Friday, June 30, 2017

A Worthy Ammo Grrrll, Voter Fraud

Thoughts from the ammo line | Power Line:

"Ammo Grrrl" is a weekly feature on Power Line ... this weeks is worth reading as she talks of a foolish college age foray into S Chicago as a "Poll Watcher"  ... it is informational and entertaining, just read it.

She mentions a study on 5.7 million illegals voting in 2008, here is the article on it if you are interested.

Very hard to even imagine "facts" on this topic -- it is like estimating how many rats you have around if you see one running. According to Pew Research, there are like 11 million illegals in the US as of 2015. Also according to Pew, 56% of eligible voters vote in the US. So illegals would be a little less likely to vote. I suppose that it would also mean that ACTUAL legal US voters are even less likely to vote, because like 5 or 6 million of those supposed "voters" are actually illegal votes.

It sounds like over 20 states have already indicated that they refuse to send data in for the federal investigation of voter fraud ... if one used the same logic used by the media every time Trump refuses to show some information; "if he doesn't want to share it, he must be guilty", then I guess that would be "proof" of some guilty states.

My view is that without picture voter ID, there is no way at all to even begin to imagine the level of fraud. The US is one of the few developed countries not requiring voter ID -- both Canada and Mexico do. This "Poltifact" is a rather funny demonstration of how left these "fact checkers" really are. If "Politifact" claims that BO is only "half right", it means that he is lying through his teeth as usual.

The fact that Democrats fight voter ID tells me all I need to know about voter fraud -- it is massive and VERY important to Democrats!

Southern Poverty Hate Center

For regular listeners of Public Radio, "The Souther Poverty Law Center" (SPLC) is a purveyor of holy writ on "hate groups". As the article covers, The Family Research Council, a prominent Christian non-profit has been labled a hate group since 2010 because they have failed to cheer for gay "marriage" and 57 fluid genders. There are a lot of prominent racists and nazis in this country according to the SPLC. For example:

The SPLC has included Senator Rand Paul and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson among the neo-Nazis and white supremacists on its extremists lists
The hate label is a powerful weapon used by the left, and the SPLC is pretty much supreme court of handing out the hate label. "Thou must be suitibly "progressive" or thou shall be branded with a scarlet H and cast into outer darkness".

Good column ... founded by a direct marketer, 250 staffers, big fancy building, $200 million endowment ... being "moral" pays well on the left. Naturally the group is a 501c3 and unabashedly attacks anything conservative. Well, I guess that is just one more thing they have in common with NPR.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fake Media Navel Gazing, CNN Firings

OPINION: Will the media learn from CNN's mistakes? Prepare to be disappointed | TheHill:

It isn't everyday that the Fake Media (FM) admits that they are fake. CNN pulled one of their especially fake stories under threat of being sued and fired 3 reporters to boot. Probably the most direct admission of fake news since Gunga Dan Rather got the axe for using fake documents to attempt to smear W before his SECOND election. Birther accusations of Kenyan BO may have been "bad", but at least they weren't being pushed by an anchor on a major network!

The funniest part of the birther allegations is that when BO first put out his "Dreams" book, where he proudly delcares his identiy as "Luao Tribesman", **HE** indicated he was born in Kenya and raised in Hawaii, since it made him seem more "exotic". Hey ... "truth"? I think we have figured out that is all a VERY relative concept at this point!

The general media is just another ham handed propaganda branch of "The Party" (TP-D) ... Russia did it ... REALLY, you can trust us!!

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HCA, More Zero From B Zero

Obamacare Probably Didn’t Save Any Lives | National Review:

If BO had been an R, "B Zero" would likely be one of the common names used to denigrate him. Actually, "Zero" is WAY too kind! $10 T in new federal debt, 600 B every year in cost of new reguations, plus the hugely costly and ineffective BOcare.

The linked NR article is well worth reading -- some fairly solid figures about a topic that the MSM likes to blow only smoke at. Under BO and BOcare, life expectancy in the US **DROPPED** for the first time in 22 years. Life expectancy dropped, suicide deaths rose, overdose deaths rose -- the BO age of hopelessness and no change in pockets in BOistan certainly COST lives.The idea that BOcare "helped" is pure instanity -- it "helped" destroy the US insurance and healthcare industry, thus prepping more people for the idea that "Single Payer" ( everyone pays, people that can afford real healthcare pay for the public system and then pay to use the private system to get actual healthcare) is the "only way to go".

The litte video in this article is well worth the watch.

People will DIE!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Younger Women, Faster Airplanes, Bigger Crocodiles

David Brooks, the supposed "conservative" has a new book out called "The Road to Character". Since he just dumped his old wife and 3 kids for a woman 23 years his junior, the arduoous path to "character" must lead through the arduous challenge of marrying younger women. Among the wealthy and powerful male, this path is well trod.

I really think David picked the wrong title -- so I helped him out with the blog title, which was the motto of the creator of Nautilus equipment, Arthur Jones. If Jones was to write a book, it would be aobut BEING a "character" -- as in having a runway that you can land a 747 on at your compound, lots of crocodiles, elephants and snakes, and of course 6 wives, all married when  they were aged between 16 and 20. Arthur definitely practiced what he preached!

There will be no rush to buy Brooks current book, however I'm not saying "never". Both King David and Solomon had "many women", King David famously resorting to murder to satisfy his sexual desire.

While the left has suddenly found "virtue" to be very important in leadership, and finds Trump wanting, the scolds seem to have a hard time setting themselves up as paragons.

Times, Logs, Specks; And the Left Will Become Right

Matt 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
All humans who have any standards are hypocites, this author hopefully included. To be a Christian is to have standards, while I certainly want to limit my hypocrisy, I am happy to have it rather than no standards.

The Times believes that protesting from the right is a sign of "thin skin". Apparently they have missed stories of Berkley, Middlebury and nearly every college campus in the country relative to "safe spaces", etc.

In the world of gender and race bending, why can't we call communism "right wing"?

Communism’s failure of humor is the subject of Milan Kundera’s first novel, “The Joke.” For writing the words “Optimism is the opium of mankind! A healthy spirit stinks of stupidity! Long live Trotsky!” on the back of a postcard to a girlfriend, Ludvik Jahn is expelled from the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and sent to work in the mines.The more monocratic the regime, the less it can bear criticism. And of all criticism, satire — with its single ambition of ridiculing vanity and delusion — is the most potent.

"The more monocratic the regime"? Last I checked, the Deep State was in full attack mode against Trump. While "The Party" (TP-D) hasn't done that swimmingly in elections of late, it seems to be very willing and able to execute maximum obstruction in Congress, through the court system, through the media, and through the judiciary. We were a LOT closer to "moncratic" with BO in the WH, even with both lapdog houses of Congress in scaredy R hands!

