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Trump’s recent phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen has sparked a not too surprising response from Beijing:

“We must point out, there’s is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory,” read a statement posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website Saturday afternoon. “We must point out, there’s is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory,” read a statement posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website Saturday afternoon.

Anyone who has been watching Chinese-American relationships in the past decade isn’t surprised by this.  To an American, Taiwan has been de-facto separated by China, and many people don’t understand why they don’t just give it up at this point.

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The biggest problem with this thinking is that China has sold itself on the reunification with Taiwan.  It’s not just a lot of press, it’s written into their constitution:

Taiwan is part of the sacred territory of the People’s Republic of China. It is the lofty duty of the entire Chinese people, including our compatriots in Taiwan, to accomplish the great task of reunifying the motherland.Taiwan is part of the sacred territory of the People’s Republic of China. It is the lofty duty of the entire Chinese people, including our compatriots in Taiwan, to accomplish the great task of reunifying the motherland.

To put it into American perspective, it would be like giving Florida back to Spain, despite it being an American state for so long.

Although the phone call appears almost random, I’m guessing it’s not, and that it’s a deliberate overreach by Trump.  He knows that President Obama has too often gotten the snub by China.  China plays the long game, and doesn’t deliberately piss people off unless it feels it has the upper hand.  After watching the US fumble foreign policy with China and give them essentially what they want, China feels like it can push the US around to a certain extent.

Trump gets better deals negotiating from a position of power.  If he approached China in a normal manner, they would seize upon every diplomatic way they could to undermine his legitimacy as President.  So instead, he hits them between the eyes by pounding on a very sensitive diplomatic button.

I predict the following:

  • China will do something to show they still “control” Taiwan.  A military exercise, shoot off missiles, cyber attack…something like that.  Enough to get attention, but small enough to be diplomatically written off by the US if they want to.
  • This action will let China reassure its people, and plenty of people will advise Trump to just let it go.
  • Trump won’t, because he knows if he does, he starts off at a place of weakness.  So, he’ll do something out of the box that will scare the Chinese:
    • He could dismantle the alliance China has built up over the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.  If the US stops the UN from helping the bank, it would be a massive blow to Chinese pride.  Trump could selectively woo countries away from the bank and leave China holding a large bag of debt.
    • He could conduct a military exercise that would scare China.  A freedom of navigation drive-by would be too lame.  If President Trump practiced a maritime blockade of China, and deliberately built an alliance (think Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia, all of whom have reasons to hate China), it could rattle the Chinese.  They want to win in a short, sharp conflict, and know that a long, drawn out blockade could strangle them in the long run.
    • He could buy off Chinese overseas investment.  China has put considerable money in African and Asian countries to try and break out of the First Island Chain.  Trump is the master deal maker, and if he dismantled those deals one by one, it would damage the international image that China wants to portray.

Make no mistake, Trump is walking into the China-Taiwan situation deliberately, and it’ll be interesting to see what he comes up with to negotiate from a position of strength.


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I had today all planned. Because of the season we’ve had lots of overtime which is good due to furnace repairs but it means this is the first “day” that is a period from Midnight to midnight on an individual day that I did not get home from work after 7 am or leave for work by 10 PM since Nov 5th.

I was even going to sleep in, I could miss mass for a day and put off needed confession till much later because I had no commitments and today I was going to just chill, I might not even bother with a post.

Then my friend Jim called, you might remember Jim from my election day post, he’s in rough shape and asked if I was going to daily mass so he might have a ride to the bank afterwards, which activated a basic rule.

Even when one knows of God existence it still remains quite easier to ignore and put off what is not visible than it is to ignore the plight of a flesh and blood person. It’s an advantage that is regularly used by the other side, but even at those times God is there. Furthermore God knows the right way to remind a person of it and put that choice of service or rebellion right in front of your face.

So I’m going to close here, get off my butt, rush and get dressed for the morning mass I was going to skip, grab confession before or after it and dash down to Jim’s who doesn’t realize that while it appears I am giving him a hand he in fact was giving me one instead.

A day of playing Sid Miers games can wait

The Dems thought that the 2016 presidential campaign was supposed to go like this:
The Republican candidate, civil, polite, meekly plays by the rules (i.e., plays the Dems’ game), is easily thrown off his (the Dems didn’t for a moment think Carly would win the primary) game. Just as it happened in 2008 and 2012.
Versus,
Hillary, unopposed, who landslides to a win, and is crowned.

When it became clear that, as Bill Whittle predicted four years ago, the winner of the primaries was someone from the popular culture, not from politics, the Dems – and several from the RNC – were miffed that Donald Trump was not playing by their rules.

Trump forged right ahead, tweeting right along, flying in his own plane, bringing aid to Louisiana flood victims, and looking mighty presidential at a press conference abroad, where he managed to make the president of Mexico like an amateur.

Oh-oh.

The Dems and several from the RNC, fully expected that Trump, an “overnight media sensation” at least when it came to politics, would, like Andy Griffith’s character Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd (1957), have a cataclysmic public meltdown which would lose him the election.

The Dems expected it because they, as our self-appointed “betters” thought the people could not fail to admire Hillary. The Reps wanted Hillary to win as a weak candidate to be overwhelmed by a Republican-majority Congress (as if!).

What neither side recognized that the people were mad as hell and weren’t going to take it anymore, the sentiment yelled to the winds by Peter Finch’s Howard Beale in Network (1976).

Imagine the anger of an unemployed factory worker watching this,

Or the anger of a person being thrown into a basket of irredeemable deplorables, theological connotations and all.

The people weren’t going to take it anymore, and they voted.

Mind you, Trump is no Howard Beale. Trump has at least four decades of experience at three things:
1. Being in the public eye.
2. Playing his own game.
3. Getting things done.

Now that it’s clear Trump not playing by the Dems’ rules, the Dems are leaning back on their ad hominem ways,

Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, fumed: “Do you think I ran a campaign where white supremacists had a platform?”

“You did, Kellyanne. You did,” interjected Palmieri, who choked up at various points of the session.

“Do you think you could have just had a decent message for white, working-class voters?” Conway asked. “How about, it’s Hillary Clinton, she doesn’t connect with people? How about, they have nothing in common with her? How about, she doesn’t have an economic message?”

Joel Benenson, Clinton’s chief strategist, piled on: “There were dog whistles sent out to people. . . . Look at your rallies. He delivered it.”

The Dems’ Lonesome Rhodes are blowing dog whistles while Trump is at the Carrier plant getting things done.

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

I’m watching CNN post trump Cincinnati. I do this because it continues to be very instructive in terms of what the media thinks and what they say and additionally a ton of fun watching them continue to react to Trump without a clue.

While agreeing that the Carrier win was big it was all about how Trump is divisive, Trump has to reach out, Trump can’t satisfy both coal and oil workers, how he has to stop hitting the press.

What dopes.

Trump has the house, Trump has the senate, and Trump has a platform that is large enough to completely bypass a MSM that openly worked against him, changing the equation forcing them to react to him and chase rather than setting the agenda.

Furthermore there is no prospect of the House going anywhere before 2022 at the earliest (since they would need to win state legislatures and redraw lines) and no prospect of them getting the senate back before 2020.
Given these facts I have this question:

Why on earth would Trump even consider reach out to his foes rather than embracing the voters who elected him?

As for me, I think Trump shouldn’t’ give any of these fools the time of day. At best he should say: This is where our boat is going, if you want to come aboard here if my hand.”

If they don’t take it, let them tread water where they are.


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Of all of Donald Trump’s cabinet decisions, Secretary of State has been the most contentious. All of the four or five remaining candidates have been attacked to some degree, including a barrage of attacks on Mitt Romney from within the Trump camp itself. All of the four or five candidates have long histories of political experience, though only John Bolton has extensive experience talking to foreign leaders (General David Petraeus interacted with foreign military leaders, but that’s not the same thing and partially irrelevant for Secretary of State).

Is it possible to hit the reset button? One of the best things about Donald Trump being President is that the old rules no longer apply. He can select someone outside of the DC inner circle and justify it. Secretary of State more than any other major cabinet decision can benefit from selecting an outsider. The co-author of The Art of the Deal should know this better than anyone. It’s easier to train a great negotiator on the nuances of foreign affairs than to train a politician in the skills of negotiating. After all, we’re the United States. We should be working towards making the best possible deals that benefit everyone, especially us.

All of the current considerations for Secretary of State come with major baggage while having minimal upsides. Romney has the most negotiating experience and has seen this put to great use during his careers in both public and private circles, but he’s scorned by a large chunk of the people who helped get Trump elected in the first place. Bolton is very old school, and while he’s known as a free-thinker, he’s also known to go off the rails from time to time. That’s a trait that Trump doesn’t need in his top diplomat. Petraeus made some horrendous decisions in his days in public life. He should not be rewarded with more responsibility just because he’s done with probation for releasing secret government information carelessly. Rudy Giuliani showed signs throughout the campaign of being well beyond his prime. He wasn’t sharp in many of his speeches and does not appear to be physically capable of the grueling travel schedule a Secretary of State requires. Bob Corker is a Democrat.

While any of these choices would be upgrades from John Kerry, they don’t quite enter the same arena as Alexander Haig, for example. In today’s geo-political maelstrom, we need an Alexander Haig.

Certainly there’s someone else within Trump’s vision who can meet all the criteria. The Secretary of State must be able to communicate the message and act in lieu of the President of the United States in foreign affairs. They need to be easily respected by foreign leaders. They need the negotiating skills that can prevent Iran Nuclear deals from even reaching a point of agreement until it’s clear that the benefits are not lopsided against us. Most importantly, they need to see the world from a perspective that aligns with the President’s vision. None of the current candidates cover all of these criteria well.

I’m not going to throw out names, though I have several in mind. If I had Trump’s ear, I would, but there’s no point in speculating for the sake of speculating. At this point, the best we can hope for is that the President-elect continues his search and is presented with better options than the four or five finalists being discussed today. They are all B-listers at best.

The three or four years you spend working towards a degree, is likely to be a tough. You will have your work cut out juggling coursework, a social life, and maintaining links with family and friends back home. Then there are the other things you need to do regularly, such as eat and sleep. No doubt you are wondering at this point in time whether you can even fit a hobby in, since there doesn’t appear to be much free space in your schedule!

No matter how little free time you have, it is worth making time for hobbies. Even if you are pushed to the limit studying for an online masters in computer science at New Jersey Institute of Technology, you should still make time for a hobby. Hobbies help us relax, improve our skills, and can even be helpful to our degree or career. Read on for some useful tips on which hobbies you should choose if you want to boost your degree studies, and career.

Build a Blog

If you have your eye on a career in tech, running a successful blog will give you serious bonus points. It’s incredibly easy to build a blog, with content management systems such as WordPress available to everyone and simple to use. And if you are working towards an online computer science masters, you can showcase your code writing skills and create an online project portfolio for potential clients.

