Monday, July 22, 2019

From day one, Trump has been Hitler in the eyes of Democrats. What does he have to lose?

Scott looks at the Georgia supermarket dispute between two Democrats and concludes one was an asshole and the other a dick.

There is research showing that incidents of racism of whites toward blacks have sharply declined since the Trump presidency began, a decline which did not happen during the Obama presidency. Scott thinks the incidences of racism by blacks toward whites is probably sharply up.

In the real world, according to Scott, things have gotten better, but you wouldn't know that from reading and watching media news.

Being on the brink of war looks exactly like being on the brink of peace! Iran has created an asset to give up! The NY Times interviewed Ahmadinejad, who said, "Mr. Trump is a man of action. He is a businessman and therefore he is capable of calculating cost benefits and making a decision." That's the middle ground, where we should all be! If you are having that conversation, you are headed toward peace! Trump does not think small. Iran can see that the United States is perfectly capable of turning our most violent enemies into best friends (Japan and Germany).

Scott feels that Trump may have ended the election with his three tweets that Geraldo called "manifestly offensive." From day one, the Democrats' starting point was, "He's Hitler!" What is the risk for Trump?



"I'm just trying to get to the end of my life without becoming an asshole again!"

hat tip Bill Ines

Watch the video here.

Snowflakes, S.J.W.s, and Cucks

Ace of Spades takes the time to define some phrases or words now being commonly used in internet warfare.
"SnowFlake"

Actual definition: Taken from "special snowflake," refers to anyone who feels the world owes them outsized deference and sensitivity because they're so special and they just might melt if they're triggered by disagreement.

"S.J.W."

Actual definition: "Social justice warrior." An ironical designation given to the most strident, militant, speech-patrolling thought-controlling advocates for identarianism, which they call "social justice," meaning "group/race justice," as opposed to individual justice, also known as actual justice, formerly known simply as "justice," period.

Actual definition: Shortened from "cuckold." A man who is either cuckolded by other men, or who is a willing participant in the weird subculture in which men actually invite other men to have sex with their wives, because they get off on the humiliation and degradation. (Shame is part of the kink.)

Also means, by extension, weak, ineffectual men, submissive men, weaklings, cowards, dupes. Those who bend over any time a progressive demands they do so.

Someone who would give up his own ass or his wife's ass just to fit in with the Swells.
Read more here.

Irony!

"Trump didn't bring division. Division brought Trump."

In the Ace of Spades blog, Oregon Muse tackles the subject of divisiveness.
"One of the slurs constantly being thrown at Trump by the left and their catchfarts in the media is that he's 'divisive.' This is such a stupid word. I mean, yes, he's 'divisive' in the sense that a sizeable portion of Americans voted for him and a slightly larger portion voted against him, but why is that his fault? It's not as if his campaign was all 'I want a vote from you, but you, yes you over there, your vote I don't want.' Trump never did that.

Also, Trump wasn't the candidate who called many Americans 'deplorable'. Trump wasn't the candidate who called many Americans 'bitter clingers'. Now, it's that sort of language that's divisive. Funny how the incurious mainstream media never calls out such rhetoric as 'divisive' when it comes from Democrats. They never tell their audiences that divisiveness is foundational to how progressives advance their agenda. They never tell their audiences that what progressives like to do is seize upon whatever grievances that may exist, rub them raw and pick at them until they're all bleeding, infected, and inflamed. Progressives foment divisiveness, they don't alleviate it.

And make no mistake, Obama's minions were very adept at this, so much so that by the time he left office, they had managed to turn America into an open wound. So Trump didn't cause division, it was already there when he got here. In fact, I think it's just the opposite: Trump didn't bring division. Division brought Trump."

"The senator's actions in the hours and days after emerging from that pond tell us something ugly about Kennedy the man. That he got away with it tells us something ugly about American public life."

Mark Steyn writes about the 50th anniversary of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne,
In a country that now vaporizes careers for an infelicitous tweet, Ted Kennedy killed a woman and dared us to call him on it. Thanks to the likes of the Associated Press, America failed that test.

...Ted Kennedy went a different route. He got kitted out with a neck brace and went on TV and announced the invention of the "Kennedy curse," a concept that yoked him to his murdered brothers as a fellow victim – and not, as Mary Jo perhaps realized in those final hours, the perpetrator. He dared us to call his bluff, and, when we didn't, he made all of us complicit in what he'd done. We are all prey to human frailty, but few of us get to inflict ours on an entire nation.

When a man is capable of what Ted Kennedy did that night in 1969 and in the weeks afterward, what else is he capable of? An NPR listener said the senator's passing marked "the end of civility in the U.S. Congress." Yes, indeed. Who among us does not mourn the lost "civility" of the 1987 Supreme Court hearings? Considering the nomination of Judge Bork, Ted Kennedy rose on the Senate floor and announced that "Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit down at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution."

Whoa! "Liberals" (in the debased contemporary American sense of the term) would have reason to find Borkian jurisprudence uncongenial but to suggest the judge and former solicitor-general favored resegregation of lunch counters is a slander not merely vile but so preposterous that, like his explanation for Chappaquiddick, only a Kennedy could get away with it. If you had to identify a single speech that marked "the end of civility" in American politics, that's a shoo-in. And in fact setting a new moral standard in which a drunken adulterer's appetites can cause a woman's death and he pays no price is also an end to civility.

If a towering giant cares so much about humanity in general, why get hung up on his carelessness with humans in particular? For Kennedy's comrades, the cost was worth it. For the rest of us, it was a high price to pay. And, for Ted himself, who knows? He buried three brothers, and as many nephews, and, as the years took their toll, it looked sometimes as if the only Kennedy son to grow old had had to grow old for all of them. Did he truly believe, as surely as Melissa Lafsky & Co do, that his indispensability to the republic trumped all else? That Camelot – that "fleeting wisp of glory," that "one brief shining moment" – must run forever, even if "How To Handle A Woman" gets dropped from the score. The senator's actions in the hours and days after emerging from that pond tell us something ugly about Kennedy the man. That he got away with it tells us something ugly about American public life.
Read more here.

"Does a "good neighbor" just move into the house next door and then demand you support him in his lawlessness?"

Mark Steyn writes about "Wokeness at Warp Speed" here.

Stop taking the bait!

Where will the media take us next? That is the question Seth Godin asks in his latest blog post:

Since the first story was carved on a rock, media pundits have explained that they have simply given people what they want, reporting the best they can on what’s happening.

Cause (the culture, human activity, people’s desires) leads to effect (front page news).

In fact, it’s becoming ever more clear that the attention-seeking, profit-driven media industrial complex drives our culture even more than it reports on it.

Thoughtful people regularly bemoan our loss of civility, the rise of trolling and bullying and most of all, divisive behavior designed to rip people apart instead of moving us productively forward.

And at the very same time, reality TV gets ever better ratings. So much so that the news has become the longest-running, cheapest to produce and most corrosive TV show in history. Increase that exponentially by adding in the peer-to-peer reality show that is social media, and you can see what’s happening.

Imagine two classrooms, each filled with second graders.

In the first classroom, the teacher shines a spotlight on the bullies, the troublemakers and the fighters, going so far as to arrange all the chairs so that the students are watching them and cheering them on all day.

