Conservatism Isn’t Dead by Daniel Greenfield

No, conservatism isn’t dead. It just isn’t nearly as influential as some conservatives thought it was.

This shouldn’t have come as a surprise after two Obama victories, the failures of the Tea Party and the warping of conservative institutions and politicians to serve entirely different agendas. Ideas only have power when they’re vested in organizations that have power. Conservative organizations have very little institutional power. Those that do are not particularly conservative, but serve the agendas of an establishment that has self-interested goals.

Conservative organizations lean heavily on messaging, but their messaging is really about influencing those who do have power. Their most effective messaging is filtered through populist and viral mediums that have the conservative brand, but are not really ideologically conservative.

Conservatives interface with FOX News or the Chamber of Commerce, which have institutional power and which provide a forum for conservative views, but which are not really conservative. The perception that they are waters down the brand and undermines the idea of conservatism.

Conservative overconfidence grew under Obama, but opposition to Obama was far more popular than any set of conservative ideas. Opposition to Obama became its own movement, but it didn’t stand for anything. It was a populist movement that was against things and looking for someone to lead.

Meanwhile conservatism became the victim of its own successes. The establishment crippled and then cannibalized the Tea Party. Conservatives finally emerged triumphant in a pitched battle with the establishment over amnesty. But the battle mainly served to discredit both sides in the eyes of a base that had seen a parade of former conservative heroes being exposed as villains.

And conservatism came in for a tug of war between established interests, intellectuals and the grass roots. There were and still are debates over what conservative principles really are. This election has shown that social conservatism and nationalism should be strong parts of a conservative platform.

The libertarian conservatism popular in some circles that packages together immigration, pro-crime policies and cutting social security is vastly unpopular and has no political base of support. This election has completely discredited it and it should be abandoned as soon as possible.

If conservatives want to win elections, their platform is going to have to be populist and realistic. That means small government, but the cuts have to start with the left’s sacred cows, rather than expecting the bulk of the Republican electorate to suck it up for the greater good. I would love to see a conservative candidate announce a plan to stop plowing more money into failed Democratic cities instead of announcing yet another bright scheme to slash the military or Medicare.

Likewise the “exporting Democracy” school of conservatives were thoroughly discredited by the Arab Spring. Their agenda is mainstream among the establishment, but conservatives need a sensible realistic foreign policy approach that avoids the extremes of nation building and isolationism, that puts national interests first while at the same time recognizing that we are a world power.

Americans have no interest in fighting wars for futile missions to build democracy. But neither are they willing to sit around and watch a group like ISIS take off. What is needed is an approach that emphasizes decisive military intervention against enemies without regard for collateral damage while minimizing American casualties. We should sharply slash much of our foreign aid budget and look at what actually builds influence and what doesn’t. Foreign aid should be closely interlinked with our economic interests, the way that it is in China, and our international interests. We are not a charity.

A small government, hard power, anti-crime, nationalist and traditionalist conservatism can succeed. It has succeeded in this election insofar as the leading candidates have adopted it, with varying degrees of sincerity. If conservatism is to be relevant, it is going to have to shed a lot of its liberal skin, dispense with the globalism that has seeped into it, and actually be conservative.

And then it might be ready to win elections.

Without close ties to a grass roots, conservatism becomes an echo chamber. That’s what the National Review really showed. Building ties to a grass roots based around negative oppositionism is easy. Anyone can do it. The hard work will be to build ties to the grass roots based on a positive agenda.

This is where conservatives failed. Trump just exposed their failure. Someone can always be more against X than you are. The specific things that you are against matter less than the act of opposing. Being against something is its own truth and competing in that arena is more a matter of attitude than policy. And yet Trump has, in his own way, also laid out a coherent and easy to understand positive agenda. One of the reasons he’s winning is that his rivals have failed to do it. Trump distills his agenda into soundbites. The Republican field has positions that are too complex to boil down.

To the average voter, it’s easy to understand what Trump stands for. It’s hard to understand what his rivals stand for. All the endless articles about “How to Defeat Trump” completely miss the point. What his opponents had to do was attack him in a simple and crude way over and over again while making the contrast with their own agenda. They failed to do this. That’s why they’re losing.

