Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wrong Narratives

Just a couple thoughts tonight on the games the liberal MSM is playing.

Projecting: When you take your own feelings and use those as a basis to explain the motivations of other, that is called projection. The best example is how psychologists with mommy issues will assume that all their patients are suffering from mommy issues. Liberals have been doing this for years, projecting their own racism, sexism, hate, spite and bad faith onto conservatives. Now the media has transformed this issue into a real world thing. They are doing this thusly:
Step One: Liberals accuse Trump cabinet choice of being divisive.
Step Two: Liberals riot against cabinet choice.
Step Three: The Media uses fact of riot as evidence of divisiveness.
Logic calls this a tautology. Psychologists call it projection. The left doesn't see anything wrong with it.

Do NOTHING!: The left is attacking Trump for doing nothing... as if they want him to be active. The problem with this is that almost every day brings some new policy change that either undoes the last eight years of Obama in one pen stroke or makes a substantive change to US policy. You see how stupid that reasoning is.

Anyways, to support it, they are trying to whine that so far Trump hasn't had an Obamacare or whatever-else-Obama-actually-did-in-office-I'm-sure-there-had-to-be-something. They forget that Obamacare didn't happen until two years into Obama's administration. Dodd-Frank didn't happen for another year. And nothing much happened after that. So this is totally a false test.

Further, think about the assumption here. A President isn't active unless he passes some big-ass LEGACY bill with his name on it? Really? That says a lot about how they think. Style over substance. The reality is that what Trump has done has been incredibly active so far and he's done it without even needing signature legislation.

Trump Opens Death Camps for Jews!!: The MSM is trying to swing Jews back to the Democrats. To do this, they've run with some interesting twists. First, they wrote suspicion/smear articles in which they noted that Trump might now like Jews. As proof, they pointed out that his own daughter had converted and he might not like that. No evidence was offered. They jumped all over the Holocaust statement because it didn't use the specific words they wanted. They ignored his friends and business partners who are Jews. They ignored his support of Israel. Now they are linking his election to 11 Jewish centers getting bomb threats. What? According to the ADL, all Jewish centers get bomb threats every day, so why is this new? Not to mention, there was no mention of Trump, nor have Trump's supporters ever been linked to antisemitism. Talk about inventing a smear out of whole cloth!

Trump Opens Death Camps for Trannies!!: Oh oh. Trump called the transgender bathroom issue a state's rights issue and he reversed Obama's brave bathroom executive order which came somewhere near the very end of Obama's term in office (why does that sentence sound dirty?). The end result will be that... well, nothing changes. Yep. Nothing's going to change. Yet, he is being roundly denounced as if he were a child rapist. Maybe they should stage a million Trannie march... oops, there aren't that many. How about a 200,000 Trannie March! They can wear reversible Dick Head/Pussy Hats.

Crazy Train: The MSM is pulling out all the stops again. Now they are digging up "historians" to say he will be impeached or might start a civil war, shrinks to claim he has "cabin fever" and other mental disorders, and a never-ending parade of experts to tell us how everything he's doing suggests buggery.

Among the Apes: There are suddenly a ton of articles written by idiots that start with "I'm a (silicon valley/college/union) liberal and I decided to go meet some actual Trump supports and find out what the hell they are thinking." These articles read a lot like mental masturbation as the authors invariably struggle to prove their own superiority over the natives. It's becoming an epidemic and it's stupid. Frankly, I think we should fire back and send scientists to live among the liberals and analyze their world. That could be pretty funny. "After breaking up Oreo cookie, subject spent ten minutes worrying about effect of segregation of black and white parts. Eventually used the N-word and tossed both parts in the gluten-free garbage can."

Irony: Am I the only one who thinks it's ironic that the left is upset that Trump might be weak on the Russia issue when they spent the whole Cold War essentially acting as a Soviet fifth column?

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Good News Break...

Sometimes you just need some positive news to escape the crazy swirling all around. Normally, I would post photos of cute puppies, kittens, and piglets. Instead, here is something from UpWorthy and created by Chris Austin Hadfield, a retired Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space.

Okay, back to crazy...

Well, maybe just one puppy/pig/kitten...
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Quick Thoughts

Hi folks. I'm barely back to the living and don't have a ton of energy. So I'm just going to share a couple quick thoughts tonight.

● The Milo thing doesn't interest me much except for this: the right has been saying for decades that gays and underage sex are linked in the left's agenda. The left has angrily denounced that, all the while partnering with groups advocating the lowering of the age of consent to the low teens or eliminating it entirely. Gay literature is packed with stories about gay men molesting young boys. Etc. So now Milo comes close to saying he's into young boys and the left loses its mind. Interesting. Now, I know the left is only pretending to be outraged just to get Milo, but don't be surprised the next time some gay leftist gets caught in bed with a teen age boy, if the left decides that sex with teens is a human right... unless it's done by someone they don't like.

● Matt Damon's yellow-face film about the white guy who goes to save China from dragons bombed. Ha ha.

● Mike Flynn is gone. The left is now looking to have him arrested and sentenced to death and then use their pogrom as a basis for getting Trump impeached. Ok, good luck with that. I see no evidence that anyone who doesn't already hate Trump cares. The thing just isn't mentioned outside of wonk journals. To the public this scandal is "he talked to the Russians... something that lots of people do... then he lied to Pence and got fired for lying." No big deal. The new guy sounds pretty good. And for those keeping score, Trump's team has slapped the Russians about a dozen times already, giving them nothing they've wanted.

