Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mueller, Lerner: BFF's in Criminal Activity

You've read it a million times:  "What if the Republicans Did This to the Democrats?"

...Records also detail how the Obama IRS gave the FBI 21 computer disks, containing 1.25 million pages of confidential IRS returns from 113,000 nonprofit social 501(c)(4) welfare groups – or nearly every 501(c)(4) in the United States – as part of its prosecution effort. According to a letter from then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, "This revelation likely means that the IRS – including possibly Lois Lerner – violated federal tax law by transmitting this information to the Justice Department."...


At the time, "Saint" Mueller was running FBI.  That makes him a co-conspirator.

Surprised?

By the way, Tom Fitton deserves every bit of support you can give him, even if it's only prayers.  Given the folks he's screwing with, he's always in danger of Clintoncide....



Dear Fr. Longenecker: You Don't Really Get It!

Another demonstration of "I don't know why there is a Second Amendment."

That's followed by a bunch of actual truth, from a priest in the South.

First, the silliness.

...I’m in favor of more gun control.

Let’s face it, why does anybody need a semi automatic rifle? Have a shotgun or a rifle if you need one for home defense and carry a pistol if you must, but keep the guns small and with limited bullets before you have to re-load, and limit the number of guns a person can have, and do more background checks, get their doctor and priest or somebody sane to sign off on the permissions. Make them wait longer before they can buy a gun....

For the zillionth time, Father, the 2A is NOT entirely about self-defense, nor about hunting.  It is about the prevention of tyranny--you know, like you had in merrie olde England.  And like they currently have in Red China, VietNam, and North Korea.  And Russia.

It is critical that you understand this:  self-defense is integral to defense of liberty and the nation, and vice-versa.  You cannot have one without the other.  Ask Thomas Aquinas.  Go ahead.  I'll wait.

Then there's this:  what's "common sense" to YOU is not necessarily "common sense" for others--which means that it may not be "common" at all, Father.  One may "need" a semi-automatic rifle for ensuring humane kills when hunting.  Maybe you've never missed a one-shot kill shot on a deer, but others have.  One may "need" a semi-auto rifle to defend home/family/self against a home invasion, or in case of major civil disturbance.  Ask the Korean shopkeepers about those Los Angeles riots. 

Frankly, you are not the judge of "need," Father.  I could ask the same 'need' question about the size of a home, speed of a car, or number of acres owned, or dollars in a retirement account.  Those are questions proper to an individual, not to society, nor you.  It's worth noting that you DO ask those questions in your essay (thanks!!!) but your answer, the B-Option, doesn't work for everyone. 

By the way, could that shotgun you allow us be a semi-auto?

How many bullets may one load into a self-defense pistol under your regime, Father?  Enough to kill an assailant?  How many IS that, Father?

How many guns is "too many" for an individual, Father?  Oh--wait--does that individual have a family who might need to be armed?  So should each of those people also have a limit?  And while we're at it, shouldn't we ask about the purpose of each weapon?  After all, there's concealed-carry, open-carry, long-distance hunting (and defense of liberty), close-quarters hunting and defense, bird-shooting.....we could go on.  

Finally, Father, when you require that 'somebody sane signs off', exactly who might that be?  I'm acquainted with a highly-qualified and eminent M.D. who killed his wife.  But he was "sane."  Are you telling us that psychiatrists are "more sane" than other people?  That rabbis, ministers, or priests are "more sane"?  You have a heavy burden of proof, Father....

Here's where you get it RIGHT:

...don’t imagine it is going to stop the killing. Don’t imagine that controlling guns will control people.  Don’t imagine that the heart of darkness in American society is going to be cured with such a superficial thing as gun control....

Correct.  As Neumayr mentioned today, it's "self-control," not "gun control."

You get even more points here:

...If there is no God everything is permissible. If there is nothing embrace the nothing.

Why is this a theological question? Because nihilism is the dark underbelly not only of modern philosophy and relativism, but it is also the dark underbelly of the sappy New Age nonsense on sale by people like Oprah and the rest of the “Eastern thinkers

Really. What do the Eastern religions teach? They teach that beyond the person is the great emptiness. They teach that to truly be spiritually aware you become aware that the greatest reality is that there is no reality. Nirvana is to accept with peace that there is nothing else and no one else out there.

Nirvana is Nihilism....

And Christianity, properly understood, is the answer.  Very good!!

(About that "Benedict Option", Father:  will there be weapons at that location?  How many?  What sort?)

Mueller, Schmitz, Chisholm: Birds & Feathers

Here's an interesting item which reinforces the philosophical linkage between Mueller's witch-hunt and that of Schmitz/Chisholm here in Wisconsin.  Yes, there are big differences--but the First Amendment plays a big part in both.

...Mueller’s indictment against 13 Russian trolls claimed their social media political activity was criminal because: they were foreign citizens; they tried to influence an election; and they neither registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act nor reported their funding to the Federal Elections Commission....

OK.  So?

Among other things, that theory makes the DNC, Perkins, Coie, and the HRC campaign "co-conspirators" in criminal activity.  Much as I'd like to see those entities prosecuted....oh, well.

