Stupid Leftists — whether they are being stupid on micro or macro levels — are the gifts that never stop giving for my illustrated edition posts.
As we give thanks this Veteran’s Day for our vets both past and present, please remember too that we on the home front must preserve what they fought for.
Just because election fraud is a time-honored Democrat Party tradition doesn’t mean Martha McSally is going down without a fight — and you can help.
Regarding Arizona, I find it hard to believe that a state under siege by illegal aliens, including drug runners and murderers, would vote for a candidate representing the Open Borders party. I also find it hard to believe that Arizonans would vote for a candidate who thinks they’re disgusting (although I’m sure that the drive-by media did everything it could to keep that information from voters).
Most of all, I find it hard to believe that, whenever there’s a tight race, in the race’s aftermath, ballots magically appear, all completely coincidentally favoring the Democrat candidate. I therefore would like to pass on to you Martha McSally’s plea for financial help in her fight against possible election fraud:
Supporters, the other night was a long one – but this race is still too close to call.
This is what we’re dealing with: Sinema and the Democrats have prepared millions of dollars to sue me in court to bend the rules and exploit loopholes in her favor.
The Democrat Machine will do whatever it takes to change the results of this election.
Our general election campaign took everything we had, and with our coffers seriously drained, I need your help to secure the resources to maintain the integrity of the election and secure our victory.
We need to be prepared to take this fight all the way. WE CANNOT LOSE!
Paid for by McSally for Senate, Inc.
And here’s a bonus video, because the Democrats’ conduct in Florida and Arizona reminds me of the events leading up to the Battle of Athens:
Watching the differing responses from Left and Right to the Florida school shooting perfectly captures fundamental differences in Left and Right thinking.
After the school shooting news broke yesterday, I quickly pounded out a few thoughts based in large part on data from and reactions to past shootings. Now that there is more data available, and I’ve had more time to think about things, I’d like to add a larger, more philosophical point.
In my mind, I categorized what happened as a terrible tragedy. A Progressive friend, however, called the shooting a disaster and was upset that I preferred to say tragedy. I understand why my friend was upset, because there’s a world of difference in the way in which we view bad things in the world.
To explain this, I need to pull back and point to a practically prescient article Dennis Prager wrote earlier this week, riffing off his regular inquiries into the nature of happiness, about the different ways in which conservatives and Progressives view the world:
Unhappy conservatives generally believe they are unhappy because life is inherently difficult and tragic, and because they have made some unwise decisions in life.
But unhappy liberals generally believe they are unhappy because they have been persecuted.
From these simple statements, one can deduce that conservatives have a grimmer view of the world, but feel a greater sense of control. That latter point matters because the most frustrating thing in the world is responsibility without control.
Meanwhile, Progressives, even as they ostensibly believe the world and mankind can be perfected, also believe that, when this perfection fails to manifest itself, there is nothing they, as individuals can do. Even in times of peace and plenty, when people should mostly be happy, they feel victimized and abandoned. Talk about a frustrating loss of control.
These philosophical differences inevitably lead to different responses, not just to happiness, but to shattering events. Before I proceed with this idea, let me point out again that I am talking about times of peace and plenty. The person who can be happy and in control in a Nazi or North Korean concentration camp, in an ISIS-controlled village, or while being eaten by a bear is a rare person indeed. No, what I’m talking about is ordinary life, with its ordinary ups and downs and its ordinary tragedies.
When I see what happened in Florida, as a parent I naturally think “there but for the grace of God go I,” and I hope devoutly that something like this never befalls my children. I have the deepest sympathy for the victims and their families. I’d like to have empathy, but my imagination is limited and I truly cannot grasp the immensity of losing one’s child in such a senseless way.
However, I do not see what happened as a disaster. To me, a disaster is something of greater scope than this: a disaster is 3,000 Americans dying over the course of an hour in targeted terror attacks; a disaster is thousands of acres and homes burning across the West; a disaster is a hurricane wiping out the levees allowing the Gulf to inundate a major American citizen; a slow-moving disaster is the scourge of opiates killing Americans in unprecedented numbers; and the endless body count in Democrat-run inner cities. Maybe I’m being an English-language obsessive, but tragedies play out on a smaller, more personal scale.
