In an historical episode, perhaps taken right out of the “Twilight Zone,” the scenes from last Wednesday and Thursday in Washington DC were surreal. I was drawn to the television like a firefly to a porch light, mesmerized by glare.
In the immortal words of Rod Serling, “Imagine if you will,” …a great country enjoys a leader who just negotiated a momentous trade deal with a major Asian nation. The pact increases exports, levels tariffs, and makes inroads at protecting the country’s intellectual property. The deal includes the Asian nation purchasing a record $50 billion in additional farm products, up substantially from prior years. Said leader has signed the first part of eight agreements into place which will help alleviate long existing trade imbalances that have been harming his country for decades.
That leader has also just negotiated a massive new policy with Canada and Mexico, called the USMCA trade deal, which replaced the unpopular NAFTA agreement from the Clinton era that hemorrhaged jobs into Mexico.
Imagine that same leader has brought national unemployment down to 3.5%, a number not seen since Richard Nixon was president in 1969. That number cannot go any lower as all that is left is those people who can't, or won't work.
Envision a leader who has increased the stock market by 10,000 points since taking office three years ago, to a record high of 29,030 at the same time the new agreement with the major Asian country is being signed. The stock market daily highs exhibit strong confidence in the leader’s ability to steer the country forward, establishing additional prosperity and making 401K plans across the nation soar. Day by day, the market sets a new record, emboldened by the leaders's actions.
Visualize the same leader establishing a new branch of the country’s military, something not done since 1947, called Space Force. The new military branch will usher in a whole new level of protection for the country going forward with up-to-date space-age technologies to offset attacks from anywhere around the world.
A leader who recently exterminated two major terrorists’ that were responsible for killing and maiming thousands of people around the world, in the name of their god.
Now, in a scene that could only be produced on a Hollywood set, imagine that at the EXACT same moment the Asian Trade Deal is being signed, only 2.4 miles away a large group of people, divided by tribes, gather to vote on whether to remove that leader.
(I will quash the Rod Serling narrative – you get the point)
In nothing short of a coup d'état, after sitting on the official impeachment for four weeks, Speaker of the House and Chief Dingbat, Nancy Pelosi finally called for a vote in the House of Representatives to forward the impeachment measure to the Senate. She did so at the same time of the signing of the China Agreement, of which she ignored. Her entire focus was to impeach President Trump.
Pelosi giddily then carried on a ridiculous” pomp-and-circumstance” routine the rest of the day, going so far as to give out ceremonial pens. (I would imagine a reasonable argument could be made that Trump arranged the signing simultaneously to Pelosi in an attempt to steal the spotlight – more political gamesmanship we don’t really need.) The media was equally electrified. Chris Mathews probably pissed himself. Maxine Waters followed Pelosi around like a dog smelling the privates of other dogs.
Since the House had a majority of Democrats only voting along tribal lines, rather than with common sense, the motion carried. It was official, after THREE YEARS of trying, Congress determined the impeachment farce would continue and little else will get done for the betterment of the country in the foreseeable future.
Pelosi trotted out her seven minions, called managers, including the dwarfish Jerry Nadler - who has called for the impeachment of the last three Republican presidents - that will do her bidding during the Senate impeachment proceedings. In keeping with the fairy tale theme, I found it ironic Nancy chose seven managers - Nancy Pelosi and the Seven Minions.
The word, “manager,” in this sense, actually means prosecutor. It will probably take on the additional meaning of “disrupter” that will ensure the impeachment proceedings resemble a damn circus to be strung out before a national television audience for an extended period of time, in a futile attempt to overthrow the president. If you don’t believe that, ask yourself how is it impartial when all seven prosecutors are Democrats, hand-picked by Pelosi. Perhaps our other local columnists might answer that question, as it appears by their op-eds, they seem perfectly content with this insurrection.
In addition to Nadler will be Adam Schiff, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Val Demings, Sylvia Garcia, and Jason Crow. Evidently, all have law degrees, as do 161 other House members, a sobering revelation.
For the record, this will be the third impeachment the Battleaxe Lofgren has been part of. Now that Pandora’s box has been flung open, perhaps she will still be around for the future impeachments of presidents that are sure to follow this example of a coup.
Where are we to go, now that we've gone too far?
As Nancy Pelosi sits on her duff with the faux impeachment thingy shoved into a desk drawer, she seems to have become more delusional.
I have come to believe she’s certain the title, Speaker of the House, makes her Queen Bee of the World, and President Donald Trump is an unruly child to discipline weekly. I’m not quite sure her condition is alcoholism or possibly that dementia has crept into her skull, but I for one, am tired of her petulant behavior.
Her spanking of the President, this week, is over the drone strike kill of Iran General Qassem Suleimani. Iraqi Populist Mobilization Forces (PMF) leader, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also exterminated. This was said to have been in retaliation of the attacks of the US Embassy in Iraq, although Suleimani was the leader of the QUDS Forces, a terrorist organization responsible for the deaths of nearly 600 Americans. Muhandis’ PMF is an Iraqi organization composed of 40 militias.
And the Democrats have a problem with their deaths?
To repeat, one is a top terrorist general from Iran and the other a leader of Iraqi militias, two neighboring countries, together in the same vehicle. I bet they weren’t talking about picking up chicks. One has to wonder what those two were doing together in the first place, but as you know, I’m from Chebanse. It seems to me the countries comprising the Middle East have a testosterone surplus that overrules brain cells. They’ve been killing each other for centuries!
Anyway, Trump took the terrorists out on the 3rd, and Nancy has her panties in a wad for, supposedly, a couple reasons.
Her first issue was that the President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, didn’t seek her permission. He took the opportunity presented by military brass of the whereabouts of a noted top terrorist, and disposed of him. Keep in mind, Nancy’s actual fiefdom, the House of Representatives, was still on Christmas vacation at the time Suleimani met his maker. Only Congress and students get weeks off for Christmas, the rest of us schmucks get a few days.
President Trump and our military were at work while Pelosi was sitting in her palatial mansion on Zinfandel Drive overlooking the Pacific Ocean, far away from the homeless people crapping and shooting up drugs in the streets of her 12th district.
Her second issue – she claims – is that Trumps ordering of the airstrike that killed Suleimani provokes further escalation of violence in the Middle East. She is “concerned” the airstrike puts America, and the world, to the point of no return.
My reply to her…bullshit! Her second issue is no different than her first issue. Evidently, she thinks she's more knowledgeable and informed than the President of the United States to make those decisions. She knows better than he does. Give us a break you doddering dingbat.
Folks, in normal times, the President should be accountable to the House of Representatives and the Senate. It is the counter-balance system our Founding Fathers put in place and has worked for centuries.
But these are not normal times. The democratically-held Congress has never gotten over the fact their anointed candidate, Hillary Clinton, was not coronated president. Their every waking hour is now spent plotting against the president, and the will of the people. I submit, they are actively involved in a coup against the president, and should not be trusted. A case could be made that a few of them should be in prison. We used to hang people for trying to overthrow our government.
Why should Trump have to play footsy with Nancy Pelosi, purely for gamesmanship, rather than what is best for the country, when he has an opportunity to take out a major player of terrorism? Did she or her Democrat buddies forget 9/11 or Benghazi? I haven’t, have you?
What would have been accomplished had he taken the time to check with her, other than play her silly games while Suleimani got away? And had she “authorized” it in advance, she would have taken credit for it. She would hate for Trump to receive any credit for something positive.
Pelosi and her Democrat henchmen could care less if the world burned, much less about our country or you. Their entire focus is on the chair in the Oval Office – they have to obtain it at all cost. They have to rid themselves of Trump before he gets the Swamp drained and exposes nearly all of Washington living lavishly off our dime.
Nancy Pelosi and her husband, Paul, are worth somewhere around $100 million dollars. She lives in San Francisco, 2,800 miles from the Capitol and uses our jet as her personal Uber. She will be 80 years old in March. Ask yourself, why does she keep hanging around Washington DC?
If you read my last column, after an excessive ingestion of eggnog, Jacob Marley visited me Christmas night. If you didn’t read the column, it’s on my blog or the Journal website.
Anyway, having weathered the initial meeting with Marley in a nightmare, and subsequently praying to the porcelain prince, I climbed weakly back into bed, cautiously so as not to awake the little lady…again. I dozed off to sleep, content no reunion with Marley was looming. I was mistaken.
“Hey!” Marley screamed, ratting his chains. “We weren’t done.”
I froze in horror, but to no avail – there he appeared at the foot of the bed. How was my wife sleeping through this? I wondered. Glancing over revealed she was slumbering like a baby.
“Yes, sir.” I mumbled.
“Now that you’ve done your business, let’s get back to vetting candidates so you don’t vote for that dastardly Trump,” he moaned. “Not that it might make any difference if that cantankerous Pelosi doesn’t trash that foolhardy impeachment vote. “
“Yes, sir,” I muttered again, wondering if he could follow me into the voting booth. He must have been able to read thoughts because he let loose a blood curdling scream, of which the wife slept through.
Marley groaned, “I’ve decide to throw Andrew Yang, Corey Booker and Amy Kllobachar out of contention too. They’re just three more hopeful-nothings foolishly wasting everybody’s time. Booker irritates me, darn fool was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple. As you can see, time is precious, people who waste it annoy me.”
“Yes, sir,” was all I managed, terrified out of my skull at Marley’s appearance and stench. Even his breath smelled like death. I’m wondering if I should do as he says - he never explained what would happen to Trump voters. How in damnation is my wife not smelling him?
“So that leaves Buttegieg, Gabbard, and Warren,” he growled.
“This Buttigieg guy is just the flavor of the month right now,” Marley continued. “Very religious and extremely intelligent guy, I’ll give you that, and a Naval vet to boot. Those are some pretty great qualities – you’d think he’d be a Conservative. However, his youth, lack of experience, and being openly gay are eventually going to sink his boat. Having seen the future, you Baby Boomers are still not ready for an openly gay president. Besides, black folks won’t trust him for that business in South Bend. Trump will stomp him. Leave him off your list.”
There was the mention of that list again. He made me put Michael Bloomberg on it, but now he’s running out of names.
Elizabeth Warren,” Marley fumed. “Don’t call her Pocahontas again!” he commanded, pointing a decrepit finger at me. “I liked her, but darn woman got so wrapped up in chasing the Bern to the left, she ran right past him for being even more socialist. Dumb move on her part,” Marley spat. I took the opportunity to finally blink.
“Everything she’s promising would cost taxpayers $40 - $50 trillion dollars. That’s nuts. So is she, if you ask me.’ Marley was on a roll. “Anyone can see she doesn’t really mean anything she says, she’s just lying.
"Nothing worse on the planet than a conniving lying politician. She can’t beat Trump either. No listing for her,” he moaned. There was that finger again.
“OK,” I said submissively. I realized the only candidate left was Tulsi Gabbard. I pulled the bed-sheets a little tighter to my chest, not knowing what to expect. Guess who hadn’t woke up still.
“Now, the Gabbard gal,” Marley continued. “ I don’t think she seriously has a chance, but I have to tell ya, that gal has spunk. Anyone can stand up to Hillary and live to tell about it has my admiration. I happen to know a few that didn’t, if you know what I mean.”
I thought I actually saw Marley wink!
“Do you know she was a combat vet?” Marley asked, obviously impressed. “And,” he continued, “she’s a Major in the National Guard. That’s outstanding, boy.” I shook my cowardly head in agreement.
