By John Ruberry

Barack Obama’s Model United Nations style foreign policy of be-nice-to-rogue-nations-and-they’ll-be-nice-to-you is a failure.

Five years ago Syria’s thug president, Bashar al-Assad, crossed Barack Obama’s red line by using chemical weapons against his own people.

Obama did not retaliate.

Last Tuesday the brute crossed that red line–and on Thursday President Donald J. Trump fired 59 cruise missiles at the Syrian base from where those chemical weapons were launched. This happened the day after an emergency session of the UN Security Council called in response to this cruel attack predictably achieved nothing.

The spoiled fat boy who savagely rules the starving nation of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, keeps firing missiles in tests, those weapons violate numerous United Nations resolutions. For years the rogue state has been building a nuclear weapons program, one that can possibly be used to attack the United States.

Trump is responding to the aggressiveness of the Norks by dispatching an aircraft carrier to Korean waters. He’s reportedly considering deploying nuclear missiles in South Korea.

Obama did nothing of consequence in regards to the North Korean threat.

Trump understands the lessons of the playground that Obama and his fellow leftists never learned. Bullies only back down when confronted with force, or a credible threat of force. For bullies weakness is an opportunity to be exploited. The historical examples of strongmen attacking their own people and more powerful nations plundering weaker ones are so plentiful that I won’t insult the intelligence of my readers by listing them. And if you need examples, then you are too far gone, my friend.

There is some good news–America’s eight-year long vacation from reality is over.

Oh, is there any hope for the UN? No. Add me to the list of people who believe that the United States and other freedom-loving nations, such as Great Britain, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, and lets say Chile, need to band together and form a League of Democracies.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

One of the things about training and experience as an engineer and a love of history is you get a delightful combination of mathematical, logic and access to the thoughts of some of the greatest people who ever lived in history.

And while these great minds over the course of thousands of years might not be as sharp enough to help me perceive the extra 30+ and growing genders that a person like this one, this one or even this one they have made deductive reasoning pretty straightforward.

Which brings me to this story (via Pat Dollard):

 

The little-noticed Hispanic survey was conducted in June 2013 by McLaughlin and Associates to gauge the opinions of U.S. resident Latinos on a wide range of issues.

Inside the poll is a page devoted to voter profiles. Of the randomly selected sample of 800 Hispanics, 56 percent, or 448, said they were non-citizens, and of those, 13 percent said they were registered to vote. The 448 would presumably be a mix of illegal immigrants and noncitizens who are in the U.S. legally, such as visa holders or permanent residents.

(emphasis mine)

Two things jump out at me 1st the fact that the poll is “little known”, that’s important.

One of the things about a completely politicized society is that things get spun, if a set of data is collected under the radar, away from various activists groups looking to spin it. For example this 2003 CPAN broadcast concerning that year’s survey drew a whole 25 views.

As a rule it’s pretty tough to claim the fix is in when something been going on for decades and you haven’t been complaining about it, thus there will be some problems if the left wants to pooh pooh it.

The second important thing highlighted is the percentage of people admitting that they were registered to vote, it’s significant because it’s very illegal and yet 13% were willing to admit doing so.

This suggest that the actual number is higher, perhaps much higher as people generally don’t like to admit to crimes (particularly things that might turn out to be federal offenses) to a bunch of strangers.
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But for the sake of argument consider these numbers correct as they are and ask yourself this

What’s 13% of 30 million?

If 13% of Illegal immigrants admit to being illegally registered to vote that’s 3.9 million people.

Remind me how many fraudulent votes did President Trump claim were out there?

A lot more than these people managed to turn out: “Not My President” Protests Across Country Fizzle

The protests which promised thousands failed to produce mass amounts of protesters. There was no cohesive message, just a general tone of disapproval towards a president who has only been in office one month. This “resistance” movement might lend itself more credibility if they centered around a particular policy or even waited until Trump has done something worth protesting. Alas…

More importantly the USA today report said “thousands” not “tens of thousands” or “Hundreds of thousands” but “thousands” NATIONWIDE.

