November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Remember the reason for the day.

November 27, 2019

White man, check your privilege.

Ugh. At least Lauren Chen debunks the rationale if not the idea.

Democrat strike three coming soon

Strike 1: the final release of the Mueller report flopped for Democrats.  No collusion.

Strike 2: Adam Schiff's Ukrainian impeachment hearing made voters shift away from favoring impeachment.  Adam Schiff is the perfect way to turn any voter watching him off.  He's arrogant, not smart, secretive, untrustworthy and weird looking.  But then again he balances all that out by being abrasive, so I get why Democrats thought he could handle a public hearing. Wait, what?

What do sane Democrats (if there are any at this point) want next?  Surely not a strike 3, right?  RIGHT?


Jerry Nadler is going to be the final nail in the coffin of Democrat chances for not only the presidency in 2020, but also for Congress.  Democrats it seems did not learn from the Republicans' failure to impeach Bill Clinton in the Senate in 1998.  Nor did they learn from their own recent two strikes on Trump impeachment.  They want another swing at the ball.

Now Jerry Nadler is no Adam Schiff, but he's still Jerry Nadler.  That is to say he's a step up from Adam Schiff but he needs to be about 20 steps up, and he's not.

The Democrat strike three is about to happen.  It is remarkable that they are going to go through with this folly.

November 25, 2019

Michael Bloomberg enters the race, crickets ensue

Nobody outside of Michael Bloomberg's immediate family want him to be president, and I can't even say with certainty that his family want him to win.  It might just be him.  Democrats have moved so far left that because he's a billionaire he will be despised by Democrat voters and attacked by fellow candidates.

Of course conservative voters want nothing to do with the man whose platforms and policy positions are simply inane.

But Bloomberg has one thing going for him.  Actually, it's billions.  If he wins it will be because he spends his way to victory.

Let me say this now: He will not win.  He won't win the presidency and he won't even win the nomination. He cannot spend his way to victory.  Hillary Clinton tried to spend her way to victory in 2016.  She failed.  She did not engage voters or even the media.  Maybe Michael Bloomberg will learn from that and back up his money with engagement. But, uh, a video of him sitting in what seriously looks like a wheelchair saying he is entering the race is almost creepy and does not bode well for that theory.  He looks all of his 77 years.  He does not have president Trump's energy or the charisma level of a potted plant.

He won't win the primary.  His candidacy is being portrayed as a panic situation by the Democrat establishment by Republicans but if that's true the person hurt most will be Joe Biden, whose candidacy is probably dead in the water already.  This is so bad for Democrats you almost have to wonder if it's a Republican idea.

If Bloomberg has to wage war on other Democrat candidates to have a chance of making waves in the crowded candidate field, it will get messy.  And no matter who emerges they will be so badly damaged that they won't be able to win. As a conservative, this announcement is good news.

Hong Kong democratic reformers win historic victory

Democracy scored a victory in Hong Kong over the weekend.  Via CNBC:
Hong Kong’s democrats scored a landslide majority in district council elections, which saw a record turnout after six months of anti-government protests, increasing pressure on the Chinese-ruled city’s leader on Monday to listen to calls for democracy.

Sunday’s elections marked a rare weekend lull in the sometimes violent unrest, with democratic candidates securing nearly 90% of the 452 district council seats, broadcaster RTHK reported, despite a strongly resourced and mobilized pro-establishment opposition.
So now what?  China is not going to pleased with this. The communist party did not want a result like this: high turnout and a thrashing of their preferred candidates.  This is as much a threat to democracy in Hong Kong as it is an opportunity.  It's too early to tell what China will do but my suspicion is that they will attempt under-the-radar ways to sabotage the fledgling democratic reform government, at least initially.  If that fails to accomplish their goals of re-totalitarianizing (I made up that word) the city, perhaps harsher methods might follow.

It's important for the city to get it right, and it's important at this point for president Trump to vocalize support for the winners.  Yes there are trade implications for doing so but it really is important because China has become used to steamrolling their way to getting their way.