Learn a Foreign Language

Becoming fluent in a second language is a valuable skill to have. We are living in an increasingly global world, with job opportunities available in a multitude of different countries. Just because you live in one country, it doesn’t mean you can’t take a job on the other side of the world when you graduate. Boost your employability in this regard by learning a second language. That way your resume will be more attractive to global corporations.

Develop Websites

Building websites is a fun hobby, but as well as being an interesting sideline, it can also give your career a helping hand. Employers love tech savvy applicants, so showing you can build a website and market yourself online puts you head and shoulders above someone who lacks these skills. It’s also good practice if you are studying a computer science or tech-related degree.

Excel in Sports

Playing sports is an excellent way of letting off steam and maintaining your health and fitness. Team sports in particular are useful, especially if you want your resume to stand out in a pile of hundreds. Employers like people who are team players. Colleges also like students who are happy to represent them in team sports. It’s a win-win situation.

Work Your Social Media Channels

Never underestimate the power of social media. People with thousands of Twitter followers, Facebook friends, or Instagram followers are serious influencers. Employers want people like you running their social media accounts, so you will be in demand.

Don’t keep quiet about your hobbies when you fill in a job application. It shows you are a well-rounded person, which employers like.

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Hot Dog Vender:Got no opinions Sir, they’re bad for business

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One of the values of a being either company operating in a niche market is that if you have strong political opinions consistent with said niche to said market you can release them in public secure in the knowledge that such a move will not hurt the bottom line.

Another type of company with this advantage is one that sells a unique product that can not be easily obtained elsewhere.  When that is the case the customer base, no matter how offended by a particular public opinion, particularly a business, will have no choice but to swallow it’s pride and continue to use said company.

Neither of these would be considered accurate description of the Kellogg’s’ corporation.

Kellogg, citing ‘values,’ joins growing list of companies that pledged to stop advertising in Breitbart News

From the story

The company cited concerns that Breitbart News, which has been described by many as portraying alt-right ideals, does not align with its values.Kellogg’s has announced that it will pull all advertising from the site. The company cited concerns that Breitbart News, which has been described by many as portraying alt-right ideals, does not align with its values.

Breitbart is not amused

Kellogg’s offered no examples of how Breitbart’s 45 million monthly readers fail to align with the breakfast maker’s values. Indeed, the move appears to be one more example of an out-of-touch corporation embracing false left-wing narratives used to cynically smear the hard working Americans that populate this nation’s heartland.

Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow encouraged the boycott of Kellogg’s products, describing their war against Breitbart News as bigoted and anti-American: “Breitbart News is the largest platform for pro-family content anywhere on the Internet. We are fearless advocates for traditional American values, perhaps most important among them is freedom of speech, or our motto ‘more voices, not less.’ For Kellogg’s, an American brand, to blacklist Breitbart News in order to placate left-wing totalitarians is a disgraceful act of cowardice. They insult our incredibly diverse staff and spit in the face of our 45,000,000 highly engaged, highly perceptive, highly loyal readers, many of whom are Kellogg’s customers. Boycotting Breitbart News for presenting mainstream American ideas is an act of discrimination and intense prejudice. If you serve Kellogg’s products to your family, you are serving up bigotry at your breakfast table.”

In response, Breitbart launched its #DumpKelloggs petition to encourage its vast readership and the followers of its #1 in the world political Facebook and Twitter pages to ban bigotry from the breakfast table by boycotting Kellogg’s products. 

Given the results of the election, the fact that the former Chair of Breitbart is now the strategic advisor for the Trump administration and that alternatives to the products offered by Kellogg’s made by other companies abound, this public statement, as opposed to something more generic like claiming they are simply decreasing advertising on political news sites post election, would seem to have been an ill advised PR move.   The trending #dumpkelloggs hashtag on twitter, the eruptions on facebook with the loss of 2% of the stock’s value would suggest this,  so I decided to try & find out what Kellogg’s had to say about it directly.

I called Kellogg’s Consumer affairs line at 1-800-962-1413. I had a very long wait before I spoke to a very busy young lady who informed me that the line was for product related inquiries and that she didn’t have a media contact number but she did have both a number for corporate 269-961-2000 and HR 1-877-694-7554 that she was kind enough to give me.

From there I called the Corporate number. The switchboard operator transferred me to the media relations department but before she did commented that while she had only fielded 2 calls on the subject her co-worker next to here was inundated with them with all but one call objecting to the move.

I reached the voice mail of the media contact leaving a message with both my phone number and email address seeking comment before this piece went live. As of this writing I have not been contacted by either method which means I didn’t get a chance to ask any questions concerning Kellogg’s statement on values. Here are some obvious ones they raise first about how the decision came to be:

Given that this was a very public move by a major corporation whose product is sold in practically every single town in every single state blue and red, what was the procedure that led to this decision.

Who made the initial suggestion for this move?

Was the company approached by an outside entity concerning Breitbart or was this raised internally?

How Much discussion went into making this decision.

How many people were involved in making this decision and when the decision was made was it reached unanimously?

Who drafted the initial statement and at how many levels was said statement approved before it was released to the media

Those are all statements concerning “cause”, I also have a few on “effect”

as Kellogg’s considers the breitbart sites to be inconsistent with their values, or as Hillary Clinton would say “Deplorable”, do they consider the 46 million readers of Breitbart site equally “deplorable” or inconsistent with the values of Kellogg’s?

Given that the former CEO of Breitbart now has a high position, some would say the most trusted position in the incoming Trump administration does their statement also mean that Kellogg’s considers the values of the incoming Trump administration and the voters who elected them, including in the state of Michigan inconsistent with the values espoused by Kelloggs?

Given that Breitbart.com is inconsistent with the values of Kelloggs will Kelloggs decide that readers and supporters of the Breitbart site need not apply for the positions offered at the site & promoted on Twitter under the Kellogg’s jobs site and that current readers of the Breitbart site employed by Kelloggs should consider finding other work?

And finally one on the aftermath of all of this

Given the rise of the #dumpkelloggs hashtag, the apparent large volume of calls complain and the apparent conclusion by conservatives on social media that their business is no longer desired by Kellogg’s and the implications that has for both the stock price and the bottom line for the company, what affirmative steps, if any, is the company planning to assure these very upset customers that they are valued members of the Kellogg’s customer community or do they plan to wait it out?

If I get a response before I leave for my overnight job I’ll include it here or in an update if any shows up after the post goes up.

Exit Question:  Isn’t this either a class action or a “hostile work environment” case just waiting to erupt on Kellogg’s?


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Fidel Castro, slave master to his fellow countrymen, is finally and officially dead.

The Organized Left’s Idea of a Great Leader has already been cremated. Last evening a memorial service, featuring a B-list of presidents and representatives of governments across several continents, eulogized the tyrant, and

From Wednesday, Mr. Castro’s ashes will be slowly taken east, tracing in reverse the route he and his bearded guerrillas took in late 1958 as they closed in on Havana and the seizure of power. On Sunday, his remains will be laid to rest in Santiago de Cuba, where Mr. Castro’s revolution began.

The inhabitants of the hell below are now compelled to show carefully orchestrated displays of public sorrow.

Castro’s ashes are at Granma Room of the Armed Forces Ministry building, where the public is not allowed. Instead, the crowds are directed to the José Martí Memorial, where they are to pay their respects to a portrait of Castro and a display of medals that may or may not have been his. (link in Spanish)

The Communist regime issued guidelines for the official mourning period:
1. Cubans are forbidden from saying “Good morning” (“Buenos días”) to each other.
2. No alcohol is allowed.
3. Nightlife, the lifeblood of tourism, is shut down.
4. No loud music.
5. The neighborhood watchmen, Comités de la Revolución, are keeping track of any violations to the above rules. They also keep track who shows up (or doesn’t) to sign the book of condolences at the 1,000 designated locations across the island prison after standing in line for hours under the hot sun.
6. Mourners are also compelled to sign a statement of commitment to the Revolución.

Not being allowed to display the most basic civility – “good morning” – to your fellow man is emblematic of Communism’s goal: crushing the human spirit.

But what else can you expect from a regime whose leader exsanguinated people to sell their blood before their execution?

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

“You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.'”

2 Samuel 12:12

The left’s quest for a recount continues despite a lot of critique and laughter going on at them.

Additionally there is worry by dems about the effect of these recounts on how they’re perceived:

by waiting two weeks, we have undermined our credibility with the public and will be seen as sore losers,” Mollineau added. “And the last thing Democrats should be doing is giving the American people any reason to feel sympathy for Donald Trump.

The president has managed to troll them quite a bit both by hitting Clinton as a sore loser and by bringing up up people voting illegally. The later caused the MSM to attack him directly for it but given the MSM reputation for both accuracy and truthfulness that’s likely a plus.

But there is one thing that the President Elect can do that could turn Jill Stein’s Green Party fundraiser into a Democrat disaster.

If I was the Trump campaign I’d say: You want a recount? Fine, let’s assure the entire country that the election is on the up an up, lets add NY, and CA and NH and MH and Illinois.

I’m sure machine pols in NY, the folks using gang members turn out votes in Chicago the folks in Ca running up the Hillary’s popular vote score and the people who have bussed students to NH for years will be delighted to see scrutiny descend on them.

Let’s put everything on the table and see what’s there, I’ll bet it will be fun

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Miamians "mourn" the death of Castro. Palm Beach Post
Miami responds to the news of Castro’s death. Palm Beach Post

Below Florida, that is. Michael Totten documents his visit to Castro’s Cuba:

I had to lie to get into the country. Customs and immigration officials at Havana’s tiny, dreary José Martí International Airport would have evicted me had they known I was a journalist. But not even a total-surveillance police state can keep track of everything and everyone all the time, so I slipped through. It felt like a victory. Havana, the capital, is clean and safe, but there’s nothing to buy. It feels less natural and organic than any city I’ve ever visited. Initially, I found Havana pleasant, partly because I wasn’t supposed to be there and partly because I felt as though I had journeyed backward in time. But the city wasn’t pleasant for long, and it certainly isn’t pleasant for the people living there. It hasn’t been so for decades.

Outside its small tourist sector, the rest of the city looks as though it suffered a catastrophe on the scale of Hurricane Katrina or the Indonesian tsunami. Roofs have collapsed. Walls are splitting apart. Window glass is missing. Paint has long vanished. It’s eerily dark at night, almost entirely free of automobile traffic. I walked for miles through an enormous swath of destruction without seeing a single tourist. Most foreigners don’t know that this other Havana exists, though it makes up most of the city—tourist buses avoid it, as do taxis arriving from the airport. It is filled with people struggling to eke out a life in the ruins.

