Monthly Archives: July 2016

Trump “imperfect messenger of the perfect storm in American politics”

Toward the end of his extremely persuasive pitch to conservatives to support Trump comes this from Hugh Hewitt:

Donald Trump, like it or not — like him or not— is the imperfect messenger of the perfect storm in American politics.

He is the shuddering, convulsive conclusion to decades of perceived indifference to the American middle class combined with a conviction that the GOP is spineless, and if he is not to your tastes, too bad.

Hewitt lists (a) the Supreme court nominees, (b) the foreign control on her (Russia, China, Iran, others) because of her hacked emails, and (c) the 3,000 political appointees he will bring with him, starting with Pence as v.p. and Christie as transition chief.

Hewitt is good. Read him.

Clout-heavy UNO hired his firm, Sen. Harmon clams up; narrow-gauge politics satisfy . . .

At town hall meeting, Oak Park library, July 17, 2013 — from Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters — UNO, fracking, pensions:

The clout-heavy United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) was brought up, reference was made to a sizable public-money grant for a charter school in nearby Galewood in 2009. There had been much spending on a post-announcement celebration — all of it widely reported, especially in detailed Sun-Times accounts.

Harmon responded carefully: “I have no knowledge of money being wasted.”

Spoken like a lawyer, and more than that, a partner with UNO’s lawyer in the firm, Burke Burns & Pinelli, which had taken UNO on as a client as soon as the scandal took shape months earlier.

By March, 2016, the firm had worked long and hard on UNO troubles to the extent of more than $962,000 in fees, wrote Sun-Times’ Dan Mihalopoulos (“THE WATCHDOGS: UNO’s secret spending spree”).

Few knew of this cheek-by-jowl Harmon-UNO connection. Many did know of the news stories, however, about which Harmon apparently had not felt prompted to inquire. He pleaded ignorance, said no more. No one questioned him further on the point.

Other issues arose:

fracking downstate (approved later by the legislature and judicially good to go by December, 2014) , dispensing of psychiatric drugs, and others.

The pension comes first, said Lilly. Harmon backed her up with a graph thrown up on a screen showing the size of pension outlay, asking along the way if anyone had “missed a payment.”

He had asked earlier who worked in government jobs, twenty-five or so had raised their hands. None did so this time. It was a litigator’s question, asked knowing the answer.

Again, it was so far, so good for one side of the issue,

payouts to pensioners, without reference to the state’s fiscal health — and continued ability to meet payments, for that matter.

He was practicing narrow-gauge politics that was good enough for his supporters. He was a sort of good shepherd caring for his flock.

Illinois Blues is available in paperbackepub and Amazon Kindle formats.

Trump’s Email ‘Trap’ Catches Hillary admitting maybe more than yoga appointments

National security, folks. Those personal emails. Her campaign said it!

The Hillary Clinton campaign didn’t take long to respond to Donald Trump’s comments about how Russia should try to find Clinton’s missing 33,000 emails.

It’s a tangled web.

The abortion party, front and center

As in the platform.

The Gnosticism of Barack Obama

This early Christian heresy, condemned in the 6th century, has its (unwitting?) adherents down through history.

One of them is our president, as here analyzed by a Catholic theologian.

Here’s the start of it:

Eric Voegelin, one of the great political philosophers of the last century (1901-1985), professed no religion, but he recognized its falsifications.

After extensively studying early Christianity, he found “Gnosticism” to render intelligible certain twentieth century movements like Nazism.

Gnosticism, as he understood it, spins an ideology within which all reality becomes refashioned and so falsified. Gnosticism …

Etc.

Sit down with this one, from Crisis Magazine.

Rush Limbaugh analyzes Democrats

 

The plight of the Democrat:

People that vote Democrat are some of the most depressed people you’ll run into.  They’re some of the angriest people you’ll run into, despite — in these last 7-1/2 years — getting everything they want, everything they thought would lead them to their utopia.

But by their own admission at their own convention last night, they’re no closer to utopia than they’ve ever been.  And they’re never gonna get there because it isn’t possible. “

Utopia is a mirage.

Talking up Hillary, Barack gave himself 119 pats on the back.

Can’t help himself. Fell in love with a wonderful guy years ago, has never regretted it. It’s been a gloriously happy marriage.

‘I was so young that first time’

Source: Watch Obama Refer to Himself 119 Times During Hillary Nominating Speech :: Grabien News

Trump to Putin, sort of

Please read this from his p.c. today about Putin and tell me how ridiculous is the uproar that followed. He’s riffing on the Dem committee leaks and Dems’ speculating it’s from Putin, and says this:

“Why do I have to get involved with Putin? I have nothing to do with Putin. I’ve never spoken to him. I don’t know anything about him other than he will respect me. He doesn’t respect our president. [Good point] And if it is Russia—which it’s probably not, nobody knows who it is—but if it is Russia, it’s really bad for a different reason, because it shows how little respect they have for our country, when they would hack into a major party and get everything.

But it would be interesting to see—I will tell you this—Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.

Russia, are you listening? And says he hopes R. finds the emails. Will be rewarded by our press.

It’s hyperbole, exaggeration, tomfoolery, satire, whatever you have for exaggerating, falsifying on the square, making a point in a public statement. Ye gods, and they are jumping at it. Shock effect pure and simple. Morons.

Something Big Dog forgot while rhapsodizing

Among items left out of Bill’s encomiastic speech last night:

. . .  the Trans Pacific Partnership, which Mrs. Clinton touted in her State Department memoir, “Hard Choices”—or at least in the hardcover edition.

The topic was cut from the paperback, as the Washington Free Beacon reported last month, presumably because TPP has turned out to be unpopular and she claims she supports it no longer.

Politico reports that Virginia’s Gov. Terry McAuliffe, “longtime best friend to the Clintons,” says he believes she’ll flip again if elected.

Oh no! I refuse to believe it.

We love humanity, it’s people we can’t stand

Three major ism’s have one thing in common.

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