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Another Win - Trump and India's PM Modi Speak At The White House

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President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi met at the White House for two days and the good chemistry between the two men is obvious.

The two leaders spoke about how theyhave forged important agreements on trade, commerce and mutual national security.While congress still has to approve it, the president is lobbying for India to be able to buy 22 Guardian MQ-9B unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance

The AP story accompanying this video has one huge outright lie in it, which is unfortunately typical. It says, " He (Modi) forged a strong relationship with President Barack Obama."

Actually, the relationship between the U.S. and India deteriorated during Barack Hussein Obama's time in the white House.

President Obama's conduct while in India where he refused to visit the Golden Temple further alienated India, and the disrespectful handling and arrest of one of India's diplomats in December 2013 in New York pretty much destroyed whatever was left of any good relations between India's previous Singh government and the U.S.

When Prime Minister Modi was elected in 2014, one of the first things then-President Obama did was to hammer on the Indian government about how they needed to 'make a settlement on Kashmir' with Pakistan. This shocked the Indians, who responded forcefully that the status quo was fine as far as they were concerned and Obama (this is almost a direct quote) was 'barking up the wrong tree.' He further angered them by excluding India from any meaningful input on Afghanistan, and by making a disgraceful deal with terrorist David Headly, AKA Daood Gilani.

Headly, you might remember, was the 'point man' for the hideous 2011 Mumbai terrorist
attacks promulgated by Lashkar-e-Tiaba and Pakistan's ISI, scouting out targets in advance and recording coordinates for the terrorists on a GPS. The Obama Administration refused to even let Indian intel interrogate Headly directly, let alone extradite him.

Modi is a lot like Trump. He was elected when India's economy was stagnant and has since made amazing progress in putting the Indian economy back on track. It's not surprising the two of them seem to be getting along so well, especially since they both have another friend in common, Israel's Benyamin Netanyahu. Like our President, Modi and his BJP party have a strongly pro-Israel stance.

President Trump's revitalizing America's relationship with Israel, the Sunni emirates, Egypt and India and his vastly improved chemistry with China are pointing in an obvious direction. Israel, America and the Sunnis have a common enemy in Iran, and India, Israel and China both have problems with Islamic extremism and terrorism.

What I think we're seeing here is vastly improved ties and  coalition building.

Monday, June 26, 2017

WoW! Forum: What's Your Reaction To The Special Elections?

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: What's Your Reaction To The Special Elections?

Bookworm Room : The special elections mattered only because the Democrats had three erroneous beliefs: (1) That Trump voters and former #NeverTrumpers want to disable Trump; (2) that money can buy votes; and (3) that polling is credible.

The reality is that even those conservatives who don't particularly like Trump, including those, such as Paul Mirengoff who have moved from being #NeverTrumpers to reluctantly Trump supporters, are pleased with what the President has been able to do despite the Progressives' unrelenting efforts to sidetrack him and, if possible, destroy his presidency entirely. Trump is busy rolling back Obama's unconstitutional executive orders, authorizing federal agencies to enforce laws already on the books, repealing onerous regulations, appointing conservative judges, and leading from the front in international affairs. Compared to that, his occasionally confusing or bombastic tweets seem insignificant.

It's also nice to see that, when it comes to deeply held principles, Americans can't be bought. Progressives can run all the ads they want in Georgia using money from the San Francisco Bay Area, but it's just not going to work. Again, while conservative voters (especially college-educated conservative voters) may not like Trump's style, they sure like his substance.

Finally, who in the world is dumb enough today to put all their faith in the polls?

The reality is that each of the special elections played out precisely as logic would dictate: conservative voters voted for conservative candidates. Wise Progressives (all three of them) have figured this out; the rest of them are providing us with delightful entertainment by attacking Nancy Pelosi and insisting that they would have won if only they'd pulled even harder to the left. You go, guys!

 Rob Miller: To borrow Kellyann's bon mot appropriĆ©, my reaction was to laugh my ossuff. More at the Dems and the media reaction than at the actual outcome, which I expected. The GOP totals alone in the election with 14 candidates running totaled more than Osssuf's with 1 other Democrat running.

What fascinates me more is the Dem reaction.  It has split the party wide open. Not that the split wasn't there before, but this has exacerbated it.

Julian Assange, has an interesting piece on Twit More that I dissected that explores this in depth. He says that the Democrat party is doomed. As a Bernie supporter, Assange paints a picture of what he sees as the party's future.

Mike McDaniel: My general reaction to the special Congressional elections in GA-6 and SC-5 is: so? I’m not demonstrating indifference or apathy. In fact, I don’t care about apathy. My point is I expected both Republicans to win, and within the five-point range, which is exactly what happened.

I was secure in this expectation because for decades, it has been apparent, and even proved through research, which the media has endeavored to keep quiet, that polls tend to favor Democrats by no less than five points. Some suggest it’s because pollsters always oversample Democrats, because of confirmation bias, because some pollsters misreport--purposely--results that favor Republicans, because the media don’t report polls that favor Republicans, particularly by significant margins…the list goes on, and all are likely correct to one degree or another. Therefore, whenever a Democrat is said to be likely to win a close race, I expect the Republican to win by 3-6 points, and am rarely disappointed.

Do I need to point out how utterly unreliable the media are? Do I need to observe if they report it’s dark at midnight, I have to go outside to confirm it? Need I note if the media think the Dem is a shoe-in, I know who is going to win? Thought not.

In the Georgia race, the arguments of the candidates also told the tale. Jon Osoff, as pure a pajamaboy as the DNC could find, began as a doctrinaire Democrat, but as election day approached, he began tacking sharply toward the center, sounding very much like--gasp!--Donald Trump. Karen Handel hit Osoff hard for his earned carpetbagger status, and for the tens of millions of out of state money--mostly from California--that made the race the most expensive in history. Her frequent invocation of Nancy Pelosi was also telling. Americans aren’t fond of her; she’s the embodiment of the San Francisco liberal, clueless, entitled and self-imagined intellectually and morally superior to the flyover country deplorables about whom she and Osoff pretend to care. The comparison stuck to Osoff even as he frantically tried to present himself as just one of the working middle class Democrats love to call racists in particular and bigots in general.

These elections don’t demonstrate quite as much as Republicans and Democrats claim. The Dems have indeed lost four in a row, but in the 2018 elections, they’ll win some--law of averages. I doubt they’ll take back the House, but may slightly narrow the margin.

However, the victory, and the Dem’s bizarre spin(s) regarding it, indicate yet again that Progressivism cannot be falsified. It is akin to religious faith for the aggressively and angrily non-religious. No progressive policy or tactic can possibly be wrong, and no evidence can ever exist sufficient to prove it wrong. If a policy or tactic appears to fail, it’s because not enough money was spent: more than $30 million wasn’t enough, and besides, the Republicans spent lots of money too and didn’t win by as big a margin as they should have! Not enough time has gone by for the policy or tactic to triumph as it inevitably must: yeah we lost now, but just wait until 2018 or 2020; Americans will love our narrative then! Or inevitably, Republicans have been allowed to exist to oppose the righteous: they cheated; it was the weather; Republicans lied about us and our candidate; Russia!, TRUMP!

This makes it very unlikely that Democrats will be able to diagnose their failure and make adjustments. They’ve spent decades so stirring their base into derangement, the entire party is essentially socialist, leaning communist, will all the totalitarian tendencies of those ideologies. Some Dems are apparently recognizing at least some of their huge liabilities, but it’s unlikely the base monster they’ve so willingly created will allow them to move anywhere near the center of traditional American politics.

