Sunday, September 30, 2018

The New Me, a new meme—going around the internet


I used to think I was just a regular guy, but I was born white, which now, whether I like it or not, makes me a racist & responsible for slavery.

I am a fiscal & moral conservative, which by today’s standards, makes me a fascist because I plan & support myself.

I went to HS, worked through college, got a degree & have held a job, & am here not because I earned it but because I was advantaged.

I am heterosexual, which according to gay folks, now makes me a homophobe.

I am non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working class & ally of big business.

I am not a Muslim, which now labels me as an infidel.

I believe in the 2nd Amendment, which makes me a member of the vast NRA gun lobby.

I am older than 65 & retired, making me a useless old man who doesn't understand Facebook.

I think & I reason, so I doubt what main stream media tells me, which must make me a reactionary.

I am proud of my heritage & our inclusive American culture, making me a xenophobe.

I value my safety & that of my family, & I appreciate the police & the legal system, making me a right-wing, cop loving extremist.

I believe in hard work, fair play, & fair compensation according to each individual's merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.

I believe our system guarantees freedom of effort - not freedom of outcome or subsidies which must make me a borderline sociopath.

I believe in the defense & protection of America for & by all citizens, now making me a militant.

I am proud of our flag, what it stands for, & the many who died to let it fly so I stand & salute during our National Anthem, taking me back where I started - I must be a racist.

Please help me come to terms with the new me because I'm just not sure who I am anymore!

I thank my friends for sticking with me through these abrupt, new found changes to my thinking!

I just can't imagine or understand what's happened to me so quickly!

Funny - it all took place over the last 7 or 8 years!

If all this nonsense wasn't enough to deal with, I don't know which restroom to use, & I gotta go!!!

VDH explains why and how Trump won in 2016

If you listen to even 10 minutes of Victor Davis Hanson you'll have a better understanding of why Trump won and why (if you are a Democrat) you are still so puzzled and so angry. California professor Victor Davis Hanson and Canadian professor Jordan Peterson seem like brothers to me--anyone else see that? Erudite, calm, sensible, practical, rural backgrounds. If you are a conservative, you'll get a lot from the Q & A; but it would make the liberals squeamish. Being a classicist, VDH has a great sweep of history. And being a farmer in California, he has some interesting input on illegal immigration.

I don't see a date for this speech, but it was before Trump’s inauguration, and everything he cites that he expects Democrats to do, they did.


Saturday, September 29, 2018

A WalkAway testimony—interesting perspective from a Bangladeshi-Canadian

“I've lived in Canada for 6.5 years, and though it has nothing to do with US politics, but their politics(say in terms of Liberalism, Conservatism, etc..) is quite similar to American politics. I was a Liberal/Lefty once back in 2012 and onwards(up until the end of 2015) but in today's political discourse (this coming from a Bangladeshi again), I see no point embracing the American Left at all. They have lost civility, respect for their citizens, and they're even ready to cause trouble in their own communities too. The list goes on. Political correctness is a serious problem in North America. What I've experienced (PC culture I mean) in Canada was/is awful.

After my red pill moment [this means changing beliefs from liberal to conservative], I began to recognize the ugliness around me at the time. I rather be friends with Conservatives than Liberals now. No, I'm not saying all Liberals are evil, vengeful, nor I'm saying all Conservatives are always good, right, moral and righteous, but most of my friends are Polish, Irish, English Catholics, and they're wonderful human beings. I used to believe that all Conservatives are terrible human beings because I was brainwashed into thinking so(and if I've made rude, crass comments on YouTube, and without social media but in general, then I apologize). Just because I wouldn't support Hillary Clinton, I lost friends and was branded as a racist, traitor, etc. I sometimes ask, "Where's the tolerance and civility at?" You can agree to disagree, disagree to agree, or both, or none, but the harshest thing you can do is call anyone racist. Hence, these never-ending ideological or theological grievances and differences.

Liberals like, say, Bill Maher, late George Carlin and others were very politically incorrect. Now, the current students, SJWs, professors, feminists in college/university campuses, media, etc. are spinning out of control as Conservatives have become transparent, honest, and non-PC. A total 180 u-turn, IMO. Terms like equality and feminism are always pretty, nice, romantic words but in practice and reality, it isn't so. And should anyone have different opinions with someone, or with a group of people, then they're met with open hostility. I don't like how that goes. I, too, have experienced such hostility.

America is without a question the greatest country in the world. This country is the last country on earth for freedom, liberty, justice, yes equality when we can find some common grounds (not the Left's version of equality when it doesn't make much sense as it always ends with antagonistic clashes due to lack of civility and civil discourse). Where I come from, I'm not susceptible to such monumental idiocies that comes from the Left. You know what I'm talking about; PC culture, gender pronouns, trigger warnings, microaggressions, toxic masculinity, on and on. I'd like to learn a lot from you as I'm always open to learn and I hope you all will teach me a thing or two about America. Let's join and talk through tolerance and civility (especially from 13,247 kilometers, 8,231 miles. miles away lol).

Thank you and good night.”

Friday, September 28, 2018

My thoughts on Kavanaugh hearings—-guest blogger Nancy

Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified judges to ever be appointed to the Supreme Court. He has years of judicial experience in several courts. He clerked for a Supreme Court Justice. He had over 300 judicial decisions that were available for scrutiny. The ABA gave him their highest rating. I like what has been described as his judicial philosophy:  Constitutionalist, original intent - NOT “living” and relying on other countries’ documents and popular culture.

The anger. He showed no anger until yesterday’s hearing. I would be angry, too, at this point. I cannot imagine what he and his family feel like now at the prospect of another week of this! 

Dr. Ford’s testimony. She seems to have many issues. She fears flying but flies frequently on business and pleasure. I know she claims this happened when she was 15, but  according to her story, she wasn’t raped. Her level of emotional trauma seems overblown to me. Possibly something else happening to her before or since then. ( I had my own near- rape experience). Not one of the people who she said were there backs her story.

The Democrats. They have behaved horribly from well before Kavanaugh was even nominated. They were going to oppose anyone that this President nominated. Di-Fi  should have turned Dr. Ford’s letter over to Grassley in July. A full FBI investigation could have been done confidentially before the hearings began. She never asked Kavanaugh about the accusation even in her private meeting with him. Then as the hearings close and they are ready to vote she brings it up. Sure stinks of delay tactics!  Then we need another week before Miss I-fear-flying who also wasn’t aware that the committee offered to come to her, can testify. Why did she take a lie detector test in August if she wasn’t planning on going public?  Now we have another delay. Face it, the Democrats will not be happy about this no matter how long or how thorough the investigation is. BTW, they could have been investigating this past week like the Republicans were. They did not.

I keep thinking about what Harry Reid said during a TV interview after Romney lost. He was asked about the lie he told saying with certainty that Romney had not paid taxes in 10 years. Reid’s reply was “He lost, didn’t he?!”  The Democrat party has been that party ever since.

How the Democrats ruin lives—guest blogger Jennifer

Actually, pay attention people. Stop listening to the spin and look at the facts and how this entire allegation SHOULD have been handled!

It's the Dems who are ruining these lives. They had her letter (Feinstein and two others) since early July. Ford wanted to remain anonymous and all they had to do was turn it over to the FBI, which they did anonymously and they looked at it but didn't go too far because it was anonymous.

So the next step would have been to get Ford to privately deal with the FBI on this and NOT make it public. The FBI would have looked into her allegations, her witnesses, and everything else and would have no doubt deemed that her story had too many holes, none of her witnesses agreed, and most likely it was a case of mistaken identity. NONE of it would have been public. IT would have saved both the Ford and Kavanaugh families from this character assassination.