The Republican Party in general suffers from an inability to communicate its agenda in ways that people can understand. Conservatives are not immune from this problem. During the Obama years, they compensated by doubling down on opposition. But they haven’t produced a positive, coherent agenda that appeals to people. And they haven’t bridged the gap with ordinary people.

The weak point has always been organization. The left won based on its organizations. These organizations have become more integrated than ever. Meanwhile the right’s organizations are vague and detached, pursuing ambitious goals without a realistic agenda. The organizations of the right occasionally suffice to win elections, but they do not suffice when it comes to making policy.

And they do not suffice at all when it comes to organizing a populist conservative movement.

Conservative organizations suffer from too much ‘insiderism’ making it easy for accusations about an establishment to stick. This insiderism leaves them at the mercy of the real establishment while preventing them from fully leveraging the grass roots to push back at the GOP establishment.

Conservatism needs its intellectuals, but it also needs its community organizers. We have quite a few of the former and not nearly enough of the latter. Conservatives will never achieve any lasting victories until that changes.

Conservatism isn’t dead. It’s underdeveloped. It’s in the midst of a pitched internal battle which has yet to be settled. And it has a huge head and a small body. That’s changing. It’s been changing for decades. But the country doesn’t have decades. So neither do conservatives.

Conservatives did achieve key goals. They pushed Congress to the right. They hurt the establishment.

Conservatives had managed to rally an opposition, while vastly overestimating their ability to set the larger agenda. This is a setback, not a curtain call for the movement. And setbacks are a learning opportunity.

A conservatism disconnected from actual people is never going to mean anything. Unpopular policies are a self-evident dead end. And organizing an opposition is not the same thing as proving you have the right to replace the thing you’re opposing. Among other things, that means cleaning house and having less tolerance for scandals and corruption. It also means becoming less dependent on non-conservative populist acts that blow with the wind to convey conservative messages.

Conservatives have revolutionary ideas. But they let the opportunity at building a revolution slip away leaving behind a dissatisfied base. That mistake cannot and should not be made a second time.

Source: Sultan Knish blog

“Murphy’s Law” by Jim Muphy

Greetings from the Office Of The Grand Poobah Of Jingoistic Intolerant Politically Incorrect Xenophobes Of West Texas.

DIVERSITY:

OK, I am going way out on a limb today and am risking being the object of angry thoughts from Spike Lee and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith when I express my complete indifference to the “Lack Of Diversity” in this year’s Academy Awards Program. I am sure that most of you will go along with me in expressing our sincere sorrow that these whining Hollywood crybabies will not be attending this year’s Awards Presentations.

BUT, let us look at their reasons for not attending this year’s star studded program. According to these Hollywood Whiners, since there evidently are NO BLACK ACTORS being nominated for an award then there must be some sinister move afoot, obviously brought on by those ultra conservative movie moguls. So according to these three and other objective Hollywood Types…. such as “Whoopi” Goldberg, for instance the must be some evil plot, hatched in the minds of the “White Privileged” that is keeping Black Actors from being nominated for an award.

And as we all can tell, there are practically NO Blacks, or any other minorities represented in any of the entertainment industry. Oh, there is the occasional appearance of the odd black actor in some rarely seen commercial on television; and there is probably a “Token” black person on a reality show or two; and of course we are presented the obligatory black or another minority on the occasional news program not to mention black sports announcers and athletes who pretty much dominate the athletic contests. But, I must agree with Spike and Will and Jada and Whoopi that minorities are being stifled in the film industry.

OR, perhaps other than Denzel Washington, James Earl Jones and a few others, the quality of the acting in movies as well as television programming pretty much sucks by damn near all actors, black actors included.

Oh, and let us not forget that the Academy Awards program is being hosted by Chris Rock, who is……. dare I say it? A black man.
OR, could it be that Director Spike Lee is pissed because HE is not being recognized in this year’s event?
AND surely, it could not be that Will and Jada were not nominated…… could it?

