Daniel said, “Oh really?”
James said, “No, O’Reilly.”
Smith: “Do we now?”
“Well,” replies Seamus, “you had a few too many drinks last night, and then you made a bet that you could jump out of the window and fly around the pub.”
“Why didn’t you stop me?” Michael screams.
“Stop you?” replies Adam. “Hell, I bet thirty dollars on you.”
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Once upon a time there was a safe topic of conversation. It was called weather. Folks that would not, could not agree about politics or religion all talked about the weather. It simply was.
Some liked snow – others did not. Some loved the gentle fall of rain while others complained there had been too much and it was drowning the crops/flowers. Some liked the hot weather. Others, like me, not so much.
Everyone talked about the weather but nobody did anything about it.
Now it seems that if you don’t believe in Global Warming you are doing something about it. Something bad.
Back in those good old days when we had to walk to school through 10 foot of snow, uphill both ways, the weather simply was. And yes, we did complain about it. A lot. But we didn’t blame the weather on other citizens, even Republicans.
I was a Democrat in those long ago days, so everything else was the fault of Republicans. Except the weather. And now that I am no longer a Democrat even the weather is the fault of the Republicans.Which is only one of the many reasons I am no longer a Democrat. I’m not a Republican either so Global Warming isn’t my fault.
Now the weather is also the fault of those knuckle-dragging Republicans who are responsible for drowning polar bears. What kind of monster wants to kill polar bears? They are so soft and fuzzy and have all those big teeth and for crying-out-loud they are bears. Big mean bears. I don’t want to kill them but I don’t want to find one rummaging in my garbage cans thank you very much. Any critter that eats seals is never going to be among my favorites. Funny the things some liberals will clutch to their breast, rhetorically, in order to make other seem like heartless folk.
And in spite of all the hysteria about us knuckle-dragging unbelievers, I’m an Independent but unbelieving Independents are knuckle-draggers too, polar bears seems to be doing just fine. Alas poor Al, that’s an inconvenient truth.
It is increasingly obvious that polar bears are thriving despite having lived through summer sea ice levels not predicted to occur until 2050 – levels of sea ice that experts said would wipe out 2/3 of the world’s polar bears.
We had snow again last night. A lot of snow. There was a big winter storm that stretched from God knows where to we’re all going to die. It even had a name now that some idiot decided winter storms need a name. I don’t know what this one was named. I don’t care what this one was named. It’s a damn snow storm and it left about 6 inches of snow where we had just finished removing snow. It filled in all the nice edges of the sidewalks and driveway which were nice and clean. I have a name for it – #@c%(*y$@!!
However, it was a snowstorm not Armageddon. Weather folks seem to find increasing delight in turning every bit of weather into Armageddon. Too hot, too cold, too much rain, too little rain, snow, no snow whatever the condition they have an Armageddon scenario for it. I just want the damn weather report not the posturing of some catastrophist.
I like snow. I like it about two days before Christmas until New Years Day. Then I just want it to go away. Snow that stays very long gets gray and dirty and ugly. And once the Christmas Card look is no longer wanted – it is no longer wanted. At least by me. It is a perfidious malingerer that wants to be coddled and shoveled. And snowblowed by over-grown boys who think it’s fun to blow snow with their big noisy boy-toys.
To be fair the man/boy I live with has a new cordless electric snowblower because we don’t like noisy and we don’t like keep gas cans in our garage. Man/boy pouted through the early part of winter because he had this lovely new machine and no snow. What little there was came light and fluffy and I usually swept it off the sidewalks. The driveway was none the worse for 1/2 an inch of the stuff.
Now the snow has come in increments. Snow – snowblow and shovel. Wait a few days – rinse, lather and repeat. After a few repetitions the man/boys loose their enthusiasm.
We actually are quite lucky. Although there appears to be about 6-7 inches of new snow that is nothing compared to what was dumped elsewhere.
