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Posted:Jun 23, 2017 7:19 am
Last Updated:Jun 23, 2017 11:15 am

The Left moved the goal posts on the limits of Free Speech. It used to be "fighting words ", in that if what you say leads to deliberate and provable violent action, it was not protected. For example- if you say " Burn this place down ", and crowd does, you could be liable for what happened.

But what has happened now, is the Left has equated " things which make me uncomfortable " to " fighting words"

Dianne Feinstein , to me, lost all credibility as a protector of citizen's rights when she maintained that colleges have every right to shut down speakers if there is a threat of violence. She said the colleges don't have the resources to protect anyone. I thought that was the job of the police. In other words, according to Feinstein, the violent mob decides what your rights are. Colleges have the resources to provide puppy videos and Play Dough and rooms to go cry in, but not the money to ensure the campus is safe for all.

This is a dangerous trend. Mob rule never ends well.

Earlier this week the Supreme Court ruled 8–0 against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ( PTO ), which had refused to register a trademark for a band called “The Slants.” The PTO claimed that the band’s name violated provisions of the Lanham Act, which prohibits registering trademarks that “disparage . . . or bring into contempt or disrepute” any “persons, living or dead.”
Justice Alito made short work of the notion that the government has an interest in preventing speech that expresses offensive ideas:
"As we have explained, that idea strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express “the thought that we hate.”
The Slants are an Asian American group and the name was deliberate, to turn a slur into a source of pride. I didn't see anyone have to go to the Supreme Court over the group NWA, shortened from its original " _____ with Attitude. "

Free speech protections are for speech which makes us feel bad, as well as speech which makes us feel good. I notice the Left has an unfortunate habit of equating disagreement with censorship. I have seen it on these pages. I have been accused of trying to silence someone, because I disagreed. This is a tactic of the Left, not the Libertarian.
" The whole purpose of the First Amendment and its underlying values is to encourage open, wide, robust, unbridled debate " Judge Andrew Napolitano

So I ask the Left- Why are you afraid of "open, wide, robust, unbridled debate " ?
Posted:Jun 21, 2017 3:21 am
Last Updated:Jun 22, 2017 7:20 am
Or as Greg Gutfeld said last night , Handel is handing him his Ossoff.

And, one more time, Democrats are learning hating Trump is not a campaign.
Ossoff doesn’t even live in the 6th District, started his campaign by exhorting voters to “Make Trump Furious.” But more recently he backed off that attack line, and ran what even the New York Times called a “milquetoast” campaign.

Without Trump, he was just another nothing Democrat, with no ideas .
But here is what I think really defeated him. The huge amounts of money that poured in from the coastal elite's coffers and the celebrities. I see same do not understand Southerners. The people of Georgia had their share of carpetbaggers before. They don't have to watch Atlanta burn one more time from invading Yankees.

Gutfeld said donations to Ossoff came from 7,000 Californians and 800 Georgians.
I am not sure where he got his figures, but even if his numbers are a bit off, this is an example of what I mean. Alyssa Melano was in full campaign mode, offering people a ride to the polls. Republicans said "No thank you, m'am, I got my truck. "
And the minorities without a car , said " Alyssa who? "

The local advertising was mostly anti-Trump crap. Which did not yield the reaction the Dems were hoping for. Instead, they just fired up the GOP base who support Trump. Ooops.

What did the Democrats REALLY offer? An unknown film maker and former Democratic aide, who didn't live in the District, was funded by people from California and New York, and ran a bland campaign. The GOP offered a local, who has won her local elections 3 times prior and had 90% name recognition, and was funded by local donations. They also know, from what I read, she is her own person, and will not be a Trump rubber stamp.

So what does this mean. Number one, it means you can't buy a local election in the days of Trump with money coming from people whose values are totally alien to the locals.
Number two , It means " Trump is bad " is not a policy platform. This election was billed as a referendum on Trump.
Well, if it was - one thing should be perfectly clear- Trump won. Again.

Below- See how happy CNN is over the news? And who says they aren't biased?

