason. This company is home-based in a blue State which overwhelmingly voted for Hildebeast. And that State did a lot to oppose Trump’s executive orders on immigration. And young spoiled brat millennial whelps rioted and burned and looted in that State because they didn’t get their way in the last election. So guess what? That compnay isn’t going to get ANY DOE funding from Perry in the future because Perry works for Trump and Trump knows who loves him and who hates him. Realizing that subconsciously, and realizing Trump isn’t being suckered into the climate change fear mongering being used by nuclear and renewable advocates alike, management never misses an opportunity to say some snide remark, or let some ridicule loose.

    You freaking LOST, idiots! Get over it! We don’t want Democrats in power period, so change or shrivel up and die.

  • 50 million? Ah, the value of tribute money to the Godless has gone up in the last couple thousand years.

  • When will we see legislative victories?

  • Seriously?!? They ran a 30 year-old, wet behind the ears “congressional aid” against a former secretary of state and expected to win? Either the Dem bench is ridiculously shallow, or they were not all that serious.

  • Yet again the polls have been shown to be laughably inaccurate, and the
    pundits and presstitutes who gravely informed us that voters were turning
    away from Handel have been shown to be confusing their own wishful
    thinking for objective journalism.

    And it’s interesting that up until the election, we were breathlessly told
    that the Georgia 6th race represented a referendum on Trump, that a
    loss by Handel meant a rejection of Trump by the nation as a whole.
    But today? The Democrats this morning all sound like the old Saturday
    Night Live character Emily Litella: “Never mind!”

    https://youtu.be/OjYoNL4g5Vg

  • Here is what I have been told:

    “What scares me is that the ordinary American is a really dumb, ignorant fool. Trump was elected because he preyed on the uneducated and took them for a ride. Such people are so gullible that they wiillingly accept the fear mongering hat Trump disseminates. I love news headlines that even today read something similar to the following: ‘Trump’s core base still supports him!'”

    Most everyone in my company who is anyone believes exactly what you see written above. They despise Trump as an ignorant buffoon, and equally, they despise their fellow Americans who differ with them. And God help you if you are a Trump supporter.

    PS, I note with irony the fear mongering part. What the hell is the apocalypse of anthropogenic global warming but fear mongering incarnate?

  • Seriously?!? They ran a 30 year-old, wet behind the ears “congressional aid” against a former secretary of state and expected to win? Either the Dem bench is ridiculously shallow, or they were not all that serious.

    The Democratic cognoscenti in 2007 came up with the idea of running Barack Obama against Rudolph Giuliani / Mitt Romney / Mike Huckabee / John McCain / Ron Paul. Sometimes, it’s like selling Spam.

  • Did Ossoff have an ad featuring Scarlett Johanssen?

  • “When will we see legislative victories?”

    Beginning next week I suspect.

  • As was the case when a democratic supporter shot Republicans and now a Republican has won, the media very quickly moves on. The total opposite would had taken place if it had been a Republican shooter and a Democratic win. We would have heard about it endlessly with projections and fear mongering, on and on and on..
    Big Media ratings may be up, but I don’t think Big Media realizes how far their credibility sank into the toilet. No one, not even the most die hard progressive, seriously thinks Big Media is real news anymore, just entertainment, propaganda, but certainly not news. But I guess Big Media really doesn’t care about credibility anymore.

  • Stephen Miller: “The only thing Democrats won recently was the congressional baseball game, while the only way Democrat voters can seem to get Republicans out of Congress is by shooting them. And they can’t even do that right.”

    Instapundit: “Until the party can admit to itself that Barack Obama was the worst party leader perhaps ever, and that Hillary Clinton was the least-capable standard-bearer since Mike Dukakis, then they’re going to have to continue pinning the blame for their losses on racist, sexist, phobic American voters.”

  • First, I really like Clinton’s “presstitutes”.
    Next, David’s comment is so right: the ‘media’ has moved on, now that the GA 6th district decision didn’t fall their way—but also they were inordinately grateful to take their squirrel-length attention-span off of the fact that Steve Scalise is still in serious condition with scores of bullet fragments in his body, thanks to the James K. Hodgkinson (D) party.

    Now, the Hodgkinson Party, Nancy Pscyhosi, Bernie “the Red” Sanders, Elizabeth (“The Scream”, apologies to Edvard Munch) Warren, and Charles Sleazy Schumer, are all about the healthcare of the American populace, right? Imagine what $50 mil dumped into a 3rd-party administrator trust HSA administrated by the State of GA for its citizens, especially on a means-tested basis, could do for healthcare? Naw, it’s all about POWER!! What am I thinking…

    Also: Did anyone else note that the Hodkinson Party always says they understand women, and they especially targeted women voters supposedly in Fulton and DeKalb counties—by selecting supposedly an “eye-candy” (you cant argue he had any substance) candidate. So, when push encounters shove, it is always patronizing to its identity groups, even women. (“Let’s put Ossoff in there, they’ll be panting for him like we all were for James “Comely” Comey—another empty suit, and 6′ 8″ of it at that.)

  • As for why they picked Ossoff, have any of you heard him speak? His speaking style impersonates Obama. I kid you not. As if he were channeling him. I guarantee you those idiots believed themselves to be paving the way for the next Obama.
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    Seriously, why else would all those Hollywood types go to Georgia to campaign on his behalf? it’s one thing to send a lot of money. It’s quite another thing to get personally involved.
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    I’m telling you, I believe the left was infatuated with Ossoff on a near-Obama-like level. They viewed him as potentially the Democrats’ great Southern white hope.

  • See the look on the faces of the losers 😆
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DC1AjRGUIAASb9-?format=jpg&name=large
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  • “…but I don’t think Big Media realizes how far their credibility sank into the toilet…”
    If they did they would have fired Martha Raddatz for her near breakdown as Trump racked up the electoral votes. The woman nearly broke out into tears than night, but hey, she’s a professional, right, not like those people exposing PP and thus deserving prosecution – oh wait: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/06/21/court-dismisses-bogus-charges-against-david-daleiden-for-exposing-planned-parenthood/

  • I apologize in advance.

    Seen on the net. “I’m laughing my ossoff.”

    Also, seen. An observation on the proclivity of brave, strong feminists to burst into tears.

    I am sincerely sorry.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=987gjSJa7nI

    If you say so, Jay. What I notice is less the stylistic resemblance to BO than his affection for humbug (“about you”, “extraordinary community”, and that prog-trash staple “make a statement”).

    One thing I’d like to see is a constitutional amendment elaborated upon by statutory legislation which among its provisions the following: (1) candidates for supralocal public offices must be between the ages of 39 and 72 years of age on the day of the election or referendum in question; (2) positions in the judiciary subject to election or retention-in-office referenda shall carry a term of four years or a whole-number multiple of four years; all other positions shall carry a term of four years; (3) judicial positions excepted, no person shall hold an elected office for more than 10 years in any bloc of twelve, or stand for election should it be the case that he would reach this limit in the middle of his term; (5) all judges (elected or no) must retire by the close of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 76, with their term of office truncated accordingly; (6) any person in a tainted occupation standing for a seat on a conciiliar body (judicial panels excepted) must run with an understudy (listed on his petitions or nominated with him at caucuses and conventions) who is not tainted. Should the outcome of caucuses, conventions, primary elections, and petition campaigns leave a political party with a corps of candidates for a given concilar body of whom more than 20% are tainted, lots must be drawn to replace a sufficient number of tainted candidates with their respective understudies in order to bring the share of tainted candidates down to 20%. The tainted occupations are ‘member of the bar’ and ‘public employee (elected officials excepted)’. Should one hold a tainted occupation, one will retain the taint for a period of time after relinquishing said occupation. The time one retains the taint shall equal one month for every four months one held the occupation in question. (7) the foregoing applies to all elective offices and to federal offices without fail; however, any state may, via referendum, opt to follow different standards and practices for its own offices or for local office under its aegis. However, any such alternative must be reconfirmed in a referendum at least once every 30 years; if the option has not been considered in the previous 30 years, the standards and practices delineated above shall be re-instituted.

    I think if we did that, we’d see few candidates for Congress whose previous preparation for the position was a stint as a congressional aide.

  • ….Eyecandy? He looks like the Avengers’ Spider Man, but without the charm.
    Maybe going for a young, fresh face thing? Not like they’ve got a lot of mid-range folks….

    Saw a funny: Democrat demanding where all these rich, white guys who want to destroy America keep coming from, and a Marine I know commented “I don’t know, but another one lost to a strong, qualified woman last night.”

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9 Responses to Cuba Libre

  • I watched the speech. I have been happy since election night. I am even happier today. Astonishingly, Rubio was good, too.

    I also “caught” Sen. Leahy’s evil, ignorant response. I felt more stupider after he spoke. Now, we see why liberals need to be removed from the halls of power.

  • As Ben Shapiro would say, “Good Trump!”

  • I love it that an initiative from Barack Hussien Obama and Jorge Bergoglio has been overturned so publicly. Those two arrogant prideful wreckers of Western society need to have their noses rubbed in defeat. I couldn’t be happier.

    Here you go, Obama and Bergoglio!

  • An ancillary matter, but good.

  • That is a good start but the US does business with other oppressive dictatorships, what about China, Saudi Arabia et al. There is merit to the argument this was done as a strike against BHO’s legacy.

  • Trump has not been noted for his friendliness to China, to say the least. In regard to the Saudis, Trump will use them as long as he perceives an alliance to be in the service of America and not for a second longer. The domestic opponents of the Saudi monarchy are often worse than the current rulers. Believers in democracy are sparse on the ground on the Arabian Peninsula.

  • Very inspiring! Thank you for this.

  • I do not advocate war against anyone. I didn’t serve and I don’t lightly consider putting our armed forces in harm’s way. Now, to come off as hypocritical, there are plenty of reasons to take out the Communists in Cuba. Communism there has been a cancer throughout Latin America. My wife’s homeland of Colombia and the horrors of Venezuela are testament to that, not to mention the Sendero Luminoso of Peru. I think the Cuban forces would crumble like a stale Ritz cracker.

