Why?

With all the news in the world, the media fixation on Hollywood and their never ending series of self-aggrandizing awards ceremonies is curious. While I don’t begrudge any group getting together to celebrate their craft, the disproportionate amount of glory and grandeur associated with entertainers congratulating themselves at their ability to pretend to be some character or another is unseemly. Among other things, it apparently gives them a sense that their opinions matter more than do the opinions of those they entertain. They don’t.

It should really come as no great surprise that folks who make a living from delusional behavior frequently fall into the trap of coming to believe their own imaginations. Even that is not a problem until they insist that the rest of us congratulate them for their delusions. We won’t.

Keep screeching, precious little snowflakes. You make yourselves less relevant with each of your self-absorbed public melt downs. Your media co-conspirators will dutifully continue to report your antics while the rest of us continue to laugh at your feelings, your filthy language, and your opinions. We just don’t care.

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McCain, Again

He’s at it again.  As much as I want to continue to respect the man for any number of perfectly good standalone reasons, he is making it nearly impossible to do so.

We all know Senator John McCain’s military history and about his stay at the Hanoi Hilton.  We also know that there are some questions about just where he was, who he might have betrayed, and other issues.  I have long been firmly in the camp with those who refuse to denigrate him, or any other Prisoner of War, for what they might have said or done under the absolute worst of circumstances as they tried to survive.  Most of us have experienced a time that we have been so sleep and/or nourishment deprived, perhaps emotionally pushed well past our ability to function properly that we may not even know what we said or to whom.  For that reason alone, I just will not question what can happen to a normal person when manipulated over an extended period of time into acting in ways even they cannot imagine.

Such is not the case with Senator McCain’s trip to the Munich Security Conference.  He spoke on behalf of the United States of America.  If he missed any sleep or meals, it was his choice.  It is unlikely that anyone subjected him to unusual manipulation but if they did, Senator McCain must have voluntarily submitted himself for it.

So, why did he violate one of the cardinal rules of international speaking engagements?  Is he so far gone these days that he doesn’t understand that speaking negatively about this country is never good, but that doing so in a foreign country is very bad?  Questioning the motives of other Americans during an official visit to a foreign country while speaking on behalf of all Americans to a Security Conference is especially bad.

Perhaps Senator McCain has forgotten some basic rules of civil behavior.  Maybe he has just gotten lost in the swamp, getting confused about which country is paying him.  The left is screaming so loudly and pitching so many fits about really stupid things that he may actually think that they are the majority who keep sending him into the swamp.

Yes, I read through his speech.  It wasn’t quite as bad as some of the headlines would suggest, but his were not appropriate words to speak to an international audience on foreign soil.  If he has forgotten that while we are indeed all citizens of the world, his first obligation is to the citizens of his state, perhaps he should consider stepping down as a United States Senator.

He just keeps doing things like this.  And it seems to be getting worse.  Perhaps it is just an indication that he is one of those ruling elite types who are threatened by the strength that We the People can wield when we have had enough of their antics.

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The Evolution of Radical Activism

College campus riots are nothing new but seem to be fashionable again.  Screeching lefties developed the practice into a fine art in the 60’s and have never really stopped.  They changed their tactics as they aged but took the time to mentor the younger generation to take care of the heavy lifting.  Training has gone very well as should come as no shock since the lefties control almost every college campus in the country.

Those 60’s radicals moved permanently into our colleges and universities where they found welcome comfort and protection.  They especially liked to control the education of future lawyers, journalists and educators.  Political ideology became much more important than facts, history and accountability for actions.  This practice didn’t really start in the 60’s.  It has been evolving for about a hundred years, sponsored and funded by the same kind of people who used trade unions for their thuggery back in the day. Continue reading

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Immigration Simplified

The current problem that we face is complicated. No doubt about that fact. Illegal entry into this country has been ignored, obfuscated, and purposefully been made into the situation we now see.

There are two main issues which we can address immediately that will help us sort through the confusion and chaos. We can and must stop adding to the problem and concurrently remove the incentives which contribute to the problem.

Just as we lock our household doors, not to keep out our friends, but to make access more difficult for whatever bad guy out there might or might not try to enter our home for unfriendly reasons, a sovereign nation has not only the right but the obligation to provide the same for the country. Our front doors are substantially made with heavy locks to control who gets into our homes. Why should our borders and other ports of entry be different from our homes? Continue reading

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What’s Next?

President Trump has had a very busy week, and so far, it seems like a very good one for the military as well as all the citizens of this soon to once again be a great nation.  A few of his nominations were even approved.  Some of them are people with whom we ordinary people are not familiar.  Based upon what I do know of the others, I have no doubt that they are each more than highly qualified for the positions for which they are being nominated or appointed.

After hearing a radio report that President Trump was signing Executive Orders at a blistering pace, curiosity go to me.  According to the official White House website, he signed exactly four Executive Orders 20-25 January 2017.  This is 27 January, so posting updates to the website may be lagging.  Let’s say he has added another four or five in the last day or two.  That would still be only a few Executive Orders especially if you consider just how many need to be reversed from what the previous occupant had signed.

