Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"THERE IS A WORD that describes people who politicize everything, 24/7. Crazy."

Batshit crazy.
THIS TIME THEY CAME FOR THE CHILDREN: Another 'known wolf' attack.

Monday, May 22, 2017

DONALD TRUMP has done an amazing job at his most important job: "There can be no serious debate. Donald Trump has done a truly outstanding job of not being Hillary Clinton."


And that's good enough for me.
TWEET OF THE DAY:


Linked from PowerLine.
THANK YOU, you 'effing stupid Government safety nannies. This is what happens when you use one of those supersafe non-spill gas cans (that's gasoline on the floor, by they way - the second spill).


I finally had to transfer the gasoline from the 'spill-proof' container to an old non-spill-proof container to finish filling my UTV. Didn't spill a drop from the old container.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

BECAUSE (WEALTHY) DEMOCRATS DON'T PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE: Tough times in Connecticut.

Have feet? Vote.
ANN COULTER: Every time I try to be mad at Trump the media pull me back.
OTHER THAN BEING ILL-EDUCATED, LOUD-MOUTHED BOORISH THUGS: The five biggest things liberals get wrong about themselves.
ANOTHER PROGRESSIVE discovers that swords are double-edged weapons.
AMMO GRRRLL: Go on over to the Dark Side; there are no consequences:
If you’re a Democrat, you get to riot in a mask, burn down buildings, make fake rape charges, make fake hate crime charges, admit to child molestation in your own book, use many branches of the Federal Government to unlawfully harass and intimidate conservatives, advocate cop killing, shout down speakers, call for the murder of the President, and clap like a spastic seal at late-night comics making obscene jokes about the President of the United States. Jokes that would absolutely be deemed “homophobic” from any conservative.
Consequences are for Life’s Deplorable little losers.
HEH:


And they never shut up....
TARGET PRACTICE! If drones are not aircraft, then the FAA rules about not shooting them down do not apply.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:


Almost every time I turn on the news....
LEAF WATCH 2017: It's official ; Spring is here. Here's the final photo of this Spring series.


This picture was actually taken on Saturday last; the foliage is in full bloom, with the exception of the very tops of some of the pines which haven't quite achieved full green. The pond has disappeared from sight, and the fish (I suppose) are happy as there's plenty of shade to enjoy -- and insects to eat.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

PUNCHING BACK: Pro-life Fresno students sue professor over literal erasure of free speech.
BERNIE SANDERS stumbles upon inconvenient landmine left behind by Harry Reid.

A sword cuts both ways, Bernie. You Democrats/Socialists might want to remember that in the future.
THE VENEZUELA DIET:



Linked from PowerLine.
RANDOM THOUGHT: Guns are a lot like parachutes. If you need one and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again.
A REMINDER THAT THE REAL MINIMUM WAGE IS ZERO: New York city minimum wage law is forcing higher prices and restautant closures.

Friday, May 12, 2017

TRUMP FIRES COMEY. Hillary responds:


Linked from PowerLine's mid-week in Comey cartoons.
MURPHY STRIKES AGAIN: I've experienced every one of these at one point or another.
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch, and you'll have to pee.

Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.

The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.

If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring.

The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.

The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

At any event, the people whose seats are farthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet, and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies, and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people, also, are very surly folk.

As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

Anything is possible IF you don't know what you are talking about.

If the clothes fit, they're ugly.

As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it or the store will stop selling it.

If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor; by the time you get there, you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.
The most recent this afternoon.
SENATE DEMS: Appoint a special prosecutor or we’ll hold our breath until we turn blue.

Please do. I enjoy watching Democrats have tantrums....
THE BIG LESSON OF THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY so far is that our entire ruling class is narcissistic, undisciplined, and partisan.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

STEALING FROM THE POOR: It's what Democrats do. She just got caught.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

OBAMACARE REPEAL will help Republicans politically.

My inclination is to agree.
LIKE FREE SPEECH, compassion should be limited to liberals.
HILLARY’S ELECTION LOSS EXCUSE means one thing — She’s running in 2020.

The destruction of the modern Democrat party is nearly complete....
AS I HAVE WRITTEN BEFORE, Democrats legislate by emotion and anecdote. Here's a much more rational view to counter the emotion.
LEAF WATCH 2017: Spring is now springin' at full throttle. The trees are almost fully leafed out; our pond -- and the neighbors' houses on all sides -- are nearly invisible. By next week, it'll be official: Spring has arrived.


Here's last week's photo for comparison.
A BRIDGE TOO FAR: Repealing ObamaCare is unconstitutional.

Unless, of course, you're a Democrat, for which the Constitution means whatever you wish it to mean.

Monday, May 08, 2017

FREEDOM OF SPEECH SCIENCE, even in therapy.


It is wise to remember that before Galileo, the Earth was scientifically accepted as the center of the universe.
DIANNE FEINSTEIN struggling to read through 'complicated' healthcare bill. This whole mess might have been avoided if she had bothered to read the original ObamaCare bill. But no, she's a Democrat, and Democrats already know everything....
PROGRESSIVES ARE GOING 'NUCKING FUTS': Seattle Mayor adds diet drinks to his soda tax ‘to tackle white privilege’.
THEY CAN'T STOP LYING: Jonathan Gruber (remember him?) claims ObamaCare's problems are Trump's fault.
INTERSECTIONALITY: where competing liberal/progressive narratives collide.
FAKE LAW: How Trump-hatred warps the judiciary.
OBAMACARE V. TRUMPCARE: Liberals like to govern by emotion and anecdote; here's a logic and fact rebuttal.
DISTRACTED DRIVING FIX: a Faraday cage in your car. The only problem is the obvious one -- those most likely to use it are the ones least likely to need it. Now if the car won't start until all emitting devices (i.e., cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) are closed within it ....
SORRY, TECHNOCRATS AND POPULISTS NANNY-STATERS — "Bob still controls his own life more than you do. Pretending he doesn’t helps you far more than it helps him."