In the second classroom, the teacher establishes standards, acts as a damper on selfish outliers and celebrates the generous and productive kids in the classroom…

How will the classrooms diverge? Which one would you rather have your child enrolled in?

We’re not in elementary school anymore, and the media isn’t our teacher or our nanny. But the attention we pay to the electronic channels we click on consumes more of our day than we ever spent with Miss Binder in second grade. And that attention is corrosive. To us and to those around us.

The producers of reality TV know this. And they seek out more of it. When they can’t find it easily, they search harder. Because that’s their job.

It’s their job to amp up the reality show that is our culture.

But it’s not our job to buy into it. More than anything, profit-driven media needs our active participation in order to pay their bills.

It’s an asymmetrical game, with tons of behavioral research working against each of us–the uncoordinated but disaffected masses. Perhaps we can find the resolve to seek out the others, to connect and to organize in a direction that actually works.

The first step is to stop taking the bait. The second step is to say, “follow me.”

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Many Jews support Ilhan Omar's hateful attacks on America and Israel!

Rabbi Aryeh Spero writes in the American Thinker about the fact that many Jews support Ilhan Omar's hateful attacks on America and Israel.
Sadly, much of American Jewishness, as opposed to authentic Judaism, has made Israel and the safety and survival of the Jewish people secondary, or insignificant, when weighed against their preferred identity as “progressive” members of a global society. This is the curse of universalism, which has afflicted the Jewish people since the early 19th century.

A grateful and self-respecting people would give the benefit of the doubt to Mr. Trump, the man who has befriended them so much and who fights for the country, America, that has provided Jews with so much blessing. Indeed, Jews who have prospered in this golden land should be in the forefront defeating a person like Omar who has, as her primary purpose, the besmirching of America and Israel. The purpose of her treacherous, stealth campaign is to make Americans feel so negative about their country that they want to replace our historic ethos and system with an amalgamation of Marxism and Shariah.
Read more here.

"It's what has been done!"

What a pleasure to see and listen to Dr. Ben Carson! I had not seen or heard from him in a long while.

Illegal immigrants violent in Texas yesterday

In BizPacReview, Samantha Chang reports,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents were punched and kicked by a violent horde of 50 illegal immigrants who tried to sneak across the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas yesterday.

A CBP official says the agents had to use tear gas and pepper spray to curb the mob rampage when gangs of illegals rushed the Rio Grande bridge in three separate waves at 4 a.m. local time.

“Ignoring commands to stop, the group suddenly rushed the temporary barricades, bent metal poles and disabled the concertina wire affixed to the barrier,” the official told Fox News.

The Border Patrol official added: “Several males in the group disregarded commands to stop and physically pushed through the barriers. When confronted by CBP officers, the combative individuals began assaulting the officers by punching, kicking, and attempting to grab the officers’ protective devices.”
Read more here.

Ted Kennedy in the #MeToo era

Maureen Callahan writes in the New York Post about
one of the most grievous miscarriages of justice, one of the grossest abuses of wealth and political power, and one of the most ill-deserved second acts in modern American history: July 18, 1969, the night a probably-drunk Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge at Chappaquiddick and left a young, adoring campaign aide named Mary Jo Kopechne to die in about three feet of water, her horrific death a slow agony — one that took hours — as she doubtless waited for her hero, the young and virile Ted, to run for help.

Instead, he stumbled back to his hotel room, called down to the front desk to complain about noisy guests, and went to sleep.



So when it comes to significant anniversaries, the way the media marks them matters — if they’re marked at all. It’s hard to believe, in the #MeToo era, we’re not reckoning with the night Ted Kennedy left a young woman to die and truly did not care, who panicked only when he realized this might cost him a future presidency, who walked right into a lifetime Senate seat and a lionization that extended to a eulogy, delivered by President Obama, that called Ted “a champion for those who had none.”

Tell that to those who loved and survived Mary Jo.
Read more here.

Tranquility

On this 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 journey to the moon, Popular Mechanics revived an article Buzz Aldrin wrote for them on the 25th anniversary.
I don’t recall the precise words I uttered to Neil Armstrong when we slapped each others’ shoulders on the Moon—“We made it,” or “Good show,” or something to that effect. But today, a quarter-century later, certain memories remain as crisp as the shadows that creased that airless, desolate landscape. The perfect little waves of Moon dust that rolled away from my boots as I walked.

Later; back in the lunar module, its pungent smell—like gunpowder: The pleasure of adapting one’s movements to one-sixth of Earth’s gravity. The horizon that fell away within a mile or two. The clean blackness of the sky. Above all, the quiet.
Read more here.

"Hold off until Monday!"

Glenn Reynolds links to a story about a police Department in Braintree, Mass. that has a sense of humor.
The Braintree Police Department had some fun explaining to residents that they should “hold off” on any crimes they are planning this weekend.

In a Facebook post, they wrote, “Folks. Due to the extreme heat, we are asking anyone thinking of doing criminal activity to hold off until Monday.”

They said doing so would be dangerous because of the hot temperatures.
Read more here.

Fight Monopoly or Live in Tyranny

Whenever I see a new post by Joel Kotkin I make it a priority to read. But even if it is published in the Daily Beast? Well, Instapundit linked it, so who am I to refuse to read it?

Kotkin writes in part,
Congressional posturing about tech firms may have quieted for the moment, but the existential crisis that these firms are creating remains as now unchecked. Even faced with opposition on both sides of the aisle, the oligarchs—those five tech giants that now constitute the world’s five most wealthiest companies—continue to rapidly consolidate economic, cultural, and, inevitably, political power on a scale not seen for over a century.

...Given their virtual monopoly status, a laissez-faire approach will likely result in more consolidation; only government action of some kind can stop them now. Current concerns are large enough now that both the Trump administration and many Democrats oppose Facebook’s bid to issue its own currency. That’s a hopeful first step.

No surprise then that tech firms are radically boosting their DC operations—Google is the top corporate spender in D.C., while Facebook and Amazon (whose CEO owns The Washington Post) are in the top 20. Money is the mother’s milk of politics, and the oligarchs have more of it than anyone in a capital that has all the scruples of the Roman Praetorian Guard, with loyalties always at sale for a little silver.

...At the same time, they wish to restore their dominance of the Democratic Party, something they (particularly Google) tried under President Barack Obama’s “Android administration.” They showed early interest in former Vice President Joe Biden but are now pinning their hopes on Kamala Harris, who has longstanding ties to big media companies, telecom providers, Hollywood, and, most of all, Silicon Valley. She seems more amenable to beating on old white men than curbing younger, richer ones exercising oligarchical power.

...The Ultimate Power: Information
John D. Rockefeller tried to control energy distribution through his Standard Oil. Later, the Big Three ran the automobile businesses. These were powerful firms, but they could not, like Google, create algorithms that determined what people see, tilted not only toward their own commercial interest but their political predilections as well. In this way, what the techies are doing is oddly reminiscent of China’s efforts to control and monitor thoughts, sometimes assisted by these same U.S. tech firms.

In contrast to the late futurist Alvin Toffler’s hoped for “demassified media,” we see increasingly centralized control by a few companies. Nearly two-thirds of readers now get their news through Facebook and Google. Long after Trump has retreated to his world of golf links and gold-plated faucets, an embarrassment at best, oligarchs like Jeff Bezos, Marc Benioff, and Lauren Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, will have gained ownership over the nation’s fading traditional media.

