Happy Birthday America!

4th

 

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  1. To all the haters out there, it’s a free country, in spite of you. Suck it up, Creampuffs.

  2. I’m in jail, let me out, please 😀

  3. https://dailycaller.com/2019/07/04/kamala-harris-joe-biden-busing-backtrack/

    Funny that, Kamala didn’t really answer the question, good communication skills, though.

  4. BEAVERTON, OR—Nike has released a new patriotic shoe just in time for the Fourth of July: the Sanders Air Marx, the official, signature shoe of Senator Bernie Sanders.

    Every pair of Air Marx is emblazoned with Sanders’ signature and iconic “crazy old man” silhouette. The shoes pack in all kinds of useful features for people living in a socialist regime, including the following:
    New ActiveShrink technology helps the shoe shrink right along with you as you wither away from starvation
    Breadline Padding Plus helps you stand in breadlines for hours hoping the government is generous enough to give you some food
    A Venezuelan flag, or optional Soviet Russian flag, to show your true patriotism
    A patented air pump that helps you pump up your wheelbarrow tire as you slave away farming food for the government to redistribute
    Comfy and aerodynamic design that helps you chase zoo animals more effectively
    The shoes are completely edible and can be boiled into soup or gruel in a pinch
    The shoes are not available for purchase but will be given from Nike according to their ability to each customer according to their needs.
    “I’m happy to team up with Nike to release this shoe,” said Sanders. “I will make millions of dollars off this deal, which is not hypocritical because it’s me and not you.”
    The Sanders Air Marx is only available in one size, as Sanders remarked: “who needs a choice of shoe size when there are starving children in the world?”

  5. hen you read the internets, it’s really common to come across people abusing the rules of good grammar. What a nightmare! We at The Babylon Bee want to do our small part to make the internet a safer place for grammar nuts to enjoy without the possibility of being triggered.

    Thus, we’ve identified some common, problematic grammartical use cases and listed them here. Use these handy tips, and you to can be a grammar whiz in no time!
    There, They’re, or Their: These three are completely interchangeable, so use whichever one you want. Sometimes you can even switch up which one you use in the same sentence, even though the meaning is the same, just to keep the reader on they’re toes. Using different forms of “there” really spices up your writing, especially if you’re writing in a church bulletin or typing up the worship lyric slides.
    Your vs. You’re: “Your” means “your” and “you’re” means “you’re.” But instead of trying to remember this, just class up your writing a bit and use “yer.”
    Who or whom: Use “who” if you want to sound ignorant. Use “whom” if you want to sound smart. When you say “who,” you’re saying, “I’m a moron!” When you say “whom,” you’re saying, “Look whom’s the smartest person in the room, you worthless plebs.”
    Splitting infinitives: There’s never a need to carelessly split an infinitive. Theoretical physicists believe that splitting an infinitive may result in a nuclear reaction, so be real careful!
    Semicolon: Do not use unless yer name is Jane Austen or JRR Tolkien.
    Parallelism: You have to learn to spell, to use good grammar, and when it’s a good idea to use parallelism.
    It’s vs. its: “It’s” is possessive; that’s why it has the apostrophe. “Its” is obsolete and is only used by crotchety English teachers. Don’t even bother with “its.”
    I before E, except most of the time: Always remember to put an I before an E, except, like, most of the time. There’s literally like one word that’s I before E, honestly.
    Commas: Use commas along with a conjunction to separate independent clauses. Don’t even bother with dependent clauses. Dependent clauses are a huge pain. They eat all your food, live in your basement, and then whine when you want to claim them on your tax return. Back in my day, clauses were independent the moment they turned 18. Now, they’re dependent well into their 30s.
    Common spelling mistakes:
    “Occccassssion” is often misspelled as “occasion.” A good rule of thumb is to just dump as many c’s and s’s as you possibly can into the word to be safe.
    “Rithem” is often misspelled as “rhythm.” Just type it out how it sounds, people, and you can’t go wrong.
    “Winds-Day” is often misspelled as “Wednesday.” It’s the windiest day of the week—this is a good way to remember how to spell it.
    “Curriculum” is often misspelled all kinds of different ways. You know what? Screw it. Who made up this stupid word? Write it however you want.
    “Bologna” is often misspelled as “the prosperity gospel.” Oftentimes, people write out “the prosperity gospel” but it’s actually spelled “bologna.” “Baloney” is also acceptable.
    There you have it. Let us know if this was helpful, so we can give you more good grammer tips in the future.

  6. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/451594-2020-democrats-storm-early-contest-states-on-july-4

    Yet, the Left whines claiming that Trump will politicize the 4th. Tomorrow, a lot of the Left will be licking the egg off their faces, eating crow and doing their best to come up with something new to bitch about.

    • How many 4th of July parades have you attended with pols in the parade. I venture to say 100%.

  7. Happy Independence Day SUFA! Have a safe day!

  8. Question for the legal beagles. If someone crosses an international border with a child in tow, lies to the border agent about parentage, is shown by DNA not to be the parent, has no other documentation to support legal custody of the child, is not this person a kidnapper? Could they be charged with kidnapping and child endangerment? Since they do not respect legal international borders, should they not be held without bail until a trial can be conducted?

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      This morning I just read an article published in Great Britain, evetything our dear Colonel has been saying..

  9. Dale A Albrecht says:

    We can have no doubt about how corrupt the world banking system is after this announcement

    Ms. Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund’s current leader, is set to succeed Mario Draghi in the European Central Bank’s top job. On Tuesday, European officials nominated Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund’s current leader, to succeed Mario Draghi as European Central Bank president.2 days ago

    • Dale A Albrecht says:
      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        At the top of the European Central Bank, the woman who was Nicolas Sarkozy’s doormat. We have not forgotten what was found at Christine Lagarde’s home in 2013. An absolutely embarrassing letter that came up in Lagarde’s Paris home during a search for the Tapie-Crédit Lyonnais scandal.

        An embarrassing letter – This is the text, which serves to show who goes up to the top of the European monetary institution by decision of Macron and Merkel.

        “Dear Nicolas,

        very briefly and respectfully:

        I’m at your side to serve you and your plans for France.

        I did my best and I may have failed, sometimes. I ask you to forgive me.

        I have no personal political ambitions and I do not want to become an ambitious servile like many of those around you: their loyalty is recent and sometimes not lasting.

        Use me for the time it takes for you, your action and your casting .

        If you use me, I need you as a guide and as a support: without guidance, I risk being ineffective; without support, risk of not being very credible.

        With my immense admiration, Christine L. ”

        This letter remains in Lagarde’s personal “curriculum” and sufficiently explains his unbridled desire for power . When it comes to manifesting itself in such a servile way, one loses dignity and leaves so many doubts on the way. If to conquer important positions for which it is admitted that you are not able “without a guide” means that you are ready for anything.
        They celebrate the masters of Europe

        When that whole concerns our money, the rights of our peoples, the monetary policies of Europe, we must be really worried about it. Not surprisingly, in these hours, the holders of European power celebrate the appointments. One more reason to be wary if you are outside a very dangerous button room like the one represented by Europe’s leaders.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          And Sarkozy is currently being investigated for corruption stemming from an apparent $40M campaign donation from Gaddafi to his presidential campaign against Hollande in 2012 just before France decided to with the UN and US help take out Gaddafi and unleash out of control migration into Europe

  10. Dale A Albrecht says:

    One of the greatest speeches of all times. Right along with Lincoln’s Gettysburg Adress.

    Give Me Liberty or give me death, given at the 2nd continental Congress in Richmond VA.

    Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775.
    No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
    Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free– if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained–we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!
    They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

    Unfortunately our global society and politicians today are incapable of giving such a speech.

    Have a great 4th of July and DO NOT forget our founders and their vision for creating the greatest nation that ever existed.

  11. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    Still the best! You guys might want to post on FACEBOOK since I have been banned for offending community standards by re-posting a photo of a third Reich rally with the caption. “today’s progressives are yesterday’s Nazi’s” That was after the antifa riot. Go figure.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      So are you banned permanently? Can you still see people’s posts or be “friends” I post quite a bit. I get lots if feeds from Europe by a site that has continued to carry on a legacy of a lady who knew racism and Nazis 1st hand and as a journalist called a spade a spade until her death a few years ago.

      • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

        No, just a few days. But I’m working on the lifetime ban. When they cannot distinguish between Antifa Naxi’s and real Naxi’s (who were NOT afraid to show their faces) then FB is probably in need of replacement.

  12. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Eh “Today”

  13. Dale A Albrecht says:
  14. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Italian Canninis “Light” dealers have filed a legal complaint against Deputy Prime Minister. Alleging comments he made have hurt their business

  15. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Here’s an interesting political question to ponder.

    If Theodore Roosevelt had not decided to run for a full 2nd term instead of feeling he did serve two terms. Would the mantle of being a “Progressive” been handed off to Wilson and the Democrats. Would the US Armed Forces been segregated as they’d become under Wilson an unrepentant racist from Virginia. Would we have the Federal Reserve? Would FDR never have become a Democrat following the Progressive path his Uncle set in motion. Would the 20’s which saw 3 terrible R’s as president been replaced by Democrats instead?

    Basically would the roles been reversed absent the racism the Democrats have a monopoly on.

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      See, there is TR’s progressiveism and everybody else. Last night Tucker Carlson did a canned piece where he talked at great length about the “elites” vs. the people. He was especially harsh on libertarians.

      I find and always have that most libertarians are rabid ideologues. Their vision of individual freedom is in conflict with the “common good” which is what makes a country and society such as ours possible.

      Unless people realize that we are all in this together and exercise a little self control (Ie. making a smaller profit by keeping the jobs HERE) there will be no society left. The Grinch lived alone on a mountain top for a reason!

      The joy to me of our republican democracy is the self control and concept of it being “us” is not coerced by government. It is done through our own conscious mind. Our problem today is the basic facts of how we got here are not taught. The “shared” past is no more nor is the shared present which will lead to a future where the society will be revamped based on greed, envy and some vague notion of fairness.

      The most telling thing Carson did was to read a speech delivered by Elizabeth Warren about the defects of predatory capitalism. As a kid I loved Aesop’s fables which my Dad was a big fan of. He would point out the “meaning” of each fable. My favorite has always been the “golden goose”. I judge most people by how willing they would be to kill the damn goose in the stupid hope they will find ALL the eggs.

      Tucker the used the Bain Capital, Romney Model of what is wrong. Sure, the principals made oodles of money by raping the companies they bought, selling out the employees and saddling them with debt that would guarantee future failure. Sound like a recipe for the replay of the French Revolution to you?

      Both Teddy and now Trump saw this. I think another term for Teddy would have guaranteed the reforms he wanted would have lasted beyond him. Though he would have mucked us up in WW 1 sooner and with greater pain. I doubt Harding would have been the follow-up candidate and I think Wilson would have remained a governor or gone back to Princeton. Don’t knock Coolidge too much.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Colonel… I know you folks defending the law on our border have a lot on your plates, but through interrogations have you got some sort of idea just how many people have died, murdered or just plain disappeared coming through mexico.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        The political wheelers and dealers were really against TR being put on the McKinley ticket ad VP.. One trying to sideline him into obscurity as VP, and others saying do you realize we’d be putting that damn cowboy a heartbeat away from being president. Sure TR had been a real advocate for empire and to a great degree felt guilty over his father not serving in combat during the civil war. The dems were painting him ad a warmonger, yet he truly won the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering and ending the Russo-japanese war. Maybe unlike Wilson he might have concluded a peace in WWI and absent that tipped the scale from a bloody stalemate with millions of dead a lot earlier than 1917. Unfortunately all subjective because Wilson had such animosity toward TR he’d do anything and did to stop any potential cudos to TR. Besides TR was sick and dying by that point..

  16. Mathius says:

    Predictions for tonight:

    1. Trump will give a canned / pre-written speech which will be a-political, but thoroughly self-promoting / self-glorifying.
    2. There will be at least one “surprise” component (eg, extra tanks / flyover / Trump setting himself on fire).
    3. It will be super-gaudy.
    4. Liberal activists will make an ass of themselves by be needlessly disruptive. (this does not include the Trump Baby balloon Code Pink will be flying, because that is f-ing hilarious!)
    5. If a tank (or Bradley, etc) does roll down the street, or is transported down the street, someone will stand in front of it a la Tienanmen Square.
    6. If 5 happens, Trump will immediately order the guy run-over.
    7. Viewership is going to be through the roof (on a relative basis).
    8. The “military-ness” of the event will be underwhelming. A handful of tanks / fighting vehicles, not a full-blown Red Square.
    9. The fireworks are going to be nuts.

    Future predictions:
    1. Hearings about misuse of funds / excessive spending on the event.
    2. Hearings re giving VIP tickets to Republican donors (eg, turning it into a campaign event)
    3. Trump is going to stick DC with cleanup costs / bills / whatnot, and refuse to pay.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Just hazarding a guess.

      1) Trump will give a very all American encompassing speech. Head cheerleader., rah!

