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OK, I just fell off the comity cliff.

Here’s the deal, mocking snowflakes and their safe spaces is good wholesome fun, cathartic, balance rendering, perspective lending, and provides levity in an uncertain world, but the absolutely scary part is that there are people like that out there, pity them, sure, but they do exist. Chicken Littles every one, where hyper-ventilating is the new normal, where everything is a catastrophe, and nothing left to do but sit in their own puddle of tears with their blankey. Exhibit A:

Trump’s election stole my desire to look for a partner
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But two weeks later, the election happened. Once it was clear that Donald Trump would be president instead of Hillary Clinton, I felt sick to my stomach. I wanted to gather my children in bed with me and cling to them like we would if thunder and lightning were raging outside, with winds high enough that they power might go out. The world felt that precarious to me.
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When I told her Trump had won, she protested: “But Mom. You said Hillary was going to win.”

“A lot of people thought the same thing,” I said. I hugged her, a little scared to send her to school, out into the big sky country of the red state where we live.

It would be too easy to attribute this twaddle to the over hyped imagination of a fake news writer and a fake newspaper (The Washington Post would most certainly qualify) but this is real, real for a woman suffering from a mental disorder.

Read the comment section of the article, my post basically writes itself, my favorite comment;

Could you just move to California already you are clearly a pansy in need of a safe space. Montana is not the state for you.

Here is something else that caught my eye;

That urge to cling to my family while keeping our foundation strong didn’t mesh well with continuing to date the man I’d been seeing. He also has a daughter. He, too, had been feeling a lot of the same emotions I was experiencing: hopelessness; fear; uncertainty about the future; panic over having to talk to my 9-year-old about anything that might come up at school, or what to do in the instance of sexual assault. But I couldn’t reach out to him anymore. He was too new, too unfamiliar.

Is this woman really insinuating that with a Trump win comes the likelihood that her 9 year old daughter will now get sexually assaulted?

Some might feel that idiots deserve pity, I say they deserve derision. For a 5 year old, life is more pleasant when never hearing the word “NO”, but aside from creating a monster, who the hell wants to share air with them?

After reading those comments, I suspect this author is now in her bunny rabbit PJ’s, on her comfy couch, with a gallon of mint chip ice cream, watching Real Time, hoping that she will wake up from this bad dream.

Birdbrained

Baring a war with China or a terrorist attack, the next 4 years will be anything but dull. The economy will must assuredly improve,how could it not? And the deficits will go higher,dang, but as I said before, Trump should just pull an Obama ($1.2 Trillion deficit the first year, then reduce it every year from there, some people will then call him fiscally responsible). And it looks like we all got head faked, just when he starts acting presidential, he breaks out his twitter feed and goes all Philistine on someone.

And too bad for us that we get someone as think skinned as Obama, why can’t he let anything slide.

So here’s the question, why is Trump so enraged by that clown Alec Baldwin impersonating him? We have touched on this briefly but he has got to know that his reactions feed the appeal. Baldwin, a has been actor who has anger issues, his career just got transformed because Trump can’t get off twitter.

First some SNL history, this was where it all started;


This was Chevy Chase doing Gerald Ford, and this was when SNL had real comedians who were actually funny. Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd, Curtain, Radner (Emily Litella was so awesome)Newman, Morris, young hungry actors plying their trades to get noticed. All Baldwin is known for lately is assaulting the paparazzi. But now that Trump took the bait, instant career boost.

I have to admit, some of these Trump skits are funny;

I can’t say that there are not folks out there, the uninformed voter who watches the late shows, Comedy Central or John Oliver, who can’t tell the difference between comedic satire and reality, and yeah, I get that with Trump sometimes the difference is razor thin. But as president, he has to ignore this and stay the course.

Maybe if he was more versed in history he would not get so upset. The political cartoon portraying Lincoln as a chimp, the names they called Jefferson, Adams, Jackson, this SNL stuff is minor league.

You know his handlers are telling him to knock it off (politely) but Trump probably views this as some sort of unfiltered bully pulpit, it’s only going to get worse.

Quit It, I’m Getting All Weepy

Many things on my plate of late worth blogging about;

Trump calling the president of Taiwan, and all hell breaks lose.

