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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

An Outbreak Of Common Sense?

Could it be that Common Sense was prematurely buried?

From Anti-Sanctuary Push Spreads to Other California Cities: Orange County, Aliso Viejo, and Buena Park officials plan to push for similar action (dated March 21, 2018, emphases mine):
Orange County and several other cities in California could follow the lead of Los Alamitos and opt out of the state’s controversial law that restricts local cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Los Alamitos, the second smallest city in Orange County with a population of 11,500, late Monday rejected the state's so-called sanctuary law in a vote of 4-1 of the city council.

Officials with Orange County and the cities of Aliso Viejo and Buena Park reached out to Los Alamitos officials and began publicly expressing support and intentions to take up similar anti-sanctuary language.

"We are a little city in Orange County, but we're tired of things coming out of Sacramento that just don't make sense, and now others are telling us they feel the same way," said Warren Kusumoto, the Los Alamitos councilman who wrote the anti-sanctuary ordinance.

In an interview, Kusumoto said he introduced the language opting out of the new state law because he said state officials are "bullying" city leaders into picking sides between following federal or state law.

Choosing state law over federal law forces local officials to violate their oath of office to defend the U.S. Constitution
, he said.

"We want to declare that we are not a sanctuary city and we will defend and support the United States because we have taken an oath, and this is the same oath that folks in Sacramento have taken as well as the governor and the Senate," he said....
Read the rest HERE.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sinking Their Own Ship

The sense of entitlement on crack cocaine — and this murderer is not even an American citizen.

Photo by: Michael Macor
In this July 7, 2015, file photo, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, right, is led into the courtroom by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, left, and Assistant District Attorney Diana Garciaor, center, for his arraignment at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco. Garcia Zarate, a homeless undocumented immigrant acquitted of killing Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier ,is scheduled to be sentenced on a lesser gun charge Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)

From Illegal immigrant charged in Kate Steinle death accuses government of ‘vindictive’ prosecution (Washington Times, March 15, 2018):

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018


(For politics, please scroll down)

Our beloved Minxy on March 15, 2018:

Minxy Queen of the Recliner

Like our beloved Cameo (2001-2017), Minxy (born September 8, 2017) is an alpha and sits wherever she desires.

Our beloved Cameo in December 2015:

Cameo Queen of the Recliner

Monday, March 12, 2018

Recommended Reading

See My Family Fled Socialism. Let's Not Give It a Try Here in the U.S. by Gabriella Hoffman. 

Here's my response to a Washington Post column calling for socialism in the U.S.

Socialism wasn't implemented correctly in the 20th century, we're told. Millions dying? "That wasn't supposed to happen under Marxist-Leninism!", leftists decry. We told, "If we're given a second chance, we'll do it correctly!"

Read the rest HERE.

Washington Post opinion piece to which Ms. Hoffman refers was published on March 6, 2018, and can be read in its entirety below the fold.

Monday, March 5, 2018

California: America's Future

** Silverfiddle Dispatch **

Since the Gold Rush days, California has pointed the way for the rest of America.  From music to fashion, exercise, food and fad diets America follows the lead of LA, Hollywood, and latterly, Silicon Valley. California sets the trends, and whatever is going on there will soon be the rage in the rest of the nation.

NBC Investigates San Francisco's Diseased Streets

"How dirty is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco."

"“If you do get stuck with these disposed needles you can get HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and a variety of other viral diseases,” said Dr. Lee Riley, an infectious disease expert at University of California, Berkeley. He warned that once fecal matter dries, it can become airborne, releasing potentially dangerous viruses, such as the rotavirus."

"UC Berkeley professor Lee Riley, who specializes in infectious diseases, told NBC Bay Area that the level of insanitary conditions on the worst SF blocks is “much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India.”

El Lay Times: Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?

"Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor."

"55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives."

VDH: Understanding the California Mind 

Listen to him; he has lived and worked in California his whole life.

"... one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients lives in California and that one of four state residents was not born in the United States ... one in four homeless people lives in California."

VDH describes the scenery on a trip to town...

"...several families are living on lots zoned for single-family residences in an array of illegal sheds, shacks, and stationary trailers.