      2) the leftist activists will make total fools of themselves creating a mess and a trail of destruction, especially if the reborn Nazis, Antifa, show up.

      3) DC police will do noting to stop it.

      4) Yes Trump ie the feds, will stiff DC on the clean up expenses. “You allowed it to happen, you clean it uo” inauguration day destruction redux.

  17. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Turkish police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators who were participating in the Pride parade in Istanbul, banned by the authorities for the fifth consecutive year. The crowd challenged the ban by marching near Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square. The agents shot in riot gear to dispe7rse protesters, who had many flags with rainbow colors. tgcom24.mediaset.it

    This is how the most tolerant of Islamic countries dealt with marches celebrating gay pride week. I sincerely doubt if any marches occurred in Iran or Saudi Arabia

  18. Dale A Albrecht says:

    During the standoff between the German capt Carola Rackets and the Italian government until she decided to crash in any way. A Guardia di Finenza blocked her at the dock and she with thruster attempted to crush the much smaller ship. A judge in Agrigento let her go after she was arrested.

    Macron the French president has been slamming the Italians on their lack of humanity and hospitality blah blah blah.

    A journal in Italy reposted what happens to persons who illegally attempt to bring in migrants etc….the courts convict them and send them to prison in France.

    Besides France as a matter of policy stops every vehicle, trains buses etc and search them for migrants trying to get from Italy into france. Especially after the EU decided instead of funneling migrants through Greece a bankrupt nation that required serious help. Plus most of the Balkan countries refused allowing migrants, decided to approve channeling migrants through Italy. Which also can not afford them. Especially when bordering countries refuse to let the enter. France who uncorked the bottle by creating a failed state in Libya, Switzerland who’s border is not open and not part of the EU. Austria.

    They most definitely operate in their nations self interests when needed and operate in tandem when it suits them. Yet condemn Italy for trying to protect their sovereign borders. Hypocrites especially France and Germany.

    Earlier this year Germany declared most North African nations SAFE. In order to more easily deport those undesirables who were denied asylum an or committed crimes. Instead they capture and sedate the deportees and dump them back into Italy saying THAT is their country of origin. The country of origin is Chad, Nigeria, Congo, etc. But it’s cheaper to dump them in Italy…..then the ECB damn the Italians on budget over runs and plans on fining them €3 Billion. Makes total sense to me.

  19. I was wrong!!!!!! Mathius IS worthy of an education.

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=salute+to+america+speech&view=detail&mid=DC336AAEDCBB27710149DC336AAEDCBB27710149&FORM=VIRE

    This, my young Lefty friend, is how a real American President acts. He does not sniff the crotches of other foreign leaders by bowing to them.

    Learn, young friend, learn that those on the Left are lying to you constantly. The Liberal media had YOU brainwashed with their lies. So when your done pickin those crow feathers from between your teeth and you clean up the egg on your forhead, you can rest easy, you have been educated! (now to start ducking the F-bombs being sent my way 😀 )

    • Mathius says:

      You would be the kind of person to use Bing as your search engine…

    • Mathius says:

      Some thoughts (written in-line while watching)…

      1. USA-USA chant is nice, rather than the usual lock her up or anything partisan.
      2. Could they not find anyone to clean the glass?
      3. What’s so historic about this 4th?
      4. “Come together as ‘one nation’ ” says the most decisive president ever..
      5. To salute the military.. god, I’m so sick of the endless fetishist hero-worship of the military. Let’s salute AMERICAS, and that includes the military.
      6. “Space Force”… ain’t gonna happen… and I want it to happen. Sign me right up.
      7. He is speaking much better than he usually does on prepared scripts. I wonder what they did differently to rehearse. Compare this to his choppy delivery at the SOTU.
      8. Speaking of which, whatever happened to his endless bitching about Obama’s use of teleprompters?
      9. He’s going to recount the whole Revolutionary War?
      10. I guess that’s better than some of the alternatives… ::shrug::
      11. USA-USA chant again.. ok…
      12. Up to Lewis and Clarke…. I mean, I guess I get the white-washed version of history… the 4th isn’t exactly the right time for recounting our past sins… I bet some on the TDS left are bitching about this, though…
      13. Secure Civil rights.. “to all Americans”… interestingly careful phrasing there… making sure he doesn’t accidentally include those dirty border-runners with calves the size of cantaloupes.
      14. American inventors…
      15. Apollo…. hey, can we get some funding for NASA already? I want to live to see a colony on Mars..
      16. We’ll be back on the moon soon (are there any plans for this or is it just a fantasy?)
      17. American flag on Mars… nice… would prefer a world-flag, but I’ll take any flag… but, again, is this a plan or another empty promise? Where’s the funding?
      18. E-man-u-el… Fra-rich-s… maybe he could have practiced that name a bit more… but cool to give a shout out to a cancer researcher… Good job!
      19. Now how ’bout some more funding for the CDC? They need it more than the military.
      20. Bunch of random historical shoutouts… Clara Barton.. ok… a bit awkward, but, hey, whatever, they deserve it..
      21. Florida Panhandle… I’m sure that’s a coincidence, though… ::shrug::
      22. Oop.. there’s 9/11….
      23. Credit where it’s due, he didn’t spend the vignette on anything divisive or self-serving (*ahem* pay attention, Rudy *ahem*)… focus on a person who helped… that’s great! She’s a role model, she gets praise, this is how Americans can/should act… great!
      24. But, err.. how ’bout that funding John Stewart is looking for? Huh? Huh? HUH?!
      25. I note that I haven’t seen any self-aggrandizing.. kudos
      26. I do dislike using “gold star families” as props.. but I guess if he’s just thanking them, and not using them in a partisan fashion, it’s fine.
      27. Giving women the right to vote… ok… great, but why are we talking about that? This speech has no transitions – it just jumps around weirdly… I mean, I guess it’s thematic, but the non-sequiturs are jarring.
      28. Now we’re on the sit-ins in the ’60’s.. I guess we’re doing the whole once-over of civil rights… oh, ah, he’s got one of them as a prop… blech… but black civil rights prop… hmm…
      29. Now we’re onto MLK.. Frederick Douglas hehehe… .. ok, I guess we’re just running through a list of more-or-less random American heroes.. ok.. sure, seems appropriate.. fits with the theme..
      30. Earl Morse… of Ohio… hmm… so we have Florida and Ohio…. probably coincidence…
      31. More USA-USA chants..
      32. More soldiers as props.. blech.. I mean, nothing unique to Trump.. but blech… they aren’t props.. but, hey, again, I guess it’s pro-America, and not pro-Trump, so it’s not really that bad. Just… blech. I mean, they deserve praise and recognition, but it’s just… blech..
      33. Talking about the armed forces and leading with… the coast guard… interesting choice… bet this ends with the Space Force ™.
      34. Coast Guard really does not get enough recognition for their part in D-Day… kudos to Trump for (finally) giving them some long-overdue recognition/praise. DPM note: Screw those bastards!
      35. Seriously… could nobody wipe that glass?
      36. Hey, look.. it’s the “bonus” I predicted.. flyovers from the coast guard…
      37. Ok, I get tradition and all, but this song needs to be updated… makes me think of Rogers and Hammerstein..
      38. Three planes… It might have been cooler up close, and there might have been constraints with what they were willing/able to fly over DC (and cost considerations the anti-Trump folks would bitch about), but I know the coast guard can spare a bit more than that.. Maybe the cameraman should have just zoomed in a bit more, cut to a shot from a helicopter or something.. not really a knock against Trump here… just could have been done a bit better, I think.. feels half-assed. (disclaimer, if they’d flown 100 birds overhead, I would be griping that it was wasteful / overly-expensive / excessive / etc.. just sayin’ this could have been a bit better, not that they needed to go overboard).
      39. We’re up to Kitty Hawk.. I don’t know that I’d call it a “miracle”… those guys were smart and they busted their asses and deployed state of the art metallurgy to make it happen.
      40. “Bicycle makers from Ohio”.. second time mentioning Ohio… again, I’m sure this is just a coincidence…
      41. You’re going to talk about the “wings made of cotton” but not the first use of aircraft grade aluminum that they painted over to hide the fact from rivals?? BAD! Bad Trump! ::rolls up newspaper::
      42. His recounting of WWI / WWII is a bit…. flimsy.. but again, this isn’t really a civic/history class here.. it’s a pep-rally.. so it’s fine.
      42. Ok, fine, if you can’t clean the glass, how ’bout putting the cameras on the other side of the glass?
      43. Excuse me, but the Nazis were not exactly pushovers when it came to aircraft technology… they were making HUGE advancements, and if the war had gone on a bit longer, they would have started kicking our asses with the jets they were developing… he makes it sound completely one-sided and it emphatically was not. But, again, pep-rally, not History Channel.. so, meh.
      44. “The skies belong to the United States of America.” This might be news to everyone else… Did we just annex the world’s airspace?
      45. Fun Fact: The Air Force is the biggest air force in the world, of course, but the second biggest? The US Navy.
      46. Another anthem in need up update..
      47. Now THAT’S a fucking plane. Mathius would not want to be on the wrong end of a B2.
      48. I guess we’re up to the Navy, now… I think they should sail the USS John S. McCain through the Mall.. that’d be a show!
      49. I get that we’re doing all the armed forces, and it’s not a Trump issues, but I do hate this sort of sycophantic fixation on the military… I have no qualms with giving them their due, and I guess he’s moving quickly enough through the branches, and I get that he has to do all of them… but I really liked focus on thing that *ahem* make America great *ahem* not just the military history. We’re more than halfway through the speech and it’s been 75% military, 25% civilian.. I’d prefer those numbers were reversed..
      50. “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” is a misquote. That’s how it’s commonly quoted, but that’s not the quote. Some fact-checker needs to be fired. (“Torpedoes? Damn the torpedoes! Four bells, Captain Drayton, go ahead. Jouett, full speed.”)
      51. “Oh, I’m sorry, were you singing? Well screw you, we’re just going to fly overhead and I don’t give a shit what kind of speakers you’re using, no one is going to hear a word until we’re done.”
      52. Marines now..

      ———–

      Intermission:

      So far, I have to say, this is… bar none… The. Best. Speech. I have seen from Trump. By faaaaaaaaaar.

      The guy giving this speech sounds like someone I could support. A guy with his head screwed on straight and his priorities in the right places. Maybe a bit military heavy, but it’s the 4th of July and he’s not over-over-doing it, so it’s fine.

      Now, admittedly, he hasn’t really said anything of substance or policy (which is good, because this is not the time for that), but as a touchy-feely sense of general disposition and mindset, he comes off really well. This is a strongly Pro-America speech without (so far) being anti-anything. It has been a one-nation leading the world kind of speech, and that’s a good theme.

      No “we’re under attack” no “emies on all sides” no “Mexican caravans” no “evil Democrats” no “lock her up”.. just “America good,” and “we’ve fought for good causes” and “we have a proud history” and a sense of “we’re moving forward.” The underlying theme of “we’ve been good, we’ve gotten better, the best is yet to come” is hard to miss, and understated in a way which doesn’t feel like the usual mindless America-Fuck-Yeah kind of drivel we see all the time. I especially like that they’ve left his ego out of the speech – I don’t think I’ve heard the word “I” once.

      And, to be clear, that’s not just “good” as compared to his usual low-bar, but actually good. Not perfect. But “good.” And most of my complaints are shared amongst pretty much all Presidents / politicians giving speeches like this, so they aren’t knocks against Trump, or this speech, specifically.

      The guy who gives THIS speech is a guy I like. I mean, I still need to see his policies and see what he does and how he governs, but if this were my first exposure to Donald Trump, I’d be leaning heavily into his camp. THIS sounds like a guy who gets America. THIS sounds like a guy who unifies. This sounds like a guy who sees us as a leader in the world, not as an us-verse-them. THIS sounds like a guy who understands our historical place in the world and our duty to our fellow man, and appreciates the idea of doing what is right over what is expedient or self-serving.

      I mean, this isn’t the Trump I’ve known for the last few years, but it sure is the one I wish were President.

      He should give his speech writer a massive (“YUGE”) raise.

      Gonna take a pause here (around the 37-minute mark) and get some work done before finishing the rest and, quite possibly, reversing my opinion on everything I just said.

      • Mathius says:

        And, just to be explicit: given the choice between the Trump seen so-far in this speech and Hillary Clinton, I would have voted for Trump.

        Of course, I have no idea what the policy positions are of “This Trump,” but he seems to have his priorities and sense of America in order, so I’d risk it over a known shit-pile like her.

        Dependent, of course, on who the Democrats choose to run, and how he actually governs, if he can put on this persona and wears it convincingly for the next year, he’ll sweep the 2020 election by Reagan-esque margins.

    • Mathius says:

      Ok, resuming….

