Tuesday, May 24, 2016

#Never Trump

For Charlie Sykes, who admires Winston:





HT:  MoonBattery

Ten Large Lies About the Catholic Church

A non-Catholic sociologist has written a book which debunks 10 Large Lies about the Catholic Church.  It makes for interesting reading.  An essay remarking on the lies appeared today at PJMedia.

In the essay, the usual lies and myths about the Inquisition, "Hitler's Pope" (which was actually a creation of Joseph Stalin's "disinformation" apparatchiks), the Crusades, the "secret gospels", the 'massacres of pagans,' the (not-at-all) "Dark Ages," the Church's significant and positive influence on science, her opposition to slavery, her very cautious outlook on "kings," and her nurturing of free markets are all taken apart.

We don't expect that any amount of scholarship will stop the assaults on the Church, of course.  We don't expect that the MSM will even note the existence of this book.  And even if this book proves 100% effective, someone will come up with more half-truths or lies.

But thinking people will know better.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

More Truth About Texas

Caught at Sipsey






The Tahoe is also Texas' version of the 3/4T, distinct from the Suburban, which is the Texas Deuce-and-a-half.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Legal, Yes. Questionable Judgment, Yes

Here's the story:

A Wisconsin appellate court tossed out the loitering conviction against a man who was cited during a stroll he took in 2013, which happened to be near a school while carrying an AR-15 on his shoulder and a gun on his hip....

Under Wisconsin law, one may legally open-carry if there is no evidence of criminal or malicious intent.

We think that the fellow is utterly lacking in judgment.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Welfare-Taker Takes $20 Million Out of US?

Seems that a few Somalians living in the US have taken up to $20 million--in cash--out of the US and to Somalia, which happens to have a lot of ISIS-types.

The transporters are welfare recipients, which raises a question....right?

But ObozoJustice is too busy prosecuting cake-makers and tranny-tossers, or lying to Federal judges in Oklahoma,  to give a damn.


Tranny-Tosser Under Arrest

A security guard at a D.C. grocery was arrested for tossing a tranny from the ladies' room.  Prolly going to be a hate-crime prosecution.  Tranny claims to be "emotionally traumatized."

That's nothing compared to the trauma some of us would inflict if he had trotted into a ladies' room behind one of our grand-daughters.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

EPA to Ruin More Engines

Appears that the Corn-a-Holers have dumped more dollars into the Obozo/(D) accounts.

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to increase the amount of renewable fuel in the nation's gasoline supply by about 700 million gallons in 2017....

...The agency proposed adding 18.8 billion gallons of renewable fuel to gasoline in 2017 in the newest Renewable Fuel Standard announced Wednesday afternoon. That would cause renewable fuel to make up 10.44 percent of the nation's gasoline supply in 2017...

Note that the percentage of corn liquor per gallon rises ONLY because EPA wants to jam an extra 18.8B gallons of liquor into the supply.

Corn-a-Hole interests just can't stand a real market.  They want guaranteed income.

Meantime, millions are starving for lack of corn.

The Commencement Speech You'll Never Hear

While we're on the topic of trenchant commentary (see below), take 10 minutes to read Neal Boortz's never-heard commencement speech.  Boortz is a libertarian, so use caution; but you'll get the idea.

You'll also know why he was never invited to give the speech.

(Also courtesy AOSHQ.)

Gotta Love Mencken!

H L Mencken was a newsman back in the day when that did not mean "press-release-reader."  While he had some serious flaws, he was clairvoyant on a few matters.

Here's one:

“The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.”  --quoted at AOSHQ

Particularly delicious is his use of the word 'mountebank' in reference to politicians and pedagogues.  Graduates of publikscrewels may have to look up the word, of course.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Insurer Sues ObozoCare for $223 Million

Remember, the health insurance industry lobbied hard for ObozoCare.  Now they got it.  Good and hard.

...Highmark is suing the government demanding payment of almost $223 million, the full amount to which the health insurer says it is legally entitled for 2014 under an Obamacare program designed to limit the business risk of selling plans...

That's the "risk corridor" program.

Lie down with dogs, get up with fleeced fleas.

