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During the election of Washington’s successor, it became apparent that the country was sharply divided and that the dissatisfaction with Federalist policies was deep and fervent.

~ Charles A. Beard


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I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.

~ Vincent Van Gogh

Hope n’ Change

Stick It In Her Ear


Hillary Clinton is being accused of using a tiny, nearly invisible radio-enabled earpiece to feed her answers, information, and cues to cackle wildly or cough dramatically during her recent town hall event with Matt Lauer.

Hillary’s campaign team categorically denies this accusation which, as far as we can tell, is actually the primary function of her campaign team: categorically denying that the latest pungent brown shrapnel to fill the air is more of Hillary’s feces which has hit the fan.

Frankly, we don’t know or much care if Hillary has added a high tech element to her lying. After all, at this point we should all accept the truism that Hillary isn’t so much a person as the mascot-like face of a huge criminal enterprise with plenty of players. Whether or not she’s actually got a teeny-tiny walkie-talkie shoved up her earhole is secondary to the fact that everything she says has been scripted, focus group tested, analyzed for legal liability, and has virtually nothing to do with the truth.

Even so, we think Donald Trump might do well to invest in a pocket-sized radio jamming device to carry into his debates with Hillary. Or better still, he should just find out her earpiece’s radio frequency then blast her eardrums with the national anthem.

BONUS: A DAY AT THE (PRESIDENTIAL) RACESa-day-at-the-presidential-races-1







Meanwhile, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is still on the campaign trail, reminding voters that they don’t need to settle for a Republican, a Democrat, or someone who spends more than $5 on a haircut.

Unfortunately, he didn’t do much to advance his case when, on MSNBC, the discussion turned to Aleppo and, after a brief pause, Johnson asked “What is Aleppo?”

For those who think Aleppo might have been the Marx brother even less well known than Gummo or Zeppo, it’s actually the city where much of the violence of the Syrian civil war has been centered, leading to a huge humanitarian crisis.

In fairness, it seems likely that Johnson just had a momentary memory blank and was man enough to admit it afterwards. Unlike some candidates we could mention, who claim any defects in their memory should be blamed on a brain-damaging fall after an (ahem) “stomach virus.”


Snickers & Snarks

How to make life fair!

A buddy of mine has two tickets for the 2017 Super Bowl including box seats, round trip airfare and accommodation, but he found out shortly after he bought them that this is going to be on the same day as his wedding, so he can’t go.

If you’re interested and want to go instead of him, it’s at Zion Church at 5pm. Her name’s Louise, and she’ll will be the one in the white dress.

Peccable reflections

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A more Libertarian view

Yesterday and again this morning, an interesting discussion took place on another blog where this individual believed that the only moral law the could be passed would concern abortion. This isn’t so, for all laws, that one can name, are based on a position taken by a person or a legislative body controlled by a faction of like minded persons. We need to find a method of dividing such laws as good for the public welfare because the proscribed actions are injurious to the body as a whole. Or if they’re not, then should they be the business of the public as a legal issue at all.

We derive all our laws from the 10 Commandments, at least we did until the rise of the Progressive/Communist/Socialist/Liberal faction of political life. Though they will deny it, theirs is a religion, with a Commandment enjoining them to rule through coercion, force and subterfuge: The Nanny State.

Laws either permit or prohibit: Bicycle riding allowed; no riding without a helmet. A rather simple example of one law perhaps being necessary since the riding may injure pedestrians. The helmet law exists because the powers wish to have a say over your behavior. Wearing a helmet doesn’t affect one’s ability to ride a bicycle and it concerns only the individual. Any results arising from choices concerning the helmet fall on the individual and they are responsible for their actions. The State isn’t; if personal insurance doesn’t cover the repercussions of no helmet locals can chip in to ameliorate expenses. Otherwise, one lives by one’s choices in life.

Speed laws impinge on other motorists. Seat belt laws affect only the driver of the individual auto. Wear the belt or don’t. That isn’t anyone else’s business. Motorcycle helmet laws are in the same category. I ride and I won’t ride without a helmet. That is my choice.

When the Progressive Religion mandates no prayer in school or at team huddles, those are moral choices from their position. Affirmative action laws injure those against whom they are aimed without any proof they actually help the intended targets. Passing laws allowing members of the opposite sex to use locker and bathrooms affects those who choose not to desire that association. That puts the onus on those that do not wish that level of familiarity.

Enacting laws demanding that the population accept lifestyles under penalty of law is a moral decision made from their perspective. It has no reason to exist but that they wish to force others to live by their rule.

Because one’s beliefs are strong isn’t any justification for compelling others to subscribe to them unless there is an external component of danger to society beyond the individual. An example of this is the drug user.

Becoming addicted to heroin is a choice one makes. As long as they can afford it and live, fine. If they need to enter into criminal acts to support that habit, then severe sanction needs application. The state has no cause to help them get free of their addiction. Let them go to the person that put the gun to their head, forcing them to take the drug.

Drunk driving? The law hasn’t changed anything. There are drunk drivers on the road and quite a few are repeat offenders. We have laws to cover the effects of their actions. DUI laws are on the books; they haven’t stopped drinking and driving. The states are using those laws to raise money. Punishment for DUI with death resulting is a felony and will get five to ten years, probably serve four and out.

Dylan Root killed nine people in the black church here in SC; he may get the death penalty. Very recently, a person was arrested, charged with DUI who rear ended a motorcycle, killed the girl on the back and the rider just died.
The driver will upon conviction, get five to ten and serve four. Getting drunk and hitting that biker was as much premeditated as what Root did. So where is the severity under the law that should go along with a moral law.

If one doesn’t like the preferred term moral law, then look at it from the idea of Nanny State laws. A plethora of those are passed, not only for your own good but essentially because we believe this is a higher moral sentiment.

Translation: We’re better than you.

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The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.

~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Do we ever have a big job ahead of us left over from the last eight years.