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A Hit, A Miss, And As Opportunity Squandered

Last night I re watched The Adjustment Bureau ( no Olympics and just pre season football, what else am I going to do?) A smart romantic thriller, highly recommended, and in typical Hollywood style, never misses a chance to portray Democrats as principled, hip, compassionate, and ideally suited to run the country. This would be Senator (soon to be president if he just follows the plan) is seen schmoozing with the likes of John Stewart, Jesse Jackson, Hillary Clinton, and John Podesta. Between Hollywood, the MSM, and academia, all shaping (manipulating) the young minds of the low information voter, the GOP has no chance.

Subtle persuasions like this works, but sometimes they go full shark jumping and get it horrible wrong, hence their latest foray into the demise of the Second Amendment;

My guess, not a single ticket sold in Texas for this dopey movie, maybe California or New York, but Texas?

Some obvious contractions. Women like a) their guns, and b) sex as much as the guys. Hell, every married man knows that its usually the wife pestering about sex, we just want to be left alone on Monday night, accompanied by a well stocks fridge {Neanderthal here, raising hand}. The other fallacy, in Texas kids learn how to field strip and shoot guns way before they learn how to ride a bike. No kid is going to bring that estrogen screaming sissy handgun to school, then accidentally have it go off. That family would have to move immediately, out of shame.

Not all ideas coming out of Hollywood are bad. Now here is something with potential, then you read this at the bottom and realize you have been punked;

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It wasn’t really original anyway;

Still, the mind wanders.

Some Final Lochte Thoughts

The basically whole lot of nothing scandal is over, so now NBC doesn’t have to waste anymore air time on those bad boy Americans and can now just loop Usain Bolt clips over and over and over again like they have been doing all week. Re: the robbery and the aftermath (I am still calling it a robbery because it had all the elements of a robbery) I think the way it was handled was just terrible. More on that in a moment but first I want to spend a few moments trashing NBC. I know that they spent a boatload of dough getting the rights to broadcast and I know ratings are way down (look at all the empty seats in the venues)but after the first few days I can’t watch it anymore as aired. I tape the broadcasts, then blow through all the commercials and fluff, leaving me about 40 minutes worth of actual watchable content out of the 4 hours aired each night. The typical pattern is thus; let Bob Costas bluster for a few minutes, show about 2 minutes of actual competition, go to about 5 minutes worth of commercials, then come back with the 6000th airing of Usian Bolt winning a medal. This pattern has not varied. I have read many complaints about NBC touching all these bases. I can’t really say their avarice has cost them my viewership since I never watch them in the first place.

Now that we have believable testimony on what actually transpired that night, I am outraged at how our guys were treated. I watched that Rio press conference and I did not believe very much of what was said, mainly because of the source. All those stories you read about corrupt Mexican cops, the same stories are told about the Rio police.The whole press conference revolved around what the officials said the swimmers supposedly (?) told them. There was no audio from any of the cameras and large gaps where we don’t know what happened at all. I wanted to hear what the swimmers said away from the threat of sitting in a stank filled jail cell. Now we know.

Let’s look at some of the inconsistencies;

The press conference said there was only one security guard (off duty Rio police officer), now we know there were 2. They said a bathroom mirror was trashed but Bentz said it was an outside metal wall frame. They said the guard was there to insure that the swimmers did not leave and waited for the police, yet as soon as the guards took their money, the swimmers were released. Factor in the language barrier (how did the swimmers know they worked for the gas station, did they work for the gas station or were they just off duty cops looking to take off some Americans, did they tell the swimmers to wait for the police, what happened during those camera laps?)

No doubt once released they just wanted to get back to their rooms and forget about the whole affair. And if not for Lochte’s big mouth the next day, talking to a reporter about the incident, that would have been the end of it. No police report was filed, the police only heard about it through social media. Yet, they got a judge to issue an arrest order to pull 2 of the swimmers off of their flight to go home, talk about judicial overreach (where was our State Dept. in all this and why didn’t they file a formal protest and demand an apology for this gross act of overreach?) The police had no right to either take them off the plane or detain them in any manner, all on the word of some drunken swimmer talking to a reporter?

Back to the robbery angle. We don’t know what was actually said (or implied since there was a language barrier) at the gas station. 2 guys approached them with badges and pointed guns demanding money (not a specific amount, mind you, to pay for any damages, no, they wanted whatever the swimmers had in their wallets), then when the money was paid the swimmers were allowed to leave. No reporter at the press conference pushed this issue, if the guns were drawn to make sure the swimmers did not leave until the cops arrived, why were they allowed to leave once money changed hands?

Even though most of what Lochte said could be true, the MSM back home has just crucified him, lying Lochte. You would think he sodomized a local alter boy, for everything that has been written about him. He certainly should shoulder much of the blame, acting like a douche at the gas station then yammering about it the next day, but as usual with these sort of events, there is enough blame to go around for both sides.

Not only were the other 3 swimmers illegally detained (who knows what went on in that interrogation room, and no doubt our State Dept. has contacted all of them with warnings to not say anything to the press detrimental to harmonious Brazil/American relations, e.g. if they threatened you or coerced you into saying something against your will, keep it to yourself), but one of them had to pay 11 grand just to leave the country. Yep, just like the Mexican cops.

Thank God no underage hookers were filmed spilling out of that taxi at the gas station. And Lochte will be hurt financially for this little bit of indiscretion re: endorsements but the Rio cops could have handled this much better. A simple statement of ,”We are not aware of any robbery that took place at that gas station that night. Until the American swimmers contact us to make a formal report, no action on our part is required. We do not act on social media reports, thank you”. That would have worked just fine.