Really. A Bubble-Blowing "Gun"

Read it and weep.

A 5-year-old kindergarten student at Southeast Elementary in Brighton, CO was suspended from school after she brought a *gun onto school grounds.

*a clear, plastic princess bubble-blowing gun

Seriously.

The salvation of Colorado will occur when the schools are run by people who are actually sane.

Sykes' False Premise

About 95% of the time, I agree with Charlie Sykes' vision of politics.   On the occasions when we differ, I've made it clear--not that it makes any difference to Charlie.

Anyhow.

Sykes writes that Priebus' latter-day conversion to Trumpism is debasing to the (R) Party and Priebus.  But I fear that Charlie's essay is based on a false premise:  that the (R) Party is 'conservative.'  It is not--and Charlie has made that point a million times on his show.

I warned my fellow conservatives what life would be like if they embraced Donald Trump: They would spent the next six months having to defend, rationalize, or evade every slur, every insult, every falsehood, every outrage. They would be held hostage to every tweet, every outburst. 
 
Unfortunately, Reince Priebus now seems determined to illustrate that point...

After a few grafs of What's Wrong With Trump (just a highlight reel), Charlie gets to this:

....Your job is not to carry water for The Orange Duce, it is to somehow salvage the GOP. You need somehow to separate the fate of the GOP from Trumpism, or risk redefining your party for a generation. ...

The premise is that the (R) Party of, say, 1992-present, is actually conservative.  This is false.

It is true that the (R) label has a Conservative component which is significant.  But the (R) Party, at least since GWBush, has actually been the 'Less-Statist, Less-Unhinged Party' and--worse--it has been the Enabling Party for the worst President in history, a 'man' so utterly anti-Right Order that he has spit upon and smashed every single moral and ethical constraint known to man.  And done so with glee and full knowledge of his actions.

Sorry, Charlie:  there's no "there" there in Priebus' party any more--at least, not enough to make a difference.  We're still on the same side on 95% of the issues, but the (R) Party?  It's been AWOL for a long, long, time. 

TownHall Writer: BUY MORE AMMO!!

A nice young fellow at TownHall takes up the mantra.

I have never, ever had anyone tell me that he had too much ammunition.  Not in a combat zone, not in a civil disaster, not even in peacetime.  Never....Buying ammo is a no-lose proposition.  Look, the worst thing that happens if you buy more ammo is that you have more ammo.

He's an Army veteran, acquainted with the word "necessary."

Lots of other wisdom there; read the whole thing.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Little Sisters of the Poor Defeat Obozo!

SCOTUS decides in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Obozo retreats to the nearest ladies' room to pout.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Some Piggies Cry a Lot. Right, Tom Barrett?

Headline in today's fishwrap/propaganda sheet tells us that Milwaukee's apparent Mayor, Tom Barrett, is whining and crying that 'Milwaukee won't get its share of lead-pipe abatement funds' from the eeeeeeeeeeeevil Walker regime.

'S OK, Tommy boy.  Milwaukee's been stealing money from the suburbs for THIRTY YEARS in the form of MMSD taxes and fees.  And then sending raw sewage into Lake Michigan, to boot.

We'll send a few bricks of Government cheese for your whine.

NYTimes Just Can't Write "Communist"

Here's a mid-length article about Venezuela's agony--which was brought on by the Communists Hugo Chavez and his successor Maduro.  Read the whole thing; it's worth knowing what actually happens when the SHTF.

...This nation has the largest oil reserves in the world, yet the government saved little money for hard times when oil prices were high. Now that prices have collapsed — they are around a third what they were in 2014 the consequences are casting a destructive shadow across the country. Lines for food, long a feature of life in Venezuela, now erupt into looting. The bolĂ­var, the country’s currency, is nearly worthless.

The crisis is aggravated by a political feud between Venezuela’s leftists, who control the presidency, and their rivals in congress. ...

Well, yes, Communists are "leftists."  But which of the two terms is a better descriptor?  Hubert Humphrey and LBJ were 'leftists.'  But they did not bring the US to ruin.  Obama, another Communist, won't either--but not for lack of trying.

HT:  Zippers

Who Started It? Her Name Is Charlotte

Here's a point that the press-release-readers (national and local) do not make.  Ever.

