August 2, 2018

I love this new painting by John McNaughton. It describes exactly why people support President Trump.

From left to right: Nikki Haley, James Mattis, Ben Carson, President Trump, Jeff Sessions, Mike Pence, Melania Trump, Mike Pompeo, Sarah Sanders, Ivanka Trump, John Bolton, Kellyanne Conway, John Kelly

You may not like him personally, but I don’t think he cares much about that. He knows he’s been sent to Washington by the kind of ordinary folks Washington long ago stopped listening to: the men and women of America who work hard and want to see their interests given priority over that of the Beltway elitists, globalists, and insufferable leftists who despise this country, its traditions, and its rule of law under the cloak and guide of “tolerance”, “diversity”, and “acceptance”. Me? I don’t care about the so-called Russians. You want to know what I care about? This. And this.

In my view, you’re either with the President and his movement or you’re aligned with the same swamp creatures who seek only to protect their interests and power. The Trump Train is on track “get-outta-my-way”. Get on it. Get over it. Or get under it.

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July 9, 2018

Trump Derangement Syndrome, example 1,297,600. You read stories like this and this, and it’s hard to not agree with Michael Savage when he wrote that liberalism was a mental disorder. As Boston radio talk host Howie Carr is wont to say, “Your agony is my joy.”

…another thought: I’m betting that same putrid wallflower considers herself a feminist. I thought feminists considered themselves tough, strong, equal to men in every way. Frankly, this woman sounds like she needs a man to protect her from herself and tell her, “Suck it up, buttercup!”

Liberalism suicide watch. Some of them are pretty funny.

What’s really sad about today’s liberals and liberalism in general is their complete innate and inability to laugh at themselves, others, and the world around them. That’s what made comics like Bob Newhart, Rodney Dangerfield, and Don Rickles so funny back in their day. Just go out on YouTube and look some of their videos – even forty years later they are (as they say) LMAO. George Carlin was really good until the very end when much (not all) of his stuff became more angry than funny. But he still knew how to turn the screws – his routine on global warming remains a classic, and one of the funniest things you’ll ever hear.

Do you think in today’s culture Mel Brooks could have made The Producers or Blazing Saddles? Of course not. And Monty Python’s Life of Brian? When it came out, it was deemed outrageous and blasphemous at the time for its nativity beginning and crucifixion ending. You know what scene today would cause the greatest sense of outrage? This one. Because the least funny and tolerant people in the world are transgenders, who have been so spoon-fed liberalism from day one that they think they’re so damned special and that their rights trumps (excuse the expression) those of others. They’ve not only lost their sense of body, but of mind. You don’t believe me?

You know what conservatives did the day after Barack Obama was elected? They went to work and continued living their lives just as they did on the last day of George W. Bush’s presidency. Folks like the pathetic wallflower mentioned in the above are actually pretty sick folks. As are the ones who harass and terrorize folks simply because they are wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Because that’s what they are – terrorists. We’re nearly two years into Donald Trump’s presidency and liberals still can’t get over it. But this is what happens when you’ve traded your existence for the emptiness daily politics brings.

Elections have consequences. It’s time for liberals to grow up and get over it.

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June 28, 2018

Interesting article in City Journal about the goings-on in today’s European Union:

…The EU, that great construct of progressive centralism, he added, “is devoid of any character. European culture is in hiding, disappearing, without a soul.” Critical here is the precipitous decline of Christianity, the ideal that forged Europe’s premodern identity. Well over 50 percent of Europeans under 30 don’t identify with a religion; in the UK, the Muslim population could exceed Anglican Church membership within a decade.

Christianity’s decline, observed Tocqueville scholar Joshua Mitchell, represents a direct threat to European democracy. The great French writer, he reminded us, was Christian, and his descendants today remain committed to the Catholic faith. Christian values tempered the transition from aristocracy to democracy; Tocqueville saw Christianity as a constraint on the rampant individualism and materialism characteristic of democratic societies, which he had observed in the United States. Tocqueville, Mitchell suggested, “believed people have to have a culture, a place and a religion.”