But the Dems wanted to use it politically, so they wanted to stall and they wanted to make it public despite the lives they ruined in the process. The goal is to stop his confirmation hoping in November they can gain control of the house and stop him being on the SCOTUS.

There are actual ethics issues involved here. So put blame where it belongs. Kavanaugh didn't do this, per Ford's own witnesses and good friend, and she is apparently mentally unstable and being made worse as a political pawn and expendable tool of the left. She did not want this public but the cold hearted left didn't care about her. They cared about partisan politics and getting their agenda done in any underhanded way they can.

The law should have been followed correctly, but the left is being very underhanded. Shame on them for what they are doing to both of these families!!!

Remember, some Dems swore they would block any SCOTUS nominee before Kavanaugh was even on the short list. They are doing exactly what they said and they have no ethics or scruples in how they do it. The bad ones seem to truly believe the ends justify the means. The politics of personal destruction and collateral damage means nothing to some of these people. Ford was used and destroyed by the people she trusted. Is nothing sacred anymore?

U Got This

“U Got This,” is beginning today at Ohio State University.  “ To advance a culture of respect and care for others, the university is launching mandatory online sexual misconduct prevention education for all faculty, staff and students.”

Am I the only one who finds “culture of respect” and “mandatory education” for adults in the same sentence sort of off putting?  Plus, if the unit or department already has something in place, like diversity training or toxic masculinity workshops, that doesn’t get the student out of the pan-university requirement.

If the student is also a university employee, he/she gets to take it twice and it’s required every year.  According to the web page, they haven’t yet come up with discipline (aka punishment) if a student blows this off.

The production company is called Catharsis Productions and was created about 20 years ago by Dr. Gail Stern and Christian Murphy. This Atlantic article is about 4 years old, but skimming it, I think is lines up with other things I’ve read. Considered innovative, entertaining and funny, after 20 years shouldn’t we be seeing fewer assaults and bullying by now?

I checked out “U Got This” reeducation camps and they are already offered on many campuses, so Ohio State is sort of late to the party.

Of course, re-education camps come in many sizes and countries.

“Vast swathes of the Uighur population in China’s western region of Xinjiang — as well as Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other ethnic minorities — are being detained to undergo what the state calls “transformation through education.” Many tens of thousands of them have been locked up in new thought-control camps with barbed wire, bombproof surfaces, reinforced doors and guard rooms. “

How Google controls your information

90% of internet searches use Google, and 95% of searchers drop out after the second page.  I began blogging in 2003 and remember when my blog entries came up within the first or second page.  In the code, bloggers/web page designers put in tags that describe the most typical topics and your search picks up on that. With Google’s manipulation of search results that could never happen today.  I’m a big believer in capitalism, and the founders of Google, one of which is a Russian immigrant, have done a good job for the investors in their company.  That said, when successful companies get too cozy with the government, it’s called crony capitalism.  That’s how legislators get rich and CEOs beat back the competition by getting what looks like stiff controls, but only they are wealthy enough to meet the standards.  Any search that involves any information about the government or President Trump will bring up pages of New York Times, Washington Post (owned by another tech giant, Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in the country), Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and other far left media sources. This results in an informed public that has read/heard only part of the story. The conservatives then flee to other sources and also risk knowing only part of the information. When I log in, I automatically get Google News, which always leans left.  Sometimes I do click on a story, especially  if it’s none political, but then may just encourage the bias by taking the bait.

If you search anything about Trump on Google you’ll probably get referred to CNN, which falls far behind Fox in popularity and viewership. And if you are in an airport, exercise facility, or doctor’s office, good luck seeing anything other than CNN.

As expected, NYT denies any bias with Google, and instead accuses Google of different biases.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thoughts on she said/he said

I made it through high school, college and grad school without once attending a drinking party. As an adult I’ve attend hundreds of social events and only seen a drunk man once. (I’ve seen more tipsy women than men, actually.) We’re almost 50 years into this current women’s movement with consciousness raising groups, special workshops to catch up, leadership grants, and for 2 decades now women have outnumbered the men enrolling in college, and for a decade in the cities have out earned men of the same age and education. How much time do we women need to “recover” from a trauma? I know women who have survived 3 kinds of cancer, the deaths of children and husband, horrid auto accidents, career losses.  We are not wimps!!

Just stop it all of you claiming Ford wouldn’t lie, or doesn’t have any reason to do this!  You’re returning women to an 18th century shrinking violet era.  Yes women lie, and they lie about sex too—maybe not as much as the guys, but they do.  And they can be mean and nasty and yes, do willingly put themselves out there for 10 minutes of fame. Fame is power, and heady stuff.  Millions were watching on TV.   Anita Hill made a fortune and a career by being the accuser of Clarence Thomas. 

Are women so pure and stupid they didn’t notice?

Who is safe? Not your son or brother.

no man is safe

Some women aren’t to be believed

Jaunita Broaddrick is at the Senate today for the Kavanaugh hearing.

She tells The Daily Caller, "I have twenty times more evidence for my rape by Bill Clinton than Dr. Ford has against Kavanaugh. Democrats turned their backs on me. All women are to be believed as long as they're not conservatives -- and as long as the assault was not done by Democrats."

Keith Ellison’s abused girlfriend also has evidence, but he’s a Democrat and she’s out to lunch.

So now he’s asking for an investigation of her—because, well, you can’t always believe a woman.

Buck Sexton comments on Kavanaugh


Lily’s Leukemia battle

I’ve had a stiff back for 2 days—this should put it into perspective—Lily’s battle with Leukemia.

She relapsed after years of having her cancer under control and was doing the normal activities of teen-agers.  I’ve been following her grandmother and mother for years on blogs and Facebook.  Here’s what Larissa (m0m) wrote as Lily took her last med in this round.

In no particular order—

2 years of treatment
20 doses of Vincristine
15 doses of 6TG
15 spinal taps with Methotrexate
20 doses of ARA-C
2 doses Intermediate PO Methotrexate
2 doses of Pegaspagase (discontinued due to anaphylaxis shock)
9 doses of cyclophosphamide
2 doses mitoxantrone (big blue)
6 doses Erwinia (discontinued—blood clots)
36 hrs high dose Methotrexate
9 doses Etoposide
84 days Blincyto
56 doses of PO Methotrexate
415 doses of 6MP
170 days Dexamethasone

And with one gulp she is done!

More He said/She said

A former boyfriend of Julie Swetnick, the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of organizing gang rapes as a teen, says that he attempted to file a restraining order against her after she allegedly threatened his wife and baby. “She’s not credible at all,” the Miami man, a registered Democrat, told Politico. “Not at all.”

And she’s represented by the crazy porn star lawyer who is addicted to being on TV chatting with anti-Trump MSM “journalists.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The resegregation of America’s universities in the name of diversity

Walter Williams writes: “I am a professor of economics at George Mason University. A few readers have asked me about “Black Freshmen Orientation,” held Aug. 25 and advertised as an opportunity for students to learn more about the black community at George Mason University. GMU is not alone in promoting separation in the name of diversity and inclusion. Harvard, Yale, UCLA and many other universities, including GMU, have black graduation ceremonies. Racial segregation goes beyond graduation ceremonies. Cal State Los Angeles, the University of Connecticut, UC Davis and UC Berkeley, among others, offer racially segregated housing for black students.”

And there’s much more about university corruption.

This sort of resegregation is not new.  Manchester College (now university) where I attended in the 1950s created a “safe” place for black students in 1971 (fewer than 10, I think).  It was the opposite of what Martin Luther King stood for and died for, yet it was supposedly to honor his memory.  Now Manchester University has  broken ground for a new center.

