The first female candidate for President of the United States celebrated her 69th birthday by dancing salsa with a dwarf and getting a bottle of tequila,

On Tuesday, the Democratic presidential candidate paid a visit to El Gordo y La Flaca, the popular variety chat show on Spanish-language channel Univisión – and it was one of the most unrestrained appearances of her campaign. Clinton was personable, relaxed and, thanks to the nature of the show, fully committed to having some fun. During the show, Clinton danced to Marc Anthony, practiced her Spanish and was even serenaded by Bronx-born singer Prince Royce and a mariachi band for her 69th birthday, on Wednesday

You can (if you must) watch her practice Spanish,

Since that is not enough,

After her interview with the hosts, Clinton revealed that Puerto Rican power duo Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were joining forces, again, for a free concert in support of Clinton in Miami.

Puerto Rican Marc Anthony had already endorsed Clinton in a prior concert and he was booed, but never mind that; ‘Abuela’ Clinton panders for Latino votes on the tabloid TV show of Cubans Raúl De Molina, aka El Gordo, and Lili Estefan, aka La Flaca, as Dominican Prince Royce sang happy birthday, while she declares Mexican food her favorite.

Holy enchilada! Four countries pandered to in one show!

The South Americans must be pale with envy. Jaime Bayly, who has spent months praising Hillary in his MegaTV show, must be having the vapors.

Mercifully, no cigars were lit.

Where Hillary shows up, the Clinton Foundation must not be far: Indeed, La Flaca is a cousin of Emilio Estefan, who hosted with his wife Gloria a Clinton Foundation fundraiser in 2014,

A spokeswoman for the Estefans said the Clinton Foundation brings together businesses, governments, NGOs and individuals to improve wellness and global health, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.

Yes, money can buy you Clinton’s love: Univision‘s Executive Chairman and Clinton Foundation megadonor Haim Saban had emailed on April 12, 2015

both Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and Univision’s then-President of News and Fusion CEO Isaac Lee- a follow-up from prior phone conversations- and directs them to contact each other. Lee (set to deliver his infamous “Nazis” talk at UT-Austin the very next day) agrees to meet with Podesta “ASAP”, and the two ultimately agree on a breakfast meeting.

The purpose of this breakfast meeting is revealed in a later email from Fusion Senior VP and Chief Strategy Officer (now President) Boris Gartner, who joined Lee and Podesta for breakfast at the Four Seasons

As Newsbusters puts it, Univision is a liberal special interest group with a news division.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

The greatest maker of Republican voters since Ronald Reagan is Barack Obama

Michael Graham 2010

If you say the words “9/11” conservative everyone knows what you mean.

It refers to a person who after seeing the events of 9/11 realized that the policy of enabling and excusing radical Islamists could not continue and decided that the liberal policies that objected to fighting them simply enables those who want to kills us.

While some of those 9/11 conservatives have since slipped back to liberalism (Charles Johnson of Little Green footballs comes to mind) most have not forgotten the lessons of 9/11.

We as conservatives did not reject these 9/11 conservatives because of their past beliefs or voting records any more than your church will reject a convert because of their past. That’s as it should be as the whole idea of conversion is for a person to change their past to go to a better future.

And that brings us to Donald Trump.

I’m sure that when Donald Trump praised both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008 he meant it, he truly believed that Barack Obama would be an excellent president and that Hillary Clinton would excel as Secretary of State.

Then we had obamacare

and Fast and Furious

and the withdrawal from Iraq that lead to the rise of ISIS

and civil war in Syria

and the doubling of the national debt

and the IRS targeting conservatives

the Clinton email scandal

the attacks on religious freedom

and the 2nd Amendment

the rise of the Occupy Movement and the resulting violence

and the demonization of police

and riots in Baltimore, Charlotte, and Ferguson

In fact it didn’t take all of this for people to start figuring it out. This is the reason why the Tea Party rose up, this is the reason why Scott Brown won in 2010. And this what Michael Graham was talking about in his speech to the Plymouth County GOP back Sept 1st 2010 before the first Big Red Wave that elected so many Republicans that year (which is why the GOP has so many seats to defend this year.

Given these facts I offer the following proposition:

As so many people have rejected the Democrat party thanks to the policies advanced by Barack Obama, is it not credible that Donald Trump would have done the same, and if that is the case, why are we attacking him for his past statements as some conservatives have, rather than celebrating him for concluding that we conservatives are right and he was wrong?

After all when Trump supported Romney over Obama in 2012 I didn’t see anybody writing articles like this claiming that Romney should not accept his support because he was a secret democrat, did they?

In fairness it is possible that Trump has embraced conservative for his own aggrandizement and that he is all his critics say he is. I have quite a few friends who believe this and I presume they do in good faith.

However I suspect that as a billionaire experienced in the way the world works he likely understands that his own personal freedom and flexibility to do what he wants will decrease rather than increase if he is elected president. Furthermore he is apparently willing to risk his popularity with a large portion of his customer base to do so, after all the rich and powerful in liberal run cities are a large part of his customer base, do you think for one moment that those who have targeted ordinary conservatives will not do their best to make an example of Mr. Trump from this point on?

I think it’s much more likely that Donald Trump is a “Barack Obama conservative”, one of the many Americans who have seen what the Obama years have brought about and the fact that the election of Democrats in general and Hillary Clinton in particular will continue us on that path and decided that something had to be one.

It’s just that unlike most Americans who came to that conclusion and have given time and effort to the Tea Party movement and others, Mr. Trump’s wealth and influence meant that he could make a difference on a larger scale.

Anyways that’s what I think.

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Voices on the left were furious when John McCain suggested that Republicans in the Senate would block any nominees by Hillary Clinton if she becomes President. He walked back that particular talking point very quickly because he’s John McCain.

According to The New American:

To no one’s surprise, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) quickly backtracked on a bold statement a few days ago, when he said, “I promise you that we will, we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton — if she were president — would put up. This is why we need a majority.” […]

But before pleasantly surprised constitutional conservatives could even raise their hand to pat McCain on the back, he quickly changed his tune, speaking through a spokesperson, Rachael Dean. She “clarified” McCain’s earlier remarks by saying that McCain “believes you can only judge people by their record,” pointing to Clinton’s “clear record of supporting liberal judicial nominees.”

Now, we’re hearing a little bit of the same from Ted Cruz.

Before anyone starts searching their copy of the Constitution or checking Wikipedia for precedents, I’ll save you the trouble. Nine is not a magic number. It’s been the number for a century and a half, but there’s nothing that declares it needs to be the number. Moreover, there’s nothing that can compel the senate to confirm a nominee or even hold confirmation hearings. The powers laid out dictate that a Supreme Court justice can only be appointed by a President and can only be confirmed by the Senate. It does not dictate that the President must appoint, nor does it dictate that the Senate must confirm.

Here’s the real point, though. Eight is plenty. In fact, it may just be perfect. For the Supreme Court to take action, there needs to be a clear mandate. That’s an opinion, but it’s one that should make sense to any Constitutional conservative. With nine (or any odd number of) justices, actions for or against a ruling are essentially mandated automatically. That’s not how it should be. With eight, particularly if the justices are split between “conservative” and “liberal” ideologies, a true mandate would require that at least one justice changes sides.

What progressives will say is that keeping a split judicial branch of government impedes progress. The clear error in this thinking is in assuming that the Supreme Court has anything to do with progress. They don’t. That’s for the other two branches. The Supreme Court is there to prevent unconstitutional progress which, in our day and age, seems to be the majority of ideas proposed.

If we keep it at eight, it’s not the better or worse case that wins. Decisions won’t be based upon political leanings. The court can operate in a way that is much more pure. If a case is clearly won or lost, the Supreme Court will act because at least one justice should be willing to switch sides. That’s the burden that I believe is necessary for them to act. When it’s based upon a majority split along ideological lines, we get the debacles we’ve seen in the past few decades where the Supreme Court’s actions yielded failures on both sides of the political spectrum.

Keep it at eight. Not just now. Always. If the Supreme Court must act, it will be because the case was clear, not just because one side was a little better than the other or one based upon political lines.


Robin of Locksley: Touch him with that [blinding iron] and you’ll get an arrow through your throat
2nd Royal forester: You’re a bold fellow aren’t you?
3rd Royal forester: Think you can kill all three of us?
Robin of Locksley: If I have to. [throws a load of bread in the air & hits it with an arrow] Now untie him, and then leave.
1st Royal forester: Well our Duty doesn’t include getting ourselves killed, you can have him, for now.

The Adventures of Robin Hood: The Coming of Robin Hood 1955

Yesterday I asked some difficult questions concerning a Hillary presidency and then updated it linking to post by Scott Adams that said in part

As far as I can tell, the worst thing a presidential candidate can do is turn Americans against each other. Clinton is doing that, intentionally.


As I often say, I don’t know who has the best policies. I don’t know the best way to fight ISIS and I don’t know how to fix healthcare or trade deals. I don’t know which tax policies are best to lift the economy. I don’t know the best way to handle any of that stuff. (And neither do you.) But I do have a bad reaction to bullies. And I’ve reached my limit.

I hope you have too.

I learned about bullies very young thanks to my brother Dominic.

It was the 60’s at St. Anthony’s school and there was a bully who had been picking on the other kids horribly but when he decided to pick on my brother Dominic he, showing the attitude and fearlessness that he would hold for his entire life, fought rather than knuckle under.

Dominic wasn’t particularly big or strong, he was nothing special and the Bully beat him up pretty bad…

…but Dominic gave as good as he got and while he lost the fight the bully was in such bad shape that not only did he stay away from Dominic who seemed completely indifferent to pain, but didn’t pick on the other kids in school from that point on. It was the ultimate Rocky 2 moment

What did that teach me? It taught me that you have to stand up for what’s right, that the best way to stop a bully or a thief or someone looking to intimidate you is to make sure that the cost for sai bully is more than they’re willing to pay.

Yesterday I wondered aloud if conservatives are oppressed by a Hillary Clinton administration how would submitting be better than resisting? I’m very curious as to my brother Dominic’s opinion on the matter.

Incidentally Dominic never changed. From that day to his retirement last year nobody ever messed with him again, not during school, not at his job, not anywhere. He’s enjoying a quiet life with his family but even in the tough neighborhood where he lives, a neighborhood that most of the other Sicilians left long ago, nobody messes with him, the price for doing so is too high.

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I don’t think you can explain the stakes for this election better than this

Every voter, particularly nevertrump one need to see it.

Update: This is almost as good

Late yesterday afternoon I was folding laundry when the phone rang. It was my brother, asking if I wanted to go with him and my sister-in-law to vote.

Unlike 1930s movie stars or reality TV people, I’m not in full make-up and heels when doing household chores, so I hesitated for a moment but said yes, and, a little red lipstick later (can’t go anywhere without red lipstick), was in their car heading to the early voting place.

My voter registration card showed an address in the opposite direction from where we were heading, but my brother had checked ahead of time. A few minutes later we were at the right place, the public library at a strip mall.

The parking lot was nearly full. The temperature was in the low eighties with low humidity and a mild breeze.

Hundreds of lawn signs for every candidate cluttered every available spot in the vicinity.

Dozens of campaign workers were handing out flyers and literature on every candidate and issue. They stayed the mandatory distance away from the entrance, all wearing their candidate’s t-shirt. Many were talking to people. I saw several Trump t-shirts, a Hillary t-shirt or two, but most were for local candidates, especially Rubio and Curbelo.

