When I saw this piece at Hotair about folks being Shocked SHOCKED at an increase in theft once it was decriminalized in California all I could think of is this. This is basically what people are doing with the attempts to redefine what sin is, with the full knowledge that it will cause an increase in it. This is a feature not a bug to these folks in charge.
I don’t understand why people seem so Shocked SHOCKED that the Democrats seem to be redefining impeachable offenses and to a large degree even truth. After redefining what “marriage” and “man” and “woman” is why would anyone be surprised that they will redefine truth on the fly when it suits them?
Was at Mass today (actually two) , I was still stewing concerning something at work that has really angered me when I went and viola, the sermon (at the 1st mass) talked about approaching prayer in general and in particular God with the wrong expectations. After all these years you would think I wouldn’t be Shocked SHOCKED at getting exactly what I needed from a short sermon at a daily mass but the surprise still comes.
On a pair of sports shows there were folks Shocked SHOCKED that Tom Brady being ranked as the #1 QB in the league at this point with Pat Mahomes at 6. While I agree that at 6 Mahomes is too low I think I’d be more Shocked SHOCKED if the defending champion superbowl QB who has outscored opponents 106 to 17 and is doing it at the age of 42 wasn’t ranked #1 in the league at this point.
Finally I was surfing sports radio yesterday as I drove home and the only game on was the New England Revolution vs Portland Timbers. It was 1-0 as I drove home and when Portland scored again in the 81 minutes. As this is soccer you figure it’s over but not only does the Revolution score in the 87th minute but in the 96th minute after a desperate throw in and kick into the box a video review showed that a Rev Player was pulled down in the box for a penalty kick which would tie the game.
I’m not a soccer guy but I confess that I stayed in the car for the end and was Shocked SHOCKED that they tied that game after being down 2-0 in the 86 min. If I was the revolution I’d be using this to push the game locally.
The media and the left have gone all in on it as they have every single time and like every other time not only is there no “there” there but even if they thought this Ukraine stuff had legs there is no time for a full investigation before the election.
That being the case, why are they even considering going all in on this, the answer is simple:
The know they are toast in Election 2020.
With the economy going strong, the president’s popularity soaring and trust in the complicit media at an all time low they understand that their chances of winning next November were slim to begin with and with the clown show of candidates all dying to give free healthcare to illegal aliens and tax the hell out of businesses Slim just left town.
An impeachment inquiry is a roll of the dice, a last desperate chance to energize and placate the base while holding back a vote that will doom them in the house.
The whole “impeachment inquiry” will be all about her getting the time to make that calculation and if she decides that a vote will cost her the congress she can declare that there is simply not enough evidence to move forward or that it’s too close to the election for the vote
If it actually comes to a vote expect it to be close, you can be sure that Pelosi will calculate that Democrats who are in most danger of an AOC inspired challenger will vote “yes’ while those in most danger of losing a seat due in a swing district if they support impeachment will vote “no”.
Nancy Pelosi understands that it’s a long chance, but like General Lee who was in command the last time Democrats tried to overthrow the government she also understands that she can’t win without long chances. So here we are.
But do not doubt for a minute that if these jokers thought they could win in 2020, they would sit back and let events take it’s course. This is as desperate a roll of the dice as Picket’s Charge and will likely have the same amount of success:
Final thought, ironically also like Picket’s charge the idiots who lead this suicidal political move will be celebrated by Democrats for generations.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, acquiescing to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election year clash between Congress and the commander in chief.
The probe centers on whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government for his reelection. Pelosi said such actions would mark a “betrayal of his oath of office” and declared: “No one is above the law.”
At issue are Trump’s actions with Ukraine. In a summer phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he is said to have asked for help investigating Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter. In the days before the call, Trump ordered advisers to freeze $400 million in military aid for Ukraine — prompting speculation that he was holding out the money as leverage for information on the Bidens. Trump has denied that charge, but acknowledged he blocked the funds. (…)
Trump advisers say they are confident that an impeachment process led by the opposition party will bolster his political support heading into his reelection campaign.
This morning, before the probe announcement, the president tweeted that he’ll release the transcript of the phone call.
I suspect that this will bite the Democrat Party on the backside. Or probe said backside. The president has a preternatural way of causing his enemies to fall into their own self-dug pits.
