Friday, January 20, 2017

Stuart Smalley Not Good Enough

Smoking Franken | Power Line:

MN has two left handed Senators that we so richly deserve -- this is a state that needs to spend a decade or so to try to earn it's way back to being worthy of having a voice!

Franken digs the hole deeper here -- he thinks having a tobacco stock in a mutal fund is a sin ... and then finds out that HE has a tobacco stock in the mutual fund.

Naturally, Senator Clowns situttion is DIFFERENT ... he is a left handed clown, so his tobacco stock is just fine!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Skidmark Stops Here

Tonight, the Sun Sets on the Obama Administration for the Last Time | National Review:

Male or female, we have all experienced the noxious skidmark on the skivies. Our national skidmark ends tomorrow, saints be praised!

We didn't end up eating roasted rat as I suspected we would -- Gods mercy is indeed beyond measure. BOistan is a failed state wholly undeserving of that mercy -- yet as evidenced by Christ, Gods mercy flows to the totally undeserving. Praise be to God!

We know that the stench of BO will linger -- but it's power has received a major freshening blast. Can the noxious stench ever be removed? Through God all things are possible.

Will Trump be an improvement? I really have no idea -- he will be DIFFERENT, and that is to be praised at this low point!

In the old military saw, the good news is that everyone is getting a change of underware. The bad news is that you change with the person on your left.

At worst we just pick up a new skidmark. Given the past 8 yars, that is wonderfully positive news!

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Anatomy of $2,697.74 Fake News Smear of Tom Price

Associated Press Gives Credibility to Smear Against Tom Price | Power Line:

Powerline does a good job of covering a classic MSM Fake News smear of Tom Price, Trump's nominee for Health Secretary.

Price's broker purchased $2,697.74 worth of a stock that might have been affected by a bill Price had been working on for years, SHOCKING!

Also, Bernie Sanders and Al Franken are oipposed to this nominee ... Sanders because he is unwilling to support universal healthcare for the US.

We have elections because?

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WaPo, Working For Trump Anti-Intellectual

Washington Post Disgraces Itself | Power Line:

Appartently Trump is considering brilliant Jewish Yale PHD David Gelernter, who was injured by the leftist Unibomber, for National Science Advisor. Anyone that has a wisp of independent thought is "anit-intellectual" to the WaPo, because we know that if you are intelligent and well educated, you are ipso facto left wing!

Powerline does a good job with this one, just read it. I've read a couple of Gelernters books and blogged on one here, and have a 2nd hand personal connection with him.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Davos and The Gathering Storm

I've got a good start on the first book in the Churchill series on WWII, "The Gathering Storm". Winston is even more fun to read than he is to read about!

The linked article is a common sense discussion of how the Davos elite could decide to work WITH the  disgruntled world wide "Bourgoise" if they so desired. Still have "trade deals", just make them "good deals", not 100% optimized to line the pockets of the Davos elite and their most favored friends. Much as in the Bible, let a few crumbs fall from the table to the hard workers who just want to maintain some Christian values and keep their families together.

Will it be so? It certainly could be -- as WWII would have been so easy to stop for 10 years when it was obvious as to what was coming to anyone that had bothered to read "Mein Kampf" as Winston had. Here he is on page 55:
"All was there -- the programme of German resurrection; the technique of party propaganda; the plan for combatting Marxism; the concept of the National Socialist State; the righttful position of Germany at the summit of the world. Here was the Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with it's message." 

Those of us that had read BO's "Dreams" equally knew that BO would do all he could to destroy the "The Colonial Powers", and based on his fealty to Saul Alisnsky, to attack the Consitution, the Separation of Powers and Chrisitanity in the US.

There is ALWAYS a "Gathering Storm" -- today it is Islam, Iran, North Korea, China, and probably Russia in that order. I've been reading through Samuel, Kings and Chronicals the last few months -- a repitition of serving the Lord and prospering, failing to serve the Lord and being utterly destroyed. Most of the Kings opt for utter destruction -- we are fallen by nature, and the "Fear of the Lord" is not the natural oath, hubris and our own way is.  

It's a good article. The Davos people are generally very high in IQ and unfortunately equally high in hubris.

