Happy Freaking Valentine’s Day

If you are married or have a girlfriend (or both), today is one of the most important days of the year. If you are a single and unattached male, it’s just another Friday. I did learn one thing from my VD experiences – Never buy extravagant gifts early in a relationship (which is when you are most likely to be tempted to do so) because you will be expected to meet or exceed that level every year.

Oh, yeah – one more: Never give your woman power tools on Valentine’s Day.

This is another lazy open thread.

I want a woman who looks at me the way Ben looks at Barack. Or like Barack looks at Barack.

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It’s Like Deja Vu All Over Again

Recent headline:

Retired NYPD Cop Attacked By Woman For Wearing Birthday Hat Mistaken For MAGA Hat

The guy was out celebrating his birthday. He was wearing a red hat his wife gave him as a gift that said: “Make Fifty Great Again.” A woman came up and sucker-punched him.

The only thing that makes this story unusual is the fact that it wasn’t an actual MAGA hat. Attacks on people wearing MAGA hats have become commonplace. The reason they have become commonplace is that Democrats are afraid. As Yoda said, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

Bruce Thornton at Frontpage Mag:

Trump Battles the Progressive ‘Fear Society’

“Fear Society” is Natan Sharansky’s term for a socio-political order that flunks the “town square” test: People are too frightened to speak their mind in public spaces because they fear retribution. A victim of Soviet tyranny before emigrating to Israel, for Sharansky the consequences of free expression could be arrest, imprisonment, torture, and death. For us, the regime of political correctness, “cancel culture,” “microaggressions,” and “woke” commissars reinforces a similar repression, a “softer” one, as Tocqueville called it, but effective nonetheless in silencing dissent and promoting an illiberal progressive ideology.

Sharansky goes on to describe the consequences of living in a fear society, which typically comprises three groups: “true believers,” those who sincerely believe in the regime’s ideology; “dissidents,” those who oppose the regime and speak out against it; and “doublethinkers,” the majority who oppose the regime yet do not publicly express their opposition, particularly to outsiders.

Donald Trump’s political success has emboldened the conservative and Republican “doublethinkers” to express their opinions in the “town square” and challenge the domination that for several decades the progressives have enjoyed over political speech.

As we have often noted in the last few years, the Democrats are becoming more and more hysterical. The reason for that is they are being told to be afraid. And it is the Democrat leaders who are responsible for it.

“Be afraid of global warming climate change.” “Be afraid of Russia.” “Be afraid of Nazis, Republicans, and other fascist white supremacists.” “All men are rapists or rapist enablers.” “All white people are racists.”

The recent attacks on Trump supporters reminded me of something but I couldn’t remember what it was, I was pondering ponderously about this stuff when it hit me. The way that Democrats are acting now reminds me of the way Southern Democrats acted during the Civil Rights Movement.

As the Civil Rights Movement gained momentum and strength there was an increase in racial violence in the South. It reached a peak around 1963 when a black church was bombed, killing four little girls. People across the nation were horrified, and support for segregation evaporated.

1963 was a tipping point in America’s history. The pressure for change had been building for decades, then suddenly in a short span of years change happened. But some people don’t like change. They don’t like it because they are afraid of it. They feel threatened by change. Some of them will react violently.

In the 1950s and 1960s, unscrupulous Democrat politicians whipped up fear to win elections. Over half a century later they are still doing it. Alas, I fear that it will get worse before it gets better, and I have a sense of foreboding telling me that 2020 will be the year it gets a lot worse.

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Another Nothingburger

You want some bupkis fries with that?

“And the Oscar for the best performance by a Deep Stater in a staged outrage goes to . . .”

Somes the story is true but it’s still fake news.

Yesterday while the nation’s eyes were on New Hamster, Donald Trump and William Barr dragged the rule of law into an alley and skull-fucked it to death. Or something like that. CNN lays out the drama:

All 4 federal prosecutors quit Stone case after DOJ overrules prosecutors on sentencing request

In an extraordinary move, all four federal prosecutors who took the case against longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone to trial withdrew Tuesday after top Justice Department officials undercut them and disavowed the government’s recommended sentence against Stone.

The mass withdrawal of the career prosecutors on the case was a stunning response to the controversial and politically charged decision by Attorney General William Barr and other top Justice Department officials to reduce prosecutors’ recommended sentence of up to nine years, which came just hours after Trump publicly criticized it on Twitter.