"The premises are characterized by illegal dumping, zoning and building code violations, illegal electrical hook-ups, and petty misdemeanors of unlicensed dogs and strays.

"I remember similar such rural settlements from my early youth in the 1950s, over a decade after the final end of the Great Depression. Now, in our back-to-the-future state, we see some concrete reminders of what my parents used to relate about life in the 1930s.

"...trash piled by the almond orchard: two infant car seats; one entertainment center, three bags of wet garbage, one mattress, one stroller, five tires, and a stack of broken cement, paint cans, and drywall.

"The California solution is always the same: the law-abiding must adjust to the non-law-abiding."

"Some time ago I was bitten by two dogs while biking down a rural avenue nearby. The animals’ owners did not speak English, refused to tie up the unlicensed and unvaccinated biters, and in fact let their other dogs out, one of which also bit me.

"It took four calls to various legal authorities and a local congressional rep to have the dogs quarantined in an effort to avoid rabies shots. The owners were never cited."

Cynicism is rampant. Law-abiding Californians do whatever is necessary not to come to the attention of any authorities, whose desperate need for both revenue and perceived social justice (150,000 households in a state of 40 million residents pay about 50 percent of California income tax revenue) is carnivorous.... 

...it is always legally safer to allow your dog to be devoured by a stray pit-bull than to shoot the pit-bull to save your dog.

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Sounds like a third-world shitehole to me. Are you looking forward to the Brave New World California Progressives are leading us to?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Enjoy Andante Festivo by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957):

YouTube blurb:
The 'Andante festivo' was written for string quartet in 1922 shortly before the Sixth Symphony. The composer later expanded it for string orchestra with 'ad lib' timpani, and on 1 January 1939 he conducted a performance in Helsinki for short-wave radio transmission to the World Exhibition in New York. This performance was preserved on wax as a poignant historical memento. It was the last time Sibelius conducted, and is the only known recorded exemple of his conducting. The noble, seamless melody is as close as he came to a religious statement. There are, in addition, intriguing suggestions of Dvorak's Symphony 'From the New World' (or is it 'God Save the Queen'?) and Sibelius' own later Seventh Symphony, and an unmistakeable final 'Amen' cadence. (c) Robert Dearling, 1993

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fatal Policy Failure (With Addendum)

Sheriff Scott Israel's own words in July 2016:
My innovative initiatives also helped keep children in school and out of jail, greatly expanding the juvenile civil citation program and making issuance of civil citations mandatory for BSO deputies.
When "one more chance" became one chance too many....

What happened at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, was the perfect storm of deadliness and complicity.

As alluded to in the above Tweet, there is more — much more — to the systemic failure than FBI missteps and the Boward Police Department's botched visits to the Cruz home.

From this source:

...2011/2012 Broward County School administration made a policy decision to block the arrests of students in order to improve their education statistics....
Read the rest HERE.  This is a must-read!

This kind of coverup goes in many a public school system.

I know for a fact that the school systems here in the D.C. Metro Area have the same policy of obfuscation — and for the same reason as above. Mustn’t let the real-estate taxpayers know what is going on in the public schools systems which taxpayers fund.

And private schools can be complicit, too. I've also seen that complicity.

Since I began my teaching career in 1973, here are a few of the crimes that I've personally seen schools sweep under the rug, often to protect the schools' reputations:

the gang rape of a teacher at back-to-school night

dealing cocaine on campus

assault with a deadly weapon on one school campus but never reported to the school to which this student transferred, and the student soon after the transfer, assaulted another student with a deadly weapon

emotionally disturbed students who are inappropriately mainstreamed committing assault on campus during the school day

allowing one diagnosed sociopath to continue classes in the mainstream classes for at least two years after the diagnosis, of which the administration was fully aware.

Additional reading HERE, not the same link as the previous link in this blog post.

Should not these school policies and police-department policies be addressed and revised?  Such revision is in the Public Interest (Mustang's site).


Interesting list:
What other mass shootings has an AR-15 - or similar rifle - been used in?

