Archive for ◊ May, 2018 ◊

What’s a Limousine Leftist?
Friday, May 25th, 2018 | Author:

Some great comments from Mark Steyn about the hypocrisy of the limousine leftists with their focus on useless virtue signalling.

“They love humanity in general and abuse humans in particular.”

“It’s easy to virtue signal, much harder to be virtuous. Easy to tear down a statue, harder to actually improve the neighborhood.”

Source: Coming Soon: The Tajik Investigation

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It’s a Deep and Bureaucratic Goverment
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 | Author:

It’s not just the fact that government workers and the ‘Deep State’ are frequently opposed to reducing the size of government.  It’s the fact that the presence of large amounts of government consumes so much of our productive potential.  However, these latest ruminations about the Obama administration are very disconcerting:

One strange trait of the die hard NeverTrump Republicans and progressives is their charge that Donald Trump poses an existential threat to democracy. Trump, as is his wont, says a lot of outrageous and weird things. But it is hard in his 16 months of rule to find any proof that Trump has subverted the rule of law.

Does anyone remember that the Obama Administration allowed Lois Lerner to weaponize the IRS? Does anyone remember Eric Holder’s surveillance of the Associated Press journalists and Fox News’s James Rosen? Why have conservative constitutionalists focused on what Trump has said rather than the strange treatment accorded to investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson by U.S. intelligence and investigatory agencies?  Is there even curiosity about why and how the departing Obama Administration suddenly and vastly expanded the number of agencies that could have access to classified surveillance in its aftermath? 

Rather, the threat to our civil liberties is coming from supposedly sanctimonious and allegedly judicious career FBI, Justice Department, and intelligence agency officials, progressive and self-described idealistic former members of the Obama national security team…

Source: How Democracies End: A Bureaucratic Whimper

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Anti-Semitic Islamists 
Friday, May 18th, 2018 | Author:

It appears that there are a few so-called ‘victim’ groups in the US who are not accountable for spewing hatred and inciting violence:

All too often of late we’ve seen American Islamists voicing their support for anti-Semites, if not calling for the outright killing of Jews or accusing Israel of creating ISIS.

A number of Islamist spiritual leaders especially were outed by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute), as in the case of New Jersey Imam Aymen Elkasaby, who, from his pulpit, called Jews “apes and pigs” and prayed to Allah to kill them “down to the very last one.”

And, of course, no one could forget how sharia-apologist Linda Sarsour teamed up for the Women’s March on Washington with Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Yousef Odeh, who was convicted of involvement in two fatal bombings in Israel.

Source: Why Do Anti-Semitic US Islamists Get a Free Pass?

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The 21st Century: Anachronisms and Hypocrocies
Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 | Author:

We are living in a world of irrational thinking that results in unprecedented anachronisms and hypocrisy.  Here is a great summary that I recently discovered:

We hold doggie yoga classes while selling fetal brains. We denounce global warming from conferences we arrive at by private jet. We recite the hosannas of diversity while suppressing opposing views. We release prisoners even though the communities most likely to be harmed by such a policy are the majority-minority neighborhoods we profess to care so deeply about. We inhabit a continent of poses and struts and vanity and incompetence. It’s a thick soup of the absurd, the frustrating, and the maddening.

Source: Washington Free Beacon

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Memphis Belle at the Air Force Museum
Sunday, May 13th, 2018 | Author:

There were major new articles today about the completion of the Memphis Belle restoration:

James Verinis’s children never met their grandfather, Jim Verinis, a co-pilot on the iconic World War II B-17 Memphis Belle.  But this week, they will connect with an important part of family and American history as thousands from around the world visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for the roll out of the restored historic four-engine Boeing bomber.

This triggered my memories from the day in 2008 that I took the employees from my company for a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of restoration projects at the Air Force Museum (now known as the National Museum of the Air Force).  One of my employees snapped a photo of me near the forward fuselage as the pieces of the plane were brought into a hanger at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

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