In other words for a protest held in a country of 324 million where tens of millions of people voted for someone else organizers of this protest couldn’t even get ten or twenty thousand nationwide on a national holiday during school vacation week

Put simply there are a lot less of these protesters than they and the media pretend to be, in fact based on this poll I suspect the number of Illegal Immigrants voting illegally outnumber them by the hundreds of thousands (dare I say millions?)

You may not like that conclusion, it may make you angry or in the modern parlance “trigger” you, but in the end the math is the math, as any good engineer will tell you.

Pre-post update: Population of Knoxville over 180K

“Forty minutes after it began, less than 10 people had attended Monday evening’s ‘Not My Presidents Day’ protest in Market Square in Knoxville. . . . The event consisted of five or six people arguing with a lone Donald Trump supporter.”

I know that’s a red state but even if Trump won the city 70-30 that’s over 50,000 potential protestors.


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My wife is frustrated.

Over Christmas break, I watched her constantly working. Despite the holidays, she would get up at 5:30 in the morning and was working constantly until 8 pm. At that point, she collapsed onto the couch next to me, maybe making it through an episode of “The Man in the High Castle,” and then going up to bed right after.

After a few days of this, I saw an opportunity for us to just sit together and enjoy each other’s company. Her response was “I need to dust upstairs.” Now, I’m sure there are some dust bunnies hiding in the crevices, but overall our house is fairly clean, and certainly dusting wasn’t on the priority list. So I asked her to nix that. She looked stressed, which I didn’t get. I mean, I just STOPPED her from doing work so we could relax together. How is that not…relaxing?

My wife’s reply was telling. “If I’m not working, I feel lazy. But if I work all day, I’m exhausted and tired.”

A catch-22 if I ever saw one, exacerbated, I think, by social media.


Social media has done great things to connect people. One big problem is that it is only a snapshot in time. For every cute baby picture there are a thousand moments of baby’s crying, screaming, puking and otherwise doing things you DON’T post on Facebook.

Every parent of multiple children knows this. Every new parent that grew up with social media does not. We mistakenly view our friends social media as the truth and compare ourselves to this ideal constantly, despite knowing that not everything on the internet is true. It isn’t helping us one bit.

The other brutal truth is that work is not the same as having purpose. We continue to tell ourselves that if we just made enough money, or had a nicer house, or did a bit more to discipline our kids, or whatever, then we would be happy. And yet, we can spend our entire lives working hard and never get any happier, even if our income rises.

So we get stuck in a nasty loop. We’re told that our success is measured by having the perfect kids, perfect house, perfect job, etc. And yet, none of us do, and what’s worse, we see others that we think “have it all.” So we work harder, driving ourselves further into the negative reinforcement loop. Are we surprised that Facebook makes us sad?

This isn’t new, in fact, it’s as old as the Bible:

As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”

The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” – LUKE 10: 38-42

We can get purpose out of work, but that requires placing work as an offering to God, as a way to find meaning. We short circuit this when we use work to elevate ourselves over others. We get into a comparison war, even if it’s only in our heads, and we always wind up as the loser.

Martha vocalized her comparison war. Jesus reminded Martha that work is no substitute for purpose. We all likely need this reminder more often than not.

As a general rule there is never a bad time for a murderous dictator to meet his end, however the timing of Fidel Castro’s death, at a moment when most American leftists in media and academia are berating and bemoaning the election of Donald Trump is most fortuitous.

Castro’s death while all this insanity is going on provides a teachable moment for those who are returning to a classroom after thanksgiving.

So to all of those being told of the greatness of Fidel Castro by those who celebrated his rise to power and insisted that Cuba was a better place under him, while at the same time bemoaning the future of the United States under president elected Donald Trump by the professional leftists teaching them I pose the following question.

For decades the left has insisted that Fidel Castro was a hero who made his island a better place while insisting that claims of oppression were either false or overblown.

