Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veteran's Day

Celebrating our heroes, past and present. Thank you for our freedom.










Arenas

In Matt's last awesome post lewy alluded to all the arenas in which this political fight is being waged. This hit song caught my attention the first time I heard it a few days ago. Interesting. VERY interesting.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

We need to slay the RINO

After Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 I was so disgusted with the political state of affairs that I started to go Republican Party meetings. Imagine my (lack of) surprise when I found that there was no Precinct Committee Officer for my precinct in Seattle. I was appointed to the position.

1994 was a minor year, politics wise. I remember getting an application to be a nominee for delegate to the state convention. I was thinking about it but the deadline had passed by the time I looked closely at the paperwork. My thought was that I snoozed so I loozed.

That year I officially ran for the position of Precinct Committee Officer. Seeing your name on the ballot in the voting booth is actually somewhat anti-climactic. If you have ever seen you name, then you have seen your name.

Come 1996 I was not going to miss out on the chance to be a state delegate. When the paperwork came in I immediately filled it out and sent it in. At the district caucus I found that I was one of about 53 people who had submitted the application by the deadline. Those people who had submitted applications were going to be given the opportunity to speak for a minute to introduce themselves. I announced my support for Alan Keyes and made the statement at the top of this blog, “We cannot sacrifice what is right for what is expedient.” I was the only person who received any kind of applause.

Alan Keyes (biography.com)

Of course, though, we had to be fair to those who missed the deadline so the caucus was opened for nominations from the floor. At the head of the line was the chairman of the "34th District Republicans for Bob Dole." He had gone out and gotten pledges from people to support Dole. This guy stood up and was nominating people five, six, seven at a time. When others started getting tired of his tactic they tried to stop it, to which he gave us a lecture on how we were trying to block the democratic process. We did reach a compromise: he was only allowed to nominate three people at a time.

When all was said and done there were about 151 nominees for delegate to the state convention -- almost three times as many as had submitted their applications on time. There were so many nominees that we stopped having introductory statements by the candidates. I made up my mind that I would not vote for anyone whom I remembered as having been nominated by the Bob Dole pimp. (His main point about Dole was that "we owed it to him.")

I do not remember how many delegates our district was to send to the convention. I was selected as an alternate. I did not to go.

Politics is even scarier than making laws, which is Mark Twain said was scarier than making sausages. I was disheartened  by the process and did not run again in 1996.

How ludicrous is the process? At one Republican county convention, Dan Savage was one of the delegates. He was very vocal.

Dan Savage (dallasobserver.com)

Another scary party of the process is the "secret ballot." Have you wondered why you get calls mainly from campaigns for people whom you would nominally support but not too many from the opposition? That is because one of the tools the political parties use is a printout that shows the voting trends of the people in an area. Do you vote mainly Republican? Mainly Democrat? Split between the parties? These printouts show it.

The system needs an overhaul. The American people did the unforgivable last year by voting for an outsider. Don't we know who are overlords are? How dare we!

We need to hang in there. Keep up the good fight. And keep the faith.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

What Would Happen If....

If you are a registered Republican or a registered Democrat, does your party actual represent YOU? Unless you own a pharmaceutical company, are a bankster or a Wall Street broker, have a cushy gubbermint/union job (or gubbermint/union retirement check), the answer is: probably not.

So...what would happen if all the cart-pullers registered Independent or Libertarian, and quit financing/supporting the Washington uni-party?

Think about it while I make the popcorn.





Monday, October 9, 2017

The Life of a Song

In August, 1985, the worst single-plane air disaster in history occurred when a Japan Air Lines 747 crashed after the failure of an improperly performed repair caused the tail section to break away from the plane in flight. The jet continued to fly about half an hour before it crashed, killing 520 of the 524 people on board. No one died until the plane crashed, so everyone on board knew what fate had in store for them.

Several people wrote notes of farewell to their loved ones. One man wrote a loving note to his wife and put it in his jacket pocket. That man was a beloved Japanese singer, best known for the song “Ue o Muite Arukō,” released on the Japanese label Toshiba in 1961. The song took a rather unusual journey after its release.

Friday, September 29, 2017

This Ain't Jeopardy, Alex

I'm a long time fan of quiz shows.  Jeopardy has been a favourite since my residency in NA although I mourn its obvious dumbing down.  The longest running (I think) quiz show in the UK is called University Challenge.  I was never able to answer a single question when I lived in the U.K.

I will now post an answer from University Challenge:

pi squared over 6

What is the question?

