October 3, 2017

A few thoughts about the mass shooting that took place in Vegas Sunday night:

1. It makes me heartsick to even have to blog about this. I love Vegas, and for the same reason most other folks do – it’s a place to go to get away from the troubles of the world, not find yourself a victim of it.

2. The sad truth is, if someone wants to commit mass murder there’s not a whole lot to stop them unless their family, friends, and neighbors somehow pick up the scent. Just like what happened in San Bernadino and elsewhere, it’s gonna come out that folks knew about this guy and what he was capable of, and whether out of fear or just blindly going on about their daily lives said nothing or did nothing.

3. Want my take on it? No? Well, I’ll give it to you anyway: the guy was a loon and a gambling addict who got tired of losing at the casinos and decided to teach Vegas a lesson it would never forget. You read this and perhaps the motive becomes fairly obvious. Think about it: can you imagine the impact on Mandalay Bay alone? Would you want to book a room there now? I sure wouldn’t. Not only will it be forever stained by being the scene of this tragedy, but they’re going to get ass sued up the yang-yang for damages by any and all affected. I’m not sure that’s right, but if in fact they allowed the guy to check in under his girlfriend’s ID that’s a major problem and neglect on their registration desk’s part. I know every time I’ve checked in to any hotel – never mind in Vegas – they always ask for an ID to go with the credit card on file. Not that it might have prevented the massacre if he was forced to show his ID and not allowed to register if he didn’t, but that in itself opens the door very wide for lawsuits.

4. It’s so predictable what happens whenever there’s a mass shooting. Generally speaking, you get (most) politicians and civic leaders offering up sympathies, prayers, and concerns for the victims and their loved ones, then liberals and Democrats who don’t even wait for the bodies to cool before they traipse in front of the cameras and call for gun control. It’s sickening, but then again you’re talking about sick people who see everything through a political lens and are sick in their very souls. Michael Savage has called liberalism a mental disorder, and it’s people like this and this and this that only confirm Savage’s diagnosis.

5. You can look at the vast majority of mass casualties by gun violence in a single setting and see two common threads: the guns were illegally purchased, and they occurred in a gun-free zone. I’m OK with tightening up regulations wherever it makes sense, but gun control ain’t the answer. It’s the mature response in times like this to recognize that guns don’t kill people, people do.

6. It makes me wonder about stadium settings and how many baseball parks and football stadiums are within shooting range of a hotel or high-rise buldings. I guarantee you Toronto Blue Jays players and the folks at Skydome see the world a bit differently today. Same thing with the Cubs and Wrigley Field, and any number of other locales.

7. It also makes me wonder why no one has attempted this kind of thing before. I mean, you have a virtual killing field anytime you have high-rise buildings and a concert or a sporting event within range. At least the poor folks at the Highway 91 event could at least start running. Can you imagine a full stadium with people seated in tiny rows and aisles as a means of escape? Not to mention the players on the field. It’s a sad state of affairs for someone to contemplate, but that’s the world we live in.

8. And it makes me recall that visit to Vegas a couple of years ago when me and fellow Goodboys “Killer” Kowalski and “Doggy Duval” McLaughlin were staying at the Palazzo, and Killer and I witnessing those Iranians starting to bust up the bar in the middle of The Venetian casino. It all happens so fast around you, but who knows what would have happened if those guys decided to shoot up the place instead of smashing a bunch of $50K chandeliers. I guarantee you if they had I wouldn’t be blogging right now.

9. Kudos to the Wynn for taking additional security measures. I’ll be going there in December – can’t wait – but you have to be realistic about things in this day and age. And it’s going to be everywhere. It’s sad, but that’s the way it is: you can bet this kind of thing will be springing up all over the casinos, clubs, and hotels.

