I could start out I suppose with some screed about the disappearing Al Franken(stein) but he’s done so much damage to himself and his party that little more need be said. Just keep it in mind that Al Franken is a really creepy fellow. My lasting image of him was his role in the movie Trading Places mocking a caged gorilla. I can’t get that image out of my mind and listening to big Al, now a humorless US Senator from Minnesota, interrogate Trump appointees as a member of the Senate Judiciary committee, I’m not convinced at all that the real gorilla truly didn’t get released back into the African wild. Enough on Al.
President Trump has just returned from his first presidential tour in the Far East. His reception by the Chinese was triumphal yet marred in the eyes of Trumps Chinese hosts by the ugly American incident that embarrassed President Trump, and should have embarrassed all American’s.
It seems that the UCLA Basketball team was on a tour playing against teams in the Chinese People’s Republic, when three of UCLA’s sterling members, Americans of African descent as it turns out, brought shame and embarrassment to President Trump and disgrace to themselves, and our nation, by assuming they were in their neighborhood corner convenience store where they could freely help themselves to pairs of sunglasses without paying for them. It’s called shoplifting or petty theft but, it’s still a crime. Could get you killed in Ferguson, Mo.
While the ‘brothers’ may look upon such actions here in America as their rightful due because their ancestors were once slaves, the Chinese look upon such social trivialities with different eyes. Ten years in a Chinese prison can be no picnic and, except for the incidental presence of an embarrassed President Trump, that’s exactly where they would have been, for a long, long time and nobody would be crying racism because nobody would care.
To their good fortune, President Trump sprung them from their worst possible nightmare of actually being enslaved as prisoners of the Chinese State. He got them home safe into the embrace of their communities where such behavior is apparently expected and alas, accepted. The three, their eyes cast down to the printed words provided to them mumbled, without contrition, their appreciation to President Trump for their salvation yet, not one word of apology was expressed to the American people for shaming our country by their feckless behavior.
People like these three are not really Americans because they have no pride and no shame. And, except for the fact they were born here, they are really just US citizens in name only, of no value to American prosperity or advancement and should be considered as such.
The three miscreants have passports and therefore, as individuals, should be allowed to come and go to foreign countries as they wish, but never, never, ever should they be allowed to go abroad again as members of any organized sports team, debate society, or anthropological research team, representing America. We have enough problems with our own government perverts stalking storm ravaged Caribbean Islands looking for poor children to molest and groping women in corporate work places to add these guys to our burden.
One big problem for America is that we have lost our morality on an individual basis. We truly believe that all (Americans) are equal yet we send forth goodwill ambassadors, passionate exponents for their sports, mostly, and they become the ugly Americans. What’s to be done?
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (18Nov17).
I take no side on Roy Moore except to recognize an organized plot to disenfranchise Alabama voters by the Elite DC Swamp dwellers. Whatever happens to Roy Moore is the concern of the voters of Alabama alone, not Mitch McConnell. If he wins he must be seated. Senate rules or not, it is not the ”Elite” establishments role to kill the Senatorial choice of the voters of Alabama simply because Roy Moore is an ultra conservative and not one of them.
The array of females accusing Moore of predatory sexual offenses in years gone by, standing alongside ultra feminist lawyer Gloria Alred, is proof enough that the whole tawdry thing is another orchestrated coup attempt against Trumps administration in favor of maintaining the status quo of the DC swamp dwellers. It’s a full court press against our Constitution too.
Sean Hannity, fearing that his earlier interview of Roy Moore tended to exculpate the Judge, in light of the phony school yearbook business shows him in a bad light, has demanded that Judge Moore clarify his position, immediately, in view of the damming new information of the old signature in the yearbook trick. Just who the hell is Hannity to demand such a thing?
I still have my high school senior yearbook from 1957. It is filled with pro forma signatures of fellow students, of both sexes, wishing me good luck in the future and all that stuff. And I did the same. Looking at some of these names today, I don’t remember many of the people who signed my book except those with whom I grew up with from elementary, through Junior High to High school. For the others, from other school systems, I cannot even now, know what our relationship was or why they were interested in my future. But, their names are there.
