Corruption Everywhere

I absolutely insist that any man who has driven more than one woman over a bridge be forever excluded from the Senate! I will call this the Ted Kennedy Lion of Liberalism Standard for Moral Excellence.

The Conyers story is most interesting on the assertion that, apparently, taxpayer funds were used to payoff his accusers…and some are saying that many millions of dollars over recent years was forked out in such cases. If so – and, in this case, I have few doubts that at least the basics are correct in the story – then this definitively shows the corruption of our government. That there would be even one such payout is an outrage – and all of the Congressional leadership, Republican and Democrat, must have been in on it. I can’t figure a way to get money appropriated for harassment claims without getting sign off from the leadership. This puts Speaker Ryan’s qualities in doubt – I’d always thought him an honorable man. I hope that something comes out to show he wasn’t involved…but I can’t imagine a situation where he wasn’t involved…and even if he’s clear of it, what does that say about his leadership abilities?

Back during 2016, I talked to the Mrs a bit about the overall “swamp” situation. She, naturally, was mostly bored and irritated with me for talking about it because she wisely despises politics…but I still recall saying words to the effect of, “they are working so hard against Trump because they are afraid of him. They are afraid of having someone in the White House who has no loyalty to the system. But here’s the kicker: by turning on him – and they were all his best buddies before he ran – they are making sure that he doesn’t give a damn how many of them go down.”

I think we’re starting to see that play out – possibly with a nudge or two from Trump, who probably knows where a lot of the bodies are buried in Hollywood, Corporate America and government. Right now, the President, Senator Paul and Senator Cruz are the only people I trust in DC to play it straight…there might be more, I hope there are more, but that is it, for now.

21 thoughts on “Corruption Everywhere

  1. Cluster November 22, 2017 / 8:41 am

    Good article over at AT this morning that defines the unscrupulous left rather well:

    Liberals are masters at using ad hominem and other cheap forms of attack. In their book, every conservative is automatically a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, or a madman ready to unleash a nuclear war until proven otherwise. Conservatives are by nature hesitant to use this kind of tactics, partly, I suppose, because they are too proud to stoop that low.

    And as I read this, I am listening to the liberals on Morning Joe crucify Judge Roy Moore as if every weak allegation against him is undeniable truth. It’s an absolute crime what they are doing to the reputation of an American citizen without one bit of actual evidence. I think Mark nailed it with this statement – They are afraid of having someone in the White House who has no loyalty to the system.. That’s exactly it, and that is why Trump was elected. The left needs dutiful soldiers, not independent Americans.

    The fact that the IRS admitted that they targeted conservative groups and agreed to pay damages, and the fact that Lois Lerner has asked for the files to be sealed forever, should send chills up everyones spine. That is deep state admission of guilt and yet the liberal media has no interest in it. There is a lot more to be exposed and the cockroaches will continue to scurry.

    • Amazona November 23, 2017 / 11:01 am

      Here again we have government employees committing various levels of wrongdoing, while on the government payroll, and then having the government pay the damages.

      In the meantime, there is no PERSONAL consequence for wrongdoing. This is why an IRS auditor can just target dozens of people, on the chance that one or two of these scattershot efforts will pay off, with no consequence for all the misery, time and money it cost the innocent taxpayers to defend themselves.

      When there is no accountability for mistakes or egregious wrongdoing, and when the employer (us) is stuck with the bill for damages when any are determined, there is no incentive to change. They are playing with our money.

  2. Cluster November 22, 2017 / 10:42 am

    I saw the following comment re: Roy Moore from a brain dead liberal (redundancy alert):

    It’s official. The Republican Party, President Trump, and evangelical Christians believe it better to have a child molester and pedophile as US Senator rather than a Democrat.

    I think what’s more alarming is liberals complete disregard for the judicial system. They go from allegation to conviction sans any evidence whatsoever. And I will also say definitively that yes, Democrats are beneath pedophiles on the decency scale.

    • Amazona November 22, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      When the writer was talking about having a child molester and pedophile in the Senate I though s/he was talking about a Democrat.