The latest jobs report came out, 95 Million out of the work force, put a happy face on that.

Hillary has now teamed up with Jill Stein in questioning the election results. Remember when the hair on fire MSM predicted the end of civilization because Trump dared to say he might not buy off on the election results? Joe has some comments on that;

And, I guess nobody loves the OWS hippies. Turning sacred Indian lands into a Zuccotti Park West, trashing the place, eating their food, what’s next, sexual assault inside a tepee?

I also had a post planned about the Alt Left movement, but that fell to pieces because unlike the right where some fringe (What, 250 folks at that white power rally in DC last week, and 50 reporters showed up, some movement)exists in the periphery ,the majority of the left is “alt”, hence their “stay the course” strategy, hitching their wagons to Pelosi and Ellison. I guess Farrakhan turned down the gig because it did not come with a dental plan.

But since this is probably going to be my last post on the blog, something more conciliatory was in order.

The fat lady isn’t singing and in the year of Trump anything is possible, so the internal optimist in me is hopeful that the governor may still call with a stay of sentence.

If not, I just want to say that I am going to miss you guys.

Over the last year I tired to get involved in a few of the blogs that I visit, with I thought, a different perspective on the prevailing [mob like] sentiment. One had to do with Trump where I attempted to temper those Trump zealots this some caution, that yeah, he is not Hillary, but his positions were sure similar in many areas, and exactly how he would govern, nobody knew. The other had to do with a police shooting ( a bad shoot) where the attitude was the perp got what he deserved. Well, lets just say it did not go well, intractability infects both sides of the aisle, and I felt like a pinata. So I always came back here.

Some recognition for our foreign readers is due. Getting perspectives from outside our borders has been valuable. Being an American lends it’s self to certain level of ethnocentrism, I admit it. We have always fostered an attitude of manifest destiny with our ideals, maybe that had something to do with the influence that we have had over the years. Yeah, I get real tired of imperialist crap that is routinely placed at our doorstep and echo the call that no nation on earth, like ever, has done more good in the world, saved more lives, planted democracy, and bettered the financial and civil lives of millions. But, along with that attitude comes a level of arrogance. Humility is preferable so I always welcomed the opinions of all of our foreign readers, a stabilizing effect, that’s for sure.

To those readers that left us; manwhore (the only member I ever met in person), thrill and dwex (fellow authors over at the VO), mook, extrov, missippi yankee, seatle, zoom, rann, harley, kimpost, section 8, histed_ed, salanger, miguelito, pfluffy, balthazar, dave d, and those that I forgot (getting old is a bitch), it has been fun. Never hold an opinion so tight that it can not be challenged or changed by a better argument, a lesson I learned here often.

To my fellow authors, we did the best we could. I respect both you guys, immensely. The power to persuade comes with a responsibility, you guys held up your end in spades.

An invitation is extended to all; If you guys ever find yourself in the Bay Area (SF is still one of the top tourist attractions) shoot me an email and I will buy you a beer, and not one of those sissy beers they drink on the east coast.

Lastly, we are all in this together. A financially stable, ethically moored, strong America is in everyone’s best interest. I will pray for Trump, that he demonstrates wisdom, humility and compassion, that he shows fidelity to the Constitution, and that he provides a business environment where all boats are lifted. God has blessed this great nation of ours, lets keep it going.

Right Distortion

As mentioned in an earlier comment this week addressed to Cress, it bugs me when right leaning blogs take a tidbit from a statement by the opposition and runs with it to the point of absurdity. Yes, usually in the body of the piece clarification is provided as well as context, but even then, a slant exists that spins the intent beyond reason. Allowances are implied, he (she) has done/said this kind of nonsense before so naturally our spidey sense tingles and the natural progression of this is ,”There he goes again”. But really, this is lazy journalism, especially when the filters are put down and statement is evaluated with attention to meaning.

Obama did an interview with Rolling Stone which came out 2 days ago, here it is. As smart as Obama is, he gets the implications of a Trump win, the total repudiation of his policies, and the damage that will ultimately ensue to his legacy, clearly a bitter pill to swallow. I was never a “He hates America” convert, but I was a “He is doing great damage to the country I love and needs to be removed” convert. And for the smartest guy in the room, rejection has to be killer.