The Kavanaugh case


The new morality scolds and new witches

"The ultimate in irony is that the same people who campaign on OTC birth control for kids, abortion on demand and preventing parents from being told about it, promotion of all kinds of sexual deviancy, scream about "slut shaming" of promiscuous, libertine women, wear vagina costumes and hats shaped like genitalia and think VP Pence is weird for not attending events where other women are present without his wife have now turned into Puritanical moral scolds." (Michael Smith)

The links from feminism, to the MeToo movement, to hatred for President Trump, to witch craft and casting spells.

Hocus Pocus, Bogus Focus.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Class of 1957 has another mini-reunion

On September 22 at 9 a.m. in the Campus Cafe, a few members of the Mt. Morris Class of 1957 met for breakfast. Marion, Ebba, Nancy K, Moe, Lynne, David, Sylvia, Norma, Mary Jane, Nancy F., Jean, Greeley. This class is fortunate to have a very active local committee—this was the third get-together in 2018. 


It’s happening again

Back in the 1950s there was another woman who made sexual allegations that had no corroboration--no one saw or heard anything. She recanted at the end of her life, but Emmett Till had long been dead. Tortured to death. I have no way to prove it, but I'm guessing if his murderers ever voted, it was for Democrats. Now they're doing it again. Today you don't have to be black to be accused of sexual misconduct for political reasons, just a white male. Toxic masculinity and white supremacy -- that's the Marxist-feminist rant.  Ladies, guard your sons and husbands.  They might be next.

I was listening to Mike Gallagher (talk show) today, and several people called in to say they were changing parties—that this time the Democrats have gone too far in smearing and sliming their enemies.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

A very successful trip to Illinois

We had our fall Illinois Indiana trip this past week, celebrating my birthday there and seeing our cousins and siblings.

On Thursday we went to the lovely home of cousins Dianne and Frank for a tasty breakfast, after which we went hunting for the Nachusa Prairie Grasslands near Oregon and the bison (that adventure will be another post).  On Friday we drove to Dixon to see my cousin (once removed--my grandmother and his father were siblings) Chuck Ballard to catch up since college days at the University of Illinois, where he attended after a stint in the Navy. I think I last saw him in 1983, and we are both interested in genealogy. We had actually met a good friend of his when we were touring Ireland over a decade ago. Friday evening we had dinner with our Illinois siblings and spouses with a long chat afterwards.  On Saturday the members of my graduating class (1957) got together at the Campus Cafe across from the campus in Mt. Morris.  That afternoon we drove to Winnebago to visit with my cousin Judy Buffo, but as it turns out, that was her mailing address but she lives much closer to Pecatonica. so we drove around a lot in that area, and were just about to give up when I found a clerk at a gas station who had a smart phone and wrote down directions for me. We had a nice 2 hour visit.  I think I last saw her in 1996.

Early Sunday morning we started out from Mt. Morris  for Indianapolis arriving about 1:30 and had a good visit with our sister and brother in-law and our niece and nephew and dinner and dessert.


2018 Sept. Chuck Ballard 

2018 Sept. Stan 

2018 Sept 22 class breakfast  

2018 Sept. Jeanne

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Truth is stranger than fiction

In Barbara Boxer's 2005 novel, A Time to Run, the "heroine's dilemma is presented by a journalist, Greg Hunter, with pronounced right-wing views. Hunter is a figure from the senator's past. They had been lovers while he was in college; he lost her to his roommate, Joshua Fischer. Joshua later dies in the middle of a campaign for Senate; Ellen steps into his place and wins, launching her political career. Now, Hunter has returned, bringing with him information that could derail the judicial nominee's appointment. Fischer is buffeted by new revelations about Hunter and a well-founded distrust of his motives." (Wikipedia) 

Hmm. Apparently it didn't get very good reviews, not even for the sex scenes.

How Puerto Rico managed the medical crisis of the hurricanes

Only 22% of us can meet the 2008 physical activity guidelines and only 12% meet the guidelines for fruit and vegetable intake. But if you had a heart attack, stroke or diabetes diagnosis in 2017 or 2018, is it President Trump's fault? That's what the Puerto Rico hurricane blame reminds me of. Dr. Myriam Allende-Vigo wrote an article for the August 21 JAMA about her practice and patients in Humacao. Here's what she reveals:

  • 1) Most of the people are poor--they live in rural barrios even though there are big, high-end resorts in the area.
  • 2) Because of their poverty, they didn't have generators, or the money to pay for diesel.
  • 3) After the storm, there was no power, no electricity, no refrigeration, no ice.
  • 4) Most of her patients have diabetes--they fhrew their insulin away unaware that it lasts a few days.
  • 5) Relief organizations and other pharmacies in other cities supplied insulin. Four distribution centers set up free insulin stations.
  • 6) Volunteer endocrinologists went to shelters and community centers to provide care.
  • 7) Within one week there were 10,000 federal relief workers in Puerto Rico.
  • 8) Within a few days, she had cell phone service (after hurricane Ike in 2008, some residents of Columbus, Ohio were without cell phones and electricity for 8 days). She with volunteers was attempting to contact her patients to educate them about eating, insulin and taking care of their feet. For reasons she didn't explain she couldn't get ahold of her staff for several weeks. By word of mouth, the patients began coming to the office.
  • 9) No EMR, so they went back to paper records and prescriptions.
  • 10) She never believed the death "official total" of 64.

  • Now what else did she say about the P.R. preparedness and local response?

    • 1) "We get hurricane warnings every year. But we never thought that we would be hit so hard and that it would take us so long to get back to normal."
      2) The U.S. government response was too slow. . . she admitted it takes a few days to get there by ship with supplies.
      3) Supplies stayed in the ports too long; "they" couldn't figure out how to distribute them. Whoa Nellie! That means the governors and mayors didn't know how to distribute the supplies the U.S. sent.
      4) While people were suffering "they" took a lot of time to get organized.
      5) P.R. needs infrastructure, a better power and communication system (this was a problem before the hurricane).
      6) Hospitals and her practice are now back to normal (mid-2018); most of her patients (whom she said were poor and rural) fared well and had ample medications and were able to buy generators.7
    • 7) Many physicians worked outside to take advantage of light--she is very proud at how the medical community responded.
    • 8) She thanked all the volunteers who came to the island to help and she would appreciate calls of encouragement.
      9) She did not thank FEMA, the President or the people of the U.S.A. for billions appropriated which the government of P.R. has been unable to organize and use

    The Kavanaugh accuser

    I saw an item at a pundit site that Christine Blasey-Ford, the 51-year-old woman who Dianne Feinstein found in the woodwork at the last minute, accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as a teenager, has a brother Ralph who worked for a law firm that later retained Fusion GPS, the primary “fixer” for the Clintons and the DNC. That doesn't sound like much of a trail of crumbs to follow since it was over a decade ago, but you just never know; she's reaching back 35 years to solve a sexual problem with her husband. Maybe a lie detector test for him? Ohr's (Dept. of Justice) wife also worked for Fusion GPS and had lived in Russia. It's like a private club for Democrat fixers in those DC suburbs.


    Monday, September 17, 2018

    Kennedy, Bork and Mary Jo

    Remember back about 30 years ago when Ted Kennedy who allowed an injured young woman to drown in his car made the same kind of smears we're hearing today? Ruthless. Yet the Democrats thought he was wonderful--kept reelecting him. They have engineered this smear to delay the hearings. Democrats have made the #MeToo movement a joke.

