There’s no hole on Earth deep enough for me to hide from the shame my former profession has brought me.

Other than a short stint in public relations, I spent 34 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. For the last 25 years of my career, I worked at a mid-size daily, where we did an admirable job covering the stories of the day: the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, the fall of Communism, the start of the Gulf War, Bill Clinton’s Balkan conflicts and the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

On Sept. 11, 2001, we published our first edition, as usual, at 9 a.m. By 3:30 p.m. — hours after our shift normally ended — we put out our 11th and last edition of the day. Knowing that our readers depended on us for deeper coverage than TV or the young Internet could supply, we updated the paper constantly as developments occurred. I was as gut-punched as any other American after the towers fell, but it was the proudest day in my career.

That’s why I got into journalism. Not to “educate” readers. Not to push an angle. Not to weave a narrative. My goal was to tell people what was happening in their community, their state, the country and the world.

Unfortunately, I soon found out not all of my peers shared my intentions.

As far back as high school, my dream was to work for a newspaper. Well, I actually dreamed of becoming a bestselling author, but I realized early that I’d never be a productive writer unless I faced a hard deadline. And no deadlines are more rigid than at a newspaper, where the consequences are drastic if the presses don’t start on time.

I was already a journalism major when the Watergate break-in occurred in 1972 and was working at my hometown weekly when the burglary grew into the scandal that destroyed Richard Nixon’s presidency. Like most of my friends, I despised Nixon, but my loathing was based on reasons very different than theirs.

The Left had been after Nixon since the late 1940s, when he led the charge to take down Alger Hiss, the Democrats’ favorite Soviet spy. (Read your history, kids.) Meanwhile I was disgusted by Nixon’s first term, when he expanded Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society program instead of dismantling it, and dismayed that the uproar over the stupid break-in was tarring the conservative cause.

In any case, Watergate was a turning point in American journalism. Reporters traditionally have been left of center, but now the media was credited with tossing a president out of the White House. Such power! It’s no wonder lefties of all stripes descended on journalism schools like flies on a pile of manure.

Ever since, j-schools have been churning out a stream of Ahabs hoping to harpoon every Great White Republican Male Whale that crosses their paths. In collaboration with their Democrat allies, the mainstream media have devoted a good portion of their attention to undermining GOP leaders.

While it seemed like the media went off the rails when reporters, editors and TV news personalities became afflicted with Bush Derangement Syndrome in W’s second term, we hadn’t seen or heard anything yet.

Now comes Donald Trump. On a scale of 1 to 10, the media have been operating at 15 since the start of the presidential campaign when it comes to Trump. Since his surprise victory, reporters have trashed the principles they claim to hold dear in order in order to smear and pound a man they consider unfit for office.

All the so-called “news” stories based on unnamed sources, speculation and innuendo embarrass me to no end. Instead of destroying Trump, the media are acting like suicide bombers. Their credibility in the minds of half the nation’s people has been in shreds for years; now it’s on its way to the compost heap.

I know you hate the media, but this is bad for everyone. Without fair and honest reporting, the public will wallow in ignorance and rely on rumors and half-truths for information. Even worse is the political polarization that will only increase when conservatives and progressive depend on entirely separate news sources.

It’s hard to believe — and I have my own doubts — but the media crisis could be corrected. I operated in the belly of the beast for most of my career and emerged unscathed. As an editor, I made sure unbalanced and unfair stories were fixed before they appeared in print.

And I wasn’t alone. Believe it or not, other conservatives were in the newsroom, and even liberal editors would throw up their hands over articles that tilted too far to the left. Then again, we weren’t the New York Times or Washington Post; we were just a bunch of simple Midwesterners serving a working-class readership. Maybe the elite operations are beyond redemption.

In any case, if you still have a hometown paper, give it as much support as you can. If it’s on the wrong track editorially, gather some friends, meet with the boss and share your concerns. If you get a cold reception, the paper might be a lost cause and deserve your wrath. But you might be pleasantly surprised.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

But here is the real Killer Analysis:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

From Arab News:

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

The question by the way answers itself.


