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Finally, Some Theater

Not being a Trump supporter, my interest in the convention has mainly been about what the speakers that I already admire have to say and to witness the inevitable clashes occurring when flawed candidates (and their supporters) get in the same room. Yes, it’s not over but I must say that so far this event has been short on drama and long on precision and efficiency. We had minimal rumbles the first day, “conscience” voters wanting their vote “unbound”, but that was ruthlessly squashed, so all that was left was how principled leaders were going to tailor their support for an unsavory candidate, to stay true to their beliefs without the need for a power washing in the end. And everything was running smoothly, until last night, enter “Lying Ted”.

This story has more layers than an onion;

1) Ted is a weasel for not honoring his pledge to support the candidate.
2) Ted would rather have Hillary win, expects Hillary to win, thus aligning himself with the #nevertrump group by admonishing vote your conscience, the same tactic used for the unbound the vote crowd.
3) Ted will not only not support Trump, but will keep Trump’s failings front and center, namely the attacks on Ted’s wife and father, reminding any that will listen how vicious the nominated candidate really is.
4) Ted is so dumb that he walked right into a Trump trap. The Trump people had a copy of the Cruz speech ahead of time, they knew Ted was going to weenie out of his pledge so they keyed the faithful in the crowd ahead of time to let him have it, to boo and chase him off the stage. If Trump supporters are anything, they are both faithful and loud, even Heidi had to run for her life.
5)Ted is so duplicitous that he had already made it known that he is running again in 2020, even with a Trump win, a backhanded attempt to freeze his supporters to not support Trump guaranteeing his defeat.

Let’s face it, nobody looks good in all this. We are reminded how vile Trump was in going after Ted’s family, we are reminded what a selfish narcissist Cruz is in making everything about him, and we are reminded what a pussy Kasich is in not even showing up at his own convention.

Pense looked good last night, he is a good man, but will bring little to the table. The Trump kids were terrific. I would like to see Eric enter politics, he is polished and passionate.

Twice this month my wife has asked me if I am going to vote for Trump, my response both times ,”Ask me in November”. I think she will vote for Trump but I am a harder sell. As mentioned before in other posts, I do not need to be reminded how disastrous Hillary will be, but I have little patience for those that say if I sit it out I am voting for Hillary.

My prognostications have changed little, I still think Trump is going to get creamed and I can’t tell you how sick and tired I am at voting for substandard candidates, it sucks. But my vote has to be earned. I get that the whole voting process is viewed like a scale, putting the positives on one side and the negatives on the other and see which side weighs more. Trump is different, his positives and negatives are more layered, less obvious. People say we need him for his SCOTUS picks, do we really know what kind of judges he will put up, and what judges will get confirmed if the GOP looses it’s majority in the Senate? People say we need him to protect the 2nd Amendment, Trump has never revealed himself to be a big gun advocate. People say we need him for his wall, really? You think a wall will get built or 12 million illegals are going to get deported? We need him to fight ISIS and keep us safe, still waiting for the particulars on that.

In closing, a few questions posed;

Is loving your country enough?
Has Trump ever showed the judgement, patience and prudence required for captaining the most powerful country on earth?
Has he ever showed the humility required in surrounding himself with more qualified more knowledgeable people to get the job done, has he ever showed remorse or contrition in making errors of judgment in the past?

I have yet to see any humility, compassion,measured response before acting and a reticence to act emotionally, a true understanding of the dignity of the office. I hope I do see all these things before November.

Should I Join The NRA?

I’m a big advocate for putting your money behind the causes you care about. Different from the charities that that you support some political/social causes need money for advertising to put the word out and rally like minded folks. Not shopping at Target, refusing to give HBO a dime of my money, eating at Chick fil A, whatever I can do without sacrificing too much comfort and convenience, I’m there.

The Second Amendment is the most at risk freedom we have today. That senile old bat Ruth B. Ginsburg, while sullying the good name of the Supreme Court and violating
the basic canons of the judiciary by attacking Trump, she did provide us with the progressive dream target sheet. Number one on that list was overturning Heller, a close second was Citizens United. Her views are simple, the Second Amendment only applies to a “well regulated militia” and not to private citizens. One or two more like minded loons on the bench and we will all be criminals for possessing firearms.

