[American Thinker] There’s a huge difference between the solemn, sorrowful citizens who lined the streets to say good-bye to Ronald Reagan, John Kennedy, and FDR and the rubberneckers hoping to catch a glimpse of celebrity politicians putting in a public appearance for the late Senator McCain’s multiple memorials. Releasing those men we loved from afar to a higher and happier place bears no resemblance to spectators taking part in one of the "scheduled events" posted strategically on the Fox News website and elsewhere.
Despite of the wall-to-wall media coverage of a seemingly unending series of funeral services (five at last count), this nation does not mourn the passing of a hero. Yes, dignitaries showed up and slid fake praise into orations meant for something other than a heartfelt memorial to the dearly departed. John McCain may have been dear to a few people, but for the rest of us (and most likely 99% of the people invited to be part of his ostentatious Display of the Dead), he remains a clear and present exemplar of a petty plutocracy and blatant self-service. One ecstatic writer called it the "biggest resistance meeting yet" as Her Father’s Daughter saddled the next generation with the bitter Sins of the Father and was celebrated for embracing what many have called a world-class grudge. Somehow, she missed the message that "John called on us to be bigger... and better than that." Others, disgusted by the "political theatrics and cheap shots" recognized her father’s signature spitefulness -- nasty to the end and beyond. Yet it was the observation of a high-school junior that explained a certain hollowness to every news anchor’s claim that a nation mourns. CJ Pearson wrote: "At most funerals I’ve attended, it’s God’s love that fills the room, not hate and animus for a person who is not even in attendance."
This nation does not mourn John McCain who in a final act of self-aggrandizing mythmaking, personally planned a weeklong spectacle to weaponize a sacred cultural tradition meant to remember and honor the dead. This may become his most enduring legacy. An insatiably vindictive man, his equally malicious family, and all those eager to participate in a six-minute trash-talk tribute have radically transformed one of the last public opportunities to share our humanity. We do not mourn, we cannot mourn, and we should not mourn one who in death chose to even a score only he was keeping.
'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This swamp creature is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!!
[WSJ] Sen. John McCain died Aug. 25 of a brain tumor, a glioblastoma. Sen. Ted Kennedy died of the same disease, also on Aug. 25, nine years earlier.
That’s quite a coincidence. But in a world as wide as this one, extremely unlikely things happen every day. Last spring a friend of mine had a straight flush in a hand of five-card draw poker. There are 2,598,960 possible hands in five-card draw, only 36 of which beat the lowest straight flush. So the odds of losing while holding a straight flush are about 1 in 72,000. He lost anyway.
• Of the dozen or so most significant men of the 19th century, two, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, were born on the same day, Feb. 12, 1809. Lincoln was born in a dirt-floored one-room log cabin 3 miles south of Hodgenville, Ky., Darwin in upper-middle-class comfort in Shrewsbury, England.
Of course, if you factor in the time difference, it may have been the 11th in the US when Darwin was born or the 13th in the UK when Lincoln was born. Say, isn't the University of Kentucky's abbreviation "UK"?
In another odd historical coincidence, there was an event in the run up to the American Revolution called the "Gaspee Affair" in which American colonialists attacked the British customs schooner "Gaspee" in 1772 after it ran aground while chasing contrabrand.
The ship was boarded and burned by the attackers. One attacker was named ABRAHAM Whipple.
Another key figure in this attack was named...John Brown.
And then there is the ultimate in coincidence and good or bad luck. The gentleman who was in Hiroshima on business when the bomb was dropped. Surviving he was evacuated to his home in Nagasaki. Just in time for Bock's Car and Fat Man
And then there's Robert Todd Lincoln who fell off a train platform and was rescued by Edwin Booth.
One sees these things in their own life. My brother pulled into a parking space at Yellowstone and as he was getting out of the car the guy in the car next to him getting out was the guy he worked next to
My dad was in the liquor store next to Circus Circus looking for a bottle of Brandy. Not finding what he wanted he goes up to the register and asks if they have any J Bavet (it's a Wisconin thing). The clerk answers "no we dont, and we don't have any goddamn Sunnyside Club either" Turns out the clerk knew the old man from the neighborhood watering hole.
