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

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

What dopes.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal Ideologies Have Infiltrated Our Classrooms for Far Too Long

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

What an Advanced Degree in Higher Education Should Be

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

What Higher Education Should Never Be – But Is!

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

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

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

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

double-secret-gun-control

Saw this tweet from Sean Davis

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

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

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

By:  Pat Austin

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

“Nobody cares.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Orleans is stuck with Mitch Landrieu until 2018.

That’s almost 200 more lives in the balance.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Leonard Hofstadter: Got any advice?
Beverly Hofstadter: Yes. Buck up.
Leonard Hofstadter: Excuse me – you’re a world-renowned expert in parenting and child development, and all you’ve got is “buck up”?
Beverly Hofstadter: Sorry. Buck up, Sissy Pants.

The Big Bang Theory The Skank Reflex Analysis 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unless of course you are

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

So much for that.

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

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

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

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

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

But by now, if ignorance were bliss, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would likely be the happiest man in the world.
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What kind of political party distributes talking points for people to use during Thanksgiving Dinner?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amen

By:  Pat Austin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

President Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 5, 1865–two months before the assassination. (Library of Congress)

by baldilocks

Not really that long ago, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania…

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

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I spoke to Skip Murphy of Granite Grok about Election night in New Hampshire and what happens next

and briefly with Mike Rogers as well

I think interviews with significant bloggers from swing states would be quite interesting and informative, perhaps I should Try to raise $1500 to go to CPAC this year ($1000 for CPAC & $500 to make up for losing a week’s pay) and get that done.


I haven’t been in a couple of years, I think it would be worth a trip this year.

One of the most important things that drive decision making is the risk/reward factor. Is the reward for an action worth the risk being taken by doing it?

This is also true for crime. Unless you are talking a crime of passion or a person high out of their min a smart criminal will look at the risk of being caught, the risk of a particular punishment and weigh it against the reward of success

And that brings us to an important election post mortem that nobody wants to talk about.

There was plenty of talk about a “rigged” system before the election and one of the biggest signs of it was certain big city Democrat counties holding back reporting in key states.

The basic idea which has been part of the equation as long as machine politics has existed, is pretty simple and involves this little algorythm

If (Number of votes you can get away stealing) > (Number of votes you might lose by) Then

Go For it!

Else

Release you vote totals as is

Endif

I submit and suggest that this more than anything else drove the calling of certain formally blue states.  Once it was determined they just plain couldn’t steal enough to overcome the Trump wave there they allowed the numbers to go out.

But while the Democrat machines were ready in places like Florida and North Carolina, places Hillary knew would be close, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and to a lesser extent Pennsylvania were not so prepared.  Pennsylvania for example had been considered fools gold for the GOP for so long that last minute moves by the Democrats were almost pro-forma, but it didn’t stop scenes like this:

So provisional ballots are the reason that MSNBC isn’t calling Pennsylvania. This is why I found being forced to fill out a provisional ballot today so suspect. Reiterating: I had to fill one out because, according to the story told to me by the poll workers, I had been sent a vote by mail ballot, which I had never requested. Votes that are counted after election night are the Devil’s Playground for fraud. All kinds of things can happen, and they are almost never good for the Republican candidate.

I’ll wager there were a lot of Trump votes in those provisional ballots that cancelled out one mailed in for tem.

Meanwhile Democrat Bosses in Wisconsin Michigan and Minnesota had no inkling that the election was close, that being the case there was no reason why, in an age where proof of a federal offense is a cell phone video away, Dem bosses in Detroit or elsewhere felt the need to take any risk.  They figured those states were won (and they were right about Minnesota) and by election night it was too late to change it.

However that won’t be the case in 2020,  I’ll wager that in 2020 the bosses in Milwaukee, Detroit, Madison and elsewhere will be ready, we’ll see plenty of mail in ballots and absentee ballots that we didn’t see before in those states and plenty of voters looking to go for the GOP will be in the same spot that Steven Kruiser was on election night.

We have four years to prepare for this so we’d better get ready because as our friends on the left have demonstrated in the past, they play for keeps.

After all you don’t think Soros has been quietly sinking millions into AG races, you know the people who would be protesting election fraud on a local level, just because it’s fun?

You have all been warned

Yeah there are lot more Democrats to make fun of but in between a pair of interviews with the Granite Grok crowd (up tomorrow) I talked to a fellow from the National Fire Escape Association and I thought what he had to say was important enough to put here

Get yours inspected, remember it has to be able to hold firemen in full gear.

Poker tournaments are the most intense contests. Success in poker tourneys requires a blend of skill, strategy and good fortune. Find out how to boost your winning chances.

Poker tournament play is about so much more than the luck of the draw!

doyle2Doyle Brunson said it best with the following words:

In order to be a successful gambler you have to have a complete disregard for money.

And that’s pretty difficult to do when everyone is on a tight budget. Fortunately, poker tournaments are a different kettle of fish. You buy in for a fixed amount and you receive your chips. You use those chips to bulldoze your way over other players in anticipation of winning the pot. Of course, rebuys are possible in certain poker tournaments, but let’s stick with fixed chip stacks in poker tournaments.

Poker tournaments are grueling contests. You are going head-to-head against a pool of players – card sharks, novices and legends in the making. There are plenty of fish in the proverbial sea, and it’s your job to reel them in, hook, line and sinker. Most everyone you talk to about how to improve your poker skills will reference playing time under real tournament conditions as your greatest teacher.

So, how do you implement effective playing strategies as a poker player?

1.     Manage your stack effectively

You’ve heard it before, but we’ll repeat it again: Manage your chip stack. Think about what it means to play in a poker tournament. You buy in with a fixed amount and you receive a fixed amount of poker chips. Once you have run down that stack, that’s it – it’s game over. It’s so important to be judicious about the bets that you place, the raises you make and the hands that you play. Cash game strategy is dramatically different to poker tournament strategy. With cash games, you can keep buying in until you decide to call it quits. Watch out for the blind structure in poker tournaments. As you advance through the contest, you will notice that the blinds increase dramatically. If you don’t have enough firepower in your stack, you are going to bust out pretty quickly.

2.     Don’t spend all your money at once

This one is a corollary to point 1 above. Poker is all about playing smart. And it all begins with careful money management. Consider the following analogy: You’ve saved up a bundle and you’re going on vacation. When you arrive, you have a fat wad of cash to do with as you please, but by the end of your vacation you’ve probably whittled down that cash to nothing, or you’re using credit cards to pay for things. Now, in a poker tournament you don’t want to be throwing around too many chips in the beginning. Remember the blind structure. In the early stages of the tournament, blinds are really low and your chip stack is really big. As you advance to higher levels, everything flips around. Let everyone else throw all their money around while you wait in the wings and carefully move through to the next stages in the poker tournament.

