39 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-29-17

  1. Which reminds me of the most brilliant use of music in 52 seconds in American motion picture history. First, the Civil War love song “Lorena” is the first clue of something that would later be made clear. Then, The Bonnie Blue Flag tells us that it may be 1868 in Texas, but John Wayne’s Ethan Edwards is still fully a Confederate.


  2. Kim, I am going to take your word for it on Mr. Moore. I like his stand against Organized Perversion and appreciate the support he has given to secessionists, but I am currently very tired of ignorant buffoons.


  3. If we are going to show the greatest opening in the history of American film, we must also show the ending. Most West Texans will watch everything in the middle at least once a year. It is our “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

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  4. Watching the clips leads me to ask the trivia question: What actor appeared in both of the two greatest American movies of all time (The Searchers and Casablanca)? Apologies to Vertigo, Stagecoach and Gone With the Wind.


  5. Ricky, I am still tired of the incessant piling on of the current POTUS. I don’t want to hear Wolf Blitzer talk about impeachment ad nauseum and I refuse to watch any of the late night TV shows anymore because it is the same thing different night and channel but he lost any shred of respect I may have had for him this past Tuesday.
    The President of the United States stood up at a press conference or somewhere behind the presidential seal to speak about the NFL players and said the team owners ought to “fire the SOB(s). To me that cheapened the office and was disrespectful. What I private citizen can say and do is completely different from what the POTUS can do….and keep in mind, I have confessed in the past of have a bit of a potty mouth my own self.

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  6. Apparently I have a higher tolerance for the appearance of buffoonery as long as I believe we are going in a reasonably good direction. But regarding Roy Moore, I haven’t been subject to his antics or kept up with his record so I won’t give him a clear thumbs up or thumbs down—not that my thumb would matter greatly, since I’m not in Alabama. I think there will be ample time to decide that when he’s been in the Senate for awhile (sorry Kim) because I think that’s where he’s headed.

    I was not offended by the gun incident and I thought the video of him and his wife riding the horses to vote was a piece of pleasant, low-key drama. However, like I said, I am not privy to his day to day character and politics and its effect on the governed, so I defer to those who are, for now. ;–)


  7. I am afraid you are right Debra, but I won’t be a contributing cause. He was removed from office twice by his peers and dragged our state through his political shenanigans. What he has done in the case of the 10 Commandments and his opposition to same sex marriage has all been theatrics.

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  8. Debra, We need to have a bet. I say the Dems will take the House in 2018. You say 2018 will be a good year for Republicans (no loss of the House). If you win I will deliver 5 lbs of Brisket from The Hard 8 (one of the best barbecue places in Texas). If I win, I would like 2 lbs of white chocolate from The Olde Smoky Candy Shoppe in Gatlinburg.

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  9. More “fake news.”


    “LAST FRIDAY, most major media outlets touted a major story about Russian attempts to hack into U.S. voting systems, based exclusively on claims made by the Department of Homeland Security. “Russians attempted to hack elections systems in 21 states in the run-up to last year’s presidential election, officials said Friday,” began the USA Today story, similar to how most other outlets presented this extraordinary claim.

    This official story was explosive for obvious reasons, and predictably triggered instant decrees – that of course went viral – declaring that the legitimacy of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now in doubt.

    Virginia’s Democratic Congressman Don Beyer, referring to the 21 targeted states, announced that this shows “Russia tried to hack their election”:

    MSNBC’s Paul Revere for all matters relating to the Kremlin take-over, Rachel Maddow, was indignant that this wasn’t told to us earlier and that we still aren’t getting all the details. “What we have now figured out,” Maddow gravely intoned as she showed the multi-colored maps she made, is that “Homeland Security knew at least by June that 21 states had been targeted by Russian hackers during the election. . .targeting their election infrastructure.”

    They were one small step away from demanding that the election results be nullified, indulging the sentiment expressed by #Resistance icon Carl Reiner the other day: “Is there anything more exciting that [sic] the possibility of Trump’s election being invalidated & Hillary rightfully installed as our President?”

