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Posted:Jul 20, 2018 7:35 am
Last Updated:Jul 20, 2018 7:18 pm
A few weeks ago, we attended a forum, in which the candidates for Governor gave their spiel and answered questions. Both parties were represented.

I was leaning toward a choice between two candidates. They both said things I agreed with. I also liked what a third candidate said. But for some reason, she gave off this nice , PTA lady vibe, and I thought her a bit weak . All three seemed to be Trump supporters.

Now that has changed. You can't turn on the TV without numbers one and two attacking each other. I forget what it was I liked about either one of them, and now I just ignore them both. For me , the attacks are backfiring. I don't think I am alone.

Nasty attack ads are nothing new. Thomas Jefferson's campaign against President John Adams was probably the first really nasty one. Jefferson's supporters accused Adams of being a hermaphrodite with "neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman." In response, the Adams campaign accused Jefferson of being the son of a half-breed Indian squaw and a mulatto father. The latter would be a selling point these days, and maybe the LGBT voters would like the first characterization. But that didn't sell back then.
In the 1828 campaign, John Quincy Adams' supporters called Andrew Jackson a murderer, his mother a prostitute, and his wife an adulteress.
In 1876, Democrats accused Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes of two heinous crimes: shooting his own mother, and stealing the pay of dead soldiers while he was a Union general.

And the press was always sticking its nose into the nasty.
In 1896, The New York Times was supporting Republican William McKinley and ran an article about his opponent William Jennings Bryan titled, "Is Bryan Crazy?" It cited one anonymous source whose identity, the newspaper said, it was not at liberty to give. Sound familiar? Anonymous sources with " secrets " on the other candidate? Steel dossier anyone?

As for the media - How much hair-on-fire anti Trump news can one watch? It is the end of the world , we are all going to die, this is the worst thing that has ever happened to the US, all are used every week to characterize anything Trump does. Until the next thing he does that is the end of the world, etc. etc.
If everything is the worst , then nothing is. EVERYTHING is as bad as 9/11, Pearl Harbor and Holocaust all rolled into one.
Didn't they ever read the story of the boy who cried wolf? Maybe save the Apocalyptic predictions for something important, instead of using it for a Supreme Court nominee, a travel ban, or a NATO meeting.

A study a few years ago found that negative ads trigger the same part of the brain that responds to creepy crawly things like spiders and snakes- we run to the less creepy crawly. This is where I am. I have enough of all the pundits telling me the sky is falling, and the candidates who tell me it will fall the rest of the way, if I vote for their opponent.

The nice, safe, PTA lady candidate's ideas are looking better and better.

Posted:Jul 19, 2018 7:23 am
Last Updated:Jul 20, 2018 7:29 pm
Plastic straws are the latest kerfuffle the celebs and the wanna-be planet savers are using to make themselves feel special.

Apparently, they are more concerned about a teeny percent of the waste floating in the ocean than actually doing something about the bulk of it. But posing with plastic straws and putting a burden on small business makes them feel good, so why not? Bigger bonus is to damage big companies who make the straws and the fast food chains who use them.

So what about those evil, little plastic planet crushers? Well, for thing , they take less energy to produce than the paper or bamboo version demanded as replacements. So while you think you are saving a fish, you are increasing that carbon footprint you say you care so much about. Paper doesn’t degrade in a landfill, either. Everything (in landfills) is essentially mummified.
Paper straws also cost 8 times more to manufacture, and of course will cause prices to rise in places that use them- like Starbucks, favorite vendor of Left Wing ideas and fancy cold latte something or others.

But that isn't the BIG THING. The Big Thing is the so-called of straws used and supposedly discarded every day. The quoted in a scary voice by the celebs in the videos.
The below is from John Stossel:

Actress Nina Nelson and other celebrities made a video claiming that plastic straws kill sea life: “In the USA alone, over 500 million straws are being used every single day, most of which are going into our oceans.”

“I will stop sucking,” vowed the celebrities.
In obedient response, Seattle banned plastic straws, and other places plan to follow. .
Katy Tang, of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, says, “We are no longer going to allow for plastic straws here.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agrees: “Their time has come and gone.”

But what about that scary “500 million” figure that celebrities, politicians and news anchors constantly cite? It turns out that came from a 10-year-old who, for a school project, telephoned some straw makers. Now the media, environmental activists and politicians (Is there a difference?) repeat “500 million straws used daily … many end up in oceans,” as if it were just fact.

end Stossel

Read that last part again. A 10 year old . Made some phone calls. A 10 year old.

