Category: Deep Thoughts

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.

Perspective

As usual, if you followed the media narrative this morning when the sad story broke out about another stupid attack at Ohio State, their speculation went one way, and obviously the wrong way. Before enough facts where out, and as this always plays out with the narrative crowd, the idiots writing articles and commenting at the usual lefty dives such as the HuffPro insane asylum called it all wrong. For this crowd, i had to be Trump supporting, gun toting assholes that are stealing America from the good-thinkers, like them, that obviously did it! More gun laws are going to be needed, and since anyone that is a Trump supporter has to be motivated by hate, racism, homophobia, and whatever other cool term the prog kids throw around to identify those ungood-thinkers, it had – it just had to be – one of them behind this sad affair.

Of course, us ungood-thinkers immediately knew that odds where we were dealing with another follower of the religion of peace, guns had not been involved – Obama was not ridding this to sell his sensible gun banning policies immediately, which was a dead giveaway there obviously was no gun play – as the initial reports mentioned a car and knifes, things followers of the religion of peace have been advocating should be used by their Jihadi recruits in the not so distant past. We also suspected that interest in this story would die out as soon as the facts came out, due to lack of interest in reporting on something that contradicted the narrative the left so desperately needs (don’t worry I am sure some DNC paid paid operative will commit some crime sooner than later that they all will try to blame on others as has been going on for the past year or more).

At least justice was dealt out and the bad guys where captured or killed. But with the narrative not flowing, I suspect this story will go away. Unless the left decides to ask for sensible car and knife laws. How much do we ant to bet that when someone points out the perp was taken down by someone with a gun, their response will be we need more gun control (read disarming law abiding citizens).

OK, that was actually a good move

Everyone here knows that I have very little love for Ryan these dahys, but when he does something right, I will give him his props. From the article:

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday persuaded Republicans to postpone votes on bringing back legislative earmarks until 2017 after reminding members of President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington.

House Republicans were set to hold a secret ballot on changes to their internal conference rules that would have allowed lawmakers to direct spending to projects in their districts under certain circumstances.

Based on what lawmakers were saying in the meeting, “it was likely that an earmark amendment would have passed,” according to a source in the room.
“Ultimately, the Speaker stepped in and urged that we not make this decision today,” the source said.

Behind former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Republicans banned earmarks after winning the House in 2010 and have stuck by that policy despite grumbling from both sides of the aisle.

I am glad Ryan put an end to this terrible, terrible idea, and very impressed he did it for the right reason. I am really, really angry that the republican establishment douche-bags thinks it is time to bring back pork barrel spending now that they are in the majority. WTF, have you not glommed that the fact so many people voted for Trump was precisely this sort of statist waste, you fucking idiots?

With the GOP now set to control both Congress and the White House next year, some Republicans are agitating for change.

Reps. John Culberson of Texas, Mike Rogers of Alabama and Tom Rooney of Florida filed an amendment to GOP rules that would ease the earmark ban by creating a new process for targeted spending.

A separate proposal by Rooney that focused more narrowly on Army Corps of Engineers projects appeared to have the votes to pass on Wednesday, several lawmakers said.

Not only no, but hell no. As was pointed out before: no matter how good the original intention of the idea – and I am not saying these people have good intentions at all, and suspect they are teeing this up this way precisely because they can get the votes from others that actually in this one case see this as a good move – it will end up abused.

Short cuts even for what some might believe to be good things, just leaves the door open for others that later come along, to do bad things, as a lot of liberals, driven psychotic because Trump inherited the government machine they just spent the last 8 years weaponizing to force thing their way, are now realizing.

Mo earmarking. Despite all the arguments that it is needed to make some thing move faster, this idiotic practice is all but guaranteed to devolve back into what it was: a machine to allow those that use that practice to collect campaign money by pushing for pork barrel spending at the tax payers expense.

Here is some advice Mr. Ryan: never let this shit come back under the “Drain the swamp” administration. if you do, I am going to assume you did that because you wanted to sabotage this move to defang the establishment.

What could have changed?

It looks like after 8 years of ignoring such things as an indiscriminate campaign of drone strikes against all sorts of shady ass-clowns or otherwise, and a massive escalation of US military “kinetic” activity that has left the Middle East on fire and in shambles, by President Nobel Peace Prize of all people, that we suddenly have a return to the good ole days where the usual scumbags that are part of one or another cabal of organizations anyone inclined to believe in apocalyptic conspiracy theories involving the one world government antichrist movement, and others like me that see it for the collectivist devil it represents, would point to. In this case it is the criminal ICC suddenly deciding that US forces are again committing war crimes. note the distinction this time around though. It is no longer the top guy, but “US Forces” that are being accused.

Battlespace prep, people. Nothing but the crooked globalists covering their collective asses. Why not the cries to get Obama, huh? Fuck em.

Put Away the Long Knives

First, a word about common decency and civility. I have written about this before but it bears repeating. Although not an Obama supporter I understood what his victory meant in 2008, I understood that whole hopey changey thing, that folks wanted a new direction, a new skipper at the helm, and I was willing to give this young dynamic articulate guy an honest chance at making a difference. Do I expect the same thing, the same reciprocity from all these whinny gloom and doomers that can’t even wait for him to get into the job first before their attacks, abso-fucking-lutely. Even if comity is not in your nature (how sad for you), can you at least admit that you have no idea how Trump will do?

