Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Reparations: Let’s Do It!

Reparations for the deserving.? Who gets the money? Who gives up the money?  Who owes the money?

The idea for reparations for which many of the current political and /or media hacks call the “original sin” of “the country” is restitution. That is, a large number of thugs like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson or the usual peripheral suspects of the bastardized political class will seize a financial opportunity. That is an opportunity to soak the people with more taxes.

We Have A Crisis Of Civics. Start Teaching The Constitution In Elementary School

According to the most recent Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey conducted last September, Americans have a pretty appalling grasp of their nation's governing structure. Only 32% of those surveyed were able to name all three branches of the federal government (which actually represented a 6% increase from the previous year). But an even higher portion of those surveyed, 33%, could not even name a single branch of the federal government. And according to the 2017 iteration of the same survey, 37% of those surveyed could not name a single right secured by the First Amendment!

Police Aren't Enough

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Sometimes, during my drive to work, I listen to Clarence Maurice Mitchell IV, host of the Baltimore’s WBAL C4 radio show. Mitchell was formerly a member of Maryland’s House of Delegates and its Senate. In recent weeks, Mitchell has been talking about the terrible crime situation in Baltimore. In 2018, there were 308 homicides. So far this year, there have been 69. That’s in a 2018 population of 611,648 — down from nearly a million in 1950. The city is pinning its hopes to reduce homicides and other crime on new Police Commissioner Michael Harrison.

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Ex-CIA Boss Got "Bad Information", Now "Relieved" Trump Not a Criminal

The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s is the Story of Our Times

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A Quasi-Review of A Lie Too Big To Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Lisa Pease

“ ‘We’re all puppets,’ the suspect [Sirhan Sirhan] replied, with more truth than he could have understood at that moment.”
– Lisa Pease, quoting from the LAPD questioning of Sirhan

When Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated on June 5,1968, the American public fell into an hypnotic trance in which they have remained ever since. The overwhelming majority accepted what was presented by government authorities as an open and shut case that a young Palestinian American, Sirhan Sirhan, had murdered RFK because of his support for Israel, a false accusation whose ramifications echo down the years. That this was patently untrue and was contradicted by overwhelming evidence made no difference.

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Sissel Kyrkjebø - Shenandoah

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Out and About: And Here and There in Jalisco

On a sunny day Violeta and I will inhabit our faithful CRV and wander about, without being excessively directed toward anywhere in particular, along the south shore of Lake Chapala, maybe striking off randomly in search of interesting pueblos. Warm wind. Ranchera music. There are roads good and bad fraught with minor adventures and curiosities. For example, On a winding narrow rural road a sopilote, a buzzard, insisted on stalking down the middle in front of us, so that we could not pass without squashing him, or her, which we had no idea of doing.  The horn had no effect. Thus go things in the wilds of Jalisco.

Thinking that the photos along the lake might interest curious souls, I decided to stick them together with some others and post them on the web. Well, I did.

CLEAN: 1973 Dodge Dart 440 Swinger

1973 Dodge Dart Swinger  for Sale $22,995

Growling big block power, a fully coordinated custom look inside & out, and a terrific price all let you know that this 1973 Dodge Dart Swinger is something special.

This car makes a terrific first impression. The full red package with white racing stripes is going to catch some eyes. Especially since this has more custom details like the painted bumpers, white grille, and white taillight bezels that makes for a well-coordinated total package. And we especially love the sides with the shaved door handles that add extra sleekness to the pillarless hardtop profile. But the look on this one is more than just custom... it's downright sporty. The bright Weld racing wheels look great; staggered tire sizes give it an aggressive forward-leaning stance; and those dual hood scoops have 440 callouts to signal some serious power underneath (more on that in a moment.)

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All Need to be tried for Treason

Via Cousin John

Securing southern border is Trump’s obligation

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Protecting the sovereignty and security of the United States are responsibilities of the commander in chief and if those elements are being compromised by an influx of immigrants at the southern border, President Trump must use the tools at his discretion to remedy the matter.

Border Patrol officials have indicated that border apprehensions have skyrocketed and there are more than 12,000 migrants in the custody of federal agencies. Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, said, “Two weeks ago, I briefed the media and testified in Congress that our immigration system was at the breaking point. That breaking point has arrived this week at our border.” .

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Tucker Carlson Beats CNN's Entire Prime Time Line Up Combined

Fox News' Tucker Carlson absolutely dominated CNN last week, beating their entire prime time line up combined in total viewers by over 1,000,000 viewers — and CNN is not handling the news well.