It’s one of those “read the whole thing” kind of essays and now I feel whiny for complaining about my landlords.

After I finished Michael’s superlative travelogue, I got down on my knees and thanked God for the United States of America. Descriptions of totalitarian feces holes, especially one so near, tend to remind this first-generation American of her blessings.

Also, don’t forget this.

One more thing: pray for the people in Tennessee.

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When you think of higher education, you think of someone who is enlightened. That doesn’t mean someone looking through the world with tunnel vision so that everything but a narrow path to light is blocked off. Higher education leads students forward into a world where there are people of all races, all creeds, all nationalities, all ages and all political backgrounds. When studying for a higher education leadership degree, such as the one you can find here, you will learn how to be objective so that you can be a truly effective leader.

Personal Ideologies Have Infiltrated Our Classrooms for Far Too Long

Unfortunately, this is where so many universities have dropped the ball. For too long they have allowed professors to spout their own personal ideology which influences students to act and believe a certain way. Perhaps an online EDD program would be a better choice when it comes to seeking a doctorate in education because a student’s parameters of understanding will be defined by what they perceive to be true, not an articulation of what they have been taught in class.

What an Advanced Degree in Higher Education Should Be

As students studying in an online doctor of education in higher education leadership program, they should come out with tools to make them true leaders. Leaders don’t dictate what their teams should or shouldn’t do, but a truly great leader will empower their team to think for themselves. True, there is a core curriculum which must be studied but that doesn’t mean that students must think and act alike. It would be a boring world if this were the case. It would be a world of robots simply acting on command rather than through human responses based on how they, personally, feel about something.

What Higher Education Should Never Be – But Is!

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a student should never be a simple receptacle for knowledge a teacher deposits there. The student should be empowered to do his or her own critical thinking. Paulo Freire, a Brazilian educator, calls this ‘banking education.’ It’s like making a deposit in a bank where you can draw out assets as they are needed. Isn’t this much like what the United States is seeing in the early post-election days? Many professors with their left wing liberal politics have deposited fear and hate directed towards the right and now that a Democrat didn’t win, that hate is being withdrawn from the depository (student) and is now being circulated among the masses.

Approach from Front and Center – Never from the Right or the Left

This is what higher education should never be. Whether from the right or the left in a political, religious or sociological issue, a student in higher education should be encouraged to think and act for themselves. That is what higher education should be but usually isn’t. Higher education should never be about programming our students but rather offering them the critical thinking tools necessary for them to draw their own conclusion.

Your student isn’t a bank where you can deposit all of your biases to be drawn out at such times as to suit your purposes. Plant seeds yes, but let your students devise the fertilizer of their choosing. That’s higher education and anything less is doing them a grave injustice. Read this question on Quora.com and you will see that students, themselves, are tired of biased education. It’s time for a change.

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Amid talk of vouchers and charter schools, the Trump administration should consider significant tax breaks for homeschoolers.

The reasons for homeschooling vary. Some parents want to emphasize a religious education for their children. Others want to avoid the left-leaning indoctrination of public schools. Still others face inadequate or unsafe schools.

According to the National Home Education Research Institute, more than two million students in K-12 are schooled at home. One study found that more than 30 percent of these students are Black, Hispanic or Asian. Moreover, the students and their parents save taxpayers more than $20 billion a year based on an estimated cost of more than $11,000 a year per child for a public school education.

But homeschoolers receive no significant tax breaks for teaching their children.

Homeschools in most states cannot be run as a business or even as a non-profit as parents cannot charge their children for their education. Moreover, homeschoolers cannot deduct donations to their own school. Also, the IRS usually does not allow homeschooling to be considered a hobby, which could reap some limited tax benefits.

Here are some possibilities to make homeschooling more affordable:

–Allow tax breaks for tuition and books purchased from homeschooling businesses.

–Provide deductions for individuals who are the primary teacher.

–Give tax incentives for tutoring in specific subjects, such as math, science and technology.

–Provide a mechanism to receive a reduction in local property taxes, which often are paid to local schools, for individuals who homeschool.

“Open the schoolhouse doors and let parents choose the best school for their children,” Donald Trump says. “Education reformers call this school choice, charter schools, vouchers, even opportunity scholarships. I call it competition-the American way.”

That competition should include incentives and benefits for homeschoolers and their children to allow them to choose an option other than charters and vouchers.


Christopher Harper is a recovering journalist who worked for The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times and teaches media law.

edwards-money pj mediaFor years whenever conservatives referred to the Clinton Foundation as a money mill we were derided by both Clinton’s defenders and the press that assured us that regardless of the number of flights, five star hotels, expensive meals and booze that the Clinton Foundation covered for Bill, Hillary & Company, it was all about good works and that’s all there is too it.

That being the case I find this news from Australia rather odd:

AUSTRALIA has finally ceased pouring millions of dollars into accounts linked to Hillary Clinton’s charities.

What that can’t be right

The federal government confirmed to news.com.au it has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.

But this doesn’t make any sense. We were assured that the Clinton Foundation was doing good works all over the world, are we to believe that the good works that Australia believed was worth an 88 Million dollar investment just ceased or that Australia has decided that their works are good enough any more?

Why anyone would think that the contributions from Australia over the last 10 years were all about currying favor with a Sitting Senator, Sitting Secretary of State, Democrat Nominee and expected president rather than helping others.

Anyone want to bet me a five spot that the Australians won’t be the last big donor to decide to without the greens that the Clinton cash Cow lived on for years?

Update: That didn’t take long:

As the Norwegian newspaper Hegnar points out, Norway is expected to slash their contributions to the Clinton Foundation by 87% now that Hillary has lost the presidency. After contributing roughly $5mm per year to the Clinton Foundation between 2007 – 2013, the Norwegian government decided to boost their donations to ~$15mm and ~$21mm in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Ironically, that boost in contributions corresponded with Hillary’s decision to run for President in 2016…but we’re sure it’s just a coincidence. That said, it is fairly interesting that, since Hillary’s loss, Norway has decided to scale back their contributions by 87% in 2017…hmmm.

I guess that’s better than Australia which went to zero but I’m wondering what Norway’s explanation is? Does the Clinton Foundation do 87% less good than it did before?

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Saw this tweet from Sean Davis

Linking to this federalist article full of tweets calling for more gun control after an 18 year old Somali refugee named Abdul Razak Ali Artan, at Ohio State launched an attack that likely had nothing to do with Islam with a knife rather than a gun.

But that’s not enough, since Ohio State is already a gun free zone, we need something stronger, cue Dean Wormer

The time has come for Double secret gun free zones on campus‘nationwide! Only then will students at Ohio state be truly free from attacks that have nothing to do with Islam by refugees who have no violent intent.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT –  “It will be back to business as normal. Nobody cares.”  That statement from a woman who has worked in the French Quarter for six years is simply tragic.

“Nobody cares.”

Early Sunday morning, around 1:40 a.m., ten people were shot near the intersection of Bourbon and Iberville in the historic French Quarter. The gunfire sent tourists and locals running in panic. Some of the clubs closed their doors to keep out the violence. One of the reported shooters is dead and there are several arrests. It’s a tragedy all around but the sad thing is that this happens in NOLA more often than not – it’s only when it gets close to the tourist areas that you hear about it.

New Orleans is a beautiful, culturally diverse, fascinating city. Under the guidance of mayor Mitch Landrieu it has degenerated into a violent, lawless disaster. I hate to say it because I love New Orleans. It’s a city that gets in your blood and lures you back. The food, the music, the eclectic street vendors, and the people above all, are for the most part intoxicating.

Sadly, the policies of Mayor Landrieu are going to kill the tourist trade if something isn’t done. Landrieu is more focused on things of lesser importance than the blood in the streets, things like removing monuments, for example. Landrieu spent much of 2015 fighting against the four major Confederate monuments in the city. I’ve written about that issue here, here, and here on this blog. Once that issue was safely nestled into the lengthy court dockets and appeals process, Landrieu moved on to gun control laws.  A decision on the monuments is imminent from the U.S. Court of Appeals and tensions are already high.

In April 2016, Landrieu proposed a new series of gun control laws which was passed and signed into law in September. Most of the ordinances are already on the books so it was an exercise in redundancy at best. New Orleans had 165 murders in 2015, up from 150 in 2014. As of October 17, 2016, NOLA is on pace to meet or exceed that number with 134 murders.  Note that number does not include shootings that don’t end up as murder statistics, such as those nine non-fatal victims in this most recent shooting.

Last week a commander of the police department issued a warning to women not to travel alone after dark in the city due to a rising number of robberies and car jackings:

“I would suggest to any female, if they can prevent it, do not travel alone overnight,” said Second District Commander Shaun Ferguson. “If you absolutely have to, stay on the phone with someone and let them know where you’re going. Keep them abreast of your whereabouts.”

A female college student from Tulane was carjacked early Tuesday when another car struck hers from the rear. As she got out of the car, three men from the other vehicle got out and one of them pushed her to the ground. That man got into her car, while the other two jumped into their vehicle and fled.

The Confederate monuments are clearly not the problem; the problem lies in Landrieu’s failure to address the violence in the streets in any meaningful fashion. In recent protests at Lee Circle after Trump’s election, vandals were tagging the monument and other prominent buildings with paint, setting fires on the lawn at the circle, blocking traffic, and running rampant through the streets. Unconfirmed reports were that Landrieu told police to stand down and let them “peacefully protest.”

There is a small group of citizens who watch over the monuments in New Orleans. They patrol nightly to ensure that no vandalism is occurring and should someone tag one of the monuments, the group removes it quickly. Citizens are policing their own city because the mayor has ginned up such hate and divisiveness that it’s the only way to protect the history and culture of the city.

And the locals are worried: with Mardi Gras season just around the corner, how will the increased violence affect tourism? Will it be safe to go into massive crowds to attend parades?  The comments on news reports of the most recent shooting indicate people’s anxiety:

“And this is why we no longer stay in NOLA…..Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his city council need to concentrate on crime and not on tearing down history….We will be staying in Biloxi next weekend for the Saints game! So sad……”

“New Orleans is out of control. Our Mardi Gras is going to be a blood bath if things don’t change and I don’t see a change coming.”

New Orleans is stuck with Mitch Landrieu until 2018.

That’s almost 200 more lives in the balance.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

As a general rule there is never a bad time for a murderous dictator to meet his end, however the timing of Fidel Castro’s death, at a moment when most American leftists in media and academia are berating and bemoaning the election of Donald Trump is most fortuitous.

Castro’s death while all this insanity is going on provides a teachable moment for those who are returning to a classroom after thanksgiving.

So to all of those being told of the greatness of Fidel Castro by those who celebrated his rise to power and insisted that Cuba was a better place under him, while at the same time bemoaning the future of the United States under president elected Donald Trump by the professional leftists teaching them I pose the following question.

