June 24, 2022

Biden as Ron Burgundy

Bryan Alexander

At his press conference yesterday, President Biden had a printed card telling him to enter the room ("YOU enter the room") and to sit down ("YOU take YOUR seat"—yes, they even capitalized the word "you" for him!), and of course, to leave before taking any questions from the press. (I also noted that this card wasn't just something printed out on a desktop computer, but it was professionally printed on a specially sized cardstock—how much money does that cost, just for his "instructions" for everything he does every day?) This guy has NO business being president. (Although neither does his "back-up," that idiot whore, Kamaltoe.)

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Ukraine in Retreat

Bryan Alexander

The French newspaper "Le Monde" (The World) is reporting this morning that the Ukrainian Army is retreating from Sievierodonetsk : "Les soldats ukrainiens ont reçu l’ordre de se retirer de la ville, où des combats féroces ont lieu depuis des semaines." (Ukrainian soldiers have received the order to withdraw from the city, where ferocious combat has taken place for weeks.) Bureaucratic red tape has delayed getting promised weapons from Western European countries. It would be a tragedy—and an avoidable tragedy—if Ukraine loses the war not because enough military aid wasn't sent, but because it was sent too late.

Despite what a minority of Americans (and even some so-called conservatives) think, the war in Ukraine is very real and will very real consequences for the United States if Ukraine loses. Nor is Joe Biden doing NEARLY enough to help them. He's doing JUST enough to make himself look "presidential," and to attempt to distract the public from his absolute failure at everything else, and no more. His radical leftist administration really don't give a damn about Ukraine—they probably admire Putin for having dictatorial control in Russia.

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Putting the Men in Meningococcal

Timothy Birdnow

Making up for lost time I guess.

Or is the CDC plotting to reimpose the lockdown protocols that gave the Democrats the last election?

From Fox:

Florida meningococcal outbreak among gay and bisexual men is one of worst in US history: CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating one of the worst meningococcal outbreaks among gay and bisexual men in U.S. history, according to a recent press release.

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SCOTUS Strikes Down Gun Control Law in NY

Timothy Birdnow

More good news! The Supreme Court has struck down a draconian firearms law in New York.

The New York law, which restricted concealed carry in the state and only allowed gun licensing for people engaged in hunting, does not pass the muster of Constitutionality, according to a majority of Justices.

From the NPR article:

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative supermajority on Thursday declared for the first time that there is a constitutional right to carry a handgun in public for self defense. By a vote of 6-to-3, the court struck down a century-old gun law in New York that limited licenses to carry a gun outside the home to people carrying them for sports like hunting or shooting, and those with a special need, like messengers carrying cash.

The court's decision is the most sweeping to date, and will shake up gun regulation across the country, making it far more difficult to defend rules that limit guns in public places.

Writing for the court majority, Justice Clarence Thomas said that "the constitutional right to bear arms in public for self defense is not a second class right subject to an entirely different body of rules," and just as the First Amendment doesn't allow the banning of unpopular speech, the Second Amendment is not limited to people who can demonstrate a special need to carry a gun in public.

Finally, SCOTUS is returning to actually observe the Constitution and not simply apply it's own opinions to the law.

God bless the Conservative majority on the Court - and God bless Donald Trump for appointing the three members who made this possible.

This is exactly why it was important for him to win in 2020, and why it will be doubly important to win the next election.

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Where Art Thy Sting? Roe V Wade at an End

Timothy Birdnow

Here are two poems marking the end of Roe v. Wade:

Death no Longer Rules

Today the oven cools
the ghoul no longer drools
Today the blood no longer pools
today death no longer rules

For half a century the pale horseman trod
Dead children strewn where he did nod
He took their lives with salt and rod
beyond fear of man or God

His disciples may be shocked
but God will not be mocked

He heard the cries of children dead
He heard the lies, saw their severed heads
the buzzing flies, the worms well fed

Their innocent blood screamed quite a din
demanding an end to this grave sin

And so the Creator of all that might be
set forth His hand over land and sea
He moved the hearts of the land of the free
who turned to Him on bended knee

Who dare fight Him, who dare stand
When the great Creator heals the land?