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September 27, 2017

On one side you have:
* Democrats
* Progressives
* the Liberal Left
* the Mainstream Media
* Academia
* Antifa
* “Big Entertainment”, including media, Hollywood and the large record labels
* “Big Sports”, including NFL / MLB / NBA / ESPN
* Big Government, including all Obama administration holdovers
* Big Pharma
* Blue Staters
* GOP Elites
* Wall Street
* The Welfare Industry
* Illegal Immigration Activists
* U.S. Chamber of Commerce
* “K Street” and all lobbyists related to the above
* the Abortion industry
* National Intelligence (including the CIA, NSA, and FBI)
* Feminists
* Social Justice “Warriors”
* Hillary Clinton

On the other side you have:
* President Donald J. Trump
* Conservatives
* Red Staters
* the NRA
* The vast majority of those serving in our military
* A majority of police officers, firefighters, and first responders

It’s a fight to the death, and you can see all the people in group #1 finally being exposed for what they always have been as they crawl out from under their respective rocks whining and moaning and groaning and complaining and bellyaching and “taking a knee” over so-called “injustice” and “inequality”.

One question for those of you:


After all, nothing in the grand scheme of things has changed much since then – it’s only been, what, ten months, right? Oh, wait a dog-gone minute: there was something that happened in that time, wasn’t there? The election of Donald J. Trump as President.

You know what I think? All you folks in group #1 have no guiding principles whatsoever. Your problem is that you just can’t get over the shock of Hillary Clinton being beaten like a rented mule by Donald Trump – DONALD TRUMP! – after being led on for months on end that Crooked Hillary had the election in the bag.

That’s all this is – a temper tantrum by a bunch of petulant, juvenile, and spoiled leftists, elitists, prima donna athletes, and social-justice snowflakes who hate Donald Trump, and, by default (because it elected him) America and all those who voted for Donald Trump. Why now? Because they’ve finally come to realize that after months of being brainwashed by the likes of CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and The New York Times telling them that Russia meddling in the 2016 election was going to get Trump impeached and the election overturned in favor of Hillary, there was no meddling, Trump is President, and Trump is going to remain President for the next three years.

So now after some NFL dopes start “taking a knee” on behalf of supposed racial injustice and inequality (whatever that means) and disrespect this country’s flag and national anthem, these clowns have finally discovered a gesture that will make them all feel warm and fuzzy and united, allowing everyone to see just how they feel about President Trump. So they’re now emerging from their Manhattan high-rise condos, mansions, colleges and universities, chardonnay-swilling social circles, and gated communities to use this gesture to bash the President simply because he loves this country and is not afraid to show it and slam those who don’t.

(I know, I know, the whole “taking a knee” thing started with Colin Kaepernick while Obama was Prez, but at the time he was just a lone wacko wolf. Kinda like John McCain with an afro.)

That’s all this so-called “movement” is, folks – a temper tantrum designed to grab the greatest media attention.

The sad truth is, it shows just how hypocritical they are. All the time Barack Obama was President, he could have used his unique background and the power of his position to bring this country closer together and ease the racial divisions and tensions we have. Instead, he used his globalist world-view and progressive agenda to exploit our differences, exacerbate racial tensions, and bash America and what it stood for at every turn. Hillary Clinton was supposed to be the continuation, if not culmination, of every progressive’s wet dream, and for months on end these people waited with breathless anticipation while the mainstream media foisted one incorrect poll after another on the American people and called Donald Trump and his supporters everything from racists, sexists, homophobes, and xenophobes, sh*tting on them with dripping disdain at every turn.

They didn’t get their way, and now they blame and hate this country for it. So they denigrate our flag and national anthem, the very symbols of this country’s greatness. A country that gave them the best of everything it possibly could, expecting only that they give their best on behalf of it in return. And instead, this is how they treat their country. All because Donald Trump was elected President.

It’s sad, it’s sick, and it’s destructive. But they don’t care, because to them every waking moment in their lives is about playing politics and putting themselves ahead of this country’s interests. Funny thing is, I’d respect them all a helluva lot more if they came out and just admitted they were “dropping a knee” in protest of Trump being elected President. While my feelings about their actions wouldn’t change, at least they’d be admitting the truth, and once you have someone’s true perspective you can start hashing things out. But to all of a sudden claim, nearly ten months into Trump’s presidency, that its racial equality and injustice behind their disrespecting this nation’s flag and anthem is an insult not just to my intelligence but to that of millions upon millions of others.

Maybe they don’t know it just yet, but they are now all being revealed for the hypocritical, spiteful, and hateful people they are. And there will be consequences – far beyond anything they can imagine. This is a battle of wills, with our country’s history, traditions, successes, failures, lessons learned, rule of law, and sanctity of our borders at stake. The left is actively trying to destroy all of this, because they know that if they lose there is no going back. President Trump is the greatest threat to their agenda they have known, and they will stop at nothing to destroy him and what he stands for. So it’s not just an innocent act of “taking a knee” going on here, it’s the furthering of agenda that seeks to disrespect, demean, and ultimately destroy the social fabric and contract that keeps our country working together for our preservation and self-interest.

