Of course they applauded. This is not Vichy France. This is a nation standing up to terrorism.
A girl cried?
What about the cries of a thousand friends and family members murdered by a Muslim? That is bigger than any attack in the United States since 9-11. And it follows the even larger slaughter at the Bataclan Theater in Paris in November, in which Muslims slaughtered 128 infidels.
If you cannot drink a beer in Mecca, then you cannot wear a burkini on the Riviera.
Run to the Right to win the nomination; run to the Center to win the election. Nothing unusual about it.
Without building The Wall, deportation is meaningless since they’ll simply waltz right back in. After The Wall is built, finish the backlog of hearings and start scouring sanctuary cities for people who’ve lost their immigration cases, the ones who are truly “illegal immigrants” and whose continued presence is a federal crime. Deport them. Then we can talk about how to handle the rest.
Those simple steps will take the entire first Trump term. And nothing he’s said to date contradicts this plan. I’d still choose him over Hillary.
It makes sense. Of course, Trump first has to win that first term…
Of course, she forgot to mention she took $20,000 from the Ku Klux Klan this year. The Washington Timesreported:
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has received more than $20,000 in donations contributed by members of the Ku Klux Klan, a prominent member of the hate group said Monday. “For the KKK, Clinton is our choice,” said Will Quigg, California Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights, Vocativ reported.
Mr. Quigg, the leader of the Klan’s California chapter, announced last month that he had abandoned supporting Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in lieu of backing his likely Democratic opponent. The Klansman claims that members have raised more than $20,000 for Mrs. Clinton and have donated it anonymously to her campaign.
“She is friends with the Klan,” Mr. Quigg told Vocativ. “A lot of people don’t realize that.”
Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwein disputed the grand dragon’s claim and said the former secretary of state has rejected the group’s endorsement.
And don’t forget about her Confederate Flag campaign pins!
From Arkansas Governor Orville “Schoolhouse” Faubus, through Senator Harry “Grand KKK Kleagle” Byrd, to today’s Kalifornia Klan, the history of the Clinton Crime Family has been one long and neverending love affair with the Ku Klux Klan.
You can bet that if Hillary is elected, the white-sheet burkha she plans on wearing to the inauguration will have a tall pointy cap on top.
The result of several decades of purges on the Right is that the “alt-right” is now bigger than the Official Right™ and it certainly is where the cool kids are hanging out on-line. The hate thinkers are also younger, on average, than the old farts in the mainstream media. One of the strange things about the alt-right is it is populated with young guys with everything to gain from a rebellion and old eccentrics with nothing to lose from a rebellion. The young guys are clever and funny, while the old guys are brilliant at noticing patterns in society and human behavior.
The safe bet is the increased attention to the hate thinkers will result in a holding of hands and chanting of lines from the liberal catechism. Howls of racism and antisemitism will echo through the halls of officialdom. We got a taste of this in the primary when guys like Jonah Goldberg tried to slime Trump as a closet Klansman simply because David Duke said nice things about him. Among the Cloud People, being called a racist is the worst thing imaginable, so it is their most powerful abracadabra word.
The trouble is the hate thinkers really don’t care and they seem to relish this sort of attention. The gag you often see is “When I was a conservative they called me a racist. When I was a libertarian they called me a racist. When I was a Tea Partier they called me a racist. Now that I’m alt-right I don’t care what they call me.” Often, the response to the charge of racism is mockery. It’s really hard to shout people down when they are laughing at your efforts. That and the old guys have been called these things so often they don’t pay any attention to it now.
Welcome to the Hater’s Ball Cloud People.
I guess that would make me one of the “… old eccentrics with nothing to lose from a rebellion. The young guys are clever and funny, while the old guys are brilliant at noticing patterns in society and human behavior.”
The “vast right-wing conspiracy” went weirdly global today when Hillary Clinton delivered an actual presidential speech claiming she was being chased around by looming global forces of darkness, aligned in ideological intent to ensure her destruction.
The “VRWC” never existed, either, except in Hillary’s fantasies, but it still made a pretty effective weapon for the Clintons. And it did so for exactly the same reason that this latest sally may get traction: The DNC/ClintonMedia, allied with the NeverTrumpMedia, will move heaven and earth to see that it does.
The media and the pundits are trying to trap Trump into appearing to flip-flop on his hard-line immigration stance. Trump seems to be helping them do it as his message is getting muddled, and the media focus on that instead of on the growing email and Clinton Foundation scandals.
Yep. As I’ve been pointing out.
It’s actually pretty simple, though, and Trump needs to concentrate on the simple parts:
Once we establish what type and how much–if any–immigration our nation needs, then we can move on.
To have that debate, however, we have to be able to conduct it without waves of immigrants and “refugees” pouring in.