      1. Seriously, clean the glass!
      2. Some maudlin story about a blind marine? Maybe? I resumed in the middle, so maybe I missed something.
      3. Qan-ti-co… never heard it pronounced that way…
      4. This is a better anthem.
      5. I’d be willing to bet that if you put a gun to Trump’s head, he wouldn’t be able to tell you who Cornwallis was.
      6. “Last full measure of devotion” is a great line… surprised to see that he could deliver it here without sounding completely hollow…
      7. Wow… first word flub… actually fairly impressive.. I’m not sure I would’ve made it this far without flubbing anything… handled it well, too…
      8. This bit feels a bit hyperbolic, but ehh.. again… it’s a pep rally..
      9. “They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards.” That even got a smile out of me!
      10. ISIS Caliphate 100% gone?
      11. He’s yelling now…
      12. ♫ And the army goes marching along….. ♫
      13. “Noble might of the warriors who guard our birthright and devotion to the flag…” I’m not sure what he’s saying here… I’m a big fan of complex sentence structure, but that’s a bit much to follow.. he lost me somewhere in the middle and it just sort of game out as a mush.
      14. “As long as we never stop fighting for a better future, then there is nothing that America can not do.” See, THIS, THIS is what I want to see in a President. Why the holy hell can’t he be THIS guy. None of that fear mongering bullshit. No invading caravans and ISIS this and ISIS that and voter fraud and petty name-calling and juvenile bullshit. THIS. We can do great things if we fight for it.
      15. USA-USA-USA.. damned right. The orange bastard deserved that one. And a quick, thank you, and back to script… Who is this guy??? Why aren’t you people freaking out that the President has been kidnapped and replaced by a shape-shifting lizard person?
      16. “We will always be the people who defeated a tyrant [just one?], crossed a continent, harnessed science [damned right, how ’bout some more funding for that, then, and a better Education secretary while you’re at it?], took to the sky, and soared into the heavens, because we will never forget that we are Americans and the future belongs to us.” Can Trump just be THIS guy from now on?
      17. Thanking everyone, wishing everyone a happy holiday, etc… still no “I”
      18. Spoke too soon.. “I invite..” Ok, fine, that’s nit-picky… 🙂

      ————-

      Ok, finished.

      Standing by my assessment from before. BY FAR his best speech, and if he would just be this guy, he’d have my vote… you know, assuming he backed it up with good policies… Or, hell, even tolerable policies.

      This is how a President should act. This if the first time since he announced his candidacy that he’s ever actually acted Presidential.

      Goddamnit, why can’t he actually be this guy?

      Sold A on the speech. Can’t believe I’m saying that…

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      • It’s the Red Bull

      • I can’t believe it either. I’m amazed…and here’s an ‘atta boy fer ya! Now for homework go home and listen to his speech at the Detroit Economic Club early in the campaign…or his speech in Singapore, explaining the difference in the two Koreas. That’s just two off the top of my head, but he’s had several good speeches.

        • I am not surprised at all that Trump can give a good meaningful speech. His speech in Poland about western culture was excellent as was the last state of the union and the speech at Normandy. What is amazing is that those on the left have not recognized this after being on the job for more then 2 years. Their bias and blind hatred for the man that beat Queen Hillary have prevented them from taking a serious look at the man. I did not watch all of his speech yesterday but would classify it as good but not great. It was good because it celebrated the good parts of America from a historical perspective. But I did not get any new insights from it.

          Mathius, you want him to talk like this everyday, but that would be boring and inappropriate. We have some major problems that he is trying to solve without much help from either party. The fact that he is willing to wade in and seriously attack these problems is refreshing unlike his predecessors who simply kicked the can down the road. Now if Congress got serious and actually tried to help, that would be surprising.

          • Yeahhhh…the Poland one. I was thinking about Poland while I was typing my first comment, but I wasn’t sure if Poland was incorporated within another speech or what, and Normandy was excellent too. I really like that he always weaves history into his speeches. I learn more from him than I did in all my schooling.

  20. Dale A Albrecht says:

    So Chuck Schumer demands Trump fire the Border team management for the terrible conditions being reported. Even in England their reports say are false. Why was he never offended and demanding during any other previous administration? Why did they NEVER take up the cause and fix the obvious problems when the dems had total control of govetnment. They kicked the can down the road as had very administration and Congress since Reagan. Its to valuable a political weapon to lose by tackling the problem of ILLEGAL immigration. Not legal immigration, but ILLEGAL. Which cost the government by their accounting $164 billion in welfare alone. Forget about all the other agency costs

  21. SANTA CLARA, CUBA—Is Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara too moderate for a 2020 run as a Democrat?

    That’s the question the left is asking after Guevara was resurrected by a leftist political action committee, Marxists for Equality, Socialism, and Stalinism. MESS activists arrived in Santa Clara earlier this week and summoned Guevara’s spirit back from the dead using dark, demonic rituals, which are well-known to many Democrats. MESS then hastily photoshopped a birth certificate for Zombie Guevara so he would be eligible to run for president of the United States.
    Guevara announced his run but was quickly denounced by many of his fellow candidates and other prominent Democrats.
    “I’m just not sure Guevara is far enough left to be a viable Democratic candidate this election,” said one political pundit on CNN. “He’s really a centrist in the midst of this field of radical leftists, and we just don’t think he’s going to stand out this time.”
    Democrats pointed out that while Guevara was a mass murderer, he really needs to specifically come out as allowing murder up to and including the moment of birth if he’s going to be accepted as a mainstream Democratic candidate. They also demonstrated that his brand of totalitarianist terror was a fine starting point, but he needs to show his willingness to silence anyone who even seems to slightly disagree with the left if he’s going to get any traction.
    “I just looked up the Wikipedia article on Che,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted while she was supposed to be working. “I don’t see anything about him addressing climate change and wanting to destroy an entire economy based on wild-eyed apocalyptic predictions. I might have to throw away my Guevara T-shirts, to be honest.”
    Reached for comment on Guevara’s official run, Bernie Sanders simply began ranting incoherently about how many flavors of Doritos there are at his local grocery store.

  22. Mathius says:

    OK, objection that the interviewer was attempting to put words in that lady’s mouth a bit, but other than that….. hooooo boy….

    Now, why do I post this? Am I saying that all Trump supporters are racist idiots who think being socialist is being “all about the money” and something something being against your race? Am I saying that you are all so deluded that you will object to empirical reality by just shouting “fake-news” over and over again? Am I saying you’re all so deluded that you think Biden is a billionaire?

    No.

    I’m not.

    Well, some of you are.

    But that’s not my point.

    My POINT is that this is what you are seeing, in the reverse, when you look at your chosen news sites. A reporter finds a spectacularly bad example of the “other” side, interviews them, maybe leads them a bit, maybe cuts it together a bit, and presents an “example” of what the left/right thinks. See? “[the other side’s] supporters are stupid mindwashed drones divorced from reality, and also racist, and also have no idea what socialism is! SEE!” Now feel better about yourself, about being on the correct side.

    It cuts BOTH ways. The people on the left doing this find the worst examples of humanity on the right and amplify them. This video is bouncing around on the left. I’ve seen it posted a half-dozen times. This is what the left is holding up to say “this is what the other side is like. This is what Trump supporters are like.”

    But we all know that’s not the case.

    You AREN’T so stupid and uninformed and racist and brainwashed.

    This is the left, picking up a person who is a caricature of the right, and amplifying them as if they were representative of the whole. And, to the majority caught in the bubble on the left-leaning blogs, this is what they see and year about you. And this is who they think you are.

    So when I see videos of racists and morons on the left – occasionally posted here – I can’t help but remember this. Those people are nothing like any of the liberals I know. They aren’t like my friends. They aren’t like the bloggers I read. And the answer is obvious.

    The far right is doing the same exact thing.

    They find the worst examples of the left, and amplify them as if they were typical of the left. And, if that’s all you see often enough, that’s what you think the left is.

    But it’s not.

    And I think this is worth noting.

    • She seemed like a Cuban immigrant. She also got the first argument correct, Trump did NOT say he could shoot someone and “get away with it”. He clearly stated he wouldn’t lose any voters. But this is how the Liberal media tries to get people, tell a half truth and claim “gotchya”.

      I actually understood what she was referring to about being white. I’m sure you have heard of “white privilege” enough by now.

      She also, wrongly, put Biden in with the far left socialists. I don’t think he is quite that bad and if it were Biden versus HRC, I’d vote Biden. The good stuff now…No cussing and throwing f-bombs. No flipping the bird. She was respectful with her answers and tried to be honest based on her limited knowledge. She dealt with being interviewed with dignity. As far as the first question about Trump shooting someone and getting away with it, she was spot on, because that is FAKE NEWS and a lie, the video proves it.

    • Just curious though, who cares what these people are worth? I don’t think the monetary worth of politicians has been a major point of debate, although it may have been brought up about some. Personal worth isn’t even worth complaining about 😉

      • Mathius says:

        Well, some clarity here….

        1. Trump campaigned in no small part based on being a hugely successful businessman, and people voted for him believing that his business acumen would translate to the job of POTUS. Given this, if it turned out he was actually broke, that would be salient. If it turned out he were actual 10x richer, that would be salient.

        2. I care about a politician’s wealth when they’re worth, say, 1$mm when they get elected and $200mm a few years later. I may not know exactly what happened between here and there, but I’m willing to bet we got screwed somewhere in the process. (*ahem* Nancy *ahem*)

    • Too be fair, most of the Liberal leaning Democrats I know are NOTHING like the kooks in many of the videos posted here. Most don’t like the lurch to the Left and might not even bothering to vote in 2020.

      I hope you notice when the worst comes out in people in those videos. Mostly during marches or protests where the bad actors are the heavy majority.

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      I have YET to see an an Antifa style riot on the right. Back in the 1960’s, outside of something called the “hardhat” riot which occurred when a group of anti-war protesters burned a flag across the street from a major construction site (bad idea) I also never saw a conservative or right wing riot!

      So, while not saying that there are no “idiots” on my side of the equation I am saying that the number of idiots on the other side is exponential.

  23. Dale A Albrecht says:

    I was reading all the headlines this morning focusing on the tanks etc. All the hype, hazards problems, political you name it. Military overtones.

    Let’s see, in the 60’s I did participate in parades on the 4th that did in.fact have tanks (Patton tanks) in the parades. They were not carried on transports. The damage to the roads whether they had rubber on their tracks or cleated was enormous. Thus was during Democrat controlled times in California and LA.lesdins should be learned on hot asphalt.

    I rarely attended an important event like a major football game where military planes did flyovers and exhibitions.

    I’ve lived in european countries where tanks were in the streets for real. All police officers carried machine guns openly and other weapons at all times. Even I did when accompanying them. Civilian airliners SHOT down by interceptors just off Sicily after Libyan MIG’s tried evading radars. Bombings and assassinations were regular as delivery of the morning paper.. During terrorist threat alerts, all were taken seriously, my group would get personal armed Iraluan marines in full combat gear as escorts until the alert was called off. 9 US Marines killed by friendly fire because they got lazy and tried to jump the perimeter fence. They were still hanging on the concertina wire in the morning as a reminder about not being stupid. And this was in a civilized western european nation

  24. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Here’s a question…..the big hype over the father and daughter drowning attempting to reach the border..

    Of the over 500000 migrant captured at the border, approximately how many perished enroute in these massive caravans crossing thousands of miles of pretty hostile territory. With meager resources if any along the way.

    • Unless the Mexican govt provides some numbers, we will never know. We do know many have died in many different ways, like in the back of hot trucks.

      For a country that many on the left claim is not so great, we sure have a lot of outsiders who want to come here.

      Did anyone ever educate Colon Keaperdick that Betsy Ross was an avid abolitionist? Probably not.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      There was an EU report tying the human traffickers to the NGO’s. The denials OMG. When these migrants looking pretty damn fit and hardy are loaded in deliberately unsafe rafts little to no supplies and never able to reach any of the nearest Italian islands and the NGO ships just happen to be on hand to RESCUE them right in Libyian or other North African nations territorial waters evading those nations coastal patrols…..of course they’re working hand in glove with traffickers on BOTH ends. All the while claiming theyre humanitarians

      Just like our border crisis. Just how do these migrants come from sub-saharan countrues and cross unimaginably environmentally hostile territory and not be near death.

      Where’s the investigative journalists willing to dig that story out. Somebody is profiting from all this. Because nobody if anybody is that altruistic…..where’s the UN in this. Only complaining countries are violating international law. They haven’t solved crap.

      They didn’t do diddly in the Berlin Airlift
      Korea is still unresolved and they jeer anyone trying to resolve it.
      Stepped aside in Rwanda
      Stepped aside in the Balkans
      Stepped aside in Somalia
      Stepped aside in Syria
      Done nothing but divide territory in Sudan
      Nothing in Nigeria.
      Ban any trade in diamonds unless it’s controlled by deBeers.

    • Not sure why this question should not be on the census, although I would word it differently. Example: How many current legal voters are residing in the household? or some version of that. What would keep illegals from lying on the census anyway, they are already criminals. Shouldn’t be the issue it is, but, we should know how many legal citizens we have in the country.