    I love Cuban food. If there were more of it around me I would weigh another 25 pounds.

    I cannot help but sympathize with the Cuban Americans. There is a chapel in Coral Gables, Ermita de La Caridad. On the wall behind the sanctuary is a pictoral history of Cuba, starting with Columbus planting the standards of Queen Isabel the Catholic and King Fernando. Given that their nation is a victim of communism, as was Poland, I cannot help but sympathize. Behind the chapel there is an inlet where people throw bouquets of flowers in memory of those who lost their lives in Cuba or fleeing it.

  • what about China, Saudi Arabia et al.

    You want sanctions on China? About 1/4 of the world’s productive capacity is in China as is about 18% of the world’s population. In contrast to Cuba and North Korea, China’s a great deal more benevolent in its internal policies than it was 50 years ago. Constitutional government of any description was unknown in the Far East prior to about 1890. The list of Far Eastern countries which have had some sort of parliamentary government without interruption since 1973 has three names on it, of which two (Malaysia and Singapore) are governed by heretofore impregnable political machines. As for Saudi Arabia, the place has had its successes and failures over the last 90 years. Places in the Near East, North Africa, and Central Asia which have been tentatively successful in establishing electoral and deliberative institutions have done so with incremental adjustments which incorporate negotiation and power-sharing between various stakeholders. That’s a generation’s long process.

    Cuba is the most abused and retrograde country in the hemisphere and an enduring geopolitical enemy. There’s no reason to concede anything to them bar that Barack Obama’s an other directed man concerned with the status signals sent by academics and the like.

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8 Responses to President Trump on Scalise Shooting

  • Good speech. However, the parts about people in DC loving and being devoted to America are not true for Democrats. They hate America and have for a half century. They are the reason this shooting happened. They portrayed Trump decapitated and then they portrayed Trump as Julius Caesar assassinated. They are just like Muslim Jihadists in sentiment and this barbaric shooting proves what they are capable of doing. We will find ourselves in the same situation as the Maccabean brothers if they ever regain power.

    PS, for the record: I voted 3rd Party – Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party – last November. I wanted someone better than either Trump or Hillary. That however is not what the people decided. Now that Trump is elected, he should be respected. The Democrats refuse to respect him and go out of their way to malign and ridicule him at every opportunity. Enough is enough. I am sick of them and I am very, very angry, not because I lie Trump but because the Democrats are committing violence against anything and anyone remotely conservative and Constitutionalist. That anger is very bad for me because it stops me from seeing that Democrats are human too. It has transformed into hate and Jesus said we are to love our enemies, not hate them.

    🙁 🙁 🙁

  • Hodgkinson, Griffin, Theater in the Parka re only the tip of the liberal violence iceberg.

    “Strong hatred defender of peoples.” Iliad Book XXI.

    In North Africa, an officer passed the following concerning Patton, “He hates Germans like the Devil hates Holy Water.”

    In three days, the left (academia/Hollywood/media) will redouble the campaign to fabricate the vilest lies about President Trump and we the deplorable, 63 million Americans that voted for him.

    It wasn’t me. They started it. It’s too late to apologize.

  • Hodgkinson was the typical American assassin, or would be assassin: a loser and very marginal figure who suddenly lashes out. I would not view him as a forerunner of signs of a coming Civil War. Much more disturbing are those who seek to justify political murder. They are relatively few in number, but they are out there.

  • When Donald McClarey posts a song like “It’s Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration,” then you know it’s serious – Domine Deus, miserere nobis et totius Americae!

    Lyrics…
    Halfway across the globe
    And we’re standing on new ground
    Screaming ‘cross the waves
    You can’t hear a sound
    There’s no fair trials, no trade, no liberties
    No tea
    We’ve colonized America; we won’t stand for tyranny,
    Oh king

    And it’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late
    I said it’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late

    We’ve paid your foolish tax, read the acts
    And they just won’t do
    We want to make it clear, we believe this much is true
    All men were created with certain

    Unalienable rights
    Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit
    Of happiness

    And it’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late
    I said It’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late

    It’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late
    I said it’s too late apologize
    It’s too late

    I said it’s too late to apologize, yeah
    It’s too late
    I said it’s too late to apologize, yeah

    Halfway across the globe
    And we’re standing on new ground

  • T. Shaw: “In North Africa, an officer passed the following concerning Patton, “He hates Germans like the Devil hates Holy Water.”
    Patton hated what some Germans were doing. There was a wonderful German underground resistance to the Nazis. Claus von Stauffenberg, Robert Bosch and the Lutheran minister executed by Hitler whose name escapes me now.
    The one line that makes me love Patton is : Kill them with kindness”
    Individuals who refuse to love our Constitution, who would deny due process of law and civil rights to people ought to be exiled as ‘persona non grata’ and enforced as ‘men without a country”

  • Much more disturbing are those who seek to justify political murder. They are relatively few in number, but they are out there.

    The Netherlands split the difference: Pim Fortuyn’s murderer has been paroled (he was detained for 12 years) but Theo Van Gogh’s has not.

    I suspect a fragmentary legitimation of crimes approved of by people like Barack Obama and his social circle. (See Bergdahl and Manning). That will eventually include the murder of political opponents.

  • By their words and actions extreme Leftists have murder in their hearts as they are primarily influenced by the devil. I am not so sure the same can be said about extremists on the Right.

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Comey Tonight!

Thursday, June 8, AD 2017

 

The Comey testimony was the best  farce I have ever viewed on live television.  My take:

  1.  Comey came across as a cowardly lion, constantly trembling in fear of the White House.
  2. He admitted that Loretta Lynch, former Attorney General, told him to call the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton a “matter” rather than a criminal investigation and that this disturbed him greatly.
  3. That he leaked material which may expose him to criminal indictment.  Comey stated that he did so in order to spur the appointment of a special prosecutor.
  4. That he was most outraged by the Trump administration stating the obvious truths that Comey had been a poor Director of the FBI and that the Bureau was in disarray under his leadership.
  5. He refused to state whether he thought that Trump was trying to obstruct the Russia investigation by asking him if the investigation of Mike Flynn could be dropped.  If Comey did think that Trump was trying to obstruct an investigation he was required to immediately report it, and failure to do so would constitute a possible criminal offense.
  6. Comey confirmed that he told Trump on three occasions that he was not the subject of an investigation.  He had no good explanation as to why he refused Trump’s request to announce this publicly.
  7. I kept imagining how J.Edgar Hoover would have handled this.  I picture Hoover telling a President trying to pressure him that an FBI Director led an arduous life with many duties.  That one of his duties was to restrain overzealous FBI agents gathering huge amounts of embarrassing material about lots of politicians, and that as Director he was continuously engaged in making sure such shocking material did not end up being revealed, ending careers and unduly alarming and disturbing the American people.  Hoover was quite a few things, but a simpering, impotent non-entity like Comey, placed in a job well above his capacity, he never was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Responses to Comey Tonight!

  • I would have loved to be the fly on the wall in the room where any president would have tried to do to Hoover what Comey claimed Trump did.I think that president would have learned, in a New York nano second, that he made one of the biggest mistakes in his life!

  • Comey appears to be something of a careerist weasel. The question in our time is whether or not careerist weasel is the best you can do in and among the worst political class in history. To be fair, he worked for Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. Evidence either of these creatures thought of the law as anything but a tool to use against the opposition = zero.

    At the top of the heap was Barack Obama, one of the great mediocrities of this age, a spiteful man with little integrity, but vain and shallow. The Harvard law student who said he was much more interested in being the president of the law review than in accomplishing anything in the job had this man’s number. What you saw with that administration was the Democratic Party’s default settings and the modus operandi of those in the intersection between the legal profession and the Democratic Party. It’s all quite disgusting.

  • Comey comes across like a corporate politician where one must comprise one’s integrity to get ahead. The scary thing is this may be the only way one is able to get ahead in both the corporate world and government.

  • I watched the Penguins stomp the Predators. Official Washington, known locally as a bunch of jagoffs, cares about Comey. To me he is just another jagoff.

  • The “weasel” thing slapped me, too. It was like a National Geographic TV extravaganza. You (I only wasted a half hour listening to his bullshit) were treated to a three-hour exposition of the world-record, six-foot-eight-inch weasel.

    The Big-Trump-lie = the FBI is in disarray. Wah! Reminds me of an incompetent shave 2LT crying because the CO canned him and figuratively kicked his ass.

    Take-away. Yesterday, you saw the tip of the iceberg of the worst American political class in History.

    Much ado about less than nothing. Roger Simon: “The American people — even and especially those too clueless to realize what is happening — are being dissed unimaginably by their own representatives. Too bad we can’t sue the government, because we certainly have grounds to.”

  • I hope that justice kennedy etal. are not also afraid, perhaps cowed by yet unexplained deaths of people who may have been a problem for the left. It doesn’t seem far fetched to me anymore- not so much in the tin foil hat category as in the gambino territory..
    The fact that Comey is no longer useful won’t deter the left too much

  • As to point # 2 re: “matter” v “criminal investigation” a clear and careful reading of Comey’s testimony confirms that notwithstanding any discomfort he may have had, he did exactly and directed by Attorney General Lynch and did indeed publicly mischaracterize an FBI investigation by using a neutral term “matter” instead; matter of course being so vague as to encompass anything from an FBI clothing drive to a formal investigation. Comey’s actions in the two situations raises a couple of question. Why didn’t he see fit to document the undue influence put upon him by Lynch who didn’t express a hope but issued a directive, while Trump issued no order or directive yet he proceeded to document his thoughts immediately by way of a memo written on a government computer which he thereafter leaked to the press when an opportune time arose? Second, why did Trump’s reference to “loyalty” cause him angst when he dutifully proved himself to be loyal to his prior superiors by stating that which he knew to be false; the characterizing of a criminal investigation as a mere “matter”?
    In short, his testimony raises at least as many questions as it answers.