Curbelo has carpet-bombed this area with direct mail, TV and internet ads, and there were at least ten campaigners in Curbelo t-shirts yesterday evening in the parking lot.

In spite of all the lawn sign clutter, everything was very orderly.

My brother dropped us off at the entrance while he went looking for a parking spot.

Once indoors, you were directed to the waiting line and asked to have your driver’s license and your voter registration card in hand.

A few people arrived after us, including a young black couple with a beautiful baby napping on his mom’s shoulder. The husband wore a red Trump “Make America Great Again” hat and a t-shirt that read

TRUMP 2016

No safe space for him. A couple of people gave him a thumbs-up.

When my brother arrived my sister-in-law and I joined him at the back of the line. The lady next to me asked, “You’re not leaving, are you?”, so I explained we were just joining him instead of having him jump the line. She smiled.

Voting in Florida is very different from voting in New Jersey.

In Joisey we didn’t show ID or voter registration card; we just signed a book, were given a 2″ x 2″ piece of paper, and voted on a machine by turning levers. No paper ballot.

In Florida the information on your voter registration card and ID have to match, you are issued a 12″ printout (similar to a cash register receipt) showing your name, date of birth and address which you then must confirm, and that is placed on a clear plastic pocket on the outside of a folder. The paper ballots (2 pages printed on both sides) go in the inside of the folder, and the ballot number and voter number must in turn match the same number on the printout.

From there you are directed to the rooms with the voting booths. All the booths in the first room were occupied, so we were directed to the second room.

Once in your booth, you fill in the ballot in black ballpoint pen ink, and then head to another area with the machine. A worker explains how to enter the ballot into the machine, he removes the printout ticket, you again confirm the ballot and voter number, you feed the ballot into the slot, it enter the information electronically, you leave the empty folder in a bin, and you’re done.

No chance for hanging chads there.

The whole process – including finding a parking spot – took 20 minutes or so. There must have been a hundred people leisurely processed in that time, and it went very smoothly.

The Florida system triple-checks the voter information, the paper ballot and the electronic information. Unlike New Jersey, the weak points are outside the voting process (namely the ID and registration cards), and then you have to work at it. In all, a much superior system.

Two weeks left before we get the results.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.



King Alphonso:  Rodrigo of Vivar…called the Cid…why do you alone refuse me fealty?
El Cid:  Sire…all those you see here…though none dares say so…harbor the suspicion that you may have counseled your own brother’s death.  Unless you can prove your innocence…you will have no loyal subjects.
Your kingdom will be torn by doubt.  Thus I cannot give you fealty…nor own you as my liege.

El Cid 1961

Sycorax Leader: Surrender or they will die.
Harriet Jones Prime Minister: If I do surrender, how would that be better?
Sycorax Leader: Half is sold into slavery or one third dies. Your choice.

Doctor Who The Christmas Invasion 2005

As I mentioned yesterday yet another project veritas video, this one actually linking Mrs. Clinton to a violation of election law is being ignored or downplayed by the MSM while the revelation from Wikileaks that the president lied through his teeth concerning Hillary emails and Team Obama plus team Hillary conspired to “clean it up” likewise is not turning any heads.

It’s becoming rather apparent that the rule of law doesn’t doesn’t apply to Hillary Clinton and her team or anyone who can aid them in power, nor does the press care if they violate law even to the point of arranging political violence if it will elect democrats.

As the reverse is not true for conservative republicans this leads to a pair of rather horrible questions that I hesitate to ask but need to be expressed out loud. The first is for Conservatives and it’s a variation of the question Harriet Jones asks the Sycorax in Doctor Who:

If a Clinton presidency becomes, as we suspect a time of persecution for Conservatives in general and Christians in particular where the rule of law and the hand of government is laid hard upon us, while the left is allowed to skate, how would submitting be better than resisting?

Depending on the answer to that first question there is a second question to our friends on the left, particularly in the media and government.

The MSM in general and Democrats in particular have explained away and excused violence from Black Lives matter and various leftist groups under the argument that they believe they are marginalized and not being treated equally under the law. In fact it has been suggested by some that said violence is justified.

That being the case will we see the same reaction from said media if the political right, believing that they are not treated equally under the law, that they are persecuted for their political and religious belief, decide to resist? Will we see their resistance excused, explained and justified by those who defended political violence by the left?

I strongly suggest the media and powers that it will not. They will be shocked and stunned particularly if they are, as I suspect the primary targets of any such resistance, but to paraphrase what Glenn Reynolds has said for years may they and their fellow elites find joy in the incentive system they have created.

I suspect the next few years will have horrible results if Mrs. Clinton wins and does not have a Prince Hal or a Prince Rodrigo swearing before El Cid moment and I suspect it will take many prayers to prevent the future I see coming.

Starting next week I will start praying an extra Divine Mercy Chaplet daily requesting God mercy on our country. I invite you to join me in this as I strongly suspect we will be needing it.

Update: For those who doubt that these questions are needed Exhibit a: Anti-Trump Violence Sweeps the Nation

Meanwhile, most physical attacks on Trump supporters make only local news outlets — if that. Rarely do such assaults get mentioned on the evening TV broadcast news or in The New York Times or The Washington Post.That’s because they don’t fit the leftist narrative that Republicans are violent, racist, Islamophobic homophobes.

Despite a lack of evidence, the Left deployed the same false narrative against the Tea Party movement virtually from its formation, while defending the criminal hooligans of Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street as nonviolent and benign.

Exhibit B: via Steven Green at Insty: Richard Nixon could only wish he got Hillary’s FBI treatment

Most dramatically, Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy, William Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than follow Nixon’s order to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox in the Saturday Night Massacre. And Nixon himself resigned when even fellow Republicans signaled they were prepared to impeach and convict him.

One result is that, while “Nixonian” is a synonym for illegal abuse of authority, his resignation and the smooth transfer of power marked a ringing triumph of justice. The fundamental principle that nobody in America is above the law was upheld in practice.

Now imagine another scenario. America wakes up on Nov. 9 to President-elect Hillary Clinton, and to the cold reality that the same principle of equal justice is null and void.

Her election would mean that some people are above the law. It would mean that one of them will assume the commanding heights of our country despite abundant evidence that she committed crimes and got away scot-free.

In fairness the Democrats as a party made the choice to sell their honor for power by not worrying about the rule of law and double standards first when Bill was impeached, this is just a repeat performance.

Exhibit C: also from insty Scott Adams on The Bully Party (and I don’t mean the Teddy Roosevelt expression either)

Team Clinton has succeeded in perpetuating one of the greatest evils I have seen in my lifetime. Her side has branded Trump supporters (40%+ of voters) as Nazis, sexists, homophobes, racists, and a few other fighting words. Their argument is built on confirmation bias and persuasion. But facts don’t matter because facts never matter in politics. What matters is that Clinton’s framing of Trump provides moral cover for any bullying behavior online or in person. No one can be a bad person for opposing Hitler, right?

Some Trump supporters online have suggested that people who intend to vote for Trump should wear their Trump hats on election day. That is a dangerous idea, and I strongly discourage it. There would be riots in the streets because we already know the bullies would attack. But on election day, inviting those attacks is an extra-dangerous idea. Violence is bad on any day, but on election day, Republicans are far more likely to unholster in an effort to protect their voting rights. Things will get wet fast.

I don’t think it’s going to take very long after the election for things to “get wet”

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Your next president

by baldilocks

It will be over soon, this joke of an election. At that point, each American will be able to make specific plans for self and for family—assuming some folks have been waiting around to see who will be in the Oval Office for the next four years before make life plans. (Some of us have not been waiting for this “blessed” event.)

That brings me to this observation: the identity of the person who sits in the office of the presidency should not be as important as it has become. I’m not learned enough to determine whether the executive was always so crucial to the health of this country—some say that the pronounced authority (authoritarianism?) of the presidency began with Lincoln and was further fortified by Wilson and FDR. But, in whatever manner the strength of the executive branch developed beyond its reasonable boundaries, here we are with two candidates for president who…let’s just say that the proverbial dog-catcher role might be dangerous in either set of hands. Either way, we will have a megalomaniac driving the souped-up ship of this nation-state. Comforting, no?

What I am looking forward to: The Night of the Long Knives (digitally speaking only…hopefully) on the losing side. That should be at least as jaw-droppingly entertaining as the breaking apart of the Republican Party has been.

Oh by the way, now we’re going to pay for the wall and Mexico will reimburse us.  And, oh yes, Hillary Clinton and all of her associates and minions are crooked. No more questions.

We will see what becomes of us with either of these excessively-flawed humans at the helm. I say that we have more power than we think.

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The tomb of the unknown soldier who fought for liberty in the Revolutionary War.
In Philadelphia stands the tomb of the unknown soldier who fought for liberty in the Revolutionary War.

Philadelphia is becoming one of the most corrupt cities in the nation, owing mainly to Democrat control.

Just before the city hosted this year’s Democrat National Convention, longtime congressman Chaka Fattah and his son were convicted of corruption.

Just after the convention, a slew of Democrat officials faced a variety of state and federal investigations.

John Dougherty, the most powerful Democrat operative in the city, has been at the center of a federal investigation into possible racketeering. The head of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Philadelphia, Dougherty has been a kingmaker for decades, including his critical support for the current mayor, Jim Kenney. His brother serves on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Anyone who wants to win an election campaign in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania kisses Dougherty’s ring.

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson is reportedly under federal investigation over no-bid real estate deals in the city. Johnson allegedly approved the sale of city properties without a bidding process to several buyers who contributed to his campaign.

Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney, didn’t report five years’ worth of gifts he should have acknowledged under state and local codes until recently. These gifts included a $45,000 roof repairs, and airfare and lodging to places like Key West, Las Vegas and the Dominican Republic. Williams’ lawyer said: “The true answer is, he should have reported it. He failed to do so. And he accepts responsibility.”

Former Mayor Michael Nutter and his entourage reportedly improperly used funds for a trip to Rome, among other irregularities. The funds came from the Philadelphia marathon and should not have been used for such expenses. Nutter has denied any impropriety.

At the state level, Attorney General Kathleen was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, and she resigned. She faces nearly two years in jail. With Kane out, top deputy Bruce Castor took over as acting attorney general. Castor, the former Montgomery County district attorney, declined to press charges against Bill Cosby in 2005 became the No. 1 enforcer of Pennsylvania law.

Two State Supreme Court justices were forced out of office for their involvement in sending pornographic materials via state email. Okay, one was a Republican. And, three top Penn State employees are scheduled to go on trial for covering up the pedophile ring of former football coach Gerry Sandusky.

Despite all of this mishegoss, a huge majority of Philadelphians will pull the Democrat lever in November.

I guess we Philadelphians will get what we deserve—a continuation of the corrupt practices at the local, state and national levels.

Christopher Harper, a recovering journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law.

…sometime after 2024

Closing thoughts, CNN keeps calling James O’Keefe “Discredited” without cause. Given that they are supposed to be a news organization yet he is scooping them with less resources an manpower on a story they want to ignore can someone explain why that description doesn’t fit them instead?

I predict the MSM’s reaction to this will be in keeping with the first rule of Reporting

On Friday I attended the Carenet Dinner in Hollis NH.

For those not familiar with it, Carenet is a protestant ministry for pregnant woman, women removing from abortion and men and women learning how to be parents.

