The day, September 11, 2001.
My two small apple trees are spitting out apples already. That’s a good thing and good year from my view. No sprays or cides or anything, just nature doing what it does.
Now I just hope the deer don’t get them all this year. But that is usually the way it works: groundhogs try to get any low-lying vegetation and the deer get the upper tier.
You feel like the sap in the middle getting squeezed. There must be a metaphor there?
I’m only worried about the apples getting completely ripe before they start disappearing.
But the deer are hustlers.
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Hey, you want to make me eat more “Vegetables”?
Then stop relating all my favorite veggies to sex organs in ads. You can start there.
Hell, are you going to rob them of their innocence too? Geesh. You’re never done, are you?
But calling someone a vegetable is not particularly endearing, you know. Shouldn’t do that.
Got a problem with any of that? Talk to the turnip! (he’s on my side)
Yeah, I’m talking to you veggie police, the anti-meat gestapo. I know you’re out there!
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Look out; today I am going to tell you something that will shock your conscience. In fact, you might never look at the issue the same way again. This will change your thinking about it. I promise you, the things I will reveal will alter the national discussion about the issue. All carefully sourced, of course. (File that next to all the other bunk.)
Mark this date on your calendar. (as you would any other date)
How many times have you heard things like this? It’s called dramatic flare and I have about as much of it as anyone. It is sensationalism. News and media often use it. Scratch that, they are extreme addicts of it. That sets us up for some drama karma.
I sometimes wonder if they are sensationalizing that much, then what is the purpose? I mean whether the story is sensational or not is the real point. Not whether one can breathe some sensational effect into it. (that is not the story) So I am caught in a quandary over all the need to sensationalize. Isn’t there enough of it out there already?
Like when Sean Hannity comes on every weeknight telling us “my sources are telling me the stuff that is coming will shock the conscience of the nation.” He says it at least every other night. “If reports are true, and I believe they are.”
Then after that, nothing. There is no proverbial explosion of “news” too hot to handle. No stunning revelations that will mark this place in time to be remembered forever. Nope, it’s dullsville afterward. Of course the leading question is ‘what does he know, what is this big news?’ It starts a web of questions: “Are we really going to find out everything that happened this time?” “Are people finally going to jail over this corruption.”… “Is this when accountability finally starts, for real this time?’
Then he or any of the other news pushers tell you to “stay tuned.” In other words, just continue to sit on the edge of your seats wringing your hands, waiting. Even as they are speaking, stay glued to your seat and do not change the channel. “We’ll tell you when we come back…” Uh huh, day after day.
I once compared this idiom of news coverage as the equivalent of marching people up to the rooftop and telling them “now just wait, we’ll come back for you. We are going to give you the news you’ve been hoping for. Just hang on and….wait!” How far off is that?
And when they don’t return, the story doesn’t come, or the news they hope for doesn’t arrive, then what? Well “just continue to wait.” It only works so long.
Notice what happened to Rachael Maddow, her ratings went into the toilet. It was after 2 and half years of fomenting promises that this will happen and that will happen. It didn’t… and now she isn’t — the top news prognosticator even of the left.
How many times have we heard all these things? Benghazi ring a bell? It proves the rule not the exemption. Do they think we’ve all been hypnotized? (cue soundtrack)
Face it we are in perpetual wait mode for all of it. When media does not deliver, it does not bode well. That’s all I’m saying. The last thing you want to think is that a person is only doing it for their own self-promotion. But these days it’s the first thing you must think about. That happens all the time.
Though the people just want honest information. They want the story and nothing but the story. And we get anything but the story. We get hype or “irrational exuberance.”
A word about my anonymity.
Some people may wonder why the anonymity? I can tell you what it is not. I am not a top Hollywood celeb hiding behind anonymity to protect my conservative views because I will be blacklisted if it were known. I am not an embedded insider informant, veiled in a cloak of anonymity. I am not a person who’s life would be wrecked if my identity were exposed.
No to all of that, however, I do protect my identity on the Internet from trolls or people who attack the messenger rather than the message. People who only want to use your identity as a weapon against you.
We’ve now seen what the left is really capable of. They’ll stop and nothing when it comes to politics. Why do some people refuse to engage in politics? It’s not hard to understand. The nature of the radical politics of weaponizing everything today is very profound and real. There are no limits for the Left. While on this side, we’re only a happy coalition of one.
Waiting causes other symptoms. They are all just chasing the news. They are not running down the story, they are chasing the news cycle. And Trump proved this better than anyone ever did. Sometimes I think he wants to send them on a wild journey. They will literally spend hours discussing what he says. Heck, Democrats want to impeach him for his words. They’d like to impeach him for his thoughts, too, but that is even more difficult. They’re working on it.
So what is it we all do while we just wait? Tap our fingers? We have lives, we do our thing. The fact that a bombshell hasn’t dropped is good cause or reason to think one is not in the offing anytime soon. Until then, we wait like trained seals in a circus. (sorry, they don’t have circuses anymore. We are the circus.) If we follow their breadcrumbs that is.