Here's where Schmitz/Chisholm (et al) and Mueller occupy the same home:

...Mueller’s unprecedented prosecution raises three novel arguments: first, that speaking out about American politics requires a foreign citizen to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act; second, that speaking out about American politics requires a foreign citizen list their source and expenditure of funding to the Federal Election Commission; and third, that mistakes on visa applications constitute “fraud” on the State Department. All appear to borrow from the now-discredited “honest services” theories Mueller’s team previously used in corporate and bribery cases, cases the Supreme Court overturned for their unconstitutional vagueness. The indictment raises serious issues under the free speech clause of the First Amendment and due process rights under the Fifth Amendment....

The Left is perfectly willing to allow speech, so long as the Left approves of that speech.  Speak in an un-approved method, or speak BadThought?  You get a midnight raid, or the Ham Sandwich treatment from a Fed attorney with a very spotty record.

Here's a Solution to School Shootings

Oh, yes, Wisconsin can "DO SOMETHING" about school shootings.

The Legislature and Governor can allow teachers (and other school personnel) to carry at school.

Costs a lot less than hiring a small army of cops.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Romney Still a Turkey

Mitt will move himself and family to Utah, I suppose.

...In a Facebook campaign video, he lamented that Washington was sending "a message of exclusion" to immigrants....

Would that "exclusion" apply to the 47% you don't give a rip about, Mitt?

How We Die

Neat little chart found at AOSHQ

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Ululation and Weeping: NCR on Madison Diocese

Since H.E. Morlino has not moved an inch since the last full-out assault on his reign from the Nat'l "Catholic" Reporter, they decided to launch another one, this beginning in Platteville.

At the 4 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Mary Church here, Fr. John Blewett recites the prayers with his back to the congregation. Only occasionally does he turn around to face the worshipers gathered on this typical Wisconsin winter afternoon of 9-degree temperatures.

Blewett is accompanied by three altar boys (the parish prohibits girls from serving). His hands are neatly folded in the formal prayer position. At Communion, there are no lay ministers to dispense the sacrament.....

You will note that the writer is a very clumsy propagandist.  His half-truths, distortions, and outright fables are easily discerned.  The NYSlimes wouldn't bother to invite him to take an entrance exam.  So he's wandering around Platteville, WI. in January.  (He didn't mention that Platteville is the home of a large University of Wisconsin campus, did he?  Think that makes a difference?)

There's even a list of peccata Morlinora!!

--Endorsed the diocesan chancery's letter to priests denying Catholic funeral rites to LGBT people;

Not quite.  UN-REPENTANT, ACTIVE LGBT's.   Perhaps NCR would give Hitler (a cradle Catholic) an RC funeral?

 --Recruited a cadre of young priests, particularly those from the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, who embrace a return to pre-Vatican II liturgical practices;

OMG!  He went and got a bunch of PRIESTS--to make up for the horrific failure(s) of his predecessor Bishops to develop vocations.  This has the effect of keeping sacraments available to the Faithful.  Horrors!!

By the way, those priests use the Ordinary Form, as the reporter notes further down in his cri de coeur.

--Provided a diocesan home for Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, a blogger and frequent critic of Francis.

Anybody can make a mistake.

Recall my note about the population of Platteville?

...Many of the parishioners who were upset with the direction of the parish moved on to other congregations. Richard Wagner, a member of a local Presbyterian church, estimated that his congregation has brought in some 30 families who used to attend St. Mary.

Can you spell "indifferentism"?  Who catechized these people??

"They're not being fed," he said over lunch at a local restaurant, describing why some Catholics exited the parish. At St. Mary, "you have to eat Latin."

Typical snotty Prot, eh?

His wife, Kristie, raised a Catholic, is a Sunday school teacher at the Presbyterian church, assisting fellow teachers there in understanding the Catholic questions of some of the students.

Looks like Kristie is an apostate.  Why the Hell would anyone ask HER for 'understanding' of Catholic doctrine?

Other former St. Mary parishioners have landed at the local Methodist congregation....

See "indifferentism" above.

What H E Morlino has here is a heavy burden; he must go through the pain of being assaulted by twits like NCR writers and the far-left-of-center population of Dane County, Wisconsin, while he attempts to re-catechize nearly all of the Catholic population.  This, by the way, is hardly the only parish in that Diocese which is wallowing in semi-Catholicism.

Pray for Bp. Morlino and pray for his flock.


The Pentagon's Pretend Defense

Codevilla is not just another Conservative pundit.  He also understands that some swamps are built in a Pentagon-like shape.

And inside that Pentagon-shape are a helluva lot of generals who have their heads stuck firmly up their asses.

...The current U.S missile defense budget comes to $12.9 billionsome $300 billion over the past forty years. But tiny, semi-starved North Korea has well-nigh built the capacity to overwhelm it. Because this year’s nearly $2 billion increase goes into the very programs that have made this possible, it cannot change our vulnerability. Nor would quadrupling that increase do so. 
 
That is because all such programs remain predicated on some unwise notions about our defenses. First, the official U.S policy since 1972 has been that we must avoid doing anything that adversely affects the capacity of the USSR/Russia, and China, to attack America with ballistic missiles. Hence, its corollary: Such “national missile defense as we may build will be limited to one “site.” Its fire control system will launch interceptors only after they have come into view of the site’s radar. 

Though the 1972 ABM Treaty is no longer in force, the U.S will not do fire control using any orbital systems that “substitute for” ground based radars. That reliance on surface based radars means that our efforts to defend against missiles not just from Russia and China, but also from North Korea and Iran, suffer under insurmountable inefficiencies.  Hence as well, the U.S will refrain from striking missiles from orbit, especially using systems “based on other physical principles” (read: lasers). In sum the money we have spent and are spending on missile defense is less a solution than a placebo....