We are already headed toward a world controlled by these super-snoopers. With their enormous financial resources and control of the key digital channels, they are positioned to dominate older industries like entertainment, education, and retail, as well as those of the future: autonomous cars, space-exploring drones, and most critically artificial intelligence. Particularly vulnerable to “disruption” will be Wall Street, long the epicenter of American wealth, but increasingly threatened by the rise of “quant jocks” and “fintech” firms, who may well be shifting much of the financial industry’s weight from New York to the Bay Area.

Fight Monopoly or Live in Tyranny
In a normally functioning competitive environment, such firms would risk consumer wrath that could open the door to newcomers. But with their near-monopoly status intact, these firms, as tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel notes, don’t have to “worry about competing with anyone” or alienating customers. They can continue de-platforming groups they don’t like and enforcing orthodoxy among their employees, who fear they may find themselves unable to move up or even be fired if they step out of line. What aspiring code-writer would risk offending bosses at Facebook, Google, Apple, and the oligarchical firms?

...Our past generation of old industrialists may have been far more openly racist and sexist, created pollution and pockets of poverty, but they also built middle- and working-class opportunity; the oligarchs do neither. The Valley was once an exemplar of the American dreamscape but is now an increasingly narrow plutocracy dependent on non-citizen foreign labor, which constitutes upwards of 40 percent of their workforce as well as a cadre of young, largely temporary workers.

...Even in the Valley, once the exemplar of suburban egalitarianism, life has become increasingly hierarchical and feudal. Some 76,000 millionaires and billionaires call Santa Clara and San Mateo counties home, while hundreds of thousands of people struggle to feed their families and pay their bills each month. Nearly 30 percent of Silicon Valley's residents rely on public or private assistance. This is a far away from democratic capitalism.

Once, the tech moguls legitimately could be sold as exemplars of American exceptionalism. But now, if unrestrained, the moguls are likely to be its assassins. Once, it was wise to let them work their magic unimpeded. But now, if we do this, we will create a society that is profoundly hierarchical, uncompetitive, and undemocratic. They need to be stopped, and now, or the world of tomorrow will not be a place we would like our children to inherit.
Read more here.

A new star on the horizon!

Grateful? To Whom?

Maria Popova drew me to her site today by asking the question, "Is there a God?" Then she added, "Stephen Hawking answers the question in his final book."


Some excerpts from Hawking's last book:
I use the word “God” in an impersonal sense, like Einstein did, for the laws of nature, so knowing the mind of God is knowing the laws of nature. My prediction is that we will know the mind of God by the end of this century.

...Despite the complexity and variety of the universe, it turns out that to make one you need just three ingredients. Let’s imagine that we could list them in some kind of cosmic cookbook. So what are the three ingredients we need to cook up a universe? The first is matter — stuff that has mass. Matter is all around us, in the ground beneath our feet and out in space. Dust, rock, ice, liquids. Vast clouds of gas, massive spirals of stars, each containing billions of suns, stretching away for incredible distances.

The second thing you need is energy. Even if you’ve never thought about it, we all know what energy is. Something we encounter every day. Look up at the Sun and you can feel it on your face: energy produced by a star ninety-three million miles away. Energy permeates the universe, driving the processes that keep it a dynamic, endlessly changing place.

So we have matter and we have energy. The third thing we need to build a universe is space. Lots of space. You can call the universe many things — awesome, beautiful, violent — but one thing you can’t call it is cramped. Wherever we look we see space, more space and even more space. Stretching in all directions.

...As I was growing up in England after the Second World War, it was a time of austerity. We were told that you never get something for nothing. But now, after a lifetime of work, I think that actually you can get a whole universe for free.

The great mystery at the heart of the Big Bang is to explain how an entire, fantastically enormous universe of space and energy can materialise out of nothing. The secret lies in one of the strangest facts about our cosmos. The laws of physics demand the existence of something called “negative energy.”

To help you get your head around this weird but crucial concept, let me draw on a simple analogy. Imagine a man wants to build a hill on a flat piece of land. The hill will represent the universe. To make this hill he digs a hole in the ground and uses that soil to dig his hill. But of course he’s not just making a hill — he’s also making a hole, in effect a negative version of the hill. The stuff that was in the hole has now become the hill, so it all perfectly balances out. This is the principle behind what happened at the beginning of the universe.

When the Big Bang produced a massive amount of positive energy, it simultaneously produced the same amount of negative energy. In this way, the positive and the negative add up to zero, always. It’s another law of nature.

So where is all this negative energy today? It’s in the third ingredient in our cosmic cookbook: it’s in space. This may sound odd, but according to the laws of nature concerning gravity and motion — laws that are among the oldest in science — space itself is a vast store of negative energy. Enough to ensure that everything adds up to zero.

I’ll admit that, unless mathematics is your thing, this is hard to grasp, but it’s true. The endless web of billions upon billions of galaxies, each pulling on each other by the force of gravity, acts like a giant storage device. The universe is like an enormous battery storing negative energy. The positive side of things — the mass and energy we see today — is like the hill. The corresponding hole, or negative side of things, is spread throughout space.

So what does this mean in our quest to find out if there is a God? It means that if the universe adds up to nothing, then you don’t need a God to create it. The universe is the ultimate free lunch.

...Something very wonderful happened to time at the instant of the Big Bang. Time itself began.

To understand this mind-boggling idea, consider a black hole floating in space. A typical black hole is a star so massive that it has collapsed in on itself. It’s so massive that not even light can escape its gravity, which is why it’s almost perfectly black. It’s gravitational pull is so powerful, it warps and distorts not only light but also time. To see how, imagine a clock is being sucked into it. As the clock gets closer and closer to the black hole, it begins to get slower and slower. Time itself begins to slow down. Now imagine the clock as it enters the black hole — well, assuming of course that it could withstand the extreme gravitational forces– it would actually stop. It stops not because it is broken, but because inside the black hole time itself doesn’t exist. And that’s exactly what happened at the start of the universe.

[…]

As we travel back in time towards the moment of the Big Bang, the universe gets smaller and smaller and smaller, until it finally comes to a point where the whole universe is a space so small that it is in effect a single infinitesimally small, infinitesimally dense black hole. And just as with modern-day black holes, floating around in space, the laws of nature dictate something quite extraordinary. They tell us that here too time itself must come to a stop. You can’t get to a time before the Big Bang because there was no time before the Big Bang. We have finally found something that doesn’t have a cause, because there was no time for a cause to exist in. For me this means that there is no possibility of a creator, because there is no time for a creator to have existed in.

It’s my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realisation: there is probably no heaven and afterlife either. I think belief in an afterlife is just wishful thinking. There is no reliable evidence for it, and it flies in the face of everything we know in science. I think that when we die we return to dust. But there’s a sense in which we live on, in our influence, and in our genes that we pass on to our children. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that I am extremely grateful.

Disappointed? Looking for an explanation? It can be found in his introduction to his book. He was a Leftist who believed in a Leftist Utopia!
One day, I hope we will know the answers to all these questions. But there are other challenges, other big questions on the planet which must be answered, and these will also need a new generation who are interested and engaged, and have an understanding of science. How will we feed an ever-growing population? Provide clean water, generate renewable energy, prevent and cure disease and slow down global climate change? I hope that science and technology will provide the answers to these questions, but it will take people, human beings with knowledge and understanding, to implement these solutions. Let us fight for every woman and every man to have the opportunity to live healthy, secure lives, full of opportunity and love. We are all time travellers, journeying together into the future. But let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit. Be brave, be curious, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done.
Read more here.

