And now the song that we all need when liberals give us their holier than thou BS(Sung to the tune of Dixie)

The Harvey Weinstein Liberal Pervado song or :  Look Away

Oh, Way out West in Hollywood City,
Harvey Weinstein liked ’em oh so pretty
Look away, look away, look away Liberal Land.

For 30 years he set upon ’em,
Promised them roles that led to Oscars,
Look away, look away, look away liberal Land.

But Democrats got millions, Hooray! Hooray!
For progressive causes he came through
He ponied up, so they let him screw.
away, away, so they could do what’s best
look away, look away, What’s one girl more or less?

♫ Planned Parenthood it had a gala
& Harvey was their favorite fella
They Looked away, Looked away Looked away
Liberal Land ♫ 

♫ He sat with Hillary, ole Bill’s striker
next to him, Harvey was a piker
They looked away, looked away looked away
Liberal land 

 So liberal men feared nothing,
Hooray! Hooray!
Old Bill & Harvey got a pass
So Conyers dropped Trou and Franken grabbed ass
All day, all day, without media oversight
They looked away, away, Because they voted right. 

 ♫ So silence was the media rule
As long has Hollywood came through
Look away, look away, look away, media land

  Talk Magazine got Harvey’s adoption
And press they got their own script options
and Looked away! Looked away! Looked away!
media Land.   

  They killed off any story
each day, each day
They kept out of the public eye
The foibles of these liberal guys
Away away, there would not be a peep
No one would say, that these guys were all creeps  

♫ Before them all there was ole Ted
Who left that lady cold and dead
Look away, look away , look away liberal land
To not one was a question posed
(Though they all sat with Charlie Rose)
Look away look away look away liberal land 

♫ Then Trump won the election
No Way! No Way!
And just like that the dam it broke
Where once was silence victims spoke
away away, all of it was exposed
each day, each day another story broke 

 At CBS worked Charlie Rose
Who liked to take off all his clothes
Look away, look away look away liberal land.
At the NYT There was no rush
To part ways with their man Glenn Thrush
Look away look away look away liberal land  

At NBC was Halpren
No way, no way
And once all of the stories blew
We found that everybody knew
All day, all day, The press had no regrets
They dared not say, they had their own secrets 

♫S o when media or libs do lecture
That they stand as all girls protectors
Turn away, turn away, turn away from liberal land
Note they cared not for a women’s plight
With predators checks and votes in sight
Go away, go away go away liberal band 

 ♫ And feminists stayed silent, just say, just say
You tell them all where they can go
If on you they try to impose
Away away, back to their devil den.
Away Away You won’t be fooled again 


I know I left out plenty of liberal donors et/ all from the lyric but this song is already long enough as it is.

By John Ruberry

As this post goes live, the 48th Chicago Pride Parade is taking place on the city’s North Side. The event is still commonly called the Gay Parade, “Pride” is of course a much more generic term. On the Yahoo home page today, next to the rainbow colors, is this message, “Be proud of who you are.”

In Chicago there are many people who should be ashamed of who they are and what they’ve done. Which got me thinking. America’s third largest city–for now–really needs a Shame Parade, something along the lines what Queen Cersei suffered, in the buff, in Game of Thrones two years ago at the hands of the Sparrows sect.

But please, shameful ones, keep your clothes on.

Participation is limited only to brigands who live in Chicago.

Attendees are encouraged to chant “Shame…shame….shame.”

Chicagoans, now let me present to you the 2017 Shame Parade participants!

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley: The son of Mayor Richard J. Daley, the younger Daley inherited his father’s talent in creating a powerful political organization. But while the first “Hizzoner” was a whiz at public finance, Number 2 was clueless about about it–clearly Richie is bad at math. Chicago has the worst-funded municipal worker pension plans in the nation. The city prospered in the 1990s, it’s easy to see why. The pension obligations were shorted to create an illusion of prosperity, a Potemkin Chicago.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel: The Tiny Dancer inherited a mess from Daley, and he’s responding as any liberal Democrat would to any problem–raise taxes. But Chicagoans are responding with their feet–Chicago is the only major city losing population. Most of the West Side and much of the South Side is a killing zone. More people are murdered in Chicago than New York City and Los Angeles–combined.

The leaders of every street gang: “Chicago is the gang capital of the United States,” CBS News reported a few years ago. There are roughly 600 gangs in Chicago and about 70,000 members in these criminal enterprises.

