Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Letter to the Editor

My letter in the Wisconsin state journal:
State Senate slows down bad ideas -- Robert A. Hall
I read with interest the Feb. 3 letter to the editor "Wisconsin doesn't need state Senate." Let me present another view.

Wisconsin doesn't need state Senate -- Mike Malesevich
One of the major points of contention during the founding of our nation was between the large states and the small states.

Back in the 1970s, in my misspent youth, I served five two-year terms in the Massachusetts Senate. It was my first job after college, and I retired undefeated in 1982 at age 36.

I used to liken the Massachusetts House -- and to be fair, often the Senate -- to a herd of cows that could be stampeded by a couple of cowboys waving hats and firing revolvers into the air. Some event would grab the media’s and public’s attention, a fast solution would be proposed, and it would be rammed through with little thought.

I read with interest the Feb. 3 letter to the editor "Wisconsin doesn't need state Senate." Let me present another view.

Wisconsin doesn't need state Senate -- Mike Malesevich
One of the major points of contention during the founding of our nation was between the large states and the small states.

Back in the 1970s, in my misspent youth, I served five two-year terms in the Massachusetts Senate. It was my first job after college, and I retired undefeated in 1982 at age 36.

I used to liken the Massachusetts House -- and to be fair, often the Senate -- to a herd of cows that could be stampeded by a couple of cowboys waving hats and firing revolvers into the air. Some event would grab the media’s and public’s attention, a fast solution would be proposed, and it would be rammed through with little thought.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Where Not to Travel in 2019, or Ever. When adventurers crave “untouched” places and “authentic” peoples, it’s the locals who ultimately pay

Where Not to Travel in 2019, or Ever. When adventurers crave “untouched” places and “authentic” peoples, it’s the locals who ultimately pay
Excerpt: “My name is John!” shouted John Allen Chau from his ­kayak in November 2018 as he ­paddled toward strangers on the beach of North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal. “I love you and Jesus loves you!” In response, the people on the remote Indian island strung arrows in their bows. The twenty-six-year-old American missionary and self-styled explorer had elected himself saviour of the souls of the Sentinelese, an Indigenous tribe that aggressively resists contact with the outside world. Save for­ sporadic visits from an anthropologist with India’s Ministry of Tribal Affairs in the 1960s to ’90s, and two Indian fishermen who were killed in 2006 for venturing too close, the Sentinelese have rarely interacted with outsiders over the past century, making them immunologically vulnerable. ­Unfazed by the genocidal threat his germs posed and fresh out of missionary boot camp, Chau made repeated attempts to land—ignoring arrows and Indian law—in an effort to bring the Gospel to the Sentinelese. He didn’t survive. That he’s since been celebrated online as a martyr by Christian fundamentalists is sad but not surprising. More alarming is that Chau has been recognized, in profaner circles, for his spirit of adventure.

Ilhan Omar’s Big Lie.

Ilhan Omar’s Big Lie. By RICH LOWRY
Excerpt: In a viral exchange at a congressional hearing last week, the new congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, who is quickly establishing herself as the most reprehensible member of the House Democratic freshman class despite stiff competition, launched into Elliott Abrams. She accused the former Reagan official and Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela of being complicit in war crimes. “Yes or no,” she demanded, “would you support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide, if you believe they were serving U.S. interest, as you did in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua?” Omar was cribbing from the Left’s notes on U.S. Latin American policy, and doing it badly. She made much of the 1981 El Motoze massacre in El Salvador. The idea that Abrams is somehow directly implicated in this bloodcurdlingly awful event is completely absurd. He was assistant secretary of state for international organizations in the Reagan administration, then became assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs on December 10, 1981. The massacre occurred the next day. Unless we are to believe the El Salvadoran military unit took his change of jobs as a green light to indiscriminately kill villagers (which unfortunately was not a new practice), Abrams obviously had nothing to do with the massacre.

Michael Graham: Have Democrats declared a war on cows?

Michael Graham: Have Democrats declared a war on cows?
Excerpt: Sara Place of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association says the Green New Deal “highlights the large divide between people that are interacting with the environment and growing food every day, and those that are concerned about environmental issues, but ignorant.” And Kansas cattle rancher Brandi Buzzard Frobose has written an open letter to Ocasio-Cortez explaining that American ranches “are producing beef in the United States more sustainably and efficiently than ever before — did you know that the U.S. produces nearly 20 percent of the world’s beef with only 9 percent of the world’s cattle?”

