Monday, August 29

Many are the Blessings He Bears...

to Those Who Trust in His Ways.

We the daughters and sons of Him,
who built the valleys and plains...
Praise the wonders our God has done,
in every heart that sings.

In His wisdom He strengthens us,
like gold that's tested in fire.
Though the power of sin prevails,
our God is there to save...

Glory and praise to our God,
who alone gives light to our days.
Many are the blessings He bears...
to those who trust in His ways.

Every moment of every day,
our God is waiting to save.
Always ready to seek the lost,
to answer those who pray...
Thanksgiving in August!~

Tuesday, August 23

Big Hands, Little Hands...

"Look, Ma, No Hands!"

American workers understand:
When the call goes out for All Hands on Deck (or, "Everybody In"), there is precious little time to spare for measuring...

Pass the word.


It's not the hidden emails...
it's what was being hidden in the hidden emails that is of importance to the American public.

We deserve to know.
(and the more the Washington media tells us Mr. Trump is a bad, bad man... the more we want to know what they too might be covering up.)

You gotta report something of substance sometime soon, surely, no?

(Cutesy doesn't last forever.)

Monday, August 22

Someday, at the Olympics...

American men won't be "boys"...

My impressions of the Games?
American athletes are either young girls prancing and posing, very athletically, or old boys playing at the amateur levels while being compensated at verrry professional rates.

Why do we do that in America?

Why not let our athletes age and grow up? Sure, Michael Phelps is an amazing swimmer. He's a professional. What other job has he held?

Personally, I think it is sad to think of all the time the man has spent, underwater, going back and forth and back and forth, in a pool... That's child's play.

Sure, it worked for him, as a career. But what comes next? What of the others -- the lost boys? Why don't we let these young men grow up, become fully immersed in the adult world, and compete as grown-ups once their amateur swimming days are over?

They would be healthier overall, no matter their physical conditioning. Goodbye too, to all the tats, the boyish haircuts, and all the other distinguishing factors that kept so many American males competing as boys well into their 20s and 30s, not as men.

Thursday, August 18

The Boys in the Bathroom Who Cried "Cop!"

Let's see if police and journalists can get to the bottom of this matter, figuring out the truth of what really happened:

“This incident has caused so much damage to Rio’s brand abroad that I think Brazilians deserve a clear, consistent account of what happened,” said Brian Winter, vice president for policy at Americas Society and Council of the Americas.

The entire episode, Winter said, “has tapped into one of Brazilians’ biggest pet peeves — gringos who treat their country like a third-rate spring break destination where you can lie to the cops and get away with it.”

Wednesday, August 17

Count Your Blessings!

When you think of all the things you want, but don't have...

Don't forget to count all the things you don't want that you don't have...


Tuesday, August 16

Eternal Life with Oliver.

"Please, Sir, I want some more..."

RIP John McLaughlin.

During the December 26, 2014, year-end awards episode of The McLaughlin Group, JohnMcLaughlin ended the show saying:
"Person of the year: Pope Francis, especially now that he's told that animals can go to heaven. And Oliver is up there waiting for me."
Oliver Productions, Inc., is named after McLaughlin's pet dog — a basset — and is seen in an animation as part of the brand logo shown at the close of each show. Oliver shared their Watergate apartment during McLaughlin's tenure as speechwriter for President Nixon.
His show was legend.
In a 1992 profile in The Times, Mr. McLaughlin defended his style. “Does this depreciate journalism?” he asked. “Not one damned bit. Journalists can get very pompous, especially in the formalized days of ‘Meet the Press,’ when they took themselves so damned seriously. This show demythologizes the press, and I think people like that.”

A Song for the Nation.

Crazy Train
Crazy... but that's how it goes.
Millions of people living as foes.
Maybe? It's not too late....
To learn how to love, and forget how to hate...

Mental wounds not healing...
Life's a bitter shame...
I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train.
I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train.

I've listened to preachers;
I've listened to fools;
I've watched all the dropouts who make their own rules.
One person conditioned to rule and control.
The media sells it and you live the role.

Mental wounds still screaming
Driving me insane
I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train.
I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train.

I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words, yeah, yeah

Heirs of a Cold War,
That's what we've become
Inheriting troubles,
We're mentally numb.
Crazy, I just cannot bear.
I'm living with something that just isn't fair...