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

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

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

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

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


I found this plea from Chris Cillizza of at CNN comical

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

I had the pleasure of acting as the presiding officer at the retirement of one of my First Class Petty Officers yesterday. A few people said they really liked my speech (genuinely, not the “nice job” you get by default), so I figured I’d share:

Ladies and gentlemen, family and guests of Petty Officer X, welcome to Groton Connecticut, homeport to the historic submarine USS Nautilus moored next to us on this wonderful Connecticut day.  You couldn’t ask for better weather, which means in good ole’ Connecticut fashion, it will promptly storm tomorrow and the temperature will drop at least 30 degrees.

It’s hard to write a speech to capture Petty Officer X’s career, because 20 years ago, when he raised his right hand and swore an oath to defend this nation, this nation was quite a different place.  Back then, our most popular cell phone was a flip phone, the Motorola StarTAC. It couldn’t run all the fancy apps you have nowadays, because software like Java had only recently been invented, and Intel was only just then releasing a 200 MHz Pentium chip, which probably isn’t even capable of running my washing machine at home. It likely felt like the stone ages, because Hotmail was just getting started. Although these facts might cause some of the Millenials in the audience to cringe and squirm, at least back then we had the Nintendo 64, bringing with it plenty of glorious hours of yelling and swearing at the guy next to you who bumped you off with a red shell in Mario Kart.

Yes, a lot was different back then. But many of these differences became the familiar stories of today. For example, Deep Blue, an IBM super computer, beat Gary Kasparov at chess, and succeeding models of IBM’s super computers would go on to win Jeopardy and even outperform doctors at analyzing medical anomalies and diseases. Iraq was then negotiating a settlement with the United Nations to sell oil on the auspices of humanitarian assistance, which would later be revealed to be front to purchase weapons and bankroll terrorism. Taliban forces in Afghanistan captured the city of Kabul and established a radical terrorist government, one that would eventually be toppled years later by an American-lead coalition. And a then relatively unknown person, Osama bin Laden, would make his now-famous statement titled “A declaration of Jihad against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy Mosques.”

This was the nation Petty Officer X swore to defend. It is too easy to look at recent events and our surroundings and assume it has always been this way. We take for granted the freedoms we enjoy today: freedom to speak our minds, work where we are passionate, hold religious beliefs and lead a lifestyle of our choosing. We often forget that this freedom can so easily be lost, can so easily be taken away by men and women that desire only to control and oppress others. It takes courage to stand up and defend these freedoms, even more so to volunteer to defend them when crisis is not imminent.

Petty Officer X had that courage, and still does today, 20 years later. He volunteered at a time when the military wasn’t popular, and definitely wasn’t paid as well as it is now. He volunteered and eventually lead his fellow Sailors to achieve great things on behalf of this nation, things that in many cases will never be revealed to the public, which is the way it should be.

Today, after we ring our shipmate ashore for the last time, I want you to go home and be thankful. Be thankful for the great nation we live in. Be thankful that for the last twenty years, Petty Officer X has stood the watch, keeping our nation safe so that others may rest easy. Be thankful that Petty Officer X has trained others to stand the watch so that he may now rest his oars.

As one of the biggest marketing tools we have, social media is being tapped by companies large and small. It is one of the most effective ways to ‘collect’ followers while building a brand. One US digital marketing company, Single Grain, regularly explores new and innovative ways to tap the power of social media, but what they keep coming back to is the example set by our Commander in Chief, Donald J. Trump. Perhaps, looking at his history of Tweeting might provide some insights into what the average consumer is looking for and how to make use of that when building a brand. Let’s take a look at POTUS.

He Is Our POTUS After All

Whether you love him, hate him, or simply don’t care much about him at all, the one thing you have to admit is that President Trump made the history books during this heated and often controversial campaign. What the masses saw was a man who, for lack of a better description, opened mouth and inserted foot. He’d be out on the campaign trail or watching the nightly news on the day’s events and suddenly he would be Tweeting his thoughts. This endeared him to some, but others were disgusted by his actions.