BO put us in a very bad place -- as has the EU, the global climate industry, the UN and a few others. It is a LONG way to dig out from here and a great time to be get busy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The BO Scandal Litany

Obama’s Many Scandals: Abuse of Government Power Worse Than Sex Scandals | National Review:

As the end of the stench comes blessedly closer, NR reviews the scandal list. My comments are:
  1. The WORST scandal is that this was the presidency in which the MSM and "The Party' (TP-D) ... but I repeat myself, went "all in". They utterly didn't care about long list of scandals of BO -- they were BO's "plumbers", always busy on the coverup.
  2. The BO scandals turned the corner where TP under the direction of BO routinely used the power of the government against their poltical opponents -- IRS being a large one in that column, but there were others. Nixon WANTED to use the IRS against his enemies, BO was able to.
  3. In the case of Begnhazi, people died and it was STILL not of any concern to the MSM.
The article is worthy but a bit long. I wanted to have it int he blog for future reference. 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Opposition to The Party Is Illegitamate

Democrats can't really say that the idea of calling a Republican "illegitimate" is new -- they did it with W in '01 as well

But this is also part of a pattern. Lewis and Lee, along with some other Democratic lawmakers at the time, also boycotted to make a point when President George W. Bush was inaugurated in 2001. The Washington Post reported at the time that Lewis "thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush's swearing-in because he doesn't believe Bush is the true elected president."
Naturally the Democrats have all sorts of excuses! The Republicans opposed BO! Er, well, none of them boycotted his inaugurations, but McConnel said he wanted to make him a "one term president"!

People forget that McConnell's talk about making Obama a "one-term president" didn't come until nearly two years later (October 2010, to be precise).
Notice any difference with statements relative to Trump?

"The Party" (TP-D) is all about power all the time. The ONLY thing that is "legitimate" for them is 100% TP power 100% of the time. They considere anyting else illegitimate.

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Davos, Eight Billionaires vs Half the World

Eight billionaires 'as rich as world's poorest half' - BBC News:

So 8 billionaires have as much wealth as the poorest half of the planet. They are:

  1. Bill Gates (US): co-founder of Microsoft (net worth $75bn)
  2. Amancio Ortega (Spain): founder of Zara owner Inditex (net worth $67bn)
  3. Warren Buffett (US): largest shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway (net worth $60.8bn)
  4. Carlos Slim Helu (Mexico): owner of Grupo Carso (net worth $50bn)
  5. Jeff Bezos (US): founder and chief executive of Amazon (net worth $45.2bn)
  6. Mark Zuckerberg (US): co-founder and chief executive of Facebook (net worth $44.6bn)
  7. Larry Ellison (US): co-founder and chief executive of Oracle (net worth $43.6bn
  8. Michael Bloomberg (US): owner of Bloomberg LP (net worth $40bn)
They are likely all at Davos this week, and in general, while the media might report the 8  having the same wealth as about 3.75 billion people, they are all pretty well liked. Ellison maybe not so much, but Gates, Buffett, Bezos, Zuckerberg and Bloomberg are seen as "decent progressives" that support "the right causes".

Bloomberg is kind of an interesting case. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about his wealth:

In March 2009, Forbes reported Bloomberg's wealth at $16 billion, a gain of $4.5 billion over the previous year, enjoying the world's biggest increase in wealth in 2009.[25] At that time, there were only four fortunes in the U.S. that were larger (although the Wal-Mart family fortune is split among four people). He had moved from 142nd to 17th in the Forbes list of the world's billionaires in only two years (March 2007 – March 2009).[26][27] In September 2013, Forbes reported Bloomberg's wealth as $33 billion and ranked him as the 13th richest person in the world. In March 2012, Forbes reported Bloomberg's wealth at $22 billion, ranking him 20th in the world and 11th in the United States.[14] In September 2015, his net worth was $43.3 billion, ranking him the 6th richest person in the United States
Bloomberg happened to be Mayor of NYC in 2009, which was NOT a very good year in the Stock Market, and he ALSO enjoyed the worlds largest increase in wealth in 2009.

I'm wondering if Trump enjoys the worlds largest increase in wealth in any of the years of his presidency if it might hit the press at all? Probably not ... we know they are "fair and balanced". Strangely, I could find nothing on the business genius that Bloomberg had run all his businesses when he fully divested to be Mayor? They must have been a real financial wizard to have him enjoy the WORLDS biggest increase in wealth in '09!

This sort of thing is what knuckle dragging Trump supporters and stupid Brexit types get angry about. As I've mentioned before, Davos man wants to see the masses of Americans drastically "lower their expectations for life" as I've written of before.

See, our betters in TP and the MSM know what would be better for us, and they LOVE the Davos sorts. Those folks are "the right kind of rich" -- no need to put any taxes or controls on THEM!

Get right with TP and your heart is right! When your heart is right, you can be fabulously wealthy, have all sorts of women (or even children as evidenced by Jeffrey Epstein and Slick Willie) ... you "rule the world", and all you have to do is agree with TP!

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How TP Weaves False Narratives

Justice Department Inspector General’s James Comey Investigation to Delegitimize Trump | National Review:

There are two possible stories -- one of them simple, but false, the other more complex but quite obviously true.

1). Comey and "Russian Hackers" torpedoed Hillary and gave the election to Trump.

2). Hillary and her party were extensively corrupt and criminally careless, but BO and company "ran cover", jerking Comey around, giving him pieces of this and that, denying him others, all the while certain that Hillary was going to win, so none of this would matter.