Probably the biggest impediment to getting a handle on Trump, to gauge a philosophy or glean a political direction is that for his entire adult life he has been all over the map with issues, that, and his boast that he likes being unpredictable. He was a Democrat for most of his life, he has “evolved” on gun rights, abortion, same sex marriage, he is a protectionist and an isolationist, he won’t touch entitlements or social security, he has been a champion of single payer, he displays not even a rudimentary understanding of economics and has not voiced much concern for the debt owed by the nation, he has put way too much emphasis on his own council and instincts in place of policy experts to his own detriment, and his grandiose opinion of his own abilities to persuade other foreign leaders on his own, well that is just laughable.

And those are just his political peccadilloes, I could write an entire post cataloging all his personal character flaws, most notably a penchant to be impulsive and reactionary, meglomaniacal, thin skinned, requiring the adulation of those around him, lacking circumspection, and bombastic to a fault. Yes, Obama has most of these in spades as well, but this is a post about the new guy.

One encouraging sign is that of late he has revealed circumspection,has been more temperate, more subdued, even inclusive sounding in speaking to (and the promise of representing) all Americans. Yes, he still wants to drain the swamp, but even that is open to interpretation, does he want to take the existing apparatus and streamline it, make it more efficient and workable, or does he want to burn everything to the ground and start over. But as of today, nobody knows how he will mold the office, how he will address the folks, how he will interact with Congress, and how he will deal with our allies and adversaries.

Before talking about some of his picks so far, a word of caution to our left leaning readers here. When you say things like ,”His picks so far are all incompetents and nuts”, or link an article that starts off first sentence, “Trump will be a disaster for anyone that cares about human rights”, the conversation is over, period, yippie for you.

Everyone knows the toughest job in the WH is the Chief of Staff. He is the office manger, the ability to either succeed or fail for the president is determined to a large extent by how competent the Chief of Staff is. I think Priebus is a great pick, He has manged the GOP longer than anyone at a time when it’s very longevity or existence was being questioned and Trump’s win came about to a great extent because of Reince and his ability to get out the vote.

Keeping Newt close and involved is also a major coup. Like him or hate him, is there anyone alive today that is more familiar with the levers of government?

Rudy as Sec. of State, John Bolton as Director of National Intelligence, Sheriff Clark as head of Homeland Security, I even read somewhere that Pam Bondi is being considered as AG (Gowdy would be a better pick but he wants to stay in Congress, fine by me).

As stated before, I am not of fan of Bannon. He strikes me as the flip side of John Pedesta, a real snake in the grass. Bannon’s instincts are good even though he practices the politics of destruction. He needs to be kept on a tight leash.

I watched the House GOP news conference this morning, Paul Ryan said all the right things, oh and he is staying on as speaker, more good news. Ryan has a well crafted conservative agenda to put forward, whether this will be Trump’s agenda as well, who knows? One thing we know for sure, Trump will not be giving the car keys to Congress with little oversight on his part, to him and many of his supporters, they are still the establishment, thus still part of the problem.

They told me if Donald Trump was elected…

Because he was such a belligerent buffoon, he was almost certain to start WW3. Then again, news like this, coming from the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s administration, where then SecState Clinton showed her awesome diplomatic skills and “reset” the frayed relations evil warmongering Boosh so damaged with the Russians. shit, I remember the current Community Organizer in Chief and the wanna-be crime syndicate kingpin that wants to get the job mocking those that warned the reset had failed and in fact had caused relations to really sour. I guess this sort of stuff makes sense if you have the ability to see the nuance in things. At least that’s what the collectivist crime syndicate tells us rubes when we try to point out their dissonance and discorded bullshit.

I am going what I have seen from Obama. He promised to stop all the strife, heal the world, and stop the rising oceans, only to start even more wars than war mongering Boosh. Shit, he even managed to un-win both of those wars Boosh started and had all but wound down, despite the treasonous attempts by the left to make them fail. Now the Middle East is a disaster, Iraq and Afghanistan are firmly in the loose column, with Egypt (Arab spring baby!), Libya (where they went to war so a Clinton partner-in-crime could make money on oil), and Syria all turned into disastrous war zones. Iran is getting a nuke, Saudi Arabia is fighting the Iranians in Yemen, Turkey clearly is heading down the path to an Islamic dictatorship after what now looks like a clearly staged coup attempt that allowed Edrogan to purge his political enemies, and Israel is waiting for Obama to screw them one last time on the way out.

Things are not better elsewhere either. North Korea is still a huge problem. The Philippines is shifting towards China, Japan and South Korea are thinking they may need their own nukes because the US can’t be trusted (and they are right), Russia as shown above is causing trouble, and there are scores of other hot spots across the globe where a military forced to keep a ridiculously high tempo and is wearing down the people and gear it has are being told to do more with less. In fact, the world is probably in a more precarious and dangerous situation – due to lack of leadership from someone I will leave unmentioned – than it was since the Cold War. And maybe it is even worse than that. not that things are very good here at home either. Rigged primaries, rigged campaigns, cheating and lying, abuse of power and blatant banana republic legal challenges, all hidden by a complicit group of propagandists claiming to be objective.

What you didn’t know any of that? Maybe that was because of the DNC operatives with bylines now finding no reason to complain about the US being belligerent. After all, these are not really war-wars, and this strife can’t be blamed on the inept foreign policy of th last 8 years, right? Obama, and by definition both his previous and future SecStates, are doing it for peace! Not to steal oil, or avenge daddy, or whatever other stupid trope the left fed people back when. Hillary, having such a long and distinguished resume of great achievements, will fix it all!

No matter who wins this election, Americans lose. I guess the choice is between which one will do the least damage, and I that those of you thinking that will be Clinton need to lay off whatever controlled substance you are abusing.