3.     Play tight – don’t cave in to pressure

Okay so this one is pretty difficult for novices to stick to. When you are eager to hit the ground running, you are also prone to playing too many hands. Wise poker players know that your best bet is to hold off on playing anything other than premium starting hands. You want to keep your stack nice and healthy in the early stages so that you have heavy firepower in the latter stages of the tournament. Grind your way through to the final table and then unleash fury on your opponents. If you observe what other players are doing, you will learn from their mistakes. Don’t be the one who everybody else uses as an example of how not to play!

4.     Remember: every bubble bursts

What does this mean? You know that feeling of anticipation you get just before victory is imminent. It’s exhilarating, electrifying and adrenaline-loaded. But, caution is the order of the day. If your stack is running low, you don’t want to let a surge of euphoria wipe you out of the tournament. In poker tournaments, longevity pays dividends. The longer you can stay in the contest and finish in a paying position, the better for you. Let everyone else crash and burn while you rise in the rankings and collect a handsome paycheck for your efforts.

5.     Rock ‘n’ rumble in the heads up stage

If you’ve ever been in a heads up stage of a poker tournament, you know what time it is. It’s time to rock ‘n’ rumble. Now is when you have to play at your best. Heads up contests require intense preparation. Always go into a heads up situation with the requisite knowledge you need to succeed. The pressure is going to build exponentially, and you must know exactly which hands stand a chance of bringing home the bacon.

Like so many of you, at 2:41 am election night I let out the most tremendous sigh of relief.  As a libertarian, I am greatly relieved that Hillary Clinton lost the election.   Coming after eight years of the radical and fundamental transformation instituted by President Obama there would have been very little left of our Constitutional Republic.   President Hillary would have continued governing by imperial edict, just like President Obama, and the spineless Republicans in both houses of congress would have continued to nothing except whine.  Like everyone else that understands and respects the Constitution, what scared me the most was the fact President Clinton would have had the opportunity to nominate two or three Supreme Court Justices,   I don’t want to freak you out too much but it was rumored that Hillary Clinton was considering appointing President Obama.  It is abundantly clear that whoever she would have appointed it would have been a radical leftist like herself.    Religious freedom, the right to bear arms, and free speech would have been severely curtailed.

I did not celebrate President Donald Trump’s victory.  I am cautiously optimistic that he might possibly be an OK president.  He is a big government type.  A lot of his positions are more closely aligned with those of Democrats, although not radical socialist Democrats like President Obama and Hillary Clinton.  During the campaign he promised to govern more like a conservative and promised to nominate strict constructionalists to the Supreme Court.  Even if he does not carry through on all of his promises he still will be infinitely better than President Clinton would have been.

Both the Republican and Democrat parties were major losers during this election.  They both nominated such abysmal candidates.  Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson warned about the dangers of a two party system.   We should have listened. We the people need to scrap the two major parties.  They have a complete stranglehold and the entire political process and both are corrupt to the core.  It will be a long difficult process but it is necessary.  Unfortunately the Libertarian Party also produced an abysmal nominee this election.

The mainstream media really out did themselves this election when it comes to liberal media bias.  They actively became an extension of the Clinton campaign.  Unfortunately far too many people rely on them exclusively for their news.  That locker room chat video came way too close to being the deciding factor for this election.  This problem needs solution before the next presidential election.

We also need to break the liberal stranglehold on higher education.  Colleges are training a generation of social justice warriors who believe socialism is superior to free market capitalism.  They also believe that the Constitution and our founding principles are garbage because the founding fathers were nothing but while, slave holding racists.

Defeating Hillary Clinton was an emergency stop gap measure to prevent the destruction of our Constitutional Republic.  Restoring our Constitutional Republic will take decades of hard work.  More on that in future articles.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Post election angst is fairly low here in the northwestern part of the state but down south, in New Orleans, tensions remain high.  Protesters have gathered at Lee Circle each night and marched through the city creating havoc and destruction although their numbers seem to be shrinking each day.

A small group of protesters railing against President-elect Donald Trump turned out Saturday night (Nov. 12) at Lee Circle for a fourth consecutive night following the Republican candidate’s upset win against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. They met in front of downtown’s Robert R. Lee monument, which has been plastered with profanity-laced graffiti in recent days but which bore no signs of similar vandalism on Saturday.

The gathering was quiet compared to Wednesday’s protest, which saw the windows of a Chase bank smashed along with anti-Trump graffiti sprayed on several prominent downtown buildings. New Orleans police have not arrested anyone for the vandalism.

There is a very strong group of monument watchers in NOLA who work hard to keep the monuments in in the city free from graffiti; they respond quickly to reports of tagging in part to deflect Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s claims that the monuments are a public nuisance.

My husband has been consumed with the liberal meltdowns on social media and has been greatly entertained by some of them but I’ve tried very hard to stay away from it. I’m not much for gloating and I don’t see much potential in trying to reform any of them. What I want to tell them is that this is the way I felt four years ago and eight years ago but that destroying someone else’s property because of it never crossed my mind.  Get over it, I want to say. But I don’t.

We still have runoff elections in Louisiana: the Senate race has come down to Democrat Foster Campbell and Republican John Kennedy.  Kennedy has done exemplary work as State Treasurer and is smart as he can be. Very fiscally conservative.  Foster Campbell is a career politician having been in office since 1976; he has been State Senator (1976-2002), served on the Public Service Commission, and run for several offices he did not win.  He was defeated in a gubernatorial race against Bobby Jindal and lost his bid for US Congressman three times. Campbell’s most notorious claim to fame was when he drove down an unopened, unfinished stretch of I-49 in 1988 and lost his eye when he crashed his car trying to drive on pavement that wasn’t there.  Kennedy is favored in the U.S. Senate runoff – John Fleming – R, currently holds the seat.

That race was a crowded field and it’s worth noting that former Klansman David Duke got over 50,000 votes, or 3%, in that race.

As for Trump, there are rumors that he is considering former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for Secretary of HHS which would actually be a great choice. Jindal lost a lot of popularity as governor, but in the field of Health and Human Services he is right at home and in his element. He would excel at this position.

Here’s hoping it is quiet where you are and that the peaceful transition of power is allowed to take place.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

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I voted. You should, too.

