Summary:  That Air you’re breathing will cost you your life.

Plot:   Bill the Doctor and Nardole find themselves on a space station in an era where the company that makes your live support suit charges you by the breath for the air you breathe in the suit.  The only problem is that the suits seem to be killing the people wearing them, so cut off from the TARDIS the crew has a choice, die from lack of oxygen or risk being murdered by your life support system.
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Writing:    Yet another “evils of capitalism” my God that’s been played to death but hitting the concept of leaving cost benefit analysis of life is a great pro-life message that is lost.  There are several excellent twists to the story that are worthwhile and the interaction of the characters on the station works very well.  The addition of Nardole to the story, particularly his early interactions with the Doctor  are great but I think Bill gets a little short shifted by writer Jamie Mathieson in this episode.  Or to put it another way, I think it was a well written story but I think it could have used a tad more polish or perhaps a 2nd part as there was more here than they had time to develop.

Acting:   The more I see Matt Lucas the more I think of Frank DeKova from F-Troop who managed to steal every scene he was in during that series.  To be able to constantly do that with an actor as good as Capaldi is a real feat.  I’m presuming he will be leaving with Capaldi and that’s going to be a loss.  Pearl Mackie is certainly growing in the role and I think she made the material better but I think other than in spots she was undersold by the script.  The supporting cast for the episode deserves a thumbs up as they made the episode better.

Memorable Moments:  Fluid links,  rescued a racist,  fighting a spreadsheet, fined for dying

Doctor Who Flashbacks:  Biil’s reaction to Dar Ren vs Sarah Jane’s Reaction to Alpha Centuri (The Monster of Peladon 3rd Doctor)  Having to pay for Oxygen harkens to the Sun Makers (4th Doctor) “21 hours a week of unproductivity you will have to do without sleep until the debt is paid.

Oddities:  I think the cost benefit solution by the Doctor was excellent.

Pet Peeves:  I didn’t buy the “oh the spacesuit is damaged so it won’t kill her properly” business.  I think that was a very weak dodge.


Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts

The Doctor: So, how does space kill you? I’m glad you asked. The main problem is pressure. There isn’t any. So, don’t hold your breath or your lungs will explode. Blood vessels rupture. Exposed areas swell. Fun fact! The boiling temperature of water is much lower in a vacuum. Which means that your sweat and your saliva will boil, as will the fluid around your eyes. You won’t notice any of this because fifteen seconds in, you’ve passed out as oxygen bubbles formed in your blood. And ninety seconds in, you’re dead. Any questions?  ( A student raises her hand.)  Yes?
Student: What’s this got to do with crop rotation?
The Doctor:  Er, I dunno. But space is great, isn’t it?


The Doctor:  Oh, look, Bill, it’s Nardole. What a lovely surprise. I thought I sent you to Birmingham for a packet of crisps.
Nardone: Yeah, I saw through your cunning ruse.
The Doctor:  Yes, well, if you will go thinking for yourself. What do you want?
Nardone:  I was given strict instructions to keep you at the university.
The Doctor:  Who by?
Nardone:  You.
The Doctor:  Well, you’re not doing a very good job, are you? I’ll overlook it this once.


The Doctor:  What killed the crew of this station?
Life Support Suit: I am unaware of any recent deaths.
The Doctor:  What about the oxygen? Where did it all go?
Life Support Suit: There has never been any oxygen in this station.
Nardole:  Oh, listen to that. Still saucy after all these years.
The Doctor:  Explain.
Life Support Suit: Oxygen is available for personal use only, at competitive prices.


Ivan: They’re nearly through!
The Doctor:  Open up. Let’s send them a message. Let’s teach them a lesson they will never forget. If they take our lives, we take their station and every penny they will ever make from it. Die well! It’s the finish line! It’s winning!
Abby: Open it.
Nardone:  Doctor! Doctor
The Doctor:  What?
Nardone:  It’s Bill.
The Doctor:  (sotto) Of course it’s Bill. Fate and me, we have a thing. (normal) Hello, suits. Our deaths will be brave and brilliant and unafraid. But above all, suits, our deaths will be expensive!  Check your readings. We die, your precious station dies. The whole thing will blow. The company will make the biggest loss in its history. A moment ago, we were too expensive to live. Now we’re more expensive dead. Welcome to the rest of your lives.