● Speaking of the public versus the insiders, the Post had an interesting article today where they actually spoke to real Trump supporters. They were shocked to find that these people consider him a stunning success so far and they consider the negative to be media noise. I don't think that's going to change. The funny part about the article is how they turn their own beliefs into facts and then smear the Trump people for not accepting their facts. A good example was the mention of an executive order Trump signed killing Obama regulations that would have banned the dumping of certain coal by-products in rivers starting this month. That would have cost 70,000 jobs. Well, apparently, the stupid Trump people were too biased to understand that leftist economists said the regulations actually could have created more jobs than that. Really? How? By handing out unemployment slips? This goes right to the heart of the matter though. The left/media invents "fake news" they want to believe and then they smear the public for not accepting their made up views as truth.

● Evidence that the left is running out of energy came this weekend when the "Not My President" rallies didn't make much news. Did you even hear about them? Even Trump's rally in Florida was only protested by a couple hundred people and only a few in pussyhats.

● Some perspective. 203 million Americans watched at least one NFL game season. 130 million voted. 37 million watched the Presidential debates. 2.3 million turned out for the pussyhead rally... assuming you believe the fake news numbers. What does the public really care about?
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Presidents Day Chat

Okay, it's Presidents Day, the day we remember what exactly? Oh, yeah, to remember all of those men (for now, anyway) who have been elected by the States to be the Chief Executive executing our laws enacted by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court in this country in the good times and the bad times and every day inbetween.

George Washington said that he intended to return to his farm in Virginia rather than establish himself as a lord in a new dominion, King George III declared that "If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world". Though Washington did not immediatedly return to his farm, he did after grudgingly being our 1st President and establishing the tradition of no more than 2 terms/8 years in office.

Interesting that we do not give much credit to our 2nd President John Adams who executed the first peaceful transfer of power in Western history that did not include the death, dismemberment, or exile of the outgoing ruler. He established this tradition that has been followed through 43 successive administrations even through Civil War.

Comments are welcomed.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

So This Happened In NYC

The actor, thinker and arteest that is Shia LeBoef somehow talked the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NYC to allow him to set up an performance aahht installation (and presumable fund with taxpayer dollars) in the last few weeks called "He Will Not Divide Us", a political protest performanc aahht piece. Yeah, he just can't cope with President Trump, so he set up a live 24/7 video feed in a parking lot outside the museum that was supposed to run for the next 4 years where the public was invited to participate by yelling the phrase, "He will not divide us," into the camera....blah, blah, blah.

Of course, the first thing that happened was the Mr. LeBeouf was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault for pummeling someone who disagreed with his aahhtistic vision. But after that, it has gone smoothly without incident. Okay, that was a joke, of COURSE it didn't go smoothly! And not because of any Trumpsters. Actually the neighbors started complaining about the noise and nuisance of the rabble. Because of the security risk, the police had to be stationed outside the installation to patrol 24/ the taxpayers expense.

After less than a week, the Museum Board decided to shut the project down because the installation had become an "ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses." LeBoeuf was very disappointed:

And then there was something about milk now being recognized as another example of white privilege because of something about lactose intolerance in non-Western cultures or something.

Comments? Oh, please, PLEASE change the subject.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: IT'S VALENTINE'S DAY. Plan accordingly with hearts, flowers, candy, and the like. Don't say you weren't warned!
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Liberal Tea Party?

There are a lot of article recently being written about this "liberal Tea Party" forming up all of a sudden. These articles are strategizing and planning and gushing about the possibilities. But there's a... the people they are expecting to be there have already moved on.

Here's the fantasy: The US is full of leftist voters who just don't turn out like those meanie Republicans. In 2009, racist whites turned out because they were upset by Obama. Trump is much worse than Obama, so billions of Americans are turning out to stop him. Why, just look at the Womyn's March which brought out three million women to stop Trump. Those women and others want to form a liberal Tea Party, they all said so. And Chuck Schumer walked through the crowd and he estimates that 20% of those chickies didn't even vote in the election!! That means billions of potential new liberal voters just waiting to turn out. There are other groups too, being brought out by groups who can act like liberal versions of the Koch brothers (who created the Tea Party). These are groups like Planned Parenthood and other progressive groups. The only thing we need to worry about is keeping them from turning against the Democrats like the Tea Party did with the Republicans.

Oh boy.

Some reality...

1. The Tea Party was an organic movement of working (mainly) whites who had been sh*t upon for decades and turned out for a specific purpose. These were selfless people with a work ethic and organization skills, and felt their lives were being ruined by the government's abuses. By comparison, leftists -- be they Pussyheads or OWS or student rioters or Seattle anarchists or BLM or whatnot -- are selfish lazy whiners who are consumed by their wants, formed into exclusive racial/gender tribes, and want to impose their will upon others. One of these things is not like the other. One forms an effective unit, the other becomes all rapey, pollutey, and violent tantrumy.

2. The idea that the Koch's created or maintained the Tea Party is a liberal fantasy. Trying to build in that model won't work. Building with that model creates the modern progressive left... astroturf, not a Tea Party movement. All the people likely to engage in that model are already engaged.

3. The Womyn's March was not 3 million women. That's propaganda, and it's delusional to believe your own propaganda. The real number was probably closer to 500,000 nationwide. That's 0.3% of the number voters in 2016. If all of them were new voters, they still would not have changed the election. Twenty percent of them (the supposed "new voters") represent just 0.06% of voters. That's barely margin of error stuff, and definitely wouldn't have changed the election. What's more, the idea that even 20% of them didn't vote is ridiculous. Those crowds were wall to wall turned-out leftists, they were not some silent majority brought to action. Said differently... there aren't very many of these people and the voters the Democrats are hoping to find don't exist.

