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Biden needs his own Joe Biden, someone reasonable credible that NO ONE would rather have as President.

The Trump Administration says, open the schools this fall. Some families have grandparents at home, don't want the kids going back to school. Fine. Homeschool. No school is not an option. The schools have more control over the kids being open then having them just run free all day.

Politics & Religion / Re: California
« on: July 08, 2020, 10:26:52 AM »

Live from Santa Monica

The play-by-play person never clarifies if it's number one or number two they are broadcasting.

Politics & Religion / Re: Media, Ministry of Truth Issues
« on: July 08, 2020, 10:23:33 AM »
In 2019, Rasmussen Reports reported that Drudge had sold the site and was no longer involved in its operations, which would also explain the change in editorial direction; however, that reporting was not confirmed.

Matt Drudge is clearly gone from the site. All they kept was the format. You are exactly right with the narrative.

Politics & Religion / Re: 2020 Presidential election
« on: July 07, 2020, 07:09:21 AM »
The IRS has his tax returns, all of them.  Nothing says Big Government Coercion like the IRS. If the Left doesn't trust them, neither do I, let's shut them down.   )

Romney released his, squeaky clean, still got heavily criticized. Stupid to walk back into that trap.

Here we go (again).

"After playing a vital role in plotting Trump’s inaugural festivities"

OMG, vital.

Is there still something we don't about the Trumps? Big book tour about their marital ups and downs?  I'm still waiting for the Bolton bombshell.

About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.

—Calvin Coolidge, Address at the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 5, 1926.

Politics & Religion / Re: Second American Civil War
« on: July 03, 2020, 05:29:35 AM »
"The left: "We are going to defund and demoralize the police, and then send the same police out to take guns away from the American public"!

I'm not sure they have thought this through.

   - Slight understatement.

...defund and demoralize [and disarm] the police, and then send the same police out to take guns away from the American public.  Do they ever ask themselves, what could possibly go wrong?

Politics & Religion / Re: The Great American Reopening
« on: July 03, 2020, 04:21:07 AM »
At the least, don't extend the benefits (for healthy people outside of high risk groups) .  Do no harm. 80% of small businesses have reopened.  American ingenuity will find away.  Unless you pay them more not to.

Politics & Religion / Re: Joe Biden's "racial jungle"
« on: July 02, 2020, 07:33:51 PM »

Imagine if a Republican candidate for President had said that.

From the article:
readers asked Snopes to verify a quote of Biden in 1977:

"Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point. We have got to make some move on this."

Snopes:  Correct Attribution

That doesn't kill the candidacy? Because 1977 was a long time ago to be publicly, openly racist?

Politics & Religion / Did the Trump tax cuts work?
« on: July 02, 2020, 03:44:55 AM »
Between lower taxes and higher adjusted gross incomes, Americans were significantly better off after the Trump tax cuts.

And federal revenue has consistently increased in the years after the Trump tax cuts. Despite the enormous tax cut, federal revenue increased by $10 billion in 2018, by $130 billion in 2019, and was projected to grow by even more in 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic effects.

It’s true that the federal budget deficit has also increased, but that is because federal spending has increased faster than revenue has. That’s the fault of Congress, not the tax cut

Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed
« on: July 01, 2020, 07:33:54 AM »
". - He didn't want that to be the image of his Presidency."

but now we have the image of him being a hard ass not wearing a mask

and the numbers going up due to people refusing to wear masks and distance

which is worse?

Don't know.  Here is Jon Huntsman campaigning (not winning):

I'd be happy with a campaign performed on the written word if we can't see their face, but Biden writes none of his own words, except his mis-speaks.

Politics & Religion / Re: 2020 Presidential election
« on: July 01, 2020, 07:06:04 AM »
RCP today:
NBC Battleground States
Pennsylvania: Biden 50, Trump 44
Michigan: Biden 48, Trump 43
Wisconsin: Biden 51, Trump 43
North Carolina: Biden 51, Trump 44
Florida: Biden 50, Trump 45
Arizona: Biden 51, Trump 44

Who does this "news" help?  Hurt?