I spoke to Linda Barrie one of the officials about their work

And to their keynote speaker Pastor Keith Ferrin from Seattle

I shared a table with Mike Rogers and Steve MacDonald of Granite Grok who spoke to me after the event about both Carenet and the Election:

As Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for life said there is plenty of room for all of us in the pro-life movement, I’m pleased to see Carenet do their part.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Thank goodness we are in the final days of this election. A year ago I would have thought I’d be celebrating the end of the Obama regime with a sturdy, conservative candidate safely at the top of our ticket; instead I’m just waiting for it all to be over.  There will be no winners at the end of this.

That being said, I will share the not surprising news that Trump solidly leads Louisiana in recent polls:

The research firm Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., conducted the survey from Oct. 17-19, asking 625 likely voters who they would support if the election were held today.

Statewide, voters polled gave Donald Trump a commanding lead of 54 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 34 percent.

But in the New Orleans metro area, comprised of 12 parishes, both candidates get 42 percent support.

Break out the rest of the state, and Trump’s lead widens to almost 30 points.

No surprise there.

We also have a Senate race on our ballot to replace outgoing David Vitter.  The polls show a strong Republican lead there, too.

State Treasurer John Kennedy (R) is in a comfortable 24-point lead in the latest poll with Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, D-Elm Grove, at 19 percent, according to the new survey sponsored by Raycom Media and WVUE-TV.

Ex-KKK Grand Wizard David Duke is polling at a very low 5.1 percent which is actually higher than retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness who polled about three percent.

As I’ve stated before, I’ll be glad when it’s all over. It’s been a nasty, hellish campaign and certainly one to turn almost anyone off of politics.

I’m not sure I’m hard core enough for what is to come. I might have to start blogging about rescue animals or daffodils. I’m weary of it all.

God bless us all.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

One of the reasons for the Culture war that has been fought by the left was to change what is acceptable and what is not and what is important and what is not.

Stacy McCain has written about this in terms of both what our culture will accept.

Birth rates in the United States are at an all-time low, and sexually transmitted diseases are at an all-time high. Prostitution and pornography are rampant. Heroin overdoses are a more common cause of death in many states than automobile accidents. Our borders are being overrun by an endless invasion of illegal immigrants. We have seen a surge of race riots from Ferguson, Missouri, to Baltimore to Charlotte. Police are targeted for assassination, and we have been repeatedly attacked by Islamic terrorists. American civilization is collapsing into anarchy, and what are students paying $45,610 a year to learn at Vanderbilt University? The evils of “heteronormativity” and “gender roles,” in classrooms where the textbooks are written by advocates of Queer Theory.

And what it will not:

Annual tuition at Columbia University is $55,056, and for that price, parents of Columbia students are guaranteed that their children will never be exposed to any fact or opinion that feminism’s campus commissars dislike:

On Thursday, students hosting an upcoming talk by scholar Christina Hoff Sommers put up roughly 50 flyers promoting the event on four different campus buildings at Columbia University and Barnard College. Within 24 hours, most had been torn down.

But while these things on campus are outrageous what’s really outrageous is what we are seeing in the electorate.

We’ve seen the results of eight years of Democrat rule on the economy, an economy of fear where people are one paycheck away from disaster.

We’ve seen the results of eight years of Democrat in general and four years of Hillary Clinton rule at state, our enemies in ascendance, ourselves in retreat and our allies forced to consider nuclear options for defense as they cant count on us.

We’ve seen a government target their political enemies and excuse their friends in a way that Nixon only dreamt of.

And now with the revelations from both Wikileaks and James O’Keefe we see proof of the actual actions of both the media to protect the Clintons and Democrats, the actual opinions of Democrats and Clinton insiders concerning voters and finally on the dirty tricks and corruption from voter fraud to fomenting violence.

Yet with all of that information available, even with the media’s attempt to spin it, we see the majority of the American voting public apparently don’t care.

In my youth if a party in general or a person in particular had done with the Democrats in general and Hillary Clinton had done in particular they would have been run out of town on a rail.

But thanks to their successful culture war, aided and abetted by those who kept insisting it didn’t matter we have reached this point.

That is the most damning revelation from wikileaks and O’Keefe, that the majority of the American public doesn’t give a damn anymore and I never thought I’d see the say when that would be true.

It’s an axiom that democracies and republics always die from within, not from without.  I regret to say it appears American votes seem determined to prove it.

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As an originalist at heart, I’m always skeptical of any form of “modernization” that anyone attempts to institute on government functions, ideas, or philosophies. That’s not to say that I want the world to work strictly from rules made in the 18th century, but human nature in general and progressive nature in particular tend to corrupt through modernization rather than improve.

One exception that should be discussed would be the modernization of the unalienable rights set forth in the Declaration of Independence. Unlike the Constitution or the Amendments that should only be tampered with through the prescribed amendment powers given to the federal government as well as the states, the Declaration of Independence should be examined for the sake of its 21st century validity. We are no longer under the rule of England. We have a nation that is sovereign, a government system that is tested, and a people that are empowered. By examining the unalienable rights as they apply today, it’s possible to bring them back into a focus in a way that is more applicable today.

This isn’t an exercise in hypotheticals. I believe that we are at a point in American history when the Declaration of Independence needs to be remembered and applied. No, I don’t mean that it’s time to overthrow the government or kick California out of the Union once and for all. Because we are a people who are not oppressed by outside governments, the need for independence is not applicable. However, the unalienable rights mentioned in the document apply today perhaps more so than they applied back then.

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are listed as unalienable rights called out specifically from the group. They are endowed by our Creator and apply today. Unfortunately, they don’t have the same meaning to modern-day Americans, which is why I believe we need to do a quick examination of how they should apply going forward given the situation.


The first is the one that hasn’t changed in name but has changed in focus. Life is sacred. It is God-given and must be protected. It is a right and it should be unalienable. Today, liberals are trying to redefine life on multiple levels. The most obvious is, of course, pre-birth life. Abortion was not the evil scourge sweeping the nation in the 18th century. TO them, life was a right that could be taken away by other men, but they did not need to specifically call out when life began and when the taking of that life should be considered murder.

Today, we have that issue.

Rather than redefining, it’s important to maintain the same name as, in its purest form, it exemplifies the unalienable right perfectly. Should babies before birth be murdered as if they weren’t alive? Should terminally ill patients be assisted in their efforts to take their own life? Is the death penalty righteous, or perhaps a better way to ask the question is whether or not our justice system can declare when someone has committed enough harm on others to forfeit their right to continue to live?

Personally, I am as pro-life as one can be in regards to abortion and assisted suicide and I’m for the death penalty, not as a deterrent to crime but as an aid in healing the loved ones of victims. As Americans, the question of life is something that should be answered on a personal level by every individual. It amazed me that people can have no opinion on any of these issues. After all, we’re talking about the most precious gift given to man in this world.


There is a challenge. Just as many have said that “conservatism” has been improperly co-opted and redefined to fit a particular paradigm, so to has the word “liberty.” Because we no longer fight for liberty from foreign, but rather from our own government, we have witnessed the original intent of liberty getting mangled in recent decades.

It was telling when the Libertarian nominee for President viewed liberty as strangely attached to feelings. From his perspective, if someone walked into a bakery owned by a devout Jew and asked them to bake a cake shaped like a swastika, the modernized definition of liberty states that the Jewish baker cannot infringe on someone’s right to have the cake they want baked. This is, in my humble opinion, a perversion of liberty. Just as a Christian bakery should not be forced to make a gay wedding cake, we cannot allow liberty to be used as an excuse to take away someone’s liberty.

All of this leads to our first shift in names. Rather than liberty, which only seems to maintain purity when we’re fighting against oppressive outside forces, we should instead embrace its close cousin, “freedom.” This aligns better with the Constitution; freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly – yes, they’re liberties, but when we see them more appropriately as freedoms, we have a more defensible unalienable right. Antisemitism might be viewed as liberty to some, but that liberty cannot be allowed to supersede the freedom of a private business owner who does not want to participate in the celebration or promotion of an organization that killed millions.

Pursuit of Happiness

Like liberty, the left has taken the original concept of our pursuit of happiness and muddied the waters with social justice and political correctness. Today, if a student feels triggered because their happiness is impeded by someone else’s actions, even if those actions had neither the intent nor the realistic expectation of causing harm, they are allowed to feel like their rights are being attacked. It’s ridiculous.

Happiness is not a right! It never has been. The ability to pursue happiness is the unalienable right, perfectly worded in the 18th century and perfectly perverted today.

To me, the clearest way to enable the pursuit of happiness is through reduction of government interference. On the surface, one might wonder how smaller government can be associated with the pursuit of happiness. If you take a moment to truly consider it, you’ll see that it’s through government interaction that the pursuit of happiness is most hindered. In short, more government drains happiness while less government enables it.

If we look at America’s needs through a 21st century lens, we will see that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, freedom and an appropriately small degree of government. If those things become our focus as a conservative movement, we’ll have our best chance of surviving the leftward lurch that the government has been experiencing in recent years.

Blogger outside of Wrigley Field
Blogger outside of Wrigley Field

By John Ruberry

“Bias has always been a factor in journalism. It’s nearly impossible to remove. Humans have their thoughts, and keeping them out of your work is difficult. But 2016 saw the remaining veneer of credibility, thin as it was, stripped away and set on fire.” Derek Hunter, Townhall, October 23, 2016.

“A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.” Albert Camus.

Both men are right.

I’ve known for many years that the mainstream media, consisting mostly of leftists, is biased, but I’ve also long suspected that these leftists have been colluding with the Democrats. Thanks to WikiLeaks we know that to be true.

The 2016 World Series, an intriguing matchup between the Chicago Cubs–of whom Hillary Clinton used to be a fan of–and the Cleveland Indians, begins Tuesday.

Which got me thinking: What if the self-righteous media guardians, umpires you might say, were in charge of baseball’s fall classic?

When the Chicago Clintons come to bat, their batters will earn a walk after three balls, Cleveland, Donald Trump’s team, will need five balls to gain a base on balls, and they’ll strike out after two strikes.

The media umpires, when the Clintons are in trouble, will take out their smartphones during the games and pass on actionable advice to their manager, who will quickly reply and request more pointers. Player after player for the Trumps will be ejected because the umpires will reveal decades-old sexual assault allegations just as the Cleveland team takes the field. Another Cleveland Trumps player will be ejected because he may not have paid federal income taxes. The umpires will claim it was only just then that they learned about about this tax issue.

Meanwhile charges that the Clintons are taking large cash payments from outsiders that could destroy the integrity of Major League Baseball are for the most part ignored–and not acted upon. And even though the umpires know that the Clintons destroyed evidence of their improprieties, they’ll deem it “old news.” The umpires will overlook the lies from the Clintons about their crimes.

When the fans in the ballpark complain, they’ll be rudely dismissed by the umpires as morons who don’t know how the contest is played.

But the truth is the public knows all too well that the game is rigged.

As Walter Cronkrite used to end his CBS Evening News broadcast, “That’s the way it is.”

And the way it is stinks. We need a new media.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Short of a World Series where Big Papi wins it with a come from behind walk off HR in his last major league appearance, the matchup of the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs is one that a Baseball fan like me dreams of. The Two ultimate long waiting underdogs, facing off in the world series with one of them guaranteed to end their streak of suffering.

The Question becomes, who is the true underdog who should be rooted for?