Chicago’s two biggest airports, O’Hare and Midway, had hundreds of flight cancellations on Friday – some of which were canceled on Thursday before the storm arrived – because of Mateo, FlightAware reported. More than 200 flights were also canceled Friday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Public schools in Chicago and Detroit were closed Friday because of the winter storm, city officials announced. Numerous school districts in Nebraska and Iowa also canceled or delayed schools Friday because of the snow and frigid temperatures, according to the Associated Press.
“Periods of heavy snow will arrive into Friday across the southern Great Lakes,” said weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles. “Friday morning’s commute could prove difficult in Chicago and Milwaukee, if not impossible for some spots. Visibility will be reduced due to falling snow from Chicago to Detroit on Friday.”
The winter storm also caused issues in Montana. After more than a foot of snow fell in Havre, city officials warned residents in a Facebook post that roads were “extremely hazardous,” and there were many accidents and stranded vehicles that blocked roadways on Thursday.
I am not one of those who feels better about my particular condition because someone else is worse off. So knowing that some people got a foot of snow makes me feel no better. It may make me feel like a wuss for complaining but not for long.
And I’m sorry but I just don’t care that the Eiffel Tower Remains Closed as Snow, Freezing Rain Hits Paris.
If you look at the weather map below you will see the blue zone, signifying heavy snow, just barely touches Wisconsin – that’s where I live.
Our household, made up of one old bat and one old crock did what we’ve always done when a storm is predicted. We went to the store, got bread, milk, bird seed and ice melt so that we wouldn’t need to go out today when the roads are bad. Since we’re both retired we can sit inside and watch those that have to go out and sympathize with them.
We can watch the fools that don’t have to go out but went out anyway and shake our heads at their foolishness. Just as we’ve always done because fools are not a new phenomenon.
I waded through the snow to feed the birds and squirrels. Since I am getting shorter, shrinking at an alarming pace, the parts of me that get wet and cold go further up my tailpipe every year. By next year I expect to be the size of a garden gnome and will not dare venture out if there is more than an inch of snow.
Wherever you are, snow or no snow, warm or cold, be well. I hope your day is filled with whatever you like best. As for me, I’m sitting here where it is warm knowing I don’t have to go outside again today. I don’t have to use the snowblower. All is well. And it’s still snowing.
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conceit, pride, self-importance, egotism; pompousness, pomposity, imperiousness, hubris;
- the quality of being arrogant.“the arrogance of this man is astounding”
I see a convergence of arrogance in the media, in Hollywood celebrities and from politicians. It’s always been there but now it appears, at least to me, to be an epidemic.
I used to believe that the common sense of a majority of people would save us from a superfluity of ignorance and stupidity. As we all know, the first can be cured and the second cannot.
I didn’t take into account the number of people who would bow down to the arrogance of the media and celebrities. I never believed that Americans would mistake the self-importance of these people as wisdom. As for those who worship at a politicians feet, I see no help for such stupidity.
I suppose such a judgemental attitude makes me seem arrogant. But I don’t think I know everything about anything. In the vast scheme of things I know very little. I do know that those who claim to know so much, based on knowledge gained from a dishonest media and celebrities with the IQ of a bread-stick are arrogant when they seek to inform me of how ignorant I am.
Far too many people now get their information from a “tweet” on Twitter. I know it’s difficult to believe that anyone could be that foolish and then argue some issue with a person who actually knows something about it.
How amazing is it that people who know so little about so much are so willing to run their mouths and keyboards and prove their own ignorance? All while arrogantly insisting that they know more than the people that disagree with them.
It was Wilfred Bion who said: ” Arrogance is a great obstruction to wisdom.” And so it is. If you think you know all the answers then how can you learn? When you pontificate without knowledge or facts you are not only being arrogant you are showing your ignorance. Those who look to fools for answers will end up equally foolish. Such fools think themselves wise.
One of my favorite writers wrote a great piece about how stupid we are becoming as a country and a culture:
The big story this week was a book written by a guy known for exaggerating about a guy known for exaggerating with the main source being another guy known for exaggerating. And I’m not exaggerating.
I have no idea what’s true and what’s not true in the new book Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, and neither does anyone on cable television repeating its claims like they were a personal witness to the events described in it. But neither does the author, it seems.
In the book’s prologue he wrote, “Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.
