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College Loses Bid for University Status

The Office of the Secretary for Higher Education reviewed and rejected a bid by a national college organization to become a university. The bid is controversial since the Secretary’s office said they never even looked into the educational credentials of the college it was reviewing.

“They’re just stupid,” said Melanie Feelings, a spokesperson for the office. “No one likes the college! It’s just a bunch of meanies being old fashioned!”16655857630_0b0c2c24f5_b

Tom Sharp, speaking on behalf of the Electoral College, said he was shocked by the way they were treated. “They told us we had no respect for mob rule and things that are trendy,” Sharp reported. “They told us we should be more open to pan flashes like Donald Trump, or popular criminals like Hillary Clinton.”

The Higher Education Secretary himself, Mr. Schlomo Selfie, released a statement today, excoriating the college. “This organization exists to keep alive the stupid notion that being a citizen of town or a state should actually mean something,” Selfie shouted.  “I suppose next they’ll be supporting the need for states to ratify amendments to the constitution! Everyone knows that Congress and the President should be able to do anything they want. I mean, the nerve!”

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Mr. Sharp is not ready to throw in the towel. “We think we’ll apply at a Western red state. They understand the significance of the Electoral College. They know it is the key to small or sparsely populated states maintaining a say in the makeup and direction of the federal government,” Sharp told Street Politics.

But seriously folks, with each presidential election it becomes increasingly popular, especially among the losing party, to decry our electoral system of government. This shows a lack of understanding of the protections built into our federal election laws or a willful desire to centralize power in heavily populated areas, in an effort to create a truly Orwellian society.

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It is unnerving how popular, and effective, being a public crybaby has become.   In the same election the voters elected one and tossed another aside.
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Traumatized? You Have a 12-Step Program! :-P'''

There is little that Nick Kristof and I might agree on. In his latest piece, A 12-Step Program for Responding to President-Elect Trump, New York Times, Nov 17, 2016, he only makes one statement that I have always talked about and lately have been harping about.

His Step 8 is encourages his readers to get out of the echo chamber. That’s good advice for the whole country. I echoed that in a wider article here. Having friends that don’t think like you does truly make you smarter.

My agreement with Kristof pretty much ends there. He proceeds in the rest of the piece to demonstrate that he and his cohort have learned nothing from the past election. The other 12 steps are a creepy recitation of I-will’s and I-should’s that read like a laundry list of why the left will give up even more seats in the next midterm election.

For example, when trying to appeal to the center or center-left worker in the rust belt, that’s the place that handed the Democrats the biggest throbbing this year, you won’t win a single vote saying you joined the Council on American-Islamic Relations or the Southern Poverty Law Center. One is an Islamic group that simply cannot bring itself to condemn acts of terrorism, including beheadings of innocent people.

The other is a socialist waste of time. The only people associated with the SPLC to pull themselves out of poverty are the ones who left, learned life isn’t fair and socialism doesn’t work, and then made something of themselves.

Americans are fed up with being beaten over the head with racist labels and economic guilt.

Kristof goes on to list one insult after another in his condescending analysis of the average Trump voter. I have been very hard on those voters and I have been brutal with Trump.

The difference is I don’t throw around terms like racism and misogyny and speak in condescending terms, and then say but we must be kind to “them” and avoid conflict. This article is intended to create conflict by over-compensating for a feeling of inferiority on Kristof’s part.  Read Manipulism, by Mikkel Claire Nissen.

Kristof’s little lefty cry for compassion was really just another failed manifesto listing the same emotionalist “grievances” that cost the Democratic Party positions from town council seats to the White House. Trump was sooooooo easy to beat. But the rank and file Dems watched, lips obediently sealed, while the party’s most equal of equals carted out the most flawed candidate in our history.

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The opening paragraph says it all. A week after the election and we are still talking about people traumatized by the results. In his article, Kristof hopes to help “around the margins”. I have news for you, anyone truly traumatized by an election is in desperate need of help with their already damaged psyche – and not around the margins!

Step one in Kristof’s self-help program should start with first admitting the “traumatized” are just self-absorbed, little drama queens seeking constant validation, and go from there.

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Thick as Thieves, Those Damned Irish!

[best read with a drunken, Irish brogue]

Is this a case of Spy vs Spy?  Could we have Ryan vs Ryan in the House of Representatives?  We already have Paul Ryan as Speaker.  Now Tim Ryan has tossed his crumpled, tweed paddy cap into the ring to be House Minority Leader.  I suspect a conniving plot.

