Merry Christmas!

I’ll be driving most of tomorrow and then with family for Christmas Day, so I first off wish all of you a Merry Christmas! Even if you don’t celebrate – Merry Christmas, anyway!

Thing to remember about Christmas – it is either about nothing at all, or the most important thing which ever happened. Personally, I couldn’t see the point in celebrating it unless I believed (as I do) that it celebrates the most important thing which ever happened.

Israel gets a surge in Christian pilgrims this Christmas season. Israel: the only place in the Middle East where a Christian has some assurance of safety and liberty.

Jerry Brown is busily pardoning people who face deportation – this is just bizarre. And I think this sort of thing will prove devastatingly bad for Democrats as time goes on.

Trump taxes Harvard. We all laugh.

Have a great and safe holiday, my friends!

59 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. Cluster December 24, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Merry Christmas everyone. Time to remember what life is all about and to be thankful for the time we have.

    The progressive media are all a flutter over an NYT report this morning on some comments that they say Trump made. The problem is, the WH strongly denies the report, and the way 2017 has gone, I certainly believe the WH over the NYT. Nevertheless, despite the false report, the media will spend the rest of the day assessing all the damage that is done and how many people were offended – by their false reporting and such is the state of our media.

    Re: 2018. With the repeal of the individual mandate in the tax bill, Congress will have no choice but to address health care next year, but I think their first move should be immigration reform. In fact more precisely – LEGALIZE DREAMERS and kill the Democrats chances for the next few election cycles. I sympathize with the plight of the dreamers and can’t imagine anyone with much of a stomach to deport them, and we can use this as leverage to end chain migration, strengthen border security, etc.. It will also serve to hijack and make our own one of the Democrats more popular positions, and to bring into the conservative movement millions of hispanics who already identify more with traditional Americans than “open border” progressives. It’s a win win – let’s do it.

    • Amazona December 24, 2017 / 11:33 am

      I’ve been saying for years that the GOP should come out in favor of amnesty for illegals. That is, the true meaning of the word, which is waiving of a penalty. We should set up a 90-day period for registration by all illegals, after passing a law making it a felony to be here without legal authority , and then offer true amnesty—-the waiving of the meager fine in place now for being here illegally—to those who eventually pass the investigations that follow the registrations. We should offer those people long-term work permits and true amnesty from the current penalty for being here illegally.

      I think this would mean that a lot of people would leave voluntarily, knowing that they would never pass the investigation because they have been arrested and have prints on file even if they used false names, if they are not employed, etc. More would have to leave if they did register and then the investigation turned up disqualifying information. The remainder would filter out as they are picked up, found to be here without registering, and sentenced to six months for the felony before being deported. Second offense, if they return—a year.

      The amnesty/work permit legalization would not extend to families not already in the country, and would be contingent upon following the law.

      As for the “Dreamers” that is a tough one, as so many have not bothered to take advantage of our education, have become criminals or are burdens on our system. So I would not just “legalize Dreamers” across the board. I think it would be fair, and a good-faith gesture, to legalize those who are trying to fit into our society and be productive. And no, “legalize” does not mean “offer citizenship to”. Citizenship should be, in every case, open to only those who followed the law from the get-go.

      With one big exception. I think we should make citizenship available to Dreamers and other illegals who serve in the military, if they serve well and are honorably discharged.

      I think the combination of these ideas would let the GOP own the term “amnesty” and show the right balance of charity and reason. And yes, I mean “charity” not “compassion” as either of these two actions would be a gift.

      • Cluster December 24, 2017 / 12:23 pm

        Agreed. No citizenship, just legalization and use the leverage with Democrats to really reform immigration and stream line the legal process. This would take away a political football the Dems use every year for purely political reasons and actually help the very people that Dems use as political props.

      • Amazona December 24, 2017 / 9:44 pm

        I always wanted tax reform that basically gutted the IRS by implementing a consumption tax to completely replace taxes based on income, and then shift those IRS agents whose jobs have been to snoop and pry into the lives of citizens over to Immigration to handle the investigations and to clear out the backlog of applications for visas and citizenship. Then, as these were accomplished, just phase out those agents by not replacing them when they retire.

      • Cluster December 25, 2017 / 9:35 am

        That plan makes way too much sense……….so let’s go to plan B. LOL

        Merry Christmas

      • Amazona December 25, 2017 / 2:14 pm

        More like Plan R 386

  2. Cluster December 24, 2017 / 9:25 am

    Thanks to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, modern day slavery has found a new home:

    In lawless Libya, many see the slave trade and smuggling as a lucrative industry. Tackling the country’s humanitarian crisis will require international assistance.

