Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Reality Behind "Antifa" Women

Very good observation here:

...Returning to the Greeks, they have an expression that is important to keep in mind while the rage virus runs through our society. “A Society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.” The opposite of that is true. What we are seeing today is barren young women cutting down memorials because they remind them of the fact they have no future. The high presence of infertile women in these mobs is suggestive. One day, the cat will die and they will be alone....

And FWIW, the cat would have left if it could have.

Is Kessler REALLY a "Former" Obama Activist?

In a piece re-posted at ZeroHedge, we find this snippet:

...In screenshots from a ‘Discord’ chat room moderated by former liberal Obama activist turned white supremacist event organizer Jason Kessler (username ‘MadDimension’),...

Why does anyone think that this guy is a "former" Obama 'activist'?  Because he is sowing discord and fomenting riots & chaos for 'the other guys'?

Riots, Chaos, and Discord are the titles of the first three chapters in the Obama/Alinsky/Clinton handbook.  McAuliffe not only read that book, he is another practitioner, just like Robert Creamer and his wife Schakowsky of Chicago.  The cops fell back on McAuliffe's tacit orders, ya'know.

Don't fall for it, friends.  Scum seeks its own level, just like water, and we're seeing lots of it, false-flags and all.  Read the whole piece at ZeroHedge.

 

The Real Agenda at Charlottesville, Et Al.

This is the summation of a very high-level analysis of Charlottesville.

...We do not need to search for previous comparisons in order to evaluate the present circumstance. We need only pay attention to the NPR or other media focus to observe the complete absence of any attention to the question of who was responsible for allowing matters to get out of control and the correlatively intense focus on what the president’s reaction says about the nation. Then we may clearly apprehend that the game here is to disorient the society, repudiate the people’s express hopes, and pave the way for a United States disconnected from the people’s legitimate authority. It is not Trump that they hate; it is us!

From Professor W. Allen, Emeritus, Michigan State. 

HT:  PowerLine

Saturday, August 19, 2017

BLM: The Communists in Black

Well, at least they put it on the table honestly, unlike "antifa."

Responding to the death (and entry into Hell) of Fidel Castro, this from BLM:

...the organization published an essay, “Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante,” in which the leaders of the movement encourage their own to “push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante” as they “aspire to build a world rooted in a vision of freedom and the peace that only comes with justice.”...

'Nuff said.

Except for this:  Trump is more right every single day.

HT:  The Warrior

For Mayor Soglin

This is for Madison's Mayor Soglin, who has removed the marker from the graves of the Confederates who died at Camp Randall prison camp.

..."My father remembered as a child when his grandfather Luther contributed to build the Confederate Memorial in Woodlawn Cemetery. It's a bronze stele of a young man in uniform mounted on granite with an inscription that reads "In memory of the confederate soldiers of the war between the states who died in Elmira Prison and lie buried here." It stands over the old mass grave amid rows of white crosses, one for each of the 2,970 men. Milton was dead by the time it was erected, in 1937, but Luther contributed in honor of the uncle he'd never known. Calvin left no works of art, no good work, not even fine installed toilets or trains that reached the station safely. He left no children, no genes to pass down the ages. He left nothing but a brother's love.

"Now the Nazis have claimed our story, have claimed our statues, and protesters march with banners and shout to tear down these memorials, these horrific symbols of evil people which were raised in hate to intimidate and frighten. They've taken our story, and we will lose the statues too.
...

Let me ask you, Mayor:  Who is the Nazi in this story?  Hmmmmmm???

"I Was in Fear of Losing My Dodge Neon"? Nope. Lose Your Permit.

Yes, having your car stolen is bad.

Same goes for having your neighbor's car stolen.

But pulling out your gun and firing "warning shots" at the perps?

Lose your permit, ringding.

Friday, August 18, 2017

"The Party of Trump"??

Continetti gets it.  I don't know why it took him so long to actually say it.

...This president is not the leader of the GOP. He shows no interest in the job, is not good at it, and has no feel for the party structure, what makes it tick. But he is the leader of a party: the party of Trump. In truth, that is the only party to which he has ever belonged. And the party of Trump is larger than you think. Most Republican regulars support the president's response to Charlottesville. Pollster Kristin S. Anderson puts the floor of Trump approval at a quarter of the electorate....

And even if Continetti can't admit it, that "party of Trump" has one helluvalot of "Democrat" members, too.  Ask the crazy old woman who lost Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. 

Further, even if Continetti cannot admit it, the "Republican" party is largely a fund-raising scheme for interests which are not necessarily consonant with the interests of most people living in this country.

Which is why there IS such a thing as the "Party of Trump."  And--by the way--he is demonstrating that a "Republican" party is not a "need."  Rather, it is a "want."  Big difference, Matthew.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kasich, the Opiod-Killing Machine

Aside from his tantrum-throwing and Holiest-Than-Anyone crap, John Kasich made a very bad decision when he decided to suck up a lot of Federal taxpayer dollars for Medicaid expansion.

Turns out Kasich became a major opiod-killing-machine.

Drug fatalities shot up by 41% in Ohio while climbing 3% in non-expansion Wisconsin.

Nicely played, John.  I don't think we want you in any other public office, thankyouverymuch. 

(Maybe Foxconn read those stats, too, eh John??)

Silencing the Priest? Priesting the Silence?

Since the introduction of the OF Mass, the priest's prayers have been recited aloud, unlike the custom of the EF.  GIRM #32 is very clear

The nature of the “presidential” parts requires that they be spoken in a loud and clear voice and that everyone listen to them attentively. Therefore, while the Priest is pronouncing them, there should be no other prayers or singing, and the organ or other musical instruments should be silent.
OK, then.  Why do we sing an "offertory hymn" right over the 'presidential prayer' of the priest?  That is the practice I have observed in two different parishes, both claiming "orthopraxy".

Egads.

Why Didn't the Feebs Do THIS??

Ticker, who is a very savvy computer guy, addresses the story of the DNC 'hack.'  The story he writes about is the one which proposes--credibly--that the machine was 'hacked' by an insider who downloaded the documents to a USB drive or SD card.

That's not the interesting part.

The interesting part is here:

...Left unsaid in the linked article, but it shouldn't have been, is that if there was an SD card or external USB device plugged into the machine there is an event log from said machine documenting the exact time that said device was attached and detached.  Find that log (or the timestamp on it being erased, which is equally good in a situation like this), match it against the metadata times, and then start looking for security camera footage and/or access card logs for where that machine is and you know who did it with near-certainty, proved by the forensic evidence.

Now perhaps you can explain why the FBI didn't raid the DNC's offices with a warrant, take custody of said logs and go through them to perform this investigation -- which would have pointed straight at the party or parties responsible..... 

Now you also know why the DNC did not voluntarily give up their machines for examination, eh?  Maybe the DNC already knew that Seth Rich did it, and already took their revenge??

Rubio Begs for Civil War

Little Marco Rubio is still running for President, but now with a new platform:

...When entire movement built on anger & hatred towards people different than you, it justifies & ultimately leads to violence against them...

Rubio thus affirms his position as one of the Senate's least-mentally-gifted inhabitants--or perhaps most-cynically-selfish ones.  Probably both.

For if he's serious about this, the people who are hated by the anti-life movement, the anti-marriage movement, and the pro-State-tyranny movement, now have a cause of arms.  

Yah.  That's kinda stupid, Marco.  And it did NOT come from the mouth of Trump, who emphatically and carefully decried violence from ALL sides and pleaded for love and unity.

The link addresses fatuities of two other has-beens, if you care to read it. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kasich Stamping His Widdle Feets (He's a Loser....)

Apparently Gov. Kasich, a self-appointed Moral Arbiter Queen, will thrust out his chest and run on his Moral Queenliness against Trump.

Since Kasich cannot land a Foxconn deal--and is stamping his Queenly Widdle Feets about it--and he will lose his job in 2018, what else can he do?

