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We (Western Civilization) have a problem. We have a problem with Middle Eastern relations, with Muslim immigration (and refugees), with terrorism (foreign and homegrown). The common factor and thus the actual problem is Islam; not “radical” Islam… just Islam. But why? Why is Islam a problem? Why has Islam been a thorn in the side of Western civilization for 1400 years? And why has it reached a point of being an existential problem today?

Religion - Islam - Freedom Go to HellWhy Islam is a Problem – It’s Nature:
Islam has always been, is today, and always will be a problem when exposed to Western civilization. This is because Islam (through the teachings of Muhammad and Sharia law) contain at its core the seeds of fascism, and terrorism. These are the two main fruits of that “religion”.

Islam produces fascism/totalitarianism, when those in control of the state (government) are Islamic. Islam produces terrorism in individuals (who are Islamic) when the state is not. Again, those two seeds are there by the nature of the ideology created by Muhammad; the questions is whether or not the seeds take root and when.

Two Conflicting Ideas About Islam:
How can this be if Islam is a “religion of peace” one may ask. The simple answer is that it can’t be. One of these premises is false. Either Islam is a “religion of peace” OR it is a religion of “fascism and terrorism”. I submit through empirical evidence that if you simply read the words of Muhammad (on the whole), if you simply look at the actions of Muhammad, if you simply read the moral and legal code found in Sharia, if you look at the overall consequences of Islam (ignoring the myth and propaganda)… it’s pretty easy to ascertain which premise is true and which is not.

Jesus (the non-Islamic Jesus) said “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing (a claim to be a religion of peace), but inwardly they are ferocious wolves (fascist and terrorists). By their fruit (results of their faith and actions) you will recognize them. (We have had 1400 years of Islamic fruits on which to base our judgment) Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:15-20)

Religion - Christian - Bad Fruit

To wit, Islam isn’t some religion of peace (good tree) hijacked by a few extremists… it’s a religion of extremism (death, destruction, and slavery) sometimes constrained by a slim majority of moderates and secularists. The true, faithful practitioners of Islam (as intended by Muhammad) are the fascist dictators and terrorists.

islam-fascismSeed of Islam: Fascist State
In the case of a nation, the seeds (of fascism) almost always take root in an Islamic state. If the controlling authorities of a nation are Islamic, the results is fascism. The two words are practically synonymous. The state is brutal towards anyone who does not fall into lockstep with Muhammad (and his current servants). To resist draws attention, imprisonment, and death. The idea of a minority religion receiving protection from an Islamic state in exchange for “jiyza” is a lie that has never existed. “Protection” and “jiyza” is Islamic code (and an excuse from Allah) to subjugate, enslave, and extort… until the Muslim decides to just go ahead and kill the offending infidel population.

Moreover the fascist Islamic state finances and exports terrorism to some extent to other Muslim nations that aren’t fascist (Islamic) enough, and to infidels who must (by Muhammad’s command) be subjugated (enslaved) and converted (by the sword if necessary) or killed. THIS, is a key facet of Islam that the world has been subjected to for fourteen centuries.

Seed of Islam: Terrorists and the False Hope of Moderate Islam
In the case of the individual (when the state is not Islamic and the individual is), the seeds are much less likely to germinate. (Yayyy…) In fact, western society generally produces a “moderate” Muslim/Islamist with little interest in their religion. This tendency to not put much effort or faith into a religion is not a trait of Islam or Muslims but of mankind in general (which is also why you see so many secular Jews, and “Christians”).

So, “moderation” mostly occurs with “secular” practitioners of Islam who have inherited their religion by birth; but pay little or no attention to its edicts to subdue, force tribute, hate and/or drive into the sea… One might call these practitioners “luke-warm” Islamists. Fundamentalists Islamists would call them apostates and seek to convert, subdue, or kill them (in that order). This “moderation” is about the best a host/infidel nation can hope for from an Islamic community or individual.