Let’s consider Cleveland: It has been 20 years since the Indians won the pennant and 68 years since the Indians won the world series. To put that in perspective the last time Cleveland won a world series:

  • Harry Truman was president
  • The Korean War had yet to start.
  • The State of Israel was five months old
  • ABC & CBS had just begun TV broadcasts the Ed Sullivan, CBS Evening News and Candid Camera had debuted (I Love Lucy was still 3 years away)
  • Key Largo and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre starring Humphrey Bogart were hits. Alfred Hitchcock was making his first movie in color (Rope), Zip a Dee doo Da would win the Oscar for best song and Edmund Gwenn would take home best supporting actor for his role as Santa Claus in Miracle on 48th street.
  • Alaska and Hawaii were still 11 years away from becoming US states

In terms of Baseball Ted Williams (AL) and Stan Musial (NL) were the league batting leaders Johnny Mize and Ralph Kiner tied for the NL HR lead while Joe Dimaggio led the AL and Dimaggio & Musial led their respective leagues in RBI’s. On the Mound Cleveland boasted Bob Feller who led the league in strikeouts, with teammate Bob Lemon right behind them and the ERA leader Gene Bearden who Led the AL in ERA. Bearden and Lemon would both win 20 games that year while Feller would have to settle for 19.

That Indians Roster also included Larry Doby the 1st Black player in the American League in his first full season and a rookie by the name of Satchel Page who had dominated the Negro Leagues for 20 years before putting up a 5-1 record with an ERA of 1.31 against a bunch of players young enough to be his sons.

Amazingly one member of this team is still alive 95 year old first baseman Eddie Robinson who batted .254 with 16 HR and 83 RBI that season and would scatter six singles for a .300 avg in the world series. He is likely to get more attention in the next week than he’s had in years.

As far as Titles Go LeBron James may have brought the NBA titles to Cleveland but before that you have to go to Jim Brown and the days before the Superbowl to see Cleveland win titles.

So Cleveland is definitely overdue and  in any other year Cleveland would be the clear sentimental favorite.

Except this year they are playing the Chicago Cubs.

To take things backwards, in terms of titles the City of Chicago has done better than Cleveland.  The Chicago Blackhawks have taken three Stanley Cups in the last 10 years and you only have to go back to the Reagan Administration to find the Chicago Bears last title when they Crushed the Patriots in the days before Tom Brady.  Even in baseball The White Sox broke their title deficit just a year after the Red Sox in 2005.

And of course if you’re an NBA fan there was this fellow named of Michael Jordan who before he started a career selling men’s underwear brought six titles to the Bulls in the 90’s.

But for the Cubs forget finding a living player (let alone a person alive) from their last world series championship in 1908, there isn’t a living member of the last pennant winner left,  as Lennie Merullo died last year at the age of 98.  In fact I’d wager you’d have a hard time finding a living child of a member of the 1908 Cubs

That Cubs Roster is full of Hall of Fame Players from Joe Tinker to Johnny Evers to Frank Chance at the plate but like the 48 Indians their bats didn’t lead the league,  Honus Wagner would just miss the  NL Triple Crown leading the lead in batting ( .354) and RBI’s (109) while coming in 2nd in the majors in Home runs with a massive 10 just behind Tim Jordan who would lead the league with 12.  In the AL Ty Cobb would do the same leading the league in batting ( .324) and RBI’s (108) but falling three HR behind teammate Sam Crawford who would lead the league with …7!

On  the Mound 3 finger Brown would have been the best pitcher in the league had it not been for some fellow name Christy Mathewson.  Brown would be 2nd in wins (29 vs 37) Shutouts (9 vs 11) fewest walks per 9 innings (1.412 vs 0.968) WL percentage (.763 vs .771) and ERA (1.47 vs 1.43) only in hits per 9 innings ( 6.167 vs 6.474) and Saves (both with 5) would Brown be the equal or better than Christy, but in the end his team would edge out Mathewson’s Giants and  Wagner’s Pirates by a single game to make it to the fifth world Series ever played.


But think about it 1908  back then

  • Teddy Roosevelt was still in the White House and not on Mount Rushmore
  • World War one was a full 6 years away
  • Milton Berle who would become the 1st TV star the year Cleveland would win the Series was BORN
  • The Biggest name in Film was DW Griffith
  • Thomas Edison was still involved in filmmaking
  • We were still fighting in the Philippines
  • The first radio broadcast of any type was 2 years old and the first US Broadcast License was a year away
  • The keel of the RMS Titanic was still a year away from being laid down
  • The Airplane was 5 years old
  • Most of Europe was still ruled by Kings
  • New Mexico and Arizona were still 4 years away from statehood and Oklahoma was a state less than a year

So to put it simply, if you judge things by baseball alone you might cheer for the Cubs as they have a huge title deficit, but if you judge by titles overall you have to cheer for Cleveland since, Lebron James notwithstanding their city championships have been few and far between.

But given their respective Crime rates both cities could use something to get their minds off their problem.


Model of Ancient Jerusalem
Model of Ancient Jerusalem

I’m “reading” Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Jerusalem—actually listening to the audiobook version from the Los Angeles Public Library. It’s a lot easier to get other things done this way, though it is sometimes necessary to scroll back when my attention wavers. With these big, sprawling histories, it’s easy to lose track of who the author is talking about.

Previously, I had checked out Montefiore’s The Romanovs: 1613-1918, but I didn’t finish reading it in the allotted 21 days and I couldn’t renew it because, apparently, it’s in high demand. When you want to renew a copy of an e-book or audiobook that other people are waiting for, you must return in and the library will remove availability to the book files. Then if you want to check it out again, you must put it on hold and go to the back of the line.

That’s how my unfinished “reading” of The Romanovs turned into my present “reading.”

And I said all that to point out something about these histories and about histories in general: I am grateful to God for being born at the time and in the place that I was.

From what I can tell about most of human history, sudden death, wasting disease, torture, dismemberment, and enslavement have been right around the corner for everyone: kings, priests, pashas, sheiks, emperors, scribes, nobles, serfs, slaves, and warriors. Up until very, very recently, all man- and womankind have had sudden destruction haunting them from infancy and if they made it out of infancy, the lifespan was usually no longer than 50 years. And let’s not even discuss the bathing and toilet accommodations!

And if you were a woman or a child, your body did not belong to you. Period.

Really, I am so tired of the whining that goes on about life in America. It isn’t perfect; no existence anywhere has been since Adam and Eve so severely miscalculated. As a matter of fact, life has been nasty, brutish, and—following the Great Flood—short. And poopy.

Now, too much time is spent coveting your neighbor’s private space to eat, sleep, copulate, and clean himself instead of appreciating your own private but smaller space to eat, sleep, copulate, and clean yourself.

That’s what I’m getting from Montefiore’s work—a sense of how good we all have it. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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Director Comey speaking at the Coast Guard Academy.

As a sponsor family to a Coast Guard Academy Cadet, I have access to some unique opportunities. One such opportunity presented itself on Tuesday when my cadet texted me. “Director Comey is speaking at the Coast Guard Academy on Thursday. Would you like to come?”

Who wouldn’t! Despite a long day at work, I put on a service dress uniform, met my cadet on campus, and walked together up to Leamy Hall. Since the cadets were allowed to ask questions, I asked him what ground rules had been set by the Academy.

“They said the focus was race, and to not ask anything about Hillary Clinton.” I thought the race part was interesting, and no surprise about Clinton. I explained that even if a cadet was brash enough to ask, the Director would likely deliver one or two prepared sentences and move on, and you would have lost the opportunity to get a legitimate answer to a question.

cga_comey_upstairsThe view from my seat.

Director Comey started his hour talking about leadership, specifically that good leadership requires both kindness and toughness. He is a very good speaker, and obviously very comfortable getting in front of crowds. He’s also really tall, FYI.

Then he talked about race, specifically the issues surrounding African-Americans and police enforcement. His first big point was that we needed more accurate data to get an idea of how to tackle this problem. He brought up the Harvard study that showed lethal force was more likely against whites, but non-lethal force was more likely against blacks. He wants police officers out of their cars, because “It’s hard to hate up close.” He worried that if policing becomes viewed as an undesirable occupation, then he will struggle to attract good men and women to the force.

cga_comey_lineupCadets line up to ask Director Comey questions.

Then he brought up Hillary Clinton, which was a surprise. He hit a number of points:

  • That he assigned some of the best people to that case.
  • That they rendered their decision without political pressure.
  • That seven layers of managers agreed with it before he did as well.

He also brought up the most important point of the evening, that even if Hillary Clinton had been an FBI agent, while she would have been disciplined, she wouldn’t have been prosecuted, because we historically don’t prosecute people for those crimes.

He has a point. We’ve had a number of high level people mess up classified handling, and while they get fined, most never serve jail time.

“But this guy was fired from the military!” Yes, that is true in plenty of cases. But the difference is that the military is exercising Non-judicial punishment and Courts Martial authority. It’s NOT a trial. The removal from the military in most cases is done at an Administrative Separation board. While it’s not pretty for the person involved, it doesn’t result in jail time.

So I can see Director Comey’s point. But that brings up a bigger issue. We spend billions to generate classified information, then we fail to protect it because we let people off when they exercise poor judgement. It’s sad when you spend more efforts attacking law-abiding citizens then prosecuting chumps that hide classified in their socks.

If Congress is so enraged over Director Comey’s decision, then start by clamping down on our fickle laws over classified information. Add minimum sentences to mishandling, especially for politicians and other civilians. Start putting people in jail for gross mishandling.

What Hillary Clinton did was wrong. There is no denying that. Personally I find it terrible, and it sickens me that most people seem to shrug it off, not understanding the damage that was done. The fact that it’s happened in the past so many times, without Congressional action to fix it, makes it even worse. At some point, we as a nation need to decide how much we care about classified information and how it is handled.

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An interesting thing happened Thursday afternoon.

Having woken up hungry just before 3 pm and finding the house empty I headed down to Happy Jacks restaurant to, after a 30 day fast from meat, reacquaint myself with the joys of their $5 after 3 pm menu.

I got there around 3:15 and the place was pretty empty, the lunch crowd was long gone and the normal Thursday dinner rush was hours away (thus the $5 menu 3-6 PM & 9-close menu). Seeing no servers handy and being alone for a change I sat myself at the bar sharing it with three woman, the bartender, who had worked there since it was the old Border restaurant at their previous location, one to my right and one across from me.

The bartender greeted me, and after taking my wings and diet coke order, she, knowing that I had been covering the race and who I was voting for asked: “How’s Trump doing?”

I said it would be a hard slog, with the media united against him and their willingness to bury Clinton’s corruption and the revelations from both Wikileaks and Project Veritas, I added that even if he managed to win beyond the margin of fraud, when you added the possibility of Evan McMullin taking Utah and an election thrown to the house (which doesn’t mean a Trump win, but that’s another post) it’s an uphill fight.

My mention of McMullin caught the interest of the lady to my right who asked who he was. She was drinking a beer while enjoying one of the excellent meal choices. She looked a few years older than me, had a pleasant face that seemed to have a bit of sadness behind it.

I told her both of the Never Trump people and their candidate, a worthy enough man, but I also argued that the reality is Jill Stein and Gary Johnson et/al notwithstanding we have a binary choice between two candidates that most americans find unacceptable and that if you want to make a choice rather than duck it, the options are Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

She sighed, she talked about her support for Bernie Sanders, how she absolutely loved the man, found him honest and was frustrated that her choice was, in her mind, to either write him in or vote for Hillary Clinton, who she neither liked nor trust, over Donald Trump who she also didn’t trust.

I took the liberty of acquainting her with the fraud in Florida broken by Fausta last week at the blog and then suggested that if she found both candidates untrustworthy then the obvious choice for her, even as a Sanders supporter was NOT Hillary Clinton but Donald Trump.

