Archive for ◊ August, 2017 ◊

Ridding Ourselves of the Obama Residue
Thursday, August 31st, 2017 | Author:

What do we like best about Trump?  He’s not Hillary!   And more importantly, he’s removing many of the inane and illegal policies of the Manchurian Marxist Moslem:

A great example is “Operation Choke Point.” I’ll bet good money 99% of Americans have never heard of it. You didn’t know President Obama created it. And you didn’t know President Trump killed it only days ago.

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“Operation Choke Point” was a program dreamed up by Obama to cut off bank accounts, credit, loans and credit card merchant accounts to LEGAL businesses in America. Yes, the federal government tried to strangle and “choke” LEGAL business that Obama deemed “undesirable.” Even liberal lawyers called it a terrible violation of the United States Constitution

Source: Proof Obama Wanted to ‘Choke’ Every Business Owner in America

A Stealth Move to Tyranny
Saturday, August 26th, 2017 | Author:

A good commentary in the Federalist identifies the true motivation of the Leftists:

Americans are being emotionally manipulated to take up cause with those whose ultimate purpose is the repeal of the First Amendment and erasure of national memory. As Helen Raleigh recently wrote in The Federalist, this has all the hallmarks of an attempted Maoist-style cultural revolution.

I think the recent gruesome events in Charlottesville highlight: 1. the manipulation of our language; 2. the deliberate use of such loaded language to cultivate extreme emotions in people, particularly anger and resentment; and 3. the role of mass media as a nuclear device to impose those perceptions on a mass scale

In the end, the war against free speech is a war against conversation and human fellowship. Without free speech, our alienation from one another would become complete. 

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Leftist Vandals Burn Lincoln Statue
Monday, August 21st, 2017 | Author:

Is this really about the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and Confederacy?

Attacks on America’s history continued in Chicago Wednesday night when vandals burned a bust of Abraham Lincoln that’s been in the neighborhood for 100 years, revealing that the violent campaign to scrub America of its Confederate past isn’t about the Confederacy at all.

Source: Chicago Vandals Burn Century-Old Bust Of Abraham Lincoln

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A Lack of Realistic Perspective on Threats
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Author:

It’s interesting to hear people yammering on about how terrible the people were in Charlottesville.  Yet, there are never-ending acts of terrorism from Islamic extremists and we hardly see a comment:

…the almost non-existent neo-Nazis are the boogeymen of the hour in the eyes of our friends on the left.  Again, what a convenience, because dealing with what happened in Barcelona is surprisingly difficult.  It isn’t because of neo-Nazis or the KKK that it’s been decades since any of us has walked onto an airplane or entered a concert or museum without being examined or x-rayed, that our daily lives have not been the same. A vicious ideological war is obviously being waged against the West and its liberties with its end nowhere near in sight.  As ISIS wrote of the Spanish terror, “We will recover our land from the invaders.” Like the Nazis of old, they mean it.

Will the left ever wake up?  Or will they still be talking about Charlottesville when a runaway truck barrels across Times Square and down Broadway?

Source: Charlottesville, Barcelona, and the Left’s Nostalgia for Naziism

 

Perhaps you were not aware that over the last two years — in Europe-alone — there have been 16 Islamic massacres.  Given this empirical data, how much should we be worrying about someone wearing a pillow-case over his head parading around the streets?

Barcelona and Cambrils, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin and London – these are just some of the horrifying attacks which have taken 364 lives, severely injured victims, ripped families apart and left communities devastated in Europe over the past two years. 

Each attack – committed by ruthless jihadis – has shocked and saddened the world, leaving people heartbroken and fearful about the future.

Source: Two Years of Terror

 

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Cincy Tennis 2017
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 | Author:

For more than 30 years, we’ve been attending the annual ATP tennis event in northern Cincinnati (about 45 minutes from our home).  It’s not been one of the better years for player participation at the Cincinnati tennis tournament.   Only 3 of the top 10 players were able to compete in this year’s event (many player injuries  — perhaps tennis is becoming too demanding on the human body).  Nevertheless, we got a chance to sit in the front row for some very good matches with David Ferrer and Juan Del Potro.