— Temporarily suspending all immigration;
— Securing the border, including a wall which can be paid for by a tax on remittances and fees on certain consular and border services;
— Enforcing our existing laws, which would include deporting people caught here illegally–especially felons; and,
— Having a system of verification in place that ensures illegals do not work, vote, or draw public benefits.
In other words, make the environment hostile for illegal migration. That would lead to large numbers of those illegally here departing on their own. Combined with the deportation laws already on the books, we should see a dramatic reduction in illegal aliens pretty quickly–even if we do not deport 12 million people. It would, above all, make it less likely that illegals would continue to come here.
There is no Constitutional or internationally recognized right to immigrate to the United States (or anywhere else). We have in the past excluded fascists, Nazis, Communists, anybody adhering to a philosophy advocating the violent overthrow of our way of life, sexual deviants, criminals, etc. We can do it again.
This is what Trump needs to concentrate on, and to hammer hard. Not this horseshit about “softening,” and “not wanting to hurt people,” and all the other fog he’s currently squirting all over his primary and signature issue. (via Mike Hendrix – thanks!)
Columnist Charles Krauthammer told Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier on Thursday that Hillary Clinton’s “alt-right” speech earlier in the day in Reno, in which she attacked Breitbart News and tried to link Donald Trump with the Ku Klux Klan, had been a failure.
“I’m not sure it’s going to have a big effect. This is the old Democratic playbook, where you accuse your opponent of being racist, to use ad hominems. I mean, it is slightly over-the-top. There was a point in the speech where she said the rise of bullying in schools, alleged, is a result of [Trump’s] rhetoric. And I think that is rather, sort of, National Equirer-type stuff,” Krauthammer said.
I’m sure Der SourKraut was quite disappointed that Hillary didn’t manage to damage Trump more effectively.
Pinsky made headlines last week when he announced on his radio show he is “gravely concerned” about Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s health and the health care she is receiving. It played nicely into Donald Trump’s position that Clinton is not healthy enough to serve as POTUS.
And a week later his show was axed, and he was canned. (Canned? Sure. Let me know how many appearances he makes on CNN as a “contributor.”) But I’m sure there’s no connection and nothing to see here, so can we all just move on, please, you gap-toothed, cousin-humping, bitter-clinging, God-freaking, gun-sucking alt-righter savages?
So there you go. I’ll just repeat what I’ve been saying all along: If Microsoft wants us to accept automatic updates without question, it needs to ship high-quality updates that do not break things. And so far, it is not living up to its end of this contract. You can complain all you want about Android or iPhone, but this is the type of thing that will really kill Windows. And the lack of trust that these kinds of mistakes engenders is irreversible.
I don’t know about “irreversible,” given how many people have to use Windows Whatever, but it certainly doesn’t do anything to instill confidence in the overall brand. As has been the case all too often over the years.
Oh, well, so then . . . we’ve been up through that. I don’t have the dates here, chronology worked out in my mind. We haven’t kept the record that we should have in this campaign. But anyway, I began to travel around and see people. And I suppose it must have been into February when I saw Faubus. Late January or February.
What prompted you to do that?
WILLIAM J. (BILL) CLINTON:
Well, he’s my neighbor. And he—
But wouldn’t he be the last guy to go see, represented the old time machine?
WILLIAM J. (BILL) CLINTON:
No, no. See, that’s why I got elected. Because I don’t do things, I don’t think in terms of that.
But wouldn’t the liberal mind, whatever it is in this district, think that way?
WILLIAM J. (BILL) CLINTON:
Well, the liberal mind might, but I don’t have a liberal mind, I guess, if that’s the way they think. It’s a matter of politics and how you get votes. This is a highly . . . it’s a curious district. You have to look at it. Fort Smith you could almost characterize as ultraconservative, I didn’t believe I could carry Fort Smith under any circumstances at any time [unclear]. But I did in the runoff against Rainwater. Because I treated them like people instead of conservatives or some other label. And because I avoided, I suppose, taking stands which would have been a total anathema to them, which I wouldn’t take anyway in a race like this. Because I recognize what I’m running against, you know, and what the main issues are. But Faubus has a fine mind and a lot of influence in these hills, these people, and knows things that are worth knowing. The reason that they will vote for me, if they do, the people, even if they think that I’m liberal, whatever that is, is that I’ll sit down with all these people and talk to them. And it’s not but twenty miles over there and I could get more knowledge there than most places I know. And I sat down with him and we talked for eight and a half hours. Three hours at one stretch. I went up there to spend an hour and we went over all this ground and he really probed my stance. He’s very issue-oriented himself, in a way. And he wanted to find out exactly where we were crossways on the pornography and busing and integration generally and constitutional
theories and we went at it for eight hours talking. Very interesting thing. I held my ground and needless to say he held his. But it was a good thing. Then we started talking about this race and he thought it could be won. Which was a great source of encouragement to me that as an abstract proposition he thought that the thing could be done. Unless national events altered in such a way as to totally undermine anything we might try to do.
