Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Refreshing Chaos

The concern about the vote for the Speaker of the House isn't about who wins as such but rather that we are told to hold our noses and accept the anointed even though we know it will do little to benefit us.. 

The news out of Washington tonight is that the House has adjourned without having elected a new Speaker. This is the first time that the process has gone to multiple ballots in 100 years. We are told that this will keep the government from functioning. That would suggest that the governmet is functioning now. 

It is one thing for the MSM to comment on it in their usual fashion. NBC News puts it this way:

A band of ultraconservative rebels on Tuesday blocked House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy from securing the speaker’s gavel....

and

Neither McCarthy allies nor his hard-right enemies are backing down. 

(Emphasis mine)

For a news organization to speak in such terms is no surprise. However, it is troublesome when people such as Newt Gingrich seem to echo their sentiments. Gingrich says this fight will cause chaos. 

So what? The last thing the country needs is another Vichy Republican Speaker.

                                 Why must we support the Marshal Petain of the House GOP?

I do not care if a majority of the House GOP Caucus supports Kevin McCarthy. We do  not need another John Boener or Paul Ryan. It is one thing for a Nancy Pelosi to take actions that are an anathma to everything we stand for -- we expect that from a Democrat. It is anohter when the people who supposedly share our values cave on issues we find important. We are well aware of the standard operating procedure of the GOP ruling class: say what you need to say to get elected, then forget everything you said.

We are being fed the same arguments that are used to dissuade us from forming a third party: the status quo does little for us but it will be the end of the world if we go against the status quo.

It is about time we had a little chaos. It is refreshing to see that we have some Republican House members who are looking out for the interests of the voters and not supporting the out-of-touch elites.



Wednesday, November 9, 2022

How does that work exactly?

Yesterday, I voted in person for the first time since probably 2006. Here is how it went:

When I arrived there were about ten to fifteen people in line in front of me. When it was my turn, I checked in with an election worker. I gave him my driver license -- that despicable piece of "picture ID" we have been warned about. He confirmed my address and placed my license in a machine to scanned it. Horror of horrors!

He gave me two sheets of paper that were blank on one side. On the other side were an arrow and two black rectangles. He also handed me a green slip of paper with an access number. I went to a voting booth.

In that booth was some sort of computer. I entered my access number. Before I started voting I was instructed to insert one of the sheets into the printer portion of the machine. That sheet just sat there as I voted. 

For every race, whether it was for a political position or a ballot measure, there was one page on the screen. There were eighty-eight (88) such pages. After that there were twelve pages of lists  of races where there were no competing candidates so the lone candidates were considered elected. In total there were one-hundred pages for me to go through. When I was done with the one-hundred pages the screen showed me all of my selections. I confirmed that they were correct.

I indicated I was done. I pushed a button to feed the first sheet of paper through the computer. My selections were printed on the back. When that was done I was instructed to insert the second sheet so it, too, could have my votes printed on the back.

Then I took my two sheets of paper to the front of the room and insert them in the tabulator.

My good deed for the day

Here's why I tell you this: The State of Arizona apparently elected a Governor who campaigned about as much and generated as much excitement as did Joe Biden in 2020. Maricopa County, home of Phoenix -- Arizona's largest city, had problems with their tabulators. I do not know if Arizona uses the same system as does Texas, or at least Harris County. However, if it is not the same system, I am sure it is similar. That means that when the tabulating machines were "not working," voters gave their ballots to an election official -- ballots with all a voters choices printed in plain text. We were then assured that "all legal votes would be counted."

Why is it that Democratic controlled areas seem to have a hard time getting their voting machines to work? A post yesterday on 100percentfedup.com said that exit polling showed many more Republicans than Democrats were voting in Maricopa County and observed:


Early on, there were issues in Maricopa County, Arizona, as voting tabulators went down. Maricopa County is one of the key counties that decide elections in Arizona and across the United States. In precincts across the county, tabulators have either gone down completely or are ‘misreading’ ballots. People have speculated that the precincts where voting machines are down are disproportionately Republican precincts.

 

NBC News says Arizona also re-elected Mark Kelly as Senator.

I hate to say it, but election officials seem to have no interest in assuring people that elections are fair and above board. Is it too much to ask to have honest elections with no appearance of impropriety?

I guess it is.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Requiescat in Pace

There are other much more capable than I to reflect on the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, but please accept my humble attempt to honor one who represented what is good in the world.