"Yeah, chants suck, but for Leftists, that's their pregame!"

Maybe you just practiced harder!

Today, Scott talks about FaceApp, which can take a picture of you that you send on FaceApp and FaceApp turns that into pictures of you as you will look as you age.

People and machines will merge. Will we get to a point where we can duplicate an actual mind with a personality? A backup brain? A robotic AI version of you that is an exact duplicate of who you are? Are we even real? Or are we simulations of our former selves?

Ted Cruz and AOC are apparently on the same page on some issues. One is putting restrictions on lobbying for people who have left government. Ted advocates for the Border Patrol to be able to accept direct donations like a GoFundMe account.

Immigration is a broken machine. Let's fix the machine, the system! Scott explains the concept of a high ground maneuver.

Dating: Do not be obsessed with one person who doesn't want you. Learn how to cut your losses and move to the next one. Put yourself in a situation where you can be better at doing something than other people. Signal your genetic superiority even if it's not true (maybe you just practiced harder).

The lazy, hazy days of summer



MOTUS AD tells us about the man who invented air conditioning, sparking a discussion among her commenters about the lazy, hazy days of summer. "As if on cue," commenter Sportinlife brings us this Nat King Cole song.

Why I no longer have a roommate

The College Fix has a story that reminds me of something I experienced in college. The College Fix story is about a guy who awoke to a voice speaking in his roommate's computer. He recognized the voice as Ben Shapiro. Horrors! His roommate was listening to a Daily Wire Ben Shapiro podcast!
The student then filed a complaint with the administration’s bias reporting system against his roommate for watching the Shapiro video.

“Ben Shapiro is known for his inflammatory speech that criticizes and attacks the African American community,” the student wrote in his report against his roommate. “I thought hate had no place on MSU’s campus yet MSU has roomed me with someone who supports hate speach [sic].”

In response to the complaint, the university tasked an investigator to look into the matter, who was told to work for a “room change if the claimant would like one.”

I had a roommate who was studying to become a preacher. He would kneel beside his bed and loudly pray for me. He would ask God to guide me and forgive me for my various sins.
Read more here.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Rev up that SUV!

Trash

Dov Fischer writes in part in American Spectator,
The thing is, although the Squad live in an echo … echo … echo … chamber of similar extreme radical-left Democrats, including outright communists like Bernie Sanders, they misread the greater American landscape. Not everyone in this country calls the President of the United States an “M-F’er.” Not everyone here in this country — and not even a sizeable number, unlike in Somalia — is a Jew-hater. It may be that CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, The New York Times, and the Washington Post adore the Squad, their foul mouths, and their arrogant beliefs that they are going to change America from a capitalist economy built on freedom of spirit and freedom of thought, freedom of speech, and freedom to be great. But there are scores of millions of others among us who are not mesmerized by them, nor are we fazed.
Read much more here.

Examples of how the New York Times bestseller list is fake news

In the Federalist, Sean Davis gives some examples here.

Lobbyists are not limited to Washington D.C.

Have you shopped in a Dollar Store? Not all of them are limited to merchandise that costs one dollar. I always ask. I was in Walmart the other day and remembered that I wanted to buy a new toothbrush. There were none for less than three dollars. So I went across the parking lot to the Dollar Tree and bought two for one dollar! I also bought dish soap, washcloths, and even books! I had previously bought dishes and silverware and Tupperware-looking items.

So now politicians are trying to stop the Dollar stores from coming into many communities across the country. Who is paying them? I wonder.

"...a huge new progressive constituency rose in the American Southwest"

Excerpts of Victor Davis Hanson writing in the National Review:
...Democrats once were exclusionists — largely because they feared that illegal immigration eroded unionization and overtaxed the social-service resources of their poor citizen constituents. Cesar Chavez, for example, sent his thugs to the border to club illegal aliens and drive them back into Mexico, as if they were future strike breakers. Until recently, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton called for strict border enforcement, worried that the wages of illegal workers were driving down those of inner-city or barrio American youth. What changed?

Numbers. Once the pool of illegal aliens reached a likely 20 million, and once their second-generation citizen offspring won anchor-baby legality and registered to vote, a huge new progressive constituency rose in the American Southwest — one that was targeted by Democrats, who alternately promised permanent government subsidies and sowed fears with constant charges that right-wing Republicans were abject racists, nativists, and xenophobes.

Due to massive influxes of immigrants, and the flight of middle-class citizens, the California of Ronald Reagan, George Deukmejian, and Pete Wilson long ago ceased to exist. Indeed, there are currently no statewide Republican office-holders in California, which has liberal supermajorities in both state legislatures and a mere seven Republicans out of 53 congressional representatives.

Nevada, New Mexico, and Colorado are becoming Californized. Soon open borders will do the same to Arizona and Texas. No wonder that the Democratic party has been willing to do almost anything to become the enabler of open borders, whether that is setting up over 500 sanctuary-city jurisdictions, suing to block border enforcement in the courts, or extending in-state tuition, free medical care, and driver’s licenses to those who entered and reside in America illegally.

...Championing the immigrant poor, without living among them and without schooling one’s children with them or socializing among them, is the affluent progressive’s brand. And to the degree that the paradox causes any guilt, the progressive virtue-signals his loud outrage at border detentions, at separations between parents in court and children in custody, and at the contrast between the burly ICE officers and vulnerable border crossers. In medieval fashion, the farther the liberal advocate of open borders is from the objects of his moral concern, the louder and more empathetic he becomes. Most progressives also enjoy a twofer: inexpensive immigrant “help” and thereby enough brief exposure to the Other to authenticate their 8-to-5 caring.
Read more here.

Who will pick our next president?

In Sultan Knish, Daniel Greenfield writes,
The dot coms and academics of San Francisco and Boston, the financial firms of New York and the lobbyists of Washington D.C. will pick the Democrat nominee. But will they pick the president?
Read the whole thing here.

Creating the illusion of an explanation

Natalie Rahhal reports in the Daily Mail,
Psychiatric diagnoses are 'useless,' experts say: Study suggests depression, anxiety and schizophrenia symptoms blur together in the 'psychiatrist's Bible'

...'Although diagnostic labels create the illusion of an explanation they are scientifically meaningless and can create stigma and prejudice,' said lead study author, Dr Kate Allsopp, a University of Liverpool psychiatry professor.

'Although diagnostic labels create the illusion of an explanation they are scientifically meaningless and can create stigma and prejudice.'

Echoing her sentiments, Professor John Read, a psychiatry professor at the University of East London said: 'Perhaps it is time we stopped pretending that medical-sounding labels contribute anything to our understanding of the complex causes of human distress or of what kind of help we need when distressed.'

The DSM has been instrumental to a school of thinking that treats psychiatric distress as disease to be 'fixed' with pharmacology.

But in recent years, there's been push-back against this 'biomedical' definition, and more experts have advocated for sparing drug prescribing, and only in combination with psychotherapy.