The prayers of tiny silent souls
like bearers of white hot flaming coals
burned terrors to idols made of gold
the day of reckoning soon to unfold

Unclean birds may all be flocked
but God will not be mocked

And on this day the prayers we'd pray
to end the ride of the rider gray
have come to fruition by the mighty Physician
our act of contrition
has improved our condition

With thanks from our rank
corpses no longer stank
butchers no longer yank
of their blood no more drank

Let's uncover our head for our children now dead
prayers in thanksgiving said
before we climb into bed

This isn't the end of the battle
they see us as cattle
but the cribs will now rattle
and the babies will prattle

Death and Hell will have no place
the final victor will hide his face
the bell not tolling for this special place
the wolf not giving chase

Or so we can hope.

Here's a one  on the end of Roe:

Roeing the River Styx

by Timothy Birdnow

Blind men wearing black
dined on flesh off children's back

Massacred the most very weak, repeatedly, conceitedly
foul birds pecking with beak greedily, speedily
wrecking small bodies as they speak.

Turning, turning, turning in unmarked graves, or burning and blowing as ashes in the wind
slaves to the black robes and their parents' sin

The communion of Hell
never turns out well
when souls you will sell
your guilt just won't quell

Young girls their prey
these riders gray
brought Death and Hell to the land
to applause and cheers or so it appears
and the gaity of marching bands, clapping hands

Oh how many bowels
have they filled with the souls
of unborn children dead, red, fed to the worms, burns on their salt-scorched head?

How many cried as the young unborn died? How long did they wait
for the end of debate, for the bloody hunger to abate, sate, for the fire to oblate?

To avoid any trouble they vanished under  rubble, their corpses now stubble
woebegotten, forgotten, the flesh melted and rotten

Roeing the great river Styx
rowing, blowing, going down into the abyss
the dead never missed
the children never kissed

Dressed as famine they brought death
as death they brought sin
as sin they brought a fifty year war only now we can win.

But win we will; they ate their fill
the worm is turning as the bodies stop burning, the yearning of the horseman at an end, we mend the wound in our nation's heart
it may only be a start but the reign of pain is coming to an end


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Margaret Sanger's Ovens Cooled

Timothy Birdnow

Today is a good day; a very, very good day!

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in landmark opinion

David has slain Goliath!

It took 49 years, but the personal desire that masqueraded as a SCOTUS ruling is finally kaput!

And while this overturns the Federal mandate forcing states to allow abortions any time during before "viability" - a complete farce as unborn children can live on their own much earlier now thanks to improved care - it in no way bans abortion, merely allows states to set their own laws.

It's a triumph for Federalism. This always was and should have been a states rights affair, not a matter for an intrusive central government.

The Roe ruling was full of dubious concepts. It created a so-called "right to privacy" out of thin air, as part of the "penumbra" of the Constitution. It set entirely arbitrary lines, dividing pregnancy into trimesters which had no real basis in biology. Roe along with Casey was zealous in not permitting the most mild restrictions - like a waiting period (something the Left demands for gun purchases) or the woman seeing an ultrasound.  The very fact that the supporters of this bad law went to such extremes to safeguard abortions showed that it never was about the mother.

It was about the power of life and death and the authority of those in power to determine that.

I wrote about this in the Terri Schiavo incident years ago. Schiavo, a woman allegedly brain dead, was facing having the plug pulled by her husband, and her parents wanted her kept alive. The fury of the Left in this case astonished many Conservatives; they couldn't understand why the Left was so rabid about killing poor Terri. I explained it here.

The Left loves death because it gives them the illusion of equality with the Creator.