We have two Irishman, both named Ryan.  They’re both Reps from the rust belt.  Hmmm.

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Most of my readers know how fastidiously I eschew generalizations, especially when it comes to a people who are, let’s face it, all the same anyway. And I HATE to stir trouble.  But…

How do we know these guys aren’t related?  How do we know this isn’t some kind of Celtic plot to take over the country?  Will they turn the House of Representatives into a national publican house?  Will they spend their afternoons swilling cheap, raspy whiskey, singing depressing,  near-tuneless ditties about the famine and telling everyone what saints their mothers were? 

I suspect there to be more than one donnybrook in the cloak room. I wonder if they’re both Catholic.  Saints preserve us!  The next thing you know, we’ll have a plague of babies inside the beltway. 

Don’t be taking me words as dismissal.  Anything is better than that Pelosi creature.  She’s lately looking like Skelator with a cheap wig.  But whose t’ say these Ryans aren’t acting the maggot, ready to anoint themselves archbishops when no one’s looking?

It can’t hurt for us all to keep a sharp eye.  That’s all I’m saying.

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Ha-ha-ha! [gasp, gasp] Ha-ha-ha-ha II

A Smack in December; a Punch in the Face in ’17.

It might be mused that Steve Bannon will be a good foil as Special Assistant to the president. But he lacks an important quality. He doesn’t come across as a bootlicker.

Trump, so far, has demonstrated that he makes decisions based on how many people kiss his ass. If Bannon doesn’t learn to like the taste of shoe leather his influence will be muted.

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This will all be tested as the Fed unwinds the funny money to Wall Street policies in the coming months. When it happens, battle lines will be drawn.

On one side will be Priebus, McConnell, Ryan, Pelosi and Schumer. They will be stroking and kissing every inch of Trumps fragile ego. Their pleas will be for Trump to sign bailouts for the banks, insurance companies, colleges, etc.

Likely opposing will be Steve Bannon. If Trump doesn’t grow bored and/or embarrassed by the mindless adulation, Bannon’s argument and our future will circle the toilet. It should come as no surprise, as Trump already plans massive government giveaways in his first hundred days anyway.

About that whole “electoral” thing.

A few weeks back, when Trump’s position was looking especially wobbly, I saw A LOT of chatter about how we need to get rid of the electoral college. This was all coming from the right. So much for conservatives who claim to understand the Constitution.

This morning a former Attorney General, Eric Holder, said in no uncertain terms it should be ended. That this particular AG should take such a stance is no surprise.

Holder is coconspirator on the Fast and Furious con Obama ran on us, resulting in the death of Jonathan Terry, ATF.  Holder understands the Constitution, but finds it inconvenient to the agenda of the radical Left.

But Trump people ought to see the company they keep on this issue. The idea behind the Electoral College (EC) is to prevent mob rule. It is part of what makes us a republic, not a fad-obsessed democracy.

The Electoral College and the states’ power to ratify amendments are the two remaining powers the federal government hasn’t stolen from us. When we vote for president, we vote as a state.

The (sound) thinking on this is that we, as citizens of our state, vote for our personal and local interests tempered by our national view. Without the EC, we are left to the whim of voters in California and New York. Without it, states with sparse populations will never be a concern for presidential politics again.

An Interesting Paradox.

Some Trump supporters, according to CBS’s Leslie Stahl, are insulting and intimidating Muslims and Latinos and making them feel unwelcome. CBS downplayed Trumps admonishment to his supporters to stop. He repeated it emphatically.

Funny, I have not heard from Barry or Hillary that Democrats, actually looting and burning property and beating innocent people in far greater numbers, should stop. Not a peep. You see, Clinton and her cult think it is okay to loot and burn and beat people in her holy name.

And why are they looting and burning? Well, what else? Racism, the easiest charge to level without evidence. And of course there is Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia…[1. Isn’t it cute how the “tolerant snowflakes” label everyone who disagrees, disapproves or just plain doesn’t give a shit about something, as FEARFUL of that thing? Anything shy of completely embracing their naval gazing is a phobia.  And what is with this xenophobia?  I watch the entire election cycle and didn’t see one xeno.  To be honest, I don’t think they exist.  They’re like unicorns.  And who is afraid of unicorns?  I suppose pretending that everyone is afraid of you makes you feel like a super hero.  That’s pretty important with the trophy-for-everyone crowd.]