Like many people, sure, I’m tired of the waiting. “It’s coming.” I’ll tell you what I am not expecting and what is likely not coming — even if I am hoping. I don’t expect justice to take them all down like dominos in a couple of months. I’d say the odds on that are greater than hitting the lottery. As some say, “it just is not going to happen… or any time soon.”
A personal note:
Sometimes if I am writing a special piece, not always, I might be listening to music or a song. I’m not claiming it has any direct influence on content but it helps inspire me. For instance in writing this I was listening to “It keeps you running” by Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers. Oh that voice. Now you decide if it had any effect, or not?
But that isn’t the purpose of the music. It is just a tool like an aid. It doesn’t contribute directly to content. But it can help you get there, to that space.
See media uses the dramatic and sensational as a tool. it is supposed to get you there. But it’s not the subject. When it becomes the entire self-propelled point, then it’s the problem not a vehicle.
(For future reference: don’t worry, I will let you know when I’m listening to Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture with cannons. But I think you’ll know anyway.)
And when the media’s Drama Karma kicks in, I think we’ll know it.
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“Tom Wright-Piersanti, a senior editor at the New York Times, said Thursday that he is “deeply” sorry for some past tweets and that they have been deleted.
“I have deleted tweets from a decade ago that are offensive. I am deeply sorry,” he wrote.
Tweets cited by Breitbart no longer appear on Wright-Piersanti’s page and include a January 2010 message saying, “I was going to say ‘Crappy Jew Year,’ but one of my resolutions is to be less anti-Semitic. So… HAPPY Jew Year. You Jews.”
Another seemingly deleted tweet reported by Breitbart references the “Jew-police.”
“CNN Photo Editor Resigns After Old Anti-Semitic Tweets About ‘Jewish Pigs’ Resurface”
The Wrap | Lindsey Ellefson | July 26, 2019
Mohammed Elshamy’s Twitter account contained a number of derogatory statements about Jewish people posted in 2011
Give me a freaking break is one of my favorite lines I repeat to myself lately. No one hears me. It just flows out of my mouth more frequently than any other phrase. There are hosts of reasons for it.
The main one is outrage, mostly at Democrat talking points or narratives. It seems almost every time you turn on the TV news or read something, there is that reaction in there. Someone is trying to con someone or twists something completely wrong. Show me any subject and I’ll have a “give me a break” moment somewhere about it.
Why is partly the way politics has become. And in part because of how low down the ladder we have gotten, or in many cases how backwards everything now is.
Judging by what I see on Twitter and media, I’d say a lot of people probably think the same thing and feel the same way. I also think most people see what is going on and understand it. They wouldn’t need anyone to explain it to them because they know what this movie is about and where it is going. In short, they are not dummies.
Now the media might think people are dumb, that they can spoon feed people along to believe what they want about issues. Whoa, do they underestimate the knowledge of regular informed people? Maybe at one time, years ago, they could get away with that but not today. I see it in focus groups and in conversations on social media. They’re in no mood to be bullied around on politics either. They know too much and have too much experience to be duped. All that said, those are not everyone.
Now I say this because these are the parameters for my conclusions. Others, like media, have different parameters that lead them to believe people are impressionable and pliable on their central basic opinions, based on information and narratives they selectively curate to give them. The media may be right about some percentage of voters on the Left. But I know that theory does not hold up on the conservative right. Here on the right people have preformed opinions for a reason.
Another idea I have given lots of thought to is conspiracy theories in general and people that hold them. I have concluded some people prefer to dabble in them. And we have had a lot of reason these days to give rise to conspiracies. Maybe they’re trendy and cool? The JFK thing, while decades old, is still a viable high water mark.
But for the last several years, there is another big one on the horizon. The moon landing. I might have been surprised at hearing that one many years ago. But it has a following. Of course there is now the 911 conspiracies, too. So there are many of them and they range from environment to government. But I have noticed a trend that for some people, if they carry one conspiracy they likely have several.
Now we saw the media for 2 and a half years promote the Russia Trump collusion conspiracy with little to base it on. And that there was no push back on it, even from some media, was astounding. But these are the same media people who lectured us about anything we said about Obama for the previous eight years that we were crazy. Actually, the truth was much crazier than fiction. Now it turns out some of those conspiracies were not so crazy after all. They have now been validated by the facts.
Suffice it to say that if you traveled off of the central narratives the media was carrying in the Obama years, you were labeled a conspiracy nut. It was their enforcement mechanism to try to coral people on their main narrative — constructed also in tandem with the White House and West Wing. They, the media, didn’t mind doing it either. They were as heavily invested in creating the narrative as the Obama administration was. But anyone who ventured outside that narrative was the enemy, and they usually let you know it, using all the tools of the mainstream media.
