October 23, 2019
Well, well, well...would you look at this!
Looks like it was the Obama Administration that was colluding with foreign governments.
Now here is something I've proposed for a long time; our very own Republican Senator Josh Hawley wants to kick the bureaucrats out of Washington!
From the Federalist:
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have proposed new legislation to move 90 percent of federal agency jobs out of Washington, D.C. The "HIRE” bill aims to move jobs into the heartland and economically-distressed regions throughout the country.
Just one day prior to the bill’s release, Hawley received backlash from mainstream mediaoutlets for defending the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to move two sub-agencies to Kansas City, Missouri. Hawley was berated from insults ranging from "phony” to anti-Semitic.Look, there is nothing about the District of Columbia in the U.S. Constitution. It was done as a matter of convenience in a time when the individual states took great pride in themselves - and all wanted to be the seat of power. That isn't so important these days. Money is. And when you send all your money to a central point like Washington you create a system guaranteed to be both corrupt and oppressive.
I want our representatives in the House and Senate to work from their home districts and not D.C. as well. I see no reason why we cannot hold a virtual Congress. This would help reduce the influence of lobbyists and take a lot of the money out of governing. It would further break the social pressured; now there is an inner clique and if you don't behave you get kicked out. That sounds like little but in fact it is a powerful incentive to get Congressmen and Senators on the "right side". They didn't go to Washington to be ostricized. Also, it would reduce the authority the Parties have on their own members, who would be more accountable to the voters.
Getting the bureaucracy out would be huge as well.
Washington Delende Est! As long as Washington remains the seat of all power and money it will continue to govern against the will of the People and against our founding documents.
What part of "shall not be enfringed" is tripping them up?
From The Federalist:
One of the major problems with the SHEILD Act regarding free speech is a provision that allows the federal government to determine what is and is not "legitimate journalistic activities” for the purposes of protecting them from the provisions of the act. The obvious problem with this is that should the federal government decide a journalistic activity is not legitimate, it will have broad powers to silence it.
In addition to this concern, the bill creates a wide array of hoops for United States citizens wishing to engage in political speech to jump through. By making it more difficult to purchase online ads, the bill threatens to chill speech. Regular Americans should not fear federal prosecution for engaging in the political process.
It is not only the GOP that opposes these illiberal elements of the bill, and the bill itself, but also the ACLU, which in a statement said, "The SHIELD Act, as it currently stands, strikes the wrong balance, sweeping too broadly and encompassing more speech than necessary to achieve its legitimate goals.”
The Democratic bill frankly looks like a rehashing of the collapsed allegation of collusion against the Trump campaign. In short, it is a solution to something that we now know was not the problem.
Read it all at the Federalist.
OK - some of you should think this through before losing your collective minds...
Western Civilization is THE most successful organizing force, bringing
the most blessing and the fewest curses. Western Civilization is built
upon moral principles found in Judeo-Christian
Learning the source document of those precepts is not a bad idea.
Remember kids, Christians are real assholes, but to murder on an industrial scale you need to ut atheists in charge of government.
A word from Timothy Birdnow:
The Bible was taught in schools until the Progressives removed it out of a horrible misinterpretation of the First Amendment, which says "Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". That has nothing to do with teaching the basics of the Judeo Christian faith, or discussing the ethics thereof, or discussing the history of religion. The "separation of Church and State" is a phrase that came from a letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Church, where Jefferson spoke of "a wall of separation" between Church and State, and that for the protection of the Church, not the empowerment of the State. Jeffereson was encouraging the good folks at Danbury to embrace the Constitution.
It was a protection FOR religion, not a club with which to beat religion.
Click the moore button to read the whole letter from Thomas Jefferson.
It appears the Hubble Space Telescope has seen a supernova blink out, suggesting it actually caught the creation of a black hole.
From Astronomy Mag
When a massive star expends its fuel, its core collapses into a dense object and sends the rest of its gas outward in an event called a supernova. What’s left is mostly neutron stars or black holes. And now, Hubble seems to have seen a supernova blink out — suggesting it captured the moment when a black hole took over.
