Feeling Better But Not Quite Good Open Thread

Legal Insurrection is taking note of the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War; covering it on a day-by-day basis, as it were.

The bottom line of that war was that the Israelis had the better troops and, even more importantly, the better commanders. Leadership in war is one of the most difficult things to do – to walk, open eyed, into peril without ever being able to know exactly how it will come out is the most difficult thing to do. Most military commanders never really master it – they become prey to their doubts and try to take out insurance against disaster. Normally, that just leads to disaster. The great commanders of history all have this in common: the willingness to commit 100% to the plan (the ability to rapidly adjust the plan to changing circumstances is where you differentiate between a great commander and a military genius). But just that ability to step off into the unknown – that, in itself, takes immense courage, and most people simply lack the ability. But those who have it go down in history – the difference, in American terms, between the way we remember McClellan and Grant.

It was an immense and glorious victory; it mostly recovered the disastrous outcome of the 1956 Suez Crisis (where we essentially ordered the French, British and Israelis to relinquish their already-defeated foe). Crucially, Israel regained control of their own capital city, Jerusalem – and for the first time in untold ages, Jews were able to rule themselves in their own home. All honor to those Israelis who fought hard and with skill against an enemy who wished them all dead – and who would have carried out the most horrendous massacre, had not the IDF been up to the task.

Long criminal history; refugee; terrorist connections – naturally, manages to get a gun and engage in a shoot out with the police and, of course, to murder an innocent man. We’re simply not taking the threat seriously, folks.

America’s oldest veteran turned 111 – still smoking and drinking. God bless him. Hope he lives many more years – and we’d better darn well do a State funeral for him when the time comes.

Kurt Schlichter has some words for those “Conservatives” who don’t seem to want to get into the fight:

These wimps whimper and wail about our cultural decline and then, when presented with a golden opportunity to make our conservative case and run up the score, they go AWOL because they don’t want to get their soft, girlish paws dirty by actually fighting for what they say they believe in. They are frauds and scammers. They were happy to sit in their donor-funded sinecures waving their fingers at liberalism’s relentless march through our culture, but all of a sudden it turned out that we normals expected them to actually fight. And when that ginger geriatric cryptkeeper of a comic gave us a blood-soaked opportunity on a platter, they turned tail and ran rather than jam it down our enemies’ collective throat. Losers.

The Conservative leaders have lead us to the point where we’re no longer arguing about the benefits of Conservative ideals, but just how fast we’ll allow Progressive dictates to be imposed on us. No, thanks. I’d rather fight for Conservatism.

Speaking of which, Don Surber lays into National Reviews recent request for money.

So, there’s been an arrest in the whole leaking mess. If this is the quality of our opposition, then we’ve really nothing to worry about, long term.

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29 thoughts on “Feeling Better But Not Quite Good Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook June 6, 2017 / 8:45 am

    The Kurt Schlichter piece links to an Ace of Spades post that starts with this:

    It is imperative we begin emulating the left in its tactics.

    A couple of years ago, I suggested a completely different strategy: I wanted to pursue a kinder path. I wanted an end to the speech wars and social media mobs and boycotts and all the rest of it.

    But that path has been tried, and it has failed. Passive resistance — moral resistance — can only work when dealing with opponents with morality and honor, or who, at least, see you as more than subhuman. (emphasis – mine)

    I think that describes the point at which most of us Constitutional Conservatives find ourselves. It certainly does for me. The Left has chosen a road that will almost certainly lead to violence, but there’s actually nothing new in that as Leftists have had a near monopoly on violence as a political tactic for over half a century. By all accounts, though, it appears they’re getting ready to take it to a new level. A savvy T-shirt maker has come up with the perfect response. On the back it has an American flag superimposed on a skull with the message, “NEVER PUSH A MAN TO VIOLENCE WHO HAS BEEN WAITING FOR AN EXCUSE TO USE IT” You should hear the comments I get on that at the Y.

  2. Cluster June 6, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Loved Don Surber’s article on National Review. Months ago and following the Against Trump article published by NRO, I wrote a piece entitled Against National Review which echoed many of the same sentiments Surber expresses. I believe that while Rich Lowry and Jonah Goldberg with NR and Bill Kristol with Weekly Standard write great articles and say the right things, their hearts are not in the fight. I think they would prefer to be in the opposition role rather than the governing role, and their actions this election cycle exposed their true colors. Weak kneed conservatives do more damage to conservatism than any Democrat could ever do and Kurt Schlichter’s characterization of that week kneed conservative is spot on.

    On a side note, I recently saw a list of people who met untimely deaths and of whom happened to be in the Clinton orbit at one time or another – wow. Let’s just say that even if you are a mild acquaintance of the Clinton’s, I would watch my back.

    • Retired Spook June 6, 2017 / 10:54 am

      I think you’re right about Rich Lowry and Jonah Goldberg. I like to read and listen to both of them, but I would’t want to share a foxhole with either of them.

