I have been reading, with some interest, opinion and conjecture that the country is headed towards a schism, a new “Civil War”.
Victor Davis Hanson <here> points to the continued open nullification of federal immigration law by “sanctuary cities” similar to what the South did with respect to civil rights for blacks in the Jim Crow era. Dennis Prager <here>, Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith <here>, David Horowitz <here>, all openly speculate.
And now, I read this:
REPORT: Flyers distributed in San Diego calling for the genocide of the “white” race:
The Virginian, Robert E. Lee, detested the vitriol and bombast of the South Carolinas leading up to the Civil War, people he called “fire breathers”. He did not want a Civil War. Had Virginia not seceded from the Union, he would have fought for the Union, and today arguably would have been a widely revered general instead of now having communities, goaded by Black Lives Matter, remove all vestiges of the Confederate role in the Civil War from the public, with statues of Robert E. Lee being defaced and removed altogether.
For a people so comparatively well off (compared to the balance of the world’s population) it seems incongruous that we would have such a low threshold to violence. People with nothing more to loose find it very easy to revolt. People of means usually consider the loss of their family, wealth, power, and status before moving to take power away from the government or rage against "the other".
Yet, there is a long history of civil disobedience and riots in the time line of the nation.
Looking at the Wiki of US Riots over time, you get the accurate sense that the 1960’s (53) and 1970’s (30) were a sad time. I remember.
You also get the sense that this decade (2010’s, 32 major riots recorded so far) is on track to at least match both prior decades. The list for 2010’s conveniently omits the 2011 flash mob riot in West Alles at the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair, the 2011 flash mob riot in Des Moines at the Iowa State Fair, and the several flash mob riots in Chicago (3,000 “youths” at the Ford City Mall, 400 “youths” at Navy Pier, 400 “youths” along the Magnificent Mile, and in 2010 the North Avenue Beach closure which outwardly appears to have been suppressed in the press - by the City leadership?). When you reclassify “wilding youths”, not only in Chicago, but Philadelphia, Louisville, and across the large cities as “riots” then you get a feeling that record is in fact larger.
This review does not include the violence against police in Dallas in 2016, but you get a similar flashback to the Texas Tower shooting in Austin Texas in 1966.
I doubt we're headed for a Civil War, but depending on how we deal with what is to come in the waning years of this decade, we could be in for a bumpy ride.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
From The Telegraph
Made-up news reports trying to promote a particular agenda gained huge traction on social media in the US during the election.
“It has to be ingrained in the schools, it has to be ingrained in the public,” said Mr Cook. “There has to be a massive campaign. We have to think through every demographic.
Well, Comrade Cook.
Might I be so bold to suggest that the view expressed here smacks of US “rubes” being too ignorant to parse the truth from the noise.
And this therefore requires enlightened visionaries (such as yourself) to block and cleanse the various social information streams of incorrect content for the benefit of these poor souls.
Further Comrade Cook, the public school system, which has spent far too much time inculcating young minds to forego critical thinking in deference to Social Justice, is cranking out Millennial snowflakes incapable of civil discourse or rational thought based on facts, logic, and tempered by reason, with a measured appreciation for human history.
Instead, Comrade Cook, you seem to believe this current process in the US school system needs to be cranked up to 11 - Spinal Tap style.
Might I also suggest you figure out how to make Apple’s MacBook Pro upgrades better, as higher end Windows computers are quickly approaching parity with your offering, and my mid-2010 laptop will not last indefinitely.
Sunday, February 05, 2017
On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said President Donald Trump was “splitting” the country apart with what she called “a blizzard of executive orders and memorandums.”http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/02/05/feinstein-trump-splitting-america-apart-with-blizzard-of-executive-orders/
So, let me get this straight.
The 44th President can’t deal with the Congress because it is controlled by the Republicans since the country (not the Russians) moved to give them control in 2014. Note: Ronald Reagan was successful and he had a Democrat Congress for eight full years (both chambers).
The 44th President makes good on his threat to use a “pen and a phone” issuing a blizzard of executive orders and memorandums, many of which represent a lack of fidelity to his oath to “faithfully execute” laws, even ones he does not like.