Rio

For anyone watching the Olympics, you can put up your comments here

Having watched the Olympics since 1968 (probably the only one here that watched live the Tommy Smith/John Carlos black power salute during their medal ceremony),and attending several events live during the 1984 LA games, I was pretty apathetic about the Rio games. The blatant cheating by the Russian team (and those pussies at the IOC that did not ban the whole lot of them), the deplorable venue (what, Beirut or Aleppo was booked?) the out of control crime, the pollution, nonfunctional mass transit, housing not finished, I could smell a disaster in the making. I didn’t even watch the opening ceremonies. But it did not take long to get back into it.

Some things I wanted before the games started;

The Williams sisters to win big in tennis
The men’s and women’s basketball team to sweep, again
The women’s soccer team to repeat (is it pervy to fantacise about half the team in a shared hot tub?)
Michael Phelps to win one more gold
The USA swimming team clobbering the Aussies (their biggest rivals) just like London
Katie Lydecky breaking world records like they were nothing
Kerry Walsh winning another gold in beach volleyball
The Russians to fall flat on their face, in everything
The USA gymnastics team to not embarrass themselves
And for the USA to be the medal leader (what can I say, I’m a homer)

The security is massive, so hopefully (from my keyboard to God’s ears) no terrorists shenanigans.

Except for the men’s Brazilian soccer team getting shut out,twice, no big surprises so far. I always like the host nation to win some in the Olympics so anytime a Brazilian is competing against a non American, I will root for him.

Physician, Heal Thyself

OK, physician’s assistant, but still, this is just too delicious for words;

A California Democrat on Wednesday launched a change.org petition calling for Donald Trump to a undergo mental health evaluation.

Rep. Karen Bass, who was a physician assistant and a clinical instructor prior to her political career, said the Republican presidential nominee may have narcissistic personality disorder, which could severely influence his actions as commander in chief.

Figures she would be from California, they get particularly delusional here on the West Coast. So if they get enough names on their dopey petition he is supposed to commit himself for a mental examination? Makes sense to me.

Here is the best part;

In her petition, Bass laid out the nine symptoms of NPD, which are a grandiose sense of self-importance, a preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, a belief that he or she is special and can only be understood by others with a similar status, a requirement of excessive admiration, a sense of entitlement, interpersonal exploitation, lack of empathy, envy of others and arrogant or haughty behavior.

Be honest, is there anyone here, anyone at all, that did not immediately think of our current president while reading this laundry list of NPD symptoms? No doubt in newer textbooks, when describing this malady, Obama’s face is predominantly displayed as a classic case. Where was this woman 8 years ago?

The left, they never fail to provide comedic relief.

A Pox On Both Their Houses

One constant consistently rings clear in this election cycle, whatever happens that appears newsworthy, nobody will a) take the high road, or b) will look good in the process. The latest example Trump vs. Khan cage match, a whole lot of nothing with both parties (and Clinton by proxy) ending up smelling like 3 day old fish.

First off a disclaimer, I watched none of DNC convention, like you really thought I would. The riots outside, the miles and miles of fencing to keep the animals away, the predominant barrier wall around the podium, the unruly agitators of the Bernie brigade, all made for fun reading after the fact. The only real interest I had would be to see if Hillary collapsed while walking up the 5 steps to the podium and what god awful couch like dead animal imitation pantsuit she would wear.

I read about the Khizr Khan speech, or course I smelled a rat. Knowing that Muslim deaths account for something like .02 percent of all military fatalities, it was crystal clear the angle those DNCer’s were going for, more nonsense about Trump’s anti-Muslim bigotry, yawn. Nice touch him waving his pocket Constitution around, too bad he does not believe a word of it, more on that in a bit. But this was clearly theater, and on a better more disciplined candidate, it would have been water off a duck’s back. But when you are Trump, anything can send you into anger induced twitter war.

The DNC threw out some junk, Trump bit on it, and they both suck for it.

Further review of this Khan guy revealed much;

Khizr Khan, the Muslim Gold Star father that the mainstream media and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been using to criticize Donald J. Trump, has deep ties to the government of Saudi Arabia—and to international Islamist investors through his own law firm. In addition to those ties to the wealthy Islamist nation, Khan also has ties to controversial immigration programs that wealthy foreigners can use to essentially buy their way into the United States—and has deep ties to the “Clinton Cash” narrative through the Clinton Foundation.

Not a big problem, many folks are beholding to the Clintons, deeply mired in their pay of play games. Naturally Khan likes his rice bowl, and does not want it messed with, which is exactly what would happen if Trump is to be believed with his stance on overhauling immigration standards. OK, so Khan is a Hillary cheerleader as well, nothing wrong with that. But that whole Constitution waiving thing, what was up with that? Turns out it was just a prop. According to him, the Constitution is for suckers;

“The Shari’ah-was completed during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammed, in the Quran and Sunnah. This brings up an important fact which is generally overlooked, that the invariable and basic rules of Islamic Law are only those prescribed in the Shari’ah (Quran and Sunnah), which are few and limited,” Khan continues to write. “All other juridical works which have been written during more than thirteen centuries are very rich and indispensable, but they must always be subordinated to the Shari’ah and open to reconsideration by all Muslims.”

Oh, and this gem;

“to Muslims, the Quran being the very word of God, it is the absolute authority from which springs the very conception of legality and every legal obligation.”

Clearly a plant and a dupe, all this could have been ignored, dismissed for what it was, but nope, The Donald is not that smart. Never one to allow a perceived insult to go unpunished he has to marginalize their suffering and even go after the wife, will he ever learn?

This even reflects poorly on Manafort. Khan’s speech got huge reviews, Trump has handlers for this.In a matter of minutes a Lexus-Nexus search could have provided enough ammo to counter, that is what he is for, to keep his boss out of trouble. Is there a more impossible thankless job out there than trying to keep Trump out of trouble?

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;