The Nanny State isn't about help; it's about control.
WHY WORK? As if free food, candy, snacks, and soda pop from food stamps; public housing; and help with utilities, and even reduced cable TV fees were not enough, the city of Sacramento is giving people another reason not to work. Free cars!
SINCE GOODWILL WON'T TAKE THEM, I'll sell them to Nieman Marcus. And I'll easily make enough to fund my retirement.

Linked from Instapundit.
PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ANTIQUITIES ACT EXECUTIVE ORDER is an opportunity to end a monumental abuse of government power.
WHY I AVOID DEMOCRAT BASTIONS: You don't have to live in a cesspool to know what's in it.
WHY PROGRESSIVES CAN'T WON'T DO MATH: What you need to know about pre-existing conditions.
WHY OUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES are hotbeds of stupidity: "The faculty least qualified to have an opinion on politics are the ones with the loudest opinions."
OBAMA AND COMPANY openly spied on thousands of American citizens as Obama abused national security concerns to spy on political opponents.
I am willing to bet that all this information and more is in the computers of the DNC and Obama's OFA organization. Part of ObamaCare's damage is it put everyone's medical information on computers -- which Democrats are ace at hacking.
That's a bet I wouldn't take....

Sunday, May 07, 2017

PROGRESSIVE 'SCIENCE': engaged in neither the pursuit of Fact nor the pursuit of Truth — only the pursuit of Power.
ONE CHART: all you need to know about 'climate change'.
CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE'S process for dealing with student rioters.

What a waste of pixels. A proper process is this: if identified on videotape or by other means, those student rioters should be immediately expelled with no chance of ever being readmitted, and no transfer of any academic credit to any other institution permitted. Period.
DOUBLING DOWN ON STUPID: Liberals furious that Ivanka is a real mother.

Question: would they be this upset if it were Ivanka's nanny dancing with her children?
CALIFORNIA proposes to tax space travel.

California just might want to reconsider. The only reason to launch from the west coast is to avoid overflying South America when launching satellites into polar orbit, and launch vehicles are now sophisticated enough to 'jog around' Brazil when launching from the east coast.

Vandenberg AFB will remain for military spacecraft, but commercial launches can - and will - migrate back to the east coast.
IF THERE ARE NO LAWS, THERE'S NO CRIME, RIGHT? Los Angeles Times op-ed claims sanctuary cities 'keep crime down'.
RIGHT NOW, it's good enough for me.
THERE ARE A LOT OF PIXELS spent on people helped by ObamaCare, but very few spent on those hurt. Here's one.
SOCIALISM, the 21st century diet plan.

In plain English, starvation. Venezuelans are starving.
GEORGIA 16: When Democrats can't win an election legitimately, they cheat.
TOP DEMOCRATS say Americans will 'die' from ObamaCare overhaul.

Like veterans have under President Obama's Veterans Administration?
CULTURAL APPROPRIATION: A Modest Proposal. No pizza for you unless you can prove your Italian heritage. And no Tex-Mex unless you're a native Texican.
SEGREGATION IS BAD and it's back.

There's a difference between segregation and self-segregation. If progressives want to wall themselves off from civil society, I'm fine with that.
NO SURPRISE: Most federal employees disapprove of Trump. Their jobs (such as they are) are at stake.
REP. RUBEN GALLEGO [D(UMB)-AZ]: GOP health care bill ‘going to kill people,’ so Democrats shouldn’t be civil to Republicans.

Let's get real. Gallego's claim that the GOP health care bill is 'going to kill people' is an assertion - a belief, not a fact. Whether there's a rational basis for that belief is irrelevant; it's still an assertion.

Now Gallego's 7th Congressional district includes Phoenix, where government-sponsored single-payer health care has already killed hundreds during the preceeding Democrat administration - and that's a fact.

So, Ruben, should we Republicans 'be civil to Democrats'?
WELL, PROGRESSIVES, you're getting what you demanded.

Hope you enjoy it....
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS LATER: LAPD still hasn't learned its lesson.

Liberals are condemned to repeat history....
BECAUSE THUGGERY: The NFL needs Colin Kaepernick a victim.
THEY ARE too cheap to pay their own medical bills. So they demand you pay them.
PALE RIDER, Part Deaux.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

NRA MEMBERS not up to the task of repelling tyrants. Tyrants, maybe not alone (but I wouldn't bet against); tyrant wannabees (like the progressive Left), easily.
THE NEVER-ENDING ELECTION:
None of us, no voter or official or institution, has yet to fully assimilate the fact that Donald Trump is president, that this unpopular and unpredictable man holds what has become the primary office of our constitutional system. He certainly doesn't make our jobs any easier: It is hard to read or watch his recent interviews without holding one's head in one's hands. And yet there he is. His daily presence is an accusation, a rebuke, an admonishment, a reminder that the country we thought we lived in might not have actually existed. The shocks of deindustrialization and the financial crisis, of unchecked immigration, multiculturalism, and the transgender revolution, of digital and social media, of inconclusive decades-long wars, of rampant heroin addiction seem to have made large parts of the country unrecognizable to those of us living in coastal cities and their affluent suburbs. Is our country really this divided, our politics this polarized, and our culture this degraded? Was 2016 not a fluke but a warning? What of?
"[A] reminder that the country we thought we lived in might not have actually existed." Is the liberal bubble beginning to burst?