The rapid-fire developments in the case — the prosecutors’ withdrawals came one by one through court filings over the course of two hours Tuesday afternoon — spilled tensions between Justice Department brass and the career prosecutors into the open, raising questions about the Justice Department’s independence from political pressure. In a new filing Tuesday, the US Attorney’s Office in Washington revised the sentencing recommendation to be “far less” than the seven-to-nine years recommended on Monday. It was not signed by any of the prosecutors who worked the case.

Ultimately, the presiding judge in the case will have the final say on Stone’s sentence.

Trump denied any involvement in the sentencing revision, but the turnaround drew howls from congressional Democrats, who called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate.
“It is outrageous that DOJ has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing its recommendation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, tweeted Tuesday. “Stepping down of prosecutors should be commended & actions of DOJ should be investigated.”

Of the four prosecutors who withdrew from the case — Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, Jonathan Kravis, Adam Jed and Mike Marando — Zelinsky and Kravis also resigned from the DC US attorney’s office. Zelinsky, who worked on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, did not resign from the Baltimore US attorney’s office, where he is based.

A few points:

1. The prosecutors hired by Robert Mueller all had the Clinton Taint on them.
2. Their job was to uncover an impeachable offense to use against Trump.
3. Roger Stone is an idiot who deserves to be punished.
4. Not one person was charged with colluding with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.
5. Several people around Donald Trump were arrested and charged with crimes unrelated to Russian collusion and not involving Donald Trump. Some of them agreed to cooperate with Mueller, including Trump’s personal lawyer.
6. After two years of Gestapo tactics, Mueller finally admitted they found nothing on Trump.
7. The Russian Collusion case is closed.
8. All that is left are the sentencing of Roger Stone and a pending motion by Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea.
9. All of the prosecutors that Mueller borrowed from various DOJ offices will soon be sent back to whence they came. All the prosecutors that were hired to work on the investigation will soon have their positions terminated.

So imagine that you are a Trump-hating federal prosecutor who has been working for Bob Mueller. You were really excited when you first took the job because you wanted to put that toupee-wearing orange usurper behind bars. Two years later you are angry and frustrated.

You are preparing a sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone. You are discussing the case with your colleagues and you tell them you’re going to recommend a harsh 4-year sentence. One of your colleagues says that if you do that Trump will just commute the sentence or pardon him. Another one says he might not have to because AG Barr might overrule the recommendation. You start to say “If he did that I would resign in protest.”

That’s when the lightbulb goes off in your head. You’re all going to be leaving soon anyway. What if you deliberately provoke a reaction from Trump and/or AG Barr so you can all resign in protest? At the very least the media will call any comments by Trump an attempt to influence the judge, and who knows? You might get lucky and provoke Trump into doing something stupid.

In any event, a prosecutor’s sentencing recommendation is just that – a recommendation. The judge is the decider. He/she does not have to follow the recommendation.

Over the next 12 months I would not be surprised to see a lot of Obama holdovers/Deep Staters departing from government or getting reassigned to the hinterlands. They hung around to “resist” Trump but he’s not going anywhere so now they gotta go.

Like a boss.

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Joe Nobody

Sheriff Joe

 

“Nobody is above the law.” – Adam Schiff (D-Anus)

Let me tell you about Sheriff Joe. He’s the rootinest tootinest cowboy to ever ride off into the sunset on the Acela Express. In his youth, Sheriff Joe wiped out the infamous “Cornpop Gang” that frequented a local watering hole. In 1973 Sheriff Joe moved to Washington DC. Not long after he arrived, a notorious outlaw named “Tricky Dick” skedaddled out of town and headed for Californee.

Sheriff Joe has touched a lot of lives in the 47 years he’s been swimming naked in the Potomac Swamp.


That deplorable “Donnie Two-Scoops” fella is quakin’ in his Ferragamo loafers at the thought of facing Sheriff Joe. So don’t pay no nevermind to that malarkey about Ukraine. Everybody knows that Sheriff Joe is as clean as a San Francisco sidewalk. Yesireebob.

Steve Hilton: The Biden family has been grifting taxpayers for decades – it’s time to investigate them

[…]

And here’s the other way that Wednesday’s impeachment vote shouldn’t be the end of the story. For years, the alleged abuse of power and corruption by President Trump has been investigated over and over and over again. But what about the alleged Biden corruption? Not a single investigation.

