Demosthenian It Was Not

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It was like watching two demented doctors argue over treatment for a corpse then realizing they’re really arguing over grave robbing.

Absolutely amazing but the debate really went something like this:

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Some takeaways:

  • Like George Carlin said, this really is the best we can do.
  • Each “side” thought their clown won, if only barely.
  • I was a little surprised Hillary didn’t cough, faint or zone out.
  • Why was Trump sniffing between jibbers early on?
  • Both are smart people. They’re only acting stupid.
  • That was the worst debate I have seen.
  • No disrespect to Lester but why even bother with a moderator.
  • For all the “action” it felt scripted.
  • Beyond typical: Democrat clown: “tax and spend”; Republican clown: “law and order.”
  • Neither has any concept of freedom.
  • They both want your guns.
  • I’m glad I do not vote.
  • I’m glad I do not watch idiot-vision.
  • The Republic is dead and has been for some time. When the resuscitation efforts grow tiresome, let me know. I have a death certificate. Would you like an autopsy?
  • The Empire, unacknowledged by most, is on life support, which is acknowledged even less.
  • I need to work on those fall getaway ideas.

Debate Expectations

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Mine are extraordinarily low. Trump and Clinton face off in a little over an hour. I’m actually going to stay up and watch the show or at least try. I’ll give some thought to what they say though the saying doesn’t always translate well into the doing later on. Honestly, I’ve completely written off Clinton. Trump is a very impressive man but he has not impressed me as a candidate. He says many of the right things. Then he either backtracks, softens, or goes totally wild.

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Rrrrrrl LET’S GET READY TO STUMBLLLLLLLLLLE!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, in addition to the comedy and Clinton cough watch, I’ll be keeping track of a few core issues. I may come back with post-debate analysis. I’m sure I could go ahead and do it now as few (if any) of the following will be reasonably discussed:

  • Taxes. Eliminate the income tax and the IRS completely. Replace it with nothing.
  • Abolish the Federal Reserve. Replace the funny money with gold -backed (or ANYTHING backed) currency in a “free” market-based banking structure. Exile or execute the banksters.
  • Halt all debt spending. Repudiate and cancel the existing federal debt and all unfunded liabilities. They’re never going to be repaid, they really don’t exist, and they’re a product of the funny money. Hell, repudiate all debt period. Make debt illegal.
  • End all entitlement programs.
  • End all programs, agencies, and expenditures not expressly in the Constitution.
  • Repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments.
  • End the wars, recall all personnel, and disband the standing military, reduce it to the limits of the Constitution.
  • Return defense to the several states, the militias, and the people. Return many things to the people.
  • End the war on drugs.
  • Pardon all current and previous federal convicts not convicted of piracy, counterfeiting or treason.
  • Expel or execute all terrorists, terrorist sympathizers, terrorist apologists, and anyone remotely connected with terrorism.
  • Halt all immigration into this country.
  • Expel all foreign nationals – all of them (for now).
  • Repeal the Immigration Act of 1965. Execute anyone still alive who voted for it and anyone who supports it.
  • Surrender all nuclear weapons to Perrin Lovett.
  • Repeal all federal firearms laws. Re-legalize machine guns first.
  • Repeal most federal laws.
  • Acknowledge that judicial review is an unsupported fraud.
  • Reduce and limit the courts.
  • Vastly increase the membership of the House.
  • Have all redress of grievances with go through Congress.
  • Abolish all administrative regulatory agencies. Ceremonially burn the CFR.
  • End all foreign aid.
  • Get the U.S. out of the U.N. and the U.N. out of the U.S.
  • Acknowledge the Union is voluntary.
  • Tear down that shrine to Baphomet.
  • Reduce D.C. to its native status as a swamp.

Okay. Now I’m getting carried away. None of this will be done and some of it is far beyond the President’s power anyway.

Still, these are some of the things I’ll be looking for. Let’s go green with this government – reduce, reuse, recycle, burn it to the damned ground.

Mapping The Real Vote

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I tinkered with the Electoral map over at Real Clear Politics to reflect a Trump-slide.

Trump, full landslide:

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Trump, worst to middle case landslide:

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Either way, it’s not even going to be close. In both of these maps: blue areas represent states where people will be disappointed in November; red represents areas where people will be disappointed 2017 – 202(?).