“I just don’t know what to think about her electability though,” he rambled, shaking his head. “Like Buttigieg, at 38, she’s just a pup. Plus, she’s Hindu, and, while I have no issue with most religious beliefs, I doubt America’s ready for a Hindu president. Remember the Catholic John Kennedy fiasco? I’m bettin’ their not, but you should put her on your list anyway, because that gal has spunk. Spunk, I tell ya,” as he faded off.
I shook my head feebly. When I looked up the apparition was finally gone, hopefully forever. I softly giggled, deliriously thinking my nightmare over…until the giggles woke the wife.
Having drank too much eggnog again for Christmas, sleeping that night was a bit of an issue. At one point, I awoke to remove the CPAP mask from my ear to put it back over my nose. Finally managing to grab a few "zzzz's," I experienced the most horrible nightmare.
Evidently, in my alcohol induced stupor, Jacob Marley visited. Scrooge’s former partner was there to “persuade” me to succumb to the media hype of the evils of Donald Trump. When I balked at being infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome, he violently shuddered, then demanded I come back from the "dark side,"…or else. I wondered how he was going to get that message to the other 63 million of us, but was afraid to ask.
Marley spent the night indoctrinating me of the merits and shortcomings of the various candidates among the Democrat party. Like everyone else, he ignored Richard Bennett, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Deval Patrick, Tom Steyer, and Maryanne Williamson, wailing they have about as much chance as being nominated as me. He pointed a meaty finger at me, but I was too frightened to protest. Then he muttered something about wasting valuable time and money.
Next, he brought up Bernie Sanders. Surprisingly, we were equally repulsed. Neither of us were about to endorse a socialist.
Having never had a job before in his life, the 78-year-old "Bern" thinks and acts like a Socialist. Me and Marley agreed…we don't like people who won't work. Being British, it boggled Marley’s mind that a Yank would consider socialism over good ‘ol American capitalism.
Marley was on a roll again, shrieking, chains rattling. “Nearly everyone in the world is jealous of this country, warts and all, and yet there are folks willing to risk losing what they have!” Frowning, Marley shoved a meme from Face Book under my nose. It read: "You can vote in socialism kids, but you have to shoot your way out." Quite poignant, if you ask me.
When I chimed in that "Bern" voters should go live in a socialist country, like Venezuela first, then come back and tell us about their experience, Marley eased up some. But, as best as I can recall the rest of the nightmare, Marley had many more messages:
“Joe Biden,” Marley screamed mockingly. “Bah humbug! At 77-years-old, with dementia breathing down his neck, and having been in politics for 46 years, there’s nothing left from him! Everybody realizes Joe's faults, but as he's the only politician remotely representing the Democrat party of old, mainstream Dems have no other option but that old coot.” Marley showed me scenes of Biden's past, coming down on every side of every issue during a long political career. “Never trust someone been on the government dole that long!” he moaned.
“Plus,” Marley continued, “Mark my words, boy. Joe will not make it to the Oval Office due to the skeletons falling out of his closet. That drug-addled son's escapades and those shenanigans in the Ukraine and China will come back to haunt him.”
I thought to myself, I might have a few skeletons of my own, but methinks Joe's guilty as "h, e, double hockey sticks, too." However, I wasn’t about to share that with Marley…in fear he’d show me my skeletons.
Marley next mentioned Michael Bloomberg, although in a softer voice. “You know, he might be 77-years-old but this guy might just buy his way in.” Marley obviously thinks Bloomy’s a heavyweight. “He seems to be in charge of all his faculties, despite that stupid "Gulp" debacle. You know, he’s worth $56 billion?”
‘As compared to that dastardly Trumps mere $3 billion,’ I thought but dared not mention. Instead I said, “Bloomberg ran New York City somewhat successfully, especially compared to their current mayor,” I chimed in. Marley blistered me with curses horribly at the mention of Mayor DeBlazio. I quickly apologized for bringing it up.
“Just like your boy, Trump, Bloomy’s a businessman first, a politician second,” Marley sniffed. “I find that attribute admirable. You put him on your short-list,” he demanded. I didn’t know I had a list.
About this time, I awoke from my nightmare in a cold sweat, feeling sick. Halfway to the bathroom I remembered the CPAP hose still attached to my schnozzle, pulling the machine to the floor and awaking the Missus. I jumped when she bellowed, sounding suspiciously like old man Marley. As she was already upset about my earlier prodigious egg nog consumption, the contraption clattering to the floor certainly didn’t help her disposition. After forty-years, I probably should have known that.
While in the lavatory, it occurred to me though, it must have been a dream, voting against by beloved Trumpster. Instantly, I felt better, my nightmare was over and Jacob Marley was gone.
Or so I thought. To be continued...
Everyone knows the Christmas poem, “The Night Before Christmas?” How old were you when you found out it was also called, “A Visit of St. Nicholas?” In my case, 62. Incredibly, most everything known about the concept of Santa Claus and Christmas gift giving is derived from this poem.
Generally attributed to Clement Moore, the verse was first published anonymously in the Troy New York Sentinel in 1823, submitted by a friend of Moore’s.
Seems Moore thought himself too scholarly to have penned such a verse. A professor at the General Theological Seminary, Moore was recognized as the author in 1837, although he never acknowledged it personally until published in a book of poetry in 1844. He included this particular poem - perhaps the most well-known in history - at the insistence of his children.
Unfortunately, there is controversy with who actually wrote the poem. Major Henry Livingston, Jr. also is attributed to have written it - according to his family.
Th Livingston family claim is supported by MacDonald Jackson, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. So certain is Jackson, who has spent his career studying the authorship of various written works, je published a book in 2016 regarding the authorship of the poem.
To add further to the controversy, some white-bearded, irksome columnist printed a purloined oafish adaption to the poem in a company newsletter in 2017. (Not sure his family will claim it) This author sought to acknowledge the plight of lonely truckers hurrying home late Christmas Eve, having been peddling holiday novelties, cheer and food across the country. You see, they too have families waiting for them.
A TRUCKER’S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the land,
Not a creature was stirring, ‘cept the big rigs all manned,
With truckers; days and weeks on the road, delivering freight,
Now trying to get back home, afore it’s too late.
The children are nestled, all snug in their beds,
With visions of Santa and their daddy dawdling in heads.
And mamma in flannel nightgown; such a hectic day,
Had just settled herself down, she began to pray.
She’s uneasy for her trucker to return safe and sound,
She knows he’ll be hurrying to come back ‘round.
To be home with the family by this Christmas morn,
To celebrate this momentous day our Savior was born.
The moon had lain on the breast of the new fallen snow,
She had wanted him to stay, but understood he must go.
Yearning all day; to their home he would appear,
Surely, he’s getting close, no doubt he had to be near.
She thought of his eyes, oh how they can twinkle!
And the withered forehead; now covered in wrinkle.
The silvery hair on his head, long does it grow,
And the stubble on his chin, white as the snow;
He’s getting heavy and plump, a right jolly old elf,
Smiling at thoughts of his belly…in spite of herself.
A wink of his eye though would be what is required,
And be home safely this wintry night, it’s what she desired.
He’s sometimes not shaved and is prone to foul moods,
Tarnished he may be; and sometimes a little rude.
But you see, he’s been cursed on the road; delayed at a dock,
And his travels make sure your Christmas gifts are in stock.
While folks arrange Christmas and merrily enjoy this magic season,
Trucker’s deliver goods all over the country for good reason.
Shelves are to be filled; a livelihood; a way to support a family,
Taking him farther from home than sometimes he wants to be.
Now he’s another lonely trucker on this Holiest of Nights,
Driving highways toward home as Nature puts up a fight.
But he’ll be hurrying on this most magical of flights,
The Lord bringing him home safely would be her delight.
When, what to her wondering eyes should appear,
A big ‘ol eighteen-wheel semi becoming oh so clear.
Yes, it’ a blue Pete, and pulling a white trailer-van,
She knew in a moment…it had to be her man.
More rapid than eagles, the big rig came,
He whistled, he shouted and called her by name.
To the top of the porch! and in through the front door,
He dashed in the house, slidin’ 'cross the floor.
He sprung to her side, and grabbed her in a big bear hug,
She giggled with glee; “welcome home you big lug.
As they sat by the fire enjoyin’ nog in the bright light,
She smiled warmly while whispering,
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
Christmas is almost over, so I’m getting back to normally scheduled diatribes.
19 minutes. That’s roughly the amount of time it took the Washington Post to call for the impeachment of President Trump - after he had been sworn in as President of the US. And it’s been going on, non-stop ever since – three continuous years. Democrats keep throwing motives for impeachment against the wall to see what might stick. Reasons have included:
* The Foreign Emoluments Clause concerning Trumps ongoing business ventures around the world, suspecting he would take money from foreign dignitaries. Trumps net worth has declined one billion dollars since election so if he’s stealing, he’s not very good at it.
* Collusion with Russia, costing us forty million dollars. This ruse has been debunked. Investigations are ongoing into the perpetrators instigating this travesty of justice. It appears FBI directors were involved, lying to a FISA court, putting them on a level of sedition not seen since J. Edgar Hoover was dressing in women’s clothing.
* Obstruction of justice concerning the Russian collusion claim. Seems the Left didn’t feel Trump should defend himself, but just agree to be hung.
* Access to Trumps personal finances, as well as his family, plus Trump’s subsequent attempts to halt their prying. This was wealth Trump made BEFORE becoming president. I predict this charge will be used again during the upcoming election cycle, and even perhaps after Trumps re-election. I personally would rather see how Congressman made their money AFTER they entered office. Perhaps Dick Durbin and his lobbyist wife would like to go first.
* Trumps alleged directions to the imprisoned attorney, Michael Cohen to lie about details of building a hotel in Moscow.
* After the Mueller report absolved Trump from Russian ties, Democrats shifted gears to claiming Trump used the power of the presidency to leverage the country of Ukraine to spy on Trump’s presidential competitor, Joe Biden.
Unfazed by the possible malfeasance of a former Vice President and his cocaine-addled son to shake down Ukraine, Congress elected to impeach Trump for asking the new Ukrainian president to look into the matter. Want to bet Biden is not the Democrat nominee?
We have been subjected to Adam Schiff’s secret kangaroo court in the basement of the Capitol Building, followed closely by Jerry Nadler’s televised inquisitions. With his pants pulled up under his armpits and napping throughout the proceedings, Nadler is attempting, for the third time in his career, to impeach a sitting Republican president.
This circus is still going on as I type this Thursday afternoon. Democrats and Republicans spent Wednesday alternating grandiose speeches about the merits or atrocities of impeaching the president, neither party listening to one another.
Democrats made their minds up three years ago, regardless of the damage done to the country. They must remove Trump because they know they can’t beat him at the ballot box. Republicans have been outspoken about what the Democrats are doing, but ultimately, have done little except make speeches. I wondered why they even attended the circus.
After nearly three years, the House finally got around to impeaching the president Wednesday night. It was done strictly along party lines without one Republican voting for it, shades of Obama Care. As of Thursday afternoon, Nancy Pelosi was still sitting on the impeachment, rather than turning it over to the Senate, for reasons that are unclear, but obviously political.
Before the House vote was taken, Senator Chuck Schumer attempted to sway matters in advance for the Senate, where Mitch McConnel has said the impeachment vote will die. House Democrats know this so are attempting to dictate the guidelines their Senate counterparts will follow, which might indicate why Pelosi is sitting on it. Or, has I have long suspected, she has gone daft.
Folks, this is not how democracy operates. Liberals are subverting and making a mockery out of our system of government. Impeachment is a solemn and momentous decision - it cannot be a matter of partisan politics. Right before our eyes we are witnessing a public lynching of a president while he has been busy implementing historic economic numbers and trade agreements. To impeach Trump will usher in a stock market crash like no other.
