Deplorable me
In between reports on Hurricane Harvey the press is managing some outrage over the pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio who had been jailed for criminal contempt.

While the pardon was not a huge surprise (and the timing on a Friday evening during a Cat 4 Hurricane makes the ultimate news dump) rest assured that by the time we get to the Sunday News shows there will be experts on the left beating their breasts over it and insisting that it’s a sign of racism on the part of Donald Trump and his supporters and breathlessly predicting their fall.

He’re why that effort will fail in a single headline:

Trump pardons controversial
Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was
convicted of contempt for refusing to stop
targeting illegal immigrants for arrest

The american voters who gave Trump his majorities in 29 states understand that an illegal immigrant is, by his very presence, breaking the law, and the very idea that it’s “controversial” to target those breaking the law for arrest is so asinine and so nakedly political that sensible voters reject it out of hand.

To be sure in the blue media this will be yet another sign of the apocalypse and the never trump forces in the GOP will find themselves prominently featured by the press condemning this.

However that willingness to make this move and telegraph it in advance knowing the reaction it would cause will only reinforce the solid support this president has among his base of deplorables who will see the media reaction and realize they still don’t get it.

I think Trump already has his path for 2020 mapped out and intends to have the media and left pave it for him.

They just haven’t figured it out yet.

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There are a lot of people who can’t wait to see a veto in Arizona of the Religious Freedom bill.

CNN & MSNBC have made it their cause celebre, GLAAD sees it as a great way to recover from their Duck Dynasty defeat and many in the establishment GOP see it as an excellent change to put those social conservatives in their place.

But if there is one person who wants a veto of Arizona’s Religious Freedom bill more than anyone else gotta be Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church.

At first glance you might think that’s counter intuitive. Other than an e-mail blast fundraising bump what can Westboro have to gain from an Jan Brewer veto?

Just this.

The left has spent a lot of time building a strawman falsely suggesting that this law is all about denying service in a Restaurants and accommodations to gay people. Regardless of the though of the matter this has become the media meme.

The end result? If this bill is rejected the media will declare that religion, conscience, a moral code, can NOT be used to deny anyone service, ANYONE.

Then watch watch Phelps and his minions dive in.

Do you own a Gay Club? A restaurant or resort that caters to a primarily gay clientele? Get ready. Once the Arizona law is safely dead then expect Westboro baptist to come on down.

They’ll be down to rent your location for a dinner or a rally or an event, the press will come, Phelps will get a ton of publicity and use your venue to do it.

Watch him and his cronies turn it into a tour of Arizona, if you have a business that can be identified as Gay or LGBT, Phelps & company and he’ll take plenty of pictures (as will the media) before you know when your business’ name is google the name Westboro baptist will come up in the results, Pictures? Watch your venue name with a smiling Fred Phelps holding one of his Trademark signs smiling next to it.

Oh and beware, if you give less that your best service and qualify or if a single employee decides to make a statement with a tiny bit of spittle Phelps’ lawyers will pounce and the judgements and settlements will be legendary.

Such a plan could already have been done of course but there would have been little national attention in it, but thanks to the MSM & Gay groups move in Arizona it’s now worth his while.

I suspect national leaders of the LGBT community might be counting on this. While Phelps extremism is rejected by most Christians national gay groups will be delighted to use him as a poster boy for every fundraising they decide to send

So don’t worry Gay business owner in Arizona, while your own business’ longterm reputation will be harmed and your search engine results corrupted you can take comfort that national fundraisers for GLAAD & others will be able to live large off of your troubles for years to come.

Count on it.

Update: As for the strawmen I mentioned Erick Erickson notes them:

If a Christian owns a bakery or a florist shop or a photography shop or a diner, a Christian should no more be allowed to deny service to a gay person than to a black person. It is against the tenets of 2000 years of orthodox Christian faith, no matter how poorly some Christians have practiced their faith over two millennia.

And honestly, I don’t know that I know anyone who disagrees with any of this.

The disagreement comes on one issue only — should a Christian provide goods and services to a gay wedding. That’s it. We’re not talking about serving a meal at a restaurant. We’re not talking about baking a cake for a birthday party. We’re talking about a wedding, which millions of Christians view as a sacrament of the faith and other, mostly Protestant Christians, view as a relationship ordained by God to reflect a holy relationship.

This slope is only slippery if you grease it with hypotheticals not in play.

And even Andrew Sullivan gets it:

I would never want to coerce any fundamentalist to provide services for my wedding – or anything else for that matter – if it made them in any way uncomfortable. The idea of suing these businesses to force them to provide services they are clearly uncomfortable providing is anathema to me. I think it should be repellent to the gay rights movement as well.

The Anchoress gets it:

Anyone can walk into a kosher or halal butcher’s shop and buy a chicken, but if asked to cater a party with bacon burgers, the butcher will refuse. Should that invite a lawsuit? People understand that you don’t bother religious butchers with requests they cannot honor. Should we be permitted to demand services of a cameraman, or a florist or baker that tread upon their religious sensibilities?

