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Corrine Brown begs for leniency…

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Former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown is trying  to avoid  a lengthy jail sentence for the 18 felony counts in her indictment,  including filing false tax returns, mail fraud,  and working with others to run a fake non-profit group.  Part of her statement is:  ”  “In hindsight, I wished I had been more diligent in overseeing my personal and professional life.”  Was there some giant unseen hand up her skirt making her misbehave?

Isn’t that just the classic defense for a Democrat caught lying or cheating and/or stealing?   Somehow it becomes your distorted view of her actions,  or your failure to recall all the good things she did in her life that is the problem,  not the fact that she stole thousands of dollars.

I hope the court throws the book at her and her cronies.  I only wish all the other crooks in Congress meet a similar and well-deserved fate.

 

 

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November 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Global atheist convention…

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…was cancelled because so few people wanted to come.   Apparently touristy packages for February in Australia weren’t sufficient incentives for people to attend the  third annual  convention,  despite atheist novelist Sir Salman Rushdie being the headliner.   No word on what attendees of the previous two meetings thought of them,  or whether they just were not up for a third year of nihilism.

 

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November 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm

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Tappan Zee bridge…

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The old bridge is now being dismantled,  having been replaced by a $4 billion span named after the current New York governor’s late father, Mario Cuomo.   I’m no fan of change.org,  but it has started  a petition  to change the name to that of the old bridge,  which honored the original Native American Tappan tribe with a nod to the Dutch settlers.   It’s a bit ironic that people are complaining the new bridge was named with no public input,  and that the area’s history is being ignored,  since I very much doubt we’d  hear the same arguments if the question involved a statue of Robert E. Lee,  but it’s nice to see 41,000 New Yorkers stand up for something instead of allowing the crooks who run the state trample them.

 

 

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November 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm

A book to read…

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Any book which comes with a large blurb from Yuval Levin attracts my attention.   A new book by Patrick M. Garry,  a law professor at the University of South Dakota,  is a little paperback entitled  “The False Promise of Big Government:  How Washington Helps the Rich and Hurts the Poor.”

The  title draws  me as well,  because it encapsulates some degree of the disdain I hold for government at all levels.  I’ve just ordered it,  and you probably should as well.

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November 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

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Picking on…

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…Matt Drudge doesn’t strike me as the  smartest move  one could make,  even if you happen to be the Washington Post.   Accusing Drudge of being a Russian operative is pretty damned stupid from my point of view,  especially if you are the Washington Post and are already known to lie through your ink-stained teeth in service to your progressive ideology.

 

 

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November 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Veteran’s Day, 2017…

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It used to  be Armistice  Day,  for the fallen of WWI.   Now it is a special day intended to  honor all  those who have served,  whether living or dead,  which distinguishes it from Memorial Day,  though most people today don’t seem aware of the difference.

We citizens tend to treat them better nowadays than many of us did the returning Vietnam vets,  but too many of them commit suicide,  and I strongly suspect the Veterans Administration still hands out too many psychotropic medicines instead of  getting to the root of veterans’ mental and emotional difficulties.   All who served honorably deserve  our thanks and eternal gratitude from the rest of us,  as do their families.

Perhaps the remembering and the gratitude because a bit easier this past Thursday when ground  was broken  for  the National World War I Memorial in Pershing Park near the White House.  Freedom or death  — that’s the  password used  by Gen. George Washington as the Colonial Army prepared to cross the Delaware River to mount a surprise attack on the Hessian soldiers camped in Trenton, NJ.   There  are many  charitable organizations urging us to remember veterans,  and telling us why.  I never forget,  because every generation of my family has rendered military service to the USA.  But is yours is not a  military family,  carry this around  with you for a while,  won’t you?   And do your part to make veterans a  rallying point  of unity for us all,  and every day Veterans Day if you can.

 

 

 

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November 11, 2017 at 2:24 pm

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Election results…

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I grasp why Democrats are claiming that their  election wins  in  Virginia and New Jersey are stupendous,  but really,  how amazing is it that Democrats would win in states which did not go for Trump in the last presidential election?  Ed Gillespie made  some mistakes  in his campaign,    but he is scarcely the boogeyman some have tried to make him out to be.

Trump’s coattails are very short,  but that is what I would expect from a man who has such a large personality.   Whether the election results actually qualify as  a backlash  is a subject for debate from my point of view.   I do agree that the results were a wake-up call.  Voters are reminding the Republican swamp denizens that they  expect results,  not more rhetoric  and whining and crawling under their desks.

UPDATE:  George Neumayr  sees things  pretty much from my side of the fence.

 

 

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November 10, 2017 at 3:31 pm

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