To begin I must say that I do not understand the Monarchy. Or, should I say I understand it, but I don't understand it. I do not see how one family can be considered to be so superior to every other that the destiny of a country is put in that family's hands. I say that about the Windsors. I say that about the Kennedys, the Bushes, the Clintons, the Obamas and -- yes -- the Trumps.

I rather doubt the Monarchy would have survived Edward VIII. Edward represented the selfishness that is now on full display in Harry and Megan. There was enough opposition to the Monarchy even back then that if the UK under Edward had been on the winning side in World War II -- which is doubtful -- people would have been so tired of the status quo that they would have clamored for a new social structure. As it is, there are not many things that can compare to the Second World War as an impetus for British social change.

As it turns out Edward was not the Monarch during such a pivotal time in his country's history. He abdicated in 1936, making his younger brother, the stuttering second son Albert -- otherwise knows as George VI -- the King.

George was never expected to be King -- but he became King anyway. He stepped up to the position before one of the most perilous times in British history. He stepped up and became the leader that a war-time country needed. Right behind him was his daughter, Elizabeth.

Early in the war, at the age of 14, the young Elizabeth was called upon to speak to British children who had been sent abroad to escape the horrors of war.

 

Elizabeth did not hide behind her title during the war. She was a truck driver and a mechanic. When Germany surrendered in 1945, Elizabeth did not want to remain in her royal conclave. Elizabeth sneaked out to be among the people.

In 1947, Elizabeth celebrated her twenty-first birthday. On that day, she made a vow to the British Commonwealth.

 
 
The vow that Elizabeth made seventy-five years ago was a vow that she took seriously and lived up to every day of her life. Elizabeth became Queen when her father died at age 56 in 1952. If there ever was a Monarch who exemplified what a Monarch should be, it was Elizabeth. She stood by her people. She was a strong and compassionate leader as the world stumbled into the future.

The United Kingdom, in fact the world, owes a debt of gratitude to the Queen who was a guiding light for seventy years.

I do not understand the Monarchy. However, I do honor Queen Elizabeth II. Her passing is another step into a future that hopefully will find another as inspirational as she.

May she rest in peace.


Saturday, August 13, 2022

The connection between certain apples and their trees is not important.

After I married my wife, a Canadian citizen, we considered it more practical for me to move north than for my wife to move south. I never intended to nor considered  renouncing my American citizenship. I still considered myself to be a proud American. When I had to renew my Canadian Permanent Resident Visa I had to go in for an interview. The person I talked to said that the US did allow dual citizenships. (In some situations that was true, but not in mine.)

To check out my options, I researched the subject. I found an interesting tidbit: if I became a citizen of another country, my adult son would not be able to get any kind of security clearance from the United States government.

I have seen a number of online discussions about the many felonies committed by Hunter Biden and, while we hear about how he is under investigation, nothing of significance has happened. Hunter Biden has not been subject to a search warrant and had thirty armed FBI agents spend hours going through his home.

"Hunter Biden is not and nor ever will be President." Yeah? And your point is?

I have never been offered a position on the board of a foreign company in an industry I know nothing about that would pay me tons of money.  I acknowledge that such an offer may have been lost in the mail, but I am guessing that no such offer was ever sent. I have not received a million dollars or so from the wife of a Russian official. I have not received millions of dollars from Chinese companies. However, I can name someone who has.

Hunter Biden.

Hunter "Not The President" Biden (Photo: NY Post)

Don't forget about Hunter's connection with and the ten per cent for  "the Big Guy."

But Hunter Biden is not nor ever will be President. That may be true, but that does not mean that he is not a conduit to influence someone when he was Vice President and is now President. It does not erase the video of Joe Biden bragging how he blackmailed the Ukraine government into firing a prosecutor who was looking into the business dealing of the company that handsomely paid his son. There is a definite connection whether the left wants to acknowledge it or not.

Donald Trump is the bad guy, though. He was seen taking boxes out of the White House. Because of that the FBI raids his home with a warrant allowing them to take any piece of paper dated anywhere from January 20, 2017 to January 20, 2021.

The Attorney General of the United States, Merrick Garland, has said that he will not "stand by silently" and allow people to question the integrity of the FBI. What are you saying, Mr. Garland? The beatings will continue until morale improves? You have already suggested that  people who question school boards are domestic terrorists. It seems that anyone who has ever said the Pledge of Allegiance is considered a threat to national security. Maybe if the alphabet agencies did not act like secret police for the ruling class there would not be this criticism.