You were mocked, ridiculed, ostracized and marginalized, attacked, humiliated, ruined, and robbed of your good reputation and character. In other words, you were destroyed if you were not on their bandwagon of misinformation. To call that a conspiracy theory was, well, Orwellian. It was 1984-ish. To think in terms of questioning Obama or their carefully crafted narrative was sedition and treasonous. It was as if we completely lost the press. And we did, though it was right from the beginning.
I don’t know if conspiracies represent a threat, given the amount of people that buy into them? But the moon one sort of stunned me. It sneaked up over the last 20 years. If it is cool or whatever that still puzzles me. Though now the left has demonstrated the real danger of a conspiracy with the Russia thing. They’ve shown how you can push a narrative whether it is believable or not. And they showed what mainstreaming conspiracy theories looks like.
You know, it is normally those on the margins who buy into a conspiracy. Now I am back to thinking about what the real point of them is. This Russia one was a matter of convenience and extreme importance, cooked up for convenience and served to masses as established fact. (Intelligence agencies like CIA know how to do that) If it is possible to push a fake narrative until it is mainstream, then what about skeptics who don’t believe in it?. Those who require proof or evidence… or doesn’t that even matter anymore?
Can a conspiracy theory be totally false, yet who cares that it is not true? And what would it take to rupture that huge conspiracy? It went on for over 2 and half years and still goes on. We are in a whole new realm. The Moon landing might have been an achievement for conspiracies but we have gone way past the dark side of the moon now.
Maybe the only point that matters is who believes in it and who doesn’t? To say nothing about the scenario of media and government teaming up on a conspiracy theory.
You can now call me conspiratorial but that is where we are at now. Who exactly believes in it? You would have been considered a wacko-bird for saying Obama was not born in America. But if you want to think the President is a Russian agent, then you would be welcomed by mainstream media and elites alike. It might help your career.
Strange how this conspiracy thing really works, isn’t it? In fact, lets go out of our way to avoid all the evidence to the contrary. And let’s go way out to block real facts and truth as it comes out. No need for that! Which one will write history? I think I know.
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I apologize here but I’m beginning to feel sorry for Democrat candidates.
CNN talked to Terry McAuliffe about Trump and 2020. He said Democrat candidates, besides demagoguing the Trump agenda, should tell people what they are going to do on the issues. You know, what they are going to do to fix the mess Dems say we are in.
So, against my better judgment, I’m going to help by saying what they are going to do, if elected. Because they are so busy attacking Trump, I’ll say it for them.
They are going to:
- Raise your taxes (repeatedly)
- Give illegal aliens free healthcare.
- Give everyone free healthcare – institute healthcare tax to offset costs.
- Give illegal aliens free college tuition.
- Give everyone free college education.
- Restructure the Supreme Court, so it is forever stacked for liberals.
- Abolish ICE.
- Abolish or drastically reduce the Department of Homeland Security. Break it up at least so agencies cannot talk to and coordinate with each other.
- Eliminate any walls on the border.
- Hook up any illegal immigrants with our welfare system immediately.
- Provide amnesty or citizenship to illegal aliens here now.
- Spend much more in Latin America to fix countries so people will not want to come.
- Re-politicize the DOJ. Construct barriers to firing anyone for due cause.
- Eliminate charter schools because parents and children cannot have a choice.
- Raise minimum wage to 15 dollars.
- Convert our healthcare system into single payer Medicare for all.
- Eliminate private health insurance.
- Enact the ‘assault weapons’ ban
- Expand national gun control over all guns and ammunition.
- Remove names or statues of anyone tied to anything we deem offensive.
- Give reparations to African Americans.
- Pass laws against white structural racism rampant in our country.
- Remove funding from the military to apply it toward our domestic programs.
- Outlaw coal and oil development and target those companies in the sector.
- Lower the national voter age to 16.
- Remove any limitations on abortion with national laws.
- Reenact the death tax.
- Raise federal taxes on wealthy to 70% on an upward scale from there.
- Repeal the entire Tax cut legislation.
- Open immigration to all who want to come. No one is denied entry.
- Cut police forces and any government subsidies they receive.
- Cut border patrol.
- Release 1/3 of all inmates from prison. Close a third of our prisons.
- Return the right to vote to all ex-cons.
- Let all residents of any city or town have the right to vote.
- Reenter Paris Accord, whatever the cost, with savings from our military.
- Enact the Green New Deal.
- Reestablish the Iran deal. (consider penalty funds to Iran)
- Stop all money and aid to Israel. Increase all aid to Palestine.
- Politicize the EPA and then have them write the strictest most restrictive environmental and economic limitations known to man.
Well, it’s only a start since it is still early in the campaign. I know this is a pretty extensive and aggressive list, but they are up to it. And a little publicity goes a long way.
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Let me rephrase that: Susan Rice has become a victim of Obama Leftology
(I should define Leftology as the radical politics rampant today, most exemplified by Obama’s anti-American rhetoric.)
