This is Still a Thing?

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I’ve been extra busy and I didn’t even notice the potential “shutdown” creeping up on us. Thank Heavens for Donald Trump and the wise Congress.

“I am pleased to announce that a deal has been struck,” Trump tweeted, saying there will be no “poison pills” added to follow-up legislation. “This was a real compromise in order to give another big victory to our Great Military and Vets!”

The agreement is on a broad outline for $1.37 trillion in agency spending next year and slightly more in fiscal 2021. It would mean a win for lawmakers eager to return Washington to a more predictable path amid political turmoil and polarization, defense hawks determined to cement big military increases and Democrats seeking to protect domestic programs.

Nobody notched a big win, but both sides view it as better than a protracted battle this fall.

Who Ray??

As a Matter of Law…

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William F. Buckley was what he was. And, his publication, National Review, is likewise what it is… Or, what it’s become. Or, whatever. It’s as if space aliens, from a distant galaxy, who had learned about America only from radio-wave intercepts, tried to describe a place they’ve never been to and that they cannot possibly understand. Almost exactly like that.

Andrew McCarthy demonstrates the disconnect in his “No One Really Wants to ‘Send Her Back‘” column.

Of course, there has been no shortage of outrage about the chanting, which was so deplorable, as it were, that Trump himself disavowed it the next day — even if he didn’t seem too upset while it was happening. Sorry to say, I can’t get too whipped up about it. Yes, Representative Omar is a naturalized American. As a matter of law, she’s just as much an American citizen as any one of us born in this country. The suggestion that the government should send her back to her native Somalia — because she is “the Other,” because she has the temerity to criticize the president — is obscene. I get all that.

But . . . are we really taking this seriously?

We might say “Kill the umpire,” but we don’t actually want the umpire killed. We shouldn’t need to explain that because everyone understands it. The exercise of our right to scream “Kill the umpire” does not create a clear and present danger to umpires. For 60 years I’ve heard crowds say nutty things at carnival-type venues; on the other hand, I’ve also prosecuted people for inciting terrorist attacks against the United States. There is a palpable difference between provocative expression and incitement to violence, one that is not hard for sensible people to discern, even if great legal minds have struggled to articulate it precisely.

You want to condemn rambunctious chants? Knock yourself out. But let’s not exaggerate their significance. No one is going to make Ilhan Omar stop spouting her bile as long as she refrains from urging violence. We can probably also survive a little “send her back!” without the Republic’s crumbling.

You know, if it were just Omar, then he might have half a point. But, it’s her times 80 – 100 million. “US” is not synonymous with America. The law is corrupted. The Republic dead since 1861-5. He’s wrong, just plain wrong, about the title and much else. The Remnant would still resist. Speak for yourself, cucky.

American Values Confirmed

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Just as everyone ignored the evil of Epstein (and Co.), so everyone ignores the flip side of the deal – the debt.

The rapidly expanding national debt has seemingly been a virtual non-issue so far in the 2020 presidential campaign.

None of the 20 Democratic candidates taking part in the debates later in July touch the national debt issue on their campaign websites, a Daily Caller News Foundation review of their sites found.

The “Promises Kept” section on President Donald Trump’s reelection website makes no mention of the national debt.

The candidates aren’t the only ones ignoring the issue, either. None of the moderators for the first two Democratic presidential debates asked any questions about the national debt.

Usury and child abuse… Somebody update those old Norman Rockwell posters.

Questions in Dire Need of Answers

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About Epstein and his possible employer(s). Who???

Besides sexual frolics, Epstein and Maxwell were up to many odd things. The FBI found diamonds, cash and a fake passport when raiding his mansion and documents showing his net worth at $559,120,954.00. The IRS tax people will be eager to review the sources of this income.

It seems likely that political influence was brought to bear on then US attorney Alexander Acosta (he just resigned under fire last week) to make a sweetheart deal with Epstein, who had been charged by Florida with child molestation. Epstein got off with a token, 13-month jail sentence that allowed him to work from his office much of the day.

Were Trump or Clinton involved? How much did they ‘party’ with Epstein and revel in his fleshmart? There was talk of some sort of ‘intelligence’ angle to the affaire Epstein that spared him a harsh sentence.

A respected former CIA official, Phil Giraldi has come right out and accused Epstein of being an Israeli agent of influence. Epstein was let off with a slap on the wrist on his first child abuse charge, says Giraldi, because of his powerful Israel connections. To Giraldi and this writer, the Epstein ‘massage’ operation was a classic intelligence operation designed to blackmail men of influence into doing Israel’s bidding. Clinton had reportedly already fallen into this trap years earlier while still president.

Now watch this stinking pile of corruption be hurriedly covered up. Talk about draining the swamp.

I’m sure your Churchian pastor addressed this in today’s sermon.

The Face of Evil Tipped Really Well

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Thus, nobody did a damned thing about the obvious crimes.

Another employee at the airstrip, who requested anonymity because he is not allowed to speak about travelers in his official capacity, says Epstein would land at St. Thomas twice a month on average. “There’d be girls that look like they could be in high school,” the employee recalls. “They looked very young. They were always wearing college sweatshirts. It seemed like camouflage, that’s the best way to put it.” Epstein would be dressed in a tracksuit, but the girls carried shopping bags from designer labels: Gucci, Dior.

The employee adds that he and his co-workers would joke around about what they were seeing. “Every time he landed or took off, it was always brought up. We’d always be joking, ‘How many kids are on board this time?’” But the employee also says he felt “pure disgust,” calling it “absolutely insane” that a convicted sex offender was able to move around so openly in the era of MeToo.

“I could see him with my own eyes,” the employee says. “I compared it to seeing a serial killer in broad daylight. I called it the face of evil.”

