Daily Archives: December 23, 2016

Letter from a Liberal Defector

This is too good not to share in full.  The URL is at the bottom.

I want to share with you, from the liberal bastion of Northern California, that I am officially tired of the type of people who have surrounded me my entire life. In the wake of Trump’s election, I am experiencing “tribe fatigue.” I’m not tired of The Other, Detestable Tribe. I’m tired of my own.

A bit about me: I am a [deleted] with two young children. My parents were non-religious Democrats, and my ex-Catholic mom loathes organized religion to this day.

So I was raised a secular liberal. My college professors were secular liberals. During my journalism phase, my newspaper colleagues were secular liberals. My law school professors and peers were – in the vast majority – secular liberals. Almost everyone at my corporate law firm was a secular liberal. My California neighbors and friends are secular liberals, as are my colleagues. My mother, siblings, and their spouses are all secular liberals.

By all rights, I should be a member in good standing of their tribe, “liking” their Facebook posts and joining their candlelight vigils against the evil Trump Administration. But November 8 and its aftermath revealed to me that I am just so tired of these people. I can’t be like them, and I don’t want my kids turning into them.

I am tired of their undisguised contempt for tens of millions of Americans, with no effort to temper their response to the election with humility or empathy.

I am tired of their unexamined snobbery and condescension.

I am tired of their name-calling and virtue-signaling as signs of supposedly high intelligence.

I am tired of their trendiness, jumping on every left-liberal bandwagon that comes along (transgender activism, anyone?) and then acting like anyone not on board is an idiot/hater.

I am tired of their shallowness. It’s hard to have a deep conversation with people who are obsessed with moving their kids’ pawns across the board (grades, sports, college, grad school, career) and, in their spare time, entertaining themselves and taking great vacations.

I am tired of their acceptance of vulgarity and sarcastic irreverence as the cultural ocean in which their kids swim. I like pop culture as much as the next person, but people who would never raise their kids on junk food seem to think nothing of letting them wallow in cultural junk, exposed to nothing ennobling, aspirational, or even earnest.

I am tired of watching them raise clueless kids (see above) who go off to college and within months are convinced they live in a rapey, racist patriarchy; “Make America Great Again” is hate speech; and Black Lives Matter agitators are their brothers-in-arms against White Privilege. If my kids are like that at nineteen, I’ll feel I’ve seriously failed them as a parent. Yet the general sentiment seems to be these are good, liberal kids who may have gotten a bit carried away.

I am tired of their lack of interest in any form of serious morality or self-betterment. These are decent, responsible people, many compassionate by temperament. Yet they seem two-dimensional, as if they believe that being a nice, well-socialized person who holds the correct political views is all there is, and there is nothing else to talk about. Isn’t there, though?

I am tired of being bored and exasperated by everybody. I feel like I have read this book a thousand times, and there are no surprises in it. Down with Trump! Trans Lives Matter! Climate deniers are destroying the planet! No cake, we’re gluten-free!

These are good people in a lot of ways. But there has got to be a better tribe.

That leads me to . . . drum roll . . . the Christian Right. It is no small feat, switching tribes. It feels stressful and weird to abandon your tribe for the Detested Other Side.

Since November 8, my husband and I have been taking the kids to church. (He is politically conservative with a religious bent, so no argument there.) I have come this close to buying a giant poster of the American flag for the living room. I may do it still.

Right now, I am struggling to accept the basic Christian doctrines (virgin birth, resurrection, second coming) because I feel the Christian tribe may be the right tribe for my family. We just finished watching a BBC miniseries about the birth of Jesus, which was so beautiful and moving compared to secular TV. My nine-year-old really enjoyed it. I want to prepare my kids to live according to some unchanging truth, not subject to every passing trend, and this felt like a start. But I worry that an inability to believe in the supernatural aspects of the faith will limit my ability to be a “real” Christian.

Last Sunday’s sermon mentioned 1 Peter:18-19, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors.” This may be obvious to you, but secular liberalism does seem empty in some way, despite all the things my educated, middle-class tribe has to be grateful for. If that’s what’s been handed down to me, I want more, especially for my precious kids. I’m trying.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/fellow-liberals-tired-of-you/

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I don’t get it

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I’ve heard Protestants criticize Catholics for allegedly paying too much attention to Mary, by which they seem to mean any attention whatsoever beyond a tasteful, low-key Nativity at Christmas.

One of them said to me once, “We’re supposed to pay attention to Jesus.  Just Jesus.”

Really?  And when your spouse loves on your mom or your kid loves on your spouse, do you jump in the middle and holler, “Pay attention to ME.  Just ME!”

Of course you don’t.

In fact, unless you’re a total jerk, I’m guessing it warms the cockles of your heart when people you love show their love for each other.

Plus, there’s that whole “Honor your father and your mother” thing.  When we give our lives to Jesus, He becomes our brother.  That means, His mom becomes our mom in a very real way.  How is it honoring her (or her Son) to jump down Catholics’ throats for acting like she’s pretty darned special?