There is one celebrity who asks some reasonable questions. He’s also smart and well informed. How he ended up in Hollywood is beyond me. But then I don’t know everything.
✔ @ByronYorkYale psychiatrist who briefed Hill Dems wants to physically restrain President Trump, force him to submit to evaluation, declare him unfit for office. But she worries: ‘This really will look like a coup.’ You think?
Do these people listen to what they say? Do the people that watch them every Sunday morning hear the baloney that is being peddled as “news”? I just don’t get it. I honestly don’t.
How about the arrogance, and stupidity, of a man who has been accused of sexual misconduct accusing the Trump children of being as vile as Saddam’s sons?
MSNBC’s Matthews Compares Trump’s Family To Child Rapists, Murderers, Drug Users
Matthews compared President Donald Trump’s children to known child rapists, murderers, drug users, thieves, and anti-Semites on Tuesday while interviewing the author of the newly released and already debunked book on the Trump White House.
While interviewing Michael Wolff about his book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Matthews compared Trump’s children to Uday and Qusay Hussein.
What kind of a man does that? What kind of a human being is so filled with his own self-importance that he thinks it’s okay to accuse people of being so vile when it simply isn’t true?
This isn’t the first time that Matthews hyperbolic nonsense has debased the air-waves. He does it often. His arrogance is repulsive. What it says about those who still watch this cretin I don’t know. Nothing good I suspect.
I do know that you are not apt to hear humility, modesty or honesty from the media, Hollywood or the Democrat Party.
Today is another day when I suspect we will be bombarded with nonsense, lies and hyperbolic rhetoric from arrogant people. Another day when I will not watch the news on television. I simply don’t trust or believe them.
I don’t like arrogant people. I especially don’t like arrogant people who have so little to be arrogant about.
Have a good day. Ignore the idiots, love family and friends and try not to let it all get you down.
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🗣 Name-Calling Nincompoops
a foolish or stupid person.
I think we live in an age of nincompoops. I hope that the good, decent, relatively sane and reasonable people outnumber the nincompoops by a large margin. It’s hard to tell because nincompoops spew their nonsense non-stop whereas people with brains tend to just get on with doing what needs doing and not talking about it.
Nincompoops can also be recognized by their inability to hold a conversation without name-calling. It must be in their DNA or maybe it’s caused by arrested development. Most appear stuck in adolescent.
All of us don’t name-call from time to time. I’ve done it in just designating people I think are fools by using the term nincompoop. It’s an old-fashioned term that my grandfather used and I like it. I like it much better than a bunch of expletives. Expletives have been done and overdone until they are now just background noise. Nincompoop however is far less common and it fits those I am trying to describe.
A perfect example of a nincompoop is White House “correspondent” April Ryan. Ms. Ryan made a fool of herself over whether Sarah Huckabee Sanders did or did not bake the pie she posted on-line. As a bit of nincompoopery this was classic. Ms. Ryan even went so far as to label her doubt – #piegate. Nincompoop? Undoubtedly.
Then there is nincompoop Cokie Roberts who blithely revealed that all the female newsies KNEW that John Conyers couldn’t keep his hands to himself. They knew better than to get on an elevator with him. Would have been nice to warn other women, wouldn’t it? These nincompoops did not.
Remember when all those people people on the left were suggesting that there was something wrong with Mike Pence for being careful not to be alone with women other than his wife? All knowing and all wise Washington Post correspondent Paul Waldman decided:
I’m sure Pence would say that he’s just being careful. But I wonder if he realizes the discriminatory consequences of his rule. Over his career, he has had many colleagues and employees.
With the men, he can have complex relationships that traverse work and social contexts, build trust, and eventually help their careers. A woman who hoped Pence would be a mentor to her, on the other hand, wouldn’t be able to avail herself of those opportunities, since he can’t even have lunch with her.
She also won’t be able to avail herself of a chance to play the latest popular game of #Metoo and claim Vice-President Pence groped her.
Who’s laughing now? Not the name-calling nincompoops that hinted their was something wrong with him for trying to avoid even the appearance of monkey-business.