Roy Moore matriculated through Alabama politics, as a Christian and a Democrat all the way to Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court without ever being accused of anything but being a Christian. He stayed there until the evil forces of Marxism contested his decision to maintain the “Opiate of the Working Class”, a visual stone monument of the Ten Commandments, on State property. The anti-Christ’s went berserk, forcing an unelected board of Christian haters to remove the judge from his chair. Could they actually do that without a criminal charge?
The people of Alabama elected Moore to the Alabama Supreme Court, not an unelected board of weaklings bowing to the grinding forces that demand the separation of Church and State, to remove him. Now, Roy Moore, as the Republican candidate for Alabama’s junior Senator, a true believer in the Constitution as it was intended to be applied, not as the Left want’s us to believe it should be applied, is the target of a scurrilous attack against his character and his Christianity.
As a career criminal investigator, I still haven’t heard that any of those women, not one who have stepped forward to demean judge Moore, have been deposed under oath. To the Left, it makes no difference though because the alleged crimes, long past their shelf life, still sells so the charges just hang out there as truths. I don’t believe it for one minute.
It is unfortunate for Judge Moore at the moment, that Left wing Democrat men, DC and Hollywood types alike, are being sucked into the vortex of sexual crimes against women, with evidence, just at the time the establishment politicians are trying to defend their swamp from Conservatives like Roy Moore. What a splendid opportunity for the left to add the Judge in there, which is exactly what they are doing. Lumping Moore into the class of perverts like the Democrats are riddled with, is disgusting. Think of Bill Clinton, Al Franken and Robert Menendez. It’s the dirty politics we’ve been expecting and being ratcheted up to full volume.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (16Nov17)
Believe me, it’s better than “leading from behind.” Oh, sure, if you are the leader, the view’s the same despite the dust, but when you know what you’re looking for, the perspective changes and the dangers reveal themselves including all the obstacles, the road ruts, the promises broken and the many forks in the road ahead. It’s a dangerous path America is following and the dangers are perceptible if one knows where to look. Look beyond the dust.
On the surface, it is assumed that America has two political parties when in fact, it has five. The once premier American party, the Democrats, long ere since rotted from the inside, changed its stripes from Constitutional Americanism to a good facsimile of the Communist Party USA, intent on collectivizing America by creating two classes, the leadership class composed of the establishments elites (them) who think they know better how to make people happy, and the followers (us) who it is believed, know nothing and need to be led. It’s dusty out there.
The other party is the Republican party, a feckless bunch who desperately want to be in the top class, beloved and respected but clueless to new facts and changing times. They live in fear of being invalidated, of being dismissed as inconsequential which is exactly what is happening now. The tawdry assault against Judge Roy Moore of Alabama is evidence enough of that.
It must be a terrible thing to live in fear not knowing when some muslim will decide to use his automobile to mow you down with other pedestrians, or Christian worshippers fearful of a black clad antifascist, entering their sanctuary and gunning down men, women and children in their pews, or Republican Congressmen and Senators fearful of losing their chairmanships or worse, their jobs because they are afraid to do what is right and Constitutional and what is expected of an American politician instead of what the money lenders want. It’s a choking cloud of dust.
There are however, three other Party’s lurking in the wings, two intent on destroying America regardless of what the other parties do. First, the Marxists far left wing of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren that represents the modern version of the old Soviet Bolshevism variety, still playing by the old rules. On the Right, the Constitutional wing of the Republican party, (Tea Party) who will, very shortly I think, become the party of Trump trying to rescue America.
Finally, the Fifth Columnists, “Organizing For America,” the Party of Obama, a collection of violent totalitarian fascists who go where they are led, destroy as they are told, and riot as it pleases them. This group is especially hateful and dishonest. They claim to be anti-fascists when they are the very epitome of fascism. Their propaganda is inflammatory, offensive and deadly. Their mission is to incite violence, always trolling for targets for their hateful wrath, and their goal is to seize America, destroy Trump and protect Obama’s legacy, by force if necessary.
These reprehensible people include the Antifa and Black Lives Matter, et. al., who perform like Germany’s SA, SD, & SS all rolled up into one. Their “Fellow Travelers” include the main stream media who, in their delusional hysteria over Trumps Presidency, have thrown all pretense of objectivity aside and go all in with their lies, and made up stories against all Conservatives they see fit to destroy, while ignoring the offenses of their own (Clinton’s, Menendez, etc.).