For decades the left has insisted that Fidel Castro was a hero who made his island a better place while insisting that claims of oppression were either false or overblown.

Yet despite this thousands of Cubans fled their Island, risking jail if caught and drowning if not in order to escape this supposed “paradise”. Even Cuban athletes representing the country had to be carefully watched when competing internationally because even the threats against their families on the island was not enough to guarantee that they would not defect to the west.

That is Cuba under the Castros.

Meanwhile before the election of Donald Trump celebrities from Al Sharpton to Lena Dunham, from Cher to Whoopi Goldberg and Amy Schumer vowed to leave the country if he was elected to escape the evils of what would be his despotic rule.

Not only did the various celebs all have sufficient wealth to allow them to leave the country without incident (unlike most of those who fled Castro) but under the laws of the United States they faced no fear of reprisal if they choose to go, no being stopped at the border, no imprisonment of families, not even a risky boat ride, the most dangerous part of leaving would be the risk of having to fly coach.

Yet when the time came, every single one of them decided to stay.

So my question to those attending a college where they are singing the praises of Fidel Castro while creating safe spaces and organizing marches to oppose Donald Trump is this?

If What you’ve been told about Trump vs Castro is true, why aren’t the Cubans staying and the celebrities fleeing? Wouldn’t that be the logical result?

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Earlier today, top Trump adviser KellyAnne Conway continued her attacks on potential Secretary of State Mitt Romney, this time on the Sunday morning shows. She’s not alone with Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee voicing their opposition to Romney, who spent the majority of the campaign season attacking Trump.

It’s unprecedented for aides and allies of a President-elect to be so publicly opposed to someone their boss is considering for one of the most prized cabinet positions. The reason it’s never happened is because it’s downright strange. What in the world is happening?

Applying logic and deductive reasoning, I’ve found only three viable possibilities, with only one of them being not weird. Let’s take a look at the possibilities in no particular order:

It’s Mike Pence vs. Conway/Gingrich/Huckabee

VP-elect Pence has been vocal about his approval of Romney in the cabinet. Assuming that Trump respects his right hand man’s opinion, he may be pulling Trump in that direction with as much force as he can muster. Seeing the stalwart support from Pence, the opposition have expressed their perspectives and feel the only way to stop it is to build a groundswell in the news and among other vocal Trump supporters to pressure Trump into not picking him.

We can assume if Romney gets the nod that Pence has more pull than most of us realized. Then again, it could be pointing to a conspiracy theory about Trump keeping his enemies closer.

Trump’s Revenge

There has been no love lost between Trump and Romney over the last year, which is why it was shocking that they would meet in the first place. Could this be an elaborate ploy with one goal: public shaming of Romney? Trump is known to be very vindictive, but he’s also been known to be instantly forgiving. If this is the case, why would his aides and allies be attacking Romney in public?

Through public shaming, this scenario demands humiliation. That means an apology. If Romney apologizes and then does not get the job, we can pretty much bank on this being the scenario the whole time.

Trump’s Just Testing the Waters

This is the one that wouldn’t surprise anyone. If Trump really doesn’t know for sure who to pick and is trying to get a diverse range of opinions from fans, media, and anyone else with a thought on the matter, this is the way to do it. Whether or not he condones the actions of his outspoken advisers remains to be seen, but he hasn’t seemed to be holding anyone back.

If this is the case, it spells doom for Romney’s chances. Other than a handful of blogs and some private endorsements, there hasn’t exactly been a rallying force behind Romney.

Regardless of who Trump picks, this strange Romney affair has been fun to watch. Whether you love Trump or hate him (does anyone feel anything in between?), you have to admit that it’s already shaping up to be a very entertaining 4-8 years.


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jonathan-strange-and-mr-norrellBy John Ruberry

It’s time to take a break from politics.

Many times while surfing on Netflix I came across a recommendation to watch the seven-part 2015 BBC One miniseries, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which is described as such: “In 1806 ambitious magician Norrell leads a revival of practical magic in England and ignites a fierce rivalry with bold young conjurer Strange.” If that sounds like a dopey show, well, that’s what I thought too. But I yielded to the luring and tuned in. I’m grateful that I did.

Magic in the alternative universe of Strange and Norrell is not smoke-and-mirrors and rabbits being pulled from hats, it’s a neglected scientific discipline that for unexplained reasons was abandoned in England in the early 16th century. But Gilbert Norrell (Eddie Marsan), a magician from York, becomes a national sensation when he brings to life the statues of  York Minster Cathedral and, in his only use of dark magic, brings back from death the future wife of a prominent member of parliament, Lady Pole (Alice Englert).

But just as in another alternative universe where humans can sell their soul to the devil, the dark side, in this case a mysterious being known as the Gentleman (Marc Warren), sabotages the transaction and establishes Norrell’s second rivalry.

Norrell offers his services to fight the French and their allies in the Napoleonic Wars, although only Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) directly utilizes magic at the side of the Duke of Wellington (Ronan Vibert), who is initially skeptical of him. Included in the broad historical sweep of Strange and Norrell is the blind and mad King George III, and although not by name, the anti-industrial Luddites.

The rest of the cast is wonderful, particularly Ariyon Bakare as a mysterious butler and Vincent Franklin as the duplicitous promoter of Norrell and Strange. The special effects, with the exception of the ravens in the last two installments, are first rate.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a welcome diversion from the usual, and it’s a particularly good series for binge-watching.

Besides Netflix, the mini-series is available on many on-demand systems and on DVD.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

As you likely know today is the First Sunday of Advent and the first Sunday of the liturgical year for Catholics which officially began yesterday with the Advent vigil mass.

But I suspect some of you might not know that the previous liturgical year didn’t end Friday, but on Saturday morning. The Daily mass celebrated Saturday Morning was the final mass of the Church’s year. It’s also the liturgical anniversary (vs the actual anniversary) of the death of my devout Aunt Lucy who died between the masses so I do my best to make sure I don’t miss it.

So yesterday after work I headed to my church and immediately noticed five unfamiliar faces. A group of nuns in white habits with black veils were at my church, first crowded into our divine mercy chapel and then sitting together at mass.

I didn’t recognize any of the nuns so when mass was over and one finished her prayers I greeted her and asked what order they were from. She told me they were Dominican Nuns of Saint Cecilia from Nashville Tennessee who teach school in Providence Rhode Island.  They were in the area for a hiking trip.

That they were devout was obvious but what jumped out at me the most, every single one of them looked young enough to be my daughter (I’m 53).

This was quite ironic because just a few months ago our parish celebrated the anniversary of the founding of our elementary school by the Sisters of the Presentation. About a dozen of those sisters turned up for the mass as invited guests and there were two things about them that were in stark contrast to the Dominican Sisters at the Saturday Mass.

  • Not a single one of them was in a nun’s habit.
  • Every single one of them was old enough to be my mother

Now I don’t question for one moment the devotion of those older nuns who did yeoman service for the school before they were replaced by lay teachers as they retired but I have yet to see a group of nuns that have abandoned the habit who are not dying out.  As they abandoned the habit, vocations abandoned them.

Meanwhile the sisters in Nashville which did not go down that path apparently has so many vocations that they can be spared to go all the way to New England to teach.  From their website:

The community has continued to experience God’s blessing of new vocations. This past summer, five young sisters professed perpetual vows, with 13 others making first profession. Twelve received the Dominican habit. With the entrance of 15 postulants in August, approximately 50 sisters are presently in the initial four years of formation. The Congregation now totals nearly 300 sisters, the largest number in its history. With this gift also comes the challenge of providing for the needs of a growing community.

It seems at least in the church the orthodox are winning the culture war.

Closing thought.  There is a very devout woman at our parish named Joan.  She has been active in the parish for decades (In fact she was my wife CCD teacher 35 years ago).  Joan is in her mid 80’s and not only makes mass daily but is involved in multiple parish activities on a regular basis.  I remember her being at that Anniversary Sunday mass months ago and mentioned at the time that she was indistinguishable from any of the nuns in attendance.

Yesterday I noticed Joan was in attendance at the mass with the Dominican Sisters.  Devout though she is nobody in attendance would have mistaken her for one of those nuns.

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Like a twisted version of Santa Claus, the late Fidel Castro had gifts of horror to dispense to the country over which he ruled.

  • He turned Cuba into a colony of the Soviet Union and nearly caused a nuclear holocaust.
  • He sponsored terrorism wherever he could and allied himself with many of the worst dictators on earth.
  • He was responsible for so many thousands of executions and disappearances in Cuba that a precise number is hard to reckon.
  • He brooked no dissent and built concentration camps and prisons at an unprecedented rate, filling them to capacity, incarcerating a higher percentage of his own people than most other modern dictators, including Stalin.
  • He condoned and encouraged torture and extrajudicial killings.
  • He forced nearly 20 percent of his people into exile, and prompted thousands to meet their deaths at sea, unseen and uncounted, while fleeing from him in crude vessels.
  • He claimed all property for himself and his henchmen, strangled food production and impoverished the vast majority of his people.
  • He outlawed private enterprise and labor unions, wiped out Cuba’s large middle class and turned Cubans into slaves of the state.
  • He persecuted gay people and tried to eradicate religion.

Many Leftist leaders have blown elegiac smoke up Raul Castro’s backside as they praise the great leadership of his dead brother. And I use the term “great leadership” without irony. We’ve seen them fawn over true dictators before and be silent when that type of leadership produces identical and inevitable outcomes. Every. Single. Time.

Fidel Castro was the epitome of a Great Leader, per the Left, because of the types of outcomes listed above, not despite them.

And even if you’re still giving the side-eye to the president-to-be—and, trust me, I am—get down on your knees and thank God that we dodged the bullet called Hillary Clinton–a true Leftist type of Great Leader.

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There is a lot of celebrating over the death of Fidel Castro (along, ironically, with grief from the same folk who claim they are afraid of a dictatorship by Donald Trump).  It is one of the top stories in the news this weekend generating story after story all over the world with a lot of adjectives being thrown about but given that the Cuban Dictator was 90 years old and in poor health the most accurate one I can think of is “unsurprising”

Which is why I think Stacy McCain’s decision to follow up his post on Castro’s death with one on the July death of Qandeel Baloch titled‘Girl Power’ and Honor in Pakistan: The Unsurprising Death of Qandeel Baloch was perfect.