Sadly, I think they are also dumbing down UC as I was able to answer a whole two questions from this episode:




Monday, September 18, 2017

I'm tired

I must admit that I do not follow opposing views very closely. By that I mean that I do not go looking for them; they find me. Today I saw the latest issue of Newsweek. On the cover was a picture of President Trump with a helmet that had four stars on it. The headline: "Can Trump's generals save America, and the world, from Trump?"

Let's see now. Trump is having to deal with North Korea, to whom Bill Clinton gave nuclear weapons on a silver platter and is now threatening to blow up the world. Not far behind North Korea is Iran, to whom Obama gave nuclear weapons on a silver platter and is threatening to blow up Israel and whatever part of the rest of the world not blown up by North Korea.

But President Trump is the problem. As Maxine Waters said, "I'm afraid Trump will lead us into war if North Korea nukes us."

I saw a post of Facebook from a Seattle news station about the person shot, once, and killed in Georgia by a campus police officer. The headline included that the person shot did not use traditional pronouns such as "he" and "she," but rather "they," I guess because that is inclusive. One of the commenters said that society would be better off without police officers because all they do is go around shooting innocent people.

People whose entire lives have pretty much been lived in "safe spaces" are clamoring to to have safe spaces. You know, because the police who would save their sorry rear ends from violent thugs sometimes have to use violence to save their sorry rear ends from violent thugs.

The left had better hope that some modicum of civility remains. If it does not, if things go to hell in a hand basket, then the left will have to go up against people who did not get participation trophies, people who actually had to work for a living and face hardships face-on.

When that happens the left won't know what to do.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Stray Thoughts

I read everything, from Slate to Vox Popoli. Well, perhaps not EVERYTHING; Kos and Stormer are too much for my sensibilities, and I hear through the grapevine that the Stormer losers have been deplatformed (for the record I'm a free speech defender and I don't think "hate" sites should be shut down. How are we supposed to know who the bad guys and the idiots are if they're not allowed to blather?)

The Alt-Right brigade have jumped the shark with all their nationalistic posturing. Da Joos, da Catholics, people of Irish, German, French, etc stock are not "true" Americans according to their ringleaders. Bah. That line of reasoning excludes almost everyone, because many patriotic Americans truly are mongrels. There is no room in their America for me and my family, or my friends and their families. Good luck with that.

The Left have jumped their own shark with their hatred and ridicule of everyone with white skin (among other things). No, you can't have any more of my money. And if you're against "cultural appropriation" give me your car and your pants. Those things were invented by whitey.

More and more I find my views are best expressed by Ben Shapiro. I don't agree with him all of the time, but at least we're in the same ballpark on most things. He did a good job at Berkeley. Milo is doing a good job too. 

Washington is a cartoon, and who knows what the truth is in the headlines. I do know one thing: Trump had better build the wall, or at least make a show out of trying to build the wall. His constituents will turn on him like rabid wolves if he doesn't. Tackling DACA before giving tax cuts to working stiffs is a strategic error on his part, IMHO.

Have we reached the point where we are ungovernable? Maybe. All the grief that the left is hurling at Trump will be returned a hundred-fold if the left succeeds in installing their candidate in 2020. That person will be torn limb from limb, regardless of race or gender, because people have had ENOUGH. 

One thing seems clear to me: the "media", better described as the propaganda wing of the uniparty, will need to be obliterated before we can turn things around. We have a steep hill to climb. FB, Twitter, and other social sites have banned much conservative commentary. None of the right wing sites I'd "liked" on FB a few years ago show up on my page now. None.

I talked to a college-educated white guy the other day who vehemently believes that Trump is cutting all Medicaid care for sick kids who aren't white. I'm not kidding. Progressivism has become a sick, twisted religion rather than a political flavor. The mob wants to jail climate change deniers. Next thing we know they'll be putting people on the rack or burning them at the stake.

Hey, I warned you that these are stray thoughts! 


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fast Forward: What Will Become of Us?

Forget the shit show that is our present.

This is a scene from the shit show that is our future. 

Give me ten minutes, because the Table brings a particularly poignant political sensibility to the backstory. It will be instantly familiar; no explanation is necessary at all.

It's three hundred years from now. A hundred and fifty years ago, a Martian dude named Epstein invented a drive that let humanity colonize the outer system.

And Humanity, bless us, is exactly the same shit show it ever was, except we've spread out to about Saturn.

The U.N. runs Mother Earth. (Duh).

And the U.N. is sending its most ruthless insider, Chrisjen Avasarala, to discover the motives of a terrorist fugitive: James Holden.

We zoom in on Chrisjen approaching the separatist compound of the one person who can explain James: his mother, Alice Holden – a distant grand-niece of Lady Red!!!

[Yeah. I made that part up. But just give me ten minutes and tell me if this doesn't work.]