      • Cluster June 6, 2017 / 12:42 pm

        That’s a good way to put it

  3. Cluster June 6, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    So the Muslim mayor of London wants to cancel Trump’s visit stating:

    London mayor says US president is wrong about many things and that state visit to Britain should not go ahead

    Meanwhile in France:

    French police have shot a man outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris after he tried to attack them with a hammer and shouted “This is for Syria”, according to the interior minister. He was also in possession of two knives. One policeman was lightly injured in the attack.

    Three attacks in the last three months in Britain and with the recent carnage in Brussels and Paris, I would say that yes, things are going well in Europe. Unbelievable.

    • Amazona June 7, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      And Lefties do think they get to be the boss of everyone, don’t they? So now a mayor, albeit of a large city, thinks he should be able to dictate international relations.

      Of course a Muslim mayor whose idea of how to deal with Islamic terrorists is to run and hide will want to find something else to distract people from the problem. So it has to be Trump.

      If being wrong about a lot of things is a disqualifier for a state visit, did he object to the Champion of Being Wrong, our former president, visiting England on a state visit? Or the wife of said champion manhandling the Queen in flagrant violations of protocol?

  4. Cluster June 6, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    And this gal worked for the US Government. From her twitter feed:

    Sara Winners @Reezlie

    @kanyewest you should make a shirt that says, “being white is terrorism”

  5. Cluster June 7, 2017 / 8:56 am

    From American Thinker:

    Kathy Griffin cries that, “You don’t have to like me, but you shouldn’t silence a comic.” Is that why the left has silenced Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali? Oh, I forgot, those voices are lethal threats to the Radical left. But Bill Maher, who is one of you, is given a pass when his comment is interpreted as racist, because he is one of you and is therefore “safe.”

    A psychosis is defined as “a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality.” The radical left has clearly lost touch with reality when they think that we will act the way they do. They are psychotic.

    I think this analysis accurately describes the current Democratic Party thanks to 8 years of victim based politics under the leadership of Barack Hussein Obama. As a side note, after being dropped by his publisher in another attempt to silence speech, Milo went on to self publish his new book Dangerous and that book is now #1 in sales on Amazon. God Bless self determined, undeterred conservatives.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/06/kathy_griffin_reveals_how_the_radical_left_thinks.html#ixzz4jJviLRiG

    • Amazona June 7, 2017 / 9:12 am

      You make some good points, Cluster, but I keep coming back to the evidently archaic idea that to be a “comic” one should be funny.

      • Cluster June 7, 2017 / 9:21 am

        But what if someone just identifies as a comic? Just like it’s now ok to be a woman without actually having female parts, people can now be comics without being funny. It’s the new normal and to think otherwise is just …….. archaic. 🙂

      • Retired Spook June 7, 2017 / 9:28 am

        Liberals think it IS funny to viciously attack Conservatives. Just another example of why Liberalism is often described as a mental disorder. But in the end it mostly comes back to the fact that most Liberals have a lousy sense of humor.

  6. Retired Spook June 7, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Pretty funny contradiction in the WAPO article about Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats.

    (I’m copying this from a reprint of the article in our local paper this morning.)

    (Headline: OFFICIAL: TRUMP SOUGHT COATS’ APPEAL ON FLYNN

    Dan Coats, the nation’s top intelligence official, told associates in March that President Donald Trump asked him whether he could intervene with then-FBI Director James Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe, according to officials. (emphasis mine)

    –snip–

    Brian Hale, a DNI spokesman, declined to comment on whether Trump asked Coats to intervene with Comey regarding the Flynn investigation. Hale said in a statement: Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the President. (emphasis – mine)

    It’s bad enough when they just make stuff up citing unnamed sources, but to contradict the lie in the same article? I guess they’re banking on most people just reading the headline.

    BTW, in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this morning, Coats denied any effort by the President to get him to slant intelligence reports or attempt to influence in any way any on-going investigation by any other branch. The Democrats on the committee were not happy.

    • Amazona June 7, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      The Democrats on the committee were not happy.

      Waaaaaaaahhhhhhhh

      BTW, it seems very obvious to me that there is a natural progression that is being ignored, or misrepresented (what we call “lying”) when it comes to Comey and Trump.

      1. Trump knows Comey is a weasel and has to go
      2. Libs start their wall-kicking hissy fits about alleged investigations into alleged Trump collusion with Russia
      3. Trump understands that if there is an FBI investigation into him, for anything, he can’t fire Comey till it is over
      4. Trump asks Comey if he is being investigated
      5. Comey says no
      6. Trump can then fire Comey without concerns about his firing being interpreted as trying to interfere in an investigation (because he has confirmed that there is none, direct from the ass’s donkey’s mouth)
      7. Trump then fires Comey

      Which is when we lurch into an alternate reality in which confirming that there is no investigation, to make sure there can’t be any claim of interference in an investigation, morphs into an effort to interfere in an investigation (that did not exist) which then mutates into a claim of obstruction of justice—though there was nothing to obstruct. This is the kind of morally deficient intellectual vacuum where Libs are most comfortable.