To up your literacy quotient and gain an insight into human nature, read this Kevin Williamson piece:

What I have found most interesting about the recent investigations into [T.S.] Eliot is not the high-minded work of the poet and critic at the height of his powers but the emphatically low-minded verse of his latter years, particularly the erotic poems that have produced so much eye-rolling and squeamishness among certain kinds of low-minded readers. The poems are not very good, but they are interesting companions to the important ones. Many of them detail Eliot’s encounters with the “Tall Girl,” his epithet for Valerie Fletcher, his second wife. She had been a secretary at his office and was, in the inescapable biographers’ cliché, nearly four decades his junior. What he found with her was simple domestic peace, something whose value is most apparent to those who have not known it or, as with Eliot, who had not known it for most of their lives.

Eliot’s life had been an unhappy one: the disastrous first marriage to a mentally ill woman, a job he hated in the subterranean offices of Lloyd’s bank that for all its demanding respectability failed to keep away financial difficulty, his own spiritual crisis and the convulsions of Europe. Like many great men, he also suffered from his own strange cultivation of personal unhappiness — he was, at times, positively creepy, sexually, socially, and otherwise.

(…)

But he somehow managed to find himself, in the latter part of his life, writing contented, sentimental, and oddly specific verse about his love life with his second wife.

(…)

It is not true that great artists must suffer or that genius is only truly unleashed by unhappiness, though this silly romantic notion is immortal, and Eliot himself may have believed something of the sort. Graham Greene gave us a point of comparison: “In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love — they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”

But what if it’s really true that all creativity is merely a mental form of waste elimination–an outlet against harsh realities of life, like the suckitude of living with a crazy spouse? If so, observing that someone is full of poop could become a compliment.

As for the election, I look forward to the wailing and the gnashing of the teeth when the polls close. And that’s the last thing I want to say about it today for a few hours until something funny/horrid/unforeseen happens until I change my mind.

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 will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – It is almost over. The voting part of this, anyway. The divisiveness and hostility we have developed for each other will probably linger, sadly. Some observations going into Election Day 2016:

In Louisiana over half a million voters turned out for early voting which surpasses the record set in 2012 which was 350,000 voters.  Make of it what you will.  Are the large numbers because of the presidential election or just because people want to go vote against David Duke?  No idea.

As we close in on election day the media still holds tremendous sway over public perception. I wonder how much attention people pay to all of these polls and then say, “Oh well, Candidate A is ahead three or four points in the polls so why should I go vote?”  I believe there are a great many people not being quite truthful with pollsters, but that’s just my opinion.  I don’t pay much attention to polls; I favor those that support my own point of view, which is, of course a completely useless practice.

Julian Assange says that “Trump would not be permitted to win” this election.  Take that with a grain of salt.

And Hillary says any Wikileaks bombshell coming out in the days before the election is likely to be false.  Does that mean that the other leaks were not false?

With Hillary Clinton still so highly favored (IF you believe polls), that indicates that the general American voting population does not care that she left men to die in Benghazi, that she was cavalier with classified material to the point that she let her maid print classified documents for her, and that she takes money from governments that fund ISIS.  They discount all the other baggage as well. If Bill was impeached over Monica Lewinsky, Hillary’s future impeachment will at least give them a matching set.  We will have the first impeached husband and wife presidential team in the history of the world. How proud we must be.

Oh and we also have new warnings for potential terror attacks.

Dandy.

Stay strong, America. Whichever candidate you favor, whichever way this election goes, we are almost through with this part of it.

Then we will have to live with our choice.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Barring a 2nd Bush Gore event or a 269-269 tie by this time Wednesday we will know the results of this election and the direction this country is going.

This is an important thing and I don’t minimize for one moment how important it is but I want to tell you about three things that Happened to me in a 30 hour period this weekend.

On Saturday I visited a woman I’ve known only though radio to drop off a book for her.  We talked and visited a bit, she is very deeply committed to her Born again faith the importance of the name of Jesus and the desire to do all she can to keep at least one more soul out of hell, but she’s also committed to her elderly mother who she takes care of.  While she has her own aches and pains her spare time not dedicated to evangelization goes to making sure her mother is able to live and function without having to go to a nursing home.

Sunday Morning I got a call from another friend.  While he has a first class mind and is a polymath in nearly a dozen languages he has multiple physical issues, spends most of his time bedridden and in a fantastic amount of pain, the last time he managed to get out to mass fell and fractured both feet.  His primary contact with the outside world is his phone.    His pain and physical limitations means that he has to ask as a favor for help doing things that for most of us would be trivial from buying a old fashioned $16 phone to getting his spectacles adjusted.  He called asking for a ride to the bank do to a minor transaction which if he is physically able will get done a few hours after you read this.

Sunday afternoon a 3rd friend stopped over to pick up something I ordered for them on Amazon and reimburse me. (given her neighborhood delivery of such items is iffy)  She is a longtime activist who has worked tirelessly for good causes and has discovered that her cancer has returned and has spread to her lungs.  She is clearly worried about her future, but still managed to speak of things related to her causes (all of which I support) and as she left the house with a smile on her face it occurred to me I don’t know if she would ever visit again.

All of these people took time that I might have used doing something else, but they like the three wise men who visited the infant Jesus brought an important pre-election gift, the gift of perspective.

All of us have troubles and issues and some of them will may be made worse under our new President, but when it comes down to it, when you have real responsibilities to handle, real physical issues to overcome or have the prospect of your own mortality staring you in the eye, the struggles for power and the millions that are spent to inflame our passions toward them shrink in comparison as well they should.

Furthermore at any moment our circumstance can change.  We can find ourselves in the position of the mother needing care, the daughter choosing to provide it, the formally independent man wracked with pain an in need of assistance for basic things or the active person facing death and asking for prayers for their soul.

May that thought help us to see Christ in all such people that we might not dismiss them and may we be truly grateful for what we have, because the reality is, wealth, independence, health and life is fleeting.

That’s up to us, not to whoever is in the White House

640px-vfw_post_2408_ypsilanti_2I’ve driven by this place before. Image from Wikipedia.

So I’m a veteran.  I’ve even participated in a foreign war…well, a conflict really, since declaring war went out of style in the 1940s.  I’m relatively young, with a young family, and fairly active in my community, despite moving every few years.  While I’m not that good looking, I’ve got enough going to make me a good poster boy for the VFW.

But I’m not a member.  It’s not just me, VFW posts around the US are hurting for new members.  As a Rallypoint member, I’ve seen my share of “You should join the VFW!” posts.  Unfortunately, my personal experiences, as well as my dad’s (a Cold War veteran), find the VFW has too many problems:

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  • Female Veterans. VFWs still struggle to understand that yes, women in fact serve in the military as more than just nurses and yeomen (sorry, yeo-persons).  I’ve served with a number of wonderful female officers and enlisted Sailors, and to have them encounter resistance to entry is appalling.