So what exactly happened?:
While some supernova events are explosive and leave clouds of debris for thousands of years (aka nebula) like SN 1054, the star in question seems to have begun to explode and then had all its gas sucked right back into the black hole at the center. This can happen when the core collapse of the star is especially massive. Rather than exploding, the gas collapses directly into the core of the star.
Read the whole article; it's fascinating.
So what is a black hole? I wrote about it a few years ago in the old Birdblog. Click the More button to reread an old classic. more...
October 22, 2019
The Amazon Synod has been full of scandal. It started when the opening ceremony in the Vatican garden was full of earth worship and what appeared to be idol worship happening right in front of the pope with his blessing. One doesn't have to be an art major to recognize ancient fertility goddesses.
The ensuing outrage that occurred among traditional Catholics went unanswered by Rome. In the face of this silence, unidentified Catholics took matters into their own hands and walked into the church next to St. Peter's where the images were displayed and removed them and threw them into the Tiber.
This is exactly what the prelates who refused to explain themselves to the faithful deserved. The responses given to questions about the idols were completely incoherent. Life Site News reported,The precise identity of the mysterious carved female statue used in a ceremony in the Vatican Gardens is still unknown as the Vatican insists it signifies "fertility and life,” while volunteers where the statue is on display describe it as "Mother Earth” and "Pachamama.”
In response to a question from LifeSite at Friday’s synod press briefing, Paolo Ruffini, president of the Amazon synod’s information commission, reiterated that he believed the unclothed pregnant female statue, which indigenous people also carried in procession into St. Peter’s Basilica and has appeared frequently during the synod, represents a "symbol of fertility and life.”
Pachamama, or Mother Earth is a pagan idol. Period. There is no argument otherwise. It is the same fertility goddess to which ancient cultures sacrificed children. This is not a depiction of Mary the mother of Christ, as some have claimed. And if it were supposed to be, it would still be a scandalous depiction, violating the Church's standard of modesty and stripping Mary of her dignity by removing her clothes. Depicting Mary as a different race is common and acceptable. Depicting her as a naked fertility goddess is not. But even the bishops don't claim it is the Virgin Mary.
Bishop David Martínez de Aguirre Guinea of Peru tried to explain it, badly.Probably those who used this symbol demonstrated, wishes to reflect fertility, to women, to life, the life presence among these Amazonian people … and Amazonia is meant to be full of life. I don’t think we need to create any connections with the Virgin Mary or with a pagan element.[...]
The far left, neo-marxism taking over the Catholic Church has reached a boiling point and the faithful appear to have had enough. We have been watching bishops dither around, excusing themselves from investigations when it comes to sexual abuse, refuse to answer legitimate questions about the change in the death penalty teaching, divorce, and now idol worship. They're out of their minds. It's time for action. Congratulations to the brave souls who acted in the footsteps of Christ who took a whip and drove the unclean things out of the house of God. Father Mark Goring has posted a great video about what has occurred saying he is surprised it hadn't happened sooner.
After some confusion was expressed by casual observers of apparent hypocrisy in their denunciation of Dave Chappelle's most recent comedy special, liberals from around the country clarified that they only want black voices to be heard when those voices are saying liberal-approved things.Yep! Please go here https://babylonbee.com/news/liberals-clarify-they-only-want-black-voices-heard-when-theyre-saying-liberal-things to read the examples. It's a short article. While you're there, take a look around.
The offended white progressives asked black comedian Dave Chappelle to "keep it down" and "maybe not talk so much" after his comments made them feel uncomfortable, sources confirmed Thursday.
Proctor and Gamble has taken a proctological gamble. The makers of Always feminine hygiene products has removed the Venus symbol from the Always packaging at the demand of confused activists.
From Newspeak, er, Newsweek, er, Newsweak:
Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced it would remove the symbol from its packaging after a number of campaigners said that the image was not inclusive of transgender individuals who were assigned female at birth and use the sanitary products.