Here’s a Hillary map:

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She takes everything but the “Solid South” Quadling Country. The Impassible Desert is a toss-up.

Again, except for Oz, these are Electoral College maps. Your vote means nothing. The system under the old Constitution, as amended, considers you untrustworthy. Considering that you boiled it down to Hillary and Donald there may be credence to that theory. At any rate the Black Mass is practically decided now, the outcome (either way) certainly is.

Enjoy the “debate” tonight but remember your Mencken: “Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right.”

I Think The U.S. Government Wants A War With Russia

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Or enough of them do to cause a mild concern.

I was thinking about a pleasant little fun article on fall getaways, now that autumn is finally here. I’ll get to that directly. However I think maybe trying to avert nuclear war is just a little more important.

The Whitehouse, the Congress and the Pentagon are run by the goddamdest bunch of homicidal, lunatic, idiotic fools ever hatched.

The U.S. is fighting a soft, undeclared war in Syria. The details are purposefully murky but it seems we are backing various terrorist organizations aligned (sometimes) with rebels fighting the Assad regime. As usual the motives behind this war are: keeping Tel Aviv happy; helping the military-industrial criminal complex turn a profit, and; helping Satanic banksters print fortunes out of thin digital air. A side benefit is that the war displaces and angers people, giving Washington and its European fiefs importable terror ammunition in their greater war on their own peoples.

The problem with this “splendid little war” is the Russian element. The Russians are backing Assad for their own reasons and are intent on stamping out radical Islamic terrorists. Their reasons for involvement are: stopping the spread of terrorism to Europe and Russia (kind of important) and; maintaining stability in the region where Russia has trade interests (Assad may not be the nicest guy but he does hold things together – or did until the U.S. started meddling). The U.S. interests are the four I cited above. Which one benefits you?

The U.S. and Russia reached a cease-fire agreement in an attempt to work out issues and end the war. Washington immediately violated the terms by bombing a national military convoy – a move supporting ISIS. The U.S. does this on a weekly basis. The same ISIS that shoots gays in Florida, stabs Christians in Minnesota, and bombs the handicapped in New York. Putin has concluded the people in and around D.C. are beyond insane and not trustworthy with a water gun. He may be on to something.

The new lie in D.C. is: We didn’t do it! Russia did. All the evidence points to the DOD/CIA but the fabrication points to Putin.

The American projectionist fantasy loonies are out in force:

At the U.N.:

The US accused Russia on Sunday of supporting “barbarism” over the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo as the west stepped up diplomatic pressure on Moscow.
Accusing Russia of supporting a Syrian regime offensive that has derailed a ceasefire agreement negotiated between Washington and Moscow, Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, said Russian and Syrian forces were “laying waste to what is left of an iconic Middle Eastern city”.

In a blistering speech to an emergency UN Security Council meeting, Ms Power said: “Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war.”

While Moscow was likely to argue that it was pursuing terrorists in Syria, she said that “Russia is espousing fiction”. “What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counterterrorism; it is barbarism,” she added.

This is the Ivy-League, Irish, Anti-American, delusional, puesdo-academic, political hack of a harpy calling the traditional, Western Civilization defenders barbarians. It’s like the pot calling the kettle black only that the pot is smoking pot and the kettle is an intelligent, responsible government bewildered by the brazen stupidity of the pot.

It’s worse in D.C., where Defense Criminal Ash Carter and Marine Corps Crony Joseph Dunford met with the Arkham Asylum Committee of the Senate. The low-rent discussion centered on the recent bombing and cover-up lies.

Both of these tax-paid morons admitted they “had no facts” about the convoy bombs. However, they were armed with a healthy dose of neurotic fantasy.

“‘Not only our people – our defense industry partners, too, need stability and longer-term plans to be as efficient and cutting-edge as we need them to be,’ Carter told the senators.” How nice of him to think of the MIC at a time like thi$.

Carter, as crazy as any I have ever heard of, responded to the prissiest Senator in Washington, Lindsey Graham, that “the Russians are responsible for this strike whether they conducted it or not…” Whisky Tango Foxtrot? Again, those facts things…

Dunford, feeling left out of the madness, piped up about a “no-fly” zone: “Right now… for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia.” A war with Russia. From the same people who couldn’t beat nine lightly armed goat-herds in Afghanistan. Brilliant! Dunford effectively made the argument that D.C. is a “no-thought” zone.