At the same time the sedition of overthrowing a president out of office is going on in Washington DC, next door the state of Virginia is considering mobilizing the National Guard against their own citizens to remove their guns. This is a guaranteed Second Amendment Right of American citizens that Virginia is unlawfully moving to overturn. When the British attempted that act in 1776…well, we know how that turned out.
We’re witnessing a coup, folks. Liberals are fundamentally attempting to alter our country’s system of government in order to usher in a Global Socialist agenda. Historians will wonder some day why we did not throw these people out of our government at the least…or adjudicate them for treason.
If we can manage to keep a Civil War from breaking out in Virginia, we the people must become more engaged to save our democracy before it’s seized from us.
In the immortal words of John Lennon,
“So, this is Christmas,
And what have you done?
Another year over,
A new one just begun.”
These words were from a song by John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, together with the Harlem Community Choir for “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” Despite intense research, there’s no evidence Yoko’s microphone was unplugged during the recording. I’m not a Yoko fan.
Until I read the lyrics, I thought the third line was, “another year older.” I’ve been singing it wrong in the shower for 50 years! (Get that picture out of your head!) Either word works – they’re both bummers if you think about it too much. I tend to do that. But I learned some oddities about this popular holiday song.
This time of the year the song is heard frequently on the radio, amongst other Christmas carols. It’s one of the more popular Christmas songs, both in America and Britain. Wonder how many generations that like this song have no idea just who was John Lennon?
Ironically, Lennon didn’t write this tune as a holiday carol in the sense of others, such as “White Christmas” or “O Holy Night.” Instead, it was to be a protest song against America’s participation in Viet Nam...by a British citizen on a green card.
To promote the song, produced in late October of 1971, Lennon decided to rent billboards in twelve cities across the world declaring, “WAR IS OVER! If You Want It – Happy Christmas from John & Yoko.” The conflict went on another three years, but Lennon did live long enough to see it.
Furthermore, the melody of the song was not Lennon’s to claim. It can be traced to an old ballad about a British race horse by the name of Skewball. A folk song, it was “Americanized” by southern slaves in the early 1800’s, changing the name to Stewball. It has nothing to do with Christmas.
Lead Belly, a blues singer, recorded Stewball. I listened to it but cannot figure out how musicologists can possibly link the recording of Stewball to Happy Christmas. It should be pointed out I lack a sheepskin in musicology, being from Chebanse and all.
Later, other artists recorded “Stewball.” Surprisingly, if you listen to the version by Peter, Paul, and Mary you can hear a resemblance to “Happy Christmas,” even though the two recordings are singing about two entirely different matters.
The “Happy Xmas” song was released too late in the year to reach much of a Christmas audience, but over the years reached enormous commercial success across the world. To this day it has been recorded by a who’s- who of musicians, including John and Ono’s son, Sean.
Now that you have been enlightened in useless Christmas song trivia, Lennon asked a question in the song, “what have you done?” I mean, besides watch Democrats create new reasons to overturn the 2016 election?
Have your accomplished any of the goals you set out to do at the beginning of the year? How’s your bucket list looking? I personally resolved to lose 25 lbs. this year. I only have 30 more pounds to go to achieve that goal. I also resolved to spend a month in Arizona this past October – I got four days in.
Isn’t it funny how life gets in the way of doing what you want? Man plans, God laughs.
But while I was not getting my plans accomplished, I have to say that overall, goals were being accomplished all around me. Our children and grandchildren all got through another year relatively unscathed with the exception of a couple broken bones by our granddaughters. My mother gave us a scare too but seems to be back to normal. Business is good, jobs are plentiful, and everyone’s 401K’s are getting fat.
The point is, perhaps Lennon was being a little tough on us, or was just too absorbed in protesting the war…from an apartment in New York. As the Christmas season rapidly overcomes us, we all should remember life is a journey, not a destination. We already have a pretty good idea of what the destination holds for us. Might as well enjoy ourselves in the short while we are here.
Please remember there are people that might need our help with their journey, and right now is a great time to think about them. Also, let’s not overlook those red Salvation Army buckets and the angels standing out there in the cold tending them, wishing us Good Cheer.
“…and so Happy Christmas,”
We were out for dinner with some other couples a few months ago, in a south suburban beanery. The youngest person in the group was in the fifties and the oldest in the mid- 60’, so we were all “Baby Boomers.” As per usual, the gals were all together on one end chatting about God knows what; and the guys on another end were drinking, cursing, and solving all the world’s problems. The only things missing was a couple of big stogies and muttonchops.
One guy, and I’m being intentionally vague, brought up the question, “Well, come January 1, are you going to partake?” The question was obviously directed as to whether any of us would participate in ingesting marijuana when it becomes legal in Illinois. As mentioned, we were all Baby Boomers, so the subject of whether to partake or not to partake wasn’t really as taboo as the generation before us, but certainly not as common as what I would believe the generations after us have become accustomed.
It was a good question, and everybody thought considerably before answering. Final answers ranged from “heck, yeah” to he “didn’t think so.” One guy coyly said he’d “take the 5th.” Quite frankly, I was surprised by the hesitation to answer, myself included. I’m not sure if the hesitation was due to not really having thought about it before, as it has always been illegal and therefore out of mind, or was it a matter they just didn’t want to reveal their inclinations at this time?
It also occurred to me later that having the wife within earshot might have had something to do with their answers. Some guys might have a thought about his future pot usage, but the wife might have another thought about his pot usage that doesn’t necessarily align with hers. He probably hadn’t checked this out with his better half.
If you think about it, it’s an interesting question for us Baby Boomers, many, if not most of who probably smoked pot in their teens but stopped when all the responsibilities of being an adult mounted. Liquor was legal and easily available without the taboo, so it became an easier relaxant. One could drink in a bar, but it was frowned upon greatly of smoking a joint. You’d likely get tossed out on your ear or the police would be called. There surely can’t be many Baby Boomers however who was never exposed to pot at some time, whether inhaled of not...ala Bill Clinton.
According ABC News, the new law, passed by the Illinois General Assembly – HB 1438, Illinois citizens over the age of 21 can purchase up to 30 grams (about an ounce) of pot for smoking in their home, effective January 1, 2020. Or there is the option of edibles, candies laced with pot, which will allow up to 500 mgs. Or one can buy 5 grams of cannabis concentrate product, whatever that is. Having no idea how much pot any of those amounts are, I am not sure what happens if one were to just to go to another store for more pot. Keep in mind though, you’re employer probably has a whole different view on this.
Illinois is the 11th state to legalize pot. Illinois will sell to out-of-state folks too, but they can only buy half as much – a provision that totally goes over my head. It seems to me this provision is comparable to cutting the proverbial baby in half. If Joe is from Indiana, and it is not legal in Indiana, why would Illinois sell Joe any? Or conversely, if the object is to raise tax revenue, why not sell Joe twice as much?
Speaking of taxes, the tax paid depends on the amount of THC, the stuff that gives you the buzz, in the product. The more THC in the product, the more tax you pay, ranging from 10 – 25%. This is the state tax – the municipality where you buy your pot can add on a tax too, up to 3.75%. My understanding the state is recommending against a municipality tax.
If the law does not specify the price of pot, won’t the black market ironically dictate price? How’s this going to work if the black market is not removed? And the bigger question is, who knows how to get rid of the black market? If everything is equal but one party is selling with tax and one without, where are most folks going to buy pot? After all, there must be Baby Boomers that might try pot in order to give their liver a long over-due break.
Asking these questions for friends.
Remember when Hillary called Trump voters a “basket of deplorables?” Well MSNBC was recently looking under rocks and managed to find a former naval intelligence officer named Malcolm Nance who compared Trump voters to ISIS. Guess we know why he is a “former” intelligence officer.
CNN is now pushing a narrative that Trump supporters are trapped in a cult. Seriously!
Vanity Fair magazine mentioned the cult in an interview with George Conway, husband to Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, reporting that he tells people “she’s in a cult.” It should be noted Mr. Conway in not a fan of the president after being rejected for a position in the administration.
From there, CNN’s Chief Media correspondent, Brian Stelter, was able to get Anthony Scaramucci, who held the job - for a week - of House Director of Communications under Trump, to repeat the cult mantra.
Stelter parlayed that to get former CBS News Anchor, Dan Rather to repeat the cult chant. Rather went so far as to include Senator McConnell under the spell of the cult. To jog your memory, Rather disgraced himself when he used unconfirmed documents for a story on GW Bush’s National Guard service. Ever wonder how many other stories Rather may have manipulated in his 44 years of “reporting?”
All of this cult absurdity may stem from a book by Steve Hassan, called “The Cult of Trump.” Hassan was trapped in the San Myung Moon’s Unification Church cult back in the ‘70’s and has since made a living being a “de-programmer” for people in the clutches of a cult.
Hassan claims Trump is using mind control over his supporters. (Note – I did not read the book) If you think about that, stating Trump supporters’ brains are being manipulated, he hubristically implies that all 63 million of us are stupid because of our choice of candidate for president. And if we are really that ignorant, then perhaps we will buy his book and/or sign up for his de-programming services before November of 2020. Bless his little capitalistic heart.
With the Left, it never stops! Are we to put any confidence in the people promoting these conspiracies?
Some folks on both sides of the aisle are starting to quote the late Rodney King, “Why can’t we all get along?” Mr. King was the man beaten violently by the Los Angeles police after he fled arrest. This touched off the bloody Los Angeles riots in 1992 when policemen were acquitted in a criminal court. King later received a large settlement in a civil suit and eventually drowned with a snoot full of dope.
It’s naïve to “all get along” when the Left has spent every minute of the Trump presidency thus far trying to impeach him and calling us deplorable, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, white supremacist, ISIS, and now gullible enough to fall under the spell of a cult…as Mr. Hassan did. And while they are doing this, the Main stream media cheer-leads their efforts. I don’t know about you folks, but I’m just not very hospitable when called names.
Reviewing some of the moronic politicians and celebrities that guaranteed Trump would never win the White House, in front of large crowds or the camera, is revealing.
Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G87UXIH8Lzo
Politicians from Lindsay Graham on the right to Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama on the Left piled on. Obama made un-presidential jokes about Trump on the campaign trail.
Then there were nearly every celebrity and all the late-night talk show clowns bashing a Trump candidacy for the camera. Seth Myer made fun of a Trump candidacy at a banquet, with Trump sitting in the audience. Everyone roared with laughter, except Trump, who had a camera pointed at him. Who’s the idiot now, Seth?
Even news pundits George Will, Lou Dobbs, Carl Rove, George Stephanopoulos and Bob Beckle got in on the act. Pelosi and Beckle moronically guaranteed Trump would never win.
You suppose these people have a common interest? None of them apologized for their boorish behavior, but they all continue to bash our pick for president, as if they are smarter than Trump supporters.
And now they and their ilk, seeing nothing else working, still try to impeach him and promote phony theories in order for us to “all get along.” The nation is divided, they say, and we all need to come together – their way! It is we that need to relent, they say.
Their version of all of us getting along is for us to succumb to their Leftist ideals. To quote the recently late Elijah Cummins, “over my dead body.”
Please don’t let Hillary know I said that.
The other day I posted a rather innocuous message on Face Book. The message read, “Jeffery Epstein didn’t hang himself.” (I can’t help myself.)
These five words must have made its way past the so-called algorithms at Face Book headquarters as the message appeared normally. I got five “likes,” one comment, and two shares before it mysteriously disappeared.
Evidently, the message upset the gnomes at Face Book headquarters, as those types of Free Speech messages are no longer fit for public view, and are not tolerated in today’s society.