Meanwhile, if you want confirmation of the fact that other forces are at work, look no further than President Trump’s words at the UN summit days ago. Look to who he defends.
President Trump told all gathered at this year’s UN Summit: “Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution.”
“We’re standing up for almost 250 million Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. It is estimated that 11 Christians are killed every day for the following — I mean, just think of this: Eleven Christians a day, for following the teachings of Christ. Who would even think that’s possible in this day and age? Who would think it’s possible?”
“The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government; they come from God, Trump reminded the assembly. “This immortal truth is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Our Founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions.
“Regrettably, the religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world.
“Approximately 80 percent of the world’s population live in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted, or even banned. And when I heard that number, I said, ‘Please go back and check it because it can’t possibly be correct.’ And, sadly, it was. Eighty percent.
“As we speak, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Yazidis, and many other people of faith are being jailed, sanctioned, tortured, and even murdered, often at the hands of their own government, simply for expressing their deeply held religious beliefs. So hard to believe.”
The Trump administration Monday declared to U.N member nations that there is no “international right” to abortion, and called on other countries to fight efforts promoting abortions, drawing criticism from reproductive rights groups and other world nations.
President Trump has the unique distinction among pro-life presidents of actually doing something to keep the money of American citizens out of Planned Parenthood’s coffers. So this is more that mere words.
I don’t claim to know anything about the president’s relationship with God. I do know, however, that the president is standing up for most of the things that God cares about and that many of those who seek his removal from office also seek more death. And, just to top things off, they want us to fund the destruction.
So I think that the battle we cannot see is the one that fuels the one we can.
Remember, this isn’t about Donald Trump, it’s about us — the people of the United States. It’s about what kind of country we want this nation to be.
Next year, we’ll see the results of these battles, both political and spiritual.
Hate crimes have been rampant under President Trump, amounting to a horrendous rate of 0.005 percent of the incidents tracked by the FBI.
That’s right. Despite the narrative that this administration has ushered in a climate of hate, the number of crimes is almost statistically insignificant.
Although every hate crime is abhorrent, I think it’s important to keep such incidents in perspective.
The most recent statistics from the Department of Justice and the FBI from 2017, an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes occurred nationwide, a decrease of 0.2 percent from the 2016 estimate.
Of these incidents, hate crimes represented about 8,000 cases. Murders across the nation were double that. Rapes were 20 times higher. Burglaries were forty times worse.
A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, the FBI has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” Hate itself is not a crime—and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.
Although anti-Islam/Arab incidents rose after 2001, the numbers are relatively small. Moreover, blacks and Jews faced more attacks. Following are the statistics:
In 2017, law enforcement agencies reported that 4,832 single-bias hate crime offenses were motivated by race/ethnicity/ancestry. Of these offenses:
48.8 percent were motivated by anti-black or African-American bias. 17.5 percent stemmed from anti-white bias. 10.9 percent were classified as anti-Hispanic or Latino bias. 5.8 percent were motivated by anti-American Indian or Alaska Native bias. 4.4 percent were a result of bias against groups of individuals consisting of more than one race. 3.1 percent resulted from anti-Asian bias. 2.6 percent were classified as anti-Arab bias.
Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,679 offenses reported by law enforcement. A breakdown of the bias motivation of religious-biased offenses showed:
58.1 percent were anti-Jewish. 18.7 percent were anti-Islamic (Muslim). 4.5 percent were anti-Catholic.
Simply put, the data don’t back up the narrative presented by the media and Democrats that hate is running rampant in the United States, But neither group has ever let the facts stand in the way of a bad story, particularly when the target is Trump.
Well today is a day that I had hoped we would see about three weeks ago and had anticipated to see this sunday (that’s why I had been counting down in tweets) but datechguyblog.com is finally FINALLY on our new host and off of GoDaddy.
Now technically we are not completely free of them, one of my old Domains datechguyondaradio.com is supposed to be is pointing to the old un-updated blog until we get everything moved, and GoDaddy being Godaddy that isn’t working so I might have to use the wayback machine to get all those old posts moved, (so if you’re looking for an old post in what is now a dead link, that’s where it is) but regardless of that from this point on when you go to datechguyblog.com it won’t be with them.