Mental wounds not healing.
Who and what's to blame?
I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train
I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train
Imagine if we could devote as much attention and resources to ... retaking some of the combat zones in the inner cities of our own country, before we go picking more fights in lands far, far away?

Imagine how much safer and secure we'd all be at home,
and how that would stimulate spending and growth.

We're going off the rails on a Crazy Train!
~ Ozzy, of course.


Monday, August 15

If You Liked George W. Bush...

You'll Loooove Hillary Clinton!



Are the millennial Bernie voters young enough, and dumb enough, to fall for the false promises of the Clinton campaign?

Time will tell...
(I'm betting not. They might be young and green about the workings of the world, but surely they are not that stupid still...)


Why Jamaicans Can Run:
By the time I went to high school, in the ’50s, track and field was as popular among my friends as baseball was among kids my age in Brooklyn. My heroes were the runners who had triumphed at Helsinki. Noel A. White, one of our country’s most revered coaches, joined Foster to coach my high school to Champs victory in 1957. White was also my homeroom and history teacher, and he coached me after school, free of charge, to the top of my graduating class and a university scholarship.

But the institution is only part of the answer. These efforts succeeded because of an abundance of very healthy children and young people — the result not of Jamaica’s mountainous terrain, as some have claimed, but of the extraordinary success of a public health campaign partly spearheaded in the 1920s by specialists from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The program began in the small town of May Pen, where I later grew up. It emphasized hygiene, clean water and fecal and mosquito control. The old mantras “healthy bodies, healthy minds” and “cleanliness is next to godliness” took hold in our communities and primary schools, whose teachers were recruited in the public health campaign. Running, as the cheapest sport, was the natural beneficiary of this movement. As a child, Usain Bolt received his initial training at a remote, poorly equipped rural grade school.

The result was what the historical demographer James Riley calls the Jamaican paradox: one of the rare instances of a poor country with the life expectancy of an advanced society, a health transition that began in the 1920s and improved at one of the fastest paces on record, from 36 years at birth in 1920 to 70 by 1977. It’s no accident that the oldest individual medalist in Olympic track history is a Jamaican woman, Merlene Ottey, who was still sprinting in international meets at age 52.

Yet another factor is Jamaicans’ combative individualism, the dark side of which is the country’s chronic violence. Its bright side, though, is extreme self-reliance — which, along with effective health policy, is Riley’s main explanation for the life-expectancy paradox. But it also dovetails nicely with running, in which performance is entirely up to the athlete.

Jamaican track is a far cry from the British ethic of winning with grace. One Olympic medalist and alumnus of one of the dominant schools at Champs was quoted by the writer Richard Moore as telling young athletes:
“One thing we go out there for, and that’s to win. To win. To win. To win. To win. To dominate. To crush them!”
The world got a taste of Jamaica’s cutthroat track culture in Beijing, where Bolt, on the verge of winning the 100 meters in record time, slowed down, thumped his chest and spread his arms in a taunting, triumphant gesture. “We are a confident people,” he later told the BBC.
The remarkable success of Jamaicans in building the institutions of a globally dominant sports enterprise and a complementary system of public health is a positive story, but it raises another question: Why have they failed so badly in developing a successful economy?

The answer is complex and incomplete. But it might lie in a deeper truth about the island. Political and economic successes are often top-down, relying on leadership that adapts and manages appropriate institutions that also benefit the non-elite. But things like health reform and sports success — and the reggae industry, for that matter — are largely bottom-up. Jamaica is yet to acquire the leadership for national development it deserves. But it has no lack of talent, energy and self-reliance — qualities as evident in health statistics as they are on the track.


Have I mentioned?
I love summer weekends offline!

Tuesday, August 9

Is Garrison Keillor on Drugs?

Prescription or not?

By Garrison Keillor August 9 at 3:33 PM

Garrison Keillor is an author and radio personality.

Summer weather leads toward cranial relaxation and you know it and I know it. You walk out your front door into the heat and an 800-pound anvil falls out of the oak tree on your head and flattens you like a pancake. It’s the anvil you bought because it cost $150, which is a good deal for an anvil that size.

You put the anvil up in the tree because you didn’t want your wife to know. You already had two anvils, and it’d be hard to explain why a man requires three. And you walk under the tree and see the chain hanging down and you’re like “What’s this?” and you yank on it and your last thought on this earth is “Oh, for dumb.”

