I’m working on a longer post but, in the meantime, Caped Crusader sent me these wonderful political posters:
Again, apologies for the silence, but something good happened. For the past 30 years, I’ve had a vague idea for a novel in my head. I had all sorts of little vignettes, but no theme, no plot, no sub-plots, no nothing. Just those damn vignettes. Last night, in the middle of my usual bout of insomnia, the whole plot and theme suddenly appeared before me. I spent a lot of today putting together an outline before I forget my insight and plan to start real work immediately. It will be a slow process, because a lot of historical research is involved, but I feel as if I’m embarking on a project that’s been 30 years in the making. That’s a very exciting feeling.
I’m so grateful to Caped Crusader for sending the following political posters to liven up the blog:
Hillary is a sex fiend who sleeps with anything that moves. You may want to bleach your eyeballs after reading the following words, but here they are:
Hillary Clinton is a secret sex freak who paid fixers to set up illicit romps with both men AND women!
That’s the blockbuster revelation from a former Clinton family operative who is sensationally breaking ranks with his one-time bosses to speak to The National ENQUIRER in a bombshell 9-page cover story — on newsstands Wednesday.
What’s more, it wasn’t just Hillary’s flings with women that the shadowy Mr. Fix It helped to orchestrate!
Hillary’s former bagman finally confessed to The ENQUIRER just how he helped her to cover up her affair with married lover VinceFoster, too!
The shadowy figure — who provided PROOF of his employment for the Clintons — also revealed 12 fixes he covered-up, including:
+ How Hillary secretly plotted to a counter-attack on Bill’s mistress Monica Lewinsky — via a document buried for two decades!
+ What crooked reporters were on the take from the Clinton camp!
+ How he covered up Bill’s seedy romp with hookers!
+ Which A-list celebrity had a secret affair with Bill during his presidency!
Read the rest here. Maybe the National Enquirer has the noise and heft to break through the Dome of Silence the media has built around Hillary. It’s managed to suppress the Wikimedia revelations that Hillary is a criminal and that the media has colluded with her. Perhaps, though, the sex scandal will finally capture America’s attention and force the media to report on her.
And now back to my regularly scheduled blogging:
It’s so Mom. I know all the stories, although some of the details are new. What’s really “Mom” about it is the scrambled syntax. I don’t know if being multilingual made her do that, or if it was just the way her mind worked. All I know is that it’s quite amusing the way her sentences break down into small, very un-English chunks of thought. I’ll be working on this for several days to come, but I don’t think it will interfere with future blogging.
Here’s the illustrated edition I promised, with more to come today or tomorrow:
I’m making a slight change to how I present political cartoons in future. Some of my blog friends have reported expensive, losing fights because they published political cartoons or other images that were obviously, or not so obviously, subject to copyright claims. To prevent that, I will no longer publish proprietorial political cartoons. Instead, you’ll just find here endless and wonderful political cartoons and social issue posters that creative people have freely released into the world.
I was ready several hours ago to write this round-up. What delayed me was the automatic Windows 10 update that took over my computer. I can’t complain because my computer is working much faster now than it did before. Also, faced with forced non-blogging time, I used the time wisely to begin photographing my Mom’s effects to give to an appraiser.
I’ve spent the last several hours photographing her stamps, hundreds and hundreds of stamps. My Mom was a packrat rather than a collector. Collectors go for quality rather than quantity, they know what they’re collecting, and they catalog and organize them. Packrats just save, rather compulsively.
Despite the lack of order, there are a few interesting twists to my Mom’s packrat collection. She started collecting stamps in the 1920s, so they cover a pretty vast time span. Also, both she and her parents were extremely cosmopolitan. They traveled all over the world as did their friends, and all of them wrote prodigiously.
I’m only a third of the way through the review and I’ve found stamps from 1914 through the early 21st century, including stamps from now defunct nations such as Palestine, Czechoslovakia, and Nazi Germany. I’ve also got stamps covering that same time period from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria, England, Holland, and the United States.
I doubt any of the stamps are very valuable — the mere fact that I have so many duplicates and that they were sent from literate countries to literate countries — argues against their rarity or uniqueness. Still, it’s been fascinating to look through them.
One of the fascinating stamps I’ve found this morning comes from Turkey. I don’t know its date or its purpose, but the fact that it has only 48 stars on the American flag means that it’s from 1958, at the latest. Can you imagine a stamp like this nowadays?
If I stumble across any other interesting stamps, I’ll share them with you as well.