In the West, female celebrities engage in provocative behavior and men are accused of “misogyny” for criticizing them, but any woman in an Islamic nation who attempts to emulate such behavior risks consequences far more serious than sexist jokes. Qandeel Baloch had 43,000 Twitter followers and more than 700,000 on Facebook, the BBC reported, and used her social-media presence to spark outrage. In June, she posted selfies posing with an Islamic cleric, Mufti Abdul Qavi, and told Pakistan Today the conservative Muslim scholar was “hopelessly in love” with her. That publicity stunt may have led to her murder three weeks later

Now I readily confess that my first reaction to Stacy’s piece on the death of “Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian” was shock that

  • Pakistan had their own Kim Kardashian
  • Someone might want to BE Pakistan’s or any other country’s Kim Kardashian

But on a more serious note Stacy’s timing on this story, whether by chance or design could not be more perfect because while outrage and pity are the proper reaction to the murder of this young mother in her prime, shock is not.

I’ll go further, saying that not only was the the death of the sickly 90 year old Cuban despot less inevitable than the murder of a woman in her mid 20’s who publicly emulates Kim Kardashian in Pakistan but Fidel Castro outliving her, both by four months in linear time and 64 years in relative age is one of the least surprising things I’ve heard all day.

However our friends on the left daren’t either express shock and anger at Ms. Baloch’s murder nor publicly make that conclusion about the inevitability of said murder as it so vividly illustrates the lunacy of painting American Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular as repressive fundamentalists who are more of a danger to the health, freedom and well being of women than even non-radical Islam and believe me there is very little “radical” about Honor killing in Islam indeed.

Furthermore it’s not a hard guess to conclude that many more tears will be shed on the left over the death over this mass murder than were ever shed for the young Ms. Baloch whose only fault was over

So I will close here by complementing Stacy McCain on his thought provoking article which you should read in full and express the same hope for the souls of Mr. Castro and Ms Baloch that I and every believing Christian is required to have for every soul, that they sought the mercy of God in the end and obtained it.

openfloorplanLook at any listing for a modern house. I’m willing to bet that two things are present:

  1. An open floor plan, meaning that on the base level, one room opens into another.
  2. Almost all listings will have multiple pictures of the kitchen and almost no pictures of the garage.

kitchenThat’s a nice kitchen…but what about the smoking room?

The modern home listing is, frankly, very sexist.

Think about it. In almost every family I’ve seen, while both husband and wife cook, the wife organizes and runs the kitchen. If you don’t believe that, try (as a man) to reorganize your kitchen. Most women will have a serious issue with that. I know my wife did when I tried to clean up numerous drawers in our kitchen recently.

The open floor plan is terribly detrimental to men. For most men, if they get overwhelmed, they have to withdraw to a private space to gather their thoughts and de-stress. Try doing that in an open floor plan. Essentially, I’d have to lock myself in my bedroom, which I (like most) share with my wife.

Complicate this with the desire by many women to kick men’s hobbies out of the home and into the most undesirable rooms like the garage and basement. I see most guys hanging out in the garage because that is the only place they can store their hobby. Personally, I think garages are unheated storage for cars, not your quiet space.

garageAlthough if your garage looked like this and had an easy chair, it might not be so bad

The average guy today is probably told by his father that his house is his castle. He also probably doesn’t feel like that, at least in today’s world.

Layer on top of this:

  • That more men come from families broken by divorce, or in many cases a cohabitating couple that later splits, and lacks a good male role model
  • That society continues to change the bar for men, so it’s hard to define what is “good”

  • That all-male or predominantly-male institutions, including our veteran’s groups and church groups, are increasingly in decline

  • That our stagnant economy makes it hard to get a job, which is a critical expectation of men

  • and we shouldn’t be surprised that young men still commit suicide more often than women and have a lower life expectancy.

    We’ve setup a system that doesn’t inspire creation of good family men. It’s caused more than a few to go on strike, and single, angry, unemployed men don’t work well for any government (just ask Tunisia). The anger may have contributed to many men switching their votes to Trump this last election. It’s my hope that as the dust settles, we as a society take a serious look at what expectations we place on our young men.


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    A few days ago we had a sponsored post called Technology Jobs with High Salaries, which talked about certain hi tech jobs that will get you a big paycheck.

    All of those jobs have one thing in common, the ability to handle stress and deal with real world problems in real time.

    This is apparently not a skill that $41,096 annually will buy you at Edgewood College

    The operations of Edgewood College were brought to a swift halt by a sticky note making fun of students traumatized by the election of Donald Trump.

    The sticky note — which read, “Suck it up p–—s!” followed by a winking smiley face — coincided with a campaign to encourage students to express their feelings about the election by posting the 3-by-3-inch adhesive placards on a table in a common area.The operations of Edgewood College were brought to a swift halt by a sticky note making fun of students traumatized by the election of Donald Trump. The sticky note — which read, “Suck it up p–—s!” followed by a winking smiley face — coincided with a campaign to encourage students to express their feelings about the election by posting the 3-by-3-inch adhesive placards on a table in a common area.

    That paragraph is bad enough but the reaction of the college administration was worse:

    According to the letter, the Post-it caused “[a] great deal of fear, sadness, and anger among students, faculty, and staff,” was “a targeted act of intimidation and cowardice,”According to the letter, the Post-it caused “[a] great deal of fear, sadness, and anger among students, faculty, and staff,” was “a targeted act of intimidation and cowardice,”

    Maybe it’s just me but if you’re part of  the faculty and staff of a college and you are intimidated by a post it not with a winking smiley face you have no business being in any position of authority or responsibility.

    And if you think that letter was bad their final reaction clinched it:

    According to Chambers, “the group determined that the message constituted a Hate Crime, based on guidelines from the Jeanne Clery Act and state law.”

    He adds the group acted according to college policy and reported the incident to the Madison, Wisconsin Police Department, which is currently investigating it as a “Hate Crime,” and that it is also being investigated through the college’s Student Conduct Process.According to Chambers, “the group determined that the message constituted a Hate Crime, based on guidelines from the Jeanne Clery Act and state law.”  He adds the group acted according to college policy and reported the incident to the Madison, Wisconsin Police Department, which is currently investigating it as a “Hate Crime,” and that it is also being investigated through the college’s Student Conduct Process.

    Seriously, you called the cops over a post it note? Seriously?!?

    Now the problem reaction to all of this is of course uncontrollable laughter

    Unless of course you are

    • A parent who is paying $40K plus annually for a school to teach them to be unprepared to deal with a post it note
    • A student at a job interview who has to convince a hiring manager that your Edgewood education qualifies you for a position.
    • A member of the alumni who has wondered what they’ve been spending the check you’ve sent them on
    • A Madison taxpayer who realizes their police are investigating post-it notes instead of dealing with actual crime.

    No hiring manager in his or her right mind would even consider hiring a person who has spent four years in an environment where people are trained to call the police over a post it note.

    My suggestion for parents of Edgewood college students.  If you want your son or daughter to learn how to function in the real world get them out of Edgewood and have them take a job at McDonalds.

    Sooner or later lawyers will figure out that colleges like this which fail to prepare students for life are class action suits waiting to happen, then the facades will start falling rapidly.

    Closing thought.   The unwillingness of the university to comment other than to acknowledge the letter as real tells me that these folks know that what they are doing is idiocy but as long as they work and dwell inside the bubble they are too afraid to say so.  How pathetic is that?


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    I had no idea who Colin Kaepernick is until quite recently. It turns out he’s the 49rs quarterback guy who started kneeling on one knee at the national anthem, a sign of protest that I, former Catholic schoolgirl, find incongruously reverential,

    Genuflection (or genuflexion), bending at least one knee to the ground, was from early times a gesture of deep respect for a superior. Genuflection (or genuflexion), bending at least one knee to the ground, was from early times a gesture of deep respect for a superior.

    So much for that.

    The quarterback apparently also {hearts} Fidel, unhesitantly repeating an old Castro propaganda point,

    “One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.”“One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.”

    Never mind the fact that the budget of the U.S. Dept. of Education alone (not including local school districts’ budgets) is almost the size of Cuba’s entire Gross Domestic Product; never mind that the Dept. of Ed.’s $77billion is greater than the prison system’s $39billion annual price to taxpayers; never mind that Cuba’s so-called “literacy rate” is based on numbers provided by the Communist regime that are not independently verified; Fidel Castro

    repeated incessantly that under him, Cubans are “the most cultured people in the world,” even the prostitutes, while redoing the excellent, definitive Don Quijote de la Mancha 4th Centenary edition by the Real Academia Española. Fidel had Hugo Chavez abridge it, remove the essay “Una novela para el siglo XXI” by long-time foe Mario Vargas Llosa, and replaced that essay with a short preface by José Saramago, a much friendlier Communist. The Communist regime can’t have “the most cultured people in the world” exposed to an essay which essence is that Don Quijote’s a free men’s novel.repeated incessantly that under him, Cubans are “the most cultured people in the world,” even the prostitutes, while redoing the excellent, definitive Don Quijote de la Mancha 4th Centenary edition by the Real Academia Española. Fidel had Hugo Chavez abridge it, remove the essay “Una novela para el siglo XXI” by long-time foe Mario Vargas Llosa, and replaced that essay with a short preface by José Saramago, a much friendlier Communist. The Communist regime can’t have “the most cultured people in the world” exposed to an essay which essence is that Don Quijote’s a free men’s novel.

    Look, we all know about celebrity displays of ignorance and stupidity, to the point that by now it’s rather apparent that ignorance and stupidity are job requirements to celebrity status.

    But by now, if ignorance were bliss, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would likely be the happiest man in the world.
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    Nothing says “peaceful coexistence” like a wave of arson:

    Fires have broken out from the north to the south in the last two days. The Israel Police is saying that “a wave of arson has befallen Israel” after 220 fires were reported during these past few days. The Israel Police has not ruled out arson as the cause of many of these fires. Fires have broken out from the north to the south in the last two days. The Israel Police is saying that “a wave of arson has befallen Israel” after 220 fires were reported during these past few days. The Israel Police has not ruled out arson as the cause of many of these fires. 

    Not rules out arson?  ya think?.

    The fires that have burned across Israel since Tuesday raged on Thursday with new areas threatened by flames as other blazes have come under control. Fifty percent of these fires were caused by repeated arson, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told Army Radio Thursday morning.

    Also on Army Radio, Shimon Ben Ner, a senior Haifa firefighter, said “I know for a fact that they tried to set fire to the department’s station in Haifa deliberately to cause the Haifa fire department to be paralyzed.”

    There have been a few arrests

    .Israeli police have arrested four Palestinians in connection with one of several large fires that damaged homes and prompted the evacuation of thousands of people over the past few days.

    Well this is horrible but it’s not as if arabs are celebrating this kind of thing, oh wait

    As Aussie Dave puts it:

    Of course, I am sure there are many Arabs worldwide not celebrating the fires and even sad about them, but they are not the ones trending this topic on Twitter.

    Besides their hatred of us, what these celebratory tweets also show is how little they care for the Arabs and Muslims in Israel. After all, they are also well and truly in harms way.

    Also, it just goes to show you how little they really care about this land.

