Back In The Saddle

I love this guy.

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Primitive Technology

This guy is a modern day Tarzan. The nice thing about his videos is that he doesn’t have music playing, no talking, just demonstrates by doing. Not a sliver of modern day technology is being used, except for the camera to record. This guy will probably be the last man alive on earth after the apocalypse. This is quite impressive.

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Your Would-Be Emperor Has No Clothes!

If you’re a single-issue “Immigration” vote for Trump, you may want to consider that one more time.

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Trump ties Cruz’ father to Lee Harvey Oswald

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I am sure he and his pals at the Enquirer are putting together a theory to tie Cruz to John Wilkes Booth as well.

Seriously, this is just reckless, ignorant blather…

Donald Trump on Tuesday alleged that Ted Cruz’s father was with John F. Kennedy’s assassin shortly before he murdered the president, parroting a National Enquirer story claiming that Rafael Cruz was pictured with Lee Harvey Oswald handing out pro-Fidel Castro pamphlets in New Orleans in 1963.

A Cruz campaign spokesperson told the Miami Herald, which pointed out numerous flaws in the Enquirer story, that it was “another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage.”

“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said Tuesday during a phone interview with Fox News. “What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.”

“I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” Trump continued. “It’s horrible.”

The editor of National Enquirer is a friend of Trump. He writes National Enquirer’s standard drivel so Trump can just report what he read.

Trump, with this sort of conspiracy mongering, proves himself to be unstable, unsteady, untrustworthy and incautious. Each of these words is a antonym of the word “conservative”.

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How do you see patriotism?

Think about what “patriotism” means to you. The photos below are different visions of patriotism. Which of these images best matches what comes to mind when you think about what it means to be patriotic. Pick one and comment below.

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Indiana is Cruz’ last stand in open country…

And it doesn’t look good.

Ted Cruz — attempting to hold on to the narrowing possibility that he can wrest the GOP nomination away from front-runner Donald Trump — faces a crucial Indiana primary on Tuesday. Meanwhile, and perhaps ominously for Cruz, he has run into headwinds among Republicans at the national level. His image has essentially nosedived over the past week or two, while Trump’s image has become more positive.

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I remember during the dark days of 2009 when Obama was riding high and economic jackassery like Cash for Clunkers the GM bailout were being rubber stamped by the Democratic Congress we hunkered down here and talked about the state of the nation.

We were depressed that so many of our fellow Americans were caught up in a personality cult. We swore that we would never allow ourselves to be seduced by the power of celebrity. In July of 2009 I wrote this regarding Barack Obama and, frankly, Sarah Palin…

We are individualists in a great army of fellow travelers marching in different directions all out of step. We need no one to call cadence including those who share our deeply uncommitted inactivst mindset. We are not charmed by personality cults no matter how charming the personality. Sarah Palin will not lead us out of the wilderness. We need no leadership. We follow an azimuth that is tattooed on our genetic code. We need no prince (or princess) to show us the way. Freedom is familiar territory. We need no introduction to its charms. We know what Psalm 146:3 means: “Trust not in princes – in a mortal man, for he hath no deliverance.”

And yet here we are. Republicans are lining up to pledge allegiance to the next strong National Leader. Evidently the remedy for eight years of Barack Obama is to elect a Republican pandering, populist version of Obama. It would seem that Republicans don’t want the opposite of Obama. They want their own personal Obama.

I can’t get on board with that. Today, I think, will be an important day. If Trump takes Indiana, there will be few means left to stop him. The Republican Party will have cut free from the principles that have defined us: Protecting private property, an unhampered market economy, the rule of law, constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion and of the press, and international peace based on free trade.

In it’s place will be Trump and his views: Private property can be seized by the state and redistributed, the government has a critical role in administering, regulating and restricting trade and commerce, the power of executive fiat, that speech must be suppressed by the expansion of libel law, that a federal registry of people of a particular religion is worthy of consideration, and that blocking trade between America and the rest of the world will “make America great again”.

Modern American liberalism as defined by Obama and Clinton is the sworn adversary of liberty supporting civil society. Obama and company are the architects of the “the all-devouring state”. They demand that the political be personal and that the state define us. Trump has embraced the power of their all-devouring state and wrapped it in red, white and blue knee-jerk patriotism.

If Ted Cruz is eliminated today, regardless as to the outcome of the general election, the all-devouring state will have won. This is an important day.

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Trumps Are Orange, Ovaries Are Red

So, I’m doing a mental inventory of where America stands and why as a nation we decided to get hammered, blindfold ourselves, and play poison-tipped lawn darts.
 