Reminds of when the Vikings have a one touchdown lead and go into the "prevent" defense with way too much time left on the clock, against a great quarterback - and lose every time. In this case, these aren't even actual points on the board.  It's still pre-game.

Steve Hayward on the state of the race:

One more data point:
July 1988:  Michael Dukakis led George H.W. Bush by 17 points.

"I know they don’t get back to those record numbers from Obama,” Griffith said of Black voter turnout. “We look at Joe Biden and see more of the same. It’s about the era he came up. It’s about his identity—he’s a rich, old white man. What are his credentials to us, other than Obama picking him? It’s nice that he worked with Obama. But let’s keep it real: That was a political calculation. Obama thought he needed a white man to get elected, just like Biden thinks he needs a Black woman to get elected. We can see through that.”

These sentiments resurfaced in almost every conversation I had. First, that Biden choosing a woman of color might actually irritate, not appease, Black voters. Second, that the inferno of June would flicker by summer’s end and fade entirely by November. And third, that Biden does little to inspire a wary Black electorate that views him as the status quo personified.
   - Tim Alberta, Politico

...and he was "in the room".

Bolton:  "I think the House Democrats built a cliff, they threw themselves off of it," he told Raddatz of ABC News. "And halfway down, they looked up and saw me, and said, 'Hey, why don't you come along?' "

Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed
« on: July 01, 2020, 05:51:42 AM »
"I don't know why Trump could not simply have worn a mask to set an example"

   - He didn't want that to be the image of his Presidency.

"and of course Bill Gates is up there on CNN yadda yadda yaddying about how right he was/is etc. and the the split screen of all the DNc/CNN people nodding like bobble heads with phony very stern concerned smug faces."

   - Trump shut down flights from China Feb 1, minutes after China/W.H.O. admitted the problem.  No one else would have done that.

The right action would have been to shut down flights from China AND from every place (Europe) that did not shut down their flights from China.  The right timing was months earlier in hindsight but we did not have that information or justification back then.

Another right action would have been to have stockpiles of sanitizers and good masks.  His predecessor left him depleted but he can't fully blame them because it was year four of his presidency.

WHO let us down.  CDC let us down.  Homeland Security let us down.  FDA let us down.  UN let us down.  'Smart' government planning with mass transit, urban density and nursing homes for the elderly let us down.   So the lesson learned is to turn further to the people who put their trust in Big Government agencies and international organizations?  I don't follow that.  The real lessons learned comes from G M posts here.   Gun sales are up.  Don't count on government for safety, for security.  Don't trust the food supply.  Buy your own masks and disinfectants before the crisis, and before the next crisis. Distance between neighbors is good.  Private transportation will always be needed.  Stay away from mobs.  Don't give the government or anyone else all your information - or all your money - or any of your trust.

If the government even had a savings account with your social security, your retirement money in it, they just blew it in the first month of the crisis.  Quoting someone here, plan accordingly.  My point of this is to vote for the person or party who called out adversaries like China and deep state agencies who have none of our interests in mind and started to take action on that.  It wasn't Bill Gates, or Biden.  So much more needs to be done before we let them screw it all up again. 

Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed
« on: July 01, 2020, 04:51:42 AM »
ccp:  "I am probably nauseating everyone on this board with my pessimism"

   - You have a credibility that comes from your (brutal) honesty. IMHO.

With polls the way they are and the 2018 losses, it shouldn't be hard to persuade Republicans to play like they're behind late in the 4th quarter.

I don't want to (just) win "Trump's reelection".  I want to win the larger war for hearts and minds.

Politics & Religion / China Swallows Hong Kong
« on: July 01, 2020, 04:44:41 AM »
Who could have seen THIS coming?

Under the guise of protecting “national security,” the new law criminalizes as “subversion” and “terrorism” various expressions of protest and political dissent. It further endeavors to cut off Hong Kong’s support lines by criminalizing, as conspiracy to endanger national security, sundry exchanges with other countries and outside groups.

Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed
« on: July 01, 2020, 04:38:59 AM »
The third piece of the puzzle is to organize.  No one can point to one voice, one source for direction from our side or rapid response, so Trump's tweet fills that void.  Instead of taking away Trump's tweet, build some better.

Politics & Religion / Re: If you're white, you're racist
« on: July 01, 2020, 04:24:56 AM »
" If you're white, you're racist"

"Whiteness Studies teaches"

"You can try to mitigate your evilness, but you can’t eradicate it. The to entrench permanent race consciousness in everyone – eternal victimhood for non-whites, eternal guilt for whites.”

If you believe this, or just say this, you are a racist, by definition.

Hard to believe the federal government (any government) subsidizes this divisive bullshit.  Why don't they subsidize the propagation of my views?

Teach "content of your character, not the color of your skin", or repeal Martin Luther King Day and divide the nation into groups.

If I get to choose my group, I would like to identify with black conservatives.  Who pays to spread their views?

Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:22:56 AM »
Two part plan:
1) Conservative principles explained - [No one takes the time to do that.]  For example, the free enterprise system lifted more people out of poverty than any and all others combined. 
2) Liberal dogma answered.  That's what's missing in K-12, our liberal colleges and the one sided mainstream media.  Every
 Leftists assertion needs to be answered.  Dividing Americans into groups is - divisive.  Equality of outcome isn't the a path to prosperity.  Employment requires employers.  Profits serve an important purpose, move resources to their most valued use.  Capping wealth doesn't lift up the poor. Smearing the police doesn't make us safer.  Minimum wage laws don't spread wealth. 
Coming back to fill these in.  Competition, not regulation, is what drives down costs.  Being American doesn't prevent the laws of economics from applying to us.  Drive out investment and workers suffer.  Drive out the private sector and the public sector loses necessary financing.  Enact the policies of the Venezuelan revolution and the results that happened there happen here.

I would like to come back to fill these in.


On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare
June 29, 2020
The author in Maranhão, Brazil, 1995

On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.

I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30.

But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.

Here are some facts few people know:

Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”

The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world”

Climate change is not making natural disasters worse

Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003

The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska

The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California

Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany, and France since the mid-1970s

Netherlands became rich not poor while adapting to life below sea level

We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter

Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change

Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels

Preventing future pandemics requires more not less “industrial” agriculture

I know that the above facts will sound like “climate denialism” to many people. But that just shows the power of climate alarmism.

In reality, the above facts come from the best-available scientific studies, including those conducted by or accepted by the IPCC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other leading scientific bodies.

Some people will, when they read this imagine that I’m some right-wing anti-environmentalist. I’m not. At 17, I lived in Nicaragua to show solidarity with the Sandinista socialist revolution. At 23 I raised money for Guatemalan women’s cooperatives. In my early 20s I lived in the semi-Amazon doing research with small farmers fighting land invasions. At 26 I helped expose poor conditions at Nike factories in Asia.

I became an environmentalist at 16 when I threw a fundraiser for Rainforest Action Network. At 27 I helped save the last unprotected ancient redwoods in California. In my 30s I advocated renewables and successfully helped persuade the Obama administration to invest $90 billion into them. Over the last few years I helped save enough nuclear plants from being replaced by fossil fuels to prevent a sharp increase in emissions

But until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly that’s because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an “existential” threat to human civilization, and called it a “crisis.”

But mostly I was scared. I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. The few times I summoned the courage to defend climate science from those who misrepresent it I suffered harsh consequences. And so I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public.

I even stood by as people in the White House and many in the news media tried to destroy the reputation and career of an outstanding scientist, good man, and friend of mine, Roger Pielke, Jr., a lifelong progressive Democrat and environmentalist who testified in favor of carbon regulations. Why did they do that? Because his research proves natural disasters aren’t getting worse.

But then, last year, things spiraled out of control.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “The world is going to end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change.” Britain’s most high-profile environmental group claimed “Climate Change Kills Children.”

The world’s most influential green journalist, Bill McKibben, called climate change the “greatest challenge humans have ever faced” and said it would “wipe out civilizations.”

