October 15, 2019
"Commander Peachfuzz" Biden is refusing to release transcripts of his dealings with Ukraine.
But it's Donald Trump who is the bad guy here!
Biden says it would be illegal for him to do so. If true, why did the Democrats insist Trump do the same thing?
Here is the Captain Obvious question of the day:
What is Behind the Nationwide Shortage of Police
Any other questions?
October 14, 2019
Happy Columbus Day! He was a great Italian, even if a bit thick.
He WAS thick; the man argued the world was half the size that everyone else knew it to be. None of the crowned heads of Europe would finance his trip because they knew he was wrong, not because they thought he would fall of the edge of the world as the Left wing now claims (people knew the world was round since the ancient Greeks and there are statues of Jesus standing on a globe dating back to well into the Middle Ages.) Columbus was lucky; I suspect Queen Isabella was more interested in Columbus' Latin passions than his geographical ideas. Still, they gave him three crumby ships that were not suited for long-range travel just to get rid of him. He got monumentally lucky, finding a new continent - and no realizing he had done so. He went to his grave believing he was in the East Indies.
But God bless him! His voyages and later governing of the lands he found ended the tyrannical scourges of the Aztecs, the human sacrifice of the Mayans, and brought civilization with all its attendant benefits - to a number of savage and warlike peoples. Cannibalism, human sacrifice, torture were not at all uncommon in the pre-Columbian days.
God bless him! more...
I know this is a little dated but I just wanted to say it! Buh-bye, Shepard Smith! Don't let the door hit you on the backside as you leave!
Shepard Smith Makes Shocking Announcement that he is Leaving Fox News
I despise the man, who has become increasingly liberal. He often sneers and rolls his eyes and stands up for the Left when he is ostensibly doing the news. I'm very glad to see this creep go. If he wants to be on NBC he's welcome there; we need at least one network that is actually on OUR side.
It is believed Smith is leaving because he has been in conflict with the opinion hosts on the network - people like Hannity or Gutfeld or Brett Baer etc.
He was supposedly mad when Tucker Carlson attacked him on air.
Time for Patriots to Declare War on Antifa
From the article:
The time for President Trump to take action on ANTIFA in labeling the organization an international terrorist organization is long overdue. It is an international terrorist group, since it also operates in many European countries as well as the United Kingdom aside from the US. ANTIFA is only part of a much larger spiderweb of anti-American terrorist groups, all founded and organized by Barack H. Obama and run via the central organization known as Organizing For Action.
ANTIFA along with Black Lives Matter, MoveOn.org, the ACLU, and Planned Parenthood, just to name a few are all part of the massive Obama organized and managed sphere of influence, all of which are financed by George Soros.Read the whole article!
This is great! Please read the entire article (not long) here: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ag-barr-blasts-militant-secularists-attacks-on-religious-freeom
Attorney General William Barr blasted "militant secularists" and their attacks on Judeo-Christian values in a blistering speech at Notre Dame Friday, saying "religion has been under increasing attack" over the past five decades.
Barr, a devout Catholic, told students and faculty at the university's law school that "the problem is not that religion is being forced on others, the problem is that irreligion is being forced — secular values are being forced on people of faith."
"Among the militant secularists are many so-called progressives,” he said. "But where is the progress? We are told we are living in a post-Christian era, but what has replaced the Judeo-Christian moral system? What is it that can fill the spiritual void in the hearts of the individual person? And what is the system of values that can sustain human social life?”
Barr contends that many of society's ills are caused because of the breakdown of religion in society.
"This is not decay," he said. "This is organized destruction. Secular forces and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia, in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values."
Barr said "ground zero" for the attacks is the schools, pointing to New Jersey's passage of a law requiring public schools to adopt LGBT curriculum.
