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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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Robert Stacy McCain

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.

kahn

Capt. Spock: She can out-run us and out-gun us. But there is the Mutara Nebula at one five three mark four.
Admiral Kirk: Scotty, can we make it inside?
Mr. Scott: The energiser’s bypassed like a Christmas tree, …so don’t give me too many bumps.
Capt Kirk: No promises. On your way.
Mr. Saavik: Trouble with the nebula, sir, is all that static discharge and gas clouds our tactical display. Visual won’t function and shields will be useless.
Capt Spock: Sauce for the goose, Mister Saavik. The odds will be even.

Star Trek II the Wrath of Kahn 1982

There is a lot to say about the FBI bombshell that dropped yesterday on the 2016 campaign but what struck me the most about it was how it illustrated how helpless a Democrat campaign in general and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in particular is without their normal advantages.

Consider, for years we conservatives have been stating that the media are simply an extension of the Democratic party working to elect them. This is done in several ways

  • Promoting state & local stories to national ones that favor a Democrat meme
  • Ignoring state & local stories to national ones that favor a Democrat meme
  • Coordinating stories with Democrats so they are ready to exploit favorable ones and answer unfavorable ones when they are released.
  • Creating an United meme so a particular theme is pushed through out media.

And unlike the past when we could produce data supporting this, now we have Wikileaks actually demonstrating how this has been going on in their own words.

That brings us to the re-opening of the FBI investigation of the Clinton emails.

For only the 2nd time in the campaign the Democrats and media in general and the Hillary Clinton Campaign in particular were caught flat footed on a story.

  • It was a story released without their control thus they could not kill it
  • It was a story released through the national law enforcement agency so they could not ignore it.
  • Because they did not have control they were unable to answer or defend the story.
  • Because they were unable to coordinate they did not have a united meme ready to push to the public

They found themselves like a boxer who had been fed a steady diet of opponents taking dives suddenly facing an opponent who is not on the take or like Kahn once he entered the Mutara Nebula they found themselves having to fight on a level playing field.

The GOP will only have a few days of advantage, Hillary still owns the refs (read MSM) and by the time this piece goes up they might even now have settled on a coordinated message/meme to answer this stuff, but for at least two days you’ll be able to see how a Clinton Administration will deal with an unexpected crisis if in power.

It should be quite informative to voters.


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As we near the home stretch there are several apparent facts that need to be stated some of them very unpleasant.

My prediction concerning media bias going beyond anything we can imagine has proven more right than I thought. The best example of this have been the wikileaks revelation as the media’s story has been driven by the Democrat “outrage” over the leaks rather than what has actually been leaked.

The O’Keefe tape of a NYC commissioner openly admitting vote fraud on hidden camera at a gathering that he thought was closed, would in any normal time be earth shaking, but because of thought number one they will barely register a blip because to acknowledge this reality is to risk losing wealth and power.

The problem of money in politics is not so much the problem of the money spent on elections but the monetary rewards of victory which allows the winners to direct tax dollars and contracts allowing connected people to be enriched off the taxpayer dime and consequently be rewarded with well paying position for friends and family during their time in office and comfort for themselves.

The corally to the above statement is this, once the financial rewards of victory are great enough then the incentive to either cheat or show bias become overwhelming to the point where the idea that a side holding this patronage and power would NOT cheat, lie, defraud or even use violence to keep it is naive in the extreme.

No amount of reality is going to trump a well placed lie if the lie: 1. Affirms the self righteousness of those who choose to believe (or pretend to believe it). 2. Involves no risk to status, employment or position as opposed to the reality. 3. Requires no action. The only exception to this is if there is a perceived risk of death from the ignoring said reality. One a person perceives that ignoring reality places either their lives, fortunes or comfort in danger will they act upon reality.

All of this demonstrates why great moral and cultural truths need to be constantly reinforced. Human nature tends towards selfishness, cowardice, ignorance, indolence, self deception and self destruction and is furthermore easily manipulated (if you don’t believe me spend an hour watching commercials) Unless you constantly remind people of the good and right they will forever slip back. This is also why you have to a teenager 15 times to take out the trash even though it’s been their assigned job for years.

All of these problems can be directly traced to the decision to abandon the culture war, as long as the Judeo Christian Culture prevailed and people had a sense of absolute truth and right and that there were eternal consequences for it and our culture and schools were affirming this. All of the problems above were controllable. There would naturally be some degree of corruption and cowardice because of human weakness but the overall culture would limit the damage. That is why the culture was always target #1 for the left and why our enemies unable to cope with our military might wisely made the pivot to culture.

When Ben Franklin answered: “a republic, if you can keep it.” when asked what kind of government was decided on after the constitutional convention, It was this moment that he was referring to. A moment when the breaking point between the people’s willingness and ability to govern themselves would be tested by apathy, indifference, ignorance and cowardice.

If you are a conservative I suspect the near future (5-10) years is going to be some of the hardest and most daunting time of your live. You need to decide if you want to arm yourself, because before the end of my days it’s very possible that you are going to have to decide if you are going to submit or fight or be persecuted and simply endure.

No amount of cultural decay, political and media corruption or lies changes eternal truths or the eternal consequences of ignoring them, nor our obligation to do our best, despite our sinful human nature, to be living examples of the Life of Christ. No matter the country, the culture or the society you are in, the temporal destiny of every single human is death. And the eternal destiny of every single human being will be decided by how we deal with said eternal truth.


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Mr. Grenville: There is a small matter of you misinforming her in regard to your intellectual aptitude it might better for Miss Romana (I) to be appraised as to the extent of your family’s property before she learned of the deception.

Reginald Basset: Of course she might not mind being manacled to a chap who was mentally negligible once she’s seen the size of his country estate!

Mr. Grenville: I have observed that this is often to be the case with young ladies sir.

Doctor Who the Auntie Matter 2012

I woke up Saturday morning to the breathless headline that Ladd Ehlinger’s predictions concerning opposition research concerning Donald Trump had come true as per this headline:  Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005.

I suspect the specific phrase that has made folks like Paul Ryan cut and run is this as quoted by Allahpundit:

“And when you’re a star they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

“Whatever you want,” says another voice, apparently Bush’s.

“Grab them by the p—y,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

Stacy McCain has declared this game over

This election is over. Write “–30–” at the bottom and file it.

and Allahpundit says this:

If Clinton can’t win the election after this, she was never going to win the election, period.

And in any standard election year with any standard pol as the standard bearer of a party this would be true.

However there are two basic reasons why this isn’t necessarily true

  1. this is not a normal election year and Trump is not a normal candidate.
  2. His Opponent is Hillary Clinton.

Now I concede this is bad, not only in terms of what was said but what it implies.  I strongly disapprove of it as I suspect many others like me do.

And that’s why I’ve chosen this moment, Catholic Blogger that I am, to double down and re-endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States!

Why would I do this?  Quite simple, I’m not going to let myself be played.  Let me explain.

To those who have endorsed Donald Trump, the idea that he is both boastful and vulgar has been a given, it has been factored into the equation concerning him.  Furthermore his public persona has been out there for decades and he has never pretended to be anything other than what he is.  I further suspect the voting public has already factored this into their image of Trump and it is unlikely that this revelation is going to move those who haven’t made up their minds one way or the other despite the shocked faces at CNN.

Furthermore the base reasons why many of us decided to endorse Trump have not changed:

…I know that there will be times that Donald Trump will disappointment me just as I expected Mitt Romney to disappoint me on social issues and John McCain to disappoint me on immigration and George W Bush who disappointed me on spending and the bank bailouts.

But while Trump will occasionally disappoint me (when he does I’ll call him on it) I am convinced he will neither persecute me nor strip me of my rights for holding my Conservative Catholic beliefs and acting on them.

I am very sorry to say I can not make that same statement about Hillary Clinton, and I’m even sorrier to see the day when I would say this about a presidential candidate.

Nothing on that tape changes these truths.  Clinton is going to persecute me, Trump is not.

Furthermore in terms of electability there is one thing that still favors Donald Trump,  Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton is the worst candidate for any office that I have seen since Martha Coakley.  There is nothing at all likable about her.  She is disliked and distrusted by the public by huge numbers, including many of those who will eventually vote for her.

Moreover the factor that I mentioned in my Trump endorsement still remains the same

I think that the sight of women and gay men being beaten by leftists because they support the presumptive GOP nominee, having it happen in full sight of police ordered to do nothing AND SEEING THOSE OFFICERS CHOOSING TO LET THEM BE BEATEN means that they can not count on the authorities to obey their oaths of office if they think doing so might cost them their jobs.

Even worse than this is the obvious question it raises: If leftists are willing to resort to violence and boast about it before an election when it might hurt their ability to persuade the people to vote for them, how much more willing will they be to violently suppress their political foes when such behavior is rewarded with electoral victory by the people?

What will that tell a populace that has already been arming itself nonstop for the last 4-6 years?

And that not even counting the basic corruption, the wholesale theft, the selling of the office of the president of the united states and the enabling of both islamic terror and our enemies in Russia, Iran, North Korea and China that will take place and the subsequent nuclear arms race that will follow.

There is also the whole business of Trump’s words vs the Clinton’s actions, my post from August really applies well here: (new emphasis here)

Our friends in the press and in culture say we should judge Donald Trump unacceptable by his words. They don’t like what he’s said about the border, about Rosie O’Donnell, about Kahn, about Islamic Terror etc etc etc. By these words in their eyes Donald Trump is unacceptable as president of the united states

These same people however do not want us to Judge Hillary Clinton / Barack Obama by their deeds. From paying ransoms that finance terror to Iran for hostages (It’s not really ransom), for exposing classified data to the russians and lying directly about it repeatedly, Hillary Clinton actually left people to die in Benghazi, actually blamed a video for it, actually imprisoned the person who made said video.

Clinton’s actual policies turned victory in Iraq into defeat, Syria into a mess, created ISIS, destabilized Libya, enabled Russia in the Ukraine and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

And that’s not even going into using the Clinton foundation for payola or protecting Bill Clinton from the consequences of his actions when it comes to sexually abusing women.

That also gives a clue as to how Trump should deal with this business, but that for a follow up post.

Those two factors along American’s uncertainty in the Obama economy  mean that this tape notwithstanding this race isn’t over and anyone who thinks it is hasn’t been paying attention for the last year.

Closing thoughts:

  1. The irony of course is the truth of Trump’s statement. There is nothing that increases a person of the opposite sex’s tolerance for bad behavior, mediocre looks, advanced age or disgusting habits as wealth power and fame.  It’s the equivalent of beer goggles and has culturally acknowledged as a factor in woman’s selection of a mate since time immemorial.
  2. This release isn’t about convincing the general public that Trump is unacceptable.  If this was the American Culture that I grew up in then Stacy McCain would be absolutely correct, however it not.  Thanks to the ceaseless efforts of the left and the media we no longer have the culture that I grew up with that would have rejected Trump en masse over these remarks.  We have a coarser, more vulgar culture where right and wrong are flexible things and standards are not what they are.  One might even say that the left has enabled the conditions that will allow Trump to get past this with minor if any damage to his prospects.

No this is about convincing those who still have to values to allow the election of someone who not only is directly opposed to all you hold dear but will persecute you on every level.  This is about tricking you into letting go of your one chance to stop your own destruction.  They want you to lose your nerve. Furthermore they want the GOP to lose their nerve and the press will do all they can do enable it.

In other words they are counting on you to be suckers.

I’m still voting Trump and I’m still encouraging you to keep your nerve and do the same.

Update:  It’s clear that many in the GOP are cutting and running in public and urging Trump to pull out of the race, that is sheer idiocy is self evident for three reasons.

  1. No matter how much you dislike what Trump said on that tape, he won the primaries.  He was legally and legitimately chosen as the nominee of the GOP.  Unless he drops dead or has a stroke or something it would be an illegitimate act to replace him on the ticket, particularly with someone, however qualified, who did not draw a single vote in the primaries.
  2. No matter how much you dislike the Trump voters, if you are a GOP incumbent or candidate in any state or country but the most red, you will need their votes to win an election.  Going after Trump is not going to win you any liberal leaning voters and is going to cost you conservative ones, you would be much better off saying something like this

    “I am happy to accept Donald Trump’s apology to America’s women for his intemperate private remarks on that tape and in that same spirit I invite [insert opponent’s name here] to demand that Secretary Clinton apolgize to American people, to america’s women to the woman abused by her Husband and defamed by the Clintons and their surrogates for political gain.”