The biggest problem with a “luke-warm” Islamic population is that they cling just enough to the religion to keep the seed of terror alive (buried… dormant… but alive). Eventually someone in this community bothers to read (and believe and practice) the teachings of Muhammad (and/or Sharia) and the next thing you know they’re shooting up an office, school, or nightclub (screaming “Allahu Akbar” and looking forward to a little virgin nookie). Even if the groups of refugees or immigrants themselves don’t germinate the seed of fundamentalist Islam, their progeny (latter generations) are susceptible to getting pissed-off at their adopted country (that they haven’t assimilated into for some reason). Once disillusioned, they fall back on the religion/culture that made their fatherland the hellhole it was (and probably still is today).

The greater the population of the Islamic community the greater the probability you’re going to have a spontaneous combustion of Islamic terrorist events (manmade disasters to those of you on the left). By that standard Europe is royally #$@%ed for several generations (if not existentially). The U.S. is… slightly less #$@%ed; and will reach the state of Europe if the left is not stopped from carrying out its fundamental transformation (as implemented by Obama and the left). Unfortunately, the damage (fruits of death and destruction) the relatively small number of Islamists will do and the terror they will inflict on society will really never go away. As long as Islam is present… that seed will be present.

Back to the “moderates”, I would have to agree with Winston Churchill (1899) that “Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”

Yes… granted… Percentage wise the number of Islamic spontaneous combustions (in Europe and the U.S.) is small in comparison to the overall population of Islamists (though huge when compared to other races/religions). So let’s look at the good… moderate… majority… practitioners of Islam.

Generally, a “moderate” Muslim/Islamist doesn’t want to actually pull the trigger on the infidels of his adopted nation; but will “understand”, “sympathize”, (and sometimes celebrate) with the ones who do. They will scream with indignation (“they don’t represent my peaceful religion”) when Islam produces yet another rotten fruit (terrorist attack, socially abhorrent behavior, etc.)… but when it comes to actual action to reclaim their “religion of peace” from the terrorists? The “moderate” Muslim is the same as the moderate German (during WWII), moderate Japanese (during WWII), moderate Russian (during the cold war), and moderate Chinese (during Mao reign). The proper term would be IRRELEVANT. MILLIONS upon MILLIONS died during these evil regimes. “Moderate” Muslims are no more the answer to the evil Islam would impose upon the world if given half a chance than their predecessors.

Proof? Half (51%) of Muslim Americans support the implementation of Sharia law over U.S. law and over the U.S. Constitution for Muslim communities. A quarter (25%) of Muslim Americans believe “violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the global jihad.” (Source Center for Security Policy) Remember that Sharia would implement the subjugation (and death at the whim of Islamic leaders) of non-believers who won’t convert, horrific oppression of women, the execution of gays, the extermination of Jews, and the beheading of anyone who draws Muhammad. Islam is malicious by nature; Sharia is Islam on steroids. Half of Muslim Americans say “Yep… that’s what we need”.

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And these are the “moderates” that are embraced by the useful idiots in the media, and the halls of power. Vladimir Lenin reportedly said “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” He was only half right. We seem ready to sell the rope to our executioners, but it will be to the fascist Islamists (not the communists) we sell the rope to, and the paltry price will be the warm fuzzy feeling of inclusion and political correctness.

Useful Idiots Embrace is Islam
By useful idiot standards, I am an Islamophobe, exhibiting a “hatred or fear of Muslims/Islam or of their politics or culture”. In my defense, I neither hate nor fear any man based on his race. It is his actions, his fruits if you will, and the fruits of what he embraces (be that a culture or religion) that I base any reaction to (hatred, fear or even respect). Also, a phobia implies an irrational fear of something. Being afraid of Islam is not irrational. Only a fool ignores an apparent danger for the appearance of diversity and open minded acceptance. Any rational man who loves life, liberty, individualism, and freedom should fear Islam’s encroachment and influence on our society. Islam, by its fascist and totalitarian nature, is antithetical to these founding principles. (Fundamentalists) Islam has plans for us; and the “moderates” will watch passively (and eventually celebrate) if that horror ever comes to pass upon America and western society.

