Daily Archives: November 15, 2016

The Inclusion Delusion

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Awesome summary slash rant by Bill O’Reilly: You’re Living in ‘ Fantasy World ’ If You Think Last 8 Years Encouraged Inclusion [7:30]

H/t Pistol Pete

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Afternoon Delight

Starland Vocal Band had their one and only hit in 1976. At the time it was almost scandalous. Just think, adults exchanging bodily fluids before supper. And in front of the dog! The cat acted aloof and couldn’t care less.

Republicans Stole the Supreme Court
Democrats, don’t let them get away with it.
SLATE MAGAZINE STILL SUFFERING FIT OF APOPLEXY. THIS WILL LAST AWHILE.
We are told to give him a chance, to reach across the aisle, and that we must all work hard, in President Obama’s formulation, to make sure that Trump succeeds. But before you decide to take Obama’s advice, I would implore you to stand firm and even angry on this one point at least: The current Supreme Court vacancy is not Trump’s to fill. This was President Obama’s vacancy and President Obama’s nomination. Please don’t tacitly give up on it because it was stolen by unprecedented obstruction and contempt. Instead, do to them what they have done to us. Sometimes, when they go low, we need to go lower, to protect a thing of great value.

Vets group wants Congress to wait for Trump to pass more aggressive VA reform bill
A massive veterans reform bill backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs will face resistance in Congress’ lame-duck session starting Tuesday from a group intent on letting the new Republican-controlled Senate and President-Elect Donald Trump have a say in how expeditiously VA employees can be fired.
With only a couple of months left as VA Secretary, Bob McDonald is making one final appeal to Congress to pass the reform bill that’s the culmination of his two-year tenure. The 400-page Veterans First Act contains dozens of provisions to streamline the appeals process for disability compensation, allow more leeway in disciplining employees and grant VA medical staff the ability to work flexible hours, among other things.

Obama’s looking forward to a vacation after the White House
POOR GUY NEEDS SOME REST. THREE WEEK VACATIONS IN HAWAII, 300+ ROUNDS OF GOLF, HANDING AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY OVER TO THE U.N., IT’S ALL BACKBREAKING WORK.
President Obama’s first executive action after leaving the White House will be to take some R&R.
“I will take a vacation for a couple weeks after my presidency is over,” he told Democratic National Committee stakeholders in a conference call Monday evening, without specifying a location.
“But then we’re going to get back to work,” he added.

Conway: ‘I Completely Agree’ With Obama That Trump Is Pragmatic and Not Ideological

At his first news conference since Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, Obama addressed the transition process and what he expects from his successor on Monday.
“I don’t think he is ideological. I think ultimately he is pragmatic,” Obama said. “And that can serve him well, as long as he’s got good people around him.”
Conway said she “completely” agreed with that description from Obama when asked about it by Today host Savannah Guthrie.

An Arrogant and Lazy Presidency
It’s safe to say that there has rarely, if ever, been a president more absolutely sure of the utter and total correctness of his positions than Barack Obama.
It is also quite accurate to say that there has never been a president who implemented such fundamentally impactful policies while circumventing the usual legislative process as Barack Obama. No president has ever announced that he has “a pen and a phone, and I intend to use them if Congress won’t act.”
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Carpe Diem, Mr. Trump
cwy9kvnukaa-3exFROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE WRITERS,VDH
While we speak, a jealous age will have fled. Seize the day! Trust as little as you can in tomorrow. The Latin poet Horace’s advice of carpe diem— to seize the day and not worry about tomorrow — should be Trump’s transitional guide.

Steve Bannon and Keith Ellison: Do the Democrats Really Care About Anti-Semitism?
The record is clear.
President-elect Trump has enraged the establishment media by choosing Steven K. Bannon as his chief strategist, because Bannon, they claim on the flimsiest of evidence, is a white supremacist and an anti-Semite. Meanwhile, that same media is hailing Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) for announcing his candidacy for Chairman of the Democratic National Committee – despite Ellison’s very real links to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, two groups that are outdone by no one in anti-Semitism.

Donald Trump’s granddaughter a viral sensation in China
(CNN) — She’s just five years old but might just be Donald Trump’s biggest diplomatic win in China.
A video of Trump’s granddaughter Arabella Kushner reciting Chinese poetry is being shared across the country.
During his bid for the US presidency, Trump had nothing but tough talk for Beijing.
But the little girl’s command of Mandarin is being interpreted by some as a hidden sign of Trump’s affinity with the country.
In the video, Arabella is wearing a red Chinese style ball gown standing on a table. Other traditional Chinese elements — the Chinese character for happiness, lanterns and Monkey stickers — are visible in the background.

