Friday, October 20, 2017

The Death of Carbon-Based Fuels Can't Come Soon Enough

                                                                       

Regular readers of this blog know that I'm no green freak.  I have frequently poked fun at the "eco-nazis" who militantly insist that we stop using oil and coal as energy sources.....now!  That's not only silly...it's impossible.

Still, as I awakened Monday morning, turned on the news and read of still another oil rig explosion, I was a bit nauseated.  That nausea was compounded as I read of Iraqi forces moving to take control of the Kurdish oil fields.  It has been exactly forty-four years now since oil has been used to fuel the world wide plague of extreme Islamic terrorism, Saudi Arabia the biggest oil producer, and the the biggest funder of those terrorist groups.  The Saudis have, in recent years, slacked off on that funding, given that many of those they once funded have to come back to bite them in the ass.

From an environmental standpoint, we've all been sickened by watching that oil sludge wash up on the shores of Louisiana and Florida.  Even the staunchest oil advocates must have had a stomach churning moment or two seeing that.

So, this morning we are seeing oil workers die and middle east sheiks fighting for the spigot.  And, down in Louisiana we are waiting with bated breath to see if we are going to see more nasty sludge wash up on  pristine shoreline.  I'm tired of it all.

While I know it will take many years for the world to ween itself off of oil, it can't some soon enough for me.  While a "Manhattan Project" level of national effort will be costly, I would remind folks that we've now spent trillions of the last two decades, battling oil-funded Islamic terrorists.  How many solar homes could we have built with those trillions?  How many communities could we have hooked up to the wind turbine grid with that kind of dough?  

The costs of a carbon based economy are enormous, in lost lives, in environmental disasters, and the rapidly diminishing quality of our air and water.  And yet we continue to move at a snail's pace.  I am not advocating for an immediate halt to carbon based fuels.  But we can certainly do better than we have to date.

The death of oil can't come soon enough for me.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"Who Likes Me Better?"

                                                                   

Well, Toys R Us has now declared bankruptcy.  If you shop there, don't get your panties in a bunch.  Before Toys R Us totally disappears they will go through several rounds of bankruptcy.  This first one will just be a means to pare down some debt by stripping stockholders of their equity, renegotiate some newer, higher interest loans, then plow on.

I can remember when Toys R Us was the "Nordstrom" for kids.  When my kids were young enough to be into toys I couldn't afford them.  But they certainly were the standard for kiddie retail.

Actually, I have no intention of talking about Toys R Us....only my "so what" reaction to the news.  You see, I have pretty much gone to war with corporate America.  To me, most of them are just retail whores that will do anything, forsake any measure of societal or corporate ethics, if it means an extra ten cents per share on their annual report.

I now take a new approach to corporate America.  I'm like the kid who rushes to his mother after she has declared that she loves a sibling.  I then rush to her lap and ask her if she "loves me more".  Admittedly the "loves me more" approach is poor ass one.  But, when that's all ya got, you go with what  works for you.

For example, I wanted to boycott Coke when they ran those open borders immigrant ads to please our 30 million illegal aliens.  Except that Pepsi is even worse.  I'd like to boycott my local Kroger owned grocery (cause they announced that the men and women's bathroom are interchangeable) but Safeway is just as bad.  I was successful in boycotting Target for their bathroom policy, because they really have nothing I wish to buy that isn't already available at a cheaper price in Walmart.

Because corporate America no longer demonstrate American loyalty, because they no longer champion traditional values, because they will lay off a thousand workers...just to boost their profit margins, I feel no loyalty for corporate America.

Perhaps the best example of how I must compromise my own principles to get along in America these days is Amazon.  While I don't agree with major stockholder and founder Jeff Bezos, on almost any political or social philosophy,  I shop Amazon all the time.  I have to....because there really is no alternative.  So, I justify my loyalty to Amazon by admitting that, though I don't like enriching those I disagree with, Amazon treats me well!  They offer me a more attractive price, they deliver it promptly, and if I have a problem with a purchase they'll take it back...and even pay for return shipping.  So, in buying from Amazon, I am saying "Amazon likes me better"...better than Pepsi, better than Coke, far better than Target.  Amazon "likes me enough" to treat me with respect as a customer...and if that's all I got, it has to be enough.