We’re organizing into group people states, unreconcilable to any point of view but their own. The Constitution, the guide laid down for us to follow, is out of date they say, because it interferes with the radicals and their desire to destroy the world’s only bastion of freedom, the USA. Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (15Nov17)
For nearly two decades, Veterans Day in Gilmer County, Ga., has been a big event, celebrated with a parade, music, marching veterans in uniform, flags, the Gilmer Co. High School Band and chorus, free breakfasts and after parade lunches for vets. The schools also participate with prize money offered in essay and poster contests. A few times we have even enjoyed the thrill of fly overs by reserve aviation unites or CAP planes. Even a out of county High School ROTC Unit has asked to participate in the parade for the past several years. It’s always a busy day and always includes, as the main speaker, some dignitary or other, often a military officer, returned from a war zone, a local business personality or some other recognizable name.
This year, 2017, the invited guest speaker was Georgia’s own Speaker of the Georgia Assembly, and our state representative, The Honorable, Mr. David Ralston and also, a friend of mine. The following essay is the excellent speech, (verbatim) of speaker Ralston this year and was, in my opinion, just too good not to share:
“Good morning. What a beautiful day to be in Gilmer County!
I stand before you today as one who is proud to be an American. I am proud to be in Gilmer County. I am proud and honored to be a part of this very special occasion to honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Nothing I can say will full express the enormous debt of gratitude we owe to those who have served our nation in our military.
I want to thank everyone who helped put this spectacular display of patriotism on this morning. I particularly want to thank all of the students who have participated in today’s festivities. You all have helped us show that the American spirit is alive and well in North Georgia! Serving as Speaker of your House of Representatives as well as your State Representative is an honor for which I am thankful each and every day.
I know our political dialogue isn’t as kind as it once was. We’ve got some divisions that need healing. But we are so much better off than many other nations in the world. Here we are free to discuss and debate our disagreements. We can come to a table with different views and reason together. We have open, free and fair elections that put each and every one of us on a level playing field. That’s not the case in North Korea. That’s not the case in Zimbabwe. That’s not the case in Cuba. That’s not the case in Venezuela.
But here in this great nation, you and I are free. I am free to take a knee when I pray and I am free to stand with pride when the National Anthem is played or the Pledge of Allegiance is recited. In so many other parts of the world, people don’t enjoy the freedoms we enjoy. Their decisions are made for them. Their leaders are selected by others. The information they get is filtered for them by others. In 2017 when so many nations around the world are free – it can be hard to remember the millions of our brothers and sister who aren’t. Why do they still suffer under tyrants and dictators and we don’t? — Our men and women in uniform.
Our service members and veterans who have stood up to serve this one nation – under God – indivisible – say it with me – “with liberty and justice for all.” Throughout our history, America has been attacked by those who don’t value freedom. Whether it was the Axis powers in World War II or today’s terrorists from ISIS or Al Qaeda, Americans have always had the protection of our armed forces.
In the noise of today’s 24-hour news cycle, service and sacrifice aren’t qualities that we hear much about. That’s a shame. Yet there are heroes who live in communities each and every day – our mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, neighbors and friends – the veterans of our armed forces.
If anything, I hope today reminds us that no matter what happens, there are good and decent patriots who have stood up to defend our freedoms. They have offered to make the ultimate sacrifice and lay down their lives, if necessary, to protect this nation and its citizens. In the Book of John, Jesus tells us that “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
By stepping forward and volunteering to serve, each member of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Reserves offers to do just that. So today is a day that we pause to honor and celebrate their collective service and sacrifice. Today we rededicate ourselves to supporting our veterans and showing them the gratitude they deserve.
So long as the sun rises and the stars come out at night, this nation will remain a beacon of hope and opportunity for every oppressed person around the globe. They dream of one day enjoying the freedoms we enjoy. They dream of the limitless possibilities that exist in America.
And so long as our armed forces keep watch, this nation will stand proudly as the land of the free and the home of the brave. May God bless our veterans and our United States of America. Thank you!”
Remember, Freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (13Nov17)
Let me try to understand this. We are debating changes to our “Progressive” tax code, to make it easier for politicians to shake us down with us liking it, with people who can’t balance the checkbook and won’t listen to us anyway. Am I missing something?