This is what 90 degrees can lead to. You go to the bus stop and a man in a yellow plaid sport coat sells you a house in Mexico for $6,000. A stucco house with a red tile roof: He shows you a picture. He swipes your credit card on his iPad and you board the bus and realize there’s no address on the deed. And it’s dated Aug. 10, 2106. And the taxidermy business he sold you along with the house, turning deceased pets into bronzed statues, how is that going to work if you can’t find the house?

And so a large contingent of people who sat way in back in high school history class and now need to blame foreigners for their lack of progress in the world have nominated a bloated megalomaniac for president, running on a platform of contempt and fantasy. It seems to make them happy, judging from the crowds who attend the gentleman’s performances.
I really think he needs to overcome his fear of Lyme's, and go for a nice solitary walk in the woods already.

Or buy a boat. Surely Garry can afford a boat by now, no?*
Down With Individualism
By Garrison Keillor August 3

Garrison Keillor is an author and radio personality.

August already and I’ve so far avoided Lyme disease by staying indoors with the windows shut, and if I need to go someplace, I take the car. And I never offer rides to deer. Headaches, fatigue, painful joints, diarrhea, nausea, facial paralysis: It’s not worth it. If you need wilderness, Ansel Adams took pictures of it. And you won’t wake up the next morning feeling like you’re 87 years old. Unless, of course, you happen to be 87.

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we should be sitting beside a pond writing profound thoughts in a journal, like Thoreau. One of his profound thoughts was “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” And right there you have the campaign motto of the Republican nominee. He dreamed of being saluted by uniformed personnel other than doormen and chauffeurs, and now he’s advancing confidently in that direction.
A great many menopausal white men like myself have a problem dealing with smart, ambitious women. They like waitresses. Waitresses know this. They know not to make old men feel stupid, especially the ones who are. That’s the side the bread is buttered on.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said, “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.” We shall soon see if that time has come. Meanwhile, no matter what happens, I do not have Lyme disease. I intend to never have Lyme disease. It is preventable if we just follow a few simple rules. See Paragraph 1.

* Maybe he's afraid of fish bites? ;-)

Cheatin' Ain't Cool!

Bad news for the Clinton campaign if this newfound respect for rules and honest competition carries over from Olympic playing fields to ongoing political campaigns:

Where once there was polite, if sometimes awkward, silence, there is now direct confrontation. Much of it is along old political fault lines from the Cold War as, coincidentally or not, athletes from the West go after once-barred athletes from Russia and China.

“Antidoping is all about trust: trusting your competitors, trusting the drug testers, trusting the sports admin types,” said Richard Ings, a former antidoping official from Australia.

“What I believe you are witnessing is evaporated trust. Remember, nearly 100 positives have now been found at the Beijing and London Games. Sochi was corrupted. Russia had state-sponsored doping, and the International Olympic Committee caved in, unlike the International Paralympic Committee.”
The friction has been most pronounced at the swimming competition, where Yulia Efimova of Russia and Sun Yang of China, who have served suspensions for doping, have been vilified by rivals.

Whether it is antidoping activism by athletes who do not trust the Olympic committee or vigilantism, the denouncements have created plenty of awkwardness, overshadowing some of the athletic performances.
“They don’t belong in a sport,” Camille Lacourt, a star French swimmer, said Monday night in comments reported by the French newspaper L’Équipe.

“They should make up their federation of dopers and have fun among themselves. It disgusts me to see people who’ve cheated standing on podiums. Sun Yang, in the 200 free, he pees purple.”
“I’m just happy I’m here and racing,” said Efimova, who looked miserable. She appealed to people “to try to understand me,” but (her competitor Lilly) King, who sat stone-faced through Efimova’s answers, did not appear moved.

At one point, Efimova switched from English to Russian. The moderator nudged a pair of headphones toward King and told her she could use them to listen to the English translation. King declined...

What is striking is that the antidoping chorus in Rio has consisted of newcomers and veterans alike...

“I think what you’re seeing is the desire of Olympic athletes to uphold the values of the Olympic Games without exception,” said Adam Nelson, an American shot-putter and athlete-rights activist.

Nelson was named the winner of the 2004 Olympic shot-put competition eight years after it was contested when the original champion, Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine, retroactively tested positive for a banned substance.

“These athletes know, when an athlete cheats, he or she will experience a residual physical benefit for many years,” Nelson added. “But there’s also a residual sentiment that negatively impacts the sport moving forward.