    So what was wrong with this story? Just one small thing: it was false. The story began to fall apart yesterday when Associated Press reported that Wisconsin – one of the states included in the original report that, for obvious reasons, caused the most excitement – did not, in fact, have its election systems targeted by Russian hackers:

    The spokesman for Homeland Security then tried to walk back that reversal, insisting that there was still evidence that some computer networks had been targeted, but could not say that they had anything to do with elections or voting. And, as AP noted: “Wisconsin’s chief elections administrator, Michael Haas, had repeatedly said that Homeland Security assured the state it had not been targeted.”

    Then the story collapsed completely last night. The Secretary of State for another one of the named states, California, issued a scathing statement repudiating the claimed report:”

    Sometimes stories end up debunked. There’s nothing particularly shocking about that. If this were an isolated incident, one could chalk it up to basic human error that has no broader meaning.

    But this is no isolated incident. Quite the contrary: this has happened over and over and over again. Inflammatory claims about Russia get mindlessly hyped by media outlets, almost always based on nothing more than evidence-free claims from government officials, only to collapse under the slightest scrutiny, because they are entirely lacking in evidence.”

    They run with it because they desperately want it to be true, like all the others they ran with that turned out to be false.


  10. So Ricky…..

    If the GOP loses the House, who will you blame? Will it be Trump, your go to bad guy, or will you place it where it belongs, with the Senate who under McConnell’s lack of leadership can’t get the job done?


    “A day after the GOP presented a united front around the rollout of President Trump’s tax plan, House Republicans are expressing deep reservations about the Senate’s ability to get the job done.

    Lawmakers stung over the failure to pass ObamaCare repeal worry the same fate could befall the tax measure if a handful of senators raise objections.

    “Donald Trump won with an electoral landside and his three big campaign points were ObamaCare repeal, tax reform and border security. For a handful of senators to derail that agenda is very frustrating,” said Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas).

    Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who is close to the House GOP leadership, says colleagues are frustrated with a handful of senators “overruling the will of the entire House.”
    “We do need to see them step up and actually deliver for a change. We have over 200 bills sitting stalled over there. They haven’t been able to deliver on [health care] reform and they all ran on it and now we have a do-or-die moment on tax reform,” he said.

    There’s also a sense among House Republicans that their Senate brethren aren’t under the same pressure to get results — perhaps because the GOP’s majority in the Senate is seen as safer in 2018 than the House majority.

    “They put our majority in jeopardy with their failure on health care, more than they did their own,” Cole said.”


  11. Dr. Seuss is racist propaganda?

    I did not know that.

    Or maybe it’s only because the Trumps sent them. It wasn’t racist when Barry and Michelle read them to kids on numerous occasions.


    “Earlier this month First Lady Melania Trump celebrated National Read a Book Day by selecting some children’s books and sending them to one school in each state. Mrs. Trump selected Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! because it was, “one of her personal favorites that she and her son have read together over and over.” Other books included in the shipment to schools in each state included One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and Green Eggs and Ham among several others.

    Tuesday, the librarian at Cambridgeport Elementary School in Massachusetts wrote a response which informed the First Lady the school would be rejecting the books, calling them “racist propaganda.”

    For all of the effort to remain civil, it’s pretty clear the rejection of the books is intended as a big middle finger to the First Lady, the president, the Secretary of Education and of course Dr. Seuss. Unfortunately for Ms. Soeiro, she had no right to reject the books in the first place. From CBS News:

    The Cambridge school system says the opinions in the editorial do not represent the district and released a statement, saying “the employee was not authorized to accept or reject donated books on behalf of the school or school district.”