4. The Womyn's March is already dead and gone. It's not forming. It's not building behind the scenes. It's dead. How do I know? Two things. First, there has been no evidence at all of them continuing after their weekend fun. This is a bunch of people promising to get together more often from now on when they are drunk at a party... they never follow through. There are no local meetings, no buzz. Even the Townhalls being filled with leftists right now are all just astroturf turning up for an hour or two -- several progressive groups are actually bragging about sending their people to disrupt these meetings.

Secondly, as I said before, look at the mindset of the pussyheads. These are people who have deluded themselves into thinking that "raising awareness" is the equivalent of solving a problem, and it doesn't even bother them that there is already 100% awareness on the issues they are "solving." These are the people who think snarky online comments, SNL routines, and leaving nasty reviews at Nordstroms is "political action." These aren't achievers. They are people whose ideology is that their personal problems are the result of people discriminating against them and they want to feel better: Accept Me!! Stop shaming me!! Stop making me feel bad about myself!! Stop having more than I do!! Stop making me pay for my own mistakes!! Those aren't people who can coordinate to form a movement, or get along for the good of the group, or even find a common purpose.

The idea of a liberal Tea Party is fantasy.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Of Hypocrites, Liars and Patriots

Some thoughts on a few things I've run across lately...

● Trump didn't cancel the sending of US M1-Abrams tanks to Lithuania. This started under Obama and Trump is continuing with it. They will be part of four battalions of troops based there to keep the Russians out. This will wildly disappoint the never-Trumps who desperately want Trump to be a Russian agent. Send them some flowers or something.

● Check out this photo:
This is meant to "celebrate diversity" by showing how different women can all be beautiful. Really? Ok. Allow me to respond. Men have long know that when it comes to beauty, variety is the spice of life. And study after study has shown that men as a group are more attracted to average women than they are to the anorexic-model-thing women's magazines assure us are the only model of beauty. In fact, it's only women who seem to think these stick-figure zombies are the ideal of beauty. What's more, take another look at that picture. Are they celebrating diversity or cloning? You tell me. Maybe it was meant as irony?

● If you want a totally not-self-aware statement, actress America Ferrer said this: "I love looking beautiful, but it's only a small piece of me." LOL! Uh, yeah. This bit of narcissism really isn't uncommon in Hollywood anymore, but it's still hard for average people to swallow. So Hollywood has invented the narcissism shield. If you are a bitch or flaunt your hotness, you just need to claim that you were bullied as a child. Do that an all is forgiven because once you've been blessed with the touch of bully-victimhood, you can be the biggest motherf*cker in the world and you are still the victim. And if you go too far, just add a sexual-abused codecil to the story of your childhood. Then you are untouchable.

As for America, for the record baby, you have a stupid name and you're mannish. Now you've been bullied. You can thank me later.

● The Patriots had their classy victory rally in Boston. Most wore their wife-beaters, except for those who went shirtless and poured booze all over their chests. Hope you brought your air guitars! Boston is a special place. I wonder if they let the "darkies" come to this rally?

● To show you how pathetic the left has become, the latest revolutionary/resistance tactic against Trump has been to say something "cutting" about him on twitter. Oooh, go girl! That's really, uh... worthless. Lenin must be spinning in his grave. Speaking of which, what happened to the Women's Rally? That kind of fizzled, didn't it?

● Finally a group of wounded veterans has put together an ad begging us not to kill Obamacare because without it, they wouldn't get treatment. Liars. If they are wounded in their military duties, they get care through the military, not Obamacare.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

No, Lady Liberty Was Not Originally A Muslim Woman

As if things couldn't get more strange, CBS News' big scoop of the weekend was that "researchers" have discovered that the Statue Of Liberty, was really supposed to be a Muslim peasant women first. Well, okay, but not really. The story that CBS was trying to twist is that French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi had at one time pitched the idea of a massive, draped sculpture holding a torch that would act as a lighthouse as the entrance to the Suez Canal. The Egyptians had just spent a fortune building the Suez Canal and politely declined. They opted to built a lighthouse instead. CBS's report

Not being deterred from making a giant statue for someone, Bartholdi then tried to sell his giant statue idea to the US, as it was coming up to the Centennial celebrations of our great nation. I believe this is how the conversation may have gone when Bartholdi came to the US with his sketches of very large scuptures:

Bartholdi: "Bonjour, US people, have I got something that you need. Wait, let me get my sketches. Non, not that one [tosses Suez Canal sketch in the fire] Oh, here it is! Just what you need for your Centennial, don't you think? I call it "Large Woman In Roman/Greco Garb Holding A Lamp". Not bad, oui?

US: "Wow, cool, we'd love it! But first we're gonna have to find a place to put it. Oh, wait, let's build a fake island in the middle of NY harbor. Hey, Freddie, would you call it “Liberty Enlightening the World” 'cause we need to seem more "welcoming". Do you think you can convince our pals the French to kick a few bucks and "gift" it to us? I mean, it IS our Centennial and they helped a little. Ooh, maybe we should add some inspiring words to go on it. Do I hear "poetry contest"???

Bartholdi: Voila! Great name, by the way."Liberty Enlightening the World". Au revoir, US, I will see what I can do!"

Okay, maybe that's not exactly what transpired in that meeting, but I seriously doubt that Bartholdi was trying to sell a statue of a Muslim peasant woman to the US. He was trying to sell a anyone who would buy one.

Fun fact: Gustave Eiffel, the man who engineered the Eiffel Tower also build the internal structure for the Statue of Liberty.

Oh, and if not to be outdone, an "historian" has also said that the model for the Statue of Liberty was actually a man.HuffPo - Is The Statue Of Liberty A Man?
Any thoughts?
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Quick Thoughts

Now that the Super Bowl is over, here are a couple quick thoughts.