But isn’t Trump going to kill all the black people? Isn’t he going to make our babies suffocate from his pollution (if the dingos don’t get ‘em first)? He’s personally going to pour train cars full of chemicals into the rivers so we all DIE!

Relax.

First, the pipeline isn’t going to cause air pollution. Your world will look in 20 years very much like it does now. No one (except the Democrat city officials in Flint Michigan) will try to pollute your drinking water.

And unless you already have dogshit like the KKK or the Aryan Brotherhood tearing up your community, you’re likely not going to. Certainly there will be no one, including Trump, from DC who will turn them loose on you.

People who say things like that know they are full of it when they are saying it. It is much like the people who say Trump is a genius, or even rather bright. They know it ain’t so. But they say it anyway.

Now, if you do have sewage like the KKK in your neighborhood, you and your friends need to gut it up and put them out. Talk to your sheriff, especially if he’s elected. He’ll get the message.

The average white supremacist group isn’t that hard to put aside. They’re sort of like MS-13 without the entrepreneurial spirit, or the Nation of Islam without the snappy bow ties. And they are not Einsteins.

So, worry about what is about to happen to the economy. That is not an imaginary worry. Before the next Administration remodels the Oval office and puts the Gold T on the portico, the Fed is going to yank the rug out from under Trump. Look for that in the second quarter of this fiscal year.

That’s when the train goes of the rails!

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Ha-ha-ha! [gasp, gasp] Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Do you remember Charlie Brown in the classroom, when he says something embarrassing and as his classmates laugh, he is surrounded by the words Ha-ha-ha in giant letters across the screen?

I imagine intellectually honest Trump supporters, who are paying attention, have been feeling like CB for the last few days. “Trump tells it like it is,” we read on Facebook until our eyes bled. “He’s not a typical politician. If he says it, he’ll do it.”

But, uh-oh! He’s looking more and more like a typical politician every day.

I can’t believe I am writing this. I have been dying to get away from politics for weeks. I have woodworking and travel articles burning holes in my brain. I am supposed to be making improvements to this website as I write this.

But I did say I’d account for every I-told-you-so I happened across. And they are flying out of DC and Trump Tower almost faster than I can keep up with them.

First, as I said here, there is not going to be a wall. We are already, only six days into the transition, talking about maybe a fence and some natural barriers, but not a WALL really.

Which is fine. A wall is an ineffective way to end illegal immigration. Enforcing existing law, without a single change (which includes ending “sanctuary cities”) will sharply curtail the flow into the US. If you want someone to leave, make staying unworkable.

But, yeah. No wall. Sorry.

Don’t cry for me Arizonaaaaaaa…

We hear much ballyhoo about Trump not winning the popular vote.  This has not been established.  As Arizona reported, the margin shifted in his favor,  only Michigan remains.  If he carries Michigan, he will get a big popular bump. More on that in my next installment. 

On Election Day plus one, I told you a deal would be made to protect Clinton from prosecution. At E+6 we go from, “Yeah, you’d be in jail,” to, “I don’t want to hurt these people. These are good people.”

Awwwwww, c’mon!!! Pull the other one, it plays jingle bells!

Set aside that you don’t decide to prosecute what are very serious crimes to avoid hurt feelings. Obama, in protecting himself, protected Clinton. And we have likely already seen the payoff.

This morning we hear that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has said the pipeline can go through what protestors are calling “sacred land” in Montana.

Suddenly, one of Obama’s sacred cows has been cast aside. That which he maintained through his entire presidency and could have left office with it still intact, is tossed aside without comment.

Update:  It looks like Trump didn’t even get this.  In the last week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has joined the mindless chorus saying that whatever “tribes” claim as sacred land is sacred land and cannot be touched.  Right!  The Corps is now operating like the FBI and the IRS; as goon for the governing class. They are getting through executive authoritarianism what they can’t get in the free market or real legislation.

If that’s all Trump got for the deal – he could have done it himself in two months – he is not the dealmaker he claims to be. I’ll let you in on a little secret: He’s not.

At any rate, Hillary now leaves unscathed. She and BJ Bill are now free to use the slush fund to broker political influence all over the world. And they will. We need not weep for them.

For those who are closing their eyes and shaking their heads head violently in disagreement, I’ll be back here in a few months to sadden you.