It is possible that foresight could have prevented the tragedy in Florida. The perpetrator turns out to have been so many things we know are dangerous: He’d experienced profound, traumatic loss in life, because his adoptive father died before he hit his teens and his adoptive mother died unexpected from the flu just months ago; he may have been on psychotropic drugs; he was obsessed with any kind of violence and killing and flirted with both Antifa and the Alt-Right [a very rude Leftist advises me that the Antifa photo is not this Cruz, so I’m passing that assertion on to y’all]; people were aware of his propensities and were afraid of him; and even the FBI had been warned about him but, despite having his name, couldn’t figure out who he was.
(As an aside, we know that he was not affiliated with local white supremacists which didn’t surprise me because most of his victims were white. Cruz was an equal opportunity hater. Still, a credulous media desperately wanted him to be a white supremacist and reported an unsourced claim as actual news, because that’s what the modern media does.)
In any event, the tragedy wasn’t avoided, and 17 vital young people on the cusp of life died.
With those poor, broken bodies still lying on the ground, Democrats began demanding more gun control. They did this despite not knowing the facts and despite the fact that I’m struggling to think of any mass shooting that gun control (as opposed to nationwide gun confiscation) could have prevented. This is the typical Progressive victim mindset: You demand protection. It’s the weapons; it’s the NRA; it’s the racial hate. It’s all stuff that we can perfect through more legislation and government control.
Meanwhile, conservatives are looking deeper, and what they’re looking at isn’t government ukases, which always promise protection, but never provide it. Instead, they’re looking at societal changes that only individuals can effectuate. [Read more…]
The horror in Florida hasn’t shattered my faith in the Second Amendment. Let me explain why — and please join in the discussion.
I came home from a scintillating talk by Evan Sayet (which I’ll write about later) to find awaiting me the news that there was a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida — and, of course, the Lefties are calling for gun control, along with their usual claim that America is aberrant when it comes to violent. A few points and then I’ll turn the floor over to all of you.
1. My thoughts are with the victims and their families, which is where all our thoughts should be. I can’t even begin to imagine — I never can begin to imagine when terrorists shoot up masses of people — what the terror of being there must have been like.
2. Contrary to the usual Leftist babble, mass murders in schools are not limited to the here and now in America. For more than 100 years, they’ve happened all over the world, with all kinds of weapons, for myriad reasons (Beslan, anyone?).
3. The Leftists are resurrecting their claim that there were 11 school shootings in January alone. This claim is a lie if one believes, as I do and as the Leftists know most people do, that the phrase “school shooting” has a distinct meaning. That distinct meaning refers to a situation in which a crazy person walks onto a campus during school hours, intent upon murdering as many schools as possible. The numbers the Leftists actually use, though, related to any type of shooting that happens anywhere near a school, but that is, in fact, irrespective of the school. (Reddit has a good thread on the NYT’s January lie.)
4. Unlike Japan or European countries before 2015, America is not a small, ancient, homogeneous nation in which everybody shares the same values. It is a roiling, boiling, dynamic nation with a constant ebb and flow of the population, both legal and illegal, reflecting hundreds of cultures. That’s going to mean more violence. That’s just a fact. It’s also going to mean more wonderful things in terms of innovation and energy. As European nations stock up on their Muslim and African populations, they’re going to find that, as their homogeneity vanishes, they are going to have a lot more violence too. It’s questionable whether innovation or energy will come their way as well. Japan has made a conscious decision to keep its culture and population homogeneous, even as its population diminishes past the point of return.
5. Schools are ideal targets: A vulnerable, disarmed population for easy killing, followed by a phalanx of media talking heads for post-shooting infamy. It’s the ultimate power trip for the sick and the evil. [Read more…]
Hurricanes and dictators threaten, the earth shakes, the deep state digs deeper — and smart people still provide wit and wisdom for my illustrated edition.
Putting aside all the racist rhetoric flying around from the Left, the uncontroverted evidence coming out of the Zimmerman trial proved that (a) a hooded figure was sitting on top of another man brutally beating him and (b) the man being tried for murder showed all the signs of someone who was on the receive end of a severe beating, from the broken nose to the bleeding back of his head. Putting aside the racist rhetoric from the Left, the incontrovertible facts that the court refused to admit (incontrovertible because they came from the dead man’s own phone), showed that the dead man was a drug user and fighter who was fascinated by guns and violence.