● First, f*&% you Patriots. Your win was @#*&$^ #$@!% bull$%$@ #$^@#$$ and also #$^%%# well-deserved #@#$%%@ #$%@@#$ choke on a #@$%. In all seriousness, congratulations to Boston, the whiniest, most racist city in America. May you all drink yourselves into a stupor tonight and wake up in a gutter in Lowell. You've earned it... Massholes.

● California has been talking about leaving the union or not paying their taxes. They've been working under the assumption that California only gets $0.78 back on every dollar it sends to Washington. Well, it turns out that's not true. A new study by the state itself found that they get back $0.99. What's more this study fails to account for the housing deduction and the deduction for state income tax. With those, I suspect California gets way more than it pays. Personally, I think we should test it. Let's push California out and see what happens.

● This weekend's Trump outrages have fallen to the level of voodoo with body language experts telling us that Trump has issues based on where he places his hands and legs, and we had a shrink declare him unstable and trending toward crazy. It's sad when it comes to this kind of idiotic smear. But that's where they've ended up. Why? Well, it's quickly turning out that all the stories they've been telling aren't true. Indeed:
● Australia continues to deny the phone call. As does Mexico. BTW, the AP and CNN not only report different tones in the conversation, with the AP calling the supposedly offending language "lighthearted", but they reported different words being used despite supposedly both using the same "transcript." CNN later reported that rather than threatening to send the military to do what Mexico won't, Trump offered to send our military to help. Slight difference there... 'want help?' v. 'I might invade your ass!'

● The talk that Trump was lifting sanction on the Russian intelligence service was false. It turns out this was a technical fix planned by Obama and executed now.

● Do you remember how Trump issued the immigration Executive Order without the knowledge or input of Homeland Security and Justice? Well, Homeland Security denies this and said they knew about it. And a memo CNN got their hands on shows that Justice approved the Executive Order. So much for the whole smear.

● Wait, there's more! Remember how Steven Bannon went to Homeland Security behind Trump's back to convince them to apply the order to green cards? Never happened. Everyone denies it and visitor logs prove it. And the same reporter who started this (Josh Rogin from WashPo) also created the story about the "entire leadership team at the State Department quitting" when those people were but six of dozens and they had resigned before Trump took office. A simple look at State's Organizational chart would have disproved the story to Rogin.

● There was a story about Trump firing Secret Service people. That never happened either.

● Oh, and that "conservative, Bush-appointee" who struck down Trump's executive order also told the cops in a recent hearing that "black lives matter." Hmm.
● Some people are threatening to boycott Budweiser for their Super Bowl ad in which they traced the path of their founder, an immigrant from Germany. I saw the ad and thought it was in the best of American traditions, honoring the very kinds of people who built America and established the American dream. Boycotting this is idiotic.

That said, 84 Lumber just shot themselves in the pantalones. 84 Lumber is an East Coast version of Home Depot, kind of. Their customer base is white guys with plumber's crack. Yet, they paid for a Super Bowl ad that featured a little Mexican girl and her mother who brave the elements to sneak across deserts and harsh landscapes filled with predators to make it to the US. That's right, their ad glorifies illegal immigrants from Mexico... the same people taking the jobs from the white guys with plumber's crack. Stupid.

● Finally, there was an interesting article about polls this weekend. It said that three polls that use robot calls and fair questions put Trump's approval ratings at a positive, with most having him between 51-55% pro and 46% con. That's consistent with historical precedent, so I suspect that's true. The polls that have him at 40% support and 50% opposition, on the other hand, are using extensive interviews and are oversampling Democrats by a wide margin. Imagine that. Anyways, the point to the article was a worry that maybe "we" (good leftists) are underestimating his popularity and need to rethinking if being whiny b*tches is a good strategy. That's actually insightful. I hope they don't listen.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Groundhog's Day Open Thread

This is a very special day. It is the day that our beloved Pennsylvania cousins coax Punxsutawney Phil, the US Weather-Laureate and groundhog, from his/her burrow to predict exactly how much longer winter will last.

While we're waiting with great anticipation to know what Phil will predict, just talk about anything - the riots at Berkley, pending Supreme Court Nominee grilling from the Senate, or anything you like. Just keep it civil because Punxsutawney Phil needs to concentrate..
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Neil Gorsuch

So Trump nominated 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch. I’m not in love with the choice, but most conservatives will be.

Here’s what we know about Judge Neil M. Gorsuch:

Great qualifications.
• Harvard Law School, 1991
• Law clerk, Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White/associate attorney general
• Nominated by George W. Bush, 2006, to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
• From 1995–2005, Gorsuch was a lawyer at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel
His decisions are this:
• Opposed to class action suits. That’s good. Class actions suits are an abomination that let lawyers use injured people to rob companies. No one benefits but the lawyers. The left will hate this.

• Ruled that religious employers cannot be forced to provide contraceptive insurance. This was the same thing the Supremes would say later. The left hates this. He also said that governments can display religious materials without needing to display the materials of all competing religions. Liberals will hate that too. But in so saying, he pointed out that the law doesn’t protect popular beliefs, it protects unpopular beliefs. I suspect this means he will protect the rights of minority religions equally. This is how it should be, but it will frustrate the Religious Right, who don’t like the government also promoting Islam.

• Favors capital punishment. Not controversial.