Declare failure and run again!

Yah, They ARE Commies!! Told Ya So!

The Durham malicious-mischief crowd is at least partially under arrest.

Three of 'em.  Every one associated with the Workers' World Party, a Commie front.

As Ace says:  "....alt-left, a made-up term."

Made up of Commies, Soros-ists, and other societal rejects who Organize Communities and call it 'working for a living.'

Support for The Donald From ....of All Places!!

Norm Matloff, who describes himself as a liberal & minorities activist (!!) says what any decent person would say about Trump's commentary.

...What could possibly be wrong with those remarks? In ordinary times, with an ordinary president, that language would be standard and received with approbation. Trump’s “crime,” in the current hysteria, is that he did not explicitly use terms like white supremacist. But wasn’t it implied in the phrase “all that hate stands for”? Has common sense (not to mention decency) gone out the window?...

Yes, Norm, it has.  Right down to the Mayor of the City of Milwaukee, under whose "leadership" the city has become the most-segregated in the entire USA and in which city the black-on-black violence is simply horrendous.  But the Mayor has managed to spend millions of dollars on a choo-choo train which--by the way--will go nowhere NEAR the inner city.

Then Norm goes at it again!!

...People want to take down statues of Robert E. Lee, a man who wrote that slavery is “a moral & political evil,” but retain statues, buildings, street names and so on memorializing slaveholders George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, the documented racist Woodrow Wilson, the suspected anti-Asian racist Franklin Roosevelt and so on, not to mention the womanizers JFK, MLK and Bill Clinton (Trump too, but he has no statues yet)....

At some point in time, Norm and I might have an animated conversation about "States' rights," which Norm thinks is outmoded.  But ya'know, Lee was not in that war to preserve slavery.

We are going through a period of violent revolution.  It would be nice and neat if the Nazis and Commies met someplace and obliterated each other totally.  But it won't be that nice, nor neat.

Too bad.  This is too great a place to waste, eh?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Laugh of the Day: Krauthammer Called "Conservative"

It's clear:  Krauthammer's past as a (D) Party nag is not really "past."  He's still a moralizing nag.

And--by the way--he's not a "conservative."  See, actual Conservatives value right order, not riots, no matter WHO is throwing the riot.

It's a pattern.  The doctor's prescriptions are wrong, too, as we noted a few days ago.

Trump's Right, Ya'Know

While the Press wets its pants, the Democrats and rioters (yes, I repeat myself) are screaming.

Let 'em scream.

...Trump made clear on Tuesday that he was fed up with continued questioning about the issue.
"I think there is blame on both sides," Trump said.

"You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I'll say it right now," Trump added.

"What about the alt-left that came charging... at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt? (...) There are two sides to a story."...

If they're screaming too loud, in your neighborhood, you know what to do.

The Problem With Gummint

If only there were just ONE problem with Gummint!!

That said, here's one, mentioned by ZMan

....The credentialism and parochialism of the managerial state produces people barely capable of working on a local school board committee. Their lack of exposure to the realities of the human condition cripples them spiritually. They become ruthless, overgrown adolescents playing dress up as they ascend into positions of authority. 

That brings us back to Berkeley and Charlottesville. If the political class is unable and unwilling to manage the antics of Antifa and Jason Kessler, what are they going to do when smart and resourceful antagonists come along? The morons waving flags and throwing piss-bombs at each other are the easy problem to manage. The hard problem are the well organized guys with goals beyond getting themselves on TV....

Angelo Codevilla was there first.  That was several years ago--and things haven't changed much since then (see, e.g., McYertle and McMaster).  But things will change, one way or the other.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Barnum & Bailey's Charlottesville?

Ticker raises an interesting question; the same one which occurred to me when I read this:

...What if Jason Kessler used to be involved with Occupy Wall Street and was a strong Obama supporter -- right up until, quite-literally to the day, Trump won the election?...

Well, as a matter of fact, Kessler WAS a part of "Occupy" Wall Street.

To me, it marks Kessler as an opportunist.  He's going where the money is.

But Ticker, a far more cynical guy, has another query:

...What if all -- or at least most -- of Charlottesville was manufactured by people operating through paid stooges with the explicit intent of fomenting violence -- or worse?...

Now THAT is an interesting question, indeed.  And it put's Trump's initial remarks into a whole new light, eh?

McMaster and The Muzzies

It appears that General McMaster has a strange love for Muslims, radical or (supposedly) not.

Unfortunately, that strange love may have a negative impact on the national security of the USA.

But hey!!  Let's worry about subversives like Bannon, instead, right?

If The Donald doesn't wake up soon, he's going to have another Obama problem:  they'll look alike in the history books.

Better Toilet Paper!!

Some of you may wonder why Northern Tissue of Green Bay, WI., is one of the country's leading manufacturers of toilet paper.

Here's one good reason:  Northern invented 'splinter-free' toilet paper.

Yah, hey.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Charlottesville Cops Flee the Scene

When the going gets tough, the cops take off running.

When I got out of my car yesterday in Charlottesville about 10:30 in the morning you knew this was a bad scene and bad things were going to be happening because people were congregating at Lee Park and Emancipation Park wearing helmets, body armor, carrying big heavy sticks. Nobody was intent on peace here from either side. People were intent on causing havoc and causing damage. And even as wounded were being brought out of the park police were sitting idly by. I was standing off a cordoned off area where the police had set up as a staging area, the state police, and they said you can come in here this is a safe area. But when the tear gas started to fly, thrown by protesters, the police themselves began to evacuate then. I asked the guy who was in charge, “Where you going?” He said, “We’re leaving. It’s too dangerous.”  --Doug McKelvey/Fox News quoted at Gateway

The violent ones--nazis or "resistance"--should have been hauled off to slammer and someone should have 'lost their paperwork' for about 5 days or so.  The driver of the car will get what he deserves, I hope, and it won't be pretty, either.

The cop who called off the cops?  He should join the car's driver.  Don't give us all that crapola about "putting my life on the line" any more, either.




Loud-and-Foulmouth Ex-Staffer is Confused, Too.

This rummy Scaramucci doesn't know anything--but he's happy to run his "Noo Yawk Values" mouth about it.

...During ABC News’ livestream interview after "This Week," Scaramucci was asked if he believes Bannon is a white supremacist or white nationalist. Scaramucci said that he didn't know and hasn't directly asked Bannon about his views. 

I’ve never sat down with Steve Bannon and said, ‘Hey are you a white nationalist or a white supremacist?’ But I think the toleration of it by Steve Bannon is inexcusable,” Scaramucci said....

So he does not know what Bannon believes.  And--fool that he is--he accepts the Left-constructed formulation of the 'white nationalist' juxta 'white supremacist' question (both are very, very, very bad, bad, bad) and runs off at the mouth with an answer.

At least he started correctly, by claiming to be ignorant.  

Can he define either of the bad/bad-think options?  Maybe.

To the point, however:  exactly what does Bannon "tolerate," and even more germane, what would Bannon DO about bad bad bad bad very bad)?  Shoot the perps?  Send the IRS?  FBI?  EPA??

Idiot with a mouth, some money, and no wife.

Friday, August 11, 2017

McCain Proposes New Maginot Line!!

"Bomb-Bomb" McCain, noted military strategist (last in his class at Annapolis), announced his new plan for winning a war which has not been won by three (or is it four?) Presidents.

Wanna know the plan?  Easy:  MORE TROOPS!!

Bomb-Bomb will also propose to create large concrete barriers so tanks cannot get into the country, or something, and he may go so far as to replace cavalry horses with small automobile-like topless vehicles.  He has also endorsed steel-hulled warships to replace oak-hulled ones, and he is intrigued by "steam-power."

Last century's war, last century's warrior.  OK, John.  Time to go home.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trump Looks Better Every Day

OK, I'll concede that The Donald shoulda stood in bed vis-a-vis Alabama politics.