Mainstream journalists reported, repeatedly, that the Amazon was “the lungs of the world,” and that deforestation was like a nuclear bomb going off.

As a result, half of the people surveyed around the world last year said they thought climate change would make humanity extinct. And in January, one out of five British children told pollsters they were having nightmares about climate change.

Whether or not you have children you must see how wrong this is. I admit I may be sensitive because I have a teenage daughter. After we talked about the science she was reassured. But her friends are deeply misinformed and thus, understandably, frightened.

I thus decided I had to speak out. I knew that writing a few articles wouldn’t be enough. I needed a book to properly lay out all of the evidence.

 And so my formal apology for our fear-mongering comes in the form of my new book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All.

It is based on two decades of research and three decades of environmental activism. At 400 pages, with 100 of them endnotes, Apocalypse Never covers climate change, deforestation, plastic waste, species extinction, industrialization, meat, nuclear energy, and renewables.

Some highlights from the book:

Factories and modern farming are the keys to human liberation and environmental progress

The most important thing for saving the environment is producing more food, particularly meat, on less land

The most important thing for reducing air pollution and carbon emissions is moving from wood to coal to petroleum to natural gas to uranium

100% renewables would require increasing the land used for energy from today’s 0.5% to 50%

We should want cities, farms, and power plants to have higher, not lower, power densities

Vegetarianism reduces one’s emissions by less than 4%

Greenpeace didn’t save the whales, switching from whale oil to petroleum and palm oil did

“Free-range” beef would require 20 times more land and produce 300% more emissions

Greenpeace dogmatism worsened forest fragmentation of the Amazon

The colonialist approach to gorilla conservation in the Congo produced a backlash that may have resulted in the killing of 250 elephants

Why were we all so misled?

In the final three chapters of Apocalypse Never I expose the financial, political, and ideological motivations. Environmental groups have accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from fossil fuel interests. Groups motivated by anti-humanist beliefs forced the World Bank to stop trying to end poverty and instead make poverty “sustainable.” And status anxiety, depression, and hostility to modern civilization are behind much of the alarmism

Once you realize just how badly misinformed we have been, often by people with plainly unsavory or unhealthy motivations, it is hard not to feel duped.

Will Apocalypse Never make any difference? There are certainly reasons to doubt it.

The news media have been making apocalyptic pronouncements about climate change since the late 1980s, and do not seem disposed to stop.

The ideology behind environmental alarmsim — Malthusianism — has been repeatedly debunked for 200 years and yet is more powerful than ever.

But there are also reasons to believe that environmental alarmism will, if not come to an end, have diminishing cultural power.

The coronavirus pandemic is an actual crisis that puts the climate “crisis” into perspective. Even if you think we have overreacted, Covid-19 has killed nearly 500,000 people and shattered economies around the globe.

Scientific institutions including WHO and IPCC have undermined their credibility through the repeated politicization of science. Their future existence and relevance depends on new leadership and serious reform.

Facts still matter, and social media is allowing for a wider range of new and independent voices to outcompete alarmist environmental journalists at legacy publications.

Nations are reverting openly to self-interest and away from Malthusianism and neoliberalism, which is good for nuclear and bad for renewables.

The evidence is overwhelming that our high-energy civilization is better for people and nature than the low-energy civilization that climate alarmists would return us to.

The invitations from IPCC and Congress are signs of a growing openness to new thinking about climate change and the environment. Another one has been to the response to my book from climate scientists, conservationists, and environmental scholars. "Apocalypse Never is an extremely important book,” writes Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb. “This may be the most important book on the environment ever written,” says one of the fathers of modern climate science Tom Wigley.

“We environmentalists condemn those with antithetical views of being ignorant of science and susceptible to confirmation bias,” wrote the former head of The Nature Conservancy, Steve McCormick. “But too often we are guilty of the same.  Shellenberger offers ‘tough love:’ a challenge to entrenched orthodoxies and rigid, self-defeating mindsets.  Apocalypse Never serves up occasionally stinging, but always well-crafted, evidence-based points of view that will help develop the ‘mental muscle’ we need to envision and design not only a hopeful, but an attainable, future.”