I would love to shop at companies that agree with my personal political philosophies.  I do visit Chik Fil-A occasionally, but I don't go out for fast food much.  And I admire Hobby Lobby for their strong religious stance, but there's nothing in that store that I need.  

In these years, when ethical conduct and morality and principle means so little, either in the private sector, or in business, I am forced to compromise, the boycotts few, because all you can really do is frequent the "most principled whore"...the one who will "like me better".

Sad.  Damned Sad.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Urban Blacks; America's "Fifth Column?"

                                                             

I wrote and published this blog two years ago.  It received very little comment, because, I suspect, even my loyal readers thought I had gone bonkers.  In light of what's happened since this was written, you might NOW find this essay prophetic, in light of recent events on the NFL fields across America.


fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group—such as a nation or a besieged city—from within. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine. Forces gathered in secret can mobilize openly to assist an external attack. Clandestine fifth column activities can involve acts of sabotage, disinformation, or espionage executed within defense lines by secret sympathizers with an external force.

Friday, October 13, 2017

"Thank Heaven For Little Girls" ...Mexican Style




                                                                   






Close your eyes and imagine this: Your ten year old daughter plans to walk down the street, perhaps only five houses down. Maybe to do homework, or for a sleep over. And that's the last time you ever see her again.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Establishment Summit

                                                                 

Last week, dear reader, from October 2nd through the 4th, Vanity Fair Magazine, that majestic masthead for liberal thought, conducted their annual Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit.  This year they are hosting the event in Beverly Hills, California.  In previous years they deemed their meeting place "the hive", meeting in San Francisco.

Those invited are the cultural icons considered to be the "cream of the crop".  This year we have billionaire moguls, Hollywood actors, pop music icons and studio chiefs.  Also attending are the giants of the liberal mainstream media.  Liberal politicians are invited, John Kerry being one of the latest bon vivants.  George Clooney too.  

The event is sponsored by Hennessy Cognac, whose spirits will be ever present in warmed glasses, and Wolfgang Puck will cater the event.  BMW also kicks in dough, and chauffeurs attendees here and there, so that they never have to mingle with the blue collar ilk.

So what are those summits about?  Well, they first meet and schmooze each other up really good.  Then they sit around and conjure up ideas for raising working class to a nirvana of educated thought.  As Liberal media takes careful notes, they exchange ideas as to how to end war forever, how to make solar and wind power affordable for the masses, how to redistribute America's wealth, how to garner sympathy for the Black Urban Thug, how to disarm the masses, then they propose ideas to convey their wisdom through the mainstream media and "messaging" their philosophies through various movies, to include Disney animation.  (The two gays kissing in the latest Disney was thought out at a previous summit....to show young people that homosexuality trumps heterosexuality...cause it doubles your chances to find a date).
                                                     
I understand that, on the fourth and final day, this select little group sits around, on yoga mats, and picks the people they'll demonize this year.  (We all know No. 1, right?)  

Following the formal proceedings they all gather in a circle and participate in a "group tug" as Caitlin Jenner performs Swan Lake in drag...in soft pink ballet slippers.

So now you know.

Monday, October 9, 2017

"Tender Mercies"

                                                                   

As Columbus Day breaks over America on Monday, the Occupy Crowd, the Black Lives Matter Crowd, the college air heads will all emerge from their "safe spaces"..to demand an end to Columbus Day.  These are the children of the 90's and 2000s who got blue ribbons for participation, who received an allowance from their daddies, just for not acting up, whose helicopter moms kept them sheltered from any of life's challenges.  And, in school, their liberal teachers would have had them well indoctrinated on the evil of our White founding fathers.

It is almost as if these generations have been sprinkled with meat tenderizer...so dainty and fragile, so easily offended, that they simply cannot live with an honest history.