Thank goodness--and Nancy Pelosi--for that.

Oh, and what must life be like for such perpetually angry, hateful and aggrieved people? All people of good will must pray for such miserable people.

Doug Hagin:Well, I am pleased with the results, although not surprised in the least. And, I am happy that the Democrats still do not get why they lost. They really are in denial.

Don Surber: The special elections represented five open congressional seats, which are the best way to flip a district, especially this late in the 10-year redistricting cycle.

However, all five seats -- four Republican and one Democratic -- remained in their respective parties's folds. This shows the regional partisan split continues.
Rare will be the state that has a Republican senator and a Democratic senator in the future. Last year, there were 34 Senate races. Republicans took all 22 in the states Trump won. Democrats took all 12 in the states Clinton won.

At present, the double victory on Tuesday gave Trump a boost. Democrats are deflated. The party is becoming a coffee klatch run by a bunch of bickering, catty, little old ladies -- Hillary, Nancy, and Chuck Schumer. To keep the troops moving forward, they dialed up the rhetoric to 11. It isn't working.
Obama will try to rev up the base, but he split the base by playing racial politics for eight years. The return of the Black Liberation Movement under the alias of Black Lives Matter makes politics less fun for white people.Who needs the guilt? So he is turning off much of the base.
On top of that, Obama has the smell of loser now.

Trump let the air out of all of Obama's programs. We are not even six months into this administration. Even Michelle's carrot sticks and kale school lunches are gone. Trump is feeding the kids corn dogs and cheese puffs.

Ossoff's head is on the pike. Pajama Boy is this year's Wendy Davis. Abortion Barbie meet Planned Parenthood Ken.

The Karen Handel Forget Planned Parenthood Money Act is coming. Revenge is being served hot and spicy.

We may not get tired of winning, but surely the big Democratic donors are exhausted from all that losing. DNC revenues hit their lowest in 14 years last month. Adjusted for inflation that is, let's see (gets out calculator) pitiful.

At some point, losing no longer is fun. You do something else. I say this as a Cleveland sports fan. About this time of year, you assess the Indians record and calculate if the Tribe is worth the emotional investment. This year the verdict is yes. Other years no. I went through 35 seasons in which the Indians had only 6 winning seasons. A fair weather fan is a sane fan.

So it is with politics. If Trump lost, I would have quit blogging. It's that simple.
Imagine people more marginally involved in politics. Has anyone seen Jane Fonda lately?
So the short answer is Democrats are deflated, Trump is pumped.

 Dave Schuler: The Democratic National Committee, with the obtuseness they've displayed for the last dozen years or so, chose to make the special elections a referendum on Trump. Now they're stuck with it.

No matter how much they wish it were otherwise, politics has been, is, and will remain local. The Democrats need to learn how to do retail politics again. Field qualified candidates who actually live in the districts they want to represent, who know the districts and are known by them. Formulate an agenda and run on issues. Build local organizations.

Don't expect the electorate at large to recoil in horror from Republicans the way you do. Other than in a few urban centers and college towns, most people just don't look at things that way.

Laura Rambeau Lee : The Democrats appear unaware the majority of Americans remain firmly center right. The Democrat Party of today offers nothing but nasty partisanship and hateful rhetoric. Their progressive Marxist ideology and identity politics appeal to a very small segment of the population. The American people do not want this continued chaos and division being stirred up by progressive agitators. We want good jobs. We want the opportunity to better ourselves and raise our families and for the most part to be let alone. We want less government intrusion into our lives, not more. We do not want a nanny state and we know that promises of free health care and college tuition are lies. We treasure our freedom and are seeing it slip away, particularly through policies implemented by the Democrat party.

The Democrat Party has no good leader and no message that appeals to the average American voter. These last special elections prove no amount of money or celebrity endorsements can buy our votes. As long as the Democrat party remains deaf to the needs of the American people and continues to push their radical agenda they will continue to lose support for their candidates.

As for me, I’m still laughing my Ossoff.

Well, there it is!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Patrick Condell: The Invasion Of Europe

Patrick Condell in another classic commentary, this time on what he calls the invasion of Europe. As usual, he gets right to the heart of the matter.

As Patrick Condell points out, this is a self inflicted wound, and a particularly dangerous one for women, gays and Jews. And slowly but surely, the cost of keeping these 'refugees' many of whom remain on welfare is slowly bankrupting the EU. There's also the cost, both human and financial, of crime.

Will Europe eventually wake up and stop this slow suicide? Time will tell.

The Secret behind Amazon's New Bestseller On Palestinian History

A new book, "A History of the Palestinian People: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era," has become the number 1 best seller on Amazon in its Israeli and Palestinian History category.

Written by Israeli publicist and editor Assaf A. Voll, the book sells for $7.99.

Here's a summary of this 132-page book, easily read in one sitting:

This book is the fruit of many years of research, during which thousands of sources have been meticulously reviewed in libraries and archives worldwide. It is no doubt the most comprehensive and extensive review of some 3,000 years of Palestinian history, with emphasis on the Palestinian people’s unique contribution to the world and to humanity

So what's the secret of its success? The passionate writing style? The meticulous research involved?
No, not exactly.

This lauded historical account, also available in Arabic and in Hebrew offers real insight. Because every one of its 120 pages is blank.

Even more to the point, Amazon isn't mentioning this in it's description of this important historical work.

Even 'Palestine's' leaders have revealed many times in the past that they adopted the name 'Palestinians' in 1965 as a tactic. For instance:

In a 1977 interview with Dutch newspaper Trouw, PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein admitted frankly, “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism".

And Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad made it clear that nothing has changed since 1977. This is what Hammad said when he was interviewed on Al-Hekma TV in March 2012: “Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis. Who are the Palestinians? ... We are Egyptians…”

Yasser Arafat, for example, was an Egyptian.

The word 'Palestine' itself came from the Romans, who named their conquered province as an insult to the Jews after the Jew's old enemies, the Philistines. It was after the Philistines had actually ceased to exist as a people centuries before that the Romans renamed conquered Judea 'Palestine.'

You see, Palestine is the world's most successful con game, resulting in stolen billions for Arafat, Abbas and their Fatah cronies. They picked the right enemy, the Jewish State.

Even more Ironic is the situation of the 'Palestinian refugees' on whom so much time, attention and money has been lavished and who still remain official 'refugees' after 4 generations. They even have an entire, well funded UN Agency, UNRWA, devoted to their care, feeding and welfare, something no other refugee group has ever had. It's the largest agency of the United Nations, employing over 30,000 staff and has one of the largest budgets of any UN agency, 75% of which is funded by the U.S.

The irony? It's twofold. First, these 'refugees' were given Jordanian citizenship by act of parliament in 1954, along with every other Arab living in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem after the Jordanians and their British officers ethnically cleansed every Jew from those areas after 1948. So these people are neither refugees or stateless, but are still being treated as 'refugees' 63 years later.

The second? Both of the first two UNRWA heads admitted in testimony before the UN General Assembly and before the U.S. Congress that there had been no vetting of any of these refugees to see whether they had actually ever lived in what became Israel and really were refugees. UNRWA head John Blandford Jr. admitted to congress in 1952 thqat they simply put any Arabs who showed up on the rolls for free food, housing, medical care and other assorted goodies.

Rather like what's happening today with most of those 'refugees' in Europe, if you think about it!