A few weeks ago, former National Security Advisor and Ambassador under Obama, Susan Rice, had a rival exchange on Twitter with a Chinese diplomat. It proved revealing.
It showed how the Chinese argue and critique America with the same rhetoric they see in leftsrtream press and media in the US. We have long been saying Leftists only provide fodder to America’s critics and enemies.
He (Diplomat-apologist-defender of China, Lijian Zhao) tried to unload that rhetorical hubris at Susan Rice. She seemed baffled by it, but I don’t know why she would be?
That is how leftists themselves argue. Racist accusations – should we say pleasantries – were exchanged between them. Then Rice dropped the line that ‘he should be sent back’ or recalled to China. What Rice didn’t know is he was not based in DC but in Pakistan.
That doesn’t really matter for the purposes of argument. Rice was stirred. She was trying to talk about humanitarian woes of Musllim Uighurs held in northern China. He rattled off a list of conditions in US, including DC. His tweets have since been deleted.
My guess is she didn’t realize that all this division, escalated under Obama, and constant liberal media, just fed his nasty response on our country. They are only taking the press’s critique and hurling it back at America. She should have been better prepared for that.
Rice shifted, after calling him a racist, to address the Chinese Ambassador: “I expect better of you and your team. Please do the right thing and send him home.”
But it did demonstrate Rice’s abilities and reactionary Leftist rhetoric.
She is out hawking a new book. And as Forbes said regarding social media:
Tangent: Although Twitter, like other Western social media platforms, is banned in China, diplomats use the platform abroad and have amassed some large followings as a result. Zhao, for example, gained over 190,000 followers over the three years he’s had a Twitter account.
Besides Rice and race, China is a much larger concern for discussion. Certainly much broader and more important than the Uighurs issue. But that’s all Leftinista’s care about.
It spans Hong Kong, the China Sea and Taiwan, as well as all the economic disparities. Though Rice touches none of that, probably as a matter of choice. Obama’s administration didn’t touch the major issues with China in eight years. Why would she start now?
After all, Obama gave us the national policy of Omission (among others). He ignored the biggest and most dangerous threats to America, while placating his apologist base of anti-American zealots — both political and religious.
Instead, he lent his voice to give aid and comfort to enemies of America. That it now comes full circle in Susan Rice’s tweets is ironic. Rice and Obama demonstrated incompetence in government for eight years, now she illustrates it on Twitter just in case we forgot!
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“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Those were the days, weren’t they?
“Not Even A Smidgen Of Corruption” in the IRS targeting operation.
No such thing as “rigged elections” in the US. Don’t worry about that.
Or in Obama’s own words: [skip to 2:24 mark]
Keep in mind Obama gave that Rose Garden Denial in mid October, 2016. At which time the FBI, Steele and Fusion GPS had already been hard at work, under the guise of counterintelligence investigation, meddling up to their necks in the election.
At that point they were well into creating their insurance policy. And where National Security Adviser Susan Rice handled unmasking at Obama’s White House.
Monitoring had already been issued on Trump campaign associates, including Flynn and Manafort, Page, Papadopoulos. Page alone had 4 FISA warrants prying into him. Steele was already working on his dossier — paid for by Hillary’s campaign — then hand delivered back to the FBI later, on December, 9. by McCain.
Yes, their “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation was fully under way as Obama gave that sharp, deceptively smirky denial in the Rose Garden. As if no one knew or would know what was going on in the bowels of Obama’s administration. He had to know it all.
Only months before, Hillary had been cleared in Servergate by James Comey. After which those resources immediately shifted to investigate the Trump campaign.
In any event, the no-scandal Obama struck again. But of course now Democrats don’t mind calling it a rigged election. The denial runs deep.
“Betraying those basic American traditions?”…. just soak that in.
Additional Ref: see more at The Hill – 5/23/18
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This topic has been marinating for some time, and I suppose this is as good a time as any to drop it out here. It is an increasingly broad subject, covering many areas.
Call me crazy but…. no, forget the but, just call me crazy. And I promise not to disappoint you. How’s that sound?
These days it’s easier just to admit you are crazy at the beginning. There is a reason. I mean you will be called that anyway, so why not use it to your advantage? Take the sting out it. Embrace it; make it your own!
So I’ve been through discussion cycles many times with Leftists where the more right you are, the crazier they try to paint you. I know sanity is not actually in vogue these days. Not if you pay attention to what passes for normal in our current events.
Crazy has become the new normal, if you notice that? So those outliers and sane people like us, and I do include myself, are now out on the margins. In fact, we’re now right where they want us. For years they have been working on abolishing normal, or normalizing abnormal. They finally succeeded.
You name the subject or issue and the response would be “that’s crazy”. That’s because it is. Now the real crazies are those who believe it is normal. They just don’t know it. That’s what makes them crazy by any measurement. They like to pretend that either normal never really existed or it is now deceased. So they’ve already answered any question about the obituary and just moved on. This fits the agenda of radical Leftists.