A number of feminists voiced their displeasure with the decision and said they would boycott the brand from now on, with some stating the move was part of a concerted effort towards the "elimination of women's biology."
The decision to make the change came after Ben Saunders, an 18-year-old trans activist from the U.K. who was named campaigner of the year by the LGBT charity Stonewall, wrote to Always on Twitter to complain in June.
Saunders' request was followed by similar calls from a trans activist known as Melly Boom on Twitter, who asked why it was "imperative to have the female symbol on their sanitary products?"
They added: "There are non-binary and trans folks who still need to use your products too you know!"Really?
First, if a trans is born a man but believes he is a woman then he still won't have a period and will have no need of this particular product. If he is a woman who thinks he is a man then he may need this product, but then he STILL is just a woman dressing and acting like a man. Either way, there are no actual men in need of this product. And even if we accept the argument that "transgendered men" have periods, doesn't that argue that a.they need hormones to stop it and b.they are at least still BIOLOGICALLY women - until they stop having periods? If they have periods they can get pregnant and have babies (possibly). That makes them women. There is absolutely no reason for P and G to acquiesce to these cross dressing activists.
Maybe I will sue for the right to wear a colostomy bag, or to have artificial legs marketed to people with two of them? As to the latter, there actually ARE people who don't think they should have certain limbs and seek to cut them off. They are called xenomelia, or Body Integrity Identity Disorder. They are mentally disturbed individuals who "see themselves as legless" and so why should THEY be discriminated against by the makers of artificial limbs? Shouldn't prosthetics be marketed to them as well?
For that matter, there are people who dress up as babies and wallow around in their own filth in cribs. It's a condition called Infantilism. Shouldn't Gerber take that cute little baby off their products? It's discriminatory against fifty five year old truck drivers who like to use their products while pooping their diapers.
Proctor and Gamble should be ashamed of themselves over this. And they aren't going to increase sales by one penny, as the people demanding they remove the Venus symbol are not buying feminine hygiene products anyway.
It amazes me how political correctness has come to dominate big corporate culture.
Be that as it may, I find it delicious that the Feminists are angry about tthis pucillanimous move by P and G. The article continues:
Feminist campaigner Julie Bindel told The Mail on Sunday: "Removing the female symbol from sanitary towel packaging is basically denying the existence of women. We're now moving towards the total elimination of women's biology. The women's symbol has been used by feminists for decades.
"This is pure cowardice and virtue signalling from these big corporate brands who are capitulating to the trans agenda."She's right, and for once I find myself on the side of the Feminazis; it is a full frontal assault on femininity. But what right does the feminist community have to complain? THEY argued there was no qualitative difference between men and women for decades (but that the female role was superior as a social construct) and they wielded femininity as a weapon of the war between sexes, and now that sword is proving to be double edged. Having won the war, women are now finding men wanting to be women. They have claimed "men are pigs" and "toxic masculinity" is such a problem, so why be surprised to find men horning in on their feminist turf?
You've come a long way, baby! Is this actually where you hoped to be?
So now feminine men are making an end run around feminist women. You demanded the right to usurp the male role, now you don't like it that some men are usurping the female. Turnabout is fair play, m'dears!
So, put the people who broke it in charge of fixing it? Isn't that exactly what you WOULDN'T do in any situation? Would you go back to a doctor who made you sick? To an accountant who got you put in Federal prison for tax evasion? I mean really!
Elizabeth Warren promises to fire Betsy Devos and replace her with an Education Secretary who "will listen to our public school teachers"
Meaning she wants a union thug in the position, one who will implement all of the radical Progressive ideas like Common Core, transgenderism, and the rest. And the parents and the general public who fund education will get no say.
October 21, 2019
Here is the winner of the Captain Obvious award:
Shoplifting soars as prosecutors back off
From the article from CWB Chicago:
A CWBChicagoexamination of Chicago Police Department data found that retail theft cases are up sharply in recent years across the city and in its busiest shopping corridors.