• He’s never ruled on abortion, but he’s VERY opposed to euthanasia, which suggests he’ll be pro-life. How he goes on this will be hard to tell. He’s a “strict constructionist,” but that doesn’t actually suggest a position because abortion is a new issue... it was not part of the Constitution when written. Conservatives often claim to respect precedent. But when it comes to Roe v. Wade, they often go apesh*t on the precedent issue. I suspect he will go with his political views and be pro-life, but who knows.

• No idea what he will say on gays. I think that issue is settled though.

• He’s very pro-big business. I don’t like that.

• He doesn’t support a wide open Commerce Clause. That means he would have voted against Obamacare and may be opposed to the war on drugs. This is generally a good position for those who favor smaller government. I see that as a red herring.
His most interesting opinion to me, is a case called Guitierrez-Brizuela v. Lynch. Do you remember me talking about the way to shrink the federal government is to take away the ability of Congress to pass vague laws and let the Executive essentially fill them in? In Guitierrez-Brizuela, he talked about reconsidering the court’s 1984 Chevron case which gave federal agencies the authority to interpret ambiguous laws rather than striking them down and sending them back to the Congress. That's the case I was talking about, or at least the final nail in the small government coffin. Changing that would be a great change, and the fact he recognizes that makes him interesting.

Ultimately, I don’t think Gorsuch changes anything though. He is a safe choice who was approved by the Democrats in the Senate under Bush (though they will block him now), and he replaces Scalia and should rule about the same. The next justice will be more interesting. Trump definitely picked a solid candidate to make the GOP establishment happy. This was no rogue pick. I don't think the public will care either way. I am disappointed Trump didn't pick a woman to defuse the "he hates women" stuff. We'll see.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

This Just Happened In The Last 2 Hours...What Next?

Fun times, right? Things are coming fast and furiously with Trump. I am not sure what I think, but if nothing else, he is shaking things up. And frankly, our federal government needs to be shaken up a bit. D.C. has all become too entrenched and needs to be "woke".

Just to review the last few hours, the acting AG Sally Yates made a public statement that she would refuse to defend Trump's immigration executive order, yet did not explain why. And within the hour, she was replaced by the US Attorney of Eastern District of Virginia Dana Boerte.

I quickly "googled" Boerte and this was what was posted by Wikipedia:
Dana J. Boente
Dana James Boente is the newest sock puppet for the Trump administration Wikipedia
Born: February 7, 1954 (age 62 years), Illinois
Education: Saint Louis University
Yeah. Within the 5 minutes I tried to get a screenshot, it was gone.

But it wasn't a completely wasted day. I do see hope. As I was walking to the subway this morning, I overheard a conversation between a father and his grade-school age son - "...and that is what they call an "executive order...". That's all I heard. And if I had not been walking in the opposite direction, I would have loved to have continued eavesdrop on the rest. At least one child is learning something.

I am sure that more will happen in the next 24 hours that will cause yet another Hollywood star to go insane, so just keep breathing slowly and don't hyperventilate. All that CO2 is bad for the environment.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017


So Trump’s been President about a week now. How has he done? Pretty amazingly. Observe. Here are the things Trump has done. Some are good, a couple bad:

● Trump ended catch and release at the border, which has raised morale within immigration. He’s authorized the hiring of 5,000 more border patrol agents. He stripped money from sanctuary cities. He reinstated local and state immigration enforcement partnerships. He ordered construction of the wall and found a way to pay for it. Even his critics are liking the idea of a 2-3% tariff on Mexican goods (Trump's first offer was 20%, which brought counter-offers of 2-3%).

● He began undoing Obamacare. He stopped spending money to advertise it. He ordered agencies not to enforce the individual mandate. He’s said the replacement needs to aim for true universal access, and he is planning to cut drug costs... things the Democrats talked about but never had the nerve to do.

● He authorized the Keystone Pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline. What’s more, he ordered Commerce to maximize the use of US steel for the project... major jobs. This and the trade stuff has brought kudos from the Teamsters and other unions as they see it helping American workers. Imagine that.

● Companies keep declaring that they will bring factories here. The latest is Telsa, who swears it wasn’t because of Trump, but they will open a factory here instead of Germany. A Japanese company will also start manufacturing television screens here, the only plant of its kind in the US (a $7 billion investment). Every day brings new stories of factories and jobs.

● His immigration order includes adding vetting for immigrants from terrorist countries and it reduces the number of asylum seekers to be accepted from 110,000 to 50,000. (Obama actually raised the number from 83k to 100k as a stunt).

● His ban on the use of US funds to promote abortion overseas will save us $600 million according to the left. Damn that’s a lot!

● He has frozen hiring at the federal level outside Homeland Security and the military.

● He’s ordered the Pentagon to come up with a more aggressive strategy to defeat ISIS. He forswore torture too, despite claims he wouldn't. Gen. Matthis is drawing rave reviews already.

● He imposed a five-year across-the-board ban on lobbying by every political appointee to the Executive Branch and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign powers. Again, the Democrats claimed they would do this and never did. Now they are whining that it will cost the government "talent."

● He cancelled John Kerry’s bizarre last-minute $200 million gift to the Palestinians.

● He seems to have rebuilt the special relationship with Britain overnight and has suggested some sort of trade deal with them.

● He’s apparently flattered the Indian government and is working with them as a counter-weight to China in the region. Very smart.

● On the downside, he did kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Bad for consumers. The unions did like it though. That said, I suspect this is one of his political splits, where he manages to say one thing and ultimately do another. We'll see.