    Details on criminal aliens

    Everyone who's been screaming that Trump is a racist for his demands for security at the borders needs to read this GAO report on criminal aliens. First, remember that it was Obama who was called the "deporter in chief," and that the number of criminal aliens in federal prisons actually did go down during his second term. Second, read the COSTS carefully. Third, criminal aliens hide in communities that are Hispanic. Why do Democrats want them to be in danger while they claim to be their protectors?


    Sunday, September 16, 2018

    If the knife were in the other hand

    Farzad Fazeli, a 35-year-old man, attempted to stab Rudy Peters, who is the Republican nominee for California’s 15th Congressional District at a public festival. Allegedly he shouted anti-Trump, anti-Republican threats as reported by the victim and by-standers. As far as I know this remained a local story, but is faithfully being repeated at Republican websites as evidence of the hate that’s being stirred up by the likes of Maxine Waters who has given marching orders to hate on Republicans and Trump supporters. 99% of those listening to Maxine will clap, giggle and ignore her, but some take her seriously.

    If the knife had been in the hand of a Trump supporter, this would have been 24/7 coverage on CNN, MSNBC and the alphabet media. We know that from the experience of the tragedy of the Gabby Gifford shooting done by a deranged man who seemed to have no political motives at all.  The media began blaming Sarah Palin not just for her support of the 2nd Amendment, but because in her political ads she used the symbol/word, crosshairs. As far as I know, the media are not calling for knife confiscation or registration.

    Fazeli is a licensed security guard even though he has a criminal record.  He has anti-Trump rants on his Facebook page. Interesting.

    Saturday, September 15, 2018

    ELCA hits bottom

    It's shocking to read in the October issue of First Things how ELCA has gone down, down, down since our congregation left to join NALC. That said, it would have been better to leave in the 1990s when ELCA began disrespecting the unborn and accepting abortion for any reason --even gender--at any time during the pregnancy. The sexual perversion pushed on the kids at the 2018 Youth Gathering is not that far removed from that which eliminated many of their generation.

    Imagine a pastor leading impressionable teens in this disgusting chant.

    This year, concluding her speech, [Nadia Bolz-­Weber] she employed a blasphemous parody of the set of renunciations that parents or godparents are ex­pected to answer at a baptism: “Do you renounce the devil and all his empty promises?” One renunciation went: “Do you renounce the lie that Queerness is anything other than beauty?” And the youths dutifully chanted back: “I renounce them.”

    Sick, and that wasn’t even the worst of it.

    John Kerry, traitor


    Trump supporters have had their lives shredded and torn apart for even meeting with a Ukrainian, and Ukraine is not on Obama’s list of state sponsors of terrorism!

    Promoting Gender Equity in National Priority Programs, Promote, a 5 year program which is failing

    USAID program to promote gender equality in Afghanistan and help women find employment is costing taxpayers over $200 million but has only found jobs for 55 women.

    This has the look and feel of some of the Obama stimulus programs in the ARRA that employed a few people at the cost of millions of tax dollars, while shutting down others that were working. However, the tone is definitely GW Bush. Bush freed more women than Lincoln did slaves, but he also believed in imposing western culture and norms on people still struggling to leave the 8th century. If Trump closes this down, the pink pussy hats will be out in force saying he's hurting women.

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    The Pope is still part of the problem, according to many Catholics

    "There are three takeaways from the announcement that came from the Vatican on Wednesday, of a gathering of the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences (in February 2019) to discuss “the protection of minors”:

    1) the pope is closing the barn door after the horse got out;
    2) the C9 cardinals had to twist the pope’s arm to close the door;
    3) when it comes to the moral rot in the clergy, high and low, the pope is still part of the problem.
    Christopher Altieri, The Catholic Thing,

    Before 21st century Christians, particularly the non-Catholics, get their feathers fluffed and fur standing on end so they can look bigger, let's just remember that all the reprimands Paul wrote to the churches in the first century concerned all these sins--pornography, pederasty, false gods, impiety, every wickedness known to man, mutual degradation, worship of a creature, insolence, scandals in the church, gossip, murder, and so forth. Or, look at the revelation Jesus gave John with descriptions of the church--again first century--the favorite apostle was still alive and the Christians were already stumbling! People were claiming to be apostles who weren't! Members of the assembly of Satan! Kneeling at Satan's throne! Holding to the teachings of Balaam! Listened to a fake prophetess! Harlots! Incomplete works and a dead church.

    To each of the 7 churches, Jesus says, "I know your works."

    Why is Puerto Rico a mess and why is it Trump’s fault?

    I decided to research why Puerto Rico was such a financial mess before Hurricane Maria in 2017. I didn't do my usual careful 15 minutes, but spent about 3 minutes in Wikipedia, which would be a no-no if I were a student. Now I know. There are several roots to this problem--all white men, of course. 1) Christopher Columbus (1493), William McKinley (1900), Woodrow Wilson (1917), Richard Nixon (1973), and most recently Bill Clinton (1996), phasing out important parts of the favorable federal tax code over a ten-year period ending in 2006 (G.W. Bush). The U.S. did help make Puerto Rico weak, helpless and poorly run by making it a playground for the rich and providing billions to its corrupt officials, but Donald Trump was not part of that.

    Is Kerry an Iranian spy? Jeffrey Varasano

    "John Kerry advised Iran on how to thwart Trump administration policy.

    How is Carter Page a Russian Spy and Kerry isn't an Iranian Spy? I want to see Kerry's bank accounts. Let's knock his door in at 4am, throw him in solitary, find out what he knows, if any money changed hands, if he paid all his taxes on it, if he registered as an Agent of a Foreign Power or lied in any way. Who is his lawyer? Raid his office too. Did his secretary's cousin's barber talk to someone with ties to an Iranian oligarch? Let's ruin his life, go thru his last 10 years of taxes and pressure him to flip on Kerry. I want grand juries, multiple courts, secret wire taps and updates hourly for the next 2 years on CNN with guest panels decrying the end of the republic.

    Where is it? "Our Democracy" is at stake."

    Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Socialism in India

    Amol Kaikini in the WSJ Best of the Web column wonders why journalists never mention that between 1947-1991, India was socialist.  He comments on his life.

    “Mr. Kaikini reports that after graduating from a top engineering school in India he landed what was considered a good job in the Indian economy of the early 1970s. But he and his wife could take little for granted. Mr. Kaikini writes that “when our son was born we increased our daily milk ration. We were spending 70-75% of our take-home pay for food. This is modest food, all cooked from scratch, maybe fish or meat once in two weeks.”

    Mr. Kaikini recalls that “means of production, communication and transport” were government-owned and “operated with unfortunate outcomes. Everything was typically in short supply.”

    He adds: “When I had the opportunity to leave India and live in the U.S. in 1976 I did and have no regrets.” Mr. and Mrs. Kaikini arrived in America with $8 each. “Our first year in the U.S. we worked small jobs until I finished computer school. We could afford to eat anything we wished. What a contrast,” he notes. “We now are happily retired in Brooklyn. Not too many countries reward talent as does the US.””

    Alexander Ioannidis Walks away from the Democrats—Congratulations

    Alexander walk away

    Here is my #WalkAway moment. The top picture is one of me in April of 2016 phone banking for the Sanders campaign. I was a pro-life socialist because my faith tells me to care for poor people. The way Bernie pitched socialism was appealing. I agreed with him and I fell in love. I thought the left held a moral high ground.

    One thing that struck me during that campaign was a comment someone made to me that she would never vote for me in the future unless I respected a woman’s “right” to have an abortion. That comment meant nothing to me at the time, though it should have been a red flag. I was as far to the left as it got and I was taking heat because I disagreed on one issue.