The increase comes as Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx makes a public effort to back away from retail theft prosecutions. Attorneys in Foxx’s office are instructed to not pursue felony charges against shoplifting suspects unless the value of the pilfered merchandise exceeds $1,000. That’s three times the $300 felony threshold set by state law.
Since Foxx was elected in November 2016, retail theft reports are up 20% across the city. Along the posh Rush Street shopping district, reported incidents have more than doubled. And on State Street, famed in movie and song for its shopping opportunities, retail theft cases are up 32%.Whoda thunk it? Why, nobody ever knew enforcing the law actually made crime go down!
Hat tip; Tim McNabb
An old school chum - Mike K. - makes the following observation:
If this is allowed than why not reinstate Lance Armstrong and all of his records. Isn’t cheating, cheating ?
Transgendered Cyclist Keeps Smashing Records
Warner Todd Houston directs our attention at this:
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney Caught with Fake Twitter Account Used to Attack Detractors
This from Tim:
Romney is a sneaky, underhanded weasel. We should be grateful he lost the election, I suppose. While we would not have moved so far left with his mitts on things, we still would have continued the endless leftward roll. It was the embarrassment of the GOP's last two nominees - McCain and then Romney - which started the rebellion against the Ruling Class RINO wing. Whether you love or hate or are indifferent to Donald Trump, at least you have to admit he was an attempt to break the ankle of the boot on our throats. THAT was long, long overdue. America needed to rebel against those who have killed the golden egg laying goose a long time ago.
Today marks the anniversary of the death of John Scopes. You may remember him; the Dayton Tennessee school teacher who answered the ad to test Tennessee's law banning the teaching of Darwinism as Gospel in public schools (the Butler Act). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sought to challenge the law and Scopes answered their ad, agreeing to be the face of the "resistance". William Jennings Bryan prosecuted the case, and Scopes was defended by Clarence Darrow. The case was made famous by the propoganda play "Inherit the Wind" which falsely portrayed Bryan as a religious nut who was humiliated by Darrow on the witness stand. The reality is Bryan argued the case from the perspective of States Rights, and Darrow did get some barbs in after calling Bryan to the stand but Bryan held his own.
At any rate, during the Great Darwin Battle over a decade ago (in which I got into a nasty fight with some radical Darwinists, most especially the God-hating atheist P.Z. Myers) my brother Brian - a college history professor - wrote about the Scopes trial. I thought it would be helpful to reread it. Click on the More button below to read it all.
Click here to read the original post at the old Birdblog - with comments. We have a good, lively debate in the comments section. See Darwin's Inquisition, my temporary blog to deal with the whole Darwin war, for more.
And this Gospel shall be preached unto all the Earth, and then shall come the end.
Christianity is growing - well faster than replacement levels. Atheism is declining.
As tragic as this is - and it really is - I am not sure that any of the troops withdrawn would have prevented this - I don't think any of them were on protective detail.
Kurdish female politician, who worked to unite Christians, Arabs, Kurds, executed in Syria
From the article:
Hevrin Khalaf, a female politician who worked to unite Christians, Arabs and Kurds in Syria was among nine individuals executed by a Turkish-backed group in the northeast region of the country, according to a human rights monitor.
Khalaf, the 35-year-old Future Syria Party’s secretary-general, was "taken out of her car during a Turkish-backed attack and executed by Turkish-backed mercenary factions,” along with her driver, said the political arm of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, local media reported.
"This is a clear evidence that the Turkish state is continuing its criminal policy towards unarmed civilians,” it added.
On Twitter,Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, spoke of Khalaf’s efforts to foster tolerance in Syria and condemned her death as a "war crime.”
Went to Rock Eddy Bluff Farm for my birthday. Wonderful, remote place with very private, isolated cabins on the bluffs overlooking the Gasconade river in central Missouri. I would have gone to the Ozark Hilton, but my dear wife is spoiled rotten, demanding such wild luxuries as electricity, indoor toilets, and running water, so we compromised and went to REBF.