The country elects Donald Trump (for better or worse), and Trump starts dismantling the executive orders of the previous President.
Now, the Democrats, having lost complete control of the federal government claim Trump is “splitting” the country apart. They increasingly sound like the old-Confederate secessionists.
They’ve drummed out virtually all of the Blue Dog Democrats of their formerly “big tent” political party, and the whacky Progressive Left and the full-on Socialist-Marxists are thumb wrestling for control of the Party, hoping to eradicate the few Blue Dogs still in the Party who disagree with their myopic focus on bathrooms and sex organs (at least the Bernie crowd had some exuberance; the rest of the Party has failed to reach the all important first step of the 12-step program — the recognition for a need to change).
I don’t trust the Republicans either.
But it was telling during the campaign that the establishment Republicans were working feverishly behind the scenes to throw the race to Hillary, because Trump represented an uncouth and uncontrollable unknown; at least Hillary was fully known, and would have turned the government into an ATM for corruption, and that was music in the ears of both Parties.
Well, Dianne Feinstein et al. -- keep up the hyperbole, melt downs, and nausea inducing outrage over everything, everywhere 24/7/365. All. The. Time.
Do you want more Trump? Because this is how you get more Trump.
Thursday, September 08, 2016
USS Peleliu (LHA-5) to be used as a homeless shelter in San Francisco?
Hey, I’ve got an idea.
We can use the USS Missouri (BB-63) as an outreach center and youth hostel for the transgendered, and for LGBTQI pride celebrations (it can be re-painted with rainbow colors, instead of that tacky boat-gray).
And, we can use the USS Iowa (BB-61) as a methadone dispensary and Opioid Treatment Center. And, we can use the USS Yorktown (CV-10) as a Syrian Refugee processing center, like Ellis Island, but only with much smaller doors.
The USS Intrepid (CV-11) can be used as a 'safe space' for those who are easily triggered and constantly offended by thoughts and speech which differ from their own. The USS Midway (CV-43) can be used as a re-education Gulag for those in the population who deny the Global Warming Orthodoxy (the hull will have to be renamed the USS Torquemada).
Just think “out of the box.”
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said many times that the majority of enlisted military recruits come from just six states, and he would like to see a more diverse and inclusive recruitment pool. Southern States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Georgia plus mostly-Western States of Idaho, Arizona, Maine, Hawaii and Alaska are screwing the Diversity & Inclusion pooch. Ash Carter has his eye on Texas and Kentucky, too.
"We need many more recruits from the Pajama Boy regions of the nation across the Fruited Plain, so that our goals of counteracting deleterious effects of the rampant cis-heteronormative culture in the Military can be accelerated.”
"We will be immediately be sending our Armed Forces recruiters into the Bath Houses of San Francisco, Coffee Bistros in Seattle, and the Blood Plasma-for-Ca$h locations in Milwaukee to offset this geographic bias polluting the enlisted makeup of these US Armed Forces.”
Monday, July 25, 2016
CNN Reporter Brianna Keilar's feed was cut when she departed from 'The Narrative’
CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC-LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM, FOX, NPR, CNBC - they all have a narrative to push, and most newspapers are in bed with one or both political parties, too. The WikiLeaks from the DNC demonstrate the coordination to manipulate the “news.”
Crowdstrike reports that the DNC leaks have the fingerprints of the Russian FSB and / or GRU (not a Bulgarian hacker), and it appears that Russia has chosen their candidate: Trump.
