by baldilocks

Many of my Facebook friends – most of whom are conservatives — are arguing about controversies of recent vintage and of this particular day: whether or not to continue watching the NFL, whether Christians should allow their children to take part in Halloween festivities or participate in those festivities themselves. I find it amusing, as I do with most purse fights.

But today is also another anniversary: the 500th anniversary of the day on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, signaling, in hindsight, the Protestant Reformation. I put up a short status noting the occasion and received not one bit of blowback from my Catholic friends like Fausta or our host!  Not one bit of purse fight. I’m almost disappointed!

Seriously, I love that noting this event in 2017 is almost mundane, especially since the split between the two parts of Christianity generated lots of bloodshed all those centuries ago and did so for some time in the previous century.

The evolution of this relationship between Catholics and Protestants was exemplified by the fact that, when my great-aunt was alive, I would drop her off for Mass at St. Brigid Catholic Church in South Central LA, continue on to my Protestant non-denominational church in Glendale, then, when my church’s service was over, come back to retrieve her.

Having read a lot about theology and church history, one overarching theme seems inescapable to me – every church denomination is capable of falling into error, division and even violence because we forget these things: that God believes in freedom and that our primary commandments are to love Him and each other. I, for one, don’t want to forget.

God bless the peace between His children and Happy Reformation Day …

And thank you, my Catholic friends, for the love and for the reconciliation.

Also, this seems like a good place to put a link to Peter’s book, The Perfect Protestant and Catholic Prayer.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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After missing the true nexus of recent events in Russia, it should not be surprising that the media have embraced the “good” side of the 1917 Communist takeover.

Having spent a fair amount of time in Communist countries, I didn’t see much of this good side of Communism, which is one, if not, the most evil political philosophy in the history of the human race.

Communist subjugated people, stripped them of their dignity, and killed millions.

Nevertheless, the media have found many positive aspects of this criminal culture in analyses of the 100 years since Lenin and his cronies took control.

Not surprisingly, DaTimes is the most egregious purveyor of fiction about the Russian revolution in its series called “The Red Century.”

Here is an excerpt from one story about how women in Communist countries had better sex.

Some might remember that Eastern bloc women enjoyed many rights and privileges unknown in liberal democracies at the time, including major state investments in their education and training, their full incorporation into the labor force, generous maternity leave allowances, and guaranteed free child care. But there’s one advantage that has received little attention: Women under Communism enjoyed more sexual pleasure.

Can DaTimes seriously argue that Communist dictators were responsible for major improvements for women, including education, training, child care, and working environment? I suggest that DaTimes assign only one of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn books to its reporters and columnists.

It should be noted that DaTimes still hasn’t returned the 1932 Pulitzer won by Walter Duranty, the newspaper’s hack in the Soviet Union. He insisted the stories of a Ukrainian famine that killed millions were false.

DaTimes also describes New York City’s salad days as a hotbed of Communism in the United States. The New Republic put its criticism of the series well:

…when you read about how American Communists and fellow-travelers had the best of intentions and were on the right side of history, bear in mind that these people were at best noble dupes and useful idiots for an evil empire.

Read more at http://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/452410/new-york-times-communism-series-red-century-lies-about-socialism

At least Bret Stephens, who seems to have lost his way since joining DaTimes, doesn’t follow the lockstep approach of his news organization.

Although he didn’t point the finger directly at his employer, Stephens wrote last week:

An ideology that at one point enslaved and immiserated roughly a third of the world collapsed without a fight and was exposed for all to see. Yet we still have trouble condemning it as we do equivalent evils. And we treat its sympathizers as romantics and idealists, rather than as the fools, fanatics or cynics they really were and are.

But DaTimes is not alone in its quest to resurrect the good life of Communism. DaPost tries to erase from the map a variety of current Communist countries, such as China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Cuba because they no longer practice “true Communism.” Only North Korea still does.

It would seem that the progeny of the useful idiots who participated in supporting Communism during the Cold War have taken up residence at some of the nation’s news organizations to rewrite history.

I suggest we toss Communism ideology on the scrap heap where it rightly belongs and only remember the evil it did.