"The clouds of suspicion that linger over doped athletes who return to competition continue to take a toll on the value of the clean athlete.”

Substitute establishment politician for athlete and I think you'll understand why so many establishment Republicans are busy lining up behind the ongoing Clinton campaign.

Today's establishment Journ-O-lists* too don't seem to be hedging their bets: they are so convinced that cheaters will win that they don't know how to cover an honest horserace anymore.

"Again and again, we discovered members of Journolist working to coordinate talking points on behalf of Democratic politicians, principally Barack Obama. That is not journalism, and those who engage in it are not journalists. They should stop pretending to be. The news organizations they work for should stop pretending, too. ... I've been in journalism my entire adult life, and have often defended it against fellow conservatives who claim the news business is fundamentally corrupt. It's harder to make that defense now. It will be easier when honest (and, yes, liberal) journalists denounce what happened on Journolist was wrong."
To paraphrase Ronald Reagan: Don't look now, but... there they go again! Personally, I think their persuasion skills have gone soft though; they're better at convincing each other than they are the American people of their spin/propaganda.

Thursday, August 4

Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls.

Listen to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to...

Make it a great weekend out there, folks!

Tuesday, August 2

"Yes, There Will Be An Answer..."

Let It Be*...

The attacks are the first time that the United States has flown armed drone missions from Jordan, a staunch ally in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The Pentagon also conducts drone flights from a base in Sicily, but those missions are restricted to surveillance. A spokeswoman for the Jordanian Embassy in Washington declined to comment.

Under the procedures set up for the Surt operation, Libyan ground commanders meet at a Libyan operations center outside Surt with American Special Operations forces who have been in the country for months. The Libyan commanders request targets they want the Americans to hit, such as the T-72 tanks.
Mercenary Force / Soldiers of Fortune
The American forces, working with military spotters and officials at the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, analyze the prospective targets using imagery from American surveillance drones and other intelligence. If deemed valid and not too great a risk to civilians, the targets are approved for attack.
Next time we'll get it right?
Calling the strikes necessary to protect American national security interests, the president promised that the air campaign would continue as long as necessary...
The president, during his news conference Tuesday with the visiting prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, expressed regret that the 2011 NATO-led bombing campaign that had driven Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from power in Libya had also led to the deterioration of the country.

“I think that all of us collectively were not sufficiently attentive to what had to happen the day after and the day after and the day after, that in order to ensure that there were strong structures in place to assure basic security and peace inside of Libya,” Mr. Obama said.
After America helps bomb the hell out of yet another country, who will care for the displaced people?

#Do Unto Others As You'd Have Done To You.


(Do you think Mr. Khan might have an extra copy to lend to former law prof Obama? He seems to need all the help -- garnered over the ages -- that he can get in his waning days of killer power...)

Today's Mighty Oak...

is yesterday's little nut that held its ground...


Once More, Into the Breach...!

The United States of America continues its undeclared war on Libya, on the African continent...

Meanwhile, the U.S. press continues its coverage of Gold Star mother, made to publicly cry about her military son's death, to further Hillary Clinton's campaign...

There is no end to these wars. Just more losing, losers and tears to come...


Monday, August 1

The Khan Con.

The media has snatched the meme being presented in Democratic circles that Donald J. Trump has insulted a Muslim family for responding to their insults and allegations against him.

Don't you believe it...

Mr. and Mrs. Khan (he being the spokesman for the both of them) lost a son. A captain. 12 years ago.

While we all feel their pain, not every American agrees that their son was a hero, or that their family has somehow "sacrificed" more than the rest of us, enough so that the man can continually lecture us in his broken English. (He needs to learn to use personal articles like "a" and "the" before he tells Americans that we have "black souls" and his family has somehow sacrificed more than the rest of us because of his dead son. America does not work that way, sir. Shame on you for not knowing better.)

Sir? Your wife is A gold-star mother. Not just "gold-star mother". Do you know how many fathers and mothers have lost children to the Democrat's continuation of George W. Bush's war? You, and your wife -- let's not forget her, in her non-speaking role -- are in good company. Plenty of dead children, and adult children even, to go around...

Instead of sacrificing to send your son to college and build a thoughtful career in a peacetime nation, he made a different decision and joined the U.S. military. Voluntarily. He lived by the gun, he died by the gun. He was a big boy, he chose his path, and I think he would not want to be called out as a "hero" for political purposes on a festive "ain't life good?" convention stage, when others whose families also made the ultimate sacrifice are not selling out their sons' memories for political gain.