That got the attention of all three ladies in the place who had been listening to my story of democrat deceit in the spanish community and were generally curious as to my argument. She asked why she should vote Trump if she doesn’t trust either nominee.

“Consider” I said, “We have one major candidate who if elected will have his every move scrutinized by the press, scrutinized by law enforcement, scrutinized by political enemies…” As I put it if he so much as thought of putting a foot wrong the entire weight of all of them would come down on him. No presidency in history would be under a stronger microscope.

“Meanwhile we have a different candidate who we know is dishonest, who we’ve already established will be protected from the consequences of her actions by the FBI, the press, by pols etc…” and I repeated things the various Clinton scandals, the lies, the wikileaks revelations and noted that in every case the powers that be had either enabled her or shielded her from the consequences of her actions.

I could see that all of them were paying attention to what I was saying so I closed: “That being the case, if you don’t trust either major candidate the only choice is to vote for Donald Trump because if he tries to do something wrong, you KNOW he won’t be given a pass on it unlike Hillary Clinton who you know will.”

There was a pause, the bartender seemed impressed, the woman sitting opposite of me had said little as a talked but was staring intently as if processing my argument, but the Sanders fan was clearly struck by what I said. After a few moments she broke the silence that had followed my argument.

“I had never thought of that.”

You could see the faintest change in her, as if she had been bearing several weights on her shoulders and had just been relieved of one of them. She expressed admiration both for my argument and my oratory skills. I introduced myself, mentioned my blog and invited her to check out the writing here when she got a chance and we chatted briefly on non political matters before I had to excuse myself, I needed to get home.

I spoke to the woman across at the bar, hoping my political talk had not disturbed her meal, on the contrary, she said, she found it very interesting and didn’t disagree with anything I had said. The bartender said the same as she cashed me out.

As for the woman to my right she thanked me with a slight smile. She had been was frustrated by her electoral choice before, she wasn’t any more.

There are a lot of people who are unhappy with their choices this election season, I don’t know how many have been moved by the arguments on this blog or the podcast. But while in the grand scheme of things what was said in that nearly empty restaurant was a tiny insignificant thing, heading home I knew that at least one mind and one vote had been changed.

I submit and suggest that the last best card to play is not a pro-Trump or an anti Hillary argument, it’s the pro-accountability argument to people who have little trust in Washington, the government or the press.

Those of us who want a government accountable to the people and to the law over the next four years should go out, meet people in your community at your local bar, at the barber shop, and even on your facebook page. Make the case for accountability in your everyday encounters over the next few weeks.

If we each move just one disenchanted voter in our community we can make a difference.

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A few years ago I watched on PBS the Metropolitan Opera‘s staging of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungs, which were played in sequence over a week, preceded by a making-of documentary. I liked the documentary.

I dislike most of Wagner’s music – too long, too many strident notes for my taste, but I was fascinated by the contraption:

the huge, glitch-prone contraption that served as a single set for all four operas in the Wagnerian cycle

The million-dollar contraption required that the Met’s floor be reinforced since it actually weighed a ton, malfunctioned frequently (including showing the Windows logo one time), and dominated every moment of the four operas.

But it was fun to look at. Look at the valkyrie ride in on the twenty four planks (for full effect raise the volume and watch it on your YouTube tv app):

If that doesn’t look like a seesaw’s worth of Wagnerian fun, I don’t know what does.

The presidential and vice-presidential debates are at least as long as the Wagner Cycle, drag on and on, hit too many strident notes, and like the Met’s contraption, weigh a ton. In order to watch, some feel the need to reinforce themselves with adult beverages.

Makes one wish the debates would bring the contraption for entertainment value. Imagine the armored candidates rollicking on the 24 planks.

However, once the fat lady sings, by now the best we could hope for is that the documentary will be better.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog. She loves the Bugs Bunny Wagner.

This piece at Bill Quick’s site (via Glenn) should be read by every Democrat who having voted for liberals for decades suddenly found the state too expensive to live in and moved to NH.

On a recent evening, more than 300 homeowners who are worried about their rising property tax bills filled First Unitarian Universalist Church in North Austin for a town hall meeting. If something doesn’t change, many said, they will soon be priced out of their homes.

Two nights later, a similar discussion played out in South Austin, where homeowners gathered at Grace United Methodist Church in Travis Heights to talk about what can be done to slow escalating residential tax values.

“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.

For those of you who don’t know, Austin is a liberal bastion in Texas as Wikipedia puts it

Austin is known as an enclave of liberal politics in a generally conservative state—so much so, that the city is sometimes sarcastically called the “People’s Republic of Austin” by residents of other parts of Texas, and conservatives in the Texas Legislature

And it’s this fact that make the story so ironic. Nationally they’ve voted GOP three times since 1960 (the landslides of 72 & 84 and George Bush by 49.7% in 2000) and on the local level haven’t elected a republican mayor for 20 years.

Thus unlike the actual People’s republic in China these folks elected their local leaders who have voted for all the spending that has required all those higher taxes. Bill Quick put it best.

Suicidally stupid bint thought she was voting to spend other peoples’ money. Which didn’t bother her at all. Until she discovered, to her horror, that good intentions were not enough, and that, mirabile dictu, she was the other people.

Invariablly people in a republic get the government they deserve, let’s hope she doesn’t move to a less expensive city and vote the next generation out of affording their homes too.

Moira Noonan & Fr Denis interviewed by WQPH
Moira Noonan & Fr Denis interviewed by WQPH
On Sunday at the former Madonna of the Holy Rosary Church in Fitchburg WQPH sponsored Holy Mass and healing service with Catholic Evangelist, Author and international speaker Moira Newman and Fr. Denis Phaneuf of the Diocese of saskatoon Saskatchewan and an advisor on the Vatican consultation on Exorcism and Deliverance Ministry.

A fair sized crowd came and heard this gospel and sermon at the mass

And stayed for the healing service, heard them speak and bought the various books available.

When all was said and done I interviewed both Moira:

and Fr. Denis

Guns. Supreme Court. Abortion. Immigration. Those were the first four topics in the first three questions from Wednesday night’s debate (2nd Amendment and the Supreme Court were squeezed into the first question). On these issues, which are arguably the four most divisive between the two candidates, Donald Trump was composed, informed, and surprisingly eloquent. He was able to portray his thoughts intelligently without sounding too rehearsed. With Chris Wallace at the helm asking questions about issues, the first 30 minutes of this debate were the best 30 minutes Trump has had in any debate, including the primaries.

He exuded the presence of a President more than he’s ever done in his life.

It went downhill from there, though not as badly as it will be portrayed. Mainstream media will condemn him for declaring that he won’t necessarily accept the results of the election. I’ll cover that more shortly, but let’s look at his other mistakes:

  • When she called him a puppet, his inner middle-schooler said, “No, you’re the puppet.” It’s already a viral Vine with hundreds of thousands of loops and rapidly rising.
  • When asked about entitlements, he talked about improving the economy and jobs which absolutely won’t fix entitlements without a major overhaul.
  • Lastly, he called her a nasty woman. She is, but that’s not going to help him score points with women, especially after drawing chuckles from the audience when he said nobody has more respect for women than he does.

There were other little mistakes, but all in all this was his best, most error-free debate. It also showed something to the conservatives in the #NeverTrump crowd: he might not be as far from their perspectives as they’ve been led to believe. His grasp of Heller far exceeded hers (no, Heller was not about toddlers, Hillary). His attack on partial birth abortion was spot-on and Hillary botched her response. Then, his vow and reiteration of appointing conservative pro-life Supreme Court justices was reassuring.

In those first 30 minutes, the all-important undecided Republicans and conservatives were given everything they would need to lean in his direction. Now, we’ll get to see the media playing up his unwillingness to definitively state that he’d accept the results of the election.

It will be an ineffective attack. To understand why, we have to look at the psychological effects that his stance will have on each type of voter.

Those firmly in the Clinton camp will take those words and move their chances of voting for him from 0% to -1%. Nothing lost there.

For those firmly in Trump’s camp, they’ll be cheering him on. Darn tootin’ they won’t accept the results if Trump doesn’t. It’s war!

Undecided Republicans will be a little affected by the notion, but the reiteration that election fraud is real combined with not accepting the results will push more towards him than away.

Undecided Democrats and Independents – here’s where it gets a little weird. Most of them won’t care enough to be swayed by the notion, but some will unconsciously lean towards him as a result. Why? Because it reinforces their feelings that the system is broken, that he’ll fight the system, and that they don’t want added chaos. Whether they realize it or not, the more that the media covers it, the more the undecided Democrats and Independents will consider Trump. Those who are undecided on the left are undecided because they really don’t like Hillary.  If they liked her, they’d already be supporting her. The fact that they’re considering Trump means that his defiance to the system and antagonism of Clinton will be a plus.

Does this mean Trump will win? Unlike many self-proclaimed pundits, I don’t see this election as one that can be determined until election day. Nate Silver puts Trump’s chances below 20%. I tend to see it as still a tossup because 2016 is insane but more importantly because Trump is outperforming her on the issues. Tonight, it wasn’t even close. The only times Clinton sounded half-decent at all was when she was attacking Trump and/or pandering to women and minorities. On the actual issues, she sounded like a 3rd semester political science major with average grades and a crush on her professor. Trump sounded like he knew the issues.

By NG36B

What I got out of the debate:

Hillary is pro-women and children, unless she’s busy killing them in a late-term abortion.

Trump called out NATO, and he has every right to:

Trump won’t agree to election results. Sort of like the 2000 election:,_2000#Florida_recount

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DTG:  9:50 PM ” The one thing you have over me is experience, but it’s bad experience.”

DTG  9:21 PM First time ever Hillary has been called out on her extreme position on abortion


DTG 8:28 PM We’re going to try something new tonight. I’ve created this new account and given access to all our writers. If and as they wish they will be putting commentary on and/or after the debate.

The updates should appear at the top as the are written. I expect we will see both some commentary during the debate and some general comments post debate.

As I’m working tonight and will be off the grid by 9:45 PM I won’t be in the mix and as this is the first time we’ve done this I expect a glitch or two.

But baring said glitches I hope you enjoy what you see.

Today is the final Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Because of my work schedule I will be able to watch only the first hour of the debate while listening to the final hour as I drive into work.

Here are some pre-debate thoughts

This is likely the last chance that Donald Trump will be able to address the American people outside of the filter of the MSM before election day. That means he needs to point the debate to items the MSM wants to ignore from the Project Veritas tapes to the Wikileaks revelations.

This is the first time that there has been a debate with a moderator from FOX. Hillary Clinton is going to have to be prepared to be actually challenged on issues by a moderator for the first time in, well forever.

It is pretty safe to assume that regardless of what actually happens at the debate the MSM as a whole will state the election over and Trump doomed.

If by some chance Hillary underperforms greatly than I guarantee the media will be unified in blaming FOX and insisting they should be excluded from now on (Even if she does well this is a likely post debate meme).

One of the myths of this election cycle has been that “If only the GOP didn’t nominate Trump the MSM would be talking Wikileaks, Project Veritas etc” I guarantee that if the Trump tapes where not out there the media would find a different reason to ignore all of the above.

Based on the CNN reactions we can assume that if the veritas tapes come up in the debates you will see the words “convicted criminal” be repeated over and over with O’Keefe.

Very curious if the National Enquirer stuff will be brought up, I’m sure Trump is waiting for Clinton to dismiss them with a “That’s what John Edwards said” line.