  3. Finally do you really think the Democrats are going to allow Trump to be replaced on the ballot at this stage?  There will be lawsuits in 50 states challenging any attempt to pull him and the Bob Torricelli precedent notwithstanding you aren’t going to see a judiciary upholding such a move.

Update 3:  For the 2nd time since deciding to support Trump after he clinched the GOP nomination a person I know and respect has asked to be pulled from my email list because of a post.  That’s their right of course and I’ll respect it but I suggest rejecting my opinion is not going to make reality any better for conservatives, particularly under a Clinton administration.

Update 4: I respect Jonah Goldberg whose point is valid:

Either way, this video is not an aberration. It is not a special circumstance. It’s him. There’s no pivot in him. There’s no “presidential” switch to flip. He’s Donald Trump all the way down.

However given the reality that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States I ask Jonah this question:

If we concede that Donald Trump’s character is bad, Would it be better for the country to have a President of poor character who will be under intense scrutiny by the press, pols and law enforcement agencies (Trump) or to have a President of poor character who will be given a pass and or defended by the press, the pols and apparently the FBI regardless of what they say or do (Hillary).

I submit and suggest the answer is clearly the former.

Update 5: instalanche thanks Glenn. If you like this piece check out my interviews with attendees of a Trump rally in Bedford NH here, but I have to disagree with the word use of “Happy” it’s more like necessary.

Right now a lot of people are forgetting that for good or I’ll the only thing standing between us and the financial, military, security, cultural and constitutional rights disaster that a Hillary Clinton administration would be is Donald Trump.

People are in panic and when the line is breaking someone has to pick up the flag and shout “FORWARD”. And if it costs some me some readers then so be it.

Update 6: Hey look at all those democrats in that video lining up behind Bill Clinton to support him after impeachment on 12/19/1998. I wonder how many of them are now saying Trump is unfit for the presidency due to his words?

Update 7: How to Handle the tape at the Debate Tomorrow? Roy Bean the Clintons and Alinsky their surrogates


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Politico reports that USA today has decided to go SJW:


USA Today has suspended the column of a conservative commentator for one month after he called for drivers to “run … down” demonstrators protesting police shootings in Charlotte, North Carolina Wednesday night.
“USA TODAY expects its columnists to provide thoughtful, reasoned contributions to the national conversation, on all platforms,” Bill Sternberg, the editorial page editor of USA Today, said in a statement to POLITICO. “Glenn Reynolds’ Run them down’ tweet, in response to a news report about protesters in Charlotte stopping traffic and surrounding vehicles, was a violation of that standard and can be interpreted as an incitement to violence. Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee who writes twice a week for USA TODAY, has apologized. His column has been suspended for one month.”

I’m sure they see nothing odd about suspending a conservative columnist during the final month of a presidential campaign but it’s USA today’s newspaper and they have the right to do as they see fit.

By that same token so do I and so do you.

For myself I am suspending USA today for one month until the return of Glenn Reynolds to the paper. I’ve blocked the on twitter for the duration of Glenn’s suspension, but on the off chance a link elsewhere leads to USA today without my knowledge I’ve installed the chrome extension Web Blocker and done this:

usa-today

Given the great variety of news sources out there I’m sure I can do without them USA Today for a month or maybe even more and I’m certainly sure they and their advertisers are delighted to do without tens of thousands of deplorables like me who read his column every week.

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I was going to hit the sack as I’ve been up all night but when I saw that Glenn Reynolds had been suspended by twitter it woke me up prompting a spake of tweets noting twitters double standards and the progressive increase in suspending conservatives from Stacy McCain to Milo to Him each one more prominent.

However Glenn Reynolds Instapundit did just fine before twitter and was set to do just fine after it so his initial reaction was rather amusing:

if Twitter doesn’t like me, I’m happy to stop providing them with free content.

It didn’t take long for Glenn’s banning to be picked up by conservatives all over. After all it isn’t every day that a prominent law professor, USA today columnist and one of the most prolific bloggers in history who inspired a ton of us. CNN Commentator Hugh Hewitt had him on his radio show where he said:

 

HH: And what would you say to those people who are urging that you be silenced and shut down and fired? This is a 1st Amendment that we’re talking about here. What would you say to them, Glenn Reynolds?
GR: That’s a lot for three words, especially considering all the hyperbole we’ve heard in this election already. We’ve heard plenty of people talking about the desirability of the assassination of Donald Trump and other things. It seems to me that that’s kind of a double standard, isn’t it?
HH: Have you read Ross Douthat’s column this morning, Hillary Clinton’s Samantha Bee Problem, about the cultural…
GR: I have read that column.
HH: What did you think of it? And do you fit into that narrative now?
GR: Oh, I don’t know. You know, there is a big lefty cultural apparatus that tries to enforce its views on everything. And frankly, it is probably the thing that is keeping Donald Trump alive, and it may be the thing that gets him elected, as Ross Douthat says. I think that’s totally right. And I think it’s funny, because you know, I grew up in the Civil Rights era. My dad was a moderately well-known civil rights and Vietnam protestor. And to be honest, it seems to me that then, the left was really all on for free speech, and now that they feel like they have gathered all the reins in their hands, they’re not so big on tolerance anymore.

 

Shortly after that was posted Instapundit’s suspension was revoked.

I have no idea if any explanation was given, I joked it was because he knows a lot of lawyers but re-reading his post on the subject I think I have isolated the twelve words Glenn wrote that really caused the suspension to be lifted

 

Twitter can do without me, as I can certainly do without Twitter.

 

Glenn Reynolds is a traffic machine, anyone who has ever gotten an instalanche knows this to be true, The only real value that twitter has is the ability to provide advertisers access to the tens to hundreds of thousands of people who want to see the tweets of a traffic machine like Glenn.

The Day the various traffic machines decide, like Glenn did, that they can do without twitter they are finished. Twitter not only loses its purpose but it’s ability to generate profit, in fact it might even lead to celebs demanding twitter pay THEM a per follower fee annually for using their platform and generating the traffic & eyeballs they need to have any chance of being profitable.

Twitter could survive anger, outrage or even venom from a major traffic generator like Glenn, but it can’t survive indifference.

Update: Stacy McCain comments thusly from his still continuing twitter exile:

What are we permitted to say about marauding gangs of thieves and thugs? The owners of Twitter have evidently hired Democrat Party activists to control the narrative on their platform, effectively turning it into a propaganda platform for a violent anti-white terrorist organization (to call #BlackLivesMatter what it actually is). Twitter’s policy can be considered an “in-kind” political contribution to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, which is counting on #BlackLivesMatter to help her win key swing states like North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Ohio.
Do law-abiding citizens have no right to defend themselves against mob attacks? If a family is in their car on the highway and find themselves surrounded by a gang of criminals who have been roaming the streets committing violence, what are they supposed to do?

 

Why you are supposed to let yourself be killed of course

Update 2: Via Patterico

“Run them down” is sounding more and more like self defense to me.

Update 4: USA today has decided to suspend Glenn for a month, so I’ve decided to block them on twitter and in my web browser for (at least) a month


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Keep your eye clear, and hit ’em where they ain’t

Willie Keeler

Four Years and six months ago I was in NH for a NRO event along with a lot of other bloggers and reporters after all of us watched one of the GOP primary debates that was notable for George Stephanopoulos suddenly asking Mitt Romney a question about contraception that had everyone, including Romney scratching their heads. It had not been an issue in the campaign nor in the country or years and while Roman Catholics will tell you artificial contraception is a sin to my knowledge Mormons have no problem with it.

That night everyone was talking about how weird the question but a few days later things became clear as the entire media jumped on this as an important issue.

You see many things were going badly in the economy, in foreign affairs and the folly of Obamacare were just starting to become apparent, the Democrats needed a distraction to protect the president so they pivoted bringing out an issue that had been settled for years to change the submit and hit republicans at the same time.

It’s sort of like the tactic used against Ted Williams in the 40’s called the Williams Shift repositioning players completely to change the dynamic of his hitting.

tedwilliamsshift It the same tactic used against David Ortiz today in an attempt to make those hits come with a little more difficulty.

While both Williams and Ortiz had occasional failures against the shift, in the end their skill levels were/are so superior that the shift could not stop them from hitting through it and as both demonstrated regularly if the ball is off the wall or out of the park no amount of shifting is going to make any difference.

Alas for the GOP Mitt Romney was no Ted Williams or David Ortiz. Romney being Romney and the GOP being the GOP, they fell hook line and sinker for this nonsense hitting directly into the shift and giving the media exactly what they wanted. It was one of a series of foolish and timid moves that turned what should have been a very easy election for the GOP into the disaster that the next four years of Barack Obama became.

Fast forward to 2016. Hillary Clinton has had the worst week in the history of history, the attempt to portray health questions as a conspiracy theory have failed. Leak after leak makes her look bad. The polls have gone south, Trump has bested her in a televised forum and thanks to his new campaign team has not only avoided mistakes but gotten positive press and cultural coverage that even playing the David Duke card has not been able to counter and if that’s not bad enough ISIS continues to advance, the refugee crisis continues to fester and Obamacare exchanges are dropping like flies What does one do if you are the palace guard for Democrats mainstream media?

Why you play the “shift” card and trot out birtherism.

The fact that Barack Obama has barely four months in office and that it’s an issue that nobody cares about doesn’t matter. The media needs to change the subject so suddenly the entire press corps decides there is no bigger issue to settle and they will not stop asking about it until Trump satisfies them.

In other words the shift is on and they are daring Trump to hit it over or through them counting on the fact that despite his media skills he is not enough of a Ted Williams or David Ortiz to successfully hit through the shift.

But while it’s true that Donald Trump is no Williams or Ortiz, he’s also no Mitt Romney and his new campaign team of Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon and Kelly Conway are not the normal GOP consultants advising him to hit into the shift and take their chances.

Instead Trump announced a press conference to address the issue, the MSM rushed to cover it live (something that they have been a lot less enthusiastic to do since he became the nominee) ready to take his statement and pound him with question after question, furthermore as he was apparently “running late” they continued to promote the event to ensure the maximum viewership when he did make his statement…

…and then this happened

The media found themselves giving their audience 20 minutes of military heroes endorsing Trump on live TV before he finally came on Camera to say

“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it.”

Not only did Trump get the media to cover his endorsements but he got them to cover live his pronouncement that “birtherism” was a construct of the Hillary Clinton campaign. (a Statement spin not withstanding backed up by on CNN by a Clinton campaign manager but by a respected veteran journalist former McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief James Asher.

A story repeated on the McClatchy site yesterday

“During the 2008 Democratic primary, Sid Blumenthal visited the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Co.,” Asher said in an email Friday to McClatchy, noting that he was at the time the investigative editor and in charge of Africa coverage.

“During that meeting, Mr. Blumenthal and I met together in my office and he strongly urged me to investigate the exact place of President Obama’s birth, which he suggested was in Kenya. We assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, and that reporter determined that the allegation was false.

“At the time of Mr. Blumenthal’s conversation with me, there had been a few news articles published in various outlets reporting on rumors about Obama’s birthplace. While Mr. Blumenthal offered no concrete proof of Obama’s Kenyan birth, I felt that, as journalists, we had a responsibility to determine whether or not those rumors were true. They were not.”

Blumenthal, who worked in the White House with President Bill Clinton and later was employed by the Clinton Foundation, could not be reached Friday but said in an email to The Boston Globe, “This is false. Period.”

In other words the Trump campaign instead of hitting into the shift as he might have been inclined under the old management team, poked the ball into the empty left field for an easy double.

The fit this gave the entire MSM was epic which comes from a single miscalculation.

You don’t have to be a David Ortiz or a Ted Williams to beat the shift, you just have to be good enough to go the other way and hit the ball where they ain’t.