The new study, published in the Lancet, suggests that these biomedical diagnoses are just obscuring and sterilizing much more deep-rooted experiences and resulting problems for many people.
Read more here.

He may have saved your life!

Rebecca Seales reports in the BBC about the man who invented the "black box" flight recorder now mandatory on all flights. Read more here.

Who is happier?



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Contempt for America

The news media is making us stupider. Andrew acknowledges one exception: Brett Baier's show on Fox News. The rest of the media only report one side. Donald Trump has brought out the truth of their contempt for America. The world is about ideas. Most of the people are on the side of the founding documents. Utopia has never existed and never will!

Andrew's guest is Wilfred McClay from the University of Oklahoma. He is Director of the Center for the History of Liberty and he has a new book entitled, Land of Hope, an Invitation to the Great American Story. He says that most historians are Leftwing. Howard Zinn's books about America always elevate the underprivileged or minorities and the bad guys are always rich white guys, and his are the textbooks our public schools use to teach our children about America.

McClay sees America falling apart, because people don't remember what we are, what we have been, they don't have a knowledge of our founding principles. They don't have a memory that is a source of gratitude about being American. We ought to extend generosity to our own country like we do to those we love, none of whom are perfect.

We are a country that invented our own institutions. No kings. Equality was enshrined. We rule ourselves! A nation of laws. The Founders would be astonished that we are about to celebrate our 250th anniversary, because they knew the pitfalls previous governments experienced.

Andrew talks about how technological change is coming so fast (is he referring to Google's ability to influence election outcomes?) Tucker Carlson wants to slow down innovation, which Andrew does not agree with. McClay wrote a book called Why Place Matters, and Andrew asks him is there something that can be done to keep communities from disappearing without stopping technological advance? McClay answers that some technological innovations, like telecommuting, can actually help us stay where we are and establish roots in small towns. If I can figure out a way to monetize my blog maybe I can stay in Espanola, New Mexico and establish roots!

Andrew tells us about his event at a school in Idaho called New St. Andrews. He found the people there open-minded, tolerant of debate. The Christian press, though, negatively highlighted Andrew's tolerance of gay Americans as unBiblical. Leftwing activists are trying to create a small-minded atmosphere where Christians are seen as bigots against gays. Andrew is for welcoming gays into our churches. Leftists are working hard to achieve an anti-God, anti-family, anti-freedom culture.



Friday, July 19, 2019

No opinions allowed!



MOTUS AD brings us the story of
Kathy Zhu, who was born in China and immigrated to the U.S. with her parents when she was five, was dumped for holding what pageant organizers consider to be out-of-the-mainstream opinions about hijabs, black on black crime and other “insensitive” statistics.

...Only in America could an émigré from a real totalitarian regime be stripped of a title she earned for the sole crime of exercising her First Amendment rights.
Read more here.

"when San Francisco, with its filthy streets, filthier mansions and filthy rich dot coms, hacked America."

Daniel Greenfield writes in FrontPage Magazine about Elizabeth Warren and her Silicon Valley friends.

Fifty years later...

Mohammad Ali's letter to Mary Jo Kopechne's father

Whitney Tipton reports in the Daily Caller that the family of Mary Jo Kopechne has released a letter written to her father in 1969 by Mohammad Ali.
“Dear Mr. Kopechne, assert yourself in the interests of the good name of your daughter. Get yourself a good lawyer and sue that no good son of a bitch, Edward M. Kennedy, for everything he’s got,” Ali wrote.

“There were no mitigating circumstances. His TV speech was written for him by a dozen lawyers and speechmakers, and was not his own. The cheap two-bit hypocrite! Sincerely, Muhammad Ali Cassius Clay.”

Experts at Beckett Collectibles authenticated the letter, according to Kopechne’s cousin William Nelson. He said Beckett spent hours matching up handwriting and signature as it would have been in 1969 when the letter was written.
Read more here.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

And this guy was a Hillary supporter!

Yes, with our money!

Okay, you don't have to go home, but...

On this day in history...



1969 – After a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts drives an Oldsmobile off a bridge and his passenger, ‘campaign specialist’ Mary Jo Kopechne, dies. Ted, being a Kennedy in Massachusetts, skates free. Dimmocrats overlook this little faux pas ever since. The fact that anybody in the country even spoke to this scumbag after this is a clear sign of the moral decline of the nation and the US Senate as a body.

Words by Mostly Cajun

"The Republic is dead!"

Scott believes the "racism" charge has lost any meaningful credibility. By focusing attention on "the squad," Trump makes them become the entire face of the Democrats, thereby destroying the Democrats.

The squad is killing it! They just took over the entire Democratic Party! They are the talk of the town. AOC is the star and talent. What will happen if one of the members of the squad starts working against AOC's interests? Omar is ruining AOC's brand. She is being branded anti-semitic. Omar puts the ceiling on AOC's potential. Omar is an anchor. Scott predicts AOC will break with Omar.

There is a lot of Helium3 on the moon. If it is easy to mine, it could totally change the energy situation on Earth.

Indonesia may take the lead in firing up a thorium reactor.

Professor Epstein and Google. Google manipulating search engine results in the 2016 election. Millions of votes were funneled to Hillary. 2.6 to 10.4 million votes! And Epstein is a Hillary supporter! He says Google did it intentionally. Trump had a strong base of support and was more strategic about where he campaigned. Nothing is in place that would stop Google from doing something similar in 2020! Do you think they will be better at it four to six years later? Now they know the characteristics of people who changed their minds. Scott says, "The Republic is dead!" The only thing that could change that would be an American Revolution! There needs to be an uprising against Google and maybe some of the other social media giants. Trump's administration is the least vestige of the Republic! If Google can last out the Trump administration, they will run the country forever! If the Trump administration can put in some kind of a court that can look at the algorithms to make sure they are fair, it's all over. Do you think Google might demonetize this YouTube presentation by Scott?

Trey Gowdy says that the House of Representatives have rendered themselves irrelevant! The government is self-destructing at the same time as Google is rising and making kingmakers!

There are on-going negotiations with North Korea. Iran is coming closer to doing the same thing.

Scott is sticking with his prediction that Kamala Harris will be the Dem nominee.

Protester goes home to mommy

U.S. destroys an Iranian drone today

The Conservative Treehouse presents us with a transcript of President Trump announcing that the U.S. destroyed an Iranian drone today.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. Before I begin, I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz today involving USS Boxer, a Navy amphibious assault ship. The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew. The drone was immediately destroyed.


This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters. The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities, and interests, and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce.

I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait, and to work with us in the future. Thank you very much.

I thought you should you know that.
Read more here.

Do you believe you deserve the abuse you are being given by your mate?

Andrew discusses this week's hot topic: the fight between free speech and not-free speech. The Left keeps using race as a political weapon. Hiding behind skin color and identity does not protect them.

Mailbag: Do you believe you deserve the abuse you are being given by your mate?

Do we each have a path to God within ourselves? When helping another person, one of the best things we can do is listen! Listen, like God listens to you when you speak your heart.

When you follow Christ, He will take you where He wants you to go!

Andrew will be back tomorrow.

Prove him wrong!

Ace of Spades Co-blogger CBD brings us this handy graph.



