A Rather Depressing Day

Not for me, personally. I had a good day. While not a hunter, I have a friend of mine who was heading out to do some dove hunting and I decided to join him for the day…it was nice just being out there for a few hours, away from the idiocy which is the modern world. But, still, what a lot of depressing news out there:

McConnell says he doesn’t have the votes to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Yes, you do, Mitch. All you have to do is kill the filibuster. It’s not like any future Democrat Senate majority will keep it two seconds longer than it is useful to them. This is the modern world, Senator – the old, “dear colleague” rules don’t apply. They haven’t actually applied since the 1950’s, of course, when Democrats decided that power is more important than anything else. They’ve just played a game of it – and played the GOP for suckers. If you had an ounce of backbone, McConnell, you’d just kill the filibuster, pass the de-fund and send it on to Obama, so he can veto it and we’ll have yet another good issue to run on in 2016. Change the rules so we can pass whatever we want and then let Obama and the Democrats sit there in the fryer trying to explain why they oppose the will of the people.

The Dow shed nearly 3% today – so, we’ve tried printing money. We’ve tried lending it to rich people at zero percent. We tried boondoggle spending programs. The Chinese have added to this by first telling people not to sell, then using Chinese taxpayer money to buy stocks, then arresting people who comment negatively on the Chinese stock market. Nothing seems to work. I’m all out of ideas, guys – I don’t know how they keep this bubble afloat.

Canada, which mostly avoided the economic downturn of the past 7 years, has slipped into recession.

Another police officer shot.

Yet more worn out, has-been political hacks seek a comeback.

Some GOPers apparently believe that Mitt Romney is our best bet in 2016.

There. All depressed? Hope not, but if you are then I offer this:

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” – C. S. Lewis

16 thoughts on “A Rather Depressing Day

  1. Cluster September 2, 2015 / 7:58 am

    I had planned to write something about the cowardice and incompetence of Boehner and McConnell. Both of them are HUGE disappointments, and political class republicans like them, who are actually democrats cloaked in GOP labels, are the reason why Trump, Carson and Fiorina are doing so well. If there is one thing about the left I admire it is there willingness to fight for what they want. “Republicans” like these two harm the conservative cause more than Democrats and they must go. I saw a poll the other day on the question of whether or not people preferred a DC outsider or insider for POTUS. Over 70% of conservatives preferred an outsider, while over 70% of liberals preferred an insider and I thought that was a good example of the divide between the two parties. Liberals prefer the status quo, big government, top down approach, and the safety of the socialist cocoon. Conservatives on the other hand prefer a leaner more nimble federal bureaucracy, more authority given to the states and the people, more individual responsibility and opportunity, and restoring the capitalist engine. The other day the GOP called me again for more money. I told the caller that as long as Boehner and McConnell held positions of power, I would not give them one more dime.

    The chaotic swings in the DOW just underscores how fragile our economy is. Our current economy is built on sand and any shift in the global economic landscape, or the mere mention of tapering will cause investors to bail and send the DOW plunging. The over regulated and over taxed business environment has resulted in companies keeping much of their profits off shore, which has kept companies from expanding and hiring and has kept wages stagnant. Our anemic annualized GDP of approximately 2% is driven largely by the component of government spending rather than the more sustainable consumer and business spending, and once the the government stops printing money, the gig is up.

  2. Cluster September 2, 2015 / 8:12 am

    Speaking of depressing. Right now on MSNBC, the liberals are bringing out an old playing card and excoriating conservatives for claiming that Obama is a Muslim and born in Kenya. Personally, I am much more offended that Obama is an incompetent, narcissistic loser and couldn’t care less where his “baby mama” dropped his sorry ass. Obama is a CATASTROPHIC FAILURE.

  3. Cluster September 2, 2015 / 8:34 am

    This is the single, best article I have ever read about climate change.


    Here’s an excerpt:

    Anthropogenic climate change is philosophically defined as a religion for the simple reason that it is based on faith and miscarried dogma. It is based on faith because nearly all of its modeled predictions grounded on various abstruse hypotheses of atmospheric dynamics have failed spectacularly, almost without exception.

    This “consensus” phenomena is what is wrong with all aspects of governance. Challenging the status quo is our American duty and is the only path to improving our lives and our country.

    • M. Noonan September 2, 2015 / 10:49 am

      I realize that leftist ideology serves as a religious belief for those on the left, but I am actually getting a little irritated by the comparisons of religion to leftwing ideology. One can say all they want that I believe Catholicism based upon unproven faith, but no one can accuse me of believing things which have been repeatedly demonstrated as lies. The problem with our Progressives is that they not only believe untrue things, but that they believe untrue things long proven to any reasonable observer to be untrue. Trying to talk politics with a leftist is like trying to talk theology to a person who really believes that Zues lives atop Mt. Olympus.

  4. Retired Spook September 2, 2015 / 8:45 am

    Talk about depressing. Not surprising, though, that not a single Democrat made the list, but depressing that only a handful of Republicans did. I do note with a bit of pride that my Congressman made the list.