Yet despite this thousands of Cubans fled their Island, risking jail if caught and drowning if not in order to escape this supposed “paradise”. Even Cuban athletes representing the country had to be carefully watched when competing internationally because even the threats against their families on the island was not enough to guarantee that they would not defect to the west.

That is Cuba under the Castros.

Meanwhile before the election of Donald Trump celebrities from Al Sharpton to Lena Dunham, from Cher to Whoopi Goldberg and Amy Schumer vowed to leave the country if he was elected to escape the evils of what would be his despotic rule.

Not only did the various celebs all have sufficient wealth to allow them to leave the country without incident (unlike most of those who fled Castro) but under the laws of the United States they faced no fear of reprisal if they choose to go, no being stopped at the border, no imprisonment of families, not even a risky boat ride, the most dangerous part of leaving would be the risk of having to fly coach.

Yet when the time came, every single one of them decided to stay.

So my question to those attending a college where they are singing the praises of Fidel Castro while creating safe spaces and organizing marches to oppose Donald Trump is this?

If What you’ve been told about Trump vs Castro is true, why aren’t the Cubans staying and the celebrities fleeing? Wouldn’t that be the logical result?

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I must confess when saw the title of this piece at ESPN I misread it:

NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

I presumed that the NWHL had discovered that one of their players was in fact born a man meaning that the women playing against him.

I was interested to see how teammates where dealing with a person of the biologically different sex sharing a locker room, if opponents were publicly saying it was no big deal while off the record complaining that it was unfair.

But most all I was interested in seeing how the league was dealing with a person with greater upper body strength checking and knocking over the weaker women, after all this wasn’t a 50 year old Gabrielle Ludwig competing with women 30 years “her” junior, it a guy in the prime of his life competing with women.

Alas once I read the story I realized why there was no reason to fuss.

Browne has decided to postpone a medical transition until he’s done playing in the NWHL, and he’s not changing his legal name right now for visa reasons. Browne says he is “not closing the door” to transitioning to the men’s side of the sport one day depending on how his body changes.

In other words Harrison Brown is in fact a woman, who “identifies” as a man, and thus none of the problems that I mentioned above apply.

“At the end of the day, Harrison is the same player he was last year,” Rylan said. “We’re here to support him. It’s really not a big deal when you look at it, we’re respecting his name, the pronouns and his request to be his authentic self.”

“Support has been a major thread of our team unity and success,” Beauts GM Ric Seiling said. “And that goes beyond the rink.”

Of course Harrison is the same player as last year, Harrison is a woman. That’s why nobody cares if “he” is in the locker room, or worries about being cross checked by “him” or thinks the Beauts have an unfair advantage with “him” on their roster. Because all the players know that “Harrison” is no more a man that the character of “Teddy” in Arsenic and old lace was the 26th president of the United States.

In other words, it’s just as unreal as if one of “his” teammates declared she was Harry Truman, as long as her self delusion doesn’t affect play, it’s no big deal. Of course the headline “Woman plays on WNHL team” isn’t really going to draw the clicks is it.

Two final thoughts

I really laughed at this paragraph

NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan said the league is now working on a policy that will include transgender athletes, and that the women’s league is accepting of a transgender man on a team roster.

In other words the NWHL commissioner is showing how open minded she is by allowing women to play in the woman’s hockey league. Big deal. When she allows “transgender women” (ie actual men) to play on the teams, share the locker rooms, and check players at full speed, then give me a call.

I presume that like other professional leagues the WNHL has rules concerning steroids and drug enhanced performances. If transgender men are allowed, who are being given testosterone as part of their medical transition, are allowed to play will the WNHL penalize a woman who took a testosterone supplements for the sole purpose of build muscle mass for an advantage and if so, is that fair?


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“I only know this is wrong.”