Another scary aspect of this posting (concerning how far Western civilization has fallen) is that it would be illegal in Canada and Great Britain (two Western nations) and deemed a hate crime. It will be illegal in the U.S. soon enough.

Rome - Fall of EmpireProgressivism is to blame. In fact, progressivism is actually the existential threat to Western civilization. Islam will simply prove to be the barbarians who loot and pillage what remains when the progressives have their way. Progressivism invites the barbarian hordes through the gates. Progressivism seeks to destroy and dilute western culture. Progressivism makes it a crime (or at least socially egregious) to speak the truth (any truth).

The only solace the sane have is that the progressives will be put against the wall right after us.

Actually the real solace the sane have is found only in God and His Son, Jesus Christ! As bad as we (men) seem to make things, we (the sane) must remind ourselves that He is in control.

Psalm 97:10 (NIV) Hate evil, you who love the LORD, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Romans 12:9 (NIV) Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

I heard an interesting analogy the other morning concerning all the whining from the left that Hillary won the popular vote and thus 1) should be President and/or 2) this delegitimizes Trumps victory and Presidency. This came from Newt Gingrich who seems about as tired of this as I am; and we’ve only got four more years of this incessant whining to go.

Having learned the new phrase “mansplaining” the other day, I wonder if this falls into that category. I suspect it does (though it’s not addressed to women, but rather leftist) 🙂

I’m paraphrasing and expounding on what Gingrich said here…

It doesn’t happen that often but every now and then a football team achieves more yards or forces more turnovers or achieves more of some other statistic BUT still loses the game. It seems that while they were concentrating on these things and having great success at it; the other team was more focused on scoring points. When the clock runs out the winner is pretty clear. Even the most die-hard fans of the losing team don’t whine, bitch, and throw hissy fits (too much). They don’t protest, or vandalize the stadium. They don’t insist that the NFL or the NCAA (college) change the rules to favor them in the future. And they don’t display the gall of insisting that their team be awarded the victory over technicalities. Nope… Hands are shuck, backs are slapped, analysis is done publicly and privately, some celebrate, some suck-it-up, and everybody looks forward to and begins preparation for the next game.

Hey, butter-cup… there’s a lesson to be learned here.

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technology-hacker-locksContinuing with a series on the various aspects of the lefts, lashing out, grasping and blaming… we now visit The Russian Hacking…

It was just a few short years ago that Obama zinged Romney with “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”
This was in response to Romney identifying the Russians as the biggest threat to global security.

Fast forward to today and… those insidious Russkies have hacked, false newsed, and thrown the election for the left’s beloved Hillary; stealing our election for Trump and thus putting the world on the brink of destruction. The motivation for all this is supposedly Putin’s hatred of Hillary. Yeah… right…

The left even implies (as they justified recounts) that the Russians MAY have hacked into voting machines. There’s just one thing missing in all of this. Proof of exactly who, when, where, and what actually happened in this regard.

Before getting into the details the concerning the claims and likely reality of the Russian hacking, I’ll say that I think it’s much ado about nothing; but then, that’s the whole point. While many on the left will allow themselves to be bamboozled by the conspiracy theories (much as the right was by the birther crap), some know it’s pretty well BS but will use it anyway as one of many means to try and delegitimize Trumps election as well as raise wheel-barrows full of cash. All’s fair in and politics.

OK… Let’s look at the various claims in no particular order…

The Democrats were hacked:


There is no doubt that the Democrats were hacked. The proof is in the WikiLeaks. The only question is by who? The CIA says it was the Russians, the FBI says maybe, WikiLeaks says nope (somebody else), and the Russians say prove it… Meanwhile I (TexasLynn)… don’t care. I just grateful to whoever did it. 🙂 Not because it hurt Hillary Clinton’s election prospects (it didn’t), but that it (to be honest) exposed truth that needed exposing. That’s always a good thing.

