…my first thought was: “Who put real rounds in that prop gun?”
…my first thought was: “Who put real rounds in that prop gun?”
Two weeks ago, the Biden regime issued a directive siccing the Department of Justice on concerned parents, who dare to speak out against progressive indoctrination, at school board meetings. For more information on this despicable abuse of power and abuse of the Constitution, please check out this article, which I wrote.
My article was outclassed by this letter from Moms for America. I really believe the Biden regime completely underestimated the level of outrage their unconscionable dictate would generate from concerned parents, who were already outraged by the obscene level of progressive indoctrination that has infected schools all across the United States.
Here is the heart of the letter from Moms for America.
The recent letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to the Biden Administration and subsequent statement from the Department of Justice likening concerned parents to domestic terrorists is a direct threat to mothers and our constitutionally protected rights.
The United States Constitution is the law of the land, and the federal government, by law, must operate within the confines of the Constitution. The Department of Justice has no authority to limit the speech or assembly of concerned mothers addressing their state and local school boards or dictate to local law enforcement to inhibit a mother’s right to do so. If the NSBA truly has the interests of our children’s safety and education in mind, they would welcome the input of parents addressing concerns instead of seeking the federal government’s aid in silencing them.
Moms are justifiably angry. Our children are being exposed to inappropriate sexual content, gender indoctrination, anti-family, and anti-American propaganda, and the tenets of critical race theory – all under the NSBA indoctrination umbrella of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Our nation’s children are being taught to hate their country, hate their neighbor, and hate themselves.
Moms are showing up in schoolboard meetings across the country to protest these radical ideas being thrust on their children, calling for a return to a classical liberal arts education where children can learn to think for themselves. We want real science, true history, and classical education that teaches kids to read, write, calculate, and be good citizens. That doesn’t make us domestic terrorists; it makes us responsible parents.
These are our children. Parents’ rights are fundamental and supreme. Elected officials and school administrators must recognize and respect this fundamental right. Schools, as well as other community and government organizations, are designed to support the family unit, not replace or regulate it. As stated in the Declaration of Mothers, which was introduced into the Congressional Record in 2018, “No association or government organization can replace the family no matter how well-intentioned or well-designed it may be.”
While NSBA accuses moms of shutting down school board meetings with disorderly conduct, it is, in most cases, school board members that shut down public comment and even restrict it altogether when they do not like what moms have to say.
It is not parents, but rather the National School Boards Association and their state affiliates that are the real threat to our children through their stranglehold on public education.
The National School Boards Association and their state affiliates have become an immediate threat to our constitutionally protected rights as mothers as well as the physical, mental, and emotional health of our children. NSBA and their state affiliates work directly with the Teachers Unions, Superintendents Association, and the National Association of State Boards of Education to lobby union agendas that endanger the health and well-being of our children, usurp parental authority, and ensure superintendents and school board members toe the union line. And they do so with public funds.
Moms for America are absolutely correct about the fact the Department of Justice has no constitutional authority to intervene in what are purely local instances of parents expressing their outrage over what is taking place in their children’s schools. The parents speaking at these meetings are most definitely exercising their God-given natural rights of freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, and freedom to petition; all of which are protected by the First Amendment.
All totalitarian regimes, such as the Nazis and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, focus their indoctrination efforts on children. Their goal is inculcate children whith beliefs that are radically different from those of their parents. Progressives here in the United States are doing the same to public school children all across this nation. Parents are rightfully upset about this.
All leftist philosophies believe that children belong to the state rather than to their parents. Stemming from this is the belief that parents have no right to determine what their children are taught. Progressives here in the United States, also being totalitarians, share this deeply mistaken belief. If you question this, check out these statements by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. In the United States parents have always been the supreme authorities when it comes to making decisions for their children, not the almighty state. Parental rights is the nearest thing to an absolute in the country. It has always been that way. Progressives are seeking to topple this. Moms for America are perfectly right to rage against this in their letter, If more parents spoke out in this manner and organized into groups such as Moms for America, this indoctrination would soon end.