Now, Florida’s state capitol has announced that you (and you and you and you and you!) are Trayvon! This assault on American (and Floridan) integrity and decency takes the form of a painting unveiled at the state captiol, purporting to show a hooded figure being shot in the back of the head (which avoids the fact that Trayvon wasn’t running away but was, in fact, intensifying his full front assault) by a man who looks like a cross between George Zimmerman and Stalin. However, instead of seeing Trayvon’s face in the hoodie, it’s a mirror. (This ham-handed propaganda device somehow made me think of “Soylent Green” — you know, the bit where he says “It’s people!”):
In other words, says the State of Florida, we’re all drug addled thugs who try to beat people to death. Even worse, if you look at the wall sign behind the painting, it says that we’re looking at the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
If you’d like to let the State of Florida know that you find this fact-free, racist at of political propaganda offensive, you can contact the capitol building at the building’s website. As always, remember that a polite, firmly worded message is effective. Obscenities, personal attacks, and threats only make you look bad and strengthen the other side’s sense of self-righteousness.
For many years, I have counted Andrea Shea King — the Radio Patriot — as one of my closest blog friends. By this I mean that, although I haven’t met her, I’ve corresponded with her for so many years that I’ve come to know her well and to respect her greatly. I therefore have no hesitation in passing on to you this press release Dave Weldon, Andrea’s friend and someone she strongly supports for the U.S. Senate. I’m not personally familiar with Dr. Weldon, but I urge my Florida readers to take your lead from Andrea and review his candidacy carefully to see if he is someone for whom you can cast your vote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Contact J. B. Kump, (321) 543-1608, email@example.com
POLL SHOWS WELDON LEADING NELSON
Orlando, FL – In a remarkable development Dr. Dave Weldon, retired 7-term Congressman from Florida’s 15th District has beaten incumbent Democrat Senator Bill Nelson in the key 18 – 34 age group of most likely voters in the general election.
“At just over 7 weeks into this campaign, it is gratifying to see this kind of result,” said Weldon. “We still have work to do to get the message out to voters all across the state, but this amount of ‘traction’ shows the people who have a stake in the outcome are willing to choose my Conservative leadership over the failed liberalism that prevails in the U.S. Senate today.”
A practicing Internist who voluntarily retired from Congress in 2008, Weldon has been endorsed by such leading political figures as former Senator and Kansas Governor, Sam
Brownback and Florida Congressman Bill Posey. Also, National Conservative figures including Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly, Wallbuilders David Barton, and Citizen’s United David N. Bossie.”
The scientific poll, performed by independent pollster Magellan Strategies, carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.77% at the 95% confidence level. The group of 674 voters
sampled were composed of “most likely” (85%) and “very likely” (10%) voters (Republican 39% and Democrat 42%) called between July 11 and 12, 2012.
Weldon has been campaigning across Florida and has been using innovative, web-based technologies intended to energize his grass roots base. “I believe my message and my record of Conservative leadership is widely welcomed by Florida voters,” said Weldon. He encouraged all of his supporters with a “We can do it,” message recently and encouraged them to continue to work hard to get the message to all Florida voters.”
P.O. Box 361845 • Melbourne, FL • 32936-1845
Paid for By Dave Weldon for Senate
No comment — this is just another irritating story:
The worst outbreak of tuberculosis in Florida in 20 years was kept hidden from the public for months.
In early February, Duval County Health Department officials were so worried about the surge in the number of cases that they asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to become involved. The health officials felt that if they informed the public, the public would avoid the homeless. “What you don’t want is for anyone to have another reason why people should turn their backs on the homeless,” said Charles Griggs, the public information officer for the Duval County Health Department. The health agency recommended that the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, where tough TB cases were treated, be closed six months ahead of scheduled.
Read the rest here.
I will say that, during my years in San Francisco, I always gave the homeless a wide berth, as I operated under two assumptions: (1) they had lice; and (2) they had TB. Nothing the government could hide would have changed my assumptions.