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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Trump Omitted From The 2020 Ballot?

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From Trump could be left off some states’ ballots in 2020 if these bills become law (Washington Post, March 20, 2019, emphases mine):
In refusing to release his tax returns, President Trump bucked decades of tradition and set off a Democrat hunt to obtain them. Now several statehouses are looking at making their release a condition of the 2020 presidential election: Show us your tax returns, or you can’t be on the ballot.

Eighteen states have considered legislation this year that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to post their tax returns to appear on the ballot during a primary or general election, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Proponents of the bills, such as the one passed by the Washington state Senate this week, say they are aimed at increasing transparency and returning to the “norm” of candidates releasing their financial records. But Democratic lawmakers behind the some of the legislation have admitted they are also very much about Trump, which raises legal and political questions about how far states can — or should — go in regulating who appears on their ballot, especially in a hyperpartisan climate.

In addition to Washington, several other states, including California, Hawaii and New Jersey are considering similar bills....

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...[N]ot all politicians think this kind of legislation is a good idea. In 2017, then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed one bill that made it to his desk, calling it “politics at its worst.” Former California governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, did the same when California’s legislature passed similar measure.

“First, it may not be constitutional,” Brown wrote in his decision. “Second, it sets a ‘slippery slope’ precedent. Today we require tax returns, but what would be next? Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?”...
Read the rest HERE.

The phrase by hook or by crook comes to mind. So does the word unhinged.

Related? Elizabeth Warren wants to kill the electoral college.

Recommended Reading: Racism Everywhere!

See Even Air Is Racist Now by Jim Treacher (March 12, 2019).

Brief excerpt:
...It's "pollution inequity." White people have a "pollution advantage" because we breathe less pollution than we generate. Every time we go pretty much anywhere or do pretty much anything, we're widening the atmosphere gap. We're creating air disparity. Presumably we owe some sort of oxygen reparations....
Read the rest HERE.

At what point does the very term racism become such a nuisance and so ludicrous that the term no longer has any meaning?

Monday, March 18, 2019

I Alone


Silverfiddle Rant!

Is the US experiencing an Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation?

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I?" -- Rabbi Hillel

In Everyman's Talmud, Abraham Cohen sums up the role of the individual in society:
  
"Man was not intended to live alone but as a member of society. He is a unit in the body of humanity, and that fact creates many duties for him with respect to his relationship with his fellow-men. His life is not his own to do with as he pleases. His conduct affects his neighbours as their conduct affects him."

Communism, socialism and all forms of coerced collectivism are a grotesque extremist mockery of this timeless wisdom. 

"Rugged Individualism" stands at the other extreme, routinely espoused by bloviators living in a house serviced by public utilities, who enjoy the freedom to relieve themselves in sanitary conditions that whisk away their excreta, who drive down public roads and who can get their packaged foods offered by grocery stores thanks to all the others around them who form a collective market for the safe delivery and economic purveyance of such goods.

Cult of Me

A non-ideological variant of Rugged Individualism is the virulent Cult of Self propagated through social media and stoked by popular culture.  We're all stars now, living the lifestyles of the rich and beautiful. This is a façade that hides insecurity, existential despair and a sense of disconnected emptiness.  

We live in a cartoon world, so I will avoid cartoon solutions.  Ancient wisdom says cohesive families and communities, bound by shared tradition and mores is the healthiest model, and I agree with that.  But I also left home at seventeen and have returned only to visit.


Ours is a mobile society that moves and adjusts based on the economy, jobs, boom and bust...  We move away from our communities and families, so old people are left to die in isolation, no opportunity to convey their wisdom to their children and grandchildren, who are instead condemned to get their "wisdom" from society's disordered artists, minstrels, and twisted storytellers.

What's wrong with kids today?  Answer: Parents.  Parenting is the most important job on the planet, but we get no training, and by the time we are experts, our children are grown.  But it has always been so.  What's different for us now, is that dislocated parents have lost their coaches.  The grandparents live in another state.  Strength and energy belong to youth; the old are the keepers of wisdom an knowledge.  A healthy family and society benefits from cross-generational cooperation to advance themselves and teach the children while they're at it.

It really does take a village to raise a child, but the disintegration of our communities is well-documented, and again, I blame our mobile society.  It's hard to form a community of diverse people who are all from somewhere else.  Human beings just aren't wired that way.

Pharma may ease the pain temporarily, but we are social creatures not meant to suffer in isolation.  Having a robust family and community around you centers you in something larger than yourself that yet does not overwhelm you, and a good support structure buffers you against the inevitable vagaries of life and also enhances celebration of the good things.

I don't have a pretty bow to tie up the loose ends of this ramble. This is a complex, multi-faceted topic. Sometimes even family and community cannot assuage one's "boredom and a sense of uselessness and inadequacy." 

Maybe it is as simple as this: The further we get from the soil, the further away we are from God and one another.

What say you?

Links:
Yuval Levin - The American Context of Civil Society
Can We Rebuild Community in an Age of Individualism
The Fallacy in the Culture Wars
Have We Reached the Limit of Individualism?