...North Carolina’s Governor and state legislature did not just decide to convene a special session of the legislature and start a fight over bathrooms. They were responding to overreach by the city of Charlotte, NC, which has thus far escaped all blame and is never mentioned in Tobin’s piece.

Charlotte, NC passed an ordinance that not only required businesses to allow men to use the women’s restroom, but specifically refused to exempt churches and religious organizations. Charlotte decided to impose that burden on conscientious objectors in the culture war who object because the claims made by transgender advocates violate both the laws of science and the tenets of every major religion....

So yah, the news-readers just spew the queer propaganda.  What--you thought otherwise?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Real "Gender" War

Propagandists have known for centuries that in order to control the argument, one must first control the language.  Thus, the propagandists-of-queer adopted "gender".  You see, "gender" has nothing to do with essence, and everything to do with accident.

Here's Webster on "gender":

1 a : a subclass within a grammatical class (as noun, pronoun, adjective, or verb) of a language that is partly arbitrary but also partly based on distinguishable characteristics (as shape, social rank, manner of existence, or sex) and that determines agreement with and selection of other words or grammatical forms b : membership of a word or a grammatical form in such a subclass c : an inflectional form showing membership in such a subclass
 

2 a : sex b : the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex...

It's the secondary definition which is of interest.  Notice (b):  'behavioral, ...psychological traits...'?  That's the usage of the queer propagandists.  "Behavioral, cultural, psychological" attributes are, in fact, accidents, not essence.

Notice that the MSM (among others) parrots the term?  It's in their scripts.  They will never use the term "sex" as in "The baby is of the male sex."  That's because "sex" connotes essence (albeit secondary; the principal essence is "human" or "bird" or "fish.")

For the artful liar, "gender" as in #2 above is a gift which will keep on giving.  Utilizing the term allows re-defining humans.  We saw a glimpse of this redefinition process in Kennedy's infamous 'whatever you want to be' language at SCOTUS and that hairball has simply grown since then.  Like all hairballs, it's a sticky, ugly, mess, the composition of which you really don't want to know.

So when you hear that term "gender" it is foolhardy to engage an argument.  You will lose unless you are actually dealing with a 'behavioral, cultural, psychological' discussion.  Force your interlocutor to admit to essence:  sex.

UPDATE:  See also this post from Grim.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

THE Analysis of "Pluralism"

Historian James Hitchcock, 1979:

“The media’s alleged commitment to pluralism,” says Hitchcock, “is at base a kind of hoax. The banner of pluralism is raised in order to win toleration for new ideas as yet unacceptable to the majority. Once toleration has been achieved, public opinion is systematically manipulated first to enforce a status of equality between the old and the new, then to assert the superiority of the new over the old. A final stage is often the total discrediting, even sometimes the banning, of what had previously been orthodox.” Hitchcock quotes T.S. Eliot, who put the matter most bluntly: “Paganism holds all the most valuable advertising space.” --quoted by Esolen at Crisis

It's helpful to know the dictionary-definition of "tolerate," of course.  Then you'll understand why it's true that we 'tolerate' Obozo.


Venezuela & Brazil: Latest Communist Failures

Both Venezuela and Brazil are "led" by Communists--who are called 'socialists' by the running-dog US press.

Venezuela is now subject to food riots.

And Brazil's Olympic Games venue will not be complete--nor even close to sanitary.

Obozo took a helluva run at bringing the US into the same situation.  So far, he's not quite successful.

Texas Leads. Where's Wisconsin?

Here's a notable statement from the Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) told school administrators they should "not enact" the policy mandated by the Obama administration that students be allowed access to restrooms and locker rooms according to their "gender identity" rather than their biological sex....

He's right, of course.

So.  Where is the corresponding statement from anyone in the Walker Administration?

It's here:

Gov. Scott Walker is also weighing in.

"I think the bottom line is issues like that need to be addressed at the local level. That's what we elect school boards for. It's not an issue the federal government should be involved in, nor for that matter the state. Really it should be left up to the local school districts," he said.

Not exactly a thunderous response, but clearly in line with the 10th Amendment.