Shame…shame…shame.

Cook County Assessor and Cook County Democratic Party Boss Joseph Berrios: The assessor’s office has long been a campaign fund cash cow for the Chicago Machine. But in a fantastic series from the Chicago Tribune, Berrios’ reign has been shown to favor the wealthy residents of Cook County while cheating poor ones. Boss Berrios has also been accused of rampant nepotism. Do you mean the Democrats aren’t for “the little guy?”

Edward Vrdolyak: A onetime boss of the Cook County Democratic Party, “Fast Eddie” is one of the many former members of the Chicago City Council who is a convicted felon. Roughly once every 18 months a member or former member of that shameful legislative body takes up residence in a federal prison. Vrdolyak became a Republican in the late 1980s. Seven years ago he served a ten-month prison sentence for participating in a kickback scheme with cronies of disgraced governor Rod Blagojevich. Last fall Vrdolyak was indicted again on tax evasion charges.

Karen Lewis: The longtime president of the Chicago Teachers Union, a hardened leftist, was a pretty good high school chemistry teacher, a former co-worker who was one of her pupils told me once. But she’s not that good at math. Or perhaps she is? For years members of her union have had taxpayers, in the name of Chicago Public Schools, pay what is supposed to be the teachers’ contribution into their still woefully undercapitalized pension funds.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett: While the aforementioned Chicago Public Schools was headed into the financial sewer, its CEO, “BBB,” participated in a kickback scam. Byrd-Bennett will report to prison later this year.

Ayers and Dohrn’s Chicago home

Shame…shame…shame.

Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn: Barack Obama began his political career in the living room of these unrepentant Weather Underground terrorists. After their terror career ended they moved on to academia, where they learned that it’s easier to destroy America by indoctrinating youngsters with leftism than by bombing buildings.

Rod Blagojevich: Can President Donald Trump arrange a furlough for the onetime “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant? While Colorado is the jailbird’s home for now, the rest of his family still lives in Chicago. The hair-brained former governor inherited a fiscal mess, as did Rahm Emanuel, but he made it worse, particularly with his 2005 pension payment “holiday.”

Former Gov. Jim Thompson: Look! Another Republican! In 1989 Thompson signed into law the compounded interest pension raises which of course were never properly funded. An astute pol, yes, but like the younger Mayor Daley and perhaps Karen Lewis, math is not the strong suit of “Big Jim.”

Chicago’s Power Corruption Couple, former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson and former US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr: They’re undergoing a nasty divorce right now, but in happier times they looted Junior’s campaign fund. Both are ex-cons. The couple that steals together doesn’t necessarily stay together.

Lifetime Lack-of-Achievement Award, Jesse Jackson Sr: Decades of race-based shakedowns enriched himself and his family. Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH organization placed his son and daughter-in-law into positions of power. But what tangible achievements can he show other Chicagoans?

Who will the grand marshal of Chicago’s Shame Parade?

State House Speaker and Illinois Democratic Party Boss: Michael Madigan: Since becoming speaker in 1983, Madigan has nominally served with–or over?–six governors. But you can find the 13th Ward Democratic committeeman’s fingerprints on every piece of pension and fiscal legislation enacted into law since then. Illinois’ public pension plans are among the worst-funded among the 50 states. Illinois’ bond ratings are just one step above junk–the lowest ever for a state. And if a budget isn’t passed by the end of this week S&P and Moody’s warns that junk status will be declared.

Blogger in downtown Chicago

Shame.

Oh, why isn’t Barack Obama in the Shame Parade? Chicago is so bad even Obama has bailed on it. The former president lives in Washington now. Obama served in the Illinois Senate, from 1997-2004, while the state’s pension disaster festered. Obama is so smart, right? But why were there no warnings from him about Illinois pensions?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

By John Ruberry

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, do newspaper columnists have editors anymore?

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

Wrong.

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

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

Get to it.

And then move on.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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By John Ruberry

“Bias has always been a factor in journalism. It’s nearly impossible to remove. Humans have their thoughts, and keeping them out of your work is difficult. But 2016 saw the remaining veneer of credibility, thin as it was, stripped away and set on fire.” Derek Hunter, Townhall, October 23, 2016.

“A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.” Albert Camus.

Both men are right.

I’ve known for many years that the mainstream media, consisting mostly of leftists, is biased, but I’ve also long suspected that these leftists have been colluding with the Democrats. Thanks to WikiLeaks we know that to be true.