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Musical Interlude

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Composed by the master himself, Johann Sebastian Bach (hat tip to Grouchy Old Cripple):


According to the YouTube blurb (embedded links added):

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

"The End of Recycling"

Silverfiddle Rant!
When I was stationed in Germany, recycling there was mandatory and the rules were strict.  Paper went in the large bin that was almost the size of a normal American trash bin, metals and plastics in a smaller bin about the size of a kitchen trash can, and Restmüll (non-recyclable scraps) went to a bin about the size of a bathroom wastebasket.  You had to wash and sort everything.  If you mixed in trash or if a recycle bin contained dirty or stinky recycling, you would be fined, or if you were lucky, the garbage men would simply teach you a lesson by dumping the offending material on your doorstep.

My German friends in the small farming village where I lived would remind me, conspiratorially, that the government wasn't really recycling all that stuff.

When we returned to the states, we voluntarily paid our garbage service more money for a recycling bin, but we were shocked at how loose the rules were.  On a few occasions, to our horror, our kids had thrown garbage into the bins, but nobody at the garbage company even batted an eye.

My wife and I have long suspected US recycling was a scam, but then the free market solution came to me: We were paying other countries to take our dirty, garbage-laden and improperly sorted recycling (those bill envelopes with the plastic window? You are supposed to remove that window before putting the envelope in the paper recycling), and those nations taking our recycling paid slave laborers nickels a day to clean it, and then they sold it on the global market.

China's Not Taking our Crap Anymore

The Guardian calls it a Moment of Reckoning.  China will no longer take our dirty recycling, and most of our recycling other than metals and heavy plastics, are unmarketable, making them no better than garbage.  One municipality was selling recycling for $6 a ton, but now must pay $68 to $125 to get rid of it, and its the same all over.

It will be interesting to see how we deal with this challenge. What do you think?

Links:
Is this the End of Recycling?
'Moment of reckoning': US cities burn recyclables after China bans imports

Monday, March 11, 2019

Recommended Reading

See Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet by Michael Shellenberger, Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment,” and president of Environmental Progress, an independent research and policy organization, and published in Quilette (February 27, 2019). two paragraph of the essay:

...[W]hen it comes to generating power for billions of people, it turns out that producing solar and wind collectors, and spreading them over large areas, has vastly worse impacts on humans and wildlife alike.

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...I think it’s natural that those of us who became active on climate change gravitated toward renewables. They seemed like a way to harmonize human society with the natural world. Collectively, we have been suffering from an appeal-to-nature fallacy no different from the one that leads us to buy products at the supermarket labeled “all natural.” But it’s high time that those of us who appointed ourselves Earth’s guardians should take a second look at the science, and start questioning the impacts of our actions....
Read the entire essay HERE.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Time For Beauty

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One of my Facebook finds:

Roman mosaic, Garden scene, fountain wall (detail), 1st century BCE. Pompeii, Italy. Massa Lubrense. National Archaeological Museum, Naples, Italy.

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Ultimate Undoing Of Governance?

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It's easy and apropos to blame politicians, the media, academia, what have you. But is something else behind all this constant conflict?

Please  consider the analysis presented in "The Rise of the Ungovernables" (from Quillette, March 1, 2018, emphases mine):

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Recommended Reading

Now that the dust here in the Old Dominion appears to have settled, please consider this essay by Larry Elder: The Virginia Blackface Follies, which points out the following:
...Nearly 70 percent of black kids are born to unwed mothers. The dropout rate in some urban high schools approaches 50 percent. Of those who do graduate, many cannot read or do math at a 12th-grade level.

The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young white men is accidents, such as car accidents. The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young black men is homicide, almost always committed by other young black men....According to a 2017 report by the Centers for Disease Control, a black child is almost 10 times more likely to be a victim of a gun-related homicide than a white child.

But let's talk about 35-year-old blackface pictures.
Read the entire essay HERE.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Influencing Public Opinion

By Sam Huntington

“The more things change, the more they stay the same,” is an axiom with several connotations, an apophenia if you prefer, leading us in different directions while remaining remarkably human.  Humans tend to seek out patterns, which sometimes leads us to false positives. What we may perceive as significant isn’t, and what we think may not matter, does.  Humans are naturally nostalgic; we relate things in the present to experiences of the past.  The above phrase could be voiced to signal our resignation to life’s many cycles.  We may hope for social progress, but the greater our optimism, the more likely we are to be disappointed in social progression. Changes in our lives without foundational consistency would, I suspect, produce a very disordered society; it would be like the sound of one hand clapping.

Lasting social progress takes time.  So much time, in fact, that unless we are paying careful attention, we may not even recognize social changes, whether positive or negative.  As an example, someone growing to maturity in the past twenty or thirty years, who did not experience the violent racism of the Democratic Party in the years before their birth, may not recognize the progress we’ve made since 1950 (which, in my opinion, was largely undone by the presidency of Barack Obama). A young person’s point of reference is confined to what think they know, and that may be entirely predicated on what they’ve been told by leftist educationalists (and parents) pursuing their own peculiar agenda.  Should anyone think that I am speaking now about the leftist brainwashing that is prevalent in our public schools, they’d be correct.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Our Alpha Cat Minxy

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For Caturday — and the rest of the weekend...