And tell me, if you will, dear Sola Scriptura Protestant … where in the Bible does it say we’re supposed to ignore the mother of Our Lord?  Cuz I’ve read the whole Bible (and mine is longer than yours!) and I didn’t see a single verse that would support such a doctrine.

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Twas No Hope Before Christmas

From The Barbed Wire.

WASHINGTON – First Lady Michelle Obama is feeling hopeless these days. Unless her husband is the president, Michelle believes there is no hope for America. She was proud of this once great nation while it footed the bill for her world travels. But now that her home girl Hillary has been sent packing, suddenly, this is what not having hope feels like (in her oh-so-humble opinion). Michelle recently shared her depressive state with a group of schoolchildren, when she read her very own version of the beloved Christmas poem, ‘Twas No Hope Before Christmas:

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when in the White House,
Not a creature was spinning, not even Josh Earnest’s mouth;
The pantsuits were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Hillary soon would live there;
Democrats were nestled, all snug in their beds,
While visions of socialism danced in their heads,

And Barack in his mom jeans, and I with arms firm,
Had just settled down for my husband’s 3rd term;
When across the country there rose such a clatter,
I assumed it involved that Black Lives Matter;
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Kicked out the shutters, threw out Barry’s stash;
The moon illuminated our eight years of woe,
And exposed hope-and-change lies to our subject’s below;

When, what to my vacationing eyes should appear,
But the host of The Apprentice, looking quite cavalier;
I had seen that comb-over, he was tall and was plump,
I knew in a moment, it must be St. Trump;
More rapid than welfare checks, his people they came,
And he hired them, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now Reince, now Ivanka! Now Pencer and Bannon!
On, Mattis, on Sessions! On Kellyanne and Kanye!”
“To the Mexican border! Let’s go build that wall!
Now get to work, get to work, get to work, all!”

As empty promises my husband made that never would fly,
I knew that Obamacare would soon have to die;
The electoral college had spoken, we’d been given the bump,
The free ride was over, thanks a lot, Mr. Trump;
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
My husband’s legacy, gone in a poof!
As I filled with dread, turned my hopeless self around,
Down the chimney St. Trump came with a bound;

He was dressed in a suit, from his head to his feet,
I was expecting a racist, but he was wearing no sheet;
A bunch of red caps he had in a sack,
They said “Make America Great Again,” I felt under attack!
His eyes – how they chilled me, his demeanor how scary,
His skin was so orange, his gaze made we wary;
He was going to erase the last eight years, I swear!
And the ones who elected him were as white as Pence hair;

My school lunch program would be a thing of the past,
Like the food I made them eat, it would end up in the trash;
He would cancel regulations my husband held dear,
I could feel myself being overcome with fear;
We’d worked so hard to bring America down,
Our hope and change would be killed by this clown;
He represented all the hate for the right that I felt,
And I peed my pants when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye, and a look that said, “You’re effed”
Put me on notice, we had just one month left
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his fracking,
Then he turned to me and said, “Shouldn’t you be packing?”
And laying his finger aside of his nose
Giving me a ‘go to hell’ look, up the chimney he rose;
He sprung to his limo, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like a Hillary-seeking missile;
Then I said to Barack, as I climbed back in bed,
“Hopeless Christmas to all, and to all…….whatever.”

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COLD water

A friend told me to wash the egg pan in cold water and, dontchaknow, it works like a charm!  Instead of gluing itself semi-permanently to the pan, the cooked-on egg just LIFTS OFF.

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I’ve been experimenting with cold water and discovered two other places it works a bazillion times better than hot.

One is the oatmeal pan.  Right after serving, I fill the pan with cold water.  When I’m ready to wash it, the oatmeal comes right off.

Two is the mesh basket in my juicer.  I just did it in cold for the second time and I’m AMAZED at how much faster and easier it is than when I was using hot!

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Kickin’ It with the Kids

We had Miss Isabel and Miss Olivia as overnight guests. Grandma took them to WalMart yesterday, then they helped her prepare supper. Today we’re taking them to Aldi’s to pick up the last of the fresh things we need for dinner Sunday. Miss Isabel wants to be a chef, so we watched Chopped Junior and Cooks Vs. Cons on Food Network last night. Today we’re going to watch Disney’s Christmas Carol and my favorite version of it, the 1951 version with Alistair Sim. They’ve been trying to sneak a peek under the tree, but every kid does that. These little ones are what make life worthwhile.
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Now for the regular stuff.
Egypt scuttles UN vote on Israeli settlement after Trump warning
OBAMA WAS GOING TO LET THE CONDEMNATION STAND… TRUMP DROPPED A DIME ON EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT SIS, WHO PULLED THE RESOLUTION. HE KNOWS THE DONALD DON’T PLAY.
Egyptian officials scrapped a plan to proceed with a United Nations Security Council vote condemning the construction of Israeli settlements, following pushback from Israeli officials and President-elect Trump.
Israeli settlement construction drew condemnation from the State Department earlier this year, in addition to the rebukes of more customary critics, raising fears in Israel and among congressional Republicans that President Obama might not veto a resolution on the matter in the waning days of his presidency.