UPDATE: Amazon has removed the book from their site. Pity, I would have bought a copy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mark Steyn Weighs In On Special Election Outcomes…

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The one and only Mark Steyn had a few things to say about the special elections in his own inimitable style:

 I'm still laughing at Steyn's characterization of the bogus 'Russia' scandal - “Deep State Dinner Theater!”

I liked this tweet as well:

Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O! All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0

Steyn of course is completely right. Einstein's classic definition of insanity applies...doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, That's exactly where the leadership of the Democrat Party is now. Oddly enough, what's left of sanity in the party, the 18 member strong Blue Dog caucus of conservative and Centrist Democrats is meeting with top aides of President Trump, doing exactly what Steyn and President Trump suggested; opening discussions to come to agreements on issues like tax reform  to come up with policies Democrats- sorry, the Blue dogs, at least - can work on and support.

While the Democrat  media is characterizing this as Trump being desperate to break the DC logjam I see it as strategy, splitting the Blue Dogs off from the radical left that now has control of the Democrats. Based on the constituencies most of them represent (primarily in Red States) not only does he have a good chance at getting them to work with him, he might even get some of them to switch parties. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) who has consistently voted to support President Trump's  agenda is said to be fairly close to doing that already.

Republicans Win Georgia 6 Election

With almost all the vote counted, the results are are pretty unanimous..the Republicans win Georgia 6 and Karen Handel has beaten Jon 'Pajama Boy' Ossof like a gong. Even CNN, wiping the tears from their eyes has called it for the Republicans.

At this point, Karen Handel is ahead by five points, 52.5% to Ossof's 47.5%. I guess that's all $25 million that was almost entirely out of state money buys a left wing Democrat in Georgia.

As I predicted, Ossof's lack of any relevant experience and the label of 'carpetbagger' that stuck to him because of all the out of state money and Ossof's not even living in the district hurt him.

To add insult to injury, the Republicans also won the seat in South Carolina 5.

Here's another prediction from the link above :
But here’s a prediction I feel perfectly OK making. If Ossof manages to eke out a win, the Democrats and their media will celebrate it as if the Messiah had arrived. If he loses, they will spin like tops telling everyone how unimportant it is.

I know this because this is exactly how they behaved in the Kansas and Montana special elections, both of which they were confident of winning and were viewing as ‘resistance’ against Trump. Remember when they lost, and lost handily? Suddenly neither of these races were deemed important anymore. Move along, nothing to see here.

There’s a prediction you can take to the bank.
Look at the media in the next few days and see if I'm not right.

Oh, and one more thing:

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BWah Hah hah hah hah hah hah hah!


UPDATE: The Dem Media is already starting to spin this. It's already starting. From Dave Wasserman at .538 :

Among the questions I can already hear Democrats asking tomorrow: Why didn’t Ossoff take the fight to Trump in his ads? And why didn’t he take a sledgehammer to the AHCA? Why did he run such a bland campaign? But I think a better explanation might be: After over $30 million in pro-Ossoff/anti-Handel ads, there is such a thing as Ossoff fatigue.

Before, Jon Ossoff was the Trump Slayer, a prog Hero. Now he's a scapegoat.


Cross posted on Wow! Magazine

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Why The Georgia 6 Election Isn't Any 'Omen' Of Things To Come


The special election in Georgia's 6th district is being held tomorrow, and as usual, pundits,particularly on the Left are making it a huge deal..a 'referendum on Trump.' It isn't, no matter who wins.

The election is being held because Republican Tom Price resigned his seat in order to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. While Price is quite conservative and won his district by over 20 points, the district itself isn't, and Price's long incumbency is due a lot more to his general character and attention to the needs of his constituents in his district. In reality, Georgia 6 is sort of a middle of the road district for the most part, one Trump won by only 1.5%.

The two candidates are Jon Ossoff, who ran unopposed as a Democrat and Karen Handel who finished on top of a field of 14 Republicans and took just enough of the votes to force a runoff. Combined, the Republican votes totaled more than Ossof's tally.

Ossoff's entire background is as a political operative. He's never done much else. He was and remains the beneficiary of huge amounts of cash,$27 million or so, almost all of it from blue strongholds like California and New York. The huge influx of out of state cash actually might hurt him, since he doesn't live in the district and has already been tagged with the label 'carpetbagger.' That still means something in this part of the country.

Another interesting factoid is that the nature of his campaign changed. Originally, he ran as 'someone who's going to make Donald Trump furious' and concentrated on attacking President Trump and his policies. Reportedly, his internals including a 'focus group' run by the DCCC discovered that wasn't playing all that well. So he stopped attacking the president in his ads and began running more of a Bernie Sanders lite, reform Washington, eat the rich,class warfare type campaign.

At the same time, Republican Karen Handel, Georgia's former secretary of State has run her campaign along the lines of tax reform and more centrist GOP lines, taking care not to ally herself too closely with the Trump presidency.

Both these factoids are evidence that the Left's frenzy over Georgia 6 being a referendum on the Trump administration are sheer nonsense. Ditto for any opinions on the Right that a victory means a major endorsement of the president. And the fact that this is likely going to be a tight race underlines the idea that this race being any kind of sign of trends in the future are ridiculous.

A prediction? The polls are pretty evenly divided some showing Karen Handel ahead and some showing Ossof ahead. All of them are within the margin of error, although Handel seems to be showing a very slight amount of momentum.

But here's a prediction I feel perfectly OK making. If Ossof manages to eke out a win, the Democrats and their media will celebrate it as if the Messiah had arrived. If he loses, they will spin like tops telling everyone how unimportant it is.

I know this because this is exactly how they behaved in the Kansas and Montana special elections, both of which they were confident of winning and were viewing as 'resistance' against Trump. Remember  when they lost, and lost handily? Suddenly neither of these races were deemed important anymore. Move along, nothing to see here...

There's a prediction you can take to the bank.

A Few Remarks About The DC Shootings

(Photo/Kevin S. Vineys)

Yesterday's hit, now dubbed the DC shootings, was launched by an extremely partisan, anti-Trump activist on a group of Republican congressmen and their staffers practicing for a charity baseball game.

By now we know most of the details about the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson. He was a hard core, very politically involved Leftist influenced heavily by what he saw and heard promulgated by the Democrats and their media. For instance, here's an entry from his FaceBook page: “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

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Let's compare that with something that ran on the Left wing outlet Huffington Post by one Jason Fuller:
Impeachment and removal from office are only the first steps; for America to be redeemed, Donald Trump must be prosecuted for treason and — if convicted in a court of law — executed.

Draining the swamp means not only ejecting Trump from the presidency, but also bringing himself and everyone assisting in his agenda up on charges of treason. They must be convicted (there is little room to doubt their guilt). And then — upon receiving guilty verdicts — they must all be executed under the law. Anything less than capital punishment — or at least life imprisonment without parole in a maximum security detention facility — would send yet another message to the world that America has lost its moral compass. In order for America’s morality and leadership to be restored, it must rebuke Donald Trump, his entire administration, and his legislative agenda in the strongest manner possible. And nothing would do more than to convict them of the highest offense defined by our Constitution, and then to deliver the ultimate punishment. Donald Trump deserves nothing less. Mitch McConnell, Steve Bannon, and Paul Ryan should also share Donald Trump’s fate, for they have done more than practically anyone to protect him and to throw our country under the proverbial bus. In order to survive, we as a nation must deliver the ultimate punishment under the law to all involved in its current destruction.
There are a lot of similar fever swamp rants I could produce that go on in quite a similar vein. And people like Hodgkinson read them, and watch them on video and TV. After all, if you truly believe what the Left is peddling 24-7, that Trump is Hitler, and a traitor who colluded with the Russians, why wouldn't you think he and his 'collaborators,'those evil Republicans' deserve to be executed? Why else do you think they call it the 'Resistance?'

