10 Quick Thoughts Under my Fedora, Tip O’Neill on Trump, GunPersons, Taxes and age

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10 Quick Thoughts Under my Fedora, Tip O'Neill on Trump, GunPersons, Taxes and age

One of the few seem­ingly valid argu­ments on the left con­cern­ing Trump’s Syria strike is the claim of a dou­ble stan­dard that a con­gress that asserted it’s author­ity on Obama and Syria wasn’t that con­cerned about Trump act­ing alone.

The hole in that argu­ment is best explained by one of Tip O’Neill’s famous Uncle Denny sto­ries. Uncle Denny is in a bar drink­ing on the cuff and the bar­tender calls the owner to ask if he’s good for the price of a drink and is asked:

“Has he had it?”

“Yes”

“Then he’s good for it.”

It’s a lot harder to object to a fait accom­pli par­tic­u­larly a pop­u­lar one, then it is a poten­tial event with all the unknown con­se­quences and Trump under­stands (as my father did) that it’s bet­ter to offer expla­na­tions for doing what you’ve already done that to ask per­mis­sion to do what you want to do.


Has any­one noticed that the lan­guage /​pro­noun police haven’t got­ten to shoot­ings yet? You still see peo­ple rou­tinely refer to a “gun­man” instead of a “shooter” even though “gun­man” not only implies a par­tic­u­lar gen­der and an old fash­ioned binary gen­der as well. I sus­pect that’s because to our friends in the copy rooms of the left, the impli­ca­tion that men are vio­lent mur­ders by nature is an accept­able prej­u­dice. It’s the same way with us Sicil­ians, it will be for­ever accept­able for the Hol­ly­wood left to por­tray us as a bunch of gang­sters and mur­ders to be feared.

Of course we don’t mind all that much, as peo­ple gen­er­ally don’t mess with us because of it, and unlike other groups we don’t give a damn what a bunch of Scra­nos think of us. (and no I’m not going to trans­late that for you).


The weekly stan­dard had an inter­est­ing arti­cle about the Gor­such con­fir­ma­tion indi­cat­ing that the three sen­a­tors that the left were count­ing on to stop the nuclear option were Collins of Maine, Murkowski of Alaska and Corker of Ten­nessee. The first two were not a sur­prise to me as they are only mar­gin­ally repub­li­can the third was. The whole world was con­vinced it would be McCain and Gra­ham as the poten­tial hold­outs, not a lot of peo­ple out­side of DC had Corker on that list, but it’s a moot point now as Democ­rats were stu­pid enough to demon­strate that it doesn’t mat­ter how respected and qual­i­fied a nom­i­nee is, they would fil­i­buster them as seri­ously was any­one stu­pid enough to believe that if Hillary had won and the Democ­rats had held the Sen­ate the first thing to go would be the Fil­i­buster rule?


One last thing about the Gor­such nom­i­na­tion, it’s worth not­ing that while the oppo­si­tion of him was par­ti­san the sup­port for him was bipar­ti­san. I didn’t hear the press use that word much if at all dur­ing the hear­ing etc. It’s funny because as I recall dur­ing the Obama years if even a sin­gle sen­a­tor or con­gress­man from the GOP sup­ported some­thing he did the press trot­ted out the word “bipar­ti­san” as a sign that it was good and worth­while, but they some­how never used that word when the GOP was pass­ing bills in the house that Harry Reid held up (nor did they note that the oppo­si­tion to Oba­macare in the house was bipar­ti­san). Appar­ently the word “bipar­ti­san” is only an accept­able com­ple­ment when describ­ing sup­port of Democ­rats or oppo­si­tion to Republicans.


Don Rick­les died this week and trib­utes have come in from all over. Of course if you look while his work on the Dean Mar­tin Roasts and on Car­son are immor­tal­ized on YouTube, they could not be per­formed by a comic today with­out being cen­sored by the SJW crowd and the comic being declared a racist, sex­ist bigot etc etc etc. I sus­pect a lot of the comics of today envy folks like Rick­les who lived in an era when peo­ple , hav­ing lived through actu­ally suf­fer­ing and hard­ship knew the dif­fer­ence a joke and actual suf­fer­ing and hardship.