Sure, you now have Sens. Grassley, Johnson and others pushing for a review of Hunter Biden’s overseas dealings. But where have they been? We’ve been laying out the Biden corruption for nearly a year.

[…]

And while we’re talking about your Ukraine corruption, how about your China corruption? So, #JoeChina, what exactly did Hunter do in Beijing in December 2013 when you took him there on Air Force Two? Was it a coincidence that less than two weeks later, his company signed an exclusive and unprecedented billion-dollar deal with a state-owned Bank of China? Any connection to the fact that you went soft on China just at that moment, and still to this day say there is no competition?

It doesn’t stop with Hunter, does it, Joe? Corruption is a whole family business for the Bidens, as Peter Schweizer documents in his new book, “Profiles in Corruption.”

Your son-in-law, Howard Krein, was the chief medical officer at a tiny company called StartUp Health that went on to receive unprecedented access and support from the Obama administration.

Your brother, James, with no experience in construction, was hired as an executive vice president at a construction company, the HillStone Group, less than three weeks after the firm’s president visited the White House. In the following months, HillStone was awarded tens of millions of dollars’ worth of government contracts.

Your brother, Frank, with no experience in real estate, or Costa Rica, got lucrative real estate deals in Costa Rica, just months after you happened to visit the country’s vice president. And here is another Costa Rica coincidence for Frank Biden: heir government did a deal with Frank’s energy company. Of course, he had no experience in energy, either, on a solar project that received a U.S. taxpayer-backed $6.5 million loan.

Oh, wait – there’s a Frank Biden-Caribbean coincidence, too. In June 2014, as vice president, you, Joe Biden, announced the launch of a new program to boost financing for Caribbean energy projects. Later on, the Obama administration announced a $47.5 million loan to build a 20-megawatt solar facility in Jamaica.

Guess who ended up signing a deal to build a 20-megawatt solar facility in Jamaica? The man himself, Frank Biden. It’s like Frank is the new Hunter.

And it looks like you, Joe Biden, and the whole corrupt snouts in the trough Biden family — Hunter, Frank, James, Howard – for decades, you’ve grifted taxpayers while pretending to be just a regular blue-collar family. What a joke.

So here is the question: What the hell do we have to do to get the Biden corruption investigated? For three years, President Trump has his administration blocked and probed and hounded, but nothing on the other side. That is not fair. That is not justice. That is not the rule of law, but the law of the “swamp” – and the king of the swamp is Joe Biden.

Okay, that’s enough of your malarkey you lying dog-faced pony soldier! Keep it up and Sheriff Joe is gonna take you behind the gym and beat the hell out of you.


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Mitt’s Conscience is an Asshole

In Hollywood, having a conscience is often an important plot device. Something bad is about to happen but then one of the characters has an attack of conscience and does a good thing instead. But what is “conscience?” Is it our better nature speaking to us? Is it an invisible little angel perched on our shoulder whispering into our ear, urging us to do the right thing?

Or is it merely an internal sensation we feel when we are faced with two or more competing urges? More specifically, is it a mechanism for resolving a conflict between our intellect and our emotions?
Our “intellect” comes from one part of our brains, and our emotions and feelings come from an older “reptilian” part of our brains. Most of our philosophy, religion, art, and literature is about resolving that conflict in favor of our intellect. Juveniles are ruled by their emotions. Maturity is the dominion of the intellect over emotion.

The ultimate in intellectual control is logical reasoning. It is intellect unbound from emotion. Mr. Spock and the Vulcans are all about logic. But emotions are sneaky. Our reptilian brains control the flow of hormones, and hormones are to intellect what chocolate is to Jenny Craig. Emotions will seduce intellect and corrupt logical reasoning. When emotion controls intellect, logical reasoning becomes rationalization.

Rationalization is pseudologic. It looks like logic and sounds like logic, but it is really just our intellect defending the choices our emotions made. Which brings me to Multiple Mitt and Lucienne Goldberg’s idiot son.

We all saw what Mittens did. We all saw the reaction. Democrats love them some Mitt Romney. They are smitten with Mittens. Eight years ago, Mitt was Hitler, but now he is a man of good character and moral rectitude. The reaction of Trump supporters ranged between “livid” and “apoplectic.”