This national fragility was not always so.  Consider Columbus and his crews themselves.  While every era has had its share of bat crazy people...perfectly willing to do crazy things...it still took plenty of pluck to climb on the decks of three tiny ships, then defy every cartographer of the day who said "there ain't nothing out there to the west".  

And while Columbus was wrong about a short route to the Indies, he did find land.  Nah, he never got even close to what we now understand as North America, at least he got in the neighborhood.  And if we can, for a moment, try not to judge those Spanish by today's standards, we could at least give them a little "street cred" for being courageous enough to explore under horrific conditions, scurvy, starvation and thirst being some of the least of them.

From that first sailing, a sailing that generally coincided with the Great Renaissance, the human family began to brave unbelievable challenges in order to better the state of the world.  Keep in mind that, only a century or so later, the western Europeans were trying to carve out basic survival in Massachusetts and Virginia.  Many died in both their successes and their failures.

And by the time our colonists finally achieved a foothold on the North American continent, they did so at the expense of their sweat and tears, and an infant mortality rate that would leave modern man dazed.  In New England they plowed the rocky fields, suffering one crop loss after another, learning as they went.  In the Southern colonies they battled malaria and the "dirty dozen" of the world's plagues, yet somehow survived.  And somehow they managed to suffer through the burial of at least half of their children, on average.  Tough people!

From Columbus' first visit, and for the next three centuries, Americans settled a continent, scored such an inventiveness that would change the world for the better, and achieved those things through an inner toughness that we cannot possibly conceive of today

Sadly, today, millions of fragile souls, seemingly marinated in the meat tenderizer of parental coddling, will venture out to demand that the name Columbus be removed from our museums and on public statues, old Chris suffering the same fate of our nation's founders.

But, Happy Columbus Day, for those who choose to remember.

Friday, October 6, 2017

"Put Me In The 'Hung Like A Horse' Category....Please"

                                                                   

This morning I called my broker and bought a hundred shares of Penguin-Random House Publishing, publisher of America's largest selling dictionary.  And my stock selection was based on a news report that came over the news wires this morning.  It seems that K-Mart is now discontinuing the use of "Plus Size" when describing women's clothing.  Apparently K-Mart has been getting hell from their customers over that term.  Instead, K-Mart will use the term "fantastic sized" for women's dresses that use more material than a five-man tent.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Sad Passing Of A Human Bouquet

                                                                       

Just hours after the Las Vegas tragedy a CBS Television Vice-President hopped on Twitter to say she had no sympathy for the victims of the mass shooting.  Her reasoning?  They were country music fans and the majority of country music fans are Republican.

Of all the lessons we might have learned from Sunday night's tragedy, it ought to be how we dehumanize tragedy.  It's a perfectly natural thing, as despicable as that is.  The death of a neighbor two doors down might have a greater impact for you than a news report that 20 Marines were killed in Afghanistan this week.  By not putting a face on the victims, that CBS Vice President was able to place politics above a sense of humanity.

The problem with that is, the dead and the wounded and the dying are all human, with all the virtues and failings that all of us must own up to.  If we were to equate those victims to a flowers in a garden we find that some were lovely, some were less so, and some, like the shooter, were invasive weeds that one seeks to pluck in order to make room for more flowers.

Though we cannot personally know any one of the victims, as we see their faces, and as we learn about their lives, the immensity of the tragedy hits home.  Among the dead was a recent high school graduate...an honors student who challenged herself with advanced college classes, whose life was snuffed out before she ever had a chance to do great things.

When the shooting began a male nurse named Sonny climbed across his orthopedic surgeon wife, and took the hail of bullets so that she might live.  Other men did the same...gave their lives so that their mates might live.  

Included among the dead were off duty police officers, seeking joy and peace at a music concert, an escape from the everyday rigors of their jobs.  A young university student died, record clerks were slain.  School teachers seemed overly represented among the dead, their students shedding tears for the loss of folks who were toiling to guide and educate them through their growing years.

