Sunday, March 04, 2018

Guns Again

As we have all observed the election of  Donald Trump has exposed the media and the left in general for who and what they really are.

The mask has been removed. They think we are evil and, for the most part, no longer attempt to hide their contempt for us. That is a very, very good thing.

The Parkland massacre has also been a liberating event for them. Anyone who is a 2nd amendment supporter is now a killer with blood dripping from their souls.

It is no great surprise that, once again, they insist against all of the evidence, very, very loudly, that our gun control laws are lax or non-existent and that the only solution to the problem of lunatics getting their hands on guns is to deprive law abiding citizens of their 2nd amendment rights.

An excellent summation of the situation is provided by Branco, via Steven Hayward,

Being big government enthusiasts the left is not able to blame those responsible for the complete failure of the elaborate gun control regime and maintain any credibility. Every single government agency, schools, police, social services and the FBI, involved in the shooter's life failed completely and spectacularly. As I have written before, this sad state of affairs is the norm, not an aberration.

The situation is much worse than it appears. Via Instapundit, we have this, incomprehensible to ordinary people, outcome in a "straw purchaser" and illegal resale of  multiple guns prosecution.

"A Chicago-area woman arrested last year for her role in illegally selling guns to prohibited buyers, some with gang affiliations, was sentenced to probation and community service last week."

So, not only are the police, school administrations and FBI apparently disastrously indifferent to our safety, in  the occasional event that the authorities actually arrest someone for breaking our supposedly non-existent gun control laws, there is no meaningful punishment for the offender.

The cognitive dissonance is deafening.

Obviously more laws that we will enforce occasionally at no real detriment to the criminals involved will ameliorate the problem. Good luck with that.

Several corporations which have offered discount programs to NRA members for years have discontinued the programs in the face of SJW social media attacks encouraging boycotts of anyone and anything connected to the NRA. Some retailers have announced changes to the guns they will sell and to whom they will sell them in service to the same SJW's. A very bad business model in both cases. The SJW's are never satisfied.

I will no longer rent cars from National. I have been renting from them exclusively for a very long time. I unsubscribed from Dick's Sporting Goods email list.

Yesterday I joined the NRA. I don't own any guns. Yet.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Massacres and the Government

I have written before about reliance on government for your safety and the safety of those you love.

"The real problem stems from one word in the sentence above beginning with "Let's". That word is government.

The latest shooter was a convicted felon who bought his weapons from a licensed fire arms dealer who received the all clear from the government. There is that word again.

The arm of the government that convicted the shooter of multiple felonies failed to post those convictions in the government data base.

I have another "sensible step" to suggest. Do not ever assume that the government will get anything right. Look after yourself and those you love. As the saying goes, when seconds count the police are only minutes away."

As you know, another lunatic went nuts a few days ago. Another lunatic whose bizarre behavior foreshadowed his killing spree. Another lunatic who was known to the authorities. Even the FBI. Nothing was done, other than warning the FBI, and 17 people were massacred.

The usual braying about gun control is swamping the media. It is a useless reflex.

How many of these lunatics have walked into a police station and opened fire? None.

How many of them have walked into a "gun free zone" and opened fire? All of them.

A few years ago an Islamic nut fired into a Navy recruiting office. Correct, another gun free zone.

  "We realized it was an actual shooting, so we then initiated our active-shooter drill: getting down low to the ground, moving to a safe location. And we waited until everything seemed to be clear.”

Several years ago a US Army Major went on a shooting spree in an army processing center. You guessed correctly. Gun free zone.

" According to testimony from witnesses, Hasan passed up several opportunities to shoot civilians, and instead targeted soldiers in uniform,[25] who – in accordance with military policy – were not carrying personal firearms." (Emphasis added)

I do not know the provenance of the rules that prevent members of our Armed Forces from being Armed. I do know they appear to be ridiculous and occasionally deadly.

You do see the real problem here I am sure. It is well-intentioned but incredibly, predictably, stupid policies promoted by people who so abhor human nature that they pretend it does not exist and legislate accordingly.