From Foreign Policy Magazine:
Larger implications. Last month, the DNC and security firm CrowdStrike reported that hackers likely working on behalf of two Russian intelligence agencies had broken intoDNC servers and made off with opposition research and email messages. After that report, a hacker calling himself Guccifer 2.0 stepped forward and took responsibility for the hack, saying he had nothing to do with Moscow’s intelligence services. But Guccifer is most likely a fiction created by the GRU, Russian military intelligence, and the FSB, the successor group to the KGB, to mask their role in the hack — and the subsequent attempt to influence the U.S. election.The hackers. One group, FANCY BEAR or APT 28, obtained access in April, while the other, COZY BEAR, or APT 29, first entered the network in the summer of 2015. A good place to start to get a handle on all this is the New York Times’ Adrian Chen’s June 2015 in-depth look at Russian troll and hacker factories.Politics. The Clinton campaign has taken the opportunity to tie the Trump campaign as closely as possible to the Kremlin, with Clinton’s campaign chief, Robby Mook, tellingABC News Sunday that “it’s troubling that some experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.” The Trump campaign rejected such accusations.Russian connections. Last week, FP’s Dan De Luce and Paul McLeary wrote that Trump has surrounded himself with advisors who have had direct business ties to Moscow, including campaign manager, Paul Manafort, a onetime consultant to the pro-Moscow former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. One of his military advisors, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, was invited to sit at Putin’s table at a December dinner in Moscow sponsored by RT, the government-funded news network, and Carter Page, a former consultant to Russia’s state-owned gas giant, Gazprom, has suggested Washington is to blame for raising tensions with Moscow over Ukraine. Trump’s surrogates also successfully watered down language in the GOP platform to remove calls for arming Ukraine’s forces against pro-Russian separatists.
You throw on top of this, the little fact that six big companies control 90% of the media in the US, and you once again (in my opinion), have the case where “Big-ism,” or anything with a “big” in front of it (big Government, big Business, big Labor, big Media etc.) is not good for the Republic, or the Body Politic. Big-ism results in leverage to engage in influence peddling, and the US government and political parties (especially our Maximum Grifters, Hillary and Bill) are harvesting money to provide quid quo pro to whomever greases the machine.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
From the Boston Globe
"The [Evil, Wicked, Dastardly] gun industry has found a way to exploit our laws, a loophole of potentially horrific proportions. And it’s time we act." "In the face of utter inaction by Congress, states have a duty to enact and enforce laws that protect people from gun violence. "
The Massachusetts AG reserves the right to expand the definition of "assault weapons” beyond what was enacted into law by the Massachusetts legislature, to include firearms which the AG deems to be copies, likes, similar to or having the same operating system, or somewhat functional nature to that defined in the law.
This closes a “loophole” that allowed guns not defined in the law as “assault weapons” to be sold in the Commonwealth.
“Assault weapon”, shall have the same meaning as a semiautomatic assault weapon as defined in the federal Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. section 921(a)(30) as appearing in such section on September 13, 1994, and shall include, but not be limited to, any of the weapons, or copies or duplicates of the weapons, of any caliber, known as: (i) Avtomat Kalashnikov (AK) (all models); (ii) Action Arms Israeli Military Industries UZI and Galil; (iii) Beretta Ar70 (SC-70); (iv) Colt AR-15; (v) Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR and FNC; (vi) SWD M-10, M-11, M-11/9 and M-12; (vi) Steyr AUG; (vii) INTRATEC TEC-9, TEC-DC9 and TEC-22; and (viii) revolving cylinder shotguns, such as, or similar to, the Street Sweeper and Striker 12; provided, however, that the term assault weapon shall not include: (i) any of the weapons, or replicas or duplicates of such weapons, specified in appendix A to 18 U.S.C. section 922 as appearing in such appendix on September 13, 1994, as such weapons were manufactured on October 1, 1993; (ii) any weapon that is operated by manual bolt, pump, lever or slide action; (iii) any weapon that has been rendered permanently inoperable or otherwise rendered permanently unable to be designated a semiautomatic assault weapon; (iv) any weapon that was manufactured prior to the year 1899; (v) any weapon that is an antique or relic, theatrical prop or other weapon that is not capable of firing a projectile and which is not intended for use as a functional weapon and cannot be readily modified through a combination of available parts into an operable assault weapon; (vi) any semiautomatic rifle that cannot accept a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds of ammunition; or (vii) any semiautomatic shotgun that cannot hold more than five rounds of ammunition in a fixed or detachable magazine.
You see, the law does not mean what is written into statutes. The law is a “living and breathing” document, that can mean much, much more than what the words say, and can be interpreted by caring and impassioned public servants with Progressive Values to mean whatever the hell they want it to mean.
You know, like with a pen and a phone.
This decree pretty much bans all semi-autoloadinglong rifles from being sold in the state of Massachusetts.