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Bob's Message To Sarah Palin.
Everybody’s a dreamer and everybody’s a star
And everybody’s in movies, it doesn’t matter who you are…
..seems that with Barky daily dragging down Democrats’ prestige (acting all nicotourettes’ in China; being deftly placed amongst in Old Wives’ Club for photos), some taciturn “gentry liberals” might wistfully eye another role for him..
First thing Republicans should do when they convene next year? Superfund the Secret Service.
It wouldn’t surprise me if The Jarret Junto is considering the Martyr Option because I’ve been getting the feeling lately that they’ve watched way too many movies and TV shows and have come to think the World works like what they see in them.
I mean, it seems like we’re living in a Rob Reiner movie or Aaron Sorkin show, except the fourth acts are always being taken over and written by Nemesis. Hence, the embarrassing serial FAIL’s.
I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die…
Oh celluloid heroes never feel any pain
Oh celluloid heroes never really die
Special guest post by M. Joseph Sheppard.
GOP Chair Reince Preibus looked forwards towards the 2016 presidential campaign after the Republican’s mid-terms”tsunami” with a measured outlook. He would have been justified in much hubris given the outstanding results in state houses, governorship’s and congress but his professional eye sees the challenging Electoral College scenario.
Preibus said “a 2016 win requires an about perfect GOP campaign and he is absolutely correct in that assessment. For the Republican presidential nominee to get to 270 electoral college votes the finest of needle threading is required with every state on the possible list needing to be won.
The Democrat’s start with the massive advantage of California, New York and the New England states giving them a substantial base to which only a few contestable states need to be added. For the GOP there is only Texas as a major bankable state with the entire farming states electoral votes just about equaling California.
So challenging for the Republicans is the EC battle that if Florida is lost then that’s game over right from the start. North Carolina and Ohio are must wins as are Virginia and Colorado. Basically the core of the Bush 2004 states, with a small leeway from population shifts giving the equivalent to an Iowa to the GOP has to be won-almost without exception.
This is what a Republican victory in the 2016 presidential election would, realistically, look like:
Thus Colorado or Iowa are not essential wins if North Carolina and Virginia are won but if either are lost then, barring an unusual result in Wisconsin or New Hampshire it’s game over.
The midterms hold out much hope for Preibus’s “perfect campaign” to be translated into an electoral college win as the senate result map (Alaska is still not decided at this point) shows:
The brown colored states were previously held by Democrats, and were won on election day by Republicans.They are exactly the key states required to recreate the Bush 2004 win.
Iowa and Colorado,won by President Obama twice and North Carolina, won once, are absolutely key wins looking towards 2016. That Virginia which was also won comfortably by President Obama both times ended up, beyond anyone’s expectations at an under 1% win to the sitting Democrat senator puts in very much in play. Even if Virginia were lost, New Hampshire,which went for Bush in 2004 could still put the GOP over the top-but, threading the needle indeed.
Looking towards 2016 the Republicans can take great heart from the midterms.Their ground game was as good, if not better than the Dem’s, Priebus is focused on the fundamentals and they are competitive, in fact substantially so, where they have to be. What is required is a candidate who can bring to the polling booths the millions of conservatives who sat out the 2012 Romney election.
Running yet another “moderate centrist to capture the mainstream” hasn’t worked and there seems little reason to expect it would in 2016. Sarah Palin, whose endorsement record in the midterms was a startling 19 out of 21 candidates winning the seats would be guaranteed to bring the missing voters to the polls.
She could not only recreate the Bush win of 2004 though conservative support but could also bring in the blue collar Democrats that Reagan did. There is no margin for error in a deeply challenging electoral college map and it would be tragic if, in search of the “moderate center, the party throws away the tremendous benefits of the 2014 midterms
Mr. Sheppard is the proprietor of the blogs Point Of View and Palin4President 2016. He also writes occasionally for American Thinker and is a man of refined taste. Follow him on Twitter: @MJosephSheppard.
Jeff Goldstein proposed an idea yesterday in a post about the revelatory Jonathan Gruber video [two others have been unearthed since then, by the way, where the little Tyrannical bastard says the same thing]:
Still, they can be beaten back. And the way to do that would be for the RNC to cut an advertisement that shows this smug jaggoff Gruber admitting that an already wildly unpopular — and soon to be more so, as lesser than expected enrollment figures force dramatic increases in premiums and deductibles — “signature” piece of Obama legislation was written precisely to fool them, to take advantage of their lack of political sophistication and to tout an intentional lack of transparency as a stroke of policy genius.
Boasting about the political efficacy of misinforming voters in a representative republic is akin to boasting about the relative ease of the velvet coup they “progressive” left has engaged in to overthrow it: that, after all, is what fundamental transformation is, and what it was always intended to be.
The GOP, in concert with this ad I believe should be cut, should, after all waivers expire, begin sending repeal bills to the President weekly, forcing him to veto and then justify his veto to an American public made newly and widely aware that they were not only lied to — but that the lying was part and parcel of the plan to get the legislation passed and institutionalized. I suspect such a campaign would put pressure on vulnerable Democrats and lead even to some crossover, turning repeal into a bipartisan cause.
This leaves Obama (and a sycophantic media whom people are beginning to see as protectors of the President, not antagonists of the powerful) alone on a political island: I suspect even many in the legacy media, relying on an intuitive imperative for self-preservation, will be loath to provide the President with too much cover, particularly after the effects of the unwieldy, unworkable, unconstitutional law are felt on a wider scale by the public.
Each time the repeal bill is passed and Obama vetoes it, the leadership from both Houses should call press conferences highlighting Obama’s obstructionism in service to a law one of its architects boasted only passed thanks to the stupidity of American voters and a concerted effort by those who drafted it to keep it confusing and to make its redistributive attributes as non-transparent as they could. They should note that sweeping GOP gains in the House and a comfortable control of the Senate — along with changes in governorships and state asssemblies favoring the GOP — represents a mandate to repeal the unpopular and financially devastating law, with many of those who unseated Democrats having run on the repeal of ObamaCare. They should refer time and time again to the denigration of the American electorate by one of the law’s main architects (who also was an architect of RomneyCare, for those of you who are interested in such things), and reprising the key phrases Gruber used, first, about the “stupidity of the American voter” and second, how a “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” when trying to fool the electorate.
Such ad and political campaigns would be quite successful in disabusing some of the more ‘distracted’ of our fellow citizens of the notion that The Jarret Junto and it’s allies mean well. This would provide more potential support for any efforts to repeal Obamacare — which is the ONLY way to begin the restoration of the proper relationship between the Sovereign People and their government.
However, as Jeff points out:
That none of this will happen is proof the GOP establishment has no plans to repeal the law, and that they’re own campaign promises were also lies. The truth is, many parts of this law benefit their business cronies; and having redefined the relationship between the citizen and the government, with the citizen now a subject, tremendous new institutionalized power rests with the governing elite, who now will vie for who controls the balance of power and so whose favorited constituencies get to benefit in any given governing cycle.
The GOP will tell us they need full power before they attempt repeal. And this is a strategic appeal: they feel they will be rewarded politically if the people suffer, and that’s all they care about.
It is already easy enough to tie ObamaCare to Hilary; so there’s no reason, politically, to wait. But wait they shall, passing a few show votes, attempting to repeal small bits of the law beneficial to their heaviest lobbyists (the medical device tax), and hoping that they’ll be swept into presidential power — holding the Senate — on the coat tails of Obama’s unpopularity.
As he points out in a follow-up post from today:
It is all well and good to issue press releases or go on shows seen only by news junkies. But if the GOP were serious about its campaign promise to repeal ObamaCare, they’ve been handed the material necessary to do so — and in the process, show Obama as the obstructionist and harm, in the process, Hilary Clinton, who can likewise be tied to ObamaCare, or at least to nationalized health care.
Will they do it? Probably not.
But that doesn’t mean, say, the Koch Brothers and other big name libertarian and constitutional conservative donors can’t finance the very ad campaign I’ve suggested. It beats pouring money into the coffers of a party or candidate who, in the end, tries with remarkably tenacity to maintain the status quo, regardless of what political party it putatively favors.
Our only hope for the ad campaign Jeff suggests is some private citizens having the Will to fund it and carry it through as far as it needs to be.