How did he think you could do it?
WILLIAM J. (BILL) CLINTON:
By directly or indirectly. First of all, by establishing myself as a candidate that should be in Congress, could be in Congress. And then by, directly or indirectly, demonstrating to the people that Hammerschmidt was far from an independent congressman and was one of the people that had major responsibility for the weakness and the effectiveness of the Congress. To put him in with the national tide. But it was interesting to me, you see, that he thought it could be done where all my liberal state legislature friends did not think it could be done. And he did, I suppose in part, because when he ran for governor in ’54 nobody thought he could be elected either. Ran against a reasonably popular one-term incumbent. Everybody told him it’s the wrong time. Well, lot of people told me this is the wrong time to run and don’t run until ’76 when we’ll be putting a Democratic president in. I’m not sure we will be putting a Democratic president in in ’76. Depends on who they put up and whether he can, you know . . . so, that was some encouragement.
Did you get that? It was the encouragement of one of the most notorious Southern segregationalists in American history, Arkansas’ Orville Faubus, that finally convinced BJ Clinton to launch his own political career.
And it is from that segregationist seed that we end up with Hillary Clinton running for President and trying to connect Donald Trump to the KKK.
Can Americans tax themselves out of their obesity crisis? A new analysis of Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation “soda tax” offers encouraging results about its power to change people’s dietary habits. Five months after the city implemented its penny-per-ounce tax on all manner of sugar-sweetened beverages, lower-income residents had reduced their consumption by 21%, compared to the pre-tax days.
Meanwhile, their counterparts in neighboring Oakland and San Francisco increased the amount of sugary drinks consumed by 4% during the same period, according to a study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Public Health.
Rather than doing the typical conservative fan dance about Berkely being populated by aliens from another planet, how about a cold douse with the reality bucket instead? Anything you punish (with taxes, for instance) you will get less of.
Berkely taxes sodas, and sells less of them, SF and Oakland don’t, and sell more.
It really is that simple. And doesn’t require Berkely to be inhabited by aliens conservative fabulists find congenial.
I just started re-reading all of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter series, and in the first book, one of the Hunter team leaders has as his favored weapon a Marlin 45/70. I liked the sound of the thing, especially the enormous boolet it heaves at targets.
Once the Hoosier move is accomplished, my finances may loosen up enough to stretch to a couple of new weapons, and so I’m considering something like this.
Thought? Suggestions for alternatives?
I’ve never fired one, though I’ve seen cowboy action folk do some fairly amazing things with these lever action guns, and I was addicted to The Rifleman when I was a kid, so…
If all non-whites vanished tomorrow — hopefully instantly repatriated without harm — what would happen to whites in America and Europe?
Our labor costs would go up, but we have millions of unemployed. We might have fewer doctors, but we would have far fewer patients. Construction jobs would go back to white guys. Cost would rise, at the level of what is paid, but would also fall as social welfare systems found themselves with far fewer recipients.
Would our cultural diversity perish? No, because we have museums and recipe books, and can do what others do. Would we lose vibrant diversity? Most white people seem to have fled it, except for the ethnic restaurants and kumbaya social events. Would we lose friends and neighbors? — undoubtedly, but most people socialize within their own groups.
In short, nothing would change after a brief adjustment period, and rising costs would be met by falling taxes and lower externalized costs from a failing social apparatus. Whites would lose nothing. Minority groups — assuming they were not harmed — would gain, as in their own countries they could live by the standards of their cultures, values and religions, and have something more important: pride in themselves and a sense of shared purpose.
This is the shrieking fear hidden behind these protests. Minority groups are not needed. We will carry on as we have always carried on, building nations and creating civilizations that fit us. Any momentary inconveniences would be offset by a restoration of our own pride and sense of command over our destinies.
One of the things that bugs modern American progressives the most is the phenomenon of self-segregation, which is the inevitable outcome of a natural human urge: The desire to live with people just like they are.
So they come up with alternate explanations for the segregation resulting from such desires. It is, they say, caused by white racism (but then, isn’t everything?). White racists force black doctors, lawyers, professors, and other high valuem, high status professionals to live in neighborhoods filled with other high value, high status professionals:
The only problem with this theory is that the residents of these ten communities can pretty much live almost anywhere – and with anybody – they choose. So they choose to live where they feel happiest and most comfortable – with others just like themselves.
This discomfits the race baiters and the guilt mongers no end, but there it is.
Twenty percent of African-American voters in Florida support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump according to a poll released Wednesday by Florida Atlantic University.
The poll hit as Trump is visiting Tampa for a mid-day rally at the State Fairgrounds.
The poll shows Trump with a two point lead of rival Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, 43 to 41 percent, within the poll’s 2.7 percent margin of error. Clinton has the support of 68 percent of African-American voters in Florida. 1200 registered Florida voters were surveyed from August 19-22.