At any rate, this ruling should cheer even abortion supporters who are Constitutionalists and believe in Federalism. It puts the decision back in the hands of the People and takes it out of the hands of the black robes. And now the pro-abortion side will have to actually present a cogent argument in defense of their position; for too long they've skated along because it was imposed deus ex machina fashion, like one of those Medieval plays where the angel comes down and gets the protagonist out of trouble.  Now both sides will have to compete on a level playing field (well, as level as a playing field can be with the media spewing lies to tilt it.)

At any rate, today is a day for celebration! For almost fifty years the pro-life people have prayed, asked God to overthrow this moral evil. And now He has answered that prayer.

And through this may well restore America. Has the last few years been the birth pangs of our deliverance? The devil certainly had great wrath - that is a sign you are over the target, when you are taking flak.

So hoist a glass of whatever you like to drink today and remember the dead babies piled up, and know that at least some of those who would have wound up in Margaret Sanger's ovens will now grow into the people they were always intended to be!

Here are a couple of poems I wrote on the subject:

The Mothers Day that Wasn't

by Timothy Birdnow

Happy mothers day
I'm the child you sent away
Did you count the cost
when my life was lost?
Have you nothing more to say?

Was it really so very much to give
a few months of your time so I might live?
I would have loved you more than you would know
now the flowers bloom and grow

Was I not worth even hating?
a useless product of your mating?
ripped right out of your warm womb
you shed no tear upon my tomb

Happy mothers day
enjoy your life - I've gone away


The Witches

by Timothy Birdnow

In dead of night the witches creep
like spiders in a bed.
In dread delight their riches reap
from young girls they`ve misled.

With lies their Devils Plot unfurls;
cajoling with forked tongue
the Witches try to trick young girls
into murdering their young.

They claw inside scared mothers womb
the unborn child their feast.
Denied the covers of the tomb
forelorn, defiled, deceased!

Stoke the furnace hot with coals!
The unborn won`t be missed!
Pour out the bowls of children`s souls
Hells` scornful Eucharist!

Then take the head; the blood runs red!
While wet with death, the Coven
they bake their bread of children dead
in Margaret Sanger`s oven!

And they devise to hide the cries
of the myriad tiny souls
whose blood decries the Witches lies
while their bodies rot in holes!

Young mothers used and then discarded
are tossed aside, confused
while at great cost and broken-hearted
they stand alone, accused.

To snuff out life before a breath
In a land where evil`s good
is Satan`s manna; the Bread of Death.
They`re called ``Planned Parenthood``.

And in the night they find delight
in Sin which brings forth Life,
then out of sight those wolves may bite
and murder with a knife.

In cursing God do all abet;
no supplication do they pray,
while with a nod and small regret
the Nation turns away.


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June 23, 2022

Biden calls for Gas Tax Holiday

Timothy Birdnow

Joe Biden is calling for a three month gas tax holiday to offer some relief to Americans being choked by his high prices.



It's just a gimmick. His own party always said so and won't pass it anyway.

What is a couple of dimes when talking about $6 a gallon gas? You have to produce fuel to make any real difference, and he won't do it.

From the article:

Biden's decision to call for a federal gas tax holiday -- a move once derided as a gimmick by Barack Obama and viewed skeptically by leading economists -- almost certainly won't make it through Congress, especially as it faces blowback from the President's own allies on Capitol Hill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopped short of endorsing the plan in a statement after Biden's remarks.
But he cast the move as a way to give some relief to families as he tries to find solutions to one of his top political problems.
"By suspending the 18-cent gas tax, federal gas tax for the next 90 days, we can bring down the price of gas and give families just a little bit of relief," Biden said in a speech from the White House.
"I fully understand that a gas tax holiday alone is not going to fix the problem," he continued, "but it will provide families some immediate relief, just a little bit of breathing room as we continue working to bring down prices for the long haul."
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Biden also called on states to take steps removing their own taxes on gas and diesel. And he told oil refining companies to increase their capacity ahead of their planned meeting this week with administration officials.
Combined, Biden claimed, the wish list could reduce the price per gallon of gas by $1. Yet that figure relies on a number of steps entirely out of the President's control -- not least of which is convincing a skeptical Congress to approve his plan.
In her statement after Biden's remarks, Pelosi did not commit to bringing a gas tax holiday up for a vote.
"We will see where the consensus lies on a path forward for the President's proposal in the House and the Senate," she wrote.