Don't you just LOVE that really scientific study they used to get to that 500 million ? Looks like each and every day, every of the 323 million Americans is using 1.5 plastic straws . All because a 10 year said so.

I am not saying plastic in oceans is not a problem, but straws from the US are hardly the problem. Get rid of every plastic straw in the US, and China will still be making 99% of the plastic polluting the oceans. Meanwhile, the US will be increasing its carbon footprint , cutting down forests and bamboo, to make all that material for the new straws. Personally, I like forests. Maybe they don't. Maybe you should have thought this through a bit more, liberals.
But what the hell, as long as you feel good about yourselves, that is all that matters.

As this chart tells us, it's a good thing De Blasio is on the case.
Posted:Jul 18, 2018 8:35 am
Last Updated:Jul 20, 2018 8:02 am

Michelle Malkin poses the question " How much does a degree in stupid cost " ?
She is referring the rather clueless Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Democratic Socialists of America, who does not seem to understand how the unemployment rate is calculated, despite her degree in economics. Nor, despite her minor in International Relations, does she understand the Israel/Palestinian situation.

She is just another rebel without a clue infecting the Democratic Party. Also enter Cynthia Nixon, also aligning herself with the DSA.
And in a bone headed anti-Trump play , Tom Perez, head of the DNC is calling Hyphenated Lady the " face of the Democratic Party" . You lost the moderate voters in 2016, and now you want to double down? Even Stumbles McMyTurn would not have gone this far Left in 2016.
Are the Democrats that stupid that they think waving a Hammer and Sickle is going to appeal to Middle America?

What is the DSA , and what do they stand for ? Take a look at their web site.
They embrace universal free housing and health care, free public college education, shelter and transportation, the abolition of ICE, of the U.S. Senate, of prisons, and an economy where the worker is the priority. The DSA website also calls for everyone to receive a basic income -- whether or not they work.
From their website:
" We believe that working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. " Workers of the world unite sound familiar?

"We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships. " Goody- everyone gets to be equally poor. And, of course, identity politics writ large. I thought everyone was equal?

The most disturbing is not that they want the Government to control the population by making them idle wards of the State, but that they want to abolish law enforcement agencies which protect those citizens. I am not sure how they will make everyone safe by never sending anyone to prison, or releasing all of society's predators into the population.
ICE hunts down MS-13, stops drug and child traffickers, and attempts to get rid of criminal illegals.
I have a cynical theory. They want to make the American citizen helpless. They are anti Second Amendment, of course. If people cannot feed, house, or defend themselves, they are easy to control. And who will control them? Why the Elite of the DSA. Does any of this sound familiar? Does Stalin, Pol Pot or Hitler ring any bells? Socialists all.

I write all this as a warning to all the Democrats. Your party is being taken over by these people. Don't believe me?

The Democratic Socialists playbook, detailed on its website, calls for a methodical march to becoming a truly national force – where they can run candidates and push ideas under a Socialist Party banner – by first working from within the Democratic establishment. And its working.

“This is the tactic that Communist parties and socialist movements have used all over the world to gain influence in the political world,” said Murray Bessette, academic programs director of the The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit. “We saw that in Venezuela. They didn’t come to power as Communists, but that is what they were.”

The more hysterics they can drum up in a compliant , Trump hating media, the more power they gain. And the Democrats with Trump Derangement Syndrome will ignore the take over of their Party by those who seek to destroy Capitalism and the American belief in personal freedom.
There used to be no greater political insult than to call an opponent a Communist.
Now it is a Badge of Honor.
Posted:Jul 13, 2018 8:27 am
Last Updated:Jul 18, 2018 12:20 pm
I watched just about all of the Strzok hearing yesterday. It was Eddie Murphy's Distinguished Gentleman and Jimmy Stewart's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington all rolled up into one. It has something for everyone. You Lefties and foreigners could cheer the Trump hatred expressed, conservatives could applaud the attempt to get at the truth, and all the drama aficionados could enjoy the great theater.

