Will our hero’s daughter rise above the challenges she faces? Tune in next week to find out!

A leftist group boycotted Nordstrom and Sears dropped Ivanaka’s Trump branded merchandise and Trump supporters reacted with furious anger promising boycotts of those chains.

It turns out, however, that Ivanka’s merchandise is doing very well on Amazon marching to the top of the sales charts. This news brought much celebration among Trump supporters and calls to support Amazon.

Now the success or failure of a product line of the multi-millionaire daughter of a billionaire president doesn’t really have anything to do with the business of government. It has nothing to do with tax policy, foreign affairs, immigration enforcement or really any of the business of the state at all. It is just business.

It seems, however, that both Trump detractors and supporters have made Ivanaka’s business their business.

This strikes me as odd. I will confess that until about the end of 2015, I had no idea Ivanka existed let alone that she had a line of merchandise. It seems strange to me that I am expected to have a heartfelt position on the disposition of this woman’s business affairs. I think it is absurd that the left wants me to boycott her products and I find it equally absurd that the right wants me to buy them. I don’t generally have any position at all on the business success of lines of high end women’s accessories. Frankly, I am programed to not care.

I am still forming my thoughts here but it seems that this situation tells us something about the state of American politics. In the past I have compared politics to spectator sports in which we root for our teams despite that fact that there is no real difference between them. I am starting to think all this is more like a movie.

In a movie there is a hero for whom you cheer. His success becomes your success. His failure becomes your failure. The nature of the hero’s struggle is really irrelevant. The hero’s quest could be to get the girl, survive a war, deliver the ring to a mountain or save the universe. The details don’t matter. You support the hero.

I think that is what is going on here. Ivanka’s business success should be irrelevant. She is the daughter of a billionaire and worth $150 million in her own right. Generally, regular folks from middle America don’t get emotionally involved in the business success or failure of beautiful, fabulously rich, elite New York City heiresses. The disposition of her business interests will not affect the lives of Middle Americans in the least.

We care about her, however, not because of the policies of the current head of the federal government. We care because Donald Trump has been cast as the protagonist in a great right-wing movie production and his supporters have been swept up by the narrative. The hero’s beautiful daughter is under attack and our heart strings have been pulled. We are rooting for the protagonist and his princess daughter. This is a heroic narrative.

It has nothing whatsoever to do, however, with the Constitutional role of the federal government or the role of the president. This is not government or policy. It is the stuff of cinema, soap operas, storybooks and stage plays.

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So, Have Homes Evacuated Near Oroville Dam Been Looted?

Some sources say yes – and extensively. Others say there has been no looting.

“Here’s A Rundown of All the Looting and Robbery Incidents That Occurred During the Oroville Evacuation”

According to the Oroville Mercury register, there were multiple looting incidents which have led to the arrests of five different people. Several hours after the evacuation order was given, two people were arrested for breaking into a Dollar General store. Another two individuals were arrested for looting a local market, one of whom was a 16-year-old carrying a shotgun. A fifth individual was arrested after he tried to steal a gun safe from a residence, and drive off with it in a four wheeler. During the evacuation there were a total of 240 911 calls, many of which were for crimes in progress.”

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The LA Times says there was no looting.

“No looting but some burglaries during Oroville evacuation, sheriff says”

Maybe someone can tell me what the difference is between looting and burglary.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea repeated his insistence Wednesday that there had been no looting while Oroville was under mandatory evacuation orders, but he conceded that the town had seen “burglaries.”

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Another Kick-A$$ Possibility

Bolton, former Ambassador to the United Nations, has been the most consistent voice for properly vetting both immigrants and countries that align themselves with the United States. He is no fan of Iran’s mullahs nor their nuclear ambitions. He always makes sense and the leftists hate it.

“Senior White House Officials Support Bolton To Replace Flynn”

Senior White House officials and members of the National Security Council are pushing former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton as a replacement for ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

Among Bolton’s most vocal supporters are senior administration officials loyal to Flynn and who are upset at the general’s firing. Multiple sources described an effort by these Flynn loyalists to ensure that Bolton is selected as his replacement.”

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How Communists Roll

The mayor of the city of New York has officially threatened Wells Fargo Bank because they are providing some funding for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

People on the left like hizzoner thought they had the pipeline effectively shut down until the election of 2016. Now that Donald Trump is President he is giving the go-ahead to projects like these. Those on the left are having to resort to other means, including illegal bully tactics, to try to get their way. In doing so they are increasing the public’s distrust and disgust ot far-left Democrats.