Seriously, someone explain to me how the best 300 million-plus Americans can come up with is:
 
• Vote for the ovaries!
• Vote for the brand!
 
Really America? That’s the best you can do? You repelled British tyranny (twice). You saved the civilized world (twice). You put men on the moon, men into space, gave man the ability to control the winds of fortune and tame them to do your bidding. You have fed, led, and defended the world!
 
Considering this legacy, I am befuddled [not really] as to how you can offer up as the next “leader-of-the-free-world”, the political equivalent of gonorrhea or syphilis. You really can’t find two qualified individuals from which our entertainment-addled, attention deficit populace can choose? We’ve got donkeys and elephants. All we need is the cotton candy. We have plenty of clowns. (Don’t laugh. I’m probably including you in this assessment.)
 
The future of our nation is about to take a grim turn, with regard to our financial standing, diplomatic relationships, and our ability to live without being molested by our betters from the far-off capitol city (or their local minions). Most people are clueless. They don’t know, don’t care, and can’t be bothered. Some Jenner is getting something nipped, tucked, or cut off. Busy times, dontcha ya know…
 
As our nation enters her twilight. We have two candidates who are universally hated, except by their most virulent supporters. I hate what we are becoming. I hate where we are headed. I am moving closer and closer to the let it burn crowd (not “bern”). Maybe our republic is too-big-to-survive?
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Ted Cruz meets the Trumpkins

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This is an amazing video. You must watch it. I can’t embed it so click over. Seriously. Nothing can turn a Trump supporter it seems, but if it is possible, this video should do it.

I am actually amazed and fascinated how often Trump supporters corroborate every negative stereotype defining them. The man who refuses to shake Cruz’ hand at the start of this video is the perfect representation of a stereotypical Trump supporter. Angry, ignorant and rude. Watch.

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70 Years Ago Today: The Battle of Alcatraz

Of course, this was before Clint Eastwood broke out in 1979.

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A preview of the coming general election…

If you are curious as to how the Democrats will use Donald Trump to attempt to win back the Senate, here is a preview.

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This happened in Ft. Wayne, Indiana

I think Drudge is saying that this happened in California. Not so says a couple of good friends of mine who were at this rally. This happened in Ft. Wayne.

More fuel for Trumpmania on Primary Eve.

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Cultural Stagnation?

There was an amazing amount of cultural change in the 20 years between 1960 and 1980. Popular music changed and changed again.. From Buddy Holly to the Doors to the Bee Gees to the Talking Heads. It remade itself over and over.

Styles changed radically during that 20 years as well. Click to enlarge.

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The same argument can be made in the previous 20 years: 1940 to 1960. Again between 1920 and 1940. So what has happened in the last 20 years? This is what 1996 looked like.

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Does anything in that photo look like it would stand out in 2016? Not really. The fashion and hairstyles of the cast of Friends seem as stylish today as it did then. Anyone from 1960 would stand out like a sore thumb anytime after 1970.

What about music? Is there really any significant difference between the pop music being produced in 1996 and today? To my ear, it is the same beats and the same synthesized sounds. The sounds of 1960 were radically different from 1970 and radically diffident again by 1980.

So what is going on? Has the culture stagnated? Young people drive the popular culture. Have the Millennials checked out? Why do we seem to be in a period of abject cultural stagnation? Or am I wrong?

Discuss.

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“You didn’t build that…”

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Yesterday I posted that the rise of Trump is a Black Swan event. A Black Swan Event is an occurrence that is an unpredicatable surprise, significant in negative impact but that, in hindsight, people believe it was to be expected.

It was only to be expected, however, if you believed that the Republican Party’s reaction to eight years of Obama’s economic collectivism would result in them electing a man with identical collectivist principles.

Do you recall when, on July 13, 2012, in Roanoke, Virginia, President Obama told American business owners that they didn’t build their businesses?

Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

This is off-the-shelf collectivist theory. The idea is that, since it would have been impossible to build your business without the infrastructure and protections offered by the government, the government – and thus the public – have a stake in your business. Your property is, in fact, collective property.

A conservative would argue that the beneficiaries of the profits from trade and commerce built the government for the purpose of supporting business. In other words, the government doesn’t have an ownership stake in business but that business owns government.

That isn’t, however, the position of collectivists. They believe that the government helped build individual businesses thus it has an ownership stake in business asssts.

Obama elaborated on this when he used the phrase “economic patriotism”. He used the term “corporate deserters” to describe American companies that use mergers with overseas firms to reduce their tax liability in the United States.

“It’s legal, but it’s not right,” Obama said. “You know, some people are calling these companies corporate deserters.”