The Inspector Generals investigation of COMEY, as well as the related investigation of "Russian Hacking" are nothing but misinformation campaigns designed to de-legitimize Trump's election.

The only hope here is that a large enough segment of the US population TRUELY has correctly decided that TP and the MSM are one entity, united in bullshit, and they aren't going to bother to listen to them.

The article is long, but it does explain it pretty well if you want to understand the sordid details.

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A Sad Statement On Mr Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers Connects With His Hometown, but the Family Huddle Is Broken -

I saw the Bleacher Report article and it saddened me at the time. I've long said that I worried about what sort of "problem" existed in Rogers life, because he seems WAY too perfect and we all know that such doesn't exist in humanity.

"Ed Rodgers described as accurate a Bleacher Report article published in November, which revealed, among other things, that Rodgers had not spoken to his family since the end of 2014, a few months after he began dating Munn, who has appeared on “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, in “The Newsroom” on HBO and in the film “X-Men: Apocalypse.”"

I have no idea what the problem is, but in my book there are no valid excuses for not speaking to your family since 2014 outside of "fear of violence".

It is just sad to see. I pray that he works it out.

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Clinton Crime Fund Shuts Down Global Arm

The power of the left is on plain exhibit here ... you would think they would wait at least six months to give at least the "patina" of legitamacy to what has always been an obvious criminal corruption shakedown. When NOBODY in the MSM even reports it, why even bother with cover?

We are talking totally obvious "Pay for Play" here and since the "Play" just got her ass kicked, why would one pay?

And since Clinton’s presidential election loss in November, other donors have cut back or stopped giving to the overarching Clinton Foundation, too. After 10 years and more than $88 million in donations, the Australian government decided against renewing its partnership with the foundation, reported. Norway reduced its giving from $20 million in 2015 to $4.2 million in 2016.
Anyone not completely bleating in unison with TP knew this all along -- and not doubt they STILL don't care. That is what corruption means.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Legends For the Blind, Lewis

The AP Spins Lewis vs. Trump | Power Line:

Apparently some believe in the existence of a congressman named "Lewis" that I have negated. Were he to exist, he might be either a hyper-partisan black Democrat, or some "Civil Rights Legend" -- like the Headless Horseman or something.

Anyway, if you believe he might legitimately exist, this would be good coverage of that theory.

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Low Information Protestors Agree With Marx (Groucho)

Whoever Puzder is, they’re against him | Power Line:

Why is it hard for the right to understand the left and vice versa? Well, for one reason, because at least the left doesn't understand itself. They do however know "they're against it".

Most people on the right have never thought protesting much of anything was worthwhile. The closest that I've come to it personally is going up to the MN State Capitol to voice displeasure to state legislators as they attempted some new gun grabs.

The two videos in the linked are well worth looking at. For the left, getting out and protesting against somebody that you have no clue about is worth your time -- which likely means your time isn't worth very much. Most of them would likely have some identification with Marx, and as the second clip shows, on that they would be correct -- it is just that their "philosophy" seems to align more with Groucho than with Karl.

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The Soul Of The World, Roger Scruton

After "Face of God" and this fine effort, I'm a confirmed Scrutin fan. In "Soul", Scruton continues his analysis of what it means to be human as opposed to atoms, cells, chemicals and adaptive evolutionary programming.

"I know that I am a single and unified subject of experience. This present thought, this pain, this hope, and this memory are features of one thing, and that thing is what I am. I know this on no basis, without having to carry out any kind of check, and indeed, without the use of criteria of any kind -- this is what is (or ought to be) meant by the term "transcendental". The unity of the self-conscious subject is not the conclusion of any inquiry, but the presupposition of all inquiries. the unity of consciousness "transcends" all argument since it is the premise without which argument makes no sense."
The paragraph is a bit longer than "I think therefore I am", yet I see it as gaining commensurate meaning from that added length.

As humans, "we" have to start somewhere, meaning we have to find some way to postulate that we actually exist from "nowhere". If we sit quietly, focus on only "our" breathing, watching our breaths happen on their own, our thoughts come and be acknowledged/dismissed as "we" return to watching our breath, our emotions pass through us as we acknowledge them and gently return to calm attention on our breath, the question arises as to "what or who" is doing the watching?

We will discover as millions have discovered throughout history (and millions more have not), that "I", is not our physical body, not our thoughts, and not our emotions. We each "have" all those things, but we, ARE something else. Another version of this realization is covered in an Atlantic article that I reviewed not long ago. Reality IS experience.

So if what we experience IS all there is, then how might we think about that?