Now I'm all for getting rid of the gas tax, but he's not wanting to get rid of it, just suspend it until the election.

And he calls for more refining, but his EPA won't allow any more. In fact, they have squeezed several refineries out.  They shut down a major refinery in St. Croix (which supplied a lot of New York with fuel) and also one in Texas.

So how exactly are they going to ramp up production? With what?

This man is a monumental liar.

So he's taking steps to make it look like he is doing something about the problem he himself has caused.

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Basement Dweller Biden

Timothy Birdnow

While these numbers are bad, I don't believe them. I see no way Biden is above 40%.

Rasmussen, News Nation, and  Yougov all have it at forty or better. I don't think so.

Ipsos has him at 35% approval. That's probably closer to the truth.

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Russian Oil is Doing Just Fine

This courtesy of Frank Lasee:

India, China Purchasing More Russian Oil than Earlier Believed, Says U.S.

At the start of 2022, around two-thirds of Russian crude was being exported to Europe, now about 50 per cent of the nation’s oil is going to Asia

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Repeal the 17th!

Michael Smith

Republican Senator John Cornyn and his co-conspirators on the recent "bipartisan” gun control legislation are prime examples of why the 17th Amendment should be repealed – immediately.

It is the only way to stop the Senate from playing national politics and return senators to control by the state from which they come. Cornyn's collapse is just evidence of how politicians "grow" in office and eventually join the Deep State uniparty.

The original wording of Article 1, Section 3, paragraphs 1 and 2 in the US Constitution reads:

"The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.”

These words were superseded by Sections 1 and 2 of the 17th Amendment:

"The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.”

One of the most common critiques of the Framers is that the government that they created was, in many ways, undemocratic. There is little doubt of this, and it is so by design because our system of governance was designed as a representative republic, not a total democracy. The Framers recognized the tendency of total democracies to become mob rule, a tyranny of the majority.

Perhaps the most "undemocratic” of the provisions of the constitution were the Electoral College, the appointment of judges and, until April 8, 1913, when the 17th Amendment was ratified, the selection of Senators by state legislatures, rather than the direct vote of the citizens of the several states.

Of course, anything to do with politics is fraught with the opportunity for corruption, and this senatorial selection process was no exception. This process was rotten with bribery and corruption and consecutive state legislatures sent different Senators to Congress, forcing the Senate to work out who was the qualified candidate. To try to vest the choice in the body of the people, several of the states created a referenda process by which the people recommended candidates to the state legislatures by popular vote, leaving the legislatures to approve the successful candidates and send them on to the Senate

The 17th Amendment allegedly did away with all the ambiguity with a simple premise – it changed the way Senators were selected by shifting the selections away from the state legislators and remanding that process to direct election by the citizens of the states.

But far from eliminating corruption, this change just introduced a different set of problems. First, it made Senators relatively more loyal to their parties than their States and turned the Senate into the "Greater House of Representatives ”. By nationalizing the Senate, rather than representing the people of the state, Senators became little more than national legislators, divorced from the will of the people of their states. In a curious contradiction, the direct election of Senators by the people of the states largely took the power out of the hands of the people of those states.

The senatorial candidates now had to cater to millions of people within their state rather than just be selected by the state legislatures. As money chases power and power chases money, outside money flows into state senatorial elections with the intent of influencing national policy. It has been argued that the 17th is not a panacea, but it brought government closer to the people.

I’m not at all sure that is true. It simply shifted the problems and corruption to a different level, poured even more money into senatorial elections and further distanced the Senators from the oversight of the people they allegedly represent.