As a tech guy, I see this as two separate hacking incidents. First John Podesta’s Gmail (where much of the information came from) and then the DNC (Democratic National Committee) server. Why the separation? One (the DNC) was (technologically) fairly sophisticated leaving supposedly Russian digital fingerprints while the other (Podesta) was completely (technologically) unsophisticated, meaning just about anybody could have done it.

Targeting Idiots:
So first, Podesta…

people-podesta-johnMuch of the (WikiLeaks) material released was from John Podesta’s email. The hackers gained access by “phishing” for account login information (in this case a Google Gmail account). This is equivalent to sending an official looking email and convincing the recipient (John Podesta) to log in using the link provided in the email. Instead of logging in, the link sends the information to the hacker. Two things generally prevent these attacks from working; 1) a modicum of common sense on the part of the mark (which John Podesta obviously lacked) 2) delayed common sense in realizing something is amiss and thus changing your password (yeah… that didn’t happen either).

The Russians may indeed have been the ones to send this phishing email and gain access from the reply. OR it just as easily could have been any one of millions of semi-technical losers out there. The point being… this wasn’t rocket science; which is exactly what the left would have you believe was involved so they can infer the talent needed to accomplish this is only available to some big sinister foreign government with hundreds or thousands of hackers at their disposal. But no, the means of obtaining this information could have been generated by any ONE semi-technical miscreant on the face of the planet. Its success was completely dependent on the ignorance and idiocy of John Podesta. And it worked…

Targeting Easy Marks:
party-logo-democraticSupposedly the Democratic National Security (DNC) hack was more sophisticated, which goes without saying; it’s harder to hack a server than an email account. Supposedly, here is where we find the little Russkie fingerprints all over the place… And granted, this is the most plausible in the Russian hacking accusations.

But… from what I understand (and this is from CNN and the NYT) the Democrats were warned of the intrusion (by the FBI) and did little or nothing for a YEAR; before finally addressing the issue. This is what is known in the hacking world as an “easy marks” and “the mother lode”. One excuse by the DNC was complaining that the FBI didn’t properly inform them of just how serious they were concerning the warning. This is like complaining that the guy who tells you that you were on fire, does so in too calm a tone.

So the Russians (or whoever) had access to a lot of DNC data and emails for over a year. The DNC is largely to blame… to which I say good… (see below). The Russian (or whoever’s) success in this regard really speaks to the incompetence of the Party leadership (if not the whole org-chart top to bottom); and why should we be surprised at this. Have you seen these idiots govern?

The Republicans Were Hacked:


party-logo-gopTo get around the inconvenient truth of being hacked because they were idiots, the Democratic Party asserts “Well, the Republicans were hacked too”. This has a two-fold advantage: 1) It excuses their incompetence in regards to technical security and 2) It allows them then to assert a new conspiracy that since nothing (or little) was released concerning the Republicans it proves they (and Trump) are in leages with those pesky evil Russians.

Following this train of logic, proof that the Russians and Trump and the Republicans were all in on this giant conspiracy is 1) The Russians didn’t release any/much Republican emails/information and 2) The Russians seemed to concentrate on Democrats as time went on. The ever obedient main stream media follows along reporting this as “news”. Involvement of Nessie, Big Foot, and Elvis can’t be far behind…

Another explanation of these two events might be 1) The Russians were unsuccessful in infiltrating Republican systems (as is asserted by the GOP after looking into it) and 2) When a thief (the Russians) is targeting two marks, one of which is thwarting their efforts and the other of which is easy (showing themselves to be idiots)… you naturally concentrate your efforts on the easy and profitable idiots.

There is little doubt the Russians tried to hack the GOP. $%#@! The Russians pretty well try to hack any and every business, government agency, public organization, and private Secretary of State email server they can shake a stick at. So do the Chinese, Iranians, North Koreans, U.S (to them)… It’s their nature. You don’t blame a shark for doing what sharks do… but you also don’t slather yourself in chum, take a dip, and wonder why you just got bit on the @ss.