In an age of Global Warming, particularly between 1980-2004 in which temperatures did lean warm, how long does it take to create and actually grow a brand new glacier in Washington State? Not millennia, and not even centuries - but only two decades as the Crater Glacier on Mt. St. Helens (which blew up in 1980) was formed that grew to be more than 600 feet thick by the mid 2000's. In reality there are two glaciers now formed that have wrapped around the lava dome. This is all the more remarkable because of the low elevation in which the Crater Glacier sits - between about +7,000 feet at the top and down to +6,000 feet at its terminus. The glacier is also about a mile long. Granted the glacier grew on the north side of the mountain as glaciers love the northern slopes the best in the the northern hemisphere. It is also true that the lava dome, not to mention lots of rocks, provide lots of extra shade and protection from melting. More than likely as well, the prevailing winds in the winter dump all kinds of extra snow into the the middle of Mt. St. Helen's crater - and the lava dome grew that squeezed the glacier so that it became significantly thicker than normal.
Yet such facts should be all over the news, but perish the thought. One recent article from a few years ago acknowledged the glacial growth, but said it would not last. That may or may not be, but I can verify that most of the warming that took place in the Cascades was between 1985-1996. Snowfalls since that time have returned to 'normal' levels for the most part with only two exceptionally dry winters since that time. And yet during the warmest time in the late 1980's and early to mid 1990's, glaciers on Mt. St. Helens still slowly grew.
too much apocalypticism in the environmental sciences these days to be
taken seriously. They have been crying wolf for so many decades now
that I don't even listen to it anymore. What used to be laughed at with
the likes of date setters akin to Harold Camping among Christian
circles about the end of the world, is now mainstream leftist politics
as the green horseman of the apocalypse looms on the horizon. And yes,
the fourth horseman of the apocalypse is a green horse in the original
Greek. The better translation should read, "I heard the voice of the
fourth living creature saying, 'Come.' And I looked, and behold, a
green horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was
following with him. And authority was given to them over a fourth of
the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and
by the wild beasts of the earth (Revelation 6:7-8)." Much of the
judgments connected to this horse are related to environmentalis
October 13, 2019
Hits the nail on the head on the whole Climate Change issue.
Just a taste:
Cook et al. (2013) ‘Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature‘ searched some 11,944 abstracts of scientific papers published between 1991-2011 in an online database called The Web of Science for the phrases "global warming” and "global climate change”
Without reading the papers, nor even the sentences in which the key words appeared, Cooke the activist found 97% of the abstract of the papers examined contained the key words sought.
From this, and nothing more, Cooke et al., and concluded and reported that some 11500 of the papers, or 97%, must be endorsing the idea of human activity as primarily responsible (that is more than half of the contributory cause) for global warming, and that the levels of global warming are dangerous.Note that this is paper, not authors. There were 29,083 authors listed on the 11,944 papers.
In reality, a more honest review of the same database by real scientists found that only 65 papers (0.5%) explicitly said humans contributed some effect to global warming. Almost none said the human contribution was the primary cause, or that it was dangerous.
To add insult to injury, Cooke’s emails were leaked to the press, and before he ever began the so called research, he explicit says what result he seeks to find, and says it will be used as a public relations gimmick.
My cousin Ellen sent me this. I think it is a very valuable essay on the benefits to society of decent wealthy people.
Whatever Happened to Noblesse Oblige?
From the article:
Progressive egalitarians may sneer at the principle of noblesse oblige, but the way Hampy lived and ministered in an English village in the middle of the last century exhibited the basic principles of a just and workable economic and social system. The principle of solidarity existed because the members of the village community lived, worked, prayed and played together. The village was a network of extended families who fought and forgave one another and who lived out the drama of quotidian life together.
Hampy was one of them, as were the members of the other wealthy families who lived in the two country mansions outside the village. These aristocrats not only provided the employment, they funded the local old folks home, ran the village school, nurtured the social life of the village, motivated the charitable works of the church and made sure no one was excluded. As they lived together they not only lived out the principle of solidarity, but also the principle of subsidiarity — the idea that problems should be solved and initiatives taken at the lowest, most local level possible.