Election results give momentum to worker freedom
Does a Trump presidency mean public employees across the country will be freed from being forced to pay government unions against their will?
If Trump nominates one of the roughly two dozen people he pledged to consider to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, it’s likely public employees nationwide would earn freedom from being forced to support politics they disagree with.

To Democrats’ Dismay, Trump Will Inherit Obama’s Expanded Presidential Powers
With a new president much loathed by the mainstream media and progressive elites, it shouldn’t be very long until we start hearing about the dangers of the “imperial presidency.” Where were they, we wonder, during the Obama years?
It’s quite an irony that the one whom many on the left said they couldn’t stomach as president should become president and inherit a whole panoply of new presidential powers that President Obama used and no one other than conservatives objected to. Because now, a President Trump can use the same powers.

Why Did Trump Win? Obama
e7zv9zkDonald Trump’s upset victory is being attributed to many factors, from Hillary Clinton being a corrupt and flawed candidate to the rise of the angry white male. Never mind that Trump secured more white women support than did Clinton. Maybe it was due to the FBI investigations and Director Comey’s schizophrenic opening and closing the investigations.
What really gave Trump his victory is one person: Barack Obama. This election was nothing less than a complete and total repudiation of his presidency, his policies, his “fundamental transformation of America” that he promised and delivered.

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Obamacare: A decisive factor in Hillary Clinton’s defeat

As a White House consultant, Jonathan Gruber helped to design ObamaCare and was then caught afterward on this videotape talking about “the stupidity of the American voter.”

GRUBER: “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” [:52]

Yesterday, Ira Stoll wrote at the New York Sun, “if anyone is ‘stupid’ in this story, it’s not the voters, but the academics who in their hubris designed an Affordable Care Act that became so unpopular that it became a decisive factor in Hillary Clinton’s defeat. …  A friend of mine reported that while volunteering for the Clinton campaign in Pennsylvania, she encountered one voter who had just gotten off the phone with her health insurance company, ‘battling an astronomical increase in premiums. A cancer survivor, she had lost her favorite doctor when she went onto Obamacare two years earlier. Now her rates were going up.‘ That voter wound up supporting Trump.”

Jonathan Gruber Discovers ‘Stupidity’ Is Wrong Word For American Voters
By IRA STOLL, Special to the New York Sun | November 14, 2016

H/t Pistol Pete

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MYTHBUSTER: Science vs. the Catholic Church

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Have you ever noticed how the ONLY evidence anyone can cite for the alleged hostility of the Catholic Church to science is the Galileo affair?  The RCC has been around for nearly 2,000 years.  You’d think if its hostility to science was such a big deal, there’s be more evidence, wouldn’t you?

The fact is that, while the Galileo thing was not a shining moment in my church’s history, it was also not the one-sided affair most people seem to think it was.  Galileo himself bears a great deal of the blame.  And he was never tortured or thrown into prison either.  His punishment for flipping the bird at the pope was house arrest in a country house near Florence.  He died peacefully in his own bed.  Poor baby.

In fact, until he gave up pure science and became obsessed with converting public opinion and trying to force the Roman Catholic hierarchy to espouse his theological ideas, Galileo was celebrated by leaders of the RCC, including the pope.  If he’d stuck with science and left theology to the theologians, he would never have gotten into trouble.

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But no … he had to become his century’s version of Al Gore (not that Al Gore was ever in his life an actual scientist).  And, given how brutally hostile the scientific community is today toward so-called climate deniers and those who espouse Intelligent Design, I’m thinking the RCC in Galileo’s day had NOTHING on today’s secular scientists.

Plus, it’s not like Galileo was right about everything.  He believed, for example, that comets were exhalations of the atmosphere and tides were caused by the rotation of the Earth.  Ahem.  He also never dropped anything off the Tower of Pisa.

Pope (now Saint) John Paul II felt that the conflict between Galileo and the RCC ought never to have occurred, because faith and science, properly understood, can never be at odds. It’s in the Catechism:

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The Galileo Affair <- Good article on the topic
http://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/GALILEO.TXT

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
The Galileo Affair is covered on pages 67-74.
https://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Church-Built-Western-Civilization/dp/1596983280

Galileo’s Leaning Tower of Pisa Experiment <- Never happened
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo%27s_Leaning_Tower_of_Pisa_experiment

The 35 Lunar Craters Named For Jesuits
http://faculty.fairfield.edu/jmac/sj/scientists/lunacrat.htm

Catholic Catechism: Faith and Science
http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/index.html#61/z

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Some Random Thoughts and Assorted Stuff

So there I was, sleeping peacefully after posting this morning, when the phone rang. I never bother answering it (we have an answering machine…remember those?) and the first word I hear is: “Mama?” That’s all it takes. My wife, a senior citizen with a bad hip and two surgically repaired knees, burst out of her bedroom and grabbed the phone like a starving man with a ribeye steak. Miss Isabel has been sick for two days and her mom was going to leave her at home by herself until she can get her to the doctor later today. Grandma wan’t having any of it. They live in Dekalb, some 35-40 miles away. Makes no difference. She’s off to the rescue like she was shot out of a cannon. Such is life with a doting grandmother.