The head gnome, a nasty little unit who identifies by Henrietta, sent my message straight to Mark Zuckerberg. “Z” went berserk when he read it, tearing his best T-shirt in the process. He immediately sent it to Congressman Adam “Pencil-neck” Schiff.
And that is how I came to be called before the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
I found myself seated at this table staring up over a high bench at bug-eyed, pencil-necked chairman, Schiff, who’s bully pulpit towers over me. Everyone to his left scowls at me; anger and derision in their eyes. Everyone to his right looks bored out of their skulls.
I looked down and noticed “What difference does it make” etched into the table.
A rough transcript of our dialogue follows:
Pencil – Neck (PN): “Mr. Webber, do you know why we called you here today?”
Me: “No clue.”
PN: “It has come to our attention you stated publicly, Mr. Epstein didn’t hang himself, which we find disconcerting.”
Me: “OK. Who’s ‘we?’”
PN: Ignoring my question, “Well, what have you got to say for yourself, Mr. Webber?”
Me: “Call me, Alan.” (I smiled to break the ice.)
PN: “OK, Alan, I will repeat the question and I would ask you to only answer to what you’re asked.” (Three people to his left hissed) “What information have you got on the Epstein matter?”
Me: “Excuse me, but that’s not what you asked me originally.”
PN: (Eyes bulging) “Sarcasm is not flattering on you, Mr. Webber!”
Me: “You know, there are a few people that have told me that when rebutting my commentaries.” (Representative Nunes laughed out loud.)
PN: “Nonetheless, what information have you got on how Mr. Epstein came to his untimely demise?”
Me: “None, I was stating an opinion. That used to be legal in this country before you snowflakes took over.”
PN: (Scowling) “When you made the statement, “Jeffery Epstein didn’t hang himself,” are you talking about the financier who recently was tragically and mysteriously discovered deceased in his prison cell in Manhattan?”
Me: “Why was there another?”
PN: “We’ll ask the questions, Webber!” (I thought the eyeballs were going to come out of their sockets.)
Me: “Hey, I’m asking for a friend, did those two guards commit suicide yet?”
With this comment, the gavel slammed with all the force Schiff could muster while calling for a ten-minute break. Everyone on the right took out pillows for a nap. Everybody to the left headed off to a little office with Schiff, me in tow.
Once inside a dark room I was beaten, kicked, and spit upon, evidently for my insolence. I swear I heard Hillary’s laugh. Glad I didn’t ask about the whistleblower.
Ten minutes later I took my seat again at the table with all the hotshots staring down at me. Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio took one look at me and demanded to know who beat on me.
PN: “Mr. Jordan, we have no idea how that happened, but it is not your turn yet, so we will continue our questioning.” (While talking he never took his eyes off me in case I was going to talk out of turn in his proceedings. I just sat there, wiping spit off.)
PN: “Now, Webber, are you sure, Mr. Epstein is dead?”
Me: “Not really.”
PN: “Then why did you say he was?”
Me: “I didn’t. I said he didn’t hang himself.”
PN: “Who didn’t hang himself?”
Me: (perplexed) “Epstein!”
PN: “If he didn’t hang himself, why did you say he did?”
Me: (Head shaking) “I didn’t…, er ...my point was he was hung, but didn’t do it himself.”
PN: “And how do you know that?” (He leaned over his high bench; lips pursed.)
This grilling went on for twelve more hours. The people on the right side of Schiff had all snuck out some time during the proceedings. Those on the left continued to scowl and hiss me, never blinking.
Schiff did all the talking, dissecting every word of my post, turning them every which way.
Finding nothing to be gained with that path, he started dissecting each letter of the words…right up until it was time to wake up.
I might have to go back tomorrow.
Within our area, mention great high school football coaches and one name will usually come to mind, Bishop Mac’s Hall of Fame Coach, Rich Zinanni, the coach with the third most wins in Illinois history.
But if one were to travel just twelve miles south, through all that corn, to Central High School, they would find an unassuming former science teacher, virtually unknown to anyone outside of the Central area or High School coaches circle, who is becoming one of the best football coaches within the area’s history.
If he stays coaching 3-4 more years, he will be in the top 50 all-time in Illinois wins himself.
Sporting a goatee and his trademark khaki shorts throughout the football season, regardless of the weather, former Idaho boy, Brian Spooner is quietly amassing an incredible record with Central football, where the sport is king. (Central is my Alma mater but I somehow managed to graduate, long before Spooner's arrival.)
Central just completed another extraordinary year, going undefeated for the season before losing to Fieldcrest in the 2A quarter-final playoffs by a score of 37-19. It didn't help that three of Central's players were out with injuries, but Coach Spooner would never complain. They wound up with a sparkling 11-1 record this year.
Spooner, also Dean of Students, has been coaching football for 25 seasons, 22 of them at Central. He has guided the Comets to 158 wins, more than double any former Central coach. Additionally, he has been at the helm for ten conference titles, 2 state semifinals and 5 quarterfinals appearances. He too is a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Having grown up in Chebanse, I know the football teams at Central are predominately made up of the sons of hard-working farmers and blue-collar workers from the small Otto, Chebanse, Clifton, and Ashkum areas. Life is simpler in those areas where everybody knows everyone else. There are no special "recruits" coming to Central, nor anyone going on to play football in major college programs. The last one to do so, Bill Burrell, was over 60 years ago. They are young men destined for the workforce after school and/or college.
Yet, year-after-year, Spooner takes kids “from the corn” under his wing and molds them into near championship caliber. He hasn't quite gotten to the big game yet in Champaign, but often gets close. He will have another opportunity next year as many on this year's team will return. Spooner does this by the force of his own nature - those kids will run through a wall for him. He can be tough, but they love him because he always has their back.
I witnessed that force of nature, first-hand, back in 2008 when my son, Zach played football for him...begrudgingly, in his senior year. Zach had been playing football with the same boys since they were in Pee-Wee football, and quite frankly, they were never very good. In the previous eleven years of playing football for dads posing as coaches, winning seasons were rare. There was no reason to think anything would be different in 2008.
The season started out with Central surprisingly winning its first two games. They went to Chester next, south of St. Louis, and lost a game they probably should have won. Next on the schedule was St. Joe, a team with a long history of beating this Central class like a “red-headed-step-child.” Somehow, Spooner willed those boys to win that game in a squeaker; and the fire was lit. They realized then if they could beat St. Joe, they, as a team, could beat anybody. You saw it in their eyes.
That marginally talented team stomped their way to a 10-3 record, coming within one game of going to the big dance in Champaign, losing to the eventual State Champion, Immaculate Conception. That season will always be one of the highlights of their lives, directly attributed to Spooner. After that last loss to IC, Zach came to me, tears in his eyes, thanking me for encouraging him to keep playing football.
To this day, he and his friends speak often, both fondly and reverentially about the “Coach.” Spooner’s credo of “fifteen minutes early is fifteen minutes late,” has stayed with them, teaching them to always be prepared.
Central doesn’t always get as much press as the more “local” teams. You probably would be hard-pressed to find many people outside the area who could name the football coach at Central. That’s a shame as Central is fortunate to have a real jewel in Coach Brian Spooner.
It’s getting tedious writing about political theater. It takes quite a bit of time to keep up with the political shenanigans, and quite frankly, affects a fella’s mood. Some of the distractions being allowed now, such as Adam Schifts kangaroo court, to use as just one example, are criminal, as well as embarrassing to our country. Question – what if the Republicans just stopped paying attention to the Schift circus?
Politics seems to be a never-ending festival of elected officials reaching into our pockets or usurp the powers the Founding Fathers bestowed upon us. Then there are those just biding time, enjoying the generous benefits they have bestowed upon themselves.
There was a meme on Face Book that, much like the race car circuit, called for politicians to wear advertisements on their suits for all the companies buying their favor. It’s the rare politician on either side of the aisle who is not beholden to some lobbyist, business, or country. This is why they leave DC and state capitols as millionaires. They siphon off our money. We know this and allow it to happen because they are masters at keeping us at odds between ourselves! Don’t believe that – look at the three year crusade of trying to impeach Trump.
As I burrow deeper into the bowels of politics, I’ve also become more cynical of the national media’s efforts to prop up distractions. Read the original and blasphemous obituary by the Washington Post on Baghdadi, calling him an “austere religious scholar,” rather than the animal he really was. This was nothing but pot-stirring by a major national media outlet.
It truly is a Swamp, folks. I can’t fathom how President Trump takes this beating every day. If I were him I’d give up and go chase Melania around the mansion.
Our problem is apathy folks; a fancy word for not caring. We seem to be hurtling towards Socialism, perhaps within the next 10-15 years. More than 50% of our youth are willing to give Socialism a shot, primarily because they have not been educated in the misery of Socialism. Our schools and universities have failed us shamefully in this regard. Evidently, we should have given those individuals a few more pensions.
It’s disheartening to think of the amount of American blood spilled to keep our country the free beacon to the world, only have it spiral down the drain without a shot being fired. We were warned of this by Nikita Khruschev decades ago. Once Socialism has been instilled, democracy will be gone forever.
With the advent of Socialism in America, next will be a member of a New World Order, promoted by liberals like Obama and Hillary. While that may seem utopian on paper, the fact is, to truly become part of a global society will require America to pay the bills.
Winston Churchill said of Socialism, “… Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” For a true globalist society to flourish, they will have to bring the American citizens standard of living to the level of the rest of the world - predominately broke. The reason most of them are broke is that their governments have all the money.
There is an inordinate amount of people unaware of any of this, paying no attention to actual journalism, receiving information only from television, the internet, tweets, or Face Book. It’s too time-consuming to read. All these different platforms try to “one-up” each other for advertisement dollars - who can make the most sensation so as to grab attention? Every mainstream media news story is “BREAKING!” MSNBC's are all “exclusive!” Every FOX news story is a “bulletin.” Don’t know about CNN as nobody watches anymore.
On a smaller scale, look how few “letters to the editor” the Journal gets. They plead for letters. They want people to read and become engaged. Think about what is being reported or opined in the Journal, then rub a couple brain cells together and react! Don’t just sit there like a bump on a log – it’s your country too. If you think the author is wrong, rather than hurl invective's on social media, state your rebuttal intelligently. Save your expertise at profanity - nobody is impressed.
There’s an old axiom, “Just because you aren’t paying attention to your government doesn’t mean your government isn’t paying attention to you.” Do we want to be known in history as the generation that allowed socialism into the greatest country the world has ever known?
Our politicians and mainstream media have proven they aren’t going to stop Socialism from coming either. Sadly, we can’t depend on them.
Did you see where Michelle Obama took time out of buying another mansion to complain about white folks? If you recall, stoking racial strife was common in nearly everything she said and did while residing in the White House. In a country where 78% of the population is white, yet overwhelmingly voted her black husband as president twice, three years after leaving office, she can’t let the racial scabs heal so we might all get along.
Recently speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit, she again let her biased opinions rip when stating that during her Chicago childhood, “white families were running from us.” She claims she witnessed “white flight” and further admonished, “As we moved in, white folks moved because they were afraid of what our families represented. Ya’ll were running from us. And you’re still running.”
If you recall, this was the woman who stated at a Wisconsin rally for her husband’s presidency, “For the first time in my adult life, I’m really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” She was forty-four years old at the time.
It’s also the same woman who wrote her thesis in 1985 at Princeton University on the subject of “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.” She penned in her thesis that “my experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before.” “…at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be towards me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong. Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second.” Funny, as a white guy from Chebanse, my application to attend Princeton must have gotten lost in the mail.
Later in the thesis she whined that even if she assimilates into white society after Princeton, she will “remain on the periphery of society: never becoming a full participant.”