If the Russians really, wanted to hurt Hillary, why didn’t they release emails from… her private server, which they also supposedly hacked? THAT would have done more damage than anything on the DNC; proving that Hillary had indeed broken the law AND compromised national security. I don’t know if they have those emails or not. But if they did, and they really intended to affect the election, THAT would have been their trump card (no pun intended) but they never played it.

Looking At the Data (Despite the Source):


OK let’s assume the worst case scenario. It was the Russians. It was completely the Russians (Podesta, the DNC, all of it). What exactly did hey accomplish for all their effort? Name THE false-news story they put out there that did Hillary in. Name THE one thing (the main thing) that put the nail in Hillary’s coffin. Not generalities… specifics. There is NOTHING there; it’s a leftist shell game to distract from the truth. The Democratic Party, and Hillary herself are to blame for the loss.

    So What did we learn from the Russians?

  1. We learned that the DNC was COMPLETELY in bed with the Clinton campaign seeking to torpedo Bernie Sanders (and yet the socialist shill supported her all the way). This caused the resignation of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (who went to work for Clinton) and should have caused the resignation of Donna Brazil (who replaced Debbie) when it was revealed that she passed on debate questions to Clinton. Instead Brazil got a pass because of ideology and race.
  2. We learned that the Main Stream Media (MSM) was COMPLETELY in bed with the Clinton campaign to the point of having them review articles before they were published.
  3. We learned John Podesta’s secret creamy Risotto recipe.

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The leftist leadership isn’t pissed that Russia was spreading lies… but rather that Russia was spreading inconvenient truth. As far as the Democrats were concerned the problem, the travesty, was that the voters had too much (true) information at hand when they voted.

To be blunt; the release of this information was a service to the American people. THIS is information that needed to be out there and information that the MSM was never going to look into… 1) because they were co-conspirators and 2) because they have no interest in exposing the corruption of the left.

SO… if this was the Russians? On behalf of Americans with some interest in the truth… Thank you. Please continue. And if you come up with crap like this on the GOP… or any other politician or company or organization; please, please release it also. It’s not as if we have a free-press that’s going to do their #$@%ing job anytime soon…

Conclusion:


The left is mainly mad that they were exposed for fraud, dishonesty, and possibly criminal activity. Removing as big a moron as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz from the DNC was no service to the GOP. The fact that Donna Brazil can even show her face in public is a testament to how ingrained leftist hypocrisy is. The fact that many in the main stream media still have jobs (as journalists even) exposes the bias and corruption of that estate.

I’m glad these facts were exposed, though many of us have known or at least suspected all along.

No… I’m not rooting for the Russians to have success in hacking anybody, especially when they can do some real damage. This was not one of those times. It is the job of entities to make hacks as hard as possible and I expect my government (at all levels), businesses I patronize, and organizations I support to do the Job. When incompetent, corrupt idiots fail and are exposed… I can’t help it… that’s a good thing for everyone, no matter who was responsible for taking them down.

Had the election turned out as the left expected, Russia would still be the pas see villains of the 80s. This nothing, this trifle that they are screaming their little head off about would have remained what it is… little or nothing to it.

meme-nostalgic-pity-trainWatching the left’s reaction to the 2016 has been a mixed bag. Most of all we are seeing a full frontal display of the core essence that make up the leftist mindset; immaturity, violence, hatred, narcissism, denial, self-absorption, and entitlement.

It is telling that Washington is spending millions in preparation of the rabble that will soon be swarming the city to protest Trumps inauguration. They have no choice given the violence and millions of dollars of damage done thus far by “protesters”. But note this… While I’m sure this is a banner year, Washington has to spend this kind of money and does this kind of prep EVERY time a Republican takes the oval office (since Nixon). Every time a Democrat is sworn in… the cost and prep is minimal in comparison. Again, it’s telling…

The main thing we are seeing is the left lashing out like wounded animals or exhibiting the first two stages of grief/loss (denial and anger). They latch on to anything and everything to blame and explain what they cannot fathom. Villains and scapegoats abound; Jim Comey, Russian Hackers, Fake News, the Electoral College, and the oldie, goodie, tried and true… racism of the winners and the unwashed who put them there.