These folks are playing with fire, and those who play with fire are bound to get burned.

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September 26, 2017

Very disappointed to hear not just about New England Patriots players “taking a knee” during the national anthem prior to yesterday’s game against the Houston Texans, but reading QB Tom Brady’s and owner Bob Kraft’s comments about it afterwards.

…not to mention the highly-predictable defense for their actions by Boston sportswriters afterwards. But what would anyone expect in that regard? We are, after all, talking about the People’s Republic of Massachusetts.

And I guess now we can expect Boston Celtics players do it this season with their coach’s OK.

So that’s the what it’s going to be going forward, huh? The politicization of every previously enjoyable aspect of our recreational lives, including sports? And for what, exactly?

If it’s about racial inequality and injustice, what exactly does that mean? Are we talking Ferguson? Baltimore? Trevon Martin? If so, give me a break. Or is this all about President Trump and your continued need to piss and moan about his election and his having the guts to call you out for your disgraceful behavior? Is that it? You disrespect the country’s flag and anthem because you feel the Prez is disrespecting the NFL because he feels, as do millions of Americans, that you have all the means at your disposal to protest whatever the hell it is you want to protest, but you should at least show respect for the nation’s flag and national anthem?

If in fact it’s about so-called “racial equality and justice”, what does that mean, exactly? What is it you despise so much about this country that you would show so little respect to our flag and anthem? Have you not had the opportunity to make millions upon millions of dollars playing a sport you love? You already have the freedom of speech and assembly to disrespect the very objects that stand for those freedoms at any other time, but you feel the need to do it on a national stage?

The NFL can try and spin this any way they want, but it doesn’t fly. You want to talk “racial injustice”? This country has spent hundreds of billions of dollars since Lyndon Johnson’s so-called “War on Poverty” and on public schools and inner cities, and for what? The inner cities – primarily under Democratic leadership for generations, BTW – are nothing but cesspools of graft and corruption. And just how much money do we need to keep flushing into the sewer of our nation’s public schools when it’s the poor and the minorities whose schools suffer the most while the public teacher’s unions line their pockets with cash? And if you want to talk about “black lives mattering”, why aren’t you all in Chicago on weekends experiencing first-hand the black-on-black violence and innocents getting slaughtered beyond anything presently happening in Afghanistan or Iraq?

Truth is, fellas, America has always been a land of injustice. Still is. Probably always will be. And it’s not just about the poor and minority communities, either. What about the florist who refuses to sell flowers, or the bakery that refuses to bake a cake for gay weddings? Is it justice when they’re harassed to the point of going out of business? Or the poor bastard whose film was accused of triggering the attack on the Benghazi consulate in 2011? That dude actually went to jail for nothing but a lie pushed by the Obama administration to protect the incompetence that led to the death of our Libyan ambassador and four brave Americans. Where’s the justice there? And where’s the justice when the rich and privileged skate because they have the money and/or influence to get the best lawyers the money can buy? Can someone say, Chappaquiddick? Where’s the justice in millions upon millions of babies, many of them African-American, aborted through no fault of their own. Where’s the justice in that?

You can look around and find injustice anywhere: rich spoiled kids driving around in Ferraris leaving the hard-working kid walking or skateboarding his way to his McDonald’s job in his dust. A local coffee shop that goes out of business because the city chooses to rip up the street it’s own for infrastructure improvements. CEOs who make millions upon millions of dollars in annual compensation while blue-collar couples work multiple jobs to make ends meet. If you’re looking for fairness, you’re looking in the wrong place. We don’t live in a socialist country, we don’t live in a utopia. There’s no such thing as fairness on the face of this earth. Sure, there is definitely room for improvement in so many ways. But while no one is questioning your right to freely express yourself within reason, that doesn’t mean you have to disrespect the objects of this nation’s identity.

