Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Apology

I had written yesterday that I would be attending the Trump event last night. I was looking forward to writing about it. Good intentions...

I know downtown Phoenix about as well as I know downtown Moscow.

When I reached the convention center area yesterday evening there were a number of closed roads. After a short while I gave up trying to find my way to a safe parking area and returned home.

My primary interest in attending was to try and help ensure that the venue had a good crowd. It was obvious by the throngs (not just erstwhile protesters) downtown that this would not be a problem.

It so happens that Phoenix airport is on the route I had to take downtown. As I was driving, at about 5PM, I began to wonder how long in advance of an event like this the President would arrive. The event was to begin at 7PM.

The highway I was on is roughly parallel to the airport's two glide paths. One to the left, the other to the right. As I looked to the right, at 5:13PM, there it was. Air Force One on the glide path, gear down, floating towards the runway. An inspiring sight. And the answer to my question.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Don't Believe A Word They Say

No doubt you have noticed the never ending torrent of outrage directed at President Trump. Don't believe a word of it.

The latest outrage is over his immediate post Charlottesville comments and the press conference that followed.

I will leave you to look at the transcripts if you feel the need. Otherwise, you can take my word for fact that he said nothing wrong or inappropriate.

The left, MSM and more than a few so-called Republicans are setting their hair on fire, again, because Trump did not say exactly what they wanted him to say.

While it is an outrage to them it is not to us ordinary people who have watched the "Antifa" movement riot over and over again in their never ending determination to make it impossible for ordinary Americans to speak our common sense minds. They deserve as much blame for the events in Charlottesville as the Nazi thugs. But for their abandonment of the American social contract that is the 1st Amendment there would have been no violence at all. None. The idiot Nazis would have marched and gone home just like they do after making some noise every 30 years or so.

The combined anti-Trump forces are deluging us in negative press in the hope that we will all be shamed into deserting the President. As they have made obvious, that is their sole agenda. Do not believe a word they say.

I will be attending the President's event in Phoenix tomorrow evening. Can't wait to show him that we appreciate his courage in the face of the most vicious onslaught any President I know of, with the possible exception of Lincoln, has had to endure.

In case an example of the anti-Trump forces knee jerk besmirching of Trump is necessary I will share my most recent favorite. In an interview with the NYTimes (I think) he referred to his big win in New Hampshire. Without bothering to give it a second thought they were bellowing their derision. "Trump didn't win New Hampshire", came the full throated roar. That would be correct if he was referring to the election. He was not. He was referring to his primary win which was crucial to his candidacy.

Don't let the bastards get you down!

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

This and That, July 4th Edition

Happy Independence Day to all.

Courtesy of Powerline's Scott Johnson, an excerpt from Calvin Coolidge's July 4, 1926 speech.

"If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary." Indeed.

If the above looks familiar you are either a long term reader of this blog or of  Powerline. Mr. Johnson has published the excerpt (a much longer one actually, you should enjoy it at the link above) every July 4th since 2004.

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I hope you have been enjoying the Donald Trump Show as much as I have. His latest Tweet storms have been fabulous. Thin skinned poseurs like Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski apparently cannot help themselves and respond to him like  Pavlov's dogs.

It is a joy to watch their hair catch fire as these two hypocrites try to take on a man much more clever than them.

For months, since he didn't allow them into a New Year's Eve party at his Palm Beach resort, they have been attacking him daily. Suggesting he suffers from a mental illness among other insightful revelations of his character . Having been friends of his for years, no doubt they know him well. Except for the curious change in their attitude after he wasn't nice to them, I might even believe some of what they have to say. Or not. Truly a joy to watch.

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Do you remember the controversy  President Trump created with his "Comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations" Tweet? It was beautiful. All the right people reacted in all the right ways interpreting his comment to mean that he had taped the conversations and the Nixon comparisons took flight.

"With that tweet, Trump immediately deepened his own ­legal and political quagmire, evoking comparisons to President Richard M. Nixon and prompting congressional committees investigating his campaign’s alleged ties with Russia to demand the disclosure of any such recordings."

Look at what he actually said.

Do you remember his much earlier Tweet about Obama having wire tapped Trump Towers in New York?

It has been suggested, credibly I think, that when looked at together Trump was actually warning Comey that the intelligence community might have tapes of their conversations and he had best be careful about his then pending testimony to Congress. It worked. Comey confirmed in that testimony everything Trump had said. Trump didn't need to tape anything. The bluff was sufficient. Brilliant.

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From the annals of "You must be joking " comes this.

