How many ways do we muzzle ourselves so as not to offend someone else and in ways that go far beyond one-on-one interactions [A]s ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise (Luke 6:31)?
(For politics, please scroll down)Enjoy Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor – First Movement, performed by the incomparable violinist Julia Fischer:
Apparently, the secession of California from the United States remains a serious proposal — well, as serious a proposal as is possible from the California fringe. I thought that the idea Calexit was over and done with upon the departure of the Yes California leader, who went to Russia to live.
Now we read that the idea of Calexit continues.
From California secessionists think their path to independence is easier than Catalonia’s (dated October 12, 2017):
…The California Freedom Coalition is collecting signatures to get its ballot initiative in front of voters in 2018. It does not definitively say California will declare independence from the United States; it would repeal a provision in the state constitution that says California is “an inseparable part of the United States.” It also directs the governor to negotiate for greater autonomy from the federal government and establishes an advisory commission on California autonomy and independence.
Marin said he knows California secession would still be incredibly difficult without the cooperation of the federal government, but believes California could “annoy” Congress into allowing California to go its own way.
“Our state government is very experienced at doing things that undermine the federal government without being unconstitutional,” Marin said, citing California’s sanctuary cities as an example.
Besides that, Marin sees a lot of similarities between the motivations of the secession movements. Both California and Catalonia have large economies that can compete on a global scale that secessionists feel could operate better if untethered from the national economy. Differences in ideology, disputes over spending of tax dollars by the federal government and a desire for more localized government control are also common threads, Marin said….
Read the rest HERE.
Read more at California Freedom Coalition.
Additional reading: Julian Assange and Russia are Offering Support to Fringe California Secession Movement (October 12, 2017).
What precipitated Calexit? According to New York Magazine: the election of President of Donald J. Trump!
In other words, another temper tantrum in reaction to the November 8, 2016 election results.
With a hat tip to Rick Well’s post Pelosi Brain Drained – Freezes Up, Can’t Babble, Words Just Won’t Come Out for this video:
Read Rick Wells’s entire post HERE.
Some have spoken of the need for San Fran Nan to go. See Call for Pelosi to ‘pass the torch’ — from fellow Democratic congresswoman.
In fact, suggestions to that effect have been ongoing since at least June.
The Democratic Party may be stuck, however, in that none of the fresher-faced candidates who are obviously angling for White House loom particularly large. Furthermore, Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden do not seem ready to step aside — particularly in the minds of members of the Cult of Obama. As for Elizabeth Warren:
Another problem is that early efforts to gather momentum for new candidates, may already be losing steam. The right has begun investing in damaging storylines around Elizabeth Warren, for instance, attacks that closely resemble portrayals of Clinton as, for instance, hypocritical and untrustworthy.
On top of the above, we read in the October 6, 2017 edition of the Washington Post: Trump is on track to win reelection. For those who do not have a subscription to the Washington Post, the entire article is copied and pasted below the fold and worth your time (emphases mine).
By Doug Sosnik October 6
Doug Sosnik, a Democratic political strategist, was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton from 1994 to 2000.
More than half of Americans don’t think Donald Trump is fit to serve as president, yet he has a clear path to winning reelection. If Trump isn’t removed from office and doesn’t lead the country into some form of global catastrophe, he could secure a second term simply by maintaining his current level of support with his political base.
We have entered a new era in American politics. The 2016 election exposed how economic, social and cultural issues have splintered the country and increasingly divided voters by age, race, education and geography. This isn’t going to change.
What have changed are the political fault lines that have driven the debate since the early 1980s. Until now, the ideological divides between the parties were largely differences around social issues, defense spending and trade, as well as tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. Today, the central issue has become populism as voters have moved away from the two political parties and increasingly self-identified as independents.
In 2016, Trump capitalized on this changing political environment. He consolidated the growing number of angry voters who felt let down by the people and institutions controlling power in the country. Trump’s support from these voters is personal, not ideological. That explains their willingness to stick with him despite his failures of leadership.
Since Trump’s inaugural address, his focus has been on maintaining his support among this loyal base rather than expanding it. As counterintuitive as it may seem, this could be a winning political strategy.
First, Trump knows that gaining the support of a majority of voters in a presidential election is not a requirement; it’s simply an aspiration. In fact, two out of the last three presidents were elected despite losing the popular vote.