The mergers are perfectly legal but Obama opposes them because they are not taking the collective into full consideration. The business owners are using their private property to the benefit of shareholders rather than the American collective.

This, of course, implies that self interested acts are, by definition, selfish acts. It is based on the idea that when someone creates wealth for his own benefit it benefits only himself.

Adam Smith pointed out the fallacy in this notion in 1776 in his treatise A Wealth of Nations. Smith pointed out when enterprising businesses work for their own benefit, unknowingly, they also benefit society. To earn income in a competitive market, the business must produce something others value. In Adam Smith’s eternal words, “By directing that industry in such a manner as its produce may be of greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention.”

This is Smith’s Invisible Hand and it is the greatest engine of economic growth, wealth creation, ease, comfort, health and welfare the world has ever known. Private property and the right to pursue self interest is the fuel that drives this engine.

It is also held in contempt by collectivists like Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Here is Trump during his speech on foreign policy.

NAFTA, as an example, has been a total disaster for the United States and has emptied our states — literally emptied our states of our manufacturing and our jobs…

Never again, only the reverse — and I have to say this strongly — never again; only the reverse will happen. We will keep our jobs and bring in new ones. There will be consequences for the companies that leave the United States only to exploit it later. They fire the people. They take advantage of the United States. There will be consequences for those companies. Never again.

Under a Trump administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of a foreign country.

When Trump refers to the jobs created by entrepreneurs to create products and services as “our jobs” he is defining jobs as “ours” and, therefore, a collective asset. Jobs created by private individuals and companies using private property and private capital have become an asset of the American people according to Trump.

Trump’s notion that these are “our manufacturing jobs” is indistinguishable from Obama’s principle that “you didn’t build that” and that American businesses are part of the collective assets of the nation.

This sort of “economic patriotism” plays well with Trump Supporters. He says he will punish Americans who use private property and private capital in a manner that benefits shareholders but inadequately benefits the collective. “There will be consequences for those companies.”

Trump builds on Obama’s collectivist economic ideals with knee-jerk, “America First” patriotic nationalism. There is a name for this combination: fascism. It is a particular brand of 20th century progressive thinking most of us hoped was on the trash heap of history. Evidently, it still has legs in 21st century America.

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Nutritional Supplement Salesman for the Pockeelypse

When I look at this Infomercial I cringe. It is so insane that in the world we are living, it is utter brilliance. This guy has a cult following. Why wouldn’t he want to sell them something? The physical survival of western culture hangs by a thread. Your willingness to awaken to the threat and buy this product will determine the future of the human race.

I am trying to come up with a name for this kind of stuff and why it works.

Perhaps I should consult P.T. Barnum…

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A Sunday Worship Song

Over the weekend I presented a series of videos here that I found to be humorous. There’s a whole lot to be said about each one of them. I have a whole lot to say about the lot of them but I’m not going to do that now. It isn’t appropriate here.

What I will say is that most of those videos were made by people with good intentions. Whether or not some form of insanity was involved should be left for scientists to determine but I do have my own opinion of that. Several of the videos were made by people who boldly proclaimed their Christian Faith. The Holy Spirit does provide a means of discernment as one continues their walk in Faith and I am sad to say that I didn’t see any Fruits of the Holy Spirit on display in those videos. I saw Fear and Confusion.

Here’s a man who once lived in Fear and Confusion. He did shed those conditions in a timely manner. Before he left this life he did give evidence of his Faith in Jesus Christ. No matter how big of a mess we make, God can clean it up and use it to reach others. When the worst of sinners surrenders and asks God’s forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ they become a new being and it is clearly evident to those around them. If you haven’t done so already, please don’t leave this Earth without touching the Cross on God’s terms and receiving the Salvation he offers.

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It is May Day

May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists but it was eventually taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their totalitarian dictatorships.

Today it is also International Victims of Communism Remembrance Day. Take a moment to remember the 100 million who died at the hands of those advocating collectivist economics.

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More below the fold…

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Black Swan Event

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Are you familiar with the phrase “Black Swan Event”? You probably should be. We are in the midst of one right now. A black swan event is an extremely unlikely occurrence that has these three attributes…

  1. The event is a surprise (to the observer).
  2. The event has a major effect.
  3. After the first recorded instance of the event, it is rationalized by hindsight, as if it could have been expected; that is, the relevant data were available but unaccounted for in risk mitigation programs. The same is true for the personal perception by individuals.

This is an almost perfect description of the rise of Donald Trump as the Republican front-runner. The third factor is of special interest to me as so many people who never said a word about the possibility of anything like the Trump phenomenon describing it in hindsight as totally expected.

The reality, however, is that black swan events are completely unpredictable. More on this to come.