The 2016 World Series, an intriguing matchup between the Chicago Cubs–of whom Hillary Clinton used to be a fan of–and the Cleveland Indians, begins Tuesday.

Which got me thinking: What if the self-righteous media guardians, umpires you might say, were in charge of baseball’s fall classic?

When the Chicago Clintons come to bat, their batters will earn a walk after three balls, Cleveland, Donald Trump’s team, will need five balls to gain a base on balls, and they’ll strike out after two strikes.

The media umpires, when the Clintons are in trouble, will take out their smartphones during the games and pass on actionable advice to their manager, who will quickly reply and request more pointers. Player after player for the Trumps will be ejected because the umpires will reveal decades-old sexual assault allegations just as the Cleveland team takes the field. Another Cleveland Trumps player will be ejected because he may not have paid federal income taxes. The umpires will claim it was only just then that they learned about about this tax issue.

Meanwhile charges that the Clintons are taking large cash payments from outsiders that could destroy the integrity of Major League Baseball are for the most part ignored–and not acted upon. And even though the umpires know that the Clintons destroyed evidence of their improprieties, they’ll deem it “old news.” The umpires will overlook the lies from the Clintons about their crimes.

When the fans in the ballpark complain, they’ll be rudely dismissed by the umpires as morons who don’t know how the contest is played.

But the truth is the public knows all too well that the game is rigged.

As Walter Cronkrite used to end his CBS Evening News broadcast, “That’s the way it is.”

And the way it is stinks. We need a new media.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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My friend has become a Facebook rock star after he posted a video of his trigger warning for his editing class at Loyola University in Baltimore.

The post got nearly three million page views.

“I have been giving a trigger warning on the first day of class every semester. This is it: This is going to be a difficult class,” said professor John McIntyre, who also works as an editor at The Baltimore Sun, “and I must say, it is incumbent on me to tell you, this course is unrelievedly, thoroughly, appallingly dull.”

At a time when college campuses have become littered with trigger warnings and safe zones, McIntyre’s captured the essence of the debate over the idiotic tilt of university life.

“Part of what is going to be difficult in this class is that if you are like the 700 or so students who have preceded you here, you are wobbly in English grammar and usage,” McIntyre said. He blamed the educational system for either not teaching the subject or blowing it badly. Repetition, he argued, was the key to learning how to use language.

McIntyre added this final point: “One of the reasons you are in a university is to experience different personality types, different senses of humor, different approaches to the word. I am not the only jackass you will ever encounter in your adult working life. Use this semester as an opportunity to polish your coping skills.”

See the entire video at https://www.facebook.com/baltimoresun/videos

His video got noticed by The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Teen Vogue. Each of them also noted the negative comments about the video. Here’s how McIntyre responded to his critics:

“I am considering a form response to non-serious negative comments:

Having read your comment, John McIntyre expresses his sympathy for your disability:

□ Lack of a sense of humor

□ Propensity to rash, superficial judgments

□ Assumption of facts not in evidence

□ Incapacity for civil discourse.”

Rock on, John!


A personal note: I had a minor rock star moment when I was inducted recently into the Iowa Music Association Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGpou67Yahw


Christopher Harper, a recovering journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law. Read more at www.mediamashup.org


Tuesday I wrote that the traits of a British sailor exhibited the traits described in the song “A British Tar” from HMS Pinafore would cause our special snowflakes to be triggered.

Given what we have seen from the Obama Navy I’ve been thinking of how these lyrics would change to fit the current PC/SJW version of our armed forces. I think that the song President Obama and his administration would kindly compose for our sailors to sing would go  something like this:

♫  A US tar is a timid soul,
As caged as a canary bird,
His lethargic wrist should be ready to acquiesce
To our new inclusive word.  ♫

♫  His nose should drip
and his lip should frown,
His cheeks should droop
and his pride breakdown,
His bosom should sigh
and his heart should slow,
And his knees be ever ready
to submit to foes.  ♫

Chorus.
♫  His nose should drip
and his lip should frown,
His cheeks should droop
and his pride breakdown,
His bosom should sigh
and his heart should slow,
And his knees be ever ready
to submit to foes.  ♫

♫  His eyes should dim with a quenched fire,
His brow with resignation wrung;
He ever should bow down
to our scolding from above,
And the tang of a pc tongue. ♫

♫  His foot should shake, and his throat should gulp,
His hands should quake, and his face should sulk;
His eyes show fear, and his breast be mewed,
And submits freely to a passive attitude. ♫

Chorus.
♫ His foot should shake, and his throat should gulp,
His hands should quake, and his face should sulk;
His eyes show fear, and his breast be mewed,
And submits freely to a passive attitude.
passive attitude
passive attitude
passive attitude. ♫

As I wrote this parody two really sad things hit me:

I’m pretty sure this perfectly encapsulate what the Iranians think about the Obama navy right now and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are already singing it.