Final Verdict: 4 stars  but just barely.  An above avg episode  despite its weaknesses.

Ranking of Season: 2nd of 5  The first episode of the season not better than the previous one.

1st Knock Knock
2nd Oxygen
3rd Thin Ice
4th Smile
5th The Pilot

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: n/a This is to my memory the longest steak that a Doctor has had of a 3rd season not having a top 10 episodes in it.

1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd. Last Christmas
3rd. The Caretaker
4th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Familiar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Orient Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek

British Police have named Saman Abedi as the Terrorist suicide bomber caused  the mass murder of Children in England after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and it’s reported that another person has been detained in connection to the attack.

As I watch the usual suspects are sounding the same, the phrases “Lone Wolf”,  Islamophobia , love vs hate, and doing all it can to take the Islam out of the latest example of Islamic Terror.

Of course England has done its part to purge the Islam from Islamic Terror, by banning Pam Geller who today noted about the attacker in Manchester:

Just like the neighbors of San Bernadino jihad mass murderers, neighbors noticed strange goings-on at the house of the jihadis, but didn’t alert authorities for fear of being labeled racist-islamophobic-anti-Muslim-bigots.

and Robert Spencer who wrote this on Manchester:

UK: Manchester jihad mass murderer known to authorities but “not thought to pose immediate threat”

They thought wrong. Why? Because they don’t have the first foggiest clue about what motivates these people, and what their goals are. So how can they possibly evaluate who is an “immediate threat” and who isn’t? They have to discount so much evidence that someone may be an “immediate threat” because to acknowledge the importance of that evidence would be “Islamophobic,” they’re left with nothing to go on.

While their exclusion from England, Ironically promulgated by the current prime minister Theresa May when she was home secretary, along with others like Michael Savage has drawn the approval of many media and cultural elites has been effective in preventing people from hearing their warning concerning Islamic Terror has been less than effective at preventing people from being killed by it.

Mark Steyn notes the contrast in tactics and results in England vs elsewhere

Poland and Hungary and Slovakia do not have Islamic terrorism because they have very little Islam. France and Germany and Belgium admit more and more Islam, and thus more and more terrorism. Yet the subject of immigration has been all but entirely absent from the current UK election campaign. Thirty years ago, in the interests of stopping IRA terrorism, the British state was not above preventing the internal movement within its borders of unconvicted, uncharged, unarrested Republican sympathizers seeking to take a ferry from Belfast to Liverpool. Today it declares it can do nothing to prevent the movement of large numbers of the Muslim world from thousands of miles away to the heart of the United Kingdom. It’s just a fact of life – like being blown up when you go to a pop concert.

But while Britian’s current tactics might not be generating fear in the hearts of potential terrorists as evidenced by this announcement:

British police arrested someone in connection with last night’s attack. Now they have intelligence that a second attack may be impending, pushing the terror threat level to “critical” for the first time in 10 years. How big is this cell?

The practical effect of raising the threat level is that the British military will be deployed to support the police in guarding “key sites” around the country. That’s not going to make libertarians happy, but luckily for Theresa May there aren’t many of those left in the UK.

it has successfully put the fear of being considered “Islamophobic” in the minds and hearts of the potential victims of said terror.

Alas what I wrote in 2011 continues to remain true:

Pam and those who warn of Radical Islam are Fiver calling for help for those caught in a snare. Her detractors are Cowslip the head of the snared warren. To oppose radical Islam requires a courage they don’t have and to openly admit appeasement acknowledges a cowardice they can’t bear. Much easier to not talk about it and preserve their illusion of dignity.

Pam and those like her bring up uncomfortable truths and for that they will be forever hated.

Or to put it another way.  The end of Islamic Terror will be in sight when we love our children more than we fear being called “Islamophobic”.