“De Blasio Threatens Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened Wells Fargo bank for its investment in the North Dakota Access Pipeline.

In a February 17 letter to Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan, de Blasio said he wanted to “express my deep concern about your involvement, and the involvement of other banks, in financing the Dakota Access Pipeline,” noting his concern is partly based on being a Mayor of a “coastal city threatened by climate change.”

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De Blasio stated three times int the letter that he is a person in charge of the funds of “long-term investors” with more than $165 billion in assets established to pay for the benefits of over 700,000 active and retired New York City workers.”

That, dear readers, is a threat.

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Good Riddance

An Enemy of Free Speech has resigned from her position at the FEC.

She made some suggestions in her resignation letter about things she thinks needs to happen but nobody cares.

Buh-bye.

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Cause and Effect

When you don’t show up for work, you get fired.

This is supposed to be news.

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Milo Yiannopoulos makes a rousing defense of gay pedophilia

It should be noted that he denies that is what he is doing here. He says this is selectively edited. Here is what appears to me to be an unedited version of the interview. It should be cued up for you but, if it doesn’t work, start at about 1:01:30.

Here is a sample…

Yiannopoulos: This arbitrary — I’m just gonna — I’ll be quick. This arbitary and oppressive idea of consent which totally destroys, you know, the understanding that many of us have of the complexities and subtleties and complicated nature of many relationships. You know, people are messy and complex, and actually, in the homosexual world particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men, those kind of coming-of-age relationships, the relationships in which those older men help those young boys to discover who they are, and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable — a sort of a rock for when they can’t talk to their parents. Some of those relationships are some of the most —

Unknown: It sounds like priest molestation to me.

Ben: It sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me.

Yiannopoulos: And you know what? I am grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him.

Draw your own conclusions but it doesn’t really sound like conservatism as I know it.

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A Nepalese Presidents Day Celebration

I own a duplex and rent the other half out. It cuts my mortgage in half. It’s a good deal for me when I have good renters. I’ve had pretty good luck with renters in the past, knock on wood…except for a dipshit named Grant, who was the biggest piece of shit ever born and still owes me $575. That was a few years ago though. But oh well. Ya win some, ya lose some. Because of my experience with shithead Grant, I decided from then on out to go through a property management company for tenant placement. It costs a few bucks but they deal with all of the bullshit with screening potential tenants. It is in the best interest of the property management co. to screen applicants thoroughly so they get my business again. They make sure to do an income check and background/credit checks and so forth. They screen out the deadbeats, so to speak.

For over 2 years now, I’ve had a dude from Nepal living in my rental. He’s a refugee. Young kid, about 28 years old or so. For some reason where I live in the Frozen Tundra of NoDak, we have a lot of refugees. From Nepal, Bhutan, Somalia, Liberia, and so forth, they are living here. Through my renter, I’ve met many people from Nepal. I’ve always been invited when he has people over for beers and food. I almost always attend because they have beer. I bring some too, but for some reason most aren’t interested in PBR. Weird. Anywho, to cut it short, these people are more American than many people I know who were born here. They are all employed. They don’t seek handouts. They are extremely grateful for being here. They are proud to consider themselves as U.S. Citizens. They are individuals. They seek freedom. They want liberty. They want the pursuit of happiness. Even though some of the people I’ve met have only been here a short time, I was told by them in their broken and hard to understand English, that they love this country. My only response to them, as in the words of Red Skelton, that they are citizens and this country is just as much theirs as it is mine. Honestly, this country could use a few more Nepalese people from what I’ve experienced.

The picture above was a pot of money from about 8 Nepalese in my rental, gambling while playing cards. They found it humorous that I took a picture of presidents on Presidents Day. I did have to explain to them that Hamilton wasn’t a president.

I guess my whole point to this half-assed post, is it makes me feel proud when people come to this country and love it, and want to be American. That’s what I experience from the Nepalese refugee people I’ve met. They have the spirit of what it is to me an American.

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A message from the President of the United States

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72 Years ago today

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The Smell in Hell just got a little worse

The Blind Sheikh finally died in Federal Prison.

Now he is in a much more secure facility. He is eternally ineligible to be part of any prisoner swap.

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“Rush Limbaugh: ‘The Media Did Not Make Donald Trump and They Can’t Destroy Him’”

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Glenn Greenwald Explains The Deep State And Why They Want To Take Trump Down.

This is important stuff.