Umm, probably not.
DEMOCRAT RUNNING FOR CONGRESS says climate skeptics should commit suicide. Presumably before voting....
BLACK COLUMNIST suspended from major paper for denying NRA is like ISIS.
I'D RATHER NOT KNOW WHERE. Porn star bitten by shark during underwater shoot.
'ROBUST' MEANS 'ONE': McAuliffe touts Virginia’s ‘robust health care system’.
IN MEETING WITH IVANKA TRUMP, [Planned Parenthood's] Cecile Richards shows her hand on abortion.
HILLARY CLINTON to launch 'resistance' PAC. "[I]t’ll be interesting to see what kind of donations the PAC gets with its founders fresh out of influence to peddle."
NEW FRONTIER IN “RESISTANCE”: Mailing your ashes to Congress after the GOP health-care law kills you.

I suppose that if you're in a Democrat stronghold, you can always vote absentee....
MEDIA BIAS WRIT LARGE: Trump threatens press freedom.

Ridiculous. And stupid.
HUH? Scientists ‘more confident than ever’ in global warming after studying the lack of it for 15 years. The article itself makes as much sense as the lede.
HEH: Wall Street bribes to Democratic women are 43% smaller than to Democratic men.

'Equality' is a sexist bitch....
ENVIRONMENTAL HYPOCRITES: Few things pollute the earth more than when leftists gather to protest.

I've been there - and seen how prodigiously they produce pollution for others to clean up.
SOLAR ENERGY PRODUCES JOBS -- but not much else.
POWERLINE'S Week in Pictures. My favorite is on the latest in environmental technology:


Now go see the rest (but be prepared for nightmares).

CALIFORNIA IS A MODEL — of exactly what not to do if a state wants to keep its young.
BUT THREATENING HERETICS ISN'T TERRORISM: Eco-terrorism in Alabama?
WHAT FANS of The Handmaid’s Tale prefer to ignore.

I don't think it's a 'prefer to ignore' matter. Rather, it's that progressives cannot comprehend that the comparison to Islamic culture is even relevant.
BREAKING NON-NEWS: Another post-election hate crime turns out to be fake.
ONE HUNDRED DAYS of #TheResistance’s humiliating failure.
WELL, HE DID ONE THING RIGHT: Montana Democrat rejects DNC help and embraces Bernie Sanders.

Too bad he didn't go for two....

Friday, May 05, 2017

NANCY PELOSI: Letting people keep money they earn is stealing.
Stay with me on this one Nancy: ObamaCare raised taxes and caused most working people to spend more money on shittier coverage. Repealing this ridiculous law means that working people will be able to keep more of their money. Also, offering a tax break means that working people will be able to keep even more of that money that they earn.

Poor people are not entitled to the fruits of other people’s labor. Letting people keep more of the money they earn is not stealing from poor people because that money was never theirs in the first place. See how that works?

Stealing and redistribution of wealth would be if the government passed a law that forced people to by a product from a private company at inflated prices so that same product could then be given for free to lazy people who have made shitty life choices. You know, kind of like ObamaCare.
I guess it's not stealing if, as the Democrats seem to believe, it's their money in the first place and your 'earnings' are just their generosity in not taking it all.
TRUMP TO BALTIMORE: You're on your own.

Let's hope the Trump administration sticks to its guns....
THE ARROGANCE OF BLUE AMERICA: Progressives cannot recognize that most Americans do not want to live the blue bourgeoisie’s preferred lifestyle.

And they don't recognize that they cannot live their own preferred lifestyle without Red America's economic enterprise.
MY REALITY IS THE ONLY REALITY: Berkeley student worries campus minorities would be traumatized by police.

Competing realities need not apply at Berkeley.
A THOUGHT FOR PROGRESSIVES:


Making life difficult one day at a time.
CAN CALIFORNIA prove - or disprove - the existence of mass voter fraud?
YALE GRADUATE STUDENTS go on 'symbolic' hunger strike where they're allowed to eat.

It must be tough, no snacking between meals....

Increasing the anguish: Yale's College Republicans hold BBQ at protest site.
THE OBAMACARE REPEAL BILL coherently explained.
AMMO GRRRLL has a whole line of awesome products for poseurs or ironic hipsters.

Still cheap at twice the price.
JACK DUNPHY: Los Angeles Police Commission makes violent protests like UC-Berkeley more likely.
DON SURBER: Kicking Washington D.C. out of our school lunchrooms:
Under Barack Obama, Democrats took over school cafeterias. The Great and Power Ozzys in Emerald City would write the school lunch menus across the land -- ending childhood obesity, and creating a new generation of super Americans.

We wound up with the best-fed landfills in the world as many schoolchildren refused to eat their spinach.

Another Obama triumph Trumped.
AUDIT: University of California president hid $175 million. According to President Janet Napolitano, it was
“a prudent and reasonable amount for unexpected expenses such as cybersecurity threat response and emerging issues like increased support for undocumented students and efforts to prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment.”
More likely it was a slush fund to augment her and her minions already exhorbitant salaries.
ABOUT TIME: George Soros battles $10B lawsuit, familiar charges of wielding political influence.

Let it be only the first of many....
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THESE SNOWFLAKES? Library fines too stressful for Harvard students.

These twits should never have been allowed to graduate from kindergarten. And the Harvard 'administrators' should be fired.
"PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT CULTURAL APPROPRIATION un-ironically are self-identifying as idiots. They should be mocked and ridiculed mercilessly."