    Poverty and slavery are the true legacies of Democrat policies, and the misery that is the current state of Libya must be hung around the necks of all Democrats. Every time they raise a civil rights or humanitarian issue, let’s remind them of the work they did in Libya.

    • Amazona December 24, 2017 / 11:41 am

      Yet under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton most black people in this country vote for the party that made slavery possible in Libya (though it has never stopped in some parts of Africa) and which has “educated” those black people to believe that only eeeeevil white people have ever enslaved black people. Supposedly, the grievances of black people in this country are based in the fact that they are of the same color of our former slaves (whether or not they actually descend from slaves or not) and the claim that enslavement is the absolute most horrible vile unforgivable (even after centuries) atrocity in all of history, yet at the same time they seem pretty comfortable with the ongoing enslavement of black people in other countries. I sure don’t see the New Black Panthers and other militant black groups volunteering to go to Libya to fight the evil of slavery and free their black brothers and sisters.

  3. jdge1 December 24, 2017 / 11:34 am

    Merry Christmas to all & peace within your hearts.

  4. Retired Spook December 24, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    We’re getting a bit of a rare treat this Christmas — fresh snow all Christmas Eve Day and into this evening; forecast 2-4″, so enough to really have a white Christmas.

    Maybe it’s just the time of year, but I’m more optimistic about the future of mankind than any Christmas in recent memory. Merry Christmas to all of you.

    • Amazona December 24, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      I’m feeling more optimistic, too, and so are the people I talk to. Our concerns for the nation are now more related to what some other country will do, or try to do, and less on internal conflicts flaring up into serious problems. One thing that has me encouraged is Trump’s focus on repairing and hardening our electrical grid, as many of us have felt the threat from an EMP attack to be greater than many others, and none of our other presidents seemed to take it very seriously.

      As for snow, we have it too, along with some very cold weather—- minus 15 at 5 this morning. The good thing about that is, it means that famous champagne powder that makes Colorado skiing so great. I could almost blow the snow off my car this morning, it was so fluffy. I love clearing my walk with a leaf blower. But it has definitely been a night to head home early.

      I have to admit to being glad we are near the end of the hype and hysteria. From “Black Friday” through Christmas Day, it is an unending barrage of commercialism and noise, and I look forward to the relative quiet of the post-holiday lull. My only participation will be to see what Christmas ornaments i can find on sale. Most of mine are round, and since I adopted a dog whose one true love in life is balls, of any size, I have realized I can’t have a tree until I find enough decorations that are not ball-shaped. A tree with my current decorations might last ten minutes. I tried a wreath only to discover that to Lily, those fake holly berries were just many tiny balls, which might be thrown and fetched once removed. The first six years of her life were spent with two frail old people whose interactions with her evidently consisted of rolling a ball for her to bat back or maybe bring back, and that’s her passion. We not only can’t say the word “ball” but can’t spell it, either, and have to refer to “round bouncy things”.

      So we are having a relatively unadorned but lovely Christmas, with a special giant tennis ball to celebrate, and send best wishes to all of you.

  5. Ryan Murphy December 24, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    … And even if you don’t do Christmas then have a good and merry night anyway. There can’t be too many of those in a life. May your joys be many and your sorrows few. May those sorrows you have be lessened through sharing and may your joys be magnified by the same. May your family surround you and your friends be around you.

    Light the candle light the lights –
    Blessings be to all this night.
    Share the laughter, share the love-
    Something there is never enough of –
    All be Merry happy and bright –
    Wish you a Merry Christmas and to all a good night.

    Blessings to all.

  6. Ryan Murphy December 24, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    The night is still, the night is chill – the night is cold and dark. But in the morning – oh that morning – hark. The sun breaks over edge of sky – and the light is greeted by baby’s cry. All is new – all is fresh – all is forgiven. Be renewed – live, love, give, share the sorrows and joys and the day to day wonder which is LIFE.
    Merry Christmas to all and good night.

  7. Frank Lee (@trumpcowboy) December 25, 2017 / 3:10 am

    Merry Christmas! And thank you President Trump for making it cool to say that again!

  8. Retired Spook December 25, 2017 / 10:35 am

    In her Town Hall column, Suggestions for Liberals in 2018, Susan Stamper Brown has a great line:

    If you are not interested in having more of your money, give it back. Better yet, act like a conservative and donate it to charity.