    After President Trump won the election, I was hopeful. I was terrified of what Trump would do, but I hoped that his heart would change and he would be compassionate to people whom I thought conservatives wanted to oppress. I told my comrades on the left that I was hoping Trump would be successful, and they would lash out at me and attack my character because I was “helping empower a fascist.”

    In 2017, I started my business major and I saw how businesses actually helped poor people by creating jobs for them. It made me think critically and for myself. I then saw a PragerU video in a YouTube ad about how socialism ruined Brazil. To this day, it is the only YouTube ad that I have not skipped. This got me more curious and I started reading more about poverty and socialism. As the year progressed, I began to see just how hateful the left was. They hated me because I did not agree with them 100% of the time. As I began to do more research, I got more and more hate from my former comrades.

    Over the last year, I learned that the left just wants people to be dependent so they can stay in power. I learned that the left does not care about minorities, but they want to divide us by race and class to secure our votes. I learned that conservatives see past skin color and only care about upholding liberty and giving everyone an opportunity to live the American Dream. I became disgusted by the hatred the left espoused toward America. I became enamored with America and what a great country it truly was.

    By 2018, I had taken the red pill. The best way to help people is to give them liberty and to invest in them rather than to use government handouts to keep them at the bottom. The left is devious, but I have seen the light. I am now a proud supporter of President Trump. I hope and pray for him everyday, especially that he will become a believer if he is not currently one. This millennial loves America and President Trump, and I am now trying to help others on my campus see the light like I did. I hope and pray that America does not get destroyed by socialism like my parent’s homeland of Greece! I am proud to have #WalkedAway

    John Kerry’s shadow diplomacy


    How Democrats change American English

    Here's how it works, how the anti-American Democrats redefine our language and values.

    1) Proud American = xenophobic, Nazi.
    2) Make America Great Again slogan = anti-immigrant.
    3) Safe restrooms = transphobic.
    4) MS-13 infiltrating junior high schools in DC suburbs = racist, anti-immigrant, xenophobic.
    5) Merit promotion, hard work, skill level (except in sports) = white supremacist.
    6) Male and female God created them = homophobic, transphobic, Trump voter.
    7) Constitutionalist, textualist = anti-woman, misogyny.
    8) Trump voter = deplorable, stupid, uneducated, hater, bigot, racist.
    9) Pronouns he, she, his, her, him = transphobic, should lose job or go to jail
    10) Western civilization is superior = white supremacist, bigot, nationalist, Hitler devotee, Nazi.
    11) Hands on arm, fingers touching = white supremacist, bigot, Nazi.
    12) 4% growth = racist--hates Obama's record

    Why should we taxpayers support Planned Parenthood?


    Snopes skids and slips on this one.  Claims that Planned Parenthood Votes is not the same as the Planned Parenthood, largest abortion provider in the USA.

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    Millions of water bottles found undelivered in Puerto Rico

    Michael Smith says:

    “Puerto Rico is an island in the Caribbean. Islands in the Caribbean are statistically more likely to be hit by a hurricane each year than any other single location in the Western Hemisphere.

    Puerto Rico is a self-governing island, a protectorate of the United States and receives $21 billion in aid each year and received $16 billion in disaster aid to cope with the damage done by Hurricane Maria.

    There are 3.7 million people in Puerto Rico.

    And yet, it is Donald Trump's fault that the Puerto Rican government was not 1) ready for the disaster, 2) had no infrastructure in place to deal with the aftermath and 3) failed at distributing donations and materials sent by aid agencies and the federal government.

    This isn't a failure of Trump or FEMA, this is the legacy of a corrupt government made up of people wanting to be a big fish in a small pond at the expense of the people.”

    The federal government is NOT a first responder.  Democrats pretend it is when a Republican like Bush or Trump are in office, when in fact, it is the responsibility of the governor and the mayors. When a Democrat is in the White House, the media just looks the other way and finds something else to write about like racism, or homophobia.

    Unhinged Democrats

    The Left is completely unhinged, from shooting Republican baseball players, to stabbing Republicans running for office, to a professor shooting himself in the arm as a protest against Trump,  to terrorizing a pro-life journalist and threatening rape of a staffer if Kavanaugh gets her vote. And remember how they blamed Sarah Palin for Gabby Gifford's shooting because she used the word cross-hair in a campaign ad? And Maxine Waters just continues to spew hate for Trump and Pence, encouraging the violence with no condemnation from Dem "leaders."

    September 12

    Today, September 12, marks the founding of a small but mighty organization that helped change the direction of our country--the Intercollegiate Socialist Party in 1905.

    It was created to change the trajectory of the U.S. from being Christian to being Marxist. The list of members is quite remarkable, although not all were at that first meeting at Peck's restaurant in Manhattan and in 1921 its name was changed to the League for Industrial Democracy. Upton Sinclair, Jack London, Clarence Darrow, Walter Lippmann, Walter Reuther, Eugene Debs, W.E.B. Dubois, John Dewey, Felix Frankfurter, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Franklin Roosevelt, Jr. and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

    So don’t underestimate a small group of young people with big ideas. They’ve been very successful over the last 100+ years.

    Notice the names of the authors of the LID propaganda.

    When powerful Democrats like President Obama talk about American values and morals,  I think he’s talking about those of the ISP/LID, and not those taught by Christ.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    Murder as cause of death of pregnant women

    During the Kavanaugh hearings you saw/heard unhinged women and even a few in Congress claiming women will die if Kavanaugh becomes a justice and SCOTUS is faced with interpreting the law instead of making it up or relying on feelings. Those women should know that pregnant women and new mothers are already dying--but it's from murder. And you don't hear a lot about it. (The article cited is from 2001, although there are newer ones from CDC.) First, most of these murder victims are young and black, and unless a policeman somehow factors in, you don't hear much when black men kill their pregnant girlfriends. Second, over 60% of women who have abortions are pressured or forced into it--obviously, not a good Planned Parenthood marketing slogan. And many who refuse, are killed.

    "We found that homicide was the leading cause of death among women who were pregnant ... and accounted for 20% of deaths among that group, compared with 6% of deaths among nonpregnant women of reproductive age," says author Isabelle Horon, DrPH, from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, who conducted a study that looked at pregnancy-associated deaths from 1993 to 1998.

    Coming in second, heart disease was found to account for 19% of deaths during pregnancy.

    JAMA. 2001;285(11):1455-1459. doi:10.1001/jama.285.11.1455

    September 11

    We all know what September 11 means, that scary day in 2001. It was sitting in my office of our home watching TV, and saw the second plane and listened to the amazing TV staff on duty that day.  But in 1988, 30 years ago, there were millions of people who'd been led to believe that September 11-13 (give or take), Jesus was coming back to rapture the church. (And it was the month we settled our mortgage and bought our home in Lakeside which we've been enjoying for 30 years and since we’re not in the group that believes in the rapture we had pretty much ignored the warnings.)  A retired NASA engineer, Edgar Whisenant, wrote 2 books predicting Jesus would return--he sold 4.5 million copies, and enterprising promoters were selling trips to the Holy Land with a beautiful view of the Eastern Gate and Temple Mount. And they ignored, or explained away, Matthew 25:13.

    I fell on the treadmill at the gym, Lifetime Fitness, yesterday. I wasn't injured, just hurt my pride. Another woman, also in her 70s, a cute little brunette, stopped and jumped off her machine, and rushed over to stop mine so I could get off. Otherwise, I might still be dangling. If I hadn't been going there 6x a week, I wouldn't have had the strength to hang on; on the other hand, if I hadn't been going 6x a week, I wouldn't have even been on the darn thing!