When BO was first elected, even the entertainment media could not find a way to make fun of the pompous gasbag. Why, even getting a Nobel Prize for getting elected wasn't funny! Even as late as 2013, a Rodeo Clown with a BO mask was too much for the media! For Trump? Nothing is "too much" for the media to deride Trump.

The fact of human is that we find those who disagree with us far more worthy of being the butt of jokes than we find ourselves and those we agree with. We all know that to be true -- the fact you can get away with a column like this in a paper just says how far left that paper really is.

They are so far left that the old USSR seems "right" to them!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Eternal Basement

Zuckerberg’s Opiate for the Masses - WSJ:

Modern billionaires lack of understanding of both the human condition and economics is breathtaking. Automation keeps on happening -- let's just give everyone a guaranteed minimum income! Say $3K a month, that ought to make people happy! Let them eat cake.

Upon reflection, it isn't really that hard to understand though. Going back to the Reformation of 1517 (this year is the 500th anniversary), the English Revolution of 1688, our Revolution - Constitution of 1776-1789, and the French Revolution of 1789-1799, we see the shape of the discussions of government and the nature of man.

Where does the authority to rule come from? God, as in the divine right of kings? Inheretence as in family name for both monarch and aristocracy? Is there authority at all, or is pure chaos the best "government"? Does merit matter? Does it exist? Does being rich make you an authority on anything but money? (we know Zuckerbert's take on that).

There are a lot of very deep questions here, but I think the author of the article subtley told us how much thought current billionaires and socialists are putting into their thinking for the masses ...

We now know from plenty of time studying human behavior that people are NOT in general happy living in their parents basements and entertaining themselves. In fact, they are quite commonly suicidal.

We could put all the power lines ... and maybe trains for that matter,  under ground. We could explore space, or even the oceans -- there have only been four dives to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, like 35K feet deep, deepest ocean spot on earth. Hooking up the major cities of the earth with super high speed mag-lev or other tech speed units in say, vacum tunnels could take a bit of engineering and work ... the list is infinite.

Yes, for all these things there needs to be thought on how it becomes economically value producing -- however, compared to funding vido games and net surfing from basements, the bar is not very high!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Can't They Both Lose?

Russian Interference Doesn’t Require Trump’s Involvement | National Review:

Football season is close.  When two NFC N teams that are not the Packers square off against each other, my typical hope is that they both lose.  I DON'T wish for them to both have a lot of injuries because I love football, I played football, and I was injured in football -- injuries are part of the game, but I can't bring myself to hope for them.

I can however applaud the Crips and the Bloods shooting each other -- it's pretty much guaranteed to reduce overall violence. If China and North Korea want to get into a shooting war, or China and Russia for that matter, worse things could happen. I STRONGLY suspect that the Rusians, like me and pretty much everyone else in the world -- including Trump and Hillary, assumed that Hillary was going to win.

That is why BO (and the entire MSM) was on record even in late October telling us that any concerns about the elections being manipulated or "rigged" were totally false! He assumed Hillary would win, Democrats would win or come close to winning the Senate, and he wanted to be sure that Hillaries likely "landslide" was duly noted by what he expected to be a much diminished opposition. Hey, the weekend before the elction, Ron Johnson was dead in WI according to polls -- he won by nearly 4 points and I doubt the Russians did it. Ooops.

I think the Russians similarly erred -- they assumed they would get a weakened Hillary, but one that could clearly be purchased as they had done with the N American urainium payoff to the Clinton Fund. Nobody is perfect -- however, damaging Americans faith in our own elections is definitely positive for Russia, no matter who wins. We really don't need any help destroying ourselves, but one can't blame the Russians for doing what they can.

Some Russia-watchers believe that the goal of the 2016 Russian campaign shenanigans was not to elect Trump but to damage Clinton before her election. That would make a certain kind of sense: Putin does not want a President Trump or a President Clinton — he wants an American president so hamstrung by political rancor, personal weakness, and petty venality that American leadership around the world is compromised. Mission accomplished.

Naturally, the Democrats and a whole lot of the Republican party as well as 99% of the folks inside the beltway in DC are more than happy to play into the Russians hands if they can ever IMAGINE it hurts Trump! They have a pretty darned good scam going, and keeping it going is their HIGHEST priority by a REALLY long shot!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lake Woebegone Morality

It is human nature to believe that we are "better than average" at things that it is hard to really calculate a ranking on. Spouse, friend, driver, etc are just good examples. Like Lake Woebegone, where all the children are above average, we find it comfortable to believe the same about many things -- morality just being one.

Just as wheels, gears and eventually engines allowed us to move faster and farther, modern internet tooling allows us to display our sense of moral outrage and whatever we want, whenever we want, making us feel very superior indeed.

The world isn’t really getting worse. But people have incentives to act like it is. New technologies give virtually anyone, at any given moment, a platform to express anger. These new ways of communication, from Twitter to Facebook, allow anyone to express outrage at the newest political dust-up or celebrity gaffe. And by expressing anger in this way, people are able to communicate something about themselves – that they are morally sensitive, that they care about injustice – so much so that they are willing to accept the cost of being upset to show it.
So the technology makes is much easier to show moral outrage and become a "moral grandstander":
Here is the basic idea. Grandstanders use talk about justice, rights or morality in general to show that they are good people. Grandstanders want others to think that they care more about justice, or empathize more deeply with the poor, or more clearly understand the plight of the factory worker than the average person. Some are more modest, and just want to show that they are on the right side of history. For grandstanders, moral and political discourse is a vanity project.
PRACTICING Christianity is a great fix to this (pretending to be a Christian is not). A practicing Christian gets to admit that they are a crummy sinner, deserving of eternal punishment, and beg for the Grace and Blood of Christ in order to cover their awful sins everytime they take Communion.

Other ways to temper our natural bent for seeing ourselves as "above average" or even "superior" would be philosophy, literature, or even better, regular CIVIL discussions with people who are roughly as intelligent and well-informed as we are, but are of "the other" moral tribe. 

In such discussions, "status" is gained being calm and civil, and display of umbrage is NOT a signal of morality, but rather a signal of a lack of maturity. If our nation seeks to stave off a nasty divorce that we seem headed toward, such discussions are the only likely way back to being one nation.

Trump, Freedom To Be Free

Trump poses no major dilemma for genuine conservatives | Power Line:

As I read this solid column, something whacked me upside the head. Many "conservatives" today sound exactly like what the people in the Baptist church I grew up in sounded -- "Chrisitan" was all about what you DIDN'T DO ... don't drink, don't smoke, don't dance, don't go to movies, don't wear pants (women), don't swim with opposite sex (in pool), etc, etc

The list was LONG and someone was always "better" ... some had no TV, playing cards were a no no in many familes including ours. "Separation" was how you signalled your virtue to fellow church people.