As more and more news comes out about predators in Hollywood, D.C. and the media, we should be able to look toward strong, well-balanced, rational feminists for words of wisdom about how women are strong and capable, while recognizing that some men are also victims.
Oh wait, it’s 2017, what were we THINKING?!
This is a response from Lauren Duca, a ‘feminist’:
“It’s fine if we get to the point where there are no men on TV. It’s fine if we get to the point where there are no men in the White House.”
Whereas Lauren Duca, a genuine nincompoop wants to remove a whole gender there is another nincompoop that wants to restrict entire areas of the country because they ain’t city folks.
MSNBC’s mouthy nincompoop Joy Reid often makes a fool of herself on her show but usually makes a much bigger fool of herself on Twitter. Sadly for Ms. Joy, on Twitter people get to respond to her nincompoopery.
MSNBC host says rural Americans’ voting power is a ‘threat to our democracy’
This is amazing. Joy Reid calls the rural minority a “core threat”
Reid is not objecting to a threat to American constitutional democracy. She’s objecting to a central feature of American constitutional democracy — a central feature that has been present since the founding of the country.
It’s not enough for progressives to divide based on skin color or sex, now they want to divide based on where you live.
Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” has now officially gone off the deep end.
In a bizarre rant on Thursday morning, Scarborough said President Trump is mentally unfit for office and claimed that “people close to him during the campaign” have told him that Trump suffers from dementia. Scarborough went even further, saying the Constitution’s 25th Amendment allows for Trump’s removal from office — in fact, demands it.
This is the new line of attack: Trump has gone mad. Apparently the Left has bailed on the whole “Russia did it” meme and has decided this is the most fruitful line of attack.
Good luck with all that.
Hard to decide who I dislike more – Trump for engaging in this crap and demeaning the office he holds or Joe and Mika nincompoops for their insane hate.
There is not now and never has been a shortage of nincompoops. The country is full of them. Sometimes it isn’t just a single person, it is a whole magazine. In this case I’m talking about is Newsweek.
First Daughter Ivanka Trump is on a whirlwind tour through India this week, promoting education, advancement and equality for the country’s school-aged girls. She’s given several speeches but, apparently, Newsweek is angry that she appeared to give the same speech more than once.
Under the accusatory headline, “Ivanka Trump plagiarizes one of her own speeches in India,” the magazine declared that they were disappointed with Ivanka’s remarks to an educational conference in Hyderabad, claiming that instead of “a robust keynote address,” Ivanka delivered something that fell short. “The breadth of her talking points were recycled from a previous speech she gave during a foreign trip earlier this month.”
Okay, get it? Newsweek has it’s pages in a wrinkle because Ivanka Trump “plagiarized” herself. If that isn’t nincompoopery in the first degree I don’t know what is.
Let’s be honest, a lefty rag like Newsweek wouldn’t find anything good to say about Ivanka Trump if she gave a speech as perfect as The Gettysburg Address.
Newsweek was quickly taken to task not for critiquing the speech, that’s fair game, but for saying she plagiarized herself. As one tweeter responded, succinctly: “You can’t plagiarize your own speech, you morons.” Indeed you cannot.
On and on it goes and where it stops – it won’t. Nincompoops are a sub-group of humanity. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, both genders and can be found everywhere there are human beings.
I hope you all head into your week end with firm determination not to act like a nincompoop. We have enough of them.
Be well and be happy and walk in the sunshine.
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My Favorite Cartoons for Thanksgiving
A cartoon by the great Michael Ramirez is always a good place to start.
Oh-oh, we have an escapee…
Charles Manson is dead. Good riddance to a monster. I hope he likes he new digs in hell.
The cartoonists that I love so much seem to feel much the same way that I do.
I don’t often “like” Milt Priggee‘s cartoons but I like this one very much.
I like Mark Streeter‘s take too.
Paul Fell is right on target too.
Love this Glenn McCoy cartoon as much for the expression on the cartoon Manson’s face as for the welcome in hell for the monster.
Good cartoon from Lisa Benson coming at the topic from a different direction. I love the way this gal draws too.