Right now inflation is through the roof, people are being fired from their jobs at a time of a worker shortage.
Hey America you didn’t think it was worth stopping the steal, now live with it.
While the pol numbers out of Virginia are encouraging there are two things to consider:
It’s been amply stated for years that if it’s close enough the left will steal elections. The real question is will they think this race is worth stealing?
Speaking of crimes that will not be punished:
As little as one hundred years ago a man who did this to his country and his own people for profit would have developed an intense fear of lampposts. Today he will retire with a large pension and both films and votive candles with his image will be celebrated.
I suspect that a lot of the real insanity of the left would have been prevented if they had just been spanked as children.
Finally if you want to understand how the media/left/deep state works and has been working for years you can’t do much better than this old clip from the Movie Quiz Show.
This has always been about getting a piece of the grift, the difference is today people are starting to understand it.
Of course we Sicilians understood this long before
If you disregard the question of the use of aborted babies in their development I submit and suggest that both the decision to take the Covid 19 vaccine and the decision not to take the Covid 19 vaccine are both totally rational decisions that can be reached based on the data the odds and the math.
One can rationally decide that based on the VARES data the odds of complications from the COVID vaccines and the number of breakthrough cases are small enough that the gain from protection from the COVID 19 virus and the mitigation of the inconveniences being imposed by the government are worth receiving it.
One can also rationally decide that given the small chances of death or serious illness from COVID, the advantages of antibodies if you’ve already had COVID vs the vaccines and that while the odds of complications from the vaccines are small they are far greater than all other recent vaccines that the benefits of said vaccines do not outweigh the risks, particularly since you can still get, pass on and even die from the virus if you get it
It is possible that the case for both arguments will improve over time due to either the improvement on the existing vaccines by companies as their data and research knowledge improve or the discovery of long term effect of said vaccines not yet known.
However as of this moment both of these are completely rational and legitimate conclusions based on the data and the facts as we have them now and we do a disservice to society and science if we attempt to delegitimize or censor either opinion or data and voices that support them.
That’s my view based on the data and I’m sticking with it.
Of course if you consider the question of the use of aborted, that is murdered children in their development or formula then the question of taking any of the vaccines becomes a no brainer for any faithful catholic, but that’s an entirely different argument.
By Christopher Harper
As a young reporter for Newsweek, I headed to Washington, D.C., during the administration of Jimmy Carter, the most ineffective president during my lifetime.
Almost every week, I was assigned to what became known as the Jimmy “f***-up” story. These missives included his administration’s failure to curb inflation rates and mortgage costs to problems with energy supplies and labor unions. At the end of the Carter administration, I reported on the biggest blunder of all: the Iran hostage crisis.
It’s taken a few months, but the comparison of Jimmy Carter and Joe Biden is finally creeping into the media.
In a column in The Hill, political operative Bill Schneider explained some of the similarities.
If Congress fails to pass the mega-buck omnibus bill to grant money to virtually every Democrat, Biden will look bad, Schneider argued. “Biden will look weak. Which is exactly the problem Carter had. Carter was called weak, ineffectual, and “’wishy-washy,’” Schneider wrote.
As history.com notes: “Despite Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, Congress blocked Carter’s proposal for welfare reform, as well as his proposal for a long-range energy program, a central focus of his administration. This difficult relationship with Congress meant that Carter was unable to convert his plans into legislation, despite his initial popularity.”
Sound familiar? But the comparisons of the ineffectiveness of Carter and Biden go much further than passing legislation.
Carter sent special forces to Iran to rescue the American hostages in the U.S. embassy in Iran. Two helicopters crashed in the desert, leaving soldiers dead and a public relations disaster for the country. The withdrawal from Afghanistan under Biden provided the same type of victory to our enemies and an embarrassment for the United States.
Carter managed to send inflation and mortgage rates skyrocketing in an economy that fell flat during his tenure. Although mortgage rates are staying relatively low so far under Biden, inflation is rampaging to its highest rate in years. For example, the Social Security Administration recently announced that the cost-of-living increase will reach nearly 6 percent, a rate that will only exacerbate the already-weakened retirement system.