But if this is the way it’s going to be from now on, that’s fine with me: I don’t watch the Patriots or Celtics, and am neither a NFL or NBA fan. But if the Red Sox want to start doing this kind of crap during the playoffs the TV will be turned off, and pronto. And it won’t a big loss – I can find equally-satisfying recreational pursuits in its place.

Maybe I’m just a dinosaur, but I happen to think this country is a pretty fine place to live, a country unlike any other on this earth, where the only limitations you have are those you place upon yourself. For professional football players who make millions of dollars doing something they love to do, this self-glorified behavior is nothing but shameful. And the same goes to those who support these actions – fellow players, the owners, the announcers, the media who make their living following them: they’re all getting paid pretty damned fine money to do what they do. They can make every kind of excuse they want, but in the end they’re not only disrespecting the flag and our national anthem, they’re disrespecting those who have lost mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, wives, and husbands in the service of their country as soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, police officers, firefighters, and first responders. You know, those who truly know what the meaning of sacrifice is.

Taking a knee to make a political statement during the playing of the national anthem in front of thousands of people on a bright, sunny fall afternoon while getting handsomely paid for doing that which you love most is not a sacrifice, it’s nothing but a cheap political trick, a sad joke, and a disgrace. Sure, people like me may not like it and approve of it, but that also doesn’t mean we have to support it in any way. And for an industry that lives and breathes on the support of fans through ticket sales, concessions, marketing, and team memorabilia sales, there’s going to be a price – literally! – that to be paid.

We didn’t start the fire, but I’ll tell you this: we’re going to turn the flames back on you. And when it starts hitting you where it hurts the most, and in the only place you only really care about – your wallets and paychecks – don’t come crawling back to us, because we won’t be listening. We’ll have already moved on.

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September 19, 2017

My first impression after watching the original “60 Minutes” version of Charlie Rose’s interview with President Trump’s formal advisor Steve Bannon was that it was pretty much as expected – a hit job, even though Bannon (at least in my view) acquitted himself quite well.

Then I saw the full interview, and was struck by how different the overall tone was and how “normal” the conversation was. It’s not only quite interesting, it’s actually riveting – not just in the broad range of topics covered, but how well both Rose and Bannon come out of it. Rose, while obviously coming from a Beltway elitist perspective, is nevertheless respectful and getting the most out of his subject; Bannon is unapologetic and passionate in his “America First” populism. Seeing the longer version, I’m impressed with the quality of it all – both Rose and Bannon deserve a lot of credit for how well it was conducted.

The longer version is something everyone in this country ought to see, for it shows not just how two grown-ups in the room coming from two different sides of the political aisle can be forceful, yet respectful of each other’s perspective, but it provides a window into President Trump’s world-view. Sure, there were a couple of moments where you could tell Rose came close to getting under Bannon’s skin, but I thought that Bannon handled those moments deftly and came across far less than the racist, alt-right nationalist ogre the mainstream media and Democrats have painted him to be. I had a lot of respect for Bannon prior to and after the “60 Minutes” version; I now have even more. Anyone who wants to truly understand how Donald Trump operates and how his campaign was able to beat Hillary Clinton’s in the general election ought to invest their time in this interview. The guy is an “America First” populist, and it’s obvious he and President Trump are cut from similar cloths. I’ll tell you this – I’m glad I have the likes of Steve Bannon on my side.

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September 13, 2017

So Irma has come and gone, and while there are areas of Florida that were completely devastated, it could have been a whole lot worse. If the hurricane’s track (and, BTW, kudos to the National Hurricane Center for virtually nailing it) had stayed just off the west coast in the Gulf instead of veering slightly inland (we’re talking, like, only fifty miles here) or took the path Donna did in 1960 we’d be talking a catastrophe. As it was, for folks like my mother-in law in Port Richey and my sister-in-law’s ex and two kids (that aren’t kids anymore) up in Citrus County the Gulf Coast got nothing more than a blowy rainstorm. Like many, they chose to ignore the local authorities and didn’t evacuate. All I can say is, to quote the great Tom Petty, “you got lucky“.

Far be it from me to question motives, but might all those Hollywood celebrities who gathered to raise money for the victims of Harvey and Irma be doing so only because some mucky-muck higher up in the movie studio echelon looked at the lousy a year the movie industry has been having and the outpouring of criticism Hollywood has been receiving for its incessant Trump-basing, and decided some positive press was in order?