They know there must be an explanation of the loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. Like O.J. searching for the real killers… they will look everywhere… everywhere except at a Party/ideology out of touch OR a flawed candidate with a flawed message.

I am actually somewhat grateful for the childish display; because for the rest of America it is confirming. Maybe not so much that Donald Trump is the right man at the right time to bring us back from the brink… but that the left isn’t, never was and never will be.

So I’m going to write a few posts on what I’m observing concerning the various aspects of this leftist lashing out, grasping, and blaming.

So let’s get started…


The Electoral College

Let’s start with the Electoral College since it is pretty prominent on the list and relevant since they actually vote tomorrow (Monday 12/19/16).

The Electoral College was one of the first villains latched onto by the flailing left.

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Again exposing the hypocrisy of the left, if the results had been as they expected (and predicted), Hillary winning the Electoral College and losing the popular vote, the left would be extolling the virtues and protections provided by the institution provided by the founding fathers. The left has no fondness for the popular vote, the electoral college or even democracy. They only care about power which they believe they are entitled to.

As punishment for not falling into leftist lockstep, some on the left say the Electoral College must be eliminated and the Presidency decided by popular vote. The electoral college after all is… wait for it… racist. (And you wonder why people roll their eyes when this crap is spouted again and again and again.)

But wait! The left isn’t really sure whether they should attack or embrace the Electoral College (at least for now). On one hand, they instinctively attack it because those numbers didn’t go their way… so it must be abolished. At the same time, they are saying “Wait! the Electoral College IS a safety valve put in place to stop this very thing (Trumps election), so that sane minds could override the ignorant electorate.” Thus the organized efforts to get enough electors to switch and deny Trump the needed count.

Case in point, Martin Sheen (and various other actors from “The West Wing”) produced a video seeking to get electors to change their votes, stating (as a group)…

“Republican members of the Electoral College, this message is for you. As you know, our Founding Fathers built the Electoral College to safeguard the American people from the dangers of a demagogue and to ensure that the presidency only goes to someone who is to an eminent degree and down with the requisite qualifications. I’m not asking you to vote for Hillary Clinton — just don’t vote for Trump… As you know, the Constitution gives electors the right to vote for any eligible person. Any eligible person — no matter which party they belong to. By voting your conscience, you and other brave Republican electors can give the House of Representatives the option to select a qualified candidate for the presidency… What is evident is that Donald Trump lacks more than the qualifications to be president. He lacks the necessary stability and clearly the respect for the Constitution of our great nation….

See… right there, that’s insulting. The balls it takes for a bunch of leftist actors to turn to the Constitution (which they pretty well detest) as the means of thwarting an election is phenomenal. But using the charge that the man who won is unfit because he lacks “respect for the Constitution of our great nation” is beyond the pale. To make this assertion after supporting Barack Hussein Obama for eight %^$#ing years! Hypocrites one and all!

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Sheen (and his ilk) pledge that anyone who votes their way will go “down in the books as an American hero,” will “have my respect.”

Which gets back to a basic biblical truth electors should consider. If the world loves you, you are of the world. The last thing I would want would be the admiration and respect of these shallow, worldly, @ssholes. They’re not interested in you, justice, democracy, or the Constitution; they just want power for their side.

So my stance is… let the left scream, stomp, curse, knash their teeth, rend their garments, and show their collective @sses… well, I mean more than usual… Once this little scheme fails (tomorrow 12/18/16), they’ll be ready to toss aside the evil, racist, Electoral College that just a breath ago was designed to “safeguard the American people”.

Side Note: In fact, the Electoral College was put in place as a compromise to get the small states (what would have been fly-over country back then) to approve the Constitution. Without it, those states would have been ignored in the grand scheme of national elections and politics. AND those (very valid) concerns should still worry fly-over country today. Luckily the Electoral College is literally Constitutional, making it nie-impossible to be rid of it. Good.

star-wars-rogue-oneIn reference to the release of Star Wars – Rogue One this week (12/16/2016)

All of you (who know me) are aware that I think George Lucas destroyed the Star Wars universe many years and movies ago. The first two movies were spectacular… and then… the sell-out commercialism of Return of the Jedi took us to the edge of a cliff… and then… Lucas jumped… with each succeeding movie being a bone pulverizing impact as we plummeted to asininity.