  9. Retired Spook December 25, 2017 / 11:49 am

    As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, nothing to me says purity like the 4 inches of fresh snow I just cleaned off my deck. I filled the bird feeders, and literally before I got back in the door, several dozen birds decended on the various feeders — Cardinals, Blue Jays, Chickadees, Nuthatches,Tufted Titmice, Goldfinches, House Finches, and several varieties of Sparrows and Woodpeckers. My next door neighbor called and asked if he could use his big tractor and snowblower to clean my driveway. I told him he’d have to twist my arm a bit. I think Christmas just brings out the best in people.

    • Cluster December 25, 2017 / 12:57 pm

      And the best in birds evidently – Merry Christmas Spook

      I just watched a replay of Ashley Judd’s speech at the March for Women held last January where she accused Trump of being anti woman and how he was going to defund PP and other various “assaults” against women. In light of what has transpired in her industry over the last 8 months, that speech was deliciously ironic.

      • Retired Spook December 25, 2017 / 2:00 pm

        Merry Christmas to you too, my friend.

        You’re right about the irony. The air is thick with it this winter. The Midwest is being hit by a blast of global warming — high today of 20, low tonight of 5 and the forecast highs and lows for the remainder of the week, 12/0, 11/-2, 14/9 and 15/1.

        The left is discovering the old adage that when they point a finger at us, there are 3 fingers pointing back at them. Almost everything they accuse us of they have been discovered to be doing themselves. They’ve brought “be careful what you wish for” to a whole new level. At this glorious time of the year I still pray for them, while (forgive me Lord) at the same time relishing in their utter dismay at how their Utopian plans are coming unraveled.

    • Amazona December 25, 2017 / 2:15 pm

      My formerly grumpy neighbor cleaned the longest part of our road, well past the part that ends at his house. It was a lovely gesture. I guess all these months of waving cheerily and ignoring his grumpiness has paid off.

      My birds are quite happy with their holiday feasts, as well. I have a feeder with high quality wild bird seed and suet at the ends, a big platter with the same piled on one side and peanuts on the other (in my pantry reorganization I found an old tin of salted peanuts that are stale, and it turns out that the jays love these even more than peanuts in the shell) and one feeder filled with high oil sunflower seeds. I still haven’t figured out why sometimes the sunflower seeds go fast and some days the feeder is nearly full. You have a much larger variety of birds than I do, as I have mostly house finches and sparrows and Eurasian doves, along with an always-growing crew of blue jays.

      The homily in church this morning was wonderful. The priest took me by surprise by basing much of it on a quote of Bono. I came home and looked up the quote he chose:

      “If I could put it simply, I would say that I believe there’s a force of love and logic in the world, a force of love and logic behind the universe. And I believe in the poetic genius of a creator who would choose to express such unfathomable power as a child born in “straw poverty”; i.e., the story of Christ makes sense to me.”

      That was a great Christmas message.

      Merry Christmas to you all….

      • Retired Spook December 25, 2017 / 2:57 pm

        You have a much larger variety of birds than I do

        You have much larger mountains than we do.

        Merry Christmas to you too dear friend.

  10. Cluster December 26, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Merry Christmas Conservatives !!! God Bless the Trump Administration

    Just days after warning the United Nations the United States doesn’t pay to be be disrespected, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has announced a $235 million cut to UN Budget.

    • Amazona December 26, 2017 / 12:06 pm

      It’s a start. I would prefer to have the United States form an entirely new association of nations, eliminating nations which support terrorism or have bad human rights records, and give the current UN six months to vacate the building because we’re going to need it. In the meantime revoke diplomatic immunity and collect all the overdue fines for things like parking tickets. We can then see how many of these “diplomats” so dedicated to making the world a better place will flock to places like Tehran or Mogadishu to carry on their noble work.

  11. Amazona December 26, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Still in laid-back Christmas mode, I took the time to listen to a podcast of the NR show Mad Dogs And Englishmen. I wasn’t even aware that it existed, but I ran an hour of it in the background while doing something else and I found some nuggets of insight in the discussion that touched on several things but spent some time on the “taking a knee” phenomenon.

    The point I liked was that the successful protesters of the past made a point of showing respect for the nation and then saying that they merely wanted to be a part of it. (An admittedly bad paraphrase.) That the message from people like Dr, King was not that this is a bad country, but that it is a wonderful country and his desire was to allow black people a better opportunity to share in its benefits. Again, just a paraphrase. But the football protests haven’t been saying that—they have been saying this is a terrible country, and the things that they object to are proof that the country itself, as a nation, is to blame. I think this is what has gotten so many people upset. I know it is what has angered me. They also commented on the fact that much of the narrative that underlies the protests are simply false, such as the claim of widespread murders of black people by the police.