It's a fine article - do read the whole thing.
Look - if you are an adult and want to do your thing...I may advise against it...but ultimately I have better things to do. Seek your own path.
But for the love of God, a child cannot even take out a credit card,
but we are indulging them in their *gender* identification.
It's horrifying. Some parents - egged on by the woke among us - are not just dressing up their kids in different clothing, but giving hormones and considering surgery.
I'm sick of the "Kurds are our allies" line. Alliances are not permanent mergers. We did not marry them. They did not become Americans.
Alliances are temporary agreements that offer mutual benefit to both sides. When the benefit ends, the alliance ends.
The benefit has ended. The alliance has ended. There is zero reason for America's sons and daughters to go and die in Kurdistan. Let the Kurdish refugees that came here go fight for their country.
October 12, 2019
The rest of the article is here, and I urge you to read it before you condemn the President out of hand: http://carolineglick.com/trump-did-not-betray-the-kurds/
The near consensus view of President Donald Trump’s decision to remove US special forces from the Syrian border with Turkey is that Trump is enabling a Turkish invasion and double crossing the Syrian Kurds who have fought with the Americans for five years against ISIS. Trump’s move, the thinking goes, harms US credibility and undermines US power in the region and throughout the world.
There are several problems with this narrative. The first is that it assumes that until this week, the US had power and influence in Syria when in fact, by design, the US went to great lengths to limit its ability to influence events in Syria.
The war in Syria broke out in 2011 as a popular insurrection by Syrian Sunnis against the Iranian-sponsored regime of President Bashar al Assad. The Obama administration responded by declaring US support for Assad’s overthrow. But the declaration was empty. The administration sat on its thumbs as the regime’s atrocities mounted. They supported a feckless Turkish effort to raise a resistance army dominated by jihadist elements aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Obama infamously issued his "redline” regarding the use of chemical weapons against civilians by Assad, which he repudiated the moment it was crossed.
As ISIS forces gathered in Iraq and Syria, Obama shrugged them off as a "jayvee squad.” When the jayvees in ISIS took over a third of Iraqi and Syrian territory, Obama did nothing.
As Lee Smith recalled in January in the New York Post, Obama only decided to do something about ISIS in late 2014 after the group beheaded a number of American journalists and posted their decapitations on social media.
The timing was problematic for Obama.
In 2014 Obama was negotiating his nuclear deal with Iran. The deal, falsely presented as a non-proliferation pact, actually enabled Iran — the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism — to develop both nuclear weapons and the missile systems required to deliver them. The true purpose of the deal was not to block Iran’s nuclear aspirations but to realign US Middle East policy away from the Sunnis and Israel and towards Iran.
Given its goal of embracing Iran, the Obama administration had no interest in harming Assad, Iran’s Syrian factotum. It had no interest in blocking Iran’s ally Russia from using the war in Syria as a means to reassert Moscow’s power in the Middle East.
As both Michael Doran, a former national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration and Smith argue, when Obama was finally compelled to act against ISIS, he structured the US campaign in a manner than would align it with Iran’s interests.
Obama’s decided to work with the Kurdish-YPG militia in northern Syria because it was the only significant armed force outside the Iranian axis that enjoyed congenial relations with both Assad and Iran.
During his tenure as Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton hoped to revise the US mandate to enable US forces to be used against Iran in Syria. Bolton’s plan was strategically sound. Trump rejected it largely because it was a recipe for widening US involvement in Syria far beyond what the American public – and Trump himself — are willing to countenance.
In other words, the claim that the US has major influence in Syria is wrong. It does not have such influence and is unwilling to pay the price of developing such influence.
This brings us to the second flaw in the narrative about Trump’s removal of US forces from the Syrian border with Turkey.
The underlying assumption of the criticism is that America has an interest in confronting Turkey to protect the Kurds.
