Out and About on a Tuesday

Chancellor Merkel is having one heck of a hard time forming a government – not entirely surprising for a party leader who only got 33% of the vote (the lowest vote for her CDU in the post-WWII era). She won’t work with populist AfD, and the classic-liberal FDP couldn’t go with Merkel’s immigration and economic policies. Latest is she’s trying to work out a deal with the socialist SPD…and that a supposedly Conservative party would want to work with the SPD is all anyone needs to know about how corrupt politics is these days (earlier, she was trying to work with the downright fascist Greens to form a government). It has got me thinking: Germany is nothing but a mistake.

I know, kinda harsh. But, really, what is Germany? It was a mere geographic expression until Bismarck dragooned most of it (less Austria and a couple other bits and pieces) into joining Prussia in the misbegotten German Empire in 1870. Prussia, itself, wasn’t much to write home about – like all German States, it was really no more than the personal property of one family – in this case, the Hohenzollern’s, who started out as the Margrave of Brandenburg, and managed to get their estate raised to the dignity of a Kingdom in 1701. It had no organic connection to, say, Bavaria or Baden…heck, even the type of German spoken in Prussia was different from that spoken in Bavaria. And Bavaria and Baden had vastly more culturally in common with France and Austria than they did with Prussia. But, the deed was done – and it was fused together by Prussian militarism and Bismarck’s bleakly amoral Realpolitik. In hindsight, the proper policy to pursue after the monster was slain in 1918 was to re-break up Germany. All we did by allowing it to survive is to give Hitler his chance – and since the defeat of Hitler, what we’ve got in the center of Europe is a still powerful entity which doesn’t even know what it is or what it wants. Unified Germany has been a bane to rational policy in Europe for 147 years. I feel for a people who can’t be patriotic because to be a German patriot would mean either honoring the Kaiser or the Fuhrer – broken up into constituent parts, a Bavarian or Saxon patriot would have something to talk about. What is to become of it, I don’t know – but as long as Merkel is in charge, it’ll just go from bad to worse.

Legal Insurrection points out that the Mueller investigation looks more and more like the revenge of James Comey, and I can’t find much to disagree with on that. On the other hand, some observers I’ve come across figure that Mueller might have switch to the pro-Trump side and is actually setting up a massive attack against the Deep State – there is some sense in that. After all, we all look at is as bad that a whole bunch of Obama- and Clinton-bots were brought in by Mueller but, think about it: these people are no longer at Justice or the FBI and thus can’t gum up the works there. I’m still in favor of firing Mueller and bringing this charade to an end – but I guess Trump has his reasons for holding fire. I can’t believe that it is fear – the man clearly doesn’t fear what his opponents will say about him over any particular action he takes.

Snowflakes demand we stop calling them snowflakes because this hurts their feelz. I’m sure all of you will accord this demand all the respect you can muster for snowflake whines.

The Bake the Cake court case has caused a lot of social media argument. My view: no one should be compelled to work they don’t want to do. Unless the public safety requires it, everyone should be free to refuse service to anyone, at any time, for any reason…or none at all.

Most of those we deport are sweet, well-meaning Dreamers who just want to help terrible criminals we don’t want in our country. I know, you’re totally shocked.

Our tax-loving liberals are displeased they’ll have to actually pay their taxes. Advocating for high taxes is merest virtue-signalling…most often done by people who are rich enough to pay the freight/canny enough to hide their income.

Conyers has called it quits – and endorsed his son to replace him. Funny, I thought we tossed out monarchy in 1776.

Interesting observation from a comment over at Instapundit:

Did the prosecution tell Flynn’s lawyer that their main witness against him was removed for bias? Since Strzok led the interview and his testimony would be needed to establish untruthfulness, he is a critical witness not just a prosecutor. If not disclosed, would this not be a Giglio violation? This is the kind of misconduct that can get a case dismissed and a lawyer disbarred. It is a Constitutional violation. This has bothered me since I heard about it.