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  • Action?  Besides having a hall to rent out and parades to walk in, most VFWs aren’t exactly places of action.  Young vets tend to be healthier and want to be out and about.  While most people enjoy throwing back a beer and sharing sea stories once in a while, that can’t be your main draw anymore.

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  • Updating with the times.  The VFW was slow to jump on the revolution in social media.  The sad part is that while it is now online, it’ll likely be too slow to adapt to whatever comes next.  If you want an organization that quickly adapts to it’s younger members, check out the NRA, which keeps it’s core mission while tailoring messages for women, minorities and police forces.

The really sad part of this is that if you look into the VFW’s history, this isn’t a surprise.  The VFW struggled to recruit members after the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, and only did so when their existing membership began passing away in large numbers.  If they didn’t learn then, I can’t say I hold out a lot of hope for them learning now.


This post is the opinion of the author and doesn’t reflect the views of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or the Veterans of Foreign Wars. All images used were labeled for reuse on the internet.


If you’d like to read about how I’d change the VFW to be better, check out my blog.

Pseudolus: [to Hysterium] Calm yourself down! I’ll tell you when it’s time to panic!
Miles Gloriosus: I smell mischief here!
Pseudolus:  It’s time.

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum 1966

The one thing Hillary Clinton would like more than anything else is to change the subject from the FBI Comey info.

James Carville ranting insanely about the KGB isn’t going to help:

“Also we have the extraordinary case of the KGB being involved in this race, in selectively leaking things from the Clinton campaign that they hacked,” Carville said. “American democracy is really under attack here and the question is how are we, in particular how are Democrats, going to respond to this,” he added.

Scott Adams had fun with it

Every day that the left attacks the FBi is a day the election is about Hillary they need to change the subject to something other than the FBI & Mails, like this Washington post story on Donna Brazile:

Hacked emails suggest Trump was right after all: Clinton got previews of some debate questions

Or maybe not.

The Panic on the left an in the media is palpable and their unified attempts to spin this away aren’t helped the the O’Keefe videos showing Democrat activists bragging about putting plants at Trump rallies to cause trouble.

By Friday I expect a car so provocative so risky and so outrageous played by the des that decades will go by before they even consider doing it again.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – We went to do early voting Saturday – along with hundreds of other Caddo Parish voters.

It was a warm, sunny day and perfect for getting in a long, long voter line and visiting with people while waiting to exercise your American right to vote. It’s really still summer here in Louisiana and once out of the shade it was actually almost too hot, but nobody seemed to mind.  Well, there was one elderly gentleman wearing a face mask behind us. He was very frail.  His wife had a look of concern on her face but they visited with us and with the people ahead of us until, after a few minutes, the man stepped aside to sit in one of the folding chairs placed sporadically along the line.

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Early voting in Caddo Parish

“He has to sit down,” she said. “Stage Four lymphoma.  He was supposed to have surgery Friday but his platelets were too low. That’s why he’s wearing that mask – risk of infection is so high.”

We told her to move to the front of the line. The elderly and the ill have priority.  We promised to hold her spot while she went to investigate; she came back and they moved up.

Bless that man’s heart!  Come hell or high water he was going to vote.  American spirit.

We were in line about forty-five minutes and made the acquaintance of a couple in line ahead of us. We discussed the proposed Amendments to the Louisiana Constitution – who can make sense of this gibberish:

Act 677 (2016 Regular Session) amends Article XI, Section 5. “Do you support an amendment to provide that the manner of appointment for the registrar of voters in each parish is as provided by law and to require the qualifications of the registrar to be provided by law?”

Translation: should there be standards for registrars and transparency in the hiring process?

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Blue Dog: “I Voted”

We need a constitutional amendment for that?! I think there should be a law to make these propositions understandable; given that we’ve dumbed schools down to a fifth-grade reading level, how many people are going to make the effort to understand this legalese?

Anyway, as we were discussing the amendments with the nice folks in front of us we determined that both the gentleman and my husband had served in the military; that his wife grew up in our neighborhood, and that her mother had been my kindergarten teacher. Small world!  They invited us to a Veterans Day Concert at their church and we plan to go!

There are currently about 164.000 registered voters in Caddo Parish and I will be very interested to see how many voted early. Inside, the lady that set me up to vote told me it’s been this steady all week long. Saturday was the last day of early voting but the crowd had been there every, single day.  Maybe it was for the Blue Dog sticker or maybe they had plans for the 8th, or maybe they just want it all to be over.

As I’ve said before, I don’t have any concerns about Louisiana’s vote for the presidential race, but we do have some other important local races up, and a Senate race to replace David Vitter.

As for me, I have my Blue Dog sticker and my vote is cast.  I’m so done with this election.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

I don’t think you can explain the stakes for this election better than this

Every voter, particularly nevertrump one need to see it.

Update: This is almost as good

Late yesterday afternoon I was folding laundry when the phone rang. It was my brother, asking if I wanted to go with him and my sister-in-law to vote.

Unlike 1930s movie stars or reality TV people, I’m not in full make-up and heels when doing household chores, so I hesitated for a moment but said yes, and, a little red lipstick later (can’t go anywhere without red lipstick), was in their car heading to the early voting place.

My voter registration card showed an address in the opposite direction from where we were heading, but my brother had checked ahead of time. A few minutes later we were at the right place, the public library at a strip mall.

The parking lot was nearly full. The temperature was in the low eighties with low humidity and a mild breeze.

Hundreds of lawn signs for every candidate cluttered every available spot in the vicinity.

Dozens of campaign workers were handing out flyers and literature on every candidate and issue. They stayed the mandatory distance away from the entrance, all wearing their candidate’s t-shirt. Many were talking to people. I saw several Trump t-shirts, a Hillary t-shirt or two, but most were for local candidates, especially Rubio and Curbelo.

Curbelo has carpet-bombed this area with direct mail, TV and internet ads, and there were at least ten campaigners in Curbelo t-shirts yesterday evening in the parking lot.

In spite of all the lawn sign clutter, everything was very orderly.

My brother dropped us off at the entrance while he went looking for a parking spot.

Once indoors, you were directed to the waiting line and asked to have your driver’s license and your voter registration card in hand.

A few people arrived after us, including a young black couple with a beautiful baby napping on his mom’s shoulder. The husband wore a red Trump “Make America Great Again” hat and a t-shirt that read

TRUMP 2016
F**K YOUR FEELINGS

No safe space for him. A couple of people gave him a thumbs-up.

When my brother arrived my sister-in-law and I joined him at the back of the line. The lady next to me asked, “You’re not leaving, are you?”, so I explained we were just joining him instead of having him jump the line. She smiled.

Voting in Florida is very different from voting in New Jersey.