Is that what it means to be a political "conservative" today?

No question that Ronald Reagan was my favorite politician of my life so far, but even he was divorced and rarely attended church.

As the article points out after a couple paragraph screed on all Trump's "faults" is aired, there is nothing about POLICY! To me, POLICY that works in a conservative direction -- ie. smaller government, less control by Deep State, more individual freedoms, more state freedom, control of our borders, etc. is THE big deal!

I'm in nearly complete agreement with Trump on his policies -- is that not what actually matters to a CONSERVATIVE? When it comes to the leader of the Republican Party, must we have some sort of urbane sophistication of the William F Buckley or George Will nature? Absolutely I enjoy watching that detatched, eloquent, educated, sophisticated, morally upright, somewhat prudish or even snobbish manner more than I enjoy the NYC street fighter swagger of Trump. I "prefer it", but can I be a "conservative" and NOT prefer pragmatic success over elegance?

I'm not about seeing how small a tent we can make "conservatism" or the Republican Party. The strategy of "being more selective" in your constiuency has it's downside when votes count!

Is FREEDOM  not about ACTUAL tolerance of others who think and behave differently being part of your political group, not just the country? The idea of purging the Republican Party of Trump and his voters seems ill-advised to the point of suicide when pragmatics are considered. My bottom line of conservatism is that diversity in thought, style, manner, etc actually IS to be honored, and even celebrated! I had a close freind from NYC 35 years ago. I learned that NYC manners and Barron WI manners are NOT the same -- however, there can be a lot to appreciate about another perspective!

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Georgia, Most Important Election Since Watergate ... Isn't

As Democrats rolled millions into Georgia 6, NPR, NY Times, WaPo and the rest of the media media became positively giddy that THIS was the point and which the tide really turned against the evil Trump.

Tuesday’s runoff between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District will decide what has become the most expensive House campaign in history — and quite possibly the most consequential special election since Watergate.
Today, it isn't important at all, because, well, the Demcrat lost. The "importance" only worked one direction because the MSM was all set to use the Democrat winning result to put out thousands of stories about how "this proved Trump is WEAK", "The tide has turned against him", "Now Republicans will abandon him to save their own skins in 2018", "The Democrats will take the House in 2018!", "Trump  will be impeached"! ... and so it would have gone.

So how is it possible that an event has meaning only in one political direction? The answer of course is that in the real world, it ISN'T! If it was really true that the R's losing GA 6 would have all sorts of meaning, then it is ALSO true that them winning has the OPPOSITE meaning.

But we don't live in the "real world", we live in "The Party" (TP-D) world ... BOistan, where "reality" is just what TP says it is -- nothing more, nothing less. Only ... maybe not! That is the true message of Trump. Even though TP still controls the MSM and the Deep State, and both are in constant war with Trump, in the actual real world, Trump is STILL winning! There is still a tiny ray of hope that the Deep State isn't as deep as they thought they were, and the MSM doesn't have as many people buying their fake reality as they thought they did!

It is constantly obvious that reality is simply not something TP deals in if you pay just a little attention.

And while Democrats badly wanted a win, coming close four times should be enough to spook Republicans facing competitive re-election battles, said Zac Petkanas, who ran Hillary Clinton's rapid response team.
"The fact that all these races were close should have any member of the GOP who won by less than 15 points absolutely terrified," he said.
When your team goes 0-4, the kind of "confidence" you exude tends to be a bit hollow. Your "facts" have the strong scent of fake news. That your opponents are "absolutely terrified" is maybe just a tiny bit on the wishful side.

TP keeps bringing up Watergate for good reason. It was the point at which the Deep State and MSM first flexed their muscles and took down a sitting president over nothing. They were confident in what they thought was the unlikely event that Republicans ever took the presidency again, they could easily repeat their coup. Presidential elections no longer really mattered -- they would simply impeach any R that didn't dance as a Deep State marionette. In '74, TP was CONFIDENT that the US was really a single party state already, and "cleanup" is all they had left.

Their assumption in those days was that the House would NEVER fall into Republican hands again -- they felt they had gerrymandered, locked in pork and constituencies to the level where it just could not be pulled from their hands. They bever thought of Newt Gingrich however! GA 6 is Newt's old district -- believe me, EVERYONE would know that today if the D's had prevailed!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blaming Victim OK for TP ("The Party" D)

Self-inflicted stupidity | Power Line:

We have all been lectured plenty that if a woman goes dead drunk and naked into a frat party with "F ME!" written on her chest, she is in no way "asking for it", and if notarized consent forms are not filled out in triplicate, "rape" is a legitimate charge.

Congressman shot while practicing for baseball game? Well, FIRST you have to ask "D or R" ... it if is a "D", we are talking major major league inexcusable crime, no doubt caused by R's!!

Oh, R shot? Well as CBS says:
“It’s time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress, yesterday, was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted”
Let's face if, if you have an R next to your name you are basically ASKING to be shot!

In "The Party's" world, the R's are ALWAYS responsible -- even when they get shot by a BS supporter!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Nada On Nadir

Left’s Anti Donald Trump Political Violence Reaches Its Peak | National Review:

The linked is a decent cataloging of leftist violence since the election. I will be TOTALLY shocked if this is the "nadir", or "bottom". We have been on a runaway train of anger and violence since the election, and I don't see the Sclaise shooting as even a whistle stop -- the TP nasty train is a running, and it certainly appears to be gathering speed to me,

It's a sick list -- nearly certain to get sicker. Lock and load.

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Eat The Rich 1%! (... And The Next 19% Too)

Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich -

As someone that grew up in the lower 50% income strata and now fits in the upper 20% most of the time, this article is great reading. Socialism is never really satisfied until the 99% are "minimally fed, minimally housed, minimally educated (indoctrinated), minimally entertained, and maximally indentured to the perpetual service of the state. Hope is the eternal enemy of socialism, and the left is already WELL down the road to killing it.

The chattering classes and elite assume that they will be in that top 1% with ALL the power, privilege and perks, while the rest of the vermin will be suitably "classless" in all meanings of the word. Turns out that most of them are wrong about making the 1%, but typically they will find that out with a bullet to back of the head, so at least they will never have to admit they were wrong.

This article makes it VERY clear that the top 1% of the current "corrupt system" are not the only ones that have to give, and give mightily -- the other 19% that make up the top 20% have got to surrender as well! Viva La Sameness!