But the one thing that Single Grain wants to point out here is that he sure grabbed the media’s attention! The race is long over and he is now the President of the United States, our POTUS, and still, he’s tweeting away as if he were just another blue collar worker waiting for the weekend and a couple days to relax and enjoy. Unfortunately, that isn’t one of the luxuries our 45th President gets to enjoy. As President, his week is seven days long and he’s on duty 24 hours a day. So what can today’s business owner or administrator learn from all this? And, more importantly, how can today’s digital marketing company cash in on his example?

Consumers Want ‘For Real’

What most people respect, even if they don’t like our president is the fact that he is ‘real’. What you see is what you get and that is something today’s consumer wants. They want ‘for real.’ They don’t want a brand built on a Madison Avenue marketing campaign that is far from the reality of what that company is and what they have to offer. Today’s consumer wants a brand they can engage with and it is why so many people hit ‘like’ or ‘love’ on product pages.

Millennials are all about being in touch with their feelings and they want to deal with brands who have a social message. While you might not agree with President Trump’s politics, he has a message and he’s only too glad to share it. He will Tweet his heart away and that is something that just might set the stage for marketers going forward through the next four years. Want to get your message out there to a group of people you will find on social sites 90% of their free time? Learn to social market and you’ll have learned the real message behind those Tweets. Trump trumps social media and that’s a lesson well learned.

For many years I’ve been attempting to raise the alarm about the loss of our rights and our freedoms.  You would expect that my posts would be met with outrage by my Facebook friends or Twitter followers, who should have notice the same erosion of our rights. You would expect most of my friends would share my concerns.  Unfortunately that is not the case at all.  Most often my post is met with silence and apathy.  Occasionally I get into arguments with friends who side with those who are robbing us of our freedoms.  At times I do get discouraged but I refuse to give up.  For inspiration I reflect on a quote by that great philosopher Tim Allen from the movie Galaxy Quest: “Never give up, never surrender.”

Most people are not aware of what they’ve lost.  Very few schools teach civics any more.  Instead they teach the politically correct, liberal revisionist interpretation of the Constitution.  Our founding principles have been completely dismissed by our education establishment in the name of the tired liberal cliché: they were originated by a bunch of white supremacist, slave holders.

Instead of the virtues of our founding principles and our remarkable Constitution, educators now praise that deeply flawed and deadly political philosophy known as socialism.  Instead of championing free speech, students are now taught that their feelings are far more important than everyone else’s rights.  Individual, God given natural rights have now been replaced by collective rights granted to us exclusively by the government.

It is not just teachers that are brainwashing entire generations.   Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment industry are also guilty. Whenever a conservative or a libertarian comes out of the political closet they are ostracized and denied future roles.  Liberals enjoy a virtual monopoly over the entertainment industry and they use that monopoly to spread their liberal ideals. .

Liberals also enjoy a virtual monopoly over the news industry.  With this last election the American news media lost the vast majority of its remaining credibility.  They are now poling about the same as leprosy.  Despite these miserable poll numbers it is nearly impossible for one person to compete with the avalanche of biased news.  That’s the biggest problem I face.   I’m just one person trying to spread a message that a sizable percentage of my right of center Facebook friends agree with.  Unfortunately they remain silent.  They do not share my posts or share similar posts even though they are just as unhappy as I am with the state of things.  I get into epic debates with my liberal friends but never receive any backup from my conservative and libertarian friends.  If you have friends like me that try to spread the word please help them by sharing their posts and helping in the debates.  That could make a huge difference.

I try to experiment with different ways of getting my message out on Facebook.  Another quote I draw inspiration from comes from Clint Eastwood in the movie Heartbreak Ridge: “improvise, adapt, overcome.”  I try to not only inform, but also entertain my friends.