  • “I kept imagining how J.Edgar Hoover would have handled this. I picture Hoover telling a President trying to pressure him that an FBI Director led an arduous life with many duties. That one of his duties was to restrain overzealous FBI agents gathering huge amounts of embarrassing material about lots of politicians, and that as Director he was continuously engaged in making sure such shocking material did not end up being revealed, ending careers and unduly alarming and disturbing the American people.”

    But Hoover never met a radioactivity-surviving cockroach.

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Trump Pulls Out of Paris Accords

Thursday, June 1, AD 2017

 

Trump kept a campaign promise and pulled out of the Paris Climate Change Accords.  The reaction on the left in this country was apocalyptic and amusing to watch.  The biggest humbug on the planet today is global warming.  Among global elites the belief in climate change is one part religious faith to two parts cynicism.  A minority embrace climate change with a religious fervor.  The cynics find it useful for fund raising, to enlist foot soldiers in political crusades, and to engage in Eco-profiteering, Al Gore serving as the model for this.

The Paris Accords allowed global elites to be on the side of the green angels while committing their nations to nothing.  The US under Obama, waging war against its domestic coal industry, was one of the few nations taking this tripe seriously.  For the junk science of global warming Americans were to lose jobs while India was allowed to double its emissions and China had to do nothing at all until 2030.  No wonder this agreement was never submitted to the Senate where it would have been voted down overwhelmingly.

Donald Trump, to his everlasting credit, refused to go along with this nonsense.  What he did was the green equivalent of spitting in the Holy Water for a Catholic, and Trump was obviously having a good time while doing it.   Pope Francis hardest hit. Well played Mr. President, well played!

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  • Bravo President Trump!

  • I’m pleased that the President did this, for multiple reasons. Of course,
    I’m pleased that we’re no longer tied to an agreement that would be bad
    for our economy, all in the name of some very dubious “science”. And
    Trump is seen to have kept a campaign promise despite the opposition of
    our own political and cultural elites.

    One other reason I’m glad this agreement has been binned is that, no
    matter what Obama called it, this was a treaty, and it undermines the
    prerogative, the duty of the Senate to vote on its ratification when
    a president is allowed to deem a treaty an “agreement” simply to avoid
    submitting it to a Senate vote as required by the Constitution. Shame on
    both sides of the Senate aisle for rolling over and letting Obama do that.

    So yes, today was a very good day in DC, for several reasons. Bravo
    President Trump!

  • I was impressed by his speech, which articulated, in words that normal Americans understand, what a sham the “treaty” was. He articulated the hamstringing of our own energy production while allowing China DN India to increase. He articulated the environmental disaster China would be allowed to continue while we suffered. He articulated what a loss of industry would be forthcoming. Steel, paper, concrete, all too expensive to make here, and the downstream effects would be devastating.

    It isn’t hard to hear him and believe he means it. That he means our country and our people deserve to be first to our elected leaders.

  • And while the eyes of the nation were focused on the withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, Moody’s used the occasion today to drop the State of Illinois’ bond rating yet again (8 times in 8 years, now Baa3 rating, one level above junk) .

    The state owes $14.5 billion in past due IOU’S and will owe $300 million in interest and fees on the unpaid IOU’S by June 30th, deadline to negotiate a new budget.

  • Bravo to Donald Trump for removing the hoax of global weather/whatever from the Liberal pantheon of false gods. Wouldn’t it be delightful if Pope Francis had as much guts and insight.

  • Global warming is crap. Even Trump knows it.

  • I was interested in the Vatican response. Sadly I have concluded that many there think of the Church as a kind of NGO, or at best imbued with the mysticism of Teililhard De Chardin.

  • A strange thing. Everyone seems shocked when we all know he said this is what he would do. It reminds me of something someone told me on my blog. The debate was somehow about gay rights or the other. At one point it came down to bigots being against gay marriage. Someone – maybe me? – asked why Obama wasn’t called a homophobic bigot in 2008 when he said he wouldn’t support gay marriage. One of the commenters said it’s because they assumed he was lying. I’ve thought about that since then. Was a time when thinking our politicians were liars was a downer. This person seemed almost ecstatic about the thought that Obama was lying. Perhaps that’s the shock. Media elites and others not just assume, but hope, pols are lying. When one keeps his promise, it’s like a foreign language.

  • Heard on the news this morning that a group of various groups and states– like my former residence of Washington– are gathering to “assure” the UN that they’ll “do their part” to cut CO2, and my former governor had a clip about how “and there’s nothing (Trump) can do to stop us!”
    I did not tell the radio that we didn’t object to THEM doing it, we object to THEM forcing US to do it!

  • Obama used his pen and his phone and left his constituents in the dust as Obama gave our tax dollars away. President Trump brought our tax dollars back to America.

  • If liberals really believed in anthropogenic global warming from emissions off of the cunbustion of fossil fuel, then they would advocate an immediate full conversion to a nuclear – hydrogen economy where nuclear energy generates both electricity for the electric grid and hydrogen gas from splitting water molecules for combustion in transportation vehicles and aircraft.

    Liberals however oppose nuclear energy tooth and nail. So their wailing about climate change means nothing.

    To however debunk objections to nuclear energy, the following is provided based on a discussion I had the other day with a Deacon in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church:

    There is no meme or slogan that can distill the truth into a mere sound bite. I base what I write on 40+ years experience as a reactor operator and reactor instrumentation and controls engineer.

    The issue of “nuclear waste” is one of misnomer. First, there is low level radioactivity and second there is spent nuclear fuel with high level radioactivity. I will deal with both.

    Regarding low level radioactivity, coal combustion releases far more radioactivity into the environment from the naturally occurring uranium, thorium and radium in coal than any nuclear power plant does. Also, fracking for natural gas and oil releases far more radioactivity in the form of naturally occurring radioactive isotopes of radon and argon. Fossil fuel releases far more low level radioactivity into the environment per megawatt than any nuke.

    Regarding high level radioactivity in spent nuclear fuel, current US light water reactors (BWRs and PWRs) use only 5% of the energy content in the fuel; the rest is left over un-burnt in the fuel rods. If the spent fuel is recycled and reprocessed in fast neutron burner reactors – e.g., high temperature helium cooled reactors, molten salt homogeneous reactors, sodium cooled reactors or lead-bismuth cooled reactors – then the long lived actinides like Americium and Neptunium and Plutonium which contribute so much to long lived radioactivity can be completely consumed, obviating the need for a million year national geologic repository. We do not have a waste storage problem. We have a human greed problem that would rather focus on instant profit from natural gas spinning reserve for useless, worthless wind and solar than the responsibility of recycling and reusing our used nuclear fuel.

    Now a few words about waste in general. One pellet of uranium the size of your thumbnail equals the energy content of 3 barrels of oil each containing 42 gallons (that’s a total of 126 gallons), 1 ton of coal or 17000 cubic feet of natural gas. No matter what is done, waste is produced. From the numbers above, fossil fuel produces a lot more waste than nuclear per joule of energy generated. In fact, a 1000 megawatt coal plant dumps millions of tons of radioactive coal ash sludge into sludge ponds with nary a whimper. A 1000 megawatt gas plant dumps millions of tons of carbon pollutants into the atmosphere without a whisper. Yet every wind farm and every solar station requires gas backup spinning reserve for the 70% of the time when wind and sun are insufficient. And all this occurs while the spent nuclear fuel that the US generates from it 99 reactors would fit in a single football field to a depth of 8 feet, and all that fuel is sequestered from the environment, and all that fuel is resource for advanced fast neutron burner reactors. A few facts are in order:

    (1) Current high-level waste volume after 40 years of operations would fill an area about the size of a football field five yards deep

    (2) To replace US nukes with wind turbines requires land area the size of the state of Minnesota.

    (3) To replace US nukes with solar farms requires land area the size of the state of West Virginia.

    (4) Wind and solar have < 30% capacity factor, which means that 70% of the time fossil fuel spinning reserve is required.

    (5) Nuclear is the safest of all power generation. Nuclear has 0.04 fatalities per terawatt hour (even including TMI, Chernobyl, and Fukushima) compared to coal's 244, oil's 52, gas's 20, biofuel's 50, hydroelectric's 0.1 solar's 0.1 and wind's 0.15. Think on that – nuclear is an order of magnitude SAFER than renewable energy. Please see http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2016/06/update-of-death-per-terawatt-hour-by.html

    We do NOT have a nuclear waste problem. We have a human greed and ignorance problem. Gas companies want nukes shutdown so they promote useless, worthless wind and solar. In that way they maintain their profit off the ignorance of the average American.

    I have stood above freshly discharged spent nuclear fuel at both a Westinghouse PWR and a GE-Hitachi BWR. If high level nuclear waste were such a problem, then why am I not dead?

  • Glenn Reynolds will sometime make a note of the travel schedule of some environmental poseur or the square footage of their home and says “I’ll believe it’s a crisis when they start acting like it’s a crisis’.

    I have no understanding of old people who wish to own large homes, other than inertia (in the case of someone like Bess Truman). Al Gore, George W. Bush, Mike Huckabee, and now Barack Obama are living in mansions and / or own multiple homes (and Gore’s all by his lonesome, give or take a masseuse). Richard Nixon had the sense to downsize; it’s a good thing too. He owned two homes (both in warm-weather climates), one of which encompassed 9,000 sq feet. Gerald Ford and his wife occupied a 6,300 sq foot ranch house.

  • I haven’t felt this relieved since November 8, 2016! Donald Trump is our George Washington for our time.

  • How many other treaties disguised as accords or other misnomers are out there? President
    Trump should rescind them all.

It Was the Russians! It Was Comey! It Was the New York Times!