Most of us veterans are overjoyed that the nomination of James Mattis was approved as our new Secretary of Defense.  As others have noted, anyone with the nickname “Mad Dog” is just what we need in the cabinet.  The nominees to head each of the branches of service also seem to be excellent.  Now, if we could just get everyone else approved, things could start moving.  Still, there must be undersecretaries at the Pentagon, assistants to whatsomevers in other agencies, and bean counters all over DC rewriting stuff for how they anticipate they will soon be operating.  Significant resume polishing is also going on.

Meanwhile, President Trump (yes, I do enjoy writing that) also signed eight Presidential Memoranda 20-24 January 2017.  These are what directed agency folks to do such novel things as follow the law, stop writing new regulations, and instituted the hiring freeze.  They may actually have as much impact upon us and our economy as do the Executive Orders he signed.  And he managed to find time to meet with one significant head of state, talk with quite a few others, and negotiate the support of several captains of US industry and labor unions.

Not a bad first week in office.  Sounds like he showed up to work as promised.  After putting up with a guy who was much more interested in golf, it is a welcome relief to see constructive things going on.  We are all anxiously awaiting what happens next week.We may not be there yet, but we are having some fun on the way.

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Simple Truth

Sometimes the easiest explanation really is the best explanation.  In the case of a bunch of women showing up to gaggle upon the Mall with like-minded other women, perhaps attempting to figure out their purpose in doing so is a waste of time.

Heard a pundit type suggest earlier today that many of these women already had reservations in and around DC to attend festivities this weekend expecting to participate in history being made as their queen was anointed.  With that not happening, but their travel plans already secured, they just came up with alternate activities.

Now that is an explanation that is almost elegant in its simplicity.

Besides, by keeping their reservations, they blocked others from taking their rooms.  Am sure that none of them thought about that either.  Of course they didn’t.

Maybe I do care about those pesky crowd numbers that so many are bandying about.  It is possible that they were purposefully suppressed after all, and not just by the media.

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And the Point was?

Against my better judgement, a few thoughts are proffered on whatever that display was yesterday in Washington, DC.

What many are asking first is, “What was the point of the exercise?”  I would be among those who question if there was any at all.  The visuals are certainly obnoxious, so disgusting that we wonder if the only point to it all was to garner negative attention to something which no one has yet articulated.  When left to ponder what message we were to get from it, with no sense of direction from the participants, we are given little choice but to make up something.  We sane members of society try to make sense of things around us, but sometimes there is no sense to be made.  This looks like one of those times. Continue reading

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Hate Crimes. Part 7,836?

Hate crimes are in the news again. Oh, goody.

Who decided that some crimes are worse than others, some victims more special than other victims, and whatever other criteria is used to make some crimes “hate crimes” while others are just “crimes?” Whoever did that, I have a few questions for you.

If a child defends himself or herself from someone in a bathroom attempting to engage in a sexual act with that child, is the child committing a hate crime if the pedophile self-identifies as the same sex as the child that day? Is an invalid grandmother any less dead if killed by someone of her own race during the commission of a home invasion? What exactly is accomplished when a convicted killer is found additionally guilty of a “hate crime” when his murder convictions cause him to be put to death and the “hate crime” indictment delays the eventual carrying out of his death sentence? What crimes other than “hate crimes” require that motive be proven as an element of the crime? Continue reading

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Now What?

As we enter a new year, we are looking at a new day, potentially a new era for our country.  Much has been written about what it all means and how we got here, with an inordinate amount of attention being given to a whining bunch of fools with their precious little feelings hurt.  What so many of us now feel is hope for the future of our country.

How can that be?  Perhaps it is as simple as putting our support behind a winner instead of another failure. 

For decades we voters have paid little attention to the ability of candidates to do anything other than win elections.  All we have proven is that winning politically does not make an individual able to lead anything.  We have seen a succession of paper tigers whose lives were constructed to make them attractive as candidates with very little substance behind the public image.  Winning at life, and leading the rest of us into the winners circle, is not about what looks good, sounds good, or feels good.

We are about to install a new US president.  He’s a man who knows all about winning.  And failure.  Yes, he has failed, very publicly and very dramatically.  What sets him apart, and gives us so much hope, is that he moved beyond those failures.  He didn’t wallow in them.  He kept his attention focused on his next success.

That is what we Americans want to feel again.  We want to feel that our lives are not over because of a few failures.  We want to feel confident that in spite of our mistakes we can still win.  We want to be successful again.  And we want the younger folks to know that with preparation and hard work they, too, can win.

Back in the day, some psych course posited that a huge impediment to success is fear – a greater fear of success than fear of failure.  That may be the difference between us and the rest of the world.  Americans covet success.  That spirit has been diluted in the past few decades.  We now have hope of recovering our drive of being the best, of inventing new things, of dealing with success in healthy ways.

This new year promises to be exciting with generous amounts of enthusiasm, energy, and hope.  Sounds like a solid foundation for winning.

Happy New Year, All!

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Merry Christmas, All!

Holidays can be a very interesting time.  They pack good memories for some, bad memories for others, and some of each for many of us.  Christmas has a lot of both for me.  It is a bitter sweet time of year.

My family tended toward going overboard for Christmas, especially my father, but my primary school teacher mother was never far behind him.  There were always concerts, lots of them, with my Dad leading a band, playing in an orchestra, or us attending just because it was something which needed to be attended.  Like the ballet.  Every kid should attend multiple performances of the Nutcracker, right? Continue reading

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