Like Cameo, Minxy (b. 9-8-2017) is not camera shy:

January 23, 2019

Minxy is a troublemaker. One of her recent escapades, at 5:45 A.M., was knocking off the bowl of dried beans which had been soaking overnight in preparation for ham and bean soup.

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Server-gate Deep State?

Astounding, really. Please watch and listen:


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Jussie Smollett Case

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Two links about the jumping onto the bandwagon of racism and homophobia (Celebrity Jussie Smollett is both black and gay):

1) Montage: Watch the Media Uncritically Accept Another Outlandish ‘Hate Crime’

2) Pelosi Deletes Sympathetic Tweet For Jussie Smollett

From Here Are All The Politicians Who Rushed To Judgment On The Smollett ‘Hate Crime’:
Those Democrats included Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, and Reps. Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others.

Waters blamed the attack on President Donald Trump....
Read the rest HERE.

Oh, the hysteria to jump in and support politically-correct protected groups!

Below the fold, the interview in which actor Jussie Smollett lashed out against those who doubted his story:

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Wisdom Of Mark Twain

One of the eternal truths about growing up (Click directly on the graphic to enlarge it):



One of the eternal truths about stupid people (Click directly on the graphic to enlarge it):


Your personal experiences with or personal observations about either or both of the above nuggets of wisdom?

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Genius Of AOC (With Video Addendum)


For various reasons, Amazon axed its plans to open a NYC headquarters.

AOC jumped in to take credit for Amazon's change of mind — and both the loss of jobs and tax revenue (Ego much?):


From Powerline Blog's "How Dumb Is Ocasio-Cortez?":
... This is where Ocasio-Cortez went off the rails and took a deep dive into stupidity:

You know, I think it’s really important that we understand that we need to invest in our economy, but we need to invest in our people, and to give away $3 billion to a company that has a history of worker exploitation that’s paying below what the cost of New York City is not acceptable for us.
Of course, New York wasn’t going to “give” Amazon anything, let alone $3 billion. The $3 billion is an estimate of forego ne tax revenues. In other words, money that Amazon won’t pay New York, not money that New York will pay Amazon. This is childishly simple, but apparently too much for AOC....
Read the rest HERE.

Also see The Week in Pictures: Green Nude Eel Edition at Powerline Blog. Some good laughs there, along with pointed political satire. First graphic at that link:


More humor HERE.

ADDENDUM (hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance):

Friday, February 15, 2019

Our Congress Critters

The days shaded in blue are our Congress critters' workdays.  They get a 218-day vacation (click on the graphic to enlarge it):


So, why are we paying them so much?

Related reading: GOP senators introduce bill to end pensions for retiring lawmakers.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

For All Those Lovers Out There...

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A little Retro music for Valentine's Day 2019...



The version by Carole King, the composer (1942-present):



Two more retro tunes for lovers:





Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Democrat Nightmare Fuel


A commenter at The Hill linked to a twitter account with this video...  The artistry is amazing!

Someone said it was made to criticize President Trump, others said it was tongue in cheek, I don't know...

I agree with the commenter who said President Trump just had to buy that thing, bring it over here and use it for his 2020 reelection campaign.  Progs would be soiling their dainties.

I enjoyed the comments, especially these:

Doc Hollanaise said... Apparently Disney finally did some tweaking on the Hall of Presidents

Matt Thompson said... Is that supposed to be . . . an insult? They know he'll want to pilot that thing for the 2020 campaign, right?

Nick Davis said... That nation: we hate you so much, we're going to build a 20:1 scale highly detailed functional mecha and parade it down our streets!
Trump:👍


The man down the hall said... I don't care if you like Trump or not or think this is supporting him or mocking him. This is one badass float. Look at that detail on the sword and uniform. They eyes even move. Holy crap, the artists who did this were phenomenal. 

It's only two minutes, enjoy!


Saturday, February 9, 2019

About Those Covington Boys (With Addendum)

A must-watch video:


Article "If You Still Think 'MAGA Hat Kid' Nick Sandmann Did Something Wrong, Watch This Video" HERE.

It really does look as if the mainstream media are the enemy of the people in that the mainstream media deliberately spread lies!

Addendum

Covington Catholic Teen's Lawyer: Hundreds in Media Will 'Pay a High Price' for Defamation.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Meanwhile, In Virginia...

Source, with article

The top three Democrats — Governor Northam, Lieutenant Governor Fairfax, and Attorney General Mark Herring — are under fire for either Blackface or sexual assault. Democrats all.

I read Lieutenant Governor Fairfax's accuser's account yesterday, and, in my view, that account rings true. Read Professor Vanessa Tyson's account of what happened between her and Justin Fairfax HERE.

The next in line to take office, should those three be forced out, is a Republican: Virginia Assembly House Speaker Kirk Cox.

Additional reading...Report: VA Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax Lashes Out at Accuser: 'F*** That B****'.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The 2019 SOTU

The House Chamber
The 2019 State of the Union Speech is underway tonight, albeit a few weeks later than usual.

I admit that I'm looking forward to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's facial expressions during the speech.   A sort of "Will she or won't she?"  Heh.