The apparent decision to bring James O’Keefe to the debate is an excellent idea and put the MSM in a position where they are forced to comment on the “why” thus the “convicted criminal” business.

I’d bet real money that Hillary congratulates the Cleveland Indians in her opening statement before Trump gets a chance after all Hillary operatives aside there are no votes in Toronto.

Who wants to be that most of the post debate stories of the MSM have already been 60-707% written? The only real mystery left is what the MSM meme will be to spin the results, but within 30 minutes of the end of the debate I suspect every network will be using the same one.

The interminable campaign season wears on, and we’re being dumped on:

Wikileaks dumped the Podesta emails, part 12:

If you had any doubts that the Dems and the press are in cahoots, you can rest assured:

Speaking of Politico, they have a story about the Dems dumping barrels of money

to its House candidates this fall by way of a legal loophole that has helped them bypass the typical limits on coordinated spending between parties and candidates

Just three days ago the WaPo was saying Hillary’s already won, and is now deciding whether to “expand the map or stick to the plan.”

Because the polls can’t be rigged?

Back to the subject of Wikileaks, don’t doubt that the Clintons are corrupt: In just one instance, Qatar gifts Bill Clinton $1,000,000 for his birthday. Arms flow increases 1,482%.

And then there are allegations of quid pro quo, also known as tit for tat,

In a statement released by the State Department, Kennedy said he reached out because he wanted “to better understand a proposal the FBI had made to upgrade one of former Secretary Clinton’s emails prior to its public release” and that McCauley raised the topic of FBI slots in Iraq “as an entirely separate matter.” He said he could not speak to McCauley’s recollection but insisted: “There was no quid pro quo, nor was there any bargaining. At no point in our conversation was I under the impression we were bargaining.”

Kennedy also said in the statement his motivations “were never political.”

More news dumps: James O’Keefe’s videos of the Clinton campaign and the DNC strategy of inciting violence at Trump events – which violence Hillary blamed on Trump’s words – and engaging in voter fraud.

(Don’t forget my interesting experience last week.)

But hey, the POTUS says to “stop whining,”

At a news conference in the White House Rose Garden, Mr. Obama said, “I have never seen in my lifetime, or in modern political history, any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place.”

Maybe, if he’s serious about discrediting, Obama ought to tell his party to stop dumping raw sewage while they’re at it.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.


Diz: Not one word of what he’s saying is being printed in that state
Saunders: Oh no Diz!
Diz: Taylor has practically every paper in the state lined up and he’s feeding them doctored up junk!

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939

We’ve been busing in people for fifty years to stop you ******* ******** and we’re not going to stop now!

Scott Forval

The 2nd Project Veritas Tape dropped while I was asleep this morning and it talks about the where’s, and the hows on voter fraud:

Four thoughts:

  1.  As I write this right now CNN is literally saying there is practically no such thing as voter fraud. If you do a search of James O’Keefe under google news you will find tons of links to the O’Keefe tapes, none of them are from NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, NYT, LAT, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune et/al. As far as they are concerned this stuff doesn’t exist. O’Keefe has said ” If Media Covered Project Veritas Like They Covered Trump Tape, ‘I Guarantee You Trump Would Win the Election“.

This is why they don’t.

2. Every single major news organization, every single national newspaper, every major state paper and every major paper from individual cities have vastly more resources that James O’Keefe and Project Veritas. Any of them could have done the investigative work that Mr. O’Keefe and Project Veritas did and exposed these practices that have apparently been going on for decades.

They chose not to.

3. Conservatives have been saying this kind of thing has been  going on for years. invariably Democrat pols their allies and every single major news organization, every single national newspaper practically every major state paper and practically every major city paper have been calling the people who are claiming this was happening “Conspiracy Theorists”.

They were not

4. There is a huge overlap between the people who work for NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, NYT, LAT, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune et/al and those who have worked for Democrats in public office.  It is very likely that some of these people knew this stuff was going on and could have reported on it for the public good

They did not.

You know I’ll wager there were hundreds of people who got into journalism who thought they were going to be Woodward and Bernstein, who thought they were going to change the world and do good.  They saw themselves as the boy rangers from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington taking on the rich and powerful.

I’ll bet they never imagined that by their cowardice and silence they would instead essentially become the Taylor machine keeping  silent for the sake of the connected and to maintain their own positions instead.

It’s rather sad actually.

Closing thoughts

While it’s all well and good to get these revelations out there the real question is: What will we as a nation do about it?  Will we do ANYTHING about it?   How we answer that question will reveal who we are as a nation and determine once and for all what kind of government we deserve.

As a Catholic in general and a Christian in particular we are required to love and pray for both the people doing this to us, and the media who are enabling them by their silence. This is not an optional doctrine.

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Jeffrey Pelt: Mr. Ambassador, you have nearly a hundred naval vessels operating in the North Atlantic right now. Your aircraft has dropped enough sonar buoys so that a man could walk from Greenland to Iceland to Scotland without getting his feet wet. Now, shall we dispense with the bull?

Ambassador Lysenko: You make your point as delicately as ever, Mr. Pelt.

Jeffrey Pelt: It would be well for your government to consider that having your ships and ours, your aircraft and ours, in such proximity… is inherently DANGEROUS. Wars have begun that way, Mr. Ambassador.

The Hunt for Red October

I’m old enough to remember when this report would have made my blood run cold.

A FLEET of Russian nuclear ships have been spotted steaming out of base – and it is heading for Britain.

Vladimir Putin‘s policy of gunboat diplomacy continued as a giant aircraft carrier and nuclear submarine were among eight vessels snapped sailing south past Norway yesterday.

The fearsome fleet is headed for Russia’s Mediterranean base in Tartus, Syria.

But first, the ships are set to pass through the English Channel in the latest act of sabre-rattling from Moscow.

Royal Navy warships are being readied to intercept the fleet which could pass within miles of the British coast.

Russia’s flagship aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov was amongst the ships to depart from the Arctic port of Severomorsk on Saturday.

The 55,000-tonne colossus is travelling with the Pyotr Veliky battlecruiser, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov destroyer and large anti-submarine ships.

The convoy was caught on camera by Norwegian spy planes on Monday

The show of strength is the latest act of defiance from Moscow in the face of Western pressure over its bombing campaign in Syria.

Back when the War was Cold, I thought I knew who the enemy was. Now, however, it seems that the onion has endless layers waiting to be peeled back—to reveal the true nature of our enemies and our “friends.”

Too few care about this approaching feces storm. But I suspect that we will be made to care.

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The New York Times’ decision to draw a line in the sand against Donald Trump’s threat to file a libel suit may come back to haunt the news organization.

The issue involves a story about two women who allege that the presidential candidate groped or kissed them without their consent. In a letter asking for a retraction, Trump’s attorney claimed the article was libelous, reckless and defamatory. The Times’ attorney fired back: “…[I]f he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.”

The Times’ response is extraordinary in that most news organizations, when facing such a threat, issue the appropriate response: “We stand by our story.”

As an expert witness in nearly 30 defamation lawsuits, I have never seen a news organization take such a combative and public stance except in the courtroom. But The Times’ lawyer seemed pleased with the response. See

This immediate and rather vitriolic letter places The Times with both feet in the presidential muck that this campaign has become. No longer is the news organization standing above the fray.

In an editorial, The Times lectured Trump on constitutional law. “it should come as no surprise that Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, is as ignorant about constitutional law as he is about every other matter pertinent to the nation’s highest office.”

The editorial noted Times v. Sullivan, the important case that defined the tenets for a successful libel suit against a public official, which was extended to a public figure in a later case. Trump would have to prove the Times engaged in reckless disregard of the truth.

What The Times failed to mention is another important libel case: Herbert v. Lando.

Anthony Herbert was a U.S. Army officer in Vietnam who claimed he witnessed war crimes that his commanding officer refused to investigate. In a 1973 report on 60 Minutes, correspondent Mike Wallace and producer Barry Lando argued that Herbert had lied and was himself guilty of war crimes. The Army officer filed a libel suit.

Even though CBS eventually won the suit, the U.S. Supreme Court provided plaintiffs like Herbert, and potentially Trump, the ability to investigate the “state of mind” of journalists while they are reporting a story.

“When a member of the press is alleged to have circulated damaging falsehoods and is sued for injury to the plaintiff’s reputation, there is no privilege under the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press barring the plaintiff from inquiring into the editorial processes of those responsible for the a publication.”

I doubt the news organization wants to have its editorial process placed under a microscope. The Times may win the battle and lose the war. To wit, I do stand by my story.

Christopher Harper, a recovering journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law


As a general rule there are not a lot of reasons for conservatives in Massachusetts to smile come election time but WCVB polls on Question 2, the expansion of charter schools in the state is an exception:

On charter schools, 49 percent of likely voters support the question and 39 percent oppose, with 12 percent unsure. With leaners, the support goes up to 52 percent and opposition to 41 percent.

These polling stats come despite the opposition of such liberal icons as Senator Elizabeth Warren coming out against Question 2. And the NAACP maintaining its opposition to such schools.

In fact there has been a divide on the question amongst liberals  with the Boston Globe editorializing against fiscal objections to charter schools and some Cambridge city officials  spitting from their fellows on question 2.

US News has noticed this split between the liberal grass-roots and their leadership on this issue

But why do many civil rights groups oppose charters? The more deeply one looks, the more puzzling the question. Unlike rank-and-file teachers, the African-Americans we surveyed support charters by a nearly two to one margin. Forty-eight percent of African Americans say they favor the formation of charters, while only 29 percent stand in opposition, with the remainder taking the neutral position. In fact the opinions of African-Americans resemble those of the American public as a whole – 51 percent support, 28 percent oppose, 21 percent neutral. A March Boston Globe poll found much the same level of support for charters in the Bay State as we found nationally, both among the public as a whole and among all demographic groups.

Not only does the black community support charters, but African-American students enjoy over-representation in charter schools. According to the U. S. Department of Education 27 percent of all charter students are black, even though black students constitute only 16 percent of the overall public school population. Hispanic students at charters (30 percent) are slightly over-represented, as their share of the school-age population is 25 percent. But white students constitute just a quarter of the enrollees at charters, even though they are half of all students attending public school. Mysteriously, the NAACP calls this segregation

This divide has not slowed down the teachers unions and their allies.  In my home town of Fitchburg a local office opened up in the parkhill plaza area with a big sign Fitchburg Educational Association over it.  This has been a source of the lawn signs against question two that have popped up all over town.  In my travels I’ve yet to notice any such comparable effort locally on the other side.

Of course it could be the reason for the inactivity of the pro-question 2 side might be a decision to allow the results from the Sizer School, the local charter serving grades 7-12 speak for itself

the Massachusetts Department of Education released the accountability results for schools across the state. Sizer School, a 7-12 public charter in Fitchburg, has reached Level 1 status – an exciting accomplishment. In the aggregate and by subgroup, Sizer students met state targets for achievement. Sizer also saw strong improvement in subgroup performance in English Language Arts, and in moving students from warning/failing into proficient, and from proficient to advanced. This benchmark is due to the achievement and dedication of Sizer staff, students, and families. It represents diligence and is the result of hard work to ensure students understand and are able to demonstrate mastery of content and concepts in a testing environment.

According to the Massachusetts State 2016 glossary of accountability terms level one means?

Massachusetts’ Framework for District Accountability and Assistance classifies schools and districts on a fivelevel scale, classifying those meeting their gap narrowing goals in Level 1 and the lowest performing in Level 5. Approximately eighty percent of schools are classified into Level 1 or 2 based on the cumulative PPI for the “all students” and high needs groups. For a school to be classified into Level 1, the cumulative PPI for both the “all students” group and high needs students must be 75 or higher.