Merrick "The Enforcer" Garland (Photo: NY Post)

Vote this November. Get involved. We must shine spotlights under every rock these people may crawl under. Let the light of day be the antiseptic that cleanses the nation.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Just because you are paranoid does not mean they are not out to get you.

Years ago I had a friend whose father was a somewhat controversial high ranking officer with the San Francisco Police Department. One evening I was talking to my friend on the phone and we heard a 

-click-

Jokingly I asked my friend, "What was that?"

He replied, "Oh that was the FBI."

-CLICK-

Neither one of us said anything for a second. We thought we were joking, but the realization that we may not have been was a bit sobering.

Now we move ahead forty plus years to today. We have a someone in the White House who barely came out of his basement to campaign two years ago and had trouble filling a phone booth with supporters when he did; a candidate who was trailing in many states when counting closed for the night but was magically ahead when counting resumed in the morning yet somehow received more votes than anyone else in history -- beating an opponent who also received more votes than anyone else had previously received.  

Since 2016 the FBI investigated how Donald Trump had colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election, basing the investigation on information they knew to be untrue. 

The FBI falsified documents to get FISA warrants. 

The FBI lied to an associate of President Trump, telling him he did not need an attorney because it was an informal interview. They were just looking for information, but when that person gave off-the-top-of-his-head answers (and the FBI manufactured paperwork after the fact), he was prosecuted for lying to the FBI and was told that if he did not plead guilty his son would face criminal charges. 

Officials of the FBI communicated their intention to stop a Trump Presidency -- the same FBI that took it upon itself to not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton after the Attorney General had a secret meeting with Bill Clinton. 

Now the FBI gets a search warrant for the home of a former President. They refused to allow Trump attorneys to keep a copy of the warrant. The FBI told Trump associates to turn off security cameras so the FBI cannot be recorded while they conduct their search. Once it as discovered that the cameras were not turned off the FBI demanded the recordings. They broke open a safe that turned out to be empty. They spent a great deal of time searching through the wardrobe of Mrs. Trump.

The FBI did not intend to cause a "political fiasco." No, their intention was to silence political opposition.
 

"Oh, but the FBI had to have evidence and get a judge to sign off on the warrant." Yeah, a judge who made campaign contributions to Barack Obama; a judge who has a social media history of anti-Trump remarks. 

How many times have we seen photos of  the "Patriot Front" at conservative rallies with people wearing the same color shorts, shirts, and sunglasses that look nothing like the average Joe but look suspiciously like planted FBI agents.In one case one such individual had a bullhorn marked "FBI."

 Nothing suspicious here, folks. Move along.
 

Today there supposedly was a shooting of an FBI office in Ohio. I am not sure how this will go, but I am guessing that the shooter will evade capture if he is an FBI plant or won't be identified if he is a left-wing agitator. If, by some small chance, he turns out to be a conservative, that will be used to show that the government is right to crack down on right-wing extremism. You remember how often we were told not to judge all Muslims for the violent actions of one, even if many other Muslims were in the streets celebrating that violence? Well, forget about it. The FBI director has called threats "deplorable and dangerous." The same people who did little as cities burned two years ago suddenly have their knickers in a knot that people are unhappy. Better send armed guard to school board meetings to silence people who are unhappy about their daughters being raped.

Congress does not need to question Merrick Garland about this raid on Mar-A-Lago raid. To save time, I could go to Washington tomorrow and testify in his place. I know the drill:

I have no information about that.

I do not know the answer to that question.

I cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.

Many people are saying that we should not overreact.  I understand that. But even if we meekly submit we will still be seen as dangerous. We should bide our time and make our voices heard at the ballot box in November.  We need to watch locations where ballots are collected or counted. Take video of everyone and everything entering those locations.

Conservatism should win in November. When that happens we will still hear the groaning and gnashing of teeth about how the election was stolen and how a chill has taken over the country.

We need to obey the law. We just need to make sure that the real insurrectionists on the left do as well.

 

Thursday, June 23, 2022

I am confused

I like to think that I have a modicum of intelligence, but sometimes I see things that just make no sense to me.

Thursday, the Supreme Court of the United States threw out a New York law that required a person to prove they had a "proper cause" for getting a permit to carry a concealed gun.

Clarence Thomas wrote majority decision Photo: https://conservativefighters.org

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority, stating

We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant's right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self defense.