The crazy people who carry out these awful crimes are crazy, not stupid. They do not choose venues for their mayhem that might result in them being disarmed or killed quickly. They follow the path of least resistance. A very common human trait.

Be prepared to defend yourself. Our various governments have failed miserably at doing the most basic job the Constitution   assigned to them.

" domestic Tranquility..."

Friday Document/News Dumps

I love Friday. No, not because it generally marks the end of the work week, I am retired.

I love Friday because the juiciest news tries to dribble out quietly.

No doubt you have heard that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian election meddling grand jury indicted 13 people yesterday. Big news! Trump is finally going down! His whole family is going down with him! It wasn't a hoax after all!

Or not. 13 Russians! Not a Trumpian among them, only person currently within our jurisdiction and he was indicted for money laundering and identity theft. It is just too funny. Read the article to enjoy the outrage and surprise expressed by the writer at the discovery that Russians attempted to make mischief in the USA. Who knew!

Then there is this gem from Deputy AG Rosenstein,

"Rosenstein noted that there is no allegation in the indictment that Americans had any knowledge of the operation.

"There is no allegation in the indictment on the outcome of the election," he also stressed." (Emphasis added)

It gets better.

"In addition, the defendants allegedly promoted allegations of "voter fraud" in the Democratic Party beginning in the summer of 2016, through their personas on social media and political advertisements."

Really. Was Donna Brazile part of the Russian operation?

"Brazile writes the DNC was rigged (emphasis added) in Clinton's favor because her campaign was largely financing the party early on in the presidential election."

Sure sounds like voter fraud to me.

Speaking of making mischief you may have forgotten, or perhaps never knew about this,

" The Obama presidential election team has set up camp in Tel Aviv with the mission to defeat Netanyahu in our upcoming election.

The “Anyone but Bibi” mission is headed by Jeremy Bird, Obama’s National Field Director in his successful presidential campaigns."

Here is a beaut I never knew about courtesy of  Instapundit contributor Charles Glasser.

"According to The Week, the Most Qualified Candidate Ever said, regarding Palestinian elections:
“And if we were going to push for an election,” Clinton went on, “then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.” (Emphasis added)

Whatever it is, meddling in elections included, it is ok when they do it.

I think I have mentioned before that if it was not for situational ethics the left would have no ethics at all.

"...With the intent to have a fair basis for judgments or action, one looks to personal ideals of what is appropriate to guide them, rather than an unchanging universal code of conduct,..."

What could go wrong!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

This and That # 8

 Sometimes a statement conveys far more information than its length would suggest.

Two examples.

"What’s remarkable is that the Democrats still haven’t caught on to the fact that there’s usually a hook inside Trump’s bait." Stephen Green, contributor, 2/1/2018 on Instapundit .

Margaret Thatcher, "The facts of life are conservative." Indeed.


A week or two ago our President was engaged in negotiations with Democrats and Lindsey Graham, a rino, over the status of the "Dreamers" and other immigration issues.

It was eagerly reported by Dick Durbin, Democrat senator from Illinois, that when referring to places like Haiti, and some African countries President Trump described them as "shitholes". Mr. Durbin claimed that the President's use of such language severely damaged our standing in the world. He did not mention that if he had not eagerly reported the alleged comment no one would have known about it so our reputation would be intact. Oh well, politics above all, always, for Democrats.

President Trump expressed a preference for immigrants from Norway. The Prime Minister of Norway was not amused.

Durbin reported that Graham's reaction to the President's comment (Mr. Trump denies using the offending term) was to point out, angrily, that the country Mr. Trump's grandfather emigrated from in 1869, Germany, was no paradise. Probably true and momentarily effective. Have we become such snobs and/or racists that we look down our noses at the world's downtrodden, most of whom today are people of color?

No. America's needs and our fiscal environment have changed dramatically since 1869. How much foreign aid did we distribute in 1869 to help poorer countries? None. How much did we contribute to the U.N. for redistribution to poorer countries? Nothing.

We were then a vast and underpopulated country of about  39,000,000. That's right. About 10% of today's population in a country of almost exactly the same size it is today. ( We had just bought Alaska. Hawaii was added later.) We needed bodies. Lots and lots of them. We no longer do.