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Two years ago in July after over 50 years I left St. Anthony Di Padua Parish in Fitchburg Massachusetts for a different parish.  This was not lightly done, my parents were married there, I and all my brothers and sisters were baptized there, we all went to the parish school, we all received our first communion there, I was married there, my sons went to the school and I am a charter member of the Knights of Columbus council there and I retain that membership along with membership of the Madonna Della Cava society at that parish.

Last night I attended a meeting of the Madonna Della Cava society to plan this years festival and at the meeting found out that hot on the heels of the news that our Parish School was dropping grades 4-8 and replacing them with preschool, St. Anthony’s was about to get their 4th pastor since 2014.  In short, the turmoil that caused me to leave the parish continues unabated.

I wrote about the causes of these nonsensical self inflicted wounds in June of 2015 but rather than rehash the past it it time to answer the only question on the floor that matters:  What can be done to end it?

I have heard various secular suggestions about fundraising and attempt to attract people and while I have no objection to these plans nor would I discourage any of them I think we are forgetting that the root of of why people join a church.

It’s not secular, there are plenty of secular clubs with active social calendars and many private schools with excellent programs to educate the young.

No the solution is spiritual, it’s a matter of faith, people join a parish to deepen their faith and grow close to Christ and send their kids to a Catholic school to increase their faith and provide a moral center.  St. Anthony’s wants to attract faithful Catholics back to the parish they need a solution based on faith because the battle that is being lost in the parish is a spiritual one and unless that spiritual enemy is checked they are lost.  What’s needed is a spiritual plan of action!

Fortunately Jesus provides one in scripture:

When they came to the crowd a man approached, knelt down before him, and said, “Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water.  I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”

Jesus said in reply, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him here to me.”  Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him, and from that hour the boy was cured.

Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?”

He said to them, Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.  But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.” (Emphasis Mine)

Matthew 17:14-21

So prayer and fasting is the answer, but what prayer and what fasting?

Lucky for us Catholics there is an obvious choice for a prayer to counter the works of the Devil, the Rosary.  Furthermore there is an obvious decade to offer provided to us by St. John Paul II the 3rd Luminous mystery The Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven.  For what is the function of a Catholic Church or a Catholic School but to proclaim the Kingdom to those who attend?

As for fasting there is another obvious choice provided via one of the parish patriots the Madonna Della Cava.  There is a traditional devotion usually done at age 13 where one make a vow to abstain from meat on Wednesday’s for life in honor of the Madonna Della Cava.  It’s been practiced in my family dating back to at least the 19th century.  My mother took the vow at age 13 (1937) and kept it through her life, Both of my sons took the vow at 13 and while I was decades late to join I am in my 13th year of this weekly fast from meat in honor of La Madonna Della Cava.

So for those looking to do something about the state of affairs at St. Anthony’s Parish I humbly offer the following suggestions in the form of a Vow to Our Lady.

  1.  A perpetual vow to pray the 3rd Luminous mystery daily (this would be in addition to any such prayers already made).
  2.  A perpetual vow to abstain from meat on Wednesdays in honor of La Madonna Della Cava.

Both of these vows should be made for the intention of St. Anthony’s Parish that God may bless it and preserve it.

These would be individual vows for parishioners to make, they could be declared publicly or made privately as for a public collective effort I would suggest that at the end of every mass celebrated at the Parish the following prayer be offered:

Oh God of mercy, as we reach out to those seeking you, send your Holy Spirit on this parish to renew us in faith.  Help us to spread the good news of the Gospel by loving words and caring deeds so that those who have drifted away may be drawn to your church and follow the way of your son Jesus, who is the Way the Truth and the Light.  We make our prayer through Jesus our Lord.  Amen.

A Catholic Church and a Catholic School should be all about the power of faith in God and the necessity of prayer to him.   I submit and suggest this is an excellent opportunity to actively follow the path Christ himself as suggested and have faith in that path.

We just have to have the will to do so.

