My Take on the First Debate

I can never decide if I am an average voter or not to know whether my take should count much, but here it is……

Trump can be the President. He didn’t show anything there that makes me think it’s a big deal that he not be president, any more than Hillary.
Yes he took the bait on numerous stupid things while Hillary stood there ever so smugly. Yes, his world revolves around him, so ‘taking it to Hillary’ on ethics was not big on his agenda like it would have been on mine.
But there will be other chances.

He did a couple of things right. One is not being embarrassed about his wealth or fighting the overabundance of taxes and regulations on businesses. (though yes, he could have stressed that SMALL business gets put under the same rules and BIG business and suffers thusly)

Two – he did think on his feet. While Hillary was reading her talking points a LOT he was thinking more on his feet. Did you notice after calling her Secretary Clinton, that she called him Donald. His response on that point included calling her Hillary. He has intelligence. But yes, he is all Trump all the time.

Oddly the stop and frisk portion which made me wince seems to have made the pundits happy. Lester Holt brought up birtherism, mysogyny and Trump taxes without once bringing up the Clinton Foundation, emails or Benghazi. That doesn’t seem equally balanced to me.

I doubt minds were changed last night. For those truly not nevertrump or neverhillary they’ll want a few more of these talks. I remain neverhillary.

Another 9/11

15 years ago it happened. That’s a long time. Clearly I’m older because it doesn’t seem that long ago. This column from Jazz at HotAir is a good one.

And yet, even though I’m probably not supposed to say such things aloud, this is a day when I’m reminded that there’s a darkness and a hardness in my heart which wasn’t there before.

For me too. Partly because I started paying closer attention. And with attention comes shock at how things are working and the reality that I have little to no influence or say. (above and beyond jihadism, but let’s stay focused) After all these years, no one has quite figured out what radicalizes a jihadist even when the jihadist claims it’s the Koran.

God is no longer a major part of our world and so it’s impossible to understand how Allah can have such a major impact on lives in other worlds.

In this odd world where Christianity is often blamed for bigotry, Islam is to remain unscathed from the consequences of it’s major text. No wonder we can’t figure it out. We are being less honest and forthright but more pc and sensitive. That doesn’t lead to truth.

The Big Re-direct

Yes Clinton and the Clinton Foundation latest scandal is big, big news, but can someone tell me why this isn’t Obama’s fault?

It is – yet there go the media. They have Clinton or Obama to deal with and they’ve chosen Clinton. Let’s see – can you imagine Bush III not being skewered in this country had this been HIS state department, yet there isn’t a story out there with the name Obama even in it!

This drives me nuts.

The Latest

I haven’t added fuel to the fire of late, so I might as well now……
The ol’ pile on Trump re the Khans.

Here’s what those talking heads don’t get. Trump talks like a lot of people. (sure – a bit loony, but like a lot of people) He says whats in his head. He questioned being questioned about sacrifice. Did Trump sacrifice a son? No – of course not. Is sacrificing his time/energy to build businesses while making money a comparable? No – of course not, but he lashed out like many do.

Presidential? No. Human? Yes.
Then of course he can’t shut up. He hasn’t been “trained” properly and will never be trained. So he brings up Mrs. Khan. Yes, many of us know Muslim women who speak for themselves, but we also read of those with genital mutilation, those who aren’t allowed to drive, or talk to boys or kiss before marriage or, or, or, or. Trump has no filters, but for the media to act like his thinking is beyond the pale is pretty stupid. No – it’s ‘in the tank for Hillary’.

For Obama to go out and suggest Trump is unfit for office by making an unfiltered statement is ridiculous compared to the stunts of the Democratic nominee and the people who continue to support her.

Obama said that denunciations from Republicans of Trump’s remarks “ring hollow” without an accompanying withdrawal of support.