  5. Cluster September 2, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    Just imagine if the Tea Party had been holding anti police protests and three policeman had been murdered in the last week. Do you think the media and Democrats would have understood that those murders were not representative of the movement?

    Unless and until we are prepared to fight to the end for our causes – we will fail.

  6. Cluster September 2, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    I wonder why when Democrats attack they don’t risk alienating independents, as conservatives are always so afraid of doing. The following is from Clinton loyalist James Carville:

    Trey Gowdy, who is a tool of the Koch Brothers, just feeds the New York Times stuff and they put it in the paper, just like the neocons fed the New York Times a bunch of bunk that they put on the front page of the paper basically helped start is a war. You would think that at some point people who are supposed to know better would learn their lesson. But they never do, and so therefore, I have to keep coming out of retirement to point this kind of stuff out.

    Notice how he also implies that the NYT is a bullhorn for conservative causes.

    • M. Noonan September 2, 2015 / 3:06 pm

      But his Democrat base believes it…you see, any criticism of The One (or The First Woman President) is evidence of Koch-Controlled TEA Party RACIST Hate Speech…

    • Amazona September 3, 2015 / 10:14 am

      Poor ol’ snapping turtle Carville, “having” to come out of retirement to point out the kinds of lies he used to produce with such regularity. Hey, Jimbo—-go ahead and stay retired, because no one cares what you have to say. And trying to paint the NYT as a mouthpiece of the Right is going to be way WAY too much heavy lifting, even for a seasoned liar and spinner like you.

      I wonder if he remembers that Hillary, once she was briefed by Bush, was the only Dem who came out in favor of the actions in Iraq. But really, Jimmy, isn’t it time to retire that tired old whine “tool of the Kock Brothers”?

      Funny how no one has ever been called a “tool of George Soros”—maybe because it’s just quicker and easier to say “Democrat”.

  7. Amazona September 3, 2015 / 10:08 am

    A few months ago I gave myself a holiday from day to day news. I stopped listening to the radio, in favor of audio books in the car. I do a cursory news scan and if something pops up that I think I need to know, I check it out, but for the most part I have accepted the fact that in the America of today there is nothing a citizen can do. And isn’t that the most basic definition of tyranny?

    I’ll get more involved as the election gets closer, as that is our only hope, but even then it will be a David and Goliath kind of thing, the average citizen up against Hillary’s billions, her uber-rich cronies, the newly energized hate-driven black community, the same old Complicit Agenda Media, etc. I just read a quote from an Obama voter: “He seemed like a nice clean cut young man, and I figured, let’s give him the job”. Up against that kind of vapid silliness, how can serious people hope to prevail? That is the kind of mindlessness that could say, of Hillary, “I feel sorry for the problems in her marriage, and this presidency seems really important to her, so let’s give her the job”.

    So I know what you mean when you say you had a nice day, outdoors, doing something different. My irrigation pump quit working, and I found myself thoroughly enjoying getting skinned knuckles and dirty hands taking things apart and trying to make them work. It was warm but not hot, sunny but not glaring, with a slight breeze, the dogs were playing in the grass, and it was one of the most pleasant days I have had.

    I think we need to step away some times, to gain or regain perspective.

    • Cluster September 3, 2015 / 10:58 am

      I think we need to step away some times, to gain or regain perspective

      And/or just to enjoy life. The collapse of civility, accountability, and integrity in our society is mind numbing. Progressive Democrats and political class Republicans are far more dangerous to this country than ISIS, Russia or any other outside threat.

  8. Retired Spook September 3, 2015 / 11:27 am

    As you all know, I’ve been stepping away from the daily rat race for over 6 weeks, joining a dozen or so other veterans standing guard at a local Armed Forces Recruiting Center, protecting the lives of men and women who should be allowed to protect themselves but aren’t. Last Saturday I decided I’d be the squeaky wheel and make some noise. I wrote the following email to the recruiting commands of the 4 service branches:

    29 August, 2015

    United States Army Recruiting Command
    Fort Knox, KY 40121

    Dear Sirs:

    I’m one of the dozen or so veterans, most of whom are members of Oath Keepers, who have been guarding the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Glenbrook Commons in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the past 6 weeks in the wake of the attacks in Chattanooga, TN, on 16 July, 2015. Our group represents every branch of the service with the exception of the Coast Guard. We are there every weekday before the first recruiter arrives (usually around 8AM) and until the last recruiter leaves, which is often as late at 9PM. I believe we’re as dedicated a group of volunteers as you will find anywhere in the country, and we’re prepared to stay until we’re satisfied that Fort Wayne will not be the next Chattanooga. Every one of us is trained in small arms and holds a valid Indiana concealed carry permit.