And Trump is.

Update: Don Surber adds a bit of Irony:

For a decade, the city wanted the grand post office turned into a hotel. Trump did it. Today was the opening of the hotel. That was the reason for the event — not to discuss birtherism, which was the Clinton Camp’s topic of the day.


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Do people with nothing to hide destroy their electronic devices with hammers?

And remember it’s not me saying this, it’s the FBI.

When Clinton supporters deny wrongdoing or even the intent of wrongdoing they insult my intelligence for the sake of the narrative, like these guys.

I’m asking this question now because by this time next year It might be illegal to do so.

FYI for those Pro-Hillary folks who with righteous offense answer with “Well what about Trump?”  The difference between us is plain. I don’t pretend Trump is anything other than what he is nor insist on anyone believing convenient fictions to justify a vote for him .

 

 

 

 

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by baldilocks

The main reason that this country is in deep trouble is that facts which used to be routinely instilled into public school students are no longer. I’m not even talking about how to use facts during the process of connecting dots with events and coming to cogent conclusions. I’m referring to the facts themselves–simple events and straight-forward declarative statements. For those under a certain age, the facts either do no exist, or worse–they have become mutilated into something unrecognizable, mutilated by scattered “thinking.”

Example: a certain American profession athlete decides that he will not only openly forego paying traditional respect to the American flag during the ceremonies which routinely herald the beginning of sporting events in the USA, but will openly disrespect that flag. The athlete explains his stance via Social and Mainstream Media outlets, which, of course produces an avalanche of reactions from countless sources.

Many who defend the athlete’s stance have cited the First Amendment and that is where, in my opinion, the real trouble shows itself.

The First Amendment reads as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

It’s a straight-forward statement about what congress—the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives combined—may not do, with respect to its reason for existence: making laws.

So, it would seem simple to conclude that the First Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with the controversial statements and actions of the athlete in question, right? Hahaha!

All too many of our fellow citizens cannot (will not?) wrap their minds around this simple bit of logic: if congress isn’t making laws about speech, religion, press, etc. then the mention of the 1A is a non sequitur where any statement is concerned or with any expressed criticism of said statement is concerned, including all of the latter regarding this athlete.

(Wait. Should I explain what a non sequitur is? Eh, look it up yourself.)

I’ve had people argue with me about this and get angry when I try to show it to them. Not only do many citizens not know this, but they don’t want to know it.

We can take this seemingly small controversy and apply it to objective knowledge itself. Call it the fruit of post-modernism. It tastes rotten and it’s probably poisonous.

I’m praying that more of us will swear off of it and I think it will happen. But it won’t be without pain.

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Scarlet: So you just tell Daddy I’m on my way to the U.S.S.R. That’s short for Russia.
C.R. MacNamara: Are you out of your seventeen-year-old mind? Russia is to get out of, not to get into!

One Two Three 1961

Dennis:  Help Help I’m being repressed

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975

There have been a lot of words already written about Quarterback Colin “20 Mil for 5-11” Kaepernick’s self righteous virtue signaling rant from praise from the left, to caution from the NFL to outrage and some spectacular answers to him from James Woods and Jake Tapper but in all of this click generating ranting going on there is a basic question worth asking that nobody seems to be raising.

Kaepernick is claiming that this country is an oppressor of blacks and people of color and doing so rather loudly.

Yet one of the drivers of this election is: Do we put up a wall to stop the seemingly unending flow of people of color coming here illegally by hook or by crook, leaving their country and cultures behind to move themselves and their families hundreds or even thousands of miles to a completely foreign land?

And you thought moving down the block was a pain

Furthermore that doesn’t even count the tens of thousands of people of color who not only come here legally from all over the world every year but the even greater numbers still waiting to do so.

This begs the obvious questions:

If America is the land of oppression that Mr.Kaepernick purports it to be

 Why is there a continual never ending supply of people of color entering the country, legally and illegally?

 Why is there not a mass exodus of people of color leaving the United States for greener pastures?

I think that’s an excellent question don’t you and before you answer these questions remember we not only live in an information age where communication across boarders via email, text and cell phone is incredibly easy but we also have a national and international media that jump all over any news of American racial unrest so if America was a land of danger and repression they would know it.


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This election has been one of confusion.

We see the MSM spinning and editing Donald Trump for electoral purposes

We see polls showing results all across the spectrum

We see huge crowds at Trump events & diddly for Clinton yet we’re told she’s a shoe in

We see talking heads saying a lot of things but not actually reporting a lot of things.

I’ve reached the point where I have no idea what’s actually going on. I hate that and I suspect you do too.

Rather than just bitching about it I propose a solution.

DaTechGuy’s 20 (or 30) days of Trump

 

My proposal is that I follow the campaign for 20 (or 30) days.  Report at each stop , do my patented interviews with those who attend Trump events, get credentialed at pressers interview campaign people (& Mr. Trump himself if he is willing) and basically report first hand on what I see and what is going on rather than counting on the MSM or anyone else doing so.

I submit that I am an excellent choice for this because:

My biases are out there, I endorsed Ted Cruz Sept of 2015 and then Trump July of this year. I have been both willing to praise and critique Trump.

I have interviewed Trump fans all over you can directly see my work and how I approach it.

I have questioned Trump at press conferences and have covered such events live in the past so you’ve seen my work and what I do.

It’s been shown that I don’t edit my videos so you will see what is actually shot

And while many have disagreed with me over the years I’d like to think I have a rep of saying things as I see them and not being for sale to anyone except you the reader.

 

What it would involve:

I would be thinking of either a 20 day period from October 18th to November 6th  or a 30 day period from Sept 13 to Oct 12th  (I have a commitment to cook at a Knights of Columbus Charity dinner Oct 16th so I have to be home for that).

Basically I would travel by air, living out of my suitcase flying to the various cities where Trump is appearing, renting cars to head for and hit Trump events, Shooting videos and writing stories and then back to the airport for the next leg all the while finding time to eat, sleep and get laundry done in between so people are willing to approach me to be interviewed.

This would not be cheap.  I would not only have to spring for hotels, rented cars, meals, cleaning, gas and internet but I’d also have to replace my pay from my overnight job that I would have to get a leave of absence from.

It will also be tiring but I can’t see it being more tiring than working overnight 5 days a week.

 

What it will take:

There is no way I can even think of doing this unless I have the cash on hand in place to pay for it, particularly as I can’t guarantee that I’d have a job to come back to if I do this.

So I’m leaving it up to you dear readers.

If I can get $20,000 in pledges by Sept 7th and have them redeemed by Sept 10th I figure I can afford to do the 30 days of Trump coverage listed above, being able to pay expenses while still being covered if I have to risk my night job to do it.

If I can get $15,000 in pledges by October 10 and have them redeemed by October 15 I can do the shorter 20 days of Trump.

(If I raise the full $35 K I’ll do both adjusting the schedule slightly to allow myself to make it home for my son’s birthday)

Now I know this is not an insignificant amount of cash but it’s also going to be a significant amount of work and travel not to mention a lot of time spent away from my wife and family including my son’s birthday depending on which way this goes.  Furthermore you will know that you’ll be seeing things as they are from a person you presumably trust.

So here is how it will work, if you are willing to pledge an amount toward this project contact me by filling out this form  

Once I get the required pledges I’ll contact you for payment and then contact my employer to get a leave of absence (or give notice if necessary).

If I don’t get the required pledges or if people don’t come through with the dough in time to do this, then I’ll stay put and keep doing what I’m doing.

We often hear people say they want honest reporting on the campaign as opposed to what the MSM offers well if you’re willing to support me in doing it, I’m willing to provide you with it.

Day Four in Denver and the last day of Amplify Choice started with a Bus Trip to a pair of charter Schools in the Denver area and me being me I took advantage of the time waiting for the bus after mass to interview bloggers Art Gallagher

and Mark Lerner

some bloggers during the wait for the bus

and then on the bus to interview Aaron Gardner

Once we got to STRIVE Prep the CEO Chris Gibbons gave us a presentation

Chris Gibbons of STRIVE Prep
Chris Gibbons of STRIVE Prep

He discussed STRIVE, how they operated, the various cost saving functions (for example the multiple schools shared a single administration, cafeteria and gym) The college acceptance rate (97%) and took multiple questions from the audience.

When the presentation was done I interviewed the community outreach manager for STRIVE

I was very impressed at the idea that even though there is a waiting list for all the grades for the school that they go door to door to recruit students so the whole community knows the possibilities.

We then headed or the next school when Will Franklin who I interviewed the day before produced a Drone with a camera on it from his backpack to take aerial photos of the schools.

We then walked to the nearly adjacent Denver School of Science and technology, Where we were given a brief introduction of their methods

As we were going upstairs for our final presentation I spoke to one of their graduates Shelia who was college bound.

once upstairs we had a second presentation where questions were taken. Here is a brief excerpt.

at the end Shelia and two other students who had graduated and had internships in companies also took questions.

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The three wise young women

All three where immigrants or children of immigrants and all had excelled. What impressed me the most was when I asked the responsibilities of a work environment was not unfamiliar thanks to the expectations from their time at the School of Science and Technology.

This officially concluded Amplify choice but there was still the bus trip back and there were still interviews to get one on the way back to the bus with Rich Eber:

And one on the bus with blogger and radio talk host Abdul Hakeem Shabazz

When we got back to the hotel those staying for the box lunch stayed. Others were heading to Union Station and their outgoing fights including Darvio Morrow who would be my last very brief interview of Amplify choice cut off by loud cleaning and the impending bus trip.

But there was no more time, the bus was leaving, Amplify choice was done, it was time for Redstate


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Normally I would have gone in sequence with a post on day 2 of the Amplify Choice event but something happened at Red State Yesterday that deserves some attention.

Red State has had some interesting speakers and interesting topics, right now as I’m typing there is a great panel on Corporate welfare that really hit the spot on the issue.

But in terms of national and media interest the story they want to talk about is Donald Trump.

We have seen expressions of both support and opposition to Donald Trump by speakers here and from the people I’ve interviewed here have varied their opinion on the subject but yesterday the gathering took an interesting turn.

Due to health issues Governor Greg Abbott of Texas who was scheduled to speak just before lunch 11:30 Am till Noon Denver time was unable to come. Leon Wolf of RedState took the stage and made that announcement to the disappointment of the audience.

But to the surprise of everyone, rather than breaking for lunch early or putting together an impromptu panel, he decided to open up the floor to any attendee to give them feedback on what has happened so far or any subject they wished.

Given the current media line on the GOP vs Trump this in effect invited people to address the elephant in the room and immediately he was asked about reconciling the need to stop Hillary with his unwillingness to support Trump.

Leon didn’t dodge, he explained that in his opinion while Trump had a higher ceiling than clinton in terms of being a quality president, he believes Trump has a lower floor, that being said he said that he respect people (like myself) who decided in the end to go with Donald Trump and urge others to do so.

He noted that there were a lot of people on both sides of this issue here complementing both those in their “Make America Great Again” stuff and those opposed, he also expressed his appreciation that everyone has been polite and respectful to everyone else here.

In the end he suggested to the audience to give your vote to someone who has earned it.

There were were a few more question both along those lines and others but for my money that moment was special, not because of what he said, if you read this blog you know I disagree with him on the question of Trump, but because the folks at Red State were daring enough brave enough and respectful enough to their audience who had paid money to come here, to put themselves out there not knowing how it was going to turn out.

As I’m finishing this post Carly Fiorina is on stage giving a killer speech with lines such as “We are living in a season of House of Cards.” (referring to the Clinton scandals) “It is not feminism to trade on your husbands name and fame… it is opportunism not feminism” on Hillary Clinton riding on Bill’s coattails and protecting him from the consequences of his actions and “Mrs. Clinton I’m a #feminist & I’m not voting for you” on Clinton’s statements that feminists are for her and “Power concentrated is power abused” on what the Constitution and the founders vision of it is all about. It’s been a great speech and continues to be so

But for my money, that speech pales before the moment when the guys at Redstate showing their integrity faced their audience during a polarizing time when they didn’t have to.