Perhaps the most heated expression of demo-pessimism comes as a reaction to mass migration, notably from Islamic countries. The decision of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to open her borders to refugees from places like Syria and Afghanistan and the African continent has destabilized European sensibilities in a way not seen since the Second World War. Few speakers defended Merkel’s actions, reflecting almost three-to-one negative reaction to mass migration among Europeans. This opposition has helped nurture populist movements across the continent, including the new government in Italy. Unrestricted migration helped drive Brexit in the UK and sent many traditionally centrist voters elsewhere flocking to anti-immigrant parties, including some on the extreme, quasi-fascist right.

A couple of thoughts about this:

Of course, Christianity has only itself to blame for the “precipitous decline” mentioned above. Modern-day Protestantism is nothing more than watered-down, modern-day liberalism practiced on Sundays – by and large – by churches who have handed their legacy and used the ordination of radical feminists, gays, and lesbians, as a tool to shove modern-day progressivism down the throats of their ever-declining numbers. And the Roman Catholic Church’s horrendous mishandling of sexual abuse cases by priests has harmed the Church immeasurably. It’s no wonder, then, you see the rise of non-denominational small and “mega” churches who take the Bible seriously, teach the Gospels, and require their members to tithe. You can criticize them all you want – especially when it comes to the televangelists who are all over the cable networks – but nature abhors a vacuum, and these churches are fulfilling a need for people seeking a greater purpose and fulfillment in their lives beyond the reach of modern society and the information and media-saturated world we live in. Good for them, I say.

Finally, Mark Steyn predicted this set of affairs in his fine book, America Alone, in which he wrote the following:

On the Continent and elsewhere in the West, native populations are aging and fading and being supplanted remorselessly by a young Muslim demographic. Time for the obligatory “of courses”: of course, not all Muslims are terrorists — though enough are hot for jihad to provide an impressive support network of mosques from Vienna to Stockholm to Toronto to Seattle. Of course, not all Muslims support terrorists — though enough of them share their basic objectives (the wish to live under Islamic law in Europe and North America) to function wittingly or otherwise as the “good cop” end of an Islamic good cop/bad cop routine. But, at the very minimum, this fast-moving demographic transformation provides a huge comfort zone for the jihad to move around in. And in a more profound way it rationalizes what would otherwise be the nuttiness of the terrorists’ demands. An IRA man blows up a pub in defiance of democratic reality — because he knows that at the ballot box the Ulster Loyalists win the elections and the Irish Republicans lose. When a European jihadist blows something up, that’s not in defiance of democratic reality but merely a portent of democratic reality to come. He’s jumping the gun, but in every respect things are moving his way.

What we are seeing today is nothing more than a modern-day reenactment of the Goths and the Vandals sacking Rome. Unlike Rome in its day, however, we know exactly what’s going on out there in the so-called wilderness. We read about it, hear, text and tweet about it, and get browbeaten by the elites in our society over it, and then, basically, do nothing about it. I’ve never understood the “open borders” crowd and their hatred for Western civilization. At least here in the West we don’t force women to cover themselves up and treat them as second-class citizens. I guess it’s all borne out of ignorance: until one lives in a truly repressive society and culture you have no way of knowing how good you have it on the western side of the fence.

Oh well. My Hemingway Daiquiri needs refreshing.

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June 23, 2018

This article by Patricia McCarthy at the American Thinker does a better job of explaining something I’ve been saying all along:

The rage and fury of the left today are astonishing. Conservatives hated every moment of the Obama presidency and the damage his administration did, but not one of import ever behaved in the manner the leftists do today. There is something so aberrant about the left now. Is this who these people always were in ever-repeating generations? No. Never before was the left so vitriolic.

The most curious aspect of the left’s malice is how incendiary it is among people of a certain age – that would be those of us old enough to know better! The old meme that we mellow with age does not apply to the likes of Robert De Niro or Peter Fonda. These men, like so many others of their ilk, have reverted to being the worst of ignorant childhood bullies. Think Animal Farm. As for the women like [Kathy] Griffin and [Samantha] Bee? They are the ultimate examples of the evils that feminism wrought: unrelenting anger at real men. They loved Obama precisely because he was never a real man, certainly not for those of us of a certain age. He was and remains the perfect pajama boy of his Obamacare dream, a feminized, immature, 98-pound weakling, in mind, body, and spirit.