Wednesday, May 31, AD 2017

Ah, the country truly dodged a bullet last November.  Clinton has a thousand reasons for why she lost instead of the real one:  her campaign message boiled down to this:  “Hey, you ignorant peasants, vote for me, it’s my turn!”  I guess excuse-making is better than looking in the mirror and thinking:  “Somehow I managed to lose to a man who had been never been elected  dog catcher, whose campaign organization was congealed chaos, who had worse media than Satan, who had half the campaign funds that I had, who often had difficulty getting out three consecutive coherent sentences,  who had more women alleging gross behavior than even the accusers of my “husband”, who had a large section of his party in revolt against him, who has mutant hair, and who hawked steaks and other Trump products during his campaign!  What does that say about me?”

 

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  • In fairness to Hillary, losing the presidency to a septuagenarian adolescent like Donald Trump a hard thing to live down, especially when you have the Clinton Machine at your disposal.

  • Greg, I think we agree.

    It may be akin to Greek Tragedy. Only thing corrupt, incompetent Hillary exhibits not one instance of hamartia, but 40 or 50 fatal flaws.

    It must be gravely disappointing considering the hubris of this seventy-something crone, the smartest woman on the Planet, to lose an election that she and her crime syndicates (Clinton Foundation, DNC, the media) had rigged.

    Equally troubling must be that the American people decided that the madwoman from Chappaqua was less desirable than a septuagenarian (good word!) adolescent that trolled, and continues to troll, the elite, infallibly ignorant ruling class.

  • Chiming in…..the third presidential debate was classic Trump; “She’s a nasty woman.”
    I lost it. Popcorn flying. The truth, which the left doesn’t believe to be substantial, is that She Is A Nasty Woman! Her actions count and her words are urine… unbelievable.

    Culture of personality worked for Obama in 08′. First female POTUS didn’t take. A hint for the left…when your nominee for the great office of President has an odor thought to be originating from her feet but you toss her into the race anyway… please don’t cry the blues on late night television for months after the election. You look stupid. Instead. Make sure your nominee has had all her shots and wears clean underwear.. possibly some feminine hygiene products…then dress her up in a pantsuit and tell her that her smile is….well, genuine. Even if it isn’t.

    Just say-in’.

Abortion, Censorship and Donald Trump

Saturday, May 27, AD 2017

 

 

As faithful readers of this blog know, I long opposed the election of Donald Trump last year.  I viewed him as unfit to be President, I doubted his conversion to the pro-life cause and I knew that he wasn’t a conservative in the mode of Reagan.  I came around, reluctantly, after he signed a pledge letter to the pro-life cause.  Since his election I occasionally wonder if I made the right decision, and then something like what is documented below happens, and I am very happy with my decision:

 

YouTube removed a video showing top Planned Parenthood officials making gruesome comments about abortion on the order of a federal judge in California.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick, who granted the preliminary injunction in favor of the National Abortion Federation to halt the release of the videos, ordered any links to the video to be removed after it was published by the Center for Medical Progress on Thursday.

Judge Orrick also ordered CMP lead investigator David Daleiden and his attorneys to appear in court June 14, The Associated Press reported, for a hearing where he will consider holding them in contempt for releasing the footage.

Mr. Daleiden has been charged with 15 felonies in California stemming from his undercover investigation into the abortion giant. His attorneys have called it a “witch hunt” that flies in the face of the First Amendment.

YouTube has not responded to a request for comment.

The three-minute video showed top Planned Parenthood executives joking about severed fetus heads, admitting to altering abortion procedures to preserve fetal organs and conceding that clinics have a financial incentive to sell the human remains from abortions.

Lisa Harris, medical director at Planned Parenthood of Michigan, laments that abortionists cannot easily confide in others about their workplace difficulties, such as removing the severed heads of fetuses from women undergoing abortions.

“Our stories don’t really have a place in a lot of pro-choice discourse and rhetoric, right? The heads that get stuck that we can’t get out,” Ms. Harris says in the video, drawing laughs from an audience.

She also says pro-choice advocates should concede that the practice is murder.

“Let’s just give them all the violence,” she says. “It’s a person. It’s killing. Let’s just give them all that.”

The video features footage recorded at an annual National Abortion Federation meeting by the undercover pro-life journalists. The Center for Medical Progress says it’s just a preview of never-before-seen content that has been caught up in a legal fight for nearly two years.

In the video, Ann Schutt-Aine, director of abortion services at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, admits to using forceps to hold a fetus in place and circumvent a partial-birth abortion.

“If I’m doing a procedure, and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus, I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix, and pull off a leg or two, so it’s not [partial-birth abortion],” she says.

President Trump was ridiculed during the campaign for suggesting abortions happen in the U.S. up to the moment of birth.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said the video proves him right.

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  • This is but the American left’s imitation of the old soviet default psych hospital trip for those who dare to seek any truth that the political powers seek to hide.

  • Patriotism is treason. Love is hate. Truth is a lie. Civil discourse is harassment, intimidation, violence.

    In case you hadn’t noticed, the totalitarian elites are using Orwell’s 1984 as a guide book.

  • Prior to the election, I also had severe doubts about Trump, his fitness to be POTUS and his commitment to the pro-life cause. I ended up not voting for either him or Hillary, on the grounds that, as a resident of a deep blue state (IL) whose votes were already in the bag for Hillary, my vote wouldn’t have an impact on the outcome. If I had it to do over again, I would vote for Trump, partly because he has proven to be much better than I anticipated, partly because Hillary and her supporters have proven to be far more unstable and dangerous than I realized, and partly because more attention is being paid to the outcome of the popular vote, which even though it doesn’t count officially, does make a significant difference in public perception.

  • “I long opposed the election of Donald Trump last year… I came around…I am very happy with my decision…” If everyone could reflect, see beyond the imperfections and be grateful for his lack of pc, he may actually accomplish a great deal. We won’t agree with everything he does, but we never will find such a President. Thanks for sharing your path.

  • Congress could and should put judge Orrick out of business. For more than 70 years, the federal courts have made it increasingly plain that they’re staffed with intellectual and moral frauds. A piece of statutory law which grants the Northern district of California new boundaries – one square yard in the middle of a slum boulevard in Sacramento – will do the trick. Punish all the judges there Kennesaw Mountain Landis style. Draw a new district and staff it with better judges, transferring the appropriations for court staff from one to the other. Going forward, Judge Orrick gets paid with $200,000 worth of potatoes dumped on his front lawn once a year.

  • What these people deserve is what the Nazis on trial at Nuremberg got: dispatch to the Lord Jesus for final judgment.

    I despise, loathe, abhor, detest and hold in utter contempt and disdain liberal progressive feminist Democrats.

  • Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus don’t hold back. Tell us how you REALLY feel!

  • “I knew that he wasn’t a conservative in the mode of Reagan. ”

    We haven’t had a conservative in the mode of Reagan since…well…Reagan.

    As far as being glad Trump is president as opposed to Hillary, doing worse than Hillary is like trying to shimmy under a limbo stick lying flat on the ground.

  • “As far as being glad Trump is president as opposed to Hillary, doing worse than Hillary is like trying to shimmy under a limbo stick lying flat on the ground.”

    After eight years of Obama I am content even with that, although thus far I think Trump has done better than that.

  • I am upset that the madwoman of Chappaqua won’t stay in Chappaqua and be quiet. I am contemplating pangs f sympathy for Slick Willy.

    That being said, I seriously doubt that President Trump will be as successful as was Obama. The bar is set HIGH. Almost impossible for Trump sell as many guns or equal Obama’s GOP electoral gains.

    Obama, the World’s greatest gun marketer, gave the GOP the Trump presidency, both houses of Congress (63 House seats and 10 senates eats) , 33 governorships, control of 32 state legislatures, and Trump may appoint three or four more-or-less conservative SCOTUS justices.

  • Orrick? Or-ik? THE JUDGE IS NAMED ORC?

  • The name is too good isn’t it Foxfier, like a character from an Ayn Rand novel.

  • Daily we see the result of the widespread tentacles of evil set out by the Obama.

  • J.R.R Tolkien’s Orc’s seems to fit as well.

    And the Judge being an Obama appointee makes perfect sense. Obama is synonymous with Saruman……the white.

  • Some sort of heavy-handed thing… if it wasn’t so detail heavy, I’d think we’d gotten hoaxed.

  • Lucius Q C: Don’t forget “abominate” or “Obama-nate”.

  • The video is no longer at LifeSiteNews.

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Trump and Russia-So What?

Monday, May 22, AD 2017

Lots of ink has been spilled over the investigation into the Trump campaign as to whether it had contacts with the Russian government during the campaign last year.  Kevin D. Williamson at National Review, the same Kevin D. Williamson who hates Trump with the undying hate of the bitterest Never Trumper, states the obvious about the hysteria over this investigation:

But here’s the thing: For all the risible and irresponsible cries of “Treason!” and “Obstruction of justice!” there is not really much reason to believe that Trump has done much of anything wrong — though perhaps the special counsel will learn otherwise — certainly nothing that rises to the level of a treason charge (this is ridiculous talk, but it nonetheless must be taken seriously), or the “high crimes and misdemeanors” that would lead to impeachment, or to the incapacity that would allow for his removal under the 25th Amendment. Trump does not know what he is doing, and he is not very good at this job, but there’s no law against that. It is not unconstitutional to be a fool.
The doings in Washington have a distinctly tropical feel to them, and it isn’t global warming. Republicans who rallied to Trump are now learning that it is very difficult to steer the ship of state with one middle finger. American institutions are very robust, and this moment’s banana-republic stuff probably can be digested, provided there is not too much more of it. But there is no sign that Democrats will be satisfied with paralyzing the administration — at the grassroots, it is plain they will be satisfied with nothing less than driving him from office, and maybe not even with that.
But that is not how constitutional, democratic republics work.
There will be another election in 2020, at which time the American electorate can render its judgment on Trump.

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  • Williamson is unreasonably harsh on Trump. The NeverTrumpers ought to have a big slice of humble pie and a nice hot cup of STFU.

