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I owe you an explanation why I will be out for a while…

I cleared my head and am ready to give an account as to why I will be gone for, at minimum, a few weeks.

First, let me be clear: I don’t believe my vote will decide the election. I don’t believe that it will have the slightest impact on which of the two substandard human beings from which we have to choose will be the next president. There is virtually zero chance that Trump will lose Iowa by a single vote and the loss of Iowa causes him to lose the election. The odds of that happening are mathematically indistinguishable from zero. My vote, therefore, is irrelevant.

I will be casting a vote for neither Trump nor Clinton and the want of my vote will have no impact on the election.

That doesn’t mean I won’t have an effect. I have hacked on Trump on this blog right up to the point he got the nomination. Each step of the way there was some hope he wouldn’t get the nomination, but he got it. It is a done deal. Me continuing to attack him is now unacceptable.

For me to continue to be actively critical of him would be to lend aid to Hillary Clinton. That is beyond dispute. Conversely, to blog against Hillary is to aid Trump. It may be trivial help but it is help. I don’t want to help either. Neither one is acceptable to me. It doesn’t matter which is worse because neither reaches even minimal standards.

I know most here disagree (Camp B) but I don’t care. I didn’t spend the last nine years writing millions of words and pouring my heart and soul and into the promotion of limited government and individual liberty to now support a candidate who is hostile to limited government and individual liberty. It doesn’t matter to me if the alternative is worse. Both are unacceptable. I won’t lend support to anyone who is an enemy to my core values. I refuse to pick my poison.

Still, if I am intellectually honest, I must acknowledge that attacking Trump is to aid Clinton. There is no way to pretend otherwise. Since I can’t suffer supporting Clinton I have to stop attacking Trump. On the other hand, I don’t want to help Trump either so I guess that precludes hacking on Clinton.


I find myself in the strange position of being head cob logger on a political blog during an election year and I can’t say anything pithy about the election. I can’t respond to comments praising the tangerine twit, his glandular need to be worshiped on bent knee and… (Damn. See? I can’t help myself.)

So there you have it. Now that he is the nominee, attacks on Trump are tantamount to support for Clinton. I just can’t deny that.

I am not sure if I can hang out here and listen to happy talk about and praise for Trump and not object… enthusiastically… aggressively… pithily. But then I would be helping Hillary and that would be wrong.

As a blogger I am crippled. I need some time off to sort that out.

In the mean time, I have a lot going on. I am taking the wife and kid to England in a couple weeks, I have family visiting, it is summer so outside activities beckon and I have a reading list five feet long. Oh, and believe it or not, I do have a day job. 🙂

Somehow all this put me in mind of this scene. Y’all think I will see a cow on the roof of a cotton house?


There is no more question; it will be Clinton v Trump


What to do?

I could get behind Trump, give his self-promoting agenda my support and sell out every principle for which we built this site to promote. After all, Trump is openly hostile to the principles of smaller government, the free market and the restraints imposed by the Constitution. He lives no ethos of any kind much less that of liberty. He is a borderline nihilist.

No. I can’t do that.

I could just hold my nose and support Trump in order to “stop Clinton”. Of course that means playing defense by supporting one corrupt big government booster over another. It means that I have given up on free markets, free minds and free people and am just supporting the RNC candidate to be a winner via blocking the opponent. I don’t think so…

The Founders saw Americans individualistic, self-reliant, modest in their national ambitions, suspicious of the passions of the masses and in need of little from any sort of central bureaucracy and I agree with them. I believe in the limitations on government outlined in the Constitution of the United States. I can’t toss all of that on the trash heap to support the lesser of two evils.

I could keep on hacking on Trump but, now that the die is cast and he is the confirmed nominee, at some point that becomes implied support for Clinton. I don’t want that.

I could try to hack on them both equally but that just feels like tilting at windmills: futile and pointless.

So I am not sure what to do now. Whatever the case, I am out for a while.


Trump Formally Lands the Republican Party Nomination for President

H.L. Mencken proves prescient.


Terrorist arm of Black Lives Matter strikes again?


Did Melania Trump plagiarize Michelle Obama’s speech?

Some seem to think so.

The passages in question focus on lessons that Melania Trump, the wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said she learned from her parents and the relevance of their lessons in her experience as a mother.

The remarks came toward the beginning of her speech, which was otherwise distinct from the address that Michelle Obama gave when her husband, then-Sen. Barack Obama, was being nominated for president.

“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life,” Melania Trump said in her speech in Cleveland.

In Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech in Denver, she said: “And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: like, you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you’re going to do, that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them and even if you don’t agree with them.”

My initial reaction was that these are the sort of comments everyone who respects their parents make. Work hard, keep your word, treat people with respect and live your values and morals everyday. Right? All our parents taught us these things. Does the fact that Michelle Obama said it preclude any of the rest of us of saying it?