As of the moment I’m writing this post not knowing the final resolution to my situation with DaWife and Southwest Airlines is up in the air. After our 3rd (4th if you count Saturday’s abortive attempt) call and a bunch of tweets and IMs and the changing goalposts my left the house vowing that she would never fly with them again.

Tomorrow is her day off and I suggested her to wait to see if Southwest airlines calls her to get things settled by 10 AM EST (they should have our number from my DM’s) If they don’t call, them my instruction is to book our trip if she can, if she can’t do the whole thing do just the flights using whatever credits she can.

As for me I’ll go to work and punch in at 10:30 PM. When this post goes up at 6 AM I’ll still be working but will leave at 7 AM go from there to the 8 AM mass and then get home around 9 AM and intend after being up 24 hours to crash. and when I wake up tomorrow afternoon she can tell me If there is a long post coming recommending an alternative choice to my readers or not.

After all everyone screws up sometime, that’s life, it’s how you handle a screwup or an upset customer that determines if one should take their custom elsewhere.


Speaking of Screwups those insisting on selling the line that the president to stumble all over himself and embarrass our nation in Saudi Arabia are having a very bad day as reality is getting in the way of that narrative:

If anyone was waiting for President Trump to trip over his own tongue and damage our international relationships they probably came away disappointed. While he came on stronger than his predecessor by a wide margin and took a few chances, this speech probably opened the door to more cooperation against radical Islamic terror right in their own back yard. (Whether anyone actually wants to walk through that door in any significant way is another question, but at least he made the invitation.)

I’m old enough to remember when the media uniformly predicted that President Donald Trump’s hard line against Islamic Terror was going to make diplomacy in the Arab world difficult if not impossible


It’s also worth noticing the tone of the speech, cue Obama Voter Ann Althouse:

3 things there that will recur throughout the speech: 1. He’s not going to tell them what to do, 2. We all have children and our children are the future, and 3. He knows something of what God thinks.

But here is the real Killer Analysis:

 

That seems like another implicit refutation of Idea #1, but it’s followed by this very strong statement of Idea #1:

America is prepared to stand with you — in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children. It is a choice between two futures — and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you.

That sets up the strongest part of the speech, which sounds as though he’s yelling what to do at them:
A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out.

DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and
DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH.

“Drive them out” is an imperative, repeated, with brutal Trumpian emphasis, 5 times. And yet, it’s technically a choice: There’s that “if”: “A better future is only possible if…”

Trump gives a name to his approach: “Principled Realism”:

acknowledging the reality of Islamic Terror is not something the left is in favor of.



While the President’s speech is getting a lot of headlines there is another thing worth noting here that Don Surber has picked up on:

From Arab News:

US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has taken Saudi Arabia by storm ever since she disembarked from Air Force One in Riyadh Saturday morning.

The hashtag #Trump’s_daughter, in Arabic, is the top trending hashtag in the country as Twitter fans heaped praise on the first daughter.

Ivanka, who is set to take part in roundtable discussions during the president’s first official visit abroad, wore a long navy dress as she arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the US delegation.

Why is this a big deal?  Well both she and her husband are Jews

Rest assured they know her religion. And her participation in the talks gets noticed by Saudi women, as the official press (as well as Arab News) went all-in on praising Trump’s visit.

The respect given both President Trump’s daughter and his wife (not to mention President Trump himself) make the job of the MSM in destroying him all that much harder.



Incidentally take a look at this public gathering of Democrats with Nancy Pelosi

California – The classless Democrats gathered in Sacramento for a state convention on Saturday. CA Dem Chairman, John Burton held up his middle fingers while encouraging the crowd to scream ‘F*** Donald Trump!’ while House Minority leader, Nancy Pelosi laughed in the background.

And ask yourself if a gathering of Republicans including the highest ranking Republican in the House, ended with a crowd chanting “F*** Obama” and holding up their middle fingers if

1. There would be any other story in the news
2. The media would not be asking every single Republican member of congress to denounce the event and said leader
3. They would be united in calling for said leaders resignation after an abject apology.

The question by the way answers itself.