 

The New England Patriots shocked their fanbase today trading backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the winless San Francisco 49ers for a 2nd round draft pick.

This means that of the three backup quarterbacks the pats had at the start of the year, none are left, two have been traded and the #4 man Julian Edelman is out for the year, meaning New England has two weeks (thanks to the bye) to fill that role.

Now while I suspect that the 2nd round pick for next year might be used to find the replacement for Tom Brady for the 2020 season but for right now we need something different.  Someone is playing shape, who wouldn’t mind being a backup, that you can get inexpensively, someone who has experience starting in the NFL and as we are talking a backup for the Pats, someone with playoff experience would be a real plus and if it was someone with at least a little bit of familiarity with the system that would be awesome.

Finally you need someone without a big ego who would add to,  rather than disrupt the chemistry in the locker room and that you could release at the end of the year if you decided to go long on QB drafts.

That someone?  Why Tim Tebow of course.

I can hear the cries now:  DaTechguy you’re crazy, why on earth would  you sign Tebow except to beard all the  kneelers and their supporters, and I admit that is an appealing thought but there are a bunch of logical reasons why Tebow is the best choice for the job.

Tebow has been a backup before and would love another chance to play in the NFL.  Because of his season playing baseball he is in great physical shape, dare I say playing shape.  He has experience as a start both in the regular season and in the playoffs and has had success in both.  Furthermore he was in the Patriots camp a few years ago and thus has some familiarity with the system so he would be an easier fit as a backup than most people out there and has a reputation for hard work that would be a perfect fit for the Patriots way.

Financially not only would the Pats be able to sign him for peanuts (without trading anything of value) but Tebow is the ultimate team player, a plus in the locker room, a hard worker and with so little ego that the thought of making trouble for Brady or anyone on the team would be the last thing on his mind.  Finally if at the end of the season the Patriots decided to go a different route (which they certainly would) he would,  rather than complain, give a huge thank you to the organization for giving him another chance.

Lastly if God forbid Brady goes down, Tebow has experience in big game both at the college and pro-level.  While not a great mechanical quarterback he is a leader of men, a person cool under pressure and most important of all, he’s lucky and believe me if you lose Tom Brady in to injury during the playoffs the thing you are going to need more than anything else is luck.

For all of these reasons if I’m Bill Belichick Tim Tebow is the guy I sign to backup Tom Brady for the last 8 games of the season and the playoffs in the hopes that I don’t have to use him.

Closing thought, if you’re the owners of the NFL this is the dream signing that would make the conversation shift dramatically and stay shifted.  It would have the potential to actually bring fans back who are upset.  It’s a win win.

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

-Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
by William Goldman

I live in a relatively small town in Massachusetts and, like most towns, we have our political differences. They usually play out in local issues, but something happened about a year ago that seems to have the leftists in our little town riled up, much like leftists across the country. I won’t go into details, but there have been a number of contentious issues brought up and discussed at recent town meetings and through letters to the editor in our local paper that make this division clear. It is interesting to me that all of these new problems have been brought up by leftists in our town who apparently didn’t know that these problems existed until President Trump was elected.

Shortly after the election, one of the more progressive churches in town distributed lawn signs which many of my neighbors – including one right across the street – display even today:

It is a safe bet that anyone with such a sign in front of his or her house did not vote for President Trump. It is also clear that the sign is an attempt at signifying some kind of moral superiority on behalf of the residents of that house, implying that no reasonable person could possibly disagree with them on these points.  The problem is that these points are so completely disingenuous that it’s obvious that anyone putting up such a sign has no desire to engage in a reasonable debate on any of them.

Black lives matter: Of course they do. So do all other lives, including the lives of police officers who risk their lives to keep us safe and have been put in greater danger by the behavior and rhetoric of “Black Lives Matter” and their political sycophants. Unfortunately, the people in this house are unwilling to admit the “Black Lives Matter” movement is based on a lie. Michael Brown was a criminal who was assaulting a police officer when the officer shot him in self defense. He was not a “gentle giant” who was surrendering with his hands up.

Women’s rights are human rights: Of course they are. Everyone’s rights, by definition, are human rights, and those rights are spelled out in the Constitution. But the fact that I am against abortion-on-demand and taxpayer-funded birth control does not mean that I am a “misogynist.” I believe in the right to life, from conception to natural death. This is the most basic human right.

