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SpaceX soars…

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Yesterday a private company went to space for  the very  first time.   After a weather delay,  SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and its Crew Dragon capsule launched the Commercial Crew Program into space.   Elon Musk has a big mouth and is quick to use taxpayer funding to enrich himself,  but isn’t everybody?  He is a creative and tough man,  as California has recently discovered,  but he has delivered an enormous blow to Boeing,  which is already suffering from recent failures.

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May 31, 2020 at 6:20 pm

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Some questions…

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…the would-be President should be asked,  straight away,  are here.   The odds that any MSM talking head will ask any of  Ben Weingarten’s probing queries?   Less than zero.   Most of Biden’s family has profited from illicit arrangements with various foreign entities.   He has admitted on camera to acts which would put any of us in jail for quite a while.   If you are the tiniest bit curious,  you haven’t been paying attention.   You had better wake up fast or you will find yourself a slave of progressive governance,  which tolerates no citizens.

 

 

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May 31, 2020 at 12:08 pm

File under: Who cares?

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For me,  Madonna was old news after a year or two,  but like a not-so-fine wine which ages poorly,  the entertainer has not worn well.   She looks just like a has-been  desperate for  publicity,  but I can’t figure out why she imagines anyone,  even a fan (are there any left?)  would give a toss what she thought about the death of a black man she didn’t know?   Did she think featuring her tall adopted son,  who happens to be black,  made some sort of solidarity statement?   At any rate,  it’s rather amusing that her attempt at self-glorification is backfiring spectacularly.

 

 

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May 30, 2020 at 7:48 pm

Florida man…

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California has crazy people and so does Florida,  but the latter state seems to have more people who want to have crazy fun.   I would not under any circumstances recommend sort of surfing down a watery roadway amongst cars,  but you have to admit  he appears  to be having great fun.

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May 30, 2020 at 12:18 pm

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No right to lie…

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Did you know the First Amendment does not give you the right to lie?   That’s what  Democratic operative Donna Brazile said on The Five this past Wednesday.   It elicited hearty laughter from the rest of the ensemble,  since politicians lie for a living,  don’t they?  In fact,  the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman was merely repeating her belief that if you disagree with her you must be silenced.   That viewpoint enables her and others of her ilk to willfully and deliberately misinterpret the First Amendment,  the entire Bill of Rights,  the Constitution,  and every other word ever written.  If ever they acknowledge that words have discreet and particular meanings,  their worldview,  their bulwark against reality,  would crumble into dust and them along with it.

 

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May 29, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Shooter, meet car…

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A crazy man with firearms  is not  a match for an Army Sergeant in his Chevy.

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May 29, 2020 at 1:34 pm

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How can…

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Rush Limbaugh points out how to spot  media bias:  the peaceful armed protesters in Michigan were described as domestic terrorists, while  the rioters  in Minneapolis  who have looted a Target store and damaged many others are characterized as mere protesters.   he media has done the same thing for Antifa and other left-wing loonies.  I have been waiting a long time for someone to explain how destroying a black business help the cause of a black man essentially killed by bad cops,  or how lawless behavior makes your protest more noble.

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May 28, 2020 at 6:52 pm

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Glacier mice…

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…not real mice,  but cute little squishy balls  of moss  that appear only on certain glaciers and appear to move about as a group.   What fascinating objects of study and discovery!

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May 27, 2020 at 6:29 pm

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Bed-making 101…

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What does a man who hasn’t made a bed in 45 years do when the daily task is assigned to him?  If he has a good sense of humor,  he makes a game out of it with some startling and  downright funny  efforts.

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May 27, 2020 at 1:21 pm

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Memorial Day, 2020…

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Pelosi and Schumer sent a letter to the White House requesting that President Donald Trump order flags be flown at half staff on public buildings once the United States death toll for COVID-19 reaches 100,000 people.  In response,  Trump sent out two  tweets that  outfoxed both Democrats.  They can’t object because that would reveal their hypocrisy and true motives.   it is unfortunate that most Americans do not know  the meaning  of Memorial Day.  Van Hipp  certainly does.  The former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army has penned an  excellent piece  pointing out that the celebrations will be markedly different this year,  but we are still subject to the same threats,  some increased.  We owe a debt to those who have fought and died to protect us and our country.   And if you risk confusion between memorial Day and Veterans Day,  read this.