Congress is back for the lame duck session today after the break for the election. This can be an extremely dangerous time, since there are those bent on wreaking as much havoc as possible before they leave for good. The republicans seem to have mended fences and are eager to get back to work. There are literally hundreds of bills that were sent to the Senate for debate that the soon-to-be-gone shitheel Harry Reid wiped his wrinkled, liver-spotted backside with. He was the one who unilaterally decided to do away with the time-honored filibuster to shove hundreds of Obama’s leftist judges through the nomination process. He stopped short of including the Supreme Court.

Much to many peoples’ dismay Bitchy Mitchy said he would allow the Democrats to filibuster all of Trumps SCOTUS nominations. This would be a huge mistake. The trouble with the way the dems rule is that they never consider the possibility these tactics may be used against them. One of the overwhelming reasons people voted for Trump was that they knew the consequences of a liberal court would be. The notorious RBG is 88. She will be 90 before the next midterms. My guess is that the democrats will keep her there as long as possible, like Weekend at Bernies. Breyer and Kennedy are both in their 80s. If The Donald wins a second term he has a chance to place at least 3 judges on the bench. There’s no guarantee that his picks won’t end up like Souter or that backstabber John Roberts, but with a democrat president it would be a sure thing they’d be hard leftists.

Something else that occurred to me. I wonder if the media will show the same deference to Trump’s children that they did for Obama’s. (Don’t count on it.) Barron is 10 years old and could be 18 before all is said and done.
Compare this:
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Their behavior has been a disgrace, but has been widely accepted because they’re democrats.

Barry is on his final world tour, lecturing the world about what a tremendous job he’s done as president and hopes Trump will leave his One World Order intact. The way I look at it, winning gets us a twofer. Both Obama and the Bloody Bitch…GONE.

Obama has stated he’s going to stay in DC until Sashay finishes high school. I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. You can’t play golf in DC in January. Chicago either. My chips would go on the square that says his bony ass is off to Hawaii pronto. He can spend his days golfing, surfing, getting high, and collecting royalty checks from the books Bill Ayers wrote for him.

How refreshing will it be for us to have a president who wears suits when he speaks instead of his shirt sleeves, doesn’t wear mom jeans or ride a bike with one of those sissy foam helmets.

The last two Secretaries of State have been Hillary and Climate Change Kerry, the male gigolo. Word is that SOS will be Rudy Giuliani, if he wants it. Imagine the culture shock among the terrorist countries that are used to dealing with people they consider a pathetic joke. I think they’ll get along until the first time they try to play him and find out he won’t take any bullshit.

The personal attacks began election night and will no doubt continue until he’s out of office. How he governs is yet to be seen. I remain skeptical, given his past, but one thing is sure… whatever kind of president he turns out to be, it’s a helluva lot better than the alternative.

Crap….not enough room for the next batch of links. Life is filled with these bitter disappointments. Well,it’s time for another nap anyway.

TRUMP IS CERTAINLY NOT AN UNKNOWN. THIS IS A MONTAGE OF HIS RECORD OF TWEAKING HIS CRITICS.

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LOVE ME SOME CALVIN AND HOBBES
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Early Edition

It’s not very often I make a recommendation. This is one of those times. This man made a series of videos before the election. This is his last one, a tribute to all who made an end to the socialist tyranny possible. This is well worth the 3 minutes it takes to watch.

Meet The 7 Veterans Newly Elected To Congress
THE MEDIA WON’T TELL YOU ABOUT THIS….BUT PETE WILL
The number of veterans serving in Congress is set to increase in 2017.
There’s no question that the military molds ordinary citizens into incredible leaders, and it appears the rest of the country has begun to recognize that, too.

At least 27 post-9/11 veterans won congressional races on Nov. 8, while the current Congress includes 26 veterans. In addition, at least 18 veteran incumbents won reelection and three senators were not up for reelection this year. There are, however, still handful of races that have run-offs as you can see from this chart drawn up by Military Times.


Jonathan Gruber Discovers ‘Stupidity’ Is Wrong Word For American Voters
Well, if anyone is “stupid” in this story, it’s not the voters, but the academics who in their hubris designed an Affordable Care Act that became so unpopular that it became a decisive factor in Hillary Clinton’s defeat.

‘They’re Good People’: Trump Backs Off Promise to Investigate Clinton with Special Prosecutor, Repeats Vows on ObamaCare and Border Wall in First Post-Election TV Interview
REGARDLESS OF HOW HE FEELS ABOUT THE CLINTONS, THE FBI IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE E-MAIL CONSPIRACY.
President-elect Donald Trump, in his first television interview since his surprise election victory, repeated his vows to build a wall across America’s southern border, deport criminal illegal aliens, and repeal and replace ObamaCare.