Sample comment: "It’s nice that Captain Khan served his country, but I don’t need lessons in the Constitution from Pakistani Muslim immigrants, or advice on voting."

Captain Khan was a victim, not a national hero.
He died -- not fighting terrorists in Saudi Arabia -- but in overthrowing another country's government. Some hero.

Many many men have raised engineers, nurses, attorneys, teachers, mechanics, garbage men, welders, electricians, skilled laborers even. You raised a soldier. He was committed to his cause, and it cost him his life.

The Khan family was conned into "sacrificing" for a war America should never have fought. I understand, at this late date, they want his life to mean something.

So, the family is letting their son be used again. In death, and in life. God bless all the other Gold-Star families who have a better understanding of the gravity and sacrifices that come with voluntary military service, who are letting their own dead warriors rest in peace.

Perhaps Mr. Khan should read the Constitution before he goes offering himself up as someone who is better than the rest of us, somehow more American, because his son lost his life for a hopeless cause -- creating democracy by gunpoint, to be imposed by a foreign power.

Mission Fail.

ADDE: Turns out, Mr. Khan is not just an emotionally outspoken father, still grieving the death of his soldier son 12 years after the fact. He is selling his son's memory for political profit. Turns out, Mr. Khan is more American than he lets on... heh.

August 1, 2016
Who is Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen US solder?

By Clarice Feldman

Khizr Khan is the father of a U.S. soldier who died in Iraq who spoke poignantly of the loss of his son and then used that platform to attack Donald Trump. On Sunday he tweeted further disparaging remarks about Melania.

Google shows this for his law practice:

His NYC address is here (but the phone number is in DC)
Khan, Khizr M. CFC
Law Offices of KM Khan
415 Madison Avenue
15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phones: 202.279.0806
Fax: 646-673-8401
Contact Us

I was surprised that a NY law office would list a D.C. telephone number, so I called it to check and was told by the man who answered it was not Khazir Khan's law office, but the man who answered would not tell me who it was.

So I did more digging and learned that is also the phone number of a group called American Muslims Vote, which says its mission is to:
To create an enlightened community by providing and developing Patriotic American Muslim leadership and

Encouraging American Muslims to participate in the democratic process at local, state and national level and vote on the election day.

I did some further research into who registered this domain name and when? Khizr Khan registered it on July 23, 2016.

He's looking increasingly like a plant to me -- a Muslim Cindy Sheehan playing on people's sympathies to foster a Democratic Party political agenda. And of course, in that goal he has the full throated support of the American media...

Thursday, July 28

Throwback Thursday

Nature Center

Tuesday, July 26

Never Again.

France mourns a Roman Catholic priest, 84, who had his throat slit by ISIS invaders while celebrating Mass this morning.

An 84-year-old priest was killed and four other people taken hostage by two armed men who stormed his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France.

The two attackers, who said they were from the so-called Islamic State (IS), slit Fr Jacques Hamel's throat during a morning Mass, officials say.

Police later surrounded the church, in St-Etienne-du-Rouvray, and shot dead both hostage-takers.
President Francois Hollande, visiting the scene, said the attackers had committed a "cowardly assassination" and France would fight IS "by all means".

Pope Francis decried the "pain and horror of this absurd violence".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May branded the attack "sickening" and offered her condolences to the people of France.
The Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, who was attending a Catholic gathering in Poland, said: "I cry out to God with all men of goodwill. I would invite non-believers to join in the cry.

"The Catholic Church cannot take weapons other than those of prayer and brotherhood among men."
No word yet on where President Obama is currently burying his head...

Perhaps he's off, busily helping his first-born move into her college dorm today?

#LackOfLeadership #midcrop
“Everybody screamed. They recorded what they were doing. It was like a prayer, a sermon at the altar in Arabic."

The assailants, who were both on a terrorist watch-list, were shot dead by balaclava-wearing BRI police commandos after sprinting out of the church. ...
The body of Father Hamel - who was ordained in 1958 - was found inside the church after the slaying.

Mourners have since paid tribute to the much-loved elderly priest, who was an assistant at the church and only taking mass because the parish priest was away on holiday.

An American Dialogue.

Are you listening?
Here, Jerry Hough of Durham, NC responds to Paul Krugman, of New York City, NY:

Jerry Hough is a trusted commenter Durham, NC July 22, 2016

Everyone knows the Upper West Side is doing well. The basic thing wrong with Krugman is that he thinks the Upper West Side is America except for some cranky old nativist white men.