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We interupt my coverage of Amplify Choice and RedState to talk about a pet peeve. And remember Peeves make wonderful pets

One of the things you notice about Denver right away is all of the building going on. Housing prices are up and the city is making hotels the way the Duggars make babies. Given it’s size and location Denver is becoming magnet of tourism and one of the highlights of our visit was the Denver Zoo.

It’s a great destination which was very plain as DaWife and I walked by the parking areas I saw licence plates from California to North Dakota and of course there were likely plenty of people like us who had come by air and caught the Zoo in between the scheduled events that brought us here.

And that’s why when I saw this sign in the rain forest exhibit I found myself laughing out loud

For those of you who can’t read the print here is what it says:

Like a greenhouse, gases in our atmosphere capture the Sun’s energy and warm the Earth. We’ve increased greenhouse gasses, in part by burning fossil fuels and destroying forests. Many scientists believe the result will be global warming

With just a slightly warmer climate, ice aps may melt and drown coastal areas Rainfall patters could shift turning farmlands into deserts or floodplains

What can you do to help?

The United State’s is the world’s single largest producer of greenhouse gases. Conservation begins at home.

Walk, bike or carpool or take a bus whenever possible to reduce the greenhouse gases produced by automobiles.

When you buy your next car place fuel efficiency at the top f your list of options.  Keep your car tuned.

Contact your local gas and electric company for tip on how to make your home and office more energy efficient.

Now in terms of global warming alarmism this sign is actually pretty tame, there is a lot of the use of the word “may” rather than “will”, you don’t see the BS 95% of scientists agree line.  I suspect this is to help keep the return business of those like me who show up.

But if you look at the “What can I Do to Help?” list, it struck me that several items missing that came to mind at once, to wit:

There were a lot of people at the zoo with cell phones and mp3 players,and I couldn’t count the number of people with earbuds listening to said devices.  All those devices need a steady stream of electricity which require a lot of greenhouse gases to produce.

They could have advised guests to not use these devices and not buy new ones. Yes, these devices are entertaining and provide communications and convenience, but what is that next the danger of turning farmlands into floodplains?

And of course there we’re plenty of people taking pictures both with their phone and with iPads, and Cameras.  May of these pictures will end up on facebook, Instagram, twitter and various web pages like this one and will be shared worldwide in the cloud.  All of these take a lot of greenhouse gas producing electricity  and that doesn’t even begin to talk about the immense amount of electricity the servers that host all of this stuff uses.

They could have advised their guest to get off of the net and not take pictures to share.  Yes the animals are delightful and would bring the zoo plenty of exposure but after all what is use of pictures like this

Within scent range of the leopards nearby
Within scent range of the leopards nearby

or this

The latest photo in the Colorado Rockies "player or primate" series
The latest photo in the Colorado Rockies “player or primate” series

…if it means Rainfall patters might shift?

There were a lot of manufactured toys and stuffed animals in the place for sale.  They were cute, they were cuddly and were prominently displayed for sale to all the wide eyed kids who came through the doors with their parents. All of them were only available at the zoo because of manufacturing and shipping that required the creation of an enormous amount of greenhouse gases.

They could have advised the kids and their parents to do without the toys, after all a lot of them were pretty expensive and the kids likely had others at home.  Yes they were cute and cuddly and the sales provide a lot of revenue for the zoo, but what is that next to the danger of ice caps melting and drowning coastal areas?

Finally as I noted at the start, the parking lot was full of cars from all over the nation.  All those cars, no matter how well tuned or fuel efficient burn gasoline.  Furthermore Denver is a tourist destination with so many people flying in that they can’t build hotels fast enough to accommodate all the conventions not to mention the skiers in the winter. And according to the David Suzuki foundation aviation accounts for four to nine per cent of the total climate change impact of human activity.”

That means that the very act of coming Denver in General and to the zoo in particular by air or car involves burning fossil fuels and destroying forests at an alarming rate! The very act that they are warning against.

So in the spirit of helping to promote the cause of conservation and saving the planet might I suggest the Denver Zoo remake that sign replacing the last three sentences of that sign with the following:

GO AWAY AND NEVER COME BACK!

Yes I know that it would mean laying off a lot of people and hoping people would pay to visit an online streaming site if they aren’t Denver natives but we’re got a planet to save, don’t we?

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Union station WAY after dark
Day one in denver (I don’t count yesterday when we got Union Station at 10:30 & to the Hotel at just before 11 PM Denver time) started with a trip to the Basilica for AM mass as DaWife snoozed. The Hotel operates a shuttle for free in a 3 mile radius so that really came in handy. If I had that last time I wouldn’t have ended up in the clash between the occupods & the police.

I took a lot of pictures after mass.

I’m still got a few folks on my indulgence list to take care of over the next few days.

After the shuttle took me back and the wife and I had breakfast Stop two was a walk to Coors field:

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where I filmed this clip before dabattery died

The park was beautiful the seats spacious compared to fenway and incredibly comfortable. I loved that they have a “rockpile” bench seating was $1 for kids under 12 or elders over 55 ($4 otherwise) so even the poorest and particularly young kids can always see a game in person and I really loved the deal where they had a designated drive setup where if you pledged not to buy beer after the 4th inning you got a free soda (saving dawife & I 10 bucks on a day when it was 91 during the game and the fans made a beeline for areas in the shade.) but it was very odd to see a stadium with so many empty seats.

Alas for Colorado while they jumped into an early lead against the rangers their bull pen cracked at a critical moment turning a 5-1 lead after 5 into a 7-5 loss despite putting two on in the ninth. They had an interesting program where

We then stopped at the 1 up bar for a quick bite, the food was meh, but the arcade and pinball selection was excellent and if you are a fan of pintastic this location near coors field is a must visit.

The wife and I walked the 16th street mall a bit stopping at Tattered Covers book store for a souvenir for our oldest and to avoid a thunder storm before heading back to the hotel. On the way we were stopped by an earnest young girl asking us to sign a postcard for the gov on Utah asking him to oppose exploiting resources on federal land. The young lady must have approached me due to the fedora, grey sideburns & doctor who scarf and must have been startled to hear me tell her: “Sorry I support that kind of thing.”

The hotel has a fridge in the room so we hit a local supermarket via the hotel shuttle service before heading back to crash.

Now with all batteries charged the plan is to do a few things with the wife in the AM then start interviews with people coming for the school choice event as they arrive in the afternoon both for the site and the podcast.

I suspect with a lot of bloggers here the upload speeds (already kinda meh) are not going to improve so don’t be surprised if a lot of this stuff goes up back in MA but I’ll do what I can.


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11th Doctor: (shows psychic paper) I think you’ll find I’m universally recognised as a mature and responsible adult.
Kazran: It’s just a lot of wavy lines.
11th Doctor (looking at the paper)  Yeah, it’s shorted out. Finally, a lie too big.

Doctor Who A Christmas Carol 2010

My first thought when I saw this 5-3 ruling from the Supreme Court to Temporarily Block and order forcing transgender bathrooms on public school kids and reading that for the first time in my memory a liberal voted with conservatives put the stay on, was “Finally a lie too big for a liberal justice to go along with”.

But when I read these details:

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote separately to say that he concurred in the decision in part because granting the stay would “preserve the status quo” until the court has a chance to consider a petition for cert. “I vote to grant the application as a courtesy,”

and got a days sleep (working overnights you know) it hit me.

This isn’t about keeping the status quo before cert, this is about keeping the status quo concerning the perceived momentum in this election.

Right now the perception is (Regardless of the reality) that Trump is reeling yet in politics it doesn’t take much to change the conversation which is why the MSM didn’t bother to report much on the bus bombing in Paris or touch Mr. Kahn’s deleting, in classic Clinton style, his law firms’ web site.
However the transgender bathroom issue in public schools is an issue that can change that paradigm.

While the left has managed to push the culture to the brink of insanity & even some would say past it, we have not yet reached the point where anything near a majority of Americans believe that a person with a penis is a woman.

If Justice Breyer had voted with the left this would become a debate issue and then Hillary might find herself having to answer the one question that nobody in the MSM wants raised before the election:

At what age should a young girl be compelled, against her will by law to share a bathroom with a person who has fully developed male genitalia?

This question reveals the Transgender nonsense for what it is which is why it is not asked. The left can not let this question be asked and Hillary must not be made to answer.

Even worse the idea that Hillary would appoint justices who would answer that question with the age of five or under must NOT under any circumstance get into the heads of any voters in swing states, particularly not voters of color who might find this a bridge too far.

Justice Breyer wasn’t doing a courtesy to the state of Virginia, it was a courtesy to the Hillary Clinton campaign to keep things quiet till she is safely elected and this can be done to the American people by fiat in the classic liberal way.

Closing thought, if you are #nevertrump and this doesn’t convince you of the stakes we’re playing for here nothing will.


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When I saw this story at Yid With Lid

If colleges are indeed training the nation’s future leaders, America is doomed. On Sunday, the Daily Caller reported that Rohini Sethi, a student government leader at the University of Houston, was suspended and ordered to diversity training for engaging in the heinous act of free speech. In this case, the offensive speech was a Facebook post that read, “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like AllLivesMatter.”

…concerning the University of Houston the first thing that came to my mind was this.

I can’t believe in an age when there are so many lawyers out of work that a University is willing to be this stupid.

Granted Universities have become rather insular in their thought to the point where actually educating people on thing that matter has become secondary but I suspect this is going to provide an education to those who attempted to put on this sanction.

Because this type of thing no longer takes place in a vacuum and because of this, the words of a political leader who I suspect is popular with the left, namely “GET IN THEIR FACES AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD:” will come into play here.

First we have the story of the persecution of SGA Vice President Rohini Sethi on blogs and conservative sites and college sites from the Daily caller, the college fix, campus reform, college insurrection and campus reform and of course Breitbart News

This means that right about now tens of thousands of conservatives on social media are discovering this story, tweeting about this story and getting outraged over it, which will cause Rohini Sethi who meekly submitted, likely thinking that nobody was with her to realize she is not alone.

Of course that means that among those upset will be Police Unions around the nation will also be discovering this who will pass this along to their members.

Even better this is an issue ready made conservatives both in Texas and for the Donald Trump campaign, all he has to do is send out a single tweet and literally tens of millions will be hounding the University of Texas

And as the Student Government had to pass an “ex post facto” rule to allow her to be sanctioned and that such sanctions involve money this is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Which likely means that groups like FIRE will get involved and they tend to get results to wit:

Adams State University will settle a federal lawsuit brought by a former ASU professor who says the school violated his free speech and due process rights when it banned him from campus over blog posts criticizing the university’s pay practices.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado announced in a press release yesterday that ASU agreed to rescind the “No Trespass Order” it enacted against Danny Ledonne and will pay $100,000 to settle the lawsuit the ACLU of Colorado brought on Ledonne’s behalf in February.

Ledonne was banned from campus in October 2015, two days after he began blogging critically about ASU administrators on his Watching Adams blog. Ledonne taught in the Mass Communication department and did media production work for ASU between 2011 and 2015. After ASU didn’t renew his contract in the spring of that year, he launched Watching Adams.

Now it’s very possible that despite all this potential Rohini Sethi might decide to continue to meekly submit in the hope it all goes away.

But I submit and suggest that it’s very likely that she might change her mind and fight and if she does she’ll discover that she has a juggernaut of opinion and law behind her and in the end the only power the University of Houston has is the hope of keeping her intimidated.

Personally If I ran the University of Houston I’d quietly reverse myself now before the storm comes and they get an education.


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Mary Cooper: If you recall when you were little, we sat right here at this very spot and we talked about some of the problems you had getting along with the neighbor kids.
Sheldon Cooper: That was different. They were threatened by my intelligence and too stupid to know that’s why they hated me.
Mary Cooper: Oh, baby, they knew very well why they hated you.

The Big Bang Theory: The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation 2009

George Weigel the great Catholic public intellectual has put out a screed the talked of the path that lead him out of the Democrat party (via canon212.com)

Declaring myself a Democrat, however, became impossible in principle after the 1992 Democratic National Convention.

and into the GOP and suggest the nomination might lead to a 2nd exodus from a national party.