Jar Jar Binks… oooff… midichlorians… ouch… every stinkin’ character related somehow… arghhhh… the pain… make it stop…

Then (recently) Disney bought the Star Wars universe and took it in a direction Lucas didn’t want to go. And… meh! Sure, it was probably better than were Lucas was ready to tread… but … meh… none the less…

star-wars-midichloriansNow today we see the release of Star Wars – Rogue One, a prequel; and yet another oportunity to recover from decades caustic characters and insipid contrivances to explain and relate things (and people) that didn’t need explaining or relating.

I blame Lucas’ initial success and thus access and exposure to leftist Hollywood for the Star Wars crash and burn… either that or he was abducted and held for years by evil forces (also from Hollywood). My guess goes on which is the truth is 50/50 either way.

I’m so jaded on Star Wars that it has reached the point where I think I’m really in favor of the dark side and the Empire (when it comes to the Star Wars Universe not the real one). I really can’t see a whole lot of good the Jedi are doing in comparison to the Empire. Nobody’s perfect on both sides, but at least the Empire offered a bit of stability vs total anarchy. Exactly what does the Rebellion intend to replace the Empire with? Reading the following, written fourteen years ago, might clarify things and bring you closer to my side/perspective.

The Case for the Empire – Everything you think you know about Star Wars is wrong.

Meanwhile there’s Rogue One. I feel about it the same way I felt about the last movie “The Force Awakens” (I had to Google the name which shows you just how much of an impression it left on me). Too much damage has been done for me to really hope this thing can be turned around. By now… money is too much a factor to affect quality (and by quality we’re talking about writing, and plot… not special effects and other BS). Sure, I’ll go see it… when the crowds die down and hopefully at my small home-town theater. But in my wildest dreams, in my best-case scenario… all I can muster up to hope for is… meh…

So Mike Pence took his family to see the Broadway play “Hamilton”. There he received boos upon entering from leftist in the audience AND a dressing down from the actors when the production was over. To his credit, Mike Pence was stoic and magnanimous in the face of adversity. He calmly and politely took the abuse demonstrating he was one of the few adults in the room.

This, or course, had made the news with a lot of commentary on…

  • Was it appropriate?
  • Do the actors owe Mr. Pence an apology?
  • What was the intent of the actor in addressing Mr. Pence?

    I would like to address these.

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    Was it Appropriate?

    No, it wasn’t.

    BUT… as far as leftist protest go; it is on the lower/positive end of the scale. The casts didn’t block traffic, they didn’t instigate a riot and do millions of dollars of damage, they didn’t burn or $%#@ on the flag… By today’s standards, there’s something to be said for that.

    concept-hissy-fit-keep-calmStill, it was just another hissy-fit thrown by yet another leftist actor.

    Do the actors owe Mr. Pence an apology?

    President Elect Donald Trump has demanded an apology (via Twitter). So does Brandon Dixon (the actor who delivered the dressing-down) owe Mike Pence an apology?

    Yes, but I’d just as soon Brandon Dixon (the actor) not give one. It wouldn’t be sincere; and I’m sick and tired of all that fake crap.

    If by some miracle, Mr. Dixon sees the error of his ways, then I would encourage him to offer his apology directly (not publicly) to Mr. Pence and leave it at that.

    What was the intent of the actor in addressing Mr. Pence?

    Some have actually said the Brandon Dixon was trying to promote unity within the divided nation.