This misconception like the misconception regarding US power and influence in Syria is borne of a misunderstanding of Obama’s Middle East policies. Aside from ISIS’s direct victims, the major casualty of Obama’s deliberately feckless anti-ISIS campaign was the US alliance with Turkey. Whereas the US chose to work with the Kurds because they were supportive of Assad and Iran, the Turks view the Syrian Kurdish YPG as a sister militia to the Turkish PKK. The Marxist PKK has been fighting a guerilla war against Turkey for decades. The State Department designates the PKK as a terrorist organization responsible for the death of thousands of Turkish nationals. Not surprisingly then, the Turks viewed the US-Kurdish collaboration against ISIS as an anti-Turkish campaign.
Throughout the years of US-Kurdish cooperation, many have made the case that the Kurds are a better ally to the US that Turkey. The case is compelling not merely because the Kurds have fought well.
The Kurds are a tragic people. The Kurds, who live as persecuted minorities in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran have been denied the right of self-determination for the past hundred years. But then, the Kurds have squandered every opportunity they have had to assert independence. The closest they came to achieving self-determination was in Iraq in 2017. In Iraqi Kurdistan, the Kurds have governed themselves effectively since 1992. In 2017, they overwhelmingly passed a referendum calling for Iraqi Kurdistan to secede from Iraq and form an independent state. Instead of joining forces to achieve their long-held dream, the Kurdish leaders in Iraq worked against one another. One faction, in alliance with Iran, blocked implementation of the referendum and then did nothing as Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk was overrun by Iraqi government forces.
The Kurds in Iraq are far more capable of defending themselves than the Kurds of Syria. Taking on the defense of Syria’s Kurds would commit the US to an open-ended presence in Syria and justify Turkish antagonism. America’s interests would not be advanced. They would be harmed, particularly in light of the YPG’s selling trait for Obama – its warm ties to Assad and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.[...]
Here it is critical to note that Trump did not remove US forces from Syria. They are still deployed along the border crossing between Jordan, Iraq and Syria to block Iran from moving forces and materiel to Syria and Lebanon. They are still blocking Russian and Syrian forces from taking over the oil fields along the eastern bank of the Euphrates. Aside from defeating ISIS, these missions are the principle strategic achievements of the US forces in Syria. For now, they are being maintained. Will Turkey’s invasion enable ISIS to reassert itself in Syria and beyond? Perhaps. But here too, as Trump made clear this week, it is not America’s job to serve as the permanent jailor of ISIS. European forces are just as capable of serving as guards as Americans are. America’s role is not to stay in Syria forever. It is to beat down threats to US and world security as they emerge and then let others – Turks, Kurds, Europeans, Russians, UN peacekeepers – maintain the new, safer status quo.
The final assumption of the narrative regarding Trump’s moves in Syria is that by moving its forces away from the border ahead of the Turkish invasion, Trump harmed regional stability and America’s reputation as a trustworthy ally.
On the latter issue, Trump has spent the better part of his term in office rebuilding America’s credibility as an ally after Obama effectively abandoned the Sunnis and Israel in favor of Iran. To the extent that Trump has harmed US credibility, he didn’t do it in Syria this week by rejecting war with Turkey. He did it last month by failing to retaliate militarily against Iran’s brazen military attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations. Whereas the US has no commitment to protect the Kurds, the US’s central commitment in the Middle East for the past 70 years has been the protection of Saudi oil installations and maintaining the safety of maritime routes in and around the Persian Gulf. [emphasis added]
The best move Trump can make now in light of the fake narrative of his treachery towards the Kurds is to finally retaliate against Iran. A well-conceived, and limited US strike against Iranian missile and drone installations would restore America’s posture as the dominant power in the Persian Gulf and prevent the further destabilization of the Saudi regime and the backsliding of the UAE towards Iran.
As for Syria, it is impossible to known what the future holds for the Kurds, the Turks, the Iranians, Assad or anyone else. But what is clear enough is that Trump avoided war with Turkey this week. And he began extracting America from an open-ended commitment to the Kurds it never made and never intended to fulfill.