    Update: There is also a hashtag in English #Israelisburning. Same deal.

    And anyone who, understand the reality in Israel. knows that this is coming here just as it’s come, on a smaller scale to France.

    Two Closing thoughts:

    It will be interesting to see if Twitter that was so ready to Ban Stacy McCain and Milo will be in any hurry to ban folks celebrating the burning of Israel in arabic or english.

    I’m wondering what potential DNC chief Keith Ellison will say about this? I’m sure he’ll get around to banning it just before he signs onto the bill to stop the arab “Pay to slay” business (via elder of ziyon)


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    What kind of political party distributes talking points for people to use during Thanksgiving Dinner?

    Those Democrats sure know how to have a good time. While the rest of us are looking forward to family reunions and delicious turkey dinners, the Democratic Party is coaching its faithful on how to win political arguments. This is from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a “Guide to Thanksgiving With Your Republican Relatives.”Those Democrats sure know how to have a good time. While the rest of us are looking forward to family reunions and delicious turkey dinners, the Democratic Party is coaching its faithful on how to win political arguments. This is from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a “Guide to Thanksgiving With Your Republican Relatives.”

    In fairness the Democrat Congressional Campaign committee isn’t alone, the Huffington Post has joined in the fun and it’s worth noting that their #1 talking point

    Being pro-choice or voting for someone who is pro-choice does not equal “pro-abortion.”

    Is exactly the type of thing that Northern Democrats were saying in the 1850’s about slavery.

    Now Democrats did this last year too and as the results of the last election demonstrate it didn’t do them much good.

    So to answer the question:  What kind of party gives out Thanksgiving day talking points to use at the Thanksgiving day table?  The type that won’t be in the majority in the house for a very long time.

    I’ll give the last word to John Hinderacker via Glenn

    One of the things I am thankful for this year is that there won’t be anyone at our Thanksgiving dinner who comes armed with partisan talking points in hopes of winning arguments with his or her relatives.”One of the things I am thankful for this year is that there won’t be anyone at our Thanksgiving dinner who comes armed with partisan talking points in hopes of winning arguments with his or her relatives.”

    Amen

    Fever. Chills. Daggers in my throat every time I swallow. Having strep throat on Thanksgiving is my perfect little personal metaphor to place on this strange election cycle. Every Presidential election has its ups and downs, but in my lifetime I’ve never seen anything that comes close to the nauseating twists and turns we were put through in 2016.

    That’s the cryptic part. The very awesome part of Election 2016 is that there’s incredible hope for the future. In lieu of one of my longer pieces, I’m going to obey my wife who has allotted only a brief time period on the computer and give a quick burst of Tweets that you you can post yourself. Even if you don’t post them, hopefully they’ll remind you of the potential ahead. Click on the ones you like to Tweet them.

    Happy Thanksgiving, all! Hopefully by Sunday I’ll be back to my old self spewing many more words than these.

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    The Countries that have we have gotten hits from (so far) in 2016

    Jason McCullough: Oh, I thought I might just leave town. Just get out of town before they ride in – just ride out and keep on goin’.

    Prudy: I don’t believe it.

    Jason McCullough: Well, I don’t know why not. I’ve never made any secret of the fact that basically I’m on my way to Australia. And I don’t think I’m gonna find a better time to get started than right now. Besides, uh, I don’t like the odds.

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    It’s 2 am on thanksgiving day and I’ve just woken up, which is a good thing for two reasons.

    It keeps me in the awake cycle for my overnight job since I’m on for the next 8 days straight.

    It allows me to catch up on some work uninterrupted, such as invoicing a customer for a paid post.

    It’s those paid posts that I want to talk about today.

    As you know, or may not know if you are new to this place,  I’ve tried to make a living of this blog, via tip jar hits and ads for years and actually managed to do it for a few years.  As things were looking up I expanded the business bringing on my magnificent seven writers et al and the radio side of the show.

    But shortly after my extensive coverage of the Satanic Black Mass business at Harvard University my traffic and tip jar took a big hit (quite a coincidence that)  to the point where it was no longer possible to do this full time.  I dropped the radio show and last year took on a full time job to cover Da Mortgage and made up for my decreased writing time by bringing on more writers.  While new writers increased expenses paid out of DaTipJar  since the Paycheck was taking care of the mortgage a smaller tipjar return was not an issue.

    My long term goal is still the same.  For the site to Generate enough revenue to serve as full time employment to make a living while still covering paying the expenses (hosting, minor travel, equipment writers etc)

    And that brings us to the paid posts.

    In addition to the ads on the site (not all of which are paid) the occasional tip jar hit , and my subscribers who really keep things running over here , I occasionally get requests for “paid” posts.  These come in two types.

    1.  Posts on topics I would normally write about anyways.  This comes when a think tank occasionally puts out a call on an issue  looking for a post on a particular general topic.  If I’m included in such a blast,  find the topic interesting, and am on board with the cause (So planned parenthood don’t even bother to ask) I’ll pitch my idea for a piece and if it’s accepted write the post and be paid for it.  It’s much like writing for a magazine or site except instead of being paid to put my piece on their site, I’m paid to write on my own.  These posts are pretty much indistinguishable from my regular writing.   It’s fairly rare, I’ve had maybe a half dozen such posts in 2016.
    2.  Sponsored Guest Posts.

    It’s these posts I wish to talk about today.

    Even with the traffic down from my pre-going after the Satanists era the traffic here is impressive.  as of this writing we are ranked 358, 160 in the world and 65,682 in the United States.

    While that might not seem all that great at first sight, remember as of this writing there are (according to Internet live stats) over 1.1 BILLION web sites in the world.

    Furthermore while our 185,430 unique visitors (as of today) in 2016 can’t compare to a porn site like xhamster (ranked 73rd worldwide 87th in the US) a store like Bob’s Stores (170,693, 31,626)  a college like Trinity (74,091, 16,201) a newspaper like the Tampa bay times (11,400, 2,490) or even the web site that tracks the number of web sites ( 45,402, 38097) for a small blog powered by a few writers,  writing on topics in our niche whose national exposure is completely based on our own efforts that DOESN’T auto reload to pad our stats,  that’s pretty damn good!

    So over the last year I’ve been contacted by several companies whose customers are looking for exposure to those nearly 200,000 folks but don’t want to just put up an ad that will be clicked off or ignored.  They ask for permission to put a post up on our site for a fee and if they meet the following conditions

    1. Nothing in said post supports jihad, radical Islam, abortion, gay marriage etc,
    2. Any links in said post do not go to sites selling or promoting any such stuff or porn or cheating etc etc etc
    3. The post must be pre-approved by me

    And of course meet my price, the post goes up.

    These posts aren’t all that hard to spot, most such posts are kinda vanilla in nature, designed not to upset or offend anybody and convey general knowledge about a topic that my customer’s client offers services in.  They are posted under a particular account on the blog for sponsored posts and the author is listed as “various”.

    I actually prefer them to static ads as they are generally

    1. More interesting to read
    2. Don’t slow the load time of the site
    3. Pay better over the course of the year

    Now many, in fact I’d say most bloggers don’t accept such posts and some of you might object to the occasional post of this nature on the site mixed in with all the others.

    But remember we generate over 1000 original posts here a year, most of them at least several hundred words long.  Including first hand reporting, interviews, original video and even the occasional question at a news conference with a future president of the United States

    But I’ve never made it a secret here that my goal is to be able to make a living off of this web site, pay my bills and be able to eventually make enough to go and cover events outside of my driving area on a regular basis.  These posts help me reach that goal and I’m very grateful to have them particularly since that revenue if it continues to increase will allow me to bring on more full time paid writers to generate more posts on the subject that you are all interested in.

    So on this thanksgiving day in addition to being thankful to my God for my family, my health, my friends, my magnificent seven writers our subscribers and tip jar hitters and you dear reader who is taking a few moments from a finite life to read this site, I’d like to thank my customers who are providing these guest posts who are helping to pay the bills around here bringing me one step closer to my goal.

    A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you all.

    While you’re reflecting on things to be grateful for, include this: at least we’re not under the authority of France’s Council of State.

    In 2014, a consortium of advocacy groups created a short video called “Dear Future Mom”, with the mom being a woman who is apprehensive after learning that she’s pregnant with a child who has Down syndrome. The video features people with Down Syndrome talking about their lives in a reassuring way, acknowledging the challenges but concluding that “people with Down Syndrome can live a happy life.”

    That was a bit too much for the French Broadcasting Counsel, which refused to show the video. The Counsel’s decision was appealed to the French Council of State by some people with Down Syndrome and their advocates. In early November 2016, the Council came down on the side of the broadcaster.

    Renate Lindeman, writing in the Huffington Post, explains the Council’s reasoning, with which she is not thrilled:

    The State Counsel said that allowing people with Down syndrome to smile was “inappropriate” because people’s expression of happiness was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices”.

    In other words, a video promoting the value and worth of the lives of people with Down Syndrome is inappropriate because it might cause psychic pain to a woman who has chosen to terminate a pregnancy due to fetal anomaly of one kind or another.

    In France, the score is right-not-to-be-offended 1, right-to-life 0.

    The Jerome Lejeune Foundation, one of the makers of the video, is appealing the State Council’s decision to the European Court of Human Rights. That should be interesting.

    Here is the video that kicked up the ruckus.

    h/t Mark Shea and Renate Lindeman; see also Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA

    Some of the most lucrative career paths that you can pursue are those found within the broader field of technology. Check out the short list of technology jobs below if you’re hoping to land a job that will allow you to enjoy the perks of a high salary.

    Software Engineer

    Software engineers play an integral role in the field of software design and software development, both of which are also lucrative career paths that you can take once you have your master of science in computer information systems or you’ve received your online computer information systems online degree from a school that has a solid reputation in the field of technology. You’ll work on developing the ways in which various pieces of software will function, and you’ll work closely with software designers, coders, and programmers in order to make the programs work as best as possible. Software engineers, software development managers, and software architects can make over $100,000 a year.

    IT Director or Manager

    The world of information technology (IT) is vast, so there are a host of opportunities that you can pursue, and they pay very well. Also, if you look through job openings in your local newspaper or on job board websites, you’ll quickly realize that there a lot of job openings that you can pursue because companies are constantly searching for the very best IT professionals to move their brands forward. IT directors will manage and direct all IT operations within a company, and they’ll also provide technical advice that will be used to lead various departments. They work on developing strategies that will deploy software and technology, and they test applications and hardware devices as well. This is yet another position within the realm of technology in which you can make over $100,000 a year.

    Solutions Architect

    As a solutions architect, you’ll have highly specialized skills, making you a very desirable candidate for the job openings that are available. Oftentimes, a solutions architect will work on helping with the design of various IT systems in order to meet an employer’s needs or a customer’s requirements if they run their own business. Like the positions that are listed above, you can expect to make over $100,000 a year, on average, in this position.