    Nobody is that stupid. Anybody who saw, heard, or read his comments (and have some semblance of intellectual honesty) would know better.

    arrogance-smirks“We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us, all of us. … We truly thank you for sharing this show – this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women, of different colors, creeds, and orientations.” — Brandon Victor Dixon (actor in Broadway play, Hamilton)

    Imagine instead, if Mr. Dixon had said…

    “We, sir, are the part of the diverse nation that is America. With the election now past, we all hope for your administration’s success in defending our planet, our children, and the inalienable rights of every American. We are grateful you came and hope this show inspires you as you work on behalf of all the people of our common country.” — Carl Rove on what Dixon should have said

    “It would have been so easy for Mr. Dixon to have made his point and helped the country heal while doing so. So easy, but apparently that was not the actor’s purpose.” — Carl Rove

    Carl Rove is right and again that’s the whole point. Unity and Healing was OBVIOUSLY not Dixon’s purpose, nor have I seen any semblance of that purpose from any leftist since the election. The only things the left is interested in is division, condescension, and hissy-fits. That was Dixon’s purpose (as it was the hecklers in the audience) and they succeeded brilliantly.

    But they also succeeded in demonstrating to millions of Americans that they were right to soundly reject Hillary Clinton, soundly reject Barack Obama, and soundly reject shallow, irreverent, leftist ideology.

  • polls-states-2016Narayana Kocherlakota of Bloomberg just wrote a piece reprimanding the public for complaining that the polls were wrong in the 2016 Presidential election. Obviously we’re idiots who don’t understand what polls are and how statistics work. We seem to “confuse (statistical) forecasts with fortune-telling”.

    Ahhh… it’s all our fault for not being as smart at Narayana Kocherlakota and other “expert” pollsters.

    After informing us of our failures of intellect, Narayana then uses a sport analogy to try and educate us about how statistics works, then he offers another on a business decision concerning advertising, and finally a real life example of how Hillary Clinton used polls to decide not to campaign in Wisconsin.

    His final point is that polls are really just a tool used by the campaigns and can’t be right 100% of the time, so we should just get over it. Move along… nothing to see here…

    The key mistake Narayana makes in his attempt to inform and educate the idiotic public is that he doesn’t address our actual complaint. One that’s been around for years on the right, and that the left is getting a taste of now that it bit them on the posterior. The obvious question is why does Narayana not address the real complaint? Does he not know or does he just choose to ignore it? Both are indefensible.

    So… in an attempt to educate Narayana… We, the public, are not pissed that the polls were wrong. We are pissed at WHY the polls were wrong. Why being that the science behind statistics and probability is constantly diluted with bias and opinion so as to produce bad results and an inferior product.

    Statistics and probability are indeed used by the campaigns. They are also presented to the public as information/news. These two sets of polls are (obviously) separate products; one used to make decisions and one used as a form of news to be presented and consumed. It is the later product that the public been consumed and reviewed to be of poor quality. Consumers have a habit of doing that with products; just check out Amazon. We have also issued our complaint as to what we think is wrong with the product only to be ignored (and from looks of it will continue to be ignored at Bloomberg).

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    To offer proof of my point that the product (polls offered as news) are inferior when it doesn’t have to be, let me follow Narayana’s example and offer a real life illustration.

    In the waning days of the election, the Clinton campaign put all of its efforts (Hillary, Obama, Bill, etc…) in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania. These are blue states, not toss-ups. These are states that always have been safe Democratic strongholds. And the polls indicated they would remain so in this election… ALWAYS forcasting a Clinton lead from day one.

    If the Clinton campaign used these news polls as a tool to make campaign decisions, they would have marked them in the safe column and concentrated on toss-up states… but they didn’t. WHY? Because they didn’t use these news polls. They used their campaign polls. When they used unbiased and un-opinionated statistics (or pure science if you will), it told them something completely different. Their actions proved one thing… THEY KNEW the polls for public consumption were wrong.

    So if the campaign polls were managed well enough to tell Hillary she was in trouble in safe blue states, it proves that it is possible to execute the science of statistics in a manner that produces more reliable and sound results. Given that fact it is easy to conclude that the Main Stream Media (including Bloomberg) is making a conscience decision NOT to do that; not to provide a superior product.

    And for that, they have been called out… and deservedly so.