That is all I hoped for in writing it. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you’ll agree that it’s perhaps not as strange as it seems that a lifelong environmentalist, progressive, and climate activist felt the need to speak out against the alarmism.

I further hope that you’ll accept my apology.

Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed
« on: June 29, 2020, 05:26:33 PM »
quote author=ccp
"Josh Hawley and team working on vision for future"    - Good.

"Trump can still turn it around"    - Absolutely!  All the facts are on his side IMHO.  It all needs to be presented with a GREAT plan going forward.

"[Trump] is not clearly articulating what he plans to do - yet."    - House, Senate Republicans too!

"Can he do it in way to bring in the swing voters - ?"   - Yes.  Turn out the base and win the center with one message, as simple and direct as possible. 

"Can Trump truly articulate this in meaningful ways beyond hashtags, name calling , etc?"   Yes he can and he must!

"socialism vs freedom is nice hash tag but "     - That is the choice, but must presented in a way that people choose freedom.  Why is that so hard?  Right now people keeping drifting toward socialism.  Reverse that right now, reverse it powerfully and persuasively, especially with young people, or lose it all.

"many are still waiting to hear alternatives to socialism for education and health care etc."   - Take the best of the proposals, and start getting on the same page.   We are getting beat by the straw man argument:  support the full speed move to socialism or suffer the Republican alternative is only rich people go to school or get health care - and the masses get nothing. 

Republicans have supported trillions and trillions in spending programs.  Democrats have opposed the reforms that would make these programs work.  More money is not the answer.  Too much federal money is what is screwing up college costs and healthcare.  Advance school choice and a college system that utilizes distance learning and fundamentally reduces costs or doesn't get federal support.  Introduce competitive systems and choices into health care.

"That said, any ideas for me to send up?"   - What an opportunity!  I'll take a shot at it.  Who else is in?  Speak now or watch this nation spiral the rest of the way down.

Politics & Religion / Re: 2020 election
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:06:11 AM »

Politics & Religion / Re: Obama's life insurance policy: Joe Biden
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:03:59 AM »

Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left
« on: June 29, 2020, 07:34:54 AM »

Politics & Religion / How to calculate US slavery reparations?
« on: June 29, 2020, 06:58:07 AM »
For each person who was a slave and not a slave owner, those responsible for your captivity should pay your economic damages, the difference between the wealth you would have now if you had stayed in your native land and the wealth you have now here in the US.

Compensatory damages:  Descendants from Angola for example should be paid their share of the 0.0% of the world wealth they would have likely accumulated had they stayed there for all those generations.    For Senegal and Cameroon, that number is a little lower.

Punitive damages:  I would go triple that amount,  but must be paid by the person who committed the egregious act.  Otherwise you would be further assessing punishment to people just for being born.

Just some context on the Twin Cities.  Population of Minneapolis is 400+k (smaller than Omaha).  Population of the Twin Cites metro area is 4 million.  90% or more of the local economy is outside the city.  So when you see the city run by 14 nutty Leftists, know that this group alone cannot take down the economy of the area. 

3M is headquartered in the east suburbs, Mayo clinic southeast, Medtronic (among the largest medical device companies in the world) in the north suburbs, General Mills, Cargill (largest private co. in the US), United Health Group (largest healthcare company in the world) and Optum all on the west side of town, Best Buy headquarters, south of the city, Mall of America, south suburbs, MSP airport outside the city, even the Minnesota Vikings built outside the city.  In other words, the 14 nutty leaders of Mpls couldn't shut down the food supply or the main industries if they tried.  When the suburbs go nutty-Left too, that is another matter. 

The last Republican mayor of Minneapolis finished his term I think in 1978.  The processes of people fleeing the core and others coming in have been going on for decades.  Somehow, life goes on.