I like all the cartoons about the death of Manson but I think I like this one from Tom Stiglich best of all.
All in all, in my opinion, the world is a better place now that Manson isn’t in it.
🍂 October Beauty USA 🇺🇸
With nature’s fury before us in hurricanes and wildfires – with the impact of those two horrors on so many people it may seem wrong to celebrate nature’s beauty. I don’t believe that to be true. Maybe that’s because I am one of those fortunate enough to have been spared the fury. For now. Like natures beauty you cannot escape the fury.
So today I celebrate the beauty. It impacts me every day. From the tiny purple violets that greet me in my backyard every year to the glory of the changing colors in the park across the street, nature’s beauty is all around us. If only we stop to see.
I would like today to showcase some small, very small examples of the October beauty in nature. Starting with my own home state:
Autumn in Wisconsin has many faces but most days are cool and filled with sun and color or gray and drizzle. The first is fantastic and the second – meh.
The image below is of northern Wisconsin in the autumn. I know New England thinks it has the bragging rights about color but you would have a hard time topping the color in this picture.
The Cuyahoga Valley is simply stunning in the fall, with an array of colors you can’t get during any other season. Ohio has plenty to brag about when it comes to beautiful fall colors.
We don’t often think of beautiful fall color in the south. Yet this is simply stunning color at the Reserve at Lake Keowee. Not the same as in the north when the weather changes so greatly in the fall but a subtle palette of beauty all it’s own.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area preserves the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries in northeastern Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky.
Keep your eyes peeled for moose or elk along the Blackfoot River on Highway 200 out of Missoula in northwestern Montana.
Other areas of Montana are alive with different and more vibrant colors. I liked the subtle yellow, ocher, green and gray outlining the magnificent moose.
For Idaho, like for most of the other states there are so many images of beauty that it difficult to choose one to post. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and once my eyes beheld this I was a captive. There are many other different and glorious images but this one captured my heart and eye.
Idaho, east, waterfall where Fall Creek Meets the south fork of the Snake River.
Georgia peaches and pecans are the first things that enter my mind when I think of Georgia. But a little research turned up this magnificent autumn beauty.
One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls.
North Dakota in all it’s autumn glory is breathtaking. Until I set out on this journey I had no knowledge of the Pembina Gorge. And that shows how little I know because my father was born in Minot, North Dakota.
The Pembina Gorge in North Dakota at sunset with prime Fall Colors in late September 2013.
I know little or nothing about Oregon and I am ashamed to admit it. But the beauty in this image speaks to the heart.
Sweet Creek Trail, Mapleton, Oregon in the fall.
Another beautiful place I didn’t know existed. The color is, as always, glorious and the history interesting.
Fonthill, also known as Fonthill Castle, was the home of the American archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Built between 1908 and 1912, it is an early example of poured-in-place concrete and features 44 rooms, over 200 windows, 18 fireplaces, 10 bathrooms and one powder room. The home was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
That’s just a sampling of the beauty of our great country. From the hurricanes coming in from one shining sea to the wildfires threatening so much near the other shining sea.
We can, and should be aware and concerned about the fury while still seeing the beauty. Such is life. Good and bad. Today I choose to celebrate beauty.
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😈 Them and Us 😇
In this particular case I’m not talking about left vs right or black vs white or
Christian vs atheists. I’m talking about the difference between people who are good and decent and people who are vile.
When disaster strikes our fellow citizens “we”, the good and decent people, want to help. Thousands help others as best they can and our newest heroes may be a neighbor with a bass boat.
Good people drive from nearby states or from far away states to help. Neighbors unaffected feed those who are storm tossed and cold and hungry and unable to go home.
This is us.
This is them:
✔ @NBCNews Irma locked and loaded towards several Trump properties
Guess the term “Locked and loaded” is suddenly okay again.
This is also them:
So who would be cold-blooded enough to savage hurricane victims? Rabid sufferers of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). These are people who were so blindsided by a Clinton loss that they can’t see past their election night rage and are wishing destruction on all the Trump voters in Florida along with Trump properties. I don’t want to be neighbors with these kinds of people anymore.
Who raised them?