Since her dreadful time “participating” at Princeton, Michelle went on to become First Lady of the United States for eight years. During that time, she was entitled to lavish vacations around the world, taking her daughters and mother, as well as many on her personal staff, all on taxpayer largess. She darn near wore a jet out with her frequent trips to Hawaii. It is estimated the vacation bills cost in excess of one hundred million dollars. As First Lady she traveled lavishly for State dinners and excursions to meet foreign dignitaries, hobnobbing with the world’s elite. She was treated to many personal concerts of her favorite entertainers, of which she and her family had front row seats at the White House.
After leaving the White House, the Obama’s did not move back to their 6,500-sq.-ft. mansion in Chicago, a home bought suspiciously reduced from a man now doing time in prison.
Instead they bought an 8,200-square-foot home in the posh Kalorama district of Washington DC. Having been paid approximately $3.2 million in eight years as president (and about $250K per year pension), the Obama’s shelled out $8.1 million for their new DC home. Ironically, Obama promptly installed a fence around it.
The new mansion on Martha’s Vineyard puts the other two homes to shame. Previously owned by former venture capitalist and current Boston Celtics owner, Wyc Grousbeck, the Obama’s paid $14.85 million for the 7,000-sq.-ft. mansion that had been listed at $22.5 million. The estate sits on 29 acres of beachfront property on the southern tip of the island, forming their own peninsula. I’ve recently been near that area – it’s spectacular.
If you think I’m writing to besmirch the Obama’s success, you’d be wrong. I don’t begrudge anybody’s success – there is reward in a capitalist society. If you think I’m somewhat envious, you’d be moderately correct. I wish I could afford houses like they own. I fancy a Princeton sheepskin on my resume. I would have given my eye-teeth to have an Allman Brothers concert at my home; attended by me, my family and a few hundred of my closest peeps. And I’m so jealous of the money her and Barack both got in advance for book deals, as I assure you I didn’t do as well on mine.
So, excuse me if I don’t care for Michelle’s incessant belly-aching about her life as a black woman.
“Like that Old Testament prophet, he stood against the corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.”
This was part of the sermon from Hillary Clinton during the recent eulogy for Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings. In my mind, that metaphor speaks more about the orator that delivered it than the man being eulogized.
Mr. Cummings was a lawyer and politician for thirty-six years. During his tenure, he was highly revered for his civil rights advocacy. It’s not my intent in this commentary to speak ill of the deceased. I did mention some of his short-comings in a previous commentary.
Hillary Clinton, known nationally as Crooked Hillary, was comparing Elijah Cummings to the biblical prophet, King Ahab of Israel. Found in the Book of Kings from the Hebrew Bible, Elijah allegedly challenged the King. Ahab’s defiance concerned the King’s supposed worship to the deity Baal in the 9th century BC. In the fable, King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, was a priestess of Baal and governed ruthlessly toward Christians.
There are many inconsistencies and unknowns to this part of Israel’s ancient history, but Crooked Hillary used the story anyway because, well it fit her narrative. In Hillary-speak, biblical Elijah standing up to Ahab was the equivalent to the late-Elijah’s relentless grumbling towards President Trump. It was Mr. Cummings who was charged with the responsibility by the Democratic Party to obtain Trump’s tax records.
Crooked Hillary also took the opportunity to take a shot at our first lady, Melania, comparing her to Ahab’s wife, Jezebel. Predictably, the creatures of the Swamp assembled to honor one of their own, cheered and applauded her words. A couple morons even stood during what is supposed to be a solemn event, evidently to please the Queen of the Swamp. Standing ovations for speakers at a memorial service seem somewhat uncouth even to a kid from Chebanse.
Sadly, it’s now considered common for one politician to brutally attack another politician, including family members, regardless of the solemnity of the event. I do understand Donald Trump is probably not above doing something similar, much to my chagrin, so no letters please. But to assail Melania Trump by comparing her to a fabled monster believing in false Gods and killing Christians might be a new low, even for Crooked Hillary.
Melania Trump is the wife of a president, a former model, a naturalized citizen from Slovenia, a mother, and above all, a class act. I think so highly of her that I too wonder why she married someone like the irascible Donald Trump, rather than up-and-comer’s closer to her age, as Trump is 23 years older. Many will say, crassly, it was the money, but someone with her beauty and intellect (she speaks five languages) could have selected just about anyone she wanted, including me…but I’m already taken.
Ms. Trump, born Melanija Knavs, is the second first-lady born outside the US; Louis Adams being the other. She met Donald Trump in 1998, they married in 2005, and she became a US citizen in 2006. For the record, Bill and Hillary Clinton attended the wedding and reception held at the posh Mara-Logo in Palm Beach FL. Hillary probably has some dinnerware to prove it.
Unlike former first ladies, such as the meddlesome Michele Obama or the reprehensible Hillary herself, Ms. Trump doesn’t insert herself into matters she has no business or knowledge. She understands she wasn’t elected co-president. No national healthcare schemes or disastrous school lunch programs have been rolled out from Ms. Trump. Distinct from former first-ladies, she keeps a small staff, does not involve herself in political matters, shuns the spotlight and prefers to raise her teen-age son, Baron. She’s involved in causes for women and children, as well as against cyber-bullying. She doesn’t use tax payer money to fly to exotic vacation destinations, packing aboard family and friends, nor does she use a separate plane to fly family pets. She represents her adopted country with class and poise.
And yet, like a troll in a pantsuit, there was Crooked Hillary, belching forth nastiness, vilely contaminating everything of which she comes in contact. What possible reason is there for her to attend a memorial service for a deceased individual, just to spew political barbs? Did the Cummings family, grieving the death of Mr. Cummings, really need to hear more partisan political rhetoric at his services?
With her lust for money and power, combined with barbaric ruthlessness to those who would dare to deny it, a strong case could be made that Hillary is the real-life Jezebel.
Deep within the subterranean bowels of the capitol building, behind tightly closed doors, there is a coup taking place. Right there at ground zero of our so-called political process, there are actually people plotting to overthrow our duly elected president. We all know it’s happening and unbelievably, seem powerless, or in the case of some, unwilling, to do anything about it…until at least November of 2020.
In case you’re not aware, this is where one old California dinosaur, Nancy Pelosi, is delegating political shenanigans to various minions, most notably another Californian, Representative Adam Schiff. If ever there was an example of an oxymoron, Adam Schiff has been bestowed the title of House Intelligence Committee chairman, another title for supreme leader of the coup. And both Pelosi and Schiff represent California, where just about the entire state has been bawling about Trumps election ever since it happened. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
A few things should be pointed out about the supreme leader of the coup that people might not know or have forgotten which might shed light on the man’s objectives.
Following the 2012 Benghazi attack, a committee was formed to investigate the violence by an Islamic militant group on our Libyan embassy, where four Americans were slaughtered. As you may recall, there was some question as to who carried out the attack and what the reaction was by top government officials at the time. Recall the Susan Rice-lying-tour on the Sunday morning news programs? At the time, Schiff, who would be appointed a member of the committee, called it a “colossal waste of time;” “a red herring;” and a “waste of taxpayer resources.” To date, there is still speculation as to how this could have happened under President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton’s nose, as well as the subsequent “covering of posteriors.” In Chebanse, we call those posteriors the south bound end of a north bound donkey.
In 2017, Schiff told Chuck Todd on MSNBC there was “more than circumstantial evidence now” that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia. He also claimed “the evidence…was very much worthy of investigation.” It has since been proven that he was spectacularly wrong in both his opinion and statements.
Regarding any credit to Trump for North Korean talks in 2018, Schiff sniveled, “I think it’s more the combination of the president’s unpredictability and indeed, his bellicosity had something to do with the North Koreans deciding to come to the negotiating table.” This response seems like sour grapes and further adds to his long track-record of misstatements.
How fair and balanced do you suppose the supreme leader of the coup is going to be in trying to establish whether Trump did anything wrong during a phone conversation with the Ukrainian president, a phone call that included twelve other Americans listening in on? A good case could be made that not only does Schiff not belong overseeing this investigation, but that he ought to be tossed out of Congress on his ear.
In an act of nothing more than political gamesmanship, Pelosi determined the impeachment inquiry to be held in a secluded basement corner, rather than the open public, and that the entire House would not vote on its initiation at this time. This is all in stark contrast to past impeachment hearings on Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton.
There are actually three different committees (Oversight and Reform, House Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs) interviewing various witnesses. Incredibly, the initial whistle-blower is not among the witnesses. Furthermore, Schiff has now said that it is possible these witnesses might not be recalled for public testimony. If one were to read between the shifty lines of Schiff, this probably means only those witnesses detrimental to Trump might be called.
Although there are Republicans on the impeachment coup, including Vice President Mike Pence’s brother, Greg, they aren’t talking. It is rumored that the inclusion of Greg Pence, a Representative from Indiana, was an oversight, laughably ironic on so many levels.
Attempts by Republicans who are not on any of the three committees to attend were denied access. This includes members of the House Judiciary Committee, which historically has handled impeachments of federal officials, going back as far as Andrew Johnson.
Folks, we’re witnessing a real-time coup to overthrow our president. It’s imperative for certain Democrats to remove Trump from the Oval Office before he gets re-elected. They have no other way to stop him in his quest to drain the swamp. The question is what are the American people going to do about this?
I happened across the above meme on Face Book the other day that, quite frankly, rocked me.
The picture behind the words was of a painting "The Declaration of Independence" by John Trumbull, painted in 1817. It depicted our Founding Fathers congregating in Independence Hall in Philadelphia while five men, including Thomas Jefferson, present the draft of the Declaration of Independence to Congress. (Remember when those men were revered, instead of labeled white supremacists and xenophobes’ today's "alternate-history" would have you believe?)
The meme could probably have used any background, but this painting is poignant if you consider the irony of the entire meme. It was the words that shocked me and I have no idea who penned them.
The top line of the meme stated:
"It is amazing that our society has come to the point where one party can run on a platform of raising your taxes, confiscating your guns, embracing illegal immigration, and murdering your unborn children. "
Then the bottom line completed the thought:
"And nearly half the people (in this country) support this."
The stark reality of the meme is incredible. I might have substituted the word “amazing” with “disturbing.” There's no part of that statement untrue. Democrats, with assistance from a complicit media, have half this country believing in principles detrimental to most Americans. Excessive taxation, gun confiscation, illegal immigration, and abortion at will are all staunch socialistic tenets of the Left.
Speaking of a complicit media, I wonder how the media is going to fare when/if they officially become state-controlled, similar to Pravda is in Russia? Right now, most of our media reports, spins, and cheerleads to the left on their own accord, but once they have helped tip the scales toward government control, surely, they must understand the government will control them too.
Anyway, why would anyone but the gullible want to give more of their hard-earned money to the government through taxation? The amount of money working Americans pay in various different taxes is absurd, regardless of tax bracket. If you're making $50,000 per year now, the government isn't going to take away $50,000 from your wealthy neighbor to hand to you, so how do you benefit if your “rich” neighbor is paying more taxes? Socialism just spreads misery equally.
Americans were bestowed the right to bear arms by our Bill of Rights, and yet there are politicians who would eradicate that right. With implausible hubris, Beto states it emphatically, despite the consequences of the Civil War it might cause. People aren't going to give up their guns willingly. To quote Ben Franklin, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
New York City has now made it a crime to use the term "illegal immigrant," punishable up to a $250,000 fine. So, according to the inmates running the asylum called the Big Apple, not only is it permissible for someone to be there illegally from another country, actual citizens living there and footing the bill through their taxes, are muzzled from stating their objections. This is nothing more than a reprehensible Liberal violation of first amendment rights of free speech. What's next, they can't say Bill de'Blasio is a buffoon? How long until this insanity spreads across the country?