The Senate has been under attack by the leftists as being unrepresentativ e because each state, regardless of population, sends two senators to DC. They want to do away with the Senate or apportion senators by population. They also want to "pack” the Supreme Court. In a process typical of our times, these "solutions” are exactly the wrong ones.

Neither the Senate nor the Supreme Court should be "enlarged” – if anything is to be "enlarged”, it should be the House of Representatives .

The House was designed to always grow with population. From 1790 to 1910 Congress regularly increased the number of Representatives to reflect the growth in our nation’s population. The last increase pegged the number of Representatives to 435 after the 1910 Census when the total population reached 91 million. 112 years later, America still has only 435 federal Representatives even though the total population has more than tripled to around 330 million.

Using the ratio of 1910, the House should have 1600 members today.

Replacing 435 imperial-sized congressional districts with several thousand smaller, community-sized ones would have the effect of restoring political power to the people at the local level and ending incumbent domination of reelections, diminishing lobbyists’ influence, overcoming political-party control of government, maximizing individual liberty, and reducing the size of government.

Returning the selection of the Senators to the state legislatures by repealing the 17th Amendment, along with allowing the growth of House so that representatives are responsible for fewer than three quarters of a million people each, would restore balance in the federal government.

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Blood Batteries

Nikki Grace

Not long ago there was outrage over "blood diamonds", now little black boys are worked to death in mines to make EV batteries. Then the junking of these boondoggles poisons the soil and seeps into the water tables. EVs, 17th century windmill technology, dim solar and the attempts to kill hydrocarbon energy, the basis of modern civilization shows we have a plague of experts building useless things and no visionaries to see the consequences and the big picture

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2nd Not a Second Class Right

Timothy Birdnow

This from Justice Clarence Thomas:

"The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not "a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.” McDonald, 561 U. S., at 780 (plurality opinion). We know of ...

"... no other constitutional right that an individual
may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. ...

"... It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense."

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June 22, 2022

Same Old Story

This from Chester McAteer:

"History is only a tiresome repetition of one story. Persons and classes have sought to win possession of the power of the State in order to live luxuriously out of the earnings of others.”

—William Graham Sumner

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Danforth Seeks to Cost GOP a Senate Seat

Timothy Birdnow

Geriatric RINO Republican former Senator John Danforth is as bad as it gets.

Mr. Danforth has always meddled with Missouri politics and not for the better. It was Danforth who probably brought the old Charles Jaco tape to Media Matters that brought down the candidacy of Todd Akin, giving us six years of Claire McCaskill. (Danforth wanted a RINO and supported a no-name businessman; he hated Akin because he was too conservative).

Danforth also presided over the funeral of Tom Schweich, who killed himself over chronic Crohne's disease. Schweich, a state auditor until his death, Danforth, an Episcopal priest, presided at the funeral.

BUT afterwards Danforth, in a vile display, accused Conservatives of bullying Schweich to his death.  Schweich was Jewish and Danforth tried to accuse Republicans of staging a "whisper campaign" against him.

No, it wasn't the suffering from Crohnes, the endless medications (he was taking something like 26 a day), the pain and the inability to go anywhere,  it was those racist bigoted right wing deplorable Tea Party guys!

Danforth said this at the funeral. It was like a reverse Paul Wellstone memorial service, only it was the billionaire Danforth, full of nobless oblige, attacking the trogladytes in his own party for daring to take a stand.

He hates Donald Trump and worked against him.

He called the modern Republican party a "grotesque characature"

Well, he's at it again, and this is a doozie.

Danforth is promoting a RINO run not as a Republican but as an independent.

The race for the U.S. Senate here in Missouri is nip-and-tuck between Missouri's former (disgraced) Governor Eric Greitens and State Attorney General Eric Schmidt.

Greitens, you may remember, was taken out by a Soros-backed BLM type prosecuting attorney in St. Louis, on charges of violation of privacy for taking sexually explicity photos of his mistress. It was a kangaroo court and Greitens was NOT convicted but he resigned to stop the abuse he was receiving.