Local story [Greensboro News & Record] 2nd suspect captured in Eden home invasion where 1 suspect died and 2 victims were injured early Sunday

Local story [Greensboro News & Record] 2nd suspect captured in Eden home invasion where 1 suspect died and 2 victims were injured early Sunday

ILHAN OMAR TO FUNDRAISE FOR ISLAMIC TERROR-LINKED PALESTINIAN ORGANIZATION

ILHAN OMAR TO FUNDRAISE FOR ISLAMIC TERROR-LINKED PALESTINIAN ORGANIZATION

'He is Gay' Written on a Wall in Blood, as Algerian Student is Murdered on Campus

'He is Gay' Written on a Wall in Blood, as Algerian Student is Murdered on Campus
Left silent. ~Bob

Egyptian researcher: “We should erect a statue of Hitler for what he did to the Jews”

Egyptian researcher: “We should erect a statue of Hitler for what he did to the Jews”

Knife-wielding ‘terror lone wolf’ who pledged allegiance to ISIS is shot as he charged at Arizona cop in bodycam vid

Knife-wielding ‘terror lone wolf’ who pledged allegiance to ISIS is shot as he charged at Arizona cop in bodycam vid

Georgia GOP

Georgia’s Republicans Are Helping Child Molesters Avoid Justice

Social Media

Jonah Goldberg: A really sharp observation from Beth Moore, about the nature of identity on social media: The whole shebang of social media culture is driven by drawing attention. Warning: whatever builds public identity will invariably be required to sustain it. If we got attention with pain, we’ll need to stay in pain. If we got it by being offended, we’ll need to stay offended… If we got it by appearing fierce, we’ll need to stay fierce. Beautiful? We’ll need to stay beautiful. The best in our field? We’ll need to stay the best. Good luck with all that. If your platform is cause-oriented, that’s one thing but if it’s your personal identity, it’s a trap.
Almost every human being is multifaceted — but apparently “brands” can’t be

If You Want to Understand Americans, Understand Their Fears

If You Want to Understand Americans, Understand Their Fears
In light of the rapidly changing account of what happened to actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, and the contention of unnamed police sources to local media that what was initially reported as a hate crime was a hoax staged by the actor himself . . .Hate crimes happen. Sometimes you hear about them because of a high death toll, like in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. But a lot of times these are, with no irony intended, “local crime stories.” An assault on a Moroccan-American legal immigrant on a train in Massachusetts. A racially motivated murder with a sword near Times Square. The aggravated assault of a a Sikh man in Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. A man who fatally shot an Indian in Olathe, Kan. A Jewish man attacked outside a restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio. An allegedly anti-gay attempted mass shooting at an Asian restaurant in San Diego. (Prosecutors are still deciding whether the evidence is conclusive that this was a “hate crime.”) (Except for the San Diego one, none of the events listed above represent mere allegations or claims; they are news accounts of individuals being convicted of crimes, with judges and juries concluding that they were primarily driven by hate and prejudice.)

'He held my mom at gunpoint': Man fatally shoots intruders at Brevard County home, deputies say

'He held my mom at gunpoint': Man fatally shoots intruders at Brevard County home, deputies say
Excerpt: Two men were fatally shot Thursday after deputies said they broke into a home in unincorporated Titusville. The shooting happened at a home on West Court, near Donna Drive, around 12:20 p.m., officials with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said two men entered the home in an apparent effort to commit a robbery. When the men got inside, another man grabbed a gun and shot them both. Alvin Smalls was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second man, 18-year-old Amir Lynn, ran outside and collapsed near the street. Lynn was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, deputies said.

Washington

What Made George Washington Great?
I studied a lot of about George Washington a long time ago, and he pretty much represents a near-ideal man. No, he wasn't a saint, perfect in all ways, nobody is, but he was in fact modest, idealistic, practical, courageous, honest, determined in the face of long and terrible adversities, and committed to personal honor at a level rarely seen in his day and even rarer now. Some will still denigrate him because he was a rich White man who owned slaves, which is a modern day flaw in deciding to impose the standards of today on those in a very different time and culture and making that one thing somehow more important than everything else in a person's life. The phrase about throwing out the baby with the bath water comes to mind, and the demand for perfection by new standards pretty much means none of us could ever pass muster. (I keep thinking of one of the psalms, #130, the cry from the depths, that goes "Lord, if you count inequities, who can stand?") No historian will deny that of all the figures in the American Revolution, Washington was the sine qua non, without him, it would never have succeeded. He was the model for all Americans, indeed perhaps for all who value goodness and honor and the fight for what is right. But they aren't teaching much about him anymore, and that's a sad thing. The video is another really worthwhile one. --Del

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Robber points gun at Family Dollar employees — his last mistake was ignoring an armed customer behind him