I thought I'd drag this one out of the archives. Sung to the tune of "My Darling Clementine":
He was a kleagle in a klavern
burnin` crosses for the Klan,
he`s a white trash 99er
glad his daughter isn`t tan!
He was born a West Virginin`
in a cardbord paper shack
as a boy he and his kin`un
made their clothes of burlap sack.
Robert Byrdie, Robert Byrdie
Robert Byrd, the Senate Dean
though he may be forced to say it
can`t believe Obama`s clean.
walked to school with snow a blowin`
in his bare or stockinged feet
through the coal piles that were growin`
as he stitched his first white sheet.
Robert Byrdie, Robert Byrdie
Robert Byrd, the Senate`s soul
found the Democrats appeal
beat the work of mining coal.
Went to Congress as a liberal
though he`d fought to segregate
now he guards the Senate`s conscience
while he sees that pork inflate.
Robert Byrdie, Robert Byrdie
Robert Byrd, we all agree
just ain`t nothin but a bumpkin
a West Virginia hillbilly!
He was a Kleagle in a Klavern
burning crosses for the Klan
sounds just like he left the tavern
and he needs to eat more bran.
Robert Byrdie, Robert Byrdie
Robert Byrd, Pro Tempore
thinks he`s bigger than ``white...peoples``
and that coloreds should obey.
On Facebook a fellow I happened to know from grammar school picked a fight (with another old school chum) over the "Southern Flip" by racists in the Deep South to the GOP. That is an old canard but this fellow (no doubt a good union man, as were almost all of the blue collar kids I grew up with) has bought it as Gospel. Here are his comments, and my rebuttal:
I think you know history and realize that the Republican and Democratic party basically switched platforms in the 1960's If you didn't you should do a little reading so you understand history.
I do not know your level of education or if either of you have taken any political science classes. Heather you are almost correct to say "the Democrat party is the one of the KKK, Jim Crow" that was their platform till around 1960 when both parties began to switch their agenda. Southern democrats left that party and became republicans, northern republicans left that party and became democrats. This did not happen overnight it took about a decade. The welfare plantation comment is completely unsubstantiated
Here is an article about Venus, how it was once more Earthlike but is now a horrible hellhole (sort of like Chicago). Venus got hot ultimately because the Sun got hot.
I love this quote from the article; it illustrates something that we global warming skeptics have always argued and that the True Believers aka the Gang Green refuse to admit:
Warner Todd Houston made the following observation:
The radical gay movement is a perfect example of how liberals lie.
-In the 60s gays said they only wanted to be left alone to do whatever they wanted in their own bedrooms. But they said they didn't care about the right to get married, they didn't think it was OK for grown men to have sex with little boys, and they didn't want to impose themselves on everyone else.
-Then they wanted the right to marry, but they said it was just for their own community and they would never impose their ideas on others.
-Then they got marriage and wanted to force everyone else to observe and celebrate their choices by forcing religious people to cater to their desires.
-Then they wanted mentally disturbed people who are one sex, but claim to be a different sex to be given set asides and deference.
-Then they began demanding that their lifestyle be taught to school kids and held up as normal.
-Then they wanted laws made to punish anyone that disagrees with them. And they wanted sex with children to be OKayed.
The fact is, where we are today is where they wanted to be in the 1960s. They just lied to get there.
This is how liberals work. They always say in the beginning that "all they want" is one, simple thing. But they then keep adding, pushing, ad moving the goal posts. THIS is why liberals should NEVER be compromised with. They are liars.
October 11, 2019
Planned Parenthood is on the ropes, particularly in Missouri, where they have largely been run out of the state. In order to capitalize on that fact, the baby butchers have been secretely building a mega abortion mill in Fairview Heights, a suburb of St. Louis.