But here's the good news!!  Speaking about various striped-pants flunkies, an observer tells us:

...They also believe Trump’s foreign policy is chiefly driven by an obsession with unravelling Barack Obama’s policies. “It’s his only real position,” one European diplomat said. “He will ask: ‘Did Obama approve this?’ And if the answer is affirmative, he will say: ‘We don’t.’ He won’t even want to listen to the arguments or have a debate. He is obsessed with Obama....

Good.  Case closed.  Obama was--and remains--a Communist globalist wannabee dictator.  Fuck him.

Life at Google: "You WILL Enjoy This!"

A very clever essay on life at Google going forward, written by Google's VP of Mutually Exclusive Propositions on the topic of "The Recent Outrage."

Then it gets better!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Mercenary War? How About....

How about just get the Hell out of Afghanistan?

Leave those miserable natives to do whatever they do best--among themselves, only.

Even the Russians learned faster than we have.

Now, then, if John McCain wants to go, he can go.  Personally!! 

Dear Senator Fitzgerald......

I note that you are concerned with 'payback' time from the Foxconn project; apparently it is now approximating 30 years.

Well, Senator, let's think of another Big Project that you jammed down our throats voted for:  Brewers' Stadium.

How long will THAT take before payback?

Oh--wait--we are STILL PAYING FOR IT!!

And you thought we'd forget, eh?

Monday, August 07, 2017

Baldwin Hopes You Have NO Memory

In the real world, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.  Given Tammy Baldwin's behavior, we could conclude that she does not live in the real world--OR, because she has a disorder, she cannot identify as a "goose" NOR a "gander."

Anyhow.

...Brennan received a majority of four votes out of six from a bipartisan judicial commission set up by Johnson and Baldwin, three Republicans and one Democrat. But to receive the recommendation from the commission, Brennan needed five votes, a super-majority....

So Tammy emitted wailing and ululations.

However....

...Baldwin herself bypassed a previous agreement between her and Johnson to jointly consider judicial nominations before sending them to President Barack Obama. In 2015, Baldwin forwarded eight names to Obama outside of the bipartisan process to fill the vacancy on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals....

Just another hack Democrat with a disorder.  Move along, folks.  Nothing to see here.

New York Values, Part MCMLXIII

It's possible that The Donald would like to retract his favorable comment about "New York Values".

For another taste of those, there's this:

Motherhood Isn’t Sacrifice, It’s Selfishness
That's the title of a NYT editorial written by some HarperCollins functionary.  Here's a part of her concluding graf:

...If we start referring to motherhood as the beautiful, messy privilege that it is, and to tending to our children as the most loving yet selfish thing we do,...

I do not think that word means what you think it does.

"AIDS Prevention" for $1500/Month

The drug allegedly prevents HIV (AIDS) so United Healthcare (read:  policyholders) will pay for it. 

Fifteen hundred dollars per month.

There are cheaper ways, ya'know.

Lowe's Dumps US Workers, Sends Jobs to India

There are two nooz stories on the same topic.  Only one of them tells you about exporting the jobs to India, commonly called "offshoring."

Here's the version that Lowe's does NOT want you to read:

...Lowe’s has laid off about 125 corporate tech workers, primarily at its headquarters in Mooresville.
The home-improvement retailer informed affected employees Wednesday morning through early afternoon, according to people familiar with the matter.

Many of the affected information technology job functions are being sent to Bangalore, India, where Lowe’s employs approximately 1,000 people in information and technology and analytics....

So Lowe's--selling goods in the US only--is employing more than 1,000 folks in Bangalore.

Nice!

Here's the sanitized story.  Guess which "nooz" outfit ran it?

Sunday, August 06, 2017

There's More to the Story on the "Kiss of Peace"

Switching from the country's gruesome political problems to an interesting theory on the "kiss of peace" (or the Handshake which Never Stops) which was re-instituted in the Ordinary Form Mass (it was not used by the laity in the '62 Rite), we have Fr. Hunwicke.

....Having criticised his fellow Christians for witholding the Kiss so as publicly to flaunt the fact that they had been fasting, [Tertullian] goes on ' ... on the day of the Pasch, on which there is a rule of fasting which is common to all and as it were public, we rightly drop the kiss, because we don't care about hiding the thing [i.e. fasting] which we are doing with everybody else'. Those familiar with the traditional Roman Rite will recall that, to this day, we do not exchange the Sign of Peace at the Good Friday Mass of the Presanctified, nor at the Mass of the Easter Vigil (even though the celebrant has said the words). This is because we are all deemed to have been fasting.

IOW, if a Christian was fasting, they 'withheld the Kiss.'  Tertullian didn't like that because he thought it was flaunting one's fasting (holiness).

BUT also recall that until John XXIII, Catholics fasted from midnight anticipating reception of Holy Communion.  Thus, if to fast = no Kiss, the absence of 'the Kiss' from the Old Rite is explained.

 Hmmmmmm.

Orders Are Out. So Are Military Trannies

It looks like the Commander-in-Chief has issued the directive.

According to multiple reports in LGBT news outlets, the White House has issued policy guidelines aimed at bringing the ranks of the military in line with President Trump’s recent tweets.

Titled, “A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out,” the document has not yet been made public.

The Washington Blade reports that, “Sources familiar with the planning said it would encourage early retirement, usher out any enlisted personnel after their contract is up, and would fire trans officers up for promotion. Basically, said a source, ‘the administration wants to get rid of transgender service members as fast as they can.’”...

Gnostic mutilation is not part of "health care," and mentally disturbed people should not be part of the military.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Civil "Servants" Revolt Coming??

There are rumors about that The Swamp is planning to give The Donald some trouble.

...Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, pointed to news reports about upset employees, social media campaigns and “civil disobedience” training for staffers looking to push back against the White House. ...

That's from The Hill, a mainstream-ish 'net news source on things D.C.-ish.

One hopes that the "civil disobedience" doesn't place swamp-critters in traffic lanes.  That might be foolish, eh?

WUT?? Paul Ryan on National Security: "Meh"

A very interesting take on the "freedom of the press" thing from Paul Ryan.

“Leaks are concerning because leaks can often compromise national security but that’s the problem of the leaker not the journalist,” Ryan said at an event in Muskego, Wisconsin on Friday afternoon.--quoted at RedState

Oh.  So some Pentagon leaker can send the Army's war-planning documents to CNN and CNN can run a documentary on those plans?

You have a serious problem with morals, Speaker Ryan, if you think that 'freedom of the press' includes the freedom to destroy--or endanger--the safety and security of 300 million Americans.  For that matter, the moral code to which most of us subscribe also prohibits endangering our agents (e.g., spies), too.

Let's put it another way, Paul.  Why--exactly--do you keep armed guards at your residence?  Security?  Safety?  OK, then:  why does any other American deserve LESS security or safety because someone in "The Press" has the ability to destroy it?

Hmmmmmmm???


The Continuing Mental Deterioration of Krauthammer

We all get it, Dr. Charles:  you don't like Trump.  OK, already.  But now, Dr. Charles, you are showing your Al Gore side:  the one which is incapable of systematic reasoning.

...[Krauthammer] celebrates five instances in which, he says, the “guardrails” of our democracy “held against the careening recklessness of” President Trump. They are: the military “say[ing] no to Trump on the transgender ban”; the Senate “saving” Jeff Sessions; Senate Republicans rejecting Obamacare repeal; the Boy Scouts pushing back against Trump’s speech; and the police chiefs pushing back against Trump’s advocacy of treating suspects roughly....

Wrong on the first--not even the most rabid Lefty could support your position there.  Wrong on the second, as the President may fire whoever he appointed (although firing Sessions would have been stupid); wrong on the third--the (R) Party is the party of fraud, trickery, and deceit, Charlie; and the homo-harboring Boy Scouts?  Really??  As to the cops, well, some people just need a bang on the head, Dr. Charlie.