Greenwald is no supporter of Trump but he sees the intelligence community as far more dangerous than the new President – and explains why. He is making no friends inside intelligence by doing this. What he says is frightening, especially since there are so many in the media who are on the side of the intelligence community in opposing Trump any way they can.

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If Not ‘Fake News’ What Should We Call it?

I’m talking about the slandering insinuations that are being passed off as news by anti-Trump news organizations. We should call them out but we should do so accurately. Here are a couple of examples:

“As Presidents Live Longer, Doctors Debate Whether To Test For Dementia”

From NPR

Another – Don Lemon at CNN assembled a panel to talk about Trump in disparaging terms; his visits to his Florida home, his family traveling with him, and, believe it or not, his golfing. One of his panel said what he was doing is not news, calling it ‘Fake News’. Lemon wouldn’t let him talk, cut him off, and walked off the set.

Crap like this is not news. It is an attempt to delegitimize everything Trump does by talking smack about it. We should have a term for it other than ‘Fake News’.

Although calling it Fake News seemed to get under Lemon’s skin – so there’s that.

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The Left Is Bringing Out Its Big Guns In The First Month Of Trump’s Term…

… What will they do to top it? It’s really rather sad. It’s stupid to use up all your ammunition in the first volley. MSNBC and some members of the Congressional Black Caucus are ramping up the allegations of racism against Trump – and now Steve Bannon. What can they do to top it?

Trump said he’d like a meeting with the CBC. He said he’d like ‘Open dialog’. This Congressman also used the term ‘Open dialog’ but he’s trying to put conditions on the meeting. That’s not openness.

“Congressional Black Caucus Member: Steve Bannon ‘a Stone-Cold Racist’”

From here

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A Sunday Sermon

Good morning Real Revo. Today is a day filled with the blessings of Almighty God and today is the day that is set aside for rest and worship. It will be good to be back in God’s house again as I was absent last week and will be absent again next week. I cherish my Church Family though and look forward to spending time with them this morning.

It doesn’t matter who is running their mouths about what here on earth, God is in control and he is our provision. His promises are never broken nor is his love for us. The Enemy who attempts to stand against God is already defeated. We need not fear.

Blessed are those who hunger and theorist after Righteousness. You can find refuge in God’s Word. Come and be a part of my Church Family today if you are so inclined.

At the link below you will find the streaming webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church. The webcast will stream content all day, along with the live webcast of our Sunday Morning Worship Service that starts at 10:45am East Coast time. Please feel welcome to join us.

The streaming television webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church is found HERE

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“Stop Belittling The Holocaust With Your Stupid Nazi Analogies”

It’s a lie, it’s belittling for those who died in the camps, and it shows just how lazy you are.

First of all, even if the authorities — even if the National Guard (which I think would be an incredibly horrible idea) — were to start deporting illegal immigrants, not one of those unfortunate people would ever be sent to anything resembling the ovens of Treblinka and Auschwitz. Not their children. Not anyone else in this country. Most often, in fact, deported illegal immigrants are going back to Mexico, where they can apply for legal entry into the United States. Every year, more than a million people become American citizens. So we are hardly in the early staging plans of “total measures.” In fact, we function under immigration laws that were written by representatives of the electorate, and the constitutionality of those laws are determined by the judicial system.

If your argument is that all deportations are, in and of themselves, the actions of a proto-Nazi regime, then I would ask: why aren’t you comparing Barack Obama, who deported 2.4 million people from 2009-2014 2014 alone, to Himmler? Or I would say stop appropriating the horrors of history for short-term political gain and come up with a better analogy.”

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An Icon of the Cold War has passed away

 

Rest in Peace Ivan Koloff

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Welcome to the American House of Mirrors

In the House of Mirrors, it is impossible to know what is real and what is illusion. What seems real is fake and what seems fake is real. Nobody believes anything they don’t want to believe and only believe what is pleasing.

Reality is subjective and truth is based on opinion. It is a world of solipsism in which knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure; the reality of the external world is negotiable.

That’s not to say that you are free to believe what you want. There are pressures to believe certain things and to disbelieve others. These pressures are not based on metaphysical reality but on tribal loyalty.

Loyalty to your tribe requires certain beliefs and to profess beliefs not sanctioned by the tribe is heresy that is punished with ostracism. You must support the tribe no matter what.

This is post postmodernism. Enlightenment rationality was based on metaphysical truths and marked with skepticism, distrust of grand narratives and ideologies and based on an understanding of human nature, a desire for progress and a belief in objective reality and morality.