BTW, you might notice a lot of white outfits at the 2019 SOTU:

Monday, February 4, 2019

Twilight of the gods

Silverfiddle Rant!
Imagine fighting a war in a foreign land.  The good guys are there to save the people from the bad men.

The good guys fight the bad men, allow little girls to go to school, build roads, school houses, and basic infrastructure like wells, electrical systems and sanitary facilities.

Here's the crappy thing: The good guys are bunkered in fortified camps to protect themselves from the people, while the bad men live securely in the villages and neighborhoods among the people the good guys are trying to save.

KABUL, Afghanistan - The United States and the Taliban are closing in on a deal to end America's longest war after six days of some of the most serious Afghan peace negotiations to date wrapped up on Saturday. (MSN - NY Times)

As the article states, the devil is in the details. 

The "Experts" in the foreign policy establishment excoriate President Trump as "rushing for the exits" and "surrendering" in Afghanistan. These are the same people who created a flaming arc of tragic conflagrations from Africa to the border of China. These are the people who have gotten absolutely nothing right since the wall fell.

American negotiators want the Taliban to swear they will respect the western-style government and human rights regime we imposed on them.

The US is also extracting a promise from the Taliban that they will not allow foreign terrorists to plot, train and launch attacks from their territory.

It is naïve to believe peace talks will arrive at any agreement that respects anything other than brute force.  This is a managed sham to keep from spooking a massive humanitarian stampede.

We did a horrible thing, and we started it by holding out a promise of hope we had no ability or cultural understanding to fulfil. Until we confront the tragic facts as they stand on the ground, admit we were wrong, catalog and study our manifold mistakes, and blow up the foreign policy wings that supported such hubristic stupidity, we are doomed to create more trillion dollar tragedies that kill people by the tens of thousands.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Anger Can Shorten Your Life

By Sam Huntington

According to a recently published University of Michigan study, which took place over a period of 17-years, people who are perpetually stressed and angry experience shortened lifespans.  Anger is a normal reaction to external stimuli, and everyone experiences it.  It is not unhealthy to have anger; it is unhealthy to hold it in, and inappropriate to lash out at others because of it.  Anger is an emotion, aggression is a behavior.

We all experience some ire from time to time, but psychologists tell us that deep-seated anger comes from rejection at an early age, which is an obstacle to normal childhood development.  There are many facets to rejection, and it may not even matter why a child has been excluded, only that those rejecting children are more often than not the same people who are responsible for nurturing and security in formative years. Rejection leads to maladjustment, bitterness, and anxiety.  The greatest challenge to youngsters is in learning how to deal with changes that take them outside of their comfort zone; this is particularly true when they face unwanted changes.  

Stress comes to us early in life, always involving a wide range of challenges.  Some of these involve factors beyond our power to change: physical characteristics, mental capacity, sexual orientation, developmental timelines, the order of birth, and/or race and ethnicity.  How does an unlovely child change its physical appearance or the color of their skin?  Nor are children able to deal effectively with in-home abusive relationships, separation or divorce of parents, or homes where alcohol and drug abuse are common. How children deal with these kinds of problems follows them into adulthood; they are factors that impact their relationships with others —even, eventually, their own children.  An insecure child grows into an anxious adult. A child with low self-esteem carries this problem with them throughout their life without significant intervention. Without intercession, the situation feeds on itself: low self-esteem leads to a greater sense of rejection. Bitter, anxious, resentful adults generally do not handle their anger very well.

No matter the cause of one's annoyances, people exhibit anger in fairly consistent ways.  They react to unpleasantness with more of the same. Resentment increases whenever circumstances are perceived as unwarranted.  Psychologists refer to these as emotional triggers.  It might be something as simple as being cut off in traffic, a personal insult, or —dare I suggest it— the election of a president. It was quite disturbing to witness adults crying uncontrollably for no other reason than the fact that their candidate didn't win the election.  The result of this was an outrageous level of post-election aggression: it continues even today.

Individual character matters, of course:  people who are narcissistic, competitive, who exhibit demands of entitlement, those who have a low tolerance for life's frustrations, and the psychotics have the greatest incidents of angry aggression.  The nature of external stimuli matters, too, politics being one of many.  It is not simply a matter of the exterior factors, but also how they are perceived. A self-absorbed person may imagine that he alone knows best; other points of view simply do not matter.  How dare anyone vote for a different candidate! When people already live in a state of perpetual anger, they are more likely than others to respond to these external influences with a disturbing degree of explosiveness.  In the minds of such people, their aggressive behaviors are warranted, even though society eschews acting out irrational behavior. Such persons become even more isolated, over time their bitterness becomes more acute.  

Ultimately, the expression of unnatural anger or aggressiveness leads to unhealthful conditions, both physically and mentally.  The real problem, as it seems to me —particularly as it relates to political anger— is in not being able to let go of hostility.  In our present toxic political environment people not only become angry because the "other candidate" won an election, they quite unnaturally remain angry.  It is this perpetual anger that makes it easy to blame others for perceived injustices.  Another term for this is denial.  Perpetual anger makes it easier to lash out in various, often infantile ways, such as name-calling and liberal use of profanity, which is meant to shock others into silence.  We see a lot of this in our country today, and nowhere more frequently than in matters of politics presented in the blogosphere and within the mainstream media where never-ending panels of self-styled political consultants resort to derisive commentary and ad hominem attacks.