    Data Scientist

    Data scientists are also in very high demand today, so if you are struggling to figure out what you should study in college, consider this position, which also pays more than $100,000 per year, on average. Businesses of all sizes are seeking data scientists who will know how to collect and analyze data that can be used to improve profit margins and efficiency. As a data scientist, you will be in charge of running systems that are utilized for storing data and finding insights within that data. There are many other jobs that you can become qualified for when you attain the appropriate degree that will prepare you for a career in technology. These exciting career paths are not only lucrative, but also exciting and dynamic, as they are always evolving and improving.

    We all know several people whose Twitter accounts were suspended, no explanation given. They were sent to Twitter gulag.

    Well, what goes around comes around, and Twitter suspended @Jack.

    Jack who?

    Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s own CEO,

    That provoked angry responses from some people who asked how many regular users’ accounts might also have been accidentally frozen by the company in the past

    Some were angry, but reactions varied, from the skeptical,

    to the humorous,

    As a publicly listed business, Twitter’s share price reflects its problems, namely slow growth and losing money,

    Twitter has had a rough time in 2016.

    Its share price is down 20% since the start of the year. The stock briefly surged in early fall on feverish speculation that a big company like Disney (DIS), Google (GOOGL, Tech30) or Salesforce(CRM, Tech30) might make a bid for it. But no potential acquirer came forward.Twitter has had a rough time in 2016. Its share price is down 20% since the start of the year. The stock briefly surged in early fall on feverish speculation that a big company like Disney (DIS), Google (GOOGL, Tech30) or Salesforce (CRM, Tech30) might make a bid for it. But no potential acquirer came forward.

    As of the writing of this post, the share price is down to $18.21. Aside from laying off 9% of its staff, Twitter has been highly reliant on stock as a form of employee pay, so declining stock value makes it more difficult to retain valuable employees.

    The company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange at $26 in 2013. As for Jack, he was forced out in 2008 and became CEO again last year.

    Good luck with that.

    UPDATE

    Linked  to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

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

    We have been seeing a lot of open bitterness between liberal actors who supported (or settled for Hillary Clinton) and paying audience members who supported (or settled for) Donald Trump.

    So being a fan of compromise between actors worried about being triggered by the sight of audience members who they disagree with and audience members who don’t want to be lectured from the stage let me make the following proposal that we can all get behind.

    The “Hamilton” Infrastructure Ticket SurTax.

    I propose an Excise Tax of 100% on any ticket to a play or show that sells for $100 or more (including reseller fees) with such dollars being directed toward infrastructure development.

    This is a tax that everybody should love, For the right it not only provides a funding mechanism for proposed spending rather than just spending it also directs the majority of the funding toward those voices on the left who have been insisting for years that they don’t mind being taxed, taking them at their word not to mention

    Meanwhile our liberal Friends should love this tax for several reasons:

    • It funds infrastructure which is always a big issue for the left.
    • It is a tax specifically directed to the top 1% since it is only applied to tickets above the $100 level thus ensuring the rich pay their “fair share”.
    • and most importantly it exponentially decreases the chances that any performer might risk being triggered by the sight of those plebes in anything but the nosebleed seats that we’ve been reliably informed is all, in a best case scenario, Trump voters can’t afford anyway.

    It also provides two excellent incentives

    1. It provides innovation for producers worried about the effect of such a tax on sales to come up with low cost creative alternatives say a flat fee streaming service for people to see plays or a regularly scheduled monthly performance where all seats are under $100 meaning actors would have warning and time to prepare before the traumatic triggering experience of facing an audience of the Hoi Polloi.
    2. It provides an incentive for the good government types on the left who unexpected had no problem with the IRS targeting conservatives over the last few years to rediscover their dislike of a government targeting their political enemies.

    The “Hamilton” Infrastructure Ticket surtax, an idea whose time has come!


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    In the Washington Post, William Wan, Tanya Sichynsky and Sandhya Somashekhar say that “There are Two Americas”—an assertion made famous by the infamous 2004 Democrat vice-presidential candidate Senator John Edwards. All are were correct and the Washington Post writers outline the many ways in which the partitioning has been made flesh.

    To Kelcey Caulder, 22, the division is painfully real. The college student from Athens, Ga., feels its looming presence every time she thinks about her grandma, a Trump supporter and ardent opponent of abortion rights.

    They haven’t talked much since Caulder’s grandma found out that Caulder was voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton and told her granddaughter bluntly, “You’re going to hell.”

    Caulder tried to be understanding.

    “I think, in her way, she was trying to be protective of me,” Caulder said. “She wasn’t saying ‘Kelcey, go to hell.’ It was more like she was saying, ‘Kelcey, don’t you know this could send you to hell?’ ”

    But when her grandma unfriended her on Facebook, Caulder said, it was hard not to take it personally. Now, she is nervous about Thanksgiving, although she hopes the family dinner could be a chance to reconcile.

    Korey, a student at the Georgetown University Law Center, said he is skipping Thanksgiving altogether because of lingering resentments in his family over the election. After he posted an anti-Trump message on Facebook, his father stopped talking to him, and his mother’s ex-husband threatened to write him out of his will.

    Korey, who asked to be identified by only his first name to avoid further angering his relatives, said he’s not ready to reconcile. In fact, he said, he plans to confront his father over his willingness to overlook offensive statements by Trump about immigrants, minorities, disabled people and women just to beat the Democrats.

    Edward and the authors of the WaPo piece point to several dividing lines, but I’d like to draw attention to another—one to which they seem oblivious.

    There are two types of Americans: people who look to flawed human beings to be their Savior and people who do not. Very many Trump supporters and Clinton supporters fall on the same side of that particular delineation.

    [W]e are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

    –Barack Obama

    Make America great again!

    –Donald Trump

    The implication is that both men will do these things and their followers will be fundamentally transformed and great if we choose them to be our leader. It’s not an accident that mockers have referred to the two as Chocolate Jesus and Orange Jesus, respectively. And it also explains the animosities, even among kin.

    By the way, I don’t remember any great overarching slogan from Hillary Clinton. That may be emblematic of her presidential defeats against both men.  However, many of her supporters even imbued Messianism into her persona.

    This proves that when God is absent, people will create their own gods. Don’t do that.

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    The election results pose some significant challenges for the GOP since the Trump revolution may not have been as far-reaching as many would like to believe.

    Donald Trump did not make significant gains nationally, earning only a few more votes than the Republican candidates in the past three campaigns, as Mark Levin has pointed out.

    According to Cook Political Report’s latest tally, which is continuously being updated, Trump earned about 62 million votes.

    That’s about the same as George Bush received in 2004 and Mitt Romney got in 2012. Even John McCain got 60 million votes in 2008.

    In 2008, for example, more than 129 million went to the polls, giving Barack Obama nearly 69.5 million votes and a landslide in the Electoral College. In 2012, more than 129 million went to the polls, providing Obama with more than 65 million.

    Hillary Clinton will fall short of Obama’s popular vote in the last election, but not by much. All told, the number of people voting also will fall short of the last campaign.

    As the results indicate, Trump did well in the 13 swing states needed to win. According to Cook, Trump got 22.1 million votes in the swing states, while Clinton received 21.2 million. That is a shift of 5.5 percent over 2012, but the razor-thin victories in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan underline a continuing need to work hard over the next four years to keep these states in the GOP column.

    It was unclear how many conservatives voted for Trump, although exit polls showed overwhelmingly that people wanted a change from Obama. Forty-six percent of voters said they wanted policies enacted by the next president to be “more conservative” than Obama’s policies, according to ABC News’s election exit polling.

    I voted reluctantly for Trump. I credit Trump for bringing more conservatives into his administration so far, which may solidify the GOP’s appeal on the right. The key test to expand the GOP base will be his success in building a more robust economy.

    Trump’s election surprised most people. But it’s important to realize that it was not a revolution. It will take a lot of hard work to keep the GOP in power when 2018 and 2020 roll around.


    Christopher Harper is a recovering journalist who worked for The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times and teaches media law.

     

    As the year of Mercy Closes Pope Francis has made some significant moves in the context of mercy in an Apostolic Letter:  Mercy and Peace

    16. The Jubilee now ends and the Holy Door is closed. But the door of mercy of our heart continues to remain wide open. We have learned that God bends down to us (cf. Hos 11:4) so that we may imitate him in bending down to our brothers and sisters. The yearning of so many people to turn back to the house of the Father, who awaits their return, has also been awakened by heartfelt and generous testimonies to God’s love. The Holy Door that we have crossed in this Jubilee Year has set us on the path of charity, which we are called to travel daily with fidelity and joy. It is the road of mercy, on which we meet so many of our brothers and sisters who reach out for someone to take their hand and become a companion on the way. The Jubilee now ends and the Holy Door is closed. But the door of mercy of our heart continues to remain wide open. We have learned that God bends down to us (cf. Hos 11:4) so that we may imitate him in bending down to our brothers and sisters. The yearning of so many people to turn back to the house of the Father, who awaits their return, has also been awakened by heartfelt and generous testimonies to God’s love. The Holy Door that we have crossed in this Jubilee Year has set us on the path of charity, which we are called to travel daily with fidelity and joy. It is the road of mercy, on which we meet so many of our brothers and sisters who reach out for someone to take their hand and become a companion on the way.

    Ironically while the Pope is pronouncing truths of the faith Ed Morrissey is also pronouncing a basic truth when he says:

    I’ve often joked that the four words in the media that most fill Catholics with dread are, “Today, Pope Francis said…” That’s not because the pontiff says things that are dreadful; it’s because we know that we’ll have to spend most of the day explaining what the media got wrong, and what Pope Frances actually meant.I’ve often joked that the four words in the media that most fill Catholics with dread are, “Today, Pope Francis said…” That’s not because the pontiff says things that are dreadful; it’s because we know that we’ll have to spend most of the day explaining what the media got wrong, and what Pope Frances actually meant.

    Ed is very right and I would recommend everyone read what the Pope actually wrote vs what others (particularly in the MSM) claim he is stating.

    I’d particularly like to bring to your attention this paragraph on the sacrament of Confession addressed to priests: (emphasis in original)

    10. I invite priests once more to prepare carefully for the ministry of confession, which is a true priestly mission. I thank all of you from the heart for your ministry, and I ask you to be welcoming to all, witnesses of fatherly love whatever the gravity of the sin involved, attentive in helping penitents to reflect on the evil they have done, clear in presenting moral principles, willing to walk patiently beside the faithful on their penitential journey, far-sighted in discerning individual cases and generous in dispensing God’s forgiveness. Just as Jesus chose to remain silent in order to save the woman caught in adultery from the sentence of death, so every priest in the confessional should be open-hearted, since every penitent is a reminder that he himself is a sinner, but also a minister of mercy.