    “We have counseled the employee on all relevant policies, including the policy against public resources being used for political purposes,” the district said.
    As for Dr. Seuss being racist propaganda, I’m attaching a list of 6 video clips Ms. Soeiro should probably watch (it’s the blogger in me) that I hope will enlighten her. It turns out both Barack and Michelle Obama were quite fond of Dr. Seuss during their tenure in the White House. “This is one of the classics, a great book,” President Obama said of Green Eggs and Ham in 2010:”

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  12. Hefner produced a horrible legacy and managed to make it “respectable” in many eyes. Of course, his brand almost became tame and rather bland as the culture spun out further and further through the late 1950s to 1970s. He became considered quite benign in LA anyway, ponying up needed funds to fix and save the Hollywood sign and being involved in other “charitable” endeavors.

    I’ll look forward to reading the Russell Moore piece about him, no time this morning.

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  13. The letter that librarian wrote to reject those books was unbelievably political. She, obviously, did not think she needed to be diplomatic. I hate to see what books she likes to recommend and buy for the library. I doubt she gives a good variety, so that the students can see different sides of any issue.

    I am not the biggest Seuss fan, but to speak as if they are beneath all the students in the school is laughable and foolish, IMO.

    The First Lady’s response letter was well written. Of course, she was criticized for even responding. What?

    I hate all this nonsense. Time is precious and we sure squander it on nonsense.

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  14. Debra and AJ, If the Republicans do not lose seats in the House in 2018, I will happily sing all the way to and from The Hard Eight while grudgingly giving Trump the credit.

    If I win the bet I will not blame Trump. That would be like blaming an infant for soiling his diaper. I will also not blame House and Senate Republicans. They are trying to govern with a slim majority and a poorly behaved child as the titular head of the government and their party. I will blame the voters who nominated Trump and elected Trump. He may be marginally better than Hillary in the short run, but he has ruined the Republican brand and the “conservative” brand for the rest of my lifetime.

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  15. Kim,
    I do not hold it against my wife that she did not vote for the Donald. I had to think it through to vote for him. The Donald WAS running against Hillary, the law breaking Democrat. (“Breathe through one nostril…”) A blank ballot is better than voting for ANY Democrat.

    I used to think Democrats could be good thinkers. They have disabused me of any thoughts about their reasonableness. Republicans are the Stupid party. Roy Moore is a poster boy for Republicans.

    I talked with an old friend, a Democrat. When talking about single payer health care in California, my friend asked, “Who is going to pay for it?” The projected cost is $400 billion. Our state budget is $80 billion.

    Please vote for ANYBODY except a Democrat.


  16. Another provocative take on Hefner from a Christian viewpoint:


    Judging Hugh


    First, a quote from Barnabas Piper:

    “There’s something soulless about discussing the eternal damnation of a person whose salvation you never prayed for.”

    No mention of names, but I assume the person he is referring to is Hugh Hefner and the amount of soul judging that’s gone on since his death a few days ago.

    I won’t pretend the Playboy King was an upstanding citizen. He clearly demeaned and objectified women, made it easy for men to demean and objectify women, and made women believe they were good for one thing. Not to mention other more serious sins that I don’t need to expand on. Suffice it to say, his sins were horrific. But then, so are my sins.

    It’s just that my sins aren’t near as public.

    Though Hefner clearly had some dark and disturbing sin issues, the fact is, he hasn’t been in the public eye for quite some time. And what we know between the last time he was public and the last time he breathed air is … zip. A million things could’ve happened since then, including a heart change. Do I think that’s likely? I struggle to. A man so deep in sexual sins, but making money hand over fist at it and content to take the world with him (more money that way)? Why would he have changed his mind? He had decided a long time ago this world was all there was. That his Mansion was all he’d ever need or want. That he could have all the pleasure and money he wanted here and now. What or who could’ve persuaded him to turn away from his earthly “kingdom”? Well, God could have. But did He?

    I don’t have answers. And though I’m skeptical Hefner ever gave his life to God, it’s simply not my place to decide whether he did or didn’t.

    Can we say his mindset most of his life was rejection of God? Yes. He clearly lived life for himself. But when we say things like he’s burning in Hell, and he deserves what he is getting, well … what is our point? Hell is what we all deserve.