One reason Minnesotans mostly trusted the DFL as they are known (Democrat party), Hubert Humphrey kept the Chicago and east coast mafia/mob/organized crime out of the city in the 60s.  Can you say that today?  More like it's a breeding ground for antifa and international terrorism, including al Qaida:

My question for the politics of the moment, as the Democrats turn Left to Ellison, Omar and the far Left, will the rest in the state flip to Trump?  If so, will that flip bring a Senate seat and a House seat with it?  And the Minnesota House too?  If so, so goes the nation.  If Trump carries MN, he's already won 40 states.

Ask the question in reverse, do the crises of the times give people confidence in Democrat Party governance?  How could anyone honestly answer yes??

Women see political things differently than men and tend to be more liberal. 

Here's a tip on explaining the Leftist protests to women:  When you hear mainstream media describe "mostly peaceful protests", think of mostly faithful husbands.


Pres. H.R. Clinton up 12 points on Trump, June 26, 2016.  Insurmountable.

Hat tip Glenn Reynolds.  Link taken down but headline is in the url.


What we long suspected is now common knowledge.  This was a top down operation done by the most corrupt administration in history.

Politics & Religion / Seattle Times: The irony of the no-cop CHOP
« on: June 26, 2020, 07:01:02 AM »

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison sued ExxonMobil, Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute on Wednesday, alleging they deceived and defrauded Minnesotans about climate change.

"We're here suing these defendants — API, ExxonMobil and Koch — for hiding the truth, confusing the facts and muddling the water to devastating effect," Ellison said at a news conference.

   - Not fully figured in:  What if discovery does lead to the truth.

From the article: At least 15 other units of government have brought similar lawsuits, including Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. New York lost its lawsuit against ExxonMobil in December. 

   - I thought all these states would join in, but they already did, and lost.

1619 Project leader says it's time for reparations:

Our first "black" President can plan on paying in.  [Our first blackVP too, Kamala Harris.]
Barack Obama’s Ancestors Owned Slaves
Reitwiesner traced Obama's great-great-great-great-grandfather, George Washington Overall, and found that he owned two slaves in Kentucky: a 15-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man. He also found out that Obama's great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Duvall, also owned a pair of slaves listed in an 1850 census record. They were a 60-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman. In fact, the Duvalls were a wealthy family whose members were descended from a major landowner, Maureen Duvall, whose estate owned at least 18 slaves in the 17th century.

Politics & Religion / Re: I hate posting this, Peggy Noonan
« on: June 26, 2020, 05:57:55 AM »
I remember when she was fantastic, inspirational.  Now she sounds run of the mill msm.  She introduces no new facts except a lopsided NYT poll which she calls respectable.  Really?  Did they get the last presidential election right?  Does anyone think this election will be decided by a national poll of registered voters?  Joe will win by 14%?  I'll take that bet with any odds.  Obama last won by less than 4.  Joe has none of his skill or savvy and Trump has incumbency and a record.

What the poll means is that Biden cannot be replaced on the ticket.  What the poll means is that in this bizarre time of unprecedented lockdown and frustration, he is still 3 times more popular than the only incumbent, national leader of the other party:

Trump couldn't lead in a crisis?  Lead us where, to Kumbaya with the arsonists?  Trump shut down flights from China.  NO ONE else would have done that.  In hindsight, he should have done it 3 months earlier and should have shut down flights from Europe too if they didn't shut down their flights from China.  Who would have done that?  No one.  In this crisis we needed someone bolder than Trump with greater foresight.  That's a very short list that doesn't include Joe Biden.

Trump led us to peace and prosperity.  Promising to do that again is a pretty solid campaign message.  He is a phenomenal cheerleader for the American economy and his instincts for growing it have turned out to be right, over and over.  He is bringing troops home instead of being drawn into new conflicts.  People like that. 

We are in the middle of a mess that no one is happy with, but the storm willll pass.  Covid deaths are down 90% since the peak of April 21.  Instead of covering that progress up, NYT should try pushpolling with that fact and see where the needle turns.
She asks, can Joe Biden lead, as if it's a serious question.  More realistic: can he still dress himself?  Quoting someone recently, he is more than a couple of tacos short of a combo plate.  His elevator doesn't stop on all the floors anymore.  His only winning argument is, anyone but Trump, and that only works when he is in hiding.