Always my favorite, Trey Gowdy gets to the heart of the matter fast.
He read some of the infamous texts .
At one point, Gowdy asked what the word "it" meant in Strzok's text. On Aug. 8, 2016, two months out from the election, Page said, "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!"
Strzok responded, "No. No he's not. We'll stop it."
On Thursday, Gowdy pressed Strzok to answer what "it" meant.
"What's stop 'it'?" Gowdy asked.
"Chairman Gowdy, that text needs to be taken in the context..." Strzok responded.
"I'm asking, if you want to have a debate over a two-letter word, we're going to have to do that some other time. What and who did you mean by 'it?" Gowdy asked.
"Mr. Gowdy, as I've stated, that text was written late at night in shorthand..." Strzok said, but was cut off by Gowdy.
"I don't care when it was written, I don't care whether it was longhand, cursive, I don't care about any of that. I want to know what 'it' meant, Agent Strzok," Gowdy said.
"It would be his candidacy for the presidency," Strzok said.

Strozk said, at one point, he didn't appreciate what Gowdy had asked. Gowdy became exceptionally frustrated with Strzok, declaring, "I don't give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok, I don't appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016."

After the " it" exchange, Strzok tried to spin that the "we" who would stop it is the American people. The wonderful American people , in whom he had great faith not to elect Trump. The same people who he declared would vote for Hillary 100 million to nothing. These are , of course the same people who he said he could " smell the Trump support " from , in a Southern Virginia Walmart.

I suppose the thing that was the most telling was Strzok's clenched teeth anger at Gowdy for saying Strzok's vitriol against Trump and his supporters expressed in the texts was an evidence of bias. He got caught and his was pissed.

The Democrats didn't help themselves. The Left wing media is spinning Strzok as the victim.

The little item that is offending the most is Cohen from TN . "If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would," Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) of Memphis. The Purple Heart is a military honor bestowed on those who are wounded in combat or given posthumously to those killed in combat. Cohen equates military heroes who would die saving the lives of their fellow soldiers , with the slime ball who thought he was powerful enough to rig a Presidential election. Veterans should be outraged.

I had one belief confirmed yesterday. Strozk is part of a handful of the aptly named Deep State, who thought themselves so powerful, that they could rig a Presidential election. Reading his texts, you see that he thought he was doing a great thing for America, he was the one who could save the US from the evil Donald Trump. The people , whom he claimed yesterday he had so much faith in, were characterized in his texts, as too stupid to not all rally behind Hillary. Enter Strozk and whoever " we" is who ride to the rescue and ensure Trump does not win.
The ego displayed yesterday was astounding. The smirk, the sanctimonious attitude , and the famous applause from the Democrats generating speech denying bias , despite the bias being there for all to see, was obvious to anyone watching that this is a person who thought himself above challenge.
He was genuinely annoyed Congress would find any objection to his trying to undermine a Presidential candidate, because he and only he can save America.

The actual character of the Democrats were also shown. They didn't want to know the truth. They just wanted to bash Trump. They talked over the chair, and Gowdy, screamed at points of order, demanded voice votes on rules challenges, all to eat up time and create more distraction. Saul Alinsky would have been so proud.
They showed their true colors. Their hatred for Trump far outweighs their so-called love of country.

A few priceless expressions from yesterday.
Posted:Jul 8, 2018 9:23 am
Last Updated:Jul 13, 2018 11:13 am

I find the internet to be one of my great time wasters. Or is it things I learn accidentally without trying? I have a rather rambling observation today, not much political to say.
How many times do you find yourself not remembering the path of clicks you took to end up with the page you are on? " Gee, I didn't really want to know about the life cycle of the African Dung Beetle, but it is kind of interesting. What did I sign on to look for anyway? "

Today , when I wanted to look at the weather report, I clicked on the story on the Home Page of Bing , which comes up when I open Edge, and it was on Flamenco Dancing. Might be entertaining. So after I checked out that, I wanted to see if it was similar to any other dancing worldwide. After videos of African , Pacific Islander tribal dancing , I got off on Egypt.

I listened to the Egyptian story of creation. Sure sounded a lot like Genesis- Big Supreme Guy, two people created, rest of world comes from them, and so on.

I never did get to the weather report, but I learned a bunch of interesting stuff about Spanish Gypsies, Haitian Death Ritual dancing, and the god Ra.

My point is we have at our fingertips , most of the knowledge of the world. So are we really wasting time? What is that observation again? What if we were to go back in time and tell a 19th century scholar that we had all the world's knowledge on a device we could carry in out pockets, but we used the device to look at cat videos and argue with strangers ?
He would probably be very sad, and back away from us rather slowly.
Posted:Jul 5, 2018 8:25 pm
Last Updated:Jul 6, 2018 8:39 pm
Bad cows, bad cows, whatcha gonna moo?!