And I see the main purpose of the ad campaign to be helping us get the necessary support for a Convention Of The States. The national government, so infested is it with Leftist Cancer Virus, is a lost cause at this point. Our Article V effort is the sole hope of avoiding violence and/or effecting a separation of several of the Several States.
My extensive readings of primary source material from, roughly, 1760-1776 over the past two years have convinced me of this.
We are, in many ways, in a much worse situation than The Founding Fathers were before they felt compelled to act: our governments at all levels are much more Tyrannical and dangerous than King George and Parliament ever were. The British, at least, were not Ideologues committed to bringing about Heaven On Earth by using any means necessary. They had absolutely no desire to tear down everything we hold dear and sacred and build Paradise on top of the rubble. They did not seek to remake Man in the image of Man as seen through a funhouse mirror. Even fat King George did not think himself, a Man, as a god.
Time to saddle-up and ride — OUTLAW.
The Conservative Treehouse has published another brief on the backstory to the Massacre At Benghazi by intrepid investigator Sundance [tip of the fedora to Fred Zeppelin].
It is quite long, but all I can tell you is (1) it is very well researched, (2) it is well-reasoned, and (3) I came away from it with a greater, clearer understanding of why the Massacre happened and the perfidy, the treachery, of the Administration, the State Department, and the CIA and the collusion of certain members of the Congress [including McConnell and Boehner] than I have ever had since the facts from that sad night of 11 September 2012 began to emerge.
I strongly urge you to take an hour or so and read it, and then contemplate the disgusting behavior of this Administration and it’s Treasonous actions that result in the murder of four Americans.
There is blood on the hands of this President and his minions, and it will never wash away.
Thank you, Sundance.
…And the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed as though nothing could fall…
—Heroes, David Bowie
—Ronald Reagan, 12 June 1987
And The Berlin Wall fell on 09 November 1989.
It had stood for twenty-eight years, the construction of it having begun on 13 August 1961, an ugly scar the Soul of Europe that bisected the city of Berlin, Germany.
The Wall was also a festering wound on the body of Western Civilization that never stopped causing pain and reminding The West of it’s duty…and it’s failure to prevent the descending of the Iron Curtain over half of the continent.
It fell, not because the USSR allowed it to — although they could have used their troops to try to prevent it — no, the Communists did not try to prevent it because they had been made decrepit by Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II [now ‘Saint’ and ‘The Great’]. Mikhail Gorbachev had been rendered impotent and the Politburo’s puppets in Eastern Europe feared for their sniveling, bureaucratic, banally Evil hides.
It was a moment of grand triumph for The West, brought about by the courageous efforts of a few Cold Warriors who refused to give in to the Fifth Columnist Traitors, Fellow Traveling Nihilists, and relentlessly stupid Dupes in their midst.
This great Victory was squandered, smothered underfoot by the jackboots of Western fools marching towards The Age Of Leftist Hegemony. The West won The Cold War, but lost The Peace to the Barbarians inside it’s gates.
I was born in 1961, not too long after the construction of The Berlin Wall began; I was as old as she was. I will never forget everything The Wall stood for. As I age and as more and more of those who lived during it’s existence die off, I fear all that will be forgotten.
East German Peter Fetcher lies dying
after he is shot by the Stasi for trying
to escape to Freedom in West Berlin.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It did not fall, of course. It was felled. It was felled by ordinary East German men and women who decided they were not willing to spend the rest of their lives in a large prison pretending to be a nation. On the other side of the wall – the free side – far too many westerners were indifferent to the suffering of the east. As I put it in my new book:
The presidents and prime ministers of the free world had decided that the unfree world was not a prison ruled by a murderous ideology that had to be defeated but merely an alternative lifestyle that had to be accommodated. Under cover of “détente”, the Soviets gobbled up more and more real estate across the planet, from Ethiopia to Grenada. Nonetheless, it wasn’t just the usual suspects who subscribed to this feeble evasion – Helmut Schmidt, Pierre Trudeau, François Mitterand – but most of the so-called “conservatives”, too – Ted Heath, Giscard d’Estaing, Gerald Ford.
There were three key figures who stood against the détente fetishists, and in large part against the disposition of western electorates. Their names were Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II – all heroes in Eastern Europe to this day, yet, as Richard Fernandez notes, all absent from the coverage of today’s observances. The A-list guest is Mikhail Gorbachev, whose plan was to preserve Soviet Communism by putting a cosmetic gloss on it. Today, the old passivity has returned: The Wall “fell”.
…Here, from his Brandenburg Gate citizen-of-the-world speech in 2008, is Obama’s characterization of what happened a quarter-century ago:
People of the world – look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.
No, sorry. History proved no such thing. That’s comforting pap, but it’s not what happened. In the Cold War, the world did not “stand as one”. One half of Europe was a prison, and in the other half far too many people – the Barack Obamas of the day – were happy to go along with that division in perpetuity. And the wall came down not because “the world stood as one” but because a few people stood against the pap-peddlers. The truly courageous ones were the fellows like Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel and a thousand lesser names, who had to stand against evil men who would have murdered them if they’d been able to get away with it. That they were no longer confident they could get away with it was because a small number of western leaders had shoveled détente into the garbage can of history and decided to tell the truth. Had Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and John Paul II been like Helmut Schmidt and Francois Mitterand and Pierre Trudeau and Jimmy Carter, the Soviet empire would have survived and the wall would still be standing.
Reagan and Thatcher won the war. Obama and Schröder and the like inherited the peace. Which is why today’s anniversary has that strange, passive, evasive quality. Or as Obama would put it:
There is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.
Generally speaking, when the world “stands as one” it’s in the cause of inertia: Right now, the world stands as one in feeling it’s no big deal if Iran goes nuclear, or Putin gobbles Ukraine, or the Islamic State starts head-chopping its way into Jordan, or members of certain unspecified multicultural communities plot to kill the Queen. The alternative to waiting for the world to “stand as one” is to stand up yourself, and stand for something. And now as in the Eighties there are few takers for that.
Both in foreign matters and domestically.
We need more Outlaws, like Reagan and Thatcher, Walesa, Havel, and Wojtyła in this New Dark Age.
Warsaw, Moscow, Budapest, Berlin, Prague, Sofia and Bucharest have become stages in a long pilgrimage toward liberty. It is admirable that in these events, entire peoples spoke out – women, young people, men, overcoming fears, their irrepressible thirst for liberty speeded up developments, made walls tumble down and opened gates.
—Saint Pope John Paul The Great
-From that Richard Fernandez post Mr. Steyn refers to:
If the media is trying its level best to avoid talking about what the fall of the Berlin Wall was about and how it came to be, then they’re doing a good job. We are left with the bare event and its consequences. But of song and lay there is none, for the bards have fallen silent on the subject. Not that the heroes of old mind. Ronald Reagan once said “there is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit”. If one cares not for glory or tale, the deed is enough.
Yet some things still remain in their absence. For example there is in Air Force tradition of the Missing Man Formation. A finger four “flown with the second element leader position conspicuously empty … the flight approaches from the south, preferably near sundown, and one of the aircraft will suddenly split off to the west, flying into the sunset.”
In the Missing Man it’s not the aircraft we see that are important, but the one we can’t see. This is the poem that is traditionally associated with the ceremony.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
And they soar far aloft, chasing the shouting wind, too far for even memory or forgetfulness to mar.
Dead solid perfect, Richard, beautiful.
The world is full of lesser lights
And full of lesser men
Who fly their paper ego kites
Denying where and when
The history of the time was changed
By greater men than they
And so their galas are arranged
As taking place today
Where mum’s the word on who did more
Demolishing that wall
No mention made of Reagan nor
Of Maggie or Pope Paul
-The Atlantic has up a very good slideshow here on The Berlin Wall.
-I’m looking over the wall and they’re looking at me…
-We could be heroes, just for one day…
“(It’s) not tricky at all,” [Mitch] McConnell said. “Obviously, I’m a big supporter of Rand Paul. We’ve developed a very tight relationship, and I’m for him.”
I hope this, one and for all, disabuses conservatives and Classical Liberals of the notion that Rand Paul is worth supporting and can be trusted with leading us into battle.
Besides: I swear the guy — like his old man, but maybe not as bad — has a screw loose.
Obamasaurus, Pelosisaurus and Dumbasstodon [BOB: aka: Pederastaurus Corruptodon]. They belong in a museum[*].
That is the conclusion Paco reaches in a succinct post that packs a lot if wisdom.
I’m afraid that it’s going to take the Sweet Meteor Of Death to rid the Earth of these dangerous and destructive dinosaurs and their kind.
*May I suggest this one, Sir Paco.
New gay marriage ruling means high court review likely…
You legalize pot and see what happens!
Lena Dunham Sick…
Yeah…we knew that already.
POLL: Hollande approval hits record low 12%…
Faces grilling on unemployment…
That punishment’s a little harsh, don’t ya think?
Alternate: Jeez, them French will cook anything.
Popular Gangster Rapper Shot, Killed While Eating Lunch Inside Busy MCDONALD’S…
CLAIM: One Person’s Brain Controlled Another’s Movements in Mind Control Study…
I told you: the truth about what Valerie Jarrett does would eventually come out. [But will Barry??? – IYKWIMAITYD]
RUSSIAN TANKS ROLL INTO UKRAINE
Example of what the people in the news bidness call a ‘standing headline‘.
CONDI RICE: Dem racial attacks ‘appalling’…
Yeah, but to the Left their appealing.
Wendy Davis campaign blames loss on Ebola…
I wouldn’t dare try to outdo that headline.
WEATHER CHANNEL Beats CNN, MSNBC in Mornings…
I hoped they used a lightening rod.
Pentagon struggles to keep soldiers off pot…
Hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go.
Obama ‘playing with matches’...
Hey…he’s gotta have something to do when it’s raining out. Just hope he doesn’t end-up lighting Lady Michbeth’s wigs on fire – I wouldn’t want to be a fly in his pants if that happened.
In one of his posts from yesterday, Ed Driscoll suggested that the Leftists of today are like the John Birchers of old:
…But just as the Bircher right began to see communists everywhere, the new Bircher left sees racism, sexism, homophobia, and Koch Brothers everywhere. They’re lurking around more corners than Gen. Ripper imagined there were commies lurking inside Burpelson Air Force Base. They’re inside your video games! They own NFL teams! They’ll steal your condoms! Disagree with President Obama? Racist! (That goes for you too, Bill, Hillary, and your Democratic supporters.) Not onboard for gender-neutral bathrooms? Not too thrilled with abortion-obsessed candidates like Wendy Davis and “Mark Uterus”? Sexist! Disagree with using global warming as a cudgel to usher in the brave new world of bankrupt coal companies and $10 a gallon gasoline? Climate denier!
And as with the original Birchers, don’t get ‘em started on fluoride.
The original Birchers weren’t bad people, but their Cold War paranoia got the better of them. Similarly, as Charles Krauthammer famously said, “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil,” which illustrates how a John Birch-style worldview can cause the modern leftists to take an equally cracked view of his fellow countrymen, to the point of writing off entire states and genders.
In the Comments section to his post, a decent number of commentators had positive things to say about The John Birch Society.
This was my response:
The John Birchers were, indeed, correct that the infiltration of the government by Communists was more widespread.
However, their insistence that, for example, Ike was a Communist [at worst, he
was a Useful Idiot, as McConnell and Boehner are] discredited the truth about Leftist infiltration that they were trying to get across. So, The Birchers ended-up hurting the Anti-Communist Cause. They provided ammunition to the Treasonous Left [I know: I repeat myself].
This Bircher Revisionism is to be expected in The Age Of Leftist Hegemony, when we on the Right are on the verge of losing the World [and we are:
Totalitarianism is advancing on ALL fronts] – we’re battered and exhausted, so we tend to be more emotional – but our weariness does not justify embracing paranoid fools.
Let’s not go there.
Let us not become Useful Idiots of the Left In America.
RELATED: And let us not embrace Vladimir Putin as some sort of Restorer of Christian Values. The man is a Fascist Thug, who thinks himself a Modern Tsar. HE HAS PEOPLE MURDERED.
No one — absolutely no one — can craft such succinct and spot-on commentary as Dave Burge [aka: Iowahawk]…
-The baby’s throwing a tantrum again, Ma!….
Breaking: 53 year old man irritated by getting first tough question in the 6th year of the first job he’s ever had
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 6, 2014
-It’s Mourning in Leftist America…
BREAKING: Walmart tampon & condom aisles stripped bare by panicked hoarders — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 5, 2014
-I got yer bipartisanship right here…
“It’s time to get past our differences and work together to get things done.” – stuff I tell the repo man — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 6, 2014
Time to repo Granny Mitch and Cryin’ John.
-But will they do it as a series on Investigation Discovery?…
This isn’t a mandate for Republicans, it’s a restraining order on Democrats. — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 5, 2014
-Never buy an Edsall…
-Coming Soon: Fantasy Island — The Bad Remake…
Breaking: President Obama calls Aaron Sorkin for a rewrite — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 5, 2014
-Quarantine the District Of Columbia…
<strolls around battlefield shooting the wounded> — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 5, 2014
-Come on you Bolshes, time to turn lemons into lemonade…
Immanentizing is soooo 2013.
FINAL NOTE: You know: if you don’t start following Iowahawk on Twitter, you run a 80% risk of turning into a Dupe or Fellow Travellor.
HONORABLE MENTION –> Cuffé…
Has the GOP confiscated all of the vaginas yet? I was told there would be vagina confiscations. — Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) November 7, 2014
I’m waiting for them there Lesbianic riots.
Though poet Walter Erickson focuses specifically on Leftism, this poem* can be applied to all of those things that are Evil…
SILVER BULLETS, WOODEN STAKES
We came very close to losing our country, and perhaps the near-death experience will bode well for the future. But as has been said elsewhere, the Left is always with us, the Left never sleeps. And neither should we.
The victor cannot rest his shield
Upon his laurels won
The leftist monster will not yield
Our work is never done
A silver bullet to the head
Through heart a wooden stake
And even so it won’t be dead
It’s thirst for blood won’t slake
Relax your guard and it will rise
A monster from the grave
Imposing on us paradise
They master and we slave
As long as Mankind exists, Evil will always be with us, because all Men are forever Imperfect.
The Forces Of Evil whisper in the ears of Men that they, too, can be as God and some of the Men come to believe the Great Deceivers. Such Men then seek to rule over Mankind as God does. But, since they are not as God is, these Servants Of Evil destroy their fellow Men in a frenzy of frustration and anger at their felt impotence. Their situation is made worse by the absence of God in their hearts and minds. In their orgy of Nihilism, these monsters end-up not bringing about Heaven On Earth, but, rather, unleashing Gotterdammerung.
Those of us who seek to do Good can never rest.
And we must Never Despair.
*As found originally over at
The Belmont Club.
…And They Are Supposedly On Our Side.
Thomas Edsell writing in The New York Times [I won't link the bastards][tip of the fedora to Mark Levin]:
John Feehery, president of Quinn Gillespie Communications [sic][BOB: It's actually 'Quinn Gillespie Associates', the latter fellow being Ed Gillespie, Republican; so is Feehery, who worked for Bob Michel and Tom DeLay], a Washington lobbying firm, was outspoken on Tuesday in his interpretation of the 2014 election:
“The hard-right is not in control of the agenda anymore. The inmates are no longer running the asylum. The adults are back in charge,” Feehery, who spent two decades working as an aide to the former Republican minority leader Robert Michel, the former House majority leader Tom DeLay, and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, wrote in an email to the Times.
“The number one issue for the Senate majority is to have some accomplishments that the vulnerable members up in 2016 can run on,” according to Feehery.
David Brady, a political scientist at Stanford and deputy director of the Hoover Institution, voiced less certainty over the ability of the establishment to control the agenda.
The results are not a mandate for the Republican Party, Brady said, and “the question is: can the leadership contain the whackos and legislate on immigration, taxes and the few other areas where deals are possible.”
It’s tough to fight a War against The Forces Of Tyranny when so many in your armed forces rear are collaborators, turncoats, and spies, providing aid and comfort to The Enemy.
For some deranged reason, people like Mitch McConnell, Cryin’ John Bohener, and those quoted above feel a compulsion to pull down the pants and shorts of the Left and fellate them without being ordered to by their Tyrannic Overlords.
It’s disgusting. It’s sickening. And it’s frustrating because it means we have to fight this War abroad and at home.
But fight it we must. We owe it to our American Ancestors and to our Posterity. It is our duty. It is required if we dare to call ourselves ‘Americans’.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
-King Henry V, Act iii. Scene 1
I’ve been sailing through The Ether on a ship made of Schadenfreude, gathering some of the best analysis and insight on the 04 November Elections and what’s ahead for us in the War to restore our Freedoms and Liberties…
.@KarlRove GO. AWAY. LOSER.
— Bob Belvedere (@BobBelvedere) November 6, 2014
The GOP has scored a famous victory, but if it is ever again to be a viable political party that gets things done (or stops bad things from happening), instead of merely serving as a bucket of cold water that voters occasionally pour over the heads of their Democrat overlords for the purpose of getting their attention, then the Republican Party is going to have to genuinely stand for something, and that “something” can’t be limited to the wish lists of the Chamber of Commerce and wealthy donors (Amnesty! Cheap labor!), or claims of vague, inadequately-defined differentiation from Democratic political candidates – the former is a mercenary betrayal of the base by party pashas interested only in hanging on to their jobs, and the latter is little more than political tribalism (and let’s face it: in any kind of tribal confrontation, Republicans are more likely to be led by a version of F Troop’s Wild Eagle than by a Geronimo or Cochise).
With Granny Mitch’s statements today, it’s clear that the GOP is, indeed, the Fukawi Tribe. Call him: Chief Yellow Turtle.
The GOP wants amnesty as badly as the Dems do. They’re not terribly interested in actually repealing Obamacare or any provision aside from the medical devices tax.
The GOP will not resist Obama’s executive orders. They will make lame excuses about how there’s nothing they can do about IWonPhonePen, and how they can’t shutdown the government nor attempt to impeach nor do thing one to stop the Juggernaut because elections have consequences.
We cannot hold their feet to the fire because they do not fear us. They are fully ensconced in a fantasy land where they indulge their vanity, shake down orgs and corps for donations before passing bills, purchase committee seats and chairmanships, and engage in insider trading that is legal for them but not us.
Enacting genuinely conservative measures is not in their best interest; ergo, it won’t happen. They don’t want the Senate so that they can Stop Obama. Please. They want the Senate because it gives them more leverage to shake down their donors. More ribbons on the chest. More PRESTIGE.
That’s it. They couldn’t give a rip about stopping Obama or enacting good legislation or anything like unto it.
And even if they wanted to Stop Obama, he’ll just do what he damn well pleases with the full-throated support of Our Betters in the media-industrial complex, the entire Democrat party, and even a few GOP stiffs.
And when it goes wrong, the Dems will blame the GOP and the GOP will blame the Tea Party.
What have you observed that leads you to any other conclusion?
Nothing. Absolutely Goddamn nothing.
This is, at best, merely the End Of The Beginning. The Battle Rages On.
…nothing is going to change except who gets to sit on the sunny side of the lido deck on the good ship Titanic….
Get you lifebelts on, everybody up.
-Palaeomerus asks a good question:
So, have we officially won enough hope back to lose through betrayal now?
Of course. The Quislings won’t change their liver spots [‘Hic!’, said Cryin’ John].
Later on he asked another question, this time of the GOP Leadership:
So we FINALLY have a hill worthy of dying on. Right? Am I right? Guys?
I never realized until now that Palaeo’s a comedian [are those crickets I hear a-chirping?].
Of course, it is us who will be doing the assaulting and dying on them there hills across the Fruited Plain.
Absent a change in Congressional leadership, the new GOP congress will do nothing – absolutely nothing. We are still running annual $1 trillion deficits – expect no change. The economy is weak and unstable due to an epic failure of the Fed – expect no change. Foreign policy is the domain of the Executive – the GOP will make noises, but expect no change.
Expect lots more race baiting, war on women, and income inequality battles – the stupid party will stumble and bumble around those issues in a reactive “no, no we are concerned too.” But they will not lead, not with the current GOP Congressional leadership.
Progressive Marxists are dangerous when they’re elected and even more dangerous when they’re rejected.
You bet your sweet Bippy. Cornered rabid rats always are.
While it is certainly tempting to revel in yesterday’s results, I find myself confronting a deep, abiding fear that the Executive Branch will take the next two years to embark on a “scorched earth” campaign designed to destroy what remains of this republic. There is no question that this president views the United States of America as a profound evil; a blight on the world. His agenda has been to punish us, and that agenda was formed in the mind of a small boy who never knew his father, but bathed in the hagiography of him and his influences thanks to his Marxist mother.
Immigration will be the first salvo; the lame duck Congress will attempt to enact horrific legislation. The question is, will there be enough Democrats who fear for their political lives to cross over to prevent it.
God help us.
He will…if we help ourselves.
-Jeff Goldstein has some ideas on that subject — the next offensive in the War:
The truth is — and we all know this, because the people who’ve read here for years are smart and have never been fooled by the kabuki theater that is a virtual single party ruling class in DC, nor by the media and consultant construct that is “Barack Obama, pant-creased, brilliant pragmatist and Good Man who will make government transparent and bring us all together in post-racial bliss — Mitch McConnell will be a surrender monkey who thinks he can play us. But that’s why we have Cruz and Lee and Paul — and hopefully Ernst: to act as a thorn in his side. An omnibus budget bill written in conjunction with the Dems? Go for it. And watch your glee and arrogance turn to consternation when we the people stand up against you. Similarly, any walk back on a 51-vote reconciliation (“what does it matter, Obama is going to veto any bill that guts his signature legislation, anyway?”) will be met with firm and constant resistance by we, the people, who are set to see premiums rise by 14% on average and deductibles become unmanageable to many Americans, pushing us toward the “need” for a “single payer system.” So let Obama veto what is an unpopular law at a time when it really starts to impact the millions of Americans, who increasingly despise it. Once he uses his veto, make the Dems vote not to override the veto, thus permanently tying them to the debacle. After which, the House can begin starving it of money.
President Stompyfoot and his sycophantic media won’t be able to spin their way out of the reality of the enormous burden of health care cost increases on many families — particularly those in the middle class who don’t want to go on Medicaid, as if they are incapable of taking care of themselves and their families.
And if Obama tries to move things through by executive order — eg., amnesty — all those GOP establishment-types who ran at home on an anti-amnesty platform need to be called out should they not respond in every way to block such unconstitutional behavior, including, again, using the power of the purse and insisting upon border enforcement and a physical barrier to protect Americans from outside threats. The same goes for plans by HUD to manipulate neighborhood demographics so that every municipality looks like the crayon box they superficially imagine is progressive diversity — social engineering at its most egregious — and plans by the EPA to strangle even more industry, seize even more power, and prevent the opportunity for growth, for cheap energy that drives innovation, and liberty and private property rights themselves. Should Obama try to circumvent the Treaty clause, he should be publicly excoriated and his malfeasance — including the empowering of Iran — be met with reprisals.
…Useless lumps of RINO hucksters bullshitting their way through governing will at least clog up the works until we can carry forward the momentum of pointing out the abject failure of “fundamental transformation” and create the conditions for a resurgence of first principles that will overwhelm the McConnell / Rove / Politico / Democrat alliance that seeks to disabuse themselves of having to worry about representative government altogether.
It’s an emergency stop gap.
Later on, Jeff remarked:
Circumvent them. Use the states. Use nullification. Send people down to the border and let the National Guard start shooting at Americans to protect potential terrorists or carriers of infectious diseases from crossing our borders. Engage in civil disobedience. Etc.
Reagan had the same battles to fight before he broke through. When ObamaCare hits fully, you could see another Reagan Revolution. Or maybe just the latter.
I’m talking about a full-on uprising of people demanding that the consent of the governed be followed, or else it’s time to bring out the tar and feathers. Once the full blast of ObamaCare hits, any conservative with a strong voice will win Reagan Democrats. The problem will be that the RINOs might not turn out.
-Scott Walker was impressive in his Acceptance Speech [tip of the fedora to GeoffB]:
I’m an optimist. I believe here in Wisconsin and in America, we want to be for something, not against something. But you know what? That’s the difference between Washington and Wisconsin. They’re all against something. We are for something. There’s a reason why, in America — you know that dream we talked about? — it’s not just Republican or Democrat, it’s not just liberal or conservative, it is the American dream that talks about the dignity of work. And in America, we take a day off to celebrate the 4th of July, and not the 15th of April, because in America, we celebrate our independence from the government, not our dependence on it.
Trouble is, he’s rather boring.
I still haven’t fully made up my mind if elections to the national government’s offices matter anymore, but, I’ll assume they do…
If we want to win the Presidency in 2016, it seems to me that we must have someone who can inspire enough people to win the Electoral College [what’s left of it by then]. Scott Walker is boring, not soaring, when he speaks.
We would need a Sarah Palin / Ronald Reagan / Barry Goldwater type. Someone who can uplift the Soul and make people believe their voting for that person is an American Act, a good deed, as it were.
As some of you know, until recently I have been advocating Mrs. Palin very strongly at my site, but, in the past few months, I have begun to have serious doubts about electing a woman to such an office [a discussion, perhaps, for another time]. So, with those doubts in mind, I am wondering who can pick up the Torch of Freedom and Ordered Liberty, who can inspire people across the Fruited Plain, who will not betray us.
Ted Cruz has concerned me ever since I found out he’s been cavorting in The Hamptons. Rand Paul is a pandering power-seeker and, it seems, a ‘little off’. Mike Pence’s [who can be inspiring] flip on Common Core was tawdry. Etc….
Peggy Noonan writes that republicans should be gracious in victory.
Gracious towards a US president and his cohorts who fight dirty, even filthy, & consider me the enemy? This crop of democrats has turned governance into trench warfare.
Establishment writer types (like Peggy) are a big part of the problem.
I consider them just another enemy on another front we have to fight on in this War.
-While many think either Harry Reid or The Jarrett Junto should be awarded Loser Of The Week, we, the Cynical & Vindictive Bastards here at TCOTS, choose instead to dance on Scott Brown’s political grave:
As Mrs. B. remarked last night, when I told her that Scotty had lost to Jean Jean The Corrupt Shaheen: ‘What state is he going to move to now that he can run in?’ We on the Right say: Go riddance to bad Roveish.
Scott Brown, meh. Arrogant Carpetbagging Hack Loses — too bad it’s to a Whining Servant Of Tyrants.
-Regarding a certain Sainted Slut: as GeoffB puts it:
Fluke-Flucked with a cherry on top.
-Richard McEnroe on Texas:
Greg Abbott managed to win a majority of Hispanic males and over 40% of Hispanic females. Tell me again why we need to pander on immigration?
-Smitty reports on the fact that the next Congress will have one hundred women as members for the first time.
That, for me, prompts a question: Perhaps now the House will only be in session three weeks out of the month?
-Today’s cover of the New York Post:
He may have no clothes but he still has his treasonous pen and his seditious phone.
SIDENOTE: All of the quotes above that link to Protein Wisdom were taken from just two posts. Why aren’t you reading Protein Wisdom every, single, Goddamn day?
…some Officials employed by it’s people treat running the City as a big game and some seek to take revenge for grievances that exist only in their fevered, Communist minds.
So, while he has cut the number of stop-and-frisks, as de Blasio promised the NYPD would do under his mayoralty, Bratton has refused to end them—instead, he has weeded out some of the department’s worst bullies and has trained his remaining cops to do stop-and-frisks with better targeting and more tact. Just as he increased the proportion of minority officers during his tour in L.A., he promoted Philip Banks III to First Deputy Commissioner, a post that Banks abruptly resigned, reportedly because he believed, perhaps rightly, that he’d be a token black dignitary with more prestige than real power. And since McCray, the mayor’s wife, reportedly had favored Banks over Bratton to head the NYPD, a tempest in the tabloids has erupted. In response, today’s New York Post front page shows de Blasio and Bratton making nice.
Here’s what I think is de Blasio’s dilemma: if he pushes Bratton to police so ineffectively that crime is likely to rise, Bratton will refuse and either quit, with noisy predictions that crime will rage out of control, or let the mayor fire him, unleashing the same loud predictions, which the tabloids will amplify. And crime will go up, unnerving now-complacent New Yorkers. And that will make Bratton de Blasio’s most likely challenger in the next mayor’s race.
For the Police Commissioner, this is all a big game [he is a thoroughly Political Animal – emphasis on the word 'animal'] and McCray is race-hustling Communist, while her husband is a would-be Tito.
These three and others of their ilks are going to take one of the World’s greatest cities and destroy it.
The Culture Of Corruption is dancing with The Culture Of Death to the Nihilism Waltz.
By any measure, this should be a massive wave election. But the timidity of the GOP and the tactics of establishment have soured a lot of conservatives on the party, and in certain states — Kansas, Mississippi — I wouldn’t be surprised if many simply stay home, despite the best efforts of wronged conservative challengers who’ve done the right thing and stepped up, endorsing the establishment jaggoffs, because it is crucial to get Harry Reid out of the Senate leadership role. I’ll call this the Thad Cochran Effect. Racists.
Mark Steyn from his most recent appearance on the Hugh Hewitt Show:
Yeah, I don’t think there’s, I certainly don’t think there’s the enthusiasm of 2010 for the very good reason that 2010 was a wave election. People were energized. It was a big popular pushback against the President. And there was, and it made [no] difference. They got nothing to show for that except getting audited by Lois Lerner. And so there’s not a big, organized movement here. But at the same time, everybody on the Democrat side has soured, too. And my, I do respect the Democrats just in those get out the vote operations. But if you look at what Democrat cheerleaders are saying about the President, if you look at these, the pathetic nature of the leaks, of these leaked stories in the New York Times and whatever, it’s not hard to see that actually the Democrat base is pretty depressed, too. And I would say a weary Republican fatalism actually will beat a Democrat disenchantment on Tuesday night. I’m not sure I’d put it any more enthusiastically than that. But I think weary fatalism beats disenchantment.
There’s another factor at play in many a conservative and Classical Liberal mind, as Subotai Bahadur points out:
The problem is that as the number of untrustworthy people who are in positions of power who commit crimes and oppressive acts with no possibility of them being punished for their crimes increases; eventually only corrupt and untrustworthy people will seek those positions AND the society changes to the point where ONLY corrupt and untrustworthy people have any chance of achieving a position of power.
Look at our poor country, or what is left of it; and see that regardless of whether the person is in a position of power is a Democrat or a Republican, they have a common interest in corruption. They work together to enable each others’ attack on the common weal, and their only ire is aimed at those who are not known to be corrupt and untrustworthy. The Mississippi Senate race is the latest blatant example where the DNC, the RNC, and Thad Cochrane conspired together to violate the laws, steal the Republican primary election, and most tellingly they ALL attacked the TEA Party for having the temerity to actually defeat one of their [joint] own.
But there are many more examples in the last 6 years of joint attacks by the “Governing Party” on the “Country Party”.
I’ve been saying, the Republicans are headed for an utterly undeserved and accidental victory that will carry no mandate whatsoever — because they’ve been campaigning almost exclusively on “That Obama guy you’re so mad at? He’s their guy, not our guy!”
That strategy may win you an election, but it practically guarantees that you will fail to hold-on to your gains and may well cost you dearly in the next one.
While things haven’t come to a head in this Election, it seems that many Real Americans are in an earlier stage, where the Patriotic water has reached boiling point yet, and you might call The Black Dog Point. There is anger, there is frustration, but it is being kept in a closed container of Melancholy. Perhaps a more hip name would be: The Meh Moment. A feeling of helplessness mixed with hopelessness, topped with demoralization. If this is as I describe, it gives me hope because it means the Righteous Anger that fuels The American Spirit is not dead yet — those feelings can be overcome now as they have been so many times in our past. That anger can still be awakened and unleashed — among a decent number of our fellow Americans.
But, as for now…meh.
I would bet money that, if we walked into any one of the three DC headquarters of the GOP [RNC, NRCC, NRSC] and were able to sneak through to their backrooms, we would find the bastards all ready planning what they will do with control of the Congress. Well, we know that they are all fools, so I suspect that none of us would be surprised.
But, as Darleen Click remarks, these Quisling quacks may find themselves being fitted for some hissy:
…the Democrats are setting up to cheat at voting all over the place, from “calibration” errors to being quite open on getting illegals registered so they can vote without ID.
John Fund on the same issue:
Could non-citizen voting be a problem in next week’s elections, and perhaps even swing some very close elections?
A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, indicated that 6.4 percent of all non-citizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2 percent in the 2010 midterms. Given that 80 percent of non-citizens lean Democratic, they cite Al Franken ’s 312-vote win in the 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate race as one likely tipped by non-citizen voting. As a senator, Franken cast the 60th vote needed to make Obamacare law.
And what will they do about voter fraud? Besides tantrums, not much that will make a damn bit of difference.
Mark Levin believes was stressing on his show last Friday the importance of the down-ticket races, most especially because they will have a big impact on the Article V Movement.
Tomorrow I’ll cast my votes here for Cory Gardner and Bob Beauprez, and on the down-ticket elections go full on conservative. Both Gardner and Beauprez should win — but with the built in 2-3 % fraud factor, and the things we’ve seen going on with voting booths, it’s difficult to feel at all at ease.
After that, I’ll be getting firmly behind the Article 5 movement, making myself a thorn in the side of any legislator who won’t commit to retaking the power given to the states through the Constitution to rein in an overstuffed, omnipresent, and increasingly dangerous and criminal federal government, with its ruling class and its unreachable bureaucracies who make what are in effect laws without voter recourse to give consent.
I argue that, because of the Article V situation, the down-ticket races are more important than any of the ones for offices in the national government and the only ones really worth voting for because it is with that Movement that any realistic hope of restoring our Freedoms and Ordered Liberties lie.
There’s not a single Republican I will be voting for tomorrow, but, then again, I live in the Northeast, where the dearth of conservative candidates is the norm and, once again, there are none running in my area.
As to what will happen if the GOP wins control of the Senate, methinks Ernst Scheiber is spot-on:
Also take into account that Obama won’t have even the prospect of hurting Democratic electoral prospects to hold him in check after November.
I fully expect him to prompt multiple constitutional crises. Because it’s not like the GOP would ever impeach the first “black-black president.”
And then there’s the fact that Obama care in all it’s unholy horror fully manifests next year.
A smart political party would have run against that unholy horror in order to lay the groundwork for repealing it. Instead we’ll have to hammer out a rube-goldberg of a jury-rigged, patched over work around capable of garnering the bi-partisan support necessary to override an expected presidential veto.
So you know, business as usual. Only the GOP insiders get the big offices.
Just Say ‘Meh’.
-How about some Tweets..
— Resist Tyranny (@ResistTyranny) October 31, 2014
Hoping tomorrow night to see a repeat of 2012 Karl Ham Rove freaking out over something or other.
— Film Ladd (@FilmLadd) November 3, 2014
A bright spot, perhaps.
Already got my post-election headline written for next Wednesday: “Yes, We Are STILL Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption.” — Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) October 31, 2014
From Life Site News, John Jalsevac reporting, we learn some very sad news:
Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman diagnosed with incurable brain cancer, committed assisted suicide at her home in Portland, Oregon on Saturday evening by swallowing a fatal dose of barbiturates.
She had previously acquired the drugs legally by prescription under Oregon’s controversial assisted suicide law.
Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, remarked:
Our prayer is that these people will find the courage to live every day to the fullest until God calls them home. Brittany’s death was not a victory for a political cause. It was a tragedy, hastened by despair and aided by the culture of death invading our country.
Dead solid perfect.
One Quibble: The Culture Of Death’s invasion was successful some time back and, despite strong pockets of resistance, is consolidating it’s rule in America, as we speak.
It must not prevail.
If we value the Way Of Life gifted to us by The Creator, who inspired The Founders, we must continue to the fight to restore The Culture Of Life that was once so vibrant across America. The fruit on The Fruited Plain is rotting from the disease of Leftism. We must be relentless in our efforts, large and small and internal, to change the course we are on.
There is nothing more precious than the gift of Life.
Everything that is decent and true and wonderful comes from a respect and admiration for it. Every Evil originates in the devaluing, diminishing, and scorning of it.
All inalienable rights emanate from The Right To Life — none of the others can exist or survive without holding this, the First Right, sacred and undeniable. Love cannot exist, cannot thrive as it must, true Compassion and Mercy, which are the fruits of Love, cannot survive without consecrating Life. Without this veneration, this dedication to it’s preservation, living truly becomes Solitary, Nasty, Brutish, Short.
As it is a gift and not a choice, Life is not ours to discard, for, if it is, then nothing else can be impermissible. That is the way to Chaos and Misery and Death.
In seeking the deepest roots of the struggle between the “culture of life” and the “culture of death”, we cannot restrict ourselves to the perverse idea of freedom mentioned above. We have to go to the heart of the tragedy being experienced by modern man: the eclipse of the sense of God and of man, typical of a social and cultural climate dominated by secularism, which, with its ubiquitous tentacles, succeeds at times in putting Christian communities themselves to the test. Those who allow themselves to be influenced by this climate easily fall into a sad vicious circle: when the sense of God is lost, there is also a tendency to lose the sense of man, of his dignity and his life; in turn, the systematic violation of the moral law, especially in the serious matter of respect for human life and its dignity, produces a kind of progressive darkening of the capacity to discern God’s living and saving presence.
—John Paul The Great, Evangelium Vitae
UPDATE at 2343…
It is tempting to succumb to the seduction which is the statement, “It’s her choice; so be it.” However, that yielding to that temptation, leads inevitably to contemplation of a number of premises, which in turn lead to an ominous conclusion. Specifically:
1. Mrs. Maynard confronted a choice. Live to the end or take her own life.
2. Her choice to take her own life was the correct choice for her.
3. If the choice was correct for her, it is not incorrect for anyone.
4. If the choice is not incorrect, then perhaps the choice is better than the alternative.
5. If the choice to take one’s own life is better under those circumstances, then it should be made more often.
6. If the choice should be made more often, it should be facilitated.
7. If the choice should be facilitated, it should be mandated.
8. If the choice should be mandated, then it should no longer be a choice.
Make no mistake, that is where this discussion is headed. While I grieve for Ms. Maynard’s family and do not believe for one moment her motivations went beyond the first two premises above and wanting to make such a choice available for others –in other words, I grant her pure, if misguided, motives– she will be used to pursue an agenda far above and beyond what she ever thought or intended.
Dead solid perfect.
Hazmat suits, on!…and that’s an order.
If you’ve been online these past few days [especially in the last thirty-six hours], you surely have heard of the controversy surrounding an article written by Kevin Williamson for National Review wherein he quotes from Lena Dunham’s latest book.
Still, to dismiss Lena Dunham as an insulated and spoiled child of Manhattan’s ruling class is to misunderstand her story entirely. If there is such a thing as actually abusing a child through excessive generosity and overindulgence, then Lena Dunham’s parents are child abusers. Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter noted for his primitive brand of highbrow pornography, his canvases anchored by puffy neon-pink labia; her photographer mother filled the family home with nude pictures of herself, “legs spread defiantly.” Self-styled radicals from old money, they were not the sort of people inclined to enforce even the most lax of boundaries. And they were, in their daughter’s telling, enablers of some very disturbing behavior that would be considered child abuse in many jurisdictions — Lena Dunham’s sexual abuse, specifically, of her younger sister, Grace, the sort of thing that gets children taken away from non-millionaire families without Andover pedigrees and Manhattanite social connections. Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, of bribing her with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.” At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina — “my curiosity got the best of me,” she offers, as though that were an explanation. “This was within the spectrum of things I did.”
Two comments left by reader’s in Stacy’s latest post linked above are one’s that should go viral.
The perverse are only upset that they are not celebrated for their perversity. She, Dunham, just happens to have proved that point.
Any sane person sees that there is, indeed, something wrong with her mentally and that Mzzz. Dunham should seek help.
They exist within their cloistered world, where God and Nature have been relegated to the realm of the untutored and foolish. Their only concern seems to be power, and immediate sexual gratification.
So Lena Dunham molests her sister (there is no other description for the acts she describes). To her, this is Avant Garde, and ought to be praised. After all, she didn’t KILL the little sister. And, what’s the worst that could happen? Little sis grows up confused and goes Lesbian? A badge of honor!
The problem is that they forget that their worldview is, in essence, a private club. The members of that club associate primarily with one another, they have their secret signs and handshakes and whatnot. They cluster in areas to such a degree that they believe themselves to be more numerous than they actually are. Then, they present these ideas to the wider society, and are shocked and dismayed to find that, surprise, surprise, what passes as common thought in Manhattan and LA is NOT, in fact, the common wisdom of the American people.
In fact, not only are they ‘uncommon’ to the society, they might be considered ‘disgusting’ or even ‘anathema’.
Oh, they are all that. I like the all-encompassing term: Perverse.
Is it too late? Are we too jaded to summon the justified outrage needed? Have we been so beaten down by years of Leftist Indoctrination that we lack the Will to shun these kind of people from Society?
Every since artistic talent became celebrated in civilized societies [perhaps, the Greeks were the first], up until sometime in the 20th Century, the non-artists have recognized and understood that the kind of people who emerge themselves in Art are not to be permitted into full acceptance in respectable society and most certainly not to be looked-up to as cultural leaders, let alone, people worthy of having their political views treated with the legitimacy granted rightly to Normal people.
In order for them to be good or great at their craft, Artists segregate themselves from Normality, so, they believe, they can effectively probe and explore the underside of the Human Condition, which they believe makes their performances [such as acting, painting, writing, etc.] ring more true to their audiences. Whether this is an efficient approach is a discussion for another time, but this is what the vast majority of them have and continue to believe.
Being aware of this, Normal People have rightly, up until recently, relegated Artists to the fringes of Society, least this obsession with transgressive Chaos infect their Society and cause it to embrace the Perverse.
In their quest to fundamentally transform Western Society [ie: to destroy it], the Left has used Artists as tools to bring about the undermining of the foundations of The West.
Could This Be One Explanation? Why, yes…yes, indeed.
The elevation of Artists to welcomed and accepted members of Legitimate Society has been one of the main reasons why we find ourselves in The Present Crisis.
That West of ours having become a buffoon, its final tragedy could well be a joke.
NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story, nor of the Polio story. They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I’m happy to report — that only happens when I look at Kaci Hickox].
Pour a drink or a Cup Of Joe — this is going to be a long one…
-From the New York Post of 29 October, Bob Fredericks reporting, we learned:
Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday.
“If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.
Nass pointed to a poster the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released on its Web site saying the deadly virus can be spread through “droplets.”
“Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person,” the poster states.
Nass slammed the contradiction.
“The CDC said it doesn’t spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster,” she said. “They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way.”
Dr. Rossi Hassad, a professor of epidemiology at Mercy College, said droplets could remain active for up to a day.
“A shorter duration for dry surfaces like a table or doorknob, and longer durations in a moist, damp environment,” Hassad said.
The CDC did not respond to a request for comment.
On 31 October, we learned, from The London Daily Mail, Francesca Chambers reporting:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed a warning from its website that Ebola can, in rare cases, spread from person through coughing and sneezing.
It has replaced the old language with new guidance that says there’s ‘no evidence’ Ebola is spread through either.
According to the New York Post, the CDC also took down on Thursday a poster that said that Ebola can be transferred through ‘droplets’ from coughing or sneezing that land on hard surfaces, like doorknobs.
As the Huffington Post, which discovered the shift in language, noted yesterday evening, it’s unclear why the CDC abruptly changed it’s Ebola advisories. However, the move came a day after the New York Post reported on the existence of the poster.
‘Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person,’ the fact sheet reportedly stated.
Now the page says, ‘The What’s the difference between infections spread through air or by droplets? Fact sheet is being updated and is currently unavailable. Please visit cdc.gov/Ebola for up-to-date information on Ebola.’
THE CDC: FOR DUTY AND HUMANITY!
-Also, from The Daily Mail, Mark Prigg and Victoria Woollaston, we learned:
The number of confirmed Ebola cases passed the 10,000 mark over the weekend, despite efforts to curb its spread.
And while the disease typically dies on surfaces within hours, research has discovered it can survive for more than seven weeks under certain conditions.
During tests, the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) found that the Zaire strain will live on samples stored on glass at low temperatures for as long as 50 days.
The tests were initially carried out by researchers from DSTL before the current outbreak, in 2010, but the strain investigated is one of five that is still infecting people globally.
The findings are also quoted in advice from the Public Agency of Health in Canada.
Ebola was discovered in 1976 and is a member of the Filoviridae family.
This family includes the Zaire ebolavirus (Zebov), which was first identified in 1976 and is the most virulent; Sudan ebolavirus, (Sebov); Tai Forest ebolavirus; Ebola-Reston (Rebov), and Bundibugyo ebolavirus (Bebov) – the most recent species, discovered in 2008.
For their 2010 paper, ‘The survival of filoviruses in liquids, on solid substrates and in a dynamic aerosol’, Sophie Smither and her colleagues tested two particular filoviruses on a variety of surfaces.
These were the Lake Victoria marburgvirus (Marv), and Zebov.
Each was placed into guinea pig tissue samples and tested for their ability to survive in different liquids, and on different surfaces at different temperatures, over a 50-day period.
When stored at 4° (39°F), by day 26, viruses from three of the samples were successfully extracted; Zebov on the glass sample, and Marv on both glass and plastic.
By day 50, the only sample from which the virus could be recovered was the Zebov from tissue on glass.
‘This study has demonstrated that ﬁloviruses are able to survive and remain infectious, for extended periods when suspended within liquid and dried onto surfaces,’ explained the researchers.
‘Data from this study extend the knowledge on the survival of filoviruses under different conditions and provide a basis with which to inform risk assessments and manage exposure.’
The researchers do stress that these tests were carried out in a controlled lab environment, and not in the real world, but published their findings to highlight the survival rates.
From a related piece by Andrew McCarthy [this is worth quoting in full]:
Pretending to be guided by “science” rather than practicing politics in service of their post-American agenda, Obama administration officials persevere in the irresponsible suggestion that Ebola cannot be transmitted through the air – i.e., that it requires physical contact with an infected person that results in exposure to bodily fluids. It should go without saying that because viruses mutate, responsible scientists would never claim that the “science” about them is “settled.” But quite apart from the dynamic circumstances, government scientists are obviously concerned about air transmission in the here and now, even as the spin-meisters claim it cannot happen.
Aaron Klein has uncovered a “broad agency announcement” (BAA) from the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), soliciting research proposals to combat Ebola (in connection with the government’s efforts against chemical and biological threats). The BAA is appended to a “Federal Business Opportunities” notice – the notice can be found here, and the BAA is an attachment atop the right column, accessible through the link “HDTRA1-15-EBOLA-BAA”).
At page 7, Section 2.2.4 (“Ebola Characterization”), the Defense Department’s BAA explains that Ebola is “aerostable” and, since other filoviruses infect through “the respiratory route,” it is at least theoretically possible that Ebola could, too. (The CDC elaborates that Ebola is a filovirus.) As the BAA puts it:
While current science indicates the disease can only be transmitted by contact with contaminated body fluids, it remains unclear if other transmission modes are feasible. Filoviruses are able to infect via the respiratory route and are lethal at very low doses in experimental animal models, however the infectious dose is unknown. There is minimal information on how well filoviruses survive within aerosolized particles, and in certain media like the biofilm of sewage systems.
The BAA goes on to add (my italics): “While current science indicates the disease can only be transmitted by contact with contaminat”Preliminary studies indicate that Ebola is aerostable in an enclosed controlled system in the dark and can survive for long periods in different liquid media and can also be recovered from plastic and glass surfaces at low temperatures for over 3 weeks.”
At page 9, section 2.2.6 (“Topic: CBT-02, Rapid Disinfection Processes), the BAA further explains that the Defense Department is thus looking for treatments that could combat deposits of Ebola transmitted “as an aerosol” as well as by the better known means of bodily fluid contact (again, my italics):
The DTRA is seeking innovative technologies for rapid disinfection of interior surfaces with viral contamination. The technology must prove effective against viral contamination either deposited as an aerosol or heavy contaminated combined with body fluids (e.g. blood, vomit, feces)….
To be clear, neither the Defense Department’s assertions nor Mr. Klein’s reporting of them state conclusively that Ebola is transmissible through the air. What they convey is that the science is not settled, that it is unlikely to be settled given the evolving nature of viruses, that the possibility of airborne transmission is far from outlandish, and therefore that the responsible course is to prepare for that possibility until it is proved that the virus cannot be transmitted by air.
Instead, the Obama administration – for which Ebola is being treated as a matter of politics, not science – prefers to roll the dice.
And it keeps coming up snake-eyes.
-Betsy McCaughey clears the thick fog that the Administration has been generating at break-neck speed:
[Thomas ‘The Bureaucrat’] Frieden said isolating the brave doctors and nurses would be a “stigma” and make them “pariahs.” That’s a shockingly unscientific attitude toward quarantine from a trained epidemiologist.
Here’s the science:
- About one in seven people infected with Ebola doesn’t have a fever before diagnosis. Airport screening relies largely on temperature-taking. Data from over 4,000 Ebola cases (the most complete analysis ever) published Oct. 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine show that 13 percent of patients don’t develop fever early on.
- Doctors and nurses can’t be depended on to spot Ebola in themselves faster than other people. Relying on them to monitor themselves assumes they will catch any sign of illness quickly and avoid spreading it. But the New England Journal research found doctors and nurses with Ebola don’t get to the hospital sooner.
- Health-care workers who treat Ebola patients are at risk of getting it, despite wearing protective gear. As of Oct. 25, the World Health Organization reports that 450 health-care workers contracted Ebola this year, and 244 have died. One staffer at Doctors Without Borders in Guinea who worked with Spencer called him a “rigorous man” who carefully followed procedures in removing his protective gear and decontaminating it, adding “we understand that we are also at risk despite the measures.”
- The most important fact about Ebola is how little we know. There’s no cure for the infected, no vaccine and no knowledge of how the virus might behave in colder temperatures. Doctors, nurses and missionaries who nobly volunteer in Africa could inadvertently be bringing Ebola home to every continent, giving the virus wings.
To be safe, Samaritan’s Purse, a relief organization, imposed a 21-day isolation period on workers returning from West Africa after one of its own, Dr. Kent Brantly, became infected. The hospital where Spencer practices requires a 21-day wait to return to work.
On Monday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommended all US troops returning from West Africa undergo a 21-day quarantine. Their biggest worry isn’t stigma.
There is no stigma to being quarantined. Our nation’s heroic astronauts who landed on the moon were quarantined on their return to ensure possible “moon germs” didn’t endanger the public.
Obama is creating a false choice by saying we can applaud health-care workers or quarantine them. We should do both.
The White House hasn’t said much about soldiers, but it’s busy arm-twisting governors to back off isolating health-care workers….
One positive note: Frieden changed his tune Monday, saying “managing Ebola is not easy.” He and President Obama need to replace hubris with humility and take fewer gambles with this deadly disease.
I don’t know about you all, but I’m not going to waste any time waiting for that to happen.
This mal-Administration is full of nothing but Hubris. And Nemesis is very, very hungry right about now.
The present Ebola crisis in the world is frightening. I have submitted the following letter to the editor of the Lewiston Morning Tribune:
Editor, Lewiston Morning Tribune:
If I wish to import a horse into the United States from Liberia or any African country other than Morocco, the horse needs to undergo a 60 day quarantine period at a USDA approved quarantine facility prior to mingling with the general population of horses in this country. Africa has a disease called African Horse Sickness that does not exist in the US; this is the way we have kept it out of this country. African Horse Sickness does not cause disease in people, only horses; our government has determined that it would be devastating to the US horse industry if it were to come here.
The United States (and virtually all other countries) require a myriad of tests and often quarantine prior to bringing in a foreign animal.
I can’t legally cross state lines in the United States with a horse or cow without a health certificate signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian stating that the animal has been inspected and found free of infectious disease. In most cases blood tests are also required. In fact I can’t legally cross the Snake River and ride my horse in Idaho without a health certificate and a negative blood test for Equine Infectious Anemia.
I’m not complaining; the United States of America, the States of Idaho and Washington as well as the other 48 states take the health of our livestock very seriously, and we have a very good record at keeping foreign animal diseases out of our country. I am happy to do my part to maintain biosecurity in our animal population.
If I am a resident of Liberia incubating Ebola, to enter the United States all I need to do is present a valid visa, and lie when asked if I have been exposed to Ebola. Within hours (no quarantine required) I can be walking the streets of any city in the United States.
I feel very fortunate to live in a country that values our animals so highly.
David A. Rustebakke, DVM
‘Insanity’ is too mild a word, eh?
Actually, of course, as Adobe Walls has stated: what we are witnessing is a clear case of Depraved Indifference.
-For the record, if you didn’t know already: Ambassador Samantha Power is a First-Class Idiot.
-Let us turn now to Kaci Hickox…
=It troubles me that the fact that she works for the CDC — as I mentioned in my last post — is not mentioned in each and every report on her actions. Further, to watch supposed smart conservatives carry-on wondering, ‘Jeez, what could her motive be?’, is pathetic. Hickox is warrior for the Left In America, a con-artist Apparatchik.
=McGehee has the right attitude towards this piece of work, and others like her:
I think if any ebola deaths can ever be traced to the actions of a quarantine defier, said defier (assuming he or she survives the disease) should be charged with some degree of homicide.
-On 30 October, Sharyl Attkisson provided an update on the Enterovirus that’s striking down our children:
The U.S. death toll from the mysterious Enterovirus D-68, which primarily strikes young children, continues to rise.
The latest CDC update on the current outbreak of the polio-like Enterovirus D-68 states that it has now been detected “in specimens from nine patients who died and had samples submitted for testing.” That’s one more death than was disclosed in last week’s update. The CDC account does not provide information as to where the patient died and does not disclose his/her name, age or other details.
According to the latest weekly update from CDC, “from mid-August to October 30, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 1,105 people in 47 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.” That’s 132 more patients in the past week.
The respiratory illness can cause paralysis. The outbreak is likely more widespread than reported since some states are not lab testing all respiratory illnesses to confirm. Most cases are said to be mild.
Occasionally, the illness becomes deadly without apparent warning.
-One day later, Neil Munro of The Daily Caller filed a long investigative report, entitled: ‘Obama’s Border Policy Fueled Epidemic, Evidence Shows’. A highlight:
The deadly EV-D68 enterovirus epidemic, which struck thousands of kids this fall, was likely propelled through America by President Barack Obama’s decision to allow tens of thousands of Central Americans across the Texas border, according to a growing body of genetic and statistical evidence.
The evidence includes admissions from top health officials that the epidemic included multiple strains of the virus, and that it appeared simultaneously in multiple independent locations.
The question can be settled if federal researchers study the genetic fingerprint of the EV-D68 viruses that first hit kids in Colorado, Missouri and Illinois to see if they are close relatives to the EV-D68 viruses found in Central America.
Officials ”have to do the genetic analysis” to disprove or prove the link, Nora Chapman, an enterovirus scientist at the University of Nebraska, told The Daily Caller.
But there’s already more than enough statistical evidence for American citizens to demand that scientists test the viruses to see if Obama’s progressive border priorities spread the dangerous contagion throughout the country during 2014.
So far, that virus has been found in nine American kids who died from illness, has apparently inflicted unprecedented polio-like paralysis in roughly 50 kids, and has put hundreds of young American kids into hospital emergency wards and intensive care units throughout more than 40 states.
A series of government researchers, health experts and academics refused to comment, or else urged self-censorship, when they were pressed by TheDC for statistical and scientific data that would exonerate Obama and his deputies.
Quarantine for Ebola carriers is the New McCarthyism!
Is that not supported by facts? Neither was the campaign against McCarthy’s allegations.
Breaking: Kaci Hickox refuses to use toilet, declaring it a violation of her right to crap on your lawn.
— Stuart (@Ringo6) October 30, 2014
-These days, anything and everything is possible.