    Monday, September 10, 2018

    It’s wild and windy at Lakeside

    I hope our new landscaping can hold up.

    Sept 9 dock

    Anon has been thinking, guest blogger

    "I was thinking;
    If only 11 million people have Obama-Care, how will 24 million people die if it is repealed? Will an additional 13 million people be randomly shot?

    I was thinking;
    If Donald Trump deleted all of his emails, wiped his server with Bleachbit and destroyed all of his phones with a hammer, would the Mainstream Media suddenly lose all interest in the story and declare him innocent?

    I was thinking
    If women do the same job for less money, why do companies hire men to do the same job for more money?

    I was thinking;
    If you rob a bank in a Sanctuary City, is it illegal or is it just an Undocumented Withdrawal?

    I was thinking;
    Each ISIS attack now is a reaction to Trump policies, but all ISIS attacks during Obama's term were due to Climate Change and a plea for jobs?

    I was thinking;
    We should stop calling them all 'Entitlements'. Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, ad nausea are not entitlements. They are taxpayer-funded handouts, and shouldn't be called entitlements at all. Social Security and Veterans Benefits are Entitlements because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.

    I was thinking;
    If Muslims want to run away from a Muslim country, does that mean they're Islamophobic?

    I was thinking;
    If Liberals don't believe in biological gender then why did they march for women's rights?

    I was thinking;
    How did the Russians get Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC to steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders? How did Russia get Donna Brazile to leak debate questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of the debates?

    I was thinking;
    Why is it that Democrats think Super delegates are fine, but they have a problem with the Electoral College?

    I was thinking;
    If you don't want the FBI involved in elections, don't nominate someone who's being investigated by the FBI.

    I was thinking;
    If Hillary's speeches cost $250,000 an hour, how come no one shows up to her free ones?

    I was thinking;
    The DNC is mad at Russia because they 'think' they are trying to manipulate our election by exposing that the DNC is manipulating our election.

    I was thinking;
    If Democrats don't want foreigners involved in our elections, why do they think it's all right for illegals to vote?

    I'm going to quit thinking for a while..."

    I haven’t been able to track down the writer of these—it has appeared on several websites.

    President Obama returns

    Obama raised taxes during a recession, imposed new regulations, spent billions on unworkable programs, ruined the health insurance of millions, racheted up racism like we hadn't seen in 50 years, paid off our enemies, stabbed our friends in the back, created a vacuum for ISIS, weaponized the FBI and IRS against the American people, turned a blind eye to riots and civil disobedience, sneered at our values and religion, created low expectations to guarantee his success, compromised the press, took over the job of Congress when he didn't like their inaction on immigration, and talked incessantly about himself for 8 years. I welcome him entering the race against Trump--it will remind everyone why Trump won.


    Sunday, September 09, 2018

    How Obama blamed backward and forward

    Although President Obama complained for 6-7 years about President Bush and the economy he inherited, you didn't hear him mention the recession Bush inherited. Not the falling economy after 9-11, but the 2000 recession. The reason he didn't use Bush's method to restore stability was Bush had used a TAX CUT, not stealing from Peter the employed to pay Paul the unemployed.  Bush’s method didn't give Washington more power over our lives. Democrats hate, hate, hate for you to keep more of your money to make your own decisions.

    Specifically, EGTRRA of 2001:

    *Increased the tax-deductible contributions people could make to their IRA accounts.
    *Doubled the child tax credit from $500 to $1,000.
    *Expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit.
    *Provided greater tax deductions for education expenses and savings.
    *Reduced the gift tax.
    *Provided relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax.
    *Phased-out the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes so that they were eliminated in 2010.
    *Reduced the “marriage penalty” by doubling the standard deduction for married couples. It also doubled the income threshold for married couples for the 15 percent tax bracket. *Those measures made the tax rates equivalent to what the couples would have had if they were single.
    *Eliminated the planned phase-out of personal exemptions for those earning over $150,000, and the phase-down of itemized deductions for those earning over $100,000.

    And the burst housing bubble of 2007-2008? You can thank the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. Our wise politicians actually believed that if you put a low income worker deeper in debt for a housing mortgage, you could lift the family out of poverty with just the appearance of affluence. They new better than local bankers. What? Require 20% down like our first home loan in 1962? You must be a bigot. And they invited speculators in. Sort of like the current education debt, which no one wants to examine, not even Trump.

    Do you buy from a woke company?

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    It's difficult to make choices when private companies are using wokeness to market--like Target restrooms and Nike shoes--just like they've used the gluten free fad and organic label. It's just capitalism writ large. They know their market is the younger demographic who love to wear their politics on their over priced clothing label. But in the case of being woke, it means they are in collusion, not with the Trump administration, but the shadow government and powerful non-profits that have been at the beck and call of lobbyists and Soros' network for years--the Obama and Clinton holdovers, the lower level civil service who make 93% more than a secular job (at the high school education level). There's a lot of loyalty in that woke crowd and not much knowledge of history.

    Saturday, September 08, 2018

    NFL role model Warrick Dunn

    Warrick Dunn explained  why he started working to help families like Watson’s make a better life for themselves.

    “My rookie year in the NFL, in Tampa, I was challenged by coach [Tony] Dungy,” Dunn said. He told us, ‘If you are going to live in this community, you want to be a part of this community and give back.’ From that challenge, I thought about my mom and her dream of home ownership, and that’s how it all started. We did three homes in 1997, and now we’re up to 159.

    Now wouldn’t Dunn with winner be a better Nike spokesman than Kaepernick, the whiner?

    "Because I have been able to build a reputation as a talented player, I have been able to build futures. Because I am able to play, I am able to make a difference. Because I have been blessed with a talent, I also have been given a responsibility."

    THE ECONOMY: The way to make it grow is really simple.

    1. You create an environment where people have money to spend on goods and services.
    2. You create an environment where jobs are plentiful.
    3. To create jobs, you lower corporate tax rates and regulations to make businesses easier to start or grow and encourage them to bring back business they have taken to other countries because they could make more money there.
    4. You equalize trade to also make it less lucrative to buy from other countries and more lucrative to sell to other countries, thus making AMERICAN MADE more profitable. This also raises the incentive to keep business in the USA and bring it back here meaning American jobs! (Think steel, aluminum, etc.)
    5. When you make America more business friendly (and not via lobbyists buying self-serving votes from congress members for HUGE corporations, but for mom and pop businesses we all frequent daily), those companies can hire more workers, more people are working so there is more money to spend at the small businesses, thus the businesses grow and hire more people.
    6. More people working takes them off government assistance which allows them to better their lives and work towards the American Dream.
    7. Less people on government assistance and more people working brings in more tax money which can be used for what it SHOULD be for, not to keep the poor barely surviving.

    SIMPLE! Takes someone who is a businessman to realize this and make it happen

    Obama, as a community organizer, only knew to throw government money at things that needed money. The boondoggle giant Stimulus Program was just spending more and more money but little came back in. Hiring people with taxpayer dollars (shovel ready jobs) are not permanent and while those people are paying in taxes, their entire salaries COME from tax dollars. Thus the deficit grew like crazy and we were worse off. Jobs were temporary so people were back to unemployed, and on government assistance again. Government jobs are funded by taxes, while private sector jobs are funded by business owners. It is THEIR money backing it, and if they succeed, they do well. If they fail, only they lose.

    Obama believed in subsidizing everything instead of fixing the problem. Solyndra should have been some PRIVATE OWNER'S dream and they should have been the ones to take the fall, not paid for by taxpayers. Supply and demand. Subsidies mean that business isn't working. To make them work, that business owner/board needs to make necessary adjustments to be prosperous, or shut down.