“Remember Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes exhausts and murders itself. There never was a Democracy Yet, that did not commit suicide.”[i]
In his letter written in 1814, John Adams provides an ominous warning that suggests that the Republic is inherently doomed to fail. Research suggests that his 200-year-old prophecy may have been accurate as reflected in the current state of the Republic. A recent study by Pew Research Center finds the partisan divide in the United States is at its highest level since the Civil War.[ii] If this partisan divide was confined to the voting booths and family debates, there would be little cause for concern. Today however, this partisan divide represents a more serious problem than hurt feelings due to bickering over political candidates or a few social issues. The Pew Research Center suggests that political polarization in the United States has reached a dangerous extreme. Divisions on fundamental political and social issues reached record levels during President Obama’s term in office. And the gaps have increased even further during President Trump’s first year.[iii] This polarization is caused by political and social entrenchment combined with a general reluctance to compromise creating extreme fractionalization. Fissures have opened up along every major demographic line including race, ethnicity, religion, place of origin, gender, and along every major political and social issue including immigration, national security, gay marriage, religious freedom, structural inequalities and many others.
The divisions correlate with non-political things as well. NASCAR has nothing to do with politics, but you can usually tell something about a man's politics if you know whether he likes or disdains it. Food, entertainment, religion--we're dividing into different tribes. https://www.businessinsider.com/politics-sports-you-like-2013-3
Then there are those of us who aren’t keen on watching professional athletes — apparently we are altogether apolitical, according to james’s link. But I am used to not fitting standard categories; we Myers-Briggs INFJs are like that. ;-)
[Diplomad 2.0] Can't stay away. This won't be long. Just a few thoughts as I watch developments this past week or so.
On trade. Trump is doing some amazing things on trade. You can agree or disagree with what he's doing but he's upending the existing world trade order. Back in 1999, we saw riots in the streets of Seattle over a meeting in that city by the World Trade Organization (WTO). Tens-of-thousands of people marched, looted and fought in protest over the WTO and its "globalization" of trade. It seems to me, those very same people ought now to be all for Trump. He's is dismantling the world trade institution that has done so much harm to US and other Western economies, especially the workers. It has helped the stock market as companies feel ever more free to move their operations in pursuit of lower wages and lax labor codes. It has played havoc with traditional industrial cities in the US, UK, and Europe. It has created a massive bureaucratic monster which now "regulates free trade." Trump is slashing away at it.
The deal with Mexico APPEARS to be a first step in that assault on the globalist economy. We haven't seen all the details so we don't know for sure. What has come out, however, would seem to be a big plus for US and Mexican industrial workers. We'll see, but it sounds promising.
Canada, of course, fell victim to the false prog vision of President Trump. Canada's silly PM missed the boat and lost Canada a chance to exert some influence in the Trump battle to scrap and replace NAFTA. The Canadian government wasted their time,
Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, spent most of her time on visits to the U.S. lobbying governors and congressmen rather than talking seriously to our trade negotiators. Her boss, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, even thought it was a good idea to antagonize Trump at his failed G7 summit in June.
Canada must now return, hat in hand, for a deal. If not, Trump will advance the deal with Mexico and leave Canada behind. Today he again vowed to raise car tariffs on Canada if it refuses to revise unfair levies of nearly 300 percent on some American goods, among other unfair practices.
Never underestimate Trump--just ask Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Hillary Clinton for starters. Trudeau is going to have to do some serious catch up. He might want to read one of Trump's books for starters.
The Europeans and the Chinese, I predict, will soon have to make some serious concessions to Trump on trade. Trump understands something a lot of other politicians seemed incapable of doing. The US is by far the world's biggest economy and market, and, still, the most innovative--fracking, anybody? You can't just ignore it, or get into a trade war with it. You will lose.