In Joisey we didn’t show ID or voter registration card; we just signed a book, were given a 2″ x 2″ piece of paper, and voted on a machine by turning levers. No paper ballot.

In Florida the information on your voter registration card and ID have to match, you are issued a 12″ printout (similar to a cash register receipt) showing your name, date of birth and address which you then must confirm, and that is placed on a clear plastic pocket on the outside of a folder. The paper ballots (2 pages printed on both sides) go in the inside of the folder, and the ballot number and voter number must in turn match the same number on the printout.

From there you are directed to the rooms with the voting booths. All the booths in the first room were occupied, so we were directed to the second room.

Once in your booth, you fill in the ballot in black ballpoint pen ink, and then head to another area with the machine. A worker explains how to enter the ballot into the machine, he removes the printout ticket, you again confirm the ballot and voter number, you feed the ballot into the slot, it enter the information electronically, you leave the empty folder in a bin, and you’re done.

No chance for hanging chads there.

The whole process – including finding a parking spot – took 20 minutes or so. There must have been a hundred people leisurely processed in that time, and it went very smoothly.

The Florida system triple-checks the voter information, the paper ballot and the electronic information. Unlike New Jersey, the weak points are outside the voting process (namely the ID and registration cards), and then you have to work at it. In all, a much superior system.

Two weeks left before we get the results.

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

…sometime after 2024

Closing thoughts, CNN keeps calling James O’Keefe “Discredited” without cause. Given that they are supposed to be a news organization yet he is scooping them with less resources an manpower on a story they want to ignore can someone explain why that description doesn’t fit them instead?

I predict the MSM’s reaction to this will be in keeping with the first rule of Reporting

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Thank goodness we are in the final days of this election. A year ago I would have thought I’d be celebrating the end of the Obama regime with a sturdy, conservative candidate safely at the top of our ticket; instead I’m just waiting for it all to be over.  There will be no winners at the end of this.

That being said, I will share the not surprising news that Trump solidly leads Louisiana in recent polls:

The research firm Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., conducted the survey from Oct. 17-19, asking 625 likely voters who they would support if the election were held today.

Statewide, voters polled gave Donald Trump a commanding lead of 54 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 34 percent.

But in the New Orleans metro area, comprised of 12 parishes, both candidates get 42 percent support.

Break out the rest of the state, and Trump’s lead widens to almost 30 points.

No surprise there.

We also have a Senate race on our ballot to replace outgoing David Vitter.  The polls show a strong Republican lead there, too.

State Treasurer John Kennedy (R) is in a comfortable 24-point lead in the latest poll with Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, D-Elm Grove, at 19 percent, according to the new survey sponsored by Raycom Media and WVUE-TV.

Ex-KKK Grand Wizard David Duke is polling at a very low 5.1 percent which is actually higher than retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness who polled about three percent.

As I’ve stated before, I’ll be glad when it’s all over. It’s been a nasty, hellish campaign and certainly one to turn almost anyone off of politics.

I’m not sure I’m hard core enough for what is to come. I might have to start blogging about rescue animals or daffodils. I’m weary of it all.

God bless us all.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

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Director Comey speaking at the Coast Guard Academy.

As a sponsor family to a Coast Guard Academy Cadet, I have access to some unique opportunities. One such opportunity presented itself on Tuesday when my cadet texted me. “Director Comey is speaking at the Coast Guard Academy on Thursday. Would you like to come?”

Who wouldn’t! Despite a long day at work, I put on a service dress uniform, met my cadet on campus, and walked together up to Leamy Hall. Since the cadets were allowed to ask questions, I asked him what ground rules had been set by the Academy.

“They said the focus was race, and to not ask anything about Hillary Clinton.” I thought the race part was interesting, and no surprise about Clinton. I explained that even if a cadet was brash enough to ask, the Director would likely deliver one or two prepared sentences and move on, and you would have lost the opportunity to get a legitimate answer to a question.

cga_comey_upstairsThe view from my seat.

Director Comey started his hour talking about leadership, specifically that good leadership requires both kindness and toughness. He is a very good speaker, and obviously very comfortable getting in front of crowds. He’s also really tall, FYI.

Then he talked about race, specifically the issues surrounding African-Americans and police enforcement. His first big point was that we needed more accurate data to get an idea of how to tackle this problem. He brought up the Harvard study that showed lethal force was more likely against whites, but non-lethal force was more likely against blacks. He wants police officers out of their cars, because “It’s hard to hate up close.” He worried that if policing becomes viewed as an undesirable occupation, then he will struggle to attract good men and women to the force.

cga_comey_lineupCadets line up to ask Director Comey questions.

Then he brought up Hillary Clinton, which was a surprise. He hit a number of points:

  • That he assigned some of the best people to that case.
  • That they rendered their decision without political pressure.
  • That seven layers of managers agreed with it before he did as well.

He also brought up the most important point of the evening, that even if Hillary Clinton had been an FBI agent, while she would have been disciplined, she wouldn’t have been prosecuted, because we historically don’t prosecute people for those crimes.

He has a point. We’ve had a number of high level people mess up classified handling, and while they get fined, most never serve jail time.

“But this guy was fired from the military!” Yes, that is true in plenty of cases. But the difference is that the military is exercising Non-judicial punishment and Courts Martial authority. It’s NOT a trial. The removal from the military in most cases is done at an Administrative Separation board. While it’s not pretty for the person involved, it doesn’t result in jail time.

So I can see Director Comey’s point. But that brings up a bigger issue. We spend billions to generate classified information, then we fail to protect it because we let people off when they exercise poor judgement. It’s sad when you spend more efforts attacking law-abiding citizens then prosecuting chumps that hide classified in their socks.

If Congress is so enraged over Director Comey’s decision, then start by clamping down on our fickle laws over classified information. Add minimum sentences to mishandling, especially for politicians and other civilians. Start putting people in jail for gross mishandling.

What Hillary Clinton did was wrong. There is no denying that. Personally I find it terrible, and it sickens me that most people seem to shrug it off, not understanding the damage that was done. The fact that it’s happened in the past so many times, without Congressional action to fix it, makes it even worse. At some point, we as a nation need to decide how much we care about classified information and how it is handled.


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A few years ago I watched on PBS the Metropolitan Opera‘s staging of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungs, which were played in sequence over a week, preceded by a making-of documentary. I liked the documentary.

I dislike most of Wagner’s music – too long, too many strident notes for my taste, but I was fascinated by the contraption:

the huge, glitch-prone contraption that served as a single set for all four operas in the Wagnerian cycle

The million-dollar contraption required that the Met’s floor be reinforced since it actually weighed a ton, malfunctioned frequently (including showing the Windows logo one time), and dominated every moment of the four operas.