Robber points gun at Family Dollar employees — his last mistake was ignoring an armed customer behind ​https://www.theblaze.com/robber-points-gun-at-family-dollar-employees-his-last-mistake-was-ignoring-an-armed-customer-behind-him?fbclid=IwAR3Nh7n5MDzvLYixaIuM7X07FAi3SAGfdgOUj2ZIFRFbN3E-iCS69U87qeE&utm_campaign=theblaze&utm_content=buffer3f4e7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com

New petition to sell Montana to Canada for $1 trillion to pay off US debt

New petition to sell Montana to Canada for $1 trillion to pay off US debt
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/02/16/petition-sell-montana-canada-1-trillion-column/2864029002/
Montana no, California yes. ~Bob

Book Recommendation. The Boys in the Boat


The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. By Daniel James Brown

This book was a selection of the book club we belong to and I’m glad it was. Otherwise, I probably would not have read this NYT best seller. As you might expect, I learned a great deal about the sport of rowing from it. And I learned about the impact of the Great Depression in a micro way, on the lives of individuals. The millennial snowflakes of today would do well to read it and discover what it was like to try to go to college when your family had no money, the government wasn’t giving out taxpayer money to students like candy (driving up the cost of college), and you had to work summers and nights at grueling, physical jobs to make it. It is beautiful written, and you cannot help but be inspired by this story of poor American boys from the west coast overcoming all odds to beat other American teams, and to win the Olympics, despite the Nazi’s efforts to tilt the rowing field in favor on the German and Italian teams and against the Americans and British.

Book Recommendation: Suicide of the West


Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy. By Jonah Goldberg

https://www.amazon.com/Suicide-West-Tribalism-Nationalism-Destroying/dp/1101904933/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Suicide+of+the+West&qid=1550426260&s=books&sr=1-1

With this book, Goldberg establishes himself in the first rank of modern political thinkers. In the introduction, he calls the advances of civilization in the last 300 years “the miracle,” because for 20,000 years humans everywhere lived with privation, slavery, violence, starvation, and oppression. Society was organized so the chief, the king, the “big man,” benefited from oppressing the people. He says that the development of the rule of law, free markets and democratic government allowed people for the first time to rise above the horrors of tribalism and barbarism. The free market is the greatest anti-poverty program in all of human history. In a very real sense, it is the only anti-poverty program in all of human history.” He notes that this is not the natural state of humans, and fears we are returning to it. The introduction alone is worth the price of the book.

This “must-read” book should be read by both liberals and conservatives who want to know how their belief systems developed, as Goldberg dispassionately traces the roots of both schools of thought to Rousseau, who thought the state and the common good was the highest value and Locke, who placed the individual and individual rights as the highest value. His scholarship is excellent. Liberals will look in vain for a book that lays out the foundations they base their world view on as clearly and without bias as this. This book will make you think, which few books today, and almost no universities, do.

His critique of current policies from a conservative perspective will please liberals more than Republicans who have abandoned all principles to the “Trump is a brilliant god and everything that happens is according to his plan.”

The only place Goldberg loses me is on his Rock and Roll riff, concerning romanticism. He says, “Rock and Roll appeals to us all.” Not me. I hate rock at 72, and I hated it as a teen and young adult. When I was young I despised the Beatles and Elvis. (Though they sound good next to the current offering. At least you could understand the words.) I have always preferred American and Celtic folk ballads. However, I think his argument about romanticism applies to that music as well.

Some great quotes from the book:

The government can improve your net worth with a check, but it cannot improve your self worth.”

Absolute power is like getting a wish from a genie: the first thing you wish for is more wishes.” (So you never have to relinquish power.)

Other societies relied on slavery more heavily than we did, and some were arguably crueler to their slaves (though American slavery was plenty cruel.) … The Romans, Greeks, Chinese and Egyptians were not hypocrites for keeping humans in bondage; they sincerely believed that it was natural. … Against the background of the last 10,000 years, the amazing thing about American slavery was not that it existed, but that we put an end to it.” Goldberg quotes Economist Don Boudreaux who wrote: “The fact is that slavery disappeared only as industrial capitalism emerged. And it disappeared first where industrial capitalism appeared first: Great Britain. This was no coincidence. Slavery was destroyed by capitalism.”

Read this book.

Seal

Watch "Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher
17 minutes and more than just Gallagher. Del

‘Communal Solidarity’: German, 74, Must Vacate Flat to Let Migrants In - Report

‘Communal Solidarity’: German, 74, Must Vacate Flat to Let Migrants In - Report
Excerpt: A 74-old senior social worker who helped with Germany’s migrant influx in 2015 must move out of the flat he has lived in for 24 years. A 1990s court ruling allows German municipalities to evict tenants to accommodate refugees if other options are exhausted.