I hear that the Democrats need help with their messaging, Charlie.  Maybe you should raise your hand.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Your FBI: Not Just Idiots! Liars, Too.

Yah, I sure wouldn't be bragging about being in the Feebs.

Earlier today we linked to a video of the FBI (and local yokels) losing a perp that they HAD IN CUSTODY. 

Now we note that the FBI is a pack of liars, too. 

Swamp.  All of them are swamp.


Don't Eat Beef? Here's How to Tell!

Apparently, vitamin B-12 is available in beef, but not other stuff.

Don't get your B-12?  Here's what happens:

  • difficulty thinking and reasoning (cognitive difficulties), or memory loss
  • paranoia or hallucinations
  • weakness
  • fatigue
Beef.  It's what's for sanity!

The Smoke of Satan? Yup. Fire, Too!!

Remember when Paul VI told us that 'the smoke of Satan' was present in the Church?

Yah, well.  Where there's smoke, there's fire.  And you know there's a fire when the Vatican features Governor Moonbeam Brown (an ex-Jesuit, if you don't remember) as a "keynote speaker."

But believe it or not, Moonbeam Jerry may be the LEAST poisonous critter at the event.  Read the link, then go do some prayer and fasting.

Feebs & Cops: The Incompetents' Handbook

This is hard to believe. 

About two dozen FBI and local cops arrive at a perp's house.  They drag him out.

He F(*&^%NG ESCAPES!!

Yup.  In the wind, a "danger to the community," yadayada. 

The cops and Feebs couldn't run fast enough to catch the goblin while wearing their Genuine GI-Joe Combat Gear w/Combat Boots, Extra Grenade Pockets, Webb-Belt Doodad-Carriers, and AR-Slings ($599.95 at Tough Guys-R-Us, buy now!!).

It's actually humorous, in a way.




Thursday, August 03, 2017

McMaster/Rice: Ain't That *Special*??

Bestest forever friends.  One was dedicated to a Communist executive, the other likes mullahs.

That's our Ruling Class!! 

I told you that abortion would have consequences for the country.

"Keep Your Doctor. We'll Take All Your Money"--Obozo

Owen has the nasty facts on upcoming ObozoCare premium hikes.

And that doesn't count the adjustments to deductibles and co-pays.

This is the health-plan that Tammy Baldwin wants you to keep!!

The Long-Term Challenge for Trump and Congress

Just one paragraph from Tonelson should give them impetus.  It won't, of course.  But we tried.

...In recent decades, America has substituted borrowing and spending for saving and producing as its main engines of growth. Now even the unhealthy growth recipe has not only helped trigger a terrifying financial crisis and deep recession. But seven or eight year after those crises were overcome, the spendthrift approach seems close to exhaustion. In sports, those playing a losing game are usually encouraged to change it. How much longer before Americans and their leaders take the hint?

As we note below, "borrow and spend more, more, more" is still the M.O. for those dinks.  Their time-line is simple:  ".....until I get out of Congress and get my pension."

YOUR pension?  That's YOUR problem, taxpaying sucker!

Better Than Hoppe's #5??

You decide!!

HT:  AOSHQ

Ryan's House: "Mo' Deficit Spending!!!"

They actually put it on paper with a straight face.

The House Budget Committee has approved a budget that declares deficit spending "a sin," makes a powerful case for why this is so, and then presents a plan for continuing in this sin for nine more years.

In that ninth year, if Republicans are still in power, they intend to spend $5.173 trillion while running an $88 billion deficit.

In the tenth year, they intend to spend $5.345 trillion and run a $9 billion surplus.

Thus, will the Republicans in Congress today heroically balance the budget in fiscal 2027 — after increasing the debt every year from 2017 through 2026....

"We're the Republicans, and we're a farce."

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Pp. Francis, Rousseau, and Flip Wilson

This makes sense.  Not the sense one would like, but...

...Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an eighteenth-century French critic and philosopher whose thought has permeated the West. It was a theme of his philosophy that man although naturally innocent had been corrupted by the intrusion of law and tradition, which, rather than informing and elevating, always restricted and deformed. Pope Francis has not been known to advance a doctrine of original innocence, but his persistent theme that the mission of the Church is misrepresented by defenders of the tradition, whom he unfailingly associates with the Christ-denying Pharisees, who are soul-damaging rigorists, is an idea that, while it may have other immediate sources, can certainly be traced, by however circuitous a route, to Rousseau....

Yah, well.  The Jebbies and Rousseau.  That makes sense, too.

Anyhow, if not Rousseau, how about a bit of Hegel??

...An editorial writer in the Guardian has said that Francis has changed the Church forever from a rule-bound institution to an instinctive Church. Good luck with your instincts. The world is full of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who think it would be good to receive the body and blood of Christ. If their instincts say they are at peace with God, why not? The vast majority of Catholics don’t follow Humanae Vitae anyhow so, as Francis has written, Humanae Vitae must be revisited. The teaching of the Church should be accommodated to what is actually happening....

Or as Flip Wilson would have it, "The Church of What's Happening Now!!"

...Cardinal Newman wrote that it would be better for millions to die in pain and poverty than for one soul knowingly to commit a venial sin, that, he said, was merely a preamble to the Gospel just as “Whereas” might be to an act of Parliament. To this has been appended the fact of the sacrifice of Christ, the aid of the sacraments and the offer of forgiveness. The requirement that we love God most is ideal, and it will be realized in his elect. Without this high calling, mercy is the answer to a question that has not been asked....

Read the last line again.  Well done, indeed!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Rand Paul Blocks Defense Spend

Interesting.  Sen. Rand Paul has stopped consideration of the NDAA (defense authorization) bill.

Apparently he'd like to have a conversation about SPENDING SHITLOADS OF MONEY.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bad Enough That Chicago People Are Here.....

The home turf was invaded by a bunch of FIBs for the Brewers/Cubs series.

That's bad enough.

Then some beached whale who thinks he's King of New Jersey shows up, too.

I dunno.  If I wanted to be King, it wouldn't be 'of New Jersey.'

Hot Air Asks the Wrong Question

The headline on this HotAir post asks the wrong question:  "McCain once almost left the GOP.  What about now?"

Here's some text:

...a sitting Democratic senator, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of upsetting Schumer on such a sensitive issue, said, “I’m just certain Chuck is already thinking about this – reaching out to McCain and Collins and Murkowski and others and asking if they really want to stand with the GOP....Politico, quoted at HotAir

What you see in the Politico/HotAir piece is a take on politics which is fading fast in the rear-view mirror.  The "R vs. D" simple-math stuff began its fade before Reagan, and one could argue that that division was no longer a useful analytic tool as early as 1960 or so--the year JFK got elected.

Because ever since then, the US has had three--maybe FOUR--political "parties."  There were the mainstream Democrats and Republicans, which are really the Same Party.  Then there were the hard-Left (anarchists, socialists, Communists) who broke through at the 1968 Democrat convention and have taken over a large part of the (D) Party.  Finally, there is the hard-Right (constitutional conservatives, Birchers, "alt-right" of various stripes) who are a growing force in the (R) party and are probably at break-through in the next year or so.

You can say that Reagan was a "hard-right" guy--except he didn't govern that way, either in California, or in Washington.  Granted, he was ham-strung by Congress.  You cannot really say that Bill Clinton was a "hard-Left" guy--and neither is Hillary, really; she dirtballed her hard-Left opponent into submission, but Bernie and Fauxcahontas are within an inch of taking over the Party, and anyone who can't see that is blind.

The Hard-Left/Hard-Right war is happening in Congress and in lots of the several States, right in front of Politico's noses--and they haven't figured it out yet. 

Anyhow, to get back to McPain:  whether he wears the (R) or (D) label is irrelevant--like Manchin, Collins, and a number of other old farts in Congress (including young farts like Paul Ryan), he's a Member in Good Standing of the Uni-Party.  Think Boehner, Cantor, and even Madison's own Tammy.  Ciphers with no agenda other than Mo'D.C.!!  Mo'Gummint!!! Mo'Pension-for-MEEE!!