Well, THAT's reassuring, ain'a?  We have a Nixon/Carter defense philosophy which begins with "Don't HURT the Bad Guys."

Reagan may have ignored that--because he killed off the Soviet Union by other means.  But this crapola is perfectly consistent with the Bush Boyzzz/Clinton/Obozo philosophy.

And every one of those people was wrong.  180 degrees wrong.  

Just Add Drugs, and *BANG*!!

It might actually take work, so don't expect the MSM to bring up the matter, but it's likely that Cruz the Shooter was on psycho meds (SSRI's) and that treatment regime has consequences.

...A disturbing number of perpetrators of school shootings and similar mass murders in our modern era were either on – or just recently coming off of – psychiatric medications...

He mentions Harris of Columbine, Purdy of Stockton, Kinkel of Oregon,  Karneal of Paducah, among others.  The "others" include Andrea Yates, who claimed that 'voices told her' to drown her FIVE children.

...Whether we like to admit it or not, it is undeniable that when certain people living on the edge of sanity take psychiatric medications, those drugs can – and occasionally do – push them over the edge into violent madness. Remember, every single SSRI antidepressant sold in the United States of America today, no matter what brand or manufacturer, bears a “black box” FDA warning label – the government’s most serious drug warning – of “increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior, known as suicidality, in young adults ages 18 to 24....

Would that they only committed suicide, eh?

Credit: RoJo Voted Right on Immigration

Credit where it's due:  RoJo voted FOR the Grassley (Trump) immigration bill.

It lost, which is alright; DACA ends March 1st and there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fed Prosecutors and Zero Ethics

Well now we know of TWO Fed prosecutors who are ....unnhhhh....s*&tballs.

One prosecuted Mr. Bundy in Nevada and a Fed judge dismissed the case because of his actions.

Another one--Weissman--is now a member of the Mueller team.

Both of them ignored the 'Brady information' requirement laid out by SCOTUS.  Note well we did not say "suggestion," but REQUIREMENT.

These cretins should be disbarred AND prosecuted. There's no excuse for that.

UPDATE:  It may be that there's a third--or perhaps that Weissman is playing his only trump card again:  cheat-to-win.  Of course, that makes Mueller look pretty bad....

You Thought I Was Kidding, Eh?

I've often mentioned that Barack Obama is a Communist.  His pretense at being a 'Christian' and the suspicion that he was really a Moslem were both off, by about 180 degrees.

And most of you thought I was a nutbag, still living the Cold War. 

I am not now, nor was I then, a 'nutbag,' and the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, in case you forgot.

There's authority to back me up--an ex-Commie and Romanian spymaster.  (I read his book, by the way.  Did you??)

Seen from my vantage point, the four-page FISA abuse memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes is proof that former president Barack Obama and Democratic Party leaders wanted to transform the U.S. into a Russian-style intelligence dictatorship -- and the FBI into a KGB-style instrument for rewriting American history by smearing its capitalist politicians....

... Obama stated that his presidency would be "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet to heal.” Earlier, an indiscreet video showed a picture of communist idol Che Guevara hanging on a wall behind Obama.

Our media and our political sages regarded Obama’s outrageous rhetoric as just millennial generational talk. For me, it was thinly veiled Ceausescu talk. My former boss's version usually was: “A man like me is born only once every five hundred years.” Ceausescu also kept a picture of Che in his office....


Obama had a picture of Che in his study, by the way.

...No wonder Obama was enthusiastically endorsed by the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). In a column entitled “Big Political Shifts Are Underway,” Joelle Fishman, the chairman of the CPUSA Political Action Committee, emphasized that the CPUSA was now part of Obama’s coalition. Nor is it any wonder that when Obama became president, the first open member of a Communist Party was working at the White House. Van Jones....

...To a knowledgeable eye, Obama's actions suggest he might have had some intelligence connection with the Kremlin, such as Whittaker Chambers once had. In 2010, the FBI arrested ten Russian intelligence officers documented as native-born Americans who were serving as spies in the United States. President Obama then returned them to Russia before they were interrogated by the FBI about their spying tasks....

"To a knowledgeable eye" means 'there is NO QUESTION that...'

A lot of Democrat Party members wave the flag and pretend to be patriots, while wholeheartedly supporting and praising this piece of shit, Obama.

I was not kidding, I am not nuts.  He's a Communist.

Is the FBI Lying, or Really, Really, Incompetent?

The FBI is stating, for the record, that after an "exhaustive" search of their databases, they could not figure out who Nikolas Cruz was.

OK, then.  He spelled his name correctly, had been on the radar (and in the courts) of the locals in Florida half-dozen times....

Really?

Were you guys SO busy looking for Russian votes........??

Or are you lying?

Or are you just that f'n stupid?

Looks more and more like "stupid", Alex.

Simple and Stupid Twits Insult Poland

It appears that all the Usual Suspects--this time including Rexxon--are not only wrong, but spectacularly wrong.