Like I’ve always said about the left – and that goes for the majority of liberals and Democrats – is that they don’t know when to stop. Even if (and it’s becoming almost impossible to find an example nowadays because their hatred for Trump, well, trumps everything else) they have a good idea, it’s never enough to just put it out there for debate. Everything has to be shoved down your throat like a forkful of mashed spuds. And if you happen to disagree with them, well, you’re a racist, sexist, xenophobe, homophobe or a Nazi.

I’ve talked about the three-legged stool of the religion that liberalism is – diversity, tolerance, and acceptance, and how liberals are only tolerant, diverse, and accepting as long as you hold their views and think the way they think. And the difference between the left and the right in the way they handle differences of opinion these days is astonishing. When Barack Obama was president you never saw conservatives in Hollywood threatening to kill him or harm his family. You never saw anywhere near the level of freak-out you’re seeing on the left, and it appears to be getting worse. The left has always embraced fascism and the idea that the ends justify the means, but they’ve usually been fairly successful in keeping their true agenda under wraps. It appears that is no longer the case. McCarthy continues:

We are in fact a divided nation, the mature and immature, the civil and uncivil, the decent and the indecent. We are divided between those who love this country and those who hate it. Our leftists are Marxist globalists who want to see America destroyed or at least transformed from the inside, as Khrushchev predicted fifty years ago that it would be. The Marxists have won in academe. They have won over the Democratic Party completely. Pelosi, Schumer, et al. are on board with flooding the U.S. with illiterate migrants, numbers of them criminals, to satisfy their anti-American ideology. They and their agenda should be shunned by all Americans with a modicum of common sense.

Personally, I think what’s really freaking the left out these days is that they’re finally coming to the realization that President Donald Trump isn’t going anywhere. It was always a fairy-tale that he was going to be impeached. Now the reality that Robert Mueller’s investigation isn’t going to have Trump or anyone around him led away in chains is starting to set in, as is the understanding that the American people are (for lack of a better term) “getting used” to Trump’s persona and his “America First” agenda. They see large cracks starting to appear in their historic hold on African-Americans as a loyal voting bloc as folks like Kanye West and Candace Owens start speaking their own form of “truth to power”, so like a snake cornered they are lashing out in their anger and frustration. And as that anger and frustration grow, it become more unhinged. As McCarthy closes:

The left today is vicious beyond reason and dangerous. They are purposefully trying to incite violence against the president and his family. They are appealing to the craziest, most mentally deranged among us. They are hoping for an assassination. If it happens, as when Steve Scalise was so injured, they celebrate. It is who they are. Odious. They have descended into the abyss of revulsion from which they are not likely to recover any time soon. We need to fight back as conservatives have never before fought back. This left needs to be repudiated.

And conservatives are finally starting to fight back. What is different now is that Donald Trump is president. And not only is he unafraid to express his love for this country, its history, laws, and traditions, he’s not afraid to punch back twice as hard when previous Republicans and conservatives would cower and run away and hide. Trump is used to the rough-and-tumble of New York and New Jersey real estate politics, and his massive ego actually embraces the same when it comes to national politics.

General George Patton once said that Americans love winners and despise losing more than anything. What is truly freaking out the left is that they see Trump winning and the Democrats message for the midterms – open borders, more illegal immigration, a return to Obamacare, repeal of the Trump tax cuts and higher taxes – as a losing message unable to gain a foothold amongst mid-term voters. They see their party leadership in the hands of Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi as ineffective and a joke. And as the idea of a massive “blue wave” recedes and the prospects of Republican gains in both the Senate and, perhaps, even the House, improve, the liberal left is being marginalized to their own wacko extremes. Not exactly a winning message for traditional left-of-center Democrats and Independents.

Expect things to get worse as the mid-terms draw nearer.

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February 17, 2018

I haven’t “weekended” in a while. A few thoughts about stuff goin’ on:

Of course, Florida governor Rick Scott is right: the director of the FBI needs to step down following revelations that the FBI was given plenty of heads-up about that high school shooter. The blood of at least seventeen high school teens is on the FBI’s hands and no one is going to do anything about it? The FBI’s priorities are totally warped. Had they been spending less time going after President Trump and doing the job they should be doing none of this would have happened. Time for the FBI to be disbanded. It’s corrupt from top to bottom, and people are dying needlessly because of it.