      • The census asks state of birth or country of birth. In the past it asked if naturalized and when. The question should not be a problem as the census in part is to determine the number of military age citizens available for duty in an emergency.

  25. So, Russia couldn’t have interfered with our election under Obama eh?

    • Which one is dumber? Biden or Cuomo?

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Then what was all the counter intelligence stuff they all were doing? Russian meddling in the 2016 election was 100% in Obama’s administration.

      NATO disolved…….good. European countries have sucked on our tits for to long.

    • Did anyone think that Biden just admitted that Russia did NOTHING to interfere during the 2016 election and he just admitted it in the heat of his answer?

  26. I just saw a picture of an old high school classmate standing in his cornfield yesterday. This is on high ground 70 miles east of the Mississippi. In know the farm. The corn was barely knee high. Normally it is well over waist high at this point. Prepare for high grain and meat prices this coming year.

    • I dont think much on meat prices…..the floods have not hurt us….we dont grain feed our cattle.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Why? The old wives saying about corn in the northeast “Knee high by the 4th of July” and the crops were still bountiful. Even in areas where i lived that the leaves start changing in mid August with some frosts. Or 9 inches of snow on Labor Day on the Maine coast. FYI that snow was my trigger to move below the Mason Dixon again, now 25 years ago

      • There are a lot of fields in the MW that did not get planted at all. Some got planted, washed out and replanted. Others were planted to soy beans instead of corn. The planting season is over. It is too late to plant corn by over a month and the window for beans just closed. In many cases even if the fields got planted, the fertilizer got washed out. This constant rework means the cost of production will go up for the year. Also there will be limited feed for beef, hogs and chickens not to mention the alcohol plants. I know the western ranchers grass feed but there are many farmers in the MW that have feed lots and grain feed beef.

  27. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Reposted on FB by a former classmate and now wishes o “Escape from LA”

  28. Here’s a helpful public service announcement for anyone who owns libs: Independence Day is the time of year libs are most likely to run away.

    Fireworks, proclamations of freedom and liberty, and celebrations of the greatness of America are likely to spook a lib. They often cower in fear and run away or crawl under the nearest Prius. This effect is exacerbated when a Republican is in office, or even Donald Trump.
    “To a lib, fireworks proclaiming the freedom of the United States from England make them feel like they’re about to die,” said Dr. Bob Meander, an expert lib psychologist. “Libs often spook and run down the street screaming at the sky and are prime targets for getting run over by an American-made pickup truck. They’ll be much safer if you bring them inside, speak soothing words of encouragement to them, and turn on some CNN.”
    The doctor also recommended reading from The Communist Manifesto and feeding them their favorite vegan treats.
    If you own any cons, you also need to be careful, as they’re likely to blow themselves up while firing off thousands of pounds of explosives in honor of the Fourth.
    Stay safe out there, lib owners!

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      The truth hurts. That’s why Google, YouTube, Facebook Twitter try so hard to ban Watson and his editorials.

      Even the global spokes person of diversity, George Clooney, who can afford all the personal security he and his family need, sold out in London and moved back to Bel Aire because it was TOO dangerous in London. The area in the Lake region of Italywhete he had a huge villa has been trashed and has or is still seeking to sell that property.
      ,

  29. Dale A Albrecht says:
  30. Dale A Albrecht says:

    https://galaxynewsexpress.com/blog/just-in-cyber-defense-summit-drops-hillary-clinton-as-keynote-speaker-over-criminal-charges/

    This is so cool, however, i’d still invite her not as a keynote speaker, but as an example in living color of HOW NOT to set up a server especially one in violation of just about every security regulation and records retention enacted by the government. Much less share it with a private charitable foundation, “Clinton Inc” in the basement of her and Bill’s home in Chappaqua

  31. Darn, was not big enough, LA did not slide into the ocean.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      A friend in the San Fernando Valley got her pool emptied. Swish swish out.

      Another friend moved up into the Kern County area, and she said it’s been a LONG time since she’s been jolted like that.

      I’d much rather Nancy Pelosi’s district go to the fishes. Except the great whites would get indigestion

  32. A few “quotes” from the Liberal media:

    MSNBC: Trump treats migrants with cruelty cuz base wants to see it.
    MSNBC: Suggests Trump wants to jail ALL Asylum seekers.
    Salon: Bigotry drove turnout for Trump’s 4th speech
    CNN Christian conservatives demonize migrants.

    Yet, Mathius has pissed and moaned about Trump exaggerating (lying as he puts it). The question is, who has the worst problem with telling the truth?

  33. Finally….an economist understands inflation…..IT IS NOT DRIVEN BY LOW UNEMPLOYMENT.

    On another note……since 2017, lower and middle class incomes have risen higher than inflation and have risen at the fastest rate in 72 years. Black unemployment the lowest in 45 years.

  34. Dale A Albrecht says:

    https://www.ft.com/content/fe903f9b-926d-36c8-b950-f2f56e014cff

    Though I’m no financially astute person , I can’t help but feel Brussels and the EU are holding a losing hand here.

    As soon as the UK leaves the EU in the fall, I’ll wager we will see a very advantage trade deal struck between the US and UK. Smoothing over the rough patches caused by the divorce.

    • They have a much larger problem….Iran has decided that they do not want the nuclear deal either….and they are going to violate it unless something is done about the sanctions. So, with the US out of the deal and now Iran……we shall see.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      But unfortunately the UK ambassador in cables that gave been leaked to the media, say Trump is totally inept and incompetent. Thus I’m sure is designed to undermine future relation with the U.S. in the aftermath of BREXIT.

      The British haven’t shown theyve got great leaders these past many years. Either. Their professional politicians have had many more years of practice at being incompetent and inept.

      With this deliberate leak in sure the new prime minister will recall their ambassador

  35. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Colonel… I know you folks defending the law on our border have a lot on your plates, but through interrogations have you got some sort of idea just how many people have died, murdered or just plain disappeared coming through mexico.

    • I looked it up for you because I did not know…..

      1 in 48 children 12 and under when transported by cartel.

      6 of 10 women over the age of 14 are raped or abused. (yes, it is that high)

      Until we started checking DNA at the border, 7 of 10 children under the age of 15 were abandoned immediately after crossing the border. Since DNA testing was started there have been NO abandoned children at the Texas or New Mexico border. The reason is that they are picked up and kept and the person or persons claiming to be related are detained. 90% of the detainees that cannot be DNA cleared are repeat criminals but that number is dropping rapidly as they appear to be going to California and Arizona where there is no DNA testing.

      It is estimated that the number of dead found in the Chihuahua Desert south of Del Rio is approcahing 5,000 in the last 18 months.

      On the Texas side, the number of dead found in the country side is 37 since JUly 1, 2018. Of the 37, 26 have been executed…the others have died of dehydration, snake bite, broken legs in ravines, etc. None of the 37 have been children except one family that was executed (mom, dad, son). Three of the 37 were beheaded after execution.

      We have pulled 16 dead from the river since January 1, 2019. Nine were shot and dumped, the rest drowned….none were children. Someof the bodies had been in the river for some time and could have come down river.
      ———————-
      I have no numbers of those that have just disappeared. That is not a number I am privvy to see.

      I can get you full 2018 numbers if you want and the numbers that go back….the real numbers and not the ones that have been sanitized.

      I can get you the numbers of the children that were detained during the Obama era and separated from their parents according to law as well….it is astounding.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Please take the time. I’m passing this information on 1) to people who support the work your doing, and are frustrated by the lack of information being presented plus the actions of Congress. 2) passing it on also to the deniers staunch democrats who literally hate Trump. And genuflect at HRC’s feet. Constantly saying it’s a Trumped up crisis at the border.

        In case you missed an earlier post by me a British paper picked up numbers pretty close to what you’ve been saying.

        I’m also sharing this information of yours with my Italian friends. Their elected leaders are being undermined by PD and the judiciary. Who just let human traffickers go.PD is Party democratic. A c combination of the defunct communist party and left wing parties. They use the same script Pelosi and company use.

        A judge released with no charges Carola Rackets a German captain whi went into Libyan waters picked up a raft with people in it. Refused assistance from a Libyan patrol boat. Refused to take her cargo to Tunisia the closest safe port. Decided to stage a standoff at an Italian island. 12 days. Then took her large ship broke through the blockade. A coast guard vessel g it between her an the dock. She put the bow and stern thrusters on full and crushed the smaller ship. A judge let her go. Next time she pulls that stunt a much larger warshio I’ll deal with her. The Judge said the Guardia di Finenza ship is NOT a warship. So Rackets could do what she did. With no consequence. We think our judges are bad.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Newest reports today, LARGE Italian warships putting to sea. Not small Guardia di Finenza craft

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  37. Dale A Albrecht says:

    “What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This Fourth of July is yours, not mine…There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.” Colin Kaepernick

    Pardon my French”What a F**king idiot. If he didn’t sleep through class, he’d have seen that millions or slaves from Africa or enslaved indigenous people occurred in the Caribbean, Latin and South America. With the Spanish, British Portuguese and French slave masters in the infinitely more lucrative sugar business. By percentage few came to North America. Importation of slaves from africa pretty much ceased after independence. Then came years of political conflict trying to end the practice, and cost over 500000 lives ending it. Comparitively few owned slaves in the south, but their issue was States Rights. Even though Lincoln never campaigned to end slavery, but only to stop it’s expansion into new States, the south said they’d secede if Lincoln was elected. They did, but even then Lincoln seemed to be in a gray area. When Charlston fired on Fort Sumter, the gloves came off.

    Simplistic but basically sound. Economics and States rights front and center. The crappy tariff bill passed by Buchanan really set a flashpoint

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Under English law slaves were not allowed in Great Britain itself. In its empire was allowed. In the last decade of the 18th century unti 1807 the slave trade was one of Great Britain’s most lucrative businesses with the transport of over 600000 African slaves to the empire. In 1807 both Britain and the US passed legislation to stop the slave trade. Banning slavery entirely came decades later.

      But slavery globally is still alive and kicking.

      • https://listverse.com/2017/06/06/top-10-black-slaveowners/

        Maybe the Crats need to update their knowledge on the subject.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Pre civil war one of the leading industries of Virginia wad “Breedng” slaves.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          PBS article even….

          https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/how-many-slaves-landed-in-the-us/

          As I posted earlier the cast majority of slaves went to the extremely more valuable sugar plantations in the Caribbean. And Brazil trafficked by all the European empires of the time.

          It was said by negotiators ending the Anglo French war that ran concurrently globally with the American revolution, ” We should have traded back Canada, New France, to France and kept one of the small sugar islands in the caribbean. Think it was St Lucia. Just Jamaica itself generated more wealth to the British Empire than all the 13 colonies combined.

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            Also not readily taught White European exploration away from the coast occurred well after “slavery” was pretty much outlawed. Slave traders BOUGHT slaves at coastal markets sold by rival black tribes or by Arab traders who bought or captured slaves from other tribes.

    • Not to mention that the largest slave owner in America was a black man that resided in Massachusetts…and continued to own slaves after the emancipation.

      • No to further mention that indentured servitude continued in England until the early 1900s. Isn’t indentured servitude, by its very name……slavery?

        • Just A Citizen says:

          Colonel

          NO! They are different.

          • No, it really is not JAC…..if it was different, then why is it banned as a form of slavery. Let’s look.

            “An indentured servant or indentured laborer is an employee (indenturee) within a system of unfree labor who is bound by a signed or forced contract (indenture) to work for a particular employer for a fixed time.”

            Today, indentured servitude, as is slavery, is banned in almost all countries. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, passed following the Civil War, made indentured servitude illegal in the U.S. During its heyday, however, the system allowed landowners to provide only food and shelter for indentured servants, as opposed to wages.” So landowners provided food, shelter, and clothing…..Slaves were provided food, shelter, and clothing.

            “Men, women, and sometimes children signed a contract with a master to serve a term of 4 to 7 years. In exchange for their service, the indentured servants received their passage paid from England, as well as food, clothing, and shelter once they arrived in the colonies.” They had a “massuh” …..slaves had a “massuh”….both were provided food, clothing, and shelter. Hmmmm….without wages, I wonder, after their “contract” was finished what they did or where they went? Some were freed, just as some slaves were freed, to try to make their way…most ended up not leaving because they had nothing to leave with. Anything provided to them while in indentured service, had to be left and that included clothing.

            “On completion of the contract, indentured servants were given their freedom, and occasionally plots of land. In many countries, systems of indentured labor have now been outlawed, and are banned by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a form of slavery.” Agreed that some were….just as some slaves were given land through share cropping…..

            “Indentured servitude differed from slavery in that it was a form of debt bondage, meaning it was an agreed upon term of unpaid labor that usually paid off the costs of the servant’s immigration to America. Indentured servants were not paid wages but they were generally housed, clothed, and fed.” Debt bondage….interesting choice of words..but again, once the “debt” was cancelled, they had to return everything provided because it was not theirs…..including clothing. So what choice did most have other than walking down the road naked. They continued to work under the same conditions.