– Guinan
Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Yesterday’s Enterprise”

I’m a sucker for time-travel stories. Whether it’s Harry Potter, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Back to the Future, Stephen King’s 11/22/63 or anything else, a good story about the hero traveling back in time and affecting (or restoring) “the timeline” is one of my favorite diversions. If the plot is clever and resolves itself well, I’m even willing to put up with hokey dialog and two-dimensional characters. I just love it when a story, which can easily open itself to paradox, cliché and deus ex machina anti-climax, manages to apply self-consistent logic and arrive at an exciting, thought-provoking and satisfying ending.

Of course, we know that time travel is impossible. You can’t go back in time and murder your grandfather, there are no alternate universes and there is no grand government conspiracy hiding an actual time travel device so we just think it’s impossible. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to change the past, at least not if you’re a progressive, or whatever term the left chooses to apply to itself. The only hard part is getting yourself into a position to do it, such as becoming a Supreme Court Justice.

If you’re like me, and believe that words have meanings and expect that logical self-consistency is essential for any set of laws to make sense, then you would agree that once a law is passed it’s meaning should remain constant until such time as the legislature chooses to amend or repeal the law. That’s a pretty basic feature of any “government of laws, not of men.” The problem, as the left sees it, is that our Constitution was set up to make it hard to change the law, but we conservatives see this as a feature, not a bug.

The way the Constitution says you change a law is to advocate for the change and convince the legislature to pass the amendment, get it approved by the other house and have the president sign it into law. But that can be difficult since (ideally) each legislator is beholden to a constituency (those pesky “we the people” again), so they have to convince them that it’s a good idea too. If they can’t, then they may get voted out in the next election. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. What if there were an easier way?

Let’s suppose that time travel were actually possible. Our legislative crusader could go back in time, maybe to the Constitutional Convention, and actually advocate to change the Constitution. Maybe convince James Madison that the first amendment should include that phrase “Congress shall make no law limiting the ability of a mother to kill her unborn child at any time during her pregnancy.” Then the Supreme Court never would have had to wrestle with the abortion question in Roe v. Wade.

Instead, the left has discovered that Legislative Time Travel is much easier. All they have to do is decide what policy they want to enact and then declare that the meaning of the appropriate legislation is actually different from what everyone thought it was originally, and – surprise! – it actually means just what it needs to mean to enact whatever policy they want. They did it with abortion, they did it with gay “marriage” and now they’re doing it with “transgenderism.” Instead of going back in time and convincing Madison, all they have to say is “Madison really meant whatever I wish he’d meant.”

And the Obama administration doesn’t even have to go back that far. By reinterpreting Title IX to include the nebulous term “gender identity” they have the chutzpah to tell legislators, many of whom are still around, that the law they passed to prohibit discrimination based on sex now means something completely different.

So now we find ourselves in an alternate reality where laws are no longer logically self-consistent, since “gender identity” is completely subjective and this made-up interpretation of plainly written law is now in direct contradiction of the First Amendment in forcing churches and religious organizations and employers to go against the practice of their faith (i.e. the free exercise of their religion) to accommodate what the American College of Pediatricians has classified as a psychological disorder.

Since we don’t believe in Legislative Time Travel, we need representatives who will follow the Constitution and not just make things up as they go along. Since Clinton has pledged to be Obama’s third term, we can expect more of the same if she is elected. It says a lot about how far left Clinton and the democrats have become that Donald Trump is actually the candidate who is more likely to restore our timeline to one that make sense.

Missy (The Master): He’s trapped at the heart of the Dalek empire. He’s a prisoner of the creatures who hate him most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the deadliest race in all of history can throw at us. We, on the other hand, have a pointy stick. How do we start?
Clara: We assume we’re going to win.

Doctor Who: The Witches’ Familiar 2015

There are few thing I enjoy more than re-watching the 2004 ALCS series starting with the 9th inning of game 4.

Even twelve years later and with three world series in the bag. The 2004 ALCS is special. It brings a smile to the face and a tear to the eye and it all began with the greatest stolen base in Red Sox History:

and ended with Big Papi knocking it out.

Now for Red Sox fans like myself the great comeback of 2004 is particularly special because it was our first world series win. That first championship is always the greatest.

