Category: Deep Thoughts

Yeah, it isn’t about making sure he doesn’t succeed even if doing that is bad for America

Democrats loyal to former President Barack Obama are waging a behind-the-scenes effort to undermine President Donald Trump’s national security team by blocking key appointees, according to multiple sources familiar with the outgoing administration’s efforts.

The centerpiece of this obstruction is the recent refusal by Senate Democrats to quickly confirm incoming CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Democratic leaders—including Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), and Patrick Leahy (Vt.)—postponed Pompeo’s confirmation, claiming they need more time to debate the pick, which is widely supported by a majority of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The decision to stall Pompeo’s vote, a move that will leave the critical post of CIA director vacant as Trump takes office, is part of a wider effort by the outgoing administration and its allies to hamstring Trump on the national security front, according to multiple sources, including those close to the Trump administration.

Gen. Michael Hayden, a former CIA director who served under former Presidents George W. Bush and Obama, told the Washington Free Beacon that he is “puzzled by the objections recently raised” by Senate Democrats.

“It’s hell being the political football,” Hayden said Saturday afternoon, ahead of a visit by both Trump and Pompeo to the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.

Democrats cited Hayden’s role under Bush and Obama as a precedent for Pompeo’s holdup.

“Just as Director Hayden served as a bridge between the Bush and Obama presidencies eight years ago, Director [John] Brennan could play the same role for the incoming and outgoing administrations, if the President is willing to keep him on,” Matt House, a Schumer spokesman, said in a recent press statement.

Democrats opposing Pompeo have expressed concerns about his desire to combat terrorism by boosting the collection of personal data in the United States. They also have raised concerns about Pompeo’s stance on enhanced interrogation techniques.

Hayden dismissed these concerns, saying Democratic talking points on the matter are unconvincing.

“With regard to interrogations and surveillance, Congressman Pompeo said that he would follow the law. If his intelligence professionals advised him that current law denied him intelligence opportunities that would be otherwise available, he would so advise the Congress so that they could discuss and debate whether changes in the law might be indicated,” Hayden said. “That is the essence of a professional carrying out his duty within the American political context.”

There is nothing abnormal about Pompeo’s desire to potentially strengthen the interrogation techniques available to the U.S. military, Hayden said.

I love the fact that all it took for democrats to suddenly feel spying on Americans was a bad thing that we shouldn’t be doing was for a republican to be elected! Maybe they should also ask him what his take is on drone striking as many people as possible, including Americans citizens, without due process. Cause if he is against that he certainly is taking a radical turn away from the way the Obama administration did things.

Note that I am all OK with drone striking non-Americans without any due process. Enemy combatants are enemy combatants, and while collateral damage sucks, people that hide behind human shields and then use that to play martyrs, need to be denied that benefit. But not American citizens. And Obama smoked a few of those and claimed he had the authority to just do whatever he wanted.

My point is that changing the letter next to the president’s name sure as hell made the left all righteous and concerned about abuse again for some reason…..

Trump’s First!

The Senate today voted 98-1 to confirm Mattis as Trump’s Sec Def:

The Senate easily confirmed retired Gen. James Mattis to be the next defense secretary on Friday, shortly after President Trump took the oath of office, making Mattis the first confirmed member of the new Cabinet.

Mattis’ nomination to be the Pentagon’s top civilian easily passed the Senate in a 98-1 vote. The only “no” vote came from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is Trump’s nominee for attorney general, didn’t vote.

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved his nomination this week in a 26-1 vote in which Gillibrand was again the only opposition.

Gildebrant opposed the Mattis nomination under the pretense that a civilian should run the military, and she is correct: that civilian is the POTUS. Methinks however that Gildebrant had ulterior motives she hid behind a veneer of concern. From the article:

Gillibrand is a vocal member of the Armed Services Committee and has spent years crusading against the Pentagon’s policies on sexual assault in the military. Gillibrand has repeatedly and unsuccessfully introduced bills to reform the way the U.S. military handles sexual assault, in the face of objections from the Pentagon.

Mattis has been vocal about the damage done under the Obama administration that turned the military from an organization that was staffed by warriors into one staffed by social justice warriors, and his intent to change that crap. The military, contrary to the belief and agenda from the left, is the one organization that has no room for social engineering of any kind that doesn’t make its members more lethal and effective at killing and blowing up shit. That’s what war is. Or at least that is what people that want to win wars do.

After WWII, the western world over time forgot what militaries are for. I read an interesting book once that claimed this was an unavoidable consequence of the nuclear age, but I think while that did make leaders more cautious about going to war (a great thing), what really did the most damage is the move to sanitize warfare. War was, and always, will be – if you want to win – about breaking the enemy and most importantly, the enemy’s will to fight. The stupid quote that force never settled anything was coined by idiots. History is replete with examples where force settled everything. Ask the Carthaginians, the Mongols, the Armenians, the Jews, or Osama bin Laden, what their take on that is. WWII was the last war where the western world had people that fought to win. There were no innocent bystanders, and both sides bombed the living shit out of civilians.