But if you don’t accept their new crazy as normal, then you must be crazy. The problem is I am wondering if there really is a way back from here? I mean it used to be recovery pros told addicts, when they stop drinking or gave up doing drugs, some semblance of normalcy would come back, in time. But will it this time…no matter how much time we give it?
The Left finally shot that gap between the Milky Way and everything else. And I don’t think it is coming back. But these days, sobriety without drugs and alcohol can only conclude how crazy everything is. They’ve all gone mad. They don’t need drugs to play games with their mind. North is South. (I’ve made that case for political chaos before)
My guess is simply progressives (commies, Marxists, radicals) do not want us returning to any normal sanity. They worked hard enough to marginalize it. Heck, they don’t want sanity to even have a seat at the table. They want crazy on one side and crazier on the other side. Have them shake hands in the middle and work it all out. But you know crazier typically wins now, it has to. That’s the other new rule.
That way if you should try to apply logic, then illogic must win every time. This really is their destination for us. Only the trip isn’t over yet, we’re still going on. We can’t even say if we’re halfway through, or three quarters, or one third. We don’t know exactly, only that we started. And onward we go, which isn’t necessarily forward. Sans the crazy hats.
Remember the ET movie with that line “ET phone home?” It’s like there is no home to phone. They cut the lines. They don’t want you to know there ever was a home, much less a phone. All there is now is this place in time that has no relevance to any other place in time. And memory is the last thing to be destroyed because you cannot know who you are, or from where, if you have no memory.
See how crazy it all is now, in some twisted and sinister way? If you mention some truth, they will call you a conspiracy nut. No, truth is nothing to mess or fool with these days. It’s dangerous too. Enough of it could even kill you.
Like on the Mueller probe, they want you to believe all of that was really normal and all the other stuff you and I see of actual truth is Crazy Town. Gaslighting personified. They’ve done a pretty good job of programming their people to go along with that script. They get to write it as it goes. Rather convenient.
At this point, I am starting to think that — aside from all those things leftists rail about — any semblance of our real “Normal” is probably one of their biggest enemies. They prefer it not returning, until that is they can completely control it. Well, then it would not be real normalcy, but faux normal. A fraud.
So, be well my fellow crazies. Our time is not over but it will take work from here. See, I don’t mind being called crazy if their new definition of normalcy is insanity with no limits.
Right Ring | Bullright
After a cleanup effort spawned by many volunteers taking tons of trash from Baltimore, the Sun editorial board says thanks but no thanks, we got this race thing. (in their way)
What do you get for gestures of goodwill and your efforts? You get the finger from elitists trying to prop up status quo politicians of Baltimore’s inner city.
And pols like Cummings would rather use any publicity for fundraising opportunities to get re-elected. They would rather channel any dialogue to play politics as usual. The lamestream media, Baltimore Sun will chip in to give them kudos for their legacy failures.
“We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?”
It made for good photos, compelling videos and catchy Twitter hashtags. A group of conservatives rolled their pickup trucks into one of West Baltimore’s most impoverished neighborhoods Monday for a cleanup day. Loaded down with trash bags and shovels, they cleared alleyways of old tires, food containers, paper and other debris. They pulled up weeds and cut away overgrown grass. The group posted before and after pictures on social media showing their progress.
The effort was organized by pro-Trump activist Scott Presler. He claimed the event was not political. Yes, he was inspired to come by tweets from President Donald Trump describing the area, represented by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, as a “rodent infested mess.” But the visit wasn’t about showing support or animosity for either man, he said…./
More at https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-0808-conservatives-clean-west-baltimore-20190806-hmc2gndnhfhodch4yxromipgnq-story.html
And then, to finish it off, they throw in the usual condescending leftist lecture in the face of your goodwill.
We also hope Mr. Presler keeps his promise to return to Baltimore once a month. It would definitely give his motives more credibility. It might also give him better perspective about the city’s problems than any single visit can provide. Maybe it could even lead him and his followers to advocate for federal housing, health care, transportation, education, criminal justice, civil rights and anti-poverty policies aimed at urban communities.
This is akin to someone washing your car for you, and you run over to say, “you missed a spot!” Then tell them “and you better show up every weekend now.”
But they failed, too, to point out the difference of what the left does vs. what the right does. We see it all the time. Instead of a cleanup effort, Leftists hold rallies to shout epithets at the president or his supporters, or against law enforcement.
They leave trails of trash from their “marches” — you know those posed protests, but are really choreographed fundraisers for Democrats and media consumption.
That’s what we get from the left, all politics all the time. Power and control is all they care about. Your neighborhoods’ woes are only their means to further their political ends.
And if a person is only showing his animosity for Cummings by cleaning up an area in his district, then what am I missing? That’s some heavy animosity.
“There is a reason this keeps happening,” said someone in the media on El Paso. No, there are no legitimate reasons for it. Unless you call evil, mental problems, lack of respect for the sanctity of human life, and demented people the reasons.