Even today, after the fruits of this sort of thing have ripened into congressmen and their staffers being gunned down, a lot of voices on the Left think this was simple justice. I'll spare you the disgusting tweets ( "Too bad it wasn't Trump"). You can find those for yourself if you have a strong stomach. But for all the talk of 'unity' a lot of people on the Left think what happened yesterday was justified, either because of the innate evil of anyone who doesn't think like them or because of the Republican's support for the Second Amendment.

Leftist icon Markos Moulitsas is the founder of VOX Media and the leftist site Daily KOS. His take? The Republicans had it coming to them:

“Republicans are getting what they want,” Markos Moulitsas wrote on Twitter, linking to a tweet from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul that quoted Fox News personality Judge Napolitano as saying, “Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!”

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) gave us a good example of the second,using the shootings to advance her call for American citizens to essentially be disarmed, which is something of a jihad for California's senior senator. Of course, she ignored the fact that the only reason a number of congressmen and their staffers weren't murdered is because the Capitol Police were in attendance as well and took the shooter out before he could finish the job. She also ignores the fact that criminals can always obtain guns illegally and that unlike her, the average American isn't gifted with trained 24-7 armed security. At taxpayer expense, I might add.

Let's face up to something. The DC shootings and other similar incidents like the Berkeley riots and the murder of police are directly linked to the extreme hatred fomented by the Left and their media. This kind of hate now grips certain sectors of America, and it has been seeded and nourished extensively by the Left and their media. It's the Left who has financed it and the Left who applauds it. There's nothing bipartisan about it. It's the Democrats and the Left who have gloried in targeting a sitting president for murder to placate what has become their base. And more mainstream Democrats have largely been silent.

Kathy Griffin’s severed head photo-shoot, Madonna telling a rally how she thinks all the time about blowing up the White House, Shakespeare in the Park performing 'Julius Caesar' and using the play as venue to call for President Trump's assassination...and those wonderful New York audiences cheering them on...the videos by Snoop Doggy Dog about shooting Trump, Jim Carey talking about how he'd like to murder the president with a golf club. They all have an effect. They are all designed to dehumanize the president and his supporters. And they have led to actual violence by #blacklivesmatter supporters, AntiFa and black bloc groups. The DC shootings cross another new, blood red line.

These are not new tactics. The idea behind them, again, is to dehumanize your opponents. They're exactly the ones Adolf Hitler, a progressive pioneer in many ways used in the 1930's with the National Socialist German Workers Party, or Nazis for short. In fact, Hitler could be said to be the originator of Alinsky's famous Rule 13: 'Pick the target, freeze the target, personalize it and polarize it.'

So what are we to make of this?

I live in Realsville, so here are a few things we need to keep in mind for the future :

Do not expect the Left or their media to step back from the abyss just because of the DC shootings. Do not think there's going to be any moderation in the slander, hatred or violence. The Left revels in such things, it always has. It will continue to reward and approve them, and to finance them. And since they couldn't win an election, the next best thing for them will be to either bring down President Trump by any means necessary or make it impossible for him to govern. How successful they are depends largely on how the American people react and how effective their propaganda and violence are when it comes to intimidating opponents. So far, that has not been successful.

Be aware that the Left for the most part has no respect for law and order. But they will continue to use those of their ilk who are part of that system - Leftist Obama appointed judges, prosecutors and attorneys general in blue run states and cities, and local police chiefs under their orders -to pervert and abuse law and order whenever its remotely possible.

An example of what we can expect happened just yesterday, when, as the AP reported,200 Democrat lawmakers filed a spurious lawsuit alleging that President Trump is violating the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution. Their grounds? That even while President Trump has relinquished all control and has put his business in the hands of his elder sons while he's serving the American people for $1 per year, his business is still making money from people staying at his hotels and leasing his properties. The idea, of course, is to waste the president's time and energy while allowing their media to continue to beat the drum of supposed high crimes and misdemeanors the President could be impeached for in the unlikely event the Democrats take both houses of congress.

The Left fully understands and appreciates the use of Stalin and Goebbels's technique of the big lie, repeated over and over again. If President Trump is wise, he will avoid his personal involvement in this travesty of justice as much as possible and put together a team to both debunk nonsense like this and possibly counter sue the signatories for libel and slander. The two Democrats who organized this, Rep. John Conyers(D-MI) and Senator Richard Blumenthal(D-CT) are both despicable swamp creatures who have backgrounds and associations that are extremely easy to publicize and attack. For instance, had the law existed when he ran for the Senate, Blumenthal could plausibly have been prosecuted and convicted for violating the stolen valor statutes.

'Resistance' to Trump's emigration policies and perfectly legal travel ban will continue no matter what the Supreme Court decides. As president, Trump has a perfect right to have U.S. Marshalls or the FBI arrest any governors or mayors who refuse to obey the law for obstruction of justice. Prosecuting one of them will make the rest think twice, if the president has the courage to do so.

Expect that Mueller's 'investigation' will end with him not finding any criminal charges (because there aren't any that are remotely possible) but having enough to say about 'improper conduct' and 'possible misconduct, but I couldn't find any direct evidence' to keep the Left's fire burning. Expect Mueller to take his time as well...the Democrats are already saying they will push the bogus 'Trump-Russia' narrative through the 2018 midterms.

The police in most blue run cities and on their college campuses have already been marginalized by the local Democrat politicians.They are largely working men with families to support and pensions to protect. The best to be expected is tacit non-involvement. So be prepared to defend yourself forcefully as needed. Remember that these people are bullies who attack only en masse, hunt for people unlikely to be able to defend themselves and run away when they're confronted forcefully. Expect the violence to escalate, even to the point of more shootings and likely, an assassination attempt on the president.

Also expect that at some point, one of these budding Leftist SA Brownshirts is going to attack the wrong person at the wrong time and be severely hurt or killed by someone on the Right defending his or her life or property. When that happens, the Left and their media will go berserk as only they can and make a 'martyr' out of this thug, which is exactly what the Nazis did with Horst Wessel . When this happens it will be important that the Right applaud someone who rightfully defended themselves rather than falling into the usual craven, cowardly behavior.

Since a part of this conflict (because that's what it is) will be fought with propaganda and arguments aimed towards the deconstruction of lies and slander, it will be important to fight back with as much counter-information as possible.

This 'civil war' is not going to be fought with large armies and epic battles. It will be fought by individuals in the streets, on the Internet, in the courts and in the culture. And whatever you might think of President Trump, like it or not he is the commander in chief of our side, which is exactly why he must be supported. The alternative is rule by the totalitarian Left.

Like it or not (and I admit I personally find it distasteful) this is what we're going to be facing, the result of a quarter century of national decline.

Ronaldus Maximus was completely right when he said that freedom can be lost in a generation. Let it not be known to history, that it was in our time and by our generation.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Another London Terrorist Attack


There has apparently been another serious London terrorist attack

A van plowed into Muslims leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque to walk home after taraweh, the prayers said before breaking the Ramadan fast. There are a number of casualties reported.