            “The rights to the individual’s labor could be bought and sold, but the servants themselves were not considered property and were free upon the end of their indenture (usually a period of five to seven years). Nevertheless, indentured servants, along with normal servants, were often subject to physical abuse. They had to have their master’s permission to marry and found that the courts enforced their agreements if they tried to avoid all or part of their indenture.” So, an indentured could be sold, like slaves, but somehow were not considered property? How do you figure that? I guess one could say that they were not property since they could walk away after their so called contract. An indentured was subject to physical abuse, as was a slave…they had to have a “masters” permission to marry and courts even enforced the contracts….of their MASTER.

            —————————————

            Sorry, but my black and white approach to things……says they were slaves.

            • Just A Citizen says:

              Colonel

              You are WRONG from the outset. The 13th amendment did NOT outlaw Indentured Servitude. It outlawed INVOLUNTARY Servitude.

              “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

              Indentured Servitude is a form of debt repayment, and as your definition noted involves a contract and limited period of time. That is NOT SLAVERY.

              The latter involves Title to or ownership of the person.

              • Went back and reviewed my source from the Library of Congress…what I wrote came directly from there. Everything that I put in quotes was copied directly. (Sorry the quotes are missing on the beginning of that statement but are at the end.)

                The definition, as quoted above, was also from the same source.

                And, after reading, most of the indentured servants of the 17th century, were debtors about to go to jail and people already exiled to debtors prisons….and this was their way out…..forced indentured servitude or go to jail and, to clean out their jails, large masters bought them out and forced them to sign or stay……not exactly voluntary.

                Although, I will say that there were people who voluntarily agreed to do this…and some were honorable from their masters but history shows, most masters kept them in servitude.

                And I hate the term masters…..that is indicative of slavery…to me.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        One of the Black hero’s of is of North Carolina. Fantastic artisan woodworket. The state had a big exhibit in the State musrum. He was also a plantation owner. They gloss over and make excuses that he was also SLAVE owner. By saying he was kind to them. Owning another person is owning another person period. Regardless of what race you are. Stories I read stated slaves were to valuable to do really dangerous work. That’s what the Irish were for. A dime a dozen. Totally expendable.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Slavery was initially abolished only in States that were in rebellion. Later came the full amendment abolishing the practice anywhere.

  38. WASHINGTON, D.C.—In his July 4 address to the nation, President Trump took a moment to praise the American soldiers in the Revolutionary War for “kicking the crap out of the British” on the famous Moon front.

    “In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York and named after the great George Washington, commander in chief. … Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it took to outer space to kick the crap out of the British colonies on the Moon.”
    “It was really an amazing thing,” he said. “They pulled off a massive orbital bombardment, and then they flew in with the Space Marines to finish the job. If it weren’t for their sacrifice, we wouldn’t have control of the precious cheese resources on the Moon that we do today.”
    Trump said he modeled his new Space Force off their brave accomplishments. “The famous 1775 Battle of the Moon was really the inspiration for the Space Force. We did it before, we can do it again. America!”
    He later walked back his comments, blaming them on the teleprompter.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      See what happens when you have no control of your speech and rely on others to prepare it. Reading on a teleprompter goes by so fast you can be set up by the insersion of a single word thereby discrediting the whole speech and giving fodder to the MSM and talking heads. The teleprompter didn’t create the faux pas out of thin air. It’s was a deliberate act to embarrass the President. I’ll wager whoever inserted That word no longer is employed.

      Churchill, one of the last great orators on the world stage, wrote and practiced and re-edited even to the pauses attempting to provoke the opposition into a trap. Historians say he’d get quite peevish if the “loyal” opposition didn’t rise to the bait and allow him to use his very prepared reposts.

  39. Dale A Albrecht says:

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1150146/eu-latest-news-switzerland-exit-brexit-stock-exchange

    I do believe the EU will only hasten it’s demise by pursuing their course of action against Switzerland. Attempting to fold a fiercely independent country into mediocrity and subject to all EU rules and regulations. With the blackmail they’re exerting on the UK over Brexit
    They’re panicking and can’t negotiate crap. All the former SovBloc says NO, Italy says NO, Spain is getting balls and saying NO, Malta is resisting against the Germans AGAIN

  40. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    Magic Pictures that somehow appeared on my computer.

    Da crew, 1 July 2019!

    https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipOr1Q80hM9ELlcK6Souin8fZs2_gairraOVdpvx

  41. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Interesting article posted this morning in Europe. The Dutch minister responsible for immigration responded to Salvini’s letter about the events instigated by Sea Watch 3 crashing and violating the law.

    1) though the ship flew the Netherlands flag they bore no responsibility of it being used by the German NGO which chartered the ship.

    2) that said the minister went on to say, they will not stand by condone or support clear evidence that Capt Carola Rackets engaged in aiding human traffickers in Libyan waters by meeting and boarding people not in a maritime emergency. Refused to take the “rescued” migrants to the nearest “SAFE” port or country which was not Italy, but Tunisia. Nor asked to bring her ship to other European nations porys well within the 12 day standoff off Lampedusa.
    Then taking deliberate action to crush.with.the ships thrusters a much smaller Italian government Guardia di Finenza vessel

    Another German NGO ship it testing Maltas “NO” by declaring they have three people protrate from the heat we must come into port immefuately. Maltas response was, stay where you are we will come and render emergency treatment to those three people only. We also offer. To take the passengers immediately to the airport and fly them to a country in Europe who wants them….ie germany…its their NGO

  42. Just A Citizen says:

    At 4th dinner, after prayers we always express what we are grateful for that day.

    EACH family member expressed their gratitude and thanks to God, for having been born in the USA. My left leaning sister-in-law even called it the “Greatest Country in the world”.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/07/america_awash_in_lies_and_disloyalty.html

    p.s.; by “left leaning” in this post I mean someone like Mathius. Favoring some kind of welfare system, believes Govt. can solve health care problems, teachers should be paid more and Trump is a jackass.

    • Mathius says:

      and Trump is a jackass.

      Is there really anyone denying this?

      • A result of cleaning up the 8 year Obama mess. 😀

      • I do not deny that Trump is a jackass…..he is a big jackass…..he is a huuuuge jackass…..but he is not the largest jackass………………………..I can name several Washington DC members who are much larger, tell more lies, and are much larger hypocrits…..however, if Trump wins a second term….he can challenge for the top spot to knock off the Clinton and Obama machine. This morning, he, Trump, is on my “watching closely” side on a partiular item…I am waiting until I get more information before I declare him on my bad side.

        • Mathius says:

          I do not deny that Trump is a jackass…..

          Good.

          he is a big jackass…..

          Goood.

          he is a huuuuge jackass…..

          Goooo!

          but he is not the largest jackass………………………..

          Fair.

          But that’s a low bar…

          I can name several Washington DC members who are much larger,

          McConnell is at the top of my list…

          tell more lies,

          Like hell you can.

          and are much larger hypocrits…..

          Sure.

          however, if Trump wins a second term….

          God forbid!

          he can challenge for the top spot to knock off the Clinton and Obama machine.

          Obama’s got nothing on Trump.

          H. Clinton… yea….

          This morning, he, Trump, is on my “watching closely” side on a partiular item…I am waiting until I get more information before I declare him on my bad side.

          What’s this about?

          • I am closely watching his “manipulation” of the Department of Justice…..if he keeps on, he will certainly knock especially Obama and Clinton of the top of political manipulators.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          I’d like to imagine IF the deep state Dems and Never Trumper’s had not decided early in his campaign to set him up with this false Russian collusion fabrication and given him a chance would he have settled down. And continually attack like a pack of starving hyenas his kids and family. I think he would have. When he played nice the anti Trumper’s regardless doubled down. He had to bring in recommendations by the R’s and he got Jeff Sessions a total waste of humanity especially as AG. McMasters a spy who leaked everything to trumps opponents

          The only reason he hasn’t said FU I quit is he does believe in America. Kids graduating need jobs. jobs that were bleeding overseas due to regulations killing good work. Jeez heaven forbid pay your college debt they were suckered into taking on. Notice since Trump has been in office there have been NO OCCUPY WALL STREET protests. Like there were during Obama’s administration. Trump hasn’t provoked or started any wars like previous administrations. I’ll be fair and also credit WJC the same honor. Much less intervened the human tragedy in the Balkans, Europe the UN and company refused to deal with. Trump fixed as well as could be done NAFTA which all previous candidates for president failed against yet dud NOTHING. Our worst states for unemployment of those post school and less than 30, peak at 14% and most are liberal, like DC Illinois, Washington with NM and Louisiana in the mix. But over 50% of the EU members are in excess of 14% with the overall average sitting at 14%. Their highs go to 39% unemployed in that age bracket. With having worked in Europe and with business for 35 years, the EU as it grew more powerful enacted job killing regulations and companies relocated and 2) it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to get rid of a person once hired regardless of performance. You have to actually go postal. So the youth go unemployed. No fucking jobs.

          Yes break Trumps Twitter fingers but that the only way he gets stuff out without being torn apart or ignored. But he’s a N.Y. entepeneur selling his brand name. Lot of practice at that. Now his brand is AMERICA. Charity in all forms starts at home. What’s left over give to others or bank for a rainy day.

          At least he as our presudent has not created human tragedies like ocvuref in syria and Libya. Luckily the Egyptian army held solid and prevented a permanent takeover by the Islamic brotherhood after OBAMA and Hillary cut the legs out from Mubarak. All they wanted was affordable food and jobs. We were setting up a network management center to create jobs at that time. That got nixed at that time and sent to Johannesburg. Tourism died creating even more unemployment and the warmonger hawks of the R’s were all in the game

  43. Dale A Albrecht says:

    I had to dig through 3 pages of headlines on my continually updating news feed before I came across the article saying Jeffery Epstein had been arrested on pedophilia allegations.

    I shared that to just about all my friends and true to form the left coast librtsls immediately said, he’s a good friend of Trump and immediately launched into Trump had to be involved, guilt by just knowing someone.

    • Dale…I have been trying to stay away from the hypocrisy of the left….because, doing so, I would stay away from the hypocrisy of the right….now……….I have to address this because I am in one of those “Mathius” moods…..and it does not take Red Bull. So, everybody stand by……this is fair warning……I am in my bashing hypocrisy mood………

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        I had a day long communication with a left coast friend yesterday. When she fully understood my overall political positions on many topics which cover a the complete spectrum from left to right.

        What triggered her immediate comments when she saw the article announcing Epsteins arrest, she immediately launched into well he’s was trumps friend and therefore Trump is involved with the charges. She then went on about the border so I did copy her on your postings, then she went into our homeless, She’s LA. I especially pointed out the last paragraph in one of your latest posts about our own homeless not having water housing healthcare. Toilets etc.

        So yes lots of hypocrisy to go around.

  44. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter issued a cryptic tweet in reaction to billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest for sex trafficking minors, suggesting that some Republican and Democrat politicians will be implicated in his crimes.
    “This Epstein case is horrific and the young women deserve justice,” Christine Pelosi tweeted Saturday.
    “It is quite likely that some of our faves are implicated but we must follow the facts and let the chips fall where they may – whether on Republicans or Democrats.”

    HMMM!

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      That is probably a very true statement. It is also, in my belief, why NOTHING will ever come in the way of prosecution Hillary’s use of her illegal and insecure server with full intent to circumvent federal law. Prosecute her and you have to prosecute EVERYONE who knowingly communicated with her as SOS. She did not operate in a vacuum. Unless everyone in the government are computer illiterates and never glanced at the email address of who sent the email or you replied to. Much less not save in folders for easy retrieval and reference. In that case these idiots also do not belong in the positions they hold anyway. When the oversight commuters pursued documents, only a select few were allowed to see full documents in a controlled space. The investigations always seemed to die after that. Ever notice in all document that are made public the email and text addresses are ALWAYS redacted.

      “Who’s calling the kettle black” “He who is without sin cast the first stone”

      Nothing will happen to Harvey Weinstein because in most if not all cases, “Violet gave willingly” to advance her career. Yes he’s a powerful predator pig but that in itself is not a crime.

      Bill Cosby different. He drugged his victims. They testified, they’d have slept with him willingly and didn’t need date rape drugs.

  45. Dale A Albrecht says:

    As Angela Merkel and her administration lecture Italy, when the Germans catch illegals or deny asylum they drug and dump them in their “country” of origin. That is Italy or Spain or Greece. That’s where the traffickers dump them. Rackets actually went into Libyan waters met the traffickers and loaded up. Refused to take them to the nearest safe port. Tunisia. Only to create an international media event. These NGO’s have been filmed transporting the migrants putting them in rafts and other unsafe boats disabling them by puncturing flotation cells and then step back and wait for military and coast guard rescue, now a legitimate rescue. The Dutch minister agreed with evidence provided by Salvini that Rackets violated all terms of legitimate international maritime rescue law.

    Of these at least a couple (Sea Watch and Sea Eye) are based in Germany and Germany itself should take responsibility for it and take action when it breaks international laws, as in the case of Captain Carola Rackete . But Angela Merkel has always niche, preferring rather to lecture our government to block illegal entries.