Progressive policies, whether on zoning or school admissions or tax reform, all too often run into the wall of upper-middle-class opposition. Self-interest is natural enough. But the people who make up the American upper middle class don’t just want to keep their advantages; armed with their faith in a classless, meritocratic society, they think they deserve them. The strong whiff of entitlement coming from the top 20 percent has not been lost on everyone else.
This article of course targets the "top 20%", but lets face it, the maw of socialism is not satisfied until there is an absolutely flat hopeless 99% totally unarmed and totally under "public" (1%) control. "Progressive" (regressive) policies have not run their course until 99% of the population is living in concrete mauseleums reeking of urine and standing slack jawed in line waiting the days vodka or weed ration and whatever meager scraps the state feels are a decent diet.

When I was growing up, my father told me that us little people never had a chance -- it was not possible to move up the economic ladder, it was rigged. Many people I knew in my youth believed that, and they likely still do -- such prophecies tend to have a way of being VERY self fullfilling. The elite would like to convince you that the only "just" society is one where only the elite gets to "have their cake and eat it to". And, naturally castigate even their fellow "20%ers" for not being pure enough comrades ... obviously those fools thinking that they can send their kids to expensive private schools and still retain full comrade status are not true to the cause and will be purged.

The only "merit" socialists recognize is being smart and ruthless enough to become one of the overlords like a BO or the Clinton Crime Family. You make any money outside of politics, and you ought not be able to lead because of the "emouluments clause" of the Constitution (man they LOVE obscure pieces of that document when they feel they suit them!) Why "emouluments" is almost as popular with the puppetmasters this year as "misogyny" was last year!

If you are above the bottom 20%, they will be coming for you -- just give them time. Ah, the smell urine, untreated sewage and miscellaneous smoke -- the smell of SOCIALISM!

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You Don't Want To Make My Partner Mad

During Gang Attack, Cop Hit 1 Button That Released K-9 Lifesaver:

This one turns out just as it should have, except maybe the assailants appear to have lived ... worth a read. Officers and their dogs are a team, and thankfully, the law considers a threat to the dog as a threat to an officer -- threaten my partners life and I kill you. Simple solution? Don't threaten the K9 partner!

I've got to see police work their dogs a couple of times and the excitement and agression when they are commanded to attack is totally impressive and just a little bit frightening. The dogs LOVE their work -- total and complete fearless dedication. The 3 guys were overmatched.

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Yanez, The Memory of America Fades

In America, we had a court system that included "juries of our peers" and we honored that system because we agreed that was far more just than mob dscisions or some "pronouncement of the elite". In BOistan, everyone believes their opinion is "as good as the jury" who took 6 days from their lives to sit through testimony, then another 5 days to deliberate. They pull their favorite snippet from the proceedings and declare the jury wrong / racist / stupid / etc.

And even though any of us could be asked to sit on a similar jury, we assume we won't, and amazingly it is broadly OK to disparage the decision made by a jury of our peers, that was once cornerstone of America's legal system. That is what is shocking about the linked post above, it is from NATIONAL REVIEW, an ostensively conservative source, yet totally fails to understand that our criminal justice system is based on honoring a jury of our peers ... they cherry pick their "evidence", draw their conclusion, and decare "the jury is wrong", where in America, the jury was honored and RIGHT unless it could be overturned by new evidence / procedure.

America had a population educated enough in civics to understand that without respect for basic civil government and a legal system, anarchy or tyranny are the only possible outcomes.

Most of our population has no idea of what America even was. The idea of respecting ANY institution over their own "fresh off social media" meme level opinion simply never crosses their mind. They are "god", and they have an opinion, and with apologies to Baron Von Raschke, "that is all the people need to know".  I covered this lack of knowledge here

I do know that MPR really wanted this officers hide in the worst way. One comentator this week from one of the lefty schools in the twin cities (Hamline I think) felt that "the good of the community" should overshadow mere evidence here. They have been running excerpts from "74 seconds" a lot over the last 6 months.

You get impaired on weed, go drive around with a kid in the car, get stopped, have a gun on your person, and then -- likely because of the impairment, fail to follow police orders relative to the gun EXPLICITLY and ... ??? Up to that point, the decisions are all yours, and you can take your time deciding the correct course.

I put myself standing outside that window, smell of weed reeking in nostrils, obviously stoned driver, says "I have a gun" and rather than leaving hands solidly on wheel in plain sight starts reaching in his pocket where I can likely see the gun ... what would **I** do?

I really can't imagine ANYONE that would not "fear for your life" -- do you shoot? I'm not sure that any of us know that answer for ourselves, and likely it will vary "depending on" a huge set of variables along the lines of ; do you miss the deer that jumps out? lose control? ??? ... the real "action" wasn't in "74 seconds", it was in 1 or 2 tops.

A courageous, and I think honest jury. One guy is dead, destroying another life more than it has been won't bring him back. Unless you believe that he needed to go to prison "for the good of the community". It has seemed peferectly clear all along that Yanez was forced by Castile's decisions into a split second life and death call. There is no reason for anyone, permit or not, to put an officer in that situtation and hope they decide to risk their sober life for your impaired one.

What TP ("The Party" TP-D) wants to happen is that cases like this give the State more power. No more jury trial -- "the State", meaning the Administrative State, decides what outcome best meets their current political, economic, social engineering, etc objectives. The very idea of a "Jury of your peers" is totally out of line with TP anyway. The sad thing is to see that even NR has forgotten what America was, and are willing to disparage the decision of the jury without even a moment to honor their sacrifice and the system. 

Poor Marxmanship

Why You Can't Trust A Socialist With A Gun | The Federalist Papers:

Thanks be to God! Squeeky Fromme, John Hinkley, and now Hodgkinson, the disease ... Hodgkinson takes a booby prize though ... 50 some rounds with a RIFLE! If Socialists were talented in anything, we'd all be speaking German ... or at least Russian for sure.

I've not heard the term "Assault Weapon" used even once in the meda this time! -- no calls for bans on these horrible weapons, basically NOTHING! Was the gun not black? Why do we not know the brand, capacity of the weapon, etc? It nearly HAD to be effectively an "Assault Weapon", since it was semi-auto with apparently a hi cap mag in order to get off as many rounds as he did.

I think we all know that the level of "outrage" in the media is low for a good reason -- "their side" did some shooting at someone they basically believe ought to be shot, though they can't say it directly. He kind of "deserves what he got" in their mind -- "mean policies", pro-gun, hell, he probably STILL will not vote for a ban on the very weapon that grieviously wounded him -- the very definition of "stupid and evil" as seen from the left.

As the article points out, there is no evidence at all of "mental illness" in the shooter, other than being a Bernie Sanders supporter. He had been in the area a month, he was on Facebook groups that talked of killing Republicans and he had a list of some he wanted dead.