I can’t say too much lest I breach Little Bookworm’s privacy, but suffice it to say that, after only two weeks at her Obscenely Expensive Liberal Arts College, she has already taken a giant step in the direction of moronic, damaging Leftism. I have refrained from berating her because that would be counterproductive. Instead, I provided her with objective information about the direction she has taken and she, with all the confident arrogance of an uninformed youngster, has refused to reconsider. I’m not feeling the love today.
I hope blogging helps me vent my spleen. Otherwise, if you read tomorrow that a woman suffered a deadly attack of spontaneous combustion during the night . . . well, that just might be me.
Preachy Leftist “comedians” may be harming Hillary. Mr. Bookworm adored Jon Stewart and was endlessly certain that, if I just sat and watched for a while, I’d be riotously amused and return to the Democrat fold. His confidence in Stewart’s powers of persuasion was misplaced. I found Stewart intentionally both ill-informed and dishonest.
When Stewart resigned, Mr. Bookworm transferred his allegiance to John Oliver and Samantha Bee, both of whom are even harder Left than Stewart, and both of whom have the same shtick: They say something insulting about a Republican or conservative, following it with a strained analogy, and then pause for the adoring audience’s laughter. It’s like a call-and-repeat in the Church of Leftism.
Mr. Bookworm has suggested that I lack a sense of humor, which may well be true. I prefer a bit of wit and intelligence to flavor political insults, so I’m probably expecting too much from the current generation of humorists. I, on the other hand, have tried suggesting to him that these smug Leftist harridans simply aren’t funny.
Ross Douthat might agree with me on that last point. He also thinks that these cultural avatars, along with the Lefties on football teams and at award shows, have pushed themselves into such an extreme political corner that they’re leaving no room for Hillary Clinton to survive:
The culture industry has always tilted leftward, but the swing toward social liberalism among younger Americans and the simultaneous surge of activist energy on the left have created a new dynamic, in which areas once considered relatively apolitical now have (or are being pushed to have) an overtly left-wing party line.
First, within the liberal tent, they have dramatically raised expectations for just how far left our politics can move, while insulating many liberals from the harsh realities of political disagreement in a sprawling, 300-plus million person republic. Among millennials, especially, there’s a growing constituency for whom right-wing ideas are so alien or triggering, left-wing orthodoxy so pervasive and unquestioned, that supporting a candidate like Hillary Clinton looks like a needless form of compromise.
Thus Clinton’s peculiar predicament. She has moved further left than any modern Democratic nominee, and absorbed the newer left’s Manichaean view of the culture war sufficiently that she finds herself dismissing almost a quarter of the electorate as “irredeemable” before her donors. Yet she still finds herself battling an insurgency on her left flank, and somewhat desperately pitching millennials on her ideological bona fides.
Isn’t that just delicious? All I can say is, from Douthat’s essay to God’s ear.
Trump has an ideology and it’s a good one. Trump has an actual plan that explains his appeal. How do I know this? Because, for unclear reasons, Politico.com decided to engage in actual journalism. Rather than viewing Trump as Satan in the Church of Leftism, Joshua Mitchell, a Georgetown professor looked at Trump’s actual platform and came up with some surprising conclusions.
It turns out that Trump is not Hitler reincarnated. Instead, he’s breaking the existing political paradigm and coming up with new ideas in American politics (although I view some of them as tried-and-true traditional ideas that worked well for everyone before the Democrats in the old South and the new Progressive party perverted them):
If you listen closely to Trump, you’ll hear a direct repudiation of the system of globalization and identity politics that has defined the world order since the Cold War. There are, in fact, six specific ideas that he has either blurted out or thinly buried in his rhetoric: (1) borders matter; (2) immigration policy matters; (3) national interests, not so-called universal interests, matter; (4) entrepreneurship matters; (5) decentralization matters; (6) PC speech—without which identity politics is inconceivable—must be repudiated.
These six ideas together point to an end to the unstable experiment with supra- and sub-national sovereignty that many of our elites have guided us toward, siren-like, since 1989. That is what the Trump campaign, ghastly though it may at times be, leads us toward: A future where states matter. A future where people are citizens, working together toward (bourgeois) improvement of their lot. His ideas do not yet fully cohere. They are a bit too much like mental dust that has yet to come together. But they can come together. And Trump is the first American candidate to bring some coherence to them, however raucous his formulations have been.
Put that way, how could I not support Trump?
I was thinking today what a misnomer “virtue signaling” is. Virtue, in its proper usage, refers to behaviors showing character, morality, and faith. Thus, the seven classic Catholic virtues are prudence, justice, temperance, courage, faith, hope, and charity (or, in some views, love). They are constraints we impose upon our worst selves so that we can be our best selves under all, or almost all, circumstances.