But it was fun to look at. Look at the valkyrie ride in on the twenty four planks (for full effect raise the volume and watch it on your YouTube tv app):

If that doesn’t look like a seesaw’s worth of Wagnerian fun, I don’t know what does.

The presidential and vice-presidential debates are at least as long as the Wagner Cycle, drag on and on, hit too many strident notes, and like the Met’s contraption, weigh a ton. In order to watch, some feel the need to reinforce themselves with adult beverages.

Makes one wish the debates would bring the contraption for entertainment value. Imagine the armored candidates rollicking on the 24 planks.

However, once the fat lady sings, by now the best we could hope for is that the documentary will be better.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog. She loves the Bugs Bunny Wagner.

This piece at Bill Quick’s site (via Glenn) should be read by every Democrat who having voted for liberals for decades suddenly found the state too expensive to live in and moved to NH.

On a recent evening, more than 300 homeowners who are worried about their rising property tax bills filled First Unitarian Universalist Church in North Austin for a town hall meeting. If something doesn’t change, many said, they will soon be priced out of their homes.

Two nights later, a similar discussion played out in South Austin, where homeowners gathered at Grace United Methodist Church in Travis Heights to talk about what can be done to slow escalating residential tax values.

“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.

For those of you who don’t know, Austin is a liberal bastion in Texas as Wikipedia puts it

Austin is known as an enclave of liberal politics in a generally conservative state—so much so, that the city is sometimes sarcastically called the “People’s Republic of Austin” by residents of other parts of Texas, and conservatives in the Texas Legislature

And it’s this fact that make the story so ironic. Nationally they’ve voted GOP three times since 1960 (the landslides of 72 & 84 and George Bush by 49.7% in 2000) and on the local level haven’t elected a republican mayor for 20 years.

Thus unlike the actual People’s republic in China these folks elected their local leaders who have voted for all the spending that has required all those higher taxes. Bill Quick put it best.

Suicidally stupid bint thought she was voting to spend other peoples’ money. Which didn’t bother her at all. Until she discovered, to her horror, that good intentions were not enough, and that, mirabile dictu, she was the other people.

Invariablly people in a republic get the government they deserve, let’s hope she doesn’t move to a less expensive city and vote the next generation out of affording their homes too.


By NG36B

What I got out of the debate:

Hillary is pro-women and children, unless she’s busy killing them in a late-term abortion.

Trump called out NATO, and he has every right to: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/06/nato-summit-2016-alliance-members-must-commit-to-increased-defense-spending

Trump won’t agree to election results. Sort of like the 2000 election: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2000#Florida_recount

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DTG:  9:50 PM ” The one thing you have over me is experience, but it’s bad experience.”

DTG  9:21 PM First time ever Hillary has been called out on her extreme position on abortion

 

DTG 8:28 PM We’re going to try something new tonight. I’ve created this new account and given access to all our writers. If and as they wish they will be putting commentary on and/or after the debate.

The updates should appear at the top as the are written. I expect we will see both some commentary during the debate and some general comments post debate.

As I’m working tonight and will be off the grid by 9:45 PM I won’t be in the mix and as this is the first time we’ve done this I expect a glitch or two.

But baring said glitches I hope you enjoy what you see.

Today is the final Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Because of my work schedule I will be able to watch only the first hour of the debate while listening to the final hour as I drive into work.

Here are some pre-debate thoughts

This is likely the last chance that Donald Trump will be able to address the American people outside of the filter of the MSM before election day. That means he needs to point the debate to items the MSM wants to ignore from the Project Veritas tapes to the Wikileaks revelations.

This is the first time that there has been a debate with a moderator from FOX. Hillary Clinton is going to have to be prepared to be actually challenged on issues by a moderator for the first time in, well forever.

It is pretty safe to assume that regardless of what actually happens at the debate the MSM as a whole will state the election over and Trump doomed.

If by some chance Hillary underperforms greatly than I guarantee the media will be unified in blaming FOX and insisting they should be excluded from now on (Even if she does well this is a likely post debate meme).

One of the myths of this election cycle has been that “If only the GOP didn’t nominate Trump the MSM would be talking Wikileaks, Project Veritas etc” I guarantee that if the Trump tapes where not out there the media would find a different reason to ignore all of the above.

Based on the CNN reactions we can assume that if the veritas tapes come up in the debates you will see the words “convicted criminal” be repeated over and over with O’Keefe.

Very curious if the National Enquirer stuff will be brought up, I’m sure Trump is waiting for Clinton to dismiss them with a “That’s what John Edwards said” line.

The apparent decision to bring James O’Keefe to the debate is an excellent idea and put the MSM in a position where they are forced to comment on the “why” thus the “convicted criminal” business.

I’d bet real money that Hillary congratulates the Cleveland Indians in her opening statement before Trump gets a chance after all Hillary operatives aside there are no votes in Toronto.

Who wants to be that most of the post debate stories of the MSM have already been 60-707% written? The only real mystery left is what the MSM meme will be to spin the results, but within 30 minutes of the end of the debate I suspect every network will be using the same one.

The interminable campaign season wears on, and we’re being dumped on:

Wikileaks dumped the Podesta emails, part 12:

If you had any doubts that the Dems and the press are in cahoots, you can rest assured:

Speaking of Politico, they have a story about the Dems dumping barrels of money

to its House candidates this fall by way of a legal loophole that has helped them bypass the typical limits on coordinated spending between parties and candidates

Just three days ago the WaPo was saying Hillary’s already won, and is now deciding whether to “expand the map or stick to the plan.”

Because the polls can’t be rigged?

Back to the subject of Wikileaks, don’t doubt that the Clintons are corrupt: In just one instance, Qatar gifts Bill Clinton $1,000,000 for his birthday. Arms flow increases 1,482%.

And then there are allegations of quid pro quo, also known as tit for tat,

In a statement released by the State Department, Kennedy said he reached out because he wanted “to better understand a proposal the FBI had made to upgrade one of former Secretary Clinton’s emails prior to its public release” and that McCauley raised the topic of FBI slots in Iraq “as an entirely separate matter.” He said he could not speak to McCauley’s recollection but insisted: “There was no quid pro quo, nor was there any bargaining. At no point in our conversation was I under the impression we were bargaining.”

Kennedy also said in the statement his motivations “were never political.”

More news dumps: James O’Keefe’s videos of the Clinton campaign and the DNC strategy of inciting violence at Trump events – which violence Hillary blamed on Trump’s words – and engaging in voter fraud.

(Don’t forget my interesting experience last week.)

But hey, the POTUS says to “stop whining,”

At a news conference in the White House Rose Garden, Mr. Obama said, “I have never seen in my lifetime, or in modern political history, any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place.”