The media will not cover that story for the same reason why the Democrats won’t tell their base the truth about the accusations on Trump, because they’re too invested in a myth:

Key Democratic officials are clearly worried about the expectations that have been purposely stoked and are now trying to tamp them down. Many of them have tried to signal that the beliefs the base has been led to adopt have no basis in reason or evidence.

The latest official to throw cold water on the MSNBC-led circus is President Obama’s former acting CIA chief Michael Morell. What makes him particularly notable in this context is that Morell was one of Clinton’s most vocal CIA surrogates. In August, he not only endorsed Clinton in the pages of the New York Times but also became the first high official to explicitly accuse Trump of disloyalty, claiming, “In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”

But on Wednesday night, Morell appeared at an intelligence community forum to “cast doubt” on “allegations that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.” “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire at all,” he said, adding, “There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark. And there’s a lot of people looking for it.”

The problem is selling this myth is a source of short term profit and as long as that is true it will continue to go on


I found this plea from Chris Cillizza of at CNN comical

Weiner’s plea agreement brings a close to the latest chapter in his increasingly appalling conduct in the years since he was forced to resign from Congress in June 2011 after a series of sexually explicit texts with women not his wife — at the time top Hillary Clinton official Huma Abedin — were discovered.
Over the intervening six years, Weiner attempted a political comeback by seeking the Democratic nomination in the New York mayor’s race in 2013 but was, again, brought low by his increasingly cavalier decisions to share explicit photos of himself with women he met via social media sites. In January 2016, Weiner began one such exchange with a 15-year-old girl. Which brings us to his plea deal Friday.

Those are the facts. Now, can we please agree to just stop talking about Weiner?Hey, it makes sense.  If I was totally invested in all Trump Hate all the time I wouldn’t want anyone talking about former leading Democrat and Clinton insider married to a Hillary Clinton’s closest aide who had classified material on his laptop making plays for minor children either.

I understand.  Hey if I was part of a media in general and a network in particular fully invested in the Trump evil , GOP evil meme the last thing I’d want to remind the public is that the Husband of Hillary Clinton’s closest aide who had classified material on his computer was using it to make sexual advances toward underage girls.

And unlike the Trump stuff there is actual evidence of it.


When Barack Obama spoke at Notre Dame faithful Catholics were rightly outraged at the idea of a man so diametrically opposed to the faith (and who would end up actively persecuting it as President,see Little Sisters of the Poor Lawsuit) but they did not disrupt his speech or student’s graduation ceremony.

When faced with Vice President Mike Pence, a devout Christian who embraces faith,  leftists in the student body did not have the same degree of class

A group of Notre Dame students walked out at the start of Vice President Pence’s commencement speech Sunday. The protest had been planned in advance so the walkout was not a surprise. What may have been a surprise was how few students actually decided to join the walkout. 

I’d say I pity these special snowflakes when they reach the real world, but that would be a lie.


I’m not a big basketball guy (loved to play it in my youth but never enjoyed watching it as much) but I found myself watching Cleveland destroy the Celtics in game one and was amazed at how bad they made the #1 seed in the East look and they made them look even worse in game two.

That brought to mind a pair of thoughts: This must be what it was like in the 50’s in Baseball and in the 60’s in Basketball when everybody knew it was just a question of who the Yankees or Celtics would face and if either would be lucky enough to beat them.

It also confirmed what I’ve said before, the regular season means very little as long as you make the playoffs. If Cleveland wanted to they could have started their scrubs for the last two weeks to make their bench stronger and rest their stars and I still think they’d be 10-0 as of this writing.


In a season that has been the worst send off I’ve seen for a Doctor since the Sylvester McCoy (who likely didn’t know the series was done) This week’s Doctor Who was a gem and a half that you should not miss and ironically the most memorable moment had nothing to do with the welcome return of Michelle Gomez, but eitehr way you should watch it. Incidentally punctuated by one of the funniest moments I’ve ever seen on the show. The clip follows but you have to hit more to see it as it has Major spoilers Continue reading “Ten Thoughts Under My Fedora: Southwest & DaWife, Trump in Saudi Arabia and a Pope in the TARDIS”

Summary:  Sometimes a killer rental is just that.