As a person who felt ethically compelled to publicly leave the GOP four years ago I can certainly sympathize but when I saw his argument or doing so

The Democratic Party once left me. Now, the Republican Party has left me by embracing Donald Trump, a man utterly unfit by experience, intellect, or character to be President of the United States (a trifecta of disqualifiers, I hasten to add, that I would also apply to Mrs. Clinton).

I had to not only disagree with Mr Weigel but submit and suggest that at least two of the qualities that by which he disqualifies Mr. Trump (experience & intellect) are at the very best misapplied and at worst stated with an assumed superiority reminiscent of Alexander Stevens’ Cornerstone speech.

First of all let’s deal with his first disqualification:  Experience.

The President of the United states is a person in an executive position whose primary duty is to set and manage the direction of the country. He has a vast amount of people below him whose job is to execute his vision of that direction and must deal with external forces both internal (Congress, the judiciary and the states) and external (foreign powers and business) that might interfere with said direction. To this he uses allies both internal (his party faithful) and external (friendly countries) his own power of personality and his ability to move public opinion to get things where he wants to go.

Is this not what Donald Trump has been doing for decades?

He has managed multiple businesses with vast international holdings into the directions he wishes to go. He employs a vast number of people to execute this vision and has deal with both the practical day to day operation of the business and external forces in terms of regulation and law not to mention both domestic and foreign pols looking for a handout to allow him to proceed toward his goals. He uses his own influence, wealth and personality both private and public to get things done.

Far from being unfit I think his experience is very much qualifies him for the position he is looking to fill, it’s just not the experience Mr. Weigel is accustomed to seeing applied to it. It’s analogous to Ty Cobb’s opinion of Babe Ruth. Cobb did not approve of Ruth power game yet he conceded that in the end it won ballgames. Moreover it is an experience mostly of success.

Furthermore I submit that it is in keeping with the principles of the founding fathers that a political leader be drawn from the non-political class.

Now lets look at Weigel’s next argument:  Intellect.

The “anti-intellect” argument is a familiar one, it was applied to Ronald Reagan by the Media and Democrats , it was applied to Lyndon Johnson who was derided as Rufus Cornpone within the Kennedy administration and it was applied to Lincoln by both Democrats outside his administration and republicans within it.

And like the foes of all of these men before him, they mistake his style for ignorance.

Donald Trump is a well educated man, he went to excellent schools and did well, he furthermore has, thanks to his wealth had access to and patronized some of the finest minds on the planet. The primary difference is that instead of applying said intellect to political theory he applied it to his business both in the form of reading the business climate and more importantly in reading people.  Moreover he has had to do this not only all over the country dealing with states and cities along the entire American political & cultural spectrum, but he has had to do so internationally, in Russia, China, Europe and the Middle East dealing with cultures as diverse as the entire human race.

Merriam Webster defines intellect as: the ability to think in a logical way

I would submit and suggest that Donald Trump entire career is the very definition of intellect, thinking in a logical way to achieve success. I would further suggest that his success this election cycle confirms this analysis, he saw the logical path to the nomination that everyone else missed because his logic, his intellect allowed him to think outside of the box that the professionals who have been pronouncing his doom for a year do.

Just like Forest, Lincoln, LBJ and Reagan did.

So much for lack of intellect.

Now Weigel’s third argument is Character and it’s an argument that may or may not be valid. There have been some things that Mr. Trump has done in this cycle, tactical or no, that I strongly disapprove of. In fact one of my own misgivings about Mr. Trump despite my eventual endorsement is I don’t have a sense of his core values and must trust others who know him for that assessment (they have been uniformly positive). I don’t know if Mr Weigel has had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Trump socially or of having a discussion with him so I can’t judge if his concerns are from personal experience or reputation. I would submit and suggest that lack of knowledge of a person’s character is not the same as having a bad character and presuming such on Mr. Trump part would do him an injustice but again not knowing Mr. Weigel’s source of his assessment and being confidence in Mr. Weigel’s good character I’m certainly not going to pass judgement on this assessment.

So that leaves Mr Weigel 1 out of three and while that’s good enough to lead the majors in batting many years I don’t think it’s enough to aid and abet the election of Hillary Clinton (whose lack of Character is not in doubt) by denying Mr. Trump his vote.

But in the end that’s Mr. Weigel’s decision and I respect his right to make the one he has, but I reserve the right to publicly disagree with it and urge others by this argument to avoid the same mistake.

Closing thought: By an odd irony Mr. Weigel application of lack of experience & intellect fails on the part of Mrs. Clinton too. Generically the positions she had held, Senator & Sec of State would suggest the experience to be president unfortunately her record in those position, unlike Donald Trump’s is one of continual and epic failure. I would also maintain that Mrs. Clinton has intellect, but it’s an intellect put in the service of aiding and abetting her corruption and defending it from discovery and punishment rather than an intellect put to use for the public good. Put simply Mrs. Clinton’s experience & intellect has been used Mr. Trump experience and intellect has been used to create while Mrs Clinton’s has been used to destroy.


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There has been plenty of self righteous glee by our friends on the left concerning this decision by the NBA:

“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans. While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”

The statement said the league will announce an alternate venue for next year’s event in the coming weeks.

USA Today reports the CEO of golden state has a great impact on the decision:

In a poignant address, Golden State Warriors president and chief operating officer Rick Welts, 63, who is openly gay, explained his meaningful and lifelong affiliation with the NBA and told league owners he didn’t feel comfortable attending the All-Star Game in Charlotte if the law remained as is.

His comfort level which young girls sharing a bathroom with people having fully developed male genitalia was not addressed so rather than the media spin like this

As long as HB2 in its current form remains in place, though, that could get increasingly difficult to do, Burton said. Aside from replacing the revenue from next year’s All-Star Game, the bigger concern is that other big sports and entertainment organizations from the NFL to NASCAR are going to reconsider doing business in the state now that the NBA has put a stake in the ground.

“This is going to spread until this law is probably repealed,” he predicted.

and the comfort level of the incredibly rich let me ask the question nobody seems to want to address:

At what age should a young girl be compelled, against her will by law to share a bathroom with a person who has fully developed male genitalia?

Age 15? Age 12, Age 7? Age 3?

I think that before we listen to lectures on morality from the NBA or any other organization that wants to signal their virtue to the world, or at least to the media culture at North Carolina’s expense, we must insist on an answer to that question.

I think I can safely predict we won’t get one, because that question instead of dealing with ephemeral feelings puts the actual reality of the issue directly before them.


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If you read my morning post you know that in my opinion Ted Cruz’s speech at the Republican Convention was the only honorable response for him in this situation and I applaud him for it.

However you might noticed that while I think Ted Cruz was totally justified in what he said at and after the speech as you can see by the title of this post I think Donald Trump played Ted Cruz and won, and I would even say won brilliantly.

The reason is apparent when you ask a very basic question:

What advantage does Donald Trump get with a Ted Cruz endorsement?

The answer is almost none.

Donald Trump spent the entire campaign (falsely) referring to Ted Cruz as “lying Ted”, the media, which hates Ted Cruz MUCH more than they do Trump and have been attacking him since the day he was elected, played it up a year.  He would get no love from the GOP establishment which hates Ted Cruz as much as the media does from an endorsement and the number of NeverTrump people from the GOP who would vote for Trump after a Cruz endorsement is so minimal that it’s not worth thinking of.

In fact a Ted Cruz endorsement might even HURT Trump who is still trying to win over Bernie Sanders fans who believe Ted Cruz is the devil and seriously could you imagine the gift to Hillary Clinton a Ted Cruz endorsement would be?  I can see the ad now:

Mythical Cruz Endorsement speech:  “Donald Trump is a great leader”

Cut to old Donald Trump “We call him lying Ted”

Mythical Cruz Endorsement speech “Donald trump will make America Great again”

Cut to old Donald Trump speech: “He lies lies and lies”

I’m Hillary Clinton & I approve this message

Donald Trump knows media and knows visuals, he isn’t dumb enough to let this happen.

There is also no advantage for NOT having Ted Cruz speak.  He won 11 states and made a strong case if he was denied a speaking spot or stayed away it would draw into question the “Big Tent” business and “party unity” meme that Trump was playing on.  There is no visual no media no nothing.  Nothing at all, no advantage.

Instead consider what we saw at the GOP convention last night.

Images of the delegates on the GOP floor booing Cruz in support of Trump

A contrast between Cruz’s attack and the pro-trump speech from Mike Pence (who endorsed Cruz before the Indiana primary) causing Cruz grief from all over.

A contrast between Cruz’s “attack” and people reporting Trump thought Cruz’s non-endorsement was “No Big deal

(Even as I type this Rudy Giuliani was on MSNBC calling Trump the “bigger man”.)

And reporter after reporter talking down Ted Cruz both that night and even the next day

And remember all of this is taking place with a GOP convention that is drawing millions more viewers than usual and sets up tonight as an even bigger potential TV audience.

And doesn’t even take into account all the social media radio etc this generated or the fact that it took MSM attempt to go wild Meliana “plagiarism” business off the tube.

All this was made possible because Trump is good at reading people.  He understands who Ted Cruz is and knew that despite all that “lying Ted” BS that Cruz is an honorable man and used that to his advantage.

Trump also knows media, he knows the audience and played to them manipulating the situation, the visuals and the media because he understands that the audience for any counter argument will be only a tiny percentage of this and consists mostly of political geeks like you and me dear reader.  If Mitt Romney had 1/10 of the Trump media savvy he’d be president today.  It was absolutely brilliant.

And remember each of these conflicts at the convention that the MSM thinks are so damaging helped build audience to draw people who would normally never watch this stuff and give Trump free access to make his case.

And now that Bernie has dropped out what drama is there in the Democrat convention?  What person who has not already made up their mind will be watching it?

Nobody.

Trump won the case and the night and will likely win the competing conventions even with the MSM doing all they can to knock him off and prop up Hillary.  Furthermore his actions maximize the potential vote increase from persuadable voters while keeping any damage localized to voters he had already likely lost.

You can debate Trump and his morality all day and all of the night but in my opinion this is pure LBJ class political genius.

And I submit and suggest that’s not debatable .

One final thing, the fact that Ted Cruz did the right thing and deserves praise rather than blowback he is getting is totally irrelevant to this analysis, but it all comes down to what matters most as this tweet says:


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What else can one conclude when you see this

Twitter confirmed it has permanently banned Breitbart Tech editor and alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos for allegedly violating its “hateful conduct policy”.

The contretemps has been brewing all week, as Milo engaged in a barbed to and fro with embattled Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones over her Twitter feud with trolls who hated her new movie. At one point the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey intervened himself, asking Jones to direct message him. Milo himself said nothing racist, though he joked that Jones’ grammatically challenged quips at him were “barely literate”, said America needs better schools and referred to Jones facetiously as “a black dude”.

Breitbart has more

Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos has been suspended from Twitter once more just 20 minutes before his “Gays for Trump” event takes place at the Republican National Convention.

The justification for the suspension is currently unknown, although it could be as a result of Milo’s run-in with Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones on the site. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey publicly reached out to Jones late on Monday evening after she complained about “abuse” on the platform. Milo was suspended despite the fact that he sent no abusive tweets to the actress.

BuzzFeed gleefully reported that the suspension is permanent, citing a statement from Twitter promising a clampdown on “targeted abuse.” Milo has also received a message from Twitter confirming that that his ban is permanent

Let me clue you in a sec.

Actual strong women are, well strong. They can take critique, they can handle being quoted and are able to take care of themselves.

Weak women fall apart when critiqued and run for others to defend them if anyone says a word that gives them the vapors.

Apparently Twitter believes women need to protected from any word or phrases that does not fit their worldview.

Apparently Twitter believes women need to be protected from public debate as it might disturb them.

Apparently Twitter believes that women are so weak that they are incapable of defending their positions and statements for themselves.

To put it simply Twitter want to put feminists back into an 1880’s box and their feminist allies rather than objecting are calling it being empowered.