Speaking of insanity, this country has aborted 730,000 babies this year, on schedule with the total killed in our four-year Civil War. There are people, and our tax dollars, supporting this behavior. This statistic is beyond ghastly to many. Surely this conduct must be reconciled some day.
Perhaps the greatest American president, Abraham Lincoln, touched on this subject in 1838 with the Lyceum Speech in Springfield IL. The following is an abridged excerpt:
"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? ...Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the Ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined...could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio...in a trial of a thousand years."
"At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? ...If it ever reaches us, it must spring up amongst us. ...If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
Seems like we might be half-way there. Once the balance shifts to 51%, the ballgame's over, folks.
Readers of this column probably never thought they'd see me utter those words. Alas, it’s time folks. We need to impeach President Trump.
Since the day Trump took the Oval Office in January of 2017, Democrats, Washington bureaucrats, Never-Trumper’s like John McCain, Republicans in Name Only (RINO's) like our own Adam Kinzinger, or the pathetic Mitt Romney, have been calling, hinting or wishing for Trump to be impeached.
Did anyone foresee Rep. Kinzinger, would develop a taste for Swamp water? Thought he might have found it…beyond repugnant.
For 34 months now, all we've heard from the murky Swamp is they must impeach somebody, preferably the president. They're not exactly sure what for but they just know he has to be removed from office.
Thirty-four-months we’ve been listening to this blather. Trump is second-guessed just for breathing.
Today, 225 Democrats and 1 Independent (what’s the difference?) are now on record they will vote to impeach the president. That’s enough votes to start official proceedings upon a thump of Nancy Pelosi’s gavel, although they will need to conduct the hearings out in the open, rather than hide behind the public.
The Swamp keeps throwing impeachment reasons on the wall to see if something sticks. A few examples of the reasons brought by various members of the House and their media cohorts include claims that Trump:
Colluded with Russia…although found not true, it cost 40 million taxpayer dollars;
Undermined Hillary Clinton…while she was colluding with Russia and destroying computers and emails;
Fired Jim Comey and Andrew McCabe…who are now under Federal investigation themselves;
Sided against kneeling, overpaid NFL players disrespecting our country…too bad;
Promotes xenophobia, ethnocentrism, bigotry, Islamophobia and hatred – common accusations of anyone not conforming to the ideals of the Left; These were separate charges, but I lumped them together under the standard "Race Card" claim.
Undermined the federal judiciary… by appointing Conservative judges.
Violated the emoluments clause…a nice word for a bribe but nothing is substantiated. What is substantiated is he has given his salary away to various causes;
Is trying to establish a monarchy…a ludicrous charge, but if it keeps Bernie out of the White House, I’m all for it.
Withheld tax returns – Trump claimed to have emailed them to Hillary. The Democrats have the courts chasing them now;
Created inhumane conditions at the border…but just those Obama left;
Had a phone conversation with a Ukrainian president…as is a president’s right;
Investigated Hunter Biden…as someone should be doing, regardless of his old man's candidacy.
Consider the irony that the irrational Maxine Waters wants Trump impeached because "he’s crazy."
Texas Rep. Al Green, among a host of other excuses, says they must impeach because the polls support it. These would be the same polls that said Trump would never win, all the way through election night.
Impeachment is gonna happen, folks. House Democrats have had an interminable itch for 34 months that has to be scratched. If they don’t get him impeached, he will expose them for what they are.
So, in the immortal words of Todd Beamer, “let’s roll!”
Nancy, put up or shut up. Let’s get impeachment procedures started and behind us so that maybe that Circus we call the House of Representatives can finally get on with something productive for the country -before most of the Impeachers get thrown out of office in the next election. The quicker the better. Is tomorrow good on your calendar?
Once the House gets through this public lynching, and all the Swamp creatures living lavishly off our tax dollars have gotten their chance to cast an impeachment vote, the matter will get handed over to the Senate. In the minds of the House Swamp, the coup will have been accomplished. Drinks are on Pelosi; AOC can serve them.
Then once the matter reaches the Senate, it will die…quietly. The furor will have all been for nothing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he won’t bring it up for vote. McConnell understands this matter has been a fool’s errand from the start, unpopular with mentally-balanced sections of the country. He says he will not subject us to any more impeachment theatrics or temper tantrums.
President Trump will get an embarrassing asterisk by his name in history books for being impeached, along with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. (The embarrassing part will be that he will be among the same trivia answer as Clinton.)
And then, Trump can get on with conducting the affairs of the country, continue his re-election campaign, and resume his presidency…for four more years.
As the 2019 baseball postseason starts, sadly without my beloved Cubs, I’ve got an opinion concerning baseball to get off my chest.
Any baseball fan has heard of Jackie Robinson, who played 9 years for the Dodgers. He had quite a career, winning the Rookie of the Year Award, 6 All-Star appearances, 6 World Series appearances, and the 1949 Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). He’s credited by Major League Baseball (MLB) for being the first black man to play in the majors. He was also the first black player to be inducted, rightly, into the Hall of Fame.
Robinson’s uniform number, 42, has been retired permanently by MLB. On April 15th, Jackie Robinson Day, every player wears a uniform with the number 42 in honor of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball.
But, did you know Luis Castro was the first Latin player to appear in the major leagues, having played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902? He played 42 games, but was released, evidently for mediocre statistics.
The first Latin player, and arguably the best, to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, was Roberto Clemente. He played right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 18 years before dying in a plane crash. An All-Star for 12 seasons, MVP in 1966, batting leader 4 times, and Gold Glove winner for 12 years, he’s a member of the exclusive 3,000-hit club. I still have nightmares of his “clothesline” heaves from right field to catch a hapless Cubs player at home plate.
But, perhaps the biggest name in baseball is “Babe” Ruth. Anyone who’s watched baseball knows about the “Babe,” even though he’s been dead for over 70 years. Not only was he larger than the game, he was larger than life.
His athletic prowess in baseball in the early part of the twentieth century was unparalleled, both from the pitcher’s mound and with the bat. Incredibly, he hit more home runs personally in a season than any other TEAM in the American League…and he did it twice!
To his credit, Babe was voted the Athlete of the Century by the Associated Press; Greatest Baseball Player of all Time by Sporting News; the Greatest Player of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated; and placed second in the ESPN Athlete of the 20th Century. Nobody dominated a sport like the “Babe.”
So, here’s the rub - Jackie Robinson wasn’t the first black man to play professional baseball. At best, he was fourth, and possibly fifth if one believes the rumor Babe Ruth was half-black, an issue that dogged him early in his career.
In fact, black men played professional baseball games before Robinson was born in 1919.
The first was William White, a college student, who played first base for just one game for the Providence Grays on June 21, 1879.
OK, perhaps that was just a one-day fluke? Two more black men played before Robinson. The first to play regularly in the major leagues was Moses “Fleet” Walker, who capably played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings during the 1884 season. Later in the season his brother Weldy briefly joined him.
The Walker brothers also suffered and fought extreme prejudices over their season, in which some games were cancelled just by their appearance. Fleet was released in September of 1884 due to hand injuries sustained playing catcher…without a glove!
Given the immense accomplishments of players like Ruth and Clemente, as examples, and the fact that Robinson wasn’t the first professional black player, I’ve an issue with the way the MLB memorializes Robinson. From what I’ve read about Robinson, he’d have a problem with it too.
Why is the number 42 retired throughout baseball, yet Ruth’s number 3 is only retired at Yankee Stadium and Clemente’s 21 only in Pittsburgh?
Why isn’t Walker officially recognized as the first black player? The snub of Walker diminishes the accomplishments of Robinson. Not to insult Robinson but there were many greater players - of all colors - who had much better statistics in their careers. (Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb)
This feels like just another hollow political correctness program altering history to fit a narrative, and, of course to sell jerseys. There’s too much of history altering going on these days, folks.
My opinion, the April 15th commemoration itself should be retired and the number 42 unretired, except for the Dodgers.
We as a society need to start pushing back at those who will saddle others with ridiculous observances, policies and ceremonies that are, in reality, wrong and/or meaningless.
As nobody would identify me as a golfer, I identify as a Polemicist. It bears repeating, a “polemicist,” not a polygamist. I have only one wife and am quite content with her.
A polemicist engages in controversial writing intended to support a position with aggressive claims to undermine opposing positions. In my case there’s usually a taint of sarcasm.
The trouble with being a conservative polemicist is the lack of thought or civility of most rebuttals. Folks not agreeing with my op-eds do so mostly with trivial derision. One insolent fella hopes I get run over by a truck. Another told me to move to Russia. These type responses are like playing Pigeon Chess. The pigeon knocks over the pieces, defecates on the board and struts around like it won.
With that in mind, concerning the Ukraine-Phone-Gate matter.
Phone-Gate is the new “Impeachment Flavor of the Month” against President Trump. It concerns his conversation with new Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky.
During a phone conversation last July, Trump asked for details about Biden’s son, Hunter, who benefited to the tune of $50K per month to be an advisor on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, a position for which he was unqualified. This was while his old-man was vice president. Turns out, an unnamed CIA whistle-blower didn’t care for the content of the discussion.
The blower believed Trump was trying to gain advantage on Biden in the presidential race, as Hillary did in the 2016 campaign, rather than surmising Trump might be inquiring of an illegal act committed by a then vice president. In the blower’s mind, it was OK for Hillary to do it, but not the evil Trump.
So, the blower went to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to report the call. Turns out, said blower wasn’t listening in on the original call but using second-hand information, and that he works among the Democrat party. Think he might have had an agenda?
The Dems hyperventilated over this news. Trump did “it” again.
Kicking the pandemonium into overdrive, presidential hopeful Bill Weld, suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome himself, shot his mouth off while on a segment of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He maintained Trump talking to the Ukraine was treasonous, and the punishment…execution. He was serious! Hosts, Joe and Mika, along with the other two improbable Republican candidates looked on nodding in agreement, as if this were common knowledge.
Evidently, Weld presumes if Trump were to be executed, it will increase his chances for gaining the Republican nomination, and hopefully the presidency in 2020. I think my chances are about equal if I were to run.
The following day, Nancy Pelosi harrumphed she was moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. Excuse me while I yawn here.
Democrats smelled blood and demanded the transcript of the phone call…” or else.” You might think Ms. Pelosi would have waited until after she had seen the transcript in order to ascertain the validity. (And by the way, if one has already been threatened with impeachment and execution… “or else” what?)
So, rather than tell Democrats where they could shove their demand, a remark most of us Chebanse folks would have blurted, Trump released the transcript. Absurdly, this is the third time a transcript of a Trump conversation with a head of another country has been leaked or given to the media. (Mexico and Australia being the others.)
What was in that transcript depends on your ideology.
If one believes our president was looking out for the best interests of the country to investigate if an ex-vice president unduly used his influence to grease his kids’ palm, then you might find the conversation to have been good governance by Trump. It was within his quest to drain the Swamp.
If you are a Left-leaner with TDS, then you will naturally come to the conclusion your president was digging dirt internationally on a political opponent, as Hillary did in 2016, and should be thrown out of office immediately.
Now prove it either way!
This three-year disruption, Swamp Wars, pursuit by House Democrats, and their media brethren, of looking under every rock to see how they can “impeach” Trump out of office, before he wins it again next year, has gotten tedious, ripped our country apart, and achieved absolutely no return in our tax investment of employing that circus called Congress.
In my opinion, the actions of the House Democrats are the individuals perpetrating high crimes and misdemeanors, and are perhaps guilty of treason.