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

TEXAS PREPARES to begin locking up leaders in sanctuary cities. I think a minimum 90-day jail sentence for any elected or appointed official supporting sanctuary cities would be appropriate.
UNITED NATIONS: Repealing ObamaCare could violate international law.

"Sod off!" has a nice ring to it, but my personal favorite is still "You mistake me for someone who gives a shit."
THE LEFT'S MEDIA INSTITUTIONS are racist.
VEGANS: scientific illiterates.

Monday, May 01, 2017

SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Study finds Democrats least tolerant of opposing views. They know they're right (and have participation trophies to prove it), so why should they tolerate other views?
LEAF WATCH 2017: That semi- magical 'poof day' when all the trees suddenly decide to show their new leaves occurred mid-week. Here's today's photo:


The pond is still there, but it's rapidly disappearing behind the new foliage. Here's last weeks photo for comparison, and you can scroll back in time from there.

I suspect that by next week the pond will have almost completely disappeared from view from our terrace.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

HOUSE DEMOCRATS treat 2016 autopsy as top secret. Yes, can't have the proles finding out that they're at fault for Hillary's loss.
OBVIOUSLY RACIST: Company offers beauty products for 'white' hair.

Can't have a company offering primarily black-oriented products trying to extend its product line to non-blacks....
COMMON SENSE: flowers that don't grow in progressive gardens.

Friday, April 28, 2017

MOSSAD TO THE RESCUE: Can the liberal arts be saved?
#NOTFONDOFTRUMP AFTER 100 DAYS: "[I]t's way too early to declare Trump a success. But it seems to me he's off to a good start."
SHOWBOATING: federal judge suspends Trump’s unenforced ban on funding for sanctuary cities.
The ruling distorts the Executive Order beyond recognition, accusing the president of usurping legislative authority despite the order’s express adherence to “existing law.” Moreover, undeterred by the inconvenience that the order has not been enforced, the activist court — better to say, the fantasist court — dreams up harms that might befall San Francisco and Santa Clara, the sanctuary jurisdictions behind the suit, if it were enforced. The court thus flouts the standing doctrine, which limits judicial authority to actual controversies involving concrete, non-speculative harms.
Isn't it time to start impeaching activist judges?
SOUTH DAKOTA: Democrats are being crushed.

Good.
COGNITIVE DISSONANCE: "[those] who don't understand history are doomed to believe whatever the experts tell them."
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Never meddle in the affairs of dragons. You are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
TRUMP: let's give Obama's land back to the states.

It wasn't your land to take, Mr. ex-President.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

KURT SCHLICHTER: I am a victim of progressive hate crimes.
As a person of absolutely no color who embodies an intersectional reality that includes my utter lack of genderfluidity and my unemployment-questioning, differently-veteraned, and non-pagan experiences, I am totally oppressed by progressivism’s hegemonic power structure.
My phallocentric feline friends are not amused, however.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Will 2020 be another 1972 for Democrats?
DEMOCRATS THROW ANOTHER CHILDISH TANTRUM: threaten to oppose bill to prevent shutdown if health care vote happens before Saturday.

It what they (and progressives, but I repeat myself) do.
CALIFORNIA’S LATEST MOVE to “fight the wall” [build it and be banned] is truly something out of La La Land.

Minority contractors won't be affected? 'Undocumented' construction workers won't be affected? Aren't these people part of California's protected class?
BREAKING NEWS FROM THE PROGRESSIVE LEFT: Living in a tiny house is 'poverty appropriation'.
SEN. STENY HOYER [D(UMB)-MD] blames $10 trillion debt increase under Obama on ‘big tax cuts’ and recession recovery.

Was I sleeping when Obama cut taxes during his 8-year administration?
HAH: Californians upset that they can’t sell their green energy homes. They should have thought of that before they signed up for the subsidies.
'CELEBRITY' CHEF ON MSNBC: "There’s no legal way for immigrants to actually enter this country." That will certainly surprise the legal immigrants my wife taught English as a second language....
GOOD GUY GAL WITH A GUN: Ohio woman shoots intruder after he tackles her in her elderly parents’ home.
SUCKERS! The progressive Left actually thought Obama meant all that anti-Wall Street retoric. And then there's progressive hero Bernie Sanders....

Anyone ever notice that the progressive (socialist) leadership always needs a little extra dispensation for their hard work of telling everyone else what to do?
PROGRESSIVES: petty, bankrupt, and vindictive.
ANN COULTER drops out of Berkeley speech.
Roger L. Simon explains that “this is because the conservative group Young America’s Foundation backed away, citing safety issues. The irony in all this is nothing looks worse for the left than a bunch of masked goons breaking university windows."
Actually what would be worse (for them) would be to be seen running in fear from patriots intent on pulping them....
ANOTHER REASON TO MOVE THE U.N. TO, SAY, RAQQA, SYRIA: U.N. warns that repealing ObamaCare may be illegal.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CARTOON OF THE DAY: the reason for 'Never Trump' anger....

LIVE FREE OR DIE: liberals want to kill free speech, so we patriots must fight back.

The First and Second Amendments to our Constitution are too important to surrender without a fight.
A DJ WRITES on the sins of the Social Justice Warriors.

It's long, but worthy.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS interviews President Trump and PowerLine's John Hinderaker takes note:
[T]he more I have listened to Trump and, especially, read transcripts of his speeches and interviews, the more I am impressed by the fact that if you look past his gee-whiz real estate developer style and his generally-overlooked implicit self-deprecation, what Trump is telling us is usually very smart.
Read the whole interview (first link).
WHY HE WON: Trump asked. I remember noting that, both in the primaries and in the general election. The other candidates, especially Hillary Clinton, didn't ask, they assumed (or demanded) my vote.
OXFORD UNIVERSITY HAS BECOME SNOWFLAKE U: Students who avoid making eye contact could be guilty of racism.

