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:['link]
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
October 17, 2019
Democrats were for troop withdrawal before they were against it!
Democrats for Troop Withdrawal Now Highly Critical of Trump
Here are a few snippets:
The same year that Barack Obama and Joe Biden took over the White House in 2009, a general partnership formed that brought together Hunter Biden, son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, Christopher Heinz, stepson of then-Sen. John Kerry (later to be Secretary of State), and Devon Archer, a classmate of Heinz’s from Yale.
What did Hunter Biden put into the partnership except his father's name?
As conservative author Peter Schweizer details in his book "Secret Empires,” Biden and Archer, along with James Bulger of the consultancy firm the Thornton Group, took several meetings in 2010 with high-profile business and government interests in China. As Rudy Giuliani has pointed out, James Bulger is the nephew of mobster Whitey Bulger and the son of former Massachusetts state Sen. Billy Bulger.
Schweizer came across an account of the meetings posted by the Thornton Group — in Chinese — in which Chinese executives expressed their "warm welcome” to the "Thornton Group, with its US partner Rosemont Seneca chairman Hunter Biden (second son of the now Vice President Joe Biden).” According to the Thornton Group’s account — a copy of which Schweizer emailed to FactCheck.org — the purpose of the meetings was to "explore the possibility of commercial cooperation and opportunity.”
It is a documented fact that Hunter Biden did serve on BHR’s original board of directors while his father was vice president, but his attorney told the Washington Post that Biden was on the board of the advisory firm that did not directly invest, but instead advised those who did. The younger Biden, through his attorney, also denied doing any business when he accompanied his father to China, even though he set-up a photo with his father and one of his Chinese associates.
So, Joe Biden becomes Obama’s "point man” on Ukraine and suddenly Hunter gets a $50,000 a month seat on the board of a controversial Ukrainian energy company. Then Biden takes his son Hunter to China and Hunter’s company later inks a billion-dollar deal with China, but there’s nothing illegal going on say, Biden and his attorneys.Read the entire article; it gives a great view of what transpired.
Maryland Democrat Congressman Elijah Cummings has passed away. He was 68 years old.
The cause of death was merely given as "health challenges". He had been treated for heart valve problems in the past. Cummings was known to use a walker and motorized cart.
The man was a first rank POS and one of the worst partisans in Washington, and he had a lot to answer for when he met his maker. In spite of his illness he was one of the leaders trying to impeach Donald Trump, ignoring his family in favor of spending his last moments on Earth in a power struggle.
Sadly, but not unexpectedly, condolences poured in from Republicans. Liz Chaney had this to say;
Now, I don't see any point in speaking ill of the dead in such a circumstance, but why celebrate such a man? Cummings was as partisan as they get. While I feel sorry for his family, and hope his immortal soul eventually finds peace, I am not going to mourn his loss from this Earth. He did little good while here. His district is one of the poorest hell holes in the country, while Cummings himself has a net worth in excess of $1.3 million. (He had been heavily in debt, too, but suddenly was buying investment property and stocks at a prodigious rate.)
He had been the ranking Minority member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and ran interference for Obama there. He was Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He was a big supporter of Black Lies Muttered, er, Black Lives Matter.
Cummings was also corrupt. His wife - the Party Chair in Maryland - ran a pay for play scheme, selling influence with Cummings and nearly sending the old boy to prison. Naturally, once you are in the Establishment you don't go to the slammer, so Cummings got off on this.He also colluded with Lois Lerner to use the IRS to suppress opposition groups. Cummings was illegally receiving tax information from the IRS about True the Vote. And he used his power on the House Oversight Committee to protect Lerner and the IRS thuggery.
Cummings' wife also appears to have embezzled funds intended to fight child obesity. From the article:
The complaint said that Rockeymoore Cummings—who also is currently head of the Maryland Democratic Party and a former gubernatorial candidate in the state—may have misused funds from a multi-million-dollar grant to fight childhood obesity through her nonprofit Center for Global Policy Solutions and directed them instead to the for-profit consulting firm, Global Policy Solutions, LLC.
The complaint says that the two entities blurred the lines with shared office space and telephone lines, in flagrant violation of tax laws.
