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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Why I left the Left

A video notice to the "Democratic Socialists" from the WalkAway Campaign

Friday, August 10, 2018

Ohio District 12 is missing ballots

 - and those "missing ballots" tilt heavily to the "Democratic Party" candidate Danny O'Connor. 

This is just how the "Democratic Party" stole the Washington State Governor's election in 2004, or stole a Minnesota Senate seat for "Democratic" mutant candidate Al Franken in close election of 2008.  The method is to insist on recounts until the "Democratic Party" wins.  Meanwhile, you can see the ballots being xeroxed.   Talk about dirty politics.


"Franklin County announced yesterday it actually … found some missing votes. The story on this from
'Election officials in Franklin County found 588 previously uncounted votes in a Columbus suburb. The result: O’Connor had a net gain of 190 votes, bringing the race’s margin down to 1,564.
“The votes from a portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system,” according to a Franklin County Board of Elections news release.

'That includes 3,435 provisional ballots and 5,048 absentee ballots, which will be tabulated by Aug. 24'"
It always stuns me when election officials simply “find” hundreds of votes that weren’t counted on election night. I’m not alleging there is impropriety, but from a voter’s perspective, this can leave you wondering whether your vote truly gets counted in every election, simply at the expense of human error.

As noted, the final results won’t be certified until August 24, at which point we will learn whether this election is headed into an automatic recount. The ironic part about Ohio-12 is that both candidates, Balderson and O’Connor, will be on the ballot again in November for the 2018 midterm so OH-12 voters get to do this all over again in a couple months."

Quoted from

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Suck it up, plastic straws? Environmental virtue signalling

Plastic Bans and the Shallowness of Environmentalism
Sometimes, caring for the environment requires making important sacrifices. Far more often, however, the calls to action we’re told will save the planet spawn needlessly inconvenient laws with little if any benefit. That’s the case with this new campaign to ban plastic straws.
Last month, Santa Barbara made national news and invited not a little bit of ridicule by passing an ordinance which could send restaurant employees to jail for up to six months for giving out plastic straws.
Seattle has also sipped this environmental Kool-Aid, imposing a $250 fine on straw-distributing outlaws. Not to be outdone, San Francisco’s city council voted unanimously to adopt a similar ban. Other efforts to criminalize plastic straws are underway in New York City, Portland, and Washington, D.C.
Now, even if we think the penalties are ridiculous, a case can be made for serious steps that would stop an environmental crisis. That case cannot be made here, however.
Among the problems with the modern environmental movement is it majoring in the minors. Environmental activists and legislators obsess over trivial life choices that have little real impact on the earth, but which give the appearance of eco-friendliness. Choices like the type of car you drive, the shoes you wear, the coffee you drink most often represent “virtue-signaling,” the tendency to value appearance over action.
And make no mistake, bans on straws with fines that are fit for grand theft are the epitome of appearance over action. As Katherine Timpf at National Review points out, straws represent, at most, just 0.02 percent, or 1/5000th of the total plastic waste entering the world’s oceans. When you consider the fact that the U.S. is responsible for only one percent of that total, the idea that a San Francisco Starbucks is going to sell the straw that breaks the planet’s back is laughable.
The environmental movement’s new war on straws is just part of its misguided war on all things plastic. I call it misguided because this war is being waged in all the wrong countries. As a study by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research found last year, ninety percent of the plastic polluting our world’s oceans comes from just ten rivers, and all of those are located in Asia and Africa.
And, as Susan Freinkel wrote several years ago in the New York Times, plastic doesn’t have to be a pollutant. This marvelous substance was originally “hailed for its potential to reduce mankind’s heavy environmental footprint,” replacing commodities like paper, which exact a high toll on nature. (Remember the “paper or plastic” decision at the grocery store).
Our true problem, Freinkel suggests, is not plastic, but a culture with throwaway habits. We love to use products once and then toss them in the trash, on the ground, or into rivers and oceans. Changing public behavior and reducing the amount of plastic we throw away would go a lot further toward saving the environment than aggressive bans on one very tiny, inconsequential piece of plastic.
Modern environmentalism, with its commitment to regulate almost every detail of our lives for very little ecological benefit isn’t achieving that goal. Still, the folks in Santa Barbara and elsewhere are just going to have to suck it up and deal with life without straws.

Originally posted at BreakPoint

Friday, July 27, 2018

Seduction by socialism

For the current generation, sometimes referred to as millennials, it appears one thing is more seductive than sex -- and that's socialism.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, winner of a New York Democratic primary, are the old and new faces of socialist America.