Posted:Jun 19, 2017 10:43 am
Last Updated:Jun 20, 2017 12:50 pm

Equality activists are pressuring British music festivals to end their reliance on bands dominated by white males.

Diversity experts ordered organizers to “open their minds” and book more female and ethnic minority acts at some fo the country’s biggest festivals including Reading, Leeds, Download, V Fest and Glastonbury.

The festival promoters have a good answer- We are here to sell tickets, That's a big 'Duh "

But hold on. Billing some third tier female will make them money, the activists cry.
“They (female/non-white acts) clearly have fans out there and if you put them on the bill they will clearly bring an audience and in some cases they will bring a new audience, because a lot of the male headliners have been round eight or nine times.” Said Keith Harris, the chair of UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce.

Obviously the operative word in his organization's title is NOT " Music ".

When one of the organizers of Reading and Leeds Festival was asked in 2015 why they kept booking so many men, he cited economics.

“Trust me, if there was a female headline act in the rock genre that sold the same amount of tickets as any one of the headline acts this year, I’d book them.”

Why is this so hard for the Social Justice Warriors to grasp? People don't buy music or pay $200 go to a Festival because they are yearning to support a Transgender, half Black /Hispanic with a hint of Chinese, Muslim bass player.
They go to HEAR THE MUSIC.
That is why it is a MUSIC festival. People play MUSIC. Other people pay to listen.
This isn't really that hard.

It is yet another example of the Fantasy Land most the Left lives in.
The harsh world of economic reality is somehow lost on them. Mandating anything other than what people want , or will part with their money for, is not going to create any Equality Utopia. Forcing an employer double his payroll, or pay for the health insurance after adding employee 50, is NOT going to magically make money for labor to appear.

Replacing Aerosmith with what is left of The Spice Girls is not going to have promoters running to the bank with a big deposit.

So to the Activists- I say " Shut up ". There are few places that are still meritocracies. One is sports. The other is the arts.
And Music is a place where the Free Market works quite well.
Posted:Jun 18, 2017 3:58 am
Last Updated:Jun 20, 2017 3:46 am

Ever wonder why what you read on line or in the paper , that they are trying to pass off as "news " , has you thinking " Who the hell cares ? "

This may explain. Washington Post reporter Robert Costa Tweeted this pearl of wisdom last week:

When I met w/ GOP voters this week in Georgia, I was struck by how they're alarmed about inaction, not about Russia.

Well, that's a big " duh" good buddy. What is not surprising to me, is that you are surprised. When you live in the echo chamber inside the DC beltway, you have no clue what is going on elsewhere. They are consumed by Russia, Russia, Russia, while the folks are thinking about their paychecks and their families. The folks are getting good and mad at Congress AND the media for peddling nonsense and wasting tax-payer money on something they don't give a crap about.
As long as the voters who elected Trump see his agenda stymied by investigations, " resistance " and media hyperventilation over Russia , the more likely they are to vote for those who are with Trump in the next mid-term. And that goes for the never-Trumpers on the GOP side , as well as intransient Democrats.

The same voters don't trust the media either. They see the lame stream in the same light as Hillary Clinton- rich, out-of-touch and clueless as to what goes on outside of their own elite circles.
The academic bubble, ditto. The "social justice " children have no idea how the real world works, and most likely they never will. They will take their useless Masters in Gender studies, and get hired back at the same university to peddle the nonsense to the next bunch of not-so-bright minds. Or they will go into politics or the media to keep the narrative alive.

Obama and company was pretty much the poster child for this sort of mentality. Look at his famous 2007 exchange with Joe the Plumber if you don't believe me. Or his Cairo speech. Or Michelle Obama's " the US is a mean country " statement. They had no idea middle America does not think like this, but as long as the media could paint Mitt Romney as someone they actually were, out-of-touch and rich- he got another chance.

If you want to know what the Real America thinks, the Washington Po or the NY Times "reporters " should go find a neighborhood bar somewhere and chat up the folks. I've got one around the corner here. Or corners all over the country are dotted with diners, small stores, community centers or Bingo halls where you can get a sampling of the views they have no idea exist.