Epstein apparently made no attempt to hide his travels with young girls. The airstrip in St. Thomas sits in plain sight of a central highway, and a nearby parking lot at the University of the Virgin Islands provides a complete view of the tarmac and almost every aircraft on the ground. When he’s “home” on Little St. James, Epstein’s plane is always parked right in front of the control tower.

“The fact that young girls were getting out of his helicopter and getting into his plane, it was like he was flaunting it,” the employee says. “But it was said that he always tipped really well, so everyone overlooked it.”

I’m thinking a control tower would have offered a nice, clear shot…

Uncle Sucker Wants Your Kids

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Parents of children left adrift in the public schools face illegal threats to their parental rights.

A Pennsylvania school district is warning that children could end up in foster care if their parents do not pay overdue school lunch bills.

The letters sent recently to about 1,000 parents in Wyoming Valley West School District have led to complaints from parents and a stern rebuke from Luzerne County child welfare authorities.

The district says that it is trying to collect more than $20,000, and that other methods to get parents to pay have not been successful. Four parents owe at least $450 apiece.

Government schools = child abuse = destruction of families. However, this does not compare to the plans a few of the usual Satanists have for children (literally, for the children):

The best way to fix the U.S. armed forces’ recruiting challenges may involve dipping further into the nation’s high schools.

As the Army, Navy and other services contend with a thriving economy and a directive to expand their ranks, there is a growing debate over whether the military should consider lowering the minimum enlistment age from 17 to 16. More than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, already have adopted the policy.

Yes, take actual minor children, without the blemish of criminal records, and install them in the most criminally corrupt machine on Earth. Government schools = dyscivilizational child abuse.

Greek to Taki

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Good old Taki compares his Athens, the then to the now.

ATHENS—Standing right below the Acropolis, where pure democracy began because public officials were elected by lot, I try to imagine if random political selection today would be a good thing. The answer is a resounding yes. Both Socrates and Aristotle questioned fundamental norms and values, and if they lived today they would certainly question the acceptance by us of career politicians who have never had any other profession. (Corbyn, Biden, I could go on.) Socrates was skeptical about many things, especially the arts, because he believed they led us away from the truth. Yet so-called “artists” today influence public opinion as never before. Even numbskull rappers have a say and can alter public opinion, hence election by lot should be a must.

Old Socrates was obsessed with the truth, and politics is all about the propagation of falsehoods. Aristotle believed that many people are slaves by nature, and the proof lies in the blind obedience of those hatchet-faced people who scream abuse on TV to leftist dogma. (Aristotle would not get invited to chic parties were he around today; he opposed homosexuality, believed women to be biologically inferior, and despised rule by the many.) The ancient Greeks may have invented everything useful, but they did not invent socialism, the system that makes theft legal. They were too smart to fall for its Siren-like attraction because they knew it would eventually kill all initiative. Yet politicians nowadays demand more socialism, even after the examples of the Soviet Union, Cuba, and Venezuela. Go figure, as they never said in old Athens.

Who, really, knows better than a frightened and angry mob of illiterates? Damned near anyone, just ask the guys at the bowling league (if you can find them).

The Grand Announcement: A NOVEL

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Okay. As a few of you know, over the past year I have somewhat successfully invaded the realm of fiction. And, I love it. If all goes as I expect, my writing will soon be completely realigned towards that (what I consider) better manner of prose and poetry.

Now, this isn’t one of my usual book announcements – wherein I tout a book and then maybe deliver it five years later (or not). But, this week I did mostly finish the first, rough, and in need of heavy editorial attention draft of my first novel. It’s about a retired spy who becomes a substitute teacher in the public schools. From the (almost certain to) change back cover:

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It’s going to be good, and it sets up both an astounding character and an interesting “universe.” Look for it when you see it. No guarantees on a time-frame; the printed manuscript is 400 pages. Much to do. More to come. And, yes. This is the protagonist of a few of my more popular shorts.

PS: Look for more teased short stories here and at TPC.

PPS: I have spruced up the site just a little. More to come/change.

Bow Tie Codecracker, RIP

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I miss a lot of deaths. It’s a big world, sorry. John Paul Stevens died this week.

Former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, one of the longest-serving justices on the bench, died Tuesday evening at the age of 99, the court announced in a statement.

The cause of death was “complications following a stroke he suffered on July 15,” the court said.

Stevens served on the Supreme Court for nearly 35 years, and became its leading liberal — although Stevens himself rejected that characterization.

The man defied convention, yes. And, he would have defied (and eliminated) the Second Amendment. But, as some maybe three or four of you know, he had one of the best methods for statutory interpretation ever devised. It might have been better if he had followed it. Anyway, I know, being once the law student who wrote the research paper on the (boring) subject. That floats around somewhere. Let me sense a mass demand for its republication, and I’ll hop right on it.

I made fun of the man to a degree but he was an intellectual titan. He was a patriot and a true American. Getting harder to find those now – of any persuasion. He’s in a better place though he will be missed here.

Cute Little Equations DO NOT Economics Make

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A confession from the Creature:

Thursday was a Red Letter day for that old “you don’t say!” riposte. We are referring to the obvious response to Powell’s black and white confession to the Senate Banking Committee yesterday that more people working doesn’t cause inflation.

“The relationship between the slack in the economy or unemployment and inflation was a strong one 50 years ago … and has gone away,” Powell said Thursday during his testimony before the Senate Banking Committee. He added the strong tie between unemployment and inflation was broken at least 20 years ago and the relationship “has become weaker and weaker and weaker.”

Read that. Look at the graphs. Think about the parroted absurdities from ECON 101 (if such still be foisted). If you understand the hilarious implications, then you may continue as a reader here.