Consider again the punishment for treason.
Did you hear about the newest specimen of yellow journalism published in the Sunday (15th) edition of the New York Times? A smear essay, artfully edited, was leveled against Supreme Court Judge Kavanaugh. As Yogi said, “Déjà vu all over again.”
In typical sheep-like behavior, other news outlets, and nearly all the Democrat presidential hopefuls ran with the story – hook, line, and sinker.
The opinion piece is part of a forthcoming book, the work of reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, apparently in an attempt to peddle sensationalism. Evidently their appetites were not slaked by previous public lynching’s of Kavanaugh, so they claimed the FBI had further evidence of another drunken sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh. Said misconduct was alleged to have been perpetrated on a hapless “victim” while Kavanaugh was at Yale.
There was one glaring problem with this article. The alleged “victim” doesn’t recall the incident! She has no beef with Kavanaugh.
Additionally, the article cast more doubt on the original claim concocted by Christine Blasey Ford, in conjunction with Senator Diane Feinstein. If you recall, Feinstein unwittingly employed a Chinese spy on her staff for twenty-plus years. Perhaps she should have gotten her own affairs in order before attempting the political gamesmanship required to tear a man’s reputation apart for unsubstantiated college pranks.
Nevertheless, the horse bolted from the barn. The Associated Press, that paragon of journalistic mediocrity, filled print space on the matter. The actual author of the AP hogwash went unnamed. Regrettably, the Journal ran the AP story as well. Perhaps they should request their money back.
According to the AP, Democrat presidential hopefuls instantly weighed in about Kavanaugh. Sure enough, the “impeachment” word, always on the mind of any self-loathing Democrat, spewed forth.
Kamala Harris: “…Kavanaugh lied to the US Senate and most importantly to the American people.” She then indignantly tweeted, “he must be impeached.”
Not sure what Kavanaugh lied about, or why he should be impeached but that doesn’t seem to matter to the former AG of California. Recall she was accused of sexual misconduct and cronyism while dating then-San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, 30 years her elder. Isn’t there a term for that sort of upward mobility?
Beto, no stranger to criminal activity himself, stood on a chair and chirped: “We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached.”
Like Harris, Beto didn’t elaborate on what Kavanaugh lied about. Hey Beto, while you’re out attempting to take our guns, why don’t you first explain to us what Kavanaugh lied about. We’ll be on our porches waiting.
Julian Castro weighed in with a tweet: “…(he) lied under oath. He should be impeached and Congress should review the failure of the DOJ to properly investigate the matter.” Yeah Julio, that’s what we need, more Congressional reviews by Congressmen clamoring to get their mugs on television.
Not to be outdone, Cory “Spartacus” Booker yammered a tweet: “…I stand with the survivors and countless other Americans in calling for impeachment proceedings to begin.” Survivors?
As if she were demanding heads, Elizabeth Warren shouted; “…like the man who appointed him (Trump), Kavanaugh should be impeached.”
Biden and the Bern didn’t have much to say, or at least nothing salacious enough for the AP to regurgitate.
The following Tuesday, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley filed a resolution for an impeachment inquiry for Kavanaugh. Perhaps, for the sake of saving us tax dollars, they could organize a “two-fer” by impeaching Trump and Kavanaugh at the same time?
Think about this, folks, a false op-ed promoting a book by the supposed leader in print journalism, the New York Times, and everyone ideologically left of center immediately springs into action to run their mouths.
Having drug Kavanaugh through perdition during his confirmation, while embarrassing the nation, the wound was about healed when the scab is ripped off again…for a false narrative. To sell books regurgitating drunken college pranks. The Times has since apologized, but being from Chebanse and all, I don’t believe they meant it. A seed was planted.
Is there anybody that doesn’t realize this misinformation dissemination is nothing more than the Left lobbing cannonballs over Kavanaugh’s head about the Roe v Wade decision? They’re forewarning him to never consider overturning their right to kill babies.
Consider the carnage planned by the Left when the aging Judge Bader needs replacing. Pity the poor soul who aspires to her seat in the Court.
Unless…Trump inserts himself on the Court. Imagine that - Supreme Court Judge Donald Trump. Suppose Judge Ginsburg can hang on another year?
As Joe Biden gaffes his way into retirement, I’m baffled by the popularity of the remaining Democrat alternatives for president and our country’s potential future.
According to the latest CBS poll, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have both pulled virtually even with Biden, with Warren having the momentum. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete round out the top five, but their chances seem to be dwindling. Beto has apologized himself into laughable obscurity and, arguably their best candidate, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, can’t gain traction with the media.
Of course, the polls also predict the above-named candidates could beat the incumbent Trump, a likelihood I scoffed at in a prior commentary. So, I absorb poll numbers with some ambiguity.
But, assuming the polls to be at least within a hundred-mile radius of the ballpark, I am perplexed by what these numbers mean from voters. If Warren and Sanders are the two remaining candidates to chose from next fall, is the Democrat party really going to put up an avowed socialist like Sanders, or his alter ego, Warren?
Warren hasn’t acknowledged she is Socialist like the Bern, but her stated views mirror Sanders’. They keep trying to “out-left” each other. To Warren’s credit, she is able to state positions more eloquently, which may explain her elevation in the polls. I think we will see Warren deviate closer to center on the political scale as the election nears, but revert back to near Socialism should she win.
Given the results of the last presidential election, it’s not a stretch to think a Warren and/or Sanders ticket could garner 60+ million votes. Consider the horrific ramifications of this:
At this moment in history, the country of Venezuela, once one of the wealthiest nations per capita in the world, a major exporter of oil, and member of OPEC, is in total chaos. If you have been watching news reports, Venezuela’s s people are starving and rioting in the streets. Even if its people had money, there’s nothing on store shelves to buy, with shortages of such staples as toilet paper, flour, and milk. Hospitals have shut down for lack of supplies.
According to the misery index in 2013, Venezuela ranked as the top spot globally with the highest score, as ranked by economists. Their economy has only gotten worse since, but they no longer report their numbers.
The cause for this downturn of events for the Venezuelan people can be attributed primarily at Socialist policies. In 1999 Hugo Chavez, Obama’s buddy, was elected president of Venezuela. He immediately began instituting, what he called, Democratic-Socialist policies (sound familiar), shifting from the populist procedures of his predecessors.
Venezuela did fairly well for the first five years - until the oil industry wavered. Among a host of other knee-jerk socialist reactions to recover revenue, the housing market collapsed when private property was seized by the government, causing all contractors to leave the country. Their economy was in shambles.
In March of 2013, Chavez died of cancer of which the new president, Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party, blamed the United States. Rather than change the policies of Chavez, Maduro doubled down, running the country by decree. The economy dropped further into recession plunging the country into a humanitarian crisis. Maduro has since been voted out of office, but refuses to leave.
Voters need to understand, socialism has never worked anywhere it has been tried in the history of the world. As the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stated, “The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."
My explanation of Venezuela’s economic collapse is somewhat simplistic when taking in all economic factors that affect a nation. But my overriding point is the change of leadership to that of a Democratic-Socialist that has gone on “real-time” right before us. It’s if as we are being sent a message from above, “Don’t Do It!”
We Americans have the greatest nation and economy in the world. We have done more humanitarian deeds in the history of mankind. We are the only country ever to conquer other nations and not plunder or absorb their people, instead helping them rebuild. Why would we change our capitalistic model?
Yet, given voting projections, it appears 60+ million people are completely oblivious to the horrific Socialist sideshow going on just 1,400 miles south of Miami. Is the hatred of Trump so intense we are willing to risk our 243-year success story to subject our country to the failed experiment that is Venezuela?
Our poor grandchildren!
Having survived another Rollison tournament, I'm back writing commentary with some random thoughts ramblin' 'round my noggin'.
At this time, meteorologists are reporting Hurricane Dorian is unleashing havoc on the Florida coastline, then will terrorize the east coast for the remainder of the week. The media has been in a frenzy with "non-stop-breaking news" forecasting Armageddon, titillating us to be glued to the television for a glimpse of news in between commercials.
The weather folks have been scrambling to predict where Dorian will make landfall. If you think about that, we aren’t advanced scientifically enough to accurately state where a hurricane will strike, but “we” know the Earth will come to an end in 10-12 years due to global warming? This would be a good time to point out in 1989 the UN predicted nations would be wiped off the Earth by the year 2000 if global warming wasn’t reversed. Al Gore predicted in 2006 the ice caps would be gone by now, increasing his wealth to $300 million (tenfold) while doing so.
Inevitably, when Dorian expires, Democrat presidential hopefuls will blame Trump for starting a hurricane, misdirecting FEMA, and engaging in more racist activity in the aftermath. Rest assured, whatever is done, won’t be to the liking of those souls suffering Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Speaking of starting a hurricane, remember when President "W" Bush was crucified for his tepid response to Hurricane Katrina, particularly by then-New Orleans mayor Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin? The media relished stuffing a microphone into Nagin's piehole in 2005 so he could plead for more financial assistance. By 2014, Nagin, having been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, began a ten-year residence in a Texarkana prison on 21 charges of various kickback schemes by clean-up contractors. I mention this as the predictable Trump blame game starts to mount, post-Dorian.
The Justice Department just ruled former FBI head honcho James Comey was found to have broken several FBI policies and to have been "extremely careless?" If you recall, Comey leaked a memo to the New York Times about a conversation with Trump. Then lied about it. Incredibly, Comey won't be prosecuted. Like J. Edgar Hoover before him, Comey more than likely has so much sewage on the Swamp creatures, he can't be thrown in the poke. Suppose he kept Hoover's enormous porn collection too? Asking for a friend.
I wonder if Major League Baseball feels silly for their emotional promotion of the death of Angel's pitcher Tyler Skaggs? In one game, the entire Angels team wore Skaggs' number 45. Tribute videos were played over tears. Turns out, Skaggs had enough alcohol, fentanyl, and oxycodone in his system he choked on his vomit. Overdose deaths by gifted and pampered athletes, musicians, and/or actors doesn't seem to be worthy of tribute, in my opinion. I was more disheartened by the passing of Frank Robinson and Billy Buckner this year; players kids could look to as role models.
Donna Reneau, what a piece of crap you are. Employed by the taxpayers of Ft. Smith Arkansas as a 911 operator, you berated Debra Stevens, who had the misfortune of reaching you when calling to report being trapped on a flooded road. Ms. Reneau, you were paid to assist, not chastise the woman for 22 minutes. Consequently, the terrified Ms. Stevens drowned.
Another 47 people were shot, seven of which died, in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend. So far, that's 1,445 shootings resulting in 329 murders. That’s Chicago, as in Illinois, where they have nearly the strictest gun laws in the nation. The mayor blamed Republicans. Maybe Chicago should try making heroin and meth illegal next so as to reduce overdoses too. Oh, wait...
Democratic-Socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposed to pay all student debt, a $1.52 Trillion obligation. That requires shifting the debt to us taxpayers as the liability must be paid by someone.
So, to be clear, there are many people, like me, who went straight from high school to the work force and spent 40 plus years working 6 days a week. Now we’re supposed to cough up tax money towards a 4-year party junior had in order to attain a worthless degree in Gender Studies?
This week, the “Bern”, who owns three homes and a Mercedes, upped the ante by promising to pay all medical debt too. That’s another $81 Billion transferred over to us schmucks (tax payers), courtesy of Sanders’ hallucinations.
There are over 13 million people that voted for Sanders, and presumably will do so again, most who evidently don’t comprehend how socialism works. What is even more chilling is those supporters that do understand socialism.
P.T. Barnum was right.