A local resident, working 9 to 5 to raise three young sons by herself died on those dark mean streets just off the strip.  Her co-workers mourned her, and said they will sorely miss her perpetual smile and boundless sense of happiness.

An off-duty police officer, and coach of a youth football team passed.  So did a young woman from Massachusetts, whose sister was so stunned by the death, she turned to bible passages to try and make sense of senseless death, desperately seeking comfort as one seeks a sip of water in the desert.  

A mother and daughter came to the concert, reveling in their mutual love for country music.  And, as the concert wrapped up, the 20 year old daughter was killed as her mother lay beside her.  One cannot conceive of the depth of sadness and despair that mother experienced.

All of those people were simply one of God's gardens.  A bouquet of His children snuffed out with the same cold and remote range of feelings that motivated a mad man to fire, and a CBS Vice President to claim they all deserved it.

Peace.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Spoiled Sports...Without An Ounce of Courage

                                                                     

Michael Bennett, a 6ft, 4 inch, 280 pound defensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks, loves to take a knee when the American flag appears, or when the first notes of the National Anthem is heard.  He hates cops, and he hates Whitey and he pretty much hates America.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The National Knee-Ball League! (NKL)

                                                                   

Good news, people! The NFL is starting up a new league, called the National Knee-Ball League (NKL).

Having been criticized of late for not taking a knee for domestic abuse, or Michael Vick's animal abuse, or the startling fact that 75 percent of Blacks are born to unwed mothers, who command 43 percent of every welfare dollar, and, in the past have failed to condemn their own players participating in late night bar brawls and gunfights, who have in the past never condemned Michael Jordan and Le Bron James for hawking $300 dollar a pair basketball shoes to the urban poor, are finally announcing they'll now take a stand against every injustice...including Urban Black crime.

Accordingly, all Knee-ball games will of course be played on their knees for the entire 60 minutes! Just try to imagine how that will go! Odell Beckham Junior will scurry two yards down the field and make a tremendous one-knee catch. Tom Brady will back-pedal two feet and send a two yard pass between the yard markers!

In this new NKL no one will be required to stand for the National Anthem, nor the presentation of the colors. However, images of Jay Z and three dead rappers will appear on the big screen and players will be able to raise one knee to pay their respects.

Roger Goodell readily admits that scoring in the new NKL will be more akin to soccer scores, he hopes the new league will catch on with fans.

Oh, by the way, Underarmour has agreed to be the official sponsor of the new NKL.

You're welcome.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

USA Today; The 'Bubble Gum' Version of Journalism

                                                                   

Last week USA Today celebrated their 35th birthday.  I still remember first seeing USA Today on the newsstand.  Of course, like everyone else, I was struck by its cartoon colors.  In those days our news came in serious black and white.  One read of the newspaper told you that this was not a serious newspaper...three fourths of it nothing but big weather maps, sports stats and entertainment fluff.  If some foreign conflict broke out overnight USA Today would lead with a front page story about cast conflicts on the TV show "Three's Company".  Very sad.

Monday, September 25, 2017

"Baseball, Apple Pie..And Saving The Flag"

                                                     
I wrote this blog essay five years ago.  In light of what's happening these days, I thought I'd remind you that we once had sports heroes who really were:

Friday, September 22, 2017

"Waxing Truthful"

                                                                   

A majority of the student body, and half of the liberal faculty have their panties in a bunch over an editorial published in the Philadelphia Inquirer last week.  The editorial came from one of their own...one Professor Amy Wax.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"What Posse...Don't Need No Stinkin' Posse"

                                                               

As most of you know by now, Sheriff Joe Arpao is no longer running the Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff's Department.  Enough liberals and outraged Mexicans turned him out of office in the last election.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Time To Send Congress A Thank You Card

                                                                   

If you didn't send your Congressmen and Senators a congratulations card this month you should do so poste haste. Our Congress, after flirting with that $20 trillion dollar debt mark, finally achieved that glorious milestone this month.

