I know, I know — I’ve been remiss about illustrated editions. I’ve got a nice collection here, though, about Hillary, the convention, and a few related issues:
Apropos the shooting in Germany, Europe sure does seem to be having a lot of gun violence lately, doesn’t it?
Apropos everyone from Obama to the #NeverTrumpers complaining how gloomy Trump’s speech was, what do they expect? He’s running as the opposition to the controlling political party. Is he supposed to say, “Things are great, but vote for me, not the candidate appaering on behalf of the same great political party currently in power?” Of course not. What Trump is saying — and what resonates with people — is “Things are lousy in ways you know are deeply, deeply wrong, and I can fix them.”
Hillary’s problem as a candidate is that she too knows that everything is lousy — from our soggy economy to our scary national security situation to the seas that never receded despite Obama’s promises — but she’s too tied to the political party currently in power, so she can’t distinguish herself by promising a big new (and different) fix. All that she’s got Left is a vaguely senile appearing Bill Clinton talking about “the awful legacy of the last eight years.” Well, that’s subtle.
Blacks and Muslims should be angry at their criminal cohorts, not at us. In the context of an article about political correctness, Andrew Klavan said something I’ve been struggling to say for some time. He acknowledges that blacks are on the receiving end of much more police activity, something frustrating and insulting to law-abiding blacks, but that’s because the black community’s bad eggs commit a disproportionate amount of American crime. Likewise, because children have big mouths, perfectly nice Muslim kids in school find themselves being called terrorists, reflecting the fact that acts of mass violence all over the world come primarily from their co-religionists. That’s certainly not nice, but Klavan says that law-abiding blacks and Muslims are putting blame in the wrong place:
It seems to me if you are an innocent black person being troubled by the cops, if you are an innocent Muslim under suspicion from your neighbors, the people you should be angry at, the people to blame, are not the people acting on rational suspicion. The people at fault are the bad guys who have drawn that suspicion unfairly onto you.
A black man targeted by the police shouldn’t be angry at the police. He should be angry at the thugs and criminals who look like him and make his race a target. And before Muslims blame non-Muslims for the prejudice against them, maybe they ought to look to — and openly condemn — those Muslims who have given their religion a very bad name indeed.
The problem is prejudice, yes. But it’s the tribal prejudice that says we should blame others before we blame “our own.” “Our own” are the good guys, no matter what race or religion we are.
Someone should read those words out loud at the Republican Party Convention. They’re very important.
The coup that wasn’t and the coup that could be. The more news that comes out of Turkey, the more I believe that what happened there was a coup in the same way that the Reichstag fire was a “coup” — it was a staged event that gave a despot the authority to wipe out the last of his opposition. I have no doubt that the soldiers who will be executed believed in what they were doing, but I also have no doubt that they were pushed into it like lambs to the slaughter by people on Erdogan’s payroll.
What made the coup an inevitable failure is that Erdogan spent years purging the military of secular leaders and replacing them with leaders sympathetic to his own political philosophy. We have a similar situation here at home.
Obama has spent years purging the American military of conservative leaders and replacing them with leaders who believe that the military’s primary goal isn’t defending America against her enemies but is, instead, to use it as a vehicle to promote the so-called “war against climate change” and gender madness, both to the detriment of military readiness. Meanwhile, on the home front, Obama has armed the federal civil service (a bastion of Left-leaning union members who had no problem using the IRS’s vast powers to silence conservatives in an election year) to the point at which they’re more heavily weaponized than the Marines. The only difference between a weaponized IRS, EPA, FCC, or FDA, on the one hand, and the Marines, on the other hand, is that I’d still bet my money on the Marines in hand-to-hand fighting.
A lot of people worry that, if Trump is rising in the polls, Obama will declare martial law at the end of October, either because of another terrorist attack by a member of the religion of “peace” or because of more outrages by the BLM movement. Two years ago, I would have scoffed. Today, I agree that this scenario is within the realm of possibility.
However, if Hillary is ahead in the polls, the election will go forward, and we’ll end up with the most corrupt woman in American political history having at her command an emasculated, left-Leaning military and a heavily armed bureaucracy at her beck and call. And honestly, if the next president has that kind of firepower, ask yourself this: Would you rather have Trump, who does love America, or Hillary, a hard-core Leftist, in control of that arsenal?
The best thing, of course, would be seeing the military return to its proper function and disarming our “civil” bureaucracy. That’s not going to happen soon, though, so we’ve got to go with what is, rather than what we wish could be.
Wolf Howling had problems posting at my site, so he sent me some emails, which I’ll share with you. Because I always enjoy reading what he has to say, I’m going to assume that you too will enjoy reading is comments and following his links.
Did we make a mistake approving the 19th Amendment?
[Bookworm here: On behalf of all sane, normal, non-Feminazi women, I apologize for the preceding video.]
I have a very old and dear client who occasionally calls me in when he’s buried and none of his regular attorneys can help him out. If I can, I always say “yes.”
That client called me in for help last Wednesdays, and I’ve been working without pause since then to help him put to bed a writ petition to the Court of Appeal. I’ll be working on this massive document through Wednesday. That’s why blogging was nonexistent today and will be light for the first half of the week. I simply don’t have enough hours in the day to meet the legal deadline and still get meaningful blogging done.
Please feel free to use this open thread when I can’t get blogging done. Also, do check in, because I’m hoping I can inveigle my friend Wolf Howling into putting up a post or two. He always has something worthwhile to say.
I’m on the phone trying to book tickets with United to take one of the Bookworms off to college later this summer. I have no words for how helpful the United employee on the other end of the phone has been.
I contacted him initially after the website refused to accept my booking. It turns out that this failure was because of the way the family’s frequent flyer miles and payment methods are linked — the linkage was blocking something I was trying to do. This nice young man has spent almost an hour on the phone with me looking for a workaround the limitations.
Getting this kind of service from United is nothing new. A few years ago, forgetting about time zone changes, I booked a flight to Tokyo that had us arriving 24 hours after our tour group had already left Tokyo. I was in tears when I called United and the clerk couldn’t have been more helpful. “Don’t worry, ma’am. We’ll make it right for you” — and he did, getting us on a flight that arrived on time with a minimal penalty for my foolishness.
So, this is an open thread, but if you like, it might be nice to share stories of good customer service that you’ve experienced over the years.
And yay! Booking completed on very good terms. Thank you, United.
Now that we’re the Banana Republic of America, I think it’s time for the #NeverTrump crowd to have a little “Come To Jesus” talk to determine whether they want Hillary the Untouchable, and her entire Leftist panoply of friends and goals, in the White House, or whether they’re willing to gamble on Trump, who at least gives lip service to a strong foreign policy that recognizes the problems with Islamists; supporting Israel; supporting the troops; supporting the Second Amendment; and supporting the pro-Life agenda.
This is not the time for holier (or “politically purer”) than thou. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is the time for imperfect emergency surgery to keep the patient alive, rather than an exquisitely rendered surgery while the patient bleeds out on the operating table.
And now on to the links:
No, Trump is not an antisemite. Trump’s Jewish son-in-law says stop listening to Leftist garbage — Trump is not an antisemite (or a racist) and he strongly supports Israel. Trump is being slimed by the Left and it behooves us to remember two things: First, the Left, from Marx to Hitler to Stalin and on forward to the present day, is the party of antisemitism in Europe and in America. Second, this sliming is coming from a presidential candidate who greatly admires Max Blumenthal, one of the most vile antisemites in America. The Left’s outrage is a con.