I would say that the Brexit vote left me EUphoric, but that would be wrong. From now on, I’m just phoric. And for added phoria, some great political cartoons and a few just plain silly things:
I spent the day helping my “going to college” Little Bookworm select her classes. Let me just say that the college does not offer any American History classes, but it does offer gay history, Latino history, and black feminist history. The online catalog was a miracle of polemics, incoherence, political correctness, victim culture, cant, and appalling grammar. The real gem, though, came when we looked up one of the teachers on
The real gem, though, came when we looked up one of the teachers on Rate My Professors. I think the following review is the saddest thing I’ve ever read (and please note that the student was offering genuine praise, not sarcasm):
She was very good a facilitating the class so the active members of the Womyn’s Center were respectful and open to the point of veiw [sic] of the few boys who took the class.
And while we’re talking about the end of the world, here are some links you might like.
Terrorists target gunfree zones. John Lott explains why gun free zones are catnip to terrorists:
Just a couple of months ago, a young ISIS sympathizer planned a shooting at one of the largest churches in Detroit. An FBI wire recorded him explaining why he had picked the church as a target: “It’s easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news.”
Police are probably the single most important factor in stopping crime, but stopping a mass public shooting is an extremely dangerous proposition for officers and security guards alike. Attackers will generally first shoot any uniformed guards or officers who are present. During the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last year, the first person killed was the guard who was protecting the magazine’s offices.
Being able to choose the time and place of the attack gives terrorists a major strategic advantage. Last year, France learned that the hard way. In a city of 2.3 million people, there are simply too many possible targets for the police and military to protect. Parisians could take cellphone videos of terrorists just 12 yards away, but could do nothing but watch the slaughter. In the United States, we have about 628,000 police to protect 320 million Americans.
It’s been a busy day, but in a good way. The plumber came when I needed him, the electrician will come, and I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in at least five years and was reminded again how much I like her. The business continues, but I’m snatching just a minute here to share some excellent things with you.
The war we’re fighting; the weapons we need. A friend who has some experience with the war against Islam highly recommended a site called Free Range International (and you can follow the site on Facebook too). The most recent post makes a simple statement and asks a simple question: Fourth Generation War Comes To America: What Are You Going To Do About It? The post goes on to explain that our government cannot protect us, in part because, at the upper echelons, it refuses to recognize that we are at war; it talks about the insane war on guns; and it talks about true self-defense, which means thinking like a shepherd, not a sheep. The next entry in the series promises to talk about a shepherd’s necessary tools. I highly recommend this post and will look forward to the next one.
The AR-15 is a superior self-defense weaponI’m willing to bet that, when Free Range International gets to the subject of weapons, it will speak well of the AR-15. Dom Raso gives a simple, powerful primer on its virtues as a self-defense weapon:
What’s in a name? Well, a lot’s in a name when it’s a Muslim terrorist’s name. Omar Mateen has a different last name from his father. Mateen apparently hand-picked his last name, which not so coincidentally is one of the 99 names of Allah. (Warning: Link has autoplay music.) “Al-Matin” (aka “Al-Matten“) means “The Forceful One.” It seems to me that someone who corners more than 100 unarmed people and shoots them down like dogs is feeling pretty Forceful — and making a point too. Moreover, as the unredacted transcripts show, the point wasn’t about homosexuality, it was about Jihad against the West.
At least one man regrets that his son was a helpless victim. Mark Bando is the father of Christopher Andrew Leinonen, one of the people killed at Pulse in Orlando. Bando thinks that his son, and everyone else at Pulse, would probably have preferred being able to fight back:
The killer was armed and his helpless victims were not, yet the anti gun politicians still want to disarm the populace, enabling these scenarios. It is likely such attacks will continue, until the victims start shooting back. That’s the lesson I take from this, for what it’s worth. When the shooting started Saturday night, I’ll bet there wasn’t a person in the club who wouldn’t have traded everything he owned in the world, for a loaded gun.
Family calls — again. More later today, if possible.
I wasn’t an empty nester to begin with, but now I am a super full nester — hence my difficulties blogging this week. Here it is, 9:30 on a Friday night, and I finally have a minute to sit down and write:
A unified theory of Obama. David Hazony has written a masterpiece. Using statements from Samuels’s interview with Ben Rhodes and Goldberg’s interview with Obama himself, Hazony comes up with a unified theory of everything Obama when it comes to foreign policy. It is a terrifying tale of a president who kept carefully hidden from view his dangerously utopian view of the world, one that sees his calm, Spockian reason preside over the withdrawal of the Pax Americana to force the world to join him in reason and peace. It’s a story of lies, manipulation, duplicity, and an insanity that promises to escalate before he leaves office.
Neither Trump nor Hillary shares Obama’s world view. The question for voters is, given the chaos into which Obama has pitched the entire world, which of these two candidates is best suited to lead the America and her allies to some semblance of safety.
Oh, and one other thing: While it’s clear from the article that Obama has an absolute horror of exercising American power abroad, except when it comes to pushing global warming, he sadly has no problem whatsoever exercising government power against his own people. A deadly pacifist abroad; a monstrous tyrant at home.
One other little aside. when I read Goldberg’s interview with Obama after it originally came out, I passed without thinking over a specific phrase that Obama used in that interview. Here’s the quotation, with that specific phrase bolded:
[The purpose of Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo, he told Goldberg, was to] trigger a discussion, [to] create space for Muslims to address the real problems they are confronting—problems of governance, and the fact that some currents of Islam have not gone through a reformation that would help people adapt their religious doctrines to modernity. My thought was, I would communicate that the U.S. is not standing in the way of this progress, that we would help, in whatever way possible, to advance the goals of a practical, successful Arab agenda that provided a better life for ordinary people.