He gaffes whenever his lips move.  Joe Biden yesterday:  120 million have died in this country from COVID.
This guy is not a math guy.  What is his strength, oratory?  Linguistics?  He had nothing going for him BEFORE this sad, very public deterioration. 

Peggy Noonan does not like Trump.  It's some kind of a New York thing.  I didn't like him either but got over it when faced with all the alternatives, mainly the US going the way of Venezuela and Mogadishu.  If she can't get over her dislike, she should write about something else - but that choice is hers.
ccp:  "something about never trumpers (Noonan) who still cling to the idea, they are safe, and the dems are not really what they say they are.

Right!  Moderates in the House did not stand up to AOC and Omar and Joe Biden will not stand up to the far Left.  Biden's argument against Bernie was that Bernie would lose, not that his policies are wrong.  This is not JFK, a rising tide lifts all boats.  This is not Clinton, shrewd enough to "triangulate".  This is the VP who voted yes on planeloads of cash to the mullahs and voted no on the Osama bin Laden raid.

Politics & Religion / Re: Demographics
« on: June 25, 2020, 08:36:00 PM »
It wasn't Somalians who put Somalis in Mpls.  It was white, college educated suburbanites from the middle that we lost to the Left who empowered them to do that.

Politics & Religion / Re: Ann Coulter
« on: June 25, 2020, 10:03:20 AM »
Is this racist?

Yes, we had lax border enforcement and sanctuary cities etc. people from south of the border came in.  These 'immigrants' voted majority Democrat and now we have one party rule, Leftism, cities on fire, debt, etc.  In Latin they call that logic, post hoc ergo propter hoc, after this, therefore, because of this, and it's partly true.  But that's not the only thing that was going on.

 One could also make the case that in this period of time we let our k-12 and all universities be taken over by indoctrinating Leftists.  Young people coming out of mostly federally funded college s are even more Leftist than Hispanic families working hard jobs, trying to make a living and raise a family.

One could also make the case that our welfare system and the so-called war on poverty perfectly overlap this time frame.  The underclass, black inner-city people in particular vote further Left than immigrants.

Instead, why not argue that the border should be controlled with a big beautiful, attended gate, and we get to decide who comes in - because that's what's what sovereign nations do.  We have an investment here we would like to protect.  We also have a debt here and would like those coming in to share in the financial responsibility.

Of course she is partly right but is her line of argument helpful?  Does it tell the whole story?  Does it win votes in the persuadable center?  More importantly I think, the politics of immigration exposes the motives of the powerful white liberal elite.  They want what they call blacks and browns for their votes and then they neglect them, destroy their families, their neighborhoods, tell them they need assistance not jobs and that private enterprise that lifted more people out of poverty than all other systems combined - sucks.  Destroy it.  All in pursuit of their own ugly political power, everyone else be damned.  We want people for their God-given potential, not identity groups.

Let's allow people in, in a planned, orderly manner and argue our constitutional principles to them as we go.

Open borders is wrong. Gangs control the border.  Huge numbers are getting raped as they come in.  Permitting this empowers and enriches organised crime on both sides of the border.  It's wrong.  We need sovereignty.  We need assimilation.  We need to know who is coming into our country.  We need to know why.  We need to control the numbers and the flow.  We need a balance of where people come from.  How does blaming everything on the people who did that help?  One might also argue that giving women the right to vote was the start of our budget problems.  I don't find that argument persuasive with that gender.

Our better message IMHO is: we need police, free enterprise, property rights, law and order, individual rights, due process, self defense, protections against mob majority rule,  not just the trendy rights.  And we need sovereignty.  We need citizens who understand and support our constitutional system.

Why can't we argue all our principles rather than make it sound like all problems are the fault of one group?  My two cents.

Politics & Religion / Re: This seems HUGE to me!
« on: June 24, 2020, 07:31:43 PM »
This is big, bigger than IRS targeting, which was bigger than anything Nixon did.
" it appears that Vice President Biden personally raised the idea of the Logan Act. " @CBSNews

And they are all worried Trump was involved targeting Biden in Ukraine corruption.