Of course, leftists across the country are having fits. Even though the Second Amendment of the Constitution specifically says

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,

a number of people feel that state and local governments should be able to write laws that restrict that right. Kamala Harris tweeted:




Today's Supreme Court ruling on guns is deeply troubling as it defies commonsense and the Constitution. Lives are at stake. Congress should pass the bipartisan gun safety proposal immediately and continue to do more to protect our communities.
 
How does that violate the Constitution?
 
New York Governor Kathy Hochul slammed the decision, claiming that it puts people in danger.
 
Does this make any sense?
 
The good governor said
Does everyone understand what a concealed weapon means? That you have no forewarning. That someone could hide a weapon on them and go into our subways, go into our grocery stores up in Buffalo, New York where I am from, go into schools in Parkland or Uvalde. This could place millions of New Yorkers in harms way.

The Manhattan subway shooter was in New York City -- known for its strict gun laws. The Buffalo grocery store shooter was in New York State, also known for its strict gun laws. These shootings happened on your turf Governor with the restrictions that heretofore were in effect. What did those laws do other than let the shooters know that they would face no opposition?

The schools in Parkland and Uvalde to which you refer are gun free zones. No law abiding person would have been able to enter without breaking existing laws. Both those shootings continued while the first police on the scene cowered outside except for one Uvalde officer who tried to rescue his wife but was disarmed and detained. In other words, those police that leftists have not succeeded in defunding proved to be useless in protecting the most vulnerable.  

Is Governor Hochul familiar with the case Castle Rock v. Gonzales where the Supreme Court ruled that police are under no obligation to protect individuals?

In 2016, John Stossel did a video outlining the issues with getting a gun permit in New York City.
 
Peons need not apply.
 
What it all boils down to is that leftists are upset that the Supreme Court said that something that the Constitution specifically says is what the Constitution specifically says.

Meanwhile, leftists have their knickers in a knot about how Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization may result in overturning Roe v Wade. They say that Roe is established case law and therefore carved in stone never to be overturned. Apparently they think Plessy v Ferguson should still be applied and that Brown v Board of Education was an illegitimate decision. If not then they are upset that the Supreme Court ruled that something that the Constitution does not specifically says is not specifically said in Constitution.

Currently, the only thing that applies to Federal laws regarding abortion is found in the Tenth Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The contradiction befuddles me.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Whacha talkin' about, Biden?

Back in my radio days, it was considered good practice to pre-read anything before reading it live on the air. 

I often would not heed that advice. One such time was when I was reading a story about Muhammad Ali having a match with a sumo wrestler. In the middle of a paragraph, the subject of the story became an upcoming Grand Prix race. The next paragraph switched back to the Ali match. That was a bit embarrassing to work my way around that live on the air.

This came to mind when I was listening to President Biden speaking at the latest PR disaster involving the administration. As shown in the beginning of the following video, Biden gets lost in his delivery. As I listened, I got the impression that he had never seen the words on the teleprompter before in his life.

I could drop a book on the floor and had a better time finding my place.

It is hard to understand why this happens. Are the President's handlers keeping the contents a secret from him? By doing this, it makes it more likely the Biden will speak off the cuff and say things that his spokespeople -- if they don't pass it off by saying they never heard him say that so they can't comment -- have to "clarify" or claim he that he did not mean what he clearly said.


...hear no stupidity....
 
The President has such a hard time keeping his train of thought on line that late-night sycophant Jimmy Kimmel cuts to a commercial to contain the toxic spill from the derailment.

 

"I hear the train derailing...."
 
What we are witnessing is sad. Hopefully we can start repairing the tracks in November.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Nah, it couldn't be

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is very concerned about the safety of the Canadian people. To further the issue of safety, The PM's Liberal Party has introduced legislation to ban the selling, buying, or transfer of handguns in the country.

Thank you for your concern, Mr. Prime Minister.

How bad is the gun violence problem in Canada? According to Statista.com, there were 277 homicides by firearms in Canada in 2020. As for gun deaths overall, GunPolicy.Org says there were 695 firearm deaths in Canada in 2018 -- part of an up and, mostly, down trend since 2000.

Yes, the Prime Minister has the best interests of the Canadian people at heart -- the same Prime Minster who feels it is his job to weigh in on what views are not acceptable.

Speaking like a good man of the people.
 
Yes, the best interests of Canadians are of paramount interest to the good Prime Minister. To that end, the Trudeau government has authorized the Province of British Columbia to virtually decriminalize hard drugs. 