But trying to attribute rational reasons to an irrational act of hatred and evil is not healthy, and possibly dangerous in itself. If you feel that ‘there is a reason this keeps happening’, then be honest about the fact that there are no valid reasons for it.
Though it makes sense for these people to blame Trump for complicity in this evil? Give me a break. Now they turned it completely political and weaponized the evil acts. Is there any reasons for that? I’ll tell you why: they don’t want Trump going to Texas and are just playing dirty, election politics. But then they also claim politics caused it. Really?
Get it? They are playing politics while saying politics caused it.
Democrats are fundraising with it. The DNC politicized it. Elizabeth Warren is fundraising and exploiting this evil for political gain. That is sick. Can’t they think of anything else?
You know the Rham Emanuel rule: “never let a crisis go to waste.” They wasted no time exploiting horrific evil for political gain, blamed politics, then claim politics is the solution.
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Some summertime Gary Clark Jr. blues
You don’t need the name of that one.
Here Are 5 Big Holes in Mueller’s Work
By Aaron Maté,
August 1, 2019
Robert Mueller’s two-year, $25.2 million investigation was supposed to provide the definitive account of Donald Trump, Russia and the 2016 election. Yet even after he issued a 448-page report and testified for five hours before Congress, critical aspects remain unexplained, calling into question the basis for the probe and the decisions of those who conducted it.
Time and again in his report and his testimony, Mueller refused to address a wide range of fundamental issues, claiming they were beyond his purview. Some of the issues Mueller and his team did not clarify include whether the FBI had a sound predicate for opening a counterintelligence probe of the Trump campaign; whether the FBI knowingly relied on false material; and the links between U.S. government agencies and key figures who fueled the most explosive claims of an illicit Trump-Russia relationship. Mueller claimed that he was prevented from answering critical questions due to ongoing Justice Department reviews, one by Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham and the other by Inspector General Michael Horowitz. In the meantime, here are some of the biggest mysteries that Mueller’s team left hanging in the air.
- Who Is Joseph Mifsud, and Was He the Actual Predicate for the Russia Investigation?
“Did the FBI egregiously overreact by launching its Trump-Russia probe on vague and ultimately fruitless information … or is Mifsud himself evidence that the Russia investigation was itself a set-up launched for still unknown reasons?”
- What Was the Role of the Steele Dossier?
- Why Did the Mueller Team Invent the Polling Data Theory About Konstantin Kilimnik, and Omit His U.S. Ties?
- Why Did the Mueller Team Falsely Suggest That Trump Tower Moscow Was a Viable Project – and What Was the Role of FBI Informant Felix Sater?
- Was Specious Info Leaked to Justify the Absence of Trump-Kremlin Links?
Read at RealClear Investigations
I think it is time to fill in those “unknown reasons.”
Something is very wrong when people stretch a matter beyond any possible integrity or honesty, and then shovel it out to the public as established fact. Especially when they made no attempt to be honest or fair in what they did from the very beginning.
And something is wrong when someone stands in front of a building screaming fire while the building burning is on the next street over. What are the reasons for doing any of this? All you would know is the person or people do have big reasons for it.
How sinister it is when the investigation(s) itself becomes just an extension of the ongoing cover up. And more when that investigation(s) is blessed with immune legitimacy.
It looked like it had such a bright future. It had nostalgic promise. It was the perpetual gift which kept on giving. It had the ability to set trends, move the masses, and rev up a local economy like no other. It had tethered ties with history, adorned with culture.
But yesterday it died a horrible death after suffering an extended illness. And worse the obituary is still being crafted; yet no one seems to know exactly what to say. It should be fitting for long eulogies and touching epitaphs. Somehow I think people would not want mourning to replace the joy and whimsy it brought to some people.
What in the world am I talking about? Of course I mean the day that Woodstock 50 died. I am sure the earth is still quaking across the country. Is that over dramatic, you think?
Nah, not really. In fact, it probably is not emotional enough for some who were so looking forward to, once again, pulling a rabbit from a hat and exceeding expectations with a flowing theme of the people. (or that is the way it would have been portrayed)
Instead, there was a note of bitterness in this death. That as much change as has happened over years, they just could not meet or exceed expectations set 50 years ago this August.
It all goes back to the original promoter, Michael Lang, who managed to pull off the original event and a few since. But this one was to be the big one remembered for more years to come, in a theme reminiscent of the original but with a defiant we can do it again purpose. And Michael Lang was again going to be the notable promoter who, against all odds, managed to pull it all together. Or so the narrative was written anyway.
It was to be a remembered time in Watkins Glen, NY at first. The downfall was a chain of events from permitting and financing troubles that plagued it almost from day one. Meanwhile, the ever-persistent Michael Lang kept promising that the show would still go on, hearkening comparisons back to the original garden venue.
Well the story line and events did not line up like a moon shot. The earth did not pause in slow motion gratuity to allow it to happen. Some things in the end were just not meant to happen. Turns out that replication of some events can be almost impossible.