So far, I have not yet heard the words “Fair Tax” enter this discussion. Why is that? Well, It’s all about economic control that allows politicians to pick and choose winners and losers. That power alone allows them to keep their jobs, stiff us, and make us play their game. I’m tired of it.
When corrupt politicians control our lives and we don’t recognize what it is doing to us, we allow their actions to pass on without complaint hoping apparently, that somebody else will do something. Americans just want to be left alone to provide for their families and their retirements, and it’s always the damn politicians who stand in our way. Less government means more freedom and I think the crippling effect of government deciding who pays how much, is unconstitutional anyway. A Fair Tax would solve that.
Congressional Republicans are ineffective at governing. Before, a few Congresses had over seventy GOP co-sponsors for the “FairTax”. Today, it’s half that. The reason was that it was once safe for them to say; “Yes, we support the Fair Tax” but, they never had an inkling they would actually have a chance to vote for it. They don’t want that. Now they just ignore it and hope it goes away.
When the Republicans became the majority and changing the tax code became a serious issue, they could still talk around it. With Trump’s election, Republicans went into a panic mode because they can’t or don’t want to explain the FairTax, let alone implement it.
I have talked with congressional campaigners in past elections and realized most are clueless about how the real tax system works or how the Fair Tax could improve economics for all.
This might help explain Obama’s twenty trillion dollar national debt he saddled us with leaving Donald Trump to take the blame when it all collapses, as it will, shortly.
The most important reason for their impotence is that under the Fair Tax politicians lose control over us. ‘Nuf said?” They would lose their power to reward and punish Americans using the current tax code and its enforcement arm, the IRS Gestapo, as a weapon. With the Fair Tax, loopholes would be closed and there would be no reason for the corruption lobbying encourages. Lobbyists bring money, and favors to our public servants ensuring the continuation of government corruption, not because money corrupts but because politicians are corruptible. One only need look at the Clinton Foundation and the Podesta Group to see real crime rings that can run circles around the Mafia. The changes wrought could be incalculable. Patronage would be threatened, tax lawyers and tax preparers would go belly up, and, lacking a “raison d’faire,” corrupt politicians would go home and try to exist off their congressional retirements. Not too shabby. With the Fair Tax we could also demand, because we desperately need it, term limits at all levels of government, not just the President.
But, that ain’t gonna happen. You know it and I know it because we simply do not have the power to lift the yoke of oppression off our shoulders or stop the lash on our backs and, be it a Democrat, a Republican or far left Socialists like uncle Bernie and Aunt Warren, our public servants in Washington won’t allow that. Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (12Nov17)
Lessons That Should Be Learned
Apart from the fact that the Democrat Party is in a shambles, and they’ll never admit it, Democrats PAC’s are not necessarily so and are now going all out in funding state and local races, an area dominated by Republicans in recent years, and starting to win some. That is bad for Americanism and the Republican party and good for Socialism.
One lesson we should take away from the Virginia governor’s race is that the Democrats will apply lessons learned to all upcoming state races, while the GOP reads polls. It is clear that the Democrat PAC’s have gone after and energized their base. The scale of their effort even reached into many less reported, smaller state and local races in Red States and are bearing fruit. They are organized and the GOP still haven’t passed a meaningful bill (health care or Tax reform). I’m afraid the Establishment Republicans will once again fumble away the game.
The Republicans sit on their hands and worry only about how to keep “moderates” in office and keep out conservatives. Republicans ignore at their peril, the ferocity of the coming Democrat campaigns for Red State Governorships, Senatorial and Congressional races as well as Secretaries of State and Attorney General’s positions. It is these smaller races where the strength of a party lies for fending off lawsuits against conservative state initiatives and for holding power when redistricting congressional districts comes up every ten years.
Democrat PAC’s bombard my email ten to fifteen times every day pleading for donations, even as low as a $1.00, to combat Republicans who are destroying Obama’s legacy, shredding the Constitution and with other outlandish claims that Trumps impeachment is on hand if they only had only a few dollars more. These are followed up with sad pleas that they missed their goal because I didn’t contribute and yet, I read where the Democrats are gathering donations at a rate that far exceeds the GOP’s efforts.