He writes,
By almost every measure of quality of life, the world has become a better place in the last 100 years, but the neo-Puritans and the Luddites and the watermelons and the climate hysterics would have us believe that we are falling into some abyss of environmental catastrophe. But it simply isn't so, as the graph below shows. In spite of the industrialization of the world and the expansion of human living along the coasts and other active parts of the world, it is far safer!

How can this be? We have been yelled at and hectored and lectured that we are destroying the world and that the climate is rushing breakneck to a place that will kill us all!

Here's a nice correlation for you...the amount of CO2 in the air is proportional to the decrease in climate-caused mortality, therefore CO2 is protective.

Prove me wrong!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"...deranged, America-hating, anti-Semitic, terrorist-coddling, far-left lunatics".



Oregon Muse adds his analysis of "The Squad" here.

The Squad

Planned Parenthood terminated its head

Here is another story from Ace of Spades this morning.
Planned Parenthood Head Terminated After Just Eight Months in the Abortion Lobby Womb; Found to Not Be Pro-Abortion Enough, Refused to Admit That Men Need Abortions Too
—Ace of Spades
She didn't want to use language about transsexuals in talking about abortion, thinking, I guess, that some people might think it's weird when you keep talking about men's need of abortion services.

She also apparently used slightly, slightly softer euphemisms for abortion (like "abortion care" -- see, they care!), which the Abortion Warriors found insufficiently strident.
Read more here.

Commenter WOPR wrote,
Obviously this is a smoke screen for her failing to create enough cash flow from selling baby parts.

"Hacking Seven Victims to Death With Just As American as You Or Me Machetes"

In the Daily Caller, Chuck Ross brings us news of 22 MS-13 gang members who are charged with seven murders in the Los Angeles area. One man was dismembered by a machete.
The indictment, which was unsealed Monday, focused on members of a Los Angeles-area subset of MS-13 known as the Fulton clique. Prosecutors called the San Fernando Valley-based gang a “particularly violent subset” of MS-13 that “has recently seen an influx of young immigrants from Central America.”




Here are some excerpts from Ace's coverage of the story.
22 Members of Real American Organization MS-13 Arrested for Hacking Seven Victims to Death With Just As American as You Or Me Machetes
—Ace of Spades
So American. I can't believe the racism here in arresting them for just living life to the full in America, which is the world's Las Vegas -- whatever happens in America, stays in America.

Some people literally had their hearts hacked out with machetes.

Most of the killers are -- get this -- illegal immigrants.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Who killed Seth Rich?



In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance reports,
A rather stunning report from Gateway Pundit outlines information contained within a lawsuit filing. The lawsuit, filed by Businessman Ed Butowsky, alleges Wikileaks founder Julian Assange confirmed to Fox News analyst Ellen Ratner that the DNC leaked emails were received from Seth Rich and his brother Aaron.

A CTH commenter who calls himself snailmailtrucker writes,
Seth Rich was MURDERED in DC.
Debbie Wassermann Schultz’ Brother was the Investigating Assistant District Attorney investigating the Seth Rich Murder.
Seth Rich was seen the Night of his Murder with Debbie Wassermann Schultz’ Boyfriend Imran Awan…one of the Awan Brothers of the Debbie Schultz/Awan Bros. ESPIONAGE case who Infiltrated and Compromised The ENTIRE Democrat Party’s COMPUTER SYSTEM!

Now you know why there was never any evidence to a relate anyone to Seth Rich’s Murder…..
Debbie’s Brother DESTROYED IT ALL !
Read more here.

Tommy Robinson and Britain's death as a free society

In FrontPage Magazine, Robert Spencer writes,
As Tommy Robinson headed into court for his sentencing Thursday, he wore a t-shirt that read: “Convicted of Journalism.” And it’s true. Tommy Robinson is heading back to jail for doing what journalists routinely do: ask questions of defendants heading into courtrooms. The gaggle of establishment media journalists who peppered Tommy himself with questions as he entered the court have not been arrested.

...Instead, Tommy Robinson is back to jail, with a sentence that could be a death sentence at the hands of Muslim inmates who threatened and menaced him when he was in prison before.

The British government is clearly making an example of him in order to try to deter more Britons from protesting against its policies of mass Muslim immigration and its covering up of crimes perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Islam and in accord with its teachings. This conviction and sentencing shows not Tommy Robinson’s contempt of court, but the contempt of the British government for its own citizens, and particularly for the victims of Muslim rape gangs.

Britain has become a shabby little police state in which it is illegal to criticize Islam and mass Muslim migration in Britain today. Its death as a free society is by its own hand.
Read more here.

Google aiding Chinese military but not ours?

Billionaire investor (and Facebook board member) Peter Thiel has called for an investigation of Google by the FBI and CIA. Lucas Nolan reports in Breitbart,
Thiel noted “three questions that should be asked” by the federal government of tech giant Google.

Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?

Number two, does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?

Number three, is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military… because they are making the sort of bad, short-term rationalistic [decision] that if the technology doesn’t go out the front door, it gets stolen out the backdoor anyway?

Thiel added that these questions “need to be asked by the FBI, by the CIA, and I’m not sure quite how to put this, I would like them to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner.” Thiel has been a long time supporter of Artificial Intelligence, joining Elon Musk and Reid Hoffman in pledging to commit a total of $1 billion to the non-profit group OpenAI in 2015.

Google has come under fire previously for its relationship with China, particularly the development of a censored Chinese search engine codenamed Project Dragonfly. During a speech before the Hudson Institute in 2018, Vice President Mike Pence criticized what he believes is China’s theft of U.S. technology, urging Gooogle to take action on the issue. Pence said during the speech that other business leaders are hesitant to enter the Chinese market “if it means turning over their intellectual property or abetting Beijing’s oppression.”

Pence called on Google to listen to these other leaders and that “more must follow suit.” He also called on Google to end the development of its censored Chinese search engine project known as Dragonfly: “For example, Google should immediately end development of the ‘Dragonfly’ app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers,” said Pence.
Read more here.

Cannibals starting to eye their own!

In American Greatness, Victor Davis Hanson writes,
...revolutionary carnivores are rarely sated. Once they run out of easy hostile targets—and they have with the collapse of the Mueller hoax and all the other impeachment melodramas—they get hungry and as cannibals start to eye their own.

...Poor, condemned Joe Biden renounced almost everything he once believed in and yet still was reduced metaphorically to screaming for his life on the guillotine stage that he was a revolutionary after all! Had Biden in his first debate only yelled back at his attacker, Harris, “If you really want the return of federally mandated busing of school children, then go out and run on busing and see where it gets you!”

The candidates, of course, were the cleaned-up versions of their handy Jacobin street fighters, the thugs of Antifa, the motley remnants of Occupy Wall Street, the loud ranks of Black Lives Matter, and the assorted provocateurs who inhabit the activist groups and most college campuses, and who do the dirty work of kicking incorrect enemies out of restaurants, stalking conservatives, beating up journalists, shouting down speakers, swarming the homes of incorrect politicians and newscasters, and taking over coffee shops and intersections.
Read more here.

Masks off!

Betsy Ross is back!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

I believe they had this conversation!

Yeah, we believe that!

He is not exaggerating!

We didn't have "the green thing" back in our day.

From Debbie Donivan on Facebook:
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.
We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the"green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.

"Biden's plan seems to be to wait everything out...which you can't do when you're in your seventies."