This is likely why there are so nos­tal­gia net­works on the tube these days, the jokes from the old shows are funny and didn’t care about the polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness of today.


I don’t under­stand the dif­fi­culty of some on the right to see why Trump’s hit of Syria was a good thing to so many. The Pax Amer­ica while expen­sive to the US has been one of the bet­ter things the world has seen, the loss of it puts a lot of peo­ple world­wide in dan­ger. It’s true a lot of folks like to com­plain about it just like they do about the police but they come in really handy when you need them.

Boy I miss the world war 2 gen­er­a­tion and their values.


Speak­ing of things the cul­ture needs Heather Mac­Don­ald direct chal­lenge to Black Lives Mat­ter about their lack of out­rage over black chil­dren being mur­dered is one of the great­est things I’ve seen in years. That so many in the black com­mu­nity are afraid of con­fronting these thugs who don’t give a damn if they live and die is one of the great dis­graces of the 21st cen­tury. It’s the same dynamic as the con­fronta­tion on CNN between Brooke Bald­win and a sur­vivor of a Syr­ian Gas Attack who asked where all those peo­ple who protested against Trump on immi­gra­tion where when they were being gassed? Why wasn’t that worth a march?

All these peo­ple are play­ing the roles of use­ful idiots for the left and if they are more use­ful dead to the left then they’ll let them die.


One of the hard­est things this year has been watch­ing the Red Sox offense sput­ter this year with­out David Oritz. I know it’s still very early but the lack of fear on the faces of oppos­ing pitch­ers has been appar­ent. Maybe in a few years or maybe even this year Andrew Ben­in­tendi will gen­er­ate that fear, but he hasn’t yet.


I saw an arti­cle say­ing that in addi­tion to shat­ter­ing every other record that any other Quar­ter­back has held Tom Brady has the chance to break the record for old­est player to start at QB in an NFL game. He would have to last till 2022 to do so. While that’s not impos­si­ble it’s worth not­ing that of all the sports out there Foot­ball is the one where the end of your career is always only one hit away. I wouldn’t be sur­prised to see Brady last 2, 3 or even four more years but to be talk­ing seven years is WAY premature.


Finally yes­ter­day was my 29th Anniver­sary and a funny thing hap­pened this week. Leav­ing a funeral mass one day my wife com­mented on a tucked away flower shop where we got our wed­ding flow­ers. I noted I’d never been there and said it would be unlikely that I’d so as she said she didn’t want flow­ers any­more as she pre­ferred plants. She had totally for­got­ten this and had won­dered why I had stopped buy­ing her flow­ers over the last eight years.

That just goes to show that no mat­ter how long you are mar­ried it’s a good idea to keep com­mu­ni­ca­tions open, because you never actu­ally know if peo­ple are say­ing what they mean, par­tic­u­larly when you are talk­ing wives.

One of the few seemingly valid arguments on the left concerning Trump’s Syria strike is the claim of a double standard that a congress that asserted it’s authority on Obama and Syria wasn’t that concerned about Trump acting alone.

The hole in that argument is best explained by one of Tip O’Neill’s famous Uncle Denny stories.  Uncle Denny is in a bar drinking on the cuff and the bartender calls the owner to ask if he’s good for the price of a drink and is asked:

“Has he had it?”

“Yes”

“Then he’s good for it.”

It’s a lot harder to object to a fait accompli particularly a popular one, then it is a potential event with all the unknown consequences and Trump understands (as my father did) that it’s better to offer explanations for doing what you’ve already done that to ask permission to do what you want to do.


Has anyone noticed that the language / pronoun police haven’t gotten to shootings yet?  You still see people routinely refer to a “gunman” instead of a “shooter” even though “gunman” not only implies a particular gender and an old fashioned binary gender as well.  I suspect that’s because to our friends in the copy rooms of the left, the implication that men are violent murders by nature is an acceptable prejudice.  It’s the same way with us Sicilians, it will be forever acceptable for the Hollywood left to portray us as a bunch of gangsters and murders to be feared.