Linked from this Instapundit post.
BUT ONLY IF you run as a Republican.
SHARYL ATTKISSON’S 'Obama-era surveillance timeline':
[T]he kinds of intelligence abuses we’re hearing about now did not begin when Team Obama became concerned about Donald Trump. Attkisson says that in April 2009, just a few months into the Obama presidency, “someone leak[ed] the unmasked name of Congresswoman Jane Harman to the press” According to news reports, the Bush administration NSA had incidentally recorded and saved Harmon’s phone conversations with pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation for espionage. But it was during the Obama presidency that the information was leaked to the press.

Harman is a liberal Democrat. However, she was more hard line than most Democrats on national security. Perhaps more significantly, she was a political enemy of Nancy Pelosi.

There was also the case of Fox News’ James Rosen. In May 2010, the government secretly applied for a warrant to obtain Google email information regarding Rosen. Three years later, Fox News learned that the Justice Department secretly labeled reporter Rosen a possible “criminal co-conspirator” and “flight-risk” in obtaining warrants to monitor his movements, phone records, and emails in a leak investigation starting in 2011.

Moreover, although Attkisson doesn’t mention it, when James Rosen visited his parents he used their telephone to talk to one of his contacts. This led to the lead investigation being extended to Rosen’s parents. Creepy.

Attkisson herself apparently was the victim of surveillance after she broke, and persistently reported on, the Holder Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” scandal. In February 2013, remote intruders secretly download new spy software proprietary to a federal agency onto her work computer.
I think it's clear that the Obama administration 'weaponized' the federal government against its own citizens. What's not clear is whether the Trump administration can - or will wnat to - 'de-weaponize' it.
DIRTY JEANS: pre-soiled diapers for snowflakes.
BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump wants to get a man to Mars by the end of his administration.

Heh.
IT'S TIME TO REOPEN INSANE ASYLUMS: Activist says having ‘genital preferences’ in dating is transphobic (whatever that means).
SCOTT ADAMS on the Trump resistance movement: Trump isn't Hitler; Trump is incompetent.

The Dumbocrats Democrats are having trouble keeping their memes straight.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A LIBERAL:


It may take a while, but the identification is definitive.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

CARTOON OF THE DAY:

DEMOCRATS: Remember your mantra.
I’m special.
I’m uniquely blessed with moral insights from somewhere – definitely not God.
I’m right.
And everyone else is wrong.

And please. Please! Don't change.
M*A*S*H progressive role model Maj. Frank Burns: "Individuality is fine, as long as we all do it together."
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:



There used to be a whole genre of science fiction about the equivalent of 'sanctuary cities' where those who could not, or would not, be subject to civil laws and norms were sent to live sans any government intervention. Heinlein's "Coventry" is one such example.

In seeking to deny any federal funding to sanctuary cities and states (e.g., California) it appears President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have read Heinlein.
THE RAW STORY reported "5 psychiatrists this week gathered at a conference at Yale to sound the alarm on what they believe is President Donald Trump’s 'dangerous mental illness'."

I'm reminded of something I learned in college many years ago: people go into psychiatry in order to understand their own neuroses. Most fail.
ON THE MESSAGE BOARD at the local church: "This too shall pass - maybe a little like a kidney stone - but it shall pass."
HERE'S ANOTHER in my spring leaf watch posts:


We're on our 3rd inch of rain today, so it's a rather gray, but green, day. The leaves have finally begun to arrive in force. Here's last week's photo for comparison, and though there's no blue sky today the greens are dramatic. The ferns along the retaining wall and ground cover over the slope of the hill have literally burst out of the ground and the trees have begun to throttle up leaf production.

By next week it should be almost summer. About time, too.
A FINAL THOUGHT on Earth Day dopery.
PUNCH: UC Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter speech.

COUNTERPUNCH: UC Berkeley students threaten to sue to restore Coulter's visit.
EARTH DAY HORROR: Bill Nye upset CNN's panel included somebody who disagrees with him.

How does that old lawyer witticism go? Something akin to "When the facts support you, argue the facts; when they don't, pound the table."
THE NEW YORKER has Trump Derangement Syndrome.
We owe it to our country and to our sanity to go on a case-by-case basis, empirically evaluating each action as it takes place, and refusing to succumb to the urge to turn politics into a series of set responses—exactly the habit, after all, that we so often deplore in Trump and the people around him.
Which is exactly what Adam Gopnik does in the linked article.
NEW YORK TIMES: [FBI Director James] Comey went public about Emailgate partly because he didn’t trust Loretta Lynch to be impartial. Read it all and make up your own mind, but I think Comey was left hanging in the wind by the Obama administration and he did the best he could: lay out the facts and let the American voters decide.

They did.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

AND SUBSTITUTING FOR EARTH DAY, we have scenes from the 'science' march. Which has about as much to do with science as fish with bicycles.
AFTER 48 YEARS OF CONSECUTIVE FAILED PREDICTIONS, Earth Day has lost its cachet. Finally.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

YES. Too clean for our children's good?
BARNEY & CLYDE on the 80% rule. Unfortunately most of the 80-percenters I've come across have demanded 110% of their salary for their 80% contribution....
THE TRUMP WIRETAPS:
“It has become increasingly clear to me that there was widespread wiretapping of President Trump and his associates and that the underlying justification was pretextual — it was actually intended to spy on a political opponent.