London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations, Kevin Bate said:

“We were called at 12.15am to reports of a road traffic collision at Seven Sisters Road.

“We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene. An advance trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by car.

“We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene.

In many ways, this attack was a 'copycat' of the jihadi attack on London Bridge, using a rented van.

There is one difference. This time, the driver, who was arrested has immediately been identified by the British press as a 'white man.' Two other occupants of the van fled and are being sought by London's police.

I have been afraid of something like this happening for quite some time.

Many governments, including the UK's have been quite lax about dealing with Islamist based terrorism in their home countries for quite some time. The Finsbury Mosque, where this horrible attack took place is a prime example.

While the British press is quick to say that the mosque has changed under its new imam, The Finsbury Mosque was the notorious headquarters of jihad in London. Al Qaeda operatives including the “shoebomber” Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui attended the Finsbury Park mosque regularly. In 2002, The Guardian reported that weapons training had taken place inside the building. And it's imam for most of this period was jihadi Abu Hamza al-Masri (AKA 'Hookhand').

The UK's government did nothing about this and other jihadi outposts for years. And frequently, political correctness and multiculturalism were deemed more important than national security or even basic safety in the streets. After numerous terrorist incidents occurring and little being done except for verbiage, if non-Muslims (AKA 'whites') were responsible for this cowardly attack, it's a bad sign that shows people's tolerance for being unsafe in their home country may be coming to an end.

One of the primary reasons for having a government is to ensure public safety. If there are people who feel (with some justification) that the British Government isn't providing that, some of them are liable to take matters into their own hands, with as little regard for the innocent as the jihadis have. That could be what we have here.

That, of course, will also likely lead to a hell of 'revenge' terrorism back and forth. That's exactly what this could be the beginning of.

 It is the British government's responsibility to stop this before it gets started. Innocent blood is innocent blood no matter who is responsible.

 UPDATE: ISIS and other Islamist groups are already using this to call for more terrorist attacks of the kind they already have perpetrated. The driver of the van, by the way has been  identified as Darren Osborne, a 47-year old British man from Cardiff. As he was pinned down and held for the police by Muslims at the mosque, he reportedly shouted, “I’ve done my bit.” We may indeed be seeing the start of a war here.

WoW! Magazine's Forum: What Will be The End Result Of Mueller's Investigation?

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question:What Will be The End Result Of Mueller's Investigation?

Mike McDaniel: The results of Mueller’s investigation do not require the insight of an Old Testament prophet. Special prosecutors spends tens, even hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, and they prosecute as many people for as many crimes as they can… I was going to say “for as many crimes as they can find,” but the better formulation would be: “for as many crimes as they can manufacture.”

Take the “Russian collusion” narrative. Even Democrats are beginning to back away from that one. There is no such crime as “collusion,” which is nothing more than agreeing on a course or action or working in concert toward it. One might conceivably violate portions of the espionage statutes, perhaps money laundering, even RICO, which is often stretched to attack little girls running lemonade stands, but people may discuss, even make manifest, their common views on a variety of topics--collude, if you will--without violating the law.

There might be treason, but that’s so yesterday. Progressives have always loved the Russians and envied their totalitarian ways. They only changed their views because TRUMP. Only five people in American history have been convicted of treason, but Progressives would surely think it the most important statute in the history of the Republic if they thought they could use it against President Trump or someone close to him.

Another significant problem is that as head of the Executive branch, Mr. Trump has the unlimited power to fire the Director of the FBI; he’s part of the Executive branch. President Trump has the same power to demand any federal prosecutor, from the Attorney General down to the newest junior prosecutor just hired in Buffalo Breath, ND, cease prosecution of any case. He need not produce any reason. That’s all part of the rule of law, which progressives find so inconvenient.

Let’s review: Mr. Trump, apparently feeling kindly toward General Flynn, and thinking he had suffered enough, told James Comey he hoped--hoped--Comey could see his way clear to let the Flynn case go. Comey testified--in a Mittyish manner--he didn’t consider this an order to end the investigation, which by all accounts, was already ended. He also testified he did not do anything to end that, or any other investigation, and the current, acting head of the FBI testified no one has tried to influence or stop any investigation. Yet Progressives are screaming “obstruction of justice,” and “cover up.”

How can the President of the United States obstruct justice when he did not direct Comey to do anything, and when he has absolute constitutional power to direct Comey to end any investigation at will? Even if Mr. Trump specifically told Comey to drop a specific investigation/prosecution--and he didn’t--that’s not a crime, merely an exercise of the President’s prosecutorial discretion. Whether it would be a politically wise thing to do is another matter, but a political matter, not a crime.

Mr. Trump is right. It’s a witch hunt. Mueller has been hiring legions of known leftist lawyers. I remember not long ago when James Comey was universally hailed as a straight shooter, as a man who would never put his thumb on the scale of justice. As Sarah Palin would say: “How’s that workin’ out for yah?” Now Mueller is the straight shooter, but thus far, all his rounds are bending sharply to the left.

This is nothing more than standard progressive tactics, as in the case of former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Austin’s chief prosecutor, a real piece of work, was arrested for drunk driving, and her horrifically bad behavior, which required her to be strapped to a chair, and which included threats, was videotaped. As she was in charge of the state’s public accountability unit--prosecuting corrupt public officials--Perry thought it wise she resign. She refused, so Perry made it clear he’d veto funds for that sole function--not the entire prosecutor’s office--and when she still refused to resign, he did.

He was charged with multiple felonies, which came down to arguing the Governor could be convicted of crimes for exercising his constitutional authority. Perry eventually won; all charges were dismissed, but it took years, cost millions, and destroyed Perry’s presidential hopes, which, apart from the general, enthusiastic exercise of leftist hate and cruelty, was the point of the prosecution.

It is inconceivable that Mueller, who is reported to be hiring large numbers of plainly leftist lawyers, with no end in sight, will simply close up shop and announce no crimes were found. This is, in the finest progressive Washington DC style, an investigation in search of a crime, and someone to hang it on--actually, someone to hang in general. With that in mind, trifles such as probable cause, proof beyond a reasonable doubt, credible witnesses and evidence and the presumption of innocence until the state proves one guilty certainly won’t be bothered with.

In this case, Shylock will get his pound of flesh, and it will take him at least four years, or more, to get it. Just as with Rick Perry, that’s the point.

Rob Miller:Here's what I had to say about this elsewhere, and I'm sticking by it:

Expect that Mueller’s ‘investigation’ will end with him not finding any criminal charges (because there aren’t any that are remotely possible) but having enough to say about ‘improper conduct’ and ‘possible misconduct, but I couldn’t find any direct evidence’ to keep the Left’s fire burning. Expect Mueller to take his time as well…the Democrats are already saying they will push the bogus ‘Trump-Russia’ narrative through the 2018 midterms.

That's about as long as the Left is going to be able to keep this nonsense going. After that, the same tactic the Clintons and Obama used successfully is going to backfire on them...people get bored after awhile.

If the president does his job, the economy continues to do well, the AHCA is implemented, tax reform becomes a reality and illegal migration is curtailed, the American people at large aren't going to care about what the NYT or CNN manufactures. And the hard left will fail in its attempt to take over congress.

Dave Schuler: There will be no end result. It will grind on without much in the way of results until the end of Trump's second term, he's defeated in his bid for re-election, he resigns or declines to run for re-election, he dies in office, the investigation is terminated, either by the Congress or by the president, or some combination of the above.