Cat and I had gone there what seems like five years ago but was actually probably twenty. The owners are very nice people who really enjoy living out the the sticks. They have some very nice cabins, some with electricity and water and some without (we opted for the former, of course.) They are equipped with everything; just bring your food and you are set. We brought some good steaks for Friday and some bratwurst and hot dogs for Saturday. They supplied breakfast - left eggs, potatoes, onions, etc. for a hearty morning meal. I took the precaution of bringing bottled water, but their water was fine (I figured it would be moldy tasting well water.) While they had a wood stove they also had electric baseboard heat. It was not exactly glamping but it was easy living camping. I could make do living in a place like that (I doubt my dear sweet wife care for that simple life, though.)
They didn't have any normal television, but they did have streaming Netflix and I spent the evening hours binge watching Breaking Bad (never saw it) and drinking my Makers Mark or the wine I brought. Wonderfully relaxing!
Speaking of wine, we stopped in St. James and hit the Meramec Vineyards winery. The wines weren't that great, and I had wanted to go to Heinrichhaus winery instead, but it was a bit too far off and I wanted to make sure it didn't get too late before we arrived. So I grabbed a bottle of Norton and Chambourcin and added it to my port and Bourbon collection. Had the Norton with my rib eye, and the Chambroucin with the hot dogs.
About the only thing I actually did was hike down to the river (well, some of the way down; I realized I would never make it up alive so turned around - and barely made it up alive - tough climb! They did put benches along the trail so you could rest, but I still feared cardiac arrest by the end of the hike.)
At any rate all I did was barbecue, drink whiskey, sit on the porch, smoke my Dominican cigar, and watch Breaking Bad. Wonderfully relaxing!
Unfortunately the truck wouldn't start when it was time to leave! I had to call AAA and get towed the hundred twenty plus some-odd miles back home. Miserable ending, but it worked out. I could have been at the Ozark Hilton where no tow truck could reach, so I was lucky. (Never had any mechanical troubles with that vehicle until yesterday. Was it trying to tell us we should stay there?) I was very thankful to get home and took a three hour nap. It was a tiring weekend, for certain! But well worth it. I always love getting away from the massing throngs. I didn't hear one siren, or even a car other than the ones owned by our hosts. It was so very peaceful!
I understand the addiction some people have for true rural living. With modern technology it's possible to live as well as any city dweller. I would move out to the sticks today if I didn't have an army of medical professionals insisting I visit them every month. Baahh! A pox upon them! But they are keeping me alive and making sure I can still see. If I were to move out to the country I would have a hard time getting my medication, seeing my doctors, etc. It's a pity; I'm stuck with the herd. Oh well.
At any rate, that's where I've been.
October 20, 2019
Me too, sir, me too!
From the vast right-wing conspiracy to the vast Russian conspiracy — Hillary Clinton has journeyed a long way in her tinfoil hat over the last 20 years, and the road has been all downhill.
And now the failed kleptocrat is all in on the blame game, naming names, throwing everybody under the bus, especially liberal females.
And the most delicious part is that the accused Russkie assets are firing back.
Take it away, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI.
"Great! Thank you, @Hillary Clinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain.”
I wish I’d written that last sentence. It is a perfect summation of Hillary’s 72 squalid years on the planet.
Ouch! That was a zinger for sure!
She was on a podcast with an Obama stooge named David Plouffe when suddenly she began ranting about the perfidious Russians, or Republicans, or somebody. She went full Joe McCarthy. The only thing missing was her waving around a list with a bunch of names of "known Communists” on it.
"They’re going to do third-party again,” Hillary hissed. "I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic Party and are grooming her to be their third-party candidate.”
Grooming her? You mean, like Bill Clinton… groomed Monica Lewinsky?
The rest of this wonderfully snarky article (I wish I could write like this person does -- if I could I wouldn't have to pirate other peoples' stuff) is found here: https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/10/19/tulsi-gabbard-fights-back-against-comrade-clintons-smear-attempts/ Please read it and have a great time with it!
"She’s a favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far. That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she is also a Russian asset.”