Just today, Jonah Goldberg published a piece noting how Progressives love to “trigger a discussion” or “start a conversation,” something that, as often as not, they do using hoaxes or other crude deceptions (e.g., Katie Couric’s deceptively edited gun video). Here’s what Goldberg says those triggered discussions are really about:
I’m doing actual legal work today, but I want to clear my spindle before it gets completely out of control. Here goes, a quick, down-and-dirty round-up:
President Trump? Scott Adams has pretty much nailed everything that’s happened so far in this election, at least when it comes to Trump’s tactics and trajectory. Watch him on Bill Maher’s show explaining precisely why he thinks Trump will win, and win big. He also says not to worry: Trump will not be a crazy, war-mad, racist, irrational president — although Hillary could be a problem if elected because she’s a walking alcohol cabinet and drug pharmacopeia.
ACLU Director mugged by reality and other bathroom musings. When Maya Dillard Smith, interim director of the Georgia chapter of the ACLU, went into a public bathroom with her daughters, only to have the girls frightened by some manly looking so-called women, she summarily quit the ACLU, went public with the reason she quit, and was roundly and soundly ignored by America’s mainstream media.
Incidentally, I asked two boys who are in high school if they think the Obama directive will result in boys who are not transgender taking advantage of its broad language and visiting girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms. Both boys instantly answered “No! No one would ever do that.” Then they said, “The girls would chase them out.” Then, after a moment’s cogitation, they proceeded to name all the “weird,” “goofy” boys they knew who would, in fact, probably take advantage of the opportunity to see teen girls naked or nearly so.
And while I’m on the subject, people concerned by the ongoing sexual assaults against Muslim women in refugee camps have a radical solution for the problem: separate bathrooms for men and women. No, I’m not kidding. The Lefties on my real-me Facebook page, the same ones championing Obama’s transgender diktats, are thrilled about this idea. We truly are a culture that’s moved beyond parody.
It’s only been a few days since my last illustrated edition but I’ve already got such a large collection you may have to put aside a few quiet minutes to appreciate fully the wisdom and humor you’ll find here. On second thought, make that more than a few minutes. These are wonderful and worth your time.
I haven’t forgotten that tomorrow is Memorial Day but today is still just another Sunday — laundry, bills, and blogging. The first two are done, so it’s blogging time.
America’s real class divide. I had a very interesting lunch the other day with Thomas Lifson (founder of American Thinker) and one of his contributors, who craves anonymity, so I’ll call her Meg. Inevitably, of course, the conversation turned to Trump. Thomas and I are both people who have made our peace with Trump’s candidacy, although he was not our first choice. I think of us as strong #NeverHillary types, with a grudging respect for what Trump is accomplishing.
Meg, however, loves Trump. She doesn’t trust him and has no idea how he’ll do as a president, but she thinks he’s got unique virtues that are worth applauding.
Since Meg is from the East Coast, she has more familiarity with Trump, not as a TV personality, but as a businessman. She says one of Trump’s virtues is that he’s incredibly good a getting things done. If he wants to do what any conservative should do — namely, get rid of the alphabet soup of agencies — he can make it happen. In this, he’ll differ significantly from Clinton, Obama, Clinton, and Bernie, none of whom ever got anything significant done before running for president.
Mostly, though, Meg loves Trump’s raw courage. He doesn’t give a flying whatsit for the political class or for the media. When he isn’t bulldozing over them, he’s playing with them.
I’ve switched migraine medicines and have been a little limp and dazed, but the migraines are passing and my energy is returning — so what better thing to do than write a round-up?
No, more Muslims will not save us from the ones we already have. Daniel Greenfield takes up the challenge of those (including Petraeus) who claim that the only way to save ourselves from the bad Muslims who are already here is to import still more Muslims:
Muslim immigration isn’t a solution. It’s a problem posing as a solution. And we are told that we need to make the problem bigger in order to solve it. Muslim immigration has yet to reduce terrorism in any country. The increase in Muslim populations has not made Europe any safer. On the contrary, it has increased the risk of terrorism. The same is also true in Africa, Asia and across the Middle East.
Debunking yet another Palestinian lie. Palestinians claim that they hate Israelis as imperialists because the latter forcibly occupied Palestinian land after the Six Day War. Michael Freund debunks this completely by pointing out that, in 1965, Levi Eshkol, Israel’s third prime minister, offered the Arabs a comprehensive peace plan that would have given them everything they wanted — everything, that is, but the Jews voluntarily walking into the Mediterranean to commit genocide against themselves. The Arabs, naturally, refused.
By the way, events in 1967 are very important to the Palestinian narrative. Claiming that the Jews stole their land and subjugated their people to a foreign occupation is how you get pig ignorant people to sign on to your murderous agenda. And by pig ignorant, I’m not exaggerating, I’m probably being too nice:
I know, I know. It’s a bait and switch. You come for politics and, instead, I hit you with a philosophical question. But it’s a question that’s been vexing me for some time, and I think I’ve come up with an answer. Here goes:
What is the meaning of life?
It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you think life has meaning.
The meaning of life is what we choose to make of our lives. For some people, their purpose on the earth is writ large. There are the Florence Nightingales and Mother Theresas whose lives are consumed by an overriding passion to serve others. There are the Winston Churchills who are driven by an overriding passion to lead others — presumably for the benefit of those being led.
And then, of course, there are the people who unexpectedly have a central purpose thrust upon them and who rise to the challenge. In that category, I think, are all those people we read about who are going through the daily lives and suddenly find themselves rescuing a train full of people from a terrorist attack or the young men and women who find themselves in a war zone and discover that they can fight. Think of Audie Murphy, the sharecropper’s child, who became one of the most decorated combat soldiers in World War II.