Whoever publicly and contrary to the facts attributes to the Polish Nation or to the Polish State responsibility or co-responsibility for the Nazi crimes committed by the German Third Reich, as specified in Article 6 of the Charter of the International Military Tribunal – Annex to the Agreement for the prosecution and punishment of the major war criminals of the European Axis, executed in London on 8 August 1945 (Journal of Laws of 1947, item 367), or for any other offences constituting crimes against peace, humanity or war crimes, or otherwise grossly diminishes the responsibility of the actual perpetrators of these crimes, shall be liable to a fine or deprivation of liberty for up to 3 years. The judgment shall be communicated to the public. Art. 55a. 1.

That's the text of a Polish law recently enacted and signed.  Simple, Stupid people, such as the MSM and Professoriate, are deriding Poland for some imaginary "oppression" of "free speech."

It's not "Free Speech" to slander the Poles, Rexxon, you twit.  It's slander.

Hint to Rexxon:  if the MSM and the Professoriate agree with you, you are wrong.

It's that simple, stupid.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Stupid!! It Hurts!!

So your buddy wants to wear a flak jacket to test its capabilities.

And you can't really aim the .22 all that well.

Yup.  Gives real meaning to the term "butt-hurt."

Do the Russkis Tell YOU How to Vote?

To hear the US Intel types, Feebs, and some politicians tell it, the American voter is the dumbest dummy ever to find a polling place.  They're surprised that voters can even find the polling places, too.

Perhaps the Russkis plant stories, like the Democrats do.  Perhaps they try to jigger the votes, just like the Democrats do (think Chicago....)  Perhaps they lie like Hell about candidates, just like the Democrats do.

Perhaps our Intel types, Feebs, and politicians should butt out before all the Democrats wind up in prison, eh?


RoJo to Trump: Don't Bother Bringing Jobs Here

This should not come as a surprise to anyone. 

We can be a tiny bit sympathetic with RoJo, but I've never seen a press release of his touting Fair Trade.  He's been brainwashed into believing that consumers 'buy cheap' because they ARE cheap.  He prolly never thought that consumers 'buy cheap' because the US is importing wage deflation from slave states around the world.....

...In Wisconsin, a big manufacturing state, in seven years I have not visited one manufacturer that could hire enough people. That was certainly my experience in the last 20, 25 years. For a host of reasons, we tell our kids you have to get a four-year degree. We pay people not to work. So we do need to be concerned about, in such a tight labor market, do we have enough workers in manufacturing. 

So my final point is, it makes no sense for me to try and bring back high labor-content manufacturing to America. We need to do the value added things. And so I would just say, proceed with real caution there....

Well, yes, the "four-year degree" disease is a factor, as is welfare.  What else could possibly be a factor, Ron?  Can you spell W-A-G-E-S, Ron?

Why yes, I knew you could!!  So what holds down W-A-G-E-S, Ron?  The competition from slave states like Red China??

OK, then, we can neuter that with what's called "Fair Trade" tariffs, Ron.  See, "Fair Trade" takes into account the burdens of enterprise in the USA such as OSHA, FLSA, UC, EPA, health insurance, social security,....all that stuff that Governments here require but the ChiComs (just one example) do not.

Don't like "Fair Trade", Ron?  Or do you?? 

Whose working-class do you prefer?  Ours?  Or Theirs?  

Marquette Profs at "Joy of Sex" Adultery Ed. Tour

Don't draw the wrong conclusion:  the encyclical is actually titled Amoris Laetitia or "Joy of Love."

But since it seems to legitimize adulterous 'second marriages' it earned the soubriquet in my post-title.

Anyhow.  Cdl. Cupich is the front-man for Pp. Francis' Adultery Education Tour, and two of the consulting theologians are from Marquette University:  Conor Kelly and Kate Ward.

Cupich has already given a presentation on the topic of AL in England  and has made it clear that the interpretation given by the Bishops of Argentina (Buenos Aires) is just fine and dandy.

Well, it's not.  But Cupich has long been on the radar of actual Catholics, and his promotion to Chicago (by Pp. Francis) was regarded as a clear sign that things would be getting *interesting*.

And they are.  Oremus pro pontifice!  Oremus pro fidelibus!!

(For those of you who cannot find "clarity" in Cupich's blathering, see this item by a truly courageous priest:  Fr. George Rutler.  N.B.:  you can support Fr. Rutler's parish online or by check.  Just Google him.)


Ixonia Kittycat Now in Washington County

DNR called this a "housecat" after it was filmed in Ixonia near a public school.  The "housecat" then wandered into Fond du Lac County, and has now wandered back south to Washington County.

Just a kittycat, nothing to see here, move along.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Trump Goes Lefty in Budget, Has Stupid Excuse

We all knew it would happen somewhere along the line, and the time is now.  Trump is reverting to (fiscal) form.  Remember, he's a real estate developer.

President Donald Trump is proposing a 10-year spending plan that never produces a balanced budget, and increases deficit spending by $7.2 trillion over the next decade....

The excuse for this is the one heard from any 7-year-old, and Limbaugh was given the job of looking like the 7-year-old in question; it was Limbaugh who floated the excuse yesterday. 

PDT's reasoning?  "Well, the debt cataclysm has not happened yet, and look how many years we've been adding debt, and it's just old fuddyduddies who think you should pay your debts, anyway."

This is the Fallacy of the Bigger Sucker.  Trump expects that there will always be a bigger sucker out there who will purchase US Treasury bonds--and that the bigger sucker(s) will have big money to make the purchases with.