But, just to show you that I am in tune and on board with Spike, and Will and Jada, I also will not watch this years Academy Awards Program. Of course, I HAVE NOT WATCHED THIS GATHERING OF SELF CENTERED MUTTS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE MY LACK OF INTEREST UNTIL THE TIME THAT HOLLYWOOD DECIDES TO ACTUALLY HONOR SOME REAL ACTING PERFORMANCES.

Funny, but I don’t seem to see Robert Duvall’s name mentioned as an award recipient. And in my opinion, Mr. Duvall turns in great performances in every single role he plays.

There are a couple of movies just released that I am interested in seeing, The Revenant and Thirteen Hours, to be specific.

BUT I am pretty sure that all of us will be saddened for months over the fact that Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith will not be present at the Academy Awards Program…………. Then again, perhaps not.

QUESTIONS:

Perhaps someone can clarify this question for me. Earlier this week I heard several news reporters ( and I use the term reporters very loosely) tell us that:

If Donald Trump wins Iowa and New Hampshire, then the game is over for Ted Cruz and all the rest. A couple of them indicated that if “The Donald” won both New Hampshire and Iowa that he would “Run The Table”.

Then, later on, I heard some of these same people say that should Bernie Sanders defeat Hillary Clinton in both Iowa and New Hampshire that these victories would mean nothing as Hillary could make a stronger showing in other states.

SO, what the media is telling us is that Iowa and New Hampshire are MEANINGLESS insofar as the Democrat race.
BUT, Iowa and New Hampshire will be GAME BREAKERS for the Republican race.

My question is…. HOW IN THE HELL DO THEY COME UP WITH THAT?

The last time I looked, each state in their particular convention can come up with some unanimous delegate votes and some split delegate votes. I am pretty sure that just checking the number of Representative that both of these states send to Congress and by the number of electoral votes each has in the final vote, that neither of these states nor both of them together could control any election from the early stages. They always want to be the very first states to hold their primary elections or in Iowa’s case the Iowa Caucuses that their results are really not in a position to completely control the delegate count at either convention.

I have had many questions about what I find wrong with Trump. First of all, I think that Donald Trump is a very smart business person who has made lots of money in his various endeavors. I am sure that he is very smart in many areas. I do not believe that he knows a hell of a lot about the Constitution of the United States and I have heard him make many contradictory statements just days apart. I have heard him criticize Obama for his Executive Orders…which I agree with. Then he turns around and says that he will also use Executive Orders…. BUT…. he will issue really great Executive Orders. I hear him constantly say that things will be GREAT under a Trump Presidency but I have yet to hear him say HOW HE WILL MAKE THINGS GREAT. He also tells us that he will not only construct a wall along our border but he will have the country of MEXICO PAY FOR THE WALL….. but he doesn’t tell us HOW.

I also heard a report that Trump will not sign off on the Keystone Pipeline which is exactly the same stance taken by the present left wing radical occupant of the White House. In short, Trump says what he believes the people want to hear on certain occasions and then will contradict himself later on. I am not sure I can place any faith in him telling us the real truth about how he will get things done. I am not sure that he is not just as arrogant and self centered and narcissistic as Barack Hussein Obama. AND, I for one was not impressed by his endorsement by Sarah Palin.

And I for one have had enough.

My question on this is….. HAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAD ENOUGH OF A GOVERNMENT WHO DOES NOTHING BUT TAKE FROM THOSE WHO PRODUCE AND GIVE TO THOSE WHO DO NOTHING?

PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado, Raoul McPeters -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Charlotte Williams, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, Don Weaver, Roger Goertz, Billy Williams, Jerry Carpenter, Steve Mida, Sherry Welch, Shirley Boatright, Dick Burnett, Kaylee King (2) – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (98) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson, Arlene Anderson, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller, Sheriff Richard Mack – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa), Kenny McPeters – CA – Pat Holley, Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey, Vicki Watson – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, Allen Ray Bates, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Joyce Marie Severino – GA – Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – RET. COL. Pete Mekkelson -WVA – CDR USN (Ret) Bob Palmer – WI

GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, CAPT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, LCPL Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien, MGySgt. ’46 – 82 (Ret) Harvey Weigart – US MARINE CORPS – Kenneth Thomas – USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates, MSGT James Beasley – US AIR FORCE – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CDR Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), E5 Matthew J. Blaker (and crew of the USS ANZIO), LT JG Ethan English, – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA 74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military

John Mallory – DEA – Fr. Joseph M. Peek, Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“Today’s big puzzle is how so many otherwise rational people have become enamored of Donald Trump, projecting onto him virtues and principles that he clearly does not have, and ignoring gross defects that are all too blatant……. Yet there are even a few people with strong conservative principles who have lined up with this man, whose history has demonstrated no principles at all, other than an ability to make self-serving deals, and who has shown what Thorstein Veblen once called a versatility of conviction… THOMAS SOWELL

“Trump boasts that he can make deals, among his many other boasts. But is a deal-maker what this country needs at this critical time? Is not one of the biggest criticisms of today’s Congressional Republicans that they have made all too many deals with Democrats, betraying the principles on which they ran for office? Bipartisan deals — so beloved by media pundits — have produced of the great disasters in American History.”…….. THOMAS SOWELL

“What kind of deals would Donald Trump make? He has already praised the Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which said that the government can seize private property to turn it over to another private party.”… THOMAS SOWELL

“A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”… THOMAS JEFFERSON

“To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.”… THEODORE ROOSEVELT

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”….. PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL ( R) , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deval Patrick (D-MA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Jerry Brown (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Julia Pierson, Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX), HOWARD DEAN, Timothy Kaine* (D-VA), Charles E. Samuels Jr., Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Dayton (Gov. MN-D), Suspended San Francisco Sheriff ROSS MIRKARIMI, John Kirby (State Department Spokesman), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, JOHN HICKENLOOPER (D-GOV-CO)

MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, AL SHARPTON, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland, Jesse Ventura, Geraldo Rivera FOX News, Juan Williams FOX News, The Washington Redskins Football Team, James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game). CDC (Center for Disease Control), Bill O’Reilly FOX News, Shepard Smith FOX News, Alan Colmes FOX News, MICHAEL MOORE, Bryant Gumbel, BLACK LIVES MATTER, The SIERRA CLUB, Megyn Kelly FOX News, Quentin Tarantino, The University of Missouri

*By Request

MORE STUFF:

I have just about heard enough about Donald Trump boycotting the next Republican Debate due to Megyn Kelly being one of the FOX News Panel. Now, as you probably already know, I do not have a big bunch of use for Megyn Kelly as I believe she has become way too proud of her own importance, but the questions arises in my mind that if “The Donald” cannot or will not deal with a FOX News person, just how in the hell will he handle dealing with Vladimir Putin or some of the Middle East idiots….. or Germany…… or Mexico…… or England….. or China?

I have also noticed that if Trump is opposed on anything by anyone, the only thing he does is tell us how stupid the other person is and how smart he is.
I will say this again and I believe it to be absolutely true. The mainstream media and the Washington Elites will chew Trump up and spit him in the crapper if he is the Republican nominee. I understand that Trump is extremely wealthy but just remember that people like George Soros and Michael Bloomberg and a number of other Liberal Democrats/Socialists also have access to mega-bucks.

I personally have a hard time giving any respect or credibility to to a loudmouth who has up until last year been viewed as a selfish liberal egotist. I have seen several insects and several reptiles who have the ability to change colors….. BUT….. I cannot think of anyone with Trump’s huge ego whom I have ever seen change to any noticeable degree. People really need to go back and give a close look at this guy.
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I seem to remember years ago, prior to the Turner Classic Movie network being the top location to view old classic movies, that the AMC (American Movie Classics) channel showed some really good old classic movies. However, in the past few years it appears as if all they show are episode after episode of “The Living Dead”. Either that OR they will occupy an entire 24 hour period showing Rocky I through Rocky 75 or how-in-the-hell ever many of those they made. Then they will follow 24 hours of Rocky with another 18 or so hours of The Karate Kid series. Then just when you have seen enough of those epics we get to watch The Shawshank Redemption back to back to back. And after three or four days of this they will treat us to another 24 hours of The Green Mile.

Since