Open Thread

Queen Elizabeth’s former chaplain opined that if you don’t believe in the resurrection, you can’t be Christian. This has stirred some controversy…which is really tiresome. I’ve read some of the comments, and it seems that some are offended at the remark. This is what I don’t get: I understand that believing in things like the incarnation and the resurrection is difficult. But if you don’t believe in such things then you are, by definition, rejecting the core of Christian belief. Of course you’re not a Christian if you reject such things! But some people appear to want to claim the title of Christian, without having to do along with all that troublesome stuff that Christians believe. And others are willing to back such people for fear of being “judgemental”, or some such silliness.

Trump’s press secretary got into trouble over a maladroit comparison between Hitler and Assad – seems he said that even Hitler never used chemical weapons. The usual suspects on the left and among Never Trump immediately leaped on this…asserting that Spicer didn’t know about the use of poison gas in the death camps and was a cruel, stupid man. I’m pretty confident that Spicer knows about Auschwitz – what he meant to say, I think, is that Hitler never used poison gas in military operations. Someone did manage to dredge up an assertion that Hitler used it in the Battle of Kerch…I’m doubtful. My knowledge of World War Two is pretty deep and I’d never heard of that before. I guess it could have happened…and it’s not like Hitler would have been held back by moral scruples. But, to do something like that would have invited retaliation…using it against surrounded troops who would shortly be starved out while not using it at Normandy where it might have defeated the invasion (at least temporarily), doesn’t seem credible. Main thing, however, is that Spicer was punished on social media for making a statement in the wrong way…what the left and the MSM don’t realize is that such attacks will only further cement the support of Trump’s voters. The only way the Democrats win in 2018 and 2020 is to pry some lose…they are doing everything they can to ensure that for at least the next few years, the Trumpster’s are firmly behind their guy.

In light of this, last night I decided to collect some liberal tears – my first since November 8th. There was a special election in the Kansas 4th House district to replace the guy Trump appointed as CIA director. This is in Kansas, and in a R+15 district. You just know the Republican was going to win. The Democrats did give it a shot – picking a guy who seemed a good, “moderate”, us-folksy match to the mostly-rural district, and the DNC stayed out as Democrats are radioactively unpopular, as such, in Kansas. The Democrat leaped out to an early lead and Democrats on Twitter were popping the champagne…sure that this was the first victory for the #Resistance and that all was falling into place. I just watched as the GOP numbers slowly rose…with it winding up being a GOP victory by a bit over 6 percentage points. Now that this is done, Democrats, MSMers and Never Trumpers are claiming it is a moral victory…that a district that Red should be within 6 points demonstrates how terribly unpopular Trump is and that disaster awaits the GOP in 2018. Whatever. Don’t get me wrong – some times a special election can show a change of political direction. The most famous recent case was the victory of Scott Brown in deeply Blue Massachusetts in advance of the 2010 mid-terms. But, it should be noted that while Brown won the special election, he lost when he went up in the actual mid-term…and that his opponent was just about the worst candidate Democrats could have found for the seat. But, still, it was a shocker – and demonstrated to everyone paying attention that Obama’s policies were not necessarily popular. But his loss also showed that the out party winning in the other side’s strongholds is a fluke. To be sure, there are some GOP seats at risk…and in the normal course of political reaction in the first mid-terms, Democrats should have a solid shot at winning the House (the Senate is just too far out of reach…far too many at-risk Democrats running in 2018). But, I don’t suspect they will – they won’t because not only are they not changing themselves away from the Democrat Party defeated in 2016, they are doubling and tripling down on what, particularly, swing voters didn’t like about the Democrats in 2016. We’ll see how it comes out, but I’m not wringing my hands in worry over what will happen.

Swedish newspaper calls for common sense Car Control in response to the recent Stockholm attack. The left simply cannot be parodied any longer. In light of this, however, I’d like to note something I think important, but most people seem to be missing: any alteration of our way of life in response to terrorism is a victory for terrorism. As we put up the metal detectors and have TSA searching our junk (in more ways than one); as we grow the surveillance state by leaps and bounds; as we issue travel warnings; as we do all manner of things which inconvenience ourselves in a quest for safety, the terrorists are winning. They are making us bend to their will. We have been fighting terrorism and the ideologies which support it via defensive means all along. Douglas MacArthur was once asked his formula for defensive warfare. He had a one word response: defeat. We must go on the offensive and keep on the offensive, or we’re eventually going to have our backs to the wall. This is why I disagree with the overall concept of isolationism and defending Fortress America…we can’t defend ourselves here…we can only beat the enemy over there.

Prisoners in Ohio managed to build computers and hook them up to the prison’s network. Hats off to the cons for cleverness…but, of course, this is bad. And makes me believe that along with criminal justice reform, a great deal of prison reform needs to happen.

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6 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster April 13, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Sad state of affairs for Democrats when a “victory” is a 6 point loss.

    I thought the Tillerson press conference with Lavrov yesterday was a home run. What a contrast that was from just a few short months ago with the feckless Kerry. You could see the expression on Lavrov’s face that everything has changed, and he now finds himself sitting next to a no nonsense, reality based, and tough American who doesn’t sugar coat anything and will contest everything.

  2. Amazona April 13, 2017 / 10:26 am

    But some people appear to want to claim the title of Christian, without having to do along with all that troublesome stuff that Christians believe. Like Nancy Pelosi, who actively supports abortion (not just paying lip service to the “choice” aspect of the practice and does everything in her power to promote and enable it) also seems to think she can be a Catholic while acting against Catholic doctrine.

    While some priests have the integrity to deny the sacraments to those who flout Church doctrine, the Pope gave Pelosi a private audience, making it hard to figure out just what it means to be a Catholic these days. Now it’s kind of like being a vegetarian who just happens to eat meat a few days a week.

    Maybe religious affiliation is like gender these days, dependent only on what you prefer to call it.

  3. Amazona April 13, 2017 / 10:29 am

    The Broncos sometimes manage to score while on defense, but for the most part defense is not a productive position. It is a position in which you allow the opposition to call the shots, make the rules, and control the game, while you are merely reactive. It is a position of weakness and vulnerability, and that invites more aggression and more testing of how far one will go in defense.

  4. Cluster April 13, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    I like it.

    The United States has dropped its largest non-nuclear weapon after it targeted ISIS a network of caves and tunnels in eastern Afghanistan. U.S. forces used a GPS-guided GBU-43 bomb, which is 30 feet long and weighs a staggering 21,600 pounds. A crater left by the blast is believed to be more than 300 meters wide. It has been described as the ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ – a play on the ‘MOAB’ acronym, which actually stands for ‘Massive Ordnance Air Burst.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4409772/US-drops-biggest-non-nuclear-bomb-combat-time.html#ixzz4e9ZrD3ov

    • Amazona April 14, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      It is also a play on Saddam Hussein’s “mother of all battles” claim during the Gulf War.

  5. Retired Spook April 15, 2017 / 7:03 pm

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