    Note the following lines:

    attentive in helping penitents to reflect on the evil they have done,

    clear in presenting moral principles

    willing to walk patiently beside the faithful on their penitential journey

    All of these statements involve an important principle that our friends in the media like to obscure:

    The clear acknowledgement that a person has committed an evil act which separates them from God and the understanding that said person needs to know why said act was wrong and be penitential concerning it.

    Now that fact doesn’t change the fact that regardless of the evil involved God’s mercy trumps it as the pope also says: (emphasis mine)

    Let us recall with renewed pastoral zeal another saying of the Apostle: “God has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has entrusted to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18). We were the first to be forgiven in view of this ministry, made witnesses at first hand of the universality of God’s forgiveness. No law or precept can prevent God from once more embracing the son who returns to him, admitting that he has done wrong but intending to start his life anew.

    Note the end of that sentence, it notes that there is a condition for the mercy of God, that being one admits he has done wrong and intends to start his life anew.  This is reflected in the act of Contrition that a pennant says before being absolved.

    O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because of your just punishment, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.

    The wording varies but the intent is the same, I did wrong, I’m sorry and I intend to not do wrong again.

    Humans being weak, that intention will often not be enough to overcome temptation in the short run, if it was then there would be no need for weekly confessions in church, but that intent and acknowledgement is the key here, and without that acknowledgement & intent to repent the search for Mercy will be in vain.

    Penny: Oh so you believe your friend, and your friend’s wife and your own eyes over me? Wow!

    The Big Bang Theory: The Veracity Elasticity 2016

    If you want to know what the MSM hates Trump so much this is it

    How DARE the President Elect completely bypass the MSM by putting a message up on Youtube summarizing his plans in such a way that excludes the need for the MSM at all.

    Doesn’t he know that it’s up to the MSM to excerpt what he says and tell us what he means? I mean cripes, if he gets his message directly to the people unedited how are we going to convince them that he’s actually saying something else?

    And let me tell you that lobbying ban is going to make the whole draining the swamp business a whole lot easier as people looking for such positions will weed themselves out of the running

    Update: Next time I’ll link direct to the transition site.

    By:  Pat Austin

    SHREVEPORT – I’ve been teaching high school for twenty years and I’ve never seen students so tuned in to a national election before.

    I teach in a high-poverty, inner city school with a very large ethnic population. We have a large number of black kids, Hispanic kids, Muslim kids, and then white kids that comprise our student population. Their greatest fear is that they will be “sent back” to wherever Donald Trump thinks they are from.  I’ve tried to ease their fears but they are hearing otherwise from the adults in their lives and they are scared.

    The Atlantic is running an article now about how teachers are using the election in their classrooms. One teacher, for example,

    …turned to Harry Potter, specifically a line in which Dumbledore, the young wizard’s mentor, reminds the boy that “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” That lesson choice assumes that most of her students were feeling upset about the election results. … Many of the children are Latino and came from families worried about deportation.

    Our school is rather small – about 650 kids, and we have always been like a family. Our students have always been the most accepting, most inclusive, most tolerant kids I’ve ever seen. Even in the face of this divisive election, they have not turned on each other as some schools are reporting. We are blessed, in that respect.

    But I do wonder about what they are hearing outside of school.

    The head of the National Association of School Psychologists, Kathy Cowan, says:

    “Schools perform a stabilizing function,” Cowan said. “They have to deal with everything the country throws at them.” Children are also barometers of adult anxieties and behavior, according to Jeanice Kerr Swift, the superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools in Michigan. “Regardless of who folks voted for, the election has not been a positive and uplifting experience,” Swift said. But “we focus on learning and not on things that will be upsetting to [children].”

    It’s true that schools are stabilizers for the myriad events going on in these kids’ lives and it can sometimes be a tricky business to strike the right balance between sticking to the curriculum and calming their fears. This of course varies with the age group. Above all it is important that as teachers we don’t project our own agenda or bias on our students.

    That being said, this is a great opportunity for those teachers in history or civics classes to teach lessons on checks and balances, on the electoral college, on the very basics and foundations of our governmental processes which are all things many adults seem to have forgotten.

    And the best lesson that can be taught is to accept defeat with graciousness, use it to regroup and refocus, and to channel your frustration in productive ways.  Whereas Kathy Cowan said that “the election has not been a positive and uplifting experience,” I think we have the potential to make it so.

    We don’t have to succumb to the name calling, the violence, the threats, the pettiness that we have seen from so many.

    Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

    There are two measures by which the future Trump Administration will be measured.

    One of them is the standard of conservative wonks like me who are looking for specific things, the wall, a proper vetting of legal immigration, the war on Islamic terror, pro-life justices on the supreme court. A person like me is going to judge the success or failure of a Trump by his ability to achieve, or failure to do these tangible concrete things.

    However there is a 2nd standard, a standard that is the one generally used by those who do not follow politics every single day. The standard of expectations. Will a Trump administration be as good or as bad as they expect?

    This standard rather than objective is subjective and thanks to our friends on the left, Trump is well on his way to winning this expectations game even before being sworn in.

    Right now the most ignorant and crazy of leftists are carrying the message, in bought and paid for protests all over the nation that a Trump administration is going to bring internment camps, midnight raids on innocent civilians, the end of contraception in America and the re enslavement of blacks etc etc etc. True to form the MSM in print, online and on TV are repeating and amplifying this message convincing many on the left that it’s the gospel truth.

    But what happens when after four years of Trump as president and the GOP in control of the house and senate:

    Black America not only finds themselves unenslaved but with their voting rights intact
    Gay Americans still find the LOGO network on the air, gay bars not closed & themselves not closeted?
    Muslim Americans find themselves still living in their homes and operating their businesses?
    Latinos Americans (as opposed to illegal immigrants) completely unexpelled?
    American women find that contraception is not outlawed and regularly available anyone?

    I’ll tell you what, both the Average citizen and the college leftists who has been assured that all these things were inevitable will find themselves thinking that Donald Trump isn’t bad, particularly if all this is accompanied by economic growth here and the containment of terror abroad.

    That’s why Trump isn’t giving all that much attention to the protestors and their media allies, if they insist on setting the bar as low as humanly possible Donald Trump will go along

    After all it’s easy to hurdle a bar that’s buried underground.

    It’s the most dangerous time of an election year on Capitol Hill. It’s neither rabbit season nor duck season. It’s lame duck season, which means that crazy things may (and probably will) transpire between now and the first session of the new Congress in January.

    With a huge spending bill to pass before a government shutdown on December 9th, we will see as much fluff squeezed into it as possible. That’s the problem with lame duck legislation. Many of the people voting on it have no accountability to the voters. On their way out the door, they can do what’s best for them, their cronies, or even their future lobby bosses.

    The lame duck session also gives the major parties an out so they don’t have to address controversial items before an election. The punted impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, while not directly attached to the lame duck session, is an example of something that would have happened if this weren’t an election year.

    All business should be taken care of before the election. Voters will have a chance of holding Congress accountable with their votes. Important decisions won’t be made by people who won’t even be around in a couple of months. Doing so will help to reduce instances of real or perceived corruption such as the infamous reindeer farmer who swung the vote for a trillion dollar “cromnibus” in 2014.

    Should Congress do anything during lame duck sessions? Of course. They should be prepared to handle emergencies. This doesn’t require a pre-established session; unlike the Great Depression and WWII, we should be able to pull Congress together quickly in case of emergency. What they should be doing during lame duck sessions is preparation. Transition of a new Congress is relatively smooth today, but it can be improved. Moreover, the time can be used by politicians who will be part of the next Congress to work towards future legislation that’s voted on during the first session of the next Congress. This will allow Congress to work more efficiently by reducing the learning curve and preparation time.

    All of this can be done through Constitutional Amendment, though such a drastic measure hasn’t been necessary since the ratification of the 20th Amendment. Instead, internal rules can be put into place and agreed upon by both chambers and both parties. The rules could be changed in the future, of course, so it wouldn’t be as powerful as an Amendment, but it’s better than nothing. Perhaps if we ever hold a Convention of States, we could include such an Amendment, though it’s unlikely something so small would even hit the radar.

    There are bigger issues to address, but we can’t continue to let the smaller issues slide as a result. Lame duck sessions can be easily resolved. We simply need enough people to stand up and say they don’t want the most corrupt seasons of every election year to continue to harm the nation.

    John ruberry
    John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

    By John Ruberry

    The leftist group MoveOn got its start as Bill Clinton was being impeached. Their initial message was along the lines of, Bubba has done a great job running the country, his affair with Monica Lewinsky was inappropriate, and now it’s time for Americans to, well, move on.

    Now if only the cheerleaders in the media for the Democratic Party could do the same.

    There’s a book’s worth of material out there for this post, but I’ll zoom in on just a few today. Dahleen Glanton, an African American Chicago Tribune columnist, puts the blame on the Democrats failure to keep the White House on where she feels it belongs. Yes, the headline gives the ending away, “White women, own up to it: You’re the reason Hillary Clinton lost.” Yet the first sentence of that column betrays how foolish she is, “I don’t understand women.” Her dazzling display of ignorance continues for another two dozen paragraphs.

    There must be vile fumes from the Chicago River poisoning the minds of Chicago newspaper columnists, as ignorance begets insanity. I had to read Neil Steinberg’s Nazi-drenched column about Donald Trump and his advisor Steven Bannon, who, by the way, is not an anti-Semite, three times before I gave up trying to make sense of it. Well, almost.  When I am confronted with Nazis and insanity I do one thing and that is listen to avante-garde rockers the Residents’ masterpiece, “The Third Reich and Roll,” only this time I did so while trying to block out of my memory all of my knowledge of the 1960s garage pop classics that are satirized in this work, as a possible gateway into Steinberg’s rambling mess. That didn’t work either. But hey, I tried.

    At the end of his column he all but claims that it will be followers of a religion who have been scapegoated for centuries who will be blamed if Trump’s economy doesn’t take off as he promises it will.

    Oh, do newspaper columnists have editors anymore?

    Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, who was exposed as a colluder with the Democratic National Committee by WikiLeaks, is calling the incoming Trump administration “the fake news presidency.” Yet two months ago Milbank was covering for Clinton’s “deplorables” gaffe by claiming that “she might have low-balled the number.”

    Wrong.

    Perhaps what these mainstream media hacks really need is a good cry, which is something the Residents have done as they confide in “Hitler Was a Vegetarian.”

    Yes, it’s your party, I know it’s your party
    And, you know that you can cry, and, it’s cool
    But you have to remember that I too cried my 96 tears
    And… it’s just something we all have to go through some time or another.

    Get to it.

    And then move on.

    John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.