Then I recalled that Melania is an immigrant, born in Yugoslavia and is the daughter of card carrying European communists. They were actual members of the actual Communist Party and her father was an actual government official in an actual Marxist/Leninist regime. We often accuse Michelle of coming from a crypto-Marxist family but Melania is from an openly communist family.

I had to wonder. Are these the values legitimate communists teach their children?



Another day, another jihad


GOPe blocks Republican insurgents

The GOPe, of course, is Trump and Pence, the presumptive nominees. The insurgents are #NeverTrump. The GOPe called for a floor vote on accepting the rules as written and the floor thundered with nays. The GOPe chairman, of course, announced that the ayes have it. Politico…

Majorities from 7 states or territories were thought to be enough to force the roll-call vote. But after a voice vote on the convention rules, the presiding official — Rep. Steve Womack — declared the rules approved and attempted to move.
Chaos erupted on the convention floor, with Trump critics screaming for a recorded vote while Trump supporters chanted “U-S-A.” Womack left the stage.

Moments later, he returned to call for a second voice vote, after which he again declared the ‘ayes’ had won and the rules had been approved.

Womack then said that three states had withdrawn their support for the roll call vote, leaving the Trump critics short of the signatures they needed to force the vote. The convention then moved on to approve the party’s official platform.

Critics blasted the moves to block the vote.

“I have never in all my life, certainly in six years in the United States Senate, prior to that as a lifelong Republican, never seen anything like this,” said Utah Sen. Mike Lee. “There is no precedent for this in parliamentary procedure. There is no precedent for this in the rules of the Republican National Convention. We are now in uncharted territory. Somebody owes us an explanation. I have never seen the chair abandoned like that. They vacated the stage entirely.”

Explain to me why, if the ayes have it, they refuse to take a roll call vote. After all, a roll call vote would just prove that the ayes did, in fact, carry the floor vote. Right? Why refuse to validate the floor vote with a roll call vote? Unless…


A Turkish Reichstag fire?

Did Erdogan engineer the coup attempt in order to give him justification for a general crackdown? It doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility, that’s for sure.

Why did the coup attempt begin with blocking one side of Istanbul’s Bosporus Bridge? Why was the passage from the Asian side to Europe blocked while the passage from Europe to Asia was allowed to flow?

Why did the putschists — knowing that Erdogan was neither in Ankara nor Istanbul but instead spending his vacation in the Mediterranean seaside town of Marmaris — not move to detain him? They let him travel from Marmaris to the nearby Dalaman airport and then fly to Istanbul on a flight that took over an hour.

Why did the putschists not seize the main TV news channels and instead waste precious time taking over the least-watched state TV channel, TRT, allowing their targets to regroup and use more popular channels and social media effectively to challenge the coup attempt?

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim spoke first on the NTV channel, alleging that it was not a coup but a rebellion perpetrated by a small faction in the military. Erdogan then spoke through CNN-Turk via FaceTime and called on his supporters to take to the streets.

Seemingly a headless and disoriented coup attempt crumbled after a few hours, leaving 265 dead, some 1,440 wounded and at least 2,839 military personnel in custody.

Do you get the sense that this purge list was prepared in advance?


New British PM Theresa May shuts climate change office

During her first week no less…

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been facing criticism during her first few days in office over her decision to close the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The closure was reported on Thursday, May’s first full day in office after the departure of David Cameron.

The BBC reports the department will be folded into the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The alarmists are, as is their wont, alarmed.

More here.

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Chief arsonist condemns the fire he fueled…

After seven years of rhetoric designed to fan the flames of hatred and divide Americans, the man who did more than any other to foment the racial violence infecting the country calls for calm. Here is Obama.

“Every one right now focus on words and actions that can unite this country rather than divide it further.”

“We don’t need inflammatory rhetoric. We don’t need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda. We need to temper our words and open our hearts, all of us.”

The creation of this racial division has been his policy. He owns it free and clear.


The Museum of Ill-conceived Logos









So it turns out that rivers don’t run in circles…


Who knew?

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – They left for what they thought would be an easy float down Muskegon River Tuesday afternoon – but ended up spending the night on the river bank, scared and yelling for help.

The trio of young women were rescued 20 hours later after a fisherman eventually heard their cries, said Muskegon Township Deputy Fire Chief Bob Grabinski.

The women, all in their 20s, had never been tubing before and decided it would be a fun thing to do, Grabinski said. So they bought some tubes and headed to the popular launch site at the Maple Island Road bridge, Grabinski said.

“They were informed by somebody at the bridge that the river goes in a circle and if they put in there they would come back to their car,” he said. “Not knowing anything, they set off on their little adventure.”

Hat tip to Rich.