Facebook and Twitter are not my outlets for spreading my Constitution message.  I created a very successful website Constitution Mythbuster.   Please check it out.  WordPress make it easy to start your own website, please do so, the more conservative and libertarian websites that exist, the better.  I would very like to thank Da Tech Guy for the opportunity to spread my message of freedom and constitutional principles on this website.

Jules Breton. Young Peasant Girl With A Hoe. 1882

by baldilocks

At some point, I want to talk about the alleged leak of classified information by President Trump to Russian officials, but as with all the recent scandals—real or ginned-up—I want to wait before coming to a conclusion about what really happened. Implicit in the desire to do that is the discardable presumption that a cogent conclusion can be drawn. The thing is, sometimes it can’t, though I haven’t reached that conclusion in this case yet.

What I suspect is that much of the public is being subject to Outrage Theater by the few corporations which own almost all of the major media outlets–I know, not exactly a revelation. Roughly every three days there’s a new reason for either the Left or the Right to get its collective panties in a bunch; often, there are two or three competing stories and, also quite often, stories intended to drown out other stories.

But if my suspicions are correct, can we really blame major media for what they are doing? After all, it works, does it not?

And what do I mean by “it?” The continuous stirring up of emotions: anger, fear, helplessness, etc. is the tactic and before true investigation of  that which is presented as fact can get started, the next bomb is dropped, so to speak. And the cycle begins anew.

By the time the truth is out there, two or three new narratives of dubious veracity have already reached orbit.

Back in the Good Old Days of blogging, we had Rathergate, and those of us in the know about how things work in the military ripped Rather’s narrative to shreds. But we had time to do it and I think that the professional narrative-fashionistas learned a significant lesson from that: don’t give the peasants time to think before the next outrage bomb.

That’s a sound warfare tactic and an old lesson that we peasants need to relearn for ourselves.

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

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If the Sunday Shows have become so insufferable that a political junkie like me can’t watch them anymore how bad must they seem to normal people?

How far have we declined as a nation where booing and heckling graduation speakers who are conservative is considered virtue signaling?

I wonder how many people realize the link between participation trophies from 20 years ago and the number of young adults living with their parents because they can’t afford to do otherwise?

The idea that Elizabeth Warren’s solution to graduates who are piled with debt thanks to majors they can’t get a job in is to have them agitate really crystallizes what the left is.

Does anyone doubt for one moment that if Sharia Law was ever imposed on the US that the current left would be it’s most enthusiastic enforcers?

I suspect that the move of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is a bargaining chip for Trump with the Palestinians, but unlike Clinton or Bush the moment they screw with him, it will get done and fast.

I wonder how many Democrat members of congress will be called and asked if they agree with Congresswoman’s Eshoo’s (D-CA) reference to Middle America as “Podunk USA” I’m guessing unless I do it myself the number will be zero.

You know it’s kinda depressing to have your Basketball team get to game seven in an exciting series when the entire world assumes that no matter what happens the winner is going to get swept by Cleveland.

I was totally taken aback by the end of last week’s Big Bang Theory, You would think by now they would have run out of ideas and surprises, but apparently not.

You know it’s pretty sad where there isn’t a single movie coming out that I have the least interest in seeing.

You know I’d just as soon let both me and this Egyptian Imam call each other infidels rather than putting him on trial for doing so, but of course in fairness if I call his religion BS it’s much more likely to get me killed than him.

At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Planned Parenthood v. Casey
Quoted by Justice Anthony Kennedy, Lawrence v. Texas

I have never heard of a law that attempted to restrict one’s “right to define” certain concepts; and if the passage calls into question the government’s power to regulate actions based on one’s self-defined “concept of existence, etc.,” it is the passage that ate the rule of law.