    The response from the public, property management, store owners and local law enforcement has been overwhelmingly positive, but we’ve been told by various entities within the Defense Department that we’re not welcome, and that we should leave the protection of that facility to the pros. We would like nothing more than for the pros to step up so we could stand down and return to our families, but so far not one branch of the military has seen fit to provide professional protection for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force recruiters in Fort Wayne or at any other site across the country, or allow them to protect themselves, or make any effort to harden the facility to make it less vulnerable to an outside threat.

    It’s no secret that the military chooses the best and brightest to be recruiters, and it’s puzzling that their lives don’t seem to be worth protecting. But from what I’ve seen and read, not all recruiting centers are as vulnerable to a variety of attacks as the one in Fort Wayne, which has a glass front and is situated in an open strip mall with an unobstructed 150 yard traffic lane directly in line with the front door. With that in mind, as someone who has been observing the recruiting center close up for nearly 6 weeks, I’d like to offer some suggestions.

    1. The simplest solution would, of course, be to allow recruiters to carry side arms.

    2. State governors, including Indiana Governor Pence, who have authorized National Guardsmen to carry side arms, could post a rotating watch at the entrance to highly vulnerable centers.

    3. The Defense Department could hire private security contractors to stand guard.

    4. The center in Fort Wayne could easily be hardened at very low cost by simply installing a security camera near the front door, keeping the door locked and installing a buzzer and intercom system, and by placing concrete highway barrier walls in the space between the glass building front and the interior office walls. The barriers wouldn’t have to be permanently secured and could easily be removed if the recruiting center moves to another location.

    5. The recruiting center could be moved to the Army National Guard facility about 2 miles to the north, where none of the security problems associated with the present location would be a problem.

    Respectfully yours,


    LCDR, USNR-retired

    CC: Commander Navy Recruiting Command
    United States Air Force Recruiting Service
    United States Marine Corps Recruiting Command

    I didn’t really expect to get a response, and certainly not a response that said anything more than thanks for what you’re doing. We’ll take your suggestions into account. Now go home.

    So imagine my surprise when I got home Monday night to find the following in my in box:


    First, thank you for your service to our great country (especially in one of the Naval services!). Second, thank you for your patriotism and concern for our recruiters. The Marine Corps.Recruiting Command is also concerned with the safety of our recruiters, and we have reviewed our force protection measures and have recently implemented several new initiatives designed to increase the stand-off distance at each of our offices. Additionally, in the near future, the Marine Corps will make several recommendations to the Secretary of Defense and he will ultimately decide the way ahead regarding this issue.

    I will forward your suggestions below to the Marine Corps Recruiting Command Force Protection Officer as well.

    Again, thank you for your patriotism and concern for our recruiters. Have a good day.


    Major XXXXXX X. XXXX
    Public Affairs Officer
    Marine Corps Recruiting Command

    So maybe the end of this ordeal is in sight. Previous actions that we’ve recently received word about are as follows:

    The Department of the Navy announced that reservists at Navy/Marine Corps reserve centers (like the facility in Chattanooga where 4 marines and a sailor died) will be allowed to carry personal weapons while on duty if they have a valid permit to do so. (why they didn’t extend this order to recruiting centers is puzzling) An Army Corps of Engineers official visited the facility where we’re standing guard to take notes and measurements for the purpose of recommending measures to make the building less vulnerable to attack. And the Air Force issued a memo to the local recruiters this week to the effect that private contractors were being considered to provide security.

    The one really fortunate aspect of this is that there hasn’t been another attack like the one in Chattanooga. I pray that that continues.

    • Amazona September 3, 2015 / 5:42 pm

      Congratulations, Spook. At least you got an answer, and it doesn’t sound like a runaround. I loved your letter.

      I am listening to a book that has so many quotes in it I wish I had it in print, and may end up buying it. One I liked was, as well as I can remember it, about those who fought in WW II: “They were better than they thought they were”. It struck me that this is the core of a successful country—-to have citizens who are better than they think they are, rather than what we seem to be producing today, which is people who are not as good as they think they are.

    • Shawn Reed September 3, 2015 / 8:42 pm

      Bless you, Mr. Spook, and Thanks. Many talk but too few have the courage of their convictions. We’re going to need a whole lot more like you with all of the threats we face. I was listening to Farrakhan’s challenge to his followers to murder white people and wondering why he is still free to walk the streets and who will be guarding our schools and churches and other “gun free” targets if the rest of us are not prepared to do the same. Be safe.

    • M. Noonan September 3, 2015 / 11:37 pm

      Good job, Spook – but it is insane that we even have to do this.

  9. Cluster September 4, 2015 / 7:44 am

    This just in:

    “Iran does not plan to issue permission for the [International Atomic Energy Agency] to inspect every site,” Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan told Al Mayadeen News Wednesday. “U.S. officials make boastful remarks and imagine that they can impose anything on the Iranian nation because they lack a proper knowledge of the Iranian nation.”……….“the U.S. and the Zionists should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine.”

    Good thing our Senate just approved of the deal otherwise Iran might be a danger.

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