Plot:   Bill and a group of friends find a place for themselves, a big old house at a bargain and she can’t wait to move etin and get her own place.  She is annoyed when the Doctor (her “grandfather) turns up but when her roommates start disappearing and dying can she and the Doctor solve the mystery of the landlord and his hidden daughter?
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Writing:  In once sense this is such a formula piece, spooky house, bargain too good to be true, twenty somethings disappearing you would think it wouldn’t work, but the strength of this story like the previous episode are the characters and their interaction and it turns what would normally be a pedantic episode into a winner for writer Mike Bartlett. I like very much that unlike Moffatt Bartlett uses Bill orientation without playing SJW.  I also love the sheer normalcy of the search for an apartment and the reality of trying to do so on a budget.

Acting:   For the first time this season the supporting cast brings their A game particular veteran actor David Suchet as the very dark yet weak landlord the rest of the young actors all do yeoman work here.  As always Peter Capaldi brings his A game and Pearl Mackie shines so well that almost total absence of Matt Lucas is not a disadvantage here. I found the supporting cast completely boring and forgettable which I think really costs this episode, but Capaldi does period pieces so well that one can almost forget it.

Memorable Moments:  Doff my cap,  Granddad, you should find another house,

Doctor Who Flashbacks:  Grandad (Susan and 1st Doctor), Harriet Jones (9th and 10th Doctor)  Plenty of things to kill you on earth (Last Christmas)

Oddities: I love the Doctor helping Bill move, it’s so ordinary like the Turkey thing in the 11th Doctor’s final episode.

Pet Peeves:  I don’t see any reason for these bugs to do what they do, the idea that the kid cold train them is quite a leap.


Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts

Shireen: [Frustrated at not finding a decent place] What do other people do?
Bill: Other people have money.


Bill:  He’s my grandad.

The Doctor: Aw, come on. Father at least, please.
Bill:  All right, grand-father.


Felicity: Do you like this music, Doctor?
The Doctor: Reminds me of Quincy Jones. I stepped in for him once. The bassist he’d hired turned out to be a Klarj Neon Death Voc-Bot. What was worse, he couldn’t play. 


Harry: What’s happened to her? What’s going on? Do you think it’s like she said? A thing?
The Doctor: Maybe.
Harry: And so is it out there now? Or in here?
The Doctor: Or both.
Harry: I’m scared.
The Doctor: Don’t be.
Harry: Why not?
The Doctor: It doesn’t help


Final Verdict: 4 stars That’s more like it.  A good regular episode and almost everyone lives too.

Ranking of Season: 1st of 4  Again a little better than the last one, the trend continues in the right direction

1st Knock Knock
2nd Thin Ice
3rd Smile
4th The Pilot

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: The good news we’re creeping closer to the top ten, the bad news is we still haven’t cracked it. inching toward it

1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd. Last Christmas
3rd. The Caretaker
4th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Familiar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Orient Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek

There are many things amazing about the left/democrat/media’s full court press against this administration.

The disregard for their reputation with half of the population, the willingness to throw out anything resembling journalistic standards, the determined effort to legitimize and downplay violence against anyone who dares question them.

But the most amazing thing about what I’ve seen so far has been the complete willingness of establishment GOP types to go along with and aid and abet their enemies in the press in this effort.

Forgotten are all the tactics used by this same left to marginalize them, ignored are the loaded questions they faced when questioned about any subject, minimized is the history of carrying water for their opponents at every opportunity and discarded is any recollection of the lengths these same leftists in the press went in order to bring them down in the past.

All of it pushed out of their minds, not to be acknowledged in the hopes of bringing down the presidency of Donald Trump.

Even more amazing is their smug dismissal of those unwilling to go along with their agenda as if those of us who remember who have not forgotten that the left and the press have been the enemy for decades are less noble than them.

It’s reached a point where reason is not going to convince them otherwise so let me ask the question that all my posts of this week have been leading to, the question that while obvious to me and many others simply doesn’t seem to occur to these so called “conservatives”.