Not one to pass up an anti-Trump controversy or a buffet table, Jonah Goldberg waded in.

I have criticized—and defended—Mitt Romney many times. But the effort, admittedly mostly from the worst goons, buffoons, and satraps of Trumpism, to describe him as a person of low character in defense of President Trump is one of the ugliest political spectacles I have ever witnessed. Has Romney at times been calculating? Of course. He’s a politician. But the suggestion that he is not an honest or decent man because he was “disloyal” to such a profoundly dishonest and indecent man is an exercise in mobbish immorality and the madness of crowds. And by the way, all of these gibbons and poltroons yammering on about how he was disloyal never seem to dwell on the question of why Trump should demand his loyalty in the first place? What does Romney owe Donald Trump? What trust or bond has he “betrayed”? Romney wasn’t elected because of Donald Trump.

If you honestly would prefer your children grow up to be more like Donald Trump than Mitt Romney, I don’t know that there’s anything left to talk about. Watch his actual speech on the floor. I have no problem with people who disagree with his reasoning. But to come away thinking he’s anything other than a man molded by charactering-building institutions (his family, his church, the Senate itself) who is trying to do right by them strikes me as a kind of Trump-personality-cult derangement.

And speaking of the d-word, last week I noted the effort to bend all of conservatism and the Republican Party to the cause of personal loyalty to Donald Trump was a form of intellectual corruption. This week we saw it could actually get worse. The hysterics insisting that Romney must be kicked out of the GOP—an effort Mitch McConnell sees for the idiocy it is—are in effect arguing that you can vote for all of Trump’s judges and the vast bulk of his legislative initiatives and it counts for nothing if you don’t accept full baptism into his cult of personality.

I’ve been saying for 20 years that the cult of unity is a poison and that the hero in the American political tradition is not the mob, but the man who stands up to it. This week there was one hero and it wasn’t Donald Trump.

Don Surber has a detailed answer to the questions raised by Doughy Pantload. I’ll add this:

Mitt Romney does owe Donald Trump his loyalty and support. Even more so, Mitt Romney owes the Republican party his loyalty and support. It what should have been a no-brainer Mitt Romney took the dishonorable course and betrayed the trust that was given to him by Trump and by the voters.

Politics is a team sport. In American politics, there are only two teams that can field a full roster of players all across the country. As our nation has become more polarized the importance of partisan loyalty has become more critical. The recently concluded impeachment proceedings were 95% partisan politics and 5% personal disdain for Donald Trump.

When you run for office as a member of a party there is an implied covenant of support for that party and that party’s candidates, at least in partisan matters. In the old days, there were liberals and conservatives in both parties. That made bipartisanship easy. Nowadays “compromise” and “comity” are dirty words, and the only time you see bipartisanship in Congress is when they are voting for a congressional pay raise.

Voters should have a reasonable expectation that if a Democrat candidate for the House or Senate wins an election he would vote like a Democrat for the entirety of that term in office. The idea that a Democrat office-holder would be a partisan for the Democrat party is baked into the cake.

In 2018 the voters in Utah voted for the Republican candidate for the Senate. That Candidate was Mitt Romney. He defeated a Republican in the primary and a Democrat in the general election. Would he have won either of those elections if he had proclaimed that he intended to support the Democrat efforts to impeach Trump?

We do not expect any elected official to violate his conscience, assuming he has one. But it defies credulity to assert that Trump is not only guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of an abuse of power but that said abuse of power was of such magnitude and scope that it mandated his conviction and removal from office less than a year from the next election. Keep in mind that when Mitt cast his vote it was already certain that Trump would be acquitted because there were more than 34 votes to acquit.

The impeachment of Donald Trump was motivated by partisanship and personal animosity. All but two House Democrats voted in favor of impeachment, and every Republican in the House, as well as two Democrat defectors, voted no. In other words, the GOP voted 288-1 against impeaching Donald Trump. Mitt was the one.

So what is up with Mitt’s high-toned moralizing and his statements explaining and defending his vote to impeach? That, boys and girls, was rationalization. That was the Mittster using his intellect to justify the petty and personal choices his emotions made. Mitt voted his conscience. The problem is his conscience is a disloyal, petty, and vindictive asshole.

