I’d meant to write about my travels through America, but after a long day of driving, I’m just too darn tired. Please enjoy this as an open thread
I’m heading off on a road trip tomorrow, so I spent all day getting ready. Today’s blog silence, though, isn’t just because I didn’t have time to write (which I didn’t). It’s also because I don’t have anything particular to say. Even now, after a day spent listening to podcasts while I worked and ruminating about issues, I have only a few brief points to make.
As I already wrote yesterday, I loved Trump’s speech. It remains to be seen whether it was any kind of game changer. It had an enjoyable bread and circuses quality, with Trump happily giving voice to core conservative thoughts, and with the Democrat party faithful sitting stone-faced when hearing that the interest groups they think they own are thriving under the Trump administration. Still, as I said, bread and circuses aren’t game changers on their own.
I’m also enjoying the spectacle in Virginia, with the state’s Democrat Party leaders either racists or sexual predators. Incidentally, I find it hard to get my knickers in a twist about two men who, back in the 80s, when blackface was still semi-acceptable (if you weren’t in Berkeley, which had already progressed beyond that), did blackface.
As you all know, I believe in remorse, repentance, and redemption. I happen to think that the Democrat Party is still a race obsessed party that thinks very poorly of blacks, and that promotes policies that actively harm blacks, but the reality is that it’s the Democrat Party has the imprimatur of the race hustlers (Jackson, Sharpton, Coates, etc.), and these two Virginia politicians have done their obeisance over the years.
Regarding the sexual assault, which seems to have been brutal, extremely non-consensual, and highly illegal . . . that’s never forgivable, unless of course the sexual predator is a Democrat.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to blog in the next couple of days. Please enjoy this as an open thread if I don’t. And please don’t forget me while I’m gone….
Abortion extremism, not a 35 year old disgusting racist photo, is what should drive Ralph Northam out of office — posters on that point, plus many more.
My client, as is the case for just about everyone in my world, is a Leftist who wanted Hillary. (He’s also a seriously nice person as a client: thoughtful, a good communicator, intelligent, and swift to pay his bills.) In addition to being a Leftist, my client is a good businessman. That’s why he’s asking me to research a Trump era deregulation that’s very good for his business.
Because this is a professional matter, when I finish my research (and I already know the direction in which it’s heading) I won’t rub in his face the fact that Trump’s deregulation, which will save vast sums of money and make life easier, is not random but is part of an ideological tilt to smaller government. I’m hoping that this man’s intelligence and good will lead him to that conclusion on his own.
Anyway, I hope to be back blogging later today, but until then, please enjoy this post as an open thread.
Scary Leftists includes so much: MAGA and pussy hats, Democrat presidential candidates, gun grabbing, missing Supreme Court justices, border walls, and more.
My Assault Smirk poster collection is absolutely epic, plus I’ve got reams of funny and wise posters focusing on the scary Leftists who walk among us.
I drove through falling snow for the first time. Fortunately, although it was dark, it was a medium snowfall and the flakes were small and dry. Still, I found unnerving the fact that the white freeway lines vanished under the snow.
I experienced 0 degrees Fahrenheit, not including the wind chill. It’s amazing how quickly that level of cold operates on the body. To all of you who live in this climate: I’m deeply impressed. I’m also impressed when I think back to generations who lived this way before cell phones, cars, central heating, and all the other luxuries and “necessities” of our modern era. [Read more…]
Sorry for another blog free day. Two things happened. As some of you noticed, my site went down. This was not a bad thing but a good one: I am on a new server so I should have fewer outages in the future.
The other thing that happened is that I have been helping my daughter move into her new apartment. The apartment’s previous occupants were three boys, and I understand that, before that, there were a bunch of college boys living for several rental generations in this apartment.
The result was the dirtiest apartment I have ever seen. I have spent the last two days alternating between shopping for basic supplies and cleaning at a frenzied level. I am a bit of a germaohobe, but I think even non-germaphobes would’ve had a hard time with this place. [Read more…]
I’m on my iPad at the airport, preparatory to a longish flight, so regular blogging will not happen. However, I thought I’d use the downtime for a few idle thoughts, none of which are related to each other and all of which I share in random order.