More articles from LtCol Tom Kratman

More articles from LtCol Tom Kratman: These are on principles of organization for war:
https://www.baen.com/powowc-part1
https://www.baen.com/powowc-part2
https://www.baen.com/powowc-part3
https://www.baen.com/powowc-part4?fbclid=IwAR21_QVzwYLGQAQghB6D_3FnSN0H592KzHFxkx1nA0rxSbX5YW2MCJQGt64
And women in combat:
https://www.baen.com/amazonsrightbreast

Happy Birthday to a Marine buddy.

Happy Birthday, Friend. You are a credit to your Corps and Country. ~Bob
OK, today I'm reminded of the old musical and that catchy music. "76 trombones in the big parade" ​​Yep, back in prehistory of 1943 this was the day I arrived on scene. I just stay amazed that I'm still here, and have seen and done and lived through so much. When I was a kid, maybe 8 years old, I wanted a life of adventure. Well, be careful what you wish for, you just may get it! But when I reflect, the bulk of my feelings is gratitude. Grateful for being born in the USA, to good, decent parents, for being raised with good values, for the security and plenty of my early life, for the education I received both from the schools and from the older people I spent a lot of time talking with and listening to as I grew up. They included WW2 vets, Polish and Hungarian refugees, factory workers, housewives, relatives. For the ability to see the goodness of my country and its people, despite an ample level of experiences with bullies, bad teachers, disappointments, and learning more about history and the injustices of the past and present. For surviving the war with deep formative experiences and an appreciation for freedom that is a constant consciousness, and the bond with other vets that is one of the best parts of life. For the so many great people I've known, worked with, helped or been helped by. For the faith that lets me see every other person as a person, first and foremost, another child of God, with all the details like gender, height, weight, color of skin, eye, hair, etc, as just that.... details of no particular importance. And for the marriage, the family, that are the central meaning in my life, the joy of children, the warmth of a shared life, and now the triple joy of grandchildren. Yes, the road has had and always will have some rough pavement, even some jarring potholes, but the journey is still great. (Well, some parts of getting older are not as much fun as one might wish, but that's just how it goes.) In this increasingly scary world I have to hang on to the positive, and try to make the most of every day. To all my friends I want to say thank you for putting up with me, you add so much to my life. Peace....--Del

CONFUSION: Pelosi wishes ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ — on Valentine’s Day!

CONFUSION: Pelosi wishes ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ — on Valentine’s Day!

Chinese Spy

The Spy Who Drove Her: Dianne Feinstein and Chinese Espionage
I noted one conservative periodical that described length of spy's service as "more than a decade," when, reportedly, it was TWO decades (20 years). --Barb

Feinstein & China

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Ties To China Go Way Deeper Than An Alleged Office Spy
Excerpt: A Short History of Dianne Feinstein’s Love for China. For the last 40 years, no politician in America has arguably maintained a deeper, more longstanding and friendlier relationship with China, at the highest levels of its ruling Communist Party, than Feinstein. It dates back to the opening of U.S.-Chinese diplomatic relations in 1979.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Covington high school students cleared of any wrongdoing in viral incident after independent investigation

Covington high school students cleared of any wrongdoing in viral incident after independent investigation

Why woman-led organizations aren’t always woman-friendly

Why woman-led organizations aren’t always woman-friendly
Excerpt: The employees at those groups, like Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights, should be in a golden age of work-life balance, being mentored by the women in higher-up positions, in an environment free of the toxicity often blamed on men. Yet, the feminist utopia eludes them. In December, Natalie Kitroeff and Jessica Silver-Greenberg had an exposé in The New York Times about bad behavior at several of these women-centric organizations. “In interviews and legal documents, women at Planned Parenthood and other organizations with a feminist bent described discrimination that violated federal or state laws — managers considering pregnancy in hiring decisions, for example, or denying rest breaks recommended by a doctor.”

A pipeline of undocumented workers for Donald Trump ran from Costa Rica to N.J.: 'My whole town practically lived there'

A pipeline of undocumented workers for Donald Trump ran from Costa Rica to N.J.: 'My whole town practically lived there'
Will the wall stop them? ~Bob

Kamala Harris says she listened to Snoop Dogg, Tupac while smoking weed in college years before they made music

Kamala Harris says she listened to Snoop Dogg, Tupac while smoking weed in college years before they made music
Pot is so strong you hear music that hasn't been played yet. If you can call that music. ~Bob

