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Monday, January 22, 2018

Open Season on Conservatives

                             

  For fifty years, Liberals had cornered the market on mainstream media. Once upon a time there were only three networks reporting the news. They were free to set the narrative of the day on any story they wished. They were almost literally free to tell the American people what to think on any given issue. For a very long time the only conservative you might see on TV was the late great William F. Buckley. And as brilliant as he was, and as much fun as it was to watch him take down any liberal brought before him, he was usually limited to the friendly confines of public television. But with the advent of the Internet and conservative news outlets like the Fox News Channel, the beginnings of conservative talk radio with Rush Limbaugh, and websites like The Drudge Report, and Daily Caller, conservatives were finally gaining the voices they had been denied.
  But as with most things in the age of Trump, things for conservatives have changed dramatically. While supporters of Donald Trump are enjoying watching the economy take off, and a President who has obvious love for his country and puts it and its citizens first, the traditionally liberal mainstream media has its collective panties in a such a bundle that they can no longer hide not only their hatred and contempt for the President, but conservatives in general.
  Recently, James Damore, a former Google engineer filed a class action lawsuit against the tech giant for discrimination. He claims that Google is actively discriminating against white conservative men. Also, according to a recent article on the “Daily Caller” website by Tech and Law reporter Eric Lieberman, Google has now added a “fact-check” feature when conservative leaning websites or publications are searched for. It seems that liberal leaning websites like the Huffington Post and Daily Kos do not get the same sort of scrutiny.  And not to be outdone when trashing conservatives, Project Veritas’s James O’Keefe has come out with a new undercover video featuring Twitter employees explaining a practice called “shadow-banning”. If a conservative tweets out something, it can be banned and left in the dark so no one sees the content. This is apparently done by algorithms. What was also revealed was that there are approximately 50 identifying key words for “redneck”. Just exactly who gets to define redneck? Is this supposed to somehow be synonymous with “conservative”?
  So quite a few questions come to mind, are we to believe that these are the most tolerant and inclusive among us? If that is the case why are they afraid of someone who might have a different point of view? Are these titans of social media also convinced it is their job to tell Americans what to think? Have they heard of a little thing called the First Amendment? Just exactly what is so intimidating about conservative views that they must protect Americans from them? Could it be because of the fact that Conservatives have come of age having to know early on how to articulate their views. They have had to be prepared at any moment to defend their arguments, and they have had plenty of opportunity for practice.
  If you ask your average conservative if when liberals say something that they disagree with, they will most likely tell you that yes, they absolutely disagree with it, but they have the right to say it. They do not babble on about boycotts or shutting people down/up. Try finding that attitude with a liberal. Best advice; do not hold your breath while doing it. In the age of conservative media, liberals are having a tough time defending their positions; they had never really had to do it. Well, in the immortal words of that great political pundit Oprah Winfrey, their time is up.
 The presidency of Donald Trump and the ascendency of conservatives is scaring the hell out of the Left. Make no mistake about it nothing will be off the table in terms of bringing down the president and those who support him. The ends justify the means. It is quite literally for them a matter of life and death. But this should not keep conservatives from standing up and speaking out again, and again, and again. Be brave, be bold. Andrew Breitbart once told an aspiring blogger, when asked for advice for someone just starting out and taking their first steps into the political fight he told them, “Get in their face”.

  Definitely words for conservatives to live by.   

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Iranian Protests: Has Spring Come Early?

                      