What a bunch of losers. I’ll give Milo the last word:

“No, of course, I don’t have any regrets,” Milo told Heat Street. “But feminists on the other hand should have regrets that they have taught strong women that they are victims and attacked people for having different opinions to them on Twitter.”

FYI Feminism not withstanding don’t think for one second this isn’t about silencing a high profile Gay Trump supporter who a huge megaphone at a time when Hillary is tanking at the polls.

Update: Analysis True


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You might have forgotten the swatting of Stacy McCain and the threats against his family but the law didn’t:

The FBI contacted me earlier this month to tell me that the guy responsible for targeting me in a March 2013 SWATting incident was scheduled for sentencing in federal court, but I couldn’t report anything about it until after the hearing. Because of last week’s Dallas attack, the hearing date Monday slipped my mind, but here’s the official statement:

New York Man Sentenced To 24 Months in Prison
For Internet Offenses, Including “Doxing,” “Swatting,”
Making a False Bomb Threat, and Cyber-Stalking

WASHINGTON — Mir Islam, 22, of New York, N.Y., was sentenced today to 24 months in prison on three federal charges stemming from a conspiracy to commit various crimes related to the “swatting” and “doxing” of dozens of victims, and from a false bomb threat made against a university in Arizona and a pattern of online harassment constituting cyber-stalking against a university student, all occurring between February and September 2013.

And Stacy notes that things might not be over here.

FBI made a point of stating: “The investigation is continuing.” When I was notified a year ago that a then-unnamed person had copped a plea with the feds, I said: “Let justice be done. Let the guilty fear punishment for their crimes, so that the innocent need never fear.”

Mir Islam is now in federal prison, but there are still guilty people who have yet to face justice, and they should be afraid — very afraid.

If Mr. Islam wanted to silence Stacy maybe he should have just gotten a job at Twitter then he could have done so without worrying about the law

Now we don’t know who those others might be but anyone who has been following the Kimberlin cases on Hogewash  knows that the gears of the law grind very slowly, but they continue to move forward and I would not be surprised if some names readers of this site recognize get caught in them

Of course given that Stacy McCain supports Donald Trump and James Comey is in charge at the FBI who knows.

Closing thought, Why do I have a feeling that there is a job waiting for Mr Islam at Twitter as soon as he gets out?

As you know two days ago Barack Obama made it a point to go to Dallas Tuesday to speak at the memorial service of the police officers that the media keeps telling us has united the country in grief.

That being the case one might think that the President in recognition of our national mourning might have lit up the White House Blue in honor not only of the five Dallas police slain but others who have been targeted for murder since then. After all he lit up the White House rainbow for Gay Marriage surely you would think the President would light the White House Blue for the murdered police in Dallas?

You would be wrong:

President Obama ignored a request made by a federal government police union to illuminate the White House in blue to honor the five Dallas police officers massacred during a Black Lives Matter protest last Thursday, according to a report by Police Magazine.

Flags were ordered lowered to half-staff by Obama to honor the Dallas officers.

Obama has lit up the White House to mark Breast cancer awareness in 2013, and to celebrate the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage in 2015

Now this might surprise you, after all given the outcry you would naturally expect a cause and effect relationship here, rest assured there is one.

You see the Democrat party is a party of coalitions and Democrat politicians understand a part of that coalition that they are completely dependent on for re-election either supports the murder of police or at best doesn’t disapprove of it.

So given the fragility of the Campaign of Hillary Clinton and the need to once again gin up the vote of those who would see police dead in an election year this White House will not be lit up in honor of police, at least not unless the political pressure becomes so great that not doing so could cost the Democrats elections.

I think conservative bloggers and GOP candidates for office would be rather wise to arrange for phone calls to Democrats running for election and re-election in the House and Senate asking them if they will call upon the White House to be lit up blue in honor of the Murdered Dallas police.

I think their answers would prove very informative to the voting public don’t you?


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You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 5:21-24

Before I fell asleep yesterday afternoon the most outrageous thing that had happened Thursday was the testimony of the chief of the FBI whose assertions, prevarications and evasions combined with there being no record of Hillary’s questioning bothered and astounded me.

Then I woke up when my wife got home and looked at my computer to find that snipers had killed four police officers during a blm protest and frankly I was furious, not only at the murders but at the point out country has reached and those who have or their own gain pushed us in this direction. These tweets were typical

For reasons I can’t explain It suddenly dawned on me that my angry reaction was in fact a temptation so I invoked my guardian angel and tweeted an odd fact.

and suddenly everything changed, both in terms of my emotions and in terms of my tweets.

Take a look at my timeline before and after 1:58 AM and look at the difference. I submit and suggest that to faithful christians in general and catholics in particular that is a “feature”.

Perhaps it is time for us as a nation to consider the advantages of turning back to Christ and the teaching that goes like this:

Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.

1 John 3:15-18

I further submit and suggest that invoking not only our guardian angels but the guardian angels of each other would be a rather good idea for us as individuals and for our nation.

Like all disciplines in life this would be only the first step.  For this to have a long term effect it will take time and there will be resistance both physically by those who stand to benefit from continued national anger and spiritually by the other side, so we should not overestimate the instant effect of this (that is in fact another temptation).

But if we want to change the direction of our country we have to change our own direction and this is the way to do it.


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Jim Hacker:  I understand that one of your officials spends all his time paying farmers to produce masses of surplus food while someone in the next office pays people to destroy the surplus.

Maurice:  That’s not True!

Sir Humphrey Appleby:  No?

Maurice:  He’s not in the same office, he’s not even on the same floor!

Yes Minister Party Games 1984

Earlier today I had a post up noting a WW 2 vet talking about his decision vote for Brexit.

While everyone rightly talks about immigration people might not realize the old gentleman might have decided it was time to leave, because of stuff like this:

The EU is poised to ban high-powered appliances such as kettles, toasters, hair-dryers within months of Britain’s referendum vote, despite senior officials admitting the plan has brought them “ridicule”.

and this

A sales ban on high-powered vacuum cleaners and inefficient electric ovens in 2014 sparked a public outcry in Britain. 

Oh and one interesting note to this story

The plans have been ready for many months, but were shelved for fear of undermining the referendum campaign if they were perceived as an assault on the British staples of tea and toast.

You know I thought young people didn’t like folks telling them what to do.


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On June 21st after hearing about the College Republicans were suspended at the UC Irvine I decided to send When the news that the College Republicans were suspended at the UC Irvine I wrote an email to the two advisers who the College Republicans met with just before the decision was announced.  I include said email in full:

Hello Ms. Esparza, Ms. Umali
I am preparing a story on the suspension of the UCI college republicans at your university following this piece at Breitbart.com http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/06/21/irvine-republicans-suspended-punishment-milo-talk/ and I have several questions I wish to ask concerning assertions in the piece.
The Breitbart piece states that the college republicans received notification of their suspension hours after a meeting with both of you.
1.  Is this correct?
1a:  Was the decision to suspend the College Republicans taken before or after that meeting?
1b:  If before why were not the college republican informed at said meeting of their suspension, if after what action took place at the meeting that prompted this suspension
The Breitbart piece states the group was suspended for the:  “group’s alleged failure to provide a certificate of insurance for the private security hired for the event to protect Milo.”
2.  Is this correct, if not what was the rationale for the suspension?
2a:  If it IS correct, have any other student group been suspended for failure to provide a certificate of insurance?  If so can you list any suspended over the last five years for this?
2b:  Is the necessity to provide a certificate of insurance for private security an explicit rule, if so where is this rule listed, and have any groups who have failed to provide such a certificate of insurance avoided suspension?
During Mr. Yiannopoulos appearances nationwide the danger that has required additional security has generally come from on campus students and organizations threatening to disrupt events.  Breitbart.com reported on such protests at UC Irvine
3.  Did any such organization make such attempts and were they warned concerning security concerns?
3a:  We’re such organizations sanctioned for disrupting said events or creating an “unsafe environment” if not why not?
Many campus’ have rules concerning creating a “hostile environment” for students and employees
4.  Does UC Irvine have any such regulations
4a.  If so, given the necessity for increased security for Mr. Yiannopoulos have any of the student protesters been sanctioned for creating an “hostile environment” for those trying to attend Mr. Yiannopoulos speech in general or members of the college republicans for sponsoring the event.  If not why not?
The suspension of a Student group is a significant event and presumably rare event
5.  Can you provide a list of student groups that have been suspended over the last 5 years for any reasons and said reasons for those suspensions.
I hope to have my piece up by the end of the week so an answer by Thursday evening would be most welcome.  If you wish to include a statement concerning these events independent of these question I would be happy to include it in the piece.
Thank you for your time
Peter “DaTechGuy” Ingemi
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I didn’t receive an answer but the question has become moot as per this Breitbart report:

College Republicans at UCI

Dear Ms. Rowlands and the Authorized Signers of the College Republicans at UCI,

I am contacting you on behalf of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. As a follow-up to my letter sent yesterday, I want to share with you that the revocation of your privileges to access space on campus through UCI Student Center & Event Services has been withdrawn pending the final outcome of your appeal. At this time, your ability to access space on campus has been restored.

As mentioned in the June 22 letter, the vice chancellor invites you to submit your appeal by July 1. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Edgar Dormitorio

Chief of Staff
Student Affairs

The college republicans have no intention of entering any “appeal” process which would give their initial suspension a semblance of legitimacy that it doesn’t deserve

The CRs, however, quickly declined to enter any sort of appeals process, saying it could be construed an admission of guilt, which they firmly deny.

“We will under no circumstances be submitting an appeal for the decision by UCI as that would be an admittance to a wrongdoing we did not commit,” the CRs wrote in a statement. “We will not be silenced and we will not be stopped.”

The most interesting, and encouraging part of the story was the reaction of other groups both inside and outside the university:

Extraordinarily, even left-wingers on campus came out in support of their rivals’ right to free speech. In a rare display of bipartisan unity at the campus grassroots, the group for Bernie Sanders supporters at UCI issued a statement condemning the administration for “repeated mistreatment of political organizations that take part in open discourse on campus” and calling for the restoration of the College Republicans’ right to access college facilities.

It’s a great thing to see that some of the left are seeing this for what it is.

I predict that we will quietly see this entire “appeal” business dropped in the hope that all of this goes away.

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Because I’m working tonight I only have time for three quick thoughts on the Brexit vote before I crash:

MSM in Mourning:

The first I heard of the result of the Brexit vote was as I left work & turned on EWTN radio morning to hear Morning Glory radio announce the improbable win.  By the time I got through the Holy Doors and home and turned on the TV it was clear that the only thing missing from the MSM was black armbands.  I haven’t seen such gloom since the Scott Brown win in 2010.  What was most amazing was the attempt to spin the results, particularly by Katty Kay, as if the voters really didn’t mean it. (six hours later MSNBC is still playing this card big).

Nothing scares the elites like the will of the people.

 

Scotland the tame:

Thanks to movies like Braveheart and the past history of Scots in America many Americans have an image of Scotland not consistent with today’s reality.  The overwhelming STAY vote in Scotland  (Not even London gave a higher percentage for the status quo) suggests a reality that the region doesn’t mind being told what to do by nameless bureaucrats as long as it means subsidies keep heading their way, and as long as said bureaucrat isn’t an Englishman.

Of course other than the symbolic nature the real question is:  By the time a new Scottish referendum rolls around will Brussels decide Scotland is a net plus or minus and will the Scots decide the costs of leaving Great Britain (as comically illustrated here) be worth the price.

I’ll tell you when it’s time to panic 

When I started this post story after story talked about both stock markets and the pound tanking I literally crashed in the middle of the last paragraph and waking up five hours later and turning on CNBC that the markets have continued to go down.  The reality is this reaction is less about the actual companies having weakness and more about the elites being in panic as not only has their ability to soak the British Taxpayer to finance the European bureaucracy that they are heavily invested been hit, but pet companies that live off of said bureaucracy, which said elites are also highly invested in are too

In the long run Britain will do quite well without the EU and the EU knows it. It’s that reality that panics Brussels more than anything else.