Want to make it only three parties:  Left, Right, and Center?  Go ahead.  But now the Left and Right have a lot of traction that they never had in the late 20th Century.

Trump?  He's another "Center" party guy but a lot more obnoxious.  Has a few "right" leanings, has a few "left" leanings, and is going to sink his own ship trying to run DC like he runs real-estate development.  What counts, long-term, in that office?

Mike Pence.

The Russians? Nope. The Pakistanis.

Owen highlights a very disturbing situation in DC--and even by DC standards, this one is very disturbing.

But hey!  It's only national security 'n stuff, and it's not The Russians, and it's the Good Guys (Clinton, Wass-schultz, and other Democrats).

So it won't make Da Nooz.

Then there's THIS:

...Lt. Col. Shaffer doubled down on his explosive claim that the Awan brothers sent sensitive intel to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer revealed to Laura Ingraham, who filled in for Tucker Carlson Thursday evening, the Pakistani IT staffers were sending sensitive information to the Muslim Brotherhood....

Now as we all know, Barack Obama was and is a "fellow" in the Muzzie Brotherhood. 

Very strange that this Paki was a bedfellow with Debbie Blabbermouth-Shultz, who, as a female of the Jewish persuasion, is high on the list of Muzzie Brotherhood Enemies.

Sessions: The Meaning of "Sex" Is "Sex". Period.

There will be more screeching, wailing, and stamping of widdle feets.

...In recent years, lawyers for liberal activist groups shifted from their perennial efforts to amend federal civil rights laws to declare sexual orientation and gender identity to be specially protected categories like race, arguing now that legislative changes are not needed, because current laws against sex discrimination already cover those newer social disputes. Under President Barack Obama and Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) adopted those positions over the past several years.

On July 26, the Trump-Sessions DOJ reversed course, arguing that the words of Title VII have the same dictionary meanings today that they had in 1964, and thus that homosexuality and transgenderism are not specially protected legal categories....

I suppose Bruce Jenner will be unhappy, too, but maybe Sessions will work on folks with mental diseases next.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

"News" in Milwaukee's Litterbox-Liner

Haven't subscribed to a hard-copy for a couple of decades, haven't subscribed to the pixel-edition, either.  But I do read the headlines every day, just in case.  And, just in case, I also check the death notices to see if I should appear at the office.

Anyhow...

Ever since the Milwaukee Bucks wrenched $$Umpty-Millions from the taxpayers for a Thoroughly Modern Dance Hall (or whatever that thing is), the Local Litterbox-Liner has published an essay about every three days on the progress of said ripoff.  With pictures!!

Very few people in the greater metro area give a rat's ass about this building, its owners, or its occupants.  Maybe that's why the paper is fixated on covering it.  Either that, or it's real close to a favorite bar or two.

Fun WIth Congressional Scumbags

This is a helluvagood idea, and I note that Trump can (almost) tweet it into existence.

...Activists including Heritage Action, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, have proposed that Mr. Trump’s administration change a rule promulgated by the Office of Personnel Management during the Obama administration that allows members of Congress and their staff to obtain subsidized insurance alongside other Washington, D.C., small businesses....

Let THOSE bastards and their staffs pay $1,000.00/month or more in premiums, and pay $12-15,000.00/year in deductibles, like at least one blogger I know.  They may never blow off ObozoCare, but they may have to sell off their overpriced houses in the DC area.

*snif* *snif*  And Paul Ryan may have to move from his walled-in compound. 

O, the horror!!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Matthew Walther's Fantastic World

Perhaps this young fellow thinks that he speaks for 'all Catholics' in the US.  If so, he would be the very first person to do so in over 225 years.  Fantasy-world starts there.

But let's see what he has to say!

...my favorite president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, quoted papal encyclicals and entertained princes of the church at the White House....

Oh, really.  That makes Roosevelt......what, exactly?  Let me help you, Matthew!  He was a Protestant Statist who was well-read and who happened to be NOT Republican.  (Who besides the good guys can quote Scripture to his advantage, Matthew??)  And "NOT Republican" was just fine with Catholics--at that time.  What was that time.....again?.....about 75 years ago, no?

One more thing--and this is the important one:  FDR was the first President to ram Federal money into Catholic charities.  So, Matthew, 30 pieces of silver......

...the libertarian economics championed by the Republican Party are absolutely at odds with a plain reading of the documents that together comprise the church's social teaching....

"The Republican Party" "champions" "libertarian economics"??  Not judging by the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  (Let's not quibble about whether he's a (R) or not.  Takes too much time.)  And not judging by the current Speaker of the House, either.  Nor the entirely (R) government of the State of Wisconsin.  And--Matthew--have you read Leo XIII's 'social doctrine' encyclicals??  No??  Better get busy.  Read up on the part about "intact families" and report back to us.

....single-payer, for example, is only one possible (though probably, I think, the most straightforward and workable) response to the question of how to ensure that people receive medical care...,.

Why sure!!  Ask Charlie Gard.  Or his parents.  Go ahead, Matthew.  We'll wait.

Just one more!!

... But to deny that these rights exist in keeping with libertarian principles about positive liberty is to pretend that the church has no right to inform the consciences of the faithful.....

1)  Straw man; and 2) Does not follow.

Matthew is probably a very pleasant young fellow.  His mom is probably proud of him.  It would be nice if he'd get a job and read the entirety of Catholic social doctrine.  It's probably too much to ask if we ask him to understand that Republicans are not Conservatives are not Libertarians.

We Are All Charlie Gard Due to John McCain

And, like Charlie Gard, we will all die at the behest of the State, and at the place and time the State directs.

It reminds me.  I have something for John McCain.  It was written about Julius Caesar, by the man who killed him.  This is a bit premature, of course.

Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men? As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I slew him

There is tears for his love; joy for his fortune; honour for his valour; and death for his ambition. 

Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended.
 

Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. 

Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any, speak; for him have I offended. 

I pause for a reply.

Yes, well.  Who here is so base.....so rude....so vile....?  I pause for a reply.

Adam Carolla, Leo XIII's Disciple

There's a mythology that the Catholic Church's "social teachings" have to do with giving away money to the indigent.

Not even close.

The Church's "social teachings", which were summarized and iterated by Pp. Leo XIII, actually begin with the family--and really don't stray far from that "family" thing.  Ever.

Now comes Adam Carolla.

...Asked by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., what Washington D.C. can do to help stand up for free speech, Carolla described the root of our free speech and intolerance problems and said intact families are the best guarantor of a peaceful and happy civil society....

At one time, Carolla hosted a call-in show whose audience and participants were troubled kids.

...“And I learned that all of these problems that we’re talking about – free speech, discrimination, hatred toward other people, and drug addiction, violence, crime – it all stems from the family. And when the family is intact, much of this stuff just goes away, you don’t have to legislate it away. It just goes away because people are brought up in intact families with decent caring parents, whatever their color, whatever their background is, and then they produce little decent individuals who go off to college or a job, place of work, and they don’t need to be coached up, and they don’t need to be legislated, and they don’t need bloviated by people like us. They grew up in an intact family.”...

Hot damn!  Anthony Esolen would love this guy.

McConnell: "Screw You, Voters!!"

"Leader" McConnell is done with faking his desire to repeal ObozoCare.

Frankly, it's time that "leader" McConnell is replaced.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Fun With the Liars in the Senate

So RoJo was chatting with Vicki today and the topic of the 'vote-a-rama' on ObozoCare came up.

Seems that the Pubbies introduced an amendment for single-payer.  That amendment was the work of John Conyers (D-MI), now out of the House--but it was his very own single-payer bill.

Naturally, the Republicans voted it down.

But several (D) Senators voted FOR it, as you might expect.

MORE (D) Senators, however, voted "present" on the bill.

Gutless hypocrites, just like Mitch McConnell.  Yes, it's a pattern, dear readers.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Donald: Nutbag? No. But Close.