And Ed Morrissey hits it both at HotAir:

I’m going to avoid getting into a theological debate over the issue of participating in same-sex weddings, because it’s an unresolvable topic. Some Christians might see it as Christian love, while others who read Corinthians might see a parallel to Paul’s ruling on eating meat sacrificed to idols, or even Jesus’ forgiveness of the adulterer with the proviso to “sin no more.” The point is that Christians and those of other religions on that spectrum of belief hold those beliefs sincerely, and that should be enough to allow them to choose when and whether to participate in such events. The right of religious expression takes precedence over the state interest in forcing bakers to produce cakes for same-sex weddings, or photographers to attend them.

And this week:

Left unspoken is why anyone would want a baker for their wedding who didn’t want to participate — or a florist for that matter, or a photographer. Weddings are traumatic enough for all concerned without deliberately boosting the tension levels to a Spinal Tap-esque 11. Leaving the issue of religious belief aside for a moment, Phillips cannot possibly be the only baker in Denver capable of producing a wedding cake. Why not take Phillips at his word, tolerate his religious beliefs, and find a baker with more enthusiasm for the event?

I’ll speak it, the purpose is to generate fear to speak and live one’s Christian belief to make Christianity & Christian belief beyond the pale of acceptable behavior.


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The documents say what they say and cannot be added to; each new “historical Jesus” therefore has to be got out of them by suppression at one point and exaggeration at another

C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters #23

As Arizona (and now Georgia) fight over religious protections concerning Gay Marriage and the 1st Amendment Erick Erickson tweeted out something that made me smile:

That is one of the points that our friends on the left have a real problem overcoming.

Unlike say Geology or Astronomy the Bible is a book. It says specific things in specific languages. Slight debates in translation not withstanding the text itself remains unchanged over the centuries

The Bible is one of the most read and studied books in human history. The greatest minds in the history of humanity have argued and debated it’s words, meaning and what it is all about for many many centuries. Throughout that time scholars uniformly maintained homosexual acts were sinful (as they are in Islam and other religions).

Yet our friends on the left would have you believe that until 2004 or so 99.9% of the scholars who studied the the single most studied volume in the history of mankind has been totally misinterpreted by the not only some of the finest minds humanity produced from Augustine to C. S. Lewis from  Thomas Aquinas to Pope John Paul II.

How fortunate we are to be living in an age where we have scholars so brilliant that they can outshine giants like these.  How lucky we are to have such minds among us.


One final thought:

While I agree with Mr. Erickson’s point and have argued it above If I was on the other side of the argument I’d make this one back at him:

Historically there has been a word long used to describe those who redefined Christian belief and practice into something different than it was…

…that word is “Protestant”

If I was a leftist I’d ask Erick to explain how this attempt to redefine centuries of scripture and sacraments is any different than John Calvin, Joseph Smith, William Miller, King Henry VIII, Martin Luther and all the Baptists, Congregationalists, Lutherans , Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, Adventists  who starting in 1517  threw out centuries of church doctrine and sacraments because those Catholics were and are still getting it wrong?


Olimometer 2.52

Wednesday is here and my prospects for a fully paid mortgage this month are dim.

With only $67 in the till this week this would appear to be a horrible week on its own but sitting $650 shy of the Mortgage with only three days to come up with it frankly disaster.

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My flight for Arizona left just before 10 a.m .EST, it was notable for two things: the first was the young mother sitting next to me. She handled her 5 month old and a 2 1/2 year old with incredible skill. A spectacular job.

The second was some of the views from the air, breathtaking!

Arizona from the air
What a sight!

I landed in Arizona at 2 p.m. Arizona time. On the ground the views are just as incredible:

the sights of Phoenix

And the praying Monk:

the Praying Monk, Phoenix Arizona

My Host Barbara who blogs at American Freedom by Barbara was excited about having me on her show on KFNX 1100

Thanks to a local sports event we were on tape instead of live, but the sparks flew!

When the show was over Barbara took us to a spot called Wally’s

As we pulled into the lot the we met a lady named Laura Fial a local singer, by an odd coincidence her daughter is going to school in Denver, the next stop on my trip.

Click the photo to check out Laura's site

The real surprise came with I took a look at the wall and saw the Boston Globe sitting there, and not just ANY Boston Globe issue, my favorite one:

2004 never gets old for Red Sox fans

I met Wally inside who in a 3rd coincidence had friends visiting from Providence RI in the place, he was kind enough to introduce me to these potential listeners to my show.

Wally, the owner of Wally's pub

Let me tell you, if the hospitality doesn’t bowl you over the food will, I had Fish and Chips (Wednesday don’t you know) and it was as good as any I would expect out of Boston. Make sure you try it.

With all that happened I only heard of tonight’s debate in passing, lucky for you all Stacy McCain, the Lonely Conservative, Bill Jacobson and elsewhere, for now it’s a night sleep and then off to Denver and Blogcon in the morning. See you all there!