  True Grassroots movements are rare, so when they occur we should stand up and take notice. Sometimes they are only around as long as they are useful, other times they do incur real change. The New Year has literally started off with a bang as protests have sprung up all over in a place that perhaps no one would expect, Iran.
  Those of us who are old enough to remember the Iranian revolution of 1979 do not have a good experience with Iranians rising up. Iran went from a modern prosperous nation in the 70’s to an Islamic Theocracy almost overnight, and the results have not been good for a variety of reasons, most of which have to do with the sponsoring of terrorism. Most Americans are no doubt cautiously optimistic about what is happening in Iran, but at least on the surface, this is not your mother’s uprising.
  What you will read here comes from someone on the ground, right in the thick of protests. For obvious security reasons this individual cannot be identified, so we will call him “Hamid”. “Hamid” is a forty year old medical professional who lives in Tehran. He is close to the average age of not only protesters but roughly half the population in Iran which is under 35. Most news outlets are saying that the unrest began because of increased prices of basic staples like food and gas. “Hamid” says that things began to take off in Tehran and other non-religious cities and ironically spread to religious cities like Mashad and Qom. When the new budget was released it revealed that millions of dollars had been allocated for religious and military institutions. According to statista.com, as of 2016 the unemployment rate in Iran was 12.45%. It has hovered around 10% for the last decade and topped out at 14% in 2014. This and massive government corruption has angered a population  of which half currently live below the poverty line.  
  But what began as economic protests have morphed into massive political protests and unrest. Chants of “Death to the Dictator” and the tearing down of pictures of the Supreme Leader Khamenei are also taking place. As of this writing 50 are dead and 2000 have been arrested.
  So what happens from here? It appears that a young, internet savvy population have grown tired of elderly Islamic hardliners who are denying the people the right of freedom of expression and free speech. “Hamid” also says that back in 2011, the son of the late Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi became the most popular Iranian figure on “Radio Farda”, the Persian Radio Voice of America. He goes on to say that he believes that the majority of people protesting do want regime change. He says that those who are advocating for regime change want a secular, more pro-western government.
  So how long can this go on? Will it be successful? “Hamid” has several thoughts on that possibility. One of the things that is largely misunderstood by Americans is that hatred of America comes mostly from regime leaders. Images of American flag burning come from government leaders and those who support them. “Hamid” says that unlike many other Middle Eastern countries, rank and file Iranians have, for the most part a friendly attitude towards the United States and Americans. And while President Trump has pledged help and support for Iranian protesters, “Hamid” says that for this movement to be successful, the rest of the free world must get behind the protest.
  Another big question might be what of the plight of Iranian women? Will a change to a secular government end the practice of treating women as second class citizens? Will they be able to do something as simple as leave their house without wearing a hijab? Right now if that happens they are subject to arrest and possible jail time. An even bigger question is where are those ardent feminists like Linda Sarsour and Ashley Judd? Why are they not shouting from the rooftops for immediate equality for Iranian women? Is it because they are not true feminists? That their quest for equality for women does not cross international borders and only hinges on political ideology and affiliation?
  “Hamid” says that on a personal level, he is excited about what is happening in his country. He says that people have been depressed for a long time and now he sees a general feeling of solidarity and hope, and that he would definitely like to see a democratic government emerge in Iran. Those feelings of unity and promise could take the movement a long way. “Hamid” says that his greatest wish is to be able to see his seven year old daughter be able to “grow up in freedom”.

  The people of Iran are not just fighting for economic security, they are risking their lives for free speech and freedom of expression. When any people at any time engage in this fight, nations all over the world who value these God given rights must get behind those who fight. “Hamid’s” wish for his daughter is a father’s wish the world cannot ignore.  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

State Religion

                                           

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
  The First Amendment is first for a reason. It is the foundation for all others. It is what sets America apart from the rest of the world. There are very few other places on the planet where a nation’s citizens are free to speak out, about their government, about their leaders, about anything else without the possibility of censorship and even prison time or death. People came to America to enjoy all of these rights.
  While America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, people of all religions and no religion have come to America with the assurance that they would be able to worship in the way they choose without fear of harassment. But what happens when you or your children actually do experience some form of persecution for what you believe or don’t believe?
  Recently, a Louisiana mother sued the Webster Parish Louisiana School District for what has been called “unconstitutional and pervasive promotion of Christianity” in the district’s public schools. Some of the incidents alleged in the lawsuit filed by Christy Cole with assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of her daughter Kaylee include what Cole describes as “pressure” being put on her daughter to recite prayers and participate in various religious rituals. Cole went on to claim that Kaylee was “mocked by teachers for questioning religious doctrine they espoused”. Other instances include classmates mocking her for sitting during a prayer, a Christian rap artist invited to perform at assemblies and pep rallies where student attendance was mandatory, and teachers calling evolution a “fairy tale” and slamming a bible down on Kaylee Cole’s desk insisting that its contents be taken literally.
  Not many will argue that the South is a place where people are Bible-believing Christians and go to church. Most Southerners will readily tell you that their faith is interwoven into their everyday lives. On the whole, Americans applaud this, and point to their God-given right mentioned in the Constitution to do so. But what about Kaylee Cole’s right to not be harassed and forced to participate in things that as a student enrolled in a public school she should not have to participate in?
  America is full of religious schools. Catholic, Lutheran, non-Denominational and otherwise. If one enrolls their child in one of these schools prayer and religious studies are to be expected as part of the curriculum. Public schools are different. Yes most public schools dance on the line by putting on Christmas programs, but in large part those programs are of a secular nature. A teacher employed by a public school district has every right to believe in the biblical theory of creation and to scoff at evolution. What they do not have a right to do is to pick one over the other to teach when there may be plenty of students in their classroom who are being taught different values at home.
  Included in the lawsuit is the fact that Kaylee Cole was raised in the Baptist and Methodist churches but currently considers herself an agnostic. Is this the grounds for the intimidation and harassment she now receives? Is it not the responsibility of the school district to make sure that the lines are not blurred when it comes to matters of religion or a perceived preference for one popping up in their schools?
  Another big question to consider is how is this teaching kids to be considerate of those who are not like them? At some point the hope is that Little Johnny will graduate, and go out into the world where not everyone will think and believe the way the good folks of Webster Parish believe. How does Little Johnny go on to college and ultimately become employed and work with different kinds of people? The behavior that is apparently being condoned here is not teaching the students of Lakeside Junior/Senior High to work and play well with others throughout their lives.
  Former Lakeside Principal, now the Superintendent of the district Johnny Rowland is reported to have said that he would not stop daily prayers in the school. It is alleged that he went on to say, “I will stop when someone makes me stop”.
  That time may have come.