"There is a culture of long-term thought and abstract conception, represented by Moses; and a culture of short-term pleasure and easy communication represented by Aaron. The first points to the transcendental ground of being; the second reduces beings to idols.:
In this section of the book, Scruton uses music as the example of how to know the difference. I believe however that this quote goes a long way toward the heart of the matter:
"... the difference is between preventing silence, and letting silence speak. Music in the listening culture is a voice that rises out of silence, and which uses silence as a painter uses the canvas ..." 
Scruton is seeking to capture "the ghost in the machine" of physical creation, as many lovers and believers have before him. (and what are true lovers but believers?)  I think we all understand that if we step back and let the silence speak, it DOES speak -- which is why the forces of Aaron work incessantly to make certain we never stop and listen!
"In music as in sex and architecture, the relation between subjects can be uprooted and replaced by an arrangement of objects. And in a hundred ways the result of this is is a culture of idolatry in which freedom and personality are obliterated by intrusive images, clamoring for an addictive response." 
"We are spirits living in the material world" (as "The Police" once put it). Much of modern man's time is spent trying to anesthetize that knowledge via clicks, games, music, drugs, media, work, relationships, ANYTHING!

"The Fall did not occur at a particular moment in time; it is a permanent feature of the human condition. We stand poised between freedom and mechanism, subject and object, end and means, beauty and ugliness, sanctity and desecration. And these distinctions derive from the same ultimate fact, which is that we can live in openness to others, accounting for our actions and demanding an accounting for theirs, or alternatively close ourselves off from others, learn to look on them as objects, so as to retreat from the order of the covenant to the order of nature."

Why is it critical for the left to cover their ears and scream "safe space! Nah, nah, nah, nah"? Because in a fallen world, even a fig leaf is imagined to provide "covering" of the nakedness of corrupted nature denying it's soul. The unbeliever MUST deny their soul, the pain of it's corruption is unspeakable, so they can ONLY "cover", never account for their fallen state until they accept redemption.

For the lover and the believer, the idea of hiding our true face and soul from others, especially those we love, is painful in the extreme. Many of us must do this in order to maintain any relation at all with family, to hold our jobs, or to interact socially.

The question "Why"? is addressed from I to you. It is thrust upon us in those moments in extremis when the order of creation irrupts around us. It is then that we cry out to God -- who will tell us why we suffer, why we liveand why we dieWithin the envelope of nature there are only causes. But for the eye of faith the envelope has a telos, a reason for being as it is. And to have faith is to believe that the worlds teleology will account for my afflictions too.
"Irrupts" -- to enter forcibly or suddenly.

In this week before inauguration day 2017, the year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I stand in awe of the power of God and of Satan. My sense is that "The Fall" was the "reification" of the spiritual perfection of creation. "Reify" is a dangerous word which I believe holds a paradox within itself. The literal meaning of the word is "to make something abstract more "real" as in "understandable" ".

Since I believe that what we see as "reality" through our fallen senses is what scientists might call a "quantum flux" and God calls "spirit and truth", the act of "reification" is the act of making MORE FALSE -- making something seem to be more physical, or "quantified", "measured", "real".

In my world view, mathematics is closer to "truth" than engineering (applied physics). Reification as  it is commonly used is actually  "making a graven image" from a spiritual perspective.

Scruton has helped me immensely in trying to "un-reify" my world ... as in "sanctify", or "recover the spirit".

HIGHLY recommended to those who seek to recover the spirit.

TP Religious Hatred

Blog: Why the left hates Trump so intensely:

We've been over this more than a few times. The assertion is that "Secular Humanism", "The Party" (TP-D), "Blue America", "progressivism", etc, have become very much a religion, and not a particularly tolerant one. TPism is pretty much like Islam -- It demands that the State and the religion be one in the same -- in Islam, that is called "Sharia Law", in the TP Religion it is called "Administrative Law" with rampant Political Correctness.

Cults get very unhappy with members that leave, especially if they publicly say bad things about the cult.

The whole linked article is not all that long and worthy, but I found the following to be the highlight:

Blue Team Progressivism is a church, offering you moral superiority and a path to spiritual enlightenment. As a church it's got a lot going for it. It runs religious programming on television, all day every day. Every modern primetime program is like a left-wing Andy Griffith show, reinforcing lessons of inclusion, tolerance, feminism, and anti-racism. 
Watching a 90-pound Sci-Fi heroine beat up a room full of giant evil men is as satisfying to the left as John Wayne westerns were for the right. 
The Blue Church controls the HR department, so even if you don't go to church, you have to act like a loyal churchgoer in every way that matters while you're on the clock. And off the clock, on any kind of public social media platform. 
Jon Stewart and John Oliver are basically TV preachers. Watching them gives the same sense of quiet superiority your grandma gets from watching The 700 Club. The messages are constantly reinforced, providing that lovely dopamine hit, like an angel's voice whispering, "You're right, you're better, you're winning." 
Hollywood award shows are like church talent shows - the skits and jokes aren't really funny, but it's fun to look at the pretty girls, and you're all on the same team.

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