No human is illegal: Of course not. But when humans break the law, like entering our country illegally, they should be punished. That’s what “the rule of law” means.

Science is real: Of course it is. Science is based on the idea that you form a hypothesis, experiment, and adjust the hypothesis according to the data. Science is never “settled.” The closest the proponents of “global warming” have come to the scientific method is when they changed the name to “climate change” when they were unable to massage the data enough to show that the earth is actually warming. Biology is also a science, and it tells us that men are men and women are women and wishing to be the opposite sex doesn’t make it so.

Love is love: Of course it is. But that is not a justification for changing the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Especially when that change brings with it the force of the state to compel others to endorse and participate in same-sex ceremonies that violate their sincerely held religious principles. The reason that the traditional definition of marriage was in place throughout all of human history until only a few years ago is that it is the ideal environment for bringing up children. My wife and I are complementary in many ways, each bringing a unique perspective to our family in ways that same-sex couples simply cannot.

Kindness is everything: I agree, which is why I don’t have a sign on my lawn that implies that my neighbors are a bunch of neanderthals for disagreeing with me. If these people truly believed that kindness is everything, they would respectfully engage in conversations instead of accusing those who disagree with them of being science denying racists, bigots and homophobes.

There is, apparently, more to this crime than it would seem, and it may sound like a hollow defense, but in Hollywood I am not sure a 13-year-old is really a 13-year-old.

Tom Shales

Yesterday yet another Hollywood a-lister became a casualty in Hollywood’s sudden reversal in the culture war since the election of Donald Trump:

Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14
The Star Trek: Discovery actor says women speaking out about sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry has compelled him to come forward about the Oscar winner.

Stacy put out a tweet to try to defuse the issue fast:

He also played the coming out as Gay card which might not have the oomph it once did.

As I’ve noted before none of these things take place if Trump is not elected but as we see the latest statement from a Hollywood A lister apologizing for something that apparently everyone knew about but wouldn’t talk about until the Trump era, the dam could have broken years ago.  After all remember Dylan Farrow?

What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?

Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter.

Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?

Ask yourselves why during the Obama years none of those folks who knew about Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacy backed her up or choose that moment to speak out?

Update:  Apparently the MSM hss decided that one high profile A list democrat friend of the Clintons in Hollywood being exposed as an abuser is enough:

Media Downplays Kevin Spacey Child Molestation Allegation, Focus On Sexuality in Headlines

Why on earth would reuters, People, the New York Daily News and ABC choose to lead with Spacey’s orientation and not the accusations against him, let me give you a clue

If only he was a catholic priest I suspect the focus’ of those pieces would have been quite different.


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There are actually two major problems today between liberals and their puppets in mainstream media. On one hand, we have leftists hiding behind the media as their journalistic shields. On the other hand, we have the media willfully covering up for leftists by spinning stories that expose the left, not reporting them at all, and/or highlighting every potential misstep by conservatives. They are not the same thing but must be addressed the same way.

I often read stories complaining about this phenomenon. They throw up statistics, count the number of minutes given to one story instead of another story on network news, and generally gripe about how unfair it is. There are certain things that need to be done if we’re going to fix this problem. I’ve broken them down into a three step process:

  1. Accept it. Mainstream media with very few exceptions leans left and will likely always lean left for the rest of our natural lives. It’s time to accept this as fact. Accepting it does not mean we shouldn’t speak out about it nor does it mean we need to give up. If we accept that the cards are stacked against us, we can quell the frustration that comes with every leftist-leaning headline. More importantly, we can plan accordingly.
  2. Spend time here. One of the reasons I love writing for Peter here at DaTechGuy Blog is because I can count on an audience that’s right-leaning. I’m a small-government federalist, a social conservative, and a constitutionalist. These three things mean I won’t make many liberals happy with anything I write. It’s important that we band together as an audience and support sites like this, RedState, Conservative Review, and my newest foray into conservative media, NOQ Report. It’s tempting for some to go to Google News, CNN, or even more moderate Fox News for the skinny on what’s happening in the world. I humbly request that you come to sites like this one first.
  3. Spread the word. We all have a louder voice than we did before the internet. With social media at our fingertips and word-of-mouth that we can use at work and other venues, we can get more people to read stories from sites like this before getting the leftist spin on mainstream media. The more we share, the easier it will be to keep sites like this one thriving. Just as some are boycotting the NFL or Hollywood, so too should we be boycotting the sites that actively promote the progressive agenda.