Some of the best commercials of late are those put out by the NRA. The Dana Loesch one from last year was great. They came out with 2 more this week, take a look;

and

Damn!!!

OK, I don’t hunt, I don’t go to the range regularly (haven’t fired a gun since I retired 9 years ago) and I don’t buy new guns on a regular basis. There about 3 handguns in my house, handy if a violent attacker broke in, I am not a big gun user.

But I do understand how basic the Second Amendment is to our history, our heritage and our way of life, and it is a freedom I value even though I do not exercise that right regularly.

I’m thinking of joining the NRA because they need my support and my dollars. No, I probably don’t support all of their ideas. I like background checks and the ability to track bought weapons but I don’t like this freedom rescinded just because you are on some dopey government list. I would like to see these commercials aired on all TV stations at all hours because their message is important. A free T shirt thrown in might seal the deal but I could live with just an assuaged conscience. Any other perks worth noting?

Honor The Heroes, Scorn The Cowards

Just watched “13 Hours” last night, all I can say is ,”DDDDAAAAMMMMNNNN!!!!”

This is one of those movies (Black Hawk Down, another) that every single American should see. Running towards the guns, risking your lives so that others might live, these men must never be forgotten.

Because of the politicized nature of the event (all of this on Obama, BTW, and his bullshit narrative about a spontaneous demonstration over a video) many people will probably think this movie has an agenda, a political agenda, not even remotely so. Questions are asked by those getting theirs asses shot off why help never came, no answers are put forth. But this in no way detracts from the heroic stand these CIA operators made in protecting the lives of the 2 dozen or so trapped CIA officials stuck in the annex.

One complaint {spoiler}, the movie gave scant attention to Glen Doherty , this was an oversight. From all accounts that I have read Doherty was in the thick of it and between him and Tyrone Woods killed over 60 terrorist attackers.

In contrast to the heroes of Benghazi, the Navy just published their report on embarrassing capture of the US sailors by Iran, it does not hold back. What ever could go wrong, did. But this was a catastrophe of their own making. Lousy seamanship, a lackadaisical approach to the mission, dereliction of duty, and as the report stated, “lack of preparedness and warfighting toughness.” The worst part was how they behaved after detection. After surrendering their vessels, they comported themselves poorly (crying in the face of the enemy) and offered up information beyond name, rank, and serial number. Essentially they acted like pussies, and embarrassed the US Navy. Yeah, the customary heads rolled, but what a black eye for the military, we have to do better.

The SEAL Code

• Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate
• Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield
• Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit
• Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates
• Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation
• Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies
• Earn your Trident everyday

Heroes still exist, the military is filled with them.

The Real EU

I have to admit, aside from converting dollars to Euros in my travels across the pond, I never really thought much about the EU. I remembered what a disaster these little alliances created back in 1914, but if European countries want to get together for a common currency and negotiate trade with a collectivist voice, why would I care? But after Brexit, with all the hand wringing, pearl clutching and bed wetting, I figured I better bone up on what all the whining is about. Long story short, no American would ever put up with this kind of alliance, so why do the Europeans? Well, they may not be for long.

First assignment, read up (it’s short) on 7 reasons why the EU really really sucks ass;

Why would anybody in their right mind think this would be a good idea?

the EU has nothing to do with growth, competition, or freedom. The WSJ had probably the best description of this abortion, “An innovation killing superstate obsessed with regulatory harmonization, tax hikes, green energy dogma and anti competitive antitrust enforcement.”

Both Norway and Switzerland have proved it is possible to be a vibrant/prosperous/thriving/secure country within Europe without the threatening nanny state from Brussels. Why can’t the UK do what these 2 much smaller countries have been doing for years?

Yes, it was delicious to see Obama wag his skinny finger at the Brits with threats of ,”Back of the queue for you, losers”, then have them give him another finger, I guess his days of slowing the rise of oceans and healing the planet are over.

The UK is our largest direct foreign investor, it is in our best interest to facilitate their transition, a trade agreement, mutably beneficial to both should be a slam dunk.

As freedom loving practitioners of self determination, we should not be surprised at Brexit, more will follow;

More to follow.