Look in the Mirror:

The media the elites and Brussels are now all pointing fingers over the result in Britain, blaming people’s “ignorance” for the result.  But while Brussels and said elites are rushing to head off other countries from following Britain’s lead, the dirty little secret is that if the folks in Brussels had not attempted to micromanage every aspect of people’s lives and the political class in Britain took care of their people this vote would have never even taken place let alone go against them.


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IAN: … If only you could stand away from this thing, you’d see it clearly. Autloc’s the extraordinary man here. He’s the reasonable one, the civilized one, the one that’s prepared to listen to advice. But he’s one man, Barbara. One man.

Doctor Who  The Aztecs 1964

If you are a member of the left and read Mohammed A. Malik’s piece in the Washington Post you might think the most important take is “Donald Trump is wrong about Muslims in America“:

I am not the first American Muslim to report on someone; people who do that simply don’t like to announce themselves in to the media. For my part, I’m not looking for personal accolades. I’m just tired of negative rhetoric and ignorant comments about my faith. Trump’s assertions about our community – that we have the ability to help our country but have simply declined to do so – are tragic, ugly and wrong.

But there are actually two things of some importance that you might miss if you read either that piece or the many others like this NY Daily News piece that quotes it.

The first is this:

We have a lot of immigrants in our community. They grew up in other countries, often with different sensibilities. A few don’t understand American culture, and they struggle to connect with their American-born or American-raised kids.

I came here from Pakistan in 1979 when I was 6 years old, grew up in Queens (like Omar) and Fort Lauderdale, went through the American education system, and assimilated well.

Now contrast that with this story from an Iranian christian convert about her youth in Iran

 As a child, my brain was constantly processing the events around me. When I started to go to school, we were taught all Islamic principles, sharia law and Muhammad’s biography. Almost every day, I could hear these words in the school: Islam is the best religion, Islam is the religion of peace, infidels are unclean, Muslims should kill infidels, or Muhammad was sinless. However, I used to find a lot of contradictions between what I learned in the school and what Islam really is and who Muhammad really was.

The contradiction is even obvious in the sentences above: “Religion of peace” and killing infidels. I used to ask my teachers why should we kill infidels, or basically who is considered an infidel. The answer was simple and clear: because they corrupt the world; the people who don’t worship Allah are infidels.

What does this tell you?  It tells me that while a Muslim who chooses to assimilate, who goes to a public school in surrounded by Americans of different races and religions,  is much more likely to talk to the FBI about some suspicious than one who attends  a religious school one teaching Sharia law and surrounded by other muslims who have not chosen to assimilate.

Then ask yourself how many of the Muslim immigrants who have come here since 2001  who unlike Mr. Malik have not chosen to assimilate.  Even if folks like Mr Malik are in the majority that still leaves a considerable minority.

But there is a 2nd point that is even more important which comes from the first sentence in the NY Daily News piece

A Muslim man who attended the same mosque as Omar Mateen reported him to the FBI two years before he would commit the worst mass shooting in America.

The Post piece goes into detail:

After speaking with Omar, I contacted the FBI again to let them know that Omar had been watching Awlaki’s tapes. He hadn’t committed any acts of violence and wasn’t planning any, as far as I knew. And I thought he probably wouldn’t, because he didn’t fit the profile: He already had a second wife and a son. But it was something agents should keep their eyes on. I never heard from them about Omar again, but apparently they did their job: They looked into him and, finding nothing to go on, they closed the file.

 

Now that tells our liberal friends that American Muslims are trustworthy, and to be sure Mr Malik should be commended for what he did.

But think about it.  Mr Malik put his neck out there.  He not only answered the request from the FBI about one radical that he knew but when he saw the man who would become the Orlando shooter become fascinated by this man, he talked to the FBI again.

Yet in the end the FBI did nothing.  Neither the warning nor the risks Mr. Malik took managed to save a single life, and now it is publicly known that he talked.

Given that result what is the incentive for other Muslims to go to the FBI if they are going to just dismiss their warning, particularly if such an act risks a backlash against family members back in the Middle East?

And if the failure of the FBI to recognize the danger is a disincentive to an assimilated Muslim like Mr. Malik how much more of a disincentive is it for a Muslim who hasn’t chosen to assimilate and remain in such a community when such an act might put both his immediate family and himself in physical danger?

Maybe our liberal friends may not have thought of this, but I’ll bet real money that members of the Muslim community sure have and that not on Mr. Malik, or the Washington Post, it’s on this administration.


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There are plenty of reasons why I think Donald Trump, given the field we had,  was the wrong choice for GOP nominee, his tendency for mendacity, uncertainty on his core principles, his previous recent association with liberalism and his embrace of cultural liberalism to name a few.

There are quite a few people, including many I respect very much, who will not vote for Trump because of these and other objections and I completely respect their decision.

There are also several reasons why he is a good choice, his willingness to hit issues other duck, his ability to bypass the MSM, his ability to fight back when others will not and his intimate familiarity with the crony system used by government which will allow his to use/manipulate it to get things done.

There are a lot of people, including many I respect very much, who are completely committed to Trump for these reasons, some right from the start, and I completely respect their decision too.

 

What I don’t respect, condone, or agree with are the attempts to take the nomination from him.

Until the moment Mr. Trump secured the required committed delegates to clinch the nomination, not unbound ones that have said they will support him, but actual bound delegates as understood by the voters, I had no problem with candidates and others attempting to within the rules keep Mr. Trump from getting the nomination on the first ballot.  Those were the rules from day one and as long as we were playing within those rules that’s fine.

But the moment you try to do this after he has clinched you are overturning the will of your primary voters who turned out in record numbers in a primary season that drew more attention than any I can remember in my lifetime.

 

Do I wish my man Ted Cruz was nominated, you bet I do!  Do I think he would have beaten Hillary Clinton like a Pinata, without a question!  Do I think the left was terrified of him?  Absolutely!

But that doesn’t matter, the choice belonged to the votes and those voters, for good or ill, for right or wrong, choose to vote for Donald Trump over Ted Cruz and the other 15 choices available.

Either we respect the voters or we don’t and if you don’t then you don’t belong in the political process and you have no business asking me for my vote if you don’t respect me when I cast it.

Again if you want to stay home, stay home, if you want to go 3rd or 4th party, that’s up to you.

But you have no business taking away Mr. Trump’s hard earned victory nor the victory of all the voters who backed him.

You lost an election, grow up.


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One of the interesting things we have seen in our immigration debate is the corruption of language.

Suddenly the words “Illegal immigration” is not allowed even though the person is clearly breaking the law thus doing something “illegal” and the law this person is breaking is the law on “immigration”

Suddenly a Somali immigrant who settles near St. Paul Minnesota who is on trial for terror becomes a Minnesota Man

But the most amusing term of the lot, the term that we heard over and over in the primary season and one I suspect we will run into a lot during the election year is “Path to legal status”.

To the speaker using the phrase the purpose is to differentiate position of the person using it from “Amnesty” which is entirely different but the reality is the actual purpose of this phrase is to keep the listener from understanding that a “Path to legal status” is in fact amnesty.

So problem, how do you explain to the person being spun by the words “Path to legal status” that this is in fact Amnesty.

My solution? The Doctrine of Purgatory.

For those not familiar with Catholic Doctrine Purgatory is the place the temporal cost is paid for sins whose eternal cost have been already been forgiven, it’s where a soul is perfected for heaven.

Once that cost is paid and the soul has reached that state of perfect love either by either by indulgences earned during life, prayers or indulgences offered by the faithful for them after death, or through the purification process of purgatory then the soul is ready for Heaven.

Is this not the same thing as the “path to legal status” promises?

A “Path to legal status” by definition earns that a person is not currently legal. So the person has violated the immigration law, and through a process that might involve the paying of a fine and back taxes, which can be paid by either the person or someone else, and/or the waiting for a period of time, they at last achieve full legal status.

Why is this important? because every single soul is purgatory, no matter if they spend a single hour or till the end of time in Purgatory, those souls are saved, they have accepted the cost Christ paid in blood for their sins and sought the mercy he offers for their offenses.

Thus the souls in Purgatory have received the Amnesty that Christ has given them.

And that what the Path to Citizenship is, no matter how large the fine, no matter how long the wait, in the end the person is forgiven for their legal offenses.

Thus the persons who have received a “path to legal status” have received amnesty that the government has given them.

No amount of linguistic trickery will change it.

The Breitbart crew particular Breitbart Texas was well represented at the CIS reception on Thursday and several of their people sat for interviews with me. The first was Bob Price

Of course the topic of immigration is right in the wheelhouse of Breitbart Texas

Old Friend Brandon Darby also gave me some time and some interesting perspectives as well

I also had the pleasure of meeting Breitbart’s Patrick Howley for the first time. His usual beat is the election and we talked about his coverage

I’d like to thank the Breitbart folks for giving me time at the end of a long night

I will be posting more interviews later in the day if you are burning with anticipation and simply can’t wait the interviews are now available on my youtube channel

Previous interview posts from CIS event
Mark Kirkorian Cis
Senator Jeff Sessions
Bloggers Mickey Kaus, Yid with Lid and John Hawkins

Update: Welcome to readers of Breitbart.com who came from this story about my interviews with their people.

For those Breitbart readers who might be coming to this site for the first time

The last batch of interviews with Dr. Steve Camarota, Jessica Vaughn of CIS & Leo Hohmann of WND are avaialble here

You will find a collection of thousands of such short interviews I’ve done over the years from Andrew Breitbart to Barney Frank on my youtube channel here.

I have a large collection of interviews with ordinary americans who came to see Donald Trump during rallies in NH & Massachusetts here

You can find me questioning Donald Trump at Press Conferences in Derry NH here and Worcester MA here.


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During the CIS reception on Thursday there were several bloggers in attendance who sat for interviews.

The first was John Hawkins from Right Wing News

You will note that old friend Jeff Dunetz of the Lid blog walking in not knowing I was mid interview, he sat with me as well

It’s worth noting that he also did a 2nd longer audio interview that will be available in this week’s DaTechGuy off DaRadio Podcast

I must admit despite my delight at seeing old friends I was particularly pleased to meet one of the pioneers of blogging Mickey Kaus who gave me 10 minutes at the end of a very long evening.

His blog is of course Kausfiles and he’s been doing it before most people knew what a blog was.

I will be posting more interviews later in the day and tomorrow if you are burning with anticipation and simply can’t wait the interviews are now available on my youtube channel

Previous interview posts from CIS event
Mark Kirkorian Cis
Senator Jeff Sessions


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Before the start of the CIS reception on Thursday Senator Jeff Sessions graciously sat for a brief interview

You might note the interview seemed to end abruptly. I actually asked a question concerning his endorsement of Donald Trump during the primary season but alas I was using my backup memory card which filled up and crashed during his answer, and due to time restraints I didn’t wish to take more of the Senator’s time to reshoot to the exclusion of other guests. If you wish to hear my question and the start of his answer before it died out it’s here.

The meat of his answer that didn’t make it was that Mr. Trump was addressing issues that are impacting working class middle american who have sadly been neglected.


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I am in Washington today for an off the record Seminar at the National Press Club hosted by the Center of Immigration Studies which invited me to attend. The head of CIS Mark Kirkorian graciously sat for a brief interview

While the contents and the sessions of the event itself are all off the record, I was permitted to interview attendees and speakers individually both at the opening reception and on the day of the event. Those interviews will follow in subsequent posts. If the anticipation is burning within you and you can’t wait for the blog posts, all of my day 1 interviews are now available on my youtube channel

Incidentally if you wish to be well informed on the issue of Immigration you can find the CIS blog here

UPDATE: 6/19 Having got home from my trip I started to import the audio from my interviews to audacity to include them in my podcast, when I tried to import this one I noted that for some reason it seems to stop a 2:45 even though the interview was five minutes long. Playing the raw file Mp4 file back for some reason at that mark it simply stopped recording and only displays the video. My guess is it was an issue during import since all my other files (other than when the cards ran full) worked properly however because the import was rushed to make room and the file size was of the Mp4 was consistent with the full interview I had no reason to suspect there was any issue and simply did my mass upload of all interviews as I normally do. My apologies to Mr. Kirkiorian and to you dear readers for not noticing this fault until now.