You have to love a media and political party (but I repeat myself) that is pretty much unconcerned when you see hashtags like #HuntRepublicanCongressman AFTER the shooting. Imagine if the Democrats had .0001% of the level of concern that they would have over #HuntMuslimTerrorists for such a hashtag? Why, if such a concern even registered at all with "The Party" (TP-D), we might actually be on the road to some sort of "comity".

We are ALL driven by emotion, and we seek to protect our tribe unless we worship a higher power -- say one that makes the truely hard command that we love our enemies. (and all of us fall short of that goal even when we pray and try) Hodgkinson is one of "The Party" and he gunned down one of their enemies. They know they can't cheer, but they are unable to display much in the way of concern -- in their hearts, it is "what do Republicans expect? They are evil racist people trying to harm others, how can they be surprised when violence results?".

"The Chicago way" is the TP way ... punish your enemies and reward your friends. Until Jesus hung on the cross, that was the ONLY way -- that is human nature, and the very thought of "loving your enemies" is INHUMAN (as in divine) in the extreme. TP seeks to celebrate the "natural angels" ... lust, hate, fear, pride, anger, etc. and to deny the existence of Christ and "higher angles". The leadership of TP fully understands that when those bitter angels take over, the chaos demands authoritarian rule, and that is fine with them -- that is why they are fine with Islam as well. When you believe man must be ruled by an iron hand, it makes no difference if it is Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Ayatolla whatever, Kim Jong whatever, etc ... or Satan.

Either there is an ulimate authority and morality, or there is not. If there is not, then might makes right and power IS "morality". You agree, or you die ... #HuntTPdeniers would be an honest hashtag.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Killing A Black Icon

Men have sexual appetites that get us into all sorts of trouble. I'd wager that there is really not a SINGLE man in history beyond Christ who has not done SOMETHING stupid to get sex. Given into a demand he never should have, failed to address some family issue, dated the wrong woman too long, dated a woman he never should have dated at all, etc, etc -- the list is infinite.

The problem with powerful men goes back to King David and byond ... JFK, Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Bill O'Reilly ... long list, nuff said. Power tends to make the problem worse, but it is a problem that all men understand, but sometimes claim they don't.

So most likely Bill Cosby was a bad actor for many decades. His fame allowed him to get all sorts of access to attractive women, and at some point he started "stacking the deck" with alcohol and drugs. Most likely. We will likely never have a "proven case", because for a long long time the women never came forward. They most likely willingly went to a private location with him, all of them knowing he was a married man because he was so famous, and "things happened" -- and he was famous, married, and it was "he said, she said".

At one point Bill Cosby was the "Jackie Robinson of television".
“Let the message be known to bigots and racists that they don’t count,” Cosby said after winning his third Emmy. 
Thompson said in many ways Cosby was to television what Jackie Robinson was to baseball. 
“Most people don’t realize now how important Cosby’s role on ‘I Spy’ was,” the pop culture expert said. “He wasn’t singing or dancing or doing an 'Amos ‘n’ Andy' routine. He was an attractive, Princeton–educated character and he was the star, something most Americans had never seen before.”
"The Cosby Show" however drove him to true icon status.
Cosby became a living, breathing rebuff to the stereotype of fatherless African-American families. But he also had to contend with tragedy when his son Ennis was murdered in 1997, the victim of a botched robbery. He had been the model for Theo Huxtable, the underachieving young charmer Malcolm-Jamal Warner played on "The Cosby Show."

He was awarded the Medal of Freedom by W in 2002, and the left started to dislike him A LOT. He was talking about blacks having "personal responsibility", and THAT is something that "The Party" (TP-D) can't allow. Blacks killing blacks at horrendous rates is A-ok, and blacks rioting about a handful of blacks killed by police in the line of duty is GREAT since it asserts that blacks are "oppressed", and "not redeemable", and must therefore be wards of TP for all eternity. Just what TP wants!

Bill Clinton was not destroyed by raping Juanita Broderick because he remained in good standing with TP. Cosby crossed the line and attempted to become some sort of "role model" that could have actually helped black culture, lifting it out of the slavery to TP, and THAT could not be allowed, so Cosby had to be destroyed. 

Did he deserve it? Maybe, however certainly no more than Bill Clinton deserved the same sort of destruction. You, your race, your religion, your culture, EVERYTHING lives or dies at the pleasure of TP. You may have sown the seeds of your own destruction, but there is certainly no requirement that you be destroyed, AS LONG AS YOU MARCH TO THE TP TUNE!  How hard is it to get some set of women to come forward and make accusations? Pretty much all the media and the Clinton Crime Family told us it was HIGHLY probable if such accusations were against Slick Willie. 

Cosby had to be destroyed, and getting a conviction in court is beside the point. He left the TP plantation and talked about blacks being full fledged responsible citizens. For TP to remain in power, that can't happen, blacks MUST stay on the TP plantation! For Cosby's sin of thinking he was a full citizen, he had to be destroyed!

"Truth" is totally irrelevant when TP decides to have it's way with you.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Political Violence, When It Matters and Doesn't

New York Times Hits a New Low | Power Line:

Yesterday was our 32nd anniversary, and it was one of those days that it is clear that we don't live in America anymore.

There has been plenty of poltical violence in my lifetime; JFK, RFK, MLK, there was an attempt on Gerald Ford, Reagan was wounded, Gabby Giffords was grieviously wounded, and now Steve Sclaise.

The left wing worked very hard to make JFK a victim of southern racism -- SOMEHOW it HAD to be there was a conspiracy of southern racists / John Birch Society / CIA / ??? that did it rather than an ex-Marine defector to the USSR that they didn't want who had visited the KGB in Mexico city a month before. Hey, the USSR were the GOOD guys from a left wing view after all!

Sure there were all sorts of racial shootings in the south -- all by Democrats. Kind of like Muslims, BLM, the folks in black ski masks, the Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, etc. Democrats making common cause with totalitarian groups that have very violent tendencies is not new at all. From a media perspective, the right is so evil that violent revolution is always an option that bubbles close to the surface -- it pretty much HAS to given the existential threat of there being people that don't agree with Democrats!

The Times re-states the fable that Gabby Giffords shooter, Loughner was somehow "right wing", or Sarah Palin's rehotoric somehow "influenced him" ... as Power Line points out, simply another fake news scurriloous lie. Where has the Times been while "commedians" have been holding lifelike severed heads of the president, and facism, Hitler, etc have become the daily diet of not just left wing polticians and assorted loonies, but the whole MSM as well? Conservatives are being attacked on campuses and in the streets by thugs in black ski masks. Earth to BOistan, hello?