At the last minute, they were moving it to a Maryland venue. Well, that seemed like it would solve its major location hurdles until even that fell through. Some pre-scheduled artists, who were also left hanging during all the failing plans, decided if it were in Maryland instead of NY, they were out.
But before this lonely death on July 31, 2019, it was a weekly roller coaster of ups and downs, ins and outs and cancellations. Also plagued by a cadre of nagging safety and security concerns. Maybe organizers were hoping that the long odds would come through? Maybe as much publicity stunt as actual event? To charity event and voter registration?
Timeline of the ladder to doom is here on Vulture. Interesting. Latest installment:
Wave the White Flag
July 31, 2019: Pour one out for what almost (never) was. Woodstock 50 officially accepts defeat, announcing in a statement the festival’s cancellation (for good this time). “We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the festival we imagined with the great line-up we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating,” Michael Lang writes. He confirms that the new plan was to have the festival be a benefit concert for the voter-registration charity HeadCount, but that it all fell apart due to losing the lineup. He continues, “We released all the talent so any involvement on their part would be voluntary. Due to conflicting radius issues in the DC area many acts were unable to participate
and others passed for their own reasons.” Woodstock 50 is now asking all artists originally booked — who’ve also already been paid — to donate 10 percent of their fees to HeadCount or “causes of their choice in the spirit of peace.”
In an additional statement, festival principal Greg Peck blamed original investor Dentsu Aegis for “throwing a wrench in our plans.” He claims that “some great artists came aboard over the last week to support Woodstock 50 — but time simply ran short.” Merriweather Post Pavilion operator Seth Hurwitz also said, “While we were able to quickly eliminate the venue portion of the challenge to present Woodstock, it was just too late in the game.”
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No word on the final arrangements.
Could a farewell tribute be some version of “see you in court” played in key of F?
In a related metaphor, was this also a final obituary for Michael Lang’s reputation? Will this lay rest to any future plans for him?
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A brief history of health care and politics in America, over the years.
Obama: If you like your (medical) plan you can keep your plan.
That is if you think can hold on to it.
Democrats: we believe everyone has a universal right to health care.
And we believe in the universal right to rip that private insurance of yours right out of your greedy little hands.
Then they would also like to make profits illegal anywhere in the healthcare industry.
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So it was a giant wind up before the delivery pitch Wednesday on the Mueller hearings. But in the end, what big thing did I learn? A few things.
Well, after a 2 and a half year investigation, it turns out they were investigating the wrong person all along. The Democrats agreed with Mueller at least 3 times that “it would be a crime” to do exactly what Hillary Clinton did. He said that would be a crime. Plus she could have been indicted immediately and there are no rules against it.
So now I am waiting to see and wondering why she has not been charged yet? They better get busy now with that investigation though. No time to waste, and we cannot allow crime(s) like that to stand. I expect the Democrats will be all over it the same way.
Another thing occurred to me: the only people who do know the whole ordeal about this investigation and the facts of it, from the beginning, would be Fox News viewers or a few very competent, resourceful people on the Internet with critical thinking skills.
That’s because the Democrats and media have not talked about any of those things. So there should be a whole bunch of people who did learn some things they didn’t know. Anyone who watches CNN or MSNBC for starters. They must have been shocked.
In other words, all that stuff Democrats called conspiracy theories. I do give media credit for doing such a job blocking that information from the public. It must have been very hard. Only enlightened people who have been watching Fox knew any of that.
I’ll be waiting, especially for the no-knock raids part on Hillary’s inner circle. I think media needs to stake out their homes. Any day now.
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- Tired of the crisis on the border? Blame Democrats.
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- Tired of trade benefiting our advisaries and others while harming ourselves? Blame them all. (just a test question.)
- Tired of a two-tiered justice system, one set of rules for them and another for the people? Blame Democrats.
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If you are just sick of politics in general – all of it? Blame Democrats.
They worked awfully hard at it. They are very proud that it worked.
And they are expanding their wish list in 2020 of more offensive things –free healthcare and tuition for illegals, Medicare for all, abolishing DHS and private insurance — to insult you. All brought to you by Democrats. This is a public service announcement.
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Today I needed to have an argument with someone and so I picked Karl Rove. Good old Karl, who really is a whiz at politics and known as the architect for Bush’s successful campaigns. I do tip my hat to his knowledge of politics. A very intelligent guy.
However, if you have to pick a fight with someone he would be the one. Because he has so much credibility. When you have a disagreement with a guru in politics, it must be real.
Anyway, though I have mentioned it before, he is setting up a nice contrast between Republicans and Democrats. He sees it one way and I think I see it a little differently in perspective. We may both want the same thing, in the end, but we come to and at it on different terms. He being the seasoned expert may have the favor. But I don’t really care, as I am determined to get the perspective right to the core.