I wish Democrats were just as worried about the lives of babies killed out of the womb as they are about those killed by guns. Sorry, Senator Harris, but you’re a moron (no surprise there, being from California): murder is murder, no matter how you slice it.

Just my opinion, but most of this stuff going on nowadays is because of social media. What social media has done – and you can look at Twitter, Facebook, and sites like Twitchy – is to give nobodies an inflated sense of who they are and that their opinion matters. I got news for all you – it doesn’t. People can ignore or follow this blog – I don’t care one way or the other, honestly – but I never think that I’m any more than one guy with an opinion. It’s like they say, opinions are just like a$$holes – everyone’s got one. But when you start cultivating followers and think you have an audience that is waiting with baited breath on every nonsensical and moronic comment you think is important, then in my view that’s a problem.

…which is why the time has come to arrest anyone who makes any kind of threats of any kind against anyone on social media. Period. And I’m talking zero tolerance here. No one’s freedom of speech includes the threat to harm people.

What social media does is give all these attention-seeking wackos out there who are nothing but blackheads on the face of humanity a reason to play copycat and feel important by taking their anger out on the lives of innocents. There’s a sickness in this society, and you can blame liberalism for it. The idea of God and sin and boundaries and a culture of life has been replaced by soullessness, evil, emptiness, and a culture of death.

My generation of baby boomers have taken the whole idea of “if it feels good it must be right” and passed it on to the next generation to the extreme. This whole transgender bull$hit thing that’s going on is just one example of it. The whole idea of needing to carve out a unique identify for yourself because you don’t like the one God gave you is the ultimate sacrifice of one’s self on the altar of self-importance and narcissism. You look at what’s going on at the college campuses and wackos shooting up schools simply to make a statement about their own anger, isolation, and loneliness are all the same thing: it’s about the importance of how you feel about yourself and the hell with everyone else. It’s a sick society, and I hate to say it, but nothing better is coming down the pike. It’s evil, hedonism, and the individual self no matter how extreme that this country now celebrates.

…and you can’t eliminate Hollywood and the progressive-entertainment industry complex as a cause and effect. Hollywood loves gun control but has no problem with splattering blood all over its films. And you put impressionable young people and realistic video games in front of people with access to guns and what’s the logical next step?

It’s all very sad to me. You look at the state of this country and you realize it’s never going back to the way it once was. I’m glad I’m 62 because I don’t want to live in a world like this where I’ve got more sunrises than sunsets. It just bothers me that when I’m older and more decrepit and am inside some health-care facility and need my bedpan emptied that some pimply dope will ignore me because he’s texting his entire shift away on his stupid iPhone or whatever is around at the time, thinking that everything he’s tossing out on the Internet actually matters.

On a lighter note, watched Tiger Woods hack his way around another course today and miss the cut. Golf Channel might be afraid to call Tiger out, but I won’t: he’s got two-way misses off the tee and at his age won’t be able to grind it around a course for four rounds depending on his short game and his putter. Maybe on some wide-open tracks in Florida he can get away with that schtick, but not on most of the PGA TOUR event courses, and certainly not on courses where majors are played. And most certainly not with the reams of talent that’s out there.

And I can’t leave this post without thinking that maybe Bob Marley had the right idea: kick back, smoke a bone, and just watch the palm trees sway while thinking about your relationship with Jah.

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January 6, 2018

It’s been over a year since Donald Trump was elected president, and nearly a year since he was sworn into office. If you follow the mainstream media, or Hollywood, or CNN, or MSNBC, or any number of the usual culprits in the newspaper industry (you know who they are), you’d think Trump was rounding up every black, latino, gay, lesbian, and progressive and shipping them off to concentration camps. Seriously, what is wrong with these people? Have they gone insane? If you look at these items, the answer is an unequivocal “Yes!”.

Cumming: Important to portray gay character in time of Trump. Powerline blog’s John Hinderaker is right: what has Trump done to offend gay rights advocates? Last I checked, nothing.