Why shouldn't they? After all, in the first ten months of 2021, there were only 1,782 deaths by overdoses in British Columbia alone. The wisdom of the Canadian governments is that it is better that six times more people die from overdoses in BC than are killed by homicide with a fire arm in the entire country, two-and-a-half times more than people killed by guns for any reason.
 
The reason for this is because having drugs be illegal makes addicts feel bad about themselves.
 
Don't you feel better already?
  

The argument could be made that drug addiction is a mental health problem. It could also be argued that the War On Drugs has done more to militarize governments from local to national levels. However, does giving tacit governmental approval for drug use do anything to combat the problem? Would authorities be just as open minded for possession of alcohol in a public park?

Let's make it easier for people to shirk personal responsibility, while making those who shoulder such responsibility pay for the results. It couldn't be that governments want to be able to micromanage the populous, making sure we are too stoned to realize what is happening -- could it?

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Stay of Execution

After one of the worst roll-outs since the Edsel, the Department of Homeland Control, I mean Homeland Security is putting its ill-conceived Disinformation Governance Board on pause.

Even this was more successful that the DGB. Photo: Personal collection

This comes after wannabe musical star Nina Jankowicz  became more well know for serving up more Whoppers than Burger King about such stories such as the Hunter Biden laptop and the Christopher Steele Dossier.


Wouldn't play in Peoria.

The blame for all of this is being placed on those pesky American citizens who, for some unexplained reason, objected to a government agency being the arbiter of truth. How dare they labor under the mistaken notion that the purpose of the First Amendment is to allow people to be express commentary on current affairs? 

Why shouldn't Jankowicz be trusted? After all she worked for the "independent"  Woodrow Wilson Center,  named after the only President in American history to be even more cognitively impaired than Joe Biden.  She believes in Freedom of Speech, as long as the government, or at least acceptable people control it.

 

What could ever go wrong?

We have been assured by no less a luminary than Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas that the board would only be concerned with disinformation from foreign sources. Somehow that is not not very comforting considering that we were told that the Hunter Biden laptop story was a Trump Campaign trick based on Russian disinformation. Once the government declares that something is Russian of foreign disinformation, even if it is factual information from a domestic source, what is to stop the government from silencing it? Isn't that what the First Amendment is supposed to prevent?

 Be assured, though, that there is no reason for concern. After all, the Disinformation Governing Board will have no operational authority. 


The DGB has no operational authority, but they will give information to those who do.

The government should not have this kind of overt power. All the government has to do is label honest domestic dissent as foreign disinformation, then all bets are off. Once the government takes that power, there is no way for citizens to pull it back.

Given the history of the past few years with government and political malfeasance, we cannot afford to take the risk.




Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The more we're told, the less we know

The situation in Ukraine has many people scratching their heads. Not all people, but many. There are those who say that we should demand that the United States declare war on Russia and every able bodied person from 18 to 60 be drafted to fight a holy war against Ivan the Terrible. It is odd that many of those people supported Communist North Viet Nam fifty-five years ago. Maybe they invested in the Military Industrial Complex and now believe having the United States involved in never-ending wars is a good thing.

I still don't know what to make of the situation in Ukraine. Perhaps I could read more about it, but I have little confidence that anything I read has any degree of accuracy. We were told about the Ukrainian pilot who heroically protected his homeland until he was killed in action in March.  Now we find out that he never really existed.

Another thing we have been told is that Vladimir Putin is threatening to start a nuclear war if he does not get is way in Ukraine. Is that true, or is that hyperbole? It would have been one thing for the Soviet Union to nuke the United States which was a hemisphere away, but would Russia want to flatten a country with nukes that is on its door step? That almost seems like burning a your house down to get rid of a wasps' nest.  

Vladimir Putin Photo: The Moscow Times

There might be something to lend credence to that story, though. There are reports that Putin will be undergoing cancer surgery and "temporarily" hand over power to Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev, reportedly a hard-liner and Putin's "only truly trusted person and friend in the system of power." While that might seem like he would continue Putin's actions, it also seems like a Soviet thing to do. "Things are going to Hell in a hand-basket? Well, time to find a graceful way out of it. I got it, Fearless Leader is sick and needs to step aside for a while."

According to Newsweek, Ukraine's Defense Intelligence Chief Kyrylo Budanov has said that the war will end with the death of Putin.

Who knows, but it makes as much sense as anything else we've been told. It could also mean a harder line from Russia.

It would be nice if there was a source of information we could trust.