…and while I’m certain the estimated $44 million they raised will be gladly accepted, forgive me if I resist patting these limousine liberals on the back for emerging from their walled-in and gated communities to do something for, y’know, the common folk. Heck, Oprah ($2.9 billion), Cher ($330 million), and George Clooney ($180 million) have net worths between them more than $3.5 billion. What a bunch of troopers.

…and they simply couldn’t stop themselves from keeping politics out of it, bleating over and over their climate change agenda. Gimme a break. Joe Bastardi of Weatherbell.com has been preaching over and over the fact that while we’ve had two bad hurricanes this year, this is nothing compared to years between 1945 and 1955 when the U.S. was hit repeatedly by hurricanes, and not small ones either. Look at 1947 alone! The fact is, as the migration to places south of the Mason-Dixon continues as the country grows older and folks want to escape the winters and the high cost of living in the Northeast “blue states”, more and more folks and property will be put at risk by the natural course of events that occur when the tropics light up every year.

Two cases in point: look at the 1954 hurricane season: can you imagine the damage and costs if you had storms like Hazel and Carol if they were to take the same tracks today?

None of this has anything to do with climate change – at least the man-made kind. Just something to think about…

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September 12, 2017

Watched Trump advisor and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday night’s 60 Minutes and was positively blown away. Not only did he honestly and aggressively push back at liberal weasel Charlie Rose’s pear-clutching, elitist, Beltway-centric assertions, but for all intents and purposes he fired the first shots across the bow at the GOP elites in Congress who have been digging their heels in from day one against President Donald Trump’s agenda.

There was virtually nothing I found objectionable about anything Bannon said, particularly when it came to Senate Majority Leader Mitch “The Turtle” McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul “RINO” Ryan – after all, they’d had the better part of eight years to put together a opposition-led legislative agenda that could have been ready to be pushed through on day one with a Republican president but have done nothing. Why? Because it’s far easier to do exactly what they had hoped and planned for – serve as the opposition to President Hillary Clinton’s agenda instead of actually having responsibility as the party in power to, y’know, stand for and do something. And Bannon called them out on their disloyalty:

…“The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That’s a brutal fact we have to face.”

…“Mitch McConnell when we first met him … he basically says, ‘ don’t want to hear any more of this “drain the swamp” talk.’”

…“In the 48 hours after we won, there’s a fundamental decision that was made. You might call it the original sin of the administration. We embraced the establishment. … Because you had to staff a government.”

…“The plan was to do Obamacare because, remember, Paul Ryan and these guys come in and said, ‘We’ve done this for seven years. We’ve voted on this 50 times.’ … There is wide discrepancy in the Republican Party, as we know today, now that we’re in it. But I will tell you, leadership didn’t know it at the time. They didn’t know it till the very end.”

I guarantee you that there were no two people in Washington as horrified on election night when the election was called for Donald Trump than “The Turtle” and RINO Ryan. They probably even wet their jammies at the thought that they could be held accountable by Trump voters; they surely knew there would be no more excuses. But that didn’t mean they didn’t stop trying. And that’s what Steven Bannon accomplished in his Charlie Rose interview: not only was he firing shots across the bow of McConnell and Ryan, revealing them for the weasels they are, but also putting them on notice that any Republican senators and congressmen up for re-election who didn’t support the President’s agenda were going to find themselves primaried come next summer.

So the game is on: you have RINO Republican senators like Alabama’s Luther Strange, Tennessee’s Bob Corker, and Arizona’s Jeff Flake that know their future aspirations are now in danger. They know Bannon’s plainly-spoken and unabashed “America First” agenda is what put Donald Trump in the White House to begin with, and they have to know Bannon has deep-pocketed donors ready to back his efforts to primary any Republican senator or congressman up for re-election in 2018 who aren’t behind Donald Trump 100%. Maybe they don’t believe it – yet. But make no mistake about it: if you were to ask Republicans in Washington who they fear most: Donald Trump or Steve Bannon, they’ll answer Bannon. They know he’s a tough-as-nails Irish street fighter carved out of the same mold as Andrew Breitbart, and they know he’s not afraid to name names and kick ass.