Huh. I was told that Trump drove off all of the black vote with his racist comments and insults.
In both of those interviews, there has been one constant. The support for current immigration laws. What you are seeing is the removal of the narrative that Trump is the evil villain sitting high upon his golden Trump Tower looking down upon the poor illegal immigrant with racist eyes and plotting evil against them. This is also exemplified in his “humble Trump” speech and his outreach to the black community. All three of these things humanize Trump and remove the ability to demonize him.
It has become apparent at least to me, that the Trump campaign has decided that Mr. Trump needs to come across as more human and is wrestling with the human elements of decision making. I don’t believe he ever lacked humanity but I know that it took research to find examples of it demonstrated. Most people are too lazy to research so most do not know that side of him.
Tie this with his visit to the border, his town hall with Hannity last night highlighting the victims of crime by illegal aliens, including immigrants who came legally, the upcoming speech on immigration and the mantra of enforcing current immigration laws, and you see the design. In my opinion it is a profitable design. All the media will have to cover the speech because they have been covering this so-called change as news.
I believe that the campaign has made this choice to change the vernacular. No longer is it about deportation even though deportations will happen. It is about enforcing what others deemed was proper immigration law. If they do not like deportations, then talk to those that made the law. What they will not be able to do is claim this is Trump’s idea. Just like they are no longer able to claim that Trump does not care about Americans of African descent. It forces a different narrative. And that is what KC and Stephen Bannon were hired to do.
On the whole, I buy this. But here’s the problem as I see it: Sundance had to expend about a thousand words “explaining” Trump’s recent shift. And I worry that the voters Trump needs aren’t going to respond to thousand word interpretations of a change in the wind.
I suppose, on the whole, few solid Trump supporters will back away from him over this – they will assume that he’s just saying whatever so he can get elected and then do what they absolutely believe he will do.
I get the attempt to connect himself to the Bush and Obama deportation policies (and yes, I was aware that Obama has indeed deported several hundred thousand illegals). So did Bush. But the problem wasn’t they they didn’t deport, it was that they didn’t deport enough, because net illegal residents in the United States increased from 2000 to 2015.
People may not know the exact numbers, but they sense that the illegal immigrant/illegal resident problem worsened under both Bush and Obama, and so it has to grate at least a little to hear Trump likening his policy to theirs.
Yes, yes, I get that if Trump actually did enforce immigration law, all of immigration law, he would deport every illegal alien in America, because that is what the law requires:
When Hannity, who like Trump has railed against “amnesty” for those in the U.S. illegally, asked whether Trump would support changing the law to “accommodate those people that contribute to society, have been law-abiding, have kids here,” Trump replied in the affirmative. “There certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump said. “We want people—we have some great people in this country.”
It has to make some question just how closely he intends to “follow the immigration laws.”
And that is a question he can’t really afford to let gain currency.
Maybe his big upcoming speech on immigration will lay these matters to rest. We’ll see.
Of course, he’s canceled the one he was originally scheduled to give tomorrow in Colorado in order to “fine tune” a later effort in “a few days.” So, as I say, I guess we’ll see. At least Trump seems aware that his recent statements may have stirred up a few problems, and for those of us who support him, that is a good thing.
In 2010 and ’14, polls predicted the GOP would retake the House and the Senate, respectively, early on in the campaign season. And while much can happen between now and November this year, I’m not going to play the “Yes, Hillary’s ahead, but…” fool’s game of attempting to read the tea leaves at the bottom of this month’s allegedly “skewed” polls.
This is Ed Driscoll. I hope you didn’t play the fool’s game of taking anything he says about Trump or his prospects seriously, because he’s been pretty much one hundred percent wrong right from the start.
Remember when I mentioned not long ago that another fundraiser was imminent? Well, here t’is, folks. The A/C is still out, I’m behind on the rent—and the hosting service and internet access bills too, among other things—work continues to be slow, and…well, no need to belabor it, times are tough here on the fag-end of summer at Casa CF. If you enjoy the work I do here (and make no mistake, although I do enjoy it, it IS work), please consider helping to keep it coming with whatever material expression of support you can manage.
Mike, like me, is one of the OG conservative political bloggers, dating back to the 9/11 Muslim terror attack that basically created the modern conservative blogosphere (which I then named a few weeks later).
He’s one of the oldest of the good old guys, a man who has intelligently and eloquently kept the faith for going on fifteen years now. There aren’t many of us left. He’s given us a lot over the years. It’s always good to give a little back if you can.
The Internet is awash with rumors about Hillary Clinton’s health, but there is one medical condition she is actually known to have. That is hypothyroidism, a condition affecting about 10 million Americans in which the thyroid is underactive, resulting in a variety of symptoms including fatigue, weakness and weight gain.