Inflation at the supermarket and the gas pumps is worsening under Biden as it did under Carter.
Labor unions picketed coal mines, steel mills, postal offices, and many other businesses under Carter. Replace that unrest with strikes at hospitals, cereal makers, and equipment manufacturers under Biden.
Even the families of Carter and Biden have created embarrassment for the country. Carter’s brother Billy got drunk with the Georgia locals and hobnobbed with dictators like Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. Biden’s son Hunter disgraced himself with cocaine orgies and China hijinks.
There may be one significant difference between the two presidents. Carter was a pretty decent guy. I’m not so sure the same can be said about Biden.
This week’s short commentary is about a legal trap that business’ are placing themselves in concerning Vaccine mandates, and it not the trap you are thinking of.
It’s not the unvaccinated that they should be fearful of suits from it’s from those who complied with their mandates.
Fr. Leonard Mary’s trip to Massachusetts sponsored by WQPH 89.3 Radio is coming closer and for those who didn’t hear about it before here are the details and a big change to the Boston by land and by sea event:
First the stuff that hasn’t changed
Tuesday October 26th
10:30 AM Holy Rosary Church 118 Thresa Street Fitchburg Mass.
NOTE: You do NOT have to buy a ticket to the luncheon to attend the Rosary, Mass and healing service
Wednesday October 27th
9:30 AM St. Bernard’s Parish & St. Camillus Church 333 Mechanic Street Fitchburg Mass.
NOTE: You do NOT have to buy a ticket to the luncheon to attend the Rosary, Mass and healing service
6:30 PM St. Joseph’s Church (upper church) 114 High Street Medford Mass.
Thursday October 28th
1:30 PM St. Raphael’s Church 512 High Street Medford Mass
All of the events above are unchanged from a week ago
There have been updates to the Saturday event(s) all changes will be indicated by Bold italics
Saturday October 30th
7:10-7:15 AM Bus Leaves Holy Rosary Parish 118 Theresa St. at 7:7:15 AM for Medford Mass.
8:30 AM St. Joseph church 114 High Street (lower church) Medford Mass
Note you do NOT have to buy a ticket if you wish to travel to Medford on your own to attend Fr. Leonard’s morning Mass.
I will be at the Fitchburg and Boston events. Hope to see you there.
By John Ruberry
Late last month a Nordic noir six-episode series, The Chestnut Man, a Danish production began streaming on Netflix. It’s based on the novel of the same name by Søren Sveistrup. It’s an ideal autumn offering on many levels. The Chestnut Man is set in Denmark in October with fall colors at their peak. Halloween–the celebration of it has been spreading in Europe–plays a part in the story, and oh yeah, it’s a compelling crime drama centered on a serial killer who leaves stick chestnut figures, chestnut men, at the scene of each murder. Just as the carving of pumpkins is an old tradition in North America the building of chestnut men is similar a tradition in Scandinavia.
Naia Thulin (Danica Curcic) is a police detective and a single mother whose work keeps her away from her daughter, Le (Liva Forsberg), so the girl spends more time with her quasi-grandfather, Aksel (Anders Hove). By the way Hove was a regular on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.
Thulin is assigned a new partner, Mark Hess (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard). Their first investigation is a chestnut man murder. Hess has a troubled past–he was recently fired from his job in the Hague. The chestnut man case is quickly tied to the disappearance of the daughter of a politician, Rosa Hartung (Iben Dorner), who is the minister of social affairs. Her position puts in charge of foster care and child custody cases.
Obviously I don’t want to give up much of the plot because it will introduce spoilers. Let’s just say viewers will be confronted with twists and turns in the story line. The scars of unhappy childhoods figure in to the plot as well.
I also recently watched two other new Netflix series that I believe any level-headed person should avoid.
Brand New Cherry Flavor is set in Hollywood in the 1990s and centers on a young Brazilian director (Rosa Salazar) who sees her first movie project stolen by a scumbag Hollywood producer. (Aren’t they all scumbags?) Inexplicably the director consistently barfs up large-eared kittens. Except for the negative portrayal of Hollywood I detested this series. And with a couple of exceptions I hated the characters. Even the kittens disturbed me. And there is a disgusting sex scene I won’t even describe here.