Second, the continued decline in support for both political parties works to Trump’s advantage. The lack of voters’ faith in both parties increases the probability that there will be a major third-party candidate on the 2020 ballot. It will also lead to other minor-party candidates joining the presidential race. The multi-candidate field will further divide the anti-Trump vote, making it possible for him to get reelected simply by holding on to his current level of support.
Third, despite dismal poll numbers, Trump enters the contest with a job approval rating that is certainly at least marginally better than what the current national polls would suggest. Throughout the 2016 election, most analysts tracked the national polling, which failed to capture Trump’s strength in key battleground states. Current surveys continue to understate his support. Many national polls survey all eligible voters, rather than registered or likely voters, which can underestimate Trump, and some voters may be reluctant to admit that they are pro-Trump at all. Add to that the fact that Trump effectively demonstrated during the 2016 campaign that he is capable of expanding his support by effectively demonizing his opponents.
Fourth, Trump’s support has largely remained durable with a core group of supporters. These are the voters Trump was referring to when he said that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and he wouldn’t lose votes. There is another group of Trump followers whose support isn’t unequivocal, but they have stayed with him because they still believe he will blow up the system and bring about real change.
In order to maintain and nurture his base, Trump will continue to embrace conflict, which will probably solidify his historically low approval ratings. Trump cannot win a two-person race this way. But he can prevail in a field with strong independent candidates on the ballot.
So for Democrats and others who want to beat Trump, unifying behind one candidate will be essential. In addition, Trump must carry Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in 2020 to win. Efforts should begin now to chip away at his support in these states.
It would be as big a mistake to assume that Trump cannot win reelection in 2020 as it was for those of us who never thought that he could become president in the first place.
The above essay garnered an inordinate number of comments. 6.5k! Comments at the WaPo rarely get that much attention.
Interesting times, huh?
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|Mysti in her prime|
Mr. AOW and I will miss our beloved Mysti, whose mother disappeared when the litter was one day old. All the kittens in the litter were found by an animal rescue group and had to be bottle fed.
But Mysti’s rough start didn’t end there. A few days after she arrived here as a young kitten in September 1997, she had a terrible case of coccidiosis, which stunted her growh and left her with digestive difficulties. Several veterinarians didn’t expect her to live past the age of ten. Mysti had other plans and fooled us all!
Until aging interfered, Mysti, a dilute tortie, was our mighty huntress. She was probably proudest of one particular accomplishment: catching and killing a juvenile black rat snake in our basement back in November 2011. Of course, she brought her catch upstairs to display what she had snagged.
Mysti had been coping with chronic renal failure for over two years and, although frail, was holding her own until the last few days, when she started refusing food. She even refused tuna! It wasn’t the kidney disease that sealed Mysti’s fate, however — it was oral cancer, the same affliction that stole our beloved Cameo from us on Easter Sunday 2017, less than six months ago.
Mr. AOW and I consulted the veterinarian today and decided to do the kind thing — the last thing that we could do for Mysti.
|Mysti as a senior citizen (March 17, 2016)|
|Mysti on my teacup pillowcase, January 27, 2016|
“We need to have a conversation about…”
“We need to open a dialog about…”
Or any one of the numerous variations on the above.
I’ve come to despise this meme, now a cliché.
The latest “conversation we need to have” is that about gun control, specifically, banning bump stocks — in reaction, of course, to the horrific slaughter perpetrated by Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017.
I admit that I haven’t been reading or watching the news much the past few weeks. But I have managed to to devote some time to keeping up with current events. My reaction:
The above said, here is a point about which I haven’t noticed much coverage in the ceaseless droning and screeching of the 24/7/365 news cycle (aka the Curse of Cable News), with a hat tip to Zero Hedge, via Bunkerville:
Murder map Looks strangely similar to the electoral map.
— Steph (@steph93065) October 4, 2017
…This is [the comparison that] Steph means. Pretty darn close. I thought the same thing when I first saw it. pic.twitter.com/ZO6EGpv0aO
— Jellenne 🌵⚾️🐍🌞 (@jellen805) October 4, 2017
What is your opinion regarding banning bump stocks, which, in effect and if I understand correctly, convert a one-pull-one-round rifle into a rapid-fire machine gun?
