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Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to the Keyboard

OK.

Back from our road trip to northern California. While at his house, I discovered that my oldest son did not have a firearm. This was intolerable; I felt as though I had failed as a parent.  So, of course, I accused him of being a traitor and an embarrassment to the men of the family. I got him to accompany me to a local gun store in Roseville. We bought a .40 cal Rock Island Armory (not a brand I  know well) which he liked. In ten days, he will have it. I continue with my crusade to defend the second amendment one kid at a time. You're welcome.

I tried to stay away from politics, but it was hard. As part of my effort to break the addiction to politics, I watched some Olympics basketball (US vs. Spain; US vs Serbia; Australia vs Spain) which was fun. On the Australia vs. Spain game the Diplowife and I split our support; she cheering for her old country, and I for the representative of the Anglosphere. Sigh. I thought the Aussies would pull it out, but . . . one lousy point, one lousy point, one . . .

Speaking of one point, it appears some of the presidential election polls have begun to turn around as Trump--clearly--has taken The Diplomad's advice, and gotten himself a good speech and a script. Some polls--for what they're worth--have the candidates about a point or so apart, with some having Trump in the lead. My prediction: unless there is massive electoral fraud if the polls are close, if it's "too close to call," Trump will win. I know it's anecdotal, but I keep running into people who privately tell me they're voting Trump but tell the outside world they're undecided. I think there might be a lot of that. But, I thought we would have President Romney, so . . .

As soon as I get a little more settled, walk my dogs, and stop vibrating from the nearly one thousand miles I just drove, I am going to concentrate on writing something good. Not my usual stuff, but something good. Promise.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Road Trip

Heading off this morning to northern California in the trusty ol' Ford Expedition. I leave my quarters with the news of depressing presidential election polls and the corrupt Haridan's screech of tax-raising promises and vows to "invest" more money in progressive education echoing in my head.

Not good prospects for the future as we see the effects of the "soft" genocide being pursued by the left (more in a subsequent post).

I will try to stay away from the news as best I can over the next three or four days and just relax.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Hillary Makes It Official: 2016 Elections to be Rigged

I have bored faithful readers of this humble blog with warnings about the criminal organization otherwise known as the Democratic party. You can find here (January 24, 2014), here (July 9, 2014), and here  (October 28, 2014) three such pieces on how the Democrats would degrade the concept of citizenship and use illegal aliens to conduct massive electoral fraud to win the 2016 presidential election.

I am glad to see that Hillary Clinton, perhaps the most dishonest and corrupt candidate of any major candidate in 240 years, has had the decency to confirm these predictions.

We see her campaign announcing,
a new Latino outreach initiative Sunday focused on mobilizing young undocumented immigrants to highlight their risk of deportation if Donald Trump becomes president, with the aim of inspiring others in their communities to vote in November. 
So-called "dreamers," who in many cases were brought to the country illegally as children, do not have the right to vote, but their stories have the potential to motivate friends, classmates and co-workers to go to the polls with their fate in mind, the Clinton campaign said.
OK.

Do the writers at the Post and the criminals running the criminal Clinton's criminal campaign think we're all idiots? Or is it now the assumption that the American people are simply so overwhelmed by Clinton scandals and crimes as to be completely numb?

I love the phrase re the "dreamers . . . not having the right to vote," but, of course, their sob stories will motivate others to reject Trump and his call to deport those illegally in the USA. Does anybody, anywhere think these "dreamers" won't vote? The Democrats and their allies in the courts have made it all but impossible to prevent unqualified people from voting. You can be sure the "dreamers" will be voting along with tens-of-thousands if not hundreds-of-thousands of new arrivals from Mexico, Central America, and elsewhere.

Further on in the article we are told,
Clinton’s campaign said the new effort, dubbed "Mi SueƱo, Tu Voto" (“My Dream, Your Vote”), will be highlighted at several events around the country this week, including in Florida, Nevada and North Carolina — all states where the Hispanic vote is a growing force.
I see.

