I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.
Armistice Day was celebrated once again this year, but it was the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Many of us are not aware of how many people died in what was called the war to end all wars; which of course it was not. Wars have been fought continually, not only since then, but before then. Someone somewhere has always been at war throughout the history of the world. Peace has been the exception rather that the rule.
French President Macron lead the celebration of Armistice Day giving a speech in front of the Arc de Triomphe and Tomb of the Unknown WWI Soldier. In his oratory, Macron said nationalism is the cause of all wars. Macron claimed that the vision of France as a generous nation, promoting universal values was the exact opposite of the egotism of a people who look after only their own interests. Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. I’m not sure what he really means by that, but my gut tells me that since he’s wrong about the causes of war, he’s probably wrong about patriotism and nationalism.
There is so much hatred in our national discourse these days that it wears on even the most interested observers. So why not take a break from the hatred and enjoy some random thoughts, observations, and silly stories. Yes, it's OK to laugh at the stupidity or pain of others.
Wouldn’t a vampire walrus look a lot like a regular walrus?
Therapy is a software update while surgery updates your hardware
The left wing began their assault on President Trump's address to the nation before they'd even heard what he had to say. Jim Acosta asked Sarah Sanders if the President was going to tell the truth. USA Today told us the things we needed to know about border security before the President began to spout his lies. CNN anchors said fact checkers would be on Wheaties and steroids. Never a word about Chuck & Nancy's rebuttal being truthful or dishonest.
Among the 'facts' checked by various organizations such as Politico, was there really a crisis at the border? Of course they said that was not true because the number of illegal aliens apprehended last year was less than the year before. Never mind the fact that a higher percentage of those apprehended were convicted criminals, 78%, than in previous years which averaged about 45%.
Those of us that follow the news or are active on social media have seen the increase in the vitriol spewed by many, whether it be from political or media figures or even the average person in our community. It seems to have become more acceptable, in fact almost expected, from those on the left side of the aisle.
We attended the Sun Bowl football game in El Paso this past Monday. Overall, it was a fun time with music, good food, and adult beverages. Supporters of Stanford and Pitt got along well, as did the folks like us who were just attending the game without a real rooting interest. Well, except for those darn Dallas Cowboy fans who kept yelling "how 'bout them Cowboys" every time one of the teams made a big play. Obnoxious is hardly a strong enough word, but that's a story for another day.
It's an odd juxtaposition; most hippie liberals grew up protesting against "the man" aka the political/corporate power structure. They wanted their version of freedom, the free sex, drugs, and rock and roll without responsibility. Now those very same people are not only entrenched in the swamp but they want to control you more than our previous politicians ever did.
The latest example is an idea put forth by Andrew Ross Sorkin in a an article he wrote for the NY Times. An idea that has been picked up by several left wing politicians such as Ocasio-Cortez. Of course the justification for another intrusion into our lives is saving 'just one child,' that heart-string tugging plea that is never really about saving anyone but about controlling those with whom they disagree.
Congress has a chance to do what they promised; in fact they have 2 chances. Odds are they will screw up both chances. I will put the blame directly upon the Republican leadership in both parties for the failure.
Opportunity numero uno involves Obamacare. A judge from the 5th Circuit has ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional. Very quickly, many of you are saying that the Supreme Court already ruled that the ACA is constitutional, how can a lower court 'overrule' them? Simply, the only reason the act was upheld was Justice Roberts arrogance in ruling the penalty for failing to purchase or obtain insurance was a tax. This despite the fact that the DOJ attorneys did not argue that it was a tax or that the framers of the law declared it was not a tax.
Those of us that pay attention have known for a long time the truth about Washington D.C. politics; it's all about power and the pursuit of power. Many of us have watched up and coming conservative politicians, like Paul Ryan, Jeff Flake and others, give in to the power game and betray their principles and promises to get ahead. We knew, but we had no idea it was this bad.
Documents and statements have confirmed that James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok conspired to entrap Michael Flynn. Comey has admitted that he encouraged McCabe and Strzok to make a casual visit to Flynn at the White House and interview him about several issues. Protocol requires the FBI to notify the White House staff and ask to interview any member of the President's staff. They deliberately preyed upon the naivete of President Trump and members of his staff.
Our little corner of the world has received some great publicity over recent years: best places to retire, best little towns, great restaurants, wonderful outdoor lifestyle. Tonight on NBC we'll be shed in a different light, not so much the town, but the focus will be on an horrific event, a murder, that grabbed headlines. Most of us have some knowledge of the events, but not an in depth knowledge. What will be interesting to me is how not only the case will be portrayed but also about how our town will be portrayed. We'll have a rare chance to see how a media outlet reports the facts. I wonder how many people will pick up on incorrect information?
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Baby It's Cold Outside, Charlie Brown's Christmas Special; all are now banned or under fire for being racist, misogynist, promoting bullying or some other offensive behavior. I learned tolerance and not to judge people from Rudolph's special. But what really chaps my derriere is that the same people wanting to wipe these shows and songs from the airwaves are the same people that are unbelievably quiet about some of the rap lyrics we are subjected to on the public airwaves. It is not only all of the above, but it is patently offensive on a level that, if the words were spoken by a conservative, white, middle aged, Christian male, the public outcry from the left would be deafening.
Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave.
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