    It's really simple. You bring jobs and business BACK to America. You make it easier to start businesses, not harder. THAT is why the economy, jobs, and the GDP are so good now, not because of Obama's ideas and actions.

    Permission to share Jennifer Rymer Krawsczyn

    Opinion on Obama’s speech

    OPINION: "Labeling the 63 million Trump voters as 'deplorable' and 'irredeemable' didn’t work out for Hillary Clinton when she ran a failed presidential campaign against Trump in 2016. Labeling the same voters as divisive, resentful and paranoid will not work for Democrats in the November midterm elections."

    Obama had a great line in that Urbana speech

    What was that Mr. Obama--the line about you and the media not having the bad relations of Trump and the media?

    "Over the past eight years the [Obama] administration has prosecuted nine cases involving whistle-blowers and leakers, compared with only three by all previous administrations combined. It has repeatedly used the Espionage Act, a relic of World War I-era red-baiting, not to prosecute spies but to go after government officials who talked to journalists." NYT Dec. 30, 2016

    Governors who hate Trump love taking credit for the surpluses, guest blogger

    We have a Republican governor in Massachusetts running for reelection.  Governor Baker is a big time Trump hater.  Massachusetts has had two bad governors in a row so nothing gets done other than more taxes and people leaving the state.  The interesting  advertisements by Baker deal with more jobs created (yes, he takes credit for the Trump economic boom) and a financial surplus of one billion dollars. 

    Surpluses never happen in Massachusetts.  What is this one all about????  Well, we all know the Trump tax bill allows USA corporations to bring back money kept over seas at a now reduced taxed rate.  There was a news item two or three months ago that stated these corporations had brought back $351 B (Billion).  Probably more now as more time has passed.  It has been a bonanza. I don't think the tax rate is responsible by itself for these actions.  The USA capital investment rate is now estimated to be over 10% (I saw another number at 8.5%) because the USA is growing very nicely while Europe is still growing, but at a slowing growth rate that is declining quickly.  China's stock market is moving downward very quickly as well with a 50% drop vs 2015 and a 20% plus drop since the tariff conversations started.

    But here is my point.  The high tax states also have a tax on the monies brought back into the USA.  These states did not drop their taxing rate on the returned monies.  So they all got a wind fall of extra taxation.  So Charlie Baker, governor of Massachusetts., got a 1.2 billion dollar  surprise.  But yet he has the guts to say he did it.  This is just another example of the guts these do nothing politicians can claim and look their voters straight in their face doing so.  Connecticut is worse.  It got a 3 billion dollar surprise.  What did your state get?  95% of the voting public have not an idea of what is going on.

    Friday, September 07, 2018

    To the brave NYT Anonymous

    "The catalogue of Trump’s shortcomings are stale, subjective epithets from nearly two-years of Trump-hating screeds, without any awareness that in terms of actions, progressives like Barack Obama have been much worse. For example, the brave anonymous resister says Trump’s behavior is “detrimental to the health of our republic.” Exactly how have excessive Tweeting, braggadocio, or insults of rivals done more damage to the Constitution’s separation of powers than Obama’s politicizing of the IRS, the EPA, two AGs, the Department of Education, the FBI, and the DOJ?"

    “According to Bob Woodward's new tell-all book "Fear" and a recent New York Times op-ed which was allegedly written by "an anonymous White House official who we are totally not making up," President Donald Trump is an egotistical, mercurial boob who requires constant supervision by others to stave off disaster.


    The accounts may or may not be 100% accurate, but we don't care - other than having a constant undercurrent of mild terror. Because many of us who voted for Trump, however reluctantly, knew all of this about him going in. We weren't really happy about giving the country's reins to a man whose thought process can be likened to a pinball machine, but the only other choice was inconceivably worse.”

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    Unintended pregnancies in the military

    Active duty women in the U.S. military are more likely (one study says 50%) to have an unintended pregnancy than civilian women in the U.S. population (7% compared to 5%). There's no shortage of insurance or education or birth control, the 3 things liberals like to site as the reason we need legal abortion. So why is this? I don't know--but I'm sure there will now be demands for the Department of Defense to pay for abortions.

    Thursday, September 06, 2018

    The PR spin on the sex abuse scandal

    An excellent sermon, but I don’t think many are listening.

    Does the Left publish faulty information?

    How often do leftist media get it wrong? A lot. Note the corrections on this article about ultrasound which appeared in The Atlantic, "How Ultrasound became political." Jan. 24, 2017. Even the amended parts had to be amended. Do these writers know how to use Google to check ordinary facts (skipping the first 10-20 entries which are always biased)?

    "* This article originally stated that there is "no heart to speak of" in a 6-week-old fetus. In fact, the heart has already begun to form by that point in a pregnancy. The article also originally stated that an expectant mother participating in a study decided to carry her pregnancy to term even after learning that the fetus was suffering from a genetic disorder, when in fact the fetus was only at high risk for a genetic disorder. The article originally stated, as well, that Bernard Nathanson headed the National Right-to-Life Committee and became a born-again Christian. Nathanson was active in, but did not head the committee, and was never a born-again Christian, but rather a Roman Catholic. The article originally stated that many doctors in 1985 claimed fetuses had no reflexive responses to medical instruments at 12 weeks. Finally, the article originally stated that John Kasich vetoed a bill from Indiana's legislature, instead of Ohio's legislature, after which the article was incorrectly amended to state that Mike Pence had vetoed the bill. We regret the errors."

    The New York Times anti-Trump Op Ed by Jeffrey Varasano, guest blogger

    The absurd piece in the NY Times today is an admission that

    1) There is a Deep State

    2) The Deep State is engaged in a Coup

    3) Conspiracies can happen and do so often.

    4) The Media often know who the conspirators are and hide

    5) Hiding conspiracies is effective because there's institutional pressure and an old boy club that successfully keeps 90% of insiders inline and brushes aside the occasional truth teller or whistleblower. The idea that conspiracies can't happen because they would be quickly exposed is nonsense.

    6) If the MSM ignores a story, "exposing the truth" has little effect. The truth does not disrupt a conspiracy by exposing it, but ONLY by reaching a high critical mass of attention and that critical mass must spring from an ideological desire plus the courage to buck a trend against often very high risk. Thus conspiracies are not the uncommon thing we have been led to believe. Quite the opposite. This type of conspiracy is as difficult to overturn as any institutional hegemony. Closed clubs only promote the ideologically like minded, so few top insiders have any interest in telling the truth and those few face very high personal risks.

    7) The MSM call us "conspiracy theorists" as a trick to discredit us, because they are in on conspiracies. This is but one of many tactics they employ to render mere exposure ineffective.

    8) There are many conspiracies from the past that are, in effect, lost to history. There are too many 'facts', too many theories and even too many contradictory 1000 page tomes by well meaning writers dedicated to ferreting out the truth, too many club members, too much destroyed evidence, too much fear, too much time, etc. We have been lied to many times. We can know that. But we can't know the truth. There are no institutional systems capable of certifying "the truth" on many issues.

    9) There are many ongoing conspiracies in the present. There are communists, globalists, powerful bankers and hidden string pullers. If pedophilia rings can infect the church on a large scale, they can infect any institution. If global central bankers, business leaders and politicians have global meetings without cameras, they are doing so to further their interests and don't want you to hear what those are. They don't get together for the entertainment.

    10) If hegemonies can span generations then there is no reason to think that hidden conspiracies are any different, since they are a type of hegemony themselves.