Just as importantly the enormous welfare regime we have developed did not exist in 1869.
What government benefits and programs were available to Fred Drumpf? None. Was it partly welfare benefits that might have attracted him to America? Obviously not. Immigrants were essentially on their own. Private charities, family, religious and fraternal organizations were the only sources of help or support for immigrants. None could afford to be terribly generous.

We provide billions of dollars every year to help the downtrodden where they live now.

What we need now are immigrants with skills to help our country move forward and compete. What we certainly do not need are more people to compete for low end jobs thus keeping downward pressure on the wages those jobs pay.


James Clyburn is one of many hacks masquerading as a congressperson. Below he displays the depth of his knowledge of history.

"The third-ranking Democrat in the House said Monday said that if one was comparing America today to Europe before World War II, "this president would be Mussolini and Putin would be Hitler."

"Having studied history and having taught history, I can only equate one period of time with what we experience now, and that was what was going on in Germany around 1934 right after the 1932 elections when Adolph Hitler was elected chancellor," Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told CNN"

Mr. Clyburn, Hitler was never elected  Chancellor.

As to the rest of his assertions, well, what can you say. These people live in a universe reserved to the ill-informed and dishonest.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Thanks Mr. President, Again

So here we are, one full year into the Trump term. Are you tired of winning yet? Me either.

Looking back over this eventful and tumultuous year a few things become clear.

Donald Trump is, in fact, a genius. He ran for his first public office at age 70. That office is the most powerful in the world, thus a very highly prized one, attracting some of the smartest people around into the contest.

Not only some of the smartest. Some of the richest and best connected. He torched them, all of them. The Bush and Clinton dynasties are left in smoking ruins.

The enormity of his accomplishment is breathtaking.

Then there are the talking heads and members of the democrat and republican opposition. Each smarter than the next, if they do say so themselves. All completely, utterly, undeniably wrong.

Trump has no idea how to wield the levers of presidential power they insisted. Wrong, as he has already proven dozens of times.

Predictions of stock market collapse in the wake of his victory? Wrong. Not only wrong, spectacularly, unprecedentedly wrong.

Predictions of trade wars. Wrong.

Predictions of blundering into new wars. Wrong.

Predictions of congressional intransigence. Wrong.

Predictions of impeachment. Wrong.

The Obamacare mandate is gone.

Hundreds of billions of dollars sequestered overseas to avoid US corporate taxes are headed home.

Announcements of new corporate investment in US manufacturing arrive on an almost daily basis.

The tax cut legislation he shepherded through the process his critics claimed he could not possibly understand will begin to dump billions into the pockets of hard working Americans next month. Almost as exciting as that prospect is, it also means less money for the federal government to fritter away.

A truly amazing performance made all the more enjoyable by the President's fondness for tweeting his thoughts in order that heads explode daily among the  intelligensia, left and right.

Keep up the good work Mr. President.

Saturday, December 09, 2017


As you know "projection" has many meanings. We will explore only one of them for the purpose of this post.

Projection includes,

"...a psychological defense mechanism whereby one "projects" one's own undesirable thoughts, motivations, desires, feelings—basically parts of oneself—onto someone else..."

I have written recently about the sexual harassment epidemic consuming left wing institutions. See "Good News" and "This and That #7."

As I mentioned we on the right have been accused, as a group, of misogyny and hypocrisy for a very long time. Right wing men in particular.

I have always assumed that the accusations were a manifestation of projection.

Since no one I know engaged in the often complained of behavior and most of those with much higher profiles than mine also had only very rarely been demonstrated to have manifested those behaviors (Newt Gingrich comes immediately to mind) I often thought projection might be at work. But, like our accusers, I had precious little evidence to support my theory.

Not anymore.

We now know that Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein were not outliers, they were main stream for lefty institutions.

CBS, NBC, NPR, Broadway,  and a thoroughly astonishing list of other cesspools are now being exposed as hotbeds (forgive me) of sexual predation.