It defines “high needs students” as:

The high needs group is an unduplicated count of all students in a school or district belonging to at least one of the following individual subgroups: students with disabilities, English language learners (ELL) and former ELL students, or economically disadvantaged students. For a school to be considered to be making progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, the cumulative PPI for both the all students group and high needs students must be 75 or higher.

Sizer school scored 76 on all students and an even higher 78 for “high needs” students.

Meanwhile according to state stats Fitchburg in General (Level 3 62/60) and the schools servicing comparable grade levels   Fitchburg high  (Level 3 60/51)   Longsjo Middle school (Level 2 74/68)  and Memorial Middle School (Level 3 61/53) did not do so well.

On the minus side Sizer overall performance relative to other schools in same school type was 40 meaning that 60 percent of comparable schools scored better.  That might have been a good talking point for the folks at the Fitchburg Educational Association trying to move voters in Fitchburg voters if it wasn’t for the fact that Longsjo Middle school relative overall performance score was a 23, Memorial Middle school  a 22 and Fitchburg high a lowly 10 barely making double digits.

As election day grows nearer those opposed to charter school expansion in Massachusetts find themselves in the same position as Senator Richard Russell of Georgia who during the debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1957 had a memorable exchange over the need for a such a law with Senator Pat McNamara of Michigan on the senate floor.  Russell arguing for the status quo, noted McNamara’s stated racial issues in Michigan could be handled without outside interference and asked “Then, why does not the senator let us [in the south] do the same?”  McNamara, in a loud voice answered the argument for maintaining things as they were by saying:  “Because you’ve had ninety years and haven’t done it.”

That’s the dilemma of those hoping to reverse those polling numbers.  If the local schools had produced results that parents wanted for their children the whole question of charter schools would be moot.  But as long as the stats from the state and more importantly the results that are visible to the voters every time their children come home from school remain what they’ve been for years, lawn signs not withstanding the argument for the status quo will remain a difficult sell.

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While the MSM keeps pretending there is nothing to see here, James O’Keefe continues to get stuff like this on camera:

“central agator training” in NY, DC, Vegas, Colorado, Minnesota etc…, using mentally disabled people as pawns?

And that’s not even taking into account last week’s video concerning bussing folks to vote multiple times

And the media dares to tell us the fix isn’t in?

Exit Question: Given the revolving door between the MSM and the Democrat party how many people in the media new this was going on for years or perhaps decades but will tell us that they have had no idea such stuff is going on…


By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT  — The state of public education in America is frightening.  I say this as someone on the front lines of education and as one who has been teaching in an urban area high school for twenty years.

I love my job, but trust me when I tell you that if Bel Kaufman had not already written Up the Down Staircase, I would totally write that book.  In fact, I have a file folder labeled Up the Down Staircase in which I collect things I would put in that book if I wrote it.  It amuses me on those days when nothing goes right.

The United States military is famous for its use of acronyms but the military has nothing on public education. A recent email from administration urged us to attend our PLC meeting to help construct our SLTs which should reflect improvement on the SPS and SIQ and should perhaps reflect PBIS factors or EOC, ACT, PSAT factors. The PGP and SLT should be entered into HCIS, ASAP.

To that end, when shows like Vice Principals come around, I find great enjoyment in them.  Vice Principals was recently reviewed in The Atlantic, but I think the author is taking the show entirely too seriously. The show was generally panned by critics but I thoroughly enjoyed it and could “identify” almost every character in it. My co-workers and I whooped with glee when we saw the ex-hippie English teacher who most certainly was the female form of a male English teacher on our faculty. Sometimes we just have to laugh at ourselves.

The episode about “restorative justice” where kids aren’t suspended because it now reflects poorly on the SPS (school performance score) was spot on. Teachers are discouraged from writing referrals and in Vice Principals, students are sent to The Circle Room where they eat popcorn, sit on beanbag chairs, and talk out their conflicts.  This is so close to the truth you’d be shocked.

The truth is, more and more, teaching has become teaching the test; in public schools across the nation kids aren’t taught to think anymore but instead are taught how to find the right answer.  The luxury of mental exploration is lost. The love of discovery is no more. All of this teaching to the test puts more and more pressure on teachers and leads to more and more teacher burnout.

I’m not sure what the answer is for American public education. I do think we have to get away from this testing mentality. The suits are so focused on accountability and all of the accountability is falling onto the wrong shoulders. Going to school should foster a love of learning in kids rather than dread of the test.

Something has got to change.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.


Henry Gondorff: It’s not like playing winos in the street. You can’t outrun …
Hooker: [Interrupting] I don’t play for no winos.
Henry Gondorff: …you gotta keep his con, even after you spent his money. He can’t know you took him.
Hooker: You’re scared of him!
Henry Gondorff: Right down to my socks buster. You’re talking about a guy wou’ll kill a grifter over a chunk of money wouldn’t support him for two days.

The Sting 1973

Screwtape: I have known a human defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions.

CS Lewis Screwtape 8

The united outrage of the media over Donald Trump is, in many ways completely unfathomable.

It’s not his positions, are plenty of pols who from Ted Cruz to Herman Cain from Ronald Reagan to Barry Goldwater and more who have advocated positions similar to these.

It’s not his language. There have been plenty of Pols who have had untamed mouths and saucy speech from Jim Curley to Jim Traficant who have been on the scene.

It’s not his wealth, the number of very rich people who have run for office from Mike Bloomberg to George Washington to JFK likely can’t be counted.

It’s not even the alleged way he has treated women: Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy , need I say more?

No, to the media the crime of Donald trump, the ultimate crime, the crime that can’t be forgiven is he has revealed the big con.

Years ago I spoke to a pol who told me of a piece of wisdom an elderly office holder gave him when he first entered public life. He said most of it was a grift about making a comfortable living for yourself and if you’re very lucky you might just do some good along the way. Of course if your goal is to make that living you can’t let the people in on the con.

Thus the higher you go up the chain, the bigger the rewards for the position you have, and the more dependent you are on the con being maintained, because without that con you can’t get the wealth, the status or might risk being rejected by the arbiters of acceptability.

And that’s where Donald Trump throws a wrench into the system.

Unlike all the others who have talked about  voter fraud, media bias, that the fix is in, Donald Trump is different.

  • He’s not dependent on either the political system or the media for the wealth he has amassed.
  • He’s got a built in fan base that all of the media’s efforts won’t be able to destroy
  • He doesn’t give a tinker cuss about what any of these people, who for decades treated him as a golden boy for ratings, copy and money who abandoned him think about him anymore.

He is like a rich man who had somehow convinced himself that a trophy wife loved him being showed tapes of that trophy wife in bed with her lover and at a party with her friends telling both that she never really loved her husband, it was all about what he could do for him, and wants revenge.

And that revenge is to expose the big con on a platform so large they can’t prevent a large amount of the public for seeing that they’ve been played for decades.

Personally I don’t think the price the media and the system are going to pay is worth it.

Closing thoughts. You might wonder if Mr. Trump is worried about the vengeance that both the system and media will take on him after the election is done, particularly if he loses. Alas for them both the now undeluded Trump knows three things.

  1. As soon as the election is over those same people out for his blood right now will still have designs on the wealth and will be coming back hat in hand for a piece of it (and boy will he make them pay for it).
  2. There is nothing stopping him from buying dying papers and making his own competing media putting those in fear of the diminishing job prospects in the press, in an interesting spot.
  3. He’s also rich enough that if the entire media and government system decided they want revenge, he has enough that he, his children and his grandchildren can live full comfortable lives till the end of their days..

In other words short of actually killing him or his loved ones, they can’t do a thing to him, and he has the wealth and power to keep himself and his family secure.

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President Obama and many on the left celebrated today as the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood. They used catchy hashtags like #100YearsStrong to promote the idea that this “healthcare” company has been a positive force in America for the last century. Meanwhile, seven million babies have been murdered by them.

Is that a harsh way to put it? Yes. Does it make some people, even many pro-lifers, cringe when conservatives call it murder? Yes. It should. We should all be cringing. We should feel uncomfortable with abortion. Some would argue that this is a political issue and attacking it on an emotional level doesn’t help the pro-life cause. I offer the counterargument that tackling the issue of abortion on any level other than emotional is a losing battle. Death is emotional. When we take away the emotion by making it purely political, scientific, or technical, we are declawing ourselves before the battle can be fought.

We need our claws. We need it to sting. We need supporters of abortion to face the reality that by embracing choice over life, they are placing a higher value on one person’s existence over another’s.

It was mentioned today that “The battle must be won for the hearts and minds of the people in America and around the world.” This is true on multiple levels. It’s the reason that Planned Parenthood and its supporters use technical terms like “reproductive rights” and “fetal tissues” instead of “abortion” and “babies.” The goal of their narrative is to desensitize us to the realities of abortion. They cannot win the emotional battle, so they make it political. They make it scientific. They make it technical. Unfortunately, many in the pro-life movement oblige by laying down our most powerful weapon, emotion, before we step into battle.

By no means am I calling for us to stop fighting with our votes, in court, and elsewhere on the political front. However, if those are the only arenas where we’re willing to fight, we are likely going to lose. Our disadvantage is that it’s 2016 and the people are so distracted by the Kardashians and Pokemon Go that they don’t allow themselves to be easily burdened by emotional realities in politics and religion. Our advantage is that it’s 2016, which means we have the technology to spread the message to those who are willing to hear. We can show them what a partial birth abortion really entails. We can share videos and images of babies in the womb, demonstrating that these are not just groups of fetal tissues. They are human beings, albeit very small ones. They are alive.

Here’s an example of why this is true:

We cannot win this battle with politics alone. Regardless of the law, the real battle must be fought from an emotional level. Some people are willing to have or support abortions because they are not convinced that they are promoting the end of someone’s life. If we turn the battle there rather than simply pushing for laws and promoting technicalities in court, we have a chance of winning battles. It’s important to remember that the battles are one life at a time. One abortion prevented is a life saved.

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A couple of headlines caught my attention this afternoon. Here’s one: “WikiLeaks Releases More Purported Emails, Bringing Total To More Than 11,000,” comes from NPR. Wow. This federally funded news outlet I guess “forgot” that the victim of the hack, Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, admitted that his private emails were illegally breached. But he added, without evidence, that some of that correspondence may have been altered. Bloomberg writes, “WikiLeaks Releases More Alleged E-Mails From Top Clinton Aide.” Bloomberg: Are you paying attention?

So yes, Podesta’s emails were hacked. By whom? The Clinton campaign is blaming the Russian government, offering little in proof, although this morning on Fox News Sunday, Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence says “the evidence continues to point in that direction.” The Clinton campaign, outside of Podesta, refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of these emails, claiming that the Russians are trying to sway the results of this autumn’s election, while deflecting findings from those emails, which include Bill Clinton receiving a $1 million birthday check for the Clinton Foundation–the charity is really a slush fund, by the way–from the government of Qatar, which we learn from another email, is funding ISIS, or at least Hillary Clinton believes so.

Did Russia write that $1 million check?

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Also learned from those purported emails was that there was an anti-Catholic email exchange between Podesta, Jennifer Palmieri, communications director of the campaign, and John Halpin of the leftist Center for American Progress. If the trio had discussing Islam in the same manner, they’d almost certainly be looking for new jobs now.