The republicans might need Mitt Romney right now, but they don’t want him. Can you blame them?

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Democrats Return To Racism Just As A Dog Returns To Its Vomit

From the NY Post:

AOC, boyfriend talk about ‘combating racism as a white person’ in Instagram stories

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a rare appearance with boyfriend Riley Roberts while taking questions from fans in an Instagram story Friday night.

The freshman Queens socialist enlisted her man to talk about the issue of “combating racism as a white person.”

“I think it’s helpful and important to talk to other white people about racism, and I think a lot of people, they don’t want to be racist,” Roberts, 30, offered as AOC sat beside him. “They don’t think that they’re racist, but they also don’t know some of the things they believe or say are and can be racist.”

Neither offered anything in particular about what they defined as racist, or who gets to decide what is and is not racist. Roberts suggested telling racist white friends that they were not, in fact, racist, but merely held “wrong” opinions.

“One of the effective ways is just to talk and kind of help teach them about why some of the things they believe or say or think are wrong — not necessarily racist — but that they’re wrong and that will sort of chip away and contribute to some development in this area but not necessarily take somebody from being a racist to not being a racist in one conversation,” he said.

Alex, Riley, let me clue you in on the Klown 1-step program on how to combat racism:

1. Don’t be a racist.

There is a reason that the Klown 1-step program on how to combat racism doesn’t say anything about making other people stop being racist. That’s because this country is still nominally a free country, and ITS NOT YOUR FUCKING JOB TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT TO DO!

if you want to tell people what to do get a blog, and be prepared to get an earful from total strangers. And since I have a blog, let me tell YOU how to combat racism:

1. Define racism.
2. Don’t be a racist.
3. Lead by example.

There are a lot of definitions of “racist” and “racism” out there. The old school definition of racism was the belief that each race has certain immutable characteristics. Racism was connected to white supremacy, which was the belief that the white race is superior to all the other races. I don’t want to get lost in the weeds discussing terminology and nomenclature because there are lots of terms out there, some old, some new, with various definitions. We can’t talk about this stuff if we are using different definitions. And it doesn’t help that the Left keeps trying to use language as a means of controlling people, and they keep changing definitions to suit their purposes.

So here is my working definition of racism: Judging and treating people differently based upon their race.

My definition is problematic, because the question immediately comes to mind, “How do you define ‘race?'”

All humans are the same species. ‘Race’ is a subspecies category originally based primarily on skin color. Now the designations are confusing and arbitrary. ‘Black’ people aren’t black, and white people aren’t white. The term ‘negroid’ is now considered offensive, but “African” isn’t quite accurate because we all came from Africa originally.

How many races are there? Back when there were only two genders there were as many as five races, but there was disagreement as to what those five races were. Black, White, Asian, and . . .? The old rule was that if you had ‘one drop’ of Negro blood You were a Negro, but DNA tests have shown that just about everybody has a drop or two in them. Before DNA tests the rule was that if you had one great-grandparent who was black, then you were black. But what if your great-grandfather only had one drop (making him black) and you got one drop from him, are you 1/64th or 1/8th? Meanwhile, everybody on Earth has one of three blood types.

It’s a mess.

But here is a key truth: As long as race matters, race will continue to matter. You cannot have it both ways. The only way to get rid of racism is to have a ‘colorblind’ nation where race does not matter.

For the first 80-something years of our Republic’s existence, we allowed race-based slavery to exist. We fought a war to get rid of it but the smoke from the battles had barely cleared when race-based slavery was replaced with race-based Segregation. That malignant tumor in the body politic stuck around for a century. Over 50 years have passed since we ended Segregation and racial discrimination but racism is still a major issue to some people.

The Democrat party was the party of slavery. The Democrat party was the party of Segregation. And which party is obsessed with racism? The Democrats. The Democrat party is nearly 200 years old, and for pretty much its entire history Democrats have been obsessed with race. No matter what else happens, Democrats keep coming back to racism.

Proverbs 26:11: “As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.”

“Did you just call me a dog?”

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When My Worlds Collide – Open Thread

Popular Golden Age Hollywood Icon v Andrew Breitbart fangirl. Wait for it, the left hasn’t caught on yet, thoughts and prayers will soon turn into bloodlettings and grave dancing 😉 Wait for it…..Merry Acquitmas too!

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