    In the letter sent yesterday to Seehofer ( here the complete document ), Salvini invited the German government to take over the navigation of the “Alan Kurdi”, the Sea Eye ship that has been heading towards the port of Lampedusa since last night . On the other hand, the regulatory framework in force provides that the flag State is responsible for the operations at sea and for the identification of a landing place for the ship. “Any eventual deterioration of the situation on board – pointed out the deputy premier League – can not fail to fall under the exclusive responsibility of the flag State and the Commander and crew of the Alan Kurdi”. In Berlin, however, they turned away and pretended not to see the gravity of the situation. And, if on the one hand they said they were willing to take on part of the desperate recovered from the German NGO, on the other they returned to attack the Italian government harshly and in particular the tenant of the Interior Ministry.

    While acknowledging “the efforts made by the Italian government” in the “solution of the situation of migrants ” and in the “improvement of the humanitarian situation in the Mediterranean” , in the letter, to which the Adnkronos agency had access, Seehofer first reproached Salvini for having benefited, “in the past” , from the “solidarity of European member states” , then suggested that it take into account “our shared Christian values” . According to the German Interior Minister, “it must not make any difference which organization” does the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean, does not count “Under which flag is sailing” a boat or “if the crew of a ship or an NGO comes from Germany, Italy or another member country” of the European Union . It is a pity that, when the German police get their hands on the “doubters”, the non-EU citizens who, according to European rules, must return to the countries of first landing, send them hastily back to Italy. In 2018, almost 3,000 have been sent back, while this year we are already at 857 .

    However, while her ministers continue to preach to our country, Merkel must keep the country’s criticisms of managing migrants in Germany at bay . And not only for the “doubters” sent back to Italy “stunned and sedated” on board charter flights . In the last few hours the “anchor centers” have also come under fire , one of the new features of Seehofer that has always been openly hostile to the “open door policy” of the chancellor. According to the coalition agreement of the government alliance, there are currently seven active centers and they are all in Bavaria, but according to the owner of the Interior they should become a model for all of Germany: the project is to achieve at least forty. Their task is to shorten the expulsion time of migrants as much as possible, restarting as soon as possible those who have not obtained the right to asylum. And yet, when it comes to Italy, Seehofer is at the forefront of inviting Salvini to “reopen Italian ports” .

    For the Merkel government, Germany and Italy should “be able to find European answers to the challenge of the migration situation in the Mediterranean” . But up until here, Berlin has never done its part. When it comes to getting them back, they are very quick to close the paperwork. That is why Seehofer’s absurd request, Salvini responded with a sharp “absolutely no” and invited him to “withdraw the German flag from ships that help traffickers and smugglers” and “repatriate their citizens who ignore Italian laws” . Until then, talking about collaboration to solve the migrant emergency, risks being misleading.

  46. My hypocrisy bashing mood starts now……First, the left, second, the right, third Americans, all of us.

    The hyopcrisy of the left and the progressive left.

    I quote Dan Fagan’s recent words: “Last Tuesday, on the 46th anniversary of Roe vs Wade, the New York governor signed a law allowing late-term abortions up until the baby’s due date in many cases. … When the bill passed, video shows the New York Assembly Chamber erupting into cheers, with politicians and audience members applauding the legislation.” The above law is yet another sign of the hypocrisy of the liberal left. The abortion of a fetus, even up to the delivery due date, which is 40 weeks from conception, is not considered “immoral.” The aborting of a living, breathing, heart-beating fetus from the womb, is not considered immoral, yet building a border wall, as we are being told by the liberal left, is “immoral.” The taking of an innocent life is not immoral, but building a border wall to stop the influx of immigrants here illegally into our country is immoral. I do not think anyone can argue the hypocrisy here

    Then you have the inappropriate comment from comedian Samantha Bee, in which she called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c***” Unlike Barr, who got the axe for inappropriate comments directed at a former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Bee, hasn’t been fired yet by TBS. While she and TBS have apologized for the remark, conservatives won’t be surprised if she’s not fired as Barr was. If you use the “comedians have a lower bar” standard, you are a hypocrit.

    Attorney General Barr stated in congressional testimony that he believed that spying occurred on the Trump campaign by political opponents and government agencies. His statements have been discounted, decried, and vilified by leftists and their media cronies. Yet an editorial appeared in the Boston Globe that suggested that wait staff tamper with food prior to serving to Trump officials. This received no condemnation from the left. Could this not be interpreted as poisoning a sitting POTUS?

    Apparently illegals are welcome anywhere in the United States except bastions of liberal wealth. Leftist government officials have fought the Trump administration tooth and nail over immigration reform that does not include total amnesty for those who have already jumped the line for occupancy and over funding the border wall. In a delicious irony, the Trump administration apparently discussed busing illegal aliens ready for release from overloaded detention centers to cities and counties who have declared sanctuary status. Leftists are furious. It defies words

    The left wants to ban ID requirements to vote yet require ID to enter a building where such legislation is discussed. Leftists calling for gun control while protected by armed bodyguards. Calling to allow free speech but ban certain controversial speakers, mainly conservative, from campus and setting of “safe spaces” for those easily offended. Why?

    Leftist agenda is clear. Democrats in the New York Assembly, that same body that gave a standing ovation to their full birth abortion law, are at it again. They reportedly blocked a college tuition bill that would expand aid to the children of Gold Star families. This was immediately after approving $27 million to assist illegal aliens in receiving higher education. Why?

    In finality for left bashing……the following:

    During his confirmation hearings Justice Kavanaugh was raked over the coals over a supposed incident, now being revealed as fabricated, over some activity in college. The mantra was that the women should be believed no matter what, and despite any facts to the contrary.
    Yet when hopeful Presidential candidate Joe Biden was revealed as acting inappropriately toward women, with ample photographic evidence, it was downplayed as insignificant. Likewise, when Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Democrat, was accused of sexual assault, the accusing women were demanded to state their proof publicly and were accused of public theater. This was especially prevalent when it was discovered that the next in line for the governor’s seat was a Republican. Double standard there.

    Rep. Maxine Waters persists in encouraging politically liberal restaurant owners to refuse to provide service and food to conservative patrons while at the same time the entire leadership of Ms. Waters’ party doubles down on its demands that all conservatives should be required, by law, to provide food and service (i.e. bake a cake) for any non-conservative who aligns himself with Ms. Waters’ politics and party.

    Meanwhile, as The Washington Post and the International Monetary Fund report, Venezuela’s inflation rate will top 1 million percent (yes, 1 million percent), as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez champion socialism and government largesse as the solution to all that ails us.

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    Next up….the hypocrisy of the right

  47. Now the hypocrisy of the Right…..

    One is inclined to feel for former Trump campaign manager turned Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, when she criticized Hillary Clinton for being too slow to respond to, and too tepid in her condemnation of, the sexual misdeeds of Harvey Weinstein. It wasn’t that long ago that Conway herself, “flippantly dismissed her boss’s accusers and his own sexually deviant braggadocio.”

    A well-known Christian author, pastor…..referred to the disrespectful manner in which the American press speaks to the White House and President Trump, saying, “It is a shame – it shows such disregard for authority.” To speak disrespectfully of our President shows disregard for authority and is indeed shameful. It is a lapse in Christian character to fail to render honor to whom honor is due (Romans 13:7). However, for the last eight years, conservative talk radio, social media, were filled with ridicule, mocking, disrespectful and demeaning treatment of then President Obama. Sadly, I don’t recall a single Christian leader or conservative commentator speaking out against such disrespectful conduct back then. In fact, many of the conservative politicos who now decry the disrespectful treatment of President Trump were not that long ago treating President Obama with similar contempt. It would seem that treating elected leaders with disrespect is only a sin if the leader has an “R” after his name. I guess it’s a question of whose ox is being gored.

    When Democrats propose to increase spending, raise taxes, or grow the size of government, the political right is shocked, offended, and horrified. They become righteously indignant, ready to march in the streets and “throw the liberals out!” However, when Republicans gain control, the programs remain, the spending continues, and big government is treated as a permanent fixture. To this, the right responds with some disgruntled grumblings, sometimes putting on a rally to “hold them accountable,” then goes back to work to reelect those same Republicans in the name of “beating the Democrats!” Sometimes the right doesn’t even complain, but instead busily offers excuses as to why the favored party cannot implement the conservative agenda right now.

    For the past eight years, conservatives vehemently condemned Obama for his record deficit spending, yet fell silent regarding Bush having previously held the record for racking up debt.
    I have often criticized Bush for never having met a spending bill he did not like.

    The right condemns Democrats for having instituted the plethora of unconstitutional and extra-constitutional federal bureaus, agencies, and programs, but they fail to decry with equal fervor the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that has kept every one of those programs fully funded.

    Then you have The Dread Pirate flying a false flag to deceive their intended victims into allowing The Hammer to draw close enough to board, then loot the other ship, the Republican Party, and many (not all) of its candidates, have been flying a false flag of conservatism to gain the trust of the political right which the party seeks to use as a base of support in its quest for power.

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    I stuck with the political agenda of the right because they are in power.

    Up next…..the American people.

    • Mathius says:

      As I have said many times:

      The Democrats are Big Government tax-and-spend statists.

      The Republicans are Big Government tax-and-spend statists in denial.

  48. Mathius says:

    Question: Has anyone else ever gotten one of the bait-and-switch “job interviews” with an insurance company such as Aflac?

    Is there any recourse? I’d like to make them pay for being such shit-heads. I fell for this a few years back, but they’re still emailing me every few months to come interview for non-existent jobs, and I’d like to make them suffer a bit.

    For those who don’t know, the scam works like this:
    1. “hey we have perfect job in [your field]. Come in on [date] and [interviewer] will explain everything. I’m just the idiot secretary, so I don’t know anything, but he’ll make everything clear.”
    2. So you come in and it’s a cattle-call with a dozen people all there to “interview” for jobs that don’t exist. You spend an hour getting “educated” about the company and its offerings and – especially – how much money their sales-consultants can make.
    3. Then they call you the next day (even if you stormed out and called them out on their unethical bullshit) and tell you you’ve been selected! Just pay a $200 fee, pay for your training, pay for your licencing test, drive your own car, pay for your own gas, receive no salary or benefits, and give a cut of your commission to the “interviewer” who signed you up, and you, too, can make millions!)

    My personal animosity aside, I feel like you have to be one of the world’s biggest shit-heads to dangle false-hope in front of desperate people looking for work in order to take advantage of them.

    So how do you stick it to someone like that? I was thinking of signing up for interviews with dozens of fake ID’s and just not showing up, but, meh… it’s too weak. It just doesn’t have the ring of “justice” to it, you know? Now, napalm… well, maybe…

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Based on your testimony I do not see the problem. Just your feelings that got bent.

      We have a job. OK. In your field. OK

      Come on in and we will let you in on the details. OK

      You decided to go hear them out. They did not say they had a job “opening” for you or that fit your skills. They did not say come “interview” for a job.

      This is pretty standard “network marketing” recruitment type language and behavior. So your sensibility says they should not try to recruit people because their model doesn’t fit your perception of what is “nice”????????

      • Mathius says:

        You decided to go hear them out. They did not say they had a job “opening” for you or that fit your skills. They did not say come “interview” for a job.

        Maybe I was unclear. This is exactly the carrot they were dangling…. here’s the text of the email I received today:

        “The reason for this email is that we reviewed your resume on Careerbuilder and we would love to set up an interview with you to meet with Justin Griffey, Regional Coordinator, to discuss a possible future with our Fortune 150 Company. […] Aflac has a few different opportunities available including Benefits Consultants, Account Managers, Broker Representatives, and Director of Operations. [odd.. that’s MY exact title!] Justin Griffey, Regional Coordinator, will be hosting the interview. He will discuss the positions being offered, the responsibilities, day to day and compensation etc.”

        This is pretty standard “network marketing” recruitment type language and behavior. So your sensibility says they should not try to recruit people because their model doesn’t fit your perception of what is “nice”????????

        As should be clear now, my objection is that they said (or at the VERY least “heavily implied”) that they were hiring for a role for which I am well-suited and said I should come in for an interview. However, no such job exists. The “interview,” if I went, would be a room full of people getting a sales-pitch presentation on why they should accept a different job, which is, itself, a borderline-scam.

        This is an attempt to get me in on false pretenses.

    • Sounds typical pyramid scheme to me…….napalm to light the way, raptors to follow to dine on crispy critters. ( That is what we used to call the enemy in Vietnam cooked by napalm. All things aside…I like napalm….saved my ass several times ).

      • Mathius says:

        It’s a total pyramid scheme.

        And that’s an objection unto itself.

        But MY objection here is the bait-and-switch tactic of luring people in with the false prospect of a job that doesn’t exist. They’re praying on people looking for work to get them to come in on false pretenses, then dangling the carrot as a way to get them to sit for a pressure-sale on why they should accept a different job that is, again, as you noted, a pyramid scheme.