For most patients, the symptoms can be significantly reduced or eliminated with the use of hormone therapy. Clinton is being treated with a medication called Armour Thyroid, according to her doctor, who has issued a letter saying she’s in “excellent” physical condition and is fit to serve as president.
She’s sick, old, fat, and tired. That’s “excellent?” Apparently so, at least to one MD (who just happens to have been Hillary Clinton’s personal MD for the last fifteen years – no bias there!).
BTW, have you noticed the odd way the DNC/ClintonMedia has been calling Hillary’s personal physician her “internist?”
Is that to distinguish her from all the other medical professionals necessary to keep HillaryBot 2.0 more or less functioning?
The specific question from Hannity, and Trump’s response, is here.
Here is the entire video of the Town Hall, all forty minutes, if you’d like to watch for the overall context.
And here is the problem for Trump as I see it: Much of his most ardent support is based on the idea that he is not lying to us, that he’s not just another sleazy pol who will say whatever it takes to get himself elected.
Further, he won’t baffle-gab, double-speak, or lawyer-babble us when he talks to us. Which means that when he says he’ll deport illegals, he won’t come back to that later and say, “Well, of course I didn’t mean we would deport all illegals, or even most of them, or, in fact, very many of them at all.” Or, in effect, “Why would you think I would mean that, just because I said it?” Or appeared to say it, until you got the lawyers to parse what I said.
And herein lies the danger. It’s not simply a matter of precisely parsing what Trump said once upon a time, or what he said in this Town Hall. It’s that if people start to get the idea that even with Trump they need a lawyer, a video tape, and a forensic rhetoric examiner to figure out what he’s actually saying and what he really means, then he suddenly becomes no different than any other sleazy pol, no different, in fact, from Hillary Clinton.
And if that happens, he’s done. Really done. Because he has nothing else to recommend him but the fact that we have come to trust him. But how can we do that if we can’t trust what comes out of his mouth?
I have no appetite for yet another round of playing the ugly game “Well, of course we know he’s lying (we think) about “softening” on resident illegals, but that’s just him saying what he needs to do to get elected, where he will be able to do what we think (believe? hope? pray?) he will really do, which is deport them, or at the very least, strongly encourage them to self-deport.”
At the Town Hall, Trump repeatedly said he would “follow the (immigration) laws.” But the immigration laws say, in black and white, that if you are here illegally, you should be deported to from whence you came. And then he says he will “soften” his position. What does that mean?
We don’t really know. And if we have to start wondering what The Donald really means, then enough people will simply stop caring, because they’ve read that story one (or a hundred) too many times.
Trump has put himself forth as the candidate of hope for the average America, the real America, and Americans themselves. His supporters believe in that vision. If he damages it to any significant extent, then his problems become major, and perhaps even terminal (as far as any hope of victory).
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Supporters of Donald Trump told PJM the GOP nominee should not retract any of his past statements, despite last week’s expression of “regret” from the candidate for instances in which he didn’t “choose the right words.”
“Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that and believe it or not, I regret it and I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues,” Trump recently told supporters in North Carolina.
Most of the attendees who spoke with PJM during the Trump campaign rally at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center said he does not need to apologize for any of his statements.
PJM asked Trump’s supporters if there are any specific statements Trump should retract.
“No, that’s what you need, you need someone that will not beat around the bush in politics, just tell it like it is,” Mike from Spotsylvania said. “Trump doesn’t care who he offends and if he offends some people, fine; if he doesn’t, oh well.”
Krista from Fredericksburg shared a similar view. “I think he’s fine. I think he’s doing great.”
Chris, a member of “Bikers for Trump” from South Carolina, echoed Krista.
“It’s the nature of a man to misspeak sometimes and say things he regrets. His actions will speak louder than his words once he’s in office,” he said.
Charlie from Fredericksburg also said there is nothing Trump should retract.
“No, he’s a New Yorker. He’s going to tell it like it is. I like it. I love it and I think the people love it. I know sometimes he gets overboard but basically he’s telling the truth. He’s got his ducks in line. He knows what he’s talking about,” he said.
It’s worrisome, and I’m not trying to concern troll here. Time is running out. Trump needs to be very careful in his approach from here on out. Sure, he needs to pick up as much new support as he can. But he has to make sure he doesn’t lose any of the support he already has.
Of course I will still vote for him, becase, well, HIllary. But he can’t afford to lose very many votes.
Look how many retweets he gets from his cult servitors.
I’m pretty sure Ace thinks he is being very clever here, but, in fact, for once Tyson is right: We (the American people) do force our politicians to lie to us.
Any politician who tells the whole truth all the time will be swiftly defeated and run out of office in disgrace, or will (more likely) never be elected to any public office in the first place.
Politician: “We do not answer to you, the people. Our elective system requires us to spend enormous amounts of money we do not personally have in order to achieve office. The only way we can get it is by trading the promise of political favors to, first, big donors, which is where we get most of our money, and second, to you as individuals, when we promise you things we know we will never be able to deliver.”