The section of his interview I wanted to dwell on is this;

And part of the challenge, though, that we do have, and this is something that I’ve been chewing on for a while now, is that there is a cohort of working-class white voters that voted for me in sizable numbers, but that we’ve had trouble getting to vote for Democrats in midterm elections. In this election, [they] turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments. That part of the critique of the Democratic Party is accurate. We spend a lot of time focused on international policy and national policy and less time being on the ground. And when we’re on the ground, we do well. This is why I won Iowa.

Having stupidly gone to war with Foxnews in the past, a natural reaction would be to parse out more Foxnews hatred and focus only on that, hence we have stuff like this;

He (briefly) acknowledged that Democrats did not effectively campaign in enough working class environments. Yet, he then quickly blamed the defeat on one of his favorite targets: Fox News.

Forgetting the word “part” which means a portion, headling ,”Obama blames Fownews for defeat” will grab clicks from those expecting pettiness from the president, no doubt about it.

Personally, I think Obama’s assessment is not only accurate but honest. Unlike Romney, who tagged Trump supporters as suckers, Obama understands that many of these white middle class voters supported Obama (twice) but did not support Hillary, and the fault lies with the Democrats. They dropped the ball, took many of these voters for granted and did not do the leg work the out reach that Obama did.

Now the Foxnews part, Obama is right on this as well, but probably does not understand the why. Restaurant and bar owners have Foxnews on because that is what the customers want. No secret ploy perpetrated to proselytize chicken wing eaters, you don’t alienate your clientele, keep them happy and they come back. A smarter candidate would realize this, but Hillary was too scared. Whether it be feeling that she was entitled or a total disregard for her competition ( a natural reaction, to be sure) she did not do any hard interviews or go on Foxnews to reach the other side. Trump was everywhere, all networks, anyone with a microphone and an audience, he was there. But Hillary holed up, did no interviews no press conferences, counted her victory before it happened and dissed the very voters she needed,this is all on her.

A word about Obama’s legacy. It is hard to feel sorry for a guy that is set for life financially, will constantly feed his ego with public appearances, all paid, and will, like Carter, spend the rest of his life re writing history making his legacy less stinky than it really was. Obama can always say that his heart was in the right place, wanting healthcare for the downtrodden, giving minorities more of a voice, being a compassionate open border guy and getting us out of needless wars (oops, that didn’t happen). He followed the progressive model page by page, believing it’s inherent goodness, while ignoring the realities of its failures. Much of his legacy will be dismantled, but its of his own making considering the nefarious method, using executive orders and executive memoranda to write law, something the executive branch was not designed to do, and sneakily doing an end run around congress. Another one of his failures, the guy who thought he could convince, sway, persuade anyone to his side of an argument could never work within the system and get Congress to do much of what he wanted.

Crime Sheet

2 rather important murder trials are now under way, both involve race, and with both, the outcomes are fairly certain. Dylan Roof gunning down 9 church goers, and Michael Slager, a Charleston police officer who shot a fleeing man in the back 8 times, both shooters are white and all victims are black.

The easy one first. Dylan seems like a troubled youth with a bucket load of mental problems, but the judge not only found him competent to stand trial but allowed Dylan to represent himself during the trial. What bothers me is that Dylan offered to plead guilty to murder and accept life without the possibility of parole in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table. A reasonable offer and one that the prosecution should have embraced. But here’s the rub, with white shooter/black victims, the racial component must take center stage, so countless millions (the cost from trial, through appeals, up to the actual injection, if it ever happens)will be wasted for what will be little more than a show trial. Getting back to my disgust for the very concept of hate crimes, where one person’s hide is more valuable and must exact a higher price than anothers, a sentence consistent with justice must now jump over another hurdle, artificially placed based on nothing more than the color of skin. If roles were reversed any prosecutor worth dick would take the life deal in a second, then go out for pizza.