Yup.  Except if the Big Money guy is an enemy of the US.  Not all wars involve soldiers and sailors.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The NeverTrumpers' Dark Side

V D Hanson puts his finger on the dark side of many NeverTrumpers.  It's unfortunate that "W" Bush falls into this particularly odiferous swamp.

...We rightly associate the elite disdain for the clingers, irredeemables, and deplorables with progressives like Obama and Hillary Clinton. But politics is incidental to the matrix; more essential is class.
 
It was Mitt Romney who said he could not work with 47 percent of the population and wrote them off as hopelessly lost voters. It was David Brooks and Bill Kristol who caricatured the white working class as near Neanderthal and romanticized illegal aliens (often by deliberating conflating them with legal immigrants.)

If one were to read carefully through the disparagement of Americans in the texts of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, with their slurs against hillbilly Virginians and Texans and smelly Trump supporters, one can see that Strzok appears likely to be a suburban Republican or independent of the sort who would vote for John Kasich.

The point is not that Strzok and Page are hyperpartisans, but that they are comfortable with candidates who foremost reflect their cultural tastes and proper cursus honorum. And as we have witnessed with some in the NeverTrump movement, for these sorts, being grateful that new economic policies might reinvigorate the old rust-belt and the hinterland is more than offset by the concomitant price of an ascendant working class that lacks the tastes of the elite and the romance of the deliberately distant poor and minorities.

The Trump catharsis has shown that about 10 percent of the Republican Party, the NeverTrumpers, was largely apolitical. That is, former cornerstone positions of deregulation and tax reform, oil and gas production, charter schools, deterrent foreign policy, restoring friendship with Israel and moving the embassy to Jerusalem were apparently always secondary to the more important criterion of offering a mild, sober and judicious frown to progressivism, through discerning losers like George H.W. Bush, John McCain, or Mitt Romney.

Such a Republican elite was so embedded within American establishment institutions as to be both immune from the economic stagnation of an Obama neo-socialist revolution (remember income inequality soared under Obama) and in no real need of a Reagan revolution or Trump’s often messy radical push-back against progressivism.

Its creed was not really, as advertised, the ethics of “losing nobly is better than winning ugly,” but rather the snobbery of “losing a cultural image is worse than winning a political agenda.” Put more bluntly, it is better to put up with a socialist with a “perfectly creased pant” than a prairie-fire conservative in rumpled Walmart slacks....

You understand that not ONE of these people would create--much less USE--a slogan like "Make America Great Again."  Hanson has it right:  they don't really give a fart in the wind about "America."  But they are very concerned with the symphony, the ballet, and how things are at the club.

Cardinal Soros?

Interesting little side-chat here about the Vatican's pipeline-person to Soros in an essay decrying the Vatican's sudden enchantment with the ChiComs.

...One person not surprised is George Neumayr, former editor of Catholic World Report, who tells me: “I wrote about the pope’s capitulation to the Chinese communists in my book, The Political Pope. The most recent developments were telegraphed by the pope years ago.” As to Sorondo, Neumayr adds: “I also wrote about the bishop…. He has been a Vatican gateway for the Soros crowd and very much reflects the pope’s thinking. He is the one who set up the Bernie Sanders invite to the Vatican and made a point of telling everyone that Sanders was the only presidential candidate invited…. His academy is overflowing with socialists and communists....

That Soros guy gets around, eh?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Falling For The WSJ BullHockey

Someone in blog-land fell for the WSJ's bull-hockey "history of the West."

....because of The Enlightenment, that 18th Century awakening led by thinkers like John Locke, Adam Smith, Isaac Newton, Descartes, Voltaire, Jefferson, Mozart and Haydn. --WSJ flapdoodle

Our ancestors replaced dogma, tradition, and authority with reason, debate and institutions of truth seeking. They replaced superstition and magic with science. They shifted their values from the glory of the tribe, nation, race, class or faith toward universal human flourishing....

Uhmmnnnhhh....nope.  Actual study of REAL Western history finds that "the Enlightenment" was constructed on the foundation laid by the Catholic church's intellectuals.  You can look it up in a book:  "Bearing False Witness" written by Rodney Stark, who is NOT a Catholic.

And by the way:  following Voltaire and Locke came such luminaries as Marx and Engels (actually, they are distantly-related followers of Luther.)  It is a fallacy to aver that "reason" replaced dogma:  in fact, reason and dogma are identical.

But that's hard for folks in Madistan to understand, I suppose.  Maybe instead of reading the WSJ's Gospel, they could try Catholicism--which, as GKC said, "....has been found difficult and never tried."

Dear Donald: Let Mueller Twist in the Wind

If there was ever a really good reason for PDT to politely decline an interview with Mueller, this post makes the case.

Brief:  Mueller was FEEB Director at the time Hillary's corrupt Uranium-One deal was approved.  And guess what?  Mueller had to sign off on it, too.

Since there's no "Russian Collusion" to be had, and since Mueller's looking at hard time if the U-One deal gets exposed......

Mueller MUST catch Trump in some sort of process crime.

So.  The President should tell Mr. Mueller that he politely declines the invitation to tea.

It Ain't Sessions. It's McConnell

The loud voices scream for Jeff Sessions' blood.  Yah, well, it's clear that Sessions is one guy in a foxhole, running out of ammo, facing a brigade of the enemy. 

And it's also clear that McConnell is NOT interested in rescuing Sessions or Trump.

PowerLine provides the org chart.