Let me note that the genius who thought up that slogan might not realize that he has given away the game: "My Dream, Your Vote" can be interpreted several ways including that Hillary's Dream is getting the vote of the illegals or that the illegals dream of getting your vote. This is either rank stupidity or brazen cynicism. As I wrote before, quoting This is Spinal Tap, that when dealing with this misadministration, "It's such a fine line between stupid, and, uh . . . clever."

There is another phrase in Spanish, "mi casa es su casa" ("my house is your house.")  I always liked that phrase; I found it very poetic. I see, however, that we are now being told to take it literally when dealing with the flood of illegal aliens: our nation is to be their nation--quite literally. Hillary has said so.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Never Trump: Conservative Republican Jihadi Suicide Bombers

Bit of a rant. Written after spending a few hours at the Orange Country Fair in the heat looking at livestock--my wife has a friend who trains oxen . . . long story. Forgive any irrationality. But, I must say, I was impressed by the oxen. Massive, powerful, but very gentle beasts. Quite beautiful, actually.

As with most other nerds with no life, I spend most of my time unable to stay away from the news. An apparently constant feature of that "news" consists of tales of "Republicans" and "Conservatives" who refuse to vote for Trump and, in some cases, will even vote for Clinton. The New York Times recently published a letter signed by fifty so-called "G.O.P. National Security Officials" questioning Trump's "temperament" to be president. The letter is extraordinary for a number of reasons, but not the ones the liberal/progressive media promote. Most, not all, of the signatories are not Republicans. They form part of the rotating crew of first- and second-tier "experts" who float around Washington and land jobs with various administrations, Republican and Democrat. This group tended to get better jobs under Republican administrations, but they are very much part of the well-established cadre of "experts" who make a nice living hanging around Washington and waiting for invites into the inner sanctum of power. These are not some sort of conservative core or corps finding the polices recommended by Trump to be dangerous. They are talking about "temperament" and almost everything they criticize Trump for allegedly suffering, one could ascribe to Obama in triple. Read the letter, you'll see what I mean when you substitute "Obama" for "Trump." I find remarkable that they cannot bring themselves to criticize the Obama-Clinton foreign policy that produced a remarkable series of disasters for America and the West. I suspect that some of them might resent that they were not called upon to form part of the Trump campaign, and see Trump blowing up their perceived entitlement to return to power with a GOP victory. Many, I further suspect, had counted on a Jeb Bush administration.

That said, however, there are plenty of self-proclaimed "conservatives" and "Republicans" (see my post on this) seeking what Bethell long ago labelled that "strange new respect," an award given to,
once-reliable conservatives who won liberal praise by adopting liberal policies. Of a sudden, an erstwhile Neanderthal would be treated in the Washington Post as someone who was no longer “simplistic” and “shrill” but rather a figure who had “grown” and showed himself to be “nuanced.”
We've seen prominent establishment "conservatives" such as George Will, Mitt Romney, and others (many of whom I respect) make clear their distaste for Trump. Look, one of the great things we still have in America is that you can vote for or against anybody you want, and, in fact, you do not even have to vote. Each person has the right to decide how or whether to employ his or her vote. No argument with that.

To argue, however, that it is better for Hillary Clinton, the most corrupt major party candidate in our history, to win because Donald Trump is not a "true" conservative or doesn't have the "temperament" is an outrageous argument, in my humble view. The damage that a Clinton administration could and would do to the USA over the next four to eight years is almost incalculable. The Supreme Court would be transformed completely, for example, into a tool of the Progressive movement and alter forever the face and character of this country. The first and second amendments, to name just two, would be gutted, and government would have nearly carte blanche to intrude into our lives in ways not yet imagined. Massive deficits, exorbitant taxes, unlimited immigration, climbing crime rates, growing poverty, weak foreign policy, and a deep, deep demoralization of the nation would result.

I heard many of the same arguments on Trump used when Reagan ran. Reagan, of course, was not a "true" conservative, but he proved a damn sight better for the country than would have another four years of Jimmy Carter. We heard all the same memes about foreigners horrified by the possibility of a Reagan presidency; that war would follow his election to office; that the economy would drown in an ocean created by the false promises of trickle-down economics, etc. It was all nonsense, of course, but that doesn't stop the Progs from recycling their talking points--many of those points, in fact, were originally drafted in the 1930's in Moscow.