In behavior which was predictable, The Donald has gone wacko-nutbag vis-a-vis Jeff Sessions.

Predictable?  Yes; that's from his real-estate-developer and TV producer background.  These are occupations very friendly to a "my way or the highway" business approach, because they are small businesses which depend on the talent and wits of the principal to survive and prosper.  IOW, megalomaniacs are just fine,.

But the Gummint ain't a small business dependent on the President's persona.  And--much as most of us would like to see it happen--the Gummint ain't going to turn around and behave, or wither away, just because The Donald waves his magic red hat and chants "MAGA MAGA MAGA."

Further, The Donald has to share a spotlight with other players, whether he likes it or not.  And he does NOT like it.  Megalomaniacs don't share.

So he "acts out," and--to no one's surprise--"acts out" like a spoiled child.

It is probably true that if one wants a friend in DC one should buy a dog.  But it does not help if one starts machine-gunning allies, too.  So now we'll get to see Teh Stupid in action. 

The benefit?  We won't pay as much attention to McConnell, who is slime-bagging as his nature demands.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Where Sykes Goes Wrong

Charlie, who like Erickson, can NOT get over Trump's election, tries to nail it all down here:

...A year ago, many conservatives rationalized their support for Trump because the “ends justified means — and that the end was the implementation of conservative policies.”...

He's wrong, on two counts.

1)  Many Conservatives rationalized voting for Trump because HE IS NOT HILLARY.

2)  Many Trump voters ARE NOT CONSERVATIVES, and never have been Conservatives.  A favorite trick of the Upper Crust Journalists--of any persuasion--has been to conflate "Trump voters" and "Conservatives."  That's a serious fallacy.  Lots of Trump voters were voting Democrat only 4 years ago, and still may be doing that on lower levels of Gummint (see Paul Ryan, e.g.)

'K, Charlie?  Try again and try to be a little more...ahhh....accurate.  And stop your whining.

McConnell's "Screw You!!" Fork

Play chess?  Then I don't have to explain "fork."

McConnell is offering the Senate two bad choices, sorta like CN vs. CS chemical weapons.  Note well:  the Senate will choose one of two horrible bills and attempt to shove the CN (or CS)  down YOUR throat.  Nice, eh?

This is what The Donald wants, too.  It's "New York values", ya'know.

...One of the bills being considered, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would offer provisions to immediately replace parts of Obamacare, but it is controversial among centrists because it contains changes to Medicaid that would result in long-term spending cuts and is controversial among conservatives who say it does not go far enough in repealing Obamacare and driving down the cost of premiums...

"Medicaid spending cuts" is bullshit, of course.  The rate of increase diminishes--but there are no "cuts."  The important part:  ".....does not ....repeal Obamacare and drive down....premiums."

So that's Horrible Choice Number One.

...The other bill, the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, would repeal Obamacare's taxes, mandates and spending but leave in place regulations on insurers and give lawmakers two years to come up with a new plan. Conservatives favor this route and point out that senators supported the same bill in 2015 when Barack Obama was president and vetoed it....

Those "regulations" actually prevent reduction of premiums because they force men to cover their own pregnancy and 24-year-olds to pay what Old Farts pay--that is, identical premiums.

That's Horrible Choice Number Two.

RoJo figured out that McConnell is a slimebucket liar and let on to it a week ago.  Trump is a pure buffoon on this topic (he's not too bad on some others.)  Let's hope both Horrible Choices go down in flames.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Traffic Signs

I guess it's no surprise that someone is putting up these signs around the Twin Cities.






A little nostalgia there--back in the late 1960's I visited a friend on the Macalester College campus.  It's one of the two times that my car battery failed.  DAMN it was cold there in January....

HT:  BearingArms

Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite

Let's get this out of the way:  Paul Ryan was, in fact, NOT elected to save The Donald's ass.

Thanks for that info, Paul.

Now--from behind your walled-in-castle grounds, could you explain why the House of Representatives, under your "leadership" has not showed a scintilla of interest in Hillary Clinton's serial, egregious, and deliberate violations of the ESPIONAGE ACT????

There are those who think that you, Paul, are a danger to the country because you, Paul, are a member-first-class of the City Class and have forgotten the country-class from which you came.

Or were you elected to shovel Hillary's crimes under your bed, Paul??


Erick Erickson, Did You Lose Your Mind?

There are a few things which we used to take for granted in this country, among which was the maxim that "NO ONE is above the law."

That's something that Erick Erickson wants to bury in the same memory-hole in which we have buried "regular order" and the 9th and 10th Amendments, not to mention common sense and the laws of nature and nature's God (thank you, SCOTUS.)

Bullshit, Erick.

Here's his mealy-mouthing:

...the Trump Administration has been wise to avoid going after Clinton and others from the Obama Administration...

Oh, really?  So egregious, willful, blatant, and wholesale violations of the Espionage Act are to be forgiven through benign neglect?   

REALLY, Erick?  From you, who postures as "Mr. Military Backer"??

Bullshit, Erick.

Erickson blathers on and on about something like 'comity,' because after all, the Other Guys will eventually get back in charge, and Ohhhh!!!!, it would be Awwwwwwful!! if they actually prosecuted Our Guys for CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.

Bullshit, Erick.  It would be absolutely correct for them to do so.  And they (and Trump) would be derelict of duty if such prosecutions did not happen.  Please note that I said "criminal activity," not "political activity," Erick.

Some animals are more equal than other animals, Erick--but not in any country us dirt-people want to live in.

Fire the Entire Dept of Justice

Apparently Jeff Sessions has forgotten to issue the orders for all members of the DoJ to resign.

All of them.  Every damned one.

Sen. Franken Sucking Up to Mother Russia

We note that the Democrats are reverting to form--that is, sucking up to Russia.

That's because Russia has had the form of Government that Democrats prefer:  atheist, violent, authoritarian, but mostly atheist.  And, of course, Russia has a Government which rewards Government apparatchiks like Franken!

I'm sure there's a dacha with your name on it, Al.  Why don't you go there now?


Friday, July 21, 2017

The (D) Constituency

Found at AOSHQ:

"I always wondered why the Democrats were such mollycoddlers of the criminal class, and then the obvious answer dawned on me: crooks, grifters, rapists, thieves, con men, welfare cheats, burglars, wife beaters, flim flam artists, antifa scum, homicidal maniacs, gang bangers, terrorists, and child molesters are all natural Democratic constituencies, so they're just pandering to their voter base."

Unmentioned:  those are the elected Democrats.  How do I know that?  Read the linked piece.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dean Inge Describes Marquette U

While it's safe to say that Dean Inge never trod the campus of Marquette University, and perhaps never even heard of Marquette University, nor its "Warriors," Mr. Inge did emit a sentence which describes that institution.

“Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.”

Marquette, having married the 1960's at Land'O'Lakes, remains in the '60's today.  Not because the '60's are the Permanent Things; but because they are permanently Last Century.  Thus today, instead of championing the sexual revolution, MU champions the Mohammedan revolution.  In between there was the revolution against Nature having to do with homosexuality, and the revolution against Nature having to do with "warming/cooling/change."

Widower, and bereft of direction.

Mke Journal-Sentinel Parent Employs Idiots

The fact that USAToday is the Big Daddy newspaper of Gannett, which also owns the Milwaukee rag, tells you about the future JS:  idiocy in print.

...[T]he fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way....--quoted at MoonBattery

Yes, well.  In the early 1900's, the British Army--and for that matter, the German Army--had zero "of color" enlistees. 

The next time Gannett pubishes a review of the Bible, the reviewer will probably complain that 'there are no prophets of color' mentioned.  Grimm, too, is a failure; neither Hansel nor Gretel, nor their parents, are of color

Abp. Sorondo Goes Off the Edge

It is unfortunate that some occupants of Vatican offices are ...ahhh....dogmatic, but wrong.  That reduces their credibility on the occasions when they are right.