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Tom Hagen: Right now we have the unions and we have the gambling and those are the best things to have. But narcotics is a thing of the future. If we don’t get a piece of that action we risk everything we have. Not now, but ten years from now.

The Godfather 1972

I’ve always known how to count

Tip O’Neill

Gay Conservative Activist Milo Yiannopoulos continues to make the case that Orlando illustrates the choice the left has to make:

“I’m not talking about Islamists. I’m not talking about terrorists. I’m not talking about radical Islam. I’m talking about mainstream Muslim culture. There are eleven Muslim countries in which I could be killed for being a homosexual. The state penalty is death. One hundred million people live in country where the penalty for homosexuality is death. This is not radical Islam. This is mainstream Muslim society. Look what’s happening in Sweden. Look what’s happening anywhere in Germany, anywhere there are large influxes of a Muslim population. Things don’t end well for women and gays. The left has got to make a decision. Either they want female emancipation and it wants gay rights or it wants Islam. It’s got to pick.”

What Milo doesn’t get is the left HAS picked and while he and I might find this pick monstrous, when you have a party of marxists who believe in utilitarianism it is completely logical.

Regardless of what you see on TV news and talk shows the reality is over the next 20 years the percentage of LGBT voters in the US Population will likely remain static.

During that same time period the number of Muslim Americans, both by immigration and birth is going to increase dramatically.

 

Right now the left has the Gays and the Transgenders and the Hollywood elites & media in which they are overrepresented and they figure that’s the best things to have, but in America Islam is a thing of the future.  In 20 years the children of Muslims now being raised on the tenets of Sharia law in America will be old enough to vote and Democrats going to make sure they get those votes when the time come, not now but 10-20 years from now.

And if that means more LGBT Americans have to live in fear during those two decades, well it’s small price to pay for power.

It’s not personal , it’s simply a ghastly math driven business.

Closing arithmetic: Anyone want to make book concerning what percentage US Muslim population will be when Democrats decide to throw the LGBT community under the bus to appease them?


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Just after the Islamic Terror attack on the gay nightclub Pulse Facebook, you know those guys who insist they are not censoring conservative, decided to take strong action…against one of the most prominent opponent and a onetime target of Islamic terror Pam Geller

When Breitbart News and Geller objected they followed up by suspending Geller herself.

Just hours after they removed her 50,000-strong group, “Stop Islamization Of America,” Facebook has issued prominent Islam critic Pamela Geller with a 30-day ban.

Well apparently Facebook has discovered that such actions directed against a person targeted for assassination by Islamic Terrorists in response to her critique of the mass slaughter of Gays by an islamic terrorist not only tends to draw unfavorable press but really doesn’t play well with a large segment of the population.

You spoke — you wrote, emailed, called, and YOU succeeded in getting my page and my privileges back. THANK YOU and thank Breitbart for raising a ruckus. Communicating and sharing information is the key to building an army of Davids to defeat the enormous enemedia myths and lies. Each one of my readers is a one-man media organization educating those in your sphere of influence. This is a war on freedom of speech in the age of jihad and sharia. And Facebook is key.

Now this would be just another story about a company backing off after a bad decision but what really got my goat was this quote from Breitbart’s coverage of Facebook’s volte face of the email Facebook sent to Pam after the reinstatement of both groups.

“A member of our team accidentally removed something you posted on Facebook. This was a mistake, and we sincerely apologize for this error. We’re since restored the content and you should now be able to see it.”

I don’t know what bothers me more, the sheer mendacity of that statement or the insult to my intelligence required to expect me to believe it.

On the bright side it’s very nice of Facebook for doing their best to turn my decision not to join facebook into a positive virtue.

Closing question:

Mary Cooper: [To Leonard] When your mom gets back, I’m gonna need to apologize for the way I spoke to her.
Penny: Well, come on now, she did kind of start it.
Mary: Doesn’t matter, a good Christian would’ve turned the other cheek. On the other hand, a good Texan would’ve shot her, so, I just kind of split the difference.

The Big Bang Theory The Maternal Combustion 2015

Tessio:  I understand thirty thousand men enlisted this morning.
Sonny Corleone:  A bunch of saps.
Michael Corleone:  Why are they saps?
Connie Corleone:  Sonny come on we don’t have to talk about the war.
Sonny Corleone:  Hey beat it — you go talk to Carlo alright. They’re saps because they risk their lives for strangers.
Michael Corleone:  Now that’s Pop talking.
Sonny Corleone:  You’re goddamn right that’s Pop talking.

The Godfather Part 2  1974

Saturday night I got myself playing Civ five and ended up staying up all night so I was hearing about the Pulse shooting almost from the start and was able to follow the reactions on social media between turns and watched the news, only pausing long enough to do my podcast before finally hitting the sack just after 2:30 pm (finally got 4+ hours around 2 pm).

Before I went to bed I noticed both the coverage on the networks and the meme on twitter and it was all about protecting Islam and pushing guns as the cause for the mass murder in Orlando, the only exception was the several hours that Jake Tapper was on CNN where he played it straight.

When I woke up CNN was in full, “hatecrime not Islam mode” and on twitter the attacks on conservatives and defenses of islam was unrelenting.

Again this was less than 24 hours after 50+ were slaughtered and blood was still on the floor in Orlando.
And of course conservatives, supporters of the 2nd Amendment and Christians on twitter were under attack by the left for daring to warn them about the people who are trying to kill them.

This leads to two questions, both which are extremely disturbing:

How would the reaction currently being directed toward Conservatives & Christians by the left online be any different if a conservative 2nd Amendment Christian had actually done the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando rather than an Islamist?

The answer: In my opinion it wouldn’t be

Given the first question why should, when Islamic Terrorists target and murder those on the left, any Conservative Christian show any sympathy or expend any effort to protect these folks who hate us so from such attacks?

The answer to the 2nd question is rather easy, it’s a non-optional doctrine of Christianity directly ordered by Christ here:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?

And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?

Matthew 5:43-47

And that, along with the American in me outraged over an Islamic attack targeting my countrymen, will continue to trump the Sicilian in me, no matter how much the left attempts to convince me otherwise.


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Color me completely unsurprised by this story out of Spain:

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Valencia, Spain, faces criminal charges for a speech in which he said that gender theory is “the most insidious and destructive ideology of humanity in all history.” 

The Spanish Network of Help to Refugees filed a criminal complaint against the cardinal, saying that his statement was a hate crime. The group charged that Cardinal Cañizares “is an ultra-conservative trying to subvert the constitutional order.” Under Spanish law, law-enforcement officials are required to conduct an investigation when such a charge is filed.

Cardinal Cañizares was the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship before his appointment in 2014 as Archbishop of Valencia.

Religious freedom is likely going to be a thing of the past if our liberal friends have their say (except for course of Islam as they fear being slaughtered by them )  and to profess Christ and to teach scripture will be condemned by all “right thinking” people.

But there is a bright side:

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  Matt 5:11-12

and as Jesus told the apostles this is part of the job description

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.  Remember the word I spoke to you,  ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.

If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.  And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin.  Whoever hates me also hates my Father.  John 15:18-23

As I’ve said before, we’re going to shortly find out who actually believes and who does not.  I hope I measure up.

 

Some of these have already started to happen but I can only type so fast.

During any show that Jake Tapper is not hosting CNN and every other MSM network will do their best to mention guns, throw in the words “KKK” and “hate crime” into the discussion to avoid saying Islamic Terror.

Pam Geller and Robert Spencer wil not be spoken to by any major network.

Colleges will do their best to spin this, somehow blaming Trump.

Hillary Clinton and democrats will be saying Guns Guns guns and will not get any grief for it

Donald Trump will talk Islamic Terror, particularly if the shooter(s) are from abroad and will be under constant media attack for it.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community will be pushed out front by CAIR as their regular spokes people will be very gingerly about defending homosexuality and homosexuals.

Despite their total lack of involvement every single White or Christian group that has ever said a bad thing about the LGBT community will be invoked in every media story out there.

Milo Yiannopoulos will write THE column on this attack telling gays it’s time to choose sides for their own survival. He will be mercilessly attacked for it but many gays will come to the same conclusion but not say it aloud for fear of backlash.

Democrats will continue to blame Trump for this attack.

Because the gay community was targeted the administration will be much more proactive than normal.

The leaders of the gay community will be completely torn by this attack as will Bernie Sanders supporters but the later at least will fall into line defending Islam within a week.

Christians of every denomination including the Pope will be praying for the victims, and will get no credit for it MSM will focus on Westboro Baptist instead.

The people who go nuts over the words “Blue Lives Matter” will be silent on the subject for a week or so.

I will be called a hater and a bigot for writing all of these things.

Update: The Mental Health card was played on CNN during Jake’s show, it will continue to be played to avoid going to Islam.

Update 2: I predict that the Transgender bathroom crowd will use this attack as a reason to push their bills “for the victims”.

Update 3: Exactly right

Update 4: Sally Kohn doing her best to prove me right as fast as possible



Update 5:
NBC quoting father “nothing to do with Islam” and going toward the Mass shooting angle , Brokaw urging talk about mass murder that suggests he correctly is worried about what this will do to the election.

Update 6: Two key updates Publius Forum

As the news broke that there had been a mass shooting at a gay bar in Florida, the gay community instantly erupted in accusations that Christians were responsible for the murderous act.

Read the entire post, it will be unsurprising.

And Newsbusters:

On Sunday, even after the FBI hinted the presence of a link to radical Islam, the panel on ABC’s This Week blamed the terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on heated election rhetoric and guns in America. “I think we all ought to pause with what happened in Orlando today,” stated ABC’s Matt Dowd when asked if third party candidates could gain supporters, “And if we understand that all of the hateful thoughts become hateful words become hateful actions.”

Update seven: Just woke up after 4+ hours sleep and here is what I see:

Milo had done it

What sort of a man gets so angry by displays of affection, joy, and love that he chooses to gun down innocent people in a nightclub? A Muslim man. And if this one isn’t particularly religious, imagine how much worse the faithful must be.

America has to make a choice. Does it want gay rights, women’s emancipation, and tolerance for people of all nonviolent faiths — or does it want Islam?

From what I’m seeing online the choice of the left is Islam.

and the attempts at denial have been astounding

It’s amazing.


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When I look at the foes of Donald Trump and the riots that our friends on the left keep holding I keep asking myself why are they doing something so stupid?

Given the nature of voter turnout the last thing they want to do is upset and energize a community to the point where they turn out in droves for Mr. Trump. The sight of people being attacked and the knowledge that our friends on the left will not only make excuses for said attacks but, when in power, command that said attackers not hindered, is a chilling warning that if the left keeps power, those who oppose them will be targeted by those in government, and those wishing to cause harm encouraged to do so without fear.

If that’s not a good reason to vote Trump I’d like to know what is. So why provide said reason?

The more I think of it the more I conclude the answer is all about the ultimate goal of creating their own “Miguel Brown” moment.

While the media does it’s best to avoid covering said riots (and Trump doesn’t help by giving them reasons to do so) if eventually an armed Trump supporter, seeing that police will not protect him or his wife, decides to protect himself by shooting and killing one of these animals (and I’m sorry if you are rioting and assaulting people you are an animal) THEN the media narrative changes.

Suddenly instead of a rioter attacking a Trump supporter it is the story of a protester being killed while exercising his first amendment right. Suddenly you will have CNNABCNBCMSNBCNBCNYTLTPBS go full Ferguson doing their best to highlight tensions in the hope of energizing a black and hispanic vote that doesn’t care for Hillary and might just notice that the Democrats they are voting for are letting their cities fall apart.

This is the election year narrative they want and they will happily sacrifice the life of some useful idiot or many useful idiots to get it.

Don’t doubt it for a second. This is what they are looking for and don’t think for a second that even video will stop them from spinning this into anything but murder. Remember the “hand up don’t shoot” lie.

Nevermind that such moves will cause violence nationwide and cost lives? What are those lives compared to enabling liberals holding power?

This is coming be prepared.