Tyrus: "Pelosi's done...Trump gave her a compliment!" Also Tyrus: "The Dems need to split into two parties: Socialist and Democrats."



Nancy's feud with AOC and the other three new Congresswomen "of color"

Hanging out in the oval office

Scott chats with Carpe Donktum, one of whose memes President Trump has tweeted six times. Carpe Donktum had a thought when in the oval office on July 3 for a personal meeting with the president and Carpe Donktum's family. He remembered his wife saying to him, "Stop playing around on that damn computer!"

Then, last week he was invited back to the White House for the social media summit. It was an "energizing moment" for the attendees. The regular press were "annoyed by us." He also had a front-row seat for the Gorka vs. Playboy event.

Trump is presiding over the best period of peace and prosperity, yet Dr. Drew says we may be seeing bubonic plague in L.A. with the severe homelessness epidemic there.

Even the Wall Street Journal stumbled on the Charlottesville "fine people" hoax.

Because no one stood up to him?

Putting food on our tables

Salena Zito writes in the New York Post,
...There are 2 million farms in America located on 900 million acres across 50 states that produce nearly $400 billion in agricultural products that are run predominantly (95 percent) by farming families who have often held on to a business that predated the American Civil War.

They are the men and women who not only put food on the table here in the United States but across the globe. The hours are awful, the yearly dividends are uneven, and yet they shy away from complaints.

Salena interviews three farm families here, all of whom are supporters of Donald Trump.

"Who counts as a journalist?"

Sebastian Gorka marches up to a reporter from Playboy and tells him he is a punk, not a journalist.



Thanks to Caroline McCarthy, writing in Spectator USA.
...At the core of the debate is whether journalists are supposedly owed something that the rest of the population isn’t. If you’re a reporter showing up to a protest in the name of covering it, sure, you should have the right to not be socked in the face (or worse). But in an ideal world, shouldn’t we all be afforded that same dignity? Unfortunately, things aren’t trending that way.
Read more here.

"You climb the mountain to see the world. You don’t climb the mountain so the world can see you."

In the New York Times, liberal columnist Maureen Dowd writes of the spat between Pelosi and AOC,
...the 79-year-old speaker and the 29-year-old freshman are trapped in a generational and ideological tangle that poses a real threat to the Democrats’ ability to beat Donald Trump next year.

...A.O.C. should consider the possibility that people who disagree with her do not disagree with her color.

...(You know how topsy-turvy the fight is when the biggest defenders of Pelosi, who has endured being a caricature of extreme liberalism for decades, are Trump and the Wall Street Journal editorial board.)

...But Congress is not a place where you achieve radical progress — certainly not in divided government. It’s a place where you work at it and work at it and don’t get everything you want.

The progressives act as though anyone who dares disagree with them is bad. Not wrong, but bad, guilty of some human failing, some impurity that is a moral evil that justifies their venom.
More here.

Surely, Dowd is in error to assume that many people give a hoot about AOC or Pelosi!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Hard to follow the logic

"I was just doing what the sign told me to do!"

It's the juxtaposition!

Unfortunate choice of name for boat

Ann Coulter explains Trump and America to a Scandinavian

Funny how that works!

Speaking out against big tech censorship

Ripping down the American flag and hoisting up the Mexican flag

Collusion between the media, Democrats, and social media

The Director of Live Action talked about how big tech has undercut her anti-abortion, pro-life organization while permitting Planned Parenthood the freedom to speak freely and fundraise on their platforms.

Trump has met with the heads of Twitter and Google recently one on one. They seem sincere when they say they believe in freedom of speech. But Trump has formed a White House affiliated group to look at social media and in a short time over 16,000 people have communicated to the White House about anti-free speech practices on social media that have negatively affected them personally.

This new technology is so powerful and it has to be used fairly!

Trump welcomes Diamond and Silk! Melania told Trump about them.

Within the next couple of weeks, the executives of Silicon Valley will be invited to the White House to listen to complaints about their unfairness.

Mike Pence has game!

Scott believes Mike Pence is continually underrated. He has game! He went down to the border and was asked by CNN whether the conditions for the single adult immigrants are acceptable. "No, it's not! That's the reason we asked Congress for 4.6 billion in additional support to customs and border protection!" Scott says, "If you can ever agree with the people who are criticizing you, do it!"

Now, do you see why I am always remarking about the billowy white clouds that seem to arrive every afternoon here in New Mexico?



Camel Rock

Down Through The Ages

Guest post by Suzann Darnall

The Stone Age. The Dark Ages. The Middle Ages. The Age of Reason. The Age of Discovery. The Age of Enlightenment. The Age of Imperialism. The Age of Aquarius. The Information Age. The Age of Viability. The Age of Accountability. Middle Age. Old Age. These are just a few of the ages and stages that society and/or individuals have gone through or will go through.

Unfortunately, there are those who seem to be hooked on adding a new age which should most probably be called The Age of Emotion. It shares some basics roots with The Stone Age, The Dark Ages, and The Age of Aquarius. But, it seems to be devoid of connections with The Age of Reason, The Age of Discovery, The Age of Enlightenment, The Information Age, and The Age of Accountability.

As a person who is in my Middle Age and preparing to enter my Old Age, I am sorrowed to see our society and many of the people in it regressing backwards to behaviors more suited to the primitive and barbaric ages of The Stone Age and The Dark Ages, not to mention all those behaving more like toddlers than adults. Screaming, throwing things, pooping on the sidewalk, ignoring reality, telling stories, and thinking that wishing alone will make it so.

On top of that, it is not like we can demand that people act their age ‘cause that is apparently on its way to being as fluid as they are trying to make gender. People are seemingly helter-skelter choosing their gender, their ethnicity, their species, and even their age.

Of course, having put these thoughts down on paper, I am thinking I may have miscalled this Age. Perhaps The Age of Idiots is much more fitting. What do all y’all think???

Stand up for Betsy Ross!

Rush: "I firmly believe it is the media that is running the Democratic Party these days, and not the other way around!"

The citizenship question has been on the census since 1870 until Obama took it off in 2010!

Their frustration at not being able to get rid of Donald Trump is immeasurable!

This is not the land of grievance! This is the land of opportunity!


This will get you going!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Have the Democrats "jumped the shark?"

Have you heard of a man named Bill Pulte who is giving away money on Twitter? Now Kanye West has joined him, using Pulte's staff to do the vetting of requests. No strings attached. Imagine if everybody who needs something can put it in an App for the whole world to see.

Cryptocurrency. President Trump came out against it. Cash money is behind almost all crime! Scott says crypto is here to stay.

The tech summit happened yesterday. At the same time, Twitter was out for an hour or so. Scott admits he is very addicted to Twitter. Scott was unsettled by the experience.

On the other hand, Scott believes President Trump was really deft in the way he handled the summit.

"God speed your love" "Are you still mine?"

I sang this song throughout my teenage years, especially to my then sweetheart, Judy Kyle!



Thank you to pbird!

