This phrase is from Hamlet. I always though it meant something like “stabbed with your own sword” or maybe “lifted up on your own spear.” It DOES mean “injured by the device that you intended to use to injure others.” However, a petard is not a sword or spear, as I mistakenly thought, but rather a box filled with gunpowder that was used in siege warfare to blast down a door or make a hole in a wall.
To hoise means “to lift or raise”, which is what happens to a person who sets off his own explosive device by accident. Continue reading
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Responding to those Democrats who have been saying it was no biggie that the Obama administration placed an informant inside Trump’s campaign, conservative strategist Chris Barron said, “I assume Democrats won’t mind when the Trump administration places an informant inside the campaign of the Democratic nominee in 2020, right?”
Dennis Prager writes:
Calling the cruelest among us names such as “animal” or any other “dehumanizing” epithet actually protects humans. The word “beastly” exists for a reason and is frequently applied to human beings. By rhetorically reading certain despicable people out of the human race, we elevate the human race. We have declared certain behaviors out of line with being human.
Biologically, of course, we are all human. But if “human” is to mean anything moral — anything beyond the purely biological — then some people who have committed particularly heinous acts of evil against other human beings are not to be considered human. Otherwise “human” has no moral being. We should then not retain the word “inhumane.” What is the difference between “he is inhumane” and “he is an animal”? Both imply actions that render the person no longer human.
I once asked Rabbi Leon Radzik, a Holocaust survivor who had been in Auschwitz, what word he would use to characterize the sadistic guards in the camp. I will never forget his response: “They were monsters with a human face.”
In just the last month, late-night clown Jimmy Kimmel mocked Trump’s Slovenian accent, CNN contributor April Ryan attacked her as “not culturally American,” former Hillary Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines derided her genteel presence at former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral, and horror writer Stephen King snickered at her hospitalization this week for kidney surgery.
- Yet, “Melania” is now among the fastest-growing baby names in the nation, according to recently released Social Security data.
- And a new poll by anti-Trump CNN released on Monday showed nearly 6 in 10 Americans have a positive view of FLOTUS. Uh-oh!
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DON’T INVESTIGATE: John Brennan, Obama’s 2d term CIA director, objected very strongly to Trump’s plan, saying such an investigation would do disastrous harm to our democracy. I’m thinking the very opposite is true. Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, pointed out that Mr. Brennan is among those senior Obama administration officials who may have civil and criminal liability if Trump’s charges are true. Continue reading
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I just love this internet meme. The tag line said the image is from the 13th century.
There were two shootings today, one in Florida and one in Texas. Click “Continue Reading” for details and links. Please note: It is a matter of policy for me to NOT publish the names of these people.
In Florida, police responded to an active shooter yelling “anti-Trump rhetoric” at a Miami-area Trump golf course. The man, armed with a handgun, exchanged gunfire with the police and was taken into custody after being shot several times in the legs. Continue reading
Leftists who support nationalizing ALL of our health care into one, government-run operation claim this is the only “compassionate” choice. Click “continue reading” to hear how that’s working out for the Brits, who opted for this kind of system many years ago.