After Trump signed both the Hurricane legislation, and after granting Congress a three month extension of their current spending spree, our debt finally hit the 20...followed by a whole bunch of zeroes. Think about it like this: Trump just gave Congress a higher spending limit on that Congressional credit card.

Now it's kind of hard for anyone to wrap their head around that $20 trillion figure. But our Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has done that for us. For a family of four you and your children now owe $240,000 dollars (actually over $400,000 because half of Americans pay no taxes). Pray tell, what have you received in return? And keep in mind, that $240,000 you owe does not count the tens of thousands you already kicked in for taxes...that's all been spent as well.

And while that $240,000 is horrific, that's not even the worst news. Even more scary is the future interest you are going to have to pay to service your $240,000 dollar "loan". Depending on how inflation rolls out in the coming years, the interest on that debt is going to be monumental. As of now, as the Federal Reserve continues to manipulate federal bond rates, your interest payments are manageable. However, if bond rates revert to their historical averages of 6 percent, you're going to be in big trouble.

Forget about what you're going to have to shell out in taxes to feed, educate, medicate and incarcerate the 47 percent who won't or can't work, your share of the interest on that national debt is going to require at least a doubling of your current taxes...just to service that debt.

So, when you have the time, be sure and send your Congressional representatives a "congratulations card". In the last ten years your Presidents and your Congress has managed to achieve a 75% increase in your national debt.



You're welcome.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Article Five Convention Arrives In Phoenix

                                                                   

This coming week representatives from 28 states will convene in Phoenix...to prepare Arizona's entry into the nationwide Article V alliance.  For those not familiar with the term, Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides authority for the U.S. Citizenry to propose amendments to the Constitution.  

The Article V alliance proposes an amendment that would force Congress to balance their budget each and every year, that $20 trillion dollar national debt a millstone on the backs of our children and grandchildren.   We all know that, unless a balanced budget amendment is enacted into law, our cowardly Congress will never stop the runaway spending.

                                               
To enact an amendment we will need 37 states to vote for it, at least 34 to put it to a vote in each state.  so far 28 states have signed on, with Arizona soon to be the 29th.  And while we can never expect free-spending California to go along, Idaho would seem to be a "shoe-in", and perhaps Maine, leaving only three more states to sign on to secure a national vote on this matter.

Happily, for the first time, there is real hope for a balanced budget amendment, often suggested by selective Congressmen and women, but never taken seriously.  But, if we can get those three additional states to sign up, we might at long last force our Congress to do what they hate worst....having their credit card cancelled.

We can only hope.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Hurricane Donald"

                                                                         

No one was more pleased with the arrival of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma than Donald Trump.  The two monsters were able to crowd out political news, the most remarkable being Trump's own stumbling.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sunday Morning Soap Opera

                                                                           

For as long as I've lived in Arizona the Gannett-owned Arizona Republic dedicates three to four full page sob stories about illegal Mexicans living here.  Well, you can imagine, given the DACA news this week, that the Republic would come up with a real tearful dandy for my Sunday morning paper.  They did.

The newspaper reporters interviewed a round dozen of illegal "dreamers" whose hearts were broken by Trump's cancellation of Obama's Executive Order on DACA, then threw it over to the Congress to constitutionally come up with something both legal and more permanent.

Two things struck me by The Republic's coverage of DACA.  One was that the newspaper didn't even report on a story about a 23-year old Nickolas Hernandez, "dreamer" here in Phoenix, who beat a 70 year old man nearly to death because the old guy ask Hernandez not to speed around school children walking home from school.  (Hernandez was already fresh out of jail on a work furlough....a liberal judge forgiving him for committing a robbery).  While I was not shocked that the liberal Gannett totally suppressed this story, (they censor Hispanic crime in all of their network of newspapers), I thought it especially cheeky to avoid this story, while painting halos on the head of their "ditzy dozen" dreamers featured today.