This is also them:
This is us:
I don’t even know what this cretin below is – Human being? Barely.
As Texans reflect and recover from the devastation that came with Hurricane Harvey, comedian Bill Maher told his audience Saturday night that the survivors have no right to ask for federal aid. Texans have a “low tax base,” he argued. Oh, and they don’t believe in climate change. Why should Washington bail them out?
We don’t need A.F. Branco to tell us this about the climate change crowd. But he does it with such panache. Needless to say, he’s one of us.
And this is, once again, them:
While I usually excoriate the ignorant celebs who will not stop talking about things which they know little or nothing about, there are a few, a very few, who actually have a brain. And knowledge.
People that know what they are talking about and have the courage to speak out knowing full well they may never work in “tolerant” Hollywood again. James Woods is one of us. And he’s one of the smartest of us with a wicked way with retorts.
Coming at us from the left are folks that supported this woman who, if there were justice in this country, would be facing a grand jury. It’s just my opinion but liberals may “think” they’re the smartest people in the room but like so many other things, they’re wrong about that.
Do you like the idea that some travelers from another world would look at us, at this time in our history, and find us ignorant savages? The image below made me think about that.
We always hear that the “world” is watching us. Maybe the universe is watching us and have decided, via the “Prime Directive” not to interfere in our culture until we pass the primitive and barbaric and have advanced sufficiently to join them. We seem to be stuck in “tribal” in spite of all our technology.
Note to public – having a “smart” phone doesn’t make you smart.
If we want our claim of being good, decent people to have any validity then we must be fair. We must not rush to judgement and we must not fall victim to hyperbolic language. Too often I read on blogs that “all” liberals are bad, evil, stupid, or some other derogatory remark. How does that make us different than those on the left that claim all Trump voters are bad, evil, stupid or whatever?
Or Hillary calling those voters deplorable?
I want the image below to reflect us:
There are plenty of nasty small-minded people on both sides of nearly every issue. Most politicians cannot be trusted to keep their word and that makes them one of them 😈 not one of us 😇. Hero worshiping a politician is like teenagers worshiping some celebrity or sports figure – not suitable adult behavior.
Good decent people don’t wish bad things to happen to other people. We may not want bad people to win elections or run our schools or feed us tripe and call it news.
Both of my neighbors are Democrats. One is a loud mouth that we can barely tolerate, but we do for the sake of peace. The other does as we do and usually keeps his political opinions to himself. This year he and we pretty much agreed that voting was a waste of time and energy since there were not good options. He didn’t vote at all, his wife voted for Hillary and we voted Evan Mcmullin and that was a waste too since he’s turned out to be a nitwit.
But when winter came we helped each other with shoveling snow, as we do every winter and when they go on vacation we watch their house. It’s the neighborly thing to do. Should we not because she dared to vote for Hillary? Or are we Americans that believe in freedom and that she has as much right to vote for Hillary as we did for the nitwit?
I try very hard not to be one of them. I know there isn’t even a chance that I would wish a hurricane or any other of natures horrors on anyone. The worst I tend to wish on those I don’t like is laryngitis or hemorrhoids. And that’s mostly for politicians and media types.
The cartoon below is what we mostly are and should strive to be. Let’s not let them 😈 make us 😇 less than we can be.
Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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There was a time when I spent every Sunday morning glued to the television to watch the Sunday Morning political talk shows. Those days are long past. Once they lost all pretense of fairness or honesty I lost all interest. Now I search out things that interest me. Am I biased? I am. But I admit it and I still want the truth even if it isn’t a truth I like. Media might try that sometime.
Some articles and cartoons I found interesting.
Derek Hunter: What Are Democrats So Afraid Of?
Mention voter fraud near a liberals and you’ll see Pavlov’s Basic Principles of Classical Conditioning in action. “There is no voter fraud,” they’ll instinctively say, then expect a treat. But is there something more behind their reaction than groupthink?
Jonathan Turley: The hypocrisy of Antifa
The University of California in Berkeley was again the scene of violence recently, as protesters claimed license to silence those with whom they disagree. Their fight against “fascism” took the form of not just stopping a speech, but assaulting those who came to hear it.