It is not just "some Republicans." The last WS Journal-NBC poll says 73% of all Americans think the country is on the wrong track. That includes minorities. Of course, there are the 27% on the Upper West Side and Marin County in California--basically the people who have stocks in their 401 ks.

The market has tripled since 2009 while the Fed says wages for the bottom 90% have fallen during that period adjusted for inflation. That includes blacks and other minorities. When people answer Reagan's question "are you better off the last 8 years," the great majority will say no.

Trump has done a brilliant job of persuading anyone that he will introduce change. Last night he was brilliant. The nativism is code language for wages. He (Pence did so beautifully in his speech) says Hillary is the status quo and more of the same. Krugman is their chief spokesman. His criticism of Sanders said any significant change is impossible, but Trump will introduce radical change. Krugman frankly told Hillary to forget horizontal inegalitarianism (broad economic issues) and concentrate on identity issues centering on women and minorities. That is 25 years old, and people are sick of them. Black Lives Matter is Krugman's gift to Trump.

The only real question is whether Trump will win by 5 points or closer to 10.
Here is what Krugman wrote, to which Hough objected:
If you want to feel good about the state of America, you could do a lot worse than what I did this morning: take a run in Riverside Park. There are people of all ages, and, yes, all races exercising, strolling hand in hand, playing with their dogs, kicking soccer balls and throwing Frisbees. There are a few homeless people, but the overall atmosphere is friendly – New Yorkers tend to be rushed, but they’re not nasty – and, well, nice.

Yes, the Upper West Side is affluent. But still, I’ve seen New York over the decades, and it has never been as pleasant, as safe in feel, as it is now. And this is the big bad city!

The point is that lived experience confirms what the statistics say: crime hasn’t been lower, society hasn’t been safer, in generations. Which, of course, leads us to the Trump gambit from last night. Can he raise 1968-type fears in a country that looks, feels, and is nothing like it was back then?

I wish I were sure that he can’t. A lot of Republican-leaning voters apparently believe that the economy is terrible in the teeth of their own experience – that the pretty good job market they see is a local aberration. And “crime” may not really mean “crime” – it may just be code for “brown people.”

My guess is that it won’t work, if only because the Democratic coalition is fundamentally bigger than the Republican coalition, and Trump will be an excellent get-out-the-vote motivator. But a little certainty would be very welcome.
George H. Blackford of Michigan similarly pushes back at Krugman's anecdote with facts:
The extent to which Democrats are out of touch with reality is astounding.

They adopted a conservative philosophy with Carter and began compromising with right-wing fanatics. The policies that led to the mess we are in today were passed by a Democratic congress through 94, and the legislation signed by Clinton made things worse.

Democrats managed to accomplish nothing after taking over in 06 leading up to Obama’s election; and all Obama accomplished before he lost congress was to pass the Heritage Foundation’s healthcare program. In the meantime average income of the bottom 90% fell from $37,017 in 07 to $33,068 by 2014; the labor-force participation rate fell by 3 percentage points; the Tea Party rose to become the dominant force in the Republican Party; and Trump is the Republican nominee.

People are mad and want change while you and your friends supported a more of the same, let’s compromise candidate while the people want someone they can believe in, who is willing to stand up and fight for them. The only person in the race that met that standard was Sanders, who you belittled relentlessly.

The middle class has been virtually destroyed since the 70s, and you think that your “lived experience confirms what” what a few cherry-picked “the statistics say” should make a difference? Silly you! Come to Flint, Michigan and we’ll talk about it.
and finally, a reader in Idaho recommends Paul skip the American journ-O-list spin, and read what the Guardian reporters are finding by talking to Krugman's fellow Americans:
VPS Idaho July 26, 2016:
Maybe PK should read the Guardian piece written by a journalist who walked from Detroit to Cleveland and talked to everyday citizens that are voting for Trump, "I walked 170 miles to the RNC to talk to Trump supporters. They surprised me"

Subtitled: "The verdict: people simply don’t care about Melania’s plagiarism when they’re worried about paying the mortgage"

Paul should spend more time in the flyover country.

Monday, July 25

"We Want Barabbas! We Want Barabbas!"