What struck me about today's coverage was the vast plethora of those dreamers who are either working in a government job, or are employed by a liberal political organization.  For instance, three of today's miserable "dreamers" were being paid to campaign for Hispanic rights organizations, or were paid "demonstrators".  Another was a district paid political hack for Hillary Clinton's campaign, while still another worked for an organization promoting Latino LGBT issues...."queer" being his favorite catch phrase.

So, boys and girls, when you see those signs bemoaning the fate of poor Mexicans picking your crops, or landscapers slaving away, keep your handkerchief in your pocket.  Most of those "dreamers" featured in today's newspaper were well paid, organizational bureaucrats enjoying fat salaries...not one of them ever walking in a lettuce field.  In fact, most of them were given in-state tuition rates by our local community and state colleges, even as American kids have suffered from a 1,000 percent tuition increases over the last decade.  In much of the Southwest a kid from Cleveland, an American citizen, will pay twice the tuition rate of an illegal alien.  On Friday our attorney general just filed a law suit against our two major universities, to put a stop to this inequity.  Given the liberality of our courts, I see little hope that he will win the suit.

I am now waiting for our Gannett owned newspaper to send a reporter down the the county jail...to interview that poor dreamer who beat up a 70 year old man.  I would not be a bit surprised to see that story next week....for the next version of "The Sunday Morning Soap Opera".

Sigh.



Friday, September 8, 2017

"It Ain't Braggin If You're Good"

                                                                       
You guys might be surprised at how many prophetic things have been written in my blog.  Here's one I wrote four years ago:

We've got a freshman Democratic Congresswoman from Phoenix who just took her seat in Congress last January.  And Republicans had better watch out for her, cause she's going places.  I predict she'll serve her time in the House, then come back here and take John McCain's Senate seat when he comes up for re-election.  I don't think McCain's 30 percent popularity rate is going to get any better; he's played RINO long enough and the conservatives are tired of his prima donna act.

As a conservative I oppose Kyrsten Sinema in every position she's taken.  But I've watched her for years now and she is a very talented politician.  She started out as a state rep here in Arizona, representing a minority district so amenable to liberal politicians.  But I also saw her drive Republicans in the State House right up the wall with her probing questions on conservative legislation and she does it without the nastiness of a Pelosi or Wasserman Schwartz.   And I also saw her abilities to work with Republicans on their issues in order to get them to support her with some of her own priorities.

Sinema was just elected to Congress this past November and I watched each and every one of her campaign debates, and I was shocked to see a rare talent emerge.  She has the rare ability to turn her opponents anger back at them by responding with a focused and well thought out answer..and she dresses those responses with a charm and charisma you'll rarely see.  I've been following politics for 50 years and the only two pols I saw who had it were Reagan and John Kennedy.

You blog readers from outside Arizona, don't think for a minute you too won't hear about Kyrsten Sinema; she's already begun appearing on Meet The Press on Sunday mornings and she's being given some impressive committee seats in Congress as well.  

So look for her.  She'll charm John McCain, then steal his Senate seat from underneath him.  She'll charm all the Dems and just enough Republicans to win the Senate.  And she's every bit as well spoken as Hillary Clinton without the snarl and without the nastiness so look for her on a larger national stage as well.

Gripes my ass to have to worry about someone like Kyrsten Sinema but I do.  And mark my words fellow conservatives, she'll be throwing a little worry your way sometime in the future.


                                                                 
                                                                                                 

Then read this, from our Arizona Republic, last week:


Rep. Kyrsten Sinema says she is weighing a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Jeff Flake, but there are ample signs she has already decided to do so.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has had discussions with both Sinema, D-Ariz., and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who's widely viewed as another possible Democratic Senate candidate, about who will challenge Flake in 2018.
The powerful Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, meanwhile, has indicated it is supporting Sinema in the race, according to a source familiar with those discussions but who isn't authorized to speak officially about Democratic strategy. That decision would not typically be made unless Sinema intended to run.
In a statement Friday, Sinema, who is traveling outside the state, sidestepped giving a definitive answer.
"I’ve heard from many Arizonans encouraging me to run for the United States Senate. It is something I am seriously considering. When I make any decisions, Arizonans will be the first to know," said Sinema, a three-term congresswoman.
The statement is a departure from her usual message: that she is running for re-election.
Stanton has weighed running for Senate or for Sinema's U.S. House seat, if she runs for the Senate. He recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with the DSCC, but declined to comment about his political plans. 
Republicans also expect Sinema to enter the Senate race, releasing a statement Friday about their improved chances in her district.
"The (National Republican Congressional Campaign) not only believes this seat is in play, but is a prime pickup opportunity in 2018," said Matt Gorman, a spokesman for the organization.
Her entry in the Senate race would break a mounting political log jam for Arizona Democrats sizing up their prospects for 2018.
Steve Ferrara, a Republican radiologist who worked in the VA, is already running in Sinema's district and raised more than $200,000 in his first month in the race.

Democrats see opportunity

A Sinema Senate run would test the statewide appeal of her self-styled centrist, cooperative politics against Flake, who promises a brand of conservatism sometimes at odds with President Donald Trump and others in the Republican party.
Sinema has represented the state’s 9th Congressional District since the seat was created with the 2012 elections. She is a prolific fundraiser who obsessively casts herself as a problem-solver looking to get things done in Washington.
Arizona’s Senate race has drawn national attention, in part because it represents one of the few plausible seats Democrats could win from Republicans next year. Twenty-five of the 34 Senate seats on the ballot in 2018 are currently held by Democrats, limiting that party’s prospects for retaking control of the upper chamber.
Nevada’s Sen. Dean Heller is the only Republican facing re-election in a state that Hillary Clinton won last year. Flake, who is in his first term, is widely seen as the next-most vulnerable Republican senator.
Flake is already battling former state Sen. Kelli Ward for the GOP nomination next year.
Several polls have shown voters give Flake poor marks, and Trump has threatened to help finance a primary challenger, though it is unclear if he will follow through.
Still, only political novice Deedra Abboud has formally entered the race for the Democrats.
Randy Friese, a state representative from Tucson, has been considering a run for the U.S. Senate as well. Little-known Richard Sherzan of Mesa, a former Iowa legislator who made a short-lived 2016 Senate run that ended more than a year before the Democratic primary, also says he's running.
Sinema has made veterans' care a focus of her tenure in Congress and burnished her reputation for working across the aisle. At the same time, no one considers the VA hospital system in Phoenix free of the problems that have plagued it for years.

Matchup of unconventional partisans?

In some ways, Sinema and Flake are battling images as traitors to purists in their party that is at odds with their voting record under the Trump administration.
Both declined to support their party’s presidential nominee last year, and both have provided grist for critics of their parties.
Sinema, for example, has supported Trump's position 46 percent of the time in key votes this year, according to FiveThirtyEight. Her tough-on-crime positions have at times put her at odds with Democrats who characterize some GOP efforts as demonizing illegal immigrants.
But in the most important vote in the House so far this year, Sinema voted against the Republican-led health-care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, along with every Democrat in the country.
Flake’s stylistic and ideological critique of Trump, and his support for immigration reform have earned him scorn within the right flank of his party.
But Flake voted for all three major versions of the GOP health-care plans that failed in the Senate and has voted to confirm every one of Trump’s nominees, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Sinema’s congressional website, like her wardrobe, is anchored in purple, a signal that she wants the public to see her as looking beyond the usual red or blue partisan playbook.


P.S.  I'm pretty sure one of our two RINO Republican senators is going to be looking for a job next year.


Mic drop.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Note Or Two About "Dreamers"

                                                               

The Democrats, and their Open Borders legions, proclaim that a million or two of our 30 million illegal Mexicans are saintly. The call any kid who came here as a child "a dreamer", virtuous, ambitious, angelic.

Now wouldn't you love for America to characterize your American born kids with that same adulation...everyone gets a halo along with their blue ribbon for soccer participation?