What do you call a gay cow? a gay cow.

The devout cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range. Three weeks later, a cow walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth. The cowboy couldn't believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the cow's mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, "It's a miracle!" "Not really," said the cow. "Your name is written inside the cover."

Two cows were out in a field eating grass. One cow turns to the other cow and says, "Moooooo!" "Hey", the other cow replies.... "I was just about to say the same thing!"

Ok I told all those cow jokes, just to put up this meme.

Posted:Jul 4, 2018 8:15 am
Last Updated:Jul 5, 2018 3:35 pm
Not that I want to give Katie the Big Head, or anything, but it would seem we Yanks owe a lot to Scots on this our Independence Day. This is courtesy of Madeline Kearns, of NRO:

Prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in the summer of 1776, before the first shot of the Wars of Independence was fired by Ebenezer Monroe (a Scottish-American chap), a very similar document, sung to the same tune of liberty, and railing against the same enemy, was signed. Issued in 1320 and addressed to Pope John XXII, the Declaration of Arbroath was a bold assertion of Scotland’s right to independence from England.
As long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.

Opposing tyranny, demanding liberty, pledging their lives, screwing the English — familiar, no? If one examines both the Declaration of Arbroath and the Declaration of Independence side by side, one sees striking similarities in both wording and content. Remarkably, the same is true of a later Scottish document, the National Covenant of 1638. This, again, asserted Scotland’s opposition to an unrepresentative English monarch and parliament. It details the “usurped authority” of the King’s “tyrannous laws.” It also invokes the role of divine providence: “We call the Living God to witness . . . and bless our proceedings with a happy success.”
It is surely significant that at least 21 of the 50 men behind America’s founding legal document were of Scottish descent. (This is highly disproportionate representation. It makes up around 38 percent, versus the 6.7 percent of Scots in the general colonial population in 1790.) Two — John Witherspoon and James Wilson — were native Scots. end quotes

But I do have a disturbing question. Does this mean we have to abandon grilled hot dogs for Haggis on the 4th ?

Below, one of Hillary's look-alike ancestors reacting to the Scottish Declarations.
LITTLE KNOWN FARMING FACTS. Warning: Graphic Content
Posted:Jul 1, 2018 8:10 pm
Last Updated:Jul 2, 2018 8:13 pm
I think it is about time this sort of cruel and inhumane slaughter is exposed.
Posted:Jul 1, 2018 6:08 am
Last Updated:Jul 3, 2018 3:11 pm
It's getting closer to the midterms , and the Democrats are in full blown panic mode.
They are seizing on anything , no matter how tangential, to make everything about Trump.

Russia, Russia Russia didn't stick. Then it was Stormy, Stormy Stormy. Whatever happened to that one? 15 minutes of fame - gone.

That all went out the door because we decided to enforce the border laws on the books. Hair on fire !!!!!! We are stopping people from coming across the border illegally. If you apply for asylum, we are going to check you out, and see if those three 12 year old girls you have in tow are really yours , or if you are a child trafficker. Horrors!!!!! ICE has doubts that you are telling the truth? Especially when you cant seem to get their names right. Oh no, must assume that everyone has good intentions , all the minors who are at the border are future valedictorians, ready to take the place of all the " Dreamers" , who, of course, are all superior humans, and future Mother Theresa's.

What is the answer of the Democrats? Get rid of ICE. Stop enforcing the border. Let those drugs pour over the border. Bring in more MS13.
You are a racist if you don't believe that everyone who sneaks over the border is not a stellar human being. No criminals there.

Then there was the race to see who could be wrong first about the Annapolis shooter. It was Trump fault, of course. Reuters said he was wearing a MAGA hat. A lie. Like every President until Obama , there is a contentious relationship with the press. But this MUST be the reason, the guy with an almost decade long beef with the paper suddenly decided to open fire. The reason is always Trump.

And we have the darling of the Democrats- Maxine " Beat them up " Waters. Vying for the title of Democrat's Miss Congeniality, she said a couple of days ago: “I am not about to let this country go by the way of Donald Trump.”
“We are sick and tired of him. He's been there too long,” she said. “They dare me to say 'Impeach him.' Today I say, 'Impeach 45.'”

Good policy platform , Maxine. Way to get back those working class Obama voters you lost to Trump in 2016.