On the other hand, 'Vatican credibility' has been in short supply for the last 2-3 years, anyway.

Trump Should Cut 50% of D.O.E.

Apparently the ninnygirlzzz at Dept. of Education have too much time available, so they spend it harassing States.

That means that a large reduction in their numbers is in order.  50% is only a suggestion; 75-90% is certainly worth consideration.

We know that the House doesn't have any balls; do it by E.O.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Estrogen Central: MSNBC

Being polite, I didn't re-tune the office TV set at noon, and was subjected to about 20 minutes of hysteria on MSNBC. 

TRUMP talked to PUTIN!!  Without his guard-puppies from State!!  Without permission from ANYONE!!  It was ANIMATED!!

There were three guests, all posing as men; one from WaPo, one from Atlantic, and one who was a Foggy Bottom mouthpiece during Sad Sack's administration.

It was so dreadful that it was actually comic.  But it was mainly dreadful.

House Budget: Another Load of BS??

Given what we've seen in the last several months, and what we know with certainty, we're VERY skeptical of the House budget plan.

And we're not alone.

...The proposal would reach a surplus of $9 billion by 2027. Over 10 years, it would reduce total federal spending by $6.8 trillion compared to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest projections. In total, federal debt held by the public would be over 30 percent less than CBO estimates as a share of the economy....

There's more at the link, but let's stop here for this blogpost.

"By 2027."  That means it is guar-an-f*&^%-teed not to reach a surplus.  Ever.  The first biggest lie is always the one which says "by XXXX years out there."

"Over 10 years."  That means that MAYBE the first 4 years' spending reductions will actually happen.  MAYBE.  The rest is bullshit.

"Debt...30% less."  That means nothing at all, because--like the "2027" line of malarkey, it is contingent on a whole lotta good economy (no recessions) and a whole lotta peace on Earth (no wars.)

Believe what you like, folks.  Don't believe the Republicans or Democrats, though.

Fast & Furious Shooter!

She's good at shooting, too.

Bankrupted by Three Old Women

When the US healthcare system goes bankrupt, it will be due to three old women.

Used to be that we could blame it all on 'five old men'.

This is not "progress," people.

Self-Driving Robot Drowns Itself

Just sayin'...

...this week, the robot’s regular patrol went awry when the machine drove directly into a fountain, disabling the security robot entirely....

The robot's airbags did not deploy, either.

*Shock*!! Blue Cross LOVES ObozoCare

Not only Blue Cross/Anthem, of course.  Also United Health Care, and any OTHER health insurance entity.

...Reflecting on his party's newly failed legislative attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said the bill had "K Street's fingerprints on it."

"A lot of the lobbyists knew what was in both the House and Senate bill before members of Congress knew what was in the bill,"...

"In the healthcare bill, it was clear that there was a lot of work with the insurance companies on this bill, and the insurance companies have benefited from Obamacare," DeSantis explained. "They really support a government-centered system where government is keeping competition out of their marketplace."...

That's why Cruz/Lee became Cruz-only, and was likely to get blown out on some pretext having to do with "reconciliation."

While we're at it:  it's about time McConnell gets deposed.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

High Hardball Thrown at B-16's & Muller's Heads

Think Bill and Hill are nasty?  They could take lessons.

At least 547 young members of the Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir in Germany were subjected to physical and in some instances sexual abuse over a period of 60 years, a new report says.

The report accuses 49 members of the Catholic Church of carrying out the abuse between 1945 and the early 1990s....

Ummmmnnnnhhhh....

Among those singled out for criticism in the report was former choirmaster Georg Ratzinger, elder brother of retired Pope Benedict XVI. 

Mr Weber said that while Mr [sic] Ratzinger, now 93, had no knowledge of sexual abuse, "one can accuse him of looking the other way and failing to intervene".

He was head of the choir from 1964 to 1994 and denies any knowledge of what went on. It was "never discussed" while he ran the choir, he has said. 

He has in the past admitted to occasionally slapping boys but insisted he never beat them until they were "black and blue"....

It's "FATHER" Ratzinger.

Think timing.  Just a few days ago, B-16 spoke of 'the foundering' Catholic church.  Then this report is issued.  Hmmmmm.  And 'one can accuse' Fr. Ratzinger of a lot of things, but one must PROVE those things, no?

No.  This thing was all in the timing--placing the name "Ratzinger" at front and center in a mud-slinging spree.  No charges will be filed, no one will be convicted, most of the perps (if any) are dead....

And there's another target, almost as prominent, a man who does not toe Pp Francis' line entirely:

...It also cited criticism by victims of the Regensburg diocese’s initial efforts to investigate past abuse. It said that the bishop at the time the allegations surfaced, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, bears “clear responsibility for the strategic, organizational and communicative weaknesses” of those efforts.
Müller, later made a cardinal, became the head of the Vatican’s doctrine office in 2012. Pope Francis recently did not renew his mandate at the beginning of this month...
Get the picture?

HIllary Had a Spy Working on Trump Jr.

Well, doh.

...The translator who attended the June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin is a former State Department contractor, CBS News’ Kylie Atwood has learned....quoted at Zippers

Seems that the Russki lawyer speaks and writes English very well, indeed.  So why a State-connected and (D) partisan "translator" at the meeting with Trump, Jr.?


"Net Neutrality"? Nope. It's "Who Spends?"

Nice, brief, explanation of the 'net neutrality' issue.

Right-down to right-down, it's Netflix trying to spend OTHER people's money, just like Da Gummint--which is why they are allies here.

"Not Nearly Enough" Is Goal of GOPe. Surprised?

We are informed that "hundreds" of EPA employees will be pink-slipped.

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent out more than 1,000 buy-out notices to its employees...

EPA has around 14,000 employees.

So there are 13,000 left to cut. 

But "not nearly enough" cuts is the GOP Establishment's goal.  In case you haven't noticed, the Establishment Boyzzzz' Club actually loves bureaucrats on the payroll.  Makes for excellent fund-raising SCARY LETTERS!!

Paul Ryan vs. College Kids

About 10 years ago, one of my children's pals looked into working at the Dells in order to pay at least some of her college tuition. 

Fuggedaboutit.  The pay rates were so low that she could not assemble savings AND pay (minimal) living expenses. 

This is the sort of economy that Paul Ryan wants to preserve:  import thousands of low-wage/non-skilled people so that college kids (or non-college kids) can't earn their way out of a hole.  That way, college kids can borrow umpty-thousands of dollars and pay interest which funds ObozoCare!  (Bet you forgot about that, eh?)

Maybe some of those imported laborers will be tending the vines growing on the walls surrounding his home, eh?

People PAY For In-House Spying?

So you're trashing your sister-in-law, or discussing what to do with a problem-child, or formulating a plan to leave your employer and start a new business--about a year from now.

Why would you PAY for a machine which records all your conversations and then publishes them to complete strangers?

You already run that risk with your car's telemetry system, ya'know.

Lying Liar McConnell Agrees With Liar Trump?

Mitch McConnell, arguably the lyingest liar in all of D.C. (and that's saying something) has suddenly decided to kill his Frankenstein monstrosity and go for 'clean repeal.'

Trump, another notorious liar, agrees that a 'clean repeal' is better.

This follows RoJo's declaration that McConnell is a lying liar, and Mike Lee's pronouncement that McConnell's lying lie about 'choice in plans' is merely another lying lie.

Wonder why Putin laughs himself to sleep at night?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Does I.C.K. Know This?

I get that this is the NYSlimes, and Douthat is kinda shaky when yapping about matters Catholic and  the Vatican. 

But this graf, buried in the middle of an essay on the changing of the guard in Rome,  is sorta interesting:

...And so too in liturgical issues, where there is talk that Francis’s outreach to the Society of Saint Pius X, the semi-schismatic group that celebrates the Latin Mass, could lead first to the S.S.P.X.’s reintegration and then the suppression of the pre-Vatican II liturgy for everyone else — effectively using the S.S.P.X. to quarantine traditionalism....