Attorney General – Jeff Sessions
Deputy Attorney General – Rod Rosenstein
Associate Attorney General – vacant
Solicitor General – Noel Francisco
Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division – vacant, nomination pending
Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division – vacant, nomination pending
Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division – vacant, nomination pending
Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division – vacant, nomination pending
Assistant Attorney General, Environmental Division – vacant, nomination pending

The Tax Division head slot is also vacant, no nomination pending.

J. Christopher Adams has a few words to say about that.  Want the short version?  McConnell is making damn sure that The Establishment will prevail.

He is an evil man, indeed.

So Paul Ryan, Is This What You Call "Leadership"?

In addition to lie-bragging to pro-lifers about "de-funding" Planned Murderhood, Ryan has been in leadership/chairmanship slots in the House for quite a long time.

During ALL of Ryan's time in chair or Speaker slots, the FedGov has not passed one complete appropriations package.

Not ONE.

...The last time Congress passed all appropriations bills on time was 1997, which was only the fourth instance all appropriations were done since 1977....

So, Paul, how's "leadership" reflected in this?  Yah, yah, there is the McConnell problem and 8 years of Obozo--but there were also 8 years of Bush, remember??

Your primary opponent is a racist clown-car and your general opponent is a fake.  But sooner or later your luck will run out, Paul.

Times Have Changed in the Church

Times have changed in the ChurchThere will be a quiz at the end of this post.

...“Let any member of the clergy caught in that vice against nature [homosexual relations], given that the wrath of God falls over the sons of perfidy, be removed from the clerical order or forced to do penance in a monastery” (chap. 4, X, V, 31).

So that the contagion of such a grave offense may not advance with greater audacity by taking advantage of impunity, which is the greatest incitement to sin, and so as to more severely punish the clerics who are guilty of this nefarious crime and who are not frightened by the death of their souls, we determine that they should be handed over to the severity of the secular authority, which enforces civil law.

Therefore, wishing to pursue with greater rigor than we have exerted since the beginning of our pontificate, we establish that any priest or member of the clergy, either secular or regular, who commits such an execrable crime, by force of the present law be deprived of every clerical privilege, of every post, dignity and ecclesiastical benefit, and having been degraded by an ecclesiastical judge, let him be immediately delivered to the secular authority to be put to death, as mandated by law...Pp. St. Pius V

That was only 450 years ago, or so.

Now then, class:  have times changed for the better, or the worse??

Is Trump a Debt Drunk?

The recent "budget" deal was cooked up by Congress--which is to say, McConnell and Ryan--but Trump signed it.  He didn't have to sign it....

There will be a lot more US debt, with the most likely result being higher interest rates for the US and for its citizens.  There will be a lot more dead babies because Ryan (wink-wink) funded Planned Murder, again.  The Wall is gone, at least for this round.  We can go on; you know the story.

In real life, Donald Trump is a real estate developer and real estate developers live on debt.  They owe everybody something.  Many times the debts are paid, too.

Did The Donald bring his debt-drunk-developer persona to the Presidency?

If he did, we are in very deep doo-doo.  He's done a number of good things--so far.  But taking the USA into bankruptcy--well--that would obliterate any good that he's done, or COULD ever do.

Debt-drunks already hold a majority in Congress.  God help us if the President is another one.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The NPR Version of "Why Brand Quit"

The #3 banana at Justice quit (as did her assistant).

Allahpundit happens to have written the NPR version of "why".  It's bullshit, of course.

...given Trump’s perpetual rage at Sessions and Rosenstein, it’s quite possible that Brand would have been elevated to Attorney General before Trump’s presidency ends. For most lawyers, under normal circumstances, *that’s* a dream job. Under Trump-y circumstances, though? If anything, Brand may have feared rather than hoped that she’d eventually get the call....

That is approximately the same horse-hockey that NPR is spreading this morning:  it's "uncomfortable" to be in the DOJ and if Rosenstein goes, she'll be supervising Mueller.  Apparently this very high-powered and politically adroit woman is really just another snowflake.

Riiiiigt.

She's going to WallyWorld and will earn $Umpty-Mega-Bucks.  And she doesn't want to explain how deep and wide the Holder/Lynch corruption really is.

They Expect You to BELIEVE This Crap....

Apparently the NYSlimes and the CIA think that their readership is even dumber than Hillary Clinton (who will NEVER be President!!) because they expect you to believe this happy horsecrap.

After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials.  --quoted at AOSHQ

Sure.  Ace has it right:  Brennan's outfit wanted dirty pix of Trump.  The rest of it is bullshit, because once "cybertools" are stolen, they are gone, baby, gone.  Like your wife's virginity....

Time for Brennan and his accomplices here to go directly to prison.  Do not pass "Go."  Do not collect $200.00--nor your pension, asshole.


The Confused Cdl. Cupich

This guy has been on the radar since his days out West, and not in a good way.

Sure enough, he manages to get even worse.  Dreher takes note of a recent speech given by the Cardinal.  I'll just re-post the most ....ahhhh....ridiculous.....part.  Here, Dreher cites the text of an article from Nat'l "Catholic" Reporter:

[Cupich] cites the definition for conscience given in Gaudium et Spes as “the most secret core and sanctuary of a man … [where] he is alone with God, Whose voice echoes in his depths.” “When taken seriously, this definition demands a profound respect for the discernment of married couples and families,” the cardinal states. “Their decisions of conscience represent God’s personal guidance for the particularities of their lives. In other words, the voice of conscience — the voice of God … could very well affirm the necessity of living at some distance from the Church’s understanding of the ideal.