If these "conservative" mandarins want to blow themselves up, that is their right. I just don't want my country to be the collateral damage.

I will vote for Trump.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Media Lies: Trump and the Muslim Olympian

I noted previously that I have never seen such derangement by the media over a major party candidate. Leftist bias in the American press has existed for some time -- Walter Duranty, anybody? -- but the unbridled hatred for and willingness to say just about anything about a major  candidate by the main media outlets has a new scale now. Yes, the amp has gone to eleven.

I refer, of course, to the media's treatment of Trump. There is so much they are throwing at him that it's tough to decide what to examine. Since, however, we are in the Olympic season (Note: I wish the Olympics would go away) I have been drawn to stories about the, apparently, sole Muslim athlete on the US team, a female fencer by the name of Ibtihaj Muhammad. I don't know her at all. I had never heard of her until I saw her march out with the USA team in Rio. She might be a truly wonderful person and the world's greatest female fencer. I don't know, and for the purposes of this little post, I don't care. She has let herself either deliberately or inadvertently become a tool for the insane media overlords who pretend to tell us how to live and think.

The Washington Post--Of course!--carried a piece on her dated August 8--other outlets, e.g., the BBC and CNN, had similar items previously.
Ibtihaj Muhammad, the fencer who happens to also be the first American Muslim woman to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, had strong words for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about his immigration plans for Muslims. 
“I think his words are very dangerous,” Muhammad, who is competing in team sabre competition Monday morning, told CNN last week. “When these types of comments are made, no one thinks about how they really affect people. I’m African American. I don’t have another home to go to. My family was born here. I was born here. I’ve grown up in Jersey. All my family’s from Jersey. It’s like, well, where do we go?”
First, let me wipe away the tears blurring my vision. OK, now, let's go on. Let's start with Trump's "words are very dangerous." There you have it, folks. That summarizes progressive and Muslim thinking all in four little words. George Orwell must be laughing his head off. The rest of the article runs in a similar vein of setting up straw man opponents. Read it and you'll see. I am going to focus on the two little paragraphs I copied above.

Ibtihaj was born here. Congratulations, but when has Trump said "dangerous words" that would lead her or anybody else to think that he would deport Americans? That's a fake argument, and the WaPo knows it. She doesn't have another home; I see . . . you know who else? The million Jews expelled from Arab lands since 1948 by Ibtihaj's co-religionists. You know who else? The thousands upon thousands of Christians chased out of their ancestral homes or murdered by, you guessed it, Ibtihaj's co-relgionists. A little more awareness might be in order, Ibtihaj, if you're going to make pronouncements on politics and the world scene. That advice goes for the WaPo, too.

Let's not even talk about whether a candidate's words are more "dangerous" than Muslims crashing airliners into buildings, setting off car bombs in market places, beheading people on the beach, throwing gays off buildings, driving a giant truck through vacationers, shooting and torturing young people at a music concert, etc.

No, let's not talk about that.

Let's talk about words.

Yes, such as the words found in Hillary Clinton's private and unsecure email server that discussed Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist, who might have provided critical intel to the US. The man was hanged after Clinton and her aide discussed his case on unclassified email. Now those are some words that are dangerous, and dangerous, by the way, to a Muslim.

En garde, Ibtihaj.

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Issue is Clintobama

Couldn't stay away. I tried. I really tried. I tried not to listen to the radio, watch the TV, read the online accounts, engage in debates, or answer questions . . . to no avail. The presidential campaign intruded into my days at the range, cleaning the new granite counters in our kitchen, fixing the rear tail light on my daughter's Tahoe, and it even interrupted my dog-playing time (Unpardonable!) Can't get away from it . . . like a moth to the flame, I am back.