Freaky Friday Caption Contest Bonus Round



Twinkies make a comeback but the jobs do not


Twinkies almost disappeared but they are back with a vengeance.

In 2012, the end appeared nigh for the humble Twinkie, the yellow sponge cake and American icon: A trend toward healthy eating and a bitter union brawl had forced its baker into bankruptcy.

Now, Hostess Brands is back with a vengeance, with new plans to become a publicly listed company and return to a market that had once left it for dead. The deal, announced Tuesday, would give the maker of Twinkies, CupCakes and Ding Dongs a market value of roughly $2.3 billion.

It doesn’t, however, mean the jobs are returning.

Where the company just five years ago had 8,000 employees — 75 percent of whom were represented by unions — the company now says in filings that it has a “streamlined employee base” of roughly 1,170 workers. That workforce is the shadow of a once-vast empire, which shortly before its troubles totaled 22,000 workers across more than 40 bakeries.

What happened to the jobs? Were they shipped overseas? Um, no. It’s machines.

The new factory is bright and clean. Tight rows of Twinkies m arch along the $20 million Auto Bake system with the precision of Soviet soldiers in a May Day parade. Yellow robotic arms, which look like they should be welding Teslas rather than boxing Twinkies, stack snacks with hypnotic rhythm. This 500-person plant produces more than 1 million Twinkies a day, 400 million a year. That’s 80% of Hostess’ total total output–output that under the old regime required 14 plants and 9,000 employees. And it’s about to get more efficient: Metropoulos and Jhawar just installed a second Auto–Bake system, this one for Cup Cakes, and the governor is here to cut the ribbon.

And what caused the rise of the machines? Well, several things but proximate cause is this…

Hostess’ closing was a cultural moment across the U.S., offering proof of the dire state of American manufacturing. After over a decade of failing health that saw two bankruptcies and five different CEOs, Hostess finally died on Nov. 16, 2012 after the baker’s union pulled the plug with an ill-conceived nationwide strike. Hostess’ roots went back more than 150 years. It left behind 36 factories, 5,600 delivery routes and 19,000 jobs, creating something of a national mourning, not just for the brands but also for what the demise seemed to say about the country itself.

Using the heavy hand of government to restrict international trade will not bring back jobs at Hostess. It will just further depress the economy.


The Peasants are Revolting

First posted on July 14, 2008.


July 14 is Bastille Day. In France, it is known as FĂŞte Nationale or the “National Celebration”. It is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison by a mob of Parisians who were, first, after the arms cache therein and, as an afterthought, whatever political prisoners were being held there. It turns out there were seven common criminals in the prison that day and no political prisoners. Governor de Launay, the commander of the prison, saw the gathering mob, and to prevent a massacre, pretty much opened the gate and let the mob “storm” in. In the melee inside, 94 of the brave and glorious storming Parisians were killed. A total of one defender died.

From this event, one thing led to another and France quickly progressed into a period that became known as the “Reign of Terror.” This was the revolutionary period when heads of just about anybody and everybody were separated from their bodies by that French innovation, the guillotine. Up to 40,000 of the French population lost their heads literally as the rest of them lost them figuratively. The Jacobins, led by Maximilien Robespierre, invented the modern revolution – yearned for by moonbats everywhere – where everything from the past is eliminated, from the calender to religion. “…and the morals that they worshiped will be gone.” Eventually even the French had enough and Robespierre was eliminated during Thermidorian Reaction when his powdered head dropped into a basket. Again, one thing led to another and, on 9 November 1799 (18 Brumaire of the Year VIII), the French got the little dictator Napoleon Bonaparte who led them on military adventures that cost the lives of 4 million to 6 million people. After that it was pretty much back to business as usual in France much as life existed before the Storming of the Bastille.

Reflect on this archetypal French holiday where a mob, trying to steal weapons, got themselves slaughtered by the dozens, released some criminals from prison and ushered in an era of terror, death, tyranny and bloody warfare. That mob was the 18th century version of and, since then, every revolutionary commie puke from the early 20th century to today can trace his pedigree back to the Bastille and the French Revolution. Somewhere in a corner of Hell Che Guevara, Joseph Stalin, Mao and the architects of the French Revolution are sharing stories of revolution.

Happy Bastille Day.



Democrats agree with Trump on trade…

Why? Because Trump’s position on Trade is the longtime Democrat position. Tariffs are taxes and the Democrats never met a tax they don’t like.

Both Trump and the Democrats, however, are wrong on trade.

Rendell, who is the chair of the Democratic convention host committee, made the comments on SiriusXM radio’s The Dean Obeidallah Show.

“The interesting thing is, I talk about China and the fact that China took advantage of us in trade and cost Pennsylvania some significant jobs, and I quoted Donald Trump in the book,” Rendell said, noting Trump backed him heavily when he ran for governor.