You can judge a book–and a TV series–by its cover. The Netflix graphic promoting Midnight Mass is centered on a main character, a Catholic priest, who has a sinister look on his face. The plot driver of this series is that priest (Hamish Linklater), a mysterious young pastor who arrives at an island parish that serves a tiny fishing community. Let’s just say Midnight Mass has about the same amount of respect for the Catholic Church as The Da Vinci Code, only with tons of gore and blood thrown into the mess. Although to be honest I did enjoy Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code book. The movie? Not so much.
The island’s sheriff, a Muslim, Rahul Kohli, is quite good in Midnight Mass however.
In Midnight Mass the cinematography is beautiful–but The Chestnut Man has that and so much more–I believe you’ll enjoy that series.
The Chestnut Man is rated TV-MA as it contains graphic violence and crime scene photos, foul language, sex, and brief nudity. It is available streaming on Netflix in English, English with subtitles, Danish with subtitles, Spanish, as well as simplified and traditional Chinese. There are bits of dialogue in The Chestnut Man in English and German–with subtitles. I watched it in Danish.
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.
Yesterday I had some time on my hands and watched the Dave Chappelle special and came away thinking these things:
If this had been the days of my youth this special would never had made it on the air, not because of the Transgender jokes but because the absolutely vulgar sexual humor all over the place. It was about as gross and disgusting as you can get and it really says something about how our society has changed that I seem to be the only person who has pointed this out.
What really gets me about the gross stuff is that like Monty Python Chappelle’s humor is actually very intelligent humor and he doesn’t need to go with the gross stuff to be funny. Furthermore a lot of the gross humor wasn’t all that good in the sense that it couldn’t have been more telegraphed if he had been sitting behind a desk in a Western Union office in 1877.
That being said his audience liked it and I’m remined of Eddie Murphy’s famous bit about Bill Cosby calling him on being vulgar and Richard Pryor’s response.
For those who don’t want to hear the whole clip here is what Murphy said Pryor said to him about Bill Cosby chastising him over the dirty humor:
I don’t give give a f*** what every the f*** makes people laugh say that shit. Do the people laugh when you say what you say?
I said Yes
Do you get paid?
I said Yes
Well tell Bill I said have a Coke and smile and shut the f*** up. That Jello pudding eating M*****f*****..
Given what we now know about Bill Cosby this Eddie Murphy clip is a lot funnier and highly ironic, but Bill would answer that he never drugged a woman on stage in front of an audience.
Dave Chapple’s job is to make people laugh and he is very good at it and if people are laughing at the jokes and he’s getting paid millions then he’s doing his job even if he gets too gross for me. As for anything else, that’s between him and Christ and I wish him the best of luck there.
That brings up another thing about Chappelle that reminds me of Monty Python and Don Rickles, he hits everybody and makes fun of Everybody and is gross about EVERYBODY. There were no sacred cows to Monty Python and Don Rickles hit people, including the autocancel to their faces. Chappelle takes this to the Nth degree I mean he was making glory hole jokes about Martin Luther King. MARTIN LUTHER KING!
Can you imagine any other comedian making glory hole jokes about Martin Luther King on a stage? Can you imagine what would happen if I got up on a stage on a comedy night and tried to make a joke about Martin Luther King concerning sleeping around let alone glory holes. I’d be up against a wall.
And you think the transgender stuff is over the line?
One of the reasons why he does these things and also breaks all the other rules (for example smoking in places where I would be fined for doing so) is to distract people as he delivers his message, and his message seems to be:
His answer to the Trans community claiming oppression reminds me of a story Tip O’Neill told about a group of black activists who came to congress and was berating a white congressman who had grown up poor in during the Great Depression in the era before government safety nets and answered: “Don’t come to my office and talk down it me. I was poor when poor was POOR!” Go deep into these specials and that, in my opinion is pretty much what Chappelle’s entire standup humor is about, but the bottom line is it’s still humor that makes you laugh and makes him money.