● He's made a couple communication mistakes, but nothing real. Mainly these are leftist smears that the public doesn't seem to be falling for. The "Muslim ban" (effecting 7 of 52 Muslim countries and lasting all of 30 days) is one of these. The left is screaming bloody murder, but a new poll by leftist poll shop Quinnipiac has found that voters support Trump either 48-42 or 53-41 depending on which aspect is being measured. So the opposition really is the hard-core left plus John McCain. Sorry Hollywood.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Trump Derangement Syndrome

The left lost its sense of right and wrong under Lenin. It lost its sense of judgment under the hippies. It lost its sense of perspective in the age of political correctness. Now it's lost its mind. I give you a small sliver of this week's Trump Derangement Syndrome. Just remember, every rumor is FACT! Every "fact" is evidence of evil! And no outrage like each of these has ever happened in the course of human history!

● Trump didn't wave when he got on Air Force One! He wants to suppress the media!

● Kelly Conway punched someone at the inaugural ball. She's dangerous!!

● OMG! He didn't want black performers at the inaugural because blacks didn't vote for him! What a racist!

● Trump is fuming and obsessed with the negative coverage. He's a monster!

● Trump lies! Politicians can't lie! Wait, yes, I know Pharell said that "everybody lies" when Hillary got caught lying about everything, but that's different!!!

● The Trump team is at each other's throats. His own people hate him! It's CHAOS in the White House!

● Trump is using a private email server! Arrest him! They arrested Hillary for that!

● Trump is making decisions based on late-night political talk shows! He's not competent to be president! Steven Colbert told me so!

● It kind of looks like Melina is uncomfortable around Trump. He must be an abuser!

● Kelly Anne Conway wore red, white and blue! How dare she wrap herself in flag colors!

● Trump's ex and his trashy daughter tried to get their hair done for free!

● Trump isn't paying his private contractors for work done at one of his properties! He's a fraud!

● My God! Why won't Trump release his taxes? We MUST KNOW WHAT'S IN THEM! Help us Wikileaks!! Hack our President!

● Trump is breaking the law by fixing the typos in his tweets... OMG, somebody stop this man! He's changing history to cover up his crimes? He has no right to speak to the public except through the media!

● The "entire management team" at the State Department resigned! Don't you see how he's destroying the government? These aging civil servants never retire in such large numbers! Six of them! Think of all the lost experience!

● If Ben Carson lets Trump properties get HUD contracts, there is nothing anyone can do!! He's a criminal! How dare Elizabeth Warren vote for him!!!! Traitor!!!

● Trump is trying to silence agency employees who refuse to follow his orders! He's a dictator!

● Steve Bannon told the media to "keep their mouths shut!" He's trying to silence us! I don't even know what the context of the quote was!

● OMG! He's signing Executive Orders to do things! Where did he get that power?!! What about Democracy! How can a President do this? Well, other than Obama that is.

● OMG! He threatened mayors who threatened to resist him with consequences! How dare he fight back! This man is worse than Hitler!

● He removed the bust of Martin Luther King from the White House! The racist!

● He wants to bring back torture!

● How dare he waste time investigating voter fraud!

● He claims Obama left him a letter, but won't read it to us!! All Presidents do this, but we don't believe him! Obama won't betray us like that!

I'm enjoying the heck out of this. These idiots have lost their hive mind. All Trump needs to say is "Boo!" and they jump a mile high screaming bloody murder. Best of all, this is keeping them from putting together a useful defense against Trump's agenda. Ha ha! I mean... Grrrr, he's coming to get you!!! Boo!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cutting Through The Noise...

Years ago, my piano teacher Ben Karnes, wrote this note on a piece of music I was butchering:
"If everything is important, then nothing is important."
In otherwords, if you hit every note exactly the same, then there is no music. It's just noise.

Now, Mr. Karnes wrote that in the context of musical dynamics and musicality, but I also have tried to embrace that same concept as my philosphy in life too. As in music, life has it's crescendos and decrescendos, piannissimo and sforzando moments too. But if we give every issue the same high-pitched level of importance, then none of them are really important and priorities are lost.

Maybe what we need right now is a little perspective. And with so many issues and so much noise swirling about, it is hard to cut through it all and focus on which issues are really important. Seriously, what really are the most important issues that we need to focus on right now?

Help me here because I am getting lost in the cacophony of noise. Let's have a discussion...
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Female Version of Rape

This just in.... "millions" of smug liberal women march... nothing changes.

Speaking of the womyn's march, let's talk about a "women's problem" that needs to be addressed. When I was young, I noticed something that society told me didn't exist. I noticed a small, but significant number of young girls who used the authorities as a weapon. These girls reported siblings, rivals and jilted lovers to teachers or parents for crimes that never happened. And when they got caught lying, nothing happened.

As I got older, I saw this grow in intensity. In college, I saw young women accuse roommates of harassment and boys who dumped them of sexual harassment that never happened. "They couldn't be lying!! Young women are innocent," said the system, "and they would never lie about this!" So what happened when the accusations were proven to be lies? Nothing, because we were told that harassment is such a horrible thing that we can't blame a young woman who lies about it... the poor dear got confused and didn't know how to handle it. The fact there was no actual harassment and that the girl just wanted revenge wasn't PC to mention.

Soon I began to notice the occasional rape allegation that turned out to be made up. Again, we were told not to judge the woman too harshly because "rape is a horrible thing." But again, there was no rape... there was just a desire to hurt someone. But you can't say this without being shouted down with cries of: "Women don't lie about rape." Except, this one did. "How dare you! You are blaming the victim!" No, the victim is the guy she knowingly, falsely accused. YOU are blaming the victim, feminists!

As an aside, there was weapons grade cognitive dissonance going on here too. At the same time we were told it was a hate crime to suggest that some women lie about being raped, we were taught that white women in the South are evil racists who routinely lied about black men raping them whenever they got into trouble. Ouch, my brain.