One you’ve established this standard of behavior as acceptable against a duly elected GOP president, what makes you think, given that this same left portrayed Mitt Romney as a racist, bigot, sexist, gay hating warmonger who wanted to see people die, that the left/Democrats/media won’t use these very same tactics against you the moment Trump has been eliminated?

And secondly, having seen your willingness to go along with said tactics to thwart the choice of the electorate, what makes any of you think that once these leftists/Democrats/Media types turn on you that the rest of us are going to lift a finger to defend you at that time?

There is a reason why the GOP is called the stupid party.

It appears that the Democrats/Media/Left (which is all basically one thing) has decided that the best way to bring down Trump is to convince GOP officeholders in the bubble that there is political danger to supporting the GOP agenda (as defined by the votes) in general and this GOP candidate in particular.

I suspect these tactics work because:

  1. Many GOP office holders apparently don’t look outside the bubble as I mentioned yesterday and don’t understand that right now they, and not the media and the left, have power.
  2. Many other GOP office holders apparently don’t really believe what they ran on and are only interested in the power that comes from office and the potential wealth that can come from it.

That being the case there is one obvious tactic that the Trump administration should use.

Trump primaries.

The Trump administration should start examining the pool of potential pro-Trump tea party candidates in districts where GOP members are tempted to enable the Democrat attacks on the President and make it clear to said folks that the difference between an unknown underfunded candidate that has no prayer in a district and a candidate with name recognition, embraced by local GOP and tea party activists and a national fundraising base is a single tweet.

This is very practical because polls have made it abundantly clear that while the media’s all Trump doom all the time is having an effect in DC, it’s also clear that outside of the bubble it has not harmed the President’s popularity with those who elected him one single bit, and in fact is causing people to rally to his defense against what they consider unfair and unprecedented attacks.

Now there are disadvantages to this tactic, it’s a drastic step that would send shockwaves to the GOP house and might even embolden the left who might even help enable such candidates under the theory that it would be easier to beat a non-incumbent than a sitting member of congress.

However it is becoming increasingly clear that the GOP congress is populated by cowards without either the courage of their convictions or any convictions to have courage about.  That being the case if we can’t appeal to a sense of honor or courage that is lacking we must by necessity use their own cowardice to our advantage rather than allow the left to monopolize it.

In other words if they are only motivated by fear and self preservation let them be more afraid of us than them.

 

 

There are many things that we can do in response to the Press/Democrat/Liberal Jihad on the Trump administration.

We can treat Democrats in the same way they do Trump and hold them to the same legal standards (special prosecutors at the drop of a hat , massive protests whenever they try to speak,  lawsuits whenever possible ) in the hopes that being on the receiving end of Democrat treatment might cause them to temper their behavior in the same way that directly confronting Antifa in Berkeley suddenly caused the university and the city to decide enforcing the law was a good idea.

But if you claim Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular there is one avenue that we need to be active on in terms of defending this administration.

Prayer.

We need to be praying for this president and his administration on a daily basis, asking God to protect and inspire it toward his will, because as St. Paul noted we are fighting against more than earthly powers and if we are to prevail we need to make this fight on all fronts.

For myself as part of my daily 2 hour prayer routine I offer the 3rd Sorrowful mystery the Crowning with Thorns for President Trump and this administration.  It is an appropriate choice not only because of the treatment of said administration by the press which takes joy in their attempts to inflict pain and humiliation on it but because “contempt of the world” that is, contempt for what the desires and pressures of the world when serving God is the traditional intention in St. Louis De Montfort famous volume on praying the Rosary.

There are some who might discount such an action as many people think of their Christian faith as a social club that meets on Sundays.

But if you actually believe in the truth of Christianity and in what Christ actually said this is not only logical and rational but necessary if we want things to improve.

So if you are a Catholic (or even if you are not) I invite you to join me in this daily devotion for the sake of this administration and by extension for our common country.