I think conservative blacks are amongst the bravest people in America because the Left hates conservative blacks even more than it hates conservative homosexuals. They are also excellent tweeters. I have a theory about this. When people have to fight hard for their values, it makes them think about them in concentrated fashion. This concentrated thought allows them to express themselves well in a limited number of words.
Representative (D-Islam) Rashida Tlaib tweeted out that she’s a Palestinian, which is a nationality not a race, and a Muslim. Significantly, she makes no effort to hyphenate — that is, she’s not Palestinian-American; she’s just “Palestinian.” Tlaib has also tweeted out the old antisemitic slur that American Jews have divided loyalties. Am I the only one who sees the irony in this? [Read more…]
I’d meant to cover more topics, but between illegal immigration, Russiagate, and pedophilia, I’ve think I’ve written enough.
On the immorality of housing illegal aliens at the border.
I don’t know why, but it took forever for me to get a sharp focus on what’s wrong with the Leftist arguments claiming it’s immoral to house illegal immigrants, especially children, in large, not-cozy facilities. I know, of course, the purpose behind this housing, such as the requirement (already applicable under Obama) that children being held for longer times must be separated from adults (aka potential pedophiles).
Somehow, though, it was this video that highlighted for me just how stupid the Leftist argument is:
— Helios Helium (@heliosiamallfa1) January 13, 2019
What jumped out at me was all that high falutin’ stuff about “immorality” which Coons then immediately paired with “children in cages.” That juxtaposition triggered . . . deep thoughts.
The imagery about “children in cages” is deliberately intended to make us think of what the Nazis did all over Europe, the Japanese did all over Asia, and all totalitarian governments have done at all times and in all places. In all those cases, the government is the aggressor. To further its nefarious purposes, whether to occupy territory, pacify perceived enemies, or exterminate entire peoples, it hunts people down (especially children) and imprisons them in cages. This is indeed immoral.
Here, however, our government is not the aggressor. It is entirely passive. It is the illegal aliens who are storming our borders. The government is simply doing the best it can to deal with the onslaught – including putting children in areas that, while lacking in charm, theoretically protect them from predators. Moreover, these predators are not US government agents. Instead, they are the people with whom they are traveling, many of whom are not their parents but are criminals taking advantage of our laxness in handling “families” with “their” children. [Read more…]
The Schumer and Pelosi meme is alive and well at the Bookworm Room, along with lots of immigration posters and other cool and interesting political posters.
I called this the “Trump wall illustrated edition” but it’s also about Stupid Leftists, the Second Amendment, Gender Madness, and Silly Stuff in our world.
This Bookworm Beat is a true potpourri of all sorts of things I’ve noted as interesting over the past few days. Even I cannot discern a common thread.
I didn’t anticipate that my weekend would be as busy as it’s proven to be. It’s almost ten on Sunday night, and my to-do list looks as long as it did when I started it. Sigh. Still, it’s been a good weekend, I’ve gotten a lot done, and I have a few things to offer here. Before I begin, you can see I’m trying out a slightly new format. There’s a long back story to the new format. Suffice to say this new format is easier to produce.
On immigration, do as I say, not as I do.
When it comes to hypocrisy, it’s hard to outdo a Leftist. That’s why, while I’m disgusted, I’m not shocked to learn that New York Mayor and open borders advocate Bill de Blasio has built a large privacy fence around Gracie Mansion, the home the city of New York provides for its mayors:
The new fence — constructed just inside an existing red brick wall and a wrought-iron fence ringing the historic property — was actually dubbed a “privacy fence” by de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray, sources told The Post.
“So much for being mayor of the people. That brick fence was good enough for Rudy Giuliani and his family, and for Ed Koch and all the mayors before him,” a law enforcement source said.
“They didn’t need a taller fence. That’s the same house where everybody else lived for years.”
Sources said the increasingly thin-skinned mayor demanded the extension because he was sick of nosy people in Carl Schurz Park peeping in while he hung out in the yard.
And just today, Trump reminded his Twitter followers that Barack and Michelle Obama are big fans of walls too – at least, when the walls are protecting them:
President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound. I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2018
Remembering that humor is a powerful weapon.