Laura Rambeau Lee : The American people are outraged at the unsubstantiated allegations by unknown sources regarding the Trump Administration’s “obstruction of justice” accusations that continue to be reported in the media. Yet during former FBI Director Comey's testimony he revealed Hillary Clinton was in fact under investigation when Bill Clinton met former Attorney General Loretta Lynch on her plane. Comey also disclosed that Lynch directed him not to call it an investigation and instead he should call it a “matter” when discussing it. Shortly thereafter he reported they would not be pursuing charges against Clinton after reciting a list of the numerous illegal activities committed by Clinton. This is the very definition of collusion and obstruction. This is what should be investigated. And yet the media refuses to cover and expose this story.

This is a witch hunt by people who still cannot believe their precious Hillary Clinton did not win the election and their anger has not subsided. In fact, it continues to escalate as the progressive media pushes the narrative that President Trump colluded with the Russians in the election. Since none of our intelligence agencies could find any evidence of this, they are now pursuing obstruction of justice charges against President Trump for his firing of Comey. President Trump has the constitutional power and right to fire anyone in the executive branch at any time.

Nothing good will come of this investigation. We the people need to put unrelenting pressure on our congressmen and woman to support President Trump and insist on an end to the investigation. We need to allow our president to get on with his agenda and keep his campaign promises. And those Republicans who refuse to support our president should be primaried out in 2018 and 2020. Drain the swamp.

Well, there it is!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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How Obama Dismantled U.S. Intel Capabilities To Appease Iran 

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How Obama Dismantled U.S. Intel Capabilities To Appease Iran

Now that President Barack Hussein Obama is out of office, a number of disturbing things have surfaced about Obama's signature foreign policy achievement, known as the Iran Deal. Among other things, in his lust for the Iran deal at any cost, President Obama dismantled U.S. intelligence capabilities being used against Iran and it's terrorist satellites and proxies.

As the Washington Free Beacon reported, David Asher, an adviser to Gen. John Allen at the Defense and State Departments during the time these actions took place told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on June 8th that top officials running several key law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the Obama administration "systematically disbanded" law enforcement and intelligence activities targeting the terrorism financing operations of Iran, Hezbollah, and Venezuela. This happened during the nuclear negotiations with Tehran.

"Senior leadership, presiding, directing, and overseeing various sections [of these agencies] and portions of the U.S. intelligence community systematically disbanded any internal or external stakeholder action that threatened to derail the administration's policy agenda focused on Iran," he testified.

According to Asher's testimony, the Obama Administration deliberately obstructed U.S> intelligence and law enforcement from a prime opportunity to take apart Hezbollah's worldwide financial network, including proxy use of the U.S. banking system, moneylaundering, and narcotics sales in conjuction with the world's major drug cartels.

As a side note, Hezbollah, like most other terrorist organizations has been trafficking in drugs for years, Their headquarters, in Lebanon's Beka'ah Valley is one of the prime drug growing and refining areas in the world.

"We lost much of the altitude we had gained in our global effort, and many aspects including key personnel, who were reassigned, budgets that were slashed—many key elements of the investigations that were underway were undermined," Asher testified.

"Today we have to deal with the legacy of that and how we rebuild this capability—knowing that you can have a nuclear deal with Iran and you can contain and disrupt their illicit activities," he continued.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R., Calif.) plans to introduce additional sanctions aimed at Hezbollah and Iran.

Another aspect that come out in the hearing that Rep. Royce referred to was a report he cited about the Obama administration's release of seven Iranian-born prisoners in U.S. custody last year as part of a prisoner swap for dual U.S.-Iranian citizens. A Politico article in April detailed how several of the seven freed Iran in's were accused by the Obama administration's own Justice Department of posing threats to national security.

Citing court filings, the report also showed that the Obama Justice Department dropped charges and international arrest warrants against 14 other men, some of whom had actually committed espionage.

David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector testified to the same panel recently about how the Obama administration also interfered with U.S. law enforcement efforts against Iran's terrorist networks.

When Rep. Royce asked Asher about this, Asher said, "We had operations that were denied overseas. We had funding that was cut," he said. "People were making decisions that the counter-terrorism mission and the Iran nuclear deal was a central and all-important element whereas containing Iran's malevolent forces was less important."

Another facet of how shameless the Obama Administration was involved what occurred just a week after the US Senate failed to stop the Iran nuclear deal, while secret 'side deals' were still being negotiated to finalize things. Iran revealed it's duplicity and its contempt for Obama and Secretary of State Kerry by launching a huge cyber attack on the U.S. State Department in late September of 2015. Not only did the Obama Administration refuse to publicly disclose the attack, but they made it classified to make sure no one else in the State Department or its private contractors did either.

At that point, of course, the deal could still have been scuttled. President Obama made a decision not to do so.

How cowardly this appeasement was can be seen by Iran's subsequent actions - holding U.S. citizens captive for ransom, ballistic missile testing, jousting with U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf and even taking a U.S. navel vessel captive and publicly humiliating its crew.

The UN isn't even bothering to inspect Iran's nuclear facilities anymore. In fact, UN inspectors never even got to see a number of Iranian facilities, which was supposed to be part of the deal. At this point, Iran is 'self-inspecting' its facilities. So much for the rigid inspections and verification creatures like Ben Rhodes sold to his friends in the U.S. media, who lapped it up and happily regurgitated it to the American people.

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The Iran deal, you see, was no 'deal' at all.It was jizyeh*, monetary tribute by the Infidels (who feel themselves subdued') to the Islamic Republic. And the vast majority of the billions of dollars Iran received was given to them before they even agreed to do anything, let alone complied.

Nations frequently fall on such willful follies and appeasement.

* Qur'an 9:29. "Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Demonize Police, And Here's What Happens


Pravda-on-the-Hudson has an interesting article up that inadvertently showcases one of the effects of  efforts to demonize police by the #blacklivesmatter movement and its media and political supporters.

Here's the headline: "Heroin Use? Juvenile Record? For Recruits, Police forgive Past Sins."

The article breathlessly goes on...and note what I emphasized:

But now, faced with thousands of vacancies, a shortage of applicants and a mandate to become as diverse as the communities they serve, police departments are rethinking requirements once considered untouchable.

New Orleans no longer automatically disqualifies those who have injected heroin or smoked crack. Aurora, Colo., has stopped using military-style running tests, but now checks how quickly candidates can get out of a squad car.

Pittsburgh, accused of discriminating against black applicants, recently updated its hiring criteria to include integrity, dependability and “cultural competence,” or the ability to incorporate diverse perspectives.

In other words, the current climate created by #blacklivesmatter, the media and Democrat politicians who cater to #blacklivesmatter for political reasons means that a lot of ordinarily desirable recruits who met the old standards involving background checks required to be hired as a police officer are no longer applying. Instead, because police departments are desperate for recruits, they're opening the doors to hiring former gangbangers. With special diversity points if they're black or Hispanic. Because of course, white police are automatically racist and can't be expected to have the 'cultural competence' to treat non-whites with fairness and competence.

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In St. Paul, the department has experimented with a number of ways to find the best officers, including taking some “situational judgment” questions — meant to test common sense, adherence to police hierarchy and police priorities — off the written exam.

Chief Todd Axtell said the tests might have been unintentionally biased against minorities, proving particularly difficult for those who are not native English speakers.