The prior administration was so confident Hillary would win that they left their tracks uncovered....”

Read the whole thing.
CAGE MATCH: Mama Grizzly versus Fauxcahontas.

My bet is on Mama Grizzly....
PROGRESSIVES: Is this really the kind of world that you want?
TROLLED: The Huffington Post removes an article on banning white men from voting after discovering the author doesn't exist.

Progressives can be suckered into anything that meets their fantasy-world desires....
MIKE ROWE: "A plane is not a democracy." United Airlines passenger David Dao should have been dragged off the aircraft, cuffed, arrested, and spent a few nights in jail.

It makes me sick that he's in line for a lawsuit with a big payout.
OLD NEWS FOR LIBERALS: water flows uphill.
THANK GOODNESS: Georgia 6th District defeats Jon Ossoff.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

SHOE on the hazards of ageing.
DISPLAYING YOUR “DON’T TREAD ON ME” FLAG may now be a punishable offense. Not where I live, and any snowflake daring to complain would be laughed out of town. Or sent to (his/her/its) room.
DEMOCRATS’ POST-ELECTION PLAYBOOK: forget middle America. Democrats think of themselves as the urban party, destined to lead those 20% (do the research) of non-urban middle-American boobs to their shining city on the hill.

In reality, the Democrats are the inner-city urban party, and their 'shining city' is a slum.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Obama is America's version of Stanley Baldwin.
Last year, President Obama assured the world that "we are living in the most peaceful, prosperous and progressive era in human history," and that "the world has never been less violent."

Translated, those statements meant that active foreign-policy volcanoes in China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and the Middle East would probably not blow up on what little was left of Obama's watch.

Obama is the U.S. version of Stanley Baldwin, the suave, three-time British prime minister of the 1920s and 1930s. Baldwin's last tenure (1935-1937) coincided with the rapid rise of aggressive German, Italian and Japanese fascism.
Read it all.
DEMOCRAT NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TOM PEREZ: Trump didn't win the election. Has he been to Mar-a-Lago lately? Or the White House?
HMM: The border wall is problematic because birds and bats might not be able to fly over. They forgot about coyotes, deer, bobcats, snakes, Gila monsters, cats, dogs, armadillos, porcupines, skunks, turtles, ....
AT THE CORNER OF PERCEPTION AND REALITY: PowerLine on ObamaCare repeal's first failure.

It now appears that the Republicans will try again. My preference would be for the House to pass a complete repeal (all three phases of the initial proposal lumped together in one bill) and force the Senate Democrats to attempt a filibuster.
RANDOM THOUGHTS from the PowerLine crew.
JAILS FOR ELITES: “Yale is becoming a kind of jail which hands out professional credentials to those hardy enough to serve out their term.”

And rich enough.
SCOTT ADAMS (DILBERT) on a fake news interview with him.
AN OLD DAVE BARRY COLUMN on how to fix Social Security. Entitlements (Medicare and Social Security) are the big cliff we're soon to be going over, so we might as well start thinking about it again.
POWERLINE'S WEEK IN PICTURES has posted, and this weeks theme is 'liberalism for children'. Herewith my favorite:


Such special snowflakes.
JEFF JACOBY: Immigrant heroes save American lives.

While I like Jeff Jacoby, I fall out with him on this one. He's guilty of the very conflating criminal aliens, which the Trump administration is arresting and deporting, with all aliens. The Trump administration (as yet) declared no policy regarding the law-abiding aliens beyond building a 'wall' and not allowing any more to enter.

Of which I wholeheartedly approve. Our immigration system is badly in need of repair such that aliens can only enter the United States through a through a lawful, well-regulated process.

At that point, we can deal with the resident aliens who are lawful, but entered illegally. And I suspect the solution will be to allow them to stay, just not as citizens.
A TWEET you need to read.
POWERLINE: A pro-environment judge is a bad judge. The post isn't really about the environment; it's about whether a Supreme Court Justice should show deference to government experts bureaucrats or to the Constitution.
Today, we are governed mostly by a fourth branch, nowhere mentioned in the Constitution, the permanent federal bureaucracy. These office-holders persist from one administration to another, and in many cases resist any effort to bring them into line with a new administration’s policies. They are unelected, unaccountable, frequently incompetent, and almost always Democrats.
I vote for the Constitution; damn the bureaucrats.
JEEZ, IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS since my last spring leaf watch post. I'm getting forgetful in my old age. Here's this week's picture:


There hasn't been as much change as I expected. The greens are a bit darker, but the biggest change is that the new buds, which are beginning to be visible, have pushed off the last remaining dead leaves from 2016.

I expect the new leaves will begin to show next week (if I can remember to take the photo).
PREET BHARARA was rightfully fired.
Bharara’s refusal to resign wasn’t about principle. It was about putting himself publicly on the side of anti-Trump Democrats, no doubt in the expectation of future rewards, political or professional. It was not a brave act. It was, in fact, a species of corruption.
And while he's (theoretically) now a law professor, he's widely seen to be running for office in New York. Mayor of NYC. Or Governor.

Perfect jobs for a corruptocrat.
FASHIONWEAR FOR NORTH KOREA: from the (Ivanka) Trump collection.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

ACADEMIA IS OUR ENEMY. We should help it commit suicide.
JEFF JACOBY: Ditch ObamaCare, and don't stop there.

Get out of my health care. Stay out. And don't even think about trying to come back.
THE TRUTH about Hillary. But will the Dimocrats Democrats ever admit to it?