Maybe, if he’s serious about discrediting, Obama ought to tell his party to stop dumping raw sewage while they’re at it.

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

disarmament

If you watch the news, you might not realize that on the Navy’s birthday, the USS MASON had already been attacked twice from Yemen. Or that we sentenced an NCIS agent to 12 years in prison for a massive Pacific scandal. The Navy isn’t as interesting as our Presidential election, which is why you’ve probably missed that it’s being slowly dismantled.

Consider these points:

hsvWhat happens to aluminum hulls when they meet missiles. From MarineLog.com
  • We’ve purchased the next generation of warship, the Littoral Combat Ship, where we focused on speed. Yet it’s hull is aluminum, it lacks a lot of firepower, and despite being billed as being cheaper, we aren’t getting a lot of cost savings.
  • We’ve changed personnel procedures to allow transgender personnel, without having first fixed our broken health care system, so we setup the system for failure before even getting out of the gate.
  • We completely dissolved our Navy rating system so that we could better align with the civilian sector. Never mind that we had multiple programs to make it easy to transition from the Navy. We also changed the retirement structure. It’s almost like we don’t want career Sailors anymore, and certainly not any with warfighting experience.
  • We’ve spent millions on multiple uniform changes, but many of us are still working in dilapidated buildings built in the 30’s and 40’s, and we’re told there isn’t any military construction money to help us.
  • We ignored offensive sea weapons, and now the Chinese and Russians have missiles that can strike us long before we ever get within firing range.

The Chief of Naval Operations said the Navy was to focus on three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready. USS MASON was certainly ready to strike against an adversary in Yemen, but are we building a Navy that can keep us safe from Russia and China? Maybe that question isn’t as enthralling a discussion as the Presidential election, but it certainly is one we should be having.


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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  This post will be free from any commentary regarding last night’s debate or any discussion of the current state of the American presidential race.  You’re welcome.

If you haven’t watched Marc Levin’s documentary, Class Divide, now running on HBO, you should. It is beautifully and poignantly done.

The documentary explores gentrification in New York’s Chelsea area and the educational divide that exists between the luxury “world school” Avenues, and the schools available to the kids in the housing project right across the street from Avenues.  But there’s more there: the documentary shows how community activists banded together to save “the High Line” – an abandoned elevated rail track, and turn it into an elevated park and track that runs through the neighborhood. The documentary shows how hope can survive in people in even the worst circumstances. And it shows the promise and innocence of youth.

This subject is very personal to me as I teach in a high-poverty school; we aren’t in as big a city as New York, but poverty is poverty wherever you are and these kids face the same problems.  Further, there is a gentrification project (on a smaller scale) underway in my school’s neighborhood.  My students are seeing houses torn down, houses loaded on trucks and hauled out, and expensive businesses and housing brought in – far outside their reach.

Kids coming from high poverty areas face learning challenges that upper socio-economic kids don’t face. These students live so “in the moment,” as they wonder if the electricity will be on when they get home, will there be food there, will there be an adult home?  They carry their important possessions with them in their backpacks to school because either they feel like they have to for safety, or because they don’t know where they’ll be sleeping that night.

How are kids like this supposed to concentrate on algebraic equations?

So, I understand kids in poverty and the educational challenges that presents.

Class Divide artfully explores this issue and ultimately what we see is that money can’t buy happiness (trite, but true):

The main thrust of “Class Divide,” is to look inside these two very different worlds namely, Avenues: The World School, and the Elliot-Chelsea public housing projects, as seen through the eyes of the kids (“Sheila Nevins idea”) and see how it feels to them. In the film, we go inside Chris Whittle’s remarkable private school, Avenues: The World School. We see what a privilege it is to be a student there (pre-K to 12th grade tuition is $40,000 per student) and meet some of the kids who attend the school. However elite, The World School is to be admired for its mission to produce students who will flourish and compete globally (every child takes classes in Mandarin or Spanish). We meet Yasmin, a curious, empathetic young female who wants to create a bridge of understanding with her 115 Step Project (the amount of steps between her school and the public housing). We meet Luc, a sensitive, caring young male, who, tragically, takes on the economic divide tipping in his favor, as a painful weight to bear.

The heart of the documentary rests in 8-year old Rosa who lives in the projects and sees the shiny new school through the bars on her windows. She’s smart as a whip and her potential is unlimited, yet a school like Avenues is far outside her reach.

The documentary makes you think hard about the American education system.  It makes you think carefully about values, too.

If you get the chance, be sure to watch it; it’s currently running on HBO and HBOGo.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

trumpsaid

There has been a lot of debate over remarks Donald Trump made about our veterans and PTSD. He was accused of saying many veterans were weak and unfit, leading to a rise in PTSD. In reality, Trump was misquoted by the media, although no one should be surprised by this.

Although The Donald didn’t say it, there is some truth to the accusations that some military members are more susceptible to PTSD than others. Although PTSD numbers are hard to come by, suicide numbers are much easier, and I think we can safely say that trends in suicide will probably closely resemble suicide trends.

To start analyzing, we need to know what the military suicide rate is. Historically, we can get some data for the 80s and 90s:

militarysuicide8093Source: National Mortality Profile of Active Duty Armed Forces

But that was the 90s, and things are different now. A more recent look can be found in a RAND study:

dodsuiciderate

Taken at face value, and compared to a national average of 10 suicides per 100,000 people, it looks like active duty military are killing themselves 50% more than normal.

But what is normal? The population of America is about 50/50 male/female, yet the military is primarily male, and weighted towards the 18-25 year old crowd. Conveniently, these people have a particularly high average suicide rate that hovers around 20-25 per 100,000. When compared to that, the military rate is actually much lower than normal.

But what about that rise? It’s pretty obvious that from 2006 we see a rise in suicide rates. Obviously the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are taking a toll on troops.

But the timing doesn’t make sense. Afghanistan casualties were fairly steady up to 2008. Casualties in Iraq were already steady by 2006, and in fact went down in 2008 onwards, yet the suicide rate continued rising. And when the Army looked into it, a full one-third of the suicides had no deployment history. The wars causing the rise in suicides doesn’t hold up to closer scrutiny.

This is where the insider piece helps. As a Navy guy stationed previously at an Army base, I couldn’t help but notice with disgust the number of fat Army troops walking around. This wasn’t simply inter-service rivalry. I looked into it, and found the Army was waiving body fat requirements more so in 2006 and onwards in order to meet an increase in end strength. Local unit commanders confirmed that it wasn’t just body fat. Non-violent felonies, mental health issues, and all sorts of other conditions that the Army would previously screen out were being waived.