It bugs me when I see the same people complaining about how liberal mainstream media is go off and share mainstream media stories on social media. Those same stories without the liberal spin can be found on conservative sites. It takes a little more effort to find the stories sometimes, but it’s worth it rather than continuing to send people to the “big” sites.

The battle for the future of America can only be fought with two weapons: faith and knowledge. Pray for the nation. Then, help spread the word about sites like this one so we can get more Americans reading the truth rather than the leftist-filtered mainstream media garbage most people read.

By John Ruberry

Last Monday I had a errand to run for work–which brought me to Milwaukee’s suburbs. And for the first time in five years I drove on Interstate 94 north of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line–on what is known as the Milwaukee to Kenosha I-94 Corridor.

A lot has changed since 2012. As I left a toll road south of the border and entered a true freeway–okay, to be fair, the toll road has been there for decades–I noticed a lot.

Businesses–with huge facilities–that weren’t there five years ago leap out at you. Most obvious is the massive Uline warehouse in Pleasant Prairie. The headquarters office of the industrial supplier moved a few miles north from Waukegan, Illinois into Pleasant Prairie in Kenosha County in 2010. Its “Chicago warehouse” followed four years later.

In the 1980s Wisconsin’s tourism slogan was “Escape to Wisconsin.” Illinois businesses are now heeding the call.

Yes, the Chicago area has a couple of Amazon fulfilment centers, but farther north on my drive I saw a massive one in Kenosha–it opened in 2015. The Milwaukee Business Journal calls it “the largest in the recent Kenosha County industrial boom.” There is a “Hiring Now” sign out front.

Sears Holdings, an Illinois loser

South of Kenosha County is Lake County in ILL-inois. There is no Lake County industrial boom. There is no Illinois industrial boom.

Why is that? Sure, tax incentives from Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Scott Walker have helped greatly. Illinois, when inept Democrat Pat Quinn was governor, offered tax breaks to Sears Holdings, which operates the Sears and Kmart brands, and Mitsubishi Motors, to encourage them to stay. This was a few months after a huge income tax hike was enacted. What about attracting new business? By all accounts Sears and Kmart are on life-support and Mitsubishi closed its Bloomington plant in 2015.

Corporate taxes might be slightly higher in Wisconsin–no place is perfect. But Illinois has the nation’s highest median property tax rate. And Illinois’ expensive workers compensation laws frighten business owners.

In 2015 Wisconsin became a right-to-work state. All the states that border Illinois except for Missouri are right-to-work states and Show Me State voters will be asked next year if they want to join the trend. Nearby Michigan has been right-to-work since 2012. Job creators don’t like unions and based on recent workplace votes, neither do workers.

Illinois has its 800-pound odious gorilla in its basement, a woefully underfunded public-worker pension system. Wisconsin’s state pensions are by most accounts fully funded. Businesses don’t like uncertainty and Illinois’ pension bomb, despite a massive personal and corporate tax hike put in place this summer, has not been defused. Not even close. Ka-boom is coming.

Blogger in Pleasant Prairie

This summer Wisconsin and the Milwaukee to Kenosha I-94 Corridor snagged its biggest prize, the Foxconn factory. The Taiwanese manufacturer will hire anywhere from 3,000 to 13,000 employees for its facility in Mount Pleasant in Racine County. Yes, Illinois had also bid on the Foxconn plant.

Indiana is also enjoying great success poaching Illinois firms for the similar reasons.

And when the jobs leave the people leave. And Illinois is one of only three states with negative population growth.

John Ruberry regularly blogs from Illinois at Marathon Pundit.

The last two days I did something I haven’t done in a long time. I kept my eye on twitter and was there when CNN first tweeted out that Mueller has filed charges against someone.