Media want to destroy the messenger, Devin Nunez

I woke up this morning and Headline News was playing on my television. Trust me, that was an accident.  The story they were breathlessly reporting was that Republican Devin Nunez, a brilliant and stalwart defender of president Trump as much as a shiner of light onto Democrat lies and corruption (my words not theirs), was trying to work with Ukrainians to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

Turns out it is so false, that Devin Nunez is going to be taking CNN to court.  

Interestingly the Headline News (A CNN company) had the same Fox graphic showing in their story but were positioning it as though Fox News too were reporting the Devin Nunez bombshell in the exact same way.  If you watch the video, the point of the interview was exactly the opposite point of what HLN was saying. The depth of the media lie is shocking.

November 24, 2019

November 23, 2019

November 19, 2019

Lt. Col Vindman lied in his deposition

Devin Nunes catches Lt. Col. Vindman being directed not to out the Trump Ukraine whistleblower  by Adam Schiff and not answer Nunes question.  Except in his deposition Lt. Col. Vindman said he did not know who the whistleblower was.

November 18, 2019

Ukraine impeachment debunked

Ukraine impeachment debunked, by a lawyer no less.

Taking a run at Bill Maher. Yes, now.

It's been a long time since I've bothered to comment on Bill Maher.  Recently he came to the conclusion that a Civil War II is not far off if people continue to hate each other and it would be a good idea to tone things down.  What better time than now to criticize for me to him?

For context, here's his recent soliloquy on the topic of getting along, fraught with problems as it is:

It's insulting, it's demeaning all the while it's trying to recommend that we all just get along. What he means by it, when he says "Let it go." is that liberals are going to have to learn to let go of their attempted owning of conservatives. Alright, his audience is mostly rabidly liberal, so I guess I get the slant. But what he says still raises two issues. (1) Why now? (2) He's still not practicing what he preaches.

Why now? I think that's obvious. While Bush 43 was president, while McCain and Romney and even further back Bob Dole and even Bush Sr. were running for president or were president, there was no push back on the vile vitriol from the left directed towards conservatives. Conservatives have been the whipping boy of the left for decades. We've longed for Ronald Reagan 2.0 since he left office because he was almost magical in his ability to rise above the attacks, and at the same time be eloquent and presidential. But even he was attacked as a dumb guy by the left. So that void of push back finally got filled. We wanted Reagan 2.0 but we got president Trump.

And you know what, most of us on the right are pretty happy with how it's turned out. No he doesn't exude the presidential aura of Reagan. He doesn't possess the same eloquence or the same likability. But he does possess other qualities. He exudes confidence. He's a fighter. He does not back down. He believes in America. He pushes back. And he's unapologetic.  We'll forgive him his coarseness and bull in a China shop approach to draining the swamp.  Hell, we even want the latter because it's about the only way it's going to get done.

In addition to all of that , his backbone has slowly begun to infuse conservatives of all stripes to push back too. Outside of a few notable exceptions like Rush Limbaugh, push back is something abused conservatives have not done loudly or strongly enough, if at all, for decades. The silent majority has been so silent, we are barely a majority now. So now that we are fighting back, just like a bully, suddenly Bill Maher is saying, to paraphrase, 'hey let's all tone it down here'. 

No. You've owned the bully pulpit for so long, we are not about to step back from speaking our minds now that we are not afraid to do so. Remember this is the same Bill Maher who is saying George Bush wasn't so bad, but also said back in 2006 was saying Bush should be impeached.

Guess what Bill, we are not afraid of you any more.  

And when you continue to dump all over half the country WHILE you are telling liberals to tone it down to avoid a civil war, you are being a hypocrite Bill Maher, a hypocrite with a capital F. Why should we back down when you continue to berate us?  And why would liberals tone it down at your behest just because you say so, and call us scum at the same time?  You are motivating them to continue too.  We don't buy it Bill.