I wrote about it here.

Greitens,a formerDemocrat, was not exactly a conservative, but he was more a populist along Trumpian lines, brash and bullish and he was a reformer. The state GOP turned against him because he wanted to rein in lobbying, and a lot of top Republicans were about to retire and take lobbying jobs.

So nobody took any action to save Greitens, and Missouri now has a RINO Governor, weak and feckless.

But Eric Schmidt has largely proven to be a good, solid Conservative.

But either way, these two are wholly unacceptable to the rampaging RiNO John Danforth.

So he's backing an independent run by attorney John Wood, a guy who sat on the January six investigatory commission.

In other words, a guy who is helping the Democrats take out the MAGA wing of the GOP.

(I would add the MAGA wing is merely the coalescence of all those disaffected with the last twenty or so years. It's the old Tea Party. It's the old labor Democrats. It's the working class and middle class. Not acceptable to Mr. Danforth.)

This will, of course, split the GOP and perhaps give the Democrats the Senate seat, but Danforth could not care less. The REAL danger is the Conservatives in his own party. Danforth never saw the Democrats nor the socialism creeping into this country as any sort of threat. He is the absolute worst sort of Quizling.

And he has billions of dollars to play with to promote the Rinoization of the GOP. And a RINO Republican party is at best a loser and in fact is fabian socialist.

But what does he care? He can retire to his gated community and pay private security to keep him safe while the rst of us face disaster.

The "Conscience of the Senate" they used to call him. I'm sorry but he's not Jiminy Cricket. He's more like the evil voice telling the schizophrenic patient to kill himself.

With friends like this...

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Hey Joe, Where Did You Go?

Richard Cronin

From a retired colleague, now living in Florida. Re: Biden’s frequent visits to Wilmington DE and Rehobeth Beach DE.

Who is Joe meeting with? It has to be people his handlers don’t want the public to know about. Meetings in his Delaware mansions aren’t subject to federal disclosure rules; there is no visitor log. Could he be meeting with doctors treating him with God knows what for dementia? Could he be meeting with agents of foreign governments he or his son have profited off of? Absolutely. There’s a reason they don’t want us to know.

Tim adds:

Strange; the media normally hangs on any President's every word and demands to know what they are doing. Imagine if Trump were just dropping off the radar! But now they are happy at the sound of silence. Suspicious, to put it mildly.

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Nut Jobs

If transgender men had gonads;
The external type that the lads
Have swinging around,
And not just a mound,
Then possibly they could be dads.

— D.N. O’Brien

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Lizzie Chaney took an Ax

Timothy Birdnow

Liz Chaney is in trouble in Wyoming.

As Liz Chaney Files for Reelection Poll from Rival Group Shows Her Trailing Badly

Her own state's Republican Party threw her out. She is still recognized by the national party, and she caucuses with them (I assume) but she's not a Republican as far as Wyoming is concerned.

Her actions were designed to play into the hands of the Democrats and she ahd to know that (growing up in politics as she did). Even if she despises Trump he was the President and from her own party. Also, she should understand that attacking Trump does not translate into votes for Republicans. Many sitting Republicans may face not being re-elected solely based on her behavior. She has to understand that, which makes her a traitor. The British never accepted Benedict Arnold after he sold out Washington and for good reason. She has done much the same. A snake in the grass.

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The Good Old Days

Michael Smith

I grew up in what many would call a "poor” household. My mom and dad made sure that I never wanted for anything but there were things that we just didn’t have that others did have. I can remember getting five pairs of jeans and a set of nice clothes at the beginning of the school year and that was my wardrobe for the entire year. I so wanted Levi’s but my mom always bought either Tuf-Nut or Sears Rawhide jeans because they had the reinforced knees that could stand up to the rigors of elementary school recess without ripping the first day.

