Russian Collusion

I swear we already knew this stuff. The book, Clinton Cash, has so many deals within deals that it’s hard to keep up, so maybe this is all new.

Read the whole thing but here’s Ed’s lede.:

Call it the original Russia collusion case, only it came long before the 2016 election. According to The Hill’s John Solomon and Alison Spann, the FBI began to piece together a Russian operation designed to advance Vladimir Putin’s control of nuclear materials in 2009 that involved both bribery and extortion. The discovery predated two key decisions that gave Moscow control over a significant portion of the US uranium market, including the Uranium One deal that put hundreds of thousands of dollars into Bill Clinton’s pockets:

Teach Your Children

Teach them what normal behavior is. Teach them to respect themselves while expecting others to respect them too.
Teach them to never put themselves under another’s thumb where they are in need of their icky help and requirements. Teach them that fame and power and money are not as important as integrity. Teach them that judging others, while it’s God’s job, is also a requirement of deciding who and who not to follow/admire/befriend. Love people like Weinstein for being a child of God, but for safety’s sake, steer clear and speak up for others.

Remind them that while young, others will want to adjust that integrity to their own purposes and that it may or may not need to change, but to remember that there will be pressure as they mature. Be strong.

It’s hard. I’m older and it’s a lot less hard.
Those Hollywood actors/actresses over the age of 30 who have been lecturing the rest of us lo all these years…..I’ll stay away from them too.

Powerline on the subject.
They’re right. Clinton is the number 1 Weinstein. And Hillary his enabler. His office help that would create the setup. I continue to be happy they are not within shouting distance of the White House.

Doing “something”

What happens when we find out that what is continually missing in this society is not lack of gun control, but lack of connection with God?
Do we then legislate that? People who shoot others up in a rampage clearly have problems. They are missing the part where not only do they end up in the newspapers, but they end up directly in hell. For eternity.
We don’t believe that anymore.
We don’t believe in a God that puts His foot down.
We don’t believe in a God that cares so much for us that he gave his own Son to take on the sins of raging gunmen.
And we just let that go by as we go about our business.

Doing “something” isn’t taking away individual’s right to defend themselves and militias’ right to defend this country from tyrants. It’s turning society back towards a greater power who we want to please because we can feel Him in our hearts.
I don’t know how to do that, but I suspect it would help if we start taking stands for morality. (cough, cought,weinstein, cough)

Peggy Noonan on the culture
John Sexton of HotAir on the latest Weinstein news.

Defining People

I’ve had something in the back of my head bugging me for a while now and it’s slowly coming to fruition. You think back to the French Revolution or the current antifa riots or the campus heckler’s vetoes and it stems from a group of people who think everyone needs to think their way.

And their way can change depending upon where you stand. You can join the “group” (whatever group) but as soon as you waver on something, or look at someone funny, you will be condemned. This video is of a white guy who is apparently strong supporter of antifa, getting condemned. My guess is he probably thought he had a shot with that woman and she had no polite way in her handbag of tricks of turning him down. Best to condemn him.

This all comes from defining people.

A friend on fb posted this article on the “right” and it’s downfall. In the process it interchanges the right with conservatives incorrectly.

During the 2016 election, conservatives turned on the principles that had once animated them. Somehow a movement based on real ideas—such as economic freedom and limited government—had devolved into a tribe that valued neither principle nor truth; luminaries such as Edmund Burke and William F. Buckley Jr. had been replaced by media clowns such as Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos.

Sorry – conservatives did not elect Trump even though they probably voted for him in the end.

But I digress.
Back to definitions of people. Camille Paglia is suggesting that gender dysphoria is a fad. I don’t disagree, but basically it’s the fad of making sure you have a definition in your life to live like. Define yourself! I am a woman. Ok – now what does that mean? I don’t often wear makeup or heels. I am a horrible flirt, have a lower voice and enjoy what many consider boy things….camping, playing with the dog, thinking through engineering problems, manual labor. I also love to dance and sing and sometimes play board games. Girl? Boy? My parts say I’m all woman so who are you to decide what a woman is that could potentially make me dysphoric? I call bull. “You” are defining me.

Here’s an article entitled Why are Americans Obsessed with buying Organic. Once again some author looked around the neighborhood and defined “Americans”. They seemed to be obsessed with buying organic. Ok – I’m pretty certain most Americans do not buy organic. Walmart is a pretty busy shopping place and while they have a shelf of organics, plenty of shoppers, shop for price. So who is this America?

And finally today we get this article about muscles and aging. (I like variety in my examples so you can see the trend!)

In the article is suggests that society looks down on the muscular. Um – not in my world. Show me a Navy Seal and I’ll assume top quality intellectual fighting machine. Not big dumb oaf.

A variety of social forces extradited muscle from respectable mainstream health. Muscularity once suggested physical labor and therefore a lower class station. More recently body builders hijacked the mesomorphic, minting steroid-fueled Rodin caricatures that were anything but a model of health.

Muscle also has been perceived as anti-intellectual. In the organ kingdom, it is the antithesis of the exalted brain, as in brain or brawn. It is our brain that distinguishes us from the great apes. Even within the muscle category one finds a hierarchy. Cardiac muscle appeared to carry none of skeletal muscle’s stigma. Academics might have jogged, meatheads pumped iron.