Everything is panic mode. Let Trump nominate another Supreme Court Justice? Constitutional crisis will result.
The Court upheld extreme vetting for certain countries. The travel limit includes North Korea, an officially atheist state with a pre-Communist history steeped in Confucianism, not Islam. Certain Venezuelan travelers also are proscribed.
But nooooooo. Representative Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) told NBC News, “gives legitimacy to discrimination and Islamophobia.” He told CNN: “The Supreme Court in the 1850s said that it was OK to own a black person. That was the Dred Scott decision. That decision hit the dust bin of history . . . and this one will, too.”
Now banning North Koreans from coming in this country without extra scrutiny equals slavery. Is this logical?

"Once again, the fact that the Left went from zero to racism in just 10 seconds after Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision confirms that the Democrat choir has just one hymn in its missal. " Deroy Murdock NRO

Now, quick, without looking it up- name me a policy platform for the 2018 midterms that does not hinge on doing the opposite of what Trump proposes.
You can't.
The Democrats are hoping that they will win the midterms by just being anti-Trump. It worked so well in 2016, after all. Instead of having actual ideas, they just turned the nasty rhetoric up to 11.
Everything is a crisis. The sky is falling. We are all doomed. Open the borders , that will fix everything. Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct- that will pass laws we need.

Harass , scream at their homes , block, pick fights, and cost the taxpayers for security details , for every public figure who supports the President. This is sure a winning platform for 2018, isn't it ?

It has been noted by the voters, as the approval rating for the President goes up, that you got plenty of nothin'. All you have is hysteria. You might want to stop and put out the fire in your hair, and think about the American people for a change. Nah- keep doing what you doing. It's better for Republicans, and for the country.

Posted:Jun 28, 2018 7:59 am
Last Updated:Jul 3, 2018 10:20 am

If the elites in all the liberal monied enclaves are so concerned about what is going on at the border, why not actually help, instead of tweeting anti-Trump messages ?
For all you virtue signaling college privileged, how about showing you are serious about wanting to help? Or is that too much trouble, with all the protest signs you have to make about immigration, you might not have time , right?

Victor David Hansen has some solutions. I don't usually paste this much, but he explains his ideas best.

Why not use the thousands of currently half-empty residence halls at American colleges and universities to help house families from Central America and Mexico who await adjudication of their asylum claims?
The federal government could contract out to universities such as UCLA, Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, and large public universities in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico to offer migrants temporary summertime shelter and sustenance. Law schools could offer pro bono legal counseling, and medical schools could offer health services.

Such multifaceted help from institutes of higher education would be particularly apt — and far better than using military bases. The vast housing, recreational, and meal-service infrastructures of colleges are often underutilized in summer. Campuses are also bastions of liberal activism, proud of both their diversity and their expertise in dealing with sensitive matters of acculturation.
What better first glimpse of America could be offered to immigrants than the energy, pastoral beauty, and hospitality of a quiet college quad or well-maintained residence hall?

It also makes no sense for college students to venture far and wide for internships when they could be enlisted on campus over the summer to tutor children from Central America and monitor their safety and treatment. end quote

He has some good points there. It would be a free education into what it means to actually be a part of the solution, instead of just protesting the problem. And they could offer college credit for it.

Hansen also points out the hypocrisy of the most vocal critics of how the border situation is being handled.

" Instead, despite the rhetoric of inclusion, and televised and tweeted fury at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the progressive left coast is among the most exclusionary of all American communities.
Zoning and environmental laws drive immigrants into enclaves and ghettos. Gentrification ends up in the eviction of the first-generation immigrant poor from already overpriced rental units.
It is almost as if the louder one rails about unfair border enforcement, the more likely one is to avoid encounters with illegal immigrants. Outrage has become a safe way for elites to signal their virtue, acting out in theory what they are uncomfortable doing in fact. "

The Hollywood , media and elected elites , especially on the coasts, have huge unused portions of houses and property they could donate to be used for temporary housing for the asylum seekers. Does Maxine Waters use ALL of her 2 million dollar home. Peter Fonda has a huge ranch in Montana. Room for lots of FEMA trailers, and small houses.

Hansen sums it up best:
It is easy to invoke the Nazis and the Holocaust to express anger at the temporary detention of children and their families who have entered the U.S. illegally. It would be far more meaningful if marquee journalists, actors, academics, and activists knew immigrants not just as a distant abstract cause, or as nannies and landscapers, but as their neighbors, their children’s school friends — and their social equals.

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