    The comments are not friendly to Trump, and in this case I agree with them, so that didn’t bother me. I do plan to go through a lot of the old podcasts of the show, available on iTunes, because based on the one I did listen to (#182, I think) they will provide a thoughtful approach to things I care about. The pace is, shall we say, stately. That is, a little slow. I like that. Some might not.

    Also, from the page that sent me to Mad Dogs And Englishmen: from a list of things on NR…..

    This column by Victor Davis Hanson, on why many thrill to Trump the loudmouth messenger, had lots of resonance over the world wide web. Here’s one juicy paragraph:

    “We pundits talk about being “presidential” and “elevating the office” over the lowest common denominator of the mob. Perhaps. But what if after $20 trillion in debt, unwon wars in the Middle East, the 2008 meltdown, nuclear missiles 20 minutes from Portland and San Diego, and a country without borders and torn apart by race, the proverbial people do not want an aspirational president who leads only to more such lofty aspirations? What if they instead prefer someone who is in some sense unpresidential or at least anti-presidential, if being status quo “presidential” got us where we are? Perhaps half the country wondered whether Bill Clinton’s alleged assaults or George H. W. Bush’s sneaky photo-gropes were part of being presidential and post-presidential? Or they asked whether Washington was any less immoral because it frequents the Four Seasons rather than the Motel Six?

    Stylistically or politically, what exactly would acting unpresidential these days consist of — politicizing the IRS, allowing the VA to decay, surveilling, unmasking, and leaking communications of U.S. citizens, or inviting into the White House misogynistic and profane rappers whose lyrics are about hating the police?”

    Cluster watches dreck like MSNBC because he likes to see what the other side is saying. I don’t, because I know its tone and agenda and because I don’t care, and I figure if I already have a general idea of what it would feel like to shove an ice pick under my fingernail I don’t have to do it to prove I am right. But I do read NR because, while I don’t always agree with everything, it is not toxic and it offers some good points of actual discourse. re: National Review—–we have underlying common cause, even if some of us have drifted off course, and I can see a narrowing of the gap as time goes by.

    • Cluster December 26, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      ……..if after $20 trillion in debt, unwon wars in the Middle East, the 2008 meltdown, nuclear missiles 20 minutes from Portland and San Diego, and a country without borders and torn apart by race, the proverbial people do not want an aspirational president who leads only to more such lofty aspirations? What if they instead prefer someone who is in some sense unpresidential or at least anti-presidential, if being status quo “presidential” got us where we are?

      BINGO. SPOT ON. AGREE 100%

      And this is exactly why Trump won, and the very reason why ALL establishment types, be they R or D, are SOOOO upset over Trump. Their small world of power and profit is being exposed and challenged by a man they deem inferior and by the “deplorable” people they in reality detest.

      I am loving it……….

      • Amazona December 26, 2017 / 7:46 pm

        I think they would be just as outraged, and probably even more so, if this were being done by someone they considered their equal, who failed to act the way they thought he should. As for their outrage at the peasants out in Flyover Country having the temerity to think they should have something to say about how the country is governed, I agree with you there—-they are quite upset that we don’t know our place.

        When I went out to my car today, parked next to it was a car with bumper stickers that made me laugh out loud, and I had to take a picture of it. On the trunk was a very large sticker, far too large to fit on a bumper, saying IMPEACH TRUMP. Next to it was a sticker almost as large proclaiming TUCK FRUMP. And beneath both of them was a bumper sticker saying “RESIST HATE”. The irony was too delicious. The owner came out before I left, and from his face he is quite a hater—-her reeked of anger.

    • Cluster December 26, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Speaking of PMSNBC – I just channel surfed and caught a quick segment with Katy Tur and some Republican Congressman who looked like he couldn’t get out of his own way if he had to. Katy of course was acting like current day journalists do by promoting the Democrat talking points and when the Congressman stated that over 80% of taxpayers will receive benefits, Katy chimed in by saying and I quote …”Yes, but more than others”, to which of course the Congressman ignored and kept on with his talking points. And this is the problem with conservatism. We don’t have enough people yet who are mentally nimble enough to call out these easily refuted progressive talking points on the spot, and who can articulate the societal and personal benefits of a free market economy. There are a few like Jim Jordan, Mike Lee, Cruz, etc. but we need to broaden those ranks.

      Let me be the first to get on the Nikki Haley 2024 band wagon. Our first woman POTUS.

      • Amazona December 26, 2017 / 7:41 pm

        Cluster, I notice that your favorite candidates for POTUS all have questionable credentials for the position, as all—Rubio, Jindal and now Haley—were born to parents who were not citizens at the times of their births and therefore are not “natural born citizens”. Sadly, “qualified” is not the same as “eligible” and we, as conservatives, have to avoid the Liberal tendency to just ignore laws we don’t like.