I always wanted the Tuf-Nut jeans because they came with a pocket knife.

I can remember the first television that we had – it was a General Electric 19 inch black and white set from the 1965 Sears catalog. Even though we could get four channels – only three had reliable reception – WREG (CBS out of Memphis), WTVA (NBC out of Tupelo) and WMC (NBC out of Memphis). If we turned the antenna a bit when the weather was clear, we could get fuzzy reception of WHBQ, the ABC affiliate in Memphis.

The day my dad raised the antenna and those magical pictures appeared I thought it was quite possible that I had died and gone to heaven.

The second major event that I remember vividly was the day that our set of World Book encyclopedias came. That would have been in the spring of 1968. I was amazed by the knowledge and facts contained in those books. As you can imagine, with three channels of TV, two of which were the same except for the local news, there wasn’t a great variety of programming – and this is going to sound really nerdy – but I read that set of encyclopedias from Volume 1 (the "A”) all the way to Volume 20 (WXY and Z – not a lot going on at the end of the alphabet).

Beginning at the age of eight, my world was expanding rapidly. For a kid who was growing up on a farm with his nearest playmate about a mile away, those winter nights when it was dark by 6 pm were times to see beyond my chores and schoolwork. I consumed every bit of knowledge that I could. At the end of my third grade year in 1969, we all took writing, reading and reading comprehension tests – my parents were amazed that I was writing and reading at the 12th grade level.

But I still didn’t know I was "poor”. I was happy. I had a window to the world in the wonderful invention of TV and a store of worldly knowledge at my fingertips in that set of World Book Encyclopedias.

However, as I began to socialize into the middle school years, I became aware that there were things that my friends had that I did not. They did things that I had not done. Their moms dropped them off at school; I rode a bus for an hour to get there. They played sports after school, I had chores to do. In my immaturity, I became envious. I began to resent my upbringing as undeserving of me. I can remember the first moment that I felt "poor”.

The fact of the matter was that I placed that label on myself because I was measuring my worth by superficial means…by things and situations. In my early teen years, I became resentful of my parents and my upbringing. Why couldn’t they do more, why didn’t we have more, didn’t they understand that we were poor? Why would they do this to me?

I made the mistake of venting this childish resentment and anger in the presence of my grandfather late one afternoon as I was helping him work on his tractor.

That was one of the first turning points in my life.

He quickly pointed out that I had never had a moment of hunger; I had never lacked warm clothes. I had never lacked for care when I was sick. He pointed out that my dad was building a business, that took a lot of time and everything he was doing was for me. He pointed out that my mom had quit her job on the upholstery line at a local furniture factory to take care of me and to make a nice home for me. He pointed out that my parents needed my help and that was why they depended on me to work after school to help the family.

He also pointed out that I had never felt unloved – that I had a strong family around me that focused on my progression so that I had the chance to do better than they did.

He told me that because of them, I had the power to change my situation. He told me that instead of being envious, I should replace that envy with aspiration, that I should not resent my short family history, I should build upon what I was given and be thankful for it.

And that is exactly what I did. It was a hard lesson to learn at fourteen but the realization that came at that moment set in motion a series of events that I can now trace all the way back to that day. It would have been easy for my grandfather to ignore my resentment as a function of immaturity. It probably would have been far simpler for him to ignore it and hope that I grew out of it but in reflection, I think he knew that I was at a tipping point and I would either go through years of feeling sorry for myself or I would grow up and realize that I was free to change.

It occurs to me societies evolve with striking similarities to human life cycles. As the demographics and the cultures mature and fade, they are replaced by others at different stages of development and maturity. I would propose that we are currently the victims of a case of arrested development that started in the 60’s. Society has lived a carefree childhood where everything was free, every desire was catered to, there were no consequences and we got to eat ice cream for dinner.