Ironically, given Rep. Cummings’s own dogged threats of subpoenas against the current White House over tax documents, another complaint cited against his wife’s operation was the refusal to turn over an IRS 990 financial disclosure form.I can't say he'll be missed. But then, his replacement is liable to be worse.
Postscript: I found NONE of this information from a Google search; had to go to Duckduckgo to get any of this. Also, none of it is in Cummings' Wikipedia page, either. Censorship? You betcha!
October 16, 2019
Robert Romano explains why we should stay out of Syria.
From the article:
The current operation by the Turks does mark an escalation, but it is also nothing new.
Within a week, Turkey has moved ahead with its invasion of Syria and fired nearby U.S. positions in Syria, highlighting the danger. The U.S. has since announced that almost all forces are completely withdrawing from that country.
On Oct. 14, Trump asked on Twitter very pointedly, "Do people really think we should go to war with NATO Member Turkey?”
That is actually a great question, and underscores President Trump’s relatively cautious approach to the Syrian conflict. Turkey has been a part of NATO since 1952.
When Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974, the U.S. arguably faced a far worse situation because it was two NATO allies, Greece and Turkey, in a conflict and even then the U.S. sided with Turkey. By comparison, this situation doesn’t come close.
Legally, whose side are we on? The NATO treaty says Turkey. We don’t have any treaty with the Kurds — their assistance in the Iraq war and later against Islamic State notwithstanding — and we certainly don’t have one to defend Syria from invasion by Turkey or anybody else. Nor does the U.S. officially recognize the independence of Kurdistan.
Now none of that absolves Turkey from its responsibilities under the United Nations Charter including obligations to maintain international peace and stability and to not invade other countries. But we’d have a hard argument to make, since Article I declarations of war and authorizations to use military force have not been used since 2001 and 2002, when authorizations to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq were adopted.
Turkey said they were going in and Trump was left to either leave U.S. troops in harm’s way or to deconflict and move them out of the way. He opted for the latter and has since threatened sanctions if Turkey does not limit its operations.
Read the whole article!
32% of black males will vote Trump, According to a new Hill/Harris X Poll.
That is shocking, and spells doom for the Democrats next year.
Of course, this was a matchup between Trump and a generic candidate, and those numbers will undoubtedly fall after the Democrats pick a candidate. Also, much can happen between now and then.
Still, the Democratic coalition never could allow for as little as a ten percent defection of black voters. If Trump manages to pick off a quarter of them it will be game over.
The Supreme Court has declined to take a case involving a public school teacher who is forcing Christian students to recite the shahada or receive a failing grade.
The shahada is a recitation of faith in Islam "there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet".
According to the article:
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the teacher did not violate the Establishment Clause.
Wood also had been forced to view a series of Islam-promoting PowerPoint slides, including one casting aspersions on Christians that said, "Most Muslims' faith is stronger than the average Christian."
The teacher's actions were condemned in court by the high school's content specialist, Jack Tuttle.
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Richard Thompson, Thomas More's chief counsel, said he's "not aware of any public school which has forced a Muslim student to write the Lord's Prayer or John 3:16: 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'"
"Yet, under the pretext of teaching history or social studies, public schools across America are promoting the religion of Islam in ways that would never be tolerated for Christianity or any other religion," he said. "It's disappointing that the Supreme Court did not take this opportunity to clarify the test which lower courts should use when ruling on establishment clause and free speech challenges to public school classes on religion."Yet the allegedly "right wing" Court refused to take this up.
A Christian teacher should now do likewise, making his class recite Biblical passages and then see if the Court still ignores this issue. I'll bet they do not.
In modern America some are more equal than others. If you are white, Christian, and male you have no rights at all in the minds of the Progressives.
After sending over a thousand people to prison for drug offenses, Kamala Harris now calls the War on Drugs a failure but at the same time wants to imprison drug manufacturers because people have misused painkillers.
From the Federalist:
Strange; these drug executives did nothing but sell a legal product. If anyone is guilty of anything it would be the liberals who promoted easy access to opioids back in the nineties.
Maybe Kamie needed a little help to get by as she was climbing to the top under Willie Brown.
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.
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