While Trump is winning, we see a lot of silliness from others. The McCain funerals were absurd, demeaning, and damaged the reputation of McCain. The gathering of the establishment elites, the phony speeches, and the attempt to rewrite history by the "fake news" media were just too much to take, and underscored the revolutionary nature of the Trump administration. Read the hagiographies now being written by the MSM about McCain and then read what the WaPo said back in 2008 when their voice might have counted,
the stress of a campaign can reveal some essential truths, and the picture of Mr. McCain that emerged this year is far from reassuring. To pass his party's tax-cut litmus test, he jettisoned his commitment to balanced budgets. He hasn't come up with a coherent agenda, and at times he has seemed rash and impulsive. And we find no way to square his professed passion for America's national security with his choice of a running mate who, no matter what her other strengths, is not prepared to be commander in chief.
Or, of course, the NY Times back in 2008,
Senator John McCain of Arizona has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaign on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism. His policies and worldview are mired in the past. His choice of a running mate so evidently unfit for the office was a final act of opportunism and bad judgment that eclipsed the accomplishments of 26 years in Congress.
[Huffpoo] President Donald Trump has done more to hurt American workers than help them, the leader of the largest federation of unions in the nation declared on Sunday. Union workers will likely support Democratic candidates in November, predicted AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.
Trumka also said that Trump’s proposed replacement for the North America Free Trade Agreement won’t work without Canada. That pointedly contradicts claims by Trump that Canadian participation isn’t necessary in his new trade pact.
As for workers, "unfortunately, to date, the things that he has done to hurt workers outpace what he’s done to help workers," said Trumka, who represents more more than 12.5 million people.
Though unemployment is down, wages have also been down "since the first of the year," he said. "Gas prices have been up since the first year. So overall, workers aren’t doing as well," Trumka told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."
In addition, Trump "hasn’t come up with an infrastructure program that could put a lot of us back to work," Trumka added. "He overturned some health and safety regulations that will hurt us on the job." The president also helped scuttle an Obama administration Labor Department rule that would have extended overtime benefits to close to 5 million workers, Trumka said.
Come November, Trumka said, it "probably will be Democrats" his members support "because Democrats support working people more than Republicans." But decisions will be made candidate by candidate because "it’s about electing people who will support working people," he said.
I'm not sure how this rhetoric matches up with the reality of the economic numbers since Trump's been in office. Oh, that's right - it doesn't! This is meant more for general consumption than anything else, one of those pro forma 'what else am I gonna say - I'm the head of a union!' statements.
As a child, did you ever wonder where Santa Claus got all the toys or the supplies to build the toys?
Ever wonder about his delivery system? If so, you probably didn't put too much thought into it.
People who think the government should be Santa Claus still don't.
Right-to-work and voluntary dues will kill the corrupt unions
And that's where the unions are spending their member's hard-earned dues money now, to combat the RTW and 'optional' dues legislation initiatives.
These would really cook the giverment unions.
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Government Unions incentivise systemic corruption. They are now a Player in the Political Game instead of acting as a Neutral Party. Judges can recuse themselves, how do you recuse every single staffer and secretary in the legal system if they are all members of one organization?
Really sad: Hollywood erases American flag from moon landing. This is wrong, and consistent with Leftists’ disrespecting the flag & denying American exceptionalism. JFK saw that it mattered that America go to the moon — why can’t Hollywood see that today? http://t.co/7ZGJKP4tl6
I'm not sure this was done for foreign audiences so much as because lefties have been saying American has never been great and there is no such thing as American excellence and the moon landing proves both wrong.
The left can't even think of JFK as great anymore.
JFK wouldn't even qualify for the Left Wing of the Democratic Party today. Of course NASA is a Target of the "if we could onl spend that money on......". Never understanding that NASA doesn't get as much as they think.
I happen to think that NASA does waste a lot of it's budget. But I put that more on Congress and various administration's changing goals and policies.