And apparently everybody involved in those institutions knew. The most egregious example of the extent of that knowledge is the 2008 "secret" roast of Matt Lauer . Do not follow the link unless you are prepared to be offended.

The audience was filled with all the people who claimed ignorance once he was exposed.

So where did the Republican War on Women and Republican Misogyny come from?

Unfortunately it was projection. More unfortunately the women complaining loudly appear to have been cowards (a very common human condition) at best, and enablers at worst. These unfortunate people were living and working with misogynists and predators so they naturally assumed that all men behave this way. Surely these ugly impulses could not be confined to just their men.

Well ladies and all you feminist gentlemen of the left, it seems, for the most part, that they are. Enjoy what your constant efforts to be "progressive" have earned you. Destroy all the rules of civility as you have been doing for 40 years and people will behave badly.

Those of us who have been watching in horror as women turned themselves into Victoria Secret wannabes are not surprised at the world you have created.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Good News

Today marks one year since we awoke to the absolutely astonishingly good news that Hillary Clinton had lost the election. Thanks again President Trump.

There has been a lot to cheer about during this last year.

Consumer confidence is at heights not seen since 2000.

US stock markets are at all time highs.

The Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Scalia has been filled by another reliable conservative, Neal Gorsuch.

ISIS is in the process of being thoroughly destroyed.

We appear to be well on our way to defanging North Korea, one way or another.

There may be some tax reform on the way.

Liberal men, particularly those in, or connected to, Hollywood, have been exposed as the miscreants I have always assumed they were.

Liberal women, particularly those in or connected to Hollywood, have been exposed as the self-righteous dilettantes I have always assumed they were.

They never tired, male or female, of lecturing us about the evils of republican men while allowing a culture of  actual sexual assault to flourish as they remained silent lest their careers be adversely affected by speaking out. The primary by-product of that silence was to expose other young women and men to the predators.

There are other by-products coming from the exposure of the Hollywood cesspool.

Some mythical liberal narratives seem to  have disappeared.

Republican war on women. Anyone?

Campus rape culture. Anyone?

Donald Trump has a potty mouth and said some boorish things. Anyone?

Regarding Hollywood and its inhabitants I have an observation. How can anyone writing, producing or acting in the rot that Hollywood has been producing for years be assumed to have anything remotely resembling ordinary morals. Actors and actresses (why has that word disappeared) happily engage in on screen nudity and sex apparently thinking it very avant-garde to disrobe and perform sex acts for the public. It isn't. It is the simple substitution of exhibitionism for talent.

I realize there are a few high profile actors and actresses who do not engage in such on screen self-abasement but they are few.

Democrats won some elections for a change yesterday. They are celebrating. Allow them their moment of pleasure. They have endured a lot of pain in the last year.

Their paroxysm of glee will be short lived. Retaining the governorship of Virginia is no great accomplishment. It is what should have happened given that the republican candidate was an establishment rhino of long standing running in the Trump era.

They won the governorship of New Jersey proving, with finality, that Chris Christie's political career is, happily, over.

Be of good cheer my friends. All is well.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

This and That #7

Harvey Weinstein et al...

It has apparently come as a surprise to those who aspire to be viewed as the most sophisticated among us, that wealthy, powerful men have been known to prey on the women who depend on their wealth and or power for their own livelihoods.

They can be forgiven for never having heard of Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy I suppose, two wallflowers who never made a headline.

Kennedy should have been prosecuted. Clinton should have been prosecuted. Hopefully Weinstein will be prosecuted.

I do not begrudge Weinstein's victims their outrage. I do begrudge them their phony naivete while repairing to the fainting couch.

It takes a great deal of courage to bite the hand that feeds you. Very few of us are courageous, human nature being what it is, as the otherwise self aggrandizing denizens of Hollywood have clearly demonstrated.


Massacres and Gun Control.

Another massacre, another appeal for "sensible steps" to ameliorate the problem of gun violence.

I have a "sensible step" to suggest. Let's create a government data base of everyone convicted of a felony and insist that the name of any putative gun buyer be run through that system before being permitted to possess one.