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From the Land of You’ve-Got-To-Be-Kidding

I enjoyed seeing all those memes floating around with photos and lists of the dream cabinet Trump was going to pick. Lots of iron jaws and rock-ribbed conservatives, right?

Well.

I don’t recall Reince Priebus on a single list. And who is his very first pick? Tah Dah! It’s RP, himself! “Trump hates the establishment.” “The establishment is going to be sorry when Trump gets to DC.”

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Oops. The ultimate establishment guy is now White House Chief of Staff.

I’m quite certain the Trump cult will counter all this with imaginary “reasons” for Trump’s pick. But they know, deep down, this is not what they voted for.

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Ryan’s Hedge; Obama’s Deal

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Ryan First

Paul Ryan’s speech today was encouraging and may be helpful. But there was a line in there I had to think about.  He said Trump was the only one to hear the voices and that is what made him successful.  This just isn’t the truth.  Since 2010, Ryan and the rest of the GOP leadership has heard the voices, saw what the people, especially what their constituencies wanted, then cynically pretended to respond, only to ignore the voices after the last three elections.

When he ascended to the Speaker’s chair, the people were clearly looking for someone to send a complete healthcare bill to the White House (let him, the president, try to make an argument against it) and cut and balance the budget NOW.  What does he do a full year and a half before an election?  He takes the seat and then says we better wait a year or two to fight those battles.  And THAT COWARDICE is what made Trump successful. Conservatives felt they had no one left to turn to.

If Ryan does what he said he’d do in the near future, Trump may have some success as a president.  But if Ryan reverts to form; he will stymie the White House and may cause a real rift in the party, not a primary “rift”.

Barack Obama’s Pickle

When the president-elect meets the president on Thursday, you can be sure one distasteful item on the agenda will be Let’s Make a Deal. It wouldn’t surprise me to hear BHO had already sent out some surrogates to do a little bootlicking in advance.

Here’s why.  Obama can’t pardon Hillary.  There are still people screaming for more oversight and a special prosecutor.  But as Obama is fully aware, you can’t let a Clinton skate on corruption or malfeasance unless you have your own get-out-of-jail-free card.  Don’t believe me? Google Jim Guy Tucker, Google McDougal (Hah-hah.  That’s funny because it rhymes.)  They ran interference to take the heat off the Clintons.  So did a lot of people who ended up unemployed pariah over the years. And Barry O is up to his eyeballs in his communications with Clinton’s illegal server.  So, he will be offering to support Trump on XYZ if Trump gives assurances that BHO is not to be pursued for using the server and lying about it.  He will also want to pardon Clinton with no interference form the new administration. Obama will not allow himself to be the last man standing.  Smart.

If Trump refuses, Hillary’s legal problems have only just gotten started.

That’s a Wrap

It’s been a long three weeks and a very long 24 hours.  My brain is fried.  One more post tomorrow, then I will likely take a day or two off from the political jazz.  When I return, it may be on the subjects of travel or gardening.   Who knows?

Good night, all.  And remember, for two hundred and forty years, this country has successfully turned over governments every four to eight years without violence.  No other country in history can say that.  So while parties and players may win or loose, every time we do this, the country wins.

I am proud of every single person who voted last night.
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Keep Calm You Feckin Eejits

Keep calm. Good advice.

This title is emblazoned on a tee shirt my wife gave me. It’s a green shirt with a shamrock on it. You get the idea.

It is not helpful that we’ve elevated the office of POTUS to the level of royalty. It is not helpful that people who should know better, speak of the president as the one who “runs the country”.  We got that ourselves, thank you very much.  But we seem to have lost that sense of individual responsibility to run our lives, this nation, on our own. The president’s job is to run the Executive Branch according to the will of our elected representatives in Congress. He doesn’t “run” the country.  We do. Every time we buy a pack of gum, or a house, or decide where to place our kids in school, we are running our country.  That’s how the system was designed.

But it is understandable, as far as we have drifted, to see how people tend to get their panties in a bunch over who gets the brass ring every four years.

What is not understandable is how we treat each other as a result. This has been a growing problem for as long as I can remember. And it seems to have hit a new low this year.

If you are a reader here, you know I pull no punches in my politics. I calls ‘em as I sees ‘em. But I don’t treat my friends better or worse based on my assessments of the political zoo. I don’t expect them to see life as I do. I want them to.  Why would I write about this silly crap if I didn’t?  But the measure of friendship is NOT whom you voted for last night or who tells me they agree with me.