When I got up yesterday and looked at news, Google still had the critical condition of Scalaise at the top and discussion of the shooting. CNN had moved over to Comey's friend Mueller now "widening" the "investigation" to to included "obstruction of justice" using all lawyers who made contributions to the Clinton Fund -- "Cash, for Clintons".

What a surprise. MPR had an hour with Paula Poundstone on "being happy" ... not much reason to talk about an evil R being gunned down. When Gabby was hit, it was wall to wall news, which was appropriate, but it was also the constant assertion (unknown at that point) that it was all due to "Sarah Palin and the Tea Party". That was incorrect, however there is nothing like making Democratic propaganda before the light of truth shines on anything!

A sitting majority whip in critical condition after being shot by a Bernie Sanders political activist didn't make it into day two at the top of the Clinton News Network mast -- we return you to regularly scheduled efforts to overturn the election!

I wrote about this in 2012 as "The Right of the Left"  ... they find resorting to violence to be "understandable" given how nasty the R's are (yet try to pretend they don't),  while they go to ANY length to try to make it seem like the "right" is violent.

It isn't enough to lie about Tuscon. The Tines has to take this opportunity to lie about the results of armed citizens protecting themselves saying "studies say they usually hit bystanders". Really? Name one CASE, let alone "study". Our lovely left wing media is on a hair trigger to identifiy ANY failing of concealed permit holders or other armed citizens. Other then in Nowhere Nevada or something, we would all KNOW of the case(s). Take a look at this.

If you are going to do fake news, one would think you would at least TRY to do a reasonable job of the fakery ... find some bogus poorly written "study" that is impossible to follow and link it. Hell, you might as well link to the left wing fever swamp of the Daily Kos or something as a "source" that Loughner was an avid Tea Partier in perfect mental health. Why, just the day before he shot Gabby he worked the Time's crossword puzzle! Please prove he DIDN'T!

Here is a good NR column covering the same ground and more. The left has been looking for the right wing equivalent of James Hodgskinson for DECADES! Eventually they will likely find one so they can quit faking it. Can we all just yawn now?

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Write About Trump, We Subpoena Your Notebook

Trumplaw tolls for me | Power Line:

"The Party" (TP-D) is running BOistan with the Deep State and the Judiciary as their only remaining levers of power, so those "branches" of government have to do some unusually heavy levels of lifting.

News of the scary surreal.

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Satan's Dirty Laundry, "Ghost"

Hell on Earth! Satanic Band Files Suit Citing Dreary Work Conditions - WSJ:

Being a nameless ghoul has it's downside ...

Afterwards, one of the Nameless Ghouls was tasked with cleaning the band’s gamey vestments in his apartment building’s communal washing machine in Sweden. 
“It was like getting the whole football team’s dirty wash,” Martin Persner, the former Ghoul, said in an interview. Minutes from a band meeting included with court documents noted him raising concerns about the dank wardrobe situation and asking if it was possible to do laundry at the concert venues. Mr. Persner, a longtime Ghost guitarist who left the band last year, didn’t join the other Ghouls in filing suit.
The Satanic cry of Paradise Lost, "Better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven" is only SATAN's cry. Apparently, either on Earth or Hell, serving as a nameless ghoul is not that much of a picnic.

Ah, the rebel cry of Satan. "We refuse to submit to the clean, the pure, the light"! ... oh, but does this laundry still stink, and while we STILL refuse to be like Christ and his follewers serving joyfully, we can at least tear each other to pieces in our anger!

I've always had the distinct impression that those who seek Satan have REALLY not thought this through!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Corruption and Collusion: Obama, Comey, and the Press

Corruption and Collusion: Obama, Comey, and the Press | Klavan On The Culture:

Old ground well covered. Decided I would keep for future reference.

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Blessed Among Women

Mother Mary unites Christians and Muslims.

Mustafa Akoyl, a journalist from Turkey, writes this in his recent book, The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims. He made me think ecumenically, and I cast back to the late William F. Buckley Jr., a Catholic and the founder of the magazine I’ve worked at for 20 years. “What disturbs me most about the opposition to Mary is that it is so unchivalrous,” Buckley wrote. He pointed to her as “an exemplary woman,” as does Akoyl, a Muslim.
I grew up Baptist. Mother Mary was a subject only mildly discussed at Christmas in a positive light, and for the rest of the year, "the most prevalent idol that Catholics worship".

A major part of the Baptist message was "we are fundamental Bible believers who hold purely to the Word of God, while Catholics are the Anti-Christ, joined with the harlot" -- the "Woman who sits on seven hills" (Rome) ... they "worship Mary".

As I spent a lot more time in the Word on my own of course, THIS spoke to me:

Luke 1:39-55King James Version (KJV)

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever.

It turns out that Mary is more highly revered by MUSLIMS than she is by Evangelicals in the US! I always thought it odd that followers of Christ would hold his mother in as low estate as they often do. The Bible clearly said she is the TOP among women -- you are to revere her more than your own mother, wife, daughter, etc as a Christian. She is the chosen vessel of God for the miracle of fully God fully man -- Jesus Christ.

Interesting tidbit to go with the striking picture above. 
It was only on this trip that it was asked and confirmed that Mrs. Trump is Catholic and that she will soon be the first Catholic living in the White House since the Kennedys.
Now THAT is something not likely to get much attention in the media! 

Trump Gives Government Settlement Fees To Conservative Groups

The Death of Obama’s Slush Funds - WSJ:

Oh, sorry ... **BO** forced businiesses to send  BILLIONS to left wing organizations rather to the "victims" of whatever the Adminisrative State had "convicted" them of, or to the coffers of the US Treasury! Naturally, the fact this happened, and the fact that it has  been stopped will get VERY little MSM coverage!

Banks were made to fund left-wing activists such as NeighborWorks—though these groups were neither victims nor parties to lawsuits. In 2015 JP Morgan was required to pay $7.5 million to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s endowment for financial education. In 2016Volkswagen was required to invest $2 billion in zero-emissions technology and promote zero-emissions cars. Government enforcement became an income redistribution mechanism without having to go through Congress.

Renmember Iran Contra? The ENTIRE issue was about the question of Reagan being aware that funds from off-budget arms payments from Iran had been routed to the Contras.

This is just one of the MANY cases where BO took illegal unconstitutional actions and got off completely without even reporting of the crime!

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Spaceman, Mike Massimino

A book that I suspect only relatively hard core space junkies will enjoy. There are some really interesting sections on the Hubble, spacewalking, the process of getting to be an astronaut, etc **IF** those things are of signficant interest to you.