  • Ah the Elites, a constitutional democratic republic is too precious a thing to be left to ordinary people. I wonder if these Elites went to today’s “Catholic” schools. “Meh, Carpenters, Fishermen and Tradesmen – what do they know-“

  • The corrupt, incompetent elites do not advance or support the people’s best interests.

    Voodoo central planning has been a consistent catastrophe. Let’s look at the apocalyptic Fed. See Dr. Henry Kaufman’s new book in which he “hits the nail on the head” – and this applies to all, “. . . the Fed has attained an unprecedented prominence – precisely because of its past policy failures.”

    Do not underestimate the elites’ IQ’s. It requires true Mensa-level genius to be so harmful to so many so consistently and to convince the victims that they need you more and more.

    Defeating Crooked Hillary was only a first stride in a trek of 1,000 miles.

    I’m old enough to remember when demokrats (Teddy Chappaquiddick treason with the Kremlin, Obama leaning over with hot mic, Hillary selling 25% of US weapon-grade uranium, Clinton Foundation receiving $$$ tens of millions in Russian bribes, etc.) thought collusion with Russia, a.k.a. the USSR, was a good thing.

    This is different because . . . SHUT UP!

  • Williamson is unreasonably harsh on Trump.Williamson is unreasonably harsh on Trump.

    He’s also innumerate, illustrates his arguments with cherry-picked nonsense examples, and tells stories on himself which make it plain that it meatworld he makes a jack-wagon out of himself (or does not but wishes to present himself in such a way as you’ll think he’s a jack-wagon). National Review is in wretched condition.

  • There on video, Obama colluding with the Russians. Obama may be impeached even AFTER Obama has left the Oval Office of President. Go for it. If Trump is threatened with impeachment , so ought Obama.

  • This is an investigation in search of a crime

    Brought about by a spurious accusation of wrong doing (collaboration between unknown parties in and around the Trump campaign and unknown parties in and around the Russian government) that is itself in all likelihood a coverup of an actual crime (U.S. citizens being spied upon by their own government i.e. “a classic fishing expedition).

Trump Fires FBI Director Comey

Tuesday, May 9, AD 2017

Miss Me Yet?

This is going to cause a firestorm, although after the events of last year I don’t see how any President could trust Comey.

President Trump has fired FBI Director James B. Comey, who had been criticized by Democrats and Republicans since the presidential election.

“The president has accepted the recommendation of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters in the briefing room Tuesday afternoon.

Comey was confirmed in 2013. He has been investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and any potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

Hillary Clinton blamed his late disclosures of an investigation of her emails for her electoral loss

In a statement, the White House said that Trump had told Comey that he has been fired. No reason was provided. 

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  • A double-dealing, two-faced, smooth-as-silk liar as we have seen.

    Double-dealt DJT, Double-dealt Hitlery, Double-dealt the victims and survivors of Ben-Ghazi (his FBI/GPU investigated the “anti-Muslim video protest” and did the forensics on the devastated compound). He knew the truth about Libya and the 13 hours of abandonment by State and the C-in-C.

    The only one he never double-dealt? That’s easy, the man he really was working for, the man he has been still working for—Barry Frank Marshal Davis aka Obama.

  • “Better late than never.” I bet the left-wing propaganda apparatus is working up a million lies (everything they report is a lie) to publish and broadcast.

  • Barry Frank Marshal Davis aka Obama.

    At the time Obama was conceived, the Dunham family had been in Hawaii all of five months. Who is more a more plausible candidate for the sire of Barack Obama: someone enrolled in one of Ann Dunham’s classes at the University of Hawaii who is six years her senior, or the owner of a paper distributorship 37 years her senior who lives 15 miles away from the Dunham home and not on the route between their home and the University of Hawaii campus?

  • I think Trump is getting things in order to finally “lock her up” and keep another campaign promise. He knew he couldn’t do it with Comey in there, he needed to get rid of him. Watch…Hillary Clinton is going to regret “coming out of the woods” and “joining the resistance”. She poked a stick at the Lion and now she’s in his sites. Clinton’s never learn.

  • Trump has long backed off the whole “Lock her up” mantra. And wisely so. For him to pursue that would make him look like a Banana Republic dictator looking to exact revenge on a political opponent.

    Besides, if you understand Hillary’s lust for power, her having to spend the rest of her life know she’ll never be president is punishment enough.

  • I actually enjoyed watching The Apprentice, the original one not so much the Celebrity Apprentice. I would marvel at the way Trump could get teammates to turn on each other and keep everyone in suspense as to who would get fired.

  • We need an FBI director who: 1. Isn’t political, 2. Doesn’t pick and choose between what he’ll investigate, 3. Doesn’t play the games that 1 & 2 cause.

  • Comey did the best he could with a really bad situation– recommend charging Clinton, to the Justice department that opened by dismissing voter intimidation case? Oh, yeah, that won’t get sunk, deliberately.
    Sadly, the Left threw such a fit about Comey “giving” Trump the win that when the counter-intel investigation didn’t magically prove Trump is Putin’s lackey, they’d just insist it proves that Comey was helping Trump.

  • Granted, a sidelight to the main topic, but:

    Art Deco is offended that the Frank Marshal Davis siring of Barack Obama “Junior” came up.

    No, no, no, the well-known promiscuity of Stanley Dunham could not have possibly resulted in her pregnancy with her father’s trusted friend, Frank Davis, no, no: and we should dismiss the nude photos that Frank Davis had in his archive of Stanley (as he had of several young women at this time as an “artist”) as mere coincidence, why every English gentleman has them, probably Art Deco does too.) As we should dismiss the well-known and extended liason between Frank Davis and Stanley as merely a philosophical engagement in exploring communism.

    But least should we consider who Barry Jr actually looks like—his “father”, the squatly-built, round-headed, extremely dark-complected Kenyan, Obama, Sr—or the tall (Barry O. Is 6’1″), lithe, athletic-looking Frank Marshal Davis (6’2″). Barry O’s scalp and hairline March almost exactly Frank Davis’ as do his ears: he looks nothing like Barack Obama, Sr.

    Or we could just read “The Communist”, by Paul Kengor who ties a hundred more factually based details linking Frank Davis with his birth on, Barry, Jr.

    No, no, no.

  • Obama’s mother had no reason to lie about his parentage. At any rate I am calling a halt to any further comments about Obama’s parentage. It has a whiff of the Birther nonsense about it, it is irrelevant to the topic of the post, and now that Obama is no longer President it seems generally irrelevant to me.

  • Aw, shucks!

  • Trump should have fired Comey immediately after he took office. Better late than never however.

    I’ve heard it argued today that Trump fired Comey at the first decent opportunity; i.e. after he got his Justice Department appointees confirmed and in place.

    In any event, Comey owes Trump for instantly rehabilitating his reputation with Congressional Democrats the way he did. Big time.

  • how about being at least a “spiritual father” ?

    I think Schumer etal are sorry Comey is gone because they were counting on his sanctimony to turn up something on Trump or at least keep the people confused.

  • My guess is that the Democrats are so reflexively anti-Trump that it hasn’t yet occurred to them that they’re now hysterically decrying what they were furiously demanding just a few weeks ago.

    But then, Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.

  • how about being at least a “spiritual father” ?

    What does that even mean? Frank Marshall Davis belonged to an atheist organization and, of all the black churches in Chicago he might have joined, he lands on Jeremiah Wright’s outfit (long on africanisant political babble, short on religion). How could either man be called ‘spiritual’?

    FMD was a paper salesman in Stanley Dunham’s circle of friends. They’re known to have been friends in 1971. Barack Obama was conceived in November 1960. They evidently met some time between the Dunhams’ arrival in June of 1960 and the time Stanley Dunham introduced his grandson to the fellow 11 years later. There’s nothing about either man’s occupation or residence which would suggest it a decent wager that they met right away.

    Obama’s conventionality is so thorough I cannot imagine why anyone’s interrogating the memory of an eccentric like Frank Marshall Davis. I can imagine subtle influences. One of my mentors was an aide to Vito Marcantonio in his younger years, but you’re not going to derive anything I say here from anything Marcantonio ever said.

  • Yes, discussion must be narrowed since Obama is no longer president and has no further real control of former FBI chief Comey—indeed Obama and other Red Diaper Doper Babies like Cass Sunstein, Anita Dunn, David Axelrod, and Valerie Jarrett (Vernon Jarrett, also a hardcore communist journalist like Frank Marshall Davis, both good friends from their CPUSA days in Chicago—no connection, however, as to how the young Barack O. made it from Hawaii and Columbia to Chicago, of course) frequenting the new “Georgetown Kalorama White House”, certainly aren’t mirroring the Trump presidency, aren’t trying to run a parallel shadow presidency—So we can expect, probably right now, the entire opposition to Trump’s presidency will come to an immediate end.

    Conclusion: Comey was just a stand up guy (U Chicago Law, JD, 1985), just doing his job, his own man, who had no connections to the Chicago CPUSA mob, and the rest of the RDDB’s.

Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson

Wednesday, May 3, AD 2017

 

Our Federal Union! It must be preserved!

Toast offered by President Jackson, April 13, 1830

 

 

Another tale in the ongoing annals of Trump Derangement Syndrome.  Let me say at the outset that I doubt if Donald Trump knows all that much about Andrew Jackson.  Like most Americans, his knowledge of American history is superficial.  Most politicians fit into this category.  Certainly Obama, who didn’t know how to pronounce medical corpsman and Joe Biden who recalled television addresses by Franklin Delano Roosevelt were in that category.  I regret this, but such ignorance is not considered newsworthy unless the politician displaying ignorance is Donald Trump or some other Republican.

Trump in an interview with the Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito, mused that if Andrew Jackson had been born a little bit later perhaps he could have stopped the Civil War.  Go here to read about the interview.  In the interview Trump fully displays his limited knowledge of history especially in regard to the Civil War.  Trump finds the parallels between himself and Jackson flattering and was attempting to play up his knowledge of Jackson and fell on his face while doing so.   The media has been having a field day with this, hauling out historians to denounce Trump.  What has been missed is that Trump was correct on his main point.