Our society is dysfunctional and growing more so by the day.  If the purpose of the family is to nurture and create new generations of emotionally stable human beings, then they have become seriously defective.  Our population of mentally unbalanced citizens is increasing in leaps and bounds.  Our society today is far too angry for its own good.  This isn't the fault of our government, even though most of us deplore government policies.

What is surprising, however, is how various social institutions go out of their way to fuel irrational anger.  Foremost among these are the political parties and the agenda-driven media, each of whom benefits in numerous ways from instilling our anger and then maintaining it.  Our reaction is almost Pavlovian: they snap their fingers, we react irrationally.  The American people are being manipulated in a manner, not unlike chessmen on a complex game board.  Why do we trust any of these institutions to deal with us honestly? They want us to accept opinion as fact and lies and spin as unmitigated truth.  Our anger, resentment, and frustration guarantee only this: a fractured society.  As Maxwell Smart might say, it's the old divide and conquers ploy.  To those who seek to manipulate us, our anger is the gift that keeps on giving.

Will Americans ever wake up to this scam?  If we ever did open our eyes, what should we do about it?  Democracies demand civic-minded citizens.  If we want to live and raise our families in a healthy society, then we incur an obligation to participate in it as educated, thoughtful, citizens.  We must learn to choose our leaders and representatives carefully.  We can do this by consulting multiple sources to help us in distinguishing truth from fiction.  We can do a more thorough job vetting political candidates before we vote for them.  We have to hope for the best; we have to be prepared for the worst ... and when we have reached the point of doing all that we can do, then we need to let it go.

There are far more important things in the world than a political agenda.  Finally, we need to realize that no matter what we do as individuals, there will always be irrational people who want us to react to their anger and frustration ... and unless these people fall within our inner-circle, we've got to let them go, as well.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Kook Left Klan Attacks Again!

Silverfiddle Rant!
The Kook Left Klan (say it real fast) is after Tom Brokaw...

Appearing as a panelist on the Sunday morning show (see video via Twitter below), Brokaw said when he “pushes” Americans on the subject of immigration, “They say, ‘Well, I don’t know whether I want brown grand-babies.’ That’s also a part of it, the intermarriage that’s going on and the cultures that are conflicting with each other. I also happen to believe that the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation. … You know, they ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English and that they feel comfortable in the communities. And that’s going to take outreach on both sides, frankly.” (Deadline)

I also take issue with his comments, but for different reasons...

Did Brokaw smear us? US citizens (presumably white) are worried about "brown grandbabies?"  Really? In my experience, the culturally insensitive usually just carelessly slap the "Mexican" label on all those people to south of us. "Brown people"  is a favored term of the Taco Bell University left.  All Hispanics are not "brown," people south of the border do not call themselves "brown," and Hispanics are not homogeneous--they hail from varied and diverse cultures.   

Brokaw is Wrong:  Hispanic Assimilate -- to the point of no longer being "Hispanic:" Back in 2014, progressives began handwringing over Hispanic's increasingly checking the 'White' box on census forms. Hispanics and Asians lead the way in intermarriage, blending into the larger melting pot culture of our nation.  All over America, you can find people with Hispanic last names who don't speak Spanish, fly no foreign flags, and who retain no cultural vestiges from whatever nation their ancestors came from.

Boomerang!

Finally, I love it when a snotty prig tweets out an unintentional self-condemnation. Check this Kook Left Klansman's attack on Brokaw, after he apologized for insulting a "proud culture:"

“Also we aren’t all Hispanics,” another person said. “‘That proud culture’? It’s not just one culture, you definitely need some history classes because you’re talking about many people from many places/countries and diverse backgrounds.” (NY Post)

I wholeheartedly agree. Let me add, mutatis mutandis...

"We aren't all white people. It's not just one white culture.  You unhinged haters screaming about "white people" definitely need some history classes because you’re talking about many people from many places/countries and diverse backgrounds."

Hell, I don't have one drop of English blood in me, so while you're at it, stop calling me an Anglo.

Monday, January 28, 2019

"Foreign Influence Racket"

Silverfiddle Rant!



"The capital is awash in foreign cash – the world hub of lobbying and influence peddling, where former senior U.S. officials, or those between jobs, stand to profit from their prestige and connections. Since 1938, anyone representing a foreign government has been required to register under FARA. But the law was often ignored until 2016 when questions about Russian influence came to dominate the presidential campaign."

Here's what I think:

Former members of the following categories should be banned by US federal law from any foreign lobbying or from representing foreign governments soliciting anything from the US government:

- Department and agency heads, deputies and anyone with an agency-wide policy-making role
- US Presidents, immediate family members and White House staff
- Cabinet members
- Congresspersons and senators
- US military flag officers

Basically, if someone has served in a high position of trust in our government, it should be illegal for them to act as an agent for a foreign government or act as an agent that solicits anything from a foreign government or provides aid, goods or services to a foreign government. If you have served this nation in the inner sanctums of government, you should not be able to peddle your insider knowledge to foreign entities. Period.

If foreigners want to petition our government, let them come with their funny accents and do it themselves.