But they don't want to. They are busy talking to each other, and trying to sell the rest of us that this is way we are supposed to think.
Nice try. Didn't 2016 teach you people anything?
Posted:Jun 16, 2017 11:01 am
Last Updated:Jun 17, 2017 7:42 pm

The Democrats have a new darling of the " Resistance ". She is the rude , nasty, interrupting, uncivil , Senator Kamala Harris .

I watched the Sessions hearings. She used a typical prosecutor tactic when prosecutors are not trying to actually get the truth, but to intimidate the witness and make them uncomfortable enough to say something confusing. It's despicable in the courtroom and even more disgusting when you do it to a colleague.
She asked a question, and before Sessions could complete his answer, she interrupted him and was on to another innuendo. This went on long enough that McCain and Burr intervened, and told her to let Sessions answer.

But it didn't play out in the media that she was rude . Nope - she was the victim, if you can believe that one.
"... support for Harris was not so much that she had scored points at the expense of either Rosenstein or Sessions as that she had been a victim of sexism if not racism. The headline of another, later Times article proclaimed that what had happened illustrated, “The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women.” The intervention of Senators McCain and Burr was said to betray male contempt for women.
Others, noting Harris’ multi-racial heritage, characterized the senators’ pushback as a defense of white privilege against the heroic efforts of minorities to be heard. The exchanges turned Harris into a liberal star on Twitter, where an avalanche of support for her as a black women assailed by white men came crashing down in the days that followed. Sessions’s simpering confession that she was making him nervous was the icing on the cake; to her fans, it made her the newest “nasty woman,” a cause célèbre. Before the day was done, she was sending out a fundraising appeal to supporters that grandiloquently promised, “The women of the United States Senate will not be silenced when seeking the truth.”
--- pundit and NRO contributor Jonathan Tobin.

I thought she violated every rule of civility and honest discourse one could violate. But this is the new face of the Democratic Party. Be the aggressor, then cry victimhood. This is what the once proud Democrats have come to. Instead of the party of the little guy, the working stiff, they are the party of see who can create the worst victim. It didn't occur to anyone to question that somehow a person who was elected to Congress, graduated Law school and has had a stellar career as a twice elected AG of California , is somehow a victim of white male suppression. Boo hoo.

"By deliberately flouting conventional notions of civility in her questioning, Harris gratified the desire of liberals for their political leaders to get rough with the opposition. But in then posed as a victim who was being silenced " Tobin again

This is what irritates me about the so-called "feminists " and their apologists. They want equal footing but when they receive any pushback for their actions- they draw the Girl Card like a weapon. Suddenly, they are the poor little innocent girls beat up on by the bigger, evil boys. Oh, and if you can claim any skin tone darker than Doris Day, you have hit the trifecta.

This is where we are. Democrats have nothing to offer but resistance , rudeness, and incivility. They are the Party of the "victim ". They can't accept loss, flawed candidates, and the American people's rejection of identity politics.
This week, some, including their communications arms- The NY Times and the Post, tried to add justifying violence their bag of tricks.
What does this mean? It means, for one thing, Harris is trying to parlay her lack of understanding of the rules of common decency to a higher office. It didn't take long before she used the hearings for a fund raiser.
Harris's incivility and appeal to identity politics is everything that is wrong with contemporary politics, but it sure looks it is the new Platform of the Democratic Party.
Posted:Jun 15, 2017 9:54 am
Last Updated:Jun 16, 2017 8:22 am

The NY Times and the Washington Post and all the usual suspects are tying themselves into knots, desperately trying to link the anti-Trump shooter to guns and the right. But in recent history, one has to look long and hard to find more than one or two isolated mentally ill shooters or bombers, etc, who embraced right wing principles. The Left is organized violence, en masse . And they have become more and more brazen with their justifications .