Andrew Jackson, born in 1767 ,was a veteran of the American Revolution, something that marked him for life.  When the Declaration of Independence was issued, he was picked to read it aloud to his largely illiterate frontier community.  Both of Jackson’s brothers fought in the War and died in it.  He served in the militia and at the age of 13, as a POW, refused to shine a British officer’s boots and received a saber cut on his forehead for his defiance.  Like most Americans who fought in the Revolution, his service inspired in him a deep love for the new nation he had helped to create.  For all his days he was an ardent American patriot and a defender of the Union.  His steadfast stance against nullification during the Nullification Crisis of 1832 was completely in character as was his threat to lead an American army against South Carolina if it seceded and to hang every secessionist he could get his hands upon.  Although he was pro-slavery, I have no doubt that if he had been alive at the time of the Civil War he would likely have fought for the Union.  His state of Tennessee was divided during the war with East Tennessee being a hotbed of Union sentiment.  The man who considered himself the political heir of Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, was the only Southern Senator to stand by the Union.  His admirers called him Young Hickory, and in that I think they were absolutely correct.  In his love for the Union he shared with Jackson a sentiment that would override all sectional allegiances.  Abraham Lincoln understood this aspect of Jackson.  He had spent his entire political life fighting the political party founded by Jackson, yet in his office during the Civil War, he had an engraved portrait of Jackson hanging over his fireplace.  If Jackson had been President in 1860 I have no doubt that he would have taken action to militarily quelch secession.  Whether he would have been successful is another question.  However if Jackson had been there secessionists dreaming of a peaceful withdrawal from the Union would have realized that this dream was a delusion.

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  • When the GOP nominates a man who lacks the common sense to not pontificate on matters he must know he is ignorant, it is a tell tale sign it is in bad shape. The fact that the other party may be in worse shape doesn’t change that fact one bit.

    Nor is mainstream media bias (as much a fact of life as that is) any excuse.

  • “When the GOP nominates a man who lacks the common sense to not pontificate on matters he must know he is ignorant, it is a tell tale sign it is in bad shape.”

    Actually the GOP is in the strongest shape that it has been since Coolidge was President. The GOP has problems but the election of Trump is not among them. As for politicians pontificating on subjects they are bone ignorant on, that is a common trait. Reagan, the greatest president of my life time, did it all the time, and would usually make something up when called upon it. Trump in many ways is sui generis as President, but speaking through his hat is not one of them.

  • If the GOP is such strong shape, it certainly doesn’t act like it.

  • I agree that it does not on the national level, yet. The states are another matter.

  • Until things change on the national level, it won’t matter too much what gains are made on the state level.

  • By the way, wasn’t Jackson called Old Hickory as opposed to Young Hickory?

  • Disagree strongly on that. The key weakness of the GOP since the New Deal has always been a weakness on the State level. Strength on the Federal level was always fleeting because of Democrat hegemony over most of the States. That has been broken and that is a major accomplishment. The significance of this will be on full display in the redistricting of 2021, assuming that the Republicans can hold on to almost all their gains since 2010 which they have succeeded in doing in the three election cycles since 2010.

  • Andrew Johnson was called Young Hickory.

  • I hope you’re right, Donald. It would seem that since the GOP has control of the White House and houses of Congress plus the historic gains they have made at the state level since 2010, they would be feeling serious wind at their backs nationally. But they still seem to be operating by the “Cave now, ask questions later.” playbook. State gains have to translate into housecleaning of the national party leadership. But there seem to be no signs of that happening.

  • Agreed. The budget deal approved was massively disappointing. I do think if Congressional Republicans do no better in September that Trump will shut the government down by vetoing the budget, to the limited extent it can be shut down. We shall see.

  • I’ve been in The Hermitage while our son was stationed at Fort Campbell with 1/187/3 BCT/101st Airborne. Screaming eagles!

    Greg, “The fact that the other party may be in worse shape doesn’t change that fact one bit.” TRUTH. However, every morning I wale, l pinch myself, and I recall the corrupt, incompetent Hillary is not President — PRICELESS.

  • The Republicans have a history of acting like they are the minority party even when they control both houses of Congress. When are they going to learn that liberal Demorcrats’ mantra is Our Way or No Way. Any Republican who moves center is a fool. Have to hand it to the Dems – their party leadership keeps them inline with a united front.

  • And don’t forget, Jackson, like Lincoln, would ignore the Supreme Court (Jackson with respect to Worcester v. Georgia, and Lincoln with respect to ex parte Merryman); and Jackson would infamously abuse the Indians by sanctioning their forcible removal from lands guaranteed them by treaty, resulting in the Trail of Tears. But it’s true, given his clear willingness to use the federalized troops to invade a state, he would foreshadow Lincoln. Had he been president instead of Buchanan, who waffled on the issue of how to respond to secession, he would have almost certainly have sent a clear message about secession that might have dissuaded the deep South from seceding. But then again, given what the South feared from the fire-breathing Republicans, maybe nothing could have staved off the impending storm.

  • “And don’t forget, Jackson, like Lincoln, would ignore the Supreme Court (Jackson with respect to Worcester v. Georgia, and Lincoln with respect to ex parte Merryman);”

    In Worcester the Supreme Court did not ask for US Marshals to enforce its decision so there was nothing to ignore. Jackson called the decision still-born, and that was accurate, perhaps by the design of John Marshall to avoid a collision between the Executive and the Judiciary. In Merryman Chief Justice Taney was sitting as a Federal circuit court judge and he never actually ordered anyone to release Merryman. The case went no further so there was nothing for Lincoln to ignore.

  • Lincoln did ignore the Supreme Court Dred Scott decision. Professor Hadley Arkes details in his book “Natural Rights and the Right to Choose”, the Buchanan adminstration had denied a black man a patent and another black man a passport (or similar documents) necessary for him to study medicine abroad, because according to the Dred Scott decision, they were not citizens of the U.S.
    Lincoln had his federal officers issue the patent and the documents.

  • Truman Agreed With Trump. In his 1952 book, President Truman said that if Jackson had been president instead of Buchanan, there probably would not have been a Civil War. He thought that Jackson was strong enough to put down any secession at the first hint. So it’s not President Trump who doesn’t know history. You can agree or disagree with the conclusion, but it’s based on an understanding of history.

  • Constitution: Article IV. Section 4 absolutely prohibits secession.

Loyalty Day 2017 and Trump Derangement Syndrome

Monday, May 1, AD 2017

President Trump proclaimed today as Loyalty Day and the port side of our politics went crazy on twitter, the above photo allegedly from the Ivanka Trump Loyalty Day Collection being one sample.  Go here to read all about it.  The problem is that May 1 has been Loyalty Day by Federal law starting in 1955 and all Presidents since, including Obama, have proclaimed it to be such.  Go here to read my post on Loyalty Day in 2014.  Trump Derangement Syndrome is not merely a political brickbat, but it is a real phenomenon, and it would be pointed out as such if so many of the chattering classes in reporting, the professions, academia and entertainment were not deeply in the throes of it.

 

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  • Keep it up and President trump could win 48 states in 2020.

    Smug (arrogant people are stupid) liberals will never learn.

    “Vote for us you inbred, racist idiots.” (Instapundit) doesn’t win on Election Day. Ask corrupt, incompetent Hillary.

  • Or Trump could be the next one-term wonder a la Jimmeh Cartah because the feckless GOP Congress drives the white working class Democrats that won him the rust belt back into non-voting apathy.

  • Unless you read Stars and Stripes, or The Conservative Treehouse, the latter blog which has the full speech transcript, the Major Media once again misses the enormous personal connection that Donald J Trump has with mainstream America. You have to read the transcript of the speech dated @ The Conservative Treehouse, today
    5/2/2017. Trump is funny, over-the-top, self-deprecating and honorific of the USA and if all the services, and explains what his bigger picture amounts to.

    Read, or watch the approx 15-20 min. video, and be moved

  • By the way, the speech is titled “Commander -in-chief award to USAF Academy”, 5/2/17.

Trumpspeare

Monday, April 24, AD 2017

 

I can’t believe that I forgot that April 23 was Talk like Shakespeare Day.  Fortunately, Father Z did not:

 

Today, I suddenly realized, is…

TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY!

shakespeareYes, it is the birthday of the Bard.

In the past I have encouraged you to talk like Shakespeare.

To help you, I have offered videos and some suggestive words.  I hope you remember them.

I also, to enkindle in you a true zeal for this moment – which can spill over into tomorrow because, hey, why not? – I even posted a scene from a little known play called…

A Most Tragikal Hystory of Obama I

I found another little known piece (I dashed off) which might bring you to beg the Muse for … the… thing muses give.

The Trumping of the Shrew

Dramatis personae:
Chorus
Lord Trump: President of these USA
Lord Sean: Baron of Spicer – Secretary of Press
Lord Bannon: Earl of Breitbart – Counselor
CNN
New York Times
Lord Sessions – Attorney General
Hillary Clinton
MSNBC
Crowd – Outside

CHORUS:
O for a network pundit that would salve
the anxious outcome of elections tense,
a stage for wonk debates, senators to prate,
and congressmen to guide th’ electorate.
So has the ruddy Donald, hair swept up,
defied th’ establishment and, in his wake,
has claimants one by one discomfited,
brought down in vanquishment and loss.
But pardon, sponsors all, for we halt now
your pandering for sales with this stock gang
of mainsteam media elites, who press
in conference for POTUS now to hear.
List! List! O list if ever you
did county love and office high respect.
For Donald, hair in place, has enteréd
a statement now to make, with many quips
to batter newsies where they stand or sit,
because their daily coverage is for….

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Chelsea Clinton: A Pro-Abort at Age Six

Saturday, April 22, AD 2017

 

I missed this story last year.  The country really dodged a bullet when it kept the mother of this nutcase out of the White House last year:

 

In a new interview, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, says she left the Baptist Church at the age of 6 because it has a strongly pro-life position opposing abortions.