      • Amazona December 26, 2017 / 7:49 pm

        The problem with the lame Republicans on TV is that these people seem to be so eager to be on TV that they jump at the chance to be “interviewed” in spite of their ineptness and lack of skill in dealing with the attacks of people who do this for a living. The GOP should put together a list of people who are capable of handling these kinds of things and limit TV interviews to those people. I guarantee that the Complicit Agenda Media know exactly who to invite onto their shows, because they know who are inarticulate or even just plain dumb.

  12. Amazona December 26, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Another entry in the Utterly Clueless But Smug category:

    The deer population in a D.C. nature reserve had become too large and the deer were eating too much of the foilage to make the conservancy members happy. But the idea of actually KILLING the deer outright was upsetting.

    So instead of hunting, more than 100 individuals walked the length of the nature preserve, driving the deer towards a gate in the new $250,000 eight foot fence the naturalist society recently erected around their property. Once through the gate, the deer were funneled across the street and into the District of Columbia’s Rock Creek Park.

    At best these animal lovers increased the stress that deer are placing on Rock Creek Park, and the chances are good that many of the deer peacefully pushed out of Woodend Sanctuary are going to die in Rock Creek Park, either a merciful death at the hands of paid hunters or the prolonged agony of dying from starvation or disease.

    • Cluster December 27, 2017 / 8:21 am

      ……either a merciful death at the hands of paid hunters gang members or the prolonged agony of dying from starvation or disease.

      The same thing is playing out in Chicago.

      Re: Nikki Haley – Dammit !!! So Bibi Netanyahu is definitely out??

      • Retired Spook December 27, 2017 / 12:04 pm

        The same thing is playing out in Chicago.

        You got that right.

        Murders in the U.S. rose nearly 9% last year, and one-third of that increase came from just a few neighborhoods in Chicago, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of the FBI’s annual 2016 publication, Crime in the United States.

      • Amazona December 27, 2017 / 10:20 pm

        I haven’t researched Bibi’s ancestry, but yes, it is likely that neither of his parents was an American citizen when he was born.

        As for Nikki, I like her where she is. Think of it—not only a woman but a woman of color standing there and telling those chauvinistic Arabs and Latinos what they can do with their petty threats. It’s a thing of beauty. And it puts the lie to the whine of us being a racist country.

        Not that the Left cares about facts, but still…..

      • M. Noonan December 28, 2017 / 4:08 am

        It is wonderful – and if she does have Presidential ambitions, she’s advanced them mightily. We need people to speak that sort of blunt truth. Essentially, the whole project of the UN and associated international groupings since WWII has been to harness the power of the United States to the service of weak and/or declining nations. People tend to forget the overwhelming power of the United States – especially this far removed from WWII. A small case in point: we could have beaten Japan and Germany even if Russia and Britain had been knocked out of the war. By 1944, we were producing more military goods than the AXIS nations combined. Together they did outnumber us a bit, but not by too much…and the massive level of firepower we could bring against them (and our invulnerable-to-them homeland) meant that, even in a war of straight attrition, we were bound to win. Even without the Atomic Bomb. To be sure, our senior military leadership in the ETO simply wasn’t as good as the German senior military leadership, but even alone we still would have beaten down the Japanese in the by and by, and then MacArthur’s army and sheer military genius would have been applied to Europe. At all events, when Japan surrendered in September of ’45, our power was not just large compared to Britain and the USSR, it was overwhelming. We could have simply instructed everyone to do things as we wished and there was really nothing anyone could have done to stop it…and, so, there was born a gigantic desire (including among a very large portion of our foreign and defense policy leaders) that our power should be curbed. That we simply should not be able to order the world to our liking. And ever since then, the project has been to limit the application of American power.

        Trump is changing that dynamic. We are not an imperialist or bully power…but we have the power to get what we want, when we want it. Others whose interest coincide with ours (and almost all free nations have the precise same actual interests we do, even if they furiously pretend it isn’t so) are welcome to come along…but the new policy is that we’ll work with others only so long as they go along with what we want to do…and the moment they don’t, it doesn’t mean we stop, it just means we go on without them.

      • Amazona December 28, 2017 / 11:01 am

        …if she does have Presidential ambitions…” one would hope she first reads the Constitution and the many scholarly examinations of the term “natural born citizen” before going any farther. Rubio either couldn’t be bothered or figured there are enough voters who can’t be bothered or who simply don’t care, but I hope Haley has more integrity than that.