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A Sunday Sermon

It’s a beautiful Sunday, a day worth celebrating. The craziness of the week gives way to a day of rest and worship. The internet plays hosts to all kind of bad news and craziness but right here, right now it plays host to something meaningful.

If you are in search of a blessing this morning I am sure that you can find a blessing here.

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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The Prince Files – Robbing the Dead

He lived in such poverty as a kid that one of his favorite things to do was stand outside of a fast food restaurant so he could smell the food cooking.

A few days after his death a safe cracker is dispatched to his house.

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The Prince Files – SMOD Warning

Here you will see a very intense presentation. There is a lot of information being covered in a very short period of time. In it you will find a reference to the Sweet Meteor of Death. It warns us that SMOD will impact us very soon. Personally I cannot take this warning very seriously. Anyone who makes the claim that 1999 is the song that propelled Prince to superstardom is someone who is very patently not speaking the Truth. Nonetheless, the intensity with which this presentation is given makes it worthy of being included in the Prince Files…

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Is Clinton’s Email Scandal An Opportunity For Obama To Empower The NSA, FBI, And the DOJ?

What if these bureaucracies were all able to dictate to the President; If President Hillary Clinton were to be controlled by them and whomever controls the agencies?

There is an essay over at Consortium News about the scandal called Benghazigate or whatever. The focus of the article is on Mrs. Clinton and her illegal uses of a private server while Secretary of State. The writer, Ray McGovern, is described thus:

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He served as a CIA analyst for 27 years, during which he prepared and briefed the morning President’s Daily Brief for Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan.”

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McGovern tells the story again so we won’t be lost but then he adds this:

We are likely to learn shortly whether Attorney General Loretta Lynch is as malleable as Holder or whether she will allow FBI Director James Comey, who held his nose in letting Petraeus cop a plea, to conduct an unfettered investigation this time – or simply whether Comey will be compelled to enforce Clinton’s assurance that “it’s not going to happen.”

Last week, Fox News TV legal commentator Andrew Napolitano said the FBI is in the final stages of its investigation into Clinton and her private email server. His sources tell him that “the evidence of her guilt is overwhelming,” and that the FBI has enough evidence to indict and convict.

Whether Napolitano has it right or not, it seems likely that Clinton is reading President Obama correctly – no profile in courage is he. Nor is Obama likely to kill the political fortunes of the now presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Yet, if he orders Lynch and Comey not to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for what – in my opinion and that of most other veteran intelligence officials whom I’ve consulted – amounts to at least criminal negligence, another noxious precedent will be set.

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This time, however, the equities and interests of the powerful, secretive NSA, as well as the FBI and Justice, are deeply involved. And by now all of them know “where the bodies are buried,” as the smart folks inside the Beltway like to say. So the question becomes would a future President Hillary Clinton have total freedom of maneuver if she were beholden to those all well aware of her past infractions and the harm they have done to this country.”

This sounds like a gift-wrapped, double bowed, opportunity for the President. In one move he can save Clinton from prosecution and make her beholden to all the listed agencies who could have, but didn’t, prosecute her.

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The Prince Files – Captain America, Mickey Mouse, Red Bull, Yogi Bear and the Nuclear Football

I really shouldn’t say anything more. The title of this publication speaks for itself. Nonetheless there is something that I need to point out.

This highly informative video was published on the day after Prince’s Death.

As you watch this I want you to consider how much time this guy slept between the time he learned that Prince was dead and he had this presentation conceptualized, produced and uploaded.

There is a point to this series of publications by the way.

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The Prince Files – 911 Prophecy

Who knows how the world would be different if we had just heeded his warning?

The world will never know…

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Eleven Year Old Boy Shoots Intruder

It sounds like the boy was reasonably afraid for his life.

When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that,” Gaither said.

The boy started firing at the suspect, who made it out the front door with a hamper in his hand.

“I shot through the hamper he was carrying,” Gaither said. “It was a full metal jacket bullet. It went straight through the back of his leg. He started crying like a little baby.”

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Belgian Officials Worry About Islamic State. Should we?

And just how much protection does iodine tablets provide?

“All Belgian residents issued with iodine tablets to protect against radiation”

Iodine pills help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland CREDIT: REX

Iodine pills help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland CREDIT: REX

The entire population of Belgium is to be issued with a ration of iodine tablets, months after warnings about the threat of Isil building a dirty bomb.

Iodine pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland, had previously only been issued to people living within 20km (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants.

Maggie De Block, the Health Minister, said that would be extended to 100km, covering the whole country of 11 million people, following advice from an expert council. “

More at the UK Telegraph

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