Progressives Bearing Gifts. By Victor Davis Hanson

Progressives Bearing Gifts. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Considering all of that, during the last week, Trump has been given great gifts in a way no one might have imaged just a month ago. Trump in 2020 might have controversially slurred his future Democratic rival as a socialist, radical late-term abortion advocate, open borders chauvinist, a Medicare destroyer who wished to make it free for everyone, or wacko environmentalist intent on banning gas and diesel engines. Now he won’t have to smear anyone: the Democrats have largely done that to themselves. Policy-wise the 2020 choice will be between Trump’s mostly doctrinaire conservatism, spiced with populist trade and immigration agendas, and what is a now a new Democrat orthodoxy of Bernie Sanders’ adolescent socialism and incoherent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Neverland something or other. Trump legitimately will be able to say of a 2020 opponent, “Candidate X wants over the next 10 years to junk your present car, to scrap your combine, to stop your jet travel, to ban your cruise ship, to take away your lawn mower and snow blower, to outlaw your snowmobiles and jet skis, to shut down the fracking industry, the heavy equipment manufacturing sector (I doubt there will be a replacement battery-powered Cat D-11), the pipeline and rail business, and to make every homeowner an indebted remodeler, refitting his house while for all his green trouble and expense he still will be paying more for solar and wind-generated electricity. Trump can legitimately also say to an independent or swing voter, “You may not like my tweets, but you will really won’t like infanticide, a 70 percent income tax, a diluted Medicare for everyone including those who have never paid a dime into the system, open borders, and guaranteed incomes for all.”

Bernie Sanders Blames Cops for Crime, Says ‘Time for Change’

Bernie Sanders Blames Cops for Crime, Says ‘Time for Change’

Ocasio-Cortez accidentally exposes the left’s big lie

Ocasio-Cortez accidentally exposes the left’s big lie
Excerpt: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s now infamous talking points on the Green New Deal are the most unintentionally honest explanation of the neo-socialism now gripping the Democratic Party. Too honest, apparently. After her office sent the “FAQ” to NPR, The Washington Post and other news organizations, and posted a similar version on her congressional website, they were met with withering criticism — prompting Ms. Ocasio-Cortez to furiously backtrack, seeking to disown and discredit documents her office had produced, posted and distributed. Sorry, you don’t get to do that. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez told us what is really behind her Green New Deal. Now she, and the Democrats who endorsed her plan, have to live with it. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has been pilloried for her plan to “get rid of farting cows and airplanes,” upgrade or replace “every building in America,” replace “every combustible-engine vehicle” and provide “economic security” for people “unwilling to work” — and rightly so. The old five-year plans of the former Soviet Union are modest, by comparison, in their pursuit of full socialism. Yet the big untold story is her admission that all of this cannot be paid for simply by taxing the rich. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is campaigning for president on a wealth tax, while Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has proposed 70 percent marginal tax rates on wealthy Americans. The message is clear: We’ll soak the millionaires and billionaires and mega-rich corporations so we can give you free stuff. But her talking points (even the watered-down version that was posted on her website) admit that won’t come close to covering the full costs of her Green New Deal.

Tom Kratman comments

I read everything I can by LtCol Tom Kratman (USA Ret.) who writes excellent military science fiction.
But the 'Afterwords" to some of his book are worth the price of admission:

Worth Watching: Don't cry for me Argentina

Worth Watching: Don't cry for me Argentina

Fox News' Pete Hegseth Says He Doesn't Believe in Germs, Hasn't Washed Hands in 10 Years

Fox News' Pete Hegseth Says He Doesn't Believe in Germs, Hasn't Washed Hands in 10 Years
Excerpt: “Germs are not a real thing,” Pete says. “I can’t see them, therefore they’re not real.” (don't shake with him. ~Bob)

15 Devastating Quotes That Show You How Dangerous Social Media Has Become to Our Society


15 Devastating Quotes That Show You How Dangerous Social Media Has Become to Our Society
https://pjmedia.com/trending/15-devastating-quotes-that-show-you-how-dangerous-social-media-has-become-to-our-society/?utm_source=PJMCoffeeBreak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=February2019
Scary quotes from people who really know exactly what they're talking about.  I'm normally against government interfering in trade, but this situation has gotten far too important to just let continue as it is. --Del

How big of a victory was it for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that Amazon pulled their HQ2 out of NYC?

How big of a victory was it for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that Amazon pulled their HQ2 out of NYC?
Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters. BySteve Paul
Huge victory. Capitalism defeated.
No more exploiting people with $150K jobs and the small businesses that would be supported. The race is on how quickly to become Venezuela. New math explained…AOC kills 25,000 jobs and, at the same time, advocates guaranteed income in her Green New Deal. This is what happens when you put a bartender in charge...and I like bartenders.

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