Jill Stein a Russian asset? The Green Party presidential candidate in 2016 led the "recount” effort after the election. Granted, the attempt was kinda half-hearted, except for the fundraising piece. But still, Stein spearheaded the left’s first attempt to derail Donald Trump, even before the faithless electors, the emoluments clause, the Logan Act, the 25th amendment, the Russia hoax, the Ukraine hoax …
Now, though, Jill Stein, the Betsy Ross, the Rosa Parks of the Resistance, is a "Russian asset.”
Tulsi, though, was even more thoroughly slimed. She’s hanging in on the presidential field by a fingernail, at 2 percent or less in most polls. Yet right before the CNN debate last week in Ohio, the New York Times ran what Tulsi described as a "Greatest Hits” smear piece on her, describing her as "a potentially useful vector for Russian efforts to sow division within the Democratic party.”
In her response tweets, Tulsi went straight at Hillary:
"From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know – it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine afraid of the threat I pose.”
Remember, Hillary is the one who signed off on selling Russian-connected parties 20% of the US uranium supply, after which the Clinton Foundation got more than $100 million in "donations” and Bill pocketed $500,000 cash for speeches to Moscow banks controlled by Putin-allied oligarchs.
Why would the Russians have ever supported Donald Trump when they already knew that they could, uh, do business with the Clintons? They say Vladimir Putin is a gangster, and he probably is, so let me ask you: since when do gangsters want to replace crooked cops they’ve already bribed, and therefore own?
Why take a chance with a potentially honest new cop on the beat?
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
October 18, 2019
I'm going to take a day or two off; today marks the anniversary of my abrupt entry into this world, and I want to unplug for a day or two. Dana and Jack will hopefully keep y'all company (a little Ozark Hilton lingo) in my stead.
I bought a bottle of Makers Mark and some Missouri Port wine and intend to enjoy them both, along with some fine cigars from The Hill Cigar Company.
Lester Dolt, er, Holt had this to say about the Turkey/Kurd situation:
On Facebook a bit of an argument erupted over Trump's pullout from Syria. A guy named Jeff observed:
There were only 50-100 troops they all would have been what... Slaughtered ? Sometimes allies need to be reconsidered...
A woman named Mandy snarkily replied:
A guy named Mike jumped in:
Our old buddy Wil Wirtanen replied:
- Mandy your claim that we "aren't jack ship without our allies" is undefensible. In point of fact our allies aren't "jack ship" without US. WE are the ones who do all the heavy lifting in the world. We pay all the bills. Ask yourself; are the Chinese nothing because they don't involve themselves in everyone else's wars? You need to look a little closer at modern history.
- BTW, the Kurds are not a monolithic bunch. In fact, the PKK are MARXISTS and we are idiots if we help them. There are some who are Islamists too. It's like thinking all Native Americans were the same and then trying to eliminate them as we did in the Nineteenth century. There was no "indian" but a whole lot of different nations. You want to lump the Kurds together in the same fashion then say we "abandoned" them. It is not so
- Alliences are not marriages. Oh, and who cares what the architects of bad policy think, Michael Austin? And by "everyone in Washington" you mean all the journalists and Democrats, don't you! Look around; people like Rand Paul are on board with Trump's actions. You haven't heard of any of them because the media dutifully doesn't report them.
- It is fair to disagree with this policy, but it should be done because being IN Syria is good policy, not because you simply hate Trump and oppose him to oppose him. Our Syria policy has been rudderless since Obama/Clinton started pushing for regime change there. We have no long term plan - just endless warfare in a civil war that is not our own. Had we not gotten involved in the first place and created a power vacuum we would not have seen the rise of ISIS, the invasion of Europe by "refugees", or the troubles the Kurds are facing. As it is, we have to have an exit strategy, and people who opposed Bush in Iraq now demand Trump continue endless war. If you really believe that, that is fine, but you have to explain what we are trying to accomplish, how we will do so, and how we will get out.
- You demanded it of Bush when he intervened; why not ask that of the Democrats now?
An important move from the DOJ.
Site Unseen: DOJ Crashes Global Port Network
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