If you trust them, the polls are not looking good right now. I do not for a second believe that Hillary is 10 to 15 points ahead of The Donald. She, however, does seem to have the momentum, and might be 3-5 points ahead. The media has, for now, seemingly made the campaign one of Trump vs. Trump. The execrable Hillary Clinton is safely hidden away behind her media bodyguards and hordes of professional spinners and liars. She hardly seems to appear. It's all about Trump: I have never seen a media feeding frenzy quite like this one: speculation about military coups if Trump wins; speculation about Trump's mental health; comments on whether Trump should be allowed next to the nuclear button; and an endless picking away at, admittedly, at times bizarre comments by Trump, his inability to avoid a fight, some misstatements of no consequence, and a factual error or two, e.g., who currently controls Crimea, whether there is a video of the unloading of the $400 million given to the Iranian terror state.

I am, of course, nobody to give advice on running a presidential campaign. Not since the third grade have I run for office (I lost; it was rigged), nor will I ever do so, again. That said, I have spent my life as a fanatical follower of American politics and foreign policy issues, and spent most of my adult life in service to the country overseas. I offer my opinions; they, of course are probably worth what I am paid to give them.

I am distressed by some of the amateurish errors made by the Trump campaign. There is still time to correct, but not a lot of time. Trump, above all, needs to remember the old advice from George Bernard Shaw, "I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it."

The Clinton campaign are masters at unleashing herds of trolls to say all sorts of stupid things about Trump. Trump does not need to respond to them; for that he should have his own attack dogs who come after the trolls. Getting involved in a debate with a Gold Star family is something to be avoided. Hillary, for example, ignores the Benghazi families, and the press lets her get away with it. Any questions to Trump on the Gold Star Kahn family should be answered, "I honor their son's patriotism and sacrifice." Period. That's it. Any issues with the Khan family--and there are many--should have been handled by others. Any idiotic questions about what Trump has sacrificed compared to the Khans, should be turned around with, "There is no sacrifice comparable. Please ask Clinton and Obama the same question in regard to the Benghazi families or the families of the cops murdered by radical Democrats." On Crimea? The Russians control it because of the weakness of the Obama-Clinton administration. On NATO? It's falling apart because of the weakness of the Obama-Clinton administration. And on and on.

Get a speechwriter and a script. Stick to the script! The script should be all about tying Hillary to the mast of the SS Barack. Make her defend giving $400 million in ransom to the Iranians at the same time that there are legal judgements in the US holding the Iranians financially liable for terrorism.  Make her defend the fake Iran nuclear deal. Bring up Syria, Libya, the rise of ISIS, her emails, her flip-flops on trade deals, her vow to put US energy producers out of work, her ties to the corrupt Clinton Foundation, her countless lies, her phony mega-buck speeches on Wall Street. Remind one and all about the parlous state of the economy. Rising crime for the first time in years. There's plenty of ammo out there. Use it!

That is all. Back to the granite counters.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Unplugged

Like an alcoholic pledging to stay away from the booze, I vow to avoid hearing, thinking, and writing about the ongoing presidential campaign. I have had enough.

The media is so reprehensible in the blatant effort to cover for Hillary Clinton that I can't stand it any more. I am voting for Trump; my mind is made up. Period. I know Hillary Clinton would be a disaster for our country and the West; I have seen her work. Even worse than Hillary, herself, of course, would be the progressive sludge she would bring with her. That thought keeps me awake at night.

So I am swearing off the campaign . . . really, I am . .  . no, seriously . . . I am going to avoid . . . . talking and writing about it . .  . I am going to focus on foreign affairs and memories . . . and not talk about the nonsense with the Muslim father and . . . oops . . . the media's sudden great concern for Gold Star mothers and the "threat" posed by Russia . . . I will not deal with any of that.

I went today to my friends at Faith Armory in Temecula and picked up my Remington 870 Tactical Express. Looks good. Can't wait to shoot it. I also submitted the paperwork to start the ten-day clock on a S&W MP40 Shield. Can't pick it up until August 12--also happens to be my 38th wedding anniversary. Gift for the Diplowife? Nah. This baby is mine, all mine.

So no more political campaign, not for or from me . . . who am I kidding?