Senator Grassley, in partnership with Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein, has been doggedly attempting to get to the bottom of the Russian Dossier and the Obama Administration’s surveillance of Candidate Donald Trump’s campaign. Byron York has been following the story.
The allegations of official malfeasance are not far-fetched. Remember when the criminal bunglers in the CIA were caught spying on congress a few years back?
What in the world is a US Ambassador to the UN doing unmasking people and consuming raw intelligence?
Why was Obama’s National Security Advisor wading through raw intelligence? She has whole armies of intelligence analysts at her service.
The whole thing stinks, and it may be slowly unraveling, albeit slow enough for the Obamaites to control the narrative, with willing aid and abetting from The Establishment and the Infotainment Media Complex.
Lawsuits swirling around the golden shower prostitutes Russian Dossier are also peeling back the layers and endangering the anti-Trump narrative.
The Justice Department and FBI have been stonewalling Grassley and Feinstein’s Judicial Committee’s request for documents and testimony. They have just issued another subpoena., and Justice continues their slow roll.
A Question that goes to the Crux of the Matter:
Grassley sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday asking if the bureau had given “defensive briefings” or otherwise alerted Trump officials about “potential connections between campaign officials and the Russian government.”
“If the FBI did provide a defensive briefing or similar warning to the campaign, then that would raise important questions about how the Trump campaign responded,” wrote Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
If the FBI didn’t brief the campaign, Grassley wants to know why not and who was involved in the discussions and if a controversial opposition research dossier — which has been a frequent target of Grassley’s — impacted the decision.
This is important. In a world of straight-up responsible government, if official government agencies detect foreign influence or attempted suborning of American citizens who are part of government or conducting a national campaign, the appropriate agency brings in the targets and gives them a secret counter-intelligence “defensive briefing” on what’s going on and what the threats are so they can adjust their behavior and be aware of such attempts to compromise them.
In the wake of the latest “New Normal” Islamic terror attack in London, shameless blame-shifter Theresa May issued an ultimatum to social media and blamed them for the spread of Islamic terror. You can go read the article yourself, but I’d like to turn her words back on her and her fellow failed “world leaders” who aided and abetted this crisis by inviting in Islamic extremists, giving them wide latitude, and making apologies for them.
Theresa, Mutti Merkel, Donald, Chuck and Nancy, you have only a month to make progress. If you don’t, the People will sue you and make YOU liable for extremist content on western soil. Delay in eradicating extremists will trigger huge fines that you must personally pay.
We The People call on the Western government “giants” to develop technology to block terrorists before they kill, not arrest them afterwards.
Any extremists detected would have to be imprisoned or removed from Western Civilization within two hours at most.
In the linked article, Mrs May said: ‘We need a fundamental shift in the scale and nature of our response – both from industry and governments – if we are to match the evolving nature of terrorists’ use of the internet.’
Bravo! I agree.
But anyhoo, back to our statement:
Western “leaders:” This threat is designed to put pressure on the all-powerful governments to use their technological prowess to counter sophisticated efforts by Islamic State and other terror groups to radicalise impressionable youngsters and spread DIY terror.
Your police state spying apparatus can be put in motion to surveille and attempt to destroy a political enemy’s presidential campaign, while exonerating the Establishment candidate. Your brilliant espionage brains can confect kompromat involving chorus lines of urinating hookers, but you cannot protect us and our way of life from invaders attacking us from the inside.
Here is the one statement from Madame Prime Minister we can all agree on:
‘When I think of the hundreds of thousands of victims of terrorism in countries across the world, I think of their friends, their families, their communities, devastated by this evil. And I say enough is enough.’
Yes. Enough is enough, so get off your dead ass, stable your high-horse, call this threat what it really is, roll up your sleeves and start eradicating it from the West.
Enjoy Claude Debussy’s Trois Nocturnes, consisting of three movements: “Nuages” (“Clouds”) @ 0:00, “Fêtes” (“Festivals”) @ 7:28, and “Sirènes” (“Sirens”) @ 13:44, at the last two of which a change in image will occur:
About the above piece: Debussy’s Trois Nocturnes was inspired by a series of impressionist paintings, also entitled “Nocturnes”, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, of Whistler’s Mother fame. The version above is that of noted pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Cleveland Orchestra:
More information about the above piece:
According to Debussy’s introductionary [sic] note to the Nocturnes: “The title “Nocturnes” is to be interpreted here in a general and, more particularly, in a decorative sense. Therefore, it is not meant to designate the usual form of the Nocturne, but rather all the various impressions and the special effects of light that the word suggests.