For several years the show with GoDaddy was the same, a problem would arise and the solution was always an upsell. Give us money and the problem will go away. As the problems built up the site got slower and as the site got slower it was costing us subscribers and thus the means to keep going.
Finally after this final time when I’d had enough and was actually at the point where after more than a decade I was going to say “To Hell with it” but enough of you came through including a pair of subscribers large enough to pay for the new hosting and SSL
Alas the DaDatabase was so corrupt that it simply wasn’t possible to export it without a prohibitive so a clean install was called for and the plan made for us to move posts ourselves while the DNS details were finalized.
Finally this weekend our new service needed to do a tweak, but there was a problem with GoDaddy’s control panel so having my password etc for the move he chatted with them and the problem could be fixed…for a price and a commitment of 3 more years to them.
As this is a Catholic blog we won’t print his reaction.
thus the soft launch that was scheduled for the 20th and the hard launch scheduled for the 22nd was toast as he decided to find another way around the problem with out paying the exit tax so Viola we’re finally here.
The site should be running faster and as we move post old links will become live again but the bottom line is barring some other disaster, we’re not going anywhere for a while.
FYI, some of you might have expected a huge design change but I liked our last design, without a corrupted database it might have run a lot faster and loaded a lot better so until I get sick of it, we’ll just stick with the Chris Muir themed banner up top.
As for the old posts, we’ll if we get datechguyondaradio pointing properly at the old site then it should be very easy but long, if we can’t then it’s going to be long and hard to get them back but to quote the famous line from Cannonball run “What’sa behind me is not important”!
UPDATE: Datechguyondaradio is pointing properly but if you are trying to email me at datechguy at datechguyblog dot com I likely won’t see it for a few days.
There has been a rash of injuries in the NFL at QB this season, which is slightly surprising as the rules protecting that position have increased over the years, but no matter the oddity of it you are seeing a lot of new faces behind center early because of it.
This has led to some speculation that Colin (Castro is great police are evil) Kaepernick might find himself approached by a team for a backup position or maybe even more.
Now there are some advantages to such a signing, he is an experienced QB, he has played in a Superbowl and has now had several years of not being hit by 300 pound masses of muscle which can do wonders for the body’s healing process, however I suspect that he is doing much better financially as a professional martyr, which doesn’t involve 300 pound masses of muscle hitting you so I suspect that even if a team did come calling he would say no.
But let’s, for the sake of argument say that if a team in need, perhaps one that’s doing well but has already lost a QB loses another and convinces him to sign, say by appealing to his pride and he decides to go on the field, then things get complicated, now with the outraged fans, BUT WITH THE PLAYERS.
Now suddenly Colin Kaepernick is behind center and the whole, black lives matter, SJW network has everything riding on his success. If you are a black player on defense, WHAT DO YOU DO?
Remember if you hit this guy, or sack this guy or lead to this guy’s failure, do YOU become the target of SJW wrath? Are you considered a “race traitor?” are you going to be blamed because Kaepernick didn’t make it. Were you REALLY against him all the time? If you defend that pass as a black LB or Corner or Safety are you trying to let the bad guys win? And don’t get me started if a white defender sacks him. Were you out to get him because you’re gulp a TRUMP supporter? Did you hit him hard because you hate him?
It’s just as bad on offence. Say you are a white player either on the offensive line and somebody beats you on a play and gets to Kaepernick, are YOU going to be targeted by the SJW crowd, are people going to claim that you let these guys through just because you wanted to let Kaepernick get hurt? Are they going to say the same any time a white receiver drops a pass he throws or misses a block? Is your entire performance going to be about race. And it’s just as bad for a Black player on offense, will every dropped pass, hole you fail to rush through or block you fail to make be a betrayal of the cause?
People think that the fan reaction is why Kaepernick will never get on the field and early on that might have been true, but with the passage of time and the increase in crazy by the left in general the implication of being on the football field with Kaepernick have become so dire for players, that even though there might actually be sound reasons why a team might consider him for their roster I suspect many players of are quite content to do without him, even if they dare not say so.
Update: I didn’t mention the possibility of a defensive player lying down deciding he’s not going to make that play, or knock away that pass either because he’s down for the cause or because he’s afraid of being called racist.