My grandparents raised a family during the Great Depression, they knew what deprivation was. The Great Depression sobered the carefree and careless generation of the "Roaring Twenties”. This was a generation much like the Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y who had never really known deprivation and hunger – but unlike today, they experienced the harshness and cruelty as a result of the end of those heady days. Since the Clinton era, our political class and a willing electorate has elected "liberal” Democrats and "compassionate conservatives” who were nothing more than "progressives”, just holdovers from the days of Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive (or Bull Moose) Party.

The primary purpose of these "progressives” was to give everybody what they wanted and keep adding to the credit card balance to be paid at some undetermined future date. A key feature of this masquerade party is delaying the pain and in doing so creating a false reality that the party is perpetual.

The only difference between the Great Depression and today is the charade that the Federal Reserve, the Treasury and the elite political class is executing. It’s a Ponzi scheme, the mother of all multi-level marketing enterprises. It only works as long as the music keeps playing but once a single entity stands up and proves that we have been playing with worthless Monopoly money all along, the music will stop. That is why any dissent is met with such vitriol today – the powers that be know that this house of cards will tumble with the slightest puff of wind.

Add to that the pressure being applied as progressive social engineers remake American society in their own image, creating crises on both economic and social fronts.

I fear that the more that our elitist rulers continue to put this crisis off, the more the pressure builds – it is as if they continue to compress a great spring. Compressing a spring stores energy that will eventually be released.

To quote Herb Stein’s Law – if something cannot go on forever, it will stop.

My grandfather was the catalyst for me, I am left to wonder who or what will be the catalyst for America. I’m not hopeful that the spring can be released in a controlled manner. Will there be a crisis of unimaginable proportions exceeding the Great Depression?

Will a truly great leader rise from the ashes of such a conflagration?

Will American find another George Washington, another indispensable man?

I remain hopeful we will.

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Done Deal

Timothy Birdnow

Done deal.

Steven Crowder
@scrowder

Twitter's board approves
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Russia has Won?

Dennis O'Brien

Just my take:

Although considerably outnumbered on the extensive Ukraine fronts, the Russians are grinding the Ukrainians down with their logistical advantages, superior artillery and armour, and virtual full control of the skies. Their rocket and guided missile systems are also inflicting heavy losses on military positions throughout Ukraine. All this without the Russians mobilizing their reserves.

NATO under U.S. control effectively started this war by continually goading the Russians. They have known for decades that the Russians consider the eastward expansion of NATO to be an existential threat to the Russian Federation yet have been grooming Ukraine to be the next NATO member.

They have been doing this with the full knowledge that the Russians have said this is not acceptable under any circumstances. Add to this the failure by Ukraine to implement the Minsk 2 agreements, their continual bombardment of the Donbas since 2014, (14,000 killed), neo-Nazi control in high levels of the Ukraine administration, and the fact that 100,000 plus Ukraine troops were massing at the Donbas and Crimea borders, and the war was inevitable.

It is clear that the U.S. administration, facing a disastrous domestic economy, being led by a decrepit old fool and his corrupt helpers, and with the mid-term elections due later this year, needed a major distraction, and also wished to conduct a proxy war against Russia using the Ukrainians as cannon-fodder. Such a war, NATO (U.S.) seems to have reasoned, would bleed Russia to the point where the usual hope of the U.S. — Russian regime change, would occur.

This won’t happen. Putin has the vast majority of his people onside and the war is probably only strengthening his position. Russians are used to sanctions and tend to see them as a challenge to be overcome. Meanwhile it has become clear that the West has shot itself in the foot as the sanctions are back-firing.

Russia is now in control of the war and no one outside of the Russian Ministry of Defence knows what the final objectives of Russia in Ukraine are. They may stop once the Donbas is secured; they may proceed further to take Odessa and Transnistria as the Ukrainian resistance crumbles, or they may even take over all of Ukraine by various military and political means. It would be ironic if the Russians take the war down a gradual grinding route that over time, due to energy and goods inflation plus serious supply-chain problems, rebounds on, and weakens the U.S. and Europe.

— D.N. O’Brien

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