His answer to Trans activists talking about the oppression of their people was to ask if they kidnapped them and dragged them here from Transylvania.
Ironically Chappelle uses his status as one of the richest and most popular living comics to exercise privilege not only do do or say things that others can’t say without being hit by society but to flaunt said privilege, the privilege of wealth, the privilege of celerity and the privilege of race to advance pretty much a left liberal/radical worldview with a streak of libertarianism and a commitment to the 1st amendment . Even more ironically he does this while living in what would be considered a conservative leaning lifestyle in a white small town.
Dave Chappelle is actually is the personification of privilege he knows he has it and intends to make you know he has it and is going to use it. The reason why this said privilege doesn’t get me all that riled up is he earned said privilege with decades of hard work and a lot of nights in small clubs busting his ass to make people laugh and he does it as well if not better than any current living comedian. That is in fact the American dream.
The final irony is the the reason why he has this dream is that hundreds of years ago a black slaver caught one of his ancestors and sold said ancestor to a ship master headed for the new world allowing him the ultimate privilege that the decedents of that slaver can only dream of, growing up in America.
I won’t say catastrophically wrong, but wrong nonetheless. In case you forgot, I predicted Scheller’s court martial would get drawn into obscurity by his defense counsel, who would want some time to pass before anyone passed judgement on Scheller. Any good defense lawyer is going to want distance between alleged crimes and judgement so that emotions can die down and, hopefully, cooler heads prevail. I also figured after getting a light sentence of some kind, which would not include jail time, Scheller would be allowed to retire.
Besides the light sentence part, I was wrong. Lt. Col. Scheller plead guilty to all six charges against him. The judge punished him with a sentence of one month forfeiture of $5,000 and a reprimand. His next stop is a Board of Inquiry, which will likely recommend dismissal from service.
Now, this doesn’t mean he loses all benefits. The Veteran’s Affairs will still assess if he can get disability pay, which could be in the thousands per month depending on his level of disability. Given that he fought in Afghanistan, and the Marine Corps has pounded his body over the past 17 years, he’s almost assured to get some disability pay.
At first I was in disbelief that things went completely different from my prediction. I took some time to read his court martial statement, which made things much more clear. Lt. Col. Scheller couldn’t NOT plead guilty. If he had fought the charges, it would have made him look like a crazy person who suddenly realizes he made a mistake and is trying to quickly sweep it under the rug. Scheller isn’t crazy. He might be depressed, but its understandable, given that both his wife and the Marine Corps are abandoning him. But he’s not crazy. It becomes very apparent near the end of his statement:
…Going forward, I am still demanding accountability from my senior General officers. Since this endeavor began, not a single General officer has accepted accountability. Not a single General officer has contacted me directly in any forum to deescalate the situation. Since this endeavor began, I have acknowledged that I should be held accountable for my actions. I am standing here today pleading guilty. This is me accepting accountability. But it deeply pains me that my senior leaders are incapable of being as courageous.– Lt. Col. Scheller
Without accountability from our senior leaders, the system cannot evolve, and the military will ultimately keep repeating the same mistakes in the future. It doesn’t matter if a SSgt squad leader is highly efficient in distributed operations if the General officers have relegated themselves to ‘yes sir’ responses. We need senior leaders who possess the morale courage to push back when something doesn’t make sense.
If Lt. Col. Scheller wanted to cast light on the problem, he certainly did so. But where does it go from here? Tackling the military industrial behemoth is a daunting task. Even Mad-dog Mattis, who finally won the war in Iraq, still struggled to make the Department of Defense refocus and change. The revolving door for senior officers still exists, not dissimilar from the revolving door for politicians and lobbyists. Also, given Lt. Col. Scheller’s negative response to help from Donald Trump, I’m not sure where he’s going to start to affect the change he wants to make.
I will say this: this episode is only going to make the 2024 personnel cliff even worse for the military. In less than a month the military threw everything at Scheller over social media posts. Every military member is taking notice. Any that agreed with him will be quietly quitting, and the slow drip of lost manpower is going to accumulate into a river.
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