You might remember the cheerleaders who were in trouble for unfurling a Trump banner at a game. That caused some fuss and with word that parents were planning to attend with American flags, what does the district do cancel the next game:
Ask yourself one question. If the banner had been a global warming banner, or a LGBTQ banner or an Obama banner how would the media have reacted? Would there be any other story in the news?
Beto O’Rourke’s “we’re going to take your guns” comments are causing a lot of fear and grief, among Democrats who privately would love to say what he said but knows that it would destroy them. In fact I would wager that there are several house seats and senate seats that are going to go GOP this year thanks to that statement.
Oh and while we’re on the subject, how can you buy back what you don’t own? This is Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce
Many years ago I covered a protest against Chick-Fil-A back in the days when there was only one location in the state. Ten years after the left decided to make them public enemy number one they are now the #3 restaurant chain in the US and have more than doubled sales.
Just for the record if I was in school and it was made clear that the school, the news media and the whole world would celebrate me if I skipped for a day, I’d jump on that bandwagon laughing my ass off…until my parents found out and then I’d get off in a hurry.
So let’s not pretend that this climate protest was anything but a stunt
The latest verse in the “I’m the MSM I am song” is apparently bad news for Never Trump republicans as it has the potential to hurt Joe Biden by opening him up to scrutiny that he can’t handle and put them in the position of having to either support a Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren or stay home.
School children went on strike in the name of climate change last week. I don’t even feel like checking to see which day it was because I know that the activists who put these kids up to skipping class don’t really care about the climate. If they did, the United States would be far down on the list for castigation.
But the activists are all over Americans and Europeans about climate change and pollution for simple reasons: they know that the West is capable of being shamed about it and that Westerners have money. Activists pretty much ignore the real problem nations, places like India …
Twenty-two of the world’s 30 worst cities for air pollution are in India, according to a new report, with Delhi again ranked the world’s most polluted capital.
The Greenpeace and AirVisual analysis of air pollution readings from 3,000 cities around the world found that 64% exceed the World Health Organization’s annual exposure guideline for PM2.5 fine particulate matter – tiny airborne particles, about a 40th of the width of a human hair, that are linked to a wide range of health problems.
Every single measured city in the Middle East and Africa exceeds the WHO guidelines, as well as 99% of cities in south Asia and 89% in east Asia.
… and China.
According to search results, China and Pakistan compete for the most polluted countries in the world. Most of the other top polluters are in South Asia and Africa, as mentioned in the Guardian link.
Some of these lists of Top Ten Most Sh*tholiest Countries slide the United States and other First World countries into the mix, but I wonder, in spite of what we’ve seen lately in Baltimore and in Los Angeles.
It’s easy to pick on President Trump for his treatment of allies, given his willingness to call out countries like Germany for not spending their fair share on defense. It’s also easy to gloss over the fact that Europe has taken for granted a strong US presence that guarantees security. Relying on the US to be the muscle in any fight is one thing, but purposely passing the buck and not defending your own nation is another.
Not anymore. An op-ed in the Norwegian news site DN.no written by Professor Janne Matlary outlined a new policy spelled out by the new Secretary of Defense Mark Esper:
“Secretary Esper’s message to NATO countries were that “if you receive infrastructure that we [USA] are building, it’s just fair that you are paying for it”, and Matlary states that the same policy will be valid for Norway and the building of new shelters at Rygge Airport. Matlary states that European countries (including Norway) have avoided the self-imposed 2 percent goal while at the same time believing that burden sharing is limited by that number, now challenged by Secretary Esper’s new policy. Professor Matlary also referred to Ambassador Braithwaite’s NATO op-ed in VG on August 12, asking if Norway’s security should be more important to American tax payers than for Norwegians. She is puzzled the Ambassador has not received any response, asking if Norwegian media and politicians are taking United States for granted, or if it’s too unpleasant to respond to.”
We need allies in any future fight. That is a given. But allies are worthless if they can’t do the basics of providing for some sort of defense of their own country. It would take the US some time to muster forces to defend or possibly liberate any European country, and the fact that Norway, like many other countries, has taken a constant US presence for granted is sad. Our alliances should not be an excuse to stand quietly by while other countries avoid burden sharing.
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