*Some information provided by the Shreveport Times                    

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017: The Year that was Never Supposed to Be

               

   Well, it’s that time of year. It is a time to look back and reflect on the year that was, the ups the downs, the good, bad, and the ugly. But if you are a liberal, this year was nothing like you thought it would be. What was supposed to be a year of Lefty celebration and jubilation became one of moaning, groaning, gnashing of teeth, and pink hats designed to resemble female body parts.
  The year was supposed to start with the inauguration of Hillary Clinton. The 2016 presidential election was merely a formality. Any Republican nominee would be inconsequential. This was it, this was her year. All those years of Bill Clinton making her look like a chump and doing the “stand by your man” routine, all for the good of the Party, taking one for the team. They owed her, she was entitled. And with the help of the mainstream media and the proper people already placed in Washington, what could go wrong? It would all be just a walk in Fort Marcy Park, a piece of cake, a landslide victory.
  But alas, something beyond comprehension happened. It was terrifying, horrific, and unthinkable. Not only did she lose, she lost to a Republican, and not just any Republican, a former real-estate mogul turned reality TV show host. She actually lost to Donald Trump! Poor Lefties, their bubble began to slowly and painfully burst long about 9pm on election night, and in the wee hours of Wednesday morning they realized the impossible had happened. After drying out the tears that had ran down into their Birkenstocks, and much tree hugging, they realized it was all gone, no open borders, no free health care, free education, no more apology tours around the world. It was not meant to be.
  How could this happen? Lefties are smart, politically savvy people, certainly they were smarter than those people who live in places they had only read about but never planned to actually go, places like Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas. What do those bumpkins know? They work in places like factories or department stores they drive cars that are sometimes five or even ten years old! They don’t even care about Fashion Week in Manhattan for God’s sake! These boobs are the reason Trump was elected! How could they have allowed that?
  Well, clearly there was only one thing to do. This was war. It had to be open season on anyone who supported and even had the audacity to like him. As the year has progressed, the rallies, open support, and yes the “Make America Great Again” hats only ginned up the rage and hatred. What had started out as crying jags on election night now became something that people who had spent their entire adult lives in politics had never seen before. It has become a level of vitriol that is unprecedented. 
  At this point in 2017, Hillary was supposed to be completing her first historic year as the nation’s first female president. Illegal immigrants were supposed to be pouring in by the thousands, ISIS was supposed to be alive and well, attacking and beheading Christians and other innocents freely all around the world with impunity, wealth redistribution in all its forms was supposed to be moving along nicely throughout the nation, giving everyone a “level playing field”.
  And the mainstream media had clearly dropped the ball. For your average Leftie, if this nightmare had to happen, at the very least they should have been able to manufacture enough “facts” that impeachment should have been in full swing by now. Who cares about that crap they learned in J-school? Things like truth, ethics, integrity, getting it right? That is so old school, so yesterday, so 70’s and 80’s. The American people are obviously too stupid to get things right themselves, they need the media to tell them what to think, even Mika Brzezinski said so!
  The Left was so blindsided by the election of Donald Trump. They never imagined that average Americans were tired of their president apologizing for America. They were tired of being told that chronic unemployment was the new normal. And most of all, average Americans were fed up with Washington D.C. lifers and media elitists telling them how stupid they were, that they, the more educated and sophisticated, knew better how to spend their money and live their lives than they, and they were damn tired of war being raged upon them by the very people they sent to Washington to represent them. The Left never believed that average Americans would stand up and fight back. Guess what, they did.

  With any luck the next seven years will be a seemingly never ending bad dream for the Left. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The New Battle of the Sexes?