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Kids have easier access to Glocks than Books?

Yeah, remember when you were in junior high? You could go the public library and to check out a book but you needed a library card. Of course to check out a Glock at the public library to just took if off the shelf and walked out. No library card required. Yeah, it was so much easier to get my hands on a Glock compared to checking out Johnny Tremain.


Corrine Brown says her criminal acts led to deaths of 50 in Orlando

Basically she says that if her crimes hadn’t distracted law enforcement, the Orlando nightclub shooting could have been prevented. In other words, she is saying the Orlando massacre is her fault.

At least that is how I read it.

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) said Friday that if the Department of Justice had been investigating the Orlando nightclub shooter instead of her, the 49 people killed in the massacre there last month would still be alive.

Brown was charged with 24 counts of fraud late last week, after being accused of using a college scholarship fund as “a personal slush fund.”

“These are the same agents that was not able to do a thorough investigation of [shooter Omar Mateen], and we ended up with 50 people dead,” Brown said. Mateen was shot and killed by police at the scene of the Orlando nightclub attack, bringing the total death toll to 50.
Brown’s lawyer echoed those sentiments.

“Perhaps had it chosen to devote its resources more thoughtfully, 50 innocent people would be alive today,” Elizabeth White said, according to First Coast News.

More her.


Eve of Destruction or Dawn of Correction?

In 1965 Barry McGuire recorded the protest song “Eve of Destruction”. It was a deeply pessimistic song decrying the end of America, the end of civilization a, perhaps, the end of mankind.

A few months later, a group called The Spokesmen released an answer record entitled “The Dawn of Correction” as a counterpoint and answer.

It seems evident that the current times are generating many of the same emotions people were feeling in the mid-sixties. Which song is closer to where your head is in 2016?


The Means to attain Happy Life

MARTIAL, the things that do attain
The happy life be these, I find:—
The richesse left, not got with pain;
The fruitful ground, the quiet mind;

The equal friend; no grudge, no strife;
No charge of rule, nor governance;
Without disease, the healthful life;
The household of continuance;

The mean diet, no delicate fare;
True wisdom join’d with simpleness;
The night dischargèd of all care,
Where wine the wit may not oppress.

The faithful wife, without debate;
Such sleeps as may beguile the night:
Contented with thine own estate
Ne wish for death, ne fear his might.

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey. 1516–47

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The Black Lives Matter statement on Dallas

It can be found here. This line from the statemet seems especially important.

To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible.

No doubt. That is a good, reasonable point. Black Lives Matter should be held to that standard.


DOJ drops funding to sanctuary cities…

flying pig

I didn’t think this would actually happen.

Finally acting on a promise made to House leaders, the Justice Department on Thursday shut off funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” that ignore federal laws and protect illegal immigrants wanted for crimes.

“Today, the DOJ notified local and state law enforcement agencies across America that they will no longer be eligible for federal law enforcement grants unless they certify under oath that their local or state laws do not interfere ‘in any way’ with requests for immigration information from federal authorities,” according to Texas Rep. John Culberson who demanded action earlier this year.


One angry man?

That’s what they are saying.

Initial reports said there was more than one sniper, but at the news conference, Brown indicated the dead suspect may have been the sole gunman. Although he told police he was “not affiliated” with anyone else, three others were being held.

A black nationalist who hated white people.

Micah Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, Texas was identified by police as the sniper who shot 12 people during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas on Thursday night. Five officers are dead and six others are seriously wounded, in addition to one civilian.

According to his Facebook profile, Johnson identified as a black nationalist. Activists at Thursday’s night Black Lives Matter march, however, said that the shooter behind the deadliest day for American law enforcement since 9/11 was not part of their protest.

Dallas police chief David Brown said Johnson “expressed anger for Black Lives Matter” and told a hostage negotiator he “wanted to kill officers.” Three other suspects were taken into custody but Johnson is believed to have acted alone.

Johnson’s profile photo on Facebook shows him in a dashiki, holding a clenched fist in the air. Johnson’s cover photos are a black liberation flag and a black power fist.

A veteran…

A U.S. defense official told The Daily Beast that Johnson served as a corporal in the Army Reserve as part of the 284th Engineering Company out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He previously deployed to Afghanistan.


‘Black Power group’ claims responsibility for police killings and warns of more assassinations to come

If I were a police officer, I would be on edge… to say the least.

A self-proclaimed black power group appears to have claimed responsibility for the assassinations of five police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.

Five officers were gunned down by at least two shooters who picked out officers from an ‘elevated position’ – believed to be a multi-storey car park.

It came in the week of public outrage over the deaths of two black men shot by police this week.

The Black Power Political Organisation wrote on its Facebook account that it was behind the attack and that ‘more assassinations are coming’.


There’s battle lines being drawn…

…nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.