Oh, wait. We have one of those already. So how did the latest shooter get his weapons? Was it through the so-called gun show loop hole ? No it wasn't.

The real problem stems from one word in the sentence above beginning with "Let's". That word is government.

The latest shooter was a convicted felon who bought his weapons from a licensed fire arms dealer who received the all clear from the government. There is that word again.

The arm of the government that convicted the shooter of multiple felonies failed to post those convictions in the government data base.

I have another "sensible step" to suggest. Do not ever assume that the government will get anything right. Look after yourself and those you love. As the saying goes, when seconds count the police are only minutes away.

Last week another Muslim lunatic killed a bunch of people in New York City. He had been interviewed by the ICE in 2015. He was not interviewed because he had jaywalked. He was interviewed because of association with people who had overstayed their visas, a common terrorist profile. No action.

Remember the Boston Marathon bombers.?

"The brothers were Muslim; Tamerlan's aunt stated that he had recently become a devout Muslim.[174][175] Tamerlan became more devout and religious after 2009,[185][186] and a YouTube channel in his name linked to Salafist[185] and Islamist[181][187][188] videos. The FBI was informed by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in 2011 that he was a "follower of radical Islam."[187] In response, the FBI interviewed Tamerlan and his family and searched databases, but they did not find any evidence of "terrorism activity, domestic or foreign."" No action.

Remember the San Bernardino killers??

"They said he had contacts with five people whom the F.B.I. had investigated for possible terrorist activities — including one associated with the Shabab, the Islamist militant movement in Somalia, and another associated with the Nusra Front, the wing of Al Qaeda in Syria. In all five cases, the investigations were closed and no charges were filed."

Are you seeing a pattern here? Sclerotic bureaucracy is the problem, not the solution.

Do not allow yourself to be brow beaten into agreement with the apparently endless legion of our fellow citizens who, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, believe that government should be the repository of all power.

Transgender Tragedy

I was minding my own business when suddenly confronted with some astonishing "facts".

Men could "become" women and vice versa.

Humans of the same gender could "marry".

Those men who became women and vice versa are now referred to as transgendered.

Here are some facts.

Men cannot become women and women cannot become men.

Men can pretend to be women and women can pretend to be men.

They cannot ever "become" the gender they aspire to in the same way that I cannot "become" Donald Trump. I could dye my hair and put on a hundred pounds and look a lot like Donald Trump but I can never, ever, be Donald Trump. Seems pretty simple to me, but then, as I wrote recently, to me, The David is just a giant statue. Perhaps I am nothing more sophisticated than a contrarian. I am not! (sorry, could not resist)

There are, unfortunately, some real world consequences to being forced to enable the gender fantasies of some unfortunate souls.

This is a tragedy. A boy is being allowed to "compete" with the girls. This is not competition. It is as thoroughly unfair as the legendary doping of female athletes during the Soviet era. Turn athletic women into testosterone fueled athletic women and your team will win a lot of medals.

I stopped paying attention to the Olympics years ago and was surprised to find that the Russians have continued the practice.

So, getting back to our tragedy, authentic girls are being forced to compete against a naturally doped boy.

No doubt you are aware that in most sports the sexes are segregated because boys are, generally, bigger, stronger and faster than women.

Now the unfortunate authentic women are forced to lose so that this arguably deranged and at the very least, incredibly selfish, or clever, boy can force us all to indulge his idiotic fantasy.

Will the athletic scholarship committees at the schools these young women apply to take into account their victimization? One can only hope so, but that hope is a dim one.

The "girl" had this to say after winning a state championship race,

 “It feels really good. I’m really happy to win both titles,” Yearwood of Cromwell High School told the Day after winning at the May 30 meet. “I kind of expected it. I’ve always gotten first, so I expected it to some extent. … I’m really proud of it.”

"I've always gotten first...", yes, of course, those with an unfair advantage usually do.

The girl who won last year had this to say,

 “It’s frustrating,” Hall of Stonington High School told the Courant. “But that’s just the way it is now.”

Unfortunately she appears to be resigned to being relegated to second place by a man.

Sound familiar?