                                

  Liberals are obsessed with everything and everyone being the same, their favorite catch phrase being, “….a level playing field”. And in most cases that is appropriate. But sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas. In an era of newly discovered genders, we are being reminded that the two original genders, male and female are different. Stop the presses right?
  Since the beginning of the Feminist movement, we have been told that there is no difference between men and women. Gloria Steinem, founding mother of the feminist movement once said, “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”. A Time Magazine cover from January of 1992 posed the deep probing question, “Why Men and Women are Different”, with a blurb at the bottom rattling on about some new study of the day that claimed we are born that way, yet another news flash.
  But 2017 is a new day and age, and Liberals may have to face the fact that there are some differences between men and women. This year has become the year where women facing sexual harassment in the workplace have overcome their fears and have spoken out against their attackers. Most people will say that they admire and respect the courage of these women to come forward. It is embarrassing to talk publicly about what is a very violating experience. No one, men or women should have to endure such things in their place of employment. But could coming forward actually become a problem for men and women who are thrown together at work?
  A recent Washington Post article talks about the fact that men are becoming more apprehensive about being in offices or conference rooms alone with women. They make sure that a third person is in the room or that all doors remain open.  An employment lawyer says that some men just keep women out of their offices so there is no doubt about what is going on. The article also cites a report that says that of 222 American companies, women comprise 47% of entry level positions while only 20% are making it to the corner office. What is happening, or not happening in between?
  It is not too far a stretch to think that if a man is afraid to be alone with a woman, one that in a legitimate way can help further her career, her career may be doomed before it has even begun. If men are wary of business lunches and other such meetings with female colleagues what sort of message is this sending to not just young women just out of college looking to land their first big job, but women who have worked hard to climb the corporate ladder based on their own ingenuity and drive? The message is clearly that your chances of making to the aforementioned corner office are greatly diminished. It may even go as far as implying that you are not trustworthy or reliable because after all, who knows what you might say if we are in a meeting alone?
  Most women will tell you that they all got “the lecture” from parents when they started to go out to college parties and bars with friends, stay in a group, get your own drink, don’t dress too provocatively. Do men of the same age group get “the lecture” that says no means no, that if you ignore that “no” it could get you a world of trouble? How about just a few sentences from whoever their male role model was about simple respect for women?
  Everyone wants to weed out the bad apples, but we are now at a point where people who have done nothing wrong are now wary of half of the population. A Kentucky State Senator recently committed suicide because of an accusation that he apparently saw no way out of. As is often the case, the liberal agenda is fraught with unintended consequences, including people taking their own lives. What started out as something positive has turned into something Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson called “dark and menacing”. It has become a classic case of a witch hunt.

  Women have had to work long and hard, and yes, endure plenty of unwanted advances in the workplace over the years to get into the boardroom. But perhaps it is time to just step back, take a breath, and make sure what we think just happened actually happened.                   

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Being Above the Law in America on Steroids

                            

  Back in July of 2016, we learned all about Hillary Clinton’s private servers and deletion of 30,000 subpoenaed emails. We learned long before this however that clearly, there is a two-tiered justice system in America, one if your name is Clinton and one for the rest of us peasants.
  During the 2016 presidential election, supporters of Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders claimed on numerous occasions they felt that the system had been rigged against Sanders for Hillary. Now, thanks to former loyal Democrat foot soldier and head of the DNC Donna Brazile, we know those who were “feeling the Bern” were right all along. In her new book, “Hacks”, Brazile lays out exactly what happened, how Hillary gained control of literally every aspect of the DNC, financial and otherwise to, let’s call it what it is, steal a presidential primary election.
  While the details are still spilling out and can be complex, what it appears to be is an elaborate money laundering scheme cooked up by Hillary and her minions to ensure that Bernie Sanders never had a chance. But the details are not what we want to talk about, at least not at the moment. What we want to re-visit is, how does this happen? How does one family, over the course of 30 plus years rise to the top of the American political heap and no one ever realizes or apparently cares enough about what they are willing to do to get there? Hillary Clinton is no doubt the most corrupt politician in American history, and what that says about our nation and our system needs more space than allows here. With that in mind, I thought it might be a good idea to remind everyone of the “Clinton privilege” Hillary as enjoyed these last three decades or so. So without further ado, once again, “Being Above the Law in America”.
                             