The Daily Mail reported back in Jan:
More than 6,000 protesters were seen on the streets of Oakland with an initially peaceful march down a cop-lined street turning nasty after some protesters threw bottles at officers and torched a police car. An office block was also attacked, daubed with 'f*** Trump' and 'kill Trump' graffiti and then set alight. 
And thousands more filled streets in Los Angeles before taking over the 110 Freeway while other protesters gathered outside City Hall, lighting fires and waving Trump heads on sticks.

The use of violence as political protest in the US is almost exclusively the province of the Left. Recent history will note the Democratic Convention in 1968 was not interrupted by right wing Viet Nam war supporters. Nor any of the violent protests on campuses in the 60's and early 70's. Four students died at Kent State .

Bill Ayers and his anarchist buddies , Antifa, The New Black Panthers, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter are not exactly embracing traditional American values.

A man named Mark Rudd (part of the SDS at Columbia University) a talked about “direct action” and “raising consciousness”.
Mark Rudd was more honest about violence and riots than, say, the Socialist Workers Party is today (after all, this was the revolutionary 1960s). For example, how do you radicalise youth? Rudd said that in order to "revolutionise youth", there must have "a series of sharp and dangerous conflicts, life and death conflicts".

So it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that from September 1969 to May 1970, the aforementioned Rudd (of the SDS) and his co-progressives committed 250 terrorist attacks. That amounted to one bomb every day! In one summer of 1970 there were 20 bombings a week in California alone.

The Black Panthers were violent, anti-Semitic, misogynist, racist, militaristic, etc. Yet white middle-class students embraced them.

You wonder why students and Leftists love Che Guevara so much. Is it really his politics or the fact that his face makes a saccharine and hip t-shirt? I have no idea why they have sanitized his murderous regime of hatred .
Guevara often wrote about “the enemy”. Guevara himself said that
"hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective and cold-blooded killing machine."

So why the history lesson? Because the political Left is a dangerous place for the free expression of ideas. And the political Left is the new face of the Democratic Party. Although Mitch McConnell said he wanted to make Obama a one term President, he and other Republicans NEVER said they wouldn't talk to Obama, meet with Obama or try to find common ground. The basic message of the Democrats since the election has been " If Trump is for it, we are against it, no matter what it is" If Trump wanted to praise a sunny day, some Democrat would object.

So how does this tie into the violent Left? The farther Left the Democrats go, the blinder they will get, to acts like the Wednesday shooting. Since the media has made it is mission to bring down this President, they will spin, lie, print leaks, and sanitize Left- wing violence and try to turn it all on the Administration.

Tweets we saw yesterday saying shooting Republicans had a silver lining, and if the shooter had a health problem, it was self defense, show us how low they have sunk.
And why does the media act like this? Because they lost an election. They got it horribly wrong. They had all their cards played on the Hillary hand, and they lost after they doubled down. And they are pissed off and embarrassed.
The inflammatory media gives credence to the violent Left, the anarchists, the clueless students, and people like the shooter. It feeds their own personal bias and animus.
So knock it off already- NT Times, Post, Maxine Waters, and all you leakers. Get over yourselves. Trump is the President, and will be for another 3 plus years.
Trying to give violence a pass by lying about it, serves nothing but your own pitiful attempts to make yourself feel better.
Posted:Jun 14, 2017 10:04 am
Last Updated:Jun 16, 2017 8:42 pm

It is pretty hard for anyone to spin that the Wednesday morning shooter at the Republican baseball practice was anything but a deranged, anti-Trump, left-wing total nutcase.
A Congressman reported a man approached him at the practice site and asked if it was Democrats or Republicans on the field. Minutes later, the shooter began to fire.

Hodgkinson, 66, owned a home-inspection business. He frequently posted anti-Trump comments on social media:

Two days ago, Hodgkinson posted an angry tweet about President Donald Trump on Face.