Ocasio-Cortez Fires Back At Tucker Carlson Over 'Moron' Comment
CNN's entire prime time line up garnered 2,474,000 total viewers compared to Carlson's 3,475,000 total viewers.

Ratings from Nielsen Media Research for 03/25-03/29

Pro-Life Movie ‘Unplanned’ Opens at No. 4 at Box Office

Hollywood Reporter reported that the movie faced advertising rejections from cable TV outlets, including Lifetime, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, HGTV, Food Network, Hallmark Channel, and USA Network. Fox News Channel and the Christian Broadcasting Network accepted ads. 

A movie about Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic director who became a pro-life activist, overcame a lack of advertising venues to become the No. 4 film at the U.S. box office during its opening weekend.

“Unplanned,” which took in an estimated $6.4 million, according to Box Office Mojo, tells the true story of Johnson, who moved up at Planned Parenthood but changed her mind about abortion after witnessing the procedure performed during the 13th week of a pregnancy.

The First Congress

A review of The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government (Simon and Schuster, 2016) by Fergus Bordewich

Amateur historians usually write excellent histories. Left unshackled by the latest groupthink of the academy, these historians tend to be independent thinkers and more importantly better writers than their professional counterparts. Shelby Foote used to implore historians to learn to write better. After all, our job is to influence the public, to “interest it intelligently in the past” as G. M. Trevelyan wrote. Popular histories tend to accomplish this needed and worthwhile goal. Most Americans gather their historical knowledge from the amateurs, but when the amateur lacks a comprehensive understanding of the past or has so ingested the propaganda and dogma of his age that his writing suffers from countless mistakes, it brings to mind Polybius’s question, “But if we knowingly write what is false whether for the sake of our country or our friends, or just to be pleasant, what difference is there between us and hack writers?” Fergus Bordewich fits that last description.

Tolerating the Past

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Historian Charles P. Roland wrote in his forward to Francis Butler Simkins “The Everlasting South” that “probably the great majority of historians today disagree with Professor Simkins’ logic, but probably the great majority of the common folk, wittingly or unwittingly, agree with the gist of it.” As a historian, Simkins was aware that by the late 1950s and early 1960s, major publishing houses in the US were forcing authors to modify their manuscripts to suit liberal values. Speaking honestly about American history was unwanted.

In a letter to a Northerner offended by his writing, he wrote: “You may not understand that I am attempting to give what actually the ordinary Southerner thinks [and] our press – liberal and reactionary – and our politicians will not give publicly to what is actually happening; they want to be overly tactful so as to attract Northern industry . . .” His students reverently referred to Dr. Simkins as “Doc”– and he warned them that they might be making a mistake in following his example.
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Tolerating the Past

“What distinguished Doc from so many of his contemporaries was that he refused to truckle to current historical fads, indeed, to use his phrase, he believed that historians ought to “tolerate the South’s past.”

Simkin’s was unashamed of being a Southerner; he was proud of his origins and ancestry. This alone, he knew, was reason enough for most Yankees and Yankeefied Southerners to object to his views.

“I do not attempt to emphasize here the contributions of the South to the history of the United States,” Doc explained in his Southern history textbook. “I propose instead to stress those political and social traits that make the region between the Potomac and Rio Grande a cultural province conscious of its identity.” To him the changes that occurred over time in the South were not nearly as significant as the presence of cultural continuity in the region.

“The militant nationalism of the Southern people supplemented rather than diminished their provincialism; devotion to State and region went along with devotion to the United States,” Doc observed. “Gloating pride in growing cities and imported industries went along with retention of growing habits. The interest of the youth of the region in rifles, dogs and wildlife, like that of the Virginia gentlemen of the eighteenth century, was often greater than their interest in classroom studies.”

Doc often provoked conventional historians by saying or writing things that they did not want to hear. Invited to become a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, he willingly admitted to the administrators that he was something probably no Canadian university had ever had on its faculty – the grandson of a Confederate field officer. Doc even delighted in revealing the full name and regiment of his ancestor – Lieutenant-Colonel John Calhoun Simkins of the 3rd South Carolina Artillery.

In the Southern Historical Association presidential address, “Tolerating the South’s Past,” he denounced the tendency of modern historians to judge the South and its people by today rather than those of the past.

“Chroniclers of Southern history,” he charged, “often do not grasp the most elementary concept of sound historiography: the ability to appraise the past by standards other than those of the present. They accept a fanatical nationalism which leaves little room for static contentment, and a faith in the American dream of human equality which leaves little room for one person to get ahead of another except in making money.”

(The Legacy of Francis Butler Simkins, Grady McWhiney, Southern Partisan, 2nd Quarter 1995, excerpts pg. 23-24)