Their platforms, it appears, hinge on the concept of shared wealth, in other words, handing out free stuff to just about everyone. How far we've come from JFK's admonition not to ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. Today, for many, it's all about what you should expect from your country with little or no reciprocity.

It is undeniable that capitalism has raised more boats than socialism has sunk. Yet, socialism's appeal continues, despite historical and contemporary evidence that it delivers a bad deal for those who embrace it.

In an article for Reason magazine last May, Steve Chapman, a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune, referenced a University of Chicago GenForward Survey of Americans, ages 18 to 34. The survey found that "62 percent believe we need a strong government to handle today's complex economic problems." Only 35 percent said "the free market can handle these problems without government being involved."

The survey, noted Chapman, found that "Overall, 49 percent hold a favorable view of capitalism -- and 45 percent have a positive view of socialism," with socialism scoring higher approval among African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans. Sixty-one percent of Democrats have a positive view of socialism, which is not surprising, while 25 percent of Republicans favor it, which is a surprise.

I have at least three takeaways from this.
  1. The first is that it's likely most of those who favor socialism have never lived in a country where it is practiced. A few months in Venezuela might be the perfect cure. 
  2. Second, people who claim to prefer socialism to capitalism are probably reaping capitalism's benefits. This group of misinformed comrades includes parents who gave their pampered millennials a lifestyle they likely would never have enjoyed under a socialist regime.
  3. The third takeaway is that those who favor socialism over capitalism and socialist countries over America are spoiled rotten. They are part of a generation that has never had to serve in the military and, I would venture to guess, do not know anyone who is serving or has served, other than maybe a grandparent, whose values many seem to have rejected.

People seduced by socialism have likely not had to sacrifice much for their country. They seem to take it for granted that the freedoms they enjoy, even the freedom to believe in a political and economic system that is anti-freedom, dropped from the sky and were not achieved by the hard work, blood, sweat and tears (which they think is the name of an old rock group) of others.

Socialism stifles incentive and makes people dependent on government, not themselves, which appears to be the liberal ideal. Some would rather get a check than earn one. Look at the TV ads advertising toll-free numbers, free shipping and other free incentives, which are not free at all. Their cost is simply added to the product you purchase.

Socialism is little more than mutually shared poverty, a version of "spreading the wealth around" with government taking from the productive and giving to the nonproductive. It is an economic philosophy closely associated with communism.

Do Democrats really want to embrace socialism heading into the next two elections? If so, they can expect the same defeats they have suffered in the past -- think George McGovern and Walter Mondale. Each thought the American people were taxed too little and that big government was the answer.

It isn't, and it never will be.

By Cal Thomas

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A somber birthday

This steadily increasing drumbeat of hysteria is likely to lead to one result: violence against conservatives.

It is not plausible to foresee any other outcome of left-wing normalization of the terms "Nazi" and "white supremacist."

A Senate intern shouts an obscenity at the president of the United States in the halls of Congress and U.S. Senator Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) for whom she works did not fire her (Caitlin Marriott was later suspended, leaving open the possibility of return).

Left-wing mobs yell and chant "No justice, no sleep" in front of the homes of administration officials.

A Democratic Congresswoman, Maxine Waters, foments such action. "Let's make sure," she tells Democratic mobs, "we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere." 

The Democratic Party labels political opposition to the president "Resistance," the term used to describe the opposition to the Nazis during World War II.

All these are only the beginning. Few violent movements begin with violence. And when the left sees that these tactics do not undo the last presidential election, some morally consistent leftists could quite possibly take the obvious next step and start targeting Republicans — as the shooter of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and four others did.

It is clear where we are headed.

You can get an idea by watching what students did to biology professor Dr. Bret Weinstein, perhaps the only decent faculty member at Evergreen State University, because he refused to cooperate when left-wing students demanded that all whites leave the university campus for a day. Some months later, Weinstein was told by the left-wing university administration it "could no longer guarantee his safety." Weinstein then left Evergreen State for good.

The New York Times recently reported that left-wing intellectuals regret the historic liberal defense of free speech. There is no question that if the left were to have its way, many, if not most, conservative opinions would be legally banned and those expressing them arrested.

I pray violence does not erupt in America. But if, God forbid, it does, let's be clear it was the left that started it.

Adapted from an article by Dennis Praeger

America the Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!