And those revelations are just the ones on the top of the Podesta email pile.

But a couple of media outlets, probably more, apparently believe that by questioning the legitimacy of these alleged emails, people may doubt their veracity.

I don’t think it’s going to work. Not this time. We’re not as dumb as the media elites believe.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Why do you not understand what I am saying? Because you cannot bear to hear my word.

You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies.

But because I speak the truth, you do not believe me.



There has been an avalanche of talk (but almost none by the MSM) on the Wikileaks revelations concerning the Democrats/Clinton campaign and the attempt to co-op, infiltrate and take out the Catholic Church for it to be remade in it’s own image, if you listen to EWTN radio you simply can’t miss it.

But all these revelations brought me back to the days when the Satanic Temple was planning their black mass at Harvard, In one of the many updates to my primary post I liked to Mark Shea who absolutely nailed it:

Demonstrating once again the back-handed compliment that the devil always pays to Jesus Christ, the blasphemy is directed, not toward Zeus, Quetzelcoatl or Mars, but toward the one true God.

But I’d go one step farther.  The Satanic Temple wasn’t organizing a black Seder or a black Billy Graham Rally or a Black Baptist, Lutheran or even Anglican service they attacked the Catholic mass and the Eucharist because they understood and still understand that the Catholic Church is truly the actual church of Jesus Christ, founded by him, with St. Peter at its head with an unbroken line of succession, tradition teaching and authority granted by Christ and protected by the Holy Spirit and that the Eucharist is the actual body and blood soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.

Remember there are plenty of Catholic supply stores where you can buy unconsecrated hosts indistinguishable from the real thing to the naked eye but it was the fact our satanic enemies (I’m sorry but it a Catholic can’t refer to a Satanist as an enemy then he isn’t allowed any) claimed to have a consecrated host that got the story rolling.

When I read the words of Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri (who defends herself by saying “I am a Catholic” forgetting that Judas could rightly claim he was an Apostle Chosen by Christ) I hear the same thing.

When they target the Catholic Church specifically, when they found their front organizations claiming to be catholic when they conspire to bring down the church even as the Obama administration conspires to bring down the little sisters of the poor, they are telling the entire world that the Catholic Church, for all it’s imperfections because it is administrated by humans, is the real thing.

That’s why it must be destroyed and that’s why they are doing their best to do so.

Just like the Satanic Temple.

Closing thought #1:  Elizabeth Scalia suggested something similar this week:

Catholics who are fretsome about Podesta’s words, and the words of others in the trail of emails exposing our “public servants” as seriously short-sighted and dubiously motivated, really should not be. “If the world hates you, it hated me first,” said our Christ, (John 15:18). While the Podesta emails tell us who is firmly of the world, they pay us an unintended compliment, here, by recognizing us as part of something that cannot be tamed, or distracted from the call of the One who makes us free.

Closing thought 2:  At my very first CPAC back in 2010 I interviewed some DC transit workers on the subject:  Why they are democrats, they turned it around and asked me why I am a republican (I’m not anymore FYI) my answer was as a faithful believing Catholic I was no longer welcome in the party.

It’s a high complement from Podesta and company that I could see in the 90’s what John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and Tim Kaine still can’t, won’t or pretend not to see today.

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“You are going to have to do better than everyone else because you are black.”

For decades, upwardly mobile black parents have been telling the above to their children.  And if the black child in question happens to be a girl, that always factors in. You, black female child, have to be doubly excellent because you have not one, but two “strikes” against you.

My parents said this to me routinely during my formative years. Many of my white friends are aghast at this advice and I’m puzzled as to why, especially taking into account that I am in my 50s—which means that my parents grew up in the Bad Old Days, during which the expectations were that a black citizen might have, at best, a high school diploma and would usually have a profession where their hands, feet and backs were more essential than the higher processes of their minds.

Now, of course, that has all changed dramatically. An American who is black and a woman can be secretary of state, attorney general, surgeon general, or an astronaut. Black female doctors, lawyers, nurses and other professionals are everywhere. (And, though we are talking about black women, the existence of  the current president of the United States  makes this point.)

Often these well-educated, well-employed women are airline passengers. And that brings us to this story.

Tamika Cross, a physician, was midway through a flight from Detroit to Minneapolis when a passenger emergency sent her into “doctor mode.”

Sometime after takeoff, a man two rows in front of her suddenly became unresponsive, she said, and flight attendants called for help.

Cross, an obstetrician and gynecologist, said she immediately flagged down one of the crew members, offering to treat the man.

She got a response she wasn’t prepared for.

“Oh no, sweetie, put [your] hand down,” Cross recalled the flight attendant saying. “We are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don’t have time to talk to you.”

Dr. Cross is a black woman. From her Facebook post about the incident:

Then overhead they paged “any physician on board please press your button”. I stare at her as I go to press my button. She said “oh wow you’re an actual physician?” I reply yes. She said “let me see your credentials. What type of Doctor are you? Where do you work? Why were you in Detroit?” (Please remember this man is still in need of help and she is blocking my row from even standing up while
Bombarding me with questions).

I respond “OBGYN, work in Houston, in Detroit for a wedding, but believe it or not they DO HAVE doctors in Detroit. Now excuse me so I can help the man in need”. Another “seasoned” white male approaches the row and says he is a physician as well. She says to me “thanks for your help but he can help us, and he has his credentials”. (Mind you he hasn’t shown anything to her. Just showed up and fit the “description of a doctor”) I stay seated. Mind blown. Blood boiling.

The more I think about this situation, the more I think that the flight attendant should be fired not for racism, per se, but for what her preconceived notions—regardless of they were–caused her to do: to tell Dr. Cross to sit down and shut up before the latter could identify herself as a doctor. The simple act of cutting of the physician and ignoring her could have cost a man his life.

That act was likely caused by the flight attendant’s preconceived notions about doctors and about black women.

And whether those notions are justified or not, this mini-drama does show why parents like mine tell their offspring that blackness is an obstacle to  overcome. Still.

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If you watch the news, you might not realize that on the Navy’s birthday, the USS MASON had already been attacked twice from Yemen. Or that we sentenced an NCIS agent to 12 years in prison for a massive Pacific scandal. The Navy isn’t as interesting as our Presidential election, which is why you’ve probably missed that it’s being slowly dismantled.

Consider these points:

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  • We’ve purchased the next generation of warship, the Littoral Combat Ship, where we focused on speed. Yet it’s hull is aluminum, it lacks a lot of firepower, and despite being billed as being cheaper, we aren’t getting a lot of cost savings.
  • We’ve changed personnel procedures to allow transgender personnel, without having first fixed our broken health care system, so we setup the system for failure before even getting out of the gate.
  • We completely dissolved our Navy rating system so that we could better align with the civilian sector. Never mind that we had multiple programs to make it easy to transition from the Navy. We also changed the retirement structure. It’s almost like we don’t want career Sailors anymore, and certainly not any with warfighting experience.
  • We’ve spent millions on multiple uniform changes, but many of us are still working in dilapidated buildings built in the 30’s and 40’s, and we’re told there isn’t any military construction money to help us.
  • We ignored offensive sea weapons, and now the Chinese and Russians have missiles that can strike us long before we ever get within firing range.

The Chief of Naval Operations said the Navy was to focus on three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready. USS MASON was certainly ready to strike against an adversary in Yemen, but are we building a Navy that can keep us safe from Russia and China? Maybe that question isn’t as enthralling a discussion as the Presidential election, but it certainly is one we should be having.

The views in this post do not reflect the official views of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other branch of the US government. They belong solely to the author.

If you’re curious about the Navy rating disestablishment, check out my post here.

This week James O’Keefe released a hidden camera video that showed a NYC voting commissioner admitting that Democrats are busing black, hispanic and chinese voters through the city to vote multiple times. (and it appears that revelation got him locked out of twitter to suppress it.

Yesterday at this site Fausta told the story of the Hillary Clinton team manipulating hispanic voters that she witnessed.

And we’ve seen story after story about registering the dead this year.

However all these revelations mean nothing if the media doesn’t cover them and the legal system doesn’t act. And given the record of the media and the justice system we see no reason for them to either do so or independently enforce the law if it might cost Hillary Clinton votes.

So we have to act ourselves. Here is what I suggest:

  1. Rather than watching the polls in the big cities, we need citizen journalists to watch the BUSSES.

If our friend on the left are busing repeaters they will need busses. Therefore that means they are either renting busses or own busses to do this.

If I was the GOP or Trump fans I’d position people to check for said busses, to film them and trail them once they are spotted and upload the video as it happens in every major city. The moment a bus stops at a 2nd polling station and a person gets out to vote a 2nd time shot the video and presto proof of a federal offense.

Secondly if I was the GOP in Florida I’d be sending people to spanish neighborhoods, look for people who have been visited by the Clinton folks per this post and were tricked into signing that form, then search for absentee ballots in their name.

It is vital that this stuff get documented in preparation of a class action suit on behalf of every American voter who has been robbed of the franchise by this fraud.

Then it will be up to our media and our institutions, will they take action or will they make the mistake of the church to hide their disgrace.

If these people are going to steal an election we need to establish its illegitimacy by all legitimate means. And if our government and our media decides to ignore the facts, then we need to treat this election result and the government it produces an the institutions that cover it up as illegitimate.

Our friends on the left and their institutions are counting on us resigning ourselves to this. We must resolve not to.

I know that’s drastic but the alternative is self delusion, and I will not have it.

First some background

As I’ve mentioned before due a the weak tip jar over the last two years I’ve had to take an overnight job at a warehouse. Because this job involves repetitive menial work we are allowed an ear bud as we work and while most people listen to music I listen to my big finish/bbc Doctor who audios in Chronological Doctor (1st doctor thru 11th Doctor). I am currently on the 4th Doctor with Romana 2 the 2nd time around since I’ve been employed there..

I occasionally get new Doctor Who episodes due to sales at Big Finish and huge markdowns on Amazon for pre-orders I listen to those as they come in unless they happen to fall in sequence with episodes I’m currently listening to. Such was the case with Big Finish audio The Well Mannered War arrived at my house on my day off. As it would be in the sequence of episodes I would be listening to this week I decided to put it on my Ipod and wait till it came up at work before hearing it for the first time.

There is a brief amount of overlap between my shift and the previous one and in the section where I’m currently working two of us from the 3rd shift share a space with anywhere from 4-12 people of the 2nd, most of whom are foreign born and several of who speak little or no English. Such was the case Monday night when I was listening to this episode for the first time.

Now Tom Baker is my favorite Doctor mostly due to the comedy and his re-teaming with Lalla Ward is still new enough that it absolutely delights me As I listened to the episode I wore a large smile on my face and occasionally broke into laughter when I heard sequences like this.

and this

That laughter and my grin apparently drew a very odd look from a 2nd shift fellow at the next table who was working across from the other 3rd shift man. He asked him in Broken English “That guy crazy?” (in broken English). The man who worked with me for the last year or so tried to explain that I just was listening to stuff on my Mp3 player that wasn’t music.

Apparently that explanation didn’t wash and the fellow moved himself to the table as far away from me as possible.

Nobody from 2nd shift came within 10 yards of me for the rest of the night.

Over the next several days I’ll be listening to several other 4th Doctor episodes that I haven’t heard before, I anticipate smiles and laughter as a norm until I get to Peter Davison sometime next week, I suspect the opinion of the folks that’s now spreading among 2nd shift won’t be changing soon

Big Finish, Tom Baker, Lalla Ward et/all, it’s all your fault.