Stirred out of his angry stupor Sen. McCain argued we could impose a zone without war. He has direct experience with the subject, having himself so deftly navigated such a zone in war previously.

One thing no one talked about is that America has absolutely no business in Syria whatsoever. None. Well, no legitimate interest. Sure banks and our defense industry “partners” need some more money. Sure we do get jihadi shooters in the women’s department at Macy’s. People get killed there and here. But are these really worth our time? Worth our lives?

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Duck and cover is retro cool!

It would be one thing if this were another Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya. It’s not. “War against Syria AND RUSSIA!” Russia has nukes and the ability to get them to America in a hurry. They’re conventional forces ain’t too shabby either. These reasons have long prevented war with Russia. However, today, there is a new breed of stupid on the Potomac.

For more information, see Fred Reed’s analysis of the situation: Hillary, Trump, and War with Russia: The Goddamdest Stupid Idea I Have Ever Heard, and I Have Lived in Washington.

There really is no point in contacting “your” elected officials. They’re not yours and they’re crazy besides. “Your” two presidential choices each offer more of the insane same. Bought and paid for.

You’re only choices are: 1) write a letter to Putin and plead for his understanding; 2) build a fallout bunker in Idaho; 3) pray that the Lord deliver us from this nightmare and these reprobates.

Or you could just keep you’re head in the TeeVee. Keep watching overweight, low-IQ, millionaire felons who hate you play with a ball.

PS: A preview of my fall recommendations: the mountains, the mountains, the beach, a sea-side villa, and the mountains. The younger males among you might plan a trip to Syria if things go ill.

What Do You Get When You Cross A Chinese Restaurant Name With A Cigar??

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The Habano Esteli by The House of Lucky Cigar. Well, that and a corny joke from yours truly.

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This stick is straight Nica, with all the associated flavors. Very good construction and performance too. And she’s around $7 for a Toro. Not bad at all.

This is one of the many wonderful smokes which may be going the way of the Dodo thanks to the FDA and our friends in Washington (damn them all).

I must admit that upon first lighting I detected a bitterness in the smoke. It vanished and could have been a lingering product of my own mind – leftover thoughts about the UGA/Ole Miss game the day before. There followed a pleasant smoke – one that tasted much as the unlit cigar smelled. That is rare, as rare as sense in D.C.

Try one while you can.

Someone Is Protecting Saudi Arabia

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On Friday Hussein Obama issued the twelfth veto of his career.

President Obama on Friday vetoed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S courts, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Congress.

“I recognize that there is nothing that could ever erase the grief the 9/11 families have endured,” Obama wrote in his veto message. “Enacting JASTA into law, however would neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks.”

Obama’s move opens up the possibility that lawmakers could override his veto for the first time with a two-thirds vote in both chambers.
Republican and Democratic leaders have said they are committed to holding an override vote, and the bill’s drafters say they have the support to force the bill to become law.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) unanimously passed through both chambers by voice vote.

That means every member of Congress (both houses and both parties) voted for it. Members of the President’s party were just as enthusiastic about the law as Republicans. Why then did Obama shoot it down?

It has long been suspected that Saudi Arabia (and possibly other countries) gave support to the 9/11 terrorists. The Commission impaneled to investigate the attacks found some supporting evidence though their actions were constantly blocked by the Bush administration. A large chunk of their report was classified. When released this year the classified papers were still heavily redacted though they suggested Saudi involvement.

The danger of a lawsuit for the Saudis and maybe the administration (Obama, Bush, and perhaps even Clinton) is that the discovery process might reveal the details of the previous obstruction and redactions. There would be no way to compel the Saudis to comply. However, legally, certain questions and requests, if unanswered, could be deemed answered nonetheless in favor of the plaintiffs.

Did your government give material support to Muhammad Atta?

No answer.

The court deems material support was given to Atta by the Defendants.

Did Saudi Arabia act in concert with Washington to facilitate the attacks?

See how that works?

Such revelations might lead to the truth. And that is something the owners and special interests do not want.

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Free Republic.