Of most interest to me were:
  • How much flying time riding as a back-seater in T-38s was REQUIRED even if you were a mission specialst that is never going to pilot anything -- psychological training!
  • How strong the astronaut sense of community is and how heavily Christian oriented it is. When you you fly on a spacecraft, you are ready to go and ready to GO (permanently).
  • How much less "star power" there now is in being an astronaut or ex-astronaut. Massimino is a professor at Columbia now, one of his astronaut buddies is a commercial airline pilot and another flies for FedEx. 
  • "Experience vs Knowledge". Mike is orbiting at the Hubble spacewalking, looks around and EXERIENCES the billiant light of the stationary sun as the earth rotates out of darkness ushering in a new 90 min Hubble "day". Mike EXPERIENCED the fact that the sun is stationary (relative to earth) and the day and night are caused by the rotation of the earth. Of course he "knew" that, but experience is much more. Telling someone about being a grandparent is not the same as being a grandparent. 
Mike was a long shot for space -- somewhat weak qualifications considering the competion and very marginal eyesight for an astronaut. Good "never give up" motivational example.

Through a number of twists and turns, personality/connections and certainly some good fortune or "fate", he flew two missions to repair the Hubble that sits at a higher orbit than the ISS, 350 miles vs 250 miles, so the view is better, you see the whole earth "blue marble effect". His first flight was STS-109, which bumped STS-107 so that they had to wait. 107 was the last flight of Columbia, broke up over TX due to insulation damage to the wing on takeoff. Spaceflight is dangerous, and your number can come up, or you can just be "close". 

LOTS and LOTS of detail about spacewalking, Hubble, the difficulties of doing repairs, the expense but huge payoff in exploration of the Hubble. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but unless you are a significant space / engineering junkie, you are not likely to make it through. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Comey, Profiles in Bureaucracy

Comey Ordered Leak of Own Memo to Spur Special Counsel Probe | National News | US News:

The term "appparatchik" comes to mind as I observe Comey. It used to be a common term used relative to officials of the USSR -- strong Communist Party members that worked in the state bureaucracy. "The Party" (TP-D) is socialist rather than communist at this point, however they don't seem to have much love of private property, so I assume that socialist is just as far as they are willing to go at present.

If one wants to know what a DC swamp creature looks like, Comey is a great example. Self serving to a fault,  master at "CYA" (Cover Your Ass), lies impeccably and of course a loyal member of TP. Here is a more perfect picture of "apparatchik / swamp thing".

So he proudly volunteers! that he created a memo that was properly "declassified" and then  leaked it in hopes that it would initiate a special prosecutor! Marvelous. If anyone foolishly had any doubt that the Deep State alphabet angency arms of TP are manufacturing anything they possibly can to take down Trump, this is way more than plenty to show what the Deep State is up to!

Newt covers it well in this article, a teaser:

So, what we have here is a fired FBI director, who leaked private material to the press, so he could get his friend appointed as a special counsel in order to take retribution on the President – with the aid of a department full of federal lawyers who would have rather seen Hillary in the White House. And we are supposed to believe this will be an objective, unbiased investigation?

The unaccountable Administrative State breeds things like Comey -- it MUST be made to be accountable if we are to return to being America, let alone become great again!

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The Arab Descent Into Darkness

I suspect that the intellectual author finds Christianity and Judaism to be just as "atavistic" (ancient / backward) as Islam. When there are three great monothistic religions, two of which DO worship the same God (the Father), and one who does not, intellectuals see the failure of the imposter as reason to indict the other two as well. It was what they see as "equality" -- we know religion is bad, if one out of three monotheistic religions is a disaster and the other two are huge successes, it "proves" that religion is bad! Simple.

It's a good visitation of Arab history post '67 anyway ... an excerpt.

Fifty years after Azm and other Arab intellectuals started to mercilessly deconstruct their ossified political orders, reactionary and primitive religious structures, and stagnant societies, the Arab world has descended further into darkness. Physical, intellectual, and political desolation has claimed many of the once lively metropolises of the Arab region — Damascus, Aleppo, Baghdad, Mosul, Cairo, and Alexandria — with only Beirut still resisting, albeit teetering on the edge. For centuries, these cities constituted a rich human and linguistic mosaic of ancient communities including Muslims, Christians, Jews, Druze, Arabs, Kurds, Assyrians, and Circassians. In modern times, they were joined by Greek, Armenian, and Italian communities. A vibrant cosmopolitanism found home in the port cities of Alexandria and Beirut and the cities of the hinterland, such as Aleppo, Damascus, and Baghdad.

Portland Attacker Bernie and Standing Rock Kind of Guy

No one should be surprised the Portland attacker felt the Bern | Intellectual Takeout:

Naturally, the left wing media peddles the story that the attacker was a racist Trump supporter -- this VOX column is headlined with themes of "Increasing racial attacks following Trump's election".

The top linked article covers the obvious themes that I have covered many times -- "fascism" is driven by massive government control of business and cronyism with business, but not government OWNERSHIP of business. Very few people in the US have any comprehension of anything other than throwing labels around that they hear ... confusion is the order of the day.

Certainly the anti-Trump "resistance" forces are more than happy to resort to violence and have many times across the country. I'm certain there will be some actual Trump supporters that become violent. Given the rhetoric and the incendiary media against Trump, the general level of restraint from the right is admirable.

Remember when Sarah Palin was virtually indicted in media for the shooting of Gabby Giffords because Sarah had used "crosshairs" on her web site! Oh! how that incited violence compared to ...

How standards have changed! Remember when a poor rodeo clown wore an Obama mask? OH! The HORROR!

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Civil War or Divorce ?

I spend a good deal of time ingesting media from the left and far left -- more than half of my media life, since knowing what those that I tend not to agree with are thinking is more difficult and less natural than listening to echoes of my own thought. I have a strong belief that spirit / thought / consciousness are what makes us uniqely and eternally human. To me, race, gender and sexuality are FAR less important. "Culture" is however critical, because everyone has one, and in the US, we now have two radically different cultures.

I find this quote from James Mattis from the top linked article to be spot on:

When I asked what worried him most in his new position, I expected him to say ISIS or Russia or the defense budget. Instead, he said, “The lack of political unity in America. The lack of a fundamental friendliness. It seems like an awful lot of people in America and around the world feel spiritually and personally alienated, whether it be from organized religion or from local community school districts or from their governments.”
Frequent readers of this blog understand that I consider meaning to be really the only thing that matters in human life -- and I regularly harp on "Man's Search for Meaning". I believe that the reason for the alienation in Western civilization is because we have put pleasure or "happiness" in the top position rather than meaning, so freedom has been corrupted to being "freedom to have as much pleasure as possible".

For a Christian, the realization of our ETERNAL purpose as serving Christ is the ongoing discovery of his eternal leading. As covered in Frankl, great suffering has far more meaning than even the most desireable pleasure in even the temporal sense, let alone the eternal.