War historically was, and is supposed to be a ugly and nasty thing to be avoided at all cost. Sanitized warfare has only resulted in a lot more and perpetual conflicts, where because the deaths happen in smaller numbers that oft does nothing but cause people to talk, has confounded many into seeing it is as a superior way of doing things. It is not. There is never any finality, and the decision to go to war has become far easier to make because the people involved always convince themselves they can keep casualties down and fight it all nice and clean like a video game. Eventually those playing the video game will end up fighting those that fight for keeps and care little for civility, and that’s when the shit hits the fan. The barbarians have always stormed the gates when those that thought civilization made war a bad idea, and nothing was worth defending, lost their bearings, and it was never good when it happened for anyone (often including the barbarians).

Anyway, this was not supposed to be a post about war itself, but about turning the military into a social engineering experiment. If they made all players plat by the same rules, at least the results would have chance of being beneficial, but what has been happening to the military – because SJW types have demanded reality and human nature subside to their ideological beliefs – has been detrimental to the survival of this country and the western world. Mattis reversing some of the idiocy of the last 5 decades, but especially the last 8 years, is a welcome thing. Gildebrant, and people like her whom want reality to bend to what they want it to be, can go do her social engineering elsewhere.

UPDATE: And his second.

UPDATE PLUS 1: Well done, sir.

Yeah, I am rubbing it in..

The other day, on one of the many threads that degenerate into people flinging poo and hoping it sticks to the wall about Trump, I made the argument that some of the people I had talked to admitted that the major reason the left is so unhinged about Trump was tied to an abject fear that after decades of abysmal and compounded failures of the implementation of a slew of progressive ideas, and the horrible turn of the last 8 years in particular, that Trump would swoop in, and be successful. Of course, the usual crowd immediately attacked me for this, pointing out that I needed to find different liberals to talk to. Some even went so far as to imply that maybe I was just making shit up. bear with me as I set this up.

Then again, I clearly remember how the left was eager to see Reagan implement his ideas, back when he won in the early eighties, expecting them to crash and burn. At the time convention was that piss poor economic performance – the stuff that later came to be known as the carter malaise – was a given. All because big government and central planning – by the ascending club of douchebag credentialed elites that went on to run western democracies today – was the only way to go forward. these smug know-it-alls where certain that the Keynesianism and massive government expansion & control were the only thing that would work, only to freak out when Reagan’s changes resulted in a huge boom and unprecedented growth. Of course, the democrat controlled congress reacted to that boom by desperately trying to control the messaging and by sending twice what they collected out of the booming economy. Reagan was forced to go along with that so he could both get his military build up (which is what spelled the demise of the USSR) and the things he knew would spur and keep continued growth.

The left learned a huge lesson from that mistake: allowing something other than their idiotic ideas to be implemented was a recipe for disaster. After Reagan, no one would ever be allowed to challenge the standard lefty dogma unopposed. The taxpayers being fleeced, and the American people in general, be damned. And they thought they had won that battle with Obama and the narrative from the DNC operatives with bylines that spent 8 years telling us we were in a great economy, one that was always just around the corner from taking off like a bat out of hell because of the genius of the credentialed elite in charge. Mountains of money were thrown at problems those elites told us they knew how to solve. When it didn’t happen, they blamed everyone else for the failures but their stupid ideas. Heck, we even had people that argued that the reason these idiotic half-baked ideas did not pan out was that not enough money had been funneled to democrat special interest, friends, operatives, and campaign coffers! And they thought enough people were lapping the shit up that despite the abysmal reality one of the most crooked and opportunistic people would end up elected to carry on that legacy. But then reality kicked them in the teeth.

As soon as Trump won, the left, already unhinged but until then wrapping their miasma in a veneer of legitimacy, went batshit crazy. Snowflakes that had been given participation trophies and had gobbled up the propaganda about the virtues of the nanny state and its supremacy, suddenly had no idea what to do with that. Like religious fanatics, assured of their dogma’s supremacy, and smug in their belief they are the smart ones because they believe the right things, suddenly getting that all challenged, these people have basically experienced an existential crisis. The urge is to deligitimize and to assure failure (like they did with Boosh too). The enemy must be defined and defeated.

So what does this have to do with my original comment at the start of this post? Well, it seems I am not alone in having those lib friends that want Trump to not succeed/ It looks like others have similar friends or are noticing that there is definitely that component of fear of success by Trump there. Nothing is more dangerous to the nanny staters than real world events which will clearly show that their ideology offers neither real answers nor solutions. Especially in this day and age where they have lost control of the messaging.