    • Cluster June 7, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      The Democrats are not happy because they’re not getting the answers they want, and anything short of that is unacceptable to them. They, along with the media, have created a narrative and an agenda that must be supported. I have never seen anything like this.

      • Retired Spook June 7, 2017 / 7:21 pm

        The guy who does the local drive-time talk show after Rush was taking calls from people asking them what questions they would ask Comey tomorrow. Mostly lots of dumb questions, which kind of surprised me. If I were on the committee I’d ask him 2 questions: (1) with whom did you share your memos of your conversations with the President; (2) Did one of them leak the content of the memos to the NYT, or did you?

      • Amazona June 7, 2017 / 9:01 pm

        Yeah, but you are an intel guy who is also logical. No Dem will ask those questions or anything close to them.

  7. Retired Spook June 7, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    A clip that’s being played over and over by all media outlets is the one of Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee saying, “we don’t have a smoking gun, but we have lots of smoke.” The problem is the smoke they have is what they’re blowing up our ass.

    • M. Noonan June 7, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      The actual news today was Sessions’ announcement that settlements in lawsuits will no longer be given to outside groups…this is a huge blow to the left’s funding. It, alone, justifies President Trump.

      • Retired Spook June 7, 2017 / 4:17 pm

        I’ll bet you don’t hear about THAT on CNN or MSNBC. You’re right — it’s a YUGE deal. I find it hard to believe that people didn’t go to jail over it.

      • M. Noonan June 7, 2017 / 5:48 pm

        Its been a gigantic slush fund for the left – been going on for decades, but Obama really took it to 11. This action is a body-blow to the left…and I expect they will be filing lawsuits over it. The dummies out there pushing Trump/Russia don’t know, but the people in charge do – without these streams of revenue, one way or another via government, the left dries up and blows away.

      • Amazona June 7, 2017 / 8:54 pm

        One reason you won’t hear about it is because no one on the Left wants to admit it has been going on. Hopefully someone on the Right will explain it to the general public.

        I know they love to file lawsuits, but on the other hand lawsuits would not just blow the lid off this scam, it would give the Right a forum to explain, in excruciating detail, how many millions of dollars have been funneled to Leftist groups—and which Leftist groups.

    • Amazona June 7, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      LOL, Spook.

    • Retired Spook June 9, 2017 / 10:06 am

      The last sentence of your linked AT article:

      Unlike Obama, I refuse to bow to either Islam or the culture warriors. I choose to fight. There are more of us than the left thinks.

      That is the understatement of the year, and part of me hopes that the radical Left does not heed it, as I am increasingly of the opinion that, absent a rise of rational and honorable leaders, the coming fight is one we need to have if our Republic is to survive. And therein lies the core problem; a significant percentage of our leaders at all levels of government are neither rational or honorable.

      • Cluster June 9, 2017 / 1:44 pm

        We don’t even share the same reality anymore with Democrats. I heard some analysis this morning on MSNBC of the Comey hearing yesterday and thought to myself that they must have watched a completely different hearing than I did.

      • Retired Spook June 9, 2017 / 3:55 pm

        I’m guessing they heard what they wanted to hear, and you heard what you wanted to hear. Comey was so all over the place that it wasn’t difficult to read into his testimony whatever you wanted, although you often had to filter out direct contradictions. Case in point, Comey said he thought the reason he was fired was because of the Russia investigation, but he also said Trump encouraged him to complete the investigation; that it would be nice to know if anyone in Trump’s orbit was involved. There have been so many variations of Trump’s supposed comment about Flynn (Trump asked Comey to halt the investigation; Trump directed Comey to halt the investigation, Trump ordered Comey to halt the investigation; Trump said the FBI had not found any evidence of criminal wrongdoing on Flynn’s part, that he had already been fired, and Trump hoped the FBI could wrap it up quickly or see fit to just let it go, etc) that, absent an actual recording, we’ll probably never know what Trump actually said. Those who are treating Comey’s notes as gospel are naive at best. That said, I don’t think there’s any question that Trump has not always told the truth, but on that point, Obama set the bar pretty low.

      • fieldingclaymore June 9, 2017 / 5:05 pm

        He could release the “Tapes” and clear it all up. I bet we see his tax returns before the tapes.

      • Amazona June 10, 2017 / 2:36 pm

        The “tapes” meme is a lot like the one that claims Trump “instructed the Russians to hack Hillary’s emails” when in fact all he did was joke, during a debate, that the emails were probably all sitting on Putin’s desk.

        Trump is pretty good at pretending to throw a ball, knowing that most Libs will frantically run after where the invisible non-existent ball MUST be. And so far, they have never caught on.

        I’ll bet we see Trump’s tax returns before we see Obama’s college transcripts.

      • fieldingclaymore June 12, 2017 / 3:20 pm

        Oh good one, because we all know that all Presidents since Nixon have released their college transcripts and college transcripts can show that laws passed by the President may indicate some conflict of interest in passing said law.

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