The Democratic storyline -- with Wasserman Schultz officially out on the eve of teh convention, and the people still crying out for their preferred candidate over the preferences of the party elites -- is assuming Biblical proportions:

It is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release 'the king of the Jews'?"

But they shouted back, "No! Not this one. We want Barabbas!"
(Barabbas was a revolutionary.)
~ John 18:40
Donald J. Trump looks positively like a party unifier, compared to the Dems.
“We have got to defeat Donald Trump and we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine,” Mr. Sanders said.

However, his words were immediately met with loud boos which lasted several seconds even as he tried to continue his speech. The senator then paused and waited for people to quiet down. But as he spoke, many continued to sign (sic) loudly and shake their heads.
The reaction from Mr. Sanders’s supporters was consistent with the anti-Clinton message delivered by demonstrators earlier in the day. Some pro-Sanders protesters took a harder turn on Monday, chanting “Lock her up” in an echo of the message of the Republican National Convention a week earlier, fueled by the resignation of the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

When a truck with the message “Hillary for Prison” cruised by City Hall, where hundreds of Sanders supporters were gathered, several cheered and rushed to pose for pictures.
It seems, in unifying the media coverage and the party elites, the Democratic party forgot about serving the needs of its primary constituents. Will their appeals to identy-group voters overcome the national divisions the party has sown over the past years?

I think it's much too late for a unity drive at this late date...
“She’s crooked as all get out,” said Brianne Colling, of Canton, Mich., who asked friends to take her picture in front of the sign. “All the proof that’s coming out is that she’s stolen this election from Bernie.”

Ilene Cook, an emergency room nurse from Petosky, Mich., said of Mrs. Clinton, “For the first time in my life I will vote Republican to keep her out of office.” She used a vulgarity to refer to the presumptive Democratic nominee that was common among Republican delegates in Cleveland.

Mrs. Clinton’s low marks for honesty in polls have driven the belief by some Sanders supporters that she and the Democratic National Committee interfered with the nominating contest at Mr. Sanders’s expense. Now die-hard “Bernie or Bust” supporters have seized with greater intensity on what they believe are acts of criminality after the resignation of the committee chairwoman, Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz of Florida, after the disclosure of leaked emails that showed her staff disparaging Mr. Sanders.

Saturday, July 23

Mourning in Munich.

Goood Morning, America!

How are ya?

    Pocahontas wanted V.P. slot so badly but wasn't chosen because she has done nothing in the Senate. Also, Crooked Hillary hates her!
  1. Tim Kaine is, and always has been, owned by the banks. Bernie supporters are outraged, was their last choice. Bernie fought for nothing!
  2. The Bernie Sanders supporters are furious with the choice of Tim Kaine, who represents the opposite of what Bernie stands for. Philly fight?

Friday, July 22

Northwestern, Stanford, Vikings, Cardinals.

RIP Dennis Green, dead at 67 of cardiac arrest.
He blazed a path in the pro ranks, and left with a 113-94 professional record in the NFL.  Well done!

Green is the Vikings' second-winningest coach in franchise history behind only Bud Grant. He led Minnesota to the playoffs in eight of his 10 seasons, and was the coach of the 1998 15-1 team that set a then-record for points in a single season with 556.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Green grew up in a working class household in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His father was a postal worker and his mother a beautician. His father died when Green was 11 and his mother died when he was 13.
In 1981, Green was named the head coach of Northwestern University, a school that had gone 1-31-1 in its last 33 games. In 1981, he was only the second African American head coach in Division I-A history.
The high point of Green's Vikings career was the 1998 season, when the team went 15–1 and set the NFL record for the most points scored in a season (the 2013 Denver Broncos under John Fox currently hold this record). The Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship game, losing to the Atlanta Falcons after Atlanta's Morten Andersen made a field goal in overtime.

That's Good Enough for Me. *

America is a nation of believers, dreamers, and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics, and cynics.

Remember: all of the people telling you that you can’t have the country you want, are the same people telling you that I wouldn’t be standing here tonight. No longer can we rely on those elites in media, and politics, who will say anything to keep a rigged system in place.

Instead, we must choose to believe in America.
History is watching us now.

It’s waiting to see if we will rise to the occasion, and if we will show the whole world that America is still free** and independent and strong.


*  Cougar (Mellencamp):

No, I cannot forget where it is that I come from
I cannot forget the people who love me
Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town
and people let me be just what I want to be...