Voters: “Boo. Too dark. Not sweetness and light enough! Get him out of there. Or don’t vote for him in the first place!”
Reporting on today’s news, the Washington Free Beacon adds, “American University in Kabul was shuttered earlier this month after gunmen kidnapped two foreign professors, one American and one Australian, close to the campus in the capital of Afghanistan on Aug. 8. The campus reopened three days after the incident.”
Barack Obama, “President Putt” is in charge. So we know exactly how this will “develop.”
“Somebody is going to hell” over the political attacks on the Clinton Foundation, longtime Clinton confidant James Carville declared Tuesday, denouncing the recent scrutiny and criticism of the charitable organization.
It may seem trivial, compared to the potential damage elsewhere, but I, personally, would rather blind myself with molten railroad spikes than spend four or eight years watching Snakehead Carville being one of the Clinton Crime Family’s unofficial official TV spokesmodels again.
A second grade teacher’s no-homework policy has gone viral, thanks to a student’s mother posting about it on Facebook.
Last week, mom Samantha Gallagher posted a note on Facebook from her daughter’s teacher reading: “After much research this summer, I’m trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day. There will be no formally assigned homework this year.”
I never had any homework at all until I hit junior high school, and damned little even then. Don’t think it impeded my education in any way whatsoever.
When I was a kid, school was for school, and home was for home. And at least for the first six or so years, the two didn’t meet very much, if at all.
Oh, sure, there were after school activities available if you wanted them, but they weren’t connected with the school – my mom was a Cub Scout den mother for a while, for instance. But mostly we got out of school at three pm, skipped merrily home, and did whatever until called for dinner.
Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with the Atlantic on Monday that while “terrorism is a real threat … it’s not an existential threat to the existence of the democratic country of the United States of America.”
Stupid Uncle Joe is probably correct in at least two ways about this, neither one of which is exactly what he thinks he is saying.
1. Musim terrorism (not “terrorism”) is certainly no existential threat to him and his kind and their America, where they travel in armored cars with phalanxes of armed guards, and live in gated, walled communities behind a plethora of moats of all kinds.
2. It’s not Muslim terrorism that is the existential threat to the democratic country of the U.S.A. It’s Joe Biden’s own political party (and its lesser ally in the Ruling Uniparty, the GOP).
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania.Photo: Getty Images
If you drive anywhere in Pennsylvania, from the turnpike to the old US routes to the dirt roads connecting small towns like Hooversville with “bigger” small towns like Somerset, you might conclude that Donald Trump is ahead in this state by double digits.
Large signs, small signs, homemade signs, signs that wrap around barns, signs that go from one end of a fence to another dot the landscape with such frequency that, if you were playing the old-fashioned road-trip game of counting cows, you would hit 100 in just one small town like this one.
In Ruffsdale, I am pretty sure I saw more than 100 Trump signs.
It’s as if people here have not turned on the television to hear pundits drone on and on about how badly Trump is losing in Pennsylvania.
A lot of urban folks don’t do anything much but watch television. They haven’t, for one reason or another, had a real job for years. They’re either on welfare, or huddled around a single TV, six to a studio apartment like cave dwellers of old around a firepit, enjoying their copious free time from their ten hour a week jobs as baristas. (Or enjoying their brain to silicon relationship with today’s equivalent of a house and a car, an overpriced Apple cellphone).
No wonder they see the solution to all their problems as being the state taking more and more money from those evil hicks in the boondocks and handing it over to them, who deserve it far more by virtue of their, well, virtue.
At least that’s what their TV tells them for hours and hours every day.
Actually, it is not. It only seems so to the apparently octogenarian grumps who seem to have assumed the, ahem, driver’s seat at MF.
The other half would be useless if it were practical, which they won’t be.
Useless, perhaps, to an octgenarian grump. My dad, for instance, refused to concern himself, or use, any technology more recent than his color television. Which he had to sit in front of 24/7, because he never learned how to use a video recorder. The sort of thinking on display here reminds me of my dad – a kind of mental constipation when confronted with any technology that makes somebody even slightly uncomfortable.
Self-driving cars aren’t a problem to be solved, because there’s no problem there. Why do Millennials want to sit in a booster seat clutching a ziploc bag of Cheerios and a Gameboy until they’re ready for a nursing home? Drive your own damn car. It’s not that hard if you’re not texting.
And speaking of stupid, the graf directly above is getting a lot of bloggish attention, accompanied by a lot of nodding and harrumphing. Self driving cars (and trucks, and buses, and trains, and airplanes) are inevitable for any number of reasons, which may or may not be problematic. Those dispatched directly to the unemployment line and then the permanent government dole may have a different point of view the potential problems.