“I Want to Say Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office,” he wrote on Face.
Hodgkinson is a member of a number of anti-Republican groups on Face, including one called “Terminate the Republican Party.”
▪  “The Road to Hell is Paved with Republicans”
▪  “Donald Trump is not my President”
▪  “President Bernie Sanders”
▪  “Illinois Berners United to Resist Trump”
▪  “Boycott the Republican Party”
▪  “Expose Republican Fraud”
▪  “Terminate the Republican Party”

He was a Bernie Sanders supporter. He frequently wrote letters to the editor at the Bellville News-Democrat about taxes and income inequality. You can read his letters , some of which are posted on their web site, which is where the above information came from.

So what are we to take from this? Personally, I think this is just more thing added to Kathy Griffin , the Julius Caesar production using Trump as Caesar, the Antifa, the " Resistance " and all the other hate filled, nasty comments, protests and blogs since Trump has been elected.

This is where we are. I figured it was only a matter of time before this sort of thing would happen. With tiny exception, the right never, never displayed this sort of constant hatred of Obama. There was no Shakespeare in the Park or celebrities metaphorically killing him. The media did not constantly hammer the scenario Obama was a traitor .
I have been watching politics for about 50 years. I have never seen anything like the hatred for Trump.
What will be the Left's response when the emotion dies down? They will blame Trump, right after they blame all guns .
Posted:Jun 13, 2017 8:33 am
Last Updated:Jun 13, 2017 2:26 pm

What is it about Democrats that erases their memories? A year ago, an Islamic terrorist shot up a Gay Nightclub in Orlando in the name of Allah. It did make the papers.
So why, did Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff remember the horrific attack with this yesterday?

Today, we remember 49 lives lost in terrorist attack at PulseNightclub & commit to work harder to combat hate and epidemic of gun violence.

GUN VIOLENCE??????? Seriously? Nothing to do with an ideology which advocates the killing of gays, of course.
Again, it is never the responsibility of the individual. It is the fault of the weapon. When you use bland terms like " gun violence" , it becomes a concept, and "other" and never brings it to the place it needs to be- Islamic terrorism and attack on our way of life. No, it's just some public health issue which would go away in an instant were there no guns. And when they attack with knives, trucks, and airplanes? Are those going to be called "epidemics of knife or truck violence " ? Maybe 9/11 was also a public health issue.

And just what is that "harder work " you think needs to happen? Maybe a beer summit with the Ayatollah and Ru Paul? Think quaffing down a nice brew ( non-alcoholic, of course ) will have the Mullahs saying " Oh my, we had no idea we needed to stop hating everything the West stands for. Our apologies "

This is the sort of crap we put up with for 8 damn years. It's always OUR fault. It is the fault of the US because someone we pissed these people off. Or it is Europe's fault , because of those pesky Crusades.

I watched an exchange on social media between one of these apologists and a conservative. The left-wing apologist was wringing their hands over one of these attacks. They did not understand how anyone could be so filled with hate to kill people randomly. The Conservative pointed out evil ideology exists and we see it every day. The apologist kept saying " Surely there is something we did to make them act like that ".

Now I do not expect much from the apologist, whom I suspect was probably a college student, but I expect more from the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Perhaps we need to remove the word " Intelligence " from the Committee, in Schiff's case, anyway.
Posted:Jun 12, 2017 8:47 am
Last Updated:Jun 13, 2017 6:57 am

I wonder how the Puritans would feel about punishing a sinner, but that punishment caused the whole community to suffer? Other than calling " Witch ", I do not think they would be too happy to watch their non-sinning selves go broke.

The so-called " sin taxes" the self righteous preeners in liberal county and city Government impose do not have the effect they desired.
Consider the following:
Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce soda tax went into effect earlier this year and has already “depressed sales, increased prices, and destroyed jobs,” Bob Dick, a senior policy analyst at the Commonwealth Foundation, a Harrisburg-based free-market think tank, said.
Since the tax increase, Coca-Cola eliminated about 40 positions in Philadelphia, while Pepsi laid off about 100 workers at its distribution centers in the city. ShopRite said it would have to lay off 300 Philadelphia workers, while one of the city’s largest distributors said it would have to eliminate 30 percent of its work force. They all blamed the tax increase for the job losses, which is causing a 30 to 50 percent drop in their sales.