It would be amazing that, after almost never vetoing any legislation, Obama choose this one. It would be except we’re talking about the most corrupt administration since the last one.

Vetoes historically are difficult to override. There is a small single-digit percentage rate of success against them. The fact that the Congressional votes were unanimous and the scalding nature of this issue may help. We may know as soon as this week.

The “Book” Was A Colt Mustang .380 Auto

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An older, external hammer model. I believe my identification (if correct) is a news first. Originally, on a guess, I said it could have been a Hi-Point 9.

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NY Post.

The videos from the police are a little less clear. I have seen two from the NY Times and the Post. I hear there is more footage available. I’ll try to get some of it up soon.

Update:

The Times released a two segment (body cam and dash) video.

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NY Times / Charlotte PD.

In these videos Scott is partially visible. However it is hard or impossible to see if anything is in his hands. There are other videos which may shed some light on this.

Cigar Review: Avo Syncro Nicaragua Fogata

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Okay. Last night I saw something new to try. It’s a recent launch from Avo, the Syncro Nicaragua Fogata. Mine is a Toro (5×50). So, technically, it’s an: Avo Uvezian Syncro Toro Nicagraua Fogata Habanno El Davidoff Prima Grande Prefijo Bellicoso Fumar Magnifico… These cigar names are getting out of hand. (Okay … I added some of that…)

Alrighty. This newbie is in the modern tradition of the Heritage and the Domaine. Sayeth Avo’s website:

Inspired by the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Avo Uvezian, our Master Blender has ventured to the untamed heart of Central America. Capturing sweet and spicy flavors from the rich, volcanic soil of Nicaragua and blending them with the soft, creamy notes of the finest Dominican leaves. Resulting in a smooth and balanced box-pressed cigar with unexpected depth and complexity.

The first thing I noticed was the “new” sign next to the box. The elegant Avo presentation and the attractive, simple construction caught my eye. I noted the name. “Fogata” is Spanish for bonfire. I suppose a bonfire gives off a lot of smoke.

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Out of the cellophane I immediately caught a wiff of Classic Avo. Bonfire or not, these smell, to me, like real cigars. The kind of take-you-back-to-Grandpa’s-trip-to-the-old-Tobacco-store smell. Perfect. Only then did I notice it was from Nicaragua.

And it not straight Nicaraguan either. The “Habana 2000” wrapper denotes Cuban seed though that could be grown just about anywhere (but Cuba). This is from the D.R. The binder is of Mexican origin. The long filler, full of flavor, come from the D.R. and Nica.

So it is that the bonfire-esque smoke holds (lightly) the earthy, leathery notes of Esteli. In addition the smoke is balanced with that “cosmopolitan” Avo signature – creamy, almost airy, and refined. It is definitely an interesting smoke.

Avo and a few of the major review sites rate it as a medium-full body experience. I would drop that a notch to almost solidly medium. The closest thing I can think to relate it to is Davidoff’s relatively new Nicaraguan blend (though that one is more quintessentially Nicaraguan in taste.

Whatever it is, it is good. I’ve never had an Avo that wasn’t. Come to think of it, being that fall is finally here, it might be a great night-time bonfire accompaniment. Try one the next time you’re burning NFL jerseys or the looted contents of a truck on I-85.

And don’t ever fogata about Avo.

Necessary Recalibration

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A while back I wrote about how well the old blog is doing. It was great. Now it’s starting to almost scare me. Thanks to all my old readers and, again, welcome to my newbies.

I have consistently hit what I consider good daily traffic for more than 30 days in a row now. (That means at least 2 views per day, 3 per week. ;0 ). Some days we quadruple the old number or better. Therefore I am re-calculating what a “good” day is, raising it by a factor of 50%.

The weeks and months are outstanding too. August was a record by a large margin. And I might smash that by this evening for September.

The yearly traffic is crazy. I’m already 33% better now than I was through all of 2015 (a good year by my standards). Very likely 2016 will see more traffic than all previous years combined.

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Only you can prevent blog fires. Please don’t.

I’m at the point now where I could make decent money with annoying ads. I won’t. I’m going to be offering more products and maybe services as the year fails but no ads. There may possibly be small, targeted promotions for things I think will benefit the audience (i.e. guns, cigars, cigar guns). Those, however, will be offset and never interfere with the layout or operation. NO POP-UPS or SHIFTIES EVER! Remember, any ads you see now (at the bottom) are from WordPress and a by-product of my cut-rate plan. I will upgrade that sooner or later.