  13. Cluster December 27, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Remember when the climate change narrative was that we would see less and less snow in the winter?? Well …….

    WBAL-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Tasselmyer reported an increase in snow cover over the last four Christmas holidays, up from 36% in 2014 to 49% in 2017.

    And just a reminder, we are past the ten years that climate guru Al Gore predicted was all we had left back on 2006. The climate is not cooperating with the Democrats.

  14. Cluster December 27, 2017 / 8:54 am

    The media has done everything they can over the last year to destroy this President, and they are at it again today, but despite their untethered hysteria and relentless efforts to impeach Trump, it’s not having any effect:

    Despite the president’s dismal approval ratings and lethargic legislative achievements, he remains profoundly popular here in these mountains, a region so badly battered by the collapse of the coal industry it became the symbolic heart of Trump’s white working-class base.

    And we need to always remind Democrats that it was their base who elected Trump – not the GOP base.

    Elliott County, a blue-collar union stronghold, voted for the Democrat in each and every presidential election for its 147-year existence.,-his-base's-faith-is-unshaken

  15. Cluster December 27, 2017 / 9:04 am

    From “NeverTrumper” Bill Kristol:

    Kristol also believes any Republicans who defend the president on Russia are being used as puppets and said they are only doing further damage to the country……..“They’re being used by the president,” he said. “They’re playing into the president’s hands. They’re being allies to the president in something that I think will do a lot of damage to the country.”

    He’s not a conservative, but he plays one on TV. And let’s add former Cruz campaign manager Rick Tyler to the list of faux conservatives …..

    • Amazona December 27, 2017 / 11:23 am

      It is sad to see Kristol marching around to tunes only he can hear, wearing his tinfoil hat and beating his Hate Trump drum.

  16. Cluster December 27, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Sheila Jackson Lee really is a beautiful person:

    The congresswoman accused by a United Airlines passenger of bumping her from a first-class seat tweeted Tuesday that she believes the passenger was only upset because she is black. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, from Texas, said she did nothing wrong when she was bumped to a first class seat on a December 18 flight from Houston to Washington, DC. She was put in seat 1A, which was originally paid for by a Jean-Marie Simon, a schoolteacher from Washington DC, who has accused the airline of evicting her from the seat so they could give it to a member of congress. Jackson Lee said in a statement posted to Twitter Tuesday that she is upset she has to respond to allegations that she demanded special treatment.

    And they wonder why their approval ratings are low

    • Amazona December 27, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Let me see…Sheila Jackson Lee is demanding the special treatment of not being expected to respond to allegations she demanded special treatment.

      The real villain here is United Airlines, or at least whoever made the decision to steal a passenger’s money—that is, the extra money she paid for a first class seat—-to pander to a black Congresscritter. We don’t know which was more compelling to the UA person, Lee’s title or her color, but either way she was not just upgraded to an empty seat in first class, she was given a seat someone else had paid for.

      And the other villain is Lee, who first took someone else’s seat without, evidently, inquiring (or caring) if had been paid for by someone else who expected to be able to sit in it, and then pretends that the only reason the other person objected is because of Lee’s melanin levels.

      BTW, count on Lee being reelected. Her party doesn’t care about any of this, and neither does her constituency, which probably finds the racist allegation credible.

      • Cluster December 27, 2017 / 12:33 pm

        She is a vile human being

      • Amazona December 27, 2017 / 10:15 pm

        She is a vile human being…and damned proud of it.

      • Retired Spook December 27, 2017 / 12:51 pm

        I like to think that the vast majority of Americans are good, honest, decent people, but you have to wonder what motivates the majority of people in a congressional district to elect someone like SJL TWELVE TIMES.

      • Amazona December 27, 2017 / 10:13 pm

        They are black. She is black. In Identity Politics, especially in a country purposely divided along racial lines to benefit the Democrat Party, that is all that counts.

      • Cluster December 28, 2017 / 7:47 am

        Sadly that is correct Amazona. MLK is not happy.

      • Cluster December 28, 2017 / 10:14 am

        From the Daily Caller:

        Sheila Jackson Lee’s playbook:

        1. Use congressional entitlement and privilege to treat people like garbage
        2. Get caught
        3. Play the race card

  17. Cluster December 28, 2017 / 8:17 am

    Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) – “This is the conduct of someone who could become a tyrant if we don’t step in and speak out against him. I think he is being so unpresidential and he is undermining the very foundation of this country and the institutions that we hold so dear and that are protected in the Constitution of the United States.”