      So the Roy Moore story has morphed from him merely being obnoxious in the flirtatious way he talked to high school girls, to soliciting them for sex,to “pedophilia”. A pedophile is sexually attracted to, and often engages in some kind or degree of sexual activity, with a child that has not yet reached puberty. I never heard of Moore being inappropriate with girls too young to have entered puberty. I only heard about high school girls.

      Tossing this word around recklessly is a favorite game of the Left. When Vatican II moved the Catholic Church to the left, and made the priesthood a haven for homosexual men looking for easy pickings among vulnerable young men, the Left steadfastly ignored the homosexual aspect of this predation and constantly used the term “pedophilia”. No, the boys targeted were post-pubescent, and the predation was based on homosexuality.

      Now the claims that a man flirted inappropriately with high school girls is recast as “pedophilia”.

      The Left’s relationship with truth is pretty nonexistent, and the Left has no shame. They also seem to love making sure we think they are profoundly stupid. How many times do we have to assure them that we get it before they shut up?

      • M. Noonan November 23, 2017 / 12:08 am

        They use that word because it is about the only word left that has any potency as an insult…it is the last moral barrier the left hasn’t broken down.

      • Amazona November 23, 2017 / 10:55 am

        They may not have broken it down, but they are certainly putting a lot of effort into ignoring it—-how much serious attention have the media given to the Lolita Express? Or to sex slavery, which so often includes young children?

        Those are too close to home for the Complicit Agenda Media to get too close to, so they concentrate on trying to whip up a frenzy about “colluding with Russia”.

    • Amazona November 23, 2017 / 11:04 am

      This could be rephrased in so many ways:

      It’s official. The Democrat Party and the people of Massachusetts believe it is better to have an alcoholic adulterer and callous murderer as US Senator than a Republican.

  3. Retired Spook November 22, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Kind of OT, but this ranks as one of the best articles I’ve ever read about a problem that has infected a significant portion of our society.

    I teach in a law school. For several years now my students have been mostly Millennials. Contrary to stereotype, I have found that the vast majority of them want to learn. But true to stereotype, I increasingly find that most of them cannot think, don’t know very much, and are enslaved to their appetites and feelings. Their minds are held hostage in a prison fashioned by elite culture and their undergraduate professors.

    They cannot learn until their minds are freed from that prison. This year in my Foundations of Law course for first-year law students, I found my students especially impervious to the ancient wisdom of foundational texts, such as Plato’s Crito and the Code of Hammurabi. Many of them were quick to dismiss unfamiliar ideas as “classist” and “racist,” and thus unable to engage with those ideas on the merits. So, a couple of weeks into the semester, I decided to lay down some ground rules. I gave them these rules just before beginning our annual unit on legal reasoning.

    • M. Noonan November 23, 2017 / 12:11 am

      Sad that he has to do that. But, that is the story of modern education – it doesn’t educate. I’m barely confident that someone with a hard science degree has basic competency. Everyone else, I’m pretty certain they don’t. These people just don’t know much…and what they do know is a mish-mash of out-of-context facts hitched to a Progressive (really, Marxist) Narrative. My Dad has been dead these 8+ years now, and I wonder how he’d view all of this…he didn’t have the Doctorate after his name, but he was a real scientist who lived his life in a world where proof had to be offered…and not just in science, but in everything.

    • Amazona November 23, 2017 / 10:57 am

      That is a great article, and it hits a lot of important points. I doubt that any of these snowflakes have ever been told that they are just plain silly. And ignorant. And will be held to a higher standard.

  4. Amazona November 23, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Regarding ethical Senators, I feel pretty good about junior Senator Cory Gardner. He has a good reputation here in Colorado, he is a farm boy from a tiny community in the northeastern part of the state, and so far he has been pretty solid as a conservative and as an ethical man. He was a good Representative. He came out a little early on the Moore thing, which kind of bothered me, but in general I trust him and his values and his judgment and his ideology.

    He quickly aligned himself with the likes of Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, which I take as a plus.

    I also like the Wyoming Senators, particularly Barasso.

    I don’t always agree with every single decision made by someone I think highly of, but I realize they have a lot more information to work with than I do, and they probably have a better concept of the big picture than I do. I’m playing checkers, they are playing chess.