It’s always dangerous to underestimate your enemy so humor that makes people cease to take an enemy seriously can backfire badly. However, humor that exposes an enemy’s true face is very powerful.
That’s why I think this video, even though it goes on a bit too long, is a both an expose of and an attack on Islamism. It shows very clearly why Islamism is antithetical to American values:
I went overboard in this Bookworm Beat, covering the border wall, Syria, Antisemitism, Europe’s fall, science, Michelle and Melania, media bias, and much more.
Good walls make good neighbors. Trump did it — he got the House to include $5 billion in the budget bill to build the border wall. I was actually worried that he wouldn’t fulfill a core promise he made both to get elected and to put Chuck and Nancy in their place by saying he’d shut down the government before walking away from the wall.
Yay, Trump! Of course, now I’m worried what the execrable Jeff Flake will do in the Senate.
If you want a reminder about why the Left is fighting the wall with everything it has, despite voting for it some years ago, and strongly criticizing illegal immigration at the same time, Victor Davis Hanson explains: Put simply, a wall destroys the Democrats’ base.
Federal judge opens borders. It’s great that Trump got funding for the border wall. It’s not so great that, just yesterday, Judge Emmet Sullivan, the same guy who erroneously excoriated Lieut. Gen’l Flynn as a “traitor,” decided that America has no borders:
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan — who a day earlier had excoriated former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — ordered the government to allow migrants with iffy claims to be given a full chance to make their case for asylum.
And he ordered the U.S. to un-deport plaintiffs in the case who already had been ousted under the new policy, saying they deserve to be brought back and allowed to claim asylum.
His decision overturns a move by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had tried to block asylum claims of migrants who said they faced gang violence or domestic abuse back home.
I am sorry that, for so many people, the world is a terrible place. I know that I’m singularly fortunate that sixty years ago my parents, after waiting patiently for years to get visas, legally immigrated to America allowing me to be a citizen of and grow up in this great country.
I also know that life is unfair and that we don’t make it more fair by destroying ourselves. The Leftists are demanding that we import into America the pathologies that have plagued Latin America for hundreds of years. I’m not willing to be a part of that suicide pact — although I don’t know what I, personally, can do to take away the gun the Left is figuratively placing in America’s mouth, with its finger on the trigger.
On withdrawal from Syria, I’m conflicted. Although I suspect a lot of Americans didn’t even realize we still had around 2,000 troops in Syria, it’s proving to be a hot button issue now that Trump has announced a troop withdrawal. His stated reason is that he promised we’d be in Syria to defeat ISIS and, having defeated ISIS, it’s now time to leave.
I think this was a good decision for a few reasons. First, Trump did what we keep asking our leaders to do, which is to state a clear objective and then, when that objective is achieved, to announce “victory!” and to withdraw. No quagmires for President Trump.
Second, as I noted, I bet a lot of Americans didn’t realize we even had troops in Syria. In other words, this was not a war that the nation supported. It was an “action,” the purpose of which was not obvious to most Americans. I firmly believe that you cannot endlessly demand that a nation send its blood and treasure to foreign shores without being able to articulate why. Without ISIS, no one was articulating a why, so Trump did the right thing by pulling our troops out.
Third, as long as the Western world refuses to tackle the problem of Islam head on, and without an imminent threat from a concerted non-government army such as al Qaeda or ISIS, these far-away battlefields are just band-aids. It makes no sense to send young men to die in Syria or Afghanistan to kill people who our leaders refuse to acknowledge are terribly dangerous. Again, without a clearly articulated purpose, why are our boys and men being sent to die?
Fourth, outside of Israel, which is a beacon of light, freedom, and innovation in a backwards, benighted region, I think the whole of the Middle East can go to Hell. I want them to leave us alone and I want them to leave Israel alone, but otherwise I don’t think we should be doing business there. Trump, by unleashing America’s energy sector, has cut the tie that bound us — namely, oil dependency.
Fifth, to the extent Iran is a threat, let the Sunni nations fight it. We can provide support for those nations (weapons, advice, etc.), but they should be their own front line. Making them the front line also forces them to make nice with Israel, because, as the Muslims say, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”