Friday, August 28, 2015

Even more et ceteras

This week's signs of the Apocalypse
The Virginia shootings - No need to say more.   

Obama's response - By now we have grown used to him and his ilk politicizing every tragedy by treating it like a stump from which to advance their pet projects. In cases like the Virginia shootings, they usually press for gun control; but Obama, with breathtaking cynicism, actually used the shootings to downplay the dangers of terrorism... Specifically, he scolded us that deaths "from gun-related incidents dwarf any deaths that happen through terrorism"... Yes, pay no attention to those Iranian nuclear scientists behind the curtain who are developing instruments of mass death for Ayatolla "Death to America" Khamenei. Also, ignore that they are doing so with my implied blessing and explicitly promised funding. Nothing to see there.

Schilling - ESPN suspended Curt Schilling and removed him from the broadcast booth because he told the truth... Specifically, while not on the company's dime he re-tweeted the following meme: "It's said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?"... There is no way to know if those numbers are accurate to a T, but everybody -- including the brass at ESPN, aka ABC, aka Disney -- knows they are generally accurate. Yet, said brass describes the re-tweet as "completely unacceptable" and says that Schilling's future with the company is "pending further consideration"... If American society had been so brainlessly sensitive when my grandparents were young, we would all be speaking German or Japanese today. After all, the re-tweet did indicate that most Muslims aren't extremists and most Nazi-era Germans weren't Nazis, did it not?

Credo Action - Most of the petitions on its website could pass for signs of the Apocalypse, but I'm talking about this particular one, which actually suggests: 1) that Jorge Ramos was the victim in his exchange with Donald Trump, and 2) that Trump's reaction indicates freedom of the press is in jeopardy. Maybe I could have some level of respect for the idea behind Credo Action's position if they had taken a similar stance when Neil Munro interrupted Obama, but I am quite sure they didn't.

This week's signs that the Apocalypse might be averted
Trump vs. Ramos - In case you somehow missed it, Trump had started a press conference and was answering a question from the first reporter he called on. Then Ramos, a longtime illegal alien promoter immigration advocate, butted in, prevented the other reporter from having her question answered, and started squawking like an exhibitionist... Trump told him to sit down because he hadn't been called on (basically "wait your turn" with a peppery "go back to Univision" thrown in) and when Ramos didn't relent, security escorted him from the room... But then Trump asked that he be brought back in and allowed to ask two questions, which is one more than most reporters get... I am not a Trump fan, as I made clear in my July 14th post, but he shined in this dust-up and was correct in what he did -- and it's a good sign that the public has given him instead of Ramos the thumbs-up.

Democrat funding woes - Granted, as a party, the GOP has done nothing in the last several years to inspire respect. Instead it has basically shunned its own voters and shown itself to be a pale imitation of the Democrat Party. But still, the Democrat Party is hardcore statist and thoroughly corrupt, and the candidates running for the GOP's 2016 nomination are far more trustworthy than the GOP itself, so it's good to know that the latter party's financing and fundraising are in much better shape than the former's. As reported here, for the first six months of this year the Democratic National Committee raised $36.5 million and finished $1.4 million in the black, whereas the Republican National Committee raised $63 million and finished $14.9 million in the black.

Hillary, her handlers, and the Democrat Party bigwigs can't be happy with the results of a recent Quinnipiac poll that asked respondents "what is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Hillary Clinton?" The question was not multiple choice -- it was open-ended so that each response was truly "the first word that comes to mind" -- and the most common answer regarding Hillary was "liar." Making matters worse for Herself, the second was "dishonest" and the third was "untrustworthy." Those are not the kinds of perceptions that result in electoral victories.

But don't get too excited if you are a Trump fan, because these are the first three words that came to mind when the same question was asked about him: "arrogant," "blowhard," and "idiot."

Things look better when you get to Jeb Bush because when the question was asked about him, the first two words that came to mind were "family" and "honest." However, it can't be good that the third word was "weak."

I wish they had asked that question about the other candidates as well, because I do not believe that Hillary, Trump or Bush will be nominated anyway. Nonetheless, the results are interesting.

A salute to an Allied man who served, suffered, and ultimately prevailed in World War II, and who departed Earth this week. The corners of my mouth sag every time one of them leaves.

Charles Krauthammer nails it again, this time regarding the horrific results of Obama's Russian "reset" policy (which, it must be said, was just as much Hillary's as Obama's).

A satisfying read for those who feel pleasure when Hillary hurts.

The greatest headline ever.

This shows that Martin O'Malley was right to begin with and should not have backed down.

An amen! diatribe directed at those who oppose the Second Amendment.

And on a positive note...
...I close by pointing out that college football begins in less than a week. See ya later!

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