    (Unrelated, but an example of people knowing more than we do out here. Remember the hysteria when Trump said, about Charlottesville, that there were some good people out there? It turns out that he knew of some people who had gone into the area early to try to protect the statues and stand up to the racists, and he was trying to acknowledge that not everyone there was there to riot or express racist sentiments. He was, as he so often is, kind of inarticulate and clumsy, and of course when he was accused of supporting white racism, blah blah blah, no one pointed out what he had been talking about. But I remember this when I question an act or statement by someone I trust, because I realize he or she probably has a lot more information about whatever than I do.)

  5. Retired Spook November 23, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

    • Amazona November 23, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      And to you, Spook, and the rest of the crew.

      This has always been my favorite holiday, because it wasn’t commercialized, it didn’t involve buying gifts or doing anything but sharing time with people we love and thinking about our good fortune and all the things for which we can be thankful.

      Sadly, that whole “not commercialized” thing is now a thing of the past, as the holiday seems to be considered nothing more than a springboard to launch nonstop ads for nonstop buying sprees, but the concept of thankfulness is still there, even if a little swamped by all the noise.

      • Cluster November 23, 2017 / 3:49 pm

        Happy Thanksgiving y’all…….I am out here in Pasadena with some family and stumbled upon a cool part of history here in the Altadena area. Look up John Woodbury Story House and the Pasadena Improvement Company est. in 1887 if you have nothing better to do today …..

      • M. Noonan November 24, 2017 / 4:05 am

        The day job is retail credit – and I think that the retail outfits opening up on Thanksgiving is pure absurdity. I don’t think it increases sales in the slightest, it just moves them forward in time…and, additionally, those who go to these door-busters mostly only buy the loss-leaders. And if they do buy beyond that, it was only stuff they were going to purchase anyway.

        But here we go, year after year, dragging employees away from their family at Thanksgiving so they can deal with tired, cranky people who often get into real battles over the limited number of loss-leader items. Why? Because the geniuses who run the corporations were told by the consultants they paid a mint for that they had to do it (just as, many years ago, some genius consultant said that companies had to have 24/7 customer service available on the phone…as if anything besides pharmacies, tow companies and such needed that…no one needs a credit limit increase on their credit card at 2 am). Just dumb.

      • Retired Spook November 24, 2017 / 9:03 am

        Something I’m seeing this year, if not for the first time, at least at prices that are lower than I’ve ever seen, are guns, specifically AR-15’s. One of the Black Friday email ads I got last night listed a Bushmaster AR-15, regular $599 for $250, and another from a local sporting goods store listed a DPMS Oracle AR-15, regular $699 for $399. AR-15 sales have dropped dramatically in the last year. I read recently where Smith & Wesson was off over 50%. Probably a combination of the high profile mass shootings in Orlando and Las Vegas, but also just a saturated market.

      • Cluster November 24, 2017 / 9:08 am

        Are you trying to say something to me Spook? 🙂

      • Retired Spook November 24, 2017 / 9:19 am

        Not really, just making an observation, but the prices I noted are below cost, so probably a good investment whether you actually need one or not. You know the Left isn’t going to give up trying to ban them, and eventually they’ll get back in power and at least try to ban more than just black rifles. The problem with buying something like this on-line on Black Friday is that you’ll pay shipping to an FFL dealer and pay that dealer a tansfer fee (to cover handling and background check) ranging from around $25 to as much as $40 or even $50.

      • Retired Spook November 24, 2017 / 9:43 am

        BTW, the AR-15 is a really fun gun to shoot, and the price for ammo for it is at a 5-year low, even lower today. I just got an ad for 420 (14 boxes of 30) 55 grain FMJ target ammo in a mil-spec ammo can for $99.95, which comes out to .24/round not counting the $14 the ammo can would cost if you bought it separately.

      • Amazona November 24, 2017 / 11:53 am

        Do they also offer discounts on accessories, such as the chainsaw bayonet?

      • Retired Spook November 24, 2017 / 1:03 pm

        You joke, but the chainsaw bayonet will come in handy during the Zombie Apocalypse.

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