“I don’t doubt their sincerity. I don’t doubt they were outraged by some of the statements that Mr. Trump and his supporters made about the Khan family,” Obama said. “But there has to come a point in which you say, ‘Somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.’ “

Surely you could say something even worse here about the Dems. Democrats have yet to renounce the lying and blame shifting of Hillary Clinton. They have yet to denounce the politics of personal destruction or the shady money deals in Haiti for the Clinton Foundation. There has to come a point where you realize the nominee doesn’t have the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world..”
Unless of course, the most powerful position in the world is all, and I mean all about what you look like on TV.

A Trump Win?

This was a good column from Victor Davis Hanson with a couple QOTDs. He’s actually funny in this, where he’s usually pretty serious.
Though frankly he’s serious in his funny!

The Screech-Owl Factor For all his lack of discipline, the media-seasoned Trump is still the better and more robust campaigner………..Hillary is the far more disciplined politico, but she is not so much uncharismatic as downright off-putting. Even on those rare occasions when she listens to her new voice-coach handlers and speaks quietly and deliberately, she still comes off not as reassuring, much less engaging, but rather as artificially trying her best not to revert to her natural screech-owl elocution. Heartfelt recklessness can sometimes wear better than packaged sobriety.
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Brawlers know the rules of the street far better than establishmentarians. The Senate is not The Apprentice, and politics is not New York real estate. Ask the trash-talking Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if she came out on top in dueling with Trump — or whether she virtually destroyed a quarter-century’s reputation in minutes and ended up no better than an elderly version of Rosie O’Donnell in a Supreme Court Justice costume.

Black Lives Matter

Jonah Goldberg writes a really good column today about the events over the last week.

I just wanted to say that I am in agreement with the Black Lives Matter folks who get cranky when people say “all lives matter”. OF COURSE, all lives matter, but THIS movement is concerning black lives and trying to create an environment where blacks are not marginalized, but matter.

Do they? Of course. Do they feel like they don’t? Certainly many don’t feel like they matter. It’s a movement. Let them have their name. Their name does NOT say, “white lives don’t matter” so get a grip talk radio.

Dallas and the Drone

Ed calls it Monday morning quarterbacking and I agree, but I have to say I am more than a little uncomfortable with the use of a robot to blow up a man who was somewhat contained and apparently still talking.
This is from CNN so take it with whatever grain of salt you take it. The bold is mine.

The ambush started with gunshots that killed five officers and sent screaming crowds scrambling for cover. It ended when a Dallas police bomb squad robot killed a gunman after negotiations failed…………………As officials condemned the attack, details emerged about the man who died after a lengthy standoff with police in a parking garage.
Johnson told police negotiators that he was upset about recent police shootings, that he wanted to kill white people — especially white officers — and that he acted alone, the police chief said.
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
Johnson had no criminal record or known terror ties, a law enforcement official said.

And Hot Air:

In this case, lethal force was clearly appropriate after hours of attempting to resolve the standoff non-lethally, and the police chose one of their legitimate tools in applying that force.

Again – this is my miscomfort and I am happy I didn’t have to make the call, but basically they blew up a man who was communicating with them from within a parking garage because negotiations failed within a few hours.

We can’t say what normal is as this was extraordinary. I get that the guy confessed. I get that he wanted suicide by cop and the police were done with him. But yes, I am a little uncomfortable with the ability of a government agency being able to act as judge and jury and executioner all in one. I don’t have the answer. A parking garage is pretty open, but starve him out? At least give 48 hours of conversation/negotiations? I don’t know, I wasn’t there and this is Monday morning.

I support the police in Dallas. I walked by a police car in Longmont yesterday and stopped to give thanks and let them know they do a great job here. I have family in law enforcement. I can not imagine. But……principles first.

Is this ok? I am not comfortable with it. You?

Are we moving to this scary world mentioned over at Ace of Spades?

Hot Air comments are mostly on the side of Kill him, kill him good. I think our world is coming apart very quickly now.

I may change my mind as more information comes out.

UPDATE:
More information is out, yet I haven’t yet changed my mind about this. 2 hours of talk and lunacy and threats and then a robot bomb. Yes, I’m still uncomfortable with that.