NASA is one of the few things Americans can be proud of that the Federal Government does. If you begrudge the 0.5% out of your federal taxes. That whole penny out of two bucks of every tax dollars well I'll pick up your share.
[NY Post via Right Scoop] In a statement today from the Pope of an alternate universe where there is no sexual abuse in the church, the head of a church with no scandals at all put out a statement about the RAPE of the EARTH by the use of plastic products.
All clever comments aside anybody who thinks we as a society can just dump our trash where ever the hell we want IMO has something seriously wrong with them. Overall we do a pretty decent job in this country. In fact as a whole the developed world does with the exception of say Russia and China. It's the Third World shit holes that are the big problem
by: Abdulrahman Al-Rashed Abdulrahman Al-Rashed is the former general manager of Al-Arabiya television. He is also the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly magazine Al-Majalla. He is also a senior columnist in the daily newspapers Al-Madina and Al-Bilad
Militants in the Idlib province and its vicinity are sharpening their knives and cleaning their rifles in preparation for the great, and maybe final, battle of Syria’s war.
It's a Civil War that they are Losing... Maybe, just maybe they could .... and this is a difficult thought for a UN "diplomat" .... Surrender. Stack Arms and go home under whatever conditions the Victor demands.
[Ricochet] I am continually dismayed by the level of fear, contempt, and anger that many educated/urban/upper-middle-class people demonstrate toward Christians and rural people (especially southerners). This complex of negative emotions often greatly exceeds anything that these same people feel toward radical Islamists or dangerous rogue-state governments. I’m not a Christian myself, but I’d think that one would be a lot more worried about people who want to cut your head off, blow you up, or at a bare minimum shut down your freedom of speech than about people who want to talk to you about Jesus (or Nascar!)
It seems that there are quite a few people who vote Democratic, even when their domestic and foreign-policy views are not closely aligned with those of the Democratic Party, because they view the Republican Party and its candidates as being dominated by Christians and “rednecks.” This phenomenon has become even more noticeable of late, with the vitriolic attitude of certain prominent “conservatives” toward Trump supporters as a class.
What is the origin of this anti-Christian anti-“redneck” feeling? Some have suggested that it’s a matter of oikophobia … the aversion to the familiar, or “the repudiation of inheritance and home,” as philosopher Roger Scruton uses the term. I think this is doubtless true in some cases: the kid who grew up in a rural Christian home and wants to make a clean break with his family heritage, or the individual who grew up in an oppressively conformist Bible Belt community. But I think such cases represent a relatively small part of the category of people I’m talking about here. A fervently anti-Christian, anti-Southern individual who grew up in New York or Boston or San Francisco is unlikely to be motivated by oikophobia. Indeed, far from being excessively familiar, Christians and Southern people are likely as exotic to him as the most remote tribes of New Guinea.
Safer socially than bigotry against Black people or gays, Muslims or those New Guinea tribesmen--no violent pushback
Peter Strzok wrote to his lover Lisa Page (page 400 of DOJ IG report August 26, 2016, Strzok: “Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support....”
The left believes all the Hollywood stereotypes? So it's O.K. for the left to use Southern Christians as pinatas because it's safer and there's no risk of violent pushback? That is sick.
Pushback has been coming, at least politically (election of Trump, control of both houses, firings, reassignments, resignations, referrals, neuterings) and the left has gone more bat shit crazy. The left had best not carry this too far. There are many, many Christians; they strongly support the 2nd Amendment.
Well it's easy and fun to drop into a Redneck/Hillbilly/PoorWhiteTrash accent and make a comment. Plus all the stupid videos on YouTube don't help. I have met the stereotical R/H/PWT from the South (and some from Northern Wisconsin too) plus the well read, polite, urbane Southerners. The South is too large an area to apply one stereotype to. Just as most places in the country are. After all everybody from NYC doesn't talk in a Brooklyn accent.
As to the anti Cristian sentiment or prejudice. They see it as safe IMO. What it basically boils down to is "what we have here, is a failure to communicate"
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.