To Trump fans: You have practically beatified this guy.  Two years ago, admit it, you saw him as a caricature of himself.  You cringed as everyone else did when he would make appearances at “professional wrestling” events.  But now he is your man. I see a lot of mindless crowing out there today. Celebrating is one thing.  But getting in your friends faces over election returns marks you as shallow and not very bright.  Take a page from your guy.  His speech last night was about as classy as I have seen him.  Try a bit of that yourselves.

Hillary and Obama fans:  I offer you similar advice. In the last two hours we saw both of them speak optimistically about what we need to do in the coming months and years.  They threw their support behind Trump.  Will they cheer his every move from the sidelines for the next eight years? Hell, no.  But they are also not saying if you voted Republican you are an enemy of the state.

There are people out there losing friends right now.  Take heart. If someone cuts ties with you because of your political beliefs, you have lost nothing. Their friendship was a lie.  They were not your friends.  Don’t worry too much about it. If they come back, let them earn your friendship, should they wish to do so.  In the meantime, you can take the high road.  In your circle of people, let them know you are still going to keep them with you based on the quality they bring to your life, not whether they are as freaky for your candidate as you are.

More than friends are being lost as we speak.  Already people are out protesting violently.  People are rioting and assaulting individuals.  While many were surprised by a Trump victory, the psychotically immature reaction of many as a result of such an outcome was far from predictable.  If you look at the behavior of people over the last two years pretending to be upset over thugs correctly being put down by police (there have been bad shoots and the cops involved are being dealt with) it isn’t a stretch to see the same people committing acts of vandalism, violence and theft, while complaining about how awful the Donald is.  I know, the irony is so thick it makes you gag.  But the behavior has become the new norm.  One writer in particular, The Unablogger, nailed it as the primaries were winding down.  See his call here.

For everyone: We will not be living like Mad Max by next week.  Nor will we be living in a utopia.  We will be living as we do now. Can the future bring opportunities to correct what is wrong? Sure! Will we screw up again, from time to time?  Absolutely.  What in the hell does that have to do with who we go to ballgames with or who we hang out with at social events?

A little side note:

Hanging out with people who don’t think like you makes you smarter.  That’s a fact.  You can look it up.  Living in an echo chamber dulls the mind and gives you a myopic worldview.  That’s why I am always asking my liberal friends to do some counter-point stuff here.  So far, no takers.  I’d offer to pay them, but this is still a free site.

A ridiculous side note:

I swear, I am not making this up. As I wrote this I was getting FB notifications.  I ignored most.  But I noticed a family member had popped up.  I always look at her posts.  She was quite upset by last night’s results for a very specific reason.  I told her not to worry too much and told her that she had the only tools to deal with this new Trump world as she saw it.  That was considered an attack. It didn’t fit into their interpretation of last night’s events.  I am guessing their assumption was that I must be a Trump supporter and therefore a racist and a misogynist.  Clearly, they don’t read my stuff.  Anyway, this election, and my outright gall to speak of it in the context of offering alternative views, has cost me a chunk of family and a wedding invitation – at least for the time being.

Shit happens.

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Greg Gutfeld "stole" my stuff!

Greg Gutfeld has obviously been reading my stuff.  Well, I think he has.  I’ll have to have the Russians hack his computer and get back to me. But tonight, on The Five, GG made a very specific analogy in a very specific way.  I have made many references to the Clintons being like Pigpen from Peanuts here and on social media.  I’ll post his remarks here when the transcripts come out.  Two of my examples are listed below.

Perhaps I can assume that great, warped minds malfunction in like fashion.  (perhaps greatly warped?) GG and I are very close.  I am like the older brother he never met and didn’t know about because he hadn’t been to the asylum yet to find me walking in circles saying, “Ten minutes to Wapner.”  Anyway, I like Greg’s work.  I have an Amazon link to one of his books somewhere on this site.  If I wasn’t a prick I’d probably put another here.

His work is the only thing that stops me from flying to New York and fixing him with some firmly worded statements.  Well, that and a lack of plane fare.  My truck could make the trip, but he won’t be at work on Saturday.  And the moment will be gone by Monday.  Boy, he is one lucky short guy!

Oh, well.  He’s not the first big name to make the call long after I do.  They aspire to brilliance.  I be havin’ brilliance all over me.

 

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Darrell Castle: Dull to the Dull-Witted.