Clinton made the comment at a recent fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in an attempt to address evangelicals who question her mother’s faith in God. She said she was upset when teachers in a Sunday School class talked about the wrongness of abortion.

“I find it quite insulting sometimes when people say to my mom, my dad or me . . . that they question our faith,’ said Chelsea. “I was raised in a Methodist church and I left the Baptist church before my dad did, because I didn’t know why they were talking to me about abortion when I was 6 in Sunday school — that’s a true story.”

 

Go here to read the rest.  And to think that self-proclaimed pro-lifers like Mark Shea were supporting abortion-uber-alles Clinton in preference to Trump.

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  • Leftists–they demand protection for evil criminals in sanctuary cities, while slaughtering innocent humans in the sanctuary of their “mother’s” wombs, all the while shouting, “We care!” And, then they diabolically claim to be…the intelligentsia.

  • Chelsea Clinton left the Baptist church at age six because the Baptist church was pro-life. The age of reason is seven years of age. Chelsea Clinton never reached the age of reason and is a case of arrested development. So are Bill and Hillary and all pro-aborts.

  • Seen on Instapundit: “The Clintons are the political equivalent of herpes. They keep coming back, whether people like it or not.”

    Thank God that only a small minority of America-hating invertebrates and Soros funded agents provocateurs listen to their constant streams of lies and evils.

  • The Clinton’s.
    The “poster family” of scourging America. Worse than a tool of destruction, they are the first family of Hell on Earth.

  • Roe v. Wade never bore the burden of proof that the newly begotten innocent person was NOT a sovereign person

  • Uh, hold on. What she seems to be saying is she left the church because the talk about abortion bothered her. She seemed to realize it was not appropriate in some way, to talk to a 6 year old about abortion. I am not reading that she, at 6, decided she was leaving because the church was pro-life.
    We have to be really careful with reading comprehension. Read carefully.
    For the record, I have no respect for any of the Clintons.

  • I am second to nobody in my loathing of the Clinton family, but I think Chelsea’s remarks may be being misconstrued. She said, “I didn’t know why they were talking to me about abortion when I was 6 in Sunday school.” I would totally agree with this. To bring up such a horrible, gruesome subject to children that young is to destroy their God-given innocence. Thanks to our sick, oversexualized, pervasive consumer-media culture, children are losing their innocence at ever younger ages. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a time when I didn’t even hear the word “abortion” until I was 13 or 14 years old — and I was horrified when I found out what it was. I can’t even imagine what the effect on a tender 6-year-old psyche would be.

    I obviously am disgusted with Chelsea Clinton’s pro-abortion stance as an adult, but I think what she was talking about in the quote given above was something I could agree with her on: Little children should not be hearing about abortion. It is evil and grotesque and horrifying. Would we take our 6-year-old to an R-rated slasher movie? Of course not. Well, then, let’s not be planting images in their young minds of babies being slashed to pieces.

  • Agreed that a 6 year old shouldn’t be presented with such graphic visualizations of Hell on Earth. But either she wildly exaggerating like her FBI certified lying mother, or whats worse that as 6 year old she thought it was horrifying that some would suggest mothers do NOT have a right to slaughter their own offspring.

  • “What she seems to be saying is she left the church because the talk about abortion bothered her.”

    Assuming this isn’t simply a routine Clinton lie by Chelsea, they do seem to lie as a matter of course about matters great and small, why would a talk about abortion at age 6 have bothered her? How would she have known what abortion was, and if she knew why would the pro-life position have upset her? How would she even recall this at age 36? If anyone was offended, assuming the incident even occurred, I suspect it was her mother.

  • Question: did Mark Shea become more pro-life at the age of six or less? I’d like to know!

  • It’s a lie, without a doubt. Fawn Brodie published posthumously a work in which slicing up Richard Nixon for this sort of thing featured prominently. George Bush the Elder was a great one for goofy cocktail party mendacity (“You look wonderful”). Liberal culture is such nowadays that the comedy people like Michael Kinsley saw in Nixon and Bush the Elder never seems to adhere to the Clintons or anyone else who serves their ilk.

    The thing is, the story makes Chelsea and (implicitly) her mother look seriously creepazoid. Has Cheslea been so encased in protective bubbles that she doesn’t see this, or does she figure she’s speaking to people so bent they’d think a six-year-old contemplating abortion to be amusingly precocious?

    Stop and think about Chelsea’s life. Rude remarks from Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding (which must have stung because they were from an adult but which likely were mild compared to what the cut-ups and mean girls were saying to her at school), she was treated delicately by the media – much more so than Amy Carter (though less so than the Obama girls). Gary Aldrich, and FBI agent assigned to the White House during the period running from 1993-95 said in his observation and that of security personnel with whom he traded stories, Chelsea was an ordinary teenager and episodically quite rude to her security detail (taking her cues from mama, no doubt); the newspapers who presented her as a lovely girl manufactured a fictional character. She has manifest talents, but evidently no one to counsel her on how to deploy them and all to many people willing to hand her plum jobs (why do broadcast networks hire politicians’ kids so readily?). Her mother was best described by Joseph Sobran: “like egalitarians from Joseph Stalin to Bella Abzug, a terror to work for”. Her maternal side grandmother was described by a nephew thus: ‘always pissed at someone; held grudges’. Her paternal side grandmother was an amiable vulgarian with a gambling problem (and something of a lush to boot, by some accounts). She had no sisters, her only aunt has never been part of the family circle, and her uncle’s childless rank-and-file-lawyer wife lived in south Florida. It’s not surprising she’s kinda messed up.

  • Thank goodness that this Clinton seems to be a bimbo.

  • Thank goodness that this Clinton seems to be a bimbo.

    She has a hatful of graduate degrees. She’s no bimbo. The problem is that her whole life has been so scripted she cannot say anything that isn’t spurious or uninteresting. A journalist reading something she’d written said it had the quality of oatmeal in which you find a toenail clipping now and again.

  • What 6 year old leaves a church? Was she raised Methodist after she left the Baptists? Or was her Methodist mother raising her Methodist while she was attending Baptist services with her Baptist father?
    The whole thing reeks of Two Corinthians.

    You know, the cheap knockoff of Royal English Pleather

  • Gee, when I was two years old, I was all for nuclear proliferation….wif my Cheerios!

    Give Chelsea a break children….c’mon. Her parents abused her when she was a kid, it’s in the record, the official record. Mom and Dad have committed every other crime in the book, why not child abuse?

  • Chelsea wonders why abortion was brought up to her as a child. Well, Chelsea, your teacher had a duty to assist in your moral development, because of the distinct possibility that YOUR PARENTS may not recognize–and convey to you–the grave evil of abortion. Is six too young to hear about abortion? I don’t think so. Like the Jesuits used to say, “Give me a child until he is seven and you can have him for the rest of his life.” Those early experiences leave an indelible mark.

5 Responses to Trump on Passover and Easter

  • It was good to hear your video script of the President, Donald Trump who was able, with sincerity, to deliver his message on the great Feast of our Redemption. Jesus died that all God’s people will have Eternal Happiness and that All would are be saved, if they followed His Laws and Commandments.
    God Bless America and The President.
    Frank Swarbrick

  • The video is in great contrast to the views of our former POTUS. I applaud our President and taking special care to “report,” what the failing msm wouldn’t do…The Coptic Christian bloodshed on Palm Sunday.

    Thank you for posting this video.

  • Its been a long time since we heard a President speak like this to warm a believing heart.

  • Indeed. Obama never delivered, would never deliver such an address,

So Much For the Trump as Pawn of Putin Meme

Friday, April 7, AD 2017

 

  When Senator Hayne of South Carolina told Senator Benton of Missouri that he doubted if Jackson would really hang anyone, Benton, a good friend of Jackson and a man who had shot him in a brawl, one of many such affrays Jackson was involved in during his life, in 1813 before they became friends, told him that “When Jackson begins to talk about hanging, they can begin to look out for ropes”. 

Donald R. McClarey, The Devil and Andrew Jackson

 

Trump launching a Tomahawk strike on a Syrian airbase demonstrates the true idiocy of the idea that Trump is a pawn of Putin.  Trump is his own man as Putin now realizes.  Trump may well be a President who does what he says he will do.  Americans, and our enemies abroad, should take note.  Trump has placed a portrait of Andrew Jackson  in the Oval Office, and I don’t think it is mere decoration but a signal to our enemies and our friends.

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  • Hope and Change! Fundamentally Transformed!

    So much for red lines in the sand and Obamas’ Arab Spring. Reach out and touch someone.

    Noriega had his Reagan. Saddam had his both Bushes. Saddat has his Trump.

    “Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.” – Benjamin Franklin. At times killing people can help matters.

  • Without commenting on the morality of his choice, this certainly does two things; 1) it tells China, Iran, Russia and N. Korea, that there will be an immediate cost to pay if you continue thinking you can do your evil unopposed. 2) Conversely, we may find out that such an act has consequences that we aren’t prepared for.
    I’m glad I’m not the president who is forced to make these lose/lose decisions.
    If the left insists that Trump did this to prove he’s not in bed with Putin, then they can only blame themselves for starting the lie for political gain. Lying does have consequences.

  • Looks like the Neo-Cons are back in control. Graham and McCain are happy.
    Wars and rumors of wars!
    🙁

  • Actually, this is Trump doing what he said he would NOT do, intervene militarily in situations like this. This is the same Donald Trump who, during the GOP primaries no less, dutifully parroted the left’s slander of Bush lying about WMDs in Iraq. Oh, how quickly we forget!

    While we are on the subject of things disappearing down memory holes, this is the same President Trump who drew moral equivalence between us and Russia and Bush and Putin.

    If this is the first step in an effective effort to loosen Russia’s foothold in the Middle East, then yes we can say Trump’s infatuation is no more. But to say that this ALONE achieves that is nonsense.