Office of Foreign Petitions

The Federal government should stand up a government clearing house for foreign entities lobbying the US government.  All lobbying not registering and going through that bureau is illegal. Federal workers in that bureau would be charged with facilitating and documenting meetings between the foreigners and the US government office they wish to solicit.

What say you?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Musical Interlude

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Rest in peace, Michael Legrand (February 24, 1932-January 26, 2019):


Michel Legrand was a five-time Grammy winner; he also won three Oscars. He remained active until his death. Concerts were scheduled for this spring.  More about him HERE.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Recommended Reading: Deals For Furloughed Federal Employees

[Note: this post was queued up before President Trump caved yesterday and opened the government without funds for The Wall]

See Shutdown specials: DC-area deals for furloughed government workers at WTOP.

Brief excerpt (Yes, brief. The list is extensive):
The Harlem Globetrotters are offering two free tickets to the 2019 Fan Powered North American tour for furloughed workers. Just show a valid government ID at the box office.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at Stonebridge in Prince William County is offering free movies to federal employees throughout January.

Anytime Fitness locations in Poolesville, Maryland, and Kensington, Maryland, are offering 14 days free for furloughed workers, which includes access to fitness classes and private fitness consultation.

The Audubon Naturalist Society has free memberships available for furloughed workers. But, if you’re already a member and a furloughed employee, there are free extensions on membership renewals. Also, free “Yoga in the Woods” and guided sanctuary tours. Get the full details here.

Government workers that need to sweat it out can try an indoor cycling class at the CYCLED studio in Silver Spring or try the Cycling, Barre or Yoga Sculpt class at the Takoma Park location. Furloughed feds should use the code “SweatItOut@CYCLED!” to sign up and flash a government ID at the check-in desk.

Burns Heating & Air says it will help furloughed workers stay warm in the freezing weather with furnace repair. The company, which serves Loudoun and Fairfax counties in Virginia, is offering a payment plan allowing furloughed workers to pay their bills whenever the government reopens. Call 540-208-5660, or text and call 703-884-7130, and have a pay stub and government ID ready.

Michael and Son is doing something similar, offering furloughed employees six months of no payments on plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling repairs carried out while they go without a paycheck....
Much, much more HERE.

Your thoughts?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Child Abuse

[Note from AOW: please scroll down.  Another active thread below]

From Infidel Bloggers Alliance's post Great Moments In The History of Leftism: 10-Year-Old Boy 'Drag Kid' Photographed With Naked Adult Drag Queen:


On Monday, 10-year-old Canadian boy Nemis Quinn Mélançon-Golden was featured in a troubling Huck Magazine piece highlighting the life of a so-called "child drag queen." Young Nemis, whose drag name is "Queen Lactacia," was shot by photographer Jonathan Frederick Turton for the spread. 

In one of the shots that did not make the magazine, Nemis, in full drag makeup and a black dress, is posing for a photo with the Season 7 winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race," Violet Chachki. In the shocking photo, Violet is wearing nothing but a pair of heels and a small piece of fabric covering his genitals, as seen in the screenshot below ...
Blog master Pastorius stated:
You can see the image by clicking here. I ain't posting it.
[NOTE: INSTAGRAM HAS NOW REMOVED THE PHOTO]

In what world is this kind of thing not child abuse?

Additional reading: about Huck Magazine.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Sacred and the Profane


Silverfiddle Rant!

Leftwingers are good at agitprop, framing the issue, and leveraging sacred symbols for propaganda victories, but praise Allah, they also end up profaning those same symbols, draining them of their power to browbeat.




Progressives Profane Sacred Symbols

Hoopla-powered Democrats presented sanctimony-draped women and demanded we stop mansplaining and listen to their timeless wisdom. Our obedient attention was rewarded with vulgar outbursts about nasty women, blowing up the White House, and impeaching the mother******.

We are shushed and told to heed the sacred children who endured a school shooting, only to have the reverent silence shattered by foul-mouthed hellions spewing profanity at us.

Last Weekend: The Perfect Sturm und Drang

Privileged Catholic bros in MAGA hats mocked a sacred Native American Vietnam veteran who responded by continuing to peacefully chant and drum, and the Social Media Pogroms raged, with pusillanimous conservative outlets and the kids' own Catholic diocese joining in on the digital beatdown, resulting in death threats to a young man and the closing of his school for safety reasons. 

Oh! How the high dudgeon and scolding sanctimony poured forth from the unctuous Infotainment Media Complex! And it fomented an orgy of flamboyant self-righteousness that put the Bacchae to shame.

Now, the hangover...

Subsequent video revealed the MAGA bros had taken over an hour of abuse from a crowd of African American religious kooks who think they are the lost tribe of Israel. The Catholic boys responded with school chants.

The sacred Noble Savage is a member of the Stolen Valor Tribe: He never served in Vietnam. The Peaceful Native American also lied about being surrounded by the boys. Video shows he walked into them pounding his drum in their faces.

There is a mile-high stack of lies from progressive people of color claiming they saw the whole thing. All lies, revealed only when the rest of the video came out.