We live in a world where the two leading candidates are a shallow criminal and an inarticulate populist. Neither is what they claim to be, but a credulous electorate is turning hand stands trying to believe them. Why? Because everybody else is doing it.  In such a world, Darrell Castle will appear dry and dull, like a book on your grandmother’s shelf you have no interest in. The sad fact is, such a book might be worth a look, may teach you a mind-blowing life lesson. But it’s dusty. It has no sexy picture on the front. It has no blurbs. Hell, it doesn’t even have a dust jacket. Boring!

Darrell Castle is running on the Constitution ticket. He is an intelligent, articulate, well-spoken lawyer. He has been a part of that party since it’s founding in the early 90’s.   Castle has been inaccurately portrayed as an isolationist. This is nonsense. He is a non-interventionalist to be sure. What clear-minded American isn’t. History from 1898 until the present day teaches us what a mess can be made by interfering in foreign affairs, especially with the military. We should endeavor to befriend all nations, trade with everyone and be prepared to defend our interests. Those interests shouldn’t include a sudden need to overthrow long-siting dictators or help for religious uprisings just because we can.

Scott Bradley, Castle’s running mate, strikes you as one of those earnest, hard-working people you see at town council meetings and other community events. That’s because he is exactly that. While pursuing his PhD and becoming a major player in the tech industry, Bradley has also involved himself the community and politics in a variety of ways. Wouldn’t it be nice to see someone like that in the White House? Bradley is also a veteran of the Utah National Guard.

If you are an Original Intent voter, if you are unabashedly conservative and want to dump Agenda 21 and the UN, this is the only ticket that can deliver what you want in a candidate. If you believe Trump will even consider any of these things, you are either hopelessly duped or you don’t understand the terms conservative or Constitution. Trump’s barely intelligible conservative claims are all less than three years old. Many are less than a year old.

Castle served in Vietnam as a Marine officer and trained under Oliver North for a time. He is an accomplished lawyer and has established law firms throughout the South and Midwest. In other words, he is not only intelligent, he knows how to make payroll by delivering a real service. That is something totally alien to Hillary Clinton. She knows only graft, spin and outright lying.

Note: That’s a ticket with two military vets on it. I wish I had a nickel for every guy I’ve heard say they believe only people who have worn the uniform should be president. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a woman say it, but I am sure there are women who believe it. This comes most often from conservative vets. Well, guys, here’s your chance. Donald Trump spent his youth in a protected cocoon. Hillary has shown herself to be utterly disdainful of the military. So let’s see how many of those guys weren’t just blowing words out of your ass.

One last point, Castle infuses a lot of his political thinking with his Christianity. Trump pretends to by mangling scripture and just blurting out vague inanities about the Bible. It’s empty pandering, but people love it.  I have no connection to the spirit world and I do find it funny that someone who represents the constitution party pours so much religion into the mix. The Constitution stands mute on Christianity and only mentions religion as something the government is not to touch. Still, arguments about religion and matters of state are a debate I would gladly have with an honorable president versus a Trump or a Clinton.

What I am saying is that secular conservatives, like myself, who know that the religious freedom protections work both ways should not count Castle out just because he is a religious man. It becomes a single-issue or identity politics problem is you let it interfere with your thinking.

He’s is not a felon and he’s, for damn sure, not a clown.

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McMullin was Under My Radar!

I will get to Evan McMullin in just a bit.  In the meantime…

I haven’t had a chance to comment on the latest happenings.  I have been doing battle with a fire-proof tree stump.  It is day 15 since I set fire to it for the first time.  I pre-treated twice with potassium nitrate, let it soak for weeks.  Then I doused it twice with  kerosene and built a fire around it.  The core burned out in a couple of days, but the perimeter and exposed roots won’t catch for love or money.  Grrr.

Anywho, I have been watching the sordid, pathetic election play out.  And I have more suggestions to the seven remaining responsible voters left out there. But I’ll start with a quick round-up.

The media sat on video since last year showing Trump talking smack about his prowess with women.  The world is pretending to not only be shocked by the content (few actually are) but are also pretending to be surprised.  Please!  Donald Trump let his ghost writers put similar stories in the books they wrote for him.  NO ONE is really shocked or surprised!