Umnnhhh.....no.  Vox Dei can NEVER 'affirm the necessity' of 'living at...distance' from.....aaaarrgghhhhhhh!

Cupich is attempting to reconcile Pp. Francis' Jesuitical essay Amoris Laetitia with about 2,000 years of the Church's teaching on marriage.  Unfortunately, circles don't square easily, which was a point made by Cdl. Burke about 500 days ago--and that point has yet to be refuted by the sitting Pope.

Friday, February 09, 2018

THIS Is "Science"??

Hell, with this sort of standard, I could have been a Ph.D. in Physics and also BioChem!!

More than 70% of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, and more than half have failed to reproduce their own experiments. Those are some of the telling figures that emerged from Nature's survey of 1,576 researchers who took a brief online questionnaire on reproducibility in research.

So it's prolly not a good bet to buy "the results" from scientific studies, eh?

HT:  Vox

Fauxcahontas' Ultra-Luxury Boondoggle

Why yes, you may NOT use this building.  You are only required to PAY for it.

And pay a lot!  This Class A building will cost more than the Trump Tower.  This is the life that Fauxcahontas wants for her servants, who are also your masters.

Think that a "conservative" like Paul Ryan will find a way to nuke this bunch?

You don't get two guesses, prole.


All You Need to Know on Ryan's Budget Deal

Let's not forget that Paul Ryan voted for McYertle's "deal."

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Tesla Fails, Again

The repeated failure of Tesla to deliver the Model 3 car has everything to do with Elon Musk's hubris, and ought to lead to Very Big Questions about his proposed semi-trailer tractor.

Most of you know about "the assembly line."  Well, that's now called a "transfer line" and it's a lot more sophisticated than Mr. Ford might have imagined.  The transfer line is controlled by bunches of sensors linked to quite a few computers which control the flow of parts to the main line, adjust alignments of parts to each other (or allow for humans to do that), and stop/start as the need arises.

That's the VERY short description.  And therein lies Musk's problem.

You see, Mr. Musk, the Genius, overrode his manufacturing management team and ordered the transfer line before the car had been completely designed.  That meant that the transfer line had to be installed with a helluvalot of "best guesses" as to parts-flow, alignments, stop/start points, (etc.)  And as you may have guessed, it didn't work well.  (That's called a "cold-start" line and it is VERY rare.)

By the way, the same problem exists at his Nevada battery plant, same reason:  Musk.

Anyhow.  When this line gets to its full capacity, Musk will be producing 2,500 cars/week.  Except he promised 5,000/week.  Musk knew that, and commanded that a second transfer line be installed so they could produce 5,000/week.

Just one problem:  there is no way to cram a second line into the existing plant.  He'll need another plant to get to that goal.  And when Toyota/GM were running that plant, they were popping out 6,000/week--with FAR fewer assembly workers, too.

But Elon Musk is a genius--yes--at snatching Government grants and tax credits.  Given what we know about his car, though, I'd be hedging bets on his Semi-Tractor.

McYertle Budget Passes. Lyin'Ryan Votes "HELL, YES!!"

Yes, that's bad news, and as usual, Lyin'Ryan, Sean Duffy, and Glenn Grothman funded Planned Parenthood.  Sensenbrenner---happily--voted no.

There will be no Wall.  There will be no spending cap.  There will be even more spending than Obozo had. 

Most important to Congress-Slime (including knob-polisher Grothman) is that the hard questions will NOT come up until after the next election.

I mean, what's more important?  Grothman, Duffy, and Ryan getting re-elected?  Or the US going bankrupt?

Rotten, Awful, No-Good McConnell Budget

Besides that, it's also terrible and (surprise!!) has a touch of corruption.

The Corrupt-O-Crats reared their ugly heads in the McConnell budget's tax provisions. 

"Say what?"  you say.  "We already HAD tax reform!!"

Yes, but not the right kind of tax reform, rube.  Corrupt-O-Crats want preferences!!

....Congress has now decided to resurrect dozens of expired tax preferences for favored industries. If they succeed in renewing the tax extenders, congressional Republicans will collectively trample on the success of their most impressive legislative achievement—true tax reform.

The extenders are largely a subsidy package for the energy industry. Two-thirds of the provisions are energy related. The current proposal would extend special credits to solar lighting systems, fuel cells, geothermal heat pumps, and small wind power, among others.

Also included in the list of things Congress wants to use your money to subsidize: biofuel, rum producers, private railroads, and nuclear power....

(If you notice a similarity to Walker's Diaper-Doings, you're perceptive....)

...The proposed tax extenders are primarily a government transfer to moneyed political interests, lacking the intended effect of incentivizing targeted investments....

As usual, McYertle came up with pure garbage larded with poop.  Let's hope that Sensenbrenner joins the fiscal conservatives here and shoves it right up McYertle's ass.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

A Pubbie With....Cojones?? Oh, My!!

Yes, there is at least one Republican candidate who has.....well, umnnhh.....

Illinois Republican State Rep. Jeanne Ives has managed to anger women, Hispanics, and transgender people in only 60 seconds.

The 1987 West Point graduate has refused to back away from the one-minute TV ad in which, among other things, a man wearing a dress thanks Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Ill.) for “signing legislation that allows me to use the girls’ bathroom....