    A TYRANT I tell you!!!! You know on many occasion, those who lob unfounded accusations are usually guilty of those accusations themselves, and I believe we are seeing that dynamic play out amongst Democrats. With all the executive orders, and the “pen and phone” approach to governing, Obama and the Democratic party proved to be much closer to tyrannical rule than anything Trump has done. In fact, Trump is reversing the size and scope of the federal government, eliminating regulations, cancelling executive orders, and forcing Congress to do their job.

    And those actions Ms. Speier are Presidential and Constitutional.

    • Amazona December 28, 2017 / 12:03 pm

      “… if we don’t step in and speak out against him..”

      And just what, exactly, have these people been doing for the past year? I’ve sure seen a lot of “stepping in and speaking out against him” and all it has done is make the steppers and speakers look like fools.

      A great example is the way he is treating Executive Orders. As you point out, he is reversing a lot that were always seen as unconstitutional overstepping of executive power—we we call “tyranny”—and he is insisting that actual laws go through Congress instead of just being written in the Oval Office.

      Jackie may think that wrapping herself in the flag and orating about “…the very foundation of this country and the institutions that we hold so dear and that are protected in the Constitution of the United States” will disguise the fact that she is a supporter and enabler of the party of tyranny in this country, and is squealing about a president who is reversing the trend started by her hero, Barack Obama. She is wrong.

  18. Cluster December 28, 2017 / 8:28 am

    MSNBC Katy Tur – “… do we combat against disinformation, against the spreading of actual fake news? How do we guard our social media? How do we tell who is a real person and who is not a real person? I mean, this is, this is an attack that, that can last for decades longer than Donald Trump ever lasts in this office. And we haven’t figured out an effective way going forward because we are so angry at each other. We’re all in our, in our holes. We’re, we’re in our tribes. We’re screaming across social media. And we’re allowing it to divide us. It’s a problem that we, um, have got to figure out how to, how to solve by coming together as a country, and we need a leader who will help us come together.

    Their self awareness is abysmal

    Here’s where I am at – I DON’T WANT TO COME TOGETHER KATY. I have been called a racist, homophobe, science denier for so long that at this point, I prefer people like you to just STFU, sit down, and follow our lead……… or get the F**K out of the way. Either way, I don’t care what you think. Elections have consequences and your 15 minutes are over.

    • Amazona December 28, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      I’m willing to work with people who realize they have been wrong and who are willing to admit it. I had to do that when I realized I had allowed myself to be misled by Leftist cant in my teens and twenties, and had made a lot of very wrong-headed assumptions because of it. It wasn’t easy because it was hard on my ego. But I did it, and so have a lot of other people.

      Katy seems oblivious to the fact that when one segment of the nation loves this country and what it stands for and wants it governed according to its only rule of law and another segment hates the country, is embarrassed by it, thinks it represents evil and oppression and that it has to be “fundamentally transformed” to be acceptable, those two segments have no common ground. A leader will have to shift one of those segments off its foundation and in the direction of accepting the premises of the other to be able to “come together” and the only way to “come together as a country” is for the Left to move toward the Right. If the Right were to abandon its principles and move toward the Left, we might be able to “come together” but not as a country, not as THIS country, not as the United States as it was conceived and born and established and once flourished.

      There is no middle ground. We either recommit to governing according to our foundation and rule of law and founding principles, or we stop being that country and become something else. And the Left, under Barack Obama. laid out its goal—to “fundamentally transform” this nation.. Here’s a clue, Katy—that means to change it. And the changes you and your kind promote, through subversion and propaganda and hateful attacks and the rest of the Leftist arsenal, are changes that are incompatible with the United States as it was conceived, founded and once flourished.

      • Amazona December 29, 2017 / 2:56 pm

        Apparently even some on the Left are starting to realize that the radicals have created such a chasm between the two political ideologies that it can’t be spanned. (emphasis mine)

        Some liberals, like professor Mark Lilla at Columbia University, have pleaded for the left to re-embrace the kind of civic unity of the New Deal-era progressivism or face catastrophe.
        “We must relearn how to speak to citizens as citizens and to frame our appeals for solidarity—including ones to benefit particular groups—in terms of principles that everyone can affirm,” Lilla said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed column.

        He was mostly attacked or ignored by the intellectual left.

        The Left has staked out “principles” so radical and so contradictory to any of the traditional principles of not only our nation but of civilization in general that only they can affirm them. Rational people can ignore them, can reject them, but cannot “affirm” them.

  19. Cluster December 28, 2017 / 10:07 am

    With each passing day, the complicit agenda media breathlessly anticipates the next subpoena and who it is targeted at, so you can imagine my dismay when I have yet to see this covered:

    House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, a former State Department official who, in late November 2016, traveled to London to receive a briefing and a copy of the Trump dossier from its author, former British spy Christopher Steele. Kramer then returned to the U.S. to give the document to Sen. John McCain.