When I first heard that Bannon was leaving the White House I was dismayed, but knowing that his leaving truly was his own decision and that he feels he can do far more to push the Trump agenda outside the confines of the West Wing, I’m ecstatic. There’s a tsunami similar to 2014 heading towards Washington, and it’s going to be bloody for Republican incumbents who have no clue as to what’s about to hit them. Bannon has the money and influence to recruit solid alternatives to the GOP elites, and the same “cold anger” out there that put Donald Trump in the White House is ready to rise up against establishment Republicans like it did to President Obama and the Democrats in 2014.

The GOP Washington elites have been put on notice, and it’s going to be exciting to watch. The revolution starts in two weeks.

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September 1, 2017

…and no, I’m not talking about the Beach Boys album from 1969 – which, BTW was pretty damned good. I just find it strange that we’re less than nine months into Donald Trump’s presidency and already the focus is already on 2020, as if his presidency – and the time left in his presidency – doesn’t matter. The mainstream media continues to act as if his election last November was some kind of accident or bad dream, and that he’s either going to either resign or be impeached.

I hope the Dems and libs continue to feel that way. It will make it easier for Republicans and conservatives in 2018.

The fact is, there is a helluva lot more support out there for Trump, and this is (once again) something the mainstream media refuses to even consider as a reality. They say the definition of insanity is to repeat the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. And that’s what you’re seeing out there now. Folks still talking about the polls (yeah, they were spot-on last November, weren’t they?), folks still accusing anyone who supports Trump to be racists, sexists, xenophobes, etc. etc. etc.

Yeah, that worked so well in 2016.

Oh, and by the way, 20/20 had some damned good tunes on it. Not just this and this, but it also featured a tune written by Charles Manson, and – more importantly – it cracked open a door for the American public on the intriguing puzzle that was SMiLE via this and this.

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August 19, 2017

So now all the rage is seeing what can be done across America to eliminate any evidence of anyone who ever existed who doesn’t fit into the inane and insane PC culture we now find ourselves living in. Confederate statues? Tear ‘em down because the South fought to preserve the institution of slavery. Flags? Get rid of anything that even hints at the Confederacy because ditto. George Washington? Forget about his role in the American Revolution or his presidency, he owned slaves. Thomas Jefferson? Forget that he was the brains behind the Declaration of Independence and our third president, he owned slaves. Abraham Lincoln? Sure, he freed the slaves, but heck, he also fought to preserve the Union instead of immediately having everyone south of the Mason-Dixon boiled in oil.

Wasn’t it Honest Abe who famously said, “With malice towards none, with charity for all”? Well, malice has become the operative word of the day by leftist loons and their talking-head cronies in the mainstream media, with nary a hint of charity towards anyone who doesn’t believe the way they do.

How far do these clowns want to take this? Perform a purity test against every statue, street, building, park, name, and song that doesn’t measure up to their idea of moral equivalency? My God, now Red Sox owner John Henry is talking about wanting to rename Yawkey Way because previous owner Tom Yawkey was a racist. Forget all the fine work the Yawkey Foundation has done over the past several decades, ol’ Tom was a creature of his times and possessed less-than enlightened ideas about blacks. Does that mean the Foundation should be shut down? And Pittsburgh folks are talking about removing a statue dedicated to American composer Stephen Foster, who penned “Oh Susanna”, Camptown Races”, and “Old Folks At Home” because of references to darkies and Negroes of the time. I mean, where does it end?

To call these folks ignorant is to do injustice to the very definition of the word ignorance. But I don’t think it’s ignorance – at least as far as the leaders of this effort go. Sure, there are dopey followers who are just looking for an excuse to get out and raise mayhem, and others who are sheep heads just following the herd. But if you were look closely at what is truly going on you will see that there are leftist organizations funding these kinds of efforts for one reason and one reason only: to destabilize and ultimately destroy the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Think about it: how long have these monuments and places been around? Decades. More than a century. And why now? If they were so offensive to African-Americans, why wasn’t the effort to whitewash and rewrite American history led by our first so-called “Black President”, William Jefferson Clinton? Or, more recently, our first actual black president, Barack Obama? You know why – because neither thought it important enough. Probably (like most African Americans, I guess) ol’ Barack never spent a moment of a day in his life contemplating whether some statue offended his sense of what was fair and what was right. And isn’t it funny how, while these monuments and things have been around for ages, it is now only after so many Southern states once reliably “blue” politically have all turned “red” that Civil War-era controversies are being brought to light?