The left has taught us a few lessons:

Lesson 1 - Don't believe everything you see from the left and their enablers in the Infotainment Media Complex:

The left provokes such incidents all the time, tells bald-faced lies, and uses their premeditated kabuki to further their agenda.

How many hoaxes, false flag hate crimes and ginned up racial incidents have been perpetrated upon this nation? And yes, those are attacks against us all and our social cohesion, perpetrated by angry wanna-be victims outraged that there are not enough actual attacks against Muslims and people of color.  Jewish people are the targets of the the greatest percentage of hate crimes.  How unfair!

In the Judge Kavanaugh hearings, Democrats slanderers got caught red-handed.

This weekend, progressive activists got busted. Hard. So hard even The Atlantic and CNN came out in defense of the schoolboys and joined the avalanche of apologies and retractions.

Lesson 2 - No person is more sacred than another based solely upon the category she occupies

Being a veteran, woman of color, poor, undocumented, or any other category confers no special moral authority on a person. I hope recent events have busted this overused tool of the left.

This is why at least half of us despise the press and the left. They cannot be trusted to give us the straight story.

So, self-righteous people of the left, including those of you with politburo-assigned special status: Get off your high horse. You're no better than the rest of us, and we're tired of your smug sanctimony and scolding lectures.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Naked Emperors

Silverfiddle Rant

I stumbled across the fascinating resignation letter written by Army veteran and longtime NBC contributor William Arkin. He's no Trump fan, but he is disgusted with the media's 24/7 Trump bashing. He also excoriates the press for a dangerous lack of independent analysis and criticism of our shambolic, destructive and wasteful foreign policy:

"The longtime contributor said he was alarmed by how the media instinctually responded to Trump’s desire to end U.S. involvement in foreign wars by arguing against it without much thought, leading it “to be in favor of policies that just spell more conflict and more war.” (Mediaite)

Those two criticisms--of the press and of the foreign policy establishment--hit home for me because I have been making a similar case for years.

The Infotainment Media Complex Stinks

Our press is a disgraceful rabble of tabloid tattlers, preening prima donnas, partisan cheerleaders, crouching propagandists, hidden agendaists, pseudo-intellectuals, and dime store "experts." They all need to stop taking sides, stop rubbing elbows at cocktail parties with the elite DC grandees, and start grilling them. Daily. We need a press that Questions Everything. 

A people's press would submit our rulers (and the edicts they excrete) to withering examination. And btw, how is it that all those congresspeople abused their staffers, paid them taxpayer money to shut up, and we never heard about it until it somehow slipped past the protective press phalanx that protects their fellow DC elites?

Our Foreign Policy: A Continuous Loop of Insanity

Our foreign policy establishment is a moldy, cob-webbed shelf of crumbling yellow books stuffed full of arrant nonsense and discredited shibboleths.  Arrogance and purblind ignorance make a dangerous combination, and our nation and the world have been paying the price for decades while the press cheerleads and abets.

Here is Arkin's thoughtful but scathing critique of our foreign policy "experts:"

To me there is also a larger problem: though they produce nothing that resembles actual safety and security, the national security leaders and generals we have are allowed to do their thing unmolested.

Despite being at “war,” no great wartime leaders or visionaries are emerging. There is not a soul in Washington who can say that they have won or stopped any conflict

And though there might be the beloved perfumed princes in the form of the Petraeus’ and Wes Clarks’, or the so-called warrior monks like Mattis and McMaster, we’ve had more than a generation of national security leaders who sadly and fraudulently have done little of consequence. And yet we (and others) embrace them, even the highly partisan formers who masquerade as “analysts”. We do so ignoring the empirical truth of what they have wrought: There is not one county in the Middle East that is safer today than it was 18 years ago. Indeed the world becomes ever more polarized and dangerous.

I agree. What say you?

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Man-Hating Gillette?

(Please scroll down.  There are active threads below)

The title of this blog post refers to the recent ad released by Gillette, the commercial condemning "toxic masculinity," whatever the definition of that is.

And the commercial is racist, too. The video is a bit long, but please watch (Warning: some strong language):



Can our species no longer discern the differences of flirtation, true sexual harassment, and actual sexual assault?

Now, about the Gillette commercial...Surprise: Genius behind man-hating Gillette ad is a radical feminist.

For the record, the Gillette commercial is the fold:

Friday, January 18, 2019

Emergency!

Silverfiddle Rant!
I oppose President Trump declaring a national emergency in order to build the sections of fence Homeland Security has planned, but... here is fodder for those who disagree, and it comes from the Trump-deranged accosters at CNN!




"But the United States is no stranger to national emergencies.
In fact, the US has been in a perpetual state of declared national emergency for four decades, and the country is currently under 31 concurrent states of emergency about a spectrum of international issues around the globe..."