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Who is Pushing Totalitarianism?
Monday, August 14th, 2017 | Author:
If you recall, this site promotes the notion that politics is inherently an inextricable tension between Tyranny and Anarchy… A good summary from Daniel Greenfield about recent flare-ups in the US:
Extremists want to eliminate the consensus of civil society. They want to destroy the idea that there’s any solution except violence through confrontations that show the helplessness of civil society. That’s true of black nationalists and white nationalists, of Communists and Nazis, of Antifa and Vanguard, of the tankies and hipster Nazis of the Alt-Left and the Alt-Right. They’re a set of evil twins and when you unleash one, you unleash the other. Their real enemies aren’t each other, but everyone in the middle. The bourgeois normies who don’t want to replace society with their totalitarian nightmare.

Source: Stop Neo-Nazis using this one weird trick!

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How to Rein-in Bloated Government?
Thursday, August 10th, 2017 | Author:

From Rand Paul…  This would be a reasonable first step.  It’s a start towards what we in private industry refer to as ‘zero-based budgeting’:

The Legislative Performance Review Act would place a four-year expiration date on all new budget authority included in appropriations acts, while requiring regular reviews for continued budget authority for existing programs. If the program’s authorization expires, the legislation would allow for an “orderly,” two-year wind-down.

“As our national debt rapidly closes in on $20 trillion, we should, at the very least, acknowledge that government should not automatically fund programs without regard for performance or continued need,” Paul said in a statement last week. “Passing this bill is one of the easiest, most common-sense steps we can take to make Congress a better steward of the American people’s money.”

Source: Paul Urges ‘Common-Sense Steps’ to Rein in Government Waste

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The Hypocrisy of ‘Diversity’ as a Business Objective
Wednesday, August 09th, 2017 | Author:

Update

I think the title of this article in the Washington Examiner sums it up best:

Google is more afraid of liberal outrage than federal law

In other words, the leadership at Google likely recognizes that they are violating federal law in terminating the employment of the ‘manifesto’ author.  Yet they’ve calculated (using their version of logic and mathematics) that it will be less costly than absorbing the wrath of the leftists.

 

August 8, 2017

The political correctness of the Left is coming back to bite them… The notion that a company needs to have a ‘Vice President of Diversity’ shows you how far they’ve traveled into the outer limits.  Any successful executive managing a business knows that having employees with a diversity of experience, expertise, and thought processes (these attributes of diversity are what is important to a business) represents the best portfolio to manage risk.  This recent incident at Google is evidence that some corporations are all about ‘virtue signaling’ and not really sincere about their policies:

The catch-22 here is that Google, which states that they value all forms of diversity, political, lifestyle, gender, sexuality and otherwise, was faced with one of its own exercising his stated right to diversity. It just so happens that his opinion did not align with the progressive worldview consistently voiced inside young tech firms. So what does Google do when presented with an opportunity to show real tolerance for others’ opinions?

They fire the person.

By lopping off the head of the person who dared express this worldview, even if that worldview was offensive to others, Google willfully proved the engineer’s point: Namely that the company itself is using the diversity card as a straw man and it does not engage in the practice of true tolerance, which can be defined as acceptance of others’ opinions, even when you disagree with them.

Source: The Company That Knows Everything About You Is Now Punishing Thought Crimes

Flowers in Our Garden
Sunday, August 06th, 2017 | Author:

As a follow-up to the previous posting on our efforts with horticulture (found here), I’ve included photos of the various flowers that we’ve raised in our Ohio summer garden (mostly from seeds):

White Petunia

 

White Coachella

 

Purple Cosmos

 

Yellow Tuberous Begonia

 

Orange Marigold

 

White Hydrangea

 

White Cosmos

 

Pink Begonia

 

Pink Hibiscus

 

Blue Morning Glory

 

Orange Zinnia

 

Yellow Pansy

 

Red Rose

 

Purple Dahlia

 

Pink Geranium

 

Red Tuberous Begonia

 

Pink Impatiens

 

Purple-White Petunia

 

Pink Echinacea

 

Coral Fuchsia

 

Purple Petunia

 

Orange Sunflower

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