Got nothing against a big town
Still hayseed enough to say:
"Look who's in the big town!"
But my bed is in a small town

oh, and that's good enough for me.

Well, I was born in a small town
and I can breathe in a small town...

**  Are you still free?  Can you be?

Stand up in a clear blue morning
Until you see what can be
Alone in a cold day dawning
Are you still free? Can you be?

When some cold tomorrow finds you
When some sad old dream reminds you
How the endless road unwinds you...

While you see a chance take it
Find romance, take it
Because its all on you.

(Don't you know by now:
No one gives you anything?
And don't you wonder how you keep on moving?
One more day, your way...  )
~ Winwood.
Bonus Trac:  The Finer Things.

Think about it...
There must be Higher Love.

Thursday, July 21

The World is Black. The World is White.

It turns by day, and then by night...

(c) Copyright 1956 by Templeton Publishing Co., Inc.
- SONG HITS, Summer 1974.

"Black and White" is a song written in 1954 by David I. Arkin and Earl Robinson. The most successful recording of the song was the pop version by Three Dog Night in 1972, when it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song was inspired by the United States Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed racial segregation of public schools. The original folk song was first recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. in 1957.

The original lyrics of the song opened with this verse, in reference to the court: "Their robes were black. Their heads were white. The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight. Nine judges all set down their names to end the years and years of shame..."

The ink is black. The page is white
Together we learn to read and write...
A child is black. A child is white.
The whole world looks upon the sight, a beautiful sight...
And now a child can understand
That this is the law of all the land, all the land... 
The world is black. The world is white.
It turns by day and then by night...
A child is black. A child is white.
Of mixed race, he grows to see the light, to see the light...
And now at last we plainly see
We'll have a dance of liberty. 
Get It.

My Father's House Has Many Rooms.

If that were not so,
would I have told you I am going there to prepare a place for you?
You know the way to the place where I am going...

Thomas, ever the doubter, said to him, "Lord, we don't know yet where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

Jesus answered,
"I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through me."

~ John 14

Wednesday, July 20

Two Wrongs Don't Make It Right.

Giuliani attacked Hillary Clinton over the Obama administration’s decision to help depose the Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi. He said, rightly, that Libya is now in chaos. But he conveniently left out that President George W. Bush’s decision to wage war against Saddam Hussein and Iraq was the gigantic blunder that set up most of the subsequent horrors in that part of the world.
Here's an idea:  let Donald Trump's truth-talking do to Hillary Clinton what his truth-telling did to the Bush Bros.  Send 'em all packing!

The media never successfully confronted George W. Bush (that scamp!) for his war crimes.  They were too embedded with his crimes. The media also has conveniently ignored all the ways Americans have abetted our enemies over the years.  Truth is one of the biggest casualties in these never-ending wars.

If we want true change, we really have to do more than lip service:  we really have to Change ourselves, and soon...

The lives we save might be our own.  Respect national sovereignty.  Declare war only as a last resort, with the American people's backing.  Otherwise, who will be paying these bills?

Someday, the American Baby Boomers will have to answer to the next generations...
They've set the world on fire, all right, but the world will not be a better place for their having intervened.

Tuesday, July 19

Trump - Pence - Glynn.

Count me in. On the team.
(It's the voters who are going to have to win this thing, after all...)

ADDED:  How refreshing, really, that an immigrant woman and potential first wife -- if not in chronological order --  is seemingly copying the tone and style of her African-American, Princeton-educated predecessor.  That's America, folks.  Strivers -- black and white, male and female.  Native and foreign-born citizens alike.

Michelle should be flattered, not offended.
I would think.

Friday, July 8

11 Dallas Police Officers Shot, 5 Killed.

The American president releases a statement from Poland:

There’s no possible justification for these kinds of attacks, or any violence against law enforcement,” he said.

He added: “Our police have an extraordinarily difficult job, and the vast majority of them do their job in outstanding fashion.”
Leadership abroad,
or leadership at home?

Leader, leader... who'll be our leader?

Who do we have out there who could appeal to the younger demographics and teach them to reject the current American cycle of violence and revenge that has proven so costly and ineffective, and to use instead their brains and the 21st century thinking tools to overcome the destruction caused by guns and violence and to build a lasting legacy as the killings abate?

"Obama... out!" (Nope, not him, afterall...)

Psalm 121
A Song of Ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
On that note,
make it a great weekend!

Climb every mountain.
Ford every stream.
Follow every byway...
until you find your dream.