$9 Trillion in debt! WHO YOU GONNA BLAME?

Read the title of my post as a spoof on the whole Ghostbusters song – the good one from back then, not the idiotic PC reboot that Hollywood douched us with last year – because it is appropriate. The other day another old democrat crone was asked for an explanation of why the country accumulated $9 trillion plus dollars in debt with absolutely nothing to show for it (a lot of vote buying there and Hillary still lost), and Pelosi, in her grandeur, blamed Boosh. I am starting to think Boosh might be some kind of inhumane super fiend, because the guy can do everything impossible.

Let’s all sign it, baby: If the left is called out on something bad, who ya gonna blame? “George BOOSH”! Catchy…

Here we go:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blamed former President George W. Bush and the Republicans on Friday for the more than $9 trillion that has been added to the national debt under President Obama’s watch.

Pelosi argued that under Obama, the annual budget deficit, which contributes to the national debt, has been reduced dramatically, and said that without Obama’s work, the national debt would be even higher. She also mostly blamed Bush for not paying for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

That same old tired trope again. Obama was great for the economy! Boosh’s Wars! This crap has to be because Pelosi knows for a fact that it was Boosh that bombed the twin towers. She must also think (or want everyone to believe) that it was Boosh whom unilaterally decided to invade Iraq. Thusly, poor godsend Obama struggled to end those evil wars, by losing them, and only managed to start conflicts all over the place – because of Boosh’s mind control, according to Pelosi (or was that all because of the evil Noble Peace Prize whispering in his ear?) – destabilizing the ME and the world in the process, had to spend all that money. It could never be that congress, mostly when it was totally controlled by democrats, felt obligated – probably because of Boosh’s evil super powers, again – to spend trillions more than the broken economy the democrats left us with after their social justice home-loan lending schemes imploded, so they could engage in buying votes, enriching special interests, and fattening donkey campaign coffers.

“When President Obama stood on the steps on the Capitol eight years from next week, the [budget] deficit was $1.4 trillion — one year deficit,” she said. “It’s reduced by 70 percent in his administration. Much of the increase in the national debt that has occurred from this time still springs from two unpaid-for wars, cost that we owe our veterans following that, giveaways that they gave to the pharmaceutical industry, and the high-end tax cuts that have carried forward without any job production. Absent the work of President Obama, this national debt would be even higher.”

Pelosi has some gall. Let me point out that $1.4 trillion dollar deficit was done by the congress she ran after the 2006 election, which remind everyone overrode evil Boosh to spend that money. Those of us that understand who decides how tax payer money gets spent, and who can sign for it or veto it, that is, if they can avoid that congressional override. Based on her own words, we are left basically connecting her accusations of that money being given to fat cats, with her. But somehow it still is Boosh’s fault they did that. Then you got this:

Pelosi noted the work done by former President Bill Clinton to balance the budget or leave a surplus.

You mean the work done by Newt Gingrich, thrice before it stuck? Gingrich dragged the smarter Clinton kicking and screaming away from the leftward turn his people and that crime syndicate capo he married for political convenience had been driving us for the first 2 years of his administration, and dismantled a lot of the horribly costly and wasteful welfare state. I wonder how that expensive welfare state fared under Obama, and if that coupled with the depressing and miserable Obama economy might have more to do with?

And then we have the other shoe about to drop: Obamacare. A monster that is poised to bankrupt America, if it is not slain soon. I bet Pelosi would like us to believe that was also Boosh’s fault even though not a single republican voted for this monstrosity and Boosh was on his ranch in Texas clearing brush. This is the Obama legacy, but the tools want you to believe someone else is responsible for 8 years of amateur hour.

Lets all sing it now: If you are a democrat, and you get called out on being crooks, who ya gonna blame? “George BOOSH”! If someone points out, you fucked America over good, who ya gonna blame? “George BOOSH”!

Catchy indeed. That Boosh guy is the most powerful villain in human history I tell you..

The Russians are coming!

The hypocrites released a report that was supposed to prove to us rubes that Trump definitely is that Manchurian candidate the suddenly anti-red democrats have been telling us now own us, and America was played into not electing the second coming – after the second coming of Black Jeebus,of course – by Gawd’s first daughter, late in the PM on Friday. Here it is. A pile of garbage, replete with conjecture and unsubstantiated/corroborated “facts”, and including this most hilarious of reasons:

The agencies believe that Putin wanted to discredit Clinton because he blames her for anti-Putin protests from 2011 and 2012.