Questions for Mueller next week

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance puts forward a list of questions for Congress critters to ask Robert Mueller in his upcoming testimony beginning next Wednesday.
♦ When exactly did Rod Rosenstein first contact you about becoming special counsel?
♦ Did you immediately agree to become special counsel when asked?
♦ How much time transpired between Rosenstein asking you to become special counsel and your acceptance of the position?
♦ When exactly did Rod Rosenstein contact you about going to the White House on May 16th, 2017?
♦ Were you aware of the possibility of being appointed ‘special counsel’, prior to May 16th, 2017?
♦ On May 16, 2017, when you traveled to the White House, were you applying to become FBI Director?
♦ Other than Rod Rosenstein, did you speak to any members of the DOJ or FBI prior to going to the White House on May 16th, 2017?
♦ Were you aware President Trump was under investigation prior to your conversation of May 16th, with President Trump?
♦ Were you aware of the nature of the Trump investigation, prior to May 16, 2017?
♦ Did you take any recording devices into the Oval Office meeting?
♦ Did you own the cell phone you left in the Oval Office on May 16, 2017?
♦ Between the afternoon Oval Office meeting (4:00pm) and the next day announcement to the Gang-of-Eight by Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe (after lunch), when exactly did you agree to become special counsel?
♦ Accepting you were without “your cell phone”, how did Rod Rosenstein contact you between the evening of May 16, 2017 and the morning of May 17, 2017, about becoming special counsel?

It is not a Thoughtcrime if it comes from the woke Left!

Ace of Spades writes today,
I love the rule that the hard-left fringe Identity Politics mafia can use their free speech to the fullest while we on the right have to constantly patrol our own thoughts for Thoughtcrimes.

And if we fail to detect our own Thoughtcrime, that's okay, because 50% of the online right, the SJWcons as Kurt Schlichter (I think) called them, have been deputized by their leftist twitter friends to form lynch mobs to hunt us down for Wrongspeak.

These comments by Ace were inspired by an article in the super woke New Republic referring to a gay candidate for president Pete Buttigieg as "Mary Pete!"

Ace also has this quote from Victor Tango Kilo:
The undertone of this is that the idea of otherizing gay people who aren't decadently, outrageously "queer," (Think Mr Garrison in South Park's "Tolerance Camp" episode) as not truly gay. The political dimension is that gays who adopt "heteronormative" values --- settle down, blend in, get mortgages --- might begin to adopt mainstream values and leave the Democrat plantation. And we can't have that.
Read more here.

Emanuel

I do not have good news on the help-the-homeless front. When I went to the Walmart parking lot to pick him up, he was there, but told me that his sister was putting together a bag of clothes for him and she would be there in one hour to drive him to Santa Fe. It has now been 5 hours and 55 minutes, and he has not yet shown up in Santa Fe.

For the first time since I have known him, he was physically unstable today. I told him I noticed it and he told me he had spent the night in the hospital and that it is "It's a long, complicated story." I did not ask him, but I suspect he celebrated with some kind of drugs last night.

In his wonderful book entitled Loving Each Other, Leo Buscaglia wrote, "We have a very human need to believe, to trust each other. I think we'd go mad if we felt there was no one we could trust. It is through trust that our value systems grow and change. With the security and reassurance arising from trust we become more open to risk."

Living on the street one learns there are few if any people one can trust. Deception becomes even more of a way of life than it does for the rest of us who are not homeless, although we all wrestle with the issue of honesty. I trust the people I have talked with at the Life Changers Community Outreach Center near Gallup, New Mexico. They won't give up on Emanuel, and neither will I. The word Emanuel, by the way, comes from a Hebrew word, meaning "God is with us."

Big plans for today!

I appreciate my readers for supporting this blog with your presence every day, even though the posting has been light, to say the least! I am excited today with plans to assist in getting a homeless man off the streets and into a Christian Outreach program. I can't wait to tell you about it later today.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Beings



"Empathy is really important… Only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our true potential."

Today when I opened my car door to drive to Santa Fe for my cancer treatment, an eighteen-year-old young man asked me if I could give him a ride. I invited him into the car. I asked if he had a job. He said he had had several jobs, but nothing at the moment. He said he wanted to go to the area in which there was a Walgreens so he could try to sell some kind of pipe, which I assumed was marijuana-related. He seemed very low energy, but maybe he was just trying to avoid my questions.

Later this evening I was leaving the local library when a 38-year-old woman asked me for a ride to the post office. As we drove, she changed her destination to a casino. She said she had a players card and the casino was offering to put 5 dollars on the card for her to play the slots. She was very weepy. She said she was homeless and had been for two months. I asked her if she does drugs, and she admitted to using heroin. She also told me she had two daughters living with her father about 30 miles north.

I tried to show empathy to both of these beings, but my brain was not clever enough to be of immediate help.

Enjoying New Mexico



Two of the things I love most about New Mexico are the big billowy clouds and the native plants. I don't know if Russian Sage is considered to be native, but it sure does thrive here.

"What better pathway for cultural progress than to have university communities interact with recent immigrant arrivals through housing, socializing, and schooling immigrants?"

Victor Davis Hanson writes in National Review,
College campuses have lots of empty housing during the summer. Proudly progressive institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford should welcome illegal immigrants.

...if Ocasio-Cortez is worried about maltreatment, illness, and hunger of the poor, she would find a half-million in dire need on the streets of America’s major cities, almost all of which are currently controlled by progressive mayors and city councils, whose zoning and gentrification and green regulatory polices ensure an absence of low-cost housing.

To walk in the downtown areas of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, or San Jose is to witness many of California’s 130,000 homeless living on the sidewalks and streets among fifth, refuse, feces, needles, lice, fleas, and rats — history’s traditional ingredients for plague and death, with our era’s addition of drug paraphernalia. Juxtaposed to these medieval scenes are soap-box lectures about caring, intoned by progressive elites such as Mark Zuckerberg, Gavin Newsome, and Nancy Pelosi, who live in splendor in Bay Area keeps, their private neighborhood security details ensuring that their constituent peasantry keep their trash, illnesses, and defecation lower down the hill and outside the walls.

Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Stanford, to take just a few examples, might each volunteer to house and feed 1,000 detainees each. Think of the advantages that would accrue to everyone involved in the present tragedy. Immigrants would find safe and sanitary 90-day quarters, almost all of them in university towns that are proud sanctuary cities. Many universities have top-ranked medical schools. Hundreds of resident interns might offer their medical expertise pro bono, especially about hard-to-treat resistant tuberculosis or bouts of little-seen whooping cough. Yale and Harvard law schools are famous for their legal expertise and could offer immigrants top-flight counsel about ensuring refugee status. Schools would have incentives to expedite repatriation before the September commencement of classes.

Our universities are, of course, loci of progressive caring and are praised for their sharp opposition to what they think are archaic ideas of sovereignty, border security, and legal-only immigration. And yet so often our social-justice warriors are distant from the concrete recipients of their own often loud advocacy. What better pathway for cultural progress than to have university communities interact with recent immigrant arrivals through housing, socializing, and schooling immigrants? A kid from Atherton, Cambridge, or Chevy Chase might learn a lot by living among arrivals from Oaxaca and vice versa.

At least such first-hand association would ground urban progressives’ abstract advocacy in real-life caring. Immigrants would, at last, be able to socialize with and appreciate their progressive advocates.

In short, the summer-time use of underutilized university campuses — many of the smaller ones are financially strapped and in dire need of revenue — as contracting agencies with the federal government is an ideal solution to those who are worried about the supposed callous treatment in overcrowded and underfunded federal immigration centers.
Read much more here, especially Hanson's discussion of World War II's concentration camps.