  One of the many beautiful things about America is that the law of the land is just that. No matter if you are the CEO of a million dollar company down to the janitor at that million dollar company. We fought a war for this very principle. Before America’s independence from Britain, if you committed a crime or some other infraction, and you were a good buddy of the King, chances are that things would go a lot easier for you than if you were just the average tricorn wearing colonist.
  Since the founding of the nation, even with that idea for the most part in place, there have always been that few, that handful of well-connected people who always seem to slide by, to skate. Are they that charming, are they expert manipulators of the truth, do they know the right people, or all of the above?
  We learned last week that that dubious system is firmly in place, and if your name happens to be Clinton, doesn’t really matter if it is Bill or Hillary, the sky’s the limit, the world your oyster.
  It is not a new phenomenon. Long before the nation was enchanted by the man from Hope and his wife, the people of Arkansas were well acquainted with the legal and otherwise escapades of the Clintons. From the bungled Whitewater land deal, to Hillary’s cattle futures windfall, to those long searched for Rose Law Firm records that just poof, appeared out of nowhere in the White House, the close inner circle made sure that no Clinton would ever be held accountable for any questionable activity.
  When Bill Clinton became president, the cycle continued, and with the assistance of an always willing liberal media, the Clintons would be investigated, questioned, and interviewed. But the long arm of the law never seemed to be long enough to ensnare the Clintons.
  Then came the night of September 11, 2012. The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Libya is attacked by terrorists. Four people, including a United States Ambassador is killed. The Obama administration with Hillary Clinton now Secretary of State tells the world the “spontaneous” attack is because of an offensive YouTube video. Some four years later, we know not only this but virtually everything Americans were told about this attack is a lie. We also learn that not only is Hillary Clinton using unsecured servers to send and receive sensitive classified information, she lies repeatedly and ad nauseum about it. The entire case is handed over to the FBI. Possible multiple felonies have been committed by the now presumptive Democrat presidential nominee. The investigation goes on for months, the result, the usual, no criminal charges.
  Let’s review. We have learned that the concept of equal treatment under the law no longer applies. FBI Director James Comey all but told us that if this were any other American, they would have surely earned themselves an orange jumpsuit. But not Hillary. Not only does Hillary skate because her name is Clinton, she expects to skate because her name is Clinton. When you lose one of the basic tenets your society was founded upon, why would you not assume others are to follow.
  The American people have watched Bill and Hillary Clinton wiggle out of every bit of legal mayhem that has come their way while their willing media accomplices cleared the path for them. American are tired, fed up, and angry that the Clinton double standard they have suspected for decades has once again been proven true.

  It is clear that the Clintons will not go away quietly unless we make them. It is a crime spree whose time has come.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Spirit of America

                                      

  When ordinary average American citizens gathered in 2009 to protest Obama care and a lot of other things being shoved down their collective throats, the movement became known as The Tea Party. People who had never in their lives been politically active, some who had never even voted, realized just what then Presidential candidate Barack Obama meant when he told a cheering crowd prior to the 2008 election, that we were “five days away from fundamentally transforming America.” They decided right then and there, they were not having any of it.
  That summer, rallies sprang up all over the nation. More people rose up not to just protest Obama care, but the attempted hijacking and remaking of basic American values and ideals. They were tired of seeing the country drowning in more debt, more people on welfare and food stamps, less credibility abroad, and a president who made it a habit of going to foreign countries and apologizing for America. During the congressional recess that August, Americans showed up in droves at the town hall meetings of their local Congressmen and Senators imploring them to stand up against the administration and fight for what those people had sent them to Washington D.C to do. It was organic, it was spontaneous, even though the mainstream media tried their best to tell us otherwise, it was heartfelt. Nothing like it had been seen in a long time.
  The debate on whether or not the Tea Party has had its fifteen minutes of fame and is still useful will go on, but now there is something new. And it is being fueled by the fact that those same ordinary citizens, the ones who felt like they had no voice for eight years for a host of reasons, now have the muscle of both houses of Congress and the White House behind them, and they will demand to be heard.
  “Spirit of America” rallies will take place on Feb. 27 and March 4 all over the nation. It is a non-partisan, all-inclusive gathering. If you support President Donald Trump, if maybe Trump was not your first choice, or you did not even vote for him but you support an America first agenda of jobs, a strong vibrant economy, a strong military, and a secured southern border, then this is the place for you. If you are sick and tired of seeing radical Leftists march, protest, burn American flags, destroy property and businesses all in the name of “love trumps hate”, this is the place to be.
  We know that the media will tell you that this is a gathering of racist, sexist, bigots, a gathering of islamaphobes, homophobes, and every other sort of “phobe”. They will say it is just a bunch of angry people, mostly white, finally speaking out against eight years of a black president. They will say that we are anti-immigrant, that we don’t like anyone who does not look like us. The media, for all of their self-perceived intellectualness still cannot figure out this is precisely why Donald Trump got elected. It is fun to watch, and it is fun to stick our collective finger in their eye because once again, they got it wrong.

  Find a rally near you, and celebrate the Spirit of America.