I’m sure this isn’t unique to Red Sox fans. 1969 was the first championship for the Met and the 1969 Miracle Mets as some might have forgotten came back from behind to take the East from the Chicago Cubs and then swept Atlanta to win their first pennant.

Yes that’s a young Nolan Ryan who was to win his only World Series Ring of his incredible career with those Miracle Mets.

And if you go back even further in 1951 the then NY Giants were 12 1/2 back in August and 4 1/2 games back with ten to play and managed to come back and take the Pennant.

Now All of these teams and comebacks are legendary and every baseball fan knows them. Do you know the reason why?

Because they are exceptions.

Nobody talks about the seasons when the Yankees dominated in the 90’s or the Reds in 1976 or the 1973 Oakland A’s not because they weren’t great teams but because thing happened as expected.

And that brings us to the election results tonight.

As of this writing Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia and Alabama and Tennessee have all gone for Donald Trump and when CNN reported that GOP donors are getting together to get money together to stop him Jake Tapper just said “Why don’t they wait till after the inauguration?”

At the same time as the GOP Establishment is doing this many of my fellow conservative activists are talking about the same thing stopping Trump or suggesting that he’s in trouble to wit

Now as I’ve said over and Over I’m a Ted Cruz guy. I voted for him today and I urge all voters to vote for Ted as the best candidate to secure the border, stop Obamacare, I’m glad he’s leading in Texas and exit polls look good in Oklahoma which would be one more state than the MSM was projecting and I’d be delighted for him to come back and win the nomination.

But I understand that such a comeback would be in the same class as the 2004 Red Sox , the 1969 Mets and the 1951 Giants and have no intention of pretending otherwise and I hope the Ted Cruz campaign does the same because you can’t get to where you want to go unless you understand where you are.

Now I don’t expect the Establishment GOP to tell the truth but I’m really bothered to see my fellow conservative activists retreat to their safe spaces

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Strax: Sir, permission to express my opposition to your current apathy?
11th Doctor: Permission granted.
Strax: Sir, I am opposed to your current apathy.

Doctor Who:  The Snowmen 2012

The few days have been dominated by the Trump and Glenn Reynolds explains why in Brief

If the responsible people would talk about these issues, and take action, Trump wouldn’t take up so much space.

While the NY Post explains in more detail:

America has been the target of at least 74 Islamist plots or attacks since 9/11 — the most recent being San Bernardino. These include at least 16 in New York.

You see the problem with reality is that no amount of denial makes it less real so when Trump says

We have places in London so radicalised that police are afraid for their lives.’

no amount of pushback

Within moments the Met Police, Prime Minister David Cameron, and the clownish Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, jumped to defend the reputation of the UK and distance themselves from this glaring truth.

Changes the actual truth:

A Lancashire Police officer told MailOnline: ‘There are Muslim areas of Preston that, if we wish to patrol, we have to contact local Muslim community leaders to get their permission’. 

One officer from Yorkshire said on the online forum Police.Community: ‘I’m not allowed to travel in half blues to work anymore IN MY OWN CAR as we’re ‘All at risk of attack’ – yet as soon as someone points out the obvious it’s ‘divisive.’

that real people live.

And people will continue to live these truths until someone shakes them out of their apathy.

 

By John Ruberry

Last Wednesday in a Rose Garden ceremony Vice President Joe Biden, with President Obama at his side, announced that he will not be a candidate for president in 2016, although he certainly sounded like one.

And Biden heralded art of compromise in his address.

I believe we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart. And I think we can. It’s mean-spirited. It’s petty. And it’s gone on for much too long. I don’t believe, like some do, that it’s naïve to talk to Republicans. I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemies. They are our opposition; they’re not our enemies. And for the sake of the country, we have to work together.

Eloquent words. But as hollow as a carved pumpkin.

The definition of compromise that contemporary Democrats believe in is that they hold fast to their positions while calling on Republicans to change their stands. If they don’t liberals label them obstructionists or worse. Examples? Obama has called his political opponents “hostage takers” and “enemies.” His still-unpopular ObamaCare law was passed by Congress with no Republican votes.