So what happens when you are no longer taking from the best part of the population, and instead are taking more average people? In the Army’s case, you get more average-people problems. The suicide rate rose to the average 18-25 year old male rate.

I’ll go out on a limb here. While PTSD can strike anyone, it is far less likely to strike the average soldier we recruited in 2002 than the soldier recruited in 2007. We had to lower recruiting standards to fill a wartime need, and we did it without providing the proper medical support for those people. As a nation, at some point we will need to come to grips with that decision.

Which means Donald Trump was right when he said

“when you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it. But a lot of people can’t handle it. And they see horror stories. They see events that you couldn’t see in a movie, nobody would believe it.”

If we want to help our veterans struggling with PTSD, let’s start by using statistics to help us tackle the right problem first. Stop blaming the wars and start fixing the poor choices we made as a nation.


This post solely represents the view of the author and does not represent the official views of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other branch of the US government.


If you’re a great American and want to help fight suicide and PTSD, you can donate to a variety of places, or go volunteer at your local VA hospital. If you know someone that needs help, tell them to call the Military One Source Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, because one suicide is one too many.

There are few people who are as good as Robert Stacy McCain as stating obvious truths that people ignore

Because it is easier to remain silent than to express unpopular truths, we find that liars are increasingly influential in academia — hello, Professor Lisa Wade — and common sense is now quite uncommon on campus.

We are expected to believe that college girls in the 21st century are afflicted with an extraordinary naïveté about how sex happens.

“Why are these boys furnishing me with free alcohol?” we must imagine the college girl asking herself, as she downs her ninth drink. “And why does this boy want me to go back to his dorm room at midnight?”

Gosh, honey, this is all a huge mystery to you, isn’t it? You graduated high school at the top of your class, and your parents are paying $60,000 a year to send you to this elite private liberal arts college, so maybe you could do a little arithmetic, add 2 + 2 and tell us what this is about.

Now think about this for a second.

If this was 1816 or even 1956 it’s just possible that a young lady might be sheltered enough that she may not realize what is going on.

But we have spent the last 25 years informing our children about sex to the point where it is all around them from youth, and that’s not even counting the effect of the internet and online porn so the idea that an 18 year old college girl doesn’t understand that drinking alcohol to excess at a college party might lead to an undesired sexual encounter, that’s just not credible.

Of course to our feminist friends if you suggest to a young lady that getting drunk with a young man at college might not be a good idea, you are some sort of misogynistic cad and given our culture of victimhood it might even be possible that a girl might covet the victim status that comes from later regret.

But for my money an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  I’ll give the last word to Screwtape

The Enemy described a married couple as “one flesh”. He did not lay “a happily married couple” or “a couple who married because they were in love”, but you can make the humans ignore that. You can also make them forget that the man they call Paul did not confine it to married couples. Mere copulation, for him, makes “one flesh”. You can thus get the humans to accept as rhetorical eulogies of “being in love” what were in fact plain descriptions of the real significance of sexual intercourse. The truth is that wherever a man lies with a woman, there, whether they like it or not, a transcendental relation is set up between them which must be eternally enjoyed or eternally endured.

Given that fact I’d suggest avoiding sex without a ring on the finger myself which is why I taught my sons what my father taught me:  If she’s good enough to sleep with she’s good enough to marry.”

Closing thought:  This is another example of God’s rules being for our benefit rather than his.


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I can’t see how the Baltimore Orioles justify losing a one game winner take all game with Zach Britton on the bench, I mean what’s the point of having a guy who was 47 for 47 on the team in saves if you don’t use him in the situation where the entire season is literally on the line?

I’m old enough to remember when the MSM actually cared about their facade of objectivity but Hillary Clinton is such a bad I was looking at candidate that such considerations have become a luxury.

Even decades after his death there simply isn’t anyone who turns a comic phrase better than Groucho Marx.  His one liners are just as funny today as they were in the 1930’s.

You know Burger King used to be pretty good for fast food, now I can’t eat it without my stomach turning.

The easiest path to riches in the future will be as an eye or ear doctor who treats people in their 50’s and above who have spent decades squinting at tiny phone screens or with earbuds in their ears blasting away.

As Obamacare’s failures continue to multiply it’s very apparent that the smartest thing the GOP has done in the last decade was to not give Obamacare a single GOP vote.  All of these failures are owned by democrats and will continue to be forever.

Is anyone actually surprised that the IRS is still going after conservative groups?  And be assured that if they are willing to do this openly before an election, how much more shameless will they be in their attacks if Hillary Clinton wins.

 

It amazes me that more conservatives in general and Christians in particular are not using the laws concerning “hostile workplace environments” to sue employers, particularly large corporations.  Until that starts happening conservatives will continue to go more and more into the closet.

Cumberland Farms became a fast food takeout restaurant so quickly I didn’t even notice until it happened.

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It really stinks when you’re drawing a blank on what to write about but over the course of 8 years it’s bound to happen once in a while so here are 10 more quick thought that twitter won’t get but you will.

Toronto holding Ortiz hitless in his final games demonstrates the difference between a beloved players last game not mattering in the standings and a players last game being against a team in a must win situation.

I’ve predicted that the media’s bias in the last month of this election is going to be so bad that even the cynical will be shocked. I think I’ve vastly understated the matter.

There are elderly catholics who because of JFK still think the Democrats love the church despite all the evidence otherwise. It’s very frustrating.

If Wikileaks brings down Hillary it’s a good thing for the nation but it doesn’t change the fact that they are bad people doing bad things, their battle vs Hillary is like a war between ISIS & Iran, we can only hope that both sides lose.

I’ve seen a lot of people say Hillary corrupted the FBI, that’s not true, the bottom line is the FBI was given a choice between doing their duty or protecting Hillary and choose the latter. So if you are an FBI agent and a person like me looks on you with distrust and scorn, blame the guy in the mirror.

I’ve said it many times an it’s worth repeating. If our enemies were looking to do us the maximum harm both domestically and internationally and installed their own leader, how would their actions over the last 8 years vary from what this president has done?

I’m sorry but a priest who sees a person heading toward Hell and doesn’t tell them so is being the opposite of loving, just like a doctor who tells a patient a comforting lie to avoid telling him they’re in danger of death should be fired. Incidentally I’ve been reading a chapter of the gospels every day for 2 1/2 years now and Jesus talked a lot about people going to hell, that being the case you think it would come up more often in the pulpit.

What’s the point of even having BBC America if they don’t have Doctor Who available on demand?

Now that Tom Brady is back suddenly my argument about an older quarterback getting four extra weeks rest as a plus is being repeated all over.

Unless you are willing to define what a person’s “fair share” is I think demanding someone pay it is a load of BS.


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