Anyways, false rape allegations weren't common, but they did happen regularly enough that one would have thought some degree of skepticism was called for in rape allegations. Yet, we were told it was like victimizing the woman twice to doubt even the most nonsensical rape allegations. Harassment too. Then a whole arsenal of defensive strategies was invented to make it impossible to question such claims: only one in ten rapes is reported (bullshit) so we must treat women delicately and never doubt them, and these things are so horrible that women will react irrationally afterwards like not reporting it for decades or following their attackers from job to job or speaking highly of them or asking them out or telling completely contradictory stories, and how dare you even ask questions about something so personal! You monster! They even passed rape shield laws to warp the rules of evidence to make it very, very hard to question "the victim" and to let judges throw out all kinds of evidence average people would consider very exculpatory. And even when it was proven that these women lied, nothing ever happened to them. Rape is a terrible crime after all... even when it never happened, apparently.

Then things began to pick up speed as the left embraced lies as a political strategy. Virtually every Republican politician is accused of sexual harassment by one or more women now. When feminists get really desperate, this becomes sexual assault. Stories like Duke Lacrosse go published unquestioningly even though they are easily disproven. Every female celebrity must now add an "I was raped" story to her "I was bullied" fake-news sympathy story. Moreover, seemingly every week, you now see stories in the papers about women who falsely accuse someone of rape.

Last week, we had the story of Michelle Hadley. Hadley was arrested and spent three months in jail for supposedly trying to get men on Craigslist to rape the woman who married her ex-boyfriend, a woman named Angela Diaz. The problem is, Diaz made it up. She posed as Hadley as she placed the ads. Then she falsely claimed she had been raped by someone who read the ad, and she pointed her finger at Hadley. For once, Diaz is being charged with real crimes, i.e. kidnapping, false imprisonment, and grand theft, but few false rape accusers ever are. The worst that ever happens to them is a minor charge of filing a false police report and being hugged by an army of feminists who "still believe" even after she admits lying.

Here's the thing. Anyone who has ever dealt with rape knows that rape is not about sex. It is about power and control. It is an insecure man who wants to make himself feel strong/adequate by exercising power of a helpless woman. These false rape claims and false harassment claims are the same thing done by women. These are women who want to use the authorities to gain power over other people by making false allegations. The problem is that these women get slapped on the wrist because society (led by feminists) see women as childlike and not responsible for their own actions. It is time that society recognize this and treat it accordingly.

The problem with groups like the Pussyhead Marchers is that they keep promoting this dangerous narrative: "We are strong and can do anything a man can do except be held responsible for our actions!" This march was highlighted with celebrity chicks telling false stories of harassment, discrimination and rape to weepy gullibles, statistical lies about one in ten rapes being reported and the narrative that all of Trump's lying accusers need to be believed and questioning them is "blaming the victim." This crap needs to stop.

Did you know that a 1996 DOJ study found that one in four people accused of rape are innocent. Some portion are just the wrong guy, but some portion of these were simply made up rape claims. This 25% figure has apparently remained fairly constant throughout the years. Feminists lie and claim that only 2% of rape claims are false, but there's no basis for this claim at all. But even if that number was true, that would be 1,400 false rape claims a year in the US (the FBI figure would put this at 17,500). That is more than enough to worry about the number of lives being destroyed. The problem is, this interferes with the feminist narrative that women are pure, innocent, helpless creatures who need to be believed in all their allegations no matter how ludicrous lest they break. That's unacceptable.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Our Long National Nightmare Is Over...

Hurray, Obama is gone. We have a new President. We have a President who...

- understands business...
- understands human nature...
- is a problem solver...
- isn't lazy...
- understands that the fourth lowest growth rate in history is unacceptable...
- actually seems to care about the concerns of average people...
- actually seems to care about the inner cities...
- has already pushed companies to bring jobs to the US...
- has pushed Europe to start getting their act together on defense...
- is the first one since the rise of China to stand up to them...
- has a classy first lady...
- is the first President since Reagan to get Reaganomics...
- has shaken up some very sacred cows in need of shaking...

All before he was even inaugurated. And we are losing a President who...

- handed out reset buttons to Russia, bowed to Saudi princes, begged China to buy our debt, and let everyone else (including Honduras) walk all over us...
- only cared about disasters when they happened in liberal areas...
- got nothing done except a crooked financial bill and a destructive health care bill...
- spent his time trying to rule by executive order...
- spent a fortune taking his family on vacation...
- scared the crap out of New Yorkers...
- had an AG who thinks the civil rights laws only apply to blacks...
- made billions of bad loans to his friends...
- let GE pay no taxes on record profits...
- never came close to 3% growth in any year (first President ever... so he was historic!)...
- started more wars...
- expanded droning without review, tried to destroy the civil rights of PWOs, and did all the things he smeared Bush for...
- abandoned Poland and Georgia to Russian bullying...
- abandoned Israel to Arab bullying...
- created a deal to let Iran get the bomb...
- sold guns to Mexican drug lords...
- helped Wall Street skate by untouched for the financial crisis...
- made it harder to get a home...
- did jack for education, retirements or employment...
- punted on environmental protection...
- dabbled in race baiting when he needed votes...
- insulted our friends in Europe...
- let "too big to fail" become "WAY too f*cking huge to fail!"...
- let his DOJ create a false-rape epidemic on college campuses...
- created more debt than every prior President combined...
- etc.

Be thankful, my friends. It's over.
So what was your favorite/least favorite Obama moment? And what's the biggest thing you hope Trump achieves?
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inauguration Day - End of An Era/Beginning of Another

We are about to witness one of the greatest gifts of our Constitution - the peaceful transfer of government leaders. The first peaceful transfer began 220 years ago with John Adams being sworn in on March 4, 1797, and has continued 42 times with incoming President Donald Trump being the 45th* to take the helm.