Riding a bike without training wheels is inevitable, not something to fear. For a nation that once bragged that the sun never set on it’s empire, to see this sort of hysteria at this pure play of self government, I can just see the likes of Churchill, Marlboro, Locke, Cromwell, and Thatcher saying ,”Your British for God’s sake, take off that dress and show some balls”.

Brexit, Sounds Good To Me

Big vote tomorrow in the UK.

I’ll start off the post by stating the obvious, independence can be scary. Despite the poling that shows the 2 sides being pretty even, those wanting to stay admit that economics, the fear that their personal finances will suffer, rank as their number one concern. When Scotland faced the independence question in 2014, voters faced similar concerns and in the end those risk averse decided to stay put.

Americans, or at least those that know our history, have a special affinity for the pull towards being independent. To be the captain of your own ship and chart your own course has its appeal, naturally, you sink or swim on your own, no lifeline from the mother country. But we also know the benefits of this responsibility. Great wealth, great adventures, and great fortunes were made by those with the stomach to risk the comfortable for the possible.

The WSJ has had about half a dozen editorials of late penned by Brits who want independence and articulate the reasons why. Having little autonomy concerning your own laws, courts, trade deals and immigration policies does not sound appealing, playing right in to that liberty/security dichotomy that Ben Franklin talked about. Along side these personal pleas for independence, economists also weigh in, describing the global market turmoil that will ensue by those wishing to go their own way. Although these folks are much smarter then I am, markets, if anything, are resilient, Obama’s dreadful economic policies have taught us that.

I have to admit that one (small) reason I hope the Brexit vote passes is to humble our own president, the guy that went over to England and wagged his finger at the voters, threatening to put them at the back of the queue if they dared vote to leave. Much like when he first got in, travelling to the Olympic Committee meeting to lobby Chicago for the games. At that point his sycophants thought he walked on water (no doubt he did too), so him coming home empty handed was satisfying. That, and I think Cameron is a bit of a tool.

Milo thinks they should leave, lending more weight to that side of the scale;

When Stomping Your Feet And Holding Your Breath Does Not Work

Oh, look, the kid’s table is acting up again;

Rebellious Democrats shut down the House’s legislative work on Wednesday, staging a sit-in on the House floor and refusing to leave until they secured a vote on gun control measures. Exasperated Republicans were forced to recess while cutting off cameras that showed the protest.

I guess putting them in “time out” didn’t work

“No bill, no break,” shouted Democrats, who demanded that Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., keep the House in session through its planned weeklong recess next week to debate and vote on gun legislation.

What a spectacle, and on the House floor no less.

Rules, decorum, procedures, when you want something really bad, don’t let those get in your way.

I am reminded of the 100’s of bills the House passed that were DOA on Harry Reid’s desk, never placed before the Senate for a vote. Now this same party is getting some of their own, and they don’t like it one bit.

Ryan said Wednesday that House leaders were “waiting to see what the Senate does before proceeding” on gun legislation, including a possible compromise that Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is seeking.

But, but, we want to vote on it now, why won’t those meany Republicans let us vote on it now.

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Democrats, behaving in ways even their parents wouldn’t put up with.

Grab Bag

Lots of stuff in the news of late but I’m too lazy to put up posts on each so if any of these grabs you, weigh in;

1) Should the Trumpster make his tax returns public? Should Hillary make her Goldman speeches public? Hillary won’t, it would be political suicide, so lets focus on Trump. I would like to see these returns for the obvious reason that it would shed more light (more transparency, wooh-hooh) as to who this man is. The tax loopholes are irrelevant, they all do it, but stuff like charities, what losses he had in business endeavors, what income he gained off shore, what salaries he received (paying himself) for his multiple businesses, all this stuff speaks to the man.

2) The IOC is looking into Russian athletes doping (I know, that whole bear/woods similarity). Does anyone really have any confidence at all that the IOC a) can conduct a thorough transparent investigation on it’s own, and b) have the stones to go where the evidence takes them and ban the whole rusky lot of them if culpability is found?