Oregon Dem Blumenauer Becomes First to Announce ‘State of the Union’ Boycott. Not sure what kind of “divisive dialog” this quack is referring to, but a lib’s gotta do what a lib’s gotta do, I guess.

I’ve had the misfortunate of watching Katie Nolan’s ESPN show while stuck at an airport bar. She’s a no-talent ditz. And this does nothing to change my opinion.

Joe Scarborough and his morning bimbo are at the top of the list.

…because, in only Mika’s world can you “literally” sexually harass someone by posting a tweet on Twitter. I don’t think Mika is smart enough to know exactly what the word ‘literally’ means. Reminds me of that line from “The Princess Bride”.

I saw this on some website: Trump’s tweets to liberals are the equivalent of a laser point to a cat. The cat goes crazy thinking it’s something it can catch but it never does.

Look, I can understand these morons being upset that St. Hillary Clinton wasn’t elected president in order to complete their desired transformation of the USA into the socialist republic envisioned by Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Valerie Jarrett. But for Gods’s sake, that was more than fourteen months ago – get over it. Talk about people needing to get a life! My question to all you libs out there: Is this how you want to live your lives? In abject misery, conflating everything that President Trump has done into creating some kind of a Trump gulag of the mind where people disappear and are never heard from again?

This is so removed from reality that I can’t even imagine why these people are even given a mouthpiece beyond their own padded walls. But that’s what social media has done: make people think that both they and their opinion somehow matter.

These people are nuts, pure and simple.

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December 3, 2017

I’m guessing when all is said and done, folks will be looking at the past week as one of the fines, and most important, weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency (I still love the ring of that. I could list all the accomplishments myself, but fortunately Larry Schweikert has already done that. Shall we start?

1) When you start to hear hysterical ABC/CNN/MSNBC “news,” take a nap. You’ll find an hour later they are all lies, and usually 180 degrees opposite of what you went to sleep thinking they were.

2) Let’s start with the lying ABC report, which we now know referred to “candidate” Trump when Trump had already been elected and was entitled to the information.

3) But, gee, Trump knew this hence his Tweet. But notice that he WAITED until ABC had lied to provide the info.

4) Flynn’s plea deal frees him to fully discuss crimes he was ordered to commit under Zero. Hearing from one source that in fact much of his testimony to Mulehead (i.e., Robert Mueller) involved Zero (i.e., Barack Obama).

5) I never thought it possible to get Zero. Ever. I thought Cankles (i.e., Hillary Clinton) was a long shot. Now, it seems both are quite possible.

6) Flynn will prove to be the biggest self detonating bomb the left ever went after.

7) Meanwhile, I look at the “Explorer” front page today—usually awash with liberal garbage stories. The TOP FIVE were all good news for Trump.

8) In one week, Trump got another Circuit Court judge (3 more judges coming next week); got the tax cut bill;

9) Announced moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; announced the end of net neutrality; charged Kate Steinle’s killer; announced a probe into the former Pentagon’s handling of whistleblowers under Zero; had another D resign; had Conyers REFUSE to resign . . .

10) which means (Minnesota senator Al) Franken MUST resign because Conyers is caught red handed; had an open investigation into the Congressional slush fund; saw the stock market soar (and recover from the ABC tank move); saw Flat Liar (i.e., Matt Lauer) resign from NBC; saw Judge Moore dramatically surge in AL;

11) saw Yertle (Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell) admit they won’t try to stop Moore from being seated; saw Trump say “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and acknowledge GOD five times in his Christmas speech.

12) Folks, this was the single biggest week of Trump’s presidency since the election.

13) GDP was revised up to 3.3, and after Reconciliation, I think in the near term 5% GDP is highly likely and 7% (yes, 7) possible.

14) Two of the largest international shippers has announced purchase of EIGHTEEN giant container ships. I don’t know where they are to be built but…

15) This is a stunning testimony to where international business thinks the world economy is heading.

16) Yellen said the economic indicators are very strong; separate analysis says 8/10 top economies in world growing

17) Martin Feldstein in Journal of Economic Perspectives says we have been seriously undervaluing assets & production for 20 years in a new study (which partially explains why no high inflation).