And yet the Democrats have crowned each one of those Mexican "dreamers" with a halo, bright and shiny! They award them with reduced cost "in state" tuition, providing them a lower tuition rate than an out of state American kid, and saving them tens of thousands of dollars in the process.

And when those "dreamers" are brought here they are given WIC benefits, are allowed to attend our schools without anyone ever questioning their citizenship status. They are fed free school breakfast and lunch, provided free pre-school and publicly funded day care and, if they are alert, will collect a back pack full of school supplies at any one of 20 back pack giveaways that flourish across the land.

Are those millions of "halo-endowed kids" really dreamers? What about the tens of thousands of Hispanic gangs that infest our cities? Are they "dreamers?" Are the "hit and run" folks dreamers? How about the home invaders, or the local meth dealer? Are they too, dreamers?

The problem with our government granting "halo status" to small armies of illegal aliens is that the bad guys are awarded those same halos! After all, Obama's DACA program is extremely generous...even allowing four or five misdemeanors before anyone even turns a head!

Can anyone remember when Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney suggested that "dreamers" could earn citizenship by serving in our armed forces? Do you remember the outrage among the illegal ilk when he proposed that?

Just what does "dreamer" mean? If "dreamers" feel far superior to having to serve in two years of community service, or in our military, what does that say about their affection for an America that would offer them a chance to earn their citizenship?

Let's face it......whenever you arbitrarily give someone on something, whether it be spoiled child, or welfare queen, or "dreamer", you can be damned sure you are creating a citizenry that will continually sit at the public tit, and suck.

Face it; not everyone from six years old, to thirty-five is a "dreamer". Many are of the worst sort. And no one should get a halo without earning it. And we really ought to save the halos for our own kids....when they deserve it.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Music To My Ears

                                                                 

It was in the spring, 1987, Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, California.  At lunch time I go to the gym, don running gear and go for a run.   I run a couple of miles, come back in and hit the steam room, my AM/FM Walkman still clipped to my shorts, ear plugs in my ear.

I sit in the steam room, switch from FM to AM and I hear this guy talking politics.  And he's saying exactly what's been up in my own head for several years.  The station is KFBK and the guy talking is a guy I never heard of...a guy name Rush Limbaugh.

Now, in those years there really weren't many conservative spokesmen in the media.  Aside from a couple of newspaper columnists, and Pat Buchanan over on CNN Crossfire, there were no really major voices for conservatism.  William F. Buckley was busy writing mysteries and showing up on The Firing Line when he felt like it.

Back there in Sacramento, before Rush went national, he was pretty much doing what he's doing now...articulating conservatism and blowing away liberals who dare to call in and face his wrath.

Rush has had his ups and downs, including completely losing his hearing, until he got coclear transplants, had a bout of prescription drug addiction, but, for 35 years now, Rush has been making liberals look silly.  And he's made hundreds of millions of dollars doing it, even in the face of massive pressure on advertisers by liberals to take Rush out.  Each year the liberals predict Rush's demise...and yet he's still trucking.....rousing us with that signature program music intro.  

For those who don't know, the instrumental version of that Rush intro comes from The Pretenders hit, "My City Is Gone", the lyrics from that song bemoaning the devastation of small town America and written by band member Chrissie Hynde.  Limbaugh had been using that song as a program intro since the early 80's. ...and no one seemed to care.  But when Limbaugh went national, and began roping in tens of millions of listeners, EMI, The Pretenders music label, sent Limbaugh a "Cease and Desist" letter, claiming Hynde did not want her song used by a conservative thug like Limbaugh.  Well, for the next few weeks, Limbaugh had to use some different intro music.  Except that Chrissie Hynde, while doing an interview on National Public Radio, said she had no problem with Rush using the music...because her parents were regular Limbaugh listeners and loved him.  So Rush got his music intro back, and Chrissie Hynde collects her royalties...as the liberal lamb lies down with the conservative lion.

And when I hear that heavy base string coming through the radio, I'm simply got to stop and hear who Rush is going to skew this morning.