    Odd isn’t it?

    • Amazona December 28, 2017 / 11:04 am

      Are we to assume that Kramer just pulled McCain’s name out of a hat and he was just a random choice of who should take delivery of a fake and hostile anti-Trump smear piece?

      Or they had a pretty good idea of just how much integrity and character McCain has. Or he was in on it from the get-go. Not that the two are mutually exclusive.

  20. Cluster December 28, 2017 / 10:24 am

    There is no better example of the failures of Government than Puerto Rico. I am just now seeing a report saying that electricity will not be restored to the entire island until possibly May. So here is a vacation dream island, rich with natural resources and teeming with tourists sitting in the middle of the ocean susceptible to any storm, particularly hurricanes. YET, the local government never found the money or time to prepare itself for any disaster that was guaranteed to happen, and guaranteed to happen again. Instead, they sit and complain about what others aren’t doing.

  21. Amazona December 28, 2017 / 11:29 am

    I was listening to the radio yesterday, in my driving around, and heard a piece on the efforts to help people overcome their whiteness. Somehow I managed to avoid being overcome by guilt and sorrow about my melanin levels.

    But I started to think about the many kinds of privilege that are being ignored, that I think should be addressed, preferably by screaming mobs waving professionally printed signs and throwing rocks.

    White Privilege. We all know about this. It is the root of every sin, every sorrow, every bad thing to ever occur in the history of mankind. It may very well have attracted the huge meteors, like a giant magnet, that wiped out most of life on the planet. But there is more.

    Height Privilege. This is a vicious application of bias, benefiting the tall, and IT MUST BE STOPPED. It not only infects sports, primarily basketball, but it has been shown to be a factor in business and politics, and even in dating, as taller men have an advantage. While it would be a little extreme to require surgery to reduce the height of the unfairly advantaged, children who appear to be growing taller than the determined correct height could have their growth retarded, and any societal advantage to height must be scrubbed, with great vigor, from our society.

    Sight Privilege. The bias in favor of the physically attractive must be eliminated, and those whose features are determined to be more attractive than a government-determined standard must take steps to mitigate this wholly unfair advantage. These steps could range from mandated surgery to simply not being allowed to wear makeup or flattering hair styles. Unattractive people should be given priority in hiring, particularly in areas such as movies and TV newscasts. Some sort of physical screening should be employed in places where people go to meet other people, such as masks, to eliminate any bias toward the more attractive, and courses should be mandatory to teach people that ugly is better and pretty is bad.

    Bright Privilege. Why should we insist on having the smartest of us be the doctors, the physicists, the inventors, the business and science leaders? Isn’t this the most blatant and divisive of discriminations? All positions, in science and government and business, should be determined solely by the acquisition of college degrees and credentials, and these must be equally available to all without concern for intelligence, aptitude, completion of course work (which is in and of itself weighted toward the concept of comprehension) or even interest in the subject.

    Might Privilege. Too many sports depend on physical strength, and this is inherently biased and unfair. Physical strength is totally unrelated to the worth of a person, and should never be a factor in any decision. Surely I am not the only one who has noticed the unfair discrimination against the weak and unfit when watching a football game or any other sport for that matter. We even have television commercials touting methods for developing strength! This must be stopped, and people must be restrained from developing their physical strength, and most important from using it to gain any sort of advantage in any endeavor. The upcoming Olympic Games will be a nonstop testament to this vile bigotry. Related to this is the focus on weight, as people are constantly being encouraged to lose weight. This a dog whistle for getting stronger and must be seen as such, and rejected.

    We need to widen our scope, people, and start to address these other wrongs that are unfairly affecting huge segments of our population and causing great mental and emotional damage.

    • Cluster December 29, 2017 / 8:06 am

      Those are hilarious and absurd, but not so much anymore these days I guess

      • Amazona December 29, 2017 / 1:25 pm

        All you have to do is go through the many kinds and levels of discrimination that keep you from doing what you want to do.

        I, for example, don’t think that lack of strength or skill, or my age and/or physical condition, should prevent me from being an Olympic skier. That is just plain discrimination. I’m sure a lot of middle-height middle-aged semi-fit middle managers would love to play professional basketball. It is just wrong to keep them from fulfilling their dreams.

        We already see a lot of the barriers falling. We see people who are not funny being able to call themselves comedians–shouldn’t they inspire us to strive beyond our abilities? If only we were not hampered by arbitrary rules and restrictions, such as talent……

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