Given the PC risk/reward structure of our current armed forces a US sailor who would and should object to such a song would  hesitate to object if this was sung in his presence by an Iranian for fear of disciplinary action from above.

On the other hand if any of the US navy vets I knew from World War were present with this song sung without objection said sailor would undoubtedly first deck the singer who dared insult the navy by such as song, then deck the US sailor who allowed the insult without reaction, even it cost him his navy pension.

And if Hillary Clinton is sworn in come January 2017 he would.

As a Ted Cruz supporter I can present a lot of solid rational arguments to vote for Ted Cruz over Donald Trump. Cruz’s record for fighting against amnesty, common core and Obamacare. He’s constant consistent conservatism, and his willingness to put himself on the line for these principles and the folly of supporting someone who says he believes in something vs someone who clearly prove he does

But since dry argument isn’t doing the trick perhaps a different cultural track is called for.

So I present to you, Sung to the tune of the Theme to classic TV series Maverick:

The Donald Trump Gibberish Song or What Platitudes get you in the end

♫Who is the man who says: “Goo Na Goo!”? Donald trump is his name
Why does he say “Goo Na Goo”? Nobody can tell you
Only it sounds great.♫

♫ Oh it sounds really great
and the people just can wait
to hear him say that: Goo Na Goo Na goo! ♫

♫ Cause when he says “Goo Na Goo”
The People they all swoon
They love when he says: “Goo Na Goo Na Goo” ♫

♫ Who is the man who does “Goo Na Goo!”? Donald trump is his name
What’s the Magic of: “Goo Na Goo”? Nobody can tell you
but it’s the Donald’s way ♫

 ♫ Oh it’s the Donald’s way
It brought him wealth and fame
It all comes down to Goo Na Goo Na Goo! ♫

♫ And if you try “Goo Na Goo”
It should work great for you
What the country needs is:  “Goo Na Goo Na Goo”! ♫

♫ Who is the man who claims “Goo Na Goo”? Donald trump is his name
What does it mean this “Goo Na Goo”? Nobody can tell you.
Just it’s right as rain ♫

♫ Oh it is right as rain
Even if the next guys says
it means opposite of what you think it do. ♫

♫ But when he says “Goo Na Goo!”
You both agree it’s true!
We’re all big fans of: “Goo Na Goo Na Goo” ♫

♫ Who is the man who commands: “Goo Na Goo!”? Donald trump is his name
How do you do that “Goo Na Goo”? Nobody can tell you.
But do it right away ♫

♫ Oh do it right away
And don’t you hesitate
When he tells you; “Do that Goo Na Goo Na goo”! ♫

♫ Cause he knows that: “Goo Na Goo!”
In the end is best for you
So We’ll loyally do: Goo Na Goo Na Goo! ♫

♫ Who is the man who said: “Goo Na Goo!”? Donald trump was his name
What went wrong with “Goo Na Goo”? Nobody can tell you
It should have worked OK. ♫

♫ Oh it should have worked OK
And brought a brighter day
When the country voted Goo Na Goo Na Goo. ♫

♫ But In the end that: Goo Na Goo
Was just some platitude
We’re now all Deep in “Goo na Goo na Goo” ♫

Update: It’s worth pointing out that democrats who are pointing and laughing are ignoring that this is essentially what they voted for in 2008 & 2012 and you could substitute “obama” for Donald Trump throughout the song and it would still work.

Of course you would have to pull the verse about wealth and fame, because in the end Donald trump has actually in fact done things, built things and made money, Barack Obama has not.
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Handbills are now appearing in reaction to the Killings at Harpers FerryVirginia  some examples

we’ve seen this

After Harpers Ferry shooting, Plantation owners blame GOP rhetoric for

“toxic environment”

Richmond Herald Politics Oct 29, 1859

and this

I’m not kidding:  who in the Beltway press corps has the eggs to ask Harriet Stowe if the release of Uncle Tom’s Cabin got people killed in Harper’s Ferry?