It does seem odd to me – the whole case seems to hinge on the word of a man who is clearly on the side of Hillary and opposed to Trump.

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61 thoughts on “Out and About on a Tuesday

  1. Retired Spook December 10, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    Got this in an email from a friend. Really good questions for Liberals:

    1- Since only 8 million people have ObamaCare, how will 24 million people
    die if it is repealed? Will 16 million people be randomly shot?

    2- If Donald Trump deleted all of his emails, wiped his server with
    Bleachbit and destroyed all of his phones with a hammer, would the
    Mainstream Media suddenly lose all interest in the story and declare him
    innocent?

    3- If women do the same job for less money, why do companies hire men to do
    the same job for more money?

    4- If you rob a bank in a Sanctuary City, is it illegal or is it just an
    ‘Undocumented Withdrawal?’

    5- Each ISIS attack now is a reaction to Trump policies, but all ISIS
    attacks during Obama’s term were due to Climate Change and a plea for jobs?

    6- After the London ‘Lone Wolf’ terrorist attack government officials have
    arrested at least eight other ‘Lone Wolves’ who had conspired with the
    original ‘Lone Wolf’ in planning the ‘Lone Wolf’ attack. Even though all
    involved are Muslims, you can be assured the ‘Lone Wolf’ attack has nothing
    at all to do with Islam; just like the other 1,000 plus ‘Lone Wolf’ attacks
    by Muslims are completely unassociated with Islam.

    7- We should stop calling them all ‘Entitlements.’ Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC
    are not ‘entitlements’. They are taxpayer-funded handouts, and shouldn’t be
    called entitlements at all. Social Security and Veterans Benefits are
    Entitlements because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They
    were earned and paid for by the recipients.

    8- If Muslims want to run away from a Muslim country, does that mean they’re
    ‘Islamophobic?’

    9- If Liberals don’t believe in biological gender, then why did they march
    for women’s rights?

    10- How did the Russians get Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC to steal
    the Primary from Bernie Sanders? How did Russia get Donna Brazile to leak
    debate questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of the debates?

    11- Why is it that Democrats think Super-delegates are fine, but they have a
    problem with the Electoral College?

    12- If Hillary’s speeches cost $250,000.00 an hour, how come no one shows up
    to her free ones?

    13- The DNC is mad at Russia because they ‘think’ they are trying to
    manipulate our election by exposing that the DNC is manipulating our
    election?

    14- Why is it that Liberals and the Media are upset about the words Trump
    used 11 years ago, but they are alright with Adult men using the Ladies Room
    with your Wives and Daughters?

    I’m not sure why the simple logic behind #3 never occurred to me before.

    • Cluster December 11, 2017 / 8:26 am

      I am saving these …… brilliant

    • Amazona December 11, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      I might add, to # 14, why is that a word used by Donald Trump 11 years ago has the Left in a tizzy of offended outrage, yet the same word can be tossed around to describe vulgar costumes designed and worn in public by thousands of Liberal women?

  2. Retired Spook December 11, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Kurt Schlichter hits it out of the park — AGAIN.

    I was going to excerpt the best part, but the whole thing is a collection of best parts.

    • Amazona December 11, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      I’ve got one, singled out because it echoes what I have been saying about Roy Moore.

      The liberal elite and their toadies screech, “If you don’t give us a critical Senate seat while we tread water on dealing with Dem icons like Al “Get Around To Resigning Someday Wink Wink” Franken and Bob “Brotherhood of the Traveling Pervs” Menendez, you totally support pedophiles!” Except we don’t support pedophiles – when’s the last time we gave one a primetime standing O? We just don’t think shaky claims from 40 years ago that include admitted fraud being pushed by our enemies morally mandates our ritual senatorial suicide.

      • M. Noonan December 12, 2017 / 2:39 am

        Not caring is our best defense.

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