That CNN which is fighting with MSNBC to be THE anti-Trump network and which apparently has connections to Fusion GPS that they didn’t bother to disclose was the recipient of this latest leak from Mueller’s team of Democrats was one of the few unsurprising things about it.

First there’s was the surprise of an indictment at all. I’m old enough to have sat through a lot of these things and I don’t recall any special counsel managing an indictment a mere 9 months or less after being appointed.

Second of all there is the surprise of such an announcement taking place of a Friday evening inviting speculation for days. Normally a law enforcement matter like this takes place quickly in order to keep the target of such an act from being able to prepare whoever the target is has been given several days of not being charged to take legal measures in their advantage. That seems odd to me.

Third of all is something that I have to give Andrew Breitbart’s arch nemesis Eric Boehlert credit for noticing the NYT has not touched this story at all. They didn’t touch it the day it broke

Nor have they done so as of this writing: (Sunday 9:42 am)

That the times, which is in the middle of its “Trump Bump”, would leave this story alone to leave their anti-trump audience to go elsewhere is simply amazing.

But for me the biggest surprise is how the left has received it. To wit Jake Tapper put out this tweet…

…implying that the revelations concerning Mueller and Uranium One were a dodge to counter this (rather than the obvious conclusion that this sudden indictment and it’s timing was all about changing the subject BY him). It produced a series of replies from the Never Trump faithful that can only be described as orgasmic. Harvey Weinstein wasn’t as excited in the presence of women as the Twitter left are over this news.

I find this surprising because we’ve seen this over and over again from the original Fitzmas

To the Michelle Bachman “indictments” that the left kept promising to election night where the entire left was ready to dance before they were disappointed.

I would have thought that election night would have taught them their lesson

But no. They are ginning themselves up and the crash if nothing comes of it, from a not guilty verdict after a long trial, to a Trump Pardon (don’t think for a moment he wouldn’t do it) to the possibility that no indictment takes place at all (not very likely but that would explain the silence of the NY times) their crash will be most amusing to the rest of us.

Actually now that I think of it, maybe the left setting itself up for a fall isn’t that big a surprise, the real surprise would be them taking the Ann Althouse route.

I’ve got nothing to say, because it hasn’t happened

If the left thought like this, THAT would be an earth shattering shock.

Me I’m going to see what happens but I’ll tell you one thing. If you think this White House isn’t ready to win this fight, you haven’t been paying attention this last year.

by baldilocks

Figures.

In case you missed it, feminists have turned to the sad ritual of “marrying” themselves after they pursue careers, sleep around, and end up alone past the natural years of childbearing. But it turns out, they can’t even stay committed to themselves.

One such feminist named Sophie went through with the whole wedding spectacle: the white bridal dress, bridesmaids, the flowers, you name it. But soon she grew tired of herself and found herself in the sack with a polyamorist (someone who has multiple partners) named Ruari.

The two had a momentary, yet monogamous affair, claims Sophie.

In another twist, polyamorist Ruari ended up ditching Sophie for … himself! That’s right, he ended up saying “I do” to himself in an equally pathetic marry-yourself type wedding.

But Sophie, clearly an empowered woman, claims this was all part of the plan postnuptial, telling ITV’s This Morning that “self-marriage isn’t about never being with anyone else, however – it’s about ‘self-love’.”

In a world where being conservative while not being white male is self-hatred, and where a vice president being cautious around women when are not his wife or relative is hatred of women, and where Christianity equals hatred-hatred, it’s logical that self-love is something to be sought. We were warned.

There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves

After these “infidelities,” it would be so much fun to see these ‘tards present themselves in Divorce Court. Some lawyer will, no doubt, take their money.

Hey, I think I just had a new TV show idea! Feel free to steal it.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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Today was Scouting for Food, where the local scouts pass out plastic bags to be gathered the next week, hopefully filled with food donations to help feed the hungry. Instead of spending my morning catching up on the latest news on my phone, I spent most of the morning putting miles on the pavement with another dad and our two Scouts, putting bags on over 100 homes.

That time was fun. The 4G connection in our neighborhood is poor, so while I took some photos of the Scouts putting up bags, I spent the rest of the time engaged in conversation, some of which was quite comical:

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