Laura Chapin Oct 29, 1859

  and this

Tonight & always I stand with Virginia Landowners & I stand against terrorist and the lying political opportunists who tacitly encourage it

Andy Richter October 28 1859

October 1859:
Democrat Members of Congress were united in condemning the rhetoric of abolitionists following the John Brown Raid in Harper’s Ferry in which 7 people were killed including 1 Marine and 10 wounded (not counting casualties among the raiders)

It is offensive and outrageous that some politicians are now claiming this tragedy has nothing to do with the toxic environment they helped create,” Democrat chair David Allen Smalley said in a statement released today.

Smalley singles out Abe Lincoln and Salmon Chase by name, accusing them of “using this tragedy to repeat false claims about Slavery,” and says it’s not enough to denounce the tragedy without also stopping their rhetoric against slaveholders nationwide.

Other State Pols have chimed in Governor of Virginia Henry A Wise had this to say in an interview with Harper’s Weekly

Harper’s Weekly: I do want to ask you a final question here. we now know that John Brown referenced Slavery and Whippings when he was arrested. Prominent Plantation owners are calling this domestic terrorism. Do you agree with that assessment?

Henry A Wise: Well, certainly it’s — it is a form of terrorism, and maybe in some way, it’s a function of the inflammatory rhetoric that we see on all — I mean, so many issues now, there are abolitionists, and, you know, public forums where they really focus on trying to get people to that point of boiling over and just intense anger.

And I think maybe it’s time to look at, how do we tone down some of that rhetoric? Obviously, no one is going to try and reduce free speech in this country, but that rhetoric clearly is — if people are in some way emotionally unstable or psychologically unbalanced, that intensity of rhetoric sometimes seems to pull a trigger in their brain that they lose contact with what reality is.

Harper’s Weekly: So, are you calling — just to sort of see what you’re saying here a little more clearly, are you calling for changes in newspapers and broadsheets?

Henry A Wise: No, no, I’m not — I’m in no way trying to limit free speech.

I think that the — our community, right, the United States of America, ought to begin a discussion looking at, how do you begin to tone back the inflammatory rhetoric that, in some ways, it might be good for, I don’t know, selling newspapers and advertisements or whatever, but, in some way, it is inflaming people to the point where they can’t stand it, and they go out and they lose connection with reality in some way and commit these acts of unthinkable violence.

I’m not saying that we restrict people’s freedom of speech, nowhere, nowhere near that. But I think we should have a discussion of, you know, at least urging caution when we discuss some of these issues, so that we don’t get people to a point of going out and committing senseless violence.

Harpers also talked to rumoured GOP Presidential Candidate Abraham Lincoln for comment

Harpers:I do want to begin with this shoot-out that took place on at the Armory in Harpers Ferry.

You heard that law enforcement is now telling Harpers the shooter has anti-slavery, anti-government views. And he referenced whippings following the attack. The Association of Plantation Owners of the Virginia put out this following statement.

It said: “We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country.”

What do you make of this argument, Congressman?

Abe Lincoln:Regardless of why Brown did it, what he did is domestic terrorism, and what he is did is absolutely abominable, especially to those of us in the abolitionist movement, because there’s nothing about any of us that would condone or in any way look the other way at something like this.

And there’s no excuse for killing other people, whether it’s happening on the Plantation, inside their slave quarters, where many millions of blacks die, or whether it’s people attacking Plantations.

We ought to value life. Every life truly does have worth and value. And this is an incredible tragedy. And I don’t know of anybody who will say anything other than just outright condemnation for this horrible, horrible, despicable act of murder.

Harpers Weekly: Plantation Owners seems to be — well, it is blaming the rhetoric that popped up following the Publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and various speeches by Sojourner Truth & Fredrick Douglas. And they say the rhetoric really has created this environment where this happened.

Do you agree with that?

Lincoln:I don’t know of any Abolitionist leader, any — if you can tell me one, please correct me, but I don’t know of anybody who has suggested violence toward Slaveholders or some act of violence toward their plantations. I have not heard that, not from one single anti-slavery person.

I have heard universal condemnation, whether it’s from the National Era publishers of Uncle Tom’s Cabin , whether it’s from pro-emancipation advocates. And I consider myself one of them. I know of nobody who has ever suggested that Plantations be the target of some type of violent attack.