Bill Maher tells his audience that the intractable stubbornness of conservatives is not because they are ignorant but that it comes from hate.  Hold a mirror up to your side Bill - everyone from ANTIFA to yourself are consumed by hate.  And it's a hate of people.  What conservatives are filled with is a desire for a more free society, a more Constitutional Union, economic prosperity.  

And all of that comes from an intellectual understanding of history, economics and law (among other things).  It does not come from our feelings.  Let me also add science to that mix.  Anti-intellectualism on the left on climate science is rife with "the science is settle", "the debate is over".  No. it's really not.  If that's your argument and it's not backed by factual evidence, which conservatives can produce, then it's become a religion based on faith and nothing more.  Scientific debate is healthy.  Stop demonizing us for stupidity when we have come prepared to debate you, minus the slander and feelings-based arguments.  Maybe it's just another part of the reason you are afraid of a civil war.  It's convenient for you to ignore the intellectual right, just as it is to ignore the thuggish "knuckle-dragging" parts of the left.

And stop being disingenuous  by saying that you were never afraid of Bush locking up reporters, implying that president Trump will.  That's beyond stupid.  It has not happened for 3 years despite the fact that liberals have wanted president Trump impeached, jailed or even executed.  That's hypocrisy.

Stop imbuing Bush with nobility for wishing that Obama succeeded when liberals have wanted Trump out since the day he was elected and have been working on it since election night.  That too is hypocrisy.

America needs a civil war - of ideas.  It's been a war that only your side has been fighting and we've had enough.  If you want to back down now, fine, roll back all of your past mistakes, otherwise accept that we are not done pushing back.  We are however done with your derision, your lecturing, your more-virtuous-than-thou signalling to fellow liberals and conservatives alike.  You were right about one thing - we are not going away.  We are pushing back because we have been abused by liberals for too long to keep quite about and our beliefs now. We welcome you to debate us; a democracy thrives on debate and ideas.  

November 17, 2019

November 16, 2019

November 15, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - Simple Minds, post 80's

The last several weeks I have featured songs from the 1990's which was my least favorite decade of music (at least until the 2000's hit).  Simple Minds had a strong run during the 1980's but See The Lights from 1991 was a good song, reminiscent of their heyday with a hint of wistful remembering in it.

November 13, 2019

The Ukraine Impeachment opened and then this...

Devin Nunes brings it:

This hearing is a farce and anyone paying attention knows it already.  Still, it's important to put this information out there for the mainstream media to ignore.

November 10, 2019

November 9, 2019

November 8, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - U2

By 1991, the band U2 had established themselves as the biggest band in rock music at the time.  One was a huge hit for them that year.

Friday Musical Interlude - No More I Love You's

Annie Lennox, 1995.

November 7, 2019

Kudos to Tim Pool for reporting this

Leaked emails expose impeachment and Joe Biden, Trump may have been right about corruption the whole time. Well yes, we know that. But progressive leaning Tim Pool, who deserves credit for being a truth seeker, deserves acknowledgement for point all of this out:

Project Veritas Strikes Again

Yes, I'm a little late to the party on the latest Project Veritas expose of ABC News' suppression of it's own Jeffery Epstein expose.  It's important that this gets shared as much as possible, so here's my part in reposting it.

Yale, Moody's and Oxford Economic Polls Show President Trump Winning in Landslide in 2020

These are good signs but I'm worried we are getting a bit overconfident on the right. We should be treating this election as a tough battle coming our way if we really want to win it.

Stuart Varney: Warren has made the Democrats unelectable

Stuart Varney argues that Elizabeth Warren has dragged the Democrats so far left, they have become unelectable. 

While there's a point to be made there, I'm worried that a lot of conservatives and Trump supporters have convinced themselves that a 2020 Trump victory is a foregone conclusion.  That's not a healthy way to approach the election. In fact it's dangerous.

Gingrich: American businesses should exit China

Newt Gingrich is not wrong.

Tom Shillue parodies Adam Schiff

This creeps for itself.

November 3, 2019

November 1, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - Linger

The Cranberries single Linger from their debut album in 1993.

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