  • A statement to the world, that Trump is not Obama. There is no question that the world lost respect for America under Obama with his multiple ‘lines in the sand’ moving ever backwards, and his weak foreign policy. This was certainly a measured response that makes a statement, and it is not anywhere near before time.
    America can start again to make claim to be the leader of the free world – because that was sadly lacking over the past 8 years.

  • Tovarich Greg, It’s going to be a hard eight years. “Associate Justice Gorsuch” sounds great, too.

    Trump isn’t Crooked Hillary. I’m still ecstatic.

    People’s expounding (beating a dead horse) utterly unfounded Russia/Trump nothings is more proof that the left has lost its collectivist mind.

  • I think I understand some of the reasons for the attack but I still think it ill-advised.

    Syria is a critical Russian client state. The RussIan navy needs it and Russia won’t let her Syrian ports go easily.

    Yes, Assad is a complete bastard and I do not doubt that he will leave this life unredeemed. (I pray I am wrong.) The thing is that some pieces of this planet cannot BE ruled with other than an iron fist. Since out regional interests are, to my mind, in stability, it seems better to let him remain as a Russian puppet and focus on ISIS/ISIL.

    There was an idiotic naiveté to the Obamazing foreign policy, such as it was. I want Trump to be as pragmatic in foreign policy as he is in his businesses. If this is a gesture, fine. No problem. Gestures have value in practical situation management. But, please let this not be Obama Foreign Policy Idiocy, Part II.

  • I agree with Dave Spaulding above. I add this quote:

    “Whenever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America’s heart, her benedictions and her prayers. But she does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the wellwisher to freedom and independence for all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She well knows that by once enlisting other banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extridition, in all wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom….She might become the dictress of the world but would no longer be ruler of her own spirit….Americans should not go abroad to slay dragons they do not understand in the name of spreading democracy.”
    __John Quincy Adams__ As Secretary of State

  • Ah, the dangers of taking isolated quotes as Gospel. Adams also authored the Monroe Doctrine which basically told the rest of the world that the Western Hemisphere was American turf.

    The simple truth is that American intervention overseas has always had two components: idealism and self interest. Where either element is lacking it is hard for American resolve to last in an overseas venture.

  • As much as I think Trump is lacking in impulse control, I don’t think even he would have ordered those strikes without solid evidence that it was in fact Assad who gassed that village.

  • Donald R McClarey wrote: “Ah, the dangers of taking isolated quotes as Gospel.”

    Damn! Beat me to the punch Maister McC! 🙂

  • Furthermore, the tag, “says U.N. Official” by itself ought to cast doubt on the credibility of the claim that preceded it.

  • First, I respect Trump and I understand his reasons for bombing Syria. He is a far better President than Obama was or Hillary would have been. I have nothing against Trump. But, this decision is still wrong.

    “Del Ponte has been singing that song since 2013. I would not trust her if she claimed that fire burns. She is a stooge for Russia…”

    I do not know anything about Del Ponte. I have simply been seeing many articles questioning why Assad would do something so foolish as to gas his own people at a time like this. And I have seen other articles where some Christians living in Syria maintain that the rebels did their own gassing. I suppose the retort will be these people making such assertions are stooges of the Russian Orthodox Church. Truly I do not know. But I still say that I agree with that isolated quote from John Quincy Adams. I see no good coming out of this ever brewing conflict.

    Now perhaps as other theorize Trump did this to send a strong message to Russia, China, Iran and N. Korea that weak kneed, yellow bellied, cowardly Obama is not in charge. Again, I do not know. But what happens when a secretive diesel electric submarine of an unknown foreign national running ultra quietly on its batteries lodges a torpedo in one of our aircraft carriers in the region. We’ll be crying what Augustus did so long ago, “Quintili Vare, legiones redde!” Except we may never know in such a case who “took the legions.” Iran, Russia, etc……..

    PS, I also see my other comment deleted. I understand. Comparing the different methods of infanticide that show many in our country are no better than many in the Syria is an unpopular and non-politically correct statement.

  • Trump has rocked people on their heels. Now we wait to see what comes next.

  • I’ve been pretty torn up over this situation, and I see both sides. Though I was on the “Trump Train” back in 2011 before there ever was a train, I don’t blindly go along with everything he says or does. I happen to be Catholic, and I am an ex journalist. Perhaps I should’ve given up news and politics for lent. It’s not necessarily a healthy addiction.

Failure of Leadership

Wednesday, April 5, AD 2017

Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.

Matthew 15:14

 

 

My favorite atheist internet commenter Pat Condell explains what caused Brexit and Trump:  the manifest incompetence of leadership throughout the West.  Political revolutions rarely occur because they are planned through conspiracies, but rather as a result of the blindingly obvious inability of the Old Regime to successfully grapple with the problems that confront it. The incompetence of the Old Regime shatters confidence in it, and allows new sources of leadership to come to the fore, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad.  The news media in the West tend to be ardent defenders of the current Old Regime and therefore are missing the biggest story since the fall of European Communism in 1989, which, come to think of it, took most of the news media then by complete surprise, most members of the press assuming that the Communist states were a permanent feature and not a momentary blip of History.  That same May Fly view still remains at work in our time and helps explain why Brexit and the victory of Trump came as such shocking surprises to the people who dedicate themselves to knowing what is going on in their societies.  Blind guides indeed.

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  • The last time I consumed mainstream media was back in the early 80’s while in high school. Partly for that reason, I too saw the Soviet Union as a “permanent feature” and not the historical blip it turned out to be. A family friend who had escaped communist Yugoslavia told me that the Soviet Union was rotten to the core and would implode from within in our lifetime. I thought he was crazy. Well, he could see reality, something the mainstream media can’t or won’t.

  • I don’t bother wirh “the news” much, because I don’t know what is accurate and what is bunk. I figure most of what passes for “news” is bunk-including the tidbit about New Zealand’s postal workers delivering KFC. Awaiting verification from Don.

  • Pat Condell is perfectly correct. All most folks have to do is ask themselves how the American dream is working for them and answer becomes clear. There is no longer any correspondence between the idealism of the mainstream media and real life.

  • “The incompetence of the Old Regime shatters confidence in it, and allows new sources of leadership to come to the fore”
    It also explains the collapse of Labour in Scotland and also why 62% of Scots voted against Brexit, including a majority in every local authority area in the country.

  • Scottish insanity explains the second MPS, as they complain about London ruling them and want to throw off English shackles and embrace EU ones. As was said about South Carolina in 1861: Scotland is too small to be a nation and too large to be an insane asylum. However, I do hope they try.

  • As was said about South Carolina in 1861: Scotland is too small to be a nation and too large to be an insane asylum. However, I do hope they try.

    It’s not too small to be a country with a full panoply of sophisticated services available therein. It’s more populous than Norway or New Zealand and greater Glasgow is as large as Auckland and larger than Oslo. It’s trouble is that it’s political culture stinks. The Scottish nationalist who tells me that he and his are ‘tired of being ruled by southern English public schoolboys’ neglected to recall that the only person who fits that description to have led either the Labour or the Conservative Party at any time since 1965 is walking around with the name “David Cameron“.

  • I can see where we Americans get our strong sense of independence from, the British. I felt quite proud of my redcoat heritage!

  • About Scotland. The Scots do not want to be ruled by London? Then why did they vote in lockstep with London which was solidly in favor of Remain? London was cheerful passing on the dictates of Brussels. Well, I guess the SNP forgets the fifty years of poverty endured by Ireland after it broke away from the UK.

  • Well, I guess the SNP forgets the fifty years of poverty endured by Ireland after it broke away from the UK.

    Per Angus Maddison, per capita output in Ireland grew more slowly than it did in Britain during the period running from 1913 to 1946 and was stagnant during the war. It wasn’t a contextually poor country (perhaps 35% below west European means). During the period running from 1921 to 1970, there weren’t any periods of economic contraction longer than about two years.

  • God created Man with free will. It is part of our human nature. The Left, in rejecting God misunderstands human nature which to their great surprise reasserts itself when coercion becomes intolerable.

Not Governed by Law at All

Thursday, March 23, AD 2017

 

Judge Jay Bybee, Circuit Judge of the US Ninth Circuit, has written a brilliant dissent in the now moot travel ban executive order case.  The dissent is joined by four other judges of the Ninth Circuit.  It is a model of what a judicial opinion should be:  a clear look at relevant constitutional law, statutory law, and applicable prior case law.  The problem in our society is that the left has succeeded in weaponizing our courts to use political tactics to reach desired ends, rather than a dispassionate search for the law.  Such methods win momentary political battles, but they destroy what a court should be:  a neutral forum dedicated to applying the law.  The last paragraph of the dissent is poignant:

Finally, I wish to comment on the public discourse that has surrounded these proceedings. The panel addressed the government’s request for a stay under the worst conditions imaginable, including extraordinarily compressed briefing and argument schedules and the most intense public scrutiny of our court that I can remember. Even as I dissent from our decision not to vacate the panel’s flawed opinion, I have the greatest respect for my colleagues. The personal attacks on the distinguished district judge and our colleagues were out of all bounds of civic and
persuasive discourse—particularly when they came from the parties. It does no credit to the arguments of the parties to impugn the motives or the competence of the members of this court; ad hominem attacks are not a substitute for effective advocacy. Such personal attacks treat the court as though it were merely a political forum in which bargaining, compromise, and even intimidation are acceptable principles. The courts of law must be more than that, or we are not governed by law at all.  I dissent, respectfully.

Of course the comments were made because it was clear that the courts were acting as political forums and issuing political, not legal, rulings based upon the personal predilections of the judges involved.  When courts get political any concept of the rule of law flies clear out the window and we are left in a world where the law is merely another tool in the arsenal of those with whom the judges political sympathize.   In the context of the Trump administration it is clear that many Federal judges share the view of the left that Donald Trump is not a legitimate president and they will prostitute their courts, and ignore applicable legal precedents,  in order to hinder him.  God help us all.

Here is the text of the dissent:

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