McConnell: I Didn’t Think Trump Had a Chance at Winning
I’M STILL CONVINCED McDUMBELL VIEWS TRUMP AS AN OUTSIDER WHO IS TRESPASSING ON THE COALITION OF D.C. ELITES.
“Trump was able to convey — oddly enough, a message from a billionaire who lives in Manhattan — a genuine concern for people who feel kind of left out, are sort of offended by all the political correctness they see around them and didn’t feel like this is the America that they’re accustomed to.”

Kellyanne Conway Has Great Response When Asked If She Can Do Job, With 4 Kids
I DON’T PLAY GOLF AND I DON’T HAVE A MISTRESS

SHE SHOOTS… SHE SCORES

Everyone should be treated with respect — unless you’re a Republican
Thursday, Ivanka Trump and her family were accosted by Dan Goldstein, a lawyer from Brooklyn, who yelled at her that her father, who has yet to take office, was “ruining the country.” It wasn’t a spontaneous outburst. Goldstein’s husband had tweeted from the JetBlue terminal at JFK Airport that Goldstein was “chasing” Ivanka and her family to “harass” them.
THESE COWARDLY QUEERS DON’T HAVE THE GUTS TO PICK ON A MAN.

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Did CNN’s Brian Stelter help make Delta hoax video go viral?

Trump’s Israel Ambassador Will Drain the Two-State Solution Swamp
THERE IS NO SUCH PLACE AS PALESTINE. IT IS A MOB OF JORDANIAN SQUATTERS WHO SETTLED ON ISRAELI LAND.
But Trump has decided to go with David Friedman, a friend of Israel, instead of an enemy. And the enemies of the Jewish State are united in their fury against Ambassador David Friedman.
“J Street is vehemently opposed to the nomination of David Friedman to be Ambassador to Israel.” the Soros funded anti-Israel group declared. Friedman has been a longtime critic of the hate group, comparing its support for Islamic terror against Israel to its key funders Nazi collaborating past.

Retiring congressman: Trump presidency like ‘a bad dream’
CHARLIE,TAKE YOUR MILLIONS IN ILLEGAL KICKBACKS AND PAYOFFS AND GO LIVE ON YOUR ISLAND

Rangel was initially elected in 1970, defeating a legend in New York City politics, Adam Clayton Powell, to become Harlem’s face in Washington.
He was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2007, he became chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee, the first black person to hold that position.

Roger Stone Infiltrates Planning Session For Inauguration Protesters Planning Violent Disruption

They intend to march from McPherson Square to Columbus [Circle]. They are going to march during the lunch period immediately after the inauguration — approximately 12:30. Their goal is to “create a sense of crisis.”
They are going to harass inaugural visitors as they step off the metro stations. Multiple waves will harass Secret Service checkpoints on the National Mall.
Roving protesters in the crowd will be using drums to break up the program, they are going to launch a pirate radio broadcast. Drones loaded with rockets to attack the parade are under consideration.

Democrats are intimidated by Trump’s Cabinet of successful superstars
DUMP A BUNCH OF CAREER POLITICIANS AND BRING IN PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO MAKE THINGS RUN RIGHT
Democratic National Committee spokesman Eric Walker went so far as to say, “The corrupt nature of this arrangement cannot be understated. Voters who wanted Trump to drain the swamp just got another face full of mud.”
Really? How is Icahn generously volunteering his time and knowledge to help rein in President Obama’s excessive era of regulations proof of corruption? If you remember, Obama tapped a number of CEOs to join his President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, including Jeffrey R. Immelt, who served as council chair while he was also the chairman of General Electric.

Joe Biden: Not Even Hillary Clinton Knew For Sure Why She Ran For President
She always knew. It’s just that she didn’t think saying ‘power and money’ would go over so well.

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Asses

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Progs believe … I mean, really BELIEVE … in evolution.  But evolution produces people who can procreate successfully, which includes not just making babies, but also raising them to procreate successfully themselves.

It makes zero sense, then, that Progs treat abortion like some kind of sacrament, sneer at women who choose to be SAHMs, and elevate trannies and gays to some sort of Special Human status.

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Some Funny Christmas Videos

ONLY ONE MORE DAY UNTIL MEN START THEIR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
My rapier wit only manifests itself every so often

MORE FROM DOUG FROM UPLAND
DFU CHRISTMAS 2016 SING-ALONG: I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas

DFU CHRISTMAS 2016 SING-ALONG: Let It Snow

DFU CHRISTMAS 2016 SING-ALONG: Frosty the Snowman

Walter’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas | JEFF DUNHAM

Peanut: The Night Before Christmas” | Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special | JEFF DUNHAM

Christmas Cats Video Compilation 2016

THERE WILL BE TIMES IN THIS KIDS LIFE WHEN HE’LL BE HAPPY TO HAVE THIS

10 Dogs More Excited About Christmas Than You!

AFV’s 12 Days Of Christmas – Adorable Laughing Babies Feel Good Compilation!

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Naughty Christmas Chuckles

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