Note that I don't ask if Hillary ever will; it can be taken for granted that she won't.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON on the Trump message and its messenger.
JOY BEHAR: Trump’s cutting education ‘so we can all be as dumb as he is'.

She has both a BA (Queen's College) and a MA (Stony Brook) and as dumb as she is, maybe defenestrating the Department of Education is indeed a good thing.
HEH: Redistribution can work both ways.
AMMO GRRRLL on progressives' poetry for desperate times:
Violets are nice,
but Roses are best.
Could you play with your Play Doh?
And give it a rest?

Violets are blue,
Roses are red.
The Left has gone bonkers.
And satire is dead.
And safe spaces. Don't forget safe spaces.
IVANKA TRUMP’S car seat “scandal”.

As a general rule, it's safe to assume that health and safety nannies are idiots.
JEFF JACOBY: Why do climate models fail?


Because the science isn't settled?
I MUST HAVE MISSED this PowerLine Week in Pictures. Here's my favorite:


There's more: go and see how a feminist views the world.
ANOTHER LIBERAL IDIOT SELF-IDENTIFIES: Designer Zac Posen (whoever he is) refusing to dress Ivanka and Melania Trump.

I suspect the truth is that he's pissed because they didn't ask him.

Friday, April 14, 2017

A COLOSSAL GOP FAILURE AND NOT JUST ON HEALTH: Why aren’t bills on infrastructure, tax reform and free speech lined up like planes on a runway?

The GOP has had at least the last 4 years to prepare - why didn't they?
ARE YOU A SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR called up for a last-minute protest? Or jailed after one? There's a babysitting service for you.
AN EXAMPLE of liberal expertise.
HOT NEW IDEA FROM CALIFORNIA: Maybe teachers shouldn’t have to pay state income taxes.

Since Californians are leaving the state in record numbers, perhaps it would be a good idea to grant 'tax freedom' to any resident who manages to remain employed in the state for a period of, say, 10 years....
ANOTHER VICTORY: Second Amendment may be restored on Army Corps of Engineers land.

When Trump won the presidency, the Army Corps of Engineers saw the handwriting on the wall.
ANOTHER OBAMA POLICY revoked.
FAILURE UPON FAILURE: Democrats seek to escape their whirlpool of failure and fail at that too.

Heh.
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:
School shootings are proof that when God leaves the classroom evil moves in.

Live your life so the preacher won't have to lie at your funeral.
Bumper stickers seen locally.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

COMMENT OF THE DAY: "Democrats can't survive as a party without an endless supply of other people's money to spend."

Truer words and all that. From this PowerLine post.
DUMB? DEVIOUS? DIRTY? DERANGED? What does the Democrat party stand for?

And crooked.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Monday, April 03, 2017

POWERLINE'S WEEK IN PICTURES explains why 'repeal and replace' failed.


Go see the rest; it was a good week.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

IT'S BEEN A MONTH since I started my annual spring leaf watch, and hardly anything has happened. Here's today's picture from outside on the terrace deck:


There's a bit more green as finally some buds are beginning to show, but the 4-week March cold snap pretty well halted any further growth. For comparison, the March 5 picture is here.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

MASSACHUSETTS SHERIFF: Arrest city officials who harbor and conceal illegal aliens.

Yes! Yes, and yes. My only improvement would be to strike the word 'city' from the lede.
WHO CARES, AS LONG AS HE'S NOT HERE: Where in the world in Barack Obama?
STUCK ON STUPID: Men must halt; women must walk. And women in pants must ... ???
THIS could get interesting.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A POINT DIFFICULT TO ARGUE:
A little girl was leaning into a lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, all under the eyes of her screaming parents

A biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl and the biker brings the girl to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter has watched the whole event.

The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, "Sir, this was the most gallant and bravest thing I've seen a man do in my whole life."

The Harley rider replies, "Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right."

The reporter says, "Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a journalist, you know, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living, and what political affiliation do you have?"

The biker replies "I'm a U.S. Marine, a Republican and I voted for Trump".

The journalist leaves. The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:

"U.S. Marine assaults African immigrant and steals his lunch"
Truer words were never written. From my email.
WORRIED LIBERALS would like to redraw the order of presidential succession. They're losing power; they know it; and they're going bat-shit crazy (not that it was a big leap from just plain crazy).
A CRACK IN THE WALL: Joe Manchin reportedly will defy Democrat filibuster and vote for cloture on Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Even though I like Joe Manchin - and there are other cracks in the filibuster wall - I hope the filibuster succeeds so that McConnell can nuke it before the next Supreme Court nomination.
NIKKI HALEY TO THE UN: ‘The days of Israel bashing are over’. High heels, used properly, can hurt. (It's a trivial exercise in mathematics to prove that a 120-pound woman in heels can do more damage to a floor than a 12,000 pound elephant.)
AT MSNBC: Barack Obama's press secretary just landed a brand new job.

Even Obama flunkies have to eat....
TWIT TWEETS, gets hypocrisy exposed.

Punching back is a beautiful thing.
HISPANIC CONTRACTOR wants to build Trump's wall.

Heh.
ACCORDING TO EXPERTS, taxpayers spend 6.1 billion hours a year just to comply with the federal tax code.

Some of that 6 billion hours is mine....
DON'T SNICKER: Whoopi Goldberg says 'The View' is more credible than Fox News.

Laugh out loud instead....

Sunday, March 26, 2017

PUT ME IN CHARGE . . .
Put me in charge of food stamps. No cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho's, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. Then we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your "home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a "government" job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22-inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the "common good.

Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin their "self-esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

AND while you are on Government subsistence, you no longer can vote! Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov't welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.
From my email. I particularly like the last paragraph - on government subsistence, you can't vote. I'd like to see it extended to government employees at all levels: if you're a full-time federal employee, you can't vote in federal elections; if you're a full-time state employee, you can't vote in state elections; if you're a full-time city/county employee, you can't vote in city/county elections; etc.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

POWERLINE'S Week in Pictures has posted. My favorite, by far:


And, of course, go and see the rest.

Friday, March 24, 2017

THE FIVE DUMBEST QUESTIONS put to Neil Gorsuch. No surprise; all were posed by Dumbocrats Democrats. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) topped the list with two.
BLUEXIT: A modest proposal for separating blue states from red.

I look forward to 'Bluexit' - it will make the collapse of Blue America that much faster as they run out of money to pay for the free stuff that their base demands.
YOU'RE ONLY WHITE if you disagree with progressive orthodoxy.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

WHY OBAMACARE MUST BE REPLACED: One family's ObamaCare tale.

Which is why I want ObamaCare axed. Health care is my responsibility, and how I choose to achieve it should be mine as well.
SPEAKING TOO SOON: Why Trump’s ‘wiretapping’ tweets were a mistake.

Sorry, Jonah, but I disagree. It's time for our political class to stop talking among themselves and start talking to us - as President Trump does with his tweeting.
YES. YES HE DID: Did Obama spy on Trump?

We're only beginning to plumb the depths of the Obama administration's depravity.
IT'S LOOKING MORE LIKELY that Republicans may be inclined to use the Parliamentarian dodge to repeal ObamaCare in toto.

More here.
A RIGHT TO REPAIR: Why Nebraska farmers are taking on John Deere.

Which also explains why I am increasingly reluctant to buy anything whose basic functionality can only be repaired by an 'authorized dealer'.
HERE'S A QUESTION I'VE BEEN ASKING: Where's the Democrats' plan to fix ObamaCare?
IMPRIMIS: Thinking about Vladimir Putin.

President Trump is - and has been - correct: no matter what you think of Vladimir Putin as a person, any rational person must recognize that the man is a leader. To believe or speak otherwise is mere political posturing - virtue signaling.

Read it all. Then read it again.
SUPREME COURT: Transgender bathrooms are not a federal (constitutional) responsibility.
'ADULTING' SCHOOL teaches young adults grown-up skills. I blame the education monopoly (primarily K-12) for focusing more and more on 'social justice' and less and less on actual knowlege.

I noticed it (a little) with my own children, but luckily they graduated before social justice warfare became de rigueur.
SEARCHING FOR A BRONZE DEMOCRAT:
A tourist walked into a Chinese curio shop in San Francisco. While looking around at the exotic merchandise, he noticed a very lifelike, life-sized, bronze statue of a rat. It had no price tag, but was so incredibly striking the tourist decided he must have it. He took it to the old shop owner and asked, "How much for the bronze rat?"

"Ahhh, you have chosen wisely! It is $12 for the rat and $100 for the story," said the wise old man.

The tourist quickly pulled out twelve dollars. "I'll just take the rat, you can keep the story".

As he walked down the street carrying his bronze rat, the tourist noticed that a few real rats had crawled out of the alleys and sewers and had begun following him down the street. This was a bit disconcerting so he began walking faster.

A couple blocks later he looked behind him and saw to his horror the herd of rats behind him had grown to hundreds, and they began squealing. Sweating now, the tourist began to trot toward San Francisco Bay.

Again, after a couple blocks, he looked around only to discover that the rats now numbered in the millions, and were squealing and coming toward him faster and faster. Terrified, he ran to the edge of the Bay and threw the bronze rat as far as he could into the Bay.

Amazingly, the millions of rats all jumped into the Bay after the bronze rat and were all drowned.

The man walked back to the curio shop in Chinatown.

"Ahhh," said the owner, "You come back for story?"

"No sir," said the man, "I came back to see if you have a bronze Democrat."
From my email.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

AMMO GRRRLL has some advice for experts: "Shut up."
THE TREE OF EXPERTISE hasn’t been doing well lately.
“With psychology papers replicating less than 40%, dietary advice reversing after 30 years of fatphobia, macroeconomic analysis working worse than astrology, the appointment of Bernanke who was less than clueless of the risks, and pharmaceutical trials replicating at best only 1/3 of the time, people are perfectly entitled to rely on their own ancestral instinct and listen to their grandmothers."
When I was a child, experts had experience; now they have 'education'.
FOUR THOUSAND YEARS OF PROGRESS:


And we've gotten nowhere. From my email.

Monday, March 20, 2017

DOUBLING DOWN ON STUPID: How will the police solve gun crimes if people are allowed to use silencers?

Gillibrand has been watching too many spy movies. I wonder if she realizes they're fiction.
WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Portland offers free “tiny home” to residents… if they let homeless people live in them.
REMY ON 'FAKE NEWS':



Linked from PowerLine.
STEPHEN HAWKING believes a single “world government” may be the only way to save us.

Hmm. I wonder how long Stephen Hawking would have survived under the health care provided by a 'single world government'?
AND YOU GET THE BENEFITS OF METRIC SCALES: Fat Canadian snowflakes need no longer fear the terrifying judgement of gym scales.
COMPANY CEO makes job applicants take a 'snowflake test'.

Heh.
DEMOCRAT CONGRESSMAN: ‘Best Way to Oppose Support Fake News Is to Watch Outlets Like MSNBC’. There. Fixed.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

OBAMA’S WIRETAPS? With his record of promiscuous spying and politicized bureaucracy, it’s entirely believable that he was spying on Trump.