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Tim Blair has a must read post today about how obsession, comparing the “Jewish conspiracy” fetishes in the Arab world with the Palin obsession of the left, it skewers all the right people and closes thus:

If Palin’s “extreme rhetoric” causes murders, perhaps we should be keeping an eye on media leftists, for they seem most taken by the popular Alaskan grandmother and Facebook pundit. Bizarrely, they also imagine that others – including 22-year-old drug-sucking gamer burnouts like Loughner – follow her with similar obsession.

More likely is that Loughner was simply a goon with a gun. Meanwhile, the broader case remains unexamined. If the “extreme rhetoric” of Palin and others leads to greater violence, we should see that reflected in homicide statistics. But the murder rate in the US keeps falling, according to the Washington Post last May: “For the third consecutive year, violent crime has declined in the United States, including a 7.2 per cent reduction in homicides.”

I blame Sarah Palin.

Meanwhile on our side of the Pacific Don Surber is mad as hell and isn’t going to take it anymore:

For two years now, I have been called ignorant, racist, angry and violent by the left. The very foul-mouthed protesters of Bush dare to now label my words as “hate speech.”

Last week, the left quickly blamed the right for the national tragedy of a shooting spree by a madman who never watched Fox News, never listened to Rush Limbaugh and likely did not know who Sarah Palin is.

Fortunately, the American public rejected out of hand that idiotic notion that the right was responsible.

Rather than apologize, the left wants to change the tone of the political debate.

The left suddenly wants civil discourse.

Bite me.

Don’t hold back Don tell me what you really think.

Meanwhile on the left we see the civility used when jealous of being unable to match the hits of a single law professor in Tennessee.

The myths of the left will likely continue but as facts continue to come out watch the mask continue to slip.

…that John McCain will be a hawk on immigration.

As everyone knows I have a lot more fondness for McCain (due to his critical part in the Iraq war victory) that my friend Barbara Espinosa who has spent the last several months effectively laying out the case against him.

As I mentioned yesterday I certainly would prefer him to the democratic alternative but people need to go into this election with their eyes wide open. If republicans in Arizona choose McCain over J. D. Hayworth (who is always described as a “radio show host” rather than the congressman that he was by the media) then you deserve all that you get from him during the next congress.

You have absolutely no excuse, there is no way you can be deceived unless you let yourself. McCain is going to turn on a dime once this election is done, so when he does I don’t want to hear one word of complaint from republicans who support him.

It’s your choice not mine. I hope you make a wise one.

according to this report:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a television interview in Ecuador this month that the Obama Justice Department “will be bringing a lawsuit” against the controversial Arizona immigration measure signed into law earlier this year.

The Lonely Conservative has this to say:

You’ve gotta love Jan Brewer. She’s sticking to her guns, and she has public opinion on her side.

Doug Powers hanging at Michelle’s place notes something:

You can’t help but wonder what the cost to taxpayers of this lawsuit will be, and how much fencing and additional border security the money could have paid for. Then again, if the Obama administration gave a damn about border security, drug smuggling and illegal aliens in general (known to the DNC as “potential voters”), they wouldn’t be filing the lawsuit in the first place.

The weekly standard can count:

While this might help Democrats with Latino voters, the law is supported 60/40 overall. This can’t be a fight Democrats want to have before Election Day, right?

While Captain Ed is amazed by the method of letting this out:

Wow … just wow. What a tremendously incompetent manner in which to announce the decision. The Obama administration informed the Ecuadorian people of this decision before the White House informed Americans. I’m not sure if that’s Hope and Change, the New Transparency, or Smart Power.

Gov Brewer is not amused either:

“This is no way to treat the people of Arizona,” said Brewer, who recently set up a legal defense fund to combat challenges to the law. “To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous.”

“If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation,” Brewer added.

And that not the only promise not kept reminds Nice Deb

He was supposed to let her know what he decided on sending National Guard troops to AZ to protect the border. The two weeks were up, yesterday, revealing yet another empty promise from Obama

Nice Deb, being nice wouldn’t do that.

The Big question is why on earth would a US president be suing a US state of a law that mimics US law that a majority of American support? Repeat after me. If you start from the idea

One thing that has really struck me about the Arizona Law has been the almost united media reaction of how dare they.

They are beating their breasts, calling them Nazis, vowing not to do business in Arizona and posturing themselves to prove how pure they are on civil rights by bravely standing in opposition to the people of Arizona and their police.

Yet they won’t show a clip of Southpark without censoring Mohammed’s image.

That is why I call them the media human shields. Like the one’s in Iraq they “bravely” stood up to American troops fully knowing that they were in no danger from them. The media likewise will bravely stand up to Arizona police and voters because they know their “bravery” puts them in absolutely no danger.

They will however not stand up to radical Islam for the same reason why those same human shields would not go to Israel during rocket attacks nor during China during protest. They know the difference between real danger and posturing and won’t risk their necks.