Here is CNN's list of "active declared emergencies:"

1. Blocking Iranian Government Property (Nov. 14, 1979)
2. Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Nov. 14, 1994)
3. Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process (January 23, 1995)
4. Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources (March 15, 1995)
5. Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers (October 21, 1995)
6. Regulations of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels with Respect to Cuba (March 1, 1996)
7. Blocking Sudanese Government Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Sudan (November 3, 1997)
8. Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans (June 26, 2001)
9. Continuation of Export Control Regulations (August 17, 2001)
10. Declaration of National Emergency by Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks (September 14, 2001)
11. Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism (September 23, 2001)
12. Blocking Property of Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe (March 6, 2003)
13. Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Property in Which Iraq has an Interest (May 22, 2003)
14. Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Export of Certain Goods to Syria (May 11, 2004)
15. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus (June 16, 2006)
16. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (October 27, 2006)
17. Blocking Property of Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon or Its Democratic Processes and Institutions (August 1, 2007)
18. Continuing Certain Restrictions with Respect to North Korea and North Korean Nationals (June 26, 2008)
19. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia (April 12, 2010)
20. Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya (February 25, 2011)
21. Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations (July 25, 2011)
22. Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen (May 16, 2012)
23. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (March 6, 2014)
24. Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to South Sudan (April 3, 2014)
25. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic (May 12, 2014)
26. Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela (March 9, 2015)
27. Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities (April 1, 2015)
28. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi (November 23, 2015)
29. Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption (December 20, 2017)
30. Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election (September 12, 2018)
31. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua (November 27, 2018)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Maoist Mobs and a Railroad fit for a King

Silverfiddle Rant!
I'm trying to get to the bottom of the Steve King-induced hysteria, and it's not easy.  Don't we have any journolists who can pull facts together and present them objectively?

Go Yahoogle "Steve King racist statements" and you will be fed a plethora of articles containing characterizations of what he said, and quote snippets shorn of the contextual conversation surrounding it.

The latest comes from the New York Times claiming he lamented the demonization of the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist."  The New York Times is withholding the complete context from us.  Here's is King's explanation:
In a 56 minute interview, we discussed the changing use of language in political discourse. We discussed the worn out label “racist” and my observation that other slanderous labels have been increasingly assigned to Conservatives by the Left, who injected into our current political dialog such terms as Nazi, Fascist, ‘White Nationalist, White Supremacist,— Western Civilization, how did THAT language become offensive?

Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?’…just to watch Western Civilization become a derogatory term in political discourse today. Clearly, I was only referencing Western Civilization classes. No one ever sat in a class listening to the merits of white nationalism and white supremacy.
Who's right? Rep King or the New York Times Journolist?  The Times needs to release the complete recording of the interview and let us judge for ourselves.

Here are more items in the "Steve King is a Racist" rolodex:

This retweet got him branded an anti-Semite. So I guess anyone quoting Marx, Mao or Gorbachev is a communist...  Go figure...

This Gert Wilders retweet marks king as a dangerous white nationalist...
In 2017, King tweeted that he agreed with far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders that "our civilization" cannot be restored "with somebody else's babies."
Yes, The United States has a civilization, and it is ours.  It is distinct from other nations.  It is a beautiful mosaic that was built by and is now enjoyed by people of all races, religions and national origins. We were a melting pot once, where "somebody else" from "somewhere else" became "one of us," including my mom, her sister and her parents.  If we don't breed, our culture will die, and other will move in with their own culture and remake the social landscape.  It is not bigoted or hateful to oppose that.

Will the dirty old Muslim men bringing in child brides allow them to assimilate? Are the 20% of the population that do not speak English at home interested in assimilation?

But I digress...

Rep King is guilty of speaking candidly and using politically-incorrect language. People calling him a racist have not made their case.  Most frighteningly, whole herds of educated sheeple are condemning him based upon propaganda and smears. No one has actually formulated a logical argument for the case that Rep. King is a racist.

This is a deliberate tightening of the language, a narrowing of acceptable speech. The left can cheer "old white people" dying off, but no can criticize unregulated immigration or call a shithole a shithole. See how the game is played? The left holds all the weapons and enjoys a free fire zone, while screaming bloody murder any time someone to their right picks up a pea-shooter.

Please read this infamous interview Rep King had with an Austrian news site that once had a Nazi in its management 70 years ago. Here are a few shocking, reprehensible quotes:
Freedom of speech, religion and press, property rights, Judeo-Christian values, all these things that are so important.
hmmm.... a neo-nazi anti-Semite lauding our "Judeo-Christian" values... Don't hear that too often nowadays.
Look, I can envision generations from now, centuries from now, where everyone eventually starts to look the same, if we get enough intermarriage which is the most effective form of assimilation. […] I don't see Caucasians to be genetically dominant. Blue eyes and blond hair are recessive. So I envision more and more assimilation, and that's positive, and one day, we will all look substantially the same.
When asked if he were a civic nationalist or an ethnic nationalist...
I guess “civic” may be able to describe what I am, yes. I'm not an ethnic nationalist. because I look at all these people and I just see the diversity of skin colors.
The article disappoints in its lack of inflammatory racist diatribes, especially since it was a white nationalist neo-nazi bigoted anti-Semite being interviewed by a European nazi website.  You'd think he really would have let his freak flag fly...

So, can someone make a rational, cogent argument that Rep Steve King is a bigot?  Please don't cite how Republicans have repudiated him. That's not an argument, and anyway, Republicans are running scared trying to hold up their crapped-full adult diapers.

"The sleep of reason produces monsters"
-- Francisco Goya

More Reading: A brief guide to Rep. Steve King's 'long history of racist statements'