This, by the way, is post number 750.

I’m going to go celebrate. Maybe with a cigar. Or a nap. I am the world’s 832nd most interesting man.

A Plague of Snakes

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The Burmese Python is spreading throughout south Florida. This powerful constrictor was imported from Asia. Through accidents and carelessness the snakes were released into the wild.

They are invasive. Facing few predators (big cats and alligators and man only) they easily become the top diner on the food chain. They prey on smaller, unwary animals by literally squeezing the life out of them. The effects on native species are devastating. Fortunately the colder winters of northern Florida act as a barrier to future population growth.

America has long had its own slithering reptilian predators: the Rattlesnake, the Cotton-Mouth, and worst of all – the D.C. Tax Constrictor. These, it would seem, are snakes enough.

Similarly, during the time of the rise of the Pythons, another kind of invasive, non-native snake has come to America. That would be the ISIS (or related) terrorist invaders. They have spread far and wide, unchecked by the climate. They face few natural enemies. And they kill through the constriction of fear, bombs, and blades.

Yesterday the New York Times asked why the FBI did not stop the recent spate of terror attacks – Orlando, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, etc. – of which it had some knowledge.

Why wasn’t the F.B.I. able to prevent the attacks by arresting those now believed to be responsible?

None of the people in those cases had broken the law or given a clear indication that they intended to kill. The F.B.I. is not allowed to conduct open-ended investigations without justification. Traveling to Pakistan or Afghanistan, or expressing admiration for Osama bin Laden or the Islamic State, could put someone on the F.B.I.’s radar, but none are illegal. The F.B.I. cannot jail someone without evidence of a crime and must follow extensive guidelines that are intended to protect privacy and civil liberties.

James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, is fond of reminding the public of the F.B.I.’s checkered past and what happens when the rule of law is not followed. He keeps a copy on his desk of then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy’s approval to wiretap the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a move that later brought shame to the bureau.

What can the F.B.I. do to prevent an attack?

A lot, in some cases, but that is not always enough. After Omar Mateen fatally shot 49 people in an Orlando nightclub in June, Mr. Comey revealed that the F.B.I. had investigated Mr. Mateen beginning in 2013. At that time, the bureau opened a preliminary investigation after Mr. Mateen told co-workers he had family ties to Al Qaeda, was a member of Hezbollah and wanted to die a martyr. The F.B.I. used confidential informants to determine whether Mr. Mateen was a terrorist and placed him on a watch list.

A preliminary investigation has a limit of six months, but it was extended another four in Mr. Mateen’s case. But the bureau failed to find evidence that he was plotting an attack or had connections to an overseas terrorist group. In an interview with reporters after the Orlando shooting, Mr. Comey said about the case: “We are also going to look hard at our own work to see whether there is something we should have done differently. So far, the honest answer is, I don’t think so.”

In a failed plot last year to attack an exhibition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in Garland, Tex., one of the attackers was already under full investigation. Yet the F.B.I. was unaware that the attackers had obtained guns and traveled across the country. The police killed both men before they carried out their plan.

The plain answer is the FBI doesn’t stop these attacks because it can’t. There are legal constraints on agents. The agency also wastes huge amounts of money and manpower policing plants and business people. Then there’s the fact that the D.C. snakes keep their slimy ISIS cousins coming in and in growing numbers.

Donald Trump’s son metaphorically made reference to the problem in terms of Skittles. In a bowl of”good” candies, three are known to be poisoned. Would you take a handful? I wonder if the ratio isn’t reversed. Maybe a few good apples don’t save the rotten barrel. Or shouldn’t. This year we’ve imported third-worlders by the tens of thousands. The lunatics in D.C. would like to raise that to hundreds of thousands next year. Hundreds of millions are available. The FBI can’t keep pace with the increases.

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The Burmese Python is the least of these problems. They are simply God’s creatures, misplaced but desiring food and little else. The terrorists, while very dangerous, are only products of the times (and ignorant hatred). Serpentes Washingtonius, a Satanic creation bent on destruction, is the worst by far.

They say it is best to run them over while hitting the brakes.