        Analogy:
        1. “Hey, D13, in seeing the things you post online, I’ve realized that you probably love steak. I happen to have some great aged bone-in Ribeye [under breath] and some other steaks, too. Come on over and we can discuss whether you’re the right person to eat it.”
        2. Then you show up and.. “just have a seat in that room with 30 other people who told about various other cuts of steak. None of which exist. But they might. So sit down and maybe there will be steak at the end after all.”
        3. This is followed by an hour-long high-pressure-sales-pitch for Salsbury steak. There probably is no aged bone-in-Ribeye.. but if you leave now or make a fuss, there definitely won’t be.
        4. The “interview” ends. The next day, the guy calls you up and tells you that – congratulations – he does think you’re the right guy for Salsbury steak, after all! Oh, no, the Ribeye never existed.. that was just a mistake by the scheduling secretary.
        4. Oh, and even if you do take the Salsbury steak, it will give you food poisoning.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          The local Nissan dealer did that. Sure it was a gimmick to get you in to see their new vehicles…but
          Guaranteed a digital watch
          2nd don’t remember
          3rd actually a new car mid size or use it as a part plus your trade in for a more expensive model.

          I was looking at a new truck anyway.

          Went in 2 and 3 drawn at a later date, ALL OUT OF #1. Didn’t matter I haven’t worn a watch since the Navy 45 years ago

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Actually most of my jobs over 40 years of actively being in the workplace I did not go to them, they came to me.

  49. I am only going to pick on three areas that have been under my skin for some time……but I think my point will be made.

    Climate Change. You are a hypocrite:

    If you are the Holy Father (POPE)of the largest denomination of the Christian faith who calls climate change “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day” and that coal, oil and gas must be replaced “without delay” yet lives a palatial lifestyle powered by fossil fuels.

    You are the president of the United States (Obama) who tried to ban fracking on public land because it emits greenhouse gases but then takes credit for cutting “dependence on foreign oil by more than half” thanks to fracking.

    You drive a Tesla but don’t know the electricity comes from a grid supported by fossil fuels and the products that make your Tesla are from fossil fuels.

    You eat any sort of food because agriculture uses all kinds of climate polluting energy not to mention the big carbon footprint to process, package, ship and deliver that food to your local Whole Foods.

    You have no right to criticize unless you are totally off the grid, drink river water, grow your own food, and ride horses.

    ————————
    Child Labor…are you not a hypocrite if:

    You hate child labor and love child labor laws and you buy your clothes from countries that thrive on child labor.

    ————————

    Free Trade….

    U.S. trade policy of the last 20 years, if not dead, is on life- support. The economic case for the series of neoliberal trade deals since the North American Free Trade Agreement has collapsed in the wake of job losses, lower wages and shrinking opportunities for American workers. Voters are hostile, and both candidates for President oppose the latest proposed trade pact—the Trans Pacific Partnership.

    But neoliberal trade deals have brought enormous profits to America’s multinational corporate investors. So, big business lobbyists and their champions in the Congress and the Administration tried to pass the TPP in the post-election lame duck session—regardless of who won the election.

    With their economic arguments discredited, they are now draping these trade and investment pacts with a mantle of moral superiority. American workers who complain are now told that they should be ashamed of themselves. Why? Because off-shoring their jobs helps workers in other counties who are even poorer. This is, of course, a load of crap

    Just ask yourself this question: If NAFTA was so wonderful for the Mexican poor, why did so many then decide to risk their lives crossing over to the United States in search of work?

    China, the poster child for U.S.-based free-trade moralists, has a level of inequality higher than even the United States. Independent trade unions are outlawed, occupational disease and accidents rates are recklessly high and child labor is rampant.

    ——————————

    Now, look at who is the benefactor in campaign contributions….and if you voted for the said benefactor.

    ——————————

    Rant over.

    • Mathius says:

      You drive a Tesla but don’t know the electricity comes from a grid supported by fossil fuels and the products that make your Tesla are from fossil fuels.

      Hey, now!

      I don’t drive a Tesla, but I am full electric.

      And I know damned well that my energy is coming from fossil fuels.

      That’s not why I drive my car – it’s just a bonus.

      THAT SAID, I would ask this question: watt-hour for watt-hour, is it better from an emissions perspective to have a car generate its own power or to generate that in a power plant? I imagine that even the dirtiest coal fired plant in the US has millions of dollars of sophisticated emissions capture technology that far surpasses anything in your car.

      To that end, even if it’s not “perfect” to have it centrally generated, might it not still be “better”?

      (Mathius willfully ignores the environmental cost of mining and disposing of lithium for the batteries)

      • Ahhh……At least Mathius admits his ignoring of the environmental cost….that means he is not a hypocrite because he is not advocating same from an environmental standpoint ……well, played…..

        now to your question…from an emissions standpoint…and sticking with emissions only, your point is well taken. Leave it there.

        No…I said, leave it there….I can hear it churning…..you have made a good point as to emissions……but leave it there. …………………………………………………nooooooooo….leave it there…do not weaken your well made point……do not try to link them to anything else….leave it there……

        • Mathius says:

          ::visibly struggling to leave it there……::

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          I have an addition to the comment. The taxes both federal and state are allegedly slated to maintain our highway systems, or attempt to. If Mathius drives an electric smart car, but still fully makes use of those same highways and byways is that seriously unfair? And though I do not have knowledge wasn’t there a nice subsidy from the government’s to buy the electric vehicle?

          With the glaring inequity here, I not object to eliminating all state has taxes and go straight to odometer reading and every year upon inspection recorded and tax assessed on usage. Interstates go like thruways use it EZ PASS directly debited

          • Mathius says:

            If Mathius drives an electric smart car, but still fully makes use of those same highways and byways is that seriously unfair?

            Yes.

            And though I do not have knowledge wasn’t there a nice subsidy from the government’s to buy the electric vehicle?

            Yes.

            With the glaring inequity here, I not object to eliminating all state has taxes and go straight to odometer reading and every year upon inspection recorded and tax assessed on usage.

            How do you know where I drove? Maybe I drove around on my own farm? Maybe I got stuck and spent 100 hours spinning my wheels? Are you also going to regulate and test the odometer to ensure I didn’t tamper with it? What if it’s an older car where I can just run it backward?

            If you REALLY want to be “fair,” the best answer is to put cameras everywhere – on every street, on every corner, on every driveway, or maybe install a GPS tracker on every car – and build up a model of where everyone drives, factor in the kid of car, speed, weather, etc to calculate total wear-and-tear, charge accordingly, pool revenue nationally, and distribute as appropriate.

            (if I have done my job correctly, your head will have just exploded)

            Interstates go like thruways use it EZ PASS directly debited

            Sure.

            • Dale A Albrecht says:

              Mount in every vehicles a device that tracks everything like in rental cars.

              Not that far

            • If you REALLY want to be “fair,” the best answer is to put cameras everywhere – on every street, on every corner, on every driveway, or maybe install a GPS tracker on every car – and build up a model of where everyone drives, factor in the kid of car, speed, weather, etc to calculate total wear-and-tear, charge accordingly, pool revenue nationally, and distribute as appropriate.

              We are getting there. I while back I read about the radar signs that show your current speed also have license plate readers on them. “They” are building a database of where you go, when you go, how fast you go, etc. Reality today is more scary than “1984”.

              • Texas has, just recently, eliminated red light cameras, speed trap cameras, speed monitoring cameras in every city. The only cameras that are now left are those that monitor certain intersections where accidents continually occur and cameras mounted high on light standards to aid in traffic monitoring fro traffic jams and such. We also had speed cameras on the interstates and those are gone now as well.

                Since the introduction of drones to monitor highways, the mounted stationary cameras have become obsolete. Because our highways are long and wide open, especially in west Texas, and our speed limits are anywhere from 75-85, monitoring by air is cheaper and faster and more reliable.

                But what we felt was imnportant, all these mounted cameras that monitored for traffic violations are now gone.

    • Mathius says:

      You have no right to criticize unless you are totally off the grid, drink river water, grow your own food, and ride horses.

      I don’t know, man…..

      Look, I get it.. but saying this is essentially saying “you can’t criticize unless you’re perfect.”

      That’s be like me saying “Trump isn’t a perfect fiscal conservative, and you voted for him, therefore you have no right to criticize federal over-spending ever again or you’re a hypocrite.”

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Just make sure your horse pisses downstream from you

        Mom and Dad in Bedford Village had a real problem with deer. They’d chomp the buds off all the plants. Hunting was allowed but only with bow and arrow

        • Yes, I had originally posted on here one time that the EPA, under Obama, wanted us to monitor wildlife pooping and peeing in our streams and such. Trump took care of that. We had it under control anyway because we would not allow them on our property and we shot down two very expensive drones…so they quit.

          And since I am on this subject…..they wanted us to monitor storm runoff in ravines and intermittent strams and gulleys……..stupid shit. But that is gone also….not that we did it.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Remember how Kathy Lee Gifford was raked over the coals when it was exposed having been are literally in forced labor camps.

      Remember when the CEO of Nike was bragging about how much money they made and the return on investment. They also were having their products made in unspeakable conditions in Indonesia. He blew it off by saying not our responsibility, we just hire the contractor, what they do is none of our concern.

      #1 reason Indonesia hates our guts and refused any aid during the tsunami disaster.

      My former GF from Colombia said, no matter what business come into the country the people really do not benefit. THE PATRON ON THE HILL SKIMS THE BULK OF THE MONEY

      Same in mexico

  50. Dale A Albrecht says:

    I have an addition to the comment. The taxes both federal and state are allegedly slated to maintain our highway systems, or attempt to. If Mathius drives an electric smart car, but still fully makes use of those same highways and byways is that seriously unfair? And though I do not have knowledge wasn’t there a nice subsidy from the government’s to buy the electric vehicle?

    With the glaring inequity here, I not object to eliminating all state has taxes and go straight to odometer reading and every year upon inspection recorded and tax assessed on usage. Interstates go like thruways use it EZ PASS directly debited

  51. Dale A Albrecht says:

    A humorous story from the 70’s in Italy. And comparing to N.Y. toll collectors on highways and bridges when on strike

    Italy: the object screw the State until they give in to demands. The toll booth personnel are all on duty. They just wave you through. Definitely remember where you got on.
    Becsuse: if they’re still on strike, they again wave you through. Free trip. 😁 however if they happen to settle the strike while you were on the Autostrada, the barricades will be down. Seeing you have no ticket indicating where you got on, they ask at what # onramp you entered. Tell the truth. Your travel speed was indicated by the CC numbers on the car. 500, 1400, 2000 etc. I had an unlimited speed rating. They knew precisely how long they were on or went on strike. So if you say oh 2 exits back they’d know you lied and would assess a toll of the highest possible rate. No getting around it a Caribineri officer with machine guns would be right there. But if the time added reasonable accurate barrier lifted and on you went no toll.

    N.Y. toll collectors drop the barriers and royally piss off thousands commuters and when you finally get to go through they still nail you with the toll.

    I like Italy’s methodology

  52. Mathius says:

    I have decided that, in order to avoid annoying Dale with my sketchy tax avoidance with my electric car, I will now commute to work on horseback.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      😁

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Just think, you’ll have organic fertilizer to speed, plus when hoss wears out its 100% recyclable into usable products again totally environmentally friendly. Glue, bone meal, shoes, handbags for the lady if the house and steaks roasts and ribs in the freezer

      I applaud you on your efforts to save the planet.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Besides you can in the future play Paul Revere and gallop down the road yelling, “The Republicans are Coming, The Republicans are Coming” and when your neighnors reach into their closet for their gun, theyll suddenly realize Cuomo confiscated it.

      • Mathius says:

        I was more interested in getting drunk in a bar and having the horse take me home since it knows the way on its own.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          👍👏👏👏👏👏

          Image flash scene from “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne. The matchmaker is chasing Wayne and O’Hara in his horse and carriage and just as they pass in front of Cohan’s the horse hit the brakes.

          • Nooo……I am having a hard time imagining Mathius riding a horse. Like which side to mount, bridle and saddle..how to feed….shoe……etc.

            • He could handle a Shetland pony or maybe a small donkey, but a horse….never 😀

            • Mathius says:

              I used to ride a bit. Nothing fancy, but I used to take trails through the forests near Sacramento when I was younger, and also out near Calabasas in brush country. Horses and I get along just fine. I like them and they like me. I’ve never jumped one or done any dressage, but it sure is nice when you can open them up for a gallop in the springtime.

              One time, though, a big ole draft horse I was brushing out stepped on my foot – had a bruise like you wouldn’t believe. My fault totally, of course, but it was a week before I could walk right. He and I had some words, but we made up in the end.

              There’s a great trail near my in-laws that I want to take my kids on, but I don’t have a horse and I’m not sure how to rent one for a few hours and get it there (visions of Little Blue hauling a horse trailer).

              • Yep…..being stepped on hurts…being stepped on both feet hurt. Being thrown a couple of times was not fun……being knocked off by low hanging branches hurts as well. Especially off the back of a big rangy buckskin.