    The thief on the cross was likely discussed in the same manner. I doubt many heard his conversation with Jesus, which ended with Jesus saying “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43) But that doesn’t mean the thief’s heart change didn’t happen.

    It just means his conversion wasn’t very public. …

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  17. Chas, we are all living longer and medicine is much more sophisticated now (both the good news and bad news) — combined with medical (and other expenses) rising, employers (outside of government) no longer helping with retirement plans, stagnant incomes, two fairly recent recessions … Oy.


  18. Re: the Hot Air article about the school librarian – Did you see the update at the end? It showed that same librarian celebrating Dr. Suess’s birthday. 😀

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  19. Bob Buckles in ordinary circumstances I would agree with you. If Luther Strange had won the run off I may have been able to hold my nose and vote for him, but since he didn’t I cannot hold my nose and vote for Roy Moore.
    I will be voting for the Democrat, Doug Jones. It will be hard, but it is also a protest vote.
    Republican Party you need to get your act together.

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  20. This is odd, but as his campaign manager, Ricky might be able to make some use of this opportunity. It seems that Arnold could be eligible to run for governor in Kansas. I’m sure he would need to establish residency, but a small townhouse or doghouse should do the trick. Seriously. Consider it. The GOP needs you now more than ever, and quickly, before some trans-species Democrat beats you to the ballot. :–)

    A third teenager has decided to jump into the race to become governor of Kansas.

    But even as 17-year-old Ethan Randleas of Wichita says he will join fellow high school students from Wichita and Prairie Village in the growing field, he wonders whether the state should set some sensible limits on who can run for governor.

    “Maybe it’s 18 (years old), but just some way to make sure we don’t have like a dog run,” Randleas said Thursday in response to a reporter’s question. “Because I’m sure someone’s going to think about it and be like, ‘Well, you know, might be funny to have my dog run. I’m going to have my dog run for governor.’ And they’ll fork over $2,000 to get it on the primary ballot as a joke.”

    Could a dog really run for governor of Kansas?

    “I’m not sure how to answer that,” said Bryan Caskey, director of elections at the Kansas secretary of state’s office. “Because I cannot point to a law that sets any qualifications to run for governor. So a dog has never tried to file — I don’t know what would happen if one tried to. … I can’t point you to a law that says anything about the qualifications to run for governor.”….

    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article175956836.html#storylink=cpy

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  21. Donna, re: my 2:48
    To remedy that, it should not be more profitable to retire than work.
    After running the numbers, I found that considering expenses of working, etc. I was, in the end, working for minimum wage.
    I was not really ready to retire but keeping on didn’t make l sense.
    My agency didn’t care because then they could promote someone else into my position. In fact, I trained him for about a month.

    Do you realize that I could have taken a job as a Waymart greeter for two years and pulled in significant Social Security.?
    I chose not to do that. .
    But I knew some people while I was working, who were retired military, pulling in government pay, planning to collect Social Security when they left.

    All perfectly legal. I don’t blame them, it’s the system.
    My great-grands will never know how great this country was once, but we spoiled it for them.
    Not counting food stamp and ObamaPhones, etc.

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  22. Debra, Thanks for the tip.

    Alas, Arnold is a Southern dog (a 53rd generation Texan), so I doubt that he would want to move away from his homeland. Washington, on the other hand, is south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Arnold had also considered making his home across the river at Arlington House had the election turned out more favorably.

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  23. Re: My 4:51. I was thinking, I make my decision seem like a logical one. It wasn’t .
    While whizzing along the beltway twice a day, ten feet behind the car in front, with another ten feet behind going 50–60-5-0 mph, I world tell myself, “Charlie, you don’t have to do this” .
    That sort if thing is the real decider.

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  24. Ricky, Washington may be south of the Mason Dixon line.
    But it isn’t South.
    You leave south at Fredericksburg, Va.
    “What’s north of Fredericksburg” You ask.
    The Swamp.

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