The head harrumpher on this one seems to think that self-driving cars vehicles will not be a “problem” because they are “impractical” and will never “catch on.” And even if they do, to some tiny extent, it will only be because of those lazy, Cheeto-gorging, Gameboy (??? Do Gameboys even still exist?) diddling get off my damned lawn Millennials.
It would be funny if it weren’t so cluelessly pathetic. And if you found youself reading this silly rant and nodding in agreement, you might check your calendar, and then take a peek out your window at the real world. The 20th century has been in the rear view mirror (your self-driving vehicle won’t need one of those, either) for more than a decade and a half now.
Welcome to the 21st century, grampy. Or you can, you know, do what my dad did, settle yourself in your easy chair and ignore the next 40 years until you shuffle off this mortal coil.
Except that will probably be drastically transfigured as well.
Civilizations fail because they succeed. When they get wealthy and powerful, they start trying to make themselves “safe” and in doing so, breed a bumper crop of idiots. These idiots form an Idiot Defense League which demands democracy, and at that point the deal is sealed: the society will go down and die in the pocket, going to bed as an empire and waking up as a third-world slum. The only way to win that game is not to play.
But they always keep returning to that game, because the players keep hoping that this time the lottery ticket they bought will finally be a big winner.
Which is why they call their inevitable losses “bad luck.” At least until evil old Mister Reality sends his favorite representatives in to shut down the draw and sweep the table clean:
EXCLUSIVE: Missing: FBI files linking Hillary Clinton to the ‘suicide’ of White House counsel Vince Foster have vanished from the National Archives.
Did anybody think to look in Huma’s pants? That seems to be one of the favored methods the Clinton Crime Syndicate uses to make inconvenient documents vanish from the National Archives. And why not? It’s already worked once.
The only thing missing from this toxic stew is an excessive believe in the supernatural, but the hunt for hate thinkers is really just a modern form of witch hunting. Everywhere you look, the dials are all turned to eleven. The best qualities, at least the best mix of qualities, that allowed the West to rocket past the world are now in abundance and threatening the whole enterprise. Whatever governor or brake that was in place in the past has been lost and the engine is revving into the red zone.
Something has gone wrong.
This is not entirely a new observation, but read Zman’s entire post for context:
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
One of the reasons I have turned away from formal ideological explanations and templates for reality is that they don’t work very well, and more often than not either shatter under the weight placed upon them, or else assume the function of what is essentially religious belief.
It is difficult to assume the necessity of constantly reminding oneself that reality is, and you must do everything in your power to rationally determine what is reality, and what is likely not.
This results in a nature that Zman describes as being the MO of “transactional, highly skeptical cynics.”
>Well, maybe. But give me that rather than the armies of irrational true believers peddling every sort of religious belief in whatever fantasy moves them, and then trying to impose it – passionately, of course (live your passion!) upon the rest of us.
That rough beast slouching toward Bethlehem has other names, of course. The return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings is one of them. Possibly the Fourth Turning is another.
A federal judge prodded the State Department to quickly review a batch of 14,900 recently discovered emails as the controversy over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s correspondence while she served as America’s top diplomat continued to simmer.
Hmm. Recently discovered long-missing documents related to the Clintons and wrongdoing? That sounds…familiar:
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5— After nearly two years of searches and subpoenas, the White House said this evening that it had unexpectedly discovered copies of missing documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s law firm that describe her work for a failing savings and loan association in the 1980’s.
Federal and Congressional investigators have issued subpoenas for the documents since 1994, and the White House has said it did not have them. The originals disappeared from the Rose Law Firm, in which Mrs. Clinton was a partner, shortly before Mr. Clinton took office.
The newly discovered documents are copies of billing records from the Rose firm, where Mrs. Clinton helped represent Madison Guaranty, a savings and loan run by James B. McDougal, the Clintons’ business partner in the Whitewater land venture. The originals are still missing. Investigators have been seeking the documents to determine the role Mrs. Clinton played in the firm’s representation of the savings and loan.
The Clintons’ personal lawyer, David E. Kendall, said tonight that the documents show that the work Mrs. Clinton performed was limited both in time and scope, as she has repeatedly said.
But Representative Jim Leach, the Iowa Republican who heads the House Banking Committee, said he believed the billing records contradict Mrs. Clinton’s account of her involvement with Madison, and show that her legal work for the savings and loan was “extensive and detailed.”
Senator Alfonse M. D’Amato, Republican of New York, tonight called the discovery of the copies of the records “the second miraculous discovery within the past 24 hours.”
Mr. D’Amato, who is chairman of the Senate Whitewater committee, was referring to the disclosure on Thursday of a two-year-old memorandum written by a former Presidential aide. The memorandum said that Mrs. Clinton had played a far greater role in the dismissal of employees of the White House travel office than the Administration has acknowledged.