Of course we don’t mind all that much, as people generally don’t mess with us because of it, and unlike other groups we don’t give a damn what a bunch of Scranos think of us.  (and no I’m not going to translate that for you).


The weekly standard had an interesting article about the Gorsuch confirmation indicating that the three senators that the left were counting on to stop the nuclear option were Collins of Maine, Murkowski of Alaska and Corker of Tennessee.  The first two were not a surprise to me as they are only marginally republican the third was.  The whole world was convinced it would be McCain and Graham as the potential holdouts, not a lot of people outside of DC had Corker on that list, but it’s a moot point now as Democrats were stupid enough to demonstrate that it doesn’t matter how respected and qualified a nominee is, they would filibuster them as seriously was anyone stupid enough to believe that if Hillary had won and the Democrats had held the Senate the first thing to go would be the Filibuster rule?


One last thing about the Gorsuch nomination, it’s worth noting that while the opposition of him was partisan the support for him was bipartisan.  I didn’t hear the press use that word much if at all during the hearing etc.  It’s funny because as I recall during the Obama years if even a single senator or congressman from the GOP supported something he did the press trotted out the word “bipartisan” as a sign that it was good and worthwhile, but they somehow never used that word when the GOP was passing bills in the house that Harry Reid held up (nor did they note that the opposition to Obamacare in the house was bipartisan).  Apparently the word “bipartisan” is only an acceptable complement when describing support of Democrats or opposition to Republicans.


Don Rickles died this week and tributes have come in from all over.  Of course if you look while his work on the Dean Martin Roasts and on Carson are immortalized on YouTube, they could not be performed by a comic today without being censored by the SJW crowd and the comic being declared a racist, sexist bigot etc etc etc.  I suspect a lot of the comics of today envy folks like Rickles who lived in an era when people , having lived through actually suffering and hardship knew the difference a joke and actual suffering and hardship.

This is likely why there are so nostalgia networks on the tube these days, the jokes from the old shows are funny and didn’t care about the political correctness of today.


I don’t understand the difficulty of some on the right to see why Trump’s hit of Syria was a good thing to so many.  The Pax America while expensive to the US has been one of the better things the world has seen, the loss of it puts a lot of people worldwide in danger.  It’s true a lot of folks like to complain about it just like they do about the police but they come in really handy when you need them.

Boy I miss the world war 2 generation and their values.


Speaking of things the culture needs Heather MacDonald direct challenge to Black Lives Matter about their lack of outrage over black children being murdered is one of the greatest things I’ve seen in years.  That so many in the black community are afraid of confronting these thugs who don’t give a damn if they live and die is one of the great disgraces of the 21st century.  It’s the same dynamic as the confrontation on CNN between Brooke Baldwin and a survivor of a Syrian Gas Attack who asked where all those people who protested against Trump on immigration where when they were being gassed?  Why wasn’t that worth a march?

All these people are playing the roles of useful idiots for the left and if they are more useful dead to the left then they’ll let them die.


One of the hardest things this year has been watching the Red Sox offense sputter this year without David Oritz.  I know it’s still very early  but the lack of fear on the faces of opposing pitchers has been apparent.  Maybe in a few years or maybe even this year Andrew Benintendi will generate that fear, but he hasn’t yet.


I saw an article saying that in addition to shattering every other record that any other Quarterback has held Tom Brady has the chance to break the record for oldest player to start at QB in an NFL game.  He would have to last till 2022 to do so.  While that’s not impossible it’s worth noting that of all the sports out there Football is the one where the end of your career is always only one hit away.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brady last 2, 3 or even four more years but to be talking seven years is WAY premature.


Finally yesterday was my 29th Anniversary and a funny thing happened this week.  Leaving a funeral mass one day my wife commented on a tucked away flower shop where we got our wedding flowers.  I noted I’d never been there and said it would be unlikely that I’d so as she said she didn’t want flowers anymore as she preferred plants.  She had totally forgotten this and had wondered why I had stopped buying her flowers over the last eight years.

That just goes to show that no matter how long you are married it’s a good idea to keep communications open, because you never actually know if people are saying what they mean, particularly when you are talking wives.