“We’ve got a lot of diversity in St. Paul, and we’ve struggled with recruiting in the past, so we need to be more thoughtful about these communities,” he said. {...}

For 'minorities' read 'Somalis.'

The department’s new written tests now focus more on personal histories and community engagement, and interviews have been refocused to allow applicants to personally explain incidents that may have previously disqualified them.

“Some people have been caught doing bad things and other people haven’t been caught,” Chief Axtell said. “The question we have is, ‘Was ownership taken?’”
Ownership???? As in 'yeah, I did it. I've gotten over it, you should too.'

As police departments grapple with complaints of excessive use of force and retrain officers to “de-escalate,” or defuse, tense encounters, Chief Axtell said he had used the interviews to identify one personality flaw that in the past might have gone overlooked.

“People who I believe have a short fuse,” he said, “will not get the opportunity in this department.”
Not that we want trigger happy police, but we've already seen policemen being murdered attempting to 'de-escalate.'

Now this isn't the first time this sort of change  has happened after the media whips up an incident to  a frenzy. After the Rodney King riots, old school police chief Daryl Gates was forced out and Willie Williams, Los Angeles's first black police chief was hurriedly hired. Williams proved comically inept and had personal corruption issues to the point where the City of Los Angeles eventually bought his contract out for a hefty sum to get rid of him. But he hung around long enough to implement new hiring practiced in the LAPD that pretty much mirrored what the New York Times is talking about here, where standards for police were dramatically lowered.

The result was the Rampart Division scandal, which involved  major police corruption including falsifying evidence, perjury, the targeting of specific gangs for the benefit of other sets and the theft of drugs by policemen from police property areas among other things. In the end, Ramparts negated over 100 convictions, put criminals who were actually guilty of violent crimes back on the streets  because of police errors and cost the City of Los Angeles  $125 million in financial settlements.

 It's a guaranteed recipe. Demonize police in big cities with fake prosecutions like Freddie Gray and Michael Brown and add a healthy dose of racialist politics. Then watch as people with impeccable backgrounds no longer find the job desirable and don't apply, or the ones already there get fed up and leave as the job becomes unbearable. 

Then, when you lower the standards simply to get more bodies on the street with diversity uber alles as a guideline, that leads to a whole different set of problems.

No police force is perfect, but demonizing police for political purposes is always a bad idea.  And keep in mind that the people sponsoring this kind of attitude usually don't have to live with the consequences, because they have 24-7 private security...many times paid for by the taxes on the same people  who will have to live with those consequences.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Forum: What Do You Most Like And/Or Dislike About Where You Live?

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: What Do You Most Like And/Or Dislike  About Where You Live?

 Don Surber: West Virginia is Almost Heaven but also God's Waiting Room. On the one hand, the scenery is lovely nine months a year (when the trees lose their leaves, it is pretty dismal with black sticks poking in the air). I love those mornings when green hills beneath the blue skies await the yellow to burn off the morning fog. A bird feeder hanging off the back porch -- a metal roof keeps the squirrels from the feeder -- invites the neighbor's cat to sit and wait, and hope. But either the dog next store barks at his fence, or I arrive at the back door, to chase the cat away. He'll have to hunt voles again this day.

On the other hand, this is one of the three oldest states in the Union. More than 320,000 retirees live in the state. Nearly one in five people. The economy is moribund. The young and ambitious leave. Left behind are, well, we lead the nation in opioid abuse. Directions often are given in used-to-be's. You go down to where the Dairy Queen used to be and hang a left...

I am retired. My days are divided in two categories, Top Down Days and other days. My red convertible (a 2010 Mustang GT) is as common a site as a Marine flag; they outnumber Confederate ones 3 to 1 here.

My roots are in Cleveland. My butt is here. The wonder of it all is that from my living room in Poca, I can reach people throughout the country, and even the world. Just mailed an autographed copy of my latest book to Australia. Arrived within days via the post office, where they know me for the books I mail hither and yon.

I hope you like where you are as much as I like where I am.

Laura Rambeau Lee : Florida is one of only nine states with no income tax, which is a major attraction for many people and why the state continues to grow.

Living in the suburbs of Tampa we have the feel of country living while enjoying the benefits of a big city. Our neighborhood backs up to a two thousand acre conservation area so we have alligators, bobcats, black bears, wild boar, and I have counted twenty-six deer wandering through the back yard in one night alone. Yet within a half hour drive we can see Broadway shows and attend music concerts, visit the zoo and aquarium. Cruise ships leave out of Tampa to New Orleans, Mexico and many islands in the Caribbean. Tampa International Airport always rates in the top three best airports in the country. Some of the most beautiful beaches are nearby along with plenty of lakes and rivers with natural springs, so if you like any kind of water activities this is the place for you. There is plenty to do for all ages. These are the best features of the area.

What I dislike most is the heat and humidity, which makes it difficult to enjoy the outdoors for much of the year unless you are on or near the water. It’s hard to imagine life here before air-conditioning. But all in all, the Tampa Bay area is a great place to work and raise your family.

  Rob Miller: Coastal California's virtues are pretty well known. The climate is wonderful. If you dislike shoveling snow or dealing with frozen pipes it's definitely the place. Even in th ecities there's a surprising amount of green and open space. There's a diverse population here that can add a lot of fun and verve to living here if you're so inclined. There are lots of cultural opportunities.

That's about where it stops.

The cost of living is absurd, especially  if you migrate here from elsewhere. Taxes are extremely high, among the highest in the country. If you are renting, rents are ridiculous in most of the coastal areas where the majority of population lives. Los Angeles also boasts a 10% 'carbon tax' on power, something the city council sneaked in when no one was looking. Property taxes are grandfathered and relatively low, but I wouldn't count on them staying that way as the state becomes desperate for money to give to the public employee unions and other assorted scams.    The public schools are mostly  dysfunctional, and so is the essentially socialist state government, whose answer to anything is to raise taxes, spend other people's money and pass more arcane, byzantine regulations. Since there's essentially no political opposition, they do whatever they want, no matter how insane or ridiculously expensive.

Traffic in the major cites is abysmal. As an out of towner friend of mine once said, 'Yeah, the beaches are OK, but what's the attraction if it takes you hours of driving in L.A. traffic to get to them?' I live in an area that isn't very crowded (most people in Los Angeles couldn't even tell you where it is, which suits me fine) , but I can sympathize with what he's saying. And even if you get to the beaches, they'll mostly be incredibly crowded too, especially in the summer unless you know where to go. It definitely didn't used to be like that at all, and it wasn't that long ago.  

 The infrastructure, particularly in Los Angeles was never meant to accommodate the number of people who live there, legally and illegally.  It's in poor repair in a lot of places.

To sum up, if you're rich, don't mind high taxes and cost of living , bad traffic, a hostile climate towards business and a far Left political environment, California's coastal cities should suit you just fine.

Mike McDaniel: Living in a quiet, rural suburb of the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex offers unusual opportunities. The small town where I teach is just far enough away from the urban areas to still be quiet, relatively crime-free, and a great place to work and raise a family. My commute to work is five minutes by car, a bit more by bike, and always stress-free, unlike the commutes of the poor people forced to daily endure the eternal traffic jams of the main highways into and out of the cities.

My life is generally quiet, calm and rewarding. Yet virtually any good or service one can imagine is available within a 25-45 minute drive. Where else can one regularly sing with a first rate symphony orchestra in world-class venues? Where else can one, with a 25-minute drive, be a paid, professional singer?