What about this tidbit? That makes her a great friend to them IMO. Here she is selling America’s wealth to the supposed enemy for her own profit. Of course, as the libs that first tried their best to dismiss this event and now embrace it to make the desperate argument about Trump being a a Russian plant postulate, maybe she then dicked Putin later on and didn’t hold up her side of the deal, so they went after her! Or maybe, if you are inclined to actually believe that the Russians were behind this stuff, felt compelled to act, after the candidate the left told us was the only one that would not start WW3 actually said she would set up a no-fly zone in Syria that would affect another nuclear power. Oh the dilemma! Why oh why did they do it?

Me, I am more interested in why this dubious report, full of nothing but crap and lacking any substance, and obviously intended to undermine Trumps credibility, was released on a late Friday afternoon, which basically made sure the news cycle couldn’t rebut the nonsense in prime time. Recall that this tactic was and seems to remain the way this administration and the DNC operatives with bylines utilize regarding any “news item” that either hurt the left or needed to be “managed” to make it favor the left. When they had anything of substance or really felt they could use to push the news cycle to deliver the narrative, they released the content on a Monday or Tuesday, so as to give their army of operatives time to double down on the messaging.

Remember that these people couldn’t be bothered with security issues of any kind and never cared about either hacking everyone (especially American citizens and American allies) or being hacked. Clinton had an unsecured server so she could hide the Clinton foundation pay-to-play criminal activity – selling US assets, favors that hurt America and Americans, or both, for personal gain – that was hacked by everyone? Right-wing conspiracy! She only sent personal emails and stuff about her Yoga classes (as if cankles can do Yoga)! The Obama admin., didn’t just declassify that stuff because we now found out that she did have classified information that was basically stolen by intelligence agencies that opposed the US! Well, sure Obama lied about not knowing about this now that we have emails that prove they knew, but that is unimportant, because at this time “what difference does it make?” Nothing to see here, move on, said the FBI, of course, after the DOJ’s boss met with Bill and they told her that Obama would go down with cankles if they didn’t stop this investigation. Yawn! Security shmecurity! In the mean time others are languishing in jail, in court fighting charges and looking at hard time, the loss of their security clearance, and much pain, for much, much less. But the democrats could just not be bothered with the fact Hillary broke the law and compromised security!

And then we have someone doing the American people a favor and exposing the corruption of the DNC and the collusion with the DNC operatives with bylines masquerading as objective journalists to rig the electoral process, and suddenly these douchebags are all about security and the need to come down hard on the enemy! Red scare, baby! Trump is Putin’s bitch! Throw out the election results! He’s not my president! Hitler!!!!1!

What we need is more people reminding everyone that what the left really is pissed about, well other than the person the lefty intelligentsia thought was entitled to the presidency not winning and the organization as a whole being exposed as willing to cheat, steal, lie, and kill to make it so, is that someone actually revealed this to the American people. The democrats are pissed, and probably desperate to bury the fact that they are fucking lying crooks. That’s what this is all about.

Enjoy your well deserved retirement, sir!

I was saddened today to find out that one of the writers and great minds I most respect has decided to call it quits:

Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting, but why I kept at it so long.

It was very fulfilling to be able to share my thoughts on the events unfolding around us, and to receive feedback from readers across the country – even if it was impossible to answer them all.

Being old-fashioned, I liked to know what the facts were before writing. That required not only a lot of research, it also required keeping up with what was being said in the media.

During a stay in Yosemite National Park last May, taking photos with a couple of my buddies, there were four consecutive days without seeing a newspaper or a television news program – and it felt wonderful. With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful.

This made me decide to spend less time following politics and more time on my photography, adding more pictures to my website (www.tsowell.com).

Looking back over the years, as old-timers are apt to do, I see huge changes, both for the better and for the worse.

Sowell was a genius. I will miss reading him because he was brilliant and able to convey great thoughts with few words. The wisdom share by this man helped me breakdown and understand many of the things I intuitively knew where wrong with the direction the world was taking. His wisdom will be missed, especially in these times when the lunatics are pissed they are losing control of the asylum they have run into the ground and are acting out on it.

Let me leave you with one of my favorite quotes of his:

Ain't that the truth

Thank you for your wisdom sir.

Merry Christmas 2016

It’s been a log difficult year, but we are still around, here at the end of all things. Thank you all for your support and readership during the year. A very Merry Christmas (or Happy Hanukkah) to everyone! Let’s hope 2017 isn’t as awful as 2016 was.

A Season Of Giving

OK gang, it’s end of year charitable contribution time. Make a difference and still get that tax write off, what can be more American? Although I made all mine last week, hence my cheery disposition of late (you noticed, right?) I ran across a worthy candidate for some Christmas bucks;

The cost of a weekly pumpkin spice latte? dang, a high price, but worth it.

11 months out of the year, we mock and denigrate these bedwetters, but this month lets give them a hug, a smile, and a lollipop, their suffering is our suffering.

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.