Since personal pleasure has become the "holy grail" of the west, alienation is inevitable. Most people find it difficult to see "good" in people who do not share their world views. Christ's admonishion to love our enemies goes totally against our sinful human nature. When the highest goal is "happiness / pleasure", why bother to even associate with anyone who does not see eye to eye with us on virtually every detail?

When my own pleasure is the ultimate goal, then whatever gets in the way of that is clearly "evil". "Progressives" consider their chief recent accomplishments to be pursuit of largely sexual pleasure -- sex outside of marriage, abortion on demand, same sex relationships, gender bending, etc.  This is nothing new -- this script goes back to the Old Testament. Let's break out the golden calf and the ashera poles. In the search for pleasure. "Progress" is considered to be removal of restraint and ultimately all responsibility -- everything becomes "a right", including the "right" to not even be exposed to anyone who is not in lock step with your world view. (those people are intolerant!)

The "progressive" world view demands that those who do not agree be removed from any association with "progressives" -- the god of personal pleasure is CERTAINLY not in any way shape or form going to suggest that you "love your enemies",  but rather that you destroy your enemies -- cut them off by any means possible. Make no mistake, Christians are definitely the chief enemies of "progressives" in this world. Muslims are OK, but NOT Christians!

Tiny little things like a Constitution are not going to stand in the way of "progressives" rooting out Christian doctrine. Here is Bernie Sanders applying a religious test to someone nominated for office in BOistan. Bernie was especially offended by the nominee having written this line in an internet post:

“Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”

BOistan has no operative constitution, so at least half the country has no problem with this. Christ states in John 14:6 "... I am the way the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me". Practicing Christians not only agree with Christ, they WORSHIP him! Bernie concluded his remarks with; “This nominee is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”

America had a Constitution that demanded in Article VI:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
BOistan clearly does not honor the laws of the former Democratic Republic of America ... to "progressives", what was fundamental to America is now "not what BOistan is about".

David French concludes the second linked article above (both are excellent, well worth reading) with this:

If we seek to preserve our union, we’re left with a choice — try to dominate or learn to tolerate? The effort to dominate is futile, and it will leave us with a permanently embittered population that grows increasingly punitive with each transition of presidential power. There is hope, however, in the quest to tolerate. Our Constitution is built to allow our citizens to govern themselves while protecting individual liberty and providing for the common defense. It’s built to withstand profound differences without asking citizens or states to surrender their strongest convictions. We can either rediscover this federalism, or we may ultimately take a third path — we may choose to separate.

Is it remotely possible that the left will relent and decide that using the federal government to dominate is "futile"? As the Deep State, dominant media, legal system and educational system pull out all stops to overturn the presidential election, it seems awfully pollyannaish to me. Is it REALLY "futile"? The left has forced abortion on demand in all 50 states as well as gay "marriage", and they are pushing hard on the "whatever" vs gender front. Their climate doctrine is holy writ, well beyond Biblical levels of inerrancy for even most of the leftist post Christian "christian" churches. The Virgin Birth? Probably not ... Climate Change? Yea verily! ... oh, and forget that John 14:6 stuff, Muslims, Wiccans, "whatever" ... "it's all good'.

What I'd LIKE to believe is that we will have an honest to goodness REVIVAL of actual practicing Christainity in this failed area of N America. There ARE hopeful signs ... a person I work with attended the graduation at Liberty University this spring -- around 100K students enrolled on campus and online. Huge growth, Christ centered, very much appreciated and supported the graduation speech by Trump. Have attended a couple services at RedRocksChurch in Denver with our son ... packed services, all ages, very Biblically based with a young adult focus. Rapidly growing.

In general, the "sliding leftward" traditional protestant churches are dying. The Evangelicals, and to some degree Catholics are growing. Interestingly, Trump DID win the Catholic vote -- which is a story that is not talked about much. As I wrote about here, I firmly believe that 2016 was our first truly "post Christian Nation" election. Practicing Christians finally realized that we no longer live in "America", which culturally WAS Christian, but now live in BOistan, which desires to be pagan, and is more than happy to exclude any practicing Christians if possible.

I agree with Mattis. While I very much enjoy the free exchange of ideas and relish the chance to debate matters of religion, politics, philosophy, scotch, and cigars, we increasingly live in the age of shrinking tribal alienation. ALL relationships are increasingly "my way or the highway" ... friends, family, work, neighborhood, church, etc. I personally work to maintain relationships with people who do not share my world view, but in order to do that, the relationships become increasingly shallow. The worst thing about the Climate Change religion is that it has made even something as innocuous as the weather a religious issue. There is no god but man (man is the measure of all things), and even the weather is due to man's power in the climate religion.

I've been away from my blog for a bit while becoming grandpa x 2 with the birth Graham Walden in Denver, and I've rambled yet again. I believe that increasingly fractured lives are the wages of losing a shared transcendent vision of meaning ... we will atomize to ever smaller "tribes" if we don't "revive". Is that a "decision", or is that "Grace"? Given free will, I see it as both -- there must be a daily decision to stay in the Grace or to reject it in favor of man's "thought of the day".

My prayer for my "enemies" on the left is that even if you can't imagine loving those whom you disagree with, is it really too much to ask that you tolerate them rather than seek to dominate them to the point of preventing even a tiny "trim" of the massive Adminstrative State which rules BOistan?

When elections are not honored, the "separation" at a minium seems all but certain. Perhaps that is God's will. 

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Peter Singer Leads Atheist Intellectual to Christ

How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus - The Veritas Forum - The Veritas Forum:

Well, he didn't intend to, but sometimes hearing evil incarnate proudly declares it's bloodlust has that effect.

Well worth the read, a teaser.

I remember leaving Singer’s lectures with a strange intellectual vertigo; I was committed to believing that universal human value was more than just a well-meaning conceit of liberalism. But I knew from my own research in the history of European empires and their encounters with indigenous cultures, that societies have always had different conceptions of human worth, or lack thereof. The premise of human equality is not a self-evident truth: it is profoundly historically contingent. I began to realise that the implications of my atheism were incompatible with almost every value I held dear.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

The Costs Of BO

The $600 Billion Man - WSJ:

If you cared about the country formerly known as "America", it's murderer, BO is already a name clouded in stench. This article gives some numbers to go with the smell.

$1.9 TRILLION is spent by BOistanis every year to comply with the reams of regulations spewing from the federal maw. BO added $600B to that yearly total!

2016 was the all time record for pages of new federal regulations, 95,894 pages. “Of the top 10 all-time-high Federal Register page counts, seven occurred under President Barack Obama,” 

The three best words to describe BO? Stink, Stank and STUNK! 

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