Politics & Religion / Re: Money, the Fed, $17 Trillion committed
« on: June 23, 2020, 08:06:47 AM »
The new monarch of the bond market is undoubtedly Jay Powell, head of the Federal Reserve. Led by the Fed, central banks have now committed $17 trillion to fight the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, according to estimates from JPMorgan Asset Management. That even overshadows the scale of measures taken through the entirety of the financial crisis in 2008-09. The aggressiveness has led some investors to declare that central banks have in practice nationalized the bond market — fears the Fed chairman sought to allay in Congressional testimony last week. “I don’t see us as wanting to run through the bond market like an elephant or snuff out price signals,” Mr Powell said.  Whatever Mr Powell may say, the Fed elephant has been doing a tap-dance all over markets. Just last week, the average yield of US investment-grade corporate bonds hit the lowest ever level, at a time when many companies are seeing their revenues shredded. This may be a short-lived recession, but even optimistic economists reckon it could take years before activity is back at the levels reported when the last bond yield low was seen in early February. (via Financial Times)

Politics & Religion / Re: government spending, debt, deficit
« on: June 23, 2020, 07:15:29 AM »
50% of total GDP
Dems : let the rich pay.
Trump : gotta get re elected
Republicans :  not cool , but what we gonna do about it?

Vote Republican and you risk having them govern like Democrats.  Vote Democrat and face the certainty of moving the country toward a Chavez, Maduro, CHAZ/CHOP, democratic violent socialism model.  This is not an imaginary scare tactic of politics anymore. 

The Left model has become anarchy combined with redistribution extortion "reparations" in place of level playing field governing.

We just just saw an already out of control spending and deficit problem explode with private shutdowns and public payments making up roughly none of the shortfall.  The only chance of surviving this is 100% commitment back to free enterprise and economic growth for a very long and sustained period.

Politics & Religion / Politics, South Korea calls Bolton a Liar
« on: June 23, 2020, 06:40:56 AM »
In Venezuela, "The book isn’t the “tell-all” it’s cracked up to be." - WSJ, previous post.
In South Korea:
"South Korea slams Bolton book as 'distorting the reality' of nuclear talks"

"inaccurate", "distorting the reality"

“It does not reflect accurate facts and substantially distorts facts,” South Korea’s national security adviser, said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Making Trump's case for him.  It seems this storm has passed before the book release even happens.

The only bombshell seems to be that a former darling of the hawk-right is willing to say to liberal media that Trump is unfit to be President.  That is opinion in the interest of selling a book rather than facts that the book is touting and the critics are craving.

Bolton's foreign policy clashed with Trump.  Bolton did not get his way with Korea or with Venezuela, or anywhere else.  But America prefers Trump foreign policy to Bolton's.  Trump liked the perception with enemies of being a loose cannon with hawks all around him ready to attack and invade, but Trump does NOT want to be a war President and America does not US war right now in Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, Iran, China or anywhere else.

Question remains for Bolton:  America can have Trump or continue its march to the Left.  Choose one.  It isn't 17 Republicans running anymore.  No one is saying Trump is a perfect man or perfect leader but his foreign policy has been largely a success. 

This is an election year and the choice is binary.  March on toward Antifa-ruled, escalating Democratic violent socialism with a guy who sent planeloads of US$ to enemy mullahs for weapons to kill Americans, or give the guy who kept us safe and grew the economy twice as fast as his predecessor four more years. 

The Atlantic wrote June 16, "Despise Bolton, but Read His Book Anyway"
If they made the correction it might say, 'Despise Bolton, and know his account of events is not accurate or reliable'.

The last unabashed hawk to run, McCain, lost where Trump won in OH, FL, PA, WI, MI, IA, IN, NC and more.  Peace through strength does not mean invade. 

Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Shields compared to masks
« on: June 22, 2020, 07:43:14 AM »
I prefer shields

I don't like AARP but I do like this article and idea.  Looking at the photo I thought there is one more thing you can't buy anymore during coronavirus.  Then they show how to easily make one!

I wonder if that will work in 'mask required' locations.

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