And though it seems like forever (yet only 2-ish years) since the beginning of this election cycle, we are about to have our next Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, 2017. God help us!

Below is a brief calendar of events for the next few days:

Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Arlington National Cemetery
Time TBD
The incoming President and VP will lay a wreath in honor of our armed forces.

Welcome Concert Celebration
Lincoln Memorial
The incoming administration touts the event that will, “combine a diverse group of performers and is the official kick-off to the inaugural events.” President-elect Trump is expected to make an appearance.

Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony
West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building

9:30 a.m. - Music and performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (minus one very cranky former choir member) will perform along with Jackie Evancho and the Radio City Rockettes (minus one very cranky former Rockette).
11:30am - Cardinal Timothy Dolan of NYC will give a prayer.
12:00pm - Chief Justice John Roberts will swear in Donald Trump as #45.
TBA - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will swear in VP Michael Richard Pence.
1:00pm-ish - The Obamas fly off in Marine One to just beyond the White House lawn to their new mansion in D.C.
13:13pm EST- Martial law is declared/all non-whites, women, and LGBTQRSTUV lose all rights/Armegeddon begins (Just kidding!)

Actually, then everybody goes back to their hotels to get all prettified and then on to the Inaugural Balls. I hear that there will only be three balls this time around instead of the usual 10-15. One reason is there are only three, is that the Balls are usually to "thank" all the donors for all the money they gave. But since Trump mostly self-financed, well...there's not so many to have to pay At it would probably be quite unseemly to have one ball specifically to thank all the Russian dignitaries and their friends. Actually, I hear that there will still be the traditional Ball for the Men/Women in Uniform that traditionally has been held for the Military. However, this year it has been expanded to include "First Responders" which is kind of nice.

Then on Saturday, January 21...the first major protest of many to come, I am sure:

Women’s March on Washington
10:00 a.m. EST
Independence Avenue & Third St SW
The largest congregation of protestors — women and men alike — will come in the form of the Women’s March on Washington, set to begin Saturday morning. “We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all” unless, of course the organizers of the march deem that you are not worthy as they have Pro-Life women. But hey, all animals are equal, just some are more equal than others, right?

Anyhow, this is the next few days. Let's hope it all goes on without too much angst and destruction of property as promised. So out of frying pan and into the fire we go! And speaking of "fire", let's continue to hold our elected officials feet to the fire.

And as a side note: It has been reported that 92-year-old former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to intensive care at Houston Methodist Hospital with acute pneumonia, and his wife, the 91-year-old former First Lady Barbara Bush has also been hospitalized at the same hospital. Prayers to both Pres. Bush and the First Lady and hopes for a speedy recovery.

*Even though Trump will #45, there have actually only been 44 Presidents to serve. Grover Cleveland was #22 and #24 because he was elected to two non-consecutive terms.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Wrong Kind of Black

Just a thought tonight on an interesting comment that is rather telling about race. The comment comes from Morehouse College professor Marc Lamont Hill. He was angry that Trump had met with Steve Harvey and other black actors, performers and athletes. Marc described these meetings as:
"a bunch of mediocre negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo op for Donald Trump's exploitative campaign against black people..."
It's fascinating to me that a black "intellectual" would dismiss an entire group of blacks as "mediocre negroes." I can't imagine a white person could get away with saying that without Lamont trying to crucify them. What's more, he made it clear that Trump even listening to their opinions was "condescending" and "demeaning." So apparently, it is now racist for whites to talk to the wrong black people. I wasn't aware blacks had been divided into talkables and untalkables. Who knew? It's funny how Clarence Thomas doesn't have a mention in the National Museum of African American History in DC, isn't it? I guess he didn't make the cut into the talkables.

You know, I can't help but also think of the NFL, where certain quarterbacks are beyond reproach no matter how bad they are, but everyone feels free to unload on those who "act white." Hello, Russel Wilson. Hello, RGIII. "Act white" apparently means don't beat your wife, don't kill your dog, speak proper English and generally avoid the thug life. Though, I suspect it really means "be someone whites like."

I recall seeing this in the DC elections too in the 1990s when the mayor was dismissed for not being "black enough." This actually comes up a lot in politics, but that was the first time I saw it. And what did it mean? It meant that whites respected him. Oh, and Heaven help you though if you work for a white conservative, then you become a House N*gger, which seems a bit like being an "infidel".

It's interesting to me that "black culture" seems to have defined itself through anger and it pours out rage on those who lack the hateful spark. Honestly, this reminds me a bit of militant Islam or Nazism or white southern culture in the 1960's, groups who were so consumed with their anger that they let it consume them. Fortunately, I doubt that most black people fall into this culture, but for those who do, it's a definite dead end.

You know what? Maybe a guy like Harvey isn't mediocre after all? Maybe a guy like Harvey is a man with insight... a man who realizes that hating your neighbor doesn't put food on your table or solve any of your other problems... a man who realizes that maybe there is something to all this talk about us all being brothers after all, and that if we acted that way, the world just might be a better place.

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Open Thread - Martin Luther King Day

I am sitting here trying desperately to think of something to write about and am coming up with nothing. So consider this an open thread day.

Well, except for this - Even though we set aside Martin Luther King Day to celebrate Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement, it is important that we listen to his words again and again:

And few of Dr. King's many famous quotes to consider:

- I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

-We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

-Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

-The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

-Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

-Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

-I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

-Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?

-The time is always right to do what is right.

-Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
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