3) What about that Canadian dufus in Yellowstone that stuck a Bison calf in his SUV because he thought the little guy was cold? What an ignoramus. Turns out they had to euthanize the calf after obtaining human scent and being ostracized from the herd. I guess they don’t have wild animals in Canada. Shit for brains did not read the literature given to him at the park entrance where it warns tourists to leave the animals alone. He got a $100 fine, big deal, I think a $10,000 fine would be more appropriate.

4)Lastly, there is this;

Couple things; I am really sick and tired of people doing bad things and not being held accountable for their actions. That piece of shit preacher did not pull his lawsuit or apologize because he had a Come to Jesus moment, he got caught lying so no mea culpas for him and no sympathy. How fortunate that WF had a video of the cake, what if they didn’t? The suit would have continued and this so called preacher would have extorted serious bank from the company. I want him criminally charged, jail time. And I think WF wimped out in pulling their counter suit. Hoaxes like this happen all the time. They only way to fight it is to make the hoaxers suffer. And on a side note, we know what the Bible says about false prophets, oh to be a fly on the wall when clown preacher has to explain his actions to The Big Guy.

Patton’s Shame

Some memorable lines in George C. Scott’s famous Patton speech is this, “Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. The very thought of losing is hateful”. Thank God Patton is not alive to witness the latest Strong Europe Tank Challenge;

American tank crews have failed to place in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, a competition co-hosted and sponsored by US Army Europe. The three-day event gathered the best NATO crews to compete against each other in a set of armored warfare tests.

The Strong Europe Tank Challenge was jointly hosted from May 10 to 12 by the US Army and the German Bundeswehr at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany. The three-day event involved crews from Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovenia – which each sent platoons of four tanks – and the United States, which sent two platoons of four tanks.

The tank competition appears to be the first of its type to be held by NATO in Europe since 1991, the year the USSR dissolved. Designed to develop armored warfare skills, the tank challenge is also in line with the NATO trend of planning to counter what it calls an “assertive Russia.”

Sounds like a good idea, keeping NATO forces well tuned to counter those shiftless sneaky Russians, and it provides yet another stage whereby the US can demonstrate why we kick ass without taking names………….oops.

The German team took top honors, followed by the Danish tank crew in second. Third place went to Poland. The teams representing the US Army – which sponsored and advertised the event on social media – failed to make the top three.

How in keeping with the pussification of America. Like giving trophies out to all participants, the challenge only listed the top 3 teams. The bottom 3 (diplomacy demanded not naming the worst of the worst) all got a picture of them and their tank placed on the ladies bathroom wall right next to the tampon dispenser.

I hear Trump wants us out of NATO, the bigger question remains, would NATO even care?

SJW………………Not

It really is a crazy world we live in. We have the president touting the legitimacy of the hate group BLM, we have the left bitching about the violent tendencies of the Trumperistas (yet, as witnessed just last week in the Bay Area, the only folks getting beaten are Trump supporters trying to exercise their 1st Amendment rights), and we have that new retched disgusting spawning of fascism known as the Social Justice Warrior. Too bad they are all a contradiction in terms, as witnessed by;

Loud mouthed liberty hating psychopaths would better describe this group. Much like the flowery acronyms hatched by progressive 503(c)(3) corporations that purposely deceive donors, this latest batch of cry babies are not social, pursue injustice, and have no stomach for conflict or legitimate confrontation so they could hardly be called warriors. Resorting to violence, shouting down contrary opinions, shutting down public forums by pulling fire alarms, disrupting events and fomenting agitation, clearly not good manners or accommodating to social harmony. But it does speak to their mindset, that all words and actions must pass muster with their point of view or it is hate speech and must be purged from the public forum. Crowder was right, what a bunch of pussies.

All Gave Some, Some Gave All

On this, tax day 2016, where half the population is grumbling and the other half is saying ,”Thanks for the assistance, suckers”, I thought it appropriate to provide a diversion, something to feel good about while Uncle Sam picks your pockets;

I am re reading American Caesar (I wonder if you New Zealanders know how close you guys came to getting invaded in 1942). There are not many WW2 veterans left. My uncle fought the Japanese with Admiral Halsey. My father in law was in his second year at Stanford when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor. He quit school, flew to Hawaii, and put his engineering background to use raising several of the ships sunk in the attack. Both are dead, and I could tell you exactly what they would think of the current batch of inferiors running for president.