February 24, 1984: Tyrone Mitchell, 28, killed two and wounded 12 at a Los Angeles school before killing himself

October 7, 2007: Tyler Peterson, 20, killed six and injured one at an apartment in Crandon, Wisconsin, before killing himself

June 20, 2012: James Eagan Holmes, 24, killed 12 and injured 58 at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado

December 14, 2012: Adam Lanza, 20, killed 27 people in Newtown Connecticut, before killing himself

June 7, 2013: John Zawahri, 23, killed five and injured three in Santa Monica, California, before he was killed

March 19, 2015: Justin Fowler, 24, killed one and injured two on a street in Little Water, New Mexico, before he was killed

May 31, 2015: Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, killed two and injured two at a store in Conyers, Georgia, before he was killed

October 31, 2015: Noah Jacob Harpham, 33, killed three on a street in Colorado Springs, Colorado, before he was killed

December 2, 2015: Syed Rizwyan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, 28 and 27, killed 14 and injured 21 in California, before they were killed

June 12, 2016: Omar Mateen, 29, killed 49 and injured 50 at an Orlando nightclub, before he was killed

October 1, 2017: Stephen Paddock, 64, killed 58 and injured hundreds at a music festival in Las Vegas, before he killed himself

November 5, 2017: Devin Kelley, 26, killed 26 at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, before he was killed
Notice the time gap toward the beginning of the list: 1984-2007. Why did that time gap occur?

Monday, February 26, 2018

The City Of Lights?

Related: EU official says migrant ghettos will become ‘a nuclear bomb in the future’:
The European Commissioner wants to spend millions of the EU’s cohesion policy budget to boost social integration
Putting yet another burden on the taxpayers in a futile attempt to see that Moslems assimilate into European society!

Essential reading...Islam: The Enemy of Democracy and Freedom at A New Dark Age Is Dawning.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Enjoy this lovely piece by the English composer Edward Elgar (1857-1934):

According to the YouTube blurb:
Elgar wrote this piece for his friend Augustus Jaeger, who encouraged him to continue when about to give up composing after a fit of depression.
"Nimrod" is Variation IX of Elgar's Enigma Variations. Here is the entirely of the Enigma Variations, conducted by Elgar himself (Royal Albert Hall Orchestra, 1926):

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"We have a Right to be Here"

By Silverfiddle

WaPo writer/explainer Robert Samuelson’s wizened, world-weary hound dog countenance reflects the gravity and reality of the subjects he mines.

Here are a few eye-opening quotes from his article discussing the outlines of an immigration deal.

Imported Poverty

"From 1980 to 2016, the number of people with incomes below the government poverty line rose by 11.3 million (from 29.3 million to 40.6 million). Fully two-thirds of those, or 7.6 million, were Hispanic. Much of this increase clearly reflected the impact of immigrants and their children."


"One area where immigrants shine is entrepreneurship. […] about one-quarter of company founders were immigrants."

2016: Record Number of Immigrants

"…new immigrants in 2016 totaled nearly 1.8 million, which -- if confirmed by the final count -- would tie with 1999 as the highest in history."

Immigrants and Offspring: 25% of US Population

"As a group, there are now more than 43 million immigrants in the United States, legal and illegal, representing about 13 percent of the population […] The U.S.-born children of immigrants constitute a group almost the same size. This means that about a quarter of the total U.S. population are either immigrants or their offspring."

What do you think? 

I think we are losing our nation and our birthright, and the nation is devolving into what good immigrants are trying to escape.

I think there is no way in hell we will deport 20 million people, and yes, it's at least 20 million illegal immigrants here, probably way north of that.  

Pass a DACA deal, what about the parents? We aren't sending them back.

Does our government have the right...

... to limit how many people enter? How many become citizens?

... to decide what type of people enter? By religion? By nationality? By ethnic group? Gender? Age?

 How much is too much?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Recommended Reading (With Addendum)

Perhaps you have heard about this Facebook post by Kelly Guthrie Raley, a Teacher of the Year at a Florida middle school.  For those of you who do not have access to Facebook, below is the entire rant, dated 8:25 A.M., February 15, 2018, the day after the Parkland massacre (emphases mine):

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Close your eyes, clear your mind, and listen to Selection 6 of Tchaikovsky's Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (1878):

We who mystically represent the Cherubim,
and who sing to the Life-Giving Trinity the thrice-holy hymn,
let us now lay aside all earthly cares
that we may receive the King of all,
escorted invisibly by the angelic orders.