He has lectured the same strategy several times on Fox, which he sees as a formula to winning. I don’t accept the basic premise of it. That’s where it gets hairy. Color me skeptical. I have no time-tested methodology or anything, only a sense based on what I know and have seen. That leads me to make a hypothesis and prognosis that I want to treat. He sees more a typical case. This is important and goes directly into my thesis.
Rove has a plethora of plug and play models of prescriptions from which to choose. He also has a good background in history. I am David but battling with an intellectual Goliath.
We both see the same battlegrounds of Democrats and issues driving their whole platform. They are as socialist and radical as the day is long. At least we see the same issues. But our combat tactics have to differ. He is ready to use an arsenal of resources to counter them all. Okay, I understand the reasoning. He wants to get organized and go down some type of list of Democrat issues, one by one, with an answer for each one. He wants Republicans or their spokespeople to be armed and able to tell voters what our ideas are and why they are better than Democrats’ failed ideas. An ultimate battle of ideas. Fairly basic, right?
On the face, you could say he is right. All it takes is that information and plugging it in wherever needed to explain our ideas. Forgive me here because I start seeing that as a little mundane. And in the end, it would depend on whether you can convince targeted voters that your ideas are better and right for America. It sounds a little déjà vu as well.
Wasn’t that what Paul Ryan kept saying? So we do have a case example. Did it work? Jury is still out I guess. But I remember him talking about this “better way” campaign. It is also a tedious thing of sitting down with people and requires being allowed to present your ideas to a willing audience. What could go wrong with that?
Now I promise I am not literally trying to pick apart every little thing with his plan. I’m just trying to be realistic. And today realism can cause you all sorts of heartburn. It is not as simple as it sounds. See we have to consider that target audience. So they are independents and some Democrats. We must know the environment (arena) too.
Targeted audience and arena opens up a big can of worms. And the people who we are inevitably responding to are those Democrats. It also means they are setting the terms for debate with their issues. We are then forced to debate on their terms. Sure we know what those are. But you have to know your audience too, in order to try to convince them. Basically, Democrats are now socialists. They know what they want, too. Long gone are the days Democrats didn’t know what they were, even what they were fighting for. They boldly admit being socialists, or Democratic Socialists if your like. And they are radicals, their ideas are radical. We shouldn’t have to adorn socialism petite along the way.
The logical way to look at it is you cannot go on treating the symptoms without diagnosing and addressing the disease. Pretending it does not matter is not a logical response.
So my point is that you cannot reason with radicals the same way you discuss a family vacation. By their nature they are altered to operate differently. They are hardened in the arts of radicalism. The point is you have to take into consideration who they are. David did know that much about his opponent, Goliath. He found out. And that helped determine how to fight him. It also impassioned David to fight him. I am not saying that socialists or socialism is a giant, only a big glob. Don’t underestimate the ability or capability of your opponent. They have gotten these inherently radical ideas because they are radicals.
When it comes to any interactions with them, one must remember they are radicals. Or go in with that conception anyway. Then the rules of reason that might ordinarily influence anyone else may not work on these people. They have built-in predjudices to their ideas. You aren’t dealing with an objective, even rational, person. Of course you are shooting for those you can influence or convince. Also, by nature, the other way these Democrats move is by group or mob. That is how they are influenced as well, by the wave of the mob.
Then there is the content conflict. We are fighting a mass of media propaganda at the same time. Whatever we say is likely to be turned into the next day’s sound bite against us. So if we are just going for the straight information argument, bombing them with info to make your case, it is possible. But do realize what you are up against or the message will just fall on intentionally deaf ears. When I hear stories of Russian defectors, I get a sense of what this is like. They have preconceived defenses built against your ideas. They are trained to hear things only in a certain way. It may not be code but it is in a way that fits with their ideological (in this case radical) mindset. The worst part is they have built a bias against even opening the door to you.
All this is why I find myself questioning Rove’s approach. Not because he is wrong about any of it, but because of who they really are on the other side. So at one time Karl Rove’s formula would be perfectly right because it would have been like normal politics. Today though, politics is not normal. To call it abnormal would be understating it. This is a whole different politics and relationship to them. What I am trying to say and show is that since Karl Rove has been around and involved in politics, things have changed.
It is not the same as it used to be. And what always worked before may be worthless now, unless you factor in who they are. Regular politics is not supposed to work with radicals because politics is what they were designed to hinder and overcome. Is that a fair match?
And we cannot afford to lose. This will definitely need a part 2 – sometime.
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Do you want to see how dishonest these people on the left are? Here is former Clinton Press Sec to Demonstrate the finer techniques for us.
Yes he really is comparing Trump to Hitler and calling Trump supporters Nazis. I mean is there any other interpretation of it? No. And maybe he doesn’t really know what he is saying either. But who could really know the mind of a crazed liberal loon?
Of course he is calling Trump that, but he just doesn’t want to admit it, and doesn’t want you to think he is.
That is only a small sample of things he said in a tirade on Twitter about Trump. It must have been time for a disinformation bombing run from the left.