The American House of Mirrors, instead, insists that knowledge and truth are the products of social, historical and political interpretations. Reality, in this world, is based on the politics of identity in every group from Black Lives Matter to the Alt-Right. Reality, we are being told, is defined by moral relativism, collective thought and group-referentiality.

In the American House of Mirrors rationality of the Enlightenment is being subverted and in its place is the political solipsism of identity politics in which reality is not metaphysical, but is defined by loyalty to political ties of blood and race and sectarianism.

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Program Allows Mexican Farm Workers To Work In US Legally

“Oaxaca farm workers off to Florida to pick tomatoes through federal labor program”

The Mexican state of Oaxaca

A variation on the American dream will send 56 farm workers from Oaxaca to Florida next month and all of them will cross the border legally.

The workers, aged 23 to 40, will work on the tomato harvest through an agreement between the federal labor service and the United States firm Lipman Produce.

Depending on the work available and their performance, the laborers will be able to remain employed for three to eight months.

A Oaxaca farm worker will earn on average 150 pesos (less than US $7.50) per day. In the U.S. that worker will earn just over $11 an hour.”

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Samantha Power Would Not Take Nikki Haley’s Phone Call

This kind of silliness reminds me of when George W. Bush took over the White House after Bill Clinton. The Clinton Transition team defaced the building and removed all the ‘W’ keys from computer keyboards.

Childish.

Samantha Power was President Obama’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

Samantha Power

Her job there was taken by President Trump’s choice, Nikki Haley.

Nikki Haley

Haley tried to phone Power but Power refused to speak with her.

“‘Classy as always’: Samantha Power apparently refused to take call from Nikki Haley”

From here

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This Woman Tried To Make President Trump Look Like A Racist

April Ryan

At Trump’s news conference the other day she asked him if he would meet with the Congressional Black Caucus. He assured her that he would and asked her if she would set up a meeting. She replied that she was just a reporter and the media has taken up her story, giving the impression that the only reason Trump asked her to set up a meeting was because she’s black.

Now we find out that Ryan has direct connections to the CBC.

“WikiLeaks Exposed April Ryan as More Than ‘Just a Reporter’”

The veteran Washington journalist, however, appeared to a bit more than a chronicler of current events during last year’s presidential campaign. Emails pilfered from Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta’s email account and published in the fall by WikiLeaks suggest a rather chummy relationship between Ryan and the Clinton camp.

At one point, she even suggested a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“FYI I also just talked with Marcia Fudge and Sheila Jackson Lee,” she wrote on April 18, 2015, referring to representatives from Ohio and Texas, respectively. “Also, Lets make the black reporters meeting happen asap.”

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Democrat Leaders Want Obama To Stop Trying To Help Them

Really. This is from the left-wing Daily Beast.

Mrs22 says Obama has the Sadim touch. Sadim is Midas spelled backwards. Everything Midas touched turned to gold. Everything Sadim touched turned to crap.

Seriously, every Democrat Obama has tried to help has lost. It’s no wonder the state level Dems want him to go away.

“Leaked Emails: Dem State Leaders Think Obama’s New Organizing Army is ‘Grade A Bullshit’”

Organizing for Action was supposed to complement the Democratic National Committee. Instead, Democratic leaders say, it nearly killed the Democrats.

It is difficult to overstate just how enraged state Democratic activists and leaders are with Organizing for Action (OFA), the political and community-organizing army that grew out of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.

The nonprofit, which functions as a sort of parallel-Democratic National Committee, was founded to mobilize Democratic voters and supporters in defense of President Obama’s, and the Democratic Party’s, agenda. Instead, the organization has drawn the intense ire, both public and private, of grassroots organizers and state parties that are convinced that OFA inadvertently helped decimate Democrats at the state and local level, while Republicans cemented historic levels of power and Donald J. Trump actually became leader of the free world.”

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Friday Night at the Movies Double Feature

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Friday Night at the Movies

Welcome to Friday Night at the Movies. With all the recent events with my connectivity here at home I have entirely neglected the fact that February is Blaxploitation History Month. In recent years because of the efforts of the Obama Administration there was too much real life black exploitation going on and this genre of film lost its appeal with me. This of course was a temporary condition.

I had what I believed was a great movie for tonight lined up but alas, there was too much sexual content. Then I found this one. It features Fred Williamson, Richard Pryor and James Brown… and it’s a Western. Sounds pretty funny already.

Saddle up…

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