‘Nuages’ renders the immutable aspect of the sky and the slow, solemn motion of the clouds, fading away in grey tones lightly tinged with white.
‘Fêtes’ gives us the vibrating, dancing rhythm of the atmosphere with sudden flashes of light.
There is also the episode of the procession (a dazzling fantastic vision), which passes through the festive scene and becomes merged in it.
But the background remains resistantly [sic] the same: the festival with its blending of music and luminous dust participating in the cosmic rhythm. ‘Sirènes’ depicts the sea and its countless rhythms and presently, amongst the waves silvered by the moonlight, is heard the mysterious song of the Sirens as they laugh and pass on.”
Have a peace-filled weekend.
The Left is on a Savonarola Roll…
The left excels at propaganda and the rhetoric and symbolism that powers it. Those on the right should study and learn from the masters. At VH1’s Hip Hop Honors, Pharrell delivered a very effective message, and he did it in his characteristic nice way
“They keep talking about a wall. But the enemy is this divisive mentality. It’s on this side of the wall… The white nationalists are walking towards your future. What you gonna do?”
First, he used the undefined “they” allowing the listener to fill it in for herself. This gives the message the broadest appeal possible.
Next, he uses the word “enemy.” Who in this country has ever called Mexico or Mexicans “the enemy?” This is a wickedly effective double-rapier strawman. Pharrell avers–with no evidence whatsoever–that “they” call Mexicans the enemy, but this is just the setup.
Next, he flips over the term “enemy” and applies it to those with a “divisive mentality,” which by implication means anyone who believes in enforcing the nation’s borders and following UN-approved immigration controls.
See how he just called half the nation racist without sounding like he called them racist? Brilliant.
Here’s his next sentence. Note the echoes of Martin Niemöller…
“Don’t think just because they’re coming at the African-Americans, and they’re coming at the Jewish community and they’re coming at the Hispanics that it can’t be you.”
In these dark days of dangerous white nationalists “coming at” “the African-Americans,” “the Jewish Community” and “the Hispanics,” these entertainers exercise some very American, help-your-neighbor benevolence.
Learn something, conservatives and Republicans! Not just words. Action:
Williams is set to headline a concert for Charlottesville with Dave Matthews Band, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande and The Roots…”
While tickets are free […] Beneficiaries of the fund include victims of the events in Charlottesville on August 11 and 12, their families, first responders and organizations devoted to the promotion of healing, unity and justice locally and nationwide.
The sharp eyes in the audience will notice Ariana Grande’s name. Imagine if she, Pharrell and other leftwing entertainers–after Islamic terrorists murdered teenage girls and their parents at that concert in England, or slaughtered all those people in the Florida nightclub–had talked about Muslims being the “real enemy,” “walking towards your future,” and “coming at” the LGBTQ community, girls who like pop music, and those not sufficiently Muslim…
This is why the left owns the commanding heights, while conservatives are mired in the bogs, shouting themselves hoarse to no avail.
A Ray of Hope
Despite Barack Obama being elected twice by healthy margins (victories powered by white people, btw–43% in 2008, 40% in 2012), elections over the past decade make it clear half the nation is disgusted with this crap and vote Republican (the only other game in town, such as it is) either out of strong conviction, or as a nose-holding reaction to the Democrat Party, which is the home of brown supremacist La Raza, Islamic supremacist CAIR, black supremacist Black Lives Matter, fascist antifa and the entire squirming scrum of hatred stirring, race-baiting Maoist vandals.
Q: Why does the Leftwing Infotainment Media Complex fixate on the 0.0001% of the population who are openly racist?
A: The societal vandals want clear lines of demarcation, and clearly-defined enemies. They hope to provoke angry “whitelashes” to further fan the flames. Like all provocateurs, when they don’t get the desired response, they will egg on their loonies to greater and greater acts of incitement.
They are noisy, but they are not the majority. The majority of good, hard-working people in this nation of all races, creeds and colors–who don’t hate anybody–have learned that the only way to win this game is to not play.