Well, that might slow the funding river flowing from the US to the HQ of the Institute of Christ the King, ain'a?

RoJo on Right Path: McConnell Is a Liar

We've never failed to criticize Sen. Ron Johnson when he failed to make good on his promise to repeal ObozoCare. 

It now appears that RoJo has had enough of Mitch McConnell's slippery half-truth games.

McConnell still thinks that he and The Establishment are entitled, and destined to rule.  That will not end well.  Happy to note that RoJo finally sees the light.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day Ending in "Y"; Another Clinton-Related "Suicide"

So there was this 80-ish dude who was hot on the trail of some Hillary scandal, who committed "suicide" in Minnesota.  (Rumors that he fired three shots to his own head are not true.)

Lo!  Behold!!  Another Clinton-investigator found dead!  By "suicide," no less!!

The mainstream media’s silence over Klaus Eberwein’s death is deafening.  

Eberwein was a former Haitian government official who was expected to expose the extent of Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice next week.

He has been found dead in Miami at the age of 50.

The circumstances surrounding Eberwein’s death are also nothing less than unpalatable. According to Miami-Dade’s medical examiner records supervisor, the official cause of death is “gunshot to the head.“ Eberwein’s death has been registered as “suicide” by the government.

To know the Clintons is to commit suicide, I guess.

Neocon Idiots on Video!!

In case you need a good shot of schadenfreude, the vid linked at the link below is outstanding.

Some Lt.Col. (it's clear why he never made Bird) and another hapless moron--both Badge-Wearing Neo-Con warmongers-no-matter-what--are disassembled and left on the side of the highway by Tucker Carlson.

The latter sputters with flamboyance at his fate, for extra jollies!

HT:  Vox


Never Mind. Country's Doomed, Anyway

Since there are only about 5 adults in Congress, this won't matter.

The U.S. is facing the largest, most predictable crisis in American history, and almost nobody is talking about it.

That was one takeaway Wednesday during a discussion at the Heritage Foundation on the national debt, which is currently $20 trillion and mounting. Just before the July 4 recess, the Congressional Budget Office altered its projections for this year, estimating that $700 billion will be added to the debt in 2017, which is $130 billion more than the CBO estimated in January....

By the way, none of the adults in Congress is in any sort of 'leadership' position.

The Buy-Offs. Your Money, and Lots Of It. Why?

This time, McConnell is buying off Pubbie piggies.

He'll piss away $230 BILLION in bribes.

Can you articulate one good reason to keep Mordor-on-the-Potomac operating?

Can you articulate one good reason to contribute to the (R) Party?

Health "Insurers" Prefer Massive Free Cash From Taxpayers

The health "insurance" racketeers--who are hoovering megabucks from taxpayers under ObozoCare--prefer to keep it that way.

So they mislead and lie about real insurance choices afforded by Cruz/Lee.

Remember that these were the Big Corporations who backed ObozoCare--who begged for it.  They saw (wrongly) a fortune to be made.  But they were wrong.

So YOU have to pay for it, of course.

F&^% them.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Trumpheart

Lots of fun here.  Watch it for a couple of very good laughs.

Cancelling "Last Man Standing"

Following the announcement that "Last Man Standing" will not be renewed after 6 seasons, I DVR'd as much of the series as possible and have been watching them along with my long-suffering spouse.

Want to know why it's been cancelled?

Mature themes and content.

Yup.  You have to be mature to appreciate the marital banter, child-raising challenges, and workplace realities that the show accurately depicts.

You also have to be mature to appreciate the faith-inspired references to God, the Church, and the Bible.  Nah--it's not Catholic; it's closer to Conservative Methodist.  But it's straight-up Judaeo-Christian stuff.

And don't even bring up "gay", or worse disorders.  The Toolman will slap it down.  Hard.

If you're mature, you will watch the show and laugh, laugh, laugh.  It's heartwarming, too.  Best medicine after a day at work.  Stunted-emotional-growth perverts, God-haters, and self-idolizing twits (see, e.g., Lena Dunham) need not apply.

Catch it before it's gone!

Write a Check, Melinda

Awwwww.....this is cause for The Sadzzzz:

Melinda Gates said it's "very troubling" that President Trump reinstated a policy banning U.S. funding of abortion and abortion-promoting organizations overseas....

Well, Melinda, write a check and cover it yourself.   And please turn in your "Catholic girl" card at the Gates of Hell.

Pandering Prostitutes And Republicans, Too!!

Wanna know why Trump was nominated, then elected?

Because of Congress-Slime like these, who belong in a Hall of Fame for Pandering Prostitutes.  Because of the disordered "thinking" of these individuals, YOU will be paying for tranny-surgeries.  They want you to pay for the disordered nutcases' self-glamorizations.

These people are a Social Disease.

  • California Rep. Paul Cook
  • California Rep. Jeff Denham
  • California Rep. Steve Knight
  • California Rep. Darrell Issa
  • Colorado Rep Mike Coffman
  • Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo
  • Florida Rep. Lena Ros-Lehtinen
  • Florida Rep. Brian Mast
  • Michigan Rep. Justin Amash
  • Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman
  • New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance
  • New Jersey Rep. Frank Lobiondo
  • New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur
  • New York Rep. John Faso
  • New York Rep. Elise Stefanik
  • New York Rep. Tom Reed
  • New York Rep. John Katko
  • New York Rep. Claudia Tenney
  • Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Costello
  • Pennsylvania Rep. Charles Dent
  • Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster
  • Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
  • Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock
  • Washington Rep. David Reichert

Pshrink Goes Over the Cuckoo's Nest

At least one ex-Democrat is retroverting--the TV guy, Krauthammer.

He's decided that it's all "collusion." 

Actually, in the case of Junior Trump, it's "gross stupids."  But moving on....

One wonders if anyone ever told him that pshrinkology is witch-doctoring with Greek spelling.

Putin--not a bad prshrink himself--is laughing so loud we can hear him here.  And the Democrat Party reclaims its lost children.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Medicaid Murder Machine

Some high-school graduate at Vox mag-a-rag tells us that the proposed Medicaid cuts (Senate version) will kill about 208,000 Americans.  In the proposal, Medicaid spend will drop from a projected $4.6 TRILLION to a paltry $3.9 TRILLION over the next 8 years or so.

With the $700 billion in savings, the Gummint will purchase backhoes and pine boxes. 

...scaling back ObamaCare spending would mean loss of insurance for some 22 million Americans. Vox also claims that every 830 people covered means one life saved, hence, presto, the GOP plan will mean killing 208,500 people.... 

That's according to a CBO analysis.  Hmmmm.

But like a lot of other things that high-school graduates know, this is simply not true.

...Medicaid is perhaps the civilized world's worst program. It costs just as much as private plans — about $7,000 per patient — but produces worse outcomes, including higher mortality, than private coverage. So given that one of ObamaCare's dirty little secrets is that many of its Medicaid enrollees are folks kicked off their private plans due to the Medicaid expansion, [ObozoCare] may have actually cost — rather than saved — lives in this cohort....

Well, so what?  When have the Democrats actually cared about lives?  Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile was more caring than the current crop of jackasses.

As to covering the UN-insured with Medicaid:

...A 2010 study by the University of Virginia of 893,658 patients in the university hospital found that individuals on Medicaid had the worst post-surgery survival rate of any patients, including the uninsured...

...then there is the famous 2013 Oregon study — the closest thing to a lab experiment in the real world — co-authored by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber. It contrasted uninsured patients who were randomly assigned to Medicaid with those who remained uninsured and found that the Medicaid patients did not have significantly better outcomes for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even mortality....

What did I tell you?  The Democrats (and Vox high-school interns) simply don't give a rat's ass about lives.  From the above studies, it is clear that putting people ONTO Medicaid will kill them faster.

Hmmmmm.