Surprisingly, Internet access in my town is mediocre at best--a small annoyance. It’s sort of Bermuda triangle of the Web.

The climate is mild in the winter, and often, there is no snow. Last winter, school wasn’t closed once due to ice, which is a bit rare. The summers can be hot, and for extended periods, but not always. It’s often windy, but for bicyclists, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s rather like a Kendo dojo where I trained for many years. At the ends of training sessions, we used to half-joke: “much blood on floor! Good training!” The same goes for wind for bicyclists: “The wind is actually forcing me backward! Good training!”

Our ice storms are just infamous, and actually somewhat hilarious. Texans have no idea how to drive on snow and ice, so that kind of weather tends to paralyze the area. Mrs. Manor and I simply go out for a spin and have fun driving with abandon on the kinds of roads we both grew up navigating. I do miss the changes in seasons, however. In North Texas, one season sort of mushes into every other. Our lawns are green and the trees leafy until as late as December. I rarely put the lawnmower away until mid November. The colors--and smells--of fall often pass us by. And I do miss winter, particularly the snow.

I have a fierce internal furnace, producing prodigious body heat. As a result, I’ve never found cold daunting, and there is nothing like a fresh snowfall. During my police patrol days, I worked the midnight shift--by choice--and always enjoyed new snowfalls as they covered the ground, and occasionally, revealed the tracks of bad guys. They never caught on.

Perhaps the best part of Texas is the cost of living is relatively low, particularly compared to the rest of the country, and the economy continues to thrive. It’s a great place to live.

 Dave Schuler:I won't bother telling you all what I dislike about Chicago—you probably already know.

Chicago has a wonderful cultural scene. It's probably the best major city for music, drama, and the arts in the country. It's a great food city—some of the best restaurants in the country and restaurants in amazing profusion and variety.

But what I like best about Chicago is my neighborhood. I'm in easy driving distance from the Loop, Chicago's downtown, and O'Hare, Chicago's major airport. Indeed, I'm about 20 minutes from just about anywhere one might want to go.

And the very best thing about my neighborhood is my neighbors. We're very diverse. I have black neighbors, East Asian neighbors, South Asian neighbors, Hispanic neighbors, and Chicago Irish neighbors. Catholics, Orthodox, other Christian denominations, Hindus, Muslims, and Jews (I actually live in an eruv).

We shovel each others' walks when it snows, look out for each other, care for each other. We have block parties together. We rejoice at each other's children's graduations and weddings; we mourn each other's dead. It's like living in a village in the best sort of way.

My neighborhood is a frequent topic at my blog. Here are some of my posts to give you the flavor.

The Sauganash Fourth of July Parade, 2016
Dining in My Neighborhood
His friends turned out for him

Well, there it is!

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Friday, June 09, 2017

The UK Election Results; What Happened And What It Means

The UK elections are over, with just one constituency(parliamentary seat) remaining to be counted, in Kensington. The end results? A hung parliament, a resurgence of the hard Left under Jeremy Corbyn and a huge slap in the face for the Conservatives and PM Theresa May:

  • Conservative Seats: 318; Change in seats: −12
  • Labour Seats: 261; Change in seats: +29
  • Liberal Dem Seats: 12; Change in seats: +4
  • UKIP Seats: 0; Change in seats: −1
  • SNP Seats: 35; Change in seats: −21
  • Other Seats: 23

The Tories went from having a workable majority of 17 seats to being 8 seats short of a majority in an election called by Theresa May that didn't need to be held at all. That has to go down as one of the worst political blunders in British history.

In order to get legislation through, the Conservatives will now have to rely on an alliance with the Democratic Union Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland and their 10 seats. Since the Unionists normally vote with the conservatives anyway, it isn't a big stretch but still amounts to a lessening of stability and cohesion when it comes to governing. That's especially ironic when you think of Theresa May's often repeated mantra that 'this country needs stability.' Her political blunder just made things a lot less stable.

So how did this happen? How did the Tories go from being 20 points ahead in the polls to losing their majority. And what does it tell us about Britain?

Theresa May ran a poor campaign and Jeremy Corbyn ran Bernie Sander's. May presented herself as a strong leader but came across as anything but. She alienated a key Tory constituency by proposing that the elderly pay more for their healthcare, something she later had to do a U-turn on. She  was seen as remote and unconcerned, rarely campaigning actively. She refused to participate in debates and was also seen (correctly) as weak on terrorism and national security.

Or as I put it earlier:

The point I’m making here is that when it comes to national security and the two major parties, we’re dealing with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Neither the Tories or Labour really want to fight Islamist terrorism. The conservatives are just merely a bit less dum, if you take my meaning…

Unlike Labour’s Corbyn, who actually sympathizes with jihadis like Hamas and Hezbollah, PM May at least understands in some way that the current situation is not good at all and most be dealt with..albeit in some politically correct way, she’s not quite sure how, that doesn’t result in anyone calling her racist or the Leftist press mauling her.

Jeremy Corbyn essentially ran Bernie Sander's campaign, promising free goodies for everybody without any concrete plans for paying for it except 'tax the rich.' Like Sanders, he also promised the kiddies free college. This resulted in a larger than average turnout as young voters flocked to him. In some of the constituencies in the North and in the Midlands the Tories were counting on flipping, it made the difference.

Unlike May, Corbyn campaigned actively. And his openly anti-semitic and anti-Israel stance, something he's been unapologetic about for a long time brought in the Muslim vote as well without him having to dwell on it overmuch.Overall it appears to have been a plus numbers wise. And it obviously wasn't a problem for a lot of Labour's voters in general either. Here's a Labour campaign poster tying May in with Israel and that old, familiar anti-semitic theme of the Jews running things behind the scenes:

While Britain's Jews mostly deserted their old home in Labour (it likely cost Corbyn four seats in London in districts with a high Jewish population), Labour still got something like 13% of the Jewish vote. And based on the favorable coverage Corbyn is now getting in the Leftist press worldwide, his success can definitely be seen as mainstreaming his anti-semitic and anti-Israel views not just in the UK, but elsewhere.

The election became essentially a return to two party politics, and those ex-third party voters didn't break the way the Tories figured they would. One of Theresa May's reasons for calling a needless election was her theory that the pro Brexit UKIP voters would now vote Tory since their main issue was no longer in play. Instead, those voters went back to their former parties and split a lot more evenly. The Scottish National Party had a similar meltdown, losing 21 of the seats it won in 2015. And their voters also split among the two major parties.

The appeal of socialism and anti-semitism is a rising tide on the UK's left, especially among young voters. As I mentioned, Jeremy Corbyn's friendship for jihadists, enmity for Israel and general views on Jews didn't stop Labour from getting 40% of the vote compared to the Tory's 42.4%. And a number of those voters were young voters. The 18-24 year-old demographic is one of the only ones where Labour had a significant lead, and those votes made the difference in a number of places. Many of the Labour politicos that disagreed with Corbyn's views are going to have to come to terms and support him, or leave the party.

Theresa May's leadership has been severely compromised. She made it plain that she has no intentions of resigning and has already received the Queen's Commission to try and form a government. But at this point, many of her own party despise her for taking a gamble like this and losing, especially after many of them advised her not to. And their disapproval is mild compared to what the Left has in store for her.

A party leadership election at this point would make things even more chaotic, especially with the Brexit negotiations just a few days away so that's unlikely. But she's basically governing crippled at this point. And I wouldn't be surprised if she either resigns as Prime Minister or is forced out by a vote of no confidence in the future.