O’Reilly – You’re Living in a ‘Fantasy World’ If You Think Last 8 Years Encouraged Inclusion
Great talking points memo from O’Reilly
Last 8 years under Obama inclusive? Gimme a break

Hillary Clinton Became PHYSICALLY VIOLENT on Election Night and Tore Into Robby Mook and John Podesta
GIVEN HER WELL-DOCUMENTED TEMPER YOU CAN JUST IMAGINE HOW UNHINGED SHE BECAME
Radio host Todd Kincannon from The Kincannon Show tweeted today that a CNN reporter told him Hillary Clinton became physically violent towards Robby Mook and John Podesta around midnight last Tuesday as the presidency was slipping away.

Oregon official who fined Christian bakery into shutting down loses election

Commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Brad Avakian gained infamy when he fined a Christian bakery with $135,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Avakian looked to move up in the state government by attempting to run for Secretary of State. His campaign claimed that he would use his office to come down hard on corporations with audits, use his governmental powers to protect the environment, and police workplace pay.
None of these things being what a secretary of state does.
What’s more, Avakian lost to a Republican, former state representative Dennis Richardson. Aside from being a Republican beating a Democrat out of office in Oregon, Richardson will be the first Republican voted into statewide office in 14 years.

Agents Brace for Pre-Trump Border Surge
Border patrol union president predicts career-level supervisors will now resist Obama directives to stem rush
With Donald Trump’s presidency now only a matter of time instead of a hypothetical, border agents are bracing for a surge in illegal immigration at the southwest border as people race to get into the United States before the door shuts.
At the same time, according to the head of the union representing 16,5000 U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, career-level managers of the agency are likely to push back against the directives of outgoing political appointees of President Obama.

Lame Duck President Wanders Iowa Blathering On How He Once Won It

Soros Gathering With Top Democrats in D.C to Plot Trump Resistance
Democracy Alliance seeks to combat ‘massive threats’ from Trump, Republicans
AFTER HE’S PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD HAVE THIS MISERABLE BASTARD ARRESTED FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. HE NEEDS TO ROT IN HELL.
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Good News: Trump will Re-Install Churchill Bust in the Oval Office
In your face, Barack.
In 2009 Barack Obama removed the Churchill bust from the Oval Office.
It was tacky.
Obama replaced the Churchill bust with a photo of himself walking on water.
Mr Farage said: “We talked about the prospect of the United Kingdom being at the front of the queue, all of which was met positively.”
His comments come after outgoing President Barack Obama told the UK earlier this year that its decision to leave the EU meant it would be at the “back of the queue” for trade talks.

Trump’s plan to bring back coal country places EPA in crosshairs
Over the last eight years of the Obama administration, the EPA “used the legal rubrics of the Clean Air Act really to pursue a low-carbon energy policy and really not to further environmental protection,” she said.
“Carbon dioxide has no adverse impact in the air we breath at all,” Hartnett-White said. “It’s a harmless trace gas that is actually an essential nutrient for plants.”

Putin Gives Trump a Call
IT WOULD BE SAFE TO ASSUME PUTIN REALIZES HE CAN’T PLAY TRUMP LIKE THE FOOL CURRENTLY RESIDING IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
The two also discussed how to resolve the conflict in Syria and how improve trade relations. They agreed that at the moment, the relationship between the U.S. and Russia was “unsatisfactory.”
The U.S. is “very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia,” Trump told the Russian leader.

Trump Tells ’60 Minutes’: ‘I’m Pro-Life. The Judges Will Be Pro-Life’
“Here’s what’s going to happen. I’m going to put– I’m pro-life. The judges will be pro-life. They’ll very much—” Trump said.
“But what about overturning this law?” Stahl asked.
They’re going to be very pro-2nd Amendment, but having to do with abortion, what it– if it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states, so it would go back to the states,” Trump said.
“Then some women won’t be able to get an abortion,” Stahl said.
“No, it’ll go back to the states,” Trump said.
“By state, no, some—” Stahl interjected.
“Well, they’ll perhaps have to go to another state,” Trump said.
“And that’s okay?” Stahl asked.
“Well, we’ll see what happens. It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go,” Trump replied.

House Democrats To Wear Safety Pins In Solidarity With Illegal Immigrants And “Marginalized People”
How will they keep their diapers on without their safety pins?

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I Have the Insomnia Blues

The trouble with having severe sleep apnea is that sometimes when you sleep a lot during the day it’s hard to sleep at night. Especially when you have to be up before 1:00 AM 7 days a week to go to work. Thought maybe I’d get your day started with a smile…or a yawn….whatever.
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