18) In short, Trump’s economic policy changes are putting the US surfboard right inside the pipeline of the biggest economic boom since 1945.

19) Voter registration data continues to show Ds losing ground in 12 of 15 battleground states, and these changes are NOT being picked up by pollsters who use 2012 models (still).

20) By passing tax cuts, Congress has assured that the R seats are safe, while some D seats (Manchin, Heitkamp) are more vulnerable than ever.

21) In short, one helluva great week for Trump and, with the exception of the Steinle verdict—which will be rectified—for America

I can’t wait to see what happens next week. Honestly, electing Trump as president means every week is like Christmas Eve – you can’t wait to see what’s going to happen and what part of the Washing D.C. swap will start getting drained!

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November 26, 2017

A few thoughts on the Trump presidency and all things political to date on an unseasonably warm late November weekend:

…I can’t believe I’m reading this in a National Review column. I mean, these guys have been the biggest bunch of “Never Trumpers” on the right. I have always believed that, sooner or later, the sheer power and audacity of President Trump to keep hammering his message over the media’s heads and to the people were going to cause even folks on the right who have previously had nothing to do with him to come around, even grudgingly.

…and on the very same day this as well. Anytime you’ve got National Review offering up grudging respect you know the resistance of even the hardest “Never Trumpers” is starting to wane.

…Which tells me that the same must be true even in the back halls of Congress. At some point, even they have to realize that Trump is an unstoppable force that isn’t going away any time soon. Folks can speculate all they want about 2020, but that race is still two years away and by that time Trump is going to have one heck of a record to run on. The media can trash him 24/7 all they want, but folks can see for themselves what’s going on around them. If the economy continues to improve, if “The Wall” is getting built, and if Congress passes meaningful tax, healthcare, and immigration reform it’s hard to see what Democrats have as a platform to run against him in 2020. Being anti-Trump simply for the sake of it? A $15 minimum wage? Don’t make me laugh. But right now that’s all they have.

…never mind the fact that I think you’re going to see YUUUGE developments take place in the Middle East. Wouldn’t surprise me that a Saudi and Egypt-led alliance against Iran also results in a peace treaty that results in a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. And who knows, maybe, ultimately, the creation of a Palestinian state committed to Israel’s existence. Don’t laugh, things are moving very fast these days – especially as far as Saudi Arabia is concerned, and it’s all because of the President, the people he has put in place, and his strong commitment to America’s allies who see a return to America as a force for good in the world. The days of Barack Hussein Obama apologizing for what this country stands for are over; the world has never seen a force like this President who says what he thinks and acts on what he says.

…Granted, all the above is making a lot of assumptions, and everything could go to sh*t faster than you can say, “Al Franken breast-grabber”, but right now it seems to me that, at some point, the whole Russia collusion thing is going to be replaced by a myriad of sexual allegations that will rock Congress to the core. It has to – I mean, you know in your heart this kind of thing has been going on and has been swept under the rug ever since sexual predators like Ted Kennedy and Connecticut senator Chris Dodd roamed the hallways of the Senate. And while Congress is smoldering in the wreckage of many resignations, the Trump administration will keep moving forward as a force continually to be reckoned with.

…which is why it’s hard to see Democrats nominating any man – I don’t care what his qualifications are – for President in 2020. It will be an all-woman ticket and a strategy that is bound to fail. Oh, you’ll get all the same “blue” states that Hillary got in 2016, but does anyone truly think any state that voted for Donald Trump is going to switch simply because someone like California senator Kamala Harris or Oprah or even Michelle Obama is running? Ain’t gonna happen.

…and besides, I guarantee you that with their clamp-downs on voter registration fraud both New Hampshire and Minnesota will go “red” as they would have done last year without the fraud.

…Finally, as far as the 2018 mid-terms go, it’s really all going to come down to two factors: 1) incumbent Republicans coming to embrace President Trump’s agenda for fear of being primaried, and 2) the ability of Democrats to get out ‘the Resistance” and swamp those Republican incumbents with their sheer energy. I’m not sure the latter is going to happen in all but the bluest of states and congressional districts, but we’ll see.