May God bless our efforts

The Child: [Invading the Doctor’s Mind] What is this ?  What Trick is this. All these places? You call them Seas, Oceans, Planets, Stars, Galaxies.  Am I God of all this? How can I be the God of all this?
6th Doctor: It’s the Universe
The Child: Nonsense this Castle is the Universe there is no other and I am God of it all!

Big Finish Doctor Who: The Holy Terror 2000

One of my favorite Big finish Doctor Who episodes is titled The Holy Terror (my post on back when I had time to review Big Finish Audios regularly is here) where the TARDIS lands in a closed universe run by a rather odd theocracy where the ruler is God to be worshiped and everyone follows the established order without question.

As I watch what is happening in Washington these days I can’t help but think I’m seeing the same thing.

For years upon end the left elites, both elected and media ruled the roost in support of their deep state.  The media while feigning to be apart from the elites acted as the support structure for the deep state in general and the Democrat left in particular.

One of the rules of these arrangement is that it didn’t matter to what office you were elected to, by how big a margin or even what the laws actually said or what people actually did.  If the media/left elite said something wasn’t a scandal (Fast and furious and the IRS) then it was something unworthy to be ignored and if something didn’t fit the narrative it didn’t matter.

Two of the masters of this system are (and were) Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  The fact that Nancy Pelosi as minority leader in the house has very little power, if any to stop acts by the majority doesn’t matter, the media treats her as if she had power and expected the GOP majority to bend to it.

The media acted in a similar but opposite tack during Harry Reid’s time as Senate Majority leader.  It didn’t matter if  the House GOP house passed bill after bill Reid ignored them, never bringing them up and even ignoring the laws concerning budgets when it didn’t suit him.  The protestations of the GOP to this meant nothing, the reality was Reid knew what the rules are and the Media supported him in his power, ignoring or attacking any attempt of the GOP to challenge it, and then, when Reid was in the Minority, tacking again to amply and support the powers of the minority inherent in the Senate that he wielded.

And because they worked in the bubble the GOP always went along, only occasionally standing up when the cry of the people who elected them (despite all efforts of the media to divert or twist it) threatened their positions by exercising the power of the ballot.

But now the MSM is in a situation that they haven’t seen during the time of their power.  Not only are their enemies of the GOP in control of all the levers of government but the president is a person outside of the deep state who is not dependent on the media for his power or reputation.

This has been a source of absolute panic for the left and media who have reacted by continually proclaiming crisis and scandal and insisting that the GOP majority bow to their demands, acknowledge said scandals and operate and do their bidding, to wit:

and stories like this:

Exhausted Republicans Are Getting Fed Up With The Chaos Coming From The White House

And if this was 30 years ago when there were limited sources of both news and amusement it might be understandable if the GOP, despite having the power to do otherwise, gave into these demands.

But all of this is happening at a time when media power is more diluted than ever with many news organizations bleeding cash and employees. It’s happening at a time when the average american has literally hundreds of sources of news online and on air to choose from and furthermore has tens of thousands of TV channels and web sites for them to pay attention to rather than listening to the jibber jabber of either press or media.

Or put simply the GOP doesn’t have to rely on a media that hates them to advance themselves, there is a world outside of the bubble that doesn’t give a damn what the media says and it is that world that elected them.

The Democrats can scream all the like and the media can run one breathless story after the other about the Trump administration and how the GOP MUST oppose him for the sake of the country. If the republicans keep their nerve and look outside of the media bubble and the astroturf of the left will put before them, they will not only survive but thrive.

To be sure the Media and the left will not like it, the will react much like the child in the Doctor Who story when his absolute power is questioned screams:

No! It’s a lie, a dirty lie! You’re a dirty liar, the castle is the universe!

But if the GOP can keep it’s nerve and just press forward the press and the left will end up eating themselves while the majority that continues to live and work and function will carry on with the knowledge that all the rants and raves the left can produce can’t neither make up for the power they don’t have or will restore said power back to them.

Of course if the GOP chooses to ignore this advice, then they will neither retain the power they have nor will they deserve to and will be shocked to discover himself discarded by the left and media like in the true spirit of totalitarian discard useful idiots as soon as their use is done.