I can understand that. I no longer donate to the GOP because they have become a money grubbing organization, not to promote the conservative Republican agenda, that they despise by the way, but to fund the elections of moderate candidates willing to become swamp creatures, or to fund Democrats if a Republican candidate doesn’t signal he/she is one of them.
I don’t know about Ed Gillespie except that he falls into the “Moderate Republican” category, gave lip service to Trump but didn’t or wouldn’t embrace Trump’s immigration policy, military buildup policy, and healthcare policy, tax-reform or job creation. Trumps record of success on all of those, except replacing Obamacare, are masterstrokes of managerial efficiency. Reducing the “deep state” is going on apace. The Republicans will be facing a catharsis if they deliver to us any more such losses.
The moderate Republicans will always fail because they don’t realize that Donald Trump is a successful business manager, a promoter of what’s great about America and America’s workers, and not simply an ineffective drone of a president that elite politicians can manipulate to affect domestic and foreign policy to satisfy their corrupt ends.
Trump will never be a tchotchke. Daily he sets the news agenda for the media. and has them chasing rainbows, creating fake stories just to fill space and directing issues where he wants them. In Virginia’s governor race, with Trump away, the GOP did none of these. The GOP is leaderless, adrift on a sea of inaction. Perhaps they should join Trumps party!
Remember, freedom is the goal, the constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (10Nov17)
Deep within the hidden recesses of the Pentagon, lurks a nondescript DoD group called the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, the lead agency apparently, for interviewing recovered, rescued or deserter prisoners of war, and other captives.
Among their latest achievements, is realizing the fall out gathered from interviews (interrogations?) of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A lead representative of that group,Terrance Russell, gave evidence at Bergdahl’s sentencing that the deserter/traitor provided a “gold mine” of useful intelligence about the militants who held him captive for years in Pakistan. Well, so did Mata Hari!
Russell testified that Bergdahl’s decision to abandon his post in 2009 produced an unintended consequence, by revealing the tactics used by the Taliban, their methods of imprisoning captured soldiers and, presumably, their own interview techniques. As a result, military doctrine on how to avoid capture and evade, and escape if captured, was updated.
I wonder at what point, after Bergdahl’s return in Obama’s infamous trade deal, did the “interrogations” of Bergdahl cease and the thrust change to “interviews” by Russell’s JPRA group? Because of the seriousness of Bergdahl’s offense any interrogations would be under Miranda warning as criminal. So, who decided to cease ‘Interrogations’ for criminal offenses in favor of ‘interviews’ simply to update military doctrine on escape and evasion? Has justice really been served? I ask because in my twenty-one years career as a military CE/CI/Criminal investigator, we had to be sensitive to the direction any investigation could take. In Bowe Bergdahl’s case, his desertion directly caused the deaths and injuries of other US soldiers.
Russell, whose group produces training and doctrine materials, testified that “Bergdahl’s debriefing added to lessons taught to US troops and allied militaries,” adding that Bergdahl still has intelligence that has yet to be collected that could still help troops in Afghanistan. Of course, now it’s too late. Bergdahl will be on the run hiding from the retribution that will seek him out.
I’m not faulting Terrance Russell or his information collection group for doing their jobs. His work helps keep military field doctrine up to date. It’s a necessary element of theater survival that all troops need to know. Russell’s enthusiasm for doing his job properly is also revealed when he said: “can you give him to me now? I need him now. I needed him three years ago,” “The fact I can’t get that information is wrong.” Russell testified that he had debriefed more than 120 American captives, more than any other US official….Source: Washington Post. 31Oct17 .
The defense appeared to use testimony from Russell and a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, to suggest that there is a national security interest in showing Bergdahl leniency. US
Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, the presiding judge, apparently thought that Bergdahl’s potential punishment, life imprisonment, was simply too much for this army snowflake as he had already suffered enough under the Taliban.
So, the rehabilitation of Bowe Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy begins. However, there is another unintended consequence: the resentment remains and will fester. How does injustice match resentment? By what remaining Obama values are soldiers to be assuaged of Bergdahl’s crimes? When did mistreatment by the enemy mitigate justifiable punishment of an offenders true crimes? Don’t you wonder too?
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (08Nov2017)