For those of us at universities and colleges, these counter-demonstrators, and in particular the masked antifa protesters, are a troubling and growing presence on our campuses. They have been assaulting people and blocking speeches for years with relatively little condemnation. They flourish in an environment where any criticism is denounced as being reflective of racist or fascist sentiments.
Liberals Don’t Get To Have It Both Ways With White Americans
Do you think I’m overselling how anti-white liberals (even white liberals) have become? If so, here are just a few recent headlines.
Affinity Magazine wrote, “Actually… Straight White Men Are the Root of Our Problems.” The Root put out an article called “Polite White People are Useless.” A Boston University scholar said “Stephen King’s ‘It’ Is Bad Because It’s Full Of ‘White, Straight, Able-Bodied’ Males.” CNN also blamed ordinary people for being “white supremacists by default.” There were people on Twitter hoping Hurricane Harvey would help “cleanse” Texas of white people.
Then there was this comment from Munroe Bergdorf, the first transgender model hired by L’Oréal.
<blockquote>”Honestly, I don’t have energy to talk about racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people. Because most of ya’ll don’t even realize or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of color. Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this sh*t. Come see me when you realize that racism isn’t learned, it’s inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege. “Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth … then we can talk.” </blockquote>
Rob Eno: Can we drop the charade that Jennifer Rubin is a conservative?
Jennifer Rubin is not a conservative, and the Washington Post’s charade of promoting her as one undermines the conservative movement. But then again, they probably know that.
William A. Jacobson: I’m so old, I remember when liberals compared Antifa to G.I.’s on D-Day
The Antifa role in Charlottesville violence was widely glorified among liberals, who posted memes on social media comparing Antifa to the American soldiers who stormed the beaches at Normandy.
The tide began to turn after Boston Antifa riots in opposition to a free speech event, where it was clear to the cameras that Antifa didn’t need actual fascists in order to beat people up.
Since then, there has been increasing liberal condemnation of Antifa.
A Politico report today, however, should blow the lid off the notion that Antifa violence was just a reaction to Trump or Charlottesville. To the contrary, Homeland Security and FBI documents reveal internal warnings about Antifa violence and domestic terrorism going back to early 2016.
Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as “antifa” had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as “domestic terrorist violence,” according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO….
Matthew Continetti: The Irrelevant Democrats
Chuck Schumer is in a spirited mood. “This is going to be one of the biggest fights of the next three, four months,” the Senate minority leader said recently of the coming debate over tax cuts. “And Democrats are ready for it.”
No doubt they are. But the relevant question is: Does their readiness even matter? Last month Mitch McConnell said he planned to bring taxes to the Senate floor under the budget reconciliation procedure. That would bypass the filibuster. The bill could pass by majority vote. No Democrats required.
And Republicans are unlikely to experience the defections over taxes that doomed them on health care. The health bill was a mess, a product of Republican confusion and infighting. There is no such uncertainty toward cutting taxes.
This is not to say that a cut is a done deal. Congressional Republicans may find a way to screw up. Fumbling the ball at the one-yard line is a specialty of theirs. But the prospect that GOP incompetence may rob the Trump administration of another legislative victory only underscores the fundamental point: Chuck Schumer’s big words to the contrary notwithstanding, the Democrats are irrelevant to the power equation in Donald Trump’s Washington.
Politicizing Charlottesville and Hurricane Harvey
How did we go, less than a week after racist violence in Charlottesville, Va., from removing statues of Robert E. Lee to talking about obliterating edifices honoring Ulysses S. Grant and Christopher Columbus?
The short answer is: “It’s human nature.” But I’ll amplify.
“Disasters should not be politicized — it’s about people’s lives and getting their lives rebuilt,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was telling Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto the other day. Christie wasn’t talking about the man-made mayhem in Virginia. He was talking about Hurricane Harvey. Yet in the next breath, he settled old scores against Texas senators and congressmen who voted against Hurricane Sandy relief.
And last but far from least…
Enjoy your Sunday and Labor Day tomorrow. I can hear the griller crowd starting their engines all ready.