Now on to Slager. There is both dash cam footage and private party cell phone video of the actual shooting. First off, why do rookie cops (5 years on the job, he should have known better) feel compelled to give foot chase on something as low level as a fix ticket infraction? We aren’t talking about a mass murder fleeing the scene who will most likely continue his killing ways, or even a bank robber fleeing with a sack full money, Slager knew who this guy was, he had his ID, knew he was unarmed, knew he had done nothing except drive with a busted taillight, knew he would pose no danger to any passerby’s, yet, he still felt it necessary to give chase on foot, lamebrain. A better course of action, impound the car (while inventorying the contents for any illegal contraband), then send him his ticket in the mail and go get them donuts while they are hot.

As far as the charge, yes, Slager needs to do prison time. There is no excuse, none, zilch, nada for shooting anybody in the back. Slager testified that he was afraid of Scott, how so? Scott was running away from him, had nothing in his hands, no history of violence against cops, no justification whatsoever existed for the application of lethal force. There probably was a scuffle (another reason you don’t foot pursue unless you absolutely have to) but the scuffle was over, Slager was in no danger and what we see is Scott retreating. I’m OK with manslaughter as long as he gets a serious sentence. Oh, and 8 shots? no marksmanship badge for you.

Quadrupling Down On The Stupid

What’s that old Napoleon adage ,”Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake”? I guess we can add the Einstein definition of insanity;

House Democrats re-elected Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday to lead them through the next two years of the incoming Trump administration, as the San Francisco Democrat fended off a challenge from Ohio’s Tim Ryan.

Ms “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” has led the democrats to 4 straight defeats in elections to control The House, this last one a blood bath so massive as to make Quentin Tarantino upchuck his breakfast. The logical response would be reflection, re calibration, a change of direction in course, nope, they are going to do the same thing over (times 4) and expect a different result.

But it’s worse than that. Mustering up some token resistance, they manage to find a Pelosi lite, some guy nobody heard of from the Midwest, a guy that has almost an identical voting record as Pelosi (Obamacare, check, stimulus, check, cap and trade, check, voting down the Keystone XL pipeline, check check). Missing the point as usual with these guys, geographical diversity is the goal, not ideological. So, they want the SF liberal back, fine by me. Improving the economy or the lives of average Americans will always take a back seat to Which Lives Matter Right Now.

It looks like democrats like their “swampy” environs just fine. Re-centralize the power, as if it wasn’t centralized already. The old way, reward loyalty with campaign cash and committee chairs, and punish those that do not fall in line, Tammany Hall politics at it’s finest.

I’m With Kellyanne

I must admit, seeing Romney interviewed for a position in the Trump Administration, let alone the very superlative position of Sec. of State, I was flummoxed. Mending fences, all good, a cabinet of adversaries ala Lincoln, OK, I can get behind that, but Romney, seriously? Considering all the bad things Romney said while Trump was running, this was really an exercise in mollifying the inner party opposition. And because of the “out of left field” nature of the pick, it took me a while to wrap my head around it. OK, wrap concluded, I don’t like it.

Not only is it abrasive to the base;

But internally, given the support our resident lefty’s have given Romney (clearly a direct violation of my “the level of their howling is directly proportional to my level of support” premise), more reflection was needed.

Yes, I was pretty hard on Trump as well, and he deserved every bit of derision he got by doing and saying dopey things. But even my harsh critiques did not reach the level of animus that was displayed by Romney. Another distinction, I am a private citizen targeting a very narrow audience.

Personally, consistent with everything I know about Trump (or at least what he has displayed publicly) Romney was never ever going to be seriously considered. If there is one thing (of which there are many) both Obama and Trump have in common, it is the petulant, petty, and vindictive nature for pay back.

My preference for Sec. of State is David Petraus, and he is getting his chance to lobby for the position today.

Not only does Petrause have the resume, but his ideology is more in line with the PEOTUS.

Another consideration, more subliminal, is the “Fuck You” factor. Along the same line of revoking every single Obama executive order and executive memoranda on day one, hiring military men who butted heads with Obama has it’s own level of satisfaction. Petraeus, Flynn, Mattis, get them on board immediately.