In some small towns,  traditions continue  with some protective gear.   Such places give us the men who think we are worthy of their sacrifices.   I am not so certain we deserve that any more.  I  miss the  parades,  but I appreciate the virtual  celebrations.     I suppose the  definition  of “parade’ has changed.   As it does every year, Turner Classic Movies hosted a three day marathon featuring 31 movies.  Hollywood used to pay fitting tribute to our heroes;  now only TCM does.   Others  also stepped  up to observe the day.

Here’s  a link  to podcasts of the classical historian Victor Davis Hanson — do listen to all of them but please  start with “Special Episode-Warfare”.   Navy veteran and former deputy assistant secretary for the V.A.  ponders whether  we should celebrate or mourn the occasion   He asks some interesting questions,  but I have always celebrated the occasion for freedoms preserved,  and mourning the loss of so many lives.  Remind yourselves of  who you  think of and why.   I venture that neither man would agree with the New York Times piece that the U.S. military celebrates white supremacy.   You can read the  FOX view  of it here  ,  as I  doubt if your stomach can withstand the original.  You might think the old Grey lady would remember that the city’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in lower Manhattan would not exist were it not for the  million-dollar  gift  of Donald Trump in 1984,  which was nearly half of the total raised for the project.

Remember the  dual sacrifices of African-American soldiers.   And hoist a glass in memory of the entertainers,  such as Marlene  Dietrich and Bob Hope,  who toured in some dangerous zones to lift the spirits of our troops.  For those who have difficulty with the concept of pride in past valor,  these lines  from Shakespeare’s “Henry V” offers a cogent explanation.   You should know that Memorial Day  was called  Decoration Day until 1971.  The  reasons  for the change are interesting.  And don’t think that because the observances are changed  they mean  less.  Thousands of musicians participated in “Taps” at 3 PM on the day to honor the fallen.   Matt Patricia,  the coach  of the Detroit Lions,  played Taps on his trumpet in high school.   Both his grandfathers served and he had plans to follow in their footsteps until a shoulder injury killed his dreams of becoming a pilot.   Rep. Michael Waltz,  a former Green Beret,  explains why every day if a Memorial Day for Gold Star families,  and reminds us to be worthy of their sacrifices.

A Chicago singer rented a cherry picker  to serenade  seniors.  You may remember U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers from his hours-long continuous salute to rolling thunder on previous Memorial Days.    This year he stood on a busy Washington D.C. street corner in his dress blues for 24 hours over the weekend in order to raise awareness of veteran suicide.  At the beginning of the first hour, Chambers held a salute for 22 minutes to symbolize the 22 U.S. veterans who commit suicide every day,  on average. The salute dropped by one minute each hour,  working its way down to zero.   Try holding one of your arms up for 10 minutes and get an idea of how difficult and how painful it is — Chambers is himself a hero and a tough guy.

MSM will scarcely mention the Trumps’ traditional  wreath-laying  at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier  in Arlington Arlington National Cemetery, except for a few snide comments on the First lady’s stunning  white Gucci  coat.   She is a beautiful and gracious First Lady who has thankfully returned class and elegance to the White House.   For his part, President.  Trump gave a rousing speech at Fort McHenry in Baltimore,  Maryland,  ignoring the Mayor’s telling him  not to come.   Those who have the “rousing spirit”  he spoke of will have found it inspiring.

Let’s have some more inspiration  here  and   here,  shall we?   And finally,  I offer my apologies for this being a day late,  but not,  Ii hope,  a dollar short.  The pandemic reduced the customary activities and so changed them that the usual array of fun pictures were not available.  I went to the lake for a family gathering  which we all enjoyed tremendously.  We are a pretty close-knit bunch and long accustomed to seeing each other often,  which has been verboten for months,  so we were destined to be happy.  It didn’t hurt that there was plenty to eat and drink.  I hope you celebrated under circumstances which were at least relative agreeable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 26, 2020 at 4:59 pm

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