…If Judge Roy Moore wins in Alabama it will be an absolute shock to the system. Not to mention Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s future. All things being equal between now and December 11, I think Moore wins and McConnell is in big trouble. It would be an awesome thing to see.

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November 17, 2017

Look, I know it’s November: back home in New England, the fall is descending darkly into winter, the landscape is turning bleak and gray, the air is crisp, and the wind swirls dead leaves across the woods and pavement. Perfect weather for a witch hunt, wouldn’t you say? And it’s a Salem-esque kind of witch hunt that’s happening across the American popular and political landscape these days, snagging Hollywood producers, actors, politicians, and Senate candidates from California to Washington, D.C. and any number of places in between.

Yep it seems as if no matter where you turn, some accuser is coming out of the woodwork pointing a crooked finger at yet another celebrity or politician. And no one is immune – former prez George H.W. Bush is accused of pinching fannies. Judge Roy Moore from Alabama? Why, he’s a creep with a fancy for teenage chicks when he was in his thirties. Charlie Sheen, young boys. George Takei, young men. Same thing with Kevin Spacey. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota? Well, he’s the biggest doofus to date, making the mistake of having his picture taken while fondling a sleeping woman’s breasts. What a moron! And now you’ve got Democrats turning a cold shoulder to none other than that loveable serial rapist and sex fiend Bill Clinton (never mind that just a year ago when his wife was running for President it was lips shut as far as the donkey party was concerned).

And no one knows where the bottle will stop next. I guarantee you there will be more politicians, especially after this story. Me? I’m waiting for the first male to come forward to say a major Hollywood actress or female Washington politician put the moves on him. After all, fair is fair, right?

But seriously, I find it both sad and amusing to see this country all of a sudden whipped into a froth over this kind of thing. On one hand, I have little doubt that men in positions of power and influence have tried to use same in ways that were less than morally upright. But for gawdsakes, this kind of thing has been happening since the beginning of time. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just saying it’s the way it has always been. The Hollywood “casting couch” has been part of its culture since the first silent movies. Politicians have made moves on interns and secretaries since the earliest days of the Republic. There have always been, and will always be, sex scandals of one form or another. You put ambitious and successful men and ambitious or vulnerable women alone in the same room or at a gathering and you’ve got all the ingredients for hanky-panky. And it’s not just the guy’s fault either – if you don’t think women are attracted to power and influence and are willing to play the game and push the bounds of propriety in order to get noticed or get ahead, you’re dreaming.

I’m not saying everyone does it so it’s OK. And I’m not saying that there aren’t true victims out there who have been taken advantage of (at the very least) or sexually abused in some form (at the very worst) and, for whatever reason, chose not to stay silent until now out of a sense of shame, fear, or some form of retribution. But that being said, it’s all too easy in this day and age of social media and media saturation to just toss accusations out there from decades ago as a way to either destroy someone’s career, make a name for yourself, or feel better about yourself. In my view, if you don’t have any evidence that goes beyond “he said, she said” – well, you had your chance when the incident originally happened and said nothing then, so keep your trap shut. You got witnesses? Fine. But they too better have more than just anecdotal evidence that can’t be validated by a complaint to the authorities, or bona fide, documented evidence of some kind. Otherwise, you got nothing. The statue of limitations for keeping your mouth shut ran out a long time ago, so keep it shut.

It’s too easy to ruin another person’s reputation in this day and age. For one thing, the media in all its forms is all too happy to splay it everywhere to get clicks or ratings or to sell newspapers. And that’s especially true if you’re a Republican or a conservative. It may not be fair, but that’s just the way it works these days. So in this season of the witch (hunt) I just wish folks would stop and take a breath or think about what they’re about to accuse someone else of before they say anything. Using baseball as an analogy, you might want to throw your best pitch in high and tight, but don’t be surprised if it misses over the plate and comes rocketing back at your head. Everyone – and I mean everyone has skeletons in their closets, so a little discretion would go a long way.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 02:51 | Comments (0)
November 10, 2017

After a long week I needed a good laugh.

Thanks to a link at the Conservative Treehouse I got it. Pretty funny what folks can come up with these days.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 13:43 | Comments (0)

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