But now Trump is elected President and the loony left still can’t get out of their tantrum mode. So they do what children do when they can’t get something they want: they stomp their feet, cry, moan, and determine themselves to make everyone else know just how unhappy and miserable they are. That’s all this is. The liberal Left couldn’t make the Russia collusion thing stick, so they return once again to the one remaining card they have in their deck: the race card. And what’s truly sad about it is that there’s no one in the national GOP with the guts to counter what’s going on out there and reveal this for what it is. Worse, as in the case at Charlottesville, you have law enforcement unwilling to step in, keep order, and protect public property in the interests of protecting lives and maintaining law and order.

This is a very dangerous slope we are sitting on. Movements by their very nature have their own organic energies. Those kinds of movements that are destructive to the civic good and law and order needs to be countered with the only thing folks understand – massive and concerted force. Protests are fine and are part of our constitutional framework, but they need to be orderly and law-abiding. At the first sign of trouble, law enforcement must move in and restore order. To do anything less not only emboldens these morons to go even further with their message (which, to take it to its fullest extent, is the overthrow of the government and the end of Donald Trump’s presidency), but further erodes respect for the rule of law and confidence in our law enforcement community to maintain it.

Sure, you can pooh-pooh what I’m saying, but right now you’re seeing all the ingredients needed for, if not massive civil unrest like we saw in the Vietnam war protests of the late ’60s and early ’70s, a true civil war between competing ideologies that have no interest in listening to one another. If it were only about a bunch of monuments only pigeons care the most about that would be one thing: folks can decide by the ballot box what ought to be done with them in the public interest, but mob rule has to be countered and dealt with at the local level before this kind of thing really starts getting out of hand.

I realize this is a complex issue: we’re talking about our nation’s history and traditions and very different times. One simply cannot impose today’s culture and norms on an earlier one – that’s the very nature of history and sociology. Anyone with a brain ought to be able to understand that. What it all really comes down to is that as a nation we are still struggling with what boils down to our identity as Americans. The Civil War era might have been a long time ago, but the Civil Rights era wasn’t. Most folks would say that we’ve come a great way in how folks are treated regardless of the color of their skin, but there remain agitators out there who are interested only in stoking the flames of division along every kind of line you can think of. Our history ought to be a continual starting point for dialog, understanding, and reflection, not malice, violence, and destruction.

Lincoln’s words in his second inaugural address are just a relevant today as they were more than 150 years ago. I just wish there were grown-ups in the room willing to put his words into action.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 11:31 | Comments (0)
August 3, 2017

Watched CNN’s obnoxious and boorish White House correspondent Jim Acosta get taken to the woodshed today over the White House’s push for legal immigration reform, and it wasn’t a pretty sight to see. If you’re gonna play big-time journalist you oughta at least have a shred of an idea of what you’re talking about:

First of all, is it really un-American to expect immigrants to speak English? As Miller pointed out, some proficiency in English is already a requirement for those who want to be naturalized. Yet, Acosta asks: “Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?” I happen to live in an immigrant-heavy neighborhood, and most of the people around me speak English pretty well. Not one is from England or Australia.

…Is it un-American to give preference to immigrants who have already shown the propensity to assimilate? Is it un-American to prioritize immigrants who have skills in jobs we need filled? Is any reform of immigration — other than to legalize millions by executive fiat — un-American? I may disagree with a certain immigration policy, but changing the parameters of immigration policy is not an unpatriotic act.

This is exactly the kind of proposal that’s winner winner chicken dinner for the White House because it’s an issue that most of the electorate (not including, of course, blue states like California, Oregon, Massachusetts, and New York) both understand and support. Go to any blue-collar bar in the upper Midwest or talk to folks south of thee Mason-Dixon, they can see what’s going on. They know people who have lost technology jobs to H1B workers from India or China or assembly line jobs to lower-skilled immigrants from Central and South America who are willing to work for less. They know folks who have lost retirement, salary and healthcare benefits. They know first-hand what it’s like to have to compete against with H1Bs who never returned after their sponsorship was ended. They know the damage our out-of control legal immigration policies have done to their lives and their households, and the deflating effect it has on their neighborhoods and towns.