                Rental horses….be prepared if you have never rented one before……they are “barn crazy”.

              • Had two different friends with horses when I was young. On a class field trip to her farm, a classmate brought her horse out. The horse freaked out at all the kids and ran me down in the crowd. Luckily I was short then, so not far to fall, but I sprung right back up. Another time, a friend let me ride HER horse many times. A nice mellow horse, Shaney was. But Shaney’s brother was a grumpy old horse. We both got on him bare back. He didn’t appreciate me on his back because he sat right down, making me slide right off! That sucked! 🙂

    • Horses have effluent too and it draws flies. 🙂

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        In Vermont the “Afluent Ski on the Efluent”
        Flies, no problem keep y’alls mouth closed. It makes for a quiet day, unless the honey do list is texted on your phone.

        Seriously though you really ought to take your Mercedes “Smart” car in. It seems to be defective. There should be a feature on your GPS called Route Home the car should do the rest if it’s so SMART.🤣

        • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

          Back in the early 1970’s I worked on west 89th Street in Manhattan next door to the Claremont Riding Academy and Stables. It was one of the last stables in Manhattan. In the summer, the stench and flies were absolutely beyond belief (to me with my cosmopolitian sensibilities). It always led me to wonder how wonderful city life must have been in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Throw in NO DEODORANT for good measure.

          The neighborhood, once known as the West side Urban renewal area became so upscale that the place just had to go.

          https://www.nysun.com/new-york/claremont-riding-academy-closes-its-doors/53423/

  53. Canine Weapon says:

    In Trump’s 4th of July speech, he claimed that the Continental Army took over an airport.

    Now that’s hilarious.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Trump was almost right, the French Revolution saw the 1st use of observation balloons.

      But Washington was thinking ahead and must have just seen sketches of Leonardo de Vinci’s futuridtic weaponns of war, tanks, helicopters flying machines.

      Besides the British are sneaky bastards and who knew what they had up their sleeves besides their hankerchiefs

    • Yeah. When you gave your Black Flag length review, I was waiting for this part about the airport to come. To this day I still haven’t listened to the whole speech, so when YOU didn’t bring it up, I figured the comments on other sites were just reacting to fake news. But here you come with it. That’s all I have …no real relevant comment. Carry on.

  54. Dale A Albrecht says:

  55. Dale A Albrecht says:
  56. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Announced….Deutche Bank cutting 18000 jobs

    Question….what ever happened to Wells Fargo for creating false accounts

  57. Just A Citizen says:

    Mathius

    OK. I withdraw my sarcasm.

  58. Just A Citizen says:

    Mathius

    So you think Trump is the biggest of all Jackasses huh?

    Pelosi: “The citizenship question is their ploy to make America white again”.

    Every damn day this old hide spews this kind of vile from her protected perch. Sorry, but she is the biggest JACKASS of them all, currently holding office. I would have given her a tie with Harry Reid but he is gone and forgotten.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      I totally agree with that assessment.

      She’s a senile old bag that finds it impossible to NOT lie blatantly, and even then not say it in any sentence that makes sense.

  59. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    When discussing the “environmentally friendly” electric car, one should shoot right past the mere production of electricity to charge the car and HONE in on the catastrophe of battery manufacture. THAT is where the real problem lays.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Like the absolute toxic manufacturing of the clean renewable energy blades on wind power.

      Or the increase of CO2 emissions around wind farms because of the generators running constantly but irregular and inefficient like city driving. Stop go stop go to keep a steady state of power into the grid.

      Or the massive fertilizer runoff pollution due to growing corn for ethanol in lands that really were unproductive and only became worth anything due to government subsidies.

      Seen versus the unseen

  60. Dale A Albrecht says:

    US Budget estimate as requested

    Mandatory spending est
    $2.841 trillion of which 60% is Social Security and Medicare

    Discretionary Spending requested
    $1.426 trillion

    Dept of Defense $750.0B
    HHS………………..$ 89.6B
    Education………..$ 62.0B
    VA…………………..$ 93.1B
    DHS………………..$ 51.7B
    Energy…………….$ 31.7B
    HUD………………..$ 37.6B
    State……………….$ 42.8B
    NASA………………$ 21.0B
    Other agencies…$ 246.5B

    I’d say even 60% or more of discretionary spending are sacred cows and increase no matter who is in office of either party
    Good political talking points but if reduced in any meaningful way the roof will cave in

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      I know one little line item but the government is to hidebound.

      The colonels perpetual complaint about what he’s given to not grow for something they wouldn’t grow anyway. But in a back handed way the money gets to our wounded veterans directly instead of a getting better bureaucratic government agency the VA.

      • The one item you are forgetting, or maybe I did not mention it…..it increases each year and is indexed to SS. How stupid is this….

        Now….let me also add….that since everything we have is corporate owned, even selling the ranch, does not drop the exemption and it is not transferable. In other words, it does not stay with the property…it stays with the owner. The new owners can then apply for the same….grant. Great government we have……and a great lesson on budgets for those who do not understand them…..once the money is in a budget, you never decrease it lest you do not get the same thing the next year. This is the thinking that runs our economics.

        SIGH…..

        • Baseline budgeting. Always an increase of x% each year. So when the R’s cut the increase by 0.25x%, the D’s cry foul about the budget cuts even though more money is spent. I wish my salary followed this principle. You can cut my salary increase from 7% to 5% every year and I will not complain.

          Both sides love the system because they really do not have to do any work and make the hard decisions.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          That used to piss me off on our commands budgets in the Navy. Even if you made things super efficient and less prone to failures seriously driving expenses and future expenses down, the budget officers would dig through catalogs buying hundreds of thousands dollars worth of stuff most never could or would be used in the command. Purchased only to use the allocated millions, so as to insure that automatic x% increase next year. So all the mandatory spending and sacred cows on discretionary spending built politicaly in and rules defeating any attempts to save money or be more efficient truly defeats any and all attempt to create a smaller budget

          • Yes, I can relate….in my Brigade, as a commander, I instituted several things that ended up saving 1.1 million dollars. I had a positive balance in my budget that was submitted….after that was submitted, I notice that my surplus was zero…..and found out later that it was used, in combination with other commanders who saved money on their budgets, to buid a frigging golf course just to spend the money. I could have used that to purchase additional training equipment. But, alas, in order to preserve the budget for next year….it had to be spent.

            • Dale A Albrecht says:

              There was some interesting hazards at the golf course at Sigonella Sicily. It was built in and around a German munitions dump from WWII though the course itself had been swept pretty well, there were areas OoB’s that still had munitions buried. Erosion would expose live shells and on occasion an errant ball created a fireworks show,

  61. Watching the local news this morning, I am reminded of the wimps and snowflakes that we are raising now….there are now complaints that when the heat indexes reach 105, all outdoor school and recreational activities should be cancelled or postponed until the index drops below 105. Of special note, high school bands and football teams are now practicing getting ready for the start of the season. Band and football practice begins at 0600 and goes until approximately 1100 hours. By 1100 hrs, the temps are around 95 and that is when the bands stop their practice. Football has two-a-days…..morning and afternoon……high school football games are constantly played in the heat…..it is called conditioning. Now, there is a movement that it if the temperature/Heat index surpasses 105, that it becomes a danger. This movement wants to postpone games and practices and outdoor activities because it is too hot. In Texas….imagine that it is hot.

    News Flash…..TEXAS IS HOT……….always has been hot and always will be hot. Heat indexes were never a problem before. As children we played outside all day….Now, because we have some snowflakes that stay inside most of the time playing on their damned cell phones, no one is conditioned any longer. No one plays outside any longer….This movement wants air conditioned indoor stadiums for high school football, baseball, and soccer. They want to eliminate day games and push all night games to 9 pm…Millenial parents and the parents after this (proabably some before) all have this chicken shit helicopter parent mentality.

    Well, in August and September, heat indexes often climb to 115 and sometimes to 120 degrees. It is hot…will always be hot…you have to learn how to live with it and function in it. Well, the gist of it all, the education departments and such are saying that nothing will change…..if your child wants to play in the band or sports……live with the heat or do not play.
    ==============================

    So, I want to add to the list of things that are no longer around……..elementary and high school…no more fans, open windows, and radiator heat.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Back in time we spent literally no time indoors except to do homework eat and sleep. Only a handfull of overweight kids in a 4400 student 3 year high school. Sure heat exhaustion was a thing to be cautious of but during summer preseason training during the summer months ONLY the choking smog ever limited what we did. Then we’d move indoors for weight and circuit training. Or just minded the 40 yard sprints

      Generally we were in top shape any way and spent time running plays and improving football skills 1st scrimmages with other schools started before the fall semester

  62. The mother has succeeded in getting some changes made to the school curriculum. But that we ever had a Holocaust denier as a high school principal at all is proof that liberalism has infected and destroyed our system of education.

    https://godfatherpolitics.com/outrageous-florida-high-school-principal-tells-kids-the-holocaust-didnt-happen/

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Point of Order

      Most Holocaust Deniers come from that political region referred to as the RIGHT in these modern times.

      While I do not agree that they are on the RIGHT, they certainly are not of the same mold as the modern “liberals”.

      What we have here is a modern liberal who is afraid to stand on solid ground because of “others beliefs”. Easier to deny than to take a stand and then have to suffer the fallout.

      The OLD word for this is COWARDICE.

      • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

        It is shifting. As the “progressive” left finds more and more fault with Israel it becomes necessary for them to become anti-semetic. Anti-Semites deny the Holocaust. I see more and more of the “Rothschild’s” own the world crap on leftist sites.

        This merely proves that politics ARE not a straight line with a left and right side. Politics are a circle, a clock. The whacky right and whacky left are each thirty seconds away from 12 on opposite sides.

        It used to be that most people were between 4 and 7 . Now, the bulk of leftists are certainly clustering up around one. Contrary to Mathius beliefs, I still think the right is between six and nine for the mostpart.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          My absolutely most leftist “friends” say that ALL the problems in the Middle East are Israel’s fault. And it was a huge mistake in the aftermath of WWII to have created the State of Israel.
          Understand the wife is a holocaust survivor. Lost many family to the ovens, renounced her faith in the 70’s became a Catholic. Brother went to Russia, only ALLOWED out after Gorbachev reforms, one brother not allowed entry into the country because of fighting with communist forces in other countries. Though having renounced Judaism is attempting to get reparations from Germany and Austria for what those countries did. May even be suing France because they fled from the Nazis and Vichy. They viciously hate Trump like nobody I ever talked to. They thought Tito was the cats meow and his brand should be a model of society. They don’t understand why I’ve pulled back. Uh maybe shortly after my father’s death at a dinner, and a discussion started and the husband stood up and to my mom’s face said, are you quote “fucking stupid” and they wouldn’t be caught dead getting their news from anything but CNN at 93 spent a year in the hospital battling that super virus all paid by Medicare.

          I just wonder what miracle of miracles of peace would happen in the middle East if Israel did go away. I think not. Maybe a pause but all those conflicts between Sunni and Shia will march on as they have for 1400 years. Will all the conflicts in the ME suddenly stop that have nothing what so ever to do with Israel, I think not.

  63. I may make this a subject of discussion in next thread.

    • Why?…piss poor security….no batons….thanks to the patrons that stopped the beating on the ground. Glad to see that some got involved and stopped it.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Couldn’t watch the whole thing. Was totally disgusted. I did not get the trigger though. Ist off I personally would never have dared to take on their fault my fault a 3rd parties fault a couple of pissed off mommas that size.

  64. Pelosi on citizenship question after her stupid “Make America White” comment.

    They only want people who will vote for them (referring to Republicans)

    What an odd thing to say on the subject, unless, she knows illegals vote for Crats and that’s the way she wants it. HMM, maybe someone could better explain this one.

  65. Just A Citizen says:

    Future Democratic Party candidates running as “ex-Marines”.

    This just makes me plain old ANGRY. :devil:

    https://nypost.com/2019/07/09/marines-arrested-for-smuggling-illegal-immigrants-near-southern-border/

  66. Just A Citizen says:

    Accidental confession from a leftist regarding why they want “gun registration”?????

    “Traditionally relaxed in its approach to firearms regulation, and enjoying a low crime rate, New Zealand has no firearms registration rule. That means authorities have no easy way of knowing what guns are in circulation or who owns them.”

  67. Just A Citizen says:

    Headed up the shadowy St. Joe for a week of fly fishing. Have fun and see ya’ll Friday or Saturday.

    P.S.: Schumer is also a bigger Jackass than Trump.

  68. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    n interesting piece about the US deporting Iraqi Christians. No such luck with MS 13 or Kat chewing Somalians though.

    https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/july-august/when-christians-dont-get-second-chance.html

  69. Dale A Albrecht says:

    A couple of pairs of Marine Osprey’s just flew over heading to Cherry Point and others to Lejeune further south.

    I really like when C17’s come in. Darn they’re big. Low and slow. And quiet to boot.

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