I wonder if employment is the public health problem they were trying to solve. Jobs must be a bad thing.

Seattle has just followed Philly down the primrose path. On Monday, June 5, the Seattle City Council approved a 1.75-cent-per-ounce tax on soda. This equates to $1.18 added to the cost of a two-liter bottle and $2.52 added for a twelve-pack. Add in their already high $15 an hour minimum wage, and Seattle is writing its own bankruptcy .

So who suffers from this sort of liberal lifestyle imposing? Certainly not the latte sipping, gym membership legislators. It is that person who needs that second job at Shop Rite the factory worker at Coke, and the small business owner, already coping with high prices and regulations.
But think of how much healthier they will be without the horrors of processed sugar, the morally superior liberals cry. We just want what's best for them because they are too stupid to determine their own buying choices. We are their betters and have to paternalistically take care of them.

These sort of draconian taxes on things the liberals think we should not do, is not about health, it is about control. It is about them thinking they are so superior to everyone else, they have to impose their lifestyle on everyone else. It is really isn't that different a concept than passing a law saying everyone has to eat broccoli everyday ( or making kids eat it at school ? )

The Founding Fathers would have been appalled at Government attempting to micromanage everyone's lives.

And I still want to know how raising taxes on those who can least afford to pay more for anything is helping them. The didn't ask that question when they passed Obamacare, raised the tax on cigarettes ( one of Obama's first acts ) tax soda, make it almost impossible for an entrepreneur in a Black neighborhood to start a business , hair braiding , for example, or any of the numerous ways the elite, comfortable , upper classes pass laws to " help " the rest of us.
I guess we just can't know when something is for our own good.
Posted:Jun 10, 2017 7:50 pm
Last Updated:Jun 11, 2017 6:25 pm

It's odd how one listens to the same song, over several decades, and , as we age, we see the song differently that we did when we heard it the first time.

I am an avid Decades fan on my XM. The 60's, of course, was the first time we were inundated with social commentary disguised in rock and roll.
On the way to work this afternoon, the Monkees' Pleasant Valley Sunday came on.
It was, at the time, an indictment of suburbia, mediocrity and conformity. Today it struck me as insulting and even a bit out-of-touch with the times in which it was written.
Allow me to explain:

Another pleasant valley Sunday
Charcoal burning everywhere
Rows of houses that are all the same
And no one seems to care

I am reminded of Levittown. Yes, the houses were a repeat of a few stock patterns. But why? Returning GI's, who had just risked their lives, their sanity, and sacrificed their limbs, in many cases, had just defeated those who were out to destroy us.
As a country , we needed lots and lots of affordable housing for those men. Why? Because Little Baby Boomers needed a home. The same Baby Boomers who later showed their lack of gratitude by ridiculing the houses in this song. It sort of pissed me off today.

See Mrs.Gray, she's proud today
Because her roses are in bloom
And Mr.Green, he's so serene
He's got a TV in every room

After surviving the aftermath of WWI, the crash of the 20's , The Depression, and WW2, safety , security and pleasure of the small things was a welcome pursuit.
Perhaps we should have put Mrs, Gray and Mr. Green in that context.

And finally:

Creature comfort goals, they only numb my soul
And make it hard for me to see
(Ah ah ah) ah thoughts all seem to stray to places far away
I need a change of scenery

And why did the Baby Boomers have "creature comforts" and why were we able to dream of places far away? Because of the sacrifices of Mrs. Gray and Mr. Green.

Perhaps I overanalyze , or am too critical, or have turned into the curmudgeon who hollers- " You kids get off my lawn"
I thought it interesting that a song I used to enjoy as telling the truth, and a bit of my own attitude at 16, annoyed me today. I felt it expressed lack of gratitude and appreciation for what our parents had gone thru, and we were begrudging them the fruits of their hard work . We could not appreciate their desire for safety and security, because we had never known anything different.

They gave everything so we could have a Pleasant Valley Sunday.

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