Fortunately, this is a White House that understands how a blue-collar worker in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Alabama or Wisconsin feels when they’ve been displaced by a H1B worker. This White House understands the damage when an American citizen can’t get an entry-level job because an immigrant willing to work for less has taken the job. Some might call this capitalism in its purest form, but this White House believes in an “America First” policy in everything it is doing, both domestically and internationally. The mainstream media will continue to do all it can to try and blur the issue and confuse legal immigration with illegal immigration, but these issues are two different sides of the same coin. This country has every right to determine who comes here and who stays here.

It’s great to see a White House that can speak clearly and forcefully on this issue, and Democrats should be cautious about playing their typical obstructionist role when it goes to Congress for a vote. This initiative should be right up the Dems’ alley when it comes to protecting the livelihood of the blue-collar worker who at once time could be counted on as a reliable Democratic voter, but the Democratic Party’s identity politics have fractured that relationship in recent years. If they don’t get on board this time, the Trump Train will use this as a wedge issue in the 2018 midterms and blow them off the platform.

If CNN’s White House correspondent truly speaks for what Democrats have come to stand for in this day and age, the 2018 midterms will be bloody for a Party that already is up to its knees in trouble.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 02:33 | Comments (0)
July 29, 2017

Lots to catch up on now that things have entered into post-Goodboys mode, but I’m going to start with politics:

Don Surber is absolutely right when he writes that the latest episode involving the GOP’s pathetic attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare and Arizona senator John McCain illustrates everything that is wrong with Washington these days. No one, from the White House on down, is covering themselves in glory, no one wants to play the role of grown-up in the room, and no one seems interested in rising above party politics.

The GOP had seven – count ‘em, seven years to work with healthcare practitioners, lawyers, drug manufacturers, insurance companies, average everyday citizens, and officials at every state and local level to craft a truly modern, creative, and practical approach to overhauling our approach to health care and how folks pay for it, and they did nothing. The Democrats, of course, either wouldn’t or couldn’t help even as they saw Obamacare start to implode because of party politics. And neither party seems interested in doing anything that would push forward President Trump’s agenda because he’s an existential threat to the “UniParty” in Washington that wants only to stay in power, maintain the status quo, and keep the spoils system going.

Enter the latest efforts by the GOP to pass an obviously-flawed bill that does nothing except make it appear to voters that they are moving the ball forward on health care so that they don’t have to do anything else to rock the boat going into the midterms. Recalcitrant senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Dean Heller of Nevada feel the whole thing is bullshit and refuse to play along. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is clueless and unwilling to crack the whip over this, so it comes down to McCain, a vile and petty politician interested only in maintaining his political power and his reputation as a “maverick” when in reality all he cares about is getting attention and playing to the media whenever possible.

Originally, the word was he had minor surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. Then it was revealed to be much more serious, and the whole media establishment suddenly comes down as if it’s the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of democracy that the life of such a “hero”, “statesman”, and “fighter for the common man” might be in grave danger. Statements of thoughts and prayers pour in from all over, giving McCain even more of the only thing in his life he thirsts for and lives for – more attention. The spotlight is firmly on him: what will he do? How will he vote? Surely, he’ll go along with the GOP’s plan, right? After all, he based practically his entire re-election campaign in 2016 on his promise to lead the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, right?

And then the moment comes, and what does McCain do? Plays the same role as a mean and petty politician he always had. He blasts those who have the nerve to criticize Washington, then, when the defining moment arrives, where, in Tin Cup lingo, you define the moment or the moment defines you, he walks into the chamber, signals his vote with a simple thumbs down then walks back out to head back to Arizona for cancer treatment.

That is the real John McCain, and that’s the way something as important to the GOP’s fortunes in the 2018 midterms is viewed by the Republican senator from Arizona. It’s f**k you to Mitch McConnell, the GOP House, and, in a way, the American voters themselves. Because, in the end, it’s all about him, just as it always has been. And it’s emblematic of everything that’s wrong with Washington – a bunch of self-serving, pompous elitists who play the game solely for the game’s sake, praying that in 3 1/2 years the Trump nightmare will go away, another Washington insider will be elected, and everyone can go back to their bread and circuses as if nothing matters, nothing has happened, and nothing threatens them to be responsible or accountable to the voters who put them there.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 10:46 | Comments (0)


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