Justice Antonin Scalia, Lawrence v. Texas (dissenting)

I have long thought that this exchange from the Lawrence v. Texas case perfectly summarizes the difference between liberal and conservative judicial philosophies. We can see this being played out almost daily in the ongoing saga of how the law should treat “transgender” people. According to Justices O’Connor and Kennedy, “the right to define one’s own concept of existence” – presumably including the right to define one’s gender, regardless of biological reality – is “at the heart of liberty.” So, when the first transgender case comes before SCOTUS, it is clear that Justice Kennedy (unless, God willing, he retires first) will rule that a man who thinks he’s a woman has the “right” to shower in front of women and girls.

On the other hand, Justice Scalia’s view, which I hope is shared by a majority of the court, is that there is no law that restricts a man’s right to believe he is a woman, but that this belief has no bearing on the government’s power to regulate actions, such as prohibiting a biological male from using the women’s locker room or bathroom. The rule of law clearly requires that laws be self-consistent and have a logical limiting principle. Otherwise, no one would know what the law is, and worse, a person could be found in violation of a subjective law based on someone else’s opinion rather than on his own actions.

So, in order to maintain the rule of law, there must be some objective definition of “man” or “woman.” Having rejected the scientific definition of “man” (an X and a Y chromosome) and “woman” (XX chromosomes), liberals must scramble for an alternate definition. They seem to have settled on the fact that a man who feels more comfortable dressing and acting “like a woman” is really a woman, and vice versa. But these are the same people who have argued for years that men and women are “equal” (i.e. “the same”) and that gender roles are “socially constructed.” How can that be?

The answer is that liberals are perfectly comfortable “eating the rule of law” as long as they get to punish those who disagree with them.

This weekend France elected Emmanuel Macron its youngest leader in its modern history but it also rejected Marie LePen who would have been the 1st Female leader in modern history

All over the MSM there was much rejoicing over the result but as I had been re-watching the election coverage from last November, I noticed in all the MSM coverage there was something missing.

Outrage.

France had the chance to break the glass ceiling for women, France could have told their young girls that they too could someday grow up to lead the country but they did not.

And none of the members of the MSM who were so crushed and so furious that the US did not elect the first women in history to lead them,, those very same leaders who pointed at the US electorate and screamed “Misogyny”  were dancing a jig over France not only rejecting the chance to elect their first woman to lead them, but did so in a landslide.

So my question for our friends on the left is this?

Why is the US rejection of the 1st woman president misogyny but France’s overwhelming rejection of the same not?

Or do women only count as women if they are on the left?

Marvin the Martian: Where’s the kaboom? There’s supposed to be an earth shattering Kaboom!

I found myself watching the Election night coverage this weekend and found myself noting the various swings.

Of course there was the joy and optimism of the press until about 9:30 seven minutes before I called it for Trump, the increasing gloom the grief and disbelief.

As soon as Trump finally won then we heard all about what was going to come from. It’s doom, doom doom, economic doom, military doom, predictions of slavery and Nazism and loads of violence and in fairness we have been seeing plenty of violence from the left on college campuses.

But every day that goes by it becomes more and more apparent that there are things missing.

Were are the internment camps? Where are the Gays being dragged out of their homes, where are the plummeting stock markets? Where is the financial crisis as the economy tanks, the rising unemployment as capital flees?

Where is Russia Charging forward and Assad and others moving confidently to push aside a weak US?are the concentration camps for Muslims?

And of course all of this was going to cause a revolt not only of the people who would be demanding his Tax Returns where is the GOP revolt, particularly in the House, finally heading to impeachment?

It just isn’t there.

And even worse than it not being there, every day it keeps not being there the American people who were told that disaster and doom were coming will find themselves facing actual reality vs perceived reality?

Actual story, I work with a large group of Hispanics, many from Puerto Rico but others from elsewhere. I had a mother of 4 come to me, knowing I report and knowing I’m a Trump guy and bluntly ask me if we were going to have a nuclear war. She was actually afraid that it was coming. (Spoiler Alert, it’s not)

What is going to happen if four years from now, if her family is doing better financially and all her fears prove unfounded?

I predict it’s stuff like that which will drive election 2020