    Wednesday, September 05, 2018

    The Fourth estate is looking more foolish than usual

    Yesterday we had media bias at its lowest point in weeks (and they are in the dungeons already) when Kavanaugh turning away from an outstretched had in a room of hundreds of rowdies became the story. Not his amazing ability, not the need for calm and common sense, not even the stupidity of the resistance only having 500,000 pages to look through. And wasn't it just so lucky the camera was pointed directly on a grieving parent he didn't know? Fortunately we had that story about a former Cosby show actor working at Trader Joe's to bring us back to how fine our media are in journalistic sleuthing.

    Kavanaugh has a heart for the poor and homeless—infuriates the Left


    "An observant Catholic, Kavanaugh serves meals to the homeless through a Catholic Charities program and regularly attends church at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Northwest Washington with his daughters and his wife, Ashley, who was Bush’s personal secretary." (Washington Post), which buried this item at the end of an article about how Republican (aka partisan) he is. Also "observant Catholic" is dog whistle language for protects the unborn.

    From helicopter parents to lawnmower parents

    Lawnmower parents go to whatever lengths necessary to prevent their child from having to face adversity, struggle, or failure.

    Instead of preparing children for challenges, they mow obstacles down so kids won’t experience them in the first place.

    Bob Woodward has another book

    "After reading Mr. Woodward's "Bush at War," it seems to me that the U.S. officials who either approved or participated in passing the information—in documents and via interviews—that is the heart of Mr. Woodward's book, gave an untold measure of aid and comfort to the enemy." And that was 2002.

    Now he's at it again. Smearing Trump. He also wrote about Obama's wars but I don't think anyone cared or read the book. Now HE was a Teflon president. I can't even remember how many volumes were in Woodward's exposes of Bush, but I checked our public library at the time and wrote at my blog:

    "UAPL LOVES Bob Woodward and Michael Moore. Oh. my. gosh. They must own stock in those men. Woodward's latest book had 15 copies (I noticed the other day they are ALL on the shelf--nothing checked out--just taking up space collecting dust). I think Farenheit 911 had 17 copies (and it has been proven to have so many errors from a number of sources that I'm surprised they hang on to so many copies.)"

    The Woodward Trump book will sell well to public libraries--most public librarians are Democrats--more so even than the ACLU, Hollywood and Planned Parenthood. Just go in, check the shelves and ask for some balance. Best to have a title in mind, because they rely on review publications, and librarians write the reviews. You pay for this and deserve something you aren't ashamed to have on the coffee table at home.

    Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    I met the Shaw women through blogging 15 years ago. Four sisters, their cousin and their mother who is now over 90 all bloggers. All were pastors’ wives or teachers or both.  They are an amazing family.  Now they are all on Facebook, so I follow and talk to them there. This post is from Facebook and is by Larisa, Carol’s daughter, whose daughter and Carol’s granddaughter, Lily, was diagnosed with cancer over 10 years ago, had passed the important milestones, and then two years ago had a relapse.  She writes:

    September college football, relapse, end of treatment, childhood cancer awareness month!

    I head into September conflicted once again. 10 years ago the first September after Lily was diagnosed I charged into the month determined to raise awareness for childhood cancer.

    The last 10 years hasn’t weakened my resolve, but it has rocked me to the core. The first go around I was filled with the hope and confidence of a fighter in their first fight beating their opponent. Now bloody and tired we are trying to deliver the knock out punch praying cancer stays down on the mat for not sure how much more we can take.

    2 years ago on September 1st I remember feeling almost guilty posting about childhood cancer awareness month as I thought about Lily surpassing the ages of many of the friends we had lost. She was doing so well. I remember telling Deb at a fundraiser I felt we had reached the point cancer didn’t rule our lives.

    That obviously all changed Sept 22 of that year with one blood test. Over the past two years I have waffled between thankful my baby is kicking cancer’s butt for the second time and very mad/sad over the fact she would have to deal with this all again after overcoming so much. I’m mad I couldn’t protect her from that. Mad she has so many horrible side effects. Mad she missed out on so much.

    Many people say cancer parents are so strong. I don’t know how accurate that is. Often I feel like a stronger person would be able to protect their child from the horrors, instead as a cancer mom I am responsible for making sure she gets to and through every single bit of torture that could kill the cancer and then smile and continue life as if this is all normal.

    I count out 20 or more pills a day for my child to take.

    When she hurts I offer up not Tylenol, but oxycodone.

    I thank the nurses when they hook her up to toxic chemo therapies.

    I calmly call over a nurse and doctors when her throat starts closing from infusions.

    I have pushed chemotherapy directly into her blood stream.

    I kiss her forehead and help them position her as she drifts off to sleep so they can inject poison into her spine.

    I sucked dead skin out of her mouth with a small vacuum and hid the flesh that came out so she wouldn’t see how bad it was.

    I’ve helped them hold her down to give painful shots.

    I silence IV pumps when I can’t take the beeping anymore.

    I have stayed up all night to press the morphine button so she will sleep through the pain. Praying she wouldn’t remember the pain and she wouldn’t become an addict.

    I have given multiple shots a day into her abdomen. I have asked her younger sister to give her shots too when I wasn’t there .

    I have smiled and tried not to act like it didn’t make a small part of me feel inadequate when some well meaning parent gave me a homeopathic “cure” that I knew was bogus, but still made me question myself.

    I have brushed out clumps of hair from her head. Twice.

    I have smiled and laughed as they have shaved off her beautiful blonde hair. Twice.

    I have kissed her forehead and caressed her face with the true intentions to see if she has a fever.

    I have remained calm when people have asked what we did to cause the cancer.

    I have told her I needed a shower when really I just needed the water running so I could cry without her hearing.

    People think cancer moms are strong but we are just doing what we have to do.

    I can’t even speak for all cancer moms because while I have done many hard things, I have never had to do and pray I never will have to others.

    Explain to my child what hospice is.

    Hold her hand and kiss her and let her know it’s alright to go.

    Go to her funeral.

    Wake up each day and go to sleep not being able to do all the horrifying things that I’m privileged as a cancer mom to be able to keep doing.

    The true heroes in the battle are our kids. I am as close to her battle as I can be, but never once have I had to actually take all those pills or head off to clinic finally feeling ok after weeks of feeling bad only to get another dose of medicine that will make me feel horrible again.

    While I know as an adult - true friends are hard to come by, it is a hard lesson she had learned now twice that while everyone comes around the initial diagnosis that their lives continue and that when your life is chemo and blood counts it is hard to identify when their lives are homework, boys and sports. Sometimes it leaves you feeling like an outsider just wanting to be part of it.

    Or that when you have no hair, it’s horrifying but it’s also hard when your hair grows back and no one understands the battle you are still raging.

    So it has taken me 3 days into September to figure out what to say. And I still haven’t. I’m pretty sure no one wants to read a depressing post but it’s honestly where we are right now. So, I still have nothing much to say inspirational other than we need a cure. We need to do better for these kids. We need to better support them and their families. And September is our month as childhood cancer fighters to bring that awareness to the forefront.

    I have watched the past couple days while numerous friends have turned FB gold for the kids. Some I know have done it in honor of Lily and that makes my heart sing. We have come so far in 10 years and I appreciate those of you turning FB gold while I have been standing in the corner of the ring trying to figure out how to finish this fight.

    So for September if everyone who follows this page could just do one thing to help the kids fighting this battle. Give a hug to a friend fighting. Take a meal to a patient. Change your FB page gold to support the kids. Make a donation (no matter how small) to an organization that helps find a cure or support families. Just one small gesture will make the difference.