"The Denver City Council voted Monday to approve major sentencing reform (in other words, making penalties more lenient) on Class I and II offenses. The latter cover crimes like public defecation, panhandling and camping out on the sidewalk." (Emphasis added).

The "reasoning" behind this outrage?

"City leaders and immigrant rights advocates argued the changes will protect Denver’s immigrant community from facing unintended consequences.

“Many times it becomes a deportable (sic)offense if you’ve been convicted of even a minor ordinance violation that’s punishable by a year in jail,” Mark Silverstein said, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado."

Abject stupidity in the service of the progressive agenda to turn the USA brown.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Enjoy the 4th of July. Most of you have the great good fortune to live in the greatest country in human history. Too bad we have to share it with so many ingrates and fools.

Even so, it is well worth the price.







                                                                 







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Saturday, June 17, 2017

This and That # 5

As I mentioned in an earlier post I watched some of the NBA finals. Thanks to Obama, Black Lives Matter, people of color only spaces at universities, people of color only dormitories at universities, and toxic racialists who seem to be everywhere, I am now seeing things through the prism of skin color.

During game 1 a huge white Golden State player set a legal, non moving pick. It was perfect. Feet solidly beneath him well before the black offensive player arrived at the spot. Black guy bumps the white guy, black guy falls down. Foul on white guy, natch. Oh, black referee, I almost forgot.

There was a Nissan commercial dissing girls on Barbie bikes.  Girl on black Boys bike is the big thing while mom imitates a man in her black Nissan and leather jacket. Really?  Barbie girls look on disapprovingly. What happened to toxic masculinity? I swear I can't keep up.
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In the first "This and That" post  I mentioned that the inspiration for the format came from Steven Hayward's "Loose Ends" series. He has another series, The Week in Pictures. He publishes it every Saturday and many of the offerings are very, very funny. Here are a couple from today's post for your consideration.









Well, I know I said a couple but I couldn't resist this.





     
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I have mentioned before my search for "moderate" Muslims condemning the mayhem practiced in their name and that I have had very little success finding them. I did post a photo of Muslims demonstrating outside Trump Tower in New York. Unfortunately they were protesting us.

I got to thinking about the possibility that the reason "moderate" Muslims were not holding Not in My Name rallies after any of their coreligionists' atrocities is because such demonstrations are not part of their culture.

Turns out I was wrong. Again.

 http://caravandaily.com/portal/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Muslims-protest-against-Iraq-war.jpg

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For my legion of fans north of the border, this one is for you.

"Canada passed a law Thursday making it illegal to use the wrong gender pronouns. Critics say that Canadians who do not subscribe to progressive gender theory could be accused of hate crimes, jailed, fined, and made to take anti-bias training." (Emphasis added)

This appears to be a law that says if a girl identifies as a boy and you insist on acknowledging reality by referring to her as "her" after being informed (not sure how) that she prefers to be referred to as "he", you may be subject to prosecution. Prosecution.

Some years back I had a conversation with an especially eminent member of my legion of Canadian fans about the advisability of labeling anything a hate crime. Aside from being awfully close to criminalizing thoughts, the practical problem is who is controlling what gets named a hate crime. This episode is a very clear example of the potential for catastrophe. Lunatics running the asylum. See cartoon above regarding transgender access to what, in any sane universe, would still be called the lady's room.




                                                                            

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Keepers of the Protocols

In the wake of the Comey kerfuffle I have read a lot of analysis of the unnecessarily provocative manner in which President Trump fired him.

Un-presidential, incompetent, chaotic, and, a breach of protocol, are common descriptions unfortunately coming not only from the left but also from the right. In my opinion the President did it perfectly. As in, exactly what I hoped he would do.

We elected him because "Presidential" in the way his critics mean it is precisely not what we wanted. We wanted a particularly big bull in that incredibly corrupt and self-dealing china shop, rampaging about and breaking things. And break things he does. He so infuriated the execrable Comey that Big Jim actually became a leaker, of all things. Whiny, weepy, self-righteous, broken and humiliated. Exposed for who he is, finally. Protocol be damned. Outstanding job Mr. President.

Their precious protocols just protect them, but not us, from their incompetence and informs their corruption.

Congress inconvenienced by being subject to ObamaCare rules regarding employer subsidies? No problem. Exempted.

 "...members of Congress and their staffs are slated to get that will make them the only participants in the new Obamacare exchanges to receive generous subsidies from their employer to pay for their health insurance." (Emphasis added)

That was 2013. Fast forward to last month. Have the keepers of the protocols learned anything from the 2014 and 2016 elections? Judge for yourself.