So, I think that’s a little bit disingenuous on the part of Plantation Owners to blame people who have a strong philosophical disagreement with the enslavement of human beings and with the selling of black Americans to say that we would like to retaliate by sending some madman into a Slave Territory to kill people.

God knows that’s not what anybody would want. And this person, apparently, from everything we know, very unstable person, and just a terrible tragedy, especially for that Marine and his family.

Harpers:This shooting has certainly revived the debate over slavery. You support banning slavery by declaring that a black slave is a person that has rights under the Constitution.

Can you explain under your plan what the criminal penalty would be for a Slaveholder if they attempted to hold a slave?

Lincoln:I have often said, Brianna, that there are two victims with Slavery. One is the Black Slave who loses his freedom, and the other is often the landowner who feels he has no other option.

Finally the leading pro-slavery Paper in the Capital had this to say

To many Pro Slavery advocates, it seemed only a matter of time before something like this happened.

Ever since the publication of the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin ,  by an antislavery author  accused Plantation Owners of mistreating slaves , threats against slaveholders had escalated to unprecedented levels, slave traders say. They stepped up collaboration with the Federal authorities and local police and stiffened security at Plantations. But on Sunday, their worst fears came true: A group of men walked into the Armory in Harpers Ferry Springs and opened fire.

Maybe it’s just me but it seems I’ve heard all of this before somewhere.

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I love cars.

What I love the most about cars is, cars represent independence: An individual with a car at their disposal is free to go anywhere they please, whenever they please, unfettered. All they need is a driver’s license and a full tank of gas. You may not even have to know how to drive, if you can avail yourself of a willing licensed driver. No need to look up mass-transit schedules or routes (unless your trip involves a ferry). No need to get tickets in advance.

Get in the car, and go.

Of course I love luxury cars: Luxury cars with Brits, like Mr. Steed in the 1960s The Avengers TV series and the Jaguar villains (you may enjoy the ad’s “making of” video, too) especially, and of course, beautiful classic cars. I even remember sighing the time I saw a 1930s Bugatti; but I also love new, modestly-priced cars.

Owners of 2016 Hyundai Elantras have at their disposal hundreds of technological and safety features – from paint quality to power steering to traction control systems – at a price that is lower than the annual median U.S. salary, that were not available to the purchaser of a 1930s Bugatti, which only the very rich could afford. The Bugatti’s buyer wouldn’t even have been able to imagine the Elantra’s many features, and the fact that it can be serviced most anywhere in the free world. The Elantra is one sweet ride.

Why is that? Competition: Hundreds of car makers marketing their products in the United States and around the world, competing for the consumers’ favor. A consumer economy beats a command economy, all the way.

I was thinking of this while writing yesterday’s post at my blog on the Venirauto.

What the hey is a Venirauto?, you’re probably asking. The Venirauto is a car manufactured by the Iranians exclusively for the Venezuelan market, now that nearly all foreign car manufacturers have left Venezuela once the government insisted that they could not be paid in U.S. dollars.

Venirauto is 51% Iranian and 49% Venezuelan, 100% government-owned.

Putting aside the extensive and aggressive Iranian presence in Latin America, a subject that ought to be of great concern but goes mostly ignored, the Venirauto embodies a command-driven economy:

  • Francisco Espinoza, president of Venirauto group, “Our achievement is based on inspiration given by our late commander, Hugo Chavez. He wanted Venezuela to ally with Iran, and we’re doing so.”
  • The first model, the Turpial at a price of Bs. 17 million (US$7,906), is a 4-door sedan based on the old Kia Pride model. The second is the Centauro, at a price of Bs. 23 million (US$11,069), and is based on the Peugeot 405 given that the French firm is the main supplier of engines and technology to the Iranian company.

Don’t expect to find those two in Kelley’s Blue Book Top 10 anytime soon: The Peugeot 405 was introduced on 1987 and, according to Wikipedia, is still produced under license in Iran and Egypt but ceased production in France in 1997. The old Kia Pride (not to be confused with the Kia New Pride) was in production from 1987 to 2000. In effect, the Venezuelans, who get government-subsidized gasoline almost for free, can now drive technology nearly thirty years old.

A picture’s worth a thousand words: Compare the new 2015 Venirauto plant with a Hyundai assembly plant at Kancheepuram district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu October 4, 2012.

For your automotive enjoyment, also compare the 10 iconic Soviet cars with the 10 iconic American cars.

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

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