The last stuff from my email backlog

Whew!  I’m finally current on my email, a pleasant state of things that should last at least two days, or maybe four.  I’m sufficiently self-aware to know that my chronic procrastination damages my life, not to mention my relationships.  Despite that knowledge, though, I still procrastinate.  It’s very frustrating to me that I can’t seem to sum up the will to abandon a habit that’s very, very bad for me.  Although I don’t have any substance abuse problems, my procrastination abuse problem gives me a certain empathy for those who struggle against drug, tobacco, or alcohol addictions.

Ooops!  I’m digressing, a bad habit that accounts for a lot of the time I spend procrastinating.  Back to topic….

The material in this post sweeps up the last of the January email still lingering in my inbox.  Not all are links.  Some are just great ideas from readers.

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Soldier4110 agrees with me that we cannot win the political and culture war if we’re already convinced that we’ve lost.  To that end, Soldier4110 points to some cheering signs:

I recently left a comment on an article at any other website about Scott Walker’s win at the ballot box last November and the importance of that win. I agreed with the author and added that both Indiana and Wisconsin had wins in court last week for their right-to-work legislation. I also mentioned that the Republicans did well at the ballot box in gubernatorial races and in maintaining or winning statehouses.

Surprise, surprise, a bunch of people ‘liked’ the comment. This leads me to believe that currently Republican posters and readers are looking for good news, like you say they are.

Am thinking of a couple ‘good news’ topics:

The overwhelming win of the two seals at Benghazi who were able to kill 60 of the enemy before they died. These men began fighting after Stevens was already injured and the IT guy was killed. So they saved the lives of all the others in that situation. Almost like Bowie at the Alamo, they surely knew they would die. What Heroes!

Also, the Republicans have great ‘minor league’ prospects what with the numerous statehouses and governorships. The right-to-work laws in IN and WI (and MI) are a start, but let’s hear what’s going on in other state legislatures……the reason being that these successes, when multiplied, make a difference at the ballot box, too. Now Pennsylvania is able to use their voter ID law in the next election…..that’s a good example. Also, new Indiana Governor Mike Pence is pushing two initiatives: vocational training and cutting income taxes.

So let’s give our ‘farm teams’ some notoriety and keep the good news coming. Keeping the readership aware of successes in various states will perhaps lead readers to look for and report successes in their own states, which keeps them focused on looking for the positive.

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Zhombre forwards an idea that should become sticky. Just because Congress has no interest in amending the Constitution doesn’t mean that the states don’t have the power to do so when a good idea comes along:

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on.

This is an idea that we should address.

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that passed … in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever . The self-serving must stop.

If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States …”

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Obama’s Pentagon got rid of Marine General James Mattis, Chief of U.S. Central Command.  Rumor had it that he was let go because he kept trying to force civilians to do silly things like look at the reality on the battlefield without wearing their usual ideological blinders, or to try to imagine what the military should do if the Obama administration’s ideological hopes and dreams didn’t pan out.  Mattis is a warrior, not a politician, and the politicians who tasked him with being a warrior on their behalf couldn’t stand the heat, so they fired him from the kitchen.  Okay.  I get that.  One of the glories of America is that our military is under civilian control, rather than vice versa.  Good civilians make for a good military; bad civilians . . . well, the American people get what they asked for.  In any event, if you’d like to know a bit more about the endearingly plain-spoken General Mattis, this will do it.

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I’m too lazy to dig through my own posts to find it, but I did post somewhere that a British choirmaster says that boys’ voices are changing earlier, not because of climate change and pollution (the reason given for girls’ early menses), but because of our excellent Western diet, which is filled with vitamins, minerals, and proteins.  One of you was kind enough to send me an email noting that, in a pre-climate change hysteria era (1999, which seems so long ago), scientists had a decidedly non-PC explanation for some early menses:  A daddy in the household.  Better yet, a loving daddy in the household.  In other words, the proliferation of unwed mothers might affect girls’ biology.  Fancy that!

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The female draft is coming.  I can feel it gathering steam right . . . about . . . now.

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Two days after I wrote my post about a Sunset Amendment that would require all laws to expire in twenty years unless Congress affirmative renewed them, I found this story about raisin farmers who are being forced to turn over 50% of their full production to the government.  Why?  Because of an obscure Depression-era law.  If there was a Sunset Amendment, this specific type of government overreach (harassing people with obscure, outdated laws) wouldn’t happen.

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The problem isn’t guns.  The problem isn’t mental illness.  The problem isn’t violent movies.  The problem is liberalism.  Really:

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  1. jj says

    Mattis is just the latest, there was a particularly interesting massacre of brass back in late September through October.  The most interesting one to my mind is Gaouette, because the Navy just absolutely will not say a word about it.  Not a word.  Crazy theories abound, and they won’t bother to even contradict them just to get control over some of the wilder stuff.  To my mind, very interesting, the more so in the light of the folder full of commendations and awards he’d amassed.  Interesting.

  2. Texan99 says

    I was just reading about Matt Ridley’s climate skepticism today.  The article quoted an exchange in which a critic excused him of complacency.  He replied, “I’m not saying don’t worry, be happy.  I’m saying don’t despair, be ambitious.”

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