“Virtue signaling,” by contrast, does not impose any obligations upon the signaler, whether obligations of character, faith, or action. All he has to do is send out a tweet or take a knee to assure others that he hews to approved Progressive traditions. Indeed, looking at virtue signaling theologically, it appears that, not only is the behavior lacking in actual virtue, it embodies two of the seven deadly sins: pride and sloth.
Sharyl Attkisson on the little things the media does to support Democrats. Sharyl Attkisson knows the mainstream media from the inside out — so much so that she had to part ways with it when her objective honesty was more than the Democrat machine could bear. I urge you to read her really stunning, insider’s view post about the media’s selective editing to slant the news against Republicans and in favor of Democrats. She discusses at some length CBS’s dishonest handling of Obama’s statement after Benghazi, including Candy Crowley’s lie during the debate to support President Obama when Romney had him on the ropes. After explaining what happened, Attkisson has this to say:
So what does all this have to do with my own situation at CBS?
In an unexpected way, it came to expose the extraordinary lengths to which some of my colleagues would go to misrepresent and slant the facts when they had explicit evidence to the contrary, which they kept hidden. It was enough to irreparably destroy any confidence in and respect I might have had for those at the network who were involved…
By the way, CNN just did it again when it accused Trump, who spoke of profiling a la the Israelis (i.e., looking for certain terrorism indicators), of advocating “racial profiling.” The only talk of race came from CNN.
Another mainstream media alteration was the way the media edited footage of Hillary talking about the bombs in New York and New Jersey this past weekend. Trump, nobody’s fool, figured out quickly the explosions in Chelsea were not accidents but were deliberate acts. He therefore he used the magic word “bombings” when he spoke to the press.
Hillary, however, when interviewed on her plane, was so zombified that she simultaneously called them “bombings” and, in an apparent effort to appear calm and knowledgeable rather than stoned, chided Trump for calling them “bombings.” The mainstream media helped her by editing out her first reference to the events as “bombings” so that the media could paint Trump as intemperate and panicky.
If Bill Clinton and Al Gore couldn’t do it, then no one can. A Leftist Facebook friend posted an article from The Hill with a lede saying that Donald Trump “floats rolling back food safety regulations.” The implication, obviously, is that in Trump’s America, we’re all going to die from salmonella and e. Coli. Read through to the end, though, and you discover that Trump is instead making a remarkably sensible suggestion:
Trump’s economic policy plan also calls for “an immediate halt to new federal regulations and a very thorough agency-level review of previous regulations to see which need to be scrapped.”
Agencies would be required to list all regulations and rank them in terms of their contribution to growth, health and safety. The goal, Trump said, would be to strengthen the rules that are useful and reduce the rules that harm the economy.
One of my Leftist Facebook friends stopped with the lede, of course, and envisioned our nation drowning in fecal matter emanating from food-poisoned Americans. In a comment, I quoted the above language and suggested that it was a good idea to control regulations, which are so big no one can know them, are often non-effective, are frequently inconsistent with each other, and are too often quasi-legislation.
To seal it for this Leftist, I reminded him that Bill Clinton had assigned Al Gore this very task of cutting back on America’s burgeoning regulations, although it never came to anything. And that’s when my Facebook friend essentially said “Well, if Al Gore and Bill Clinton couldn’t do it, then no one can. After all, Trump has never been a politician, and he’s really stupid, so what does he know?”
My reply was that voters may be hoping that it’s an advantage that Trump hasn’t been a politician. He may have out-of-the-box (i.e., out-of-D.C.) ideas that actually work. The response? A reiteration that Trump is stupid. (Has there ever been a Republican candidate, no matter how successful and brilliant, whom the Left hasn’t called stupid? I don’t think so. It’s a tired idea.)
Agencies must be reined in. Exhibit A in the “agencies need to be cut back and God willing Trump is the man to do it” category is the fact that the FBI thinks it is more important than Congress is. So it was that Jason Chaffetz had to explain to the acting FBI chair that, no, Congress gets to have all of the notes from Hillary’s FBI interview — and then serves him, then and there, with a subpoena.
The funny thing about the WaPo’s indictment of Trump as a scam artist. The Washington Post is beside itself with excitement that ardent Hillary supporter, and pay for play attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is starting an investigation into Trump’s charitable foundation. I got three paragraphs into the WaPo editorial supporting this investigation and castigating Trump before I broke into uncontrollable laughter: