TAKING A BREATHER
I'm taking Thanksgiving week off. The staff will keep the regular features flowing. See
you in December. If they see something interesting, they'll leave a link..
LIKE THIS ONE: Carson was 100% right about Jefferson
and others as the Authors of the final version of the Constitution - Madison authored an early version which
was changed [ever heard of a guy named Pinckney?].
OR THIS ONE: Christians seeking political refuge are being thrown out of
America - Presidential dicta.
OR THIS: Rush
reminds Americans that Federal Law REQUIRES refugees to be asked about their religion.
KEEPING THE ENEMY OUT
UPDATE: If a state cuts funding for Syrian refugees, the only choice for the President
would be to send them to Military installations and let them go from there. He may have already done this once
before at Fort Jackson. If that happens, the Governor, acting as the head of the National Guard can have them
surround the military installation, citing the safety of the people of South Carolina. Then, if the President
nationalizes the Guard, which he would do, she can sue the President asking the courts for relief on the bald
fact that the President is endangering the people of her state, and ask for a stay. By that time, it would be
November of 2016. So let Obama pose and ponce. All we need is for Our Governor to have bigger bells than
the president..which is already true.
Islam is a religion of slaves. The name "Islam" means "submissive to Allah," and when a Muslim
says, "submissive," he means "the submission that a slave shows to an owner."
One of the great, major teachings of Islam is that God is so great ("allahu ackbar"), he is
"unfathomable." And when a Muslim says, "unfathomable," he means "unknowable."
On these two points alone, if one is a Christian, one cannot accept any viability of Islam. The
very nature of its basic tenets are diametrically opposed to a belief in a loving, Knowable God who believes in
freedom, not only to eschew slavery of any kind, but insistence on a universe of free will.
Some Egyptian Christians being treated to the love of Allah
From the point of a Christian, to say anything different is to admit the inability to understand
the eponymous relationship. The organizations which understand this best are Baptists and evangelical
pentacostalists (any denomination can be evangelical - it's the getting off the butt to evangelize that is so hard).
"What a friend we have in Jesus" is not just a nifty hymn, but an understanding of an everlasting
truth, and Baptists and their ilk get it. Parenthetically, there was also a time when Episcopalians knew this, but
that time has passed.
The last time Christian women were denigrated, other than cults calling themselves christians,
was many decades ago. This very day, Muslim women around the globe are not only denigrated, but tortured,
humiliated, and murdered in a so-called Islamic justice system called "sharia."
My point is this: If American Christians think Islam is a religion equal to Christianity, it is a profanity
which goes beyond reason. Not just because it is insulting to any deity - although it must be - but because
it is insulting to logic, reason, charity, freedom, and the ability to read.
Still, this IS America, and we have the Christian values
of free speech and freedom to believe any dumb idea under the sun as long as there is no physical causal capitol
relationship. That could extend to Muslims, if they could prove they are not going to kill us all, as their
Scriptures command them to do. Of course, it's ok for them to lie (taqqyia), so how could we ever know? So,
for now, considering the confusion and enmity around the world, immigration of all Muslim Syrians should be slowed
President Obama pities the Muslim Syrians and wants them to come to America with little or no vetting.
(Yes he said his vetting was "robust," but that's a lie). In return, I pity Obama, who has no idea what his corrupt
understanding of the existential significance of his dumb ideas is doing the US and the world.
THERE WAS A DEM DEBATE?
I wouldn't exactly call what happened on CBS last night "a debate." It was more like softball
batting practice. I'll be very surprised if the per capita audience had any significant numbers. It did show
America one important thing - The Democrat Party is dangerously separated from reality - especially when it comes
to domestic finance and foreign policy. But, after all, why bother with reality? They have an election to win..
"TOUTE LE MONDE EST TOURNÉ!"
Sitting in front of the television, watching the cable news, one thought came to me so vivid
it was as if it was shouted at me - nobody there has any guns - only the gendarmes (police).
But just a few weeks ago, were not the French jabbing at us about our small towns with their
many guns? And weren't the Brits pruning and clucking at our guns?
Paris is still a gun-free zone.
Tonight the French were not jabbing - they were bleeding and dying - as a comparably small
group of ISIS terrorists murdered over 130 people in downtown Paris.
And, Brit news readers were visibly shaken - how do WE fight something like this? I knew
the answer. So do you.
I'm also betting that the ISIS terrorists came to France hidden among the immigrants. Pray
for the poor Parisians' souls..
LOOKING BACK AT 65 YEARS
This week marks the 65th anniversary of my life on the stage. Over the years, since 1950,
I have been in many, many plays and commercials, directed a film, a bunch of plays, hundreds of TV and radio
commercials, and still, somehow, remained sane.
I'm not going to bore you with a story of my life - that would be cruel. But I just wanted to
thank all those people who taught me all the things I have turned into a living through all those years.
I also want to thank YOU, MY READERS - ALL 3,500 OF YOU! You make this labor of love worth
doing. THANKS, EVERYBODY!
I finally heard somebody hyperventilating on talk radio about not paying for the past two
wars - something I've been raving about since 2004, when I found out we hadn't paid for the Gulf War I and
weren't paying for GWII.
We have to pay for it, folks. We have to. As we reduce the amount of welfare payees and bureaucratic
overpopulation, we should use the savings to build up the treasury. That would enable us to pay for our
recent wars while paying down our debt.
We owe it to our grandchildren and their grandchildren.
On this Memorial Day, let us remember all the lives that have been sacrificed so that most of us can seek
prosperity and vow to sacrifice but a little, to keep the country they fought for with a head held high and
prosperity in our path.
OH, HILLARY.. SIGMUND FREUD IS CALLING!
"...I will take steps to ban the box, so former presidents won’t have to declare their criminal history..."
Reporter Chuck Ross says that, when "...speaking at an NAACP event in Charleston, S.C. on [last]
Friday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slipped up while discussing her proposal to allow convicted
felons to avoid disclosing their criminal histories on applications for federal jobs."
He reports she said, "Earlier today, I announced that as president, I will take steps to ban the
box, so former presidents won’t have to declare their criminal history at the very start of the hiring
process...That way, they’ll have a chance to be seen as more than just someone who’s done time."
It's called a "Freudian slip." It means your subconscious is saying what your conscious (and
maybe your conscience) doesn't want to say. A mind slip, if you will. And very revealing. While some are laughing,
others are getting the creeps - even more that Hillary Clinton normally causes.
BAD POLLING, GOOD VIBRATIONS
Rather than my telling you, "I told you so," about bad polling. I thought I'd let Dr. Ryan Anderson
tell you. He writes for Jim DeMint's outfit in DC, and is a pretty savvy guy.
Kim Davis confounded the pollsters and propelled an underdog candidate, Matt Bevin, to victory in the Kentucky governor’s race. Nearly two-thirds of voters in Ohio rejected marijuana. And citizens in Houston vetoed their city council and rejected a bad policy on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Conventional wisdom is that social liberalism is an electoral winner, but that’s not true. At least not in the swing states of Kentucky and Ohio, and not even in the liberal city of Houston. And definitely not last night.
There is a lesson to be learned: Conservatives can win when they refuse to be bullied by elites into silence. Making the public argument against bad policy and in support of good policy can win the day. It just did.
As the Washington Post’s “Daily 202” notes, a major factor in Bevin’s victory—a Republican in a state that has elected Democrats as governor for 40 of the past 44 years—was “[f]ocusing on social issues, including promises to defund Planned Parenthood and defend Kim Davis, [which] helped drive the conservative base to turn out.”
If you want to read more of this article, click here. I'd do it, but I've already done it.
REALLY CONFUSED LIBERALS
Dan Wasserman is a liberal cartoonist. But not even HE could deny the wickedness of the
Federal Reserve's QE policy. What he didn't realize was that his beloved Democrats are directly responsible
for the actions of the Big Banks and the FED. Here's the cartoon without further comment.
FRED THOMPSON'S OTHER WORLD
In another universe, one more just, less fallen, Fred Thompson won the Presidential Primary
and election. His instantly recognizable face, his common sense values, and his ability to bring people
together to make hard constitutional choices made him one of the great presidents of all time.
With few exceptions, his untimely death saddened the entire world. Even Kim Il Sung, Leader
of North Korea, who overthrew his cousin, Kim Jong-Un, spoke highly of President Thompson. "Without the help of
[President] Thompson, the bandit United States would never have been able to force South Korea to a true peace
treaty." President Thompson had pressed China and Russia to complete the boycott of North Korea of Il Sung in
2011 after the successful coup.
Vice President, now President Ron Paul has appointed Secretary Huckabee of the recently reorganized
Environmental Information Agency to lead the ceremonies in the Rotunda, following the traditional caisson
march up Pennsylvania Avenue. His favorite horse, Dark Runner, recently aquired, will lead the parade. Thompson
will be interred in the Military portion of Arlington National Cemetery, at the unanimous request of the Congress
and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Though Thompson never served in the military, he worked actively to restore the
international reputation following the economic debacle caused by the now infamous Dodd-Frank bill, whose
sponsors were eventually banished to France.
President Fred Thompson, in a better universe
President Thompson rose to prominence as Legal Council to the Republican-led Watergate
Hearings, convincing then President Nixon to admit he had asked G. Gordon Liddy to find out why the Democrats
were creating a list of homosexuals. Liddy admitted to the break-in at the now-famous Watergate,
and received eight years, suspended sentence. Many historians point to the onerous, so-called "gay list" as the
beginning of the decline of the Democrat party.
Left unfinished was the push to get California, Washington State, and Connecticut to ratify
a Constitutional Amendment making irrevocable the use of specie as the official monetary system. President Paul
vowed that he would continue the battle. At his passing from a reaccurrence lymphoma, President Thompson was
going for a trifecta of Constitutional Amendments, having already pushed through the Open Carry Amendment and
the Congressional Term Limits Amendment.
No. This never happened, because we live in a Universe where lies win over truth and good
people are overcome by bad people, where sex is more important than honor, and movies are reality. But we
can still dream. Rest in Peace, Fred. At least, you're in a place where you'll be appreciated.
REMEMBER, WHEN HILLARY TALKS, SHE'S LYING.. & THE PEOPLE WHO
Only Hillary's Life Matters. The Phony Southern Accent. 1,100 pages of Benghazi Testimony -
filled with admissions of Lying to America. Hundreds of classified emails that weren't classified. Whitewater.
Missing lawyers. What difference does it make?
PLAYING WITH PAPER
Since we started this publication in 2004, I and other editorial contributors have tried to
convince our readers that money really does need to have its own value. We've described the errors in Keynes'
formulae, showing that he could not have written them correctly, because he did not understand chaos iterations.
We've tried to impress on those who follow us, the importance of the depth of the US debt, and how there is a
ratio between debt and military strength. We've tried to remind people that the government cannot grow an
economy by picking the winners and losers the way Hitler and Mussolini did.
Shortly, we will extend our debt limit for the 73rd time, in recent years, and we will plunge
even further into debt. But huge banks can borrow money at no cost and buy stock which causes the markets
to go up artificially, especially when there is light volume. In a normal economy, not messed with by government or
the Federal Reserve, markets tend to go down on light volume. We told you about that too, and pointed
out that the GDP looks good because it uses the stock market as a signal of wealth, which it really isn't, when
the government manipulates.
A final reminder before the debt ceiling rises, again. It doesn't matter what you do, or how
hard you work. Nor does it matter how honest you are or how much you know. If you haven't bribed the
politician in your area, you will not succeed. This is not true of every area or every politician, but it's pretty
close. We play with paper and think ourselves well-paid.
Oh, and Happy 30th Birthday, Scooter!
Black Panthers broke the law, bullying Conservative white voters in Chicago, during the election.
The FBI was prohibited from investigating so that they could present evidence of guilt. The Panthers were not, repeat not prosecuted
by the Justice Department of Barack Hussein Obama.
Lois Lerner broke almost every pertinent IRS law, bullying Conservative organizations. The FBI
investigated and presented evidence. But she will not, repeat not be prosecuted by the Justice Department of Barack
Mrs. Clinton lies, is publicly caught in the lie, and then celebrated the next day by NBCBSABCNN
and the entire Democrat Party. She is being investigated for national security crimes, which everybody knows she
did. But she will not, repeat not be prosecuted by the Justice Department of Barack Hussein Obama.
It is too late to be outraged. The time to have been outraged was after the election, in
November 2012, when we could have had the real election information from all the reported anomalies. But maybe
not. For, even if information which pointed to the absolute guilt of the President and his aids had been gathered,
there would have been no prosecution.
And do not think for a moment that the powerless minions of the Democrats aren't sniggering up
their sleeves at their current success, totally unaware that they are destroying their own futures, too. But
they don't see it, and they don't care.
We have one more year of this Bullesgeschichte. That is, of course, unless we want
to continue this Greek Tragedy of criminality, lies, and obfuscation.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLEMSON TIGERS WHO CLOBBERED AND SKUNKED
CAUGHT IN THE LIES ABOUT HER LIES
It's 9:00pm EDT, October 22nd, 2015. The SecState Clinton hearing just adjourned. The Major
media, who so desperately need the free money and free access which the Democrat Party has forwarded to them
for the past 20 years, will probably not report what really went on. Or if they do, they will tell half the story.
There's a lot to digest. But there are so many new findings of the Gowdy Committee that Hillary Clinton will have
to lie for the rest of her life in order to square things for the Democrats.
"I had friends on that Death Star"
Hillary's pathetic excuses, the phony tears, the convenient mis-rememberings, reminded me of
the T-shirt that reads : "I had friends on that Death Star!"
I'll have more to say in a few days, but for now, if you think that she is a pitiable figure, then
get on your unicorn and ride. We got the smoking guns, today and tonight. I am disgusted.
WAITING ON CLINTON FOR THE TRUTH
Hillary Clinton left for home while four brave Americans died in Benghazi. She told the
dead soldiers' relatives, Susan Rice, and the Entire country that they died because of a video, a story she knew
was completely false. Sidney Blumenthal who has had a monetary association with the Clintons for years, was
privy to several classified items which appear on Hillary Clinton's emails. To protect herself from these truths,
which would have been embarrassing and deeply damaging to the Obama campaign, she lied many, many times.
The most honest man in Congress up against the greatest liars in political history. What are the odds?
In a Clintony sort of way, then, the attacks on the most honest man in the Congress make sense.
Representative Trey Gowdy (IV, SC) is the perfect target - he has no guile, he believes in the law as
righteousness, he does not want to make his soul heavy with revenge. And the Democrats know it.
But Trey has one strength that no subterfuge from any Democrat or any jealous RINO can
diminish. He is a seasoned prosecutor. And because he is also a stickler for the truth, he pursues it with the energy
of a well-rested bloodhound.
He is also smarter than Hillary Clinton - and this is important, because Hillary will employ
every possible trick, including, but not exclusively, whining, attacking, pouting, race-baiting, politicking, and, of
course, pulling lies out of her butt like so many fleas. He has what it takes to shut her down at every turn, simply
by doing what he does naturally - pursuing the truth.
Of course, there will be the Democrat-dominated ABCBSNBC newsroom producers who will
put forward their own agendas, but if we are aware of their old tricks, we won't believe her, either.
We heard a rumor, and I hope it's true, although it probably isn't.. that Fox NewsChannel has
hired a body language specialist - one of the best - to guess what Hillary is really thinking during this period. In
any event, Hillary will lie. Who's for catching her?
SOMETHING I FOUND
ON THE INTERNET
Since WWII, the collected wisdom of most historians has been, that the Democrats know
how to start wars, but Republicans know how to win them. If anything is true, the past 15 years have proven that
to be true, once again.
Eisenhower fixed Korea. Nixon fixed Vietnam, Bush 41 dealt with Iraq, and Clinton-enraged
Terrorists' 9/11 had to have W's military to win the Second Gulf War. But, then came Obama the Coward (as all
bullies are), who's foreign policy was seen to be so screwed up, it caused a victory to become a defeat. Or was it
This valley of humiliation which the current President has visited upon the country is now being
counted in deaths. But it's also being counted in a poor economy. It's as if his priorities are those of a
third-grader - or a teenager with Severe ADD - perpetually chasing the squirrel. Or are they?
It would be forgivable if every American thought that Obama was just stupid. But that
would be a mistake. Instead, what Obama has cleverly done, and has from the beginning, back as a Senator with
the Democrat Majority in 2006, turned Bush's victories in the Middle East, arguably with the help of the
Palestinians and other terrorists, into Vietnam. Now, he has it. Even his stoppage of the Afghanistan
drawdown is impotent.
The purpose behind this Vietnamization of the Middle East is to make Americans sick of
of war. Half of America doesn't want to fight at all. Americans up to 47% have become soft, just as
it happened in Vietnam. The President truly thought he had won the morale battle.
But he has outwitted himself. So much more than what he thought would happen has happened.
The Middle East has become a festering cancer on the world, as Russia, Iran, Syria, and Cuba have joined together
to stabilize Syria where Obama has created a vacuum.
There is a simple reason for all this. Obama has no idea what strategic military thinking is. He
got the situation he wanted, but the unforeseen consequences are far more than he anticipated. It certainly isn't
the same thing as strategic destruction of capitalism or health care, which he has also cleverly ALMOST done.
I am very sorry to see Steve go. He has done more for the University's Football Team than
any other coach, including several great coaches like Rex Enright, Marvin Bass, and Lou Holtz, who have increased
the quality of the Gamecock program with each of their tenures.
Gamecock Coach Steve Spurrier in happier times.
So now, Steve is gone and some guy I've never heard of (Shawn Elliott) has taken over the program, temporarily.
He may have some magic. But, I hope, within my deepest heart that one thing WILL NOT happen in the choosing of a new Head Ball Coach.
LEGISLATURE, PLEASE RECUSE YOURSELF. You and you alone, save one element are the cause of "the
chicken curse." Let Tanner decide. PLEASE!
The other part of the curse is, Coach Tanner needs to name the NEW BASEBALL FIELD after
Sarge Frye. We will not win any men's sports titles, until that is done. It would also be nice if Carolina celebrated
the life of Hank Bartos.
The Democrats had a debate on the Clinton News Network. Anderson Cooper asked some pretty good
questions, but the answers did nothing to further the national debate. Jim Webb has no business in the
Democrat Party, but he could be its savior. Too bad.
NOT GONNA HAPPEN.
Trey Gowdy is not going to run for Speaker. After today's not-surprising-at-all withdrawal by
Congressman McCarthy from consideration, SC Congressman released a statement, saying that he is, in effect,
doubling down on his commitment to finding out what happened that tragic night in that foreign land.
What he did not say, but what I AM saying, is that Hillary Clinton, who's career has been
pock-marked by questionable behavior, has much to fear from the truth. Secondarily, Clinton is not that
far-thinking, which is the fault of many liberals. That is not a healthy thing.
While no-one in this state would be happier than I to see the honorable member from the
IVth District as Speaker of these United States' House of Representatives, I would prefer that
he stick with his Herculean task, cleaning up the Augean Stables of the Obama Administration (including
They say, at USC Law School, that the "Millstones of Justice grind exceedingly slow, but they
grind exceedingly fine." Perhaps truth WILL be allowed to prevail, now that Boehner is leaving, and his pick for
replacement has withdrawn as well. Trey will certainly find it, if it can be found.
THE (FOOTBALL) UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
There was a time, some years ago, when people all over the Palmetto State were predicting
Clemson would eventually drop their football program. At the very least, there would never be another winner like
Frank Howard or Danny Ford. Well, guess what?
Dabo works his players during the Notre Dame game in a manner reminiscent of the great Danny Ford.
These days, people are questioning the very existential cosmology of the Gamecocks, and looking for a
Conference win and maybe much more from Clemson.
Frankly, I don't know what's wrong with USC. All I know is that we suck - and pretty dang
badly at that. Clemson, on the other hand, is playing some of the best football they have played in decades, - tonight
in the rain - and that's pretty dang good.
In political terms, I fear for the Gamecock legislators who may not be able to withstand another
Thanksgiving humiliation. I know I've burned through about three bottles of Pepcid© so far this season.
I heard that, last week, famous football seers have refused sessions with Carolina coaches.
I love my school, but it looks like Tiger Rag is liable to be the State Song, again, this year.
EVIL PEOPLE, STUPID PEOPLE.
Do not think for a single moment that guns are the cause of violence. If that were true,
then airplanes would also be causes of violence. Hammers would be the cause of violence. Cars and trucks would be
the cause of violence. The murder of students at Umpqua Community College is the direct result of a society
mandated and succored by LIBERALS and their religion of Political
Murderer Chris Harper-Mercer vs, Umpqua Community College. A Gun Free Zone. 20 people, without guns, shot. 13 Dead.
The college was a no-gun zone. They had to wait EIGHTEEN MINUTES for a gun to show up,
even though the local police were there in 8 minutes! "Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! NO GUN ZONE.
What good did that do? WHAT?
Oh, and President Obama, shut the hell up! You lied when you raced to speak in front of
the cameras, Thursday. Anyway, you're just trying to hide the fact that your foreign, economic, climate, and health
policies are doo-doo.
TEL MÈRE, TEL FILLE!
The fact is, I don't pay a whole lot of attention to Planned Parenthood. The only person I've ever known who had
anything to do with "PP" was such a big liar that after I fact-checked her first interview with me (back in
the old TV News days), and being the producer of the nightly news, I dropped the story from the schedule. The
nightly news got another source for their "choice" interviews.
Anne Richards' daughter, Cecile.. Fibbing or self-delusion runs in the family.
So when I heard, today, that It's Anne Richards' daughter who is in charge of PP, it was like a box-check. If ever
there were a Bullesgeschichte artist, it was Texan, Anne Richards. Cecile Richards, like her mom, apparently,
can tell a fib with a bold face. Either that, or the aging beauty has actually convinced herself that her murder mill
does good deeds and needs public money.
If you make over a hundred million in profits, you don't need Federal monies. But a Richards must not care about
that. What a cursory examination of the actual amounts show, is that almost all the top websites, mentioned in a
GOOGLE search, have fake numbers - AND, they all come from almost the same place. You have to go to page two and three
to get to the Media Matters search results. That matches with the
internal accounting - and MM was trying to prove PP was a victim!
And the " '...approximately $164,154,000,' a year..." is JUST
from abortions. We're not counting the fetal parts profits. If you make that much money, you don't need ANY
Taxpayer money. Even if you are the daughter of a late Democrat Texas pezzonovante.
HOW DID CAROLINA WIN? NUÑEZ BUSINESS!
"It's good to make 3rd Downs," sez the Head Football Coach, after a raucous 31 - 14 victory over
Central Florida. It could have been worse, but it could have been better, too.
Pharoh Cooper celebrates after he catches a touchdown pass from USC QB Nuñez. (Courtesy
Millennial alumni left early, but the students didn't, this time. Millennials should have stayed.
They missed the 23 unanswered points by the Gamecocks. They missed the great defense awakening as they
punished the best UCF team Carolina has ever played. And Nuñez decided he wanted to be a Gamecock QB. While
Pharoh Cooper was scary and marvelous, it was Nuñez who made the difference between winning and losing. How
did he do it? He made it his business not to quit. "Nuñez Business" may well be the ticket.
IMPROVISATION - Busted play, but Cooper blasts through as Nuñez blocks upfield. ALL war plans
eventually go bust. Improvisation is the true art of war. (Courtesy ESPN3.com)
In all humility, I would like to stress that the offense DID improvise on at least three important
plays - improvisation is a crucial component of a Spurrier team.
Is the South Carolina team great, now? Not yet, but at least there is promise. We'll learn a lot
from the SEC games coming up. USC is 2-2.
Next week, Mizzou, there.
OBAMA HELP CHINA LOVE US LONG TIME
Wow! I know, if I were Xi Jinping, I'd be shaking in my size 11½ Guangzhou Chang Fengs.
President & Party Leader of the most dishonest government of a country in the 21st Century.. and Xi Jinping.
Obama was so busy rolling up inside his skin, or trying to be "The Good Beer Buddy," or afraid of being
hit, that they talked about cooperation, rather than Obama laying down the law about cyber-crime, respecting smaller
nations in SE Asia, and human rights to the official head of a two-bit tyranny. But to believe that Obama would do
otherwise is to admit you live in another dimension filled with faeries and unicorns - where movie stars are intellectuals,
fiat money is real, liberals never lie, and cold wars are always won by folk music and rock 'n' roll.
On the other hand, Xi got a huge "get" - an international stage on which to claim legitimacy for
Chinese "manifest destiny" in the South China Sea, for his "ready-mix" islands.
Zowie - Kadow!
POPESICLES AND OTHER HEAVENLY TREATS
Johnny Carson used the same phrase about the visiting Pope of his time. Tonight, Kennedy, on her Fox Business
News show (which is one of my guilty pleasures - I gave up on O'Reilly) made the same joke and everyone laughed. What this means is
that nothing has fundamentally changed since John Paul II's visit in 1984.
As a Huguenot, and therefore heretic, to the Roman Church, I find comfort in that. Sure,
Francis I is a neat little dude with lots of love for humanity in his heart, but he's got a long way to go before he
understands the most powerful success engine in the world. We currently have a President who doesn't understand
it either, and he's going to get his pink slip, around this time next year. And THAT makes me THANK GOD! Amen.
FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH:
I'm pretty much convinced that there is only one Republican candidate who has the talent, brains,
organizational skills, and confidence for success to be President. There are several who have one or two of those
qualities and abilities, but only one who has all of them.
And it is entirely cool that he was introduced, Tuesday, by a young man whom he had saved with his talent, brains,
organizational skills, and confidence. And, yes, this candidate is a brain surgeon.
AFTER THE FALL
One of the greatest disappointments in my life has been the abandonment of the faith by
various church leaders. As a recovering Episcopalian, I have been witness to my church being hit the hardest,
but it is, by no means, alone in its downward spiral.
If you were expecting a tirade against gays, forget it. And to be frank, although the science
is growing that same sex relations are choice AND chance, none of that matters to me. People are born with free
will and if what they choose disappoints the Almighty, then HE can deal with it.
What I'm dealing with is a religion which has walked away from knowing God. Catholic, Protestant,
it makes no difference - ALL have become centers of fascism enablers. With each breath, they try to cajole
their parishioners into advocating for government solutions to human problems. And, if you know anything about
government, it's that they can do nothing well, or efficiently, or even on budget and time.
The major denominations have become as lazy as all three bodies of government, relying on
"someone else" to do what God himself has ordained. Oh, there are still places - Jewish and Christian - that teach
the knowledge and love of God, but they are damn few. Most have become information services - shuttling off
the needy or smelly, or just people who make them uncomfortable.
In the end, they remove the act of free will from moral choices by invoking a national socialist
agenda, cloaked in sayings about God's love - the knowledge of which they have piteously forgotten.
Like it or not, Capitalism is the only way free will works in a society. True Capitalism is a
voluntary system. So, if by the Grace of the knowledge of God, alone, are we saved, and if, without Grace,
"Good Works" (Charity) is dead. And, if acts of Charity are voluntary, then Charity must be voluntary and not
mandatory, or it is just theft.
And, that's what the Pope came to America to say - the rich country should give to the poor
country, rather than the poor country taking responsibility for itself.
FOR COCKY'S SAKE! II
Or anybody's sake, for that matter. I am so sick of losing. But you know what? In the second
half, I saw a real team on that field, playing against Kentucky. The only question I have is, "Where were they in the
first half?" So many talented, genuine freshmen. Oh well.. Maybe next week.
I wrote that last week. I have a queasy feeling, following tonight's game (Sept 19) that "we got
nuthin'." I really don't know why the Gamecocks are losing, this season. We have talent gushing from our ears. As
Annie Hall once said, and I'm paraphrasing, again, "Oh well, oh well, lah-dee-dah, lah-dee-dah, lah-dee-dah,
oh boy, lah-lah.
PS. I didn't forget today was Talk Like A Pirate Day, I just didn't feel like it. AAAaaaaarrrrrrr.
SOME UPDATES ON STUFF MORE IMPORTANT THAN DANCE MOMS
When Fed Chair Yellen spoke to the press, yesterday, she scared the crap out of people who really know what's happening in the economy. Here's why:
Dance Moms - don't ask..
Obama's lawn lichens have been telling everybody that the economy is just great, a statement which is a lie so clever that some people actually believe it.
We don't know the real story about inflation, because the counters don't count the things that are important to real people – people who buy their own gas and their own groceries and their own clothes and pay their own mortgage or rent. THEY DON'T COUNT THEM. In other words, the lawn lichens don't count the part that has inflated over 100% since Obama took office. (Gasoline HAS gone down, but not for market reasons, and will go back up when the politics are right.)
We're being lied to about employment. It is true that only 5.1% of working people who would be qualified to receive unemployment compensation have applied for it. The problem is that 34% of those who could work do not work. 34%!! Out of a country of 275 million possible workers, 93 million are not even looking - most because there are no jobs for them, many because they are coasting on welfare or SS disability..
Instead of counting Gross National Product (GNP), which would show enormous inflation because of our international debt, the Obama Lawn Lichens talk about the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is important, because it not only hides real inflation, but also counts the stock market averages which can be manipulated by the Fed, which drives up the price of the Market on very low volume, as I have shown before.
There is a name for what is really happening - when inflation and job stagnation exist together – STAGFLATION.
This is exactly what happened during Jimmy Carter's administration, only he was honest about it.
THIS IS NO TIME FOR THE END OF THE WORLD!
There are rumors of the world coming to an end on Sept 28th. Certainly, the market stinks.
However, I don't see how the end of the world is possible. Not yet! Not with Ridley Scott's latest gangbuster
feature film, coming out in October.
The Martian is a film that seasoned science fiction critics are loving. I just want a chance
to see it. Yes, it stars Matt Damon, who is a nutty liberal, but he is an excellent actor as well as a nutty liberal. Here's a revue from Ars Technica, a superior Science
oriented Science Fiction website.
I loathe people who quote inappropriate verses of Scripture. Most verses of Scripture quoted
today are inappropriate and are usually employed in arguments against those who are loyal to the Faith. One thing is
sure; most people use short "shotgun" quotations which fit whatever they want to say.
Jesus did warn against this sort of thing.. It is entirely possible that he foresaw the New
Testament which grew out of the Torah and the Wisdom Books of the OT - Scripture which he knew intimately.
People in his day were already doing the same thing with those words.
Fast forward to Rome ca 284 AD, when Christians were denied public office because they would
not kowtow to the Cult of Caesar. Eventually many of them wound up as lion dinners. But why not? The swearing
to the cult was the law. They broke the law. The Federal Judges of the Empire (so to speak) ruled in favor of the
Fast Forward to today and the case of Kim Davis. The Supreme Court has ruled (with no real scientific
evidence to back them up) that Homosexuals and Homosexual behavior are normative. Recently, they have ruled
that Christian Marriage can be between a goat and a fish.. or a dog and a tree. (assuming that dogs, goats, trees,
and fish are citizens.) Never mind what science and religion say, the highest court in the land has ruled, and thus
we have new law which defies logic, science, and to many, the Word of God. Enter Ms. Davis.
In Ancient Rome, Kim Davis wouldn't just be censured or fired, she would be killed in one of many
unpleasant ways. Before that, though, (depending on the year of the Roman Empire) for standing up for her belief,
she would have subjected herself to exactly the kind of embarrassment, jail time, and removal from office which
she has been subjected to today.
Are we the Romans, so hide-bound by one arm of our legal system that there is no room for
another arm of that same system? Would it not be better NOT to tax or record marriages? Shouldn't marriage
be between two people as THEY see fit? What is the government doing in God's business, anyway?
THAT made me think of a passage in scripture.. NOT a shotgun quote. I suggest you read the
passage, and then ask yourself what you would do in Ancient Rome or today. Can you live in this world and not
be swallowed up by it?
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at
the end of them he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to
anyone I want to.
7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are
the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.
10 For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time."
What a conundrum! To her, it is a satanic decision - a test which Jesus passed. To many others,
it is law and we are a nation of laws. If government would not require marrying people to be licensed like dogs,
we would not be here, now, nor judging where we dare not judge.
THE XIV AMENDMENT AND THE TRAGIC MISINTERPRETATION
BY SUPPOSEDLY KNOWLEDGEABLE PERSONS
Do you read The Political Insider? I do. Many of the articles are written in the first
person, which I always like, and everything in it can be researched. I also like the use of worthy pejoratives -
especially if they are clever.
The author of the following article, TPIWriter, has pointed out something very important
about the 14th Amendment, which the Supreme Court has once again stumbled over. You AREN'T a citizen, just
because you are born here. The Creator of that clause said so.
Anyway, here's some of that article..
Liberals who support Obama’s amnesty agenda love to defend “anchor babies.” That is the term
that conservatives such as Donald Trump use to describe the citizenship given automatically to people born in the
United States… even if their parents are illegal aliens.
But in 1866, the actual author of the post-Civil War Amendment – Senator Jacob M. Howard of
Michigan – explained the real purpose of his amendment.
In 1866, Sen. Jacob Howard of Michigan made it perfectly clear that aliens who were in America could not
deliver a citizen, simply because they were here.
Unfortunately for liberals, it was only for granting citizenship to recently freed African slaves,
not foreigners. In fact, it didn’t even include Native Americans.
Howard wrote “that every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to
their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course,
include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or
foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of
Thank you, TMIWriter & The Political Insider! Read more here.
Interesting Argument: If it's just for Kim Davis to be thrown in jail, then every conscientious
objector should have been and should be thrown in jail, too. Just saying.
For the Record: I am very glad that the so-called political professionals
are having their hat handed to them. Other genuine political advisors and I have been
warning for years that candidates are getting really poor advice. Now, their candidates
are paying for their misadvice. My favorite is still the Brain Surgeon. But Carly, Donald,
or Ted will do America proud.
MORE POLITICAL SCIENCE
Foolish tourist thinks glaciers don't melt in summer.
I'll make this short. They put Obama in front of Exit Glacier in Alaska for his phony photo
putsch. They had to. It was one of only two which had receded this summer. It annually
recedes in the summer and grows back again in winter. During the Ice Age, the Exit Glacier never
joined with the continental ice sheet. Ever. But, of course, these are facts, not political science.
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KILLS?
Is it possible that Political Correctness killed the news team in Virginia?
Before I go any further, let me define the term "Political Correctness." To be politically correct, one must adhere to a belief that individuals are not responsible for their own reactions; that, likewise, individuals are not responsible for their actions, either. All individuals should be entitled not to be offended. All individuals determine what is offensive. The more people one can enjoin to agree on the offense, the more real that offense becomes.
There's a very good reason why this man (woman?) should not be your next-door neighbor. He's CRAZY!
Those of you who took logic in college already know what I'm going to say as far as the logicality of Political Correctness. There is so little logic to PCness, it's almost insulting to consider the matter. Subjectivity cannot be quantified, and therefore cannot be logical. So, being PC means it's time to retire to the unicorn farm, where anything you want comes true.
As humorous as it is, Political Correctness has a very dark side.
People who cannot assert their own independence often clasp onto PCness in hopes of becoming important at least in their own minds. But there is a deeper darkness that has been generated by P.C. Two elements are outstanding in this instance: 1. Several million insane people are roaming our country (and others) free to assault and kill the innocent. 2. People feel too embarrassed to ask tough questions of minorities.
Several million insane people are roaming our country. Several years ago, progressives in the Psychological Freedom movement took an idea from some science fiction writers and declared that EVERYONE was a little bit nuts, and that most could, or at least SHOULD, be allowed to roam free. It was rude to call an insane person "crazy." A few years later, it was considered "ignorant" to call insane people "insane." As the nomenclature became more and more restrictive, the very idea of confining the insane for the sake of the populace's safety became "selfish," and "inhumane."
Well, now we know that this liberal progressive idea is, itself, insane. But instead of a movement to confine the nuts to the nuthouse, we blame the instruments of their insanity. "If he hadn't had a knife.. if she hadn't had a gun.." and so forth.
But, today, with our electronic abilities, we don't have to assign crazy people to the dungeons of old. There are plenty of "collegial" designs with open spaces, pleasant housing, and chips to assure a patient's location. Some criminally insane SHOULD BE killed. Killing a criminally insane murderer or pedophile creates a ZERO PERCENT recidivism rate. Do all these simple things, and watch the murder-by-crazies rate go down.
People feel too embarrassed to ask tough questions of minorities. I would be willing to bet real money that, somewhere along the line, some psychologist or registering psychological agent did not ask the Person of Color, who murdered the two Caucasian people in the news crew, the proper questions to determine his psychosis. At very least, whoever was in charge was afraid of being called a racist if he had labeled the guy's anger as psychologically questionable. So he, the crazy person, was able to buy a gun.
Political Correctness used to be considered just silly - colleges disallowing certain words because they were afraid of getting sued, etc.. Today, PC is a plague which has consequences far beyond those intended. PC paves the road to Hell with its good intentions, and people die, because of it.
ERIKA BLOWS AWAY
UPDATE: There is a chance - a chance, mind you - that Erika MAY come back and
reform. The European, which is generally the most accurate of all the long-range forecast models was just
plain wrong. And so was the JAMSTEC, the three major US models, and The Ozzie model.
Anyway, as you can see, Erika is just a "Low" hanging around Florida.
It COULD still fire back up again, so we'll have to wait. Nothing is more unseemly than
an impatient weatherman.
Once again, we all have been painfully reminded that you can't forecast
weather accurately more than four ½ hours in the mountains and six hours on the
plains, you can make general guesses about large systems as much as a week
away, as long as you're allowed not to expect too much from your prognostication.
Whatever the weather is, we have up-to-the-minute free maps and Hurricane info, when it
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER
In a panic, the S&P 500 wants a P/E ratio of 5.
Most of the Big Banks/Brokerages have their best accounts almost completely out of the
stock market. The ones taking the biggest hit are retirement funds and individual mutual funds which turn
around as agilely as the Titanic..
If you will have a huge loss, if you pull out of the stock market now, and you own
solid stocks like Duke Energy or SCANA, or pure SC Municipal Bonds, DON'T SELL! If you have a 30% profit
or greater, then sell now, and wait for the bottom to buy back in.
Did you buy gold and silver or property in a growth area? Good on you. Yes, the Obama
administration will try to screw down your precious metals values, but simply DON'T LET the Commodities
sellers put you in an account that THEY will hold for you.
Most importantly, put your seatbelts on. As the bus driver in Harry Potter says, "It's
gonna be a bumpy ride!
WHITHER THE SPINY LUMP- SUCKER?
We're talking about small amounts of a degree, here, but it's interesting to note that
the temperature, over the past 80 years has risen a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit in the Northern Hemisphere.
But in the Southern Hemisphere, the temperature has decreased almost a full degree. The Arctic, which was
projected to lose its Summer Ice, altogether, by now, is GAINING ice
The largest number of volcanoes becoming active at the same time is near its highest number since
such data has been collected.
Congressional Democrats have been informed about the "Side Deal" with Iran, allowing them to
INVESTIGATE THEMSELVES! Of those few who have responded, they don't see anything wrong with that.
Conspiracy Theorists continue to point out the very active military presence in the North
Carolina/Tennessee forests, where there is no visible presence on the ground. They're asking, "WHERE DO ALL
THE TRUCKS AND HELICOPTERS GO?" They have pictures.
The Bloomberg Website continues to talk about how all the billionaires have been hit in the
current market correction. There is no evidence that their numbers are correct. The real people being hit are
those with 401Ks. Our information is that the Big Individual Investors have taken their profits.
The Takeaway from the US Servicemen stomping the crap out of the terrorist on the French
train, is that our guys are brave, and Islamicist Terrorists are dumb.
Greenville County School District workers had a few minutes to log on to Ashley Madison.
Apparently, they have the time to entertain themselves or to "have an affair."
Do you have your Gold and Silver?
Hillary Clinton, who claims that she knows nothing about digital security, AT ALL, wants
to be President. We have lost several important operatives. People are asking questions.
Two former Federal Reserve Board members have hinted that Yellen is just wandering around
afraid she will be blamed for the deluge which will eventually happen.
We'll probably wind up with a Yankee for President. Not a Democrat - a Yankee.
OLD JOKES, NEW CLOTHES
Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick!
BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.
JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to be in the middle. The middle of the road will get us elected. Yes, "seriously."
HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road?
BILL CLINTON: Oh! Chicken! I thought you said somethin' else.
GEORGE W. BUSH: The fact is, the chicken crossed the road. Is the chicken on our side of the road or not? The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.
JEB BUSH: Look, we're just starting this thing. If I had known THEN what I know NOW, The Chicken would NEVER have crossed the road!
DONALD TRUMP: I can make the chicken do.. in fact, I know the chicken - he's a good guy - but I HAVE made the chicken cross the road, and I can make him pay for whatever the costs might be.
DONALD RUMSFELD: Is it possible that the chicken crossed the road of his own volition? Probably not.
DICK CHENEY: Where's my shotgun?
JOE BIDEN: I fired two shots from my back porch with my shotgun at the chicken, which was a big forking deal.
BILL CLINTON (again): I did not eat grits with that chicken.
AL GORE: I invented the chicken. I also invented the road, and the act of crossing.
JOHN KERRY: Although I have no idea WHY the chicken crosses the road or even WHEN, I and my staff, on orders from the President, have made it possible for the chicken to cross the road with a bomb.
AL SHARPTON: Why is that chicken white?
JESSE JACKSON: The chicken was collecting our Rainbow money.
DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road.
ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
MEGYN KELLY: WHEN, EXACTLY, DID YOU STOP BEATING THAT CHICKEN???
NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs, when the price dropped to a certain level. No chick gave me any insider information.
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but did not cross it with a toad.
EL CHAPO: Theess pollo no cross theess road. She dug a tunnel UNDER theess road.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in a rowboat, in the rain, alone..
JIMMY CARTER: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.
ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
DALAI LAMA: Because the road wants it.
POPE FRANCIS: CALEFACIENTEM MUNDI CAUSA GALLINAE (Chickens cause global warming).
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: The only way we can get out of this, is to re-invade the other side of the road and KILL every Chicken there!.
LOIS LERNER: There was no chicken. There was no road. I plead the Vth.
TREY GOWDY: That bird almost got away with crossing the road. But, she didn't.
BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2015, which is not cross-roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2015. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.. will never reboot.. wi..
ALBERT EINSTEIN: As a Chicken approaches the speed of light, the density of the Chicken approaches infinity. F∞=BC2, where F=Fat and B=Bird.
COLONEL SANDERS: AND, I add a biscuit with that chicken!
PAPER TIGER PART 4
It seems like a million years ago, when we warned you about China being a "paper tiger." Remember what we warned might happen - that China will begin to call in her loans to America. Well, something interesting is happening. Because China has panicked, devaluing her currency (Yuan), she is paying her current debt service with US Treasury certificates.
This hurts the US economy in two ways. It makes the US Dollar stronger, killing trade with other countries who want to pay cheaper prices. It makes the currency of China's trading partners stronger, while making the Yuan even cheaper around the globe, driving more trade to China.
There is a third result and fourth result. China investors will sell US stocks to cover losses in China, also forcing down US market value, which, in turn, makes it more costly for the FED to drive the market up, which is looney, because Treasuries don't really have any value but as a commodity..
An audit of the FED would easily show that we have a sock puppet show.. but that's not going to happen while the thieves control the house they're stealing from.
There is an old joke about a Yankee trader and a Southern Farmer. The Yankee cannot say a sentence without saying a "blue" word or phrase. The Southerner cannot say anything within a normal time period. You can look up the rest of the joke and the punch line. What this joke does is maintain clichÃ©s about People from the North and South - Yankees are crude, dishonest, and foul-mouthed - Southerners are crazy, dim-wits.
In my fairly long life, I have met many Yankees and many more Southerners. While it is true that Southerners live a slower-paced life and Northerners Speak faster, they are, generally, not only intelligent and cultured, but also interesting people.
So, when practically everyone I know is cussing mad at the Progessive/Liberal/Fascist agenda as expressed by the Obama Administration, it's easy to understand why another "cusser" is so politically popular.
No-one is saying that Donald Trump, Billionaire and Presidential Candidate is a Southern Gentleman. No-one. The real question is, is Donald Trump a Northern Gentleman, or even a Gentleman at all? Up until the post Fox Debate statement, I thought he was just a ruffian, hard-scrapple and a scrapper. No longer.
Before we "go there," and we will, we must also shame Megyn Kelly. Having been a TV journalist for 20 years and now, ten years writing every day for SwampfoxNews.com, I can absolutely assure you that Megyn's questions, aimed at both Carson and Trump were pejorative. What they were NOT was mean-spirited - that would attach a meanness which is not deserved. But there is no doubt that Ms. Kelly was scalp hunting. Let there be no misunderstanding, Megyn Kelly's idea of fairness involves humiliating the interviewee. The only reason she gets to skate free is that a small part of her questions had the air of authenticity, if not the fact. As one very experienced news director told me, "The proper attitude of a journalist is one of opposition."
Donald Trump shoots from the hip. That means 99% of the time, he comes off as aggressive, but canny and clever - even funny. But it also means that 1% of the time his mouth writes checks his brain cannot cash. That's what happened when he went further than the understandable rant against Kelly, and became gross, crude, and just plain uncouth.
You just don't go around saying what he said. If he had even stopped at blood coming out of her eyes, there would be no issue. But he didn't.
None of this, of course, means that Trump will no longer be popular - many, many people have no couth - it is drilled out them by public education and replaced with PC'ism, so that they have no idea WHY they are to do the things they do..
So Trump is a cad and Kelly is a wounded tigress. There are no winners here. There is, however, a Northern Gentleman. His name is Carson. He's also a brain surgeon.
GIBSON'S PARADOX IS NOW GIBSON'S AXIOM
..or, why economists have trouble seeing forests..
By Alasdair Macleod
We now have an explanation for Gibson's paradox, a puzzle that has defeated mainstream economists from Fisher to Keynes and Friedman. The best way to illustrate the puzzle is through two charts, the first showing empirical evidence that interest rates correlate with the price level. And the second, showing no correlation between interest rates and the annual change in the price level, i.e. the rate of inflation.
The solution to the puzzle is simple: in free markets, interest rates are set by the demands of investing businesses which at the margin will pay a rate of interest based on whether their product prices are rising or falling: hence the correlation.
The second chart shows that central bank policies, which seek to control prices by setting interest rates, have no theoretical justification behind them. They are the consequence of blindly accepting the quantity theory of money, upon which macroeconomics is based.
A mistake made by central bankers is to believe that the price of money is its interest rate, instead of the reciprocal of the price of the products for which it is exchanged. Interest rates are money's time preference, which in free markets broadly reflects the average time preference of all the individual goods bought with money. The problem with monetarism is that it ignores this temporal aspect of exchange.
..to see the charts and read the rest of the article, go HERE.
While the Democrats were basically shamed into announcing that they really will have a debate, sometime, the Republicans were busy HAVING a debate. There were two debates - one at Five PM and one a nine. The late afternoon debate was among seven Republicans whose campaigns have not taken off or have just begun. The Evening Debate is among those Republicans who had the best name recognition and/or popularity. Our Senator was in the less popular group.
The Five O'Clock Debate
The best of the afternoon group (in my opinion) were Carly Fiorino, and Bobby Jindal.
Governor Jindal had the clearest Presidential ideas. Not only would he make every effort to undo all of the misguided calumnies of the current administration, he made clear points about how this would help bring America back to her former greatness.
Most impressive of all the candidates was Ms. Fiorino - not just because she is a take charge person, but because she had a confidence that some of the others seem to lack. At the end of the debate, am large majority of the reporters flocked to her in the "spin" room.
Rick Perry made a strong appearance, too. The glasses are working. He only made one flub, and that was miniscule.
It's not that the others - Santorum, Graham, Pataki, and Gilmore - were unimpressive. But they WERE really laid back or one-trick ponies. If there was a drinking game for every time Sen. Graham talked about taking the fight to the Islamicists, the entire room would have been on the floor. Lindsey seemed tired. On to the 9 o'clock debate.
The Nine O'Clock Debate
If there was a loser in the evening debate, it had to be Megyn Kelly, and to a lesser extent, Chris Wallace. Using the cloak of pretended journalistic innocence, Kelly began and continued to ask loaded questions to people she deemed weak subjects. She wound up looking like a dummy. Wallace tried to argue with a couple of candidates, not realizing that people cared more about their view than his. Kelly's aim seemed to be to embarrass as many people as possible. Chris didn't blindside the people he thought he would.
Before we get to that, I have to say that when the so-called political experts were interviewed, after the debate, it was as if they sat in a different hall - so many were completely wrong, biased, or irrelevant impressions. The most interesting was the focus group which was impressed by Ted Cruz.
Gotta be a tie.. among them ALL.. except Ted Cruz. He was stirring, his style was .999 fine, but the Fox News people did not ask him as many questions and it made him seem weaker than he is.
Kasich, Carson, Rubio, and Huckabee were the most outstanding, followed by Bush, Paul, Walker, Trump, and Christie. We're only talking minute differences in audience acceptance, here.
The best bickering was between Christie and Paul. The question of government spying is important and they are true believers on their own sides. But, Carson had the best answer, and that is that America is too precious for us not to fight with every means - AND - we must fight to win.
Carson made the best wrap, at the end. The Huck had the next best wrap. Carson also seemed to be the candidate who surprised the most people with his eloquence. Personally, I feel justified in liking him better for the Presidency. But I would be satisfied with any of the entire field, except two. You may guess whom, as you like.
Overall, the Democrat choices look pathetic in comparison. And that is the real takeaway.
WHAT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAIN WRECK MIGHT LOOK LIKE
We warned you, years ago, about what would happen if we created too much debt - and certainly not just us. No-one listened. Everyone wanted to believe that things would be o.k. The government - Barack Obama's government - lied to us, showing us bogus statistics and phony market rallies with accompanying commodity markets manipulation. It made most of us think things were really great. Well.. some of us. Certainly, the Mainstream Media.
The only thing that has to happen for this house of cards to fall apart, at this point, is for an honest person to be elected President. The propped-up markets would fall, and the suppressed markets will skyrocket. The rats will leave the sinking ship of state, and the gerbils will start blaming each other.
Some have forecast that we will see a financial armageddon. I'm not so sure that will happen. A train wreck, maybe, but not TEOTWAWKI. As much as I would like to punish every Progressive for being so stupid, the only way we can reasonably pull out of this inevitable scenario is to do it, gradually.
First, we should remove the restraints on the commodities markets by gradually initiating a private-hold-only policy for precious metals. We keep the futures market, but insist on final delivery - no forgiveness. This will raise the price of gold to $5,000/oz as paper-gold houses are shown be bankrupt. Those private citizens who have paper certificates will have their gold delivered from the company's private reserves, if any. Unfortunately, there will not be sufficient specie to fulfill all of the paper demands of some private holders who were foolish enough to hold paper - they will be hurt.
Next, the dollar will have to be revalued, the way the UK did a few decades ago. At the same time, the US goes back on the gold standard. This doesn't mean we trade just gold coins, but it does mean that there will be no Federal Reserve, and there will be a constitutional amendment to keep the government from ever devaluing the paper dollar by more than 10%, and only during times of war.
Banks will no longer be able to loan money more than seven times their deposits and they will have to always hold 50% or greater of deposits in gold. All loans must be pristine. Banks will no longer be able to trade on the stock market, nor invest from their own accounts. Any company can can acquire vertically, but never horizontally - monopolies will again be forbidden. In other words, we go back to the 50's which worked, unlike this voodoo economics with Obama as the chief warlock.
Finally, public schools need be given heavy incentives to make all students take basic economics, using the sins of Progressivism to show economic stupidity as the wickedness it is, and the understanding that Keynes was just plain damn wrong.
WHAT THE MEDIA WON'T REPORT ABOUT ILLEGALS IN AMERICA
The following is a comment by a Trump supporter to an article on YAHOO.COM news section about how "helpful" illegals are to the US economy. I'm not sure if it will still be there, but HERE is the link as we received and researched it [14:12 | 20150731] The short version is that illegals take far more from the economy than they add, because the ones on government assistance are spending TAXPAYER money. If they ALL were made to leave and anchor baby system were ended.. well. read the article..
Trump is right....
What if 20 Million Illegal Aliens were deported from America?
Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News wrote a column titled, "Mexican Visitor's Lament".
I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, "illegal aliens pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What Happens to your country's economy if 20 million people go away?" Hmmm, I thought, what would happen?
So I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a reporter into the FACTS I found below.
It's a good question it deserves an honest answer. Over 80% of Americans demand secured borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America ? The answers I found may surprise you!
In California , if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominant language again.
In Colorado, 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000 kids and grandchildren would move back 'home', mostly to Mexico ... That would save Colorado an estimated $2 billion (other experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay for schooling, medical, social-services and incarceration costs. It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone.
Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals.
Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41different languages.. At least 200,000 vehicles would vanish from our grid locked cities in Colorado . Denver 's 4% unemployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage.
In Florida , 1.5 million illegals would return the Sunshine State back to America , the rule of law, and English.
In Chicago, Illinois , 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience.
If 20 million illegal aliens returned 'home', the U.S. Economy would return to the rule of law.Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn't be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 Billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.
No more push '1' for Spanish or '2' for English. No more confusion in American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.
We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our country.
In cities like L.A. , 20,000 members of the ' 18th Street Gang' would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters!
Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens!
America 's economy is drained. Taxpayers are harmed. Employers get rich. Over $80 billion annually wouldn't return to the aliens' home countries by cash transfers. Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains America 's economy which currently suffers an $1 7 trillion debt.
At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California , Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupt out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act. Americans wouldn't suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country-brought in by illegals unscreened at our borders.
Our cities would see 20 million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities. It would also put the 'progressives' on the horns of a dilemma; illegal aliens and their families cause11% of our greenhouse gases.
Over one million of Mexico's poorest citizens now live inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California in what the New York Times called, 'colonias' or new neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation and worse. They live without sewage, clean water, streets, roads, electricity, or any kind of sanitation.
The New York Times reported them to be America's new ' Third World ' inside our own country.Within 20 years, at their current growth rate, they expect 20 million residents of those colonias. (I've seen them personally in Texas and Arizona ; it's sickening beyond anything you can imagine.)
By enforcing our laws, we could repatriate them back to Mexico . We should invite 20 million aliens to go home, fix their own countries and/or make a better life in Mexico . We already invite a million people into our country legally more than all other countries combined annually. We cannot and must not allow anarchy at our borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing lawlessness at every level in our nation.
It's time to stand up for our country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life Interesting Statistics!
Here are 13 reasons illegal aliens should vacate America, and I hope they are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them:
$14 billion to $22 billion dollars are spent each year on welfare to illegal aliens. (that's Billion with a 'B')
$7.5 billion dollars are spent each year on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
$12 billion dollars are spent each year on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they still cannot speak a word of English!
$27 billion dollars are spent each year for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
$3 Million Dollars 'PER DAY' is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. That's $1.2 Billion a year.
28% percent of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens.
$190 billion dollars are spent each year on illegal aliens for welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
$200 billion dollars per year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US ...
During the year 2005, there were 8 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our southern border with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from other terrorist countries.Over 10,000 of those were middle-easternterrorists. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin, crack, Guns, and marijuana crossed into the U.S. from the southern border.
The National Policy Institute, estimates that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion, or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period and nbsp;
In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $65 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin, to their families and friends.
The dark side of illegal immigration: Nearly one million sex crimes are committed by illegal immigrants in the United States !
Total cost a whopping $538.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!!
Yes, people who speak Spanish can add wonderfully to our American melting pot. But not illegally. The right thing IS the legal thing.
501 - SEE? 3? 4?
Some time around 1986 (During the Clinton Administration, for those of you who are digitally challenged), there was passed something(s) called 501 (c) 3 and 501 (c) 4.
Without trying to lose you in definitions that are, at best, sleep-inducing, let's just all agree that their definition of non-political is poorly defined, at best. Even the most hardened Progressive will admit to that.
Today, with little or no prior heralding, and almost no access, save that of Fox News online, Sen. Ted Cruz held a hearing in which some amazing things were revealed. Yes, IRS Commissioner Koskinen was caught in several prevarications or "misstatements of fact." But the real surprises came in casually mentioned facts.
Did you know that the Department of Justice did not even take the ball up in order to drop it, when it came to investigating the IRS for using their power to restrict activities of conservative groups? Were you aware that there is an email from the hiding former IRS operative, Lois Lerner, which basically makes her out to be the villain in most of these affairs? No? Not even?
Well, of course not. While pleading that there WERE "studies" of the egregious offenses of the Obama Administration, NOTHING has been done. The most amazing thing that was mentioned today, almost off the cuff, that the finger of truth is pointing evermore directly at the President, himself, as the originator of the IRS offenses. If true, that would be a change in both the direction of the origination of who is giving and getting that finger.
REVENGE OF THE RADICAL MIDDLE
BY: Matthew Continetti
Washington Free Beacon
Two decades ago, in the spring of 1996, Newsweek magazine described a group of voters it called the "radical middle." Formerly known as the Silent Majority, then the Reagan Democrats, these voters had supported Ross Perot in 1992, and were hoping the Texas billionaire would run again. Voters in the radical middle, Newsweek wrote, "see the traditional political system itself as the countryâ€™s chief problem."
The radical middle is attracted to populists, outsiders, businessmen such as Perot and Lee Iacocca who have never held office, and to anyone, according to Newsweek, who is the "tribune of anti-insider discontent." Newt Gingrich rallied the radical middle in 1994â€”year of the Angry White Maleâ€”but his Republican Revolution sputtered to a halt after the government shut down over Medicare in 1995. Once more the radical middle had become estranged from the GOP. "If Perot gets in the race," a Dole aide told Newsweek, "it will guarantee Clintonâ€™s reelection." Read more, here.
If you read this column with any regularity, you know we're pretty hard on our Senior Senator. But this one time, considering the self-deprecation vs. The Donald's Giant Phone Number Ego Trip, and especially this week, Sen. Graham has responded with something genuinely funny. Watch.
IT'S 1938 ALL OVER AGAIN
Dennis Prager is one of the smarter people on planet Earth. When he says something, it's usually after he has researched and internally discussed it, so that his conclusions are well thought out. Other people have come to the conclusion that we have reached a "Munich" moment, but you will not get a reasoned out explanation as well as Prager's.
We say that evil is dark. But this metaphor is imprecise. Evil is actually intensely bright, so painfully bright that people look away from it. Many even deny its existence.
Why? Because once people acknowledge evilâ€™s existence, they know they have to confront it. And most people prefer not to confront evil.
Neville Chamberlain, in 1938, had the best of intentions calling his agreement with Hitler "Peace for Our Time," and millions died because of it. Barack Obama may have the best of intentions, too.
That is what led to World War II. Many in the West denied the darkness of Nazism. They looked the other way when that evil could have been stopped and then appeased it as it became stronger.
We are reliving 1938. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain went to Munich to negotiate with Adolf Hitler. He left believing Hitlerâ€™s promises of peace in exchange for Germany being allowed to annex large parts of Czechoslovakia. Upon returning to England, Chamberlain announced, â€œPeace for our time.â€
The American and European negotiations with Iran have so precisely mirrored 1938 that you have to wonder how anyone could not see it.
The Nazi regimeâ€™s great hatred was Jews. Iranâ€™s great hatred is the Jewish state. The Nazisâ€™ greatest aim was to exterminate the Jews of Europe. Iranâ€™s greatest aim is to exterminate the Jewish state. Nazi Germany hated the West and its freedoms. The Islamic Republic of Iran hates the West and its freedoms. Germany sought to dominate Europe. Iran seeks to dominate the Middle East and the Muslim world.
And exactly as Britain and France appeased Nazi Germany, the same two countries along with the United States have chosen to appease Iran.
Read the rest of this excellent article, here.
Dennis Prager has a radio talk show which airs live Monday through Friday at noon.
IT'S GOTTA BE THE HEAT
When Republicans are in charge of things, we call these days when the summer takes over from good sense, "The Silly Season." People, whom you would never expect to do so, say the dumbest things and expect people to agree. NOAA, f'r'instance, is calling July the "hottest month on record," which is silly, because they don't count some of the very hottest days, and have actually screwed with the summer temperatures, LOWERING them, so that it would look like it's hotter, now.
Or, how about, when a kid in Chattanooga, obviously programmed by Islamicist terrorists, does what his Islamicist-inspired programming tells him to do, in the name of Allah, it's all about deflection and being oh, so careful, as if the event is de novo. Even the CIA has warned, even if subtly, that certain of our children are being programmed to shoot up a gun-free zone. Why the silly surprise? Military can't be armed and should take off their uniforms and huddle in a shop? Silly.
Democrats are eating each other, especially the far-far-far Left - those who want not to work for a living but want to be paid a "fair" wage for nothing. They're giving Bernie Sanders - the only one who actually believes people should be given wages for no work - a hard time.
Anyway, I'm thinking that it's the heat. People have really bad memories when it comes to weather. In a way, that's a good thing, because it means we are gaining more and better control of the way the weather effects us. But it's also instructive about why people can be so different when the weather is hot.
SEND IN THE CLOWNS
Saturday, the KKK and their counterpart, The Black Panthers, will be lollygagging around the Statehouse. If you want a good, hardy laugh, don't bother going there, adding to the confusion and resulting self-humiliation - watch it on the news Saturday night.
UPDATE: Yes, it WAS worth watching, but the local Columbia media failed us, as usual. Kudos to Channels 7 and 4 for their coverage. See what a nice bowl of popcorn and a couple of good news outlets can do for your Saturday Night entertainment?
I was completely OK with the idea of Operation Jade Helm being just a really neat cross-country military exercise. That was, until I discovered what "J.A.D.E. H.E.L.M. stood for.
The letters J-A-D-E stand for "Joint Assistant for Deployment and Execution." And the letters H-E-L-M stand for â€œHomeland Eradication of Local Militants.â€ Homeland Eradication of Local Militants. Really? Eradication of Local Militants. What the Fork is the government doing, even kidding about this stuff? GAH! Maybe Texans aren't so crazy after all.
FOOLS' SILVER (AND GOLD)
There is a puzzle which silver collectors believe they have solved, but big banks desperately want you to ignore. Just this past weekend, the US Mint, which produces half the silver coinage consumed on the North American Continent (Canada produces the other half), ran out of silver coins. At the same time, the price of silver coins fell. That's right, FELL.
The beautiful March of Dimes 2015 Silver Dollar with FDR and Dr. Jonas Salk. They ran out of silver and can't print any more for a little while. Silver is actually scarce. But the price is at historic lows.
How is this possible? What about the Velocity of Money? What about Price following Supply?
What savvy Silver investors are coming to realize is that the Big Banks which sold them their silver, can't deliver it, because THEY DON'T HAVE IT. And what's happening is that, by selling silver that doesn't exist, you can depress the price â€“ as long as you don't have to deliver it.
And they don't deliver it. Instead, Big Banks sell ignorant investors a piece of paper, SAYING they own a certain amount of silver. It's called paper Silver (or paper Gold). Real money has been paid to Big Banks in return for a piece of paper.
Ponzi. Was, is, and always will be. With the silver dollar, the government ran the ponzi scheme - the silver wasn't there, either. Today, the paper is a Big Bank document.
As long as not too many people ask to have their paper converted into actual silver, the lie remains invisible. If EVERYONE were to ask for their actual specie at the same time, the Big Bank COULD NOT REMAIN SOLVENT.
In case you didnâ€™t already spot it, this setup is called a "Ponzi Scheme." And this is the reality, right now. Right now, the Big Banks can not cover their precious metal debt. Incidentally, neither can the FED or the IMF.
Has YOUR broker put you in an account that "holds" your silver or gold for you? It's the same thing. Truly. Try to take possession of your gold or silver â€“ I challenge you. If you're lucky, you might get some. If not, you won't be able to get any, depending on where you are in line. In many cases, your contract specifically states you CAN'T take possession!
Better yet, don't be stupid. Take possession from the beginning. While you can.
THESE THINGS HAPPEN
I got an email from a climatologist acquaintance of mine, today. He wanted to know if I was just kidding or not. I told him I was deadly serious and that he should prepare himself. But he was glad to hear that it would be at least 12 years before what I said came true.
The event that prompted his email was the release of a study from a group of scientists who are considered tops in their fields. Their methods are repeatable and follow, strictly, the scientific method - something you can't say for climatologists. The study, led by Dr. Valentina Zharkova, Ph.D., shows a double-wave Maunder Minimum, sometime between 2025-2030. Here's what that is.
The last time the Sun did this in THIS particular way, it was so cold that the Thames froze over (the painting) and soldiers froze to death at Valley Forge.
For those who don't want to read through the article, the last time the Sun did this in THIS particular way, it was so cold that the Thames froze over and soldiers froze to death at Valley Forge. It stayed cold for two stretches of 200 years. It was called "The Little Ice Age." Don't bother with Wikipedia on this one. They're still quoting the IPCC, which has been completely discredited, due to lying and cheating.) Here's an even-handed article.
Anyway, two years ago, I confronted this acquaintance on his theories and asked him where the Sun fit into his calculations. It was then that he said the Sun didn't matter - that by 2030 New York City will be under water. Naturally, I challenged him that, if he was wrong, could I come to his home and beat him to death with a cricket bat? He said, "Fine."
NOW.. Now he's emailing me, asking if I was kidding! After he snottied at me and ponced around the podium, snarling and gesticulating and pretending he knew what the heck he was talking about.
Well, he didn't. And there will be heck to pay! Like GÃ¶tterdÃ¤mmerung and the death of Yggdrasil the World Tree, when the Bifrost Witch shows up at our doors, I will be there at his, with my cricket bat. I won't hurt him, but I will get the local news people to be there, while I "micro-aggress" him.
DO WE REALLY WANT A MONARCH?
Immigration reform is stupid. The laws we have contain everything we need to charge illegals with a felony, if they return after being arrested and deported. Even the first breaking of the law is a misdemeanor, punishable by deportation.
Barack Hussein Obama is personally responsible for the hundreds of murders committed by illegal felons since 2009.
The reason our President is responsible, is because he has directed his justice department to obstruct the fulfillment of the immigration laws. I donâ€™t care why he has done it - the road to Hell is strewn with good intentions. The fact is he HAS done it and the country is suffering because of it.
National Democrats are running around as if their underwear were on fire, trying to justify THEIR defying of the immigration laws, as well. Theyâ€™re actually blaming an M-rated shooter video game, rather than themselves, for supporting patently illegal "sanctuary cities," in the shooting of a young woman in San Francisco by an illegal with lots of felonies (he was let go at least 7 times.)
Now, Bill O and others are calling for an addition to the immigration laws. The problem is, it doesn't need passing. We have all the law we need. What is missing is a President who doesn't ignore the laws and constitution of our country.
There is a remedy for all this murder and turpitude. The President could be removed from office. Impeached. Convicted. For not executing the law, and thereby causing the deaths of so many. The only problem is that those who are ruling by bait & switch, and their political operatives, do not want to surrender their biggest weapon â€“ white guilt. And it's not just the NAACP and other racist organizations. Congressional counterparts would also immediately claim racism, were Obama to be impeached. To boot, most of the House and Senate don't even have the guts to tell their own constituents what they're thinking, much less consider impeachment. Of course the pathetic Mainstream Media would pontificate, as well, on how evil the Congress was.
Do we really want to be ruled? - it IS easier than being free..
I am working on a theory of politics which basically asks the question, "Does any majority eventually want to live under a benign monarch?" Looking at South Carolina over the past year, it has been uncomfortable to watch the number of citizens who are more interested in the beer they drink than the rights they have surrendered to liberal lawmakers in DC. It's hard to tell whether our people just don't know what to do, or really just don't care.
It's said that only a third of the colonies' citizens actually fought in the Revolution of 1776 â€“ 2/3rds either didn't care or were actively for staying under King George III. Would it do any good to remind people of this fact, and that we are there, again. Isnâ€™t it so much easier just to deny that things really are as bad financially, morally, and politically as they are? Isn't it easier to give way to Hobbes and forget about Locke? Maybe divine right really is left?
And the odd part is that we don't even need to shoot anybody. But the honest moral thing is much harder. We have to come together to outvote the destroyers of freedom, and the wealth and morality that goes with it. And that is going to take a great deal of courage and discipline.
POLS & POLLS & THE POLIS
What-What-WHAT? I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with "coarse-fit." The Political PR Clacks SWORE to us that they had made changes in their polling behavior and that they had learned soooo much from the election of 2014. Well, the Pols were wrong.
So, here we are, again. And the polls were WRONG. The Polis (ancient Greek for "the citizens") have voted.
The South Can Learn from Japan
Why do you think the Japanese film audiences revel in a time of Samurai and Shoguns, Katana and Sepuku , strictly adhered to loyalty, and absolute courtesy? One reason is that their ethos exists on a river of contradictions. The noble robber, the pure hooker/Geisha - real neo-classicism with a bowl of rice and fish.
Twice, Gojira , pure force of nature kinda saves Japan after pretty much leveling the city of Peace. Rip-snorter. But there is more. Savvy Japan watchers will recognize the symbolism as pre war - a time of honor. - Chushingura and the 47 Ronin - a time before the terror of WWII vented on China. Perfect example.
My point is simple. If we southerners write about the mutual struggle of blacks and whites in the horror that was reconstruction, not just one or the other, then goodness will follow and strengthen the arts, as will every South Carolinian.
I have great faith that we will make a great contract of faith and mutual certainty.