Illinois state capitol
Illinois state capitol, Springfield

Prior to his election as president Obama was a US senator from Illinois, nominally representing me in Washington. His predecessor was Peter Fitzgerald, a Republican. Like Obama, Fitzgerald moved up from the Illinois state Senate to to the US Capitol and for two years he served with the future president in Springfield.

Here’s what Fitzgerald said about Obama’s state Senate days in 2008.

He was a very partisan and ideological Democrat who represented a district that really was probably 90 percent Democrat, and certainly I saw him as reflective of his district in that he was just one of those state senators from Chicago who viewed the Democratic party as being right 100 percent of the time and the Republican party wrong 100 percent of the time. He’s not one to work across party lines.

Yet in last week’s Rose Garden speech, Biden parroted the myth that his boss believes that “compromise is not a dirty word.”

But in reality Obama has his own definition of what compromise and that is “I win and you lose.”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

There is what I call the turnpike effect: You get on the turnpike and it looks like yours is the only car on the turnpike, but five minutes later thousands of cars are buzzing all around you.

The last few weeks have had that effect on me. I normally focus on news from Latin America (which are usually grim), and rarely on non-political U.S. news, so it’s not like there aren’t enough crazy news to go around. It’s just that I don’t pay attention to them. However, now is the “What are you, nuts?” time.

In the past couple of weeks three stories have been high enough on the news cycle that I have decided to lump in the “What are you, nuts?” category:

1. Jenner, whether you go by Caitlyn or Bruce, is as much of a woman as I.

2. Rachel Dolezal is more black than Justice Clarence Thomas.

3. It was OK to allow the Clinton jail escapees wear street clothes.

On item #1, old news by now, but I am sympathetic to Jenner, and pray that the Lord help him find peace. However, the cold fact remains that a person with the Y chromosome who sires six children and retains all of his original factory-installed equipment is not a woman, no matter that the person has a glamour cover on Vanity Fair wearing thousands of dollars’ worth of make-up, hair, and clothes. It’s one thing for Jenner to decide to undergo a costly and most painful transition to live as a woman; it’s another thing altogether to insist that we all regard it as an accomplished biological fact.

On item #2, again, Dolezal’s may choose to live as a person of any race. However, Dolezal’s background by now shows a long history of lies (even a lawsuit), which point, at best, to the possibility of a mental disorder. The implication that she’s “more black” than Justice Thomas, who grew up in the segregated South, firmly deserves a place in the “What are you, nuts?” file.

Then there are Matt and Sweat (you couldn’t come up with a better-named duo if you tried), the two escapees who are still at large. In spite of their violent antecedents dating back to adolescence, the two were granted prison privileges that included the benefit of wearing street clothes. Yes,

I know the argument for allowing a man like that to benefit from the usual rewards for good behavior in prison. It goes like this: he’s there for life, or at least many many many years, and there needs to be some possibility of rewards for his cooperation or he’s going to make the place miserable the whole time. Having no rewards at all increases his dangerousness because he has nothing to lose by acting just as bad as he can, and nothing to gain by acting better.

But street clothes?  “What are you, nuts?”

And let’s add one to the list, while we’re at it: Donald Trump is a Republican. “What are you, nuts?”

To paraphrase Pete, there’s a right to self-delusion; there’s also a right to not play along.

There remains one sobering fact, above all:

Above all, the fixation on Caitlyn Jenner and Flozell of Spokane at a time when Chinese hackers are stealing state secrets with impunity; when the Chinese, Iranians, and Russians are laughing at our military; when our economy is being sustained only by massive Government borrowing (that can go on forever, right?) shows that, as a culture, we no longer care about Serious Things. We have lost sight of what matters, and instead are locked into a cycle of self-validation through self-gratification and fixation on frivolous identity culture.

Related: How To Escape The Age Of Mass Delusion

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