"As Republicans rush to vote on their latest ObamaCare repeal-and-replace plan, it appears to still include an item exempting members of Congress and their staffs from losing the healthcare bill's popular provisions (ed. Of which they are the only beneficiaries. Interesting to note how the author tries to hide that fact. Popular provisions? Right, except for the part where those "popular" provisions apply only to Congress.).

House GOP leaders worked Wednesday night to fast-track consideration of an amended American Health Care Act without posting the bill text and without a Congressional Budget Office analysis detailing the effects of the latest changes to the legislation." (Emphasis added).

To be fair,

"...Rep. Tom MacArthur's (R-N.J.) office said separate legislation would close that loophole." Uh, right, I'll take your word for it. That has worked out really well for us taxpayers so far.


An illegal immigrant crime spree? No problem. Those illegals never get close to the keepers of the protocols.

A border wall? No way. Un-American. Xenophobic. Walls around the homes and communities of the keepers of the protocols. No problem.

2nd amendment. No way we should be permitted  to arm ourselves. We are too stupid and dangerous. Armed guards and gun permits for the keepers of the protocols? No problem.

There is another way to spell  President Donald J. Trump. Enough.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

"Moderate" Muslim Update

As you know I have been looking for signs of that vast majority of Muslims who are "moderates" and opposed to their coreligionists penchant for blowing up and otherwise dismembering innocents. They have been hard to find.

This (link fixed) story looked promising.

"Over 130 imams from across the United Kingdom have said they will refuse to perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer for the London and Manchester terror attackers. The ritual is normally carried out for every Muslim, regardless of their actions.
In what is a highly unusual move, Muslim religious leaders from different schools of Islam -- both Sunni and Shia -- issued a statement late Monday saying their pain at the suffering of the victims of Saturday's attacks had led to their decision, and they called on others imams to follow suit."

Given all I have heard and read over the years about the proliferation of Muslims in the UK I decided to try and find out what proportion of UK Imams were represented  in the letter.

That would be about 7.4%. Not impressive, at all.

There is something very familiar about that percentage. It is in the general area of the number of Muslims said to be supportive of Islamic terrorists.

It seems to me that the numbers we have been treated to over the years are upside down.

It is becoming more obvious, as a matter of simple observation, that the vast majority of Muslims are content to sit on the sidelines and watch, if not applaud, the slaughter of innocents.

No doubt they happily engage in the moral relativism that conflates jihadists blowing up and otherwise attacking ordinary citizens as they go about their lives with Muslims killed in wars. If the distinction has to be explained it is not worth the bytes to do so.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

This and That, Religion of Peace Edition

You will have noticed, upon careful reading, that I have been pointing out the deafening lack of remorse by "moderate" Muslims with respect to the murderous antics of their coreligionists. If Islam ever was the Religion of Peace it can now more accurately be described as the Religion of Pieces given the penchant of so many of its adherents to turn those of whom they do not approve into pieces in various creative ways.

Bombs laden with ball bearings and nails, machetes, knives and even vehicles. Clever those people, eh?

So, wasn't I pleased to come across this this morning.

Well, on second thought, no.  CNN is doing its best to prop up the notion that there are "moderate" adherents to the Religion of Pieces. The ruse didn't last long.

"Note the white police officers leaving before the CNN shot & the Asian officers coming in. They then left after they went off air!"

I wrote yesterday of Roger L. Simon's suggestion on stamping out Islamic terrorists by enlisting the help of Muslim countries. He suggests that those who do not help will be punished with sanctions. I called the idea useless.

You may recall that during his recent trip to Saudi Arabia President Donald J. Trump addressed a meeting of 50 Muslim leaders from the region and exhorted them to become more active in the terror fight.

This morning I read this and I am more hopeful than I was yesterday when I was busy criticizing Mr. Simon.

"Several countries took major moves against Qatar today over its support for terror. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties, setting off a major crisis in the Middle East."

I would be very happy to have been entirely incorrect in my take on Mr. Simon's proposal.

In another, earlier post on the subject of terrorism, I pointed out that part of the frustration we ordinary people suffer with respect to the policing of these terrorists is the result of the fact that our police and legal systems are obviously not up to the task.

Once again the ring leader was known to the authorities.

"The ex-KFC and London Tube worker, known as Abz, 27, was quizzed by cops over his twisted views before he was gunned down along with his two accomplices down following the depraved assault on Saturday night."

There is, perhaps, a silver lining to this story. The people complaining to the cops about this nut job were Muslims. Could these be the "moderate" Muslims I have been looking for? I hope so and I hope there are many more of them willing to come forward because that will be the best way out of this mess.


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