Thanks, Adam Smith

The 2 prevailing themes of my Thanksgiving Day posts have to do with the capitalistic/private property hankerings of out fore fathers, and the bounty that God has bestowed upon this great nations of ours. Giving thanks for what we have, a direct product of the entrepreneurial spirit formulated in our early years, and sharing this bounty with our neighbors, an American tradition going back to George Washington;

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

I found this Prager U. video last week that encapsulates perfectly that palm/forehead marriage as experienced by the pilgrims;

And, as they say, the rest is history.

Happy Thanksgiving to all, may your day be blessed with good food and the comfort of a loving family. And if the need strikes, float some bucks to those worthy charities that feed the less fortunate.

Deuteronomy 15:10-11 Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do. There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.

“Bubble” Heads

Tough times for college kids, that’s for sure. Where the campus provides sanctuary, like minded (rigidly so) folks commiserating and comforting each other, outside their bubbled life, real diversity exits, different political points of view, hide the children.

I’m sympathetic, really. Only having one president for most of their lives, a rock star at that with amazing sea wave rolling abilities, to have their entire universe change like that, very frightening. And no one around to lend perspective, certainly not their teachers, who are more vexed than they are, more panicked, and equally discombobulated.

But, help is on the way;

Colleges across the country are preparing students for encounters with relatives who might hold different opinions as they depart from their academic bubbles for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Case Western Reserve University even notes that “away from the university, our families and friends often talk about issues differently than what we experience in our on-campus discussions.”
Most schools simply suggest avoiding political discussions altogether, assuming that students traumatized by Trump’s election will be at odds with family members.

Good advice. Once a preconceived idea, no matter how hasty it was arrived at, is formulated, allowing for alternate views only scrambles the brain. And the anxiety, if cherished, lovingly held opinions are challenged, doubts arise. And if this is questioned, what about all the others things your professors taught you? The balance is shifted, the earth tilts, and chaos ensues. No, we need order, better to just hold tight to the prevailing nonsense believed and wear your music headphones to the dinner table.

Or, just accept the fact that your family members are racist bigoted homophobes who hates Muslims, no muss no fuss.

Yes And No

News came out this morning that Trump will not prosecute Hillary, for anything;

(CNN)During the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, would join crowds of his supporters in chants of “lock her up!” and said to her face during a debate that if he were president, “you’d be in jail.”

But now that he actually will be president, Trump says he won’t recommend prosecution of Clinton, who he told New York Times reporters has “suffered greatly.”
What’s more, he said the idea of prosecuting Clinton is “just not something I feel very strongly about.”

Kelly Ann Conway talked more about this morning on Morning Joe;

Before we talk about Hillary, some constants were re enforced about the MSM; first, they are lairs, and second, they have no honor. An off the record meeting means you don’t write about what happened or what was said, and yet they did. As mentioned in my piece yesterday, Trump has the full measure of the MSM, has no allusions about how he will be treated.

Some supporters are not happy with his decision not to go after Hillary since this was one of his campaign promises (get used to it, there will be quite a few broken promises).

The other day I was toying with a post about exactly this. my positions was thus; leave her be with regard to her emails and her server, but keep the 4 or 5 separate investigations going with regard to the foundation.

After the election Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, reported that it was still full speed ahead Re: Hillary’s emails;

“It would be totally remiss of us to dismiss [the email investigation] because she’s not going to be president,” Chaffetz said of the defeated Democratic nominee.

“I still have a duty and obligation to get to the truth about one of the largest breaches of security at the State Department,” he said. “Tens of thousands of documents still have not been turned over to Congress.”

Now, that is off the table, as it should be. No doubt other Republicans think differently on this, that a breach is a breach, nobody is above the law, the duty to go where the evidence leads is not abrogated by the result of the election. And there is zero doubt in my mind that if the roles were reversed, no quarter would be given, compunction would override protocol and the investigation would continue.

I believe that a president must be magnanimous, compassionate, and have the good of the country as paramount to his judgement. Since he does represent all of the people, an incoming president can never do wrong by being judicious, and starting off showing superlative character and forgiveness can pay dividends down the road.

But the foundation is an entirely different animal. This was a family affair, leveraged even beyond the influences of the Sec. of State. Dubious accommodations were made out side her governmental role, between the foundation and her role as probable next president.

All this seems academic since it appears Trump put the kabosh on all Clinton investigations.

Fine, one last distraction.