By their sheer volume — 115 pages — and the variety of contacts and conferences they document, the Rose billing records raise new questions about Mrs. Clinton’s account of her work that are likely to give new impetus to investigations in Congress and by Federal prosecutors.
For example, the records, which refer to Mrs. Clinton at various points as H.R.C., Hillary Clinton or H. Clinton, show she billed Madison for more than a dozen discussions with an Arkansas businessman, Seth Ward. Mr. Ward played a leading role in one of Madison’s largest losses, a $4 million land deal that regulators later criticized the Rose firm for helping structure. Mr. Ward is the father-in-law of the former associate attorney general, Webster L. Hubbell, who was also a partner in the Rose firm.
The release of the records is the latest of several instances in which the Clinton White House has declared a document search to be exhaustive, only to later stumble on important material. For example, White House officials initially said that Vincent W. Foster Jr., the deputy White House counsel, left no indication of why he committed suicide on July 20, 1993. But later, an aide found the remnants of a note describing Mr. Foster’s disenchantment with Washington.
Mr. Kendall said the Rose billing records were discovered in the White House on Thursday night by Carolyn Huber, a White House aide and former office manager of the Rose firm. He also said Mrs. Clinton was not aware until today that the records had been in the White House.
Henry F. Schuelke, a lawyer for Mrs. Huber, said tonight that she found the records in a storage area in the third-floor private residence at the White House where unsolicited gifts to the President and First Lady are stored before being sorted and catalogued.
Pay particular attention to this: The release of the records is the latest of several instances in which the Clinton White House has declared a document search to be exhaustive, only to later stumble on important material.
The Clinton Crime Family has been pulling this same scam for at least twenty years now, and the DNC/ClintonMedia has given them a pass on it every time, as they will once again on the 14,500 “overlooked” emails an “exhaustive search” missed this time around.
Watch the first minute of this clip to see Hillary Clinton use the “liar’s dodge” to avoid Jimmy Kimmel’s direct question “Are you in good health?”
When you ask an honest, healthy person if they are in good health, they say, “Yes.” They might also ask why you are inquiring. They might add some details. But they usually answer the question.
Clinton never answered the question about her health. All she did was mock the Trump supporters who keep bringing it up. Clinton intentionally avoided the question while skillfully making you think she addressed it.
This is similar to Donald Trump’s technique in the first debate, when Megyn Kelly asked him about his sexist comments of the past. To avoid answering the question, Trump cleverly mentioned Rosie O’Donnell and used that witticism to run out the clock and avoid the question entirely.
Clinton used a similar maneuver to avoid answering the question of her wellness. She turned the question into a bigger question about the crazy people who keep questioning her health, and she ran out the clock. Kimmel never got back to his question.
If I hadn’t pointed out that Clinton avoided answering the question, you would misremember that she had answered it. That’s good persuasion. In television shows of this type, the producers always tell the guest in advance what the questions will be. Someone with weapons-grade persuasion skills coached Clinton how to dodge the question while making you think she answered it.
Oh, bullshit, Adams. The Clinton Crime Family has been handling embarrassing or dangerous questions in precisely this manner since 1991. No “Godzilla” needed. By now it’s nothing more than a reflex.
Just the way you reflexively try to describe anything either Trump or Clinton now does as being examples of “persuasion.”
Here’s an association for you: Cartoonist becomes laughingstock about Trump, Clinton, persuasion. Sees “Godzilla” under every bed.
Last week four US swimmers made international headlines after they told reporters they were robbed on the way back to Olympic village in Rio.
Brazilian authorities later released video of the alleged robbery. But they edited the security video they released to the media of the US swimmers at a Rio gas station.
The Brazilians edited out segments of the video.
The missing video allegedly shows the security official pointing a gun at the swimmers.
Trace Gallagher: “A security guard comes up to the car and starts speaking to one of the swimmers. You can see him in the window. He points at the guard he reashes inside the window but then right there after that the video jumps ahead three minutes.”
On Thursday Ryan Lochte said he did not lie about the “robbery” incident … and there are 3 minutes of missing surveillance video that will back up most of his story … this according to sources directly connected to the swimmer. Lochte said he was taken out of the taxi at gunpoint. You can see a fellow swimmer raising his hands as he leaves the taxi in the video posted above.
When this story first broke, and then was supposedly “refuted” by “Brazilian authorities” (the US media will believe any state organ over any individual citizen in terms of “authoritative sourcing”):
I’ll bet they do…so they can browbeat and threaten them into retracting their story. As for police opinions on the facts of the matter, I wouldn’t trust any cop from anywhere south of the US/Mexico border. Every police force down there is corrupt to one extent or another – usually, to quite a large extent.
Looks like I was right.
I wonder why the anti-American, anti-white US media isn’t giving these reports as huge a play as their out of the box assumption that Lochte and his friends were lying because corrupt minions of a corrupt state said they were?