From the Belleville News Democrat:
The narrow stretch of public right of away next to a drainage ditch did not deter the crowd of hundreds of people who rallied Wednesday outside the new Planned Parenthood clinic in Fairview Heights that will open later this month
The clinic will offer surgical and medication abortions, as well as family planning services, annual exams, sexually transmitted infection testing and HIV prevention.
It was built in secret in order to keep protesters away and to keep the project on schedule.Interesting; they tried to build this in secret. And it is a sign of desperation. The article continues:
Construction of the clinic took place as abortion access is being restricted in Missouri, but expanded in Illinois. Missouri’s only licensed abortion provider, the Planned Parenthood location on Forest Park Avenue in St. Louis, will continue providing surgical abortions. That facility is involved in a battle over whether it can keep its license.
Planned Parenthood is also fighting Missouri in court over its new law to criminalize abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction pausing the abortion ban while it is litigated.
"This facility behind us is not a victory for Planned Parenthood, it is a sign of desperation,” said Mary Kate Knorr, the executive director of Illinois Right to Life.Indeed it is.
But it will not be if the Democrats manage to successfully impeach President Trump, or if they succeed at so damaging him the Republicans stop moving forward any of his appointees to the courts. The Big Kahuna will be Broomhilda Ruth Bader Ginsberg's seat. If Trump can appoint a pro-life Justice to that seat, we will have the first opportunity in almost fifty years to restrict or elminate this vile practice. Planned Parenthood (a monstrous misnomer) knows that. So do most Democrats, which is why they are so adamant about destroying Trump rather than riding him out.
In the meantime the fight is still on.
Warner Todd Houston goes into detail on how the so-called "whistleblower" has ties to Joe Biden and the Democrats.
How much you want to bet the media reports none of this?
Beto O'Rourke wants to pull the Catholic Church's tax exemption.
From P.J. Media:
Barack Obama's IRS may have targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny, but Obama never pledged to strip tax-exempt status from organizations that disagreed with his position on an issue.
Yet on Thursday, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) said he would strip tax-exempt status from any religious organization that supports traditional marriage, defined as one man and one woman. In fact, his position essentially amounts to a government preference for pro-gay marriage religious bodies that likely violates the Establishment Clause.
CNN's Don Lemon quoted O'Rourke's policy on LGBT issues, which states:"Freedom of religion is a fundamental right but it should not be used to discriminate."
"Do you think religious institutions — like colleges, churches, charities — should they lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?" Lemon asked.
"Yes," O'Rourke replied — to loud applause from the audience.I rather think this might be a good thing, insofar as it would perhaps finally wake the Catholic Church from her accomodationist
BTW, government control of the content of Sunday sermons began during the LBJ Administration;
They've been bought and paid for ever since, and the Catholic Church is one of the worst. They NEVER preach about Catholic doctrine on Sundays. They won't come out against abortion in any but the mildest ways, will not call out gay marriage or any other such thing. Politicians who promote abortion, for instance, are still welcome in the pews - a tacit acceptance of their anti-Christian beliefs.
Maybe losing the exemption would wake the slumbering heirarchy.
Of course, those tax exemptions are there because the Church is not a for-profit organization and it gives a lot away in charity. Of course, it also does not take money through any sort of normal income stream, but rather from donations. It's hard to see how Beto will be able to justify taxing the Church. But if they do the Church should tax HIM with ex-communication. O'Rourke claims to be a practicing Catholic.
If the RCC were even remotely true to her faith she would have kicked an apostate like this out long ago.
In a recent post by Dana Mathewson about the decline of America, an interesting discussion broke out in the message section. It is reproduced here.
Bill H. says:
"...by giving governments too much power over our lives."
I think that oversimplifies and, in fact, is only a small part of the problem. Today's generations suffer from moral, mental, and physical laziness. They believe in the proposition of the "participation trophy." They favor socialism because they think it means that no one has to work for a living. They think that they should not have to learn how to make change because the cash register will do that for them. That think that information comes from Twitter. A pox on them. more...
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