I will say that I reject out-of-hand the woman who is claiming her 15 minutes of fame in the last two days.  Her story sounds like complete crap.  Her delivery and structure is contrived.  “I don;t want to use this word but I’ll use it…octopus.”  Or “He was invading my space.”  These are complete contrivances.  The stories about his kissing attacks and telling a woman they were going to have an affair, “but you just don;t know it yet,” sound remarkably like a dumb thing Trump would say.  It is strange how in all the cases, the women just had to come out and tell their stories in mid-October before an election.  Why not last June?  Why not this year before he got the nomination?  The fact is their stories are either complete falsehoods or they were instructed by the media to sit on their accusations until Hillary needed them.  So even if some of these allegations are true, we are under no obligation to pity or worry for these women.  Their trauma and outrage seems to be in direct proportion to the proximity of election day and their need to help BJ Bill’s wife.  My heart bleeds not.

As I said they will…

Watch now, as I predicted MANY times here and in the book, as the press takes talking points and “leaks” from Clinton and obediently broadcasts them.  One after another, every day or two about Trump.  I’m not defending the  man.  I am sniggering behind my hand that so many of you bought his pretense of conservatism.  But the attacks will not be based on any concern for the country or the truth.  They will all be part of the concerted effort to get the felon elected.

In the case of the Democrat felon, there has never been a time, even under FDR, when the press has more dutifully carried a candidate, much less someone so utterly unworthy.  You will not hear, in any detail, about emails where she and her minions conspired to disobey a subpoena.  Remarks in emails that would have banner headlines and 24 hr/day coverage if a Republican made them are getting NO play in most of the media.  If these spoon-fed goons weren’t carrying water for Hillary, the election would be over already.  You see, there are a LOT of lemmings out there who think the New York Times and ABC News, etc. are independent news organizations.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Finally, we are hearing Trump trying to form a simple and valid argument about BJ Bill’s wife and her efforts to enable BJ Bill to earn that nickname.  Over the weekend I listened to Robert Riech recounting Hillary’s decision to appear on 60 Minutes during the New Hampshire primaries in ’92.  The guy still speaks in breathless awe about how brave she was to do that and how she was being so LOYAL to Bill.  Again, PLEASE!  Hillary was every bit the soulless cypher then as she is today.  Reich knows this.  His pretense of ignorance is embarrassing.  It shows how far people will go to maintain the illusions they helped foster so many years ago.  Hillary didn’t give a damn who Clinton played with or what he did to them.  She only cared about winning elections and acquiring power.  She happily destroyed any woman who had consensual affairs with him and any of the women he assaulted.

Sadly, as is always the case, Trump can barely form the sentences to forward this argument.  So it is left to the right-wing media to apologize and explain it for him.

So, there we are; all caught up.

A few weeks back, I started hearing the name McMullin.  I made a mental note to check him out and never did.  Tells you a lot about my memory.  A mind like a steel sieve.

I finally heard him speak and watched his running mate on TV today.  They are not on the ballot in all 50 states, but you’ll have the option of writing them in on election day if you so desire.

Every day I come across people who watch the news and shake their heads at the disgusting display by the major parties.  I always tell them they have other choices.  The response to that is almost uniform:  No, that won’t work.  Everybody is going to vote to Trump or Clinton anyway. Since I don’t want one, so I’ll vote for the other.

This is iron-clad proof of how cowed the two-party system has the average American voter.  The average voter doesn’t want either candidate.  But the average voter assumes – sadly, they seem to be correct –  that all the other average voters will line up like sheep and vote major party.  If so few of you want to do that, why do it?  We do not HAVE to have Trump or Clinton!  So why vote for Trump or Clinton?  When the conversation goes that far, the same people say, well if I vote for (X) then Clinton will get in.  The mental enslavement is mind-blowing!  If all the people who poll saying neither candidate should be president thought for themselves and chose from the remaining slate, there would be no Trump or Clinton in the White House.  We only fear everybody else not breaking ranks because we are afraid to break ranks and cast a responsible vote.  And so of we go, over the cliff, together, each wishing all the others had done what you were too timid to do.

Which brings me to Evan McMullin.

As candidates go, McMullin is a young, cool-headed, thinking man’s candidate.  He is a mildly hawkish, fiscally conservative with an open mind to ideas.  He has CIA and Wall Street experience.  This indicates he has the ability to take input and make decisions.  This is a characteristic Trump is woefully lacking.  His resume also indicates he can think tactically and strategically.  If you are a moderate leaning right with a no-nonsense approach to how you use your vote, and you don’t vote for McMullin, you are throwing your vote away.

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