In my commentaries, it’s often mentioned I was raised in Chebanse, with remarks such as “But I’m from Chebanse, what do I know?” or “I may be from Chebanse, but…” I surmise Chebanse folks are taking it good naturedly.
The Journal must like Chebanse folks, employing the late Denny Yohnka, columnist Denny Marek, general manager, Kevin Norden, and myself. We all have Chebanse roots. I’m the only one that the Journal worries about though.
Chebanse was a great place to grow up. Ten kids in my Central graduating class started first grade with me, all of them living within a two-block radius of our house. There were many other kids within our age group that ran around with us, including Merritt Yohnka, who would go on to become a famous Hollywood stuntman. Back then we called him “Rusty.”
In the 60’s-70’s Chebanse we grew up in, cars were left with keys in them and houses were rarely locked because, there simply was no crime. The biggest wrongdoings I can recall was a Halloween prank when a junk car was placed on top of the old grain office. A few more junkers were placed on the sidewalks as well. I was too young to be one of the perpetrators who participated, but I know who did.
Then there was the group of rowdies who painted a large middle finger in black on the southeast side of the town’s water tower. The town elders had the artwork painted over, only to have the same group of hooligans put it back. It remained there for years, ingloriously greeting cars traveling up Interstate 57. I know most of who were in on that too. Can you imagine what it took to climb a water tower with a can of paint clamped between your teeth?
I recall Chebanse also possessed some of the cutest baby-sitters, too. My mother seemed to have an eye for talent when her and dad were going out for the evening.
During the summer we’d play baseball all day at the school across the street from our house. (It’s a Civic Center now) If you hit the ball to right field it was considered an automatic out because the school had a dilapidated U-shaped shed for music classes that nobody mowed in the summer. “Rusty,” playing first base, would curse you for hitting the ball there, as we stopped the game to look for the only ball we owned.
At night we’d ride bikes to the American Legion park for Little League. During the fall we’d play basketball or football after school, or hockey in the winter when the interstate ponds froze over. We were always outside, causing no trouble.
History records Harold Gray, creator of “Little Orphan Annie” was from a farm outside Chebanse. He must have not been around long as he graduated from high school in Lafayette Indiana. It’s the only notable person mentioned with Chebanse roots.
Denny Yohnka wrote about Chebanse entrepreneur Ray Dieter Sr., who ran the hardware store and the Culligan distributorship, among many other business ventures throughout his life. I knew Mr. Dieter myself and can tell you, the man was indeed quite a unique individual – some would say character. Denny didn’t embellish one bit in his column.
I found it interesting Denny used Mr. Dieter’s son, Ray Jr., as a source of information in his story on the elder Mr. Dieter. However, he never mentioned the life of Ray Dieter Jr., or his sister, Dolly, two of the more accomplished people to come from Chebanse, in my opinion.
Dr. Ray Dieter, Jr., is a thoracic surgeon, licensed in both Illinois and Alaska. Incredibly, he has performed heart transplants! He is a past World President of the College of Surgeons. In his spare time, he and his sons, also doctors, have written medical books on heart disease.
Dr. Dolly Dieter is a graduate of DePaul University, was a research associate at MIT, became Assistant Director for Marine and Shore facilities at the University of Alaska, as well as Program Manager for Ship Operations at the National Science Foundation in Washington DC.
Dolly and Ray Jr. were childhood friends of my late father. Dolly and my dad went to school together and we were honored to have her speak at his funeral.
There were just so many great people and real characters from Chebanse. My dad could probably have been considered both! There has definitely been more greatness than just a cartoonist produced from the tiny town.
When I mention Chebanse in my columns, I am not poking fun. I am doing so affectionately.
In a case of keeping up with the Jones's, Illinois Governor Pritzker is doing it again, signing bills seeping from Boss Madigan. In this case, the Jones's are California, Oregon, Colorado, and New Jersey. Jeez, JB, the fact that California is doing something should be your first clue to do differently.
Effective July 1, 2020, Illinois schools must include the positive contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in history classes. Additionally, they must use textbooks that include the roles of LGBT people.
If you guessed I have issues with this bill, you’d be right. Sorry, my “Chebanse” instincts have kicked in. But not for reasons the LGBT community might think. Please understand, this is not a gay rant. Love who you want, it’s none of my business…as long as it’s not my wife! If you’ve got someone making your socks go up and down, that’s fantastic and I’m delighted for you.
Why limit the new law to just “positive” contributions? We were taught about notorious Americans - Benedict Arnold, John Wesley Hardin, or Al Capone, as examples. They were presumably straight as there is no indication otherwise. Is the new directive going to specifically omit someone like serial killer John Wayne Gacy…just because he was gay? Will students ever know about the shenanigans and appalling acts perpetrated by gay Congressman Barney Frank, who was accused of being a sexual predator, as well as the primary architect leading to the subprime mortgage crisis that almost brought this country to its knees? What’s the agenda behind just positive contributions?
I have a passion for history. I’ve read volumes about people like Abe Lincoln or the Founding Fathers. I marvel at what they accomplished in such rudimentary eras and have written commentary commending them in a past column. Historical anecdotes are often included in my commentaries and books.
In school, book reports were written about the Vikings. I had an affinity for Russian history, especially the Romanov’s and Stalin. Loved Civil War history. I crave antiquity, to the chagrin of my wife, as we watch a lot of documentaries.
I mention this, not to impress with my historical prowess, but to point out a curious detail. In all my years in school and watching documentaries, rarely, if ever, was a person’s sexuality mentioned – it was a non-event.
Frankly, the sexuality of a historical figure never resonated with me until last year when a biased report was regurgitated speculating Lincoln might have been gay. Because Abe slept in the same bed with his business partner when traveling, a common practice at the time due to Motel 6 not having their light on yet, it led to wishful thinking, disguised as speculation that a married man of four kids was gay.
What reason but the brazen promotion of liberalness is there for an elementary school to teach my young impressionable granddaughter that Michelangelo or Florence Nightingale, two great historical figures, might have been gay? What did their sexuality have to do with their contributions to mankind? Teddy Roosevelt’s mug is on Mt. Rushmore for his greatness. Quick, name either of his wives. Bet not only can’t you do it, you didn’t know he was married twice.
When describing people now, since Liberals find it important to mention, for historical purposes, do we need to state if gay or straight? If so, to what purpose? What are we going to call that third gender Joe Biden keeps talking about?
Where is this going, except to appease the LGBT community, which makes up less than 5 % of the US population? One out of twenty people in this country belong to this particular group, yet our tax money will be used to pay to change laws to “enlighten” children, and expose them to events at an earlier age than perhaps parents think appropriate.
I detest the thought of the “State” controlling what is taught to my grandchildren. What classes are next – “Atheism Awareness”; perhaps “Gun Control for Dummies”; or how about “The Joys of Communism”? States should not be allowed to force schools to teach alternate lifestyles to children based purely on political agendas, as this surely is. That’s called indoctrination, folks. Hitler did it too.
So far, all Governor Pritzker has done for our grandchildren is to force-feed them this type malarkey, saddle them with more debt and taxes, and allow the mess that legal dope and gambling will cause.
Teddy’s wives names were Alice and Edith.
Karma: the sum of a person's actions in this…existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
More than likely, and sadly, after Trump’s second term and Nicky Haley’s two terms, a Socialist will be elected president. Elections are cyclical, so the Republican streak won’t continue.
Sorry Bernie, the Socialist president can’t be a white guy, as they are the perpetrators that started this mess called America. Furthermore, they did so on the backs of everyone else, according to Leftist thought…irrespective of world history. The Vikings, Columbus, and those pesky Founding Fathers were European miscreants who were just extremely fortunate.
The Socialist president will be a person brown, black, or possibly green in persuasion, preferably female or transsexual. Since the Left will have abandoned masculine/feminine gender identifications, the new candidate will be known as “?” The new president might even be one of those third gender people Joe Biden was recently prattling about.
After sixteen years of Trump and Haley economic soundness, financial independence, and the rejection of globalism at American expense, elderly baby boomers will have retired to the south, warehoused in senior care facilities, or passed away. Millennials, tired of working their part-time jobs, will retreat to their basements to enjoy all the free stuff “?” promised.
Generation “X’ers”, having made some money, will have figured out participating in politics might be in their interest after all. It might finally occur politicians don’t have their best interests in mind. “X’ers”, wanting to keep a little of the money they worked hard for, might become more attuned to what the Socialist government is doing.
Having not paid any attention to Venezuela, all of a sudden “X’ers” won’t be so enamored with Socialist policies. And that may be where karma kicks in.
Generation X, who aloofly sat out the hostility of the Trump years, will recall the vitriol and resistance during the Trump and Haley years. They will begin to appreciate the horrid tactics the Left and media used on Trump. For example:
The Mueller Witch Hunt over Russian collusion, perpetrated and paid for by the Clinton’s and incredibly, a complicit FBI;
Calls for impeachment…for no particular reason;
Liberally appointed judges overturning Trump decrees;
The malicious public lynching of Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh;
Relentless useless subpoenas of Trump’s income taxes;
Accusations of racism, misogynism, xenophobia, rape, tax-cheating, or liar being leveled frequently at the president and his voters, repeated by the media. Absolutely no credit ever to be given for accomplishments;
Congressional foot dragging for building walls on the southern border, just to spite a Trump campaign pledge, followed by blaming Trump when the border was overrun by illegals;
Cities and states flaunting Federal Law with “sanctuary” measures to thwart a Federal agency (ICE);
Attempts to abolish the Electoral College to ensure California and New York control future presidential elections.
You get the picture, and finally, so might “X’ers.” They might recognize the resistance was nothing more than sedition and sour grapes. “X’ers” will rebel, as dog-gonnit, they don’t want to pay for everything “?” has promised for free.
“X’ers,” ninety million strong, will recall resistance campaigns by the Left. They could duplicate those tactics, as political pendulum swings are wont to do.
Antifa members might be replaced with an upsurge in the Tea Party movement, possibly called Teapat. Bright yellow, “Don’t Tread On Me” flags might appear everywhere, particularly at political events, obscuring multi-colored “?” flags.
Teapat might disrupt Socialist gatherings in every city. Many “protestors” may be paid, an Antifa trick for camera effect. Teapat members might tape their mouths in protest of all the words outlawed when “?” amended the First Amendment. They could blare Ted Nugent and Kid Rock songs. They may call for boycotting all companies who favored “?”
CNN, having gone bankrupt, could be replaced with the “Bombshell Network” in all the world’s airports and American homes. Programming might be uninterruptedly anti-Socialist with Jesse Waters as the chief political anchor, mocking “?’s” existence. Anti-Socialist guests will be paraded in front of various Bombshell hosts to concur with network’s agendas.
Every word “?” utters could be dissected for connotation, and met with challenge and/or contempt by Bombshell, regardless of authenticity.
Like the late Joe Biden before, “?” and various family “units,” might be accused of collaborating with China for personal gain. Congress might have to hold hearings to consider impeachment scenarios, until the Socialist party shuts the hearings off, just because they can.
Everyday, “?” might be accused of being Communist, Aberrantly Asexual, a Rainbow Supremacist, a Snowflake, or having bad breath. No explanation will be given so the monikers could just be assumed. These accusations may have to be banned eventually by “?”
Following Chicago’s example, “?” vanquished American’s 2nd Amendment Rights making all guns illegal, except for the bodyguards protecting “?” and its comrades. In anticipation, Teapat and the NRA may have stockpiled weaponry in various places around the country, sending Socialists into panic.
Sound far-fetched? Goes on every day with Trump.
You should hear what us Chebanse folks say about Karma.