Oh, yah....the Republican is a woman.  And she STILL has more cojones than the Republican she's running against, who looks a lot like a man.

Send money.  This is the NOT-F.I.B.!!!

Jumping Ship....

There's an old saying about rats.  They usually get the hell off the ship before it sinks.

David Laufman, who leads the DOJ's counterintelligence division, is leaving the DOJ for “personal reasons,” according to The Washington Post. 

In addition to working on the investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information, Laufman has also worked on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

On the Clinton investigation, he sat in on interviews with the former secretary of state and several of her aides, including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan.  --quoted at AOSHQ

The "personal reasons" may have to do with interviewing potential high-powered defense lawyers.

Lyin' Ryan, the Gutless Wonder

Well, earlier I asked if Ryan would have the guts to tell McYertle to shove that "budget" up his ass.

Answer is:  No, Ryan does not have the guts.  Nor--apparently--does he give a flying damn about the fiscal health of the US, so long as his retirement pension and bennies survive.

...Paul Ryan ..... anticipates no problem passing the budget deal that the Senate will hand off to them today. All he needs is enough Democrats to overcome the opposition of the House Freedom Caucus, which opposes the massive spending increases in the bill....

Wonder if this gets the girly-girls to swoon, eh?

P.S.:  This budget funds Planned Parenthood again, just as all Ryan's CR's.  Think Lyin'Ryan will make another speech about NOT funding BabyKiller, Inc.?




Dystopia Coming Soon.....

Nothing more fun than reading about the Smart People's plans for you, eh?  There's a new book floating around titled The History of Tomorrow.

...it is an important to know about this 2017 book. The author is Yuval Noah Harari, a history professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books have become New York Times bestsellers and enjoyed endorsements from people like former President Barack Obama and Bill Gates. You can safely say he is on the cutting edge of everything liberal and heretical.

Indeed, the book reflects every liberal cause from global warming, same-sex “marriage,” to radical relativism. His mystical overtones embrace an ancient gnostic heresy or two. His secular side can be found in his broadsides against religion. Even Marxist analysis finds its way into the book
...

It would appear that Hebrew U. has the same sort of problems that Georgetown U. has:  professors who will have NOTHING to do with the religion supposedly advocated by the institution they work for.  Sad.

Anyhow...

...Liberalism is dying, the victim of its own success. It will be replaced with a revolution aimed at changing human nature.

The worst thing is that you perceive he is not alone in believing in this chilling future. He speaks for a progressive class of scientists, businessmen and scholars that are all onboard....

If you smell Brave New World here, your olfactories are working fine.  And--as usual--this Project, too, will wither (or crash) and die.  But that doesn't mean we can escape it.

Establishment Boy: "The Russians!!! The Russians!!"

George W Bush personifies "the establishment" except that he is likeable, so you don't confuse him with the other 99% of those people.

Anyhow, good ol' "W" says that the Russians "meddled" in the election.  Vague and inane as it is, the comment fulfills all the wishes of the Establishment and its Deep State guardians.

Doh. 

Russia--just like the USA--pursues its own interests whenever and wherever it can.  Ukraine, Israel, Iran, Pakistan--wherever.  And we leave footprints, too, just like the Russkis.

What CBee Esss and the rest of the dolts in the MSM fail to show is this:  HOW MANY RUSSIAN VOTES WERE CAST HERE?

Count 'em up.  We'll wait.

Strzok's Zipper Problem Not the Only One

Apparently Agent Strzok's zipper pathology is only one part of his Establishment Jackwad complex.

While on "affirmative action,"....Strzok wrote “While I hate Trump, part of me thought [redacted] would not/may not get into [redacted] because they’re white and not from buttf*ck Texas.

Hmmm.  He also has curious notions about how to raise children:

...Then he appears to joke that he would make his own child homeless if he supported Ted Cruz....

That's a two-fer:  Cruz is from Texas!!

But you don't have to be from Texas to draw the disgust of Agent Strzok.  He's a very inclusive hater!!

...The pair later complain about pro-life demonstrators in DC. “F*cking marchers making traffic problems,” Strzok says.

Strzok then says, “I have an idea!” The government, he says, should cancel the protesters’ permit under the guise of a “snow emergency.” Then they mock “Rep candidates” who say climate change isn’t real....

Offhand, I'd question putting this bozo into a Human Resources slot.  But that's telling:  this is the Establishment/Deep State's boy--so he should be screening people for Feeb jobs, right??

Right??

McYertle Spend Beats Even Obozo's

Apparently McYertle lives in Fantasyland.  Unfortunately, we do not.

...The agreement would bust existing budget caps not just for desperately needed military spending, but for a massive explosion in domestic discretionary spending that is neither necessary nor affordable. The new social spending is advertised as some $130 billion for the next two years – but, by raising the “baseline” for future budgets, this really means a likely $700+ billion hike in spending and new debt over a 10-year span....

Think Ryan will have the guts to tell McYertle where to put this "budget"?

NBC to Try, Try, Again

Apparently NBC ran out of material for "news" so it recycled the several-months-old flimflammery that "Russia got into state voting systems."

Next thing you know, NBC will be announcing that water is wet and bears poop in the woods.

By the way, the Russkis didn't really get anywhere with their attempts. 

However, the FBI will be checking your phone conversations for the last 120 days to make certain you are not opposed to Obama.  Obama has asked for a report on the FBI's activity in that regard.