I suppose in the end if you are going to write you need to make these broad statements about stuff in order to make a stand, but I would posit this is not the way I thought we were headed back in my day as people were freed from societal constraints to be their own person.
Bring back the old days, says the aging woman in typical old person fashion!

(ht on all articles is Maggie’s farm who provides such a great digest of reading material every day that it usually covers all my needs.)

Feminism has Changed

Back in my day, feminism meant “let’s be sure those boys/men know that we girls/women are capable people who deserve a modicum of respect and similar pay for the same work”.

And now?
Apparently now it means “women are incapable of taking care of themselves so it’s important that we not allow strangers (men only, not sure about transgender) talk with them”.

I kid you not.
Schiappa is France’s new gender equality minister. Again, I kid you not.
ht Maggie’s farm.

Schiappa’s first goal is to tackle sexual harassment on the street. “It’s a huge phenomenon in France. It’s that moment when a man is walking behind a woman, talking to her, and the woman can do nothing, because she’s alone. She doesn’t scream for help, because she thinks, ‘It’s not that bad, I’ll walk, I’ll escape.’ Men feel it’s acceptable: they’re being ‘the French lover’.” Women are molested on public transport so frequently, Schiappa says, that many will dress in ways to avoid it before they use the Métro or bus. It’s enough of a problem that the previous government launched an anti-harassment campaign called Stop: That’s Enough to encourage people to report any incidents. “In France, if a woman is sexually assaulted, her first thought is, ‘Now I’m dirty and no one will ever want to marry me’ – the social responsibility of the victim.”

Her solution is on-the-spot fines. Macron has pledged to expand the police force by 10,000 over the next five years: why not give them powers to police sexism in the same way they do smokers who drop their cigarettes? “Twenty euros would be a bit humiliating, €5,000 would be more of a deterrent. At the moment, many men are saying, ‘It’s not a big deal, we’re only having fun.’ And we say, ‘No.’” She says she’ll be nailing down a precise strategy with the justice secretary soon.

I don’t even know where to start here. What happened to feminists wanting to be taken seriously? The day the police need to protect me from a man saying “baby” on the street because I can’t deal with it myself and we’ve stopped working on changing the culture from making that acceptable is the day we all need to give up. Sharia is winning and people don’t even notice. This is the exact sort of thing you could expect in Saudi Arabia. You do realize that if women are covered and not allowed out without a male (relative) companion, all this harassment would stop right?

Vietnam

Vietnam has been on my mind as I recently listened to Tim Ziegler an author of To Set the Record Straight and read his book about the Swift Boat Vets and the POW’s and how they got together to defeat John Kerry. (Why did that man ever think he should lead the country is beyond me.

I was astounded by the amount of communist influence in the American protest movement. I knew we lost that war over here, but to read of the direct influence vs sympathetic influence surprised little naive me.

So this week is PBS’s special from Ken Burns on Vietnam. And apparently the lies continue. Once you know the truth, and I can only assume Burns looked over all the information out there, it surprises me how a person can fail to tell the truth. Again – naive. The media somehow is a giant think tank promoting it’s own views which are to the far left. Start there and things begin to make sense.

Follow this author, John M. DelVecchio for more insight. This link will take you to the 2nd episode’s review. And this link takes you to the first.

Interesting stuff.

Climate Change: I have seen the future

Just as a public service announcement, I thought you might want to take note that scientists now agree climate change is “not as threatening to planet as previously thought, new research suggests”.

Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong, a new study has found. New research by British scientists reveals the world is being polluted and warming up less quickly than 10-year-old forecasts predicted, giving countries more time to get a grip on their carbon output.

Hm – what does that mean really?
It means

  • Continue to give us money as it’s not too late, but it will be
  • Continue to increase “clean” energy as that has contributed to our hope
  • There is still time to right this ship! So money, money, money.
  • And finally it means we need to thank God for Al Gore and his 10 year warning that didn’t come true, as without the warning we would probably be dead.
  • Sorry dudes, the gig is up. The models have always been inaccurate and built on faulty science AND renewables have NOT increased enough to make a difference (though cleaner forms of traditional power has).
    We see where you’re going here with this new science though.

    Dang – Trump has it figured out

    Trump has finally figured out that he’ll be the best thing since sliced bread if only he works with Democrats!!
    Protests will die down, he’ll get tons of recognition and pats on the back. Maybe it’s the Dems that figured it out. “if we stroke his ego, we can get what we want, because basically he’s a Democrat”.

    National Review’s Geraghty is acting like those of us who voted for the man didn’t already know this. “I told you so” he basically says.

    Yeah yeah yeah, we knew. The primary voters knew. They are basically Democrats too. You don’t get guaranteed issue, no changes to Medicare and unimpeded government without being a Dem. Yes Jim, there are those idiots like Coulter, but most of us knew. I’m still glad Hillary isn’t the president.
    I don’t really care about DACA and the debt ceiling was going to be raised no matter what. So far, so fine.
    I still wish President Trump well and don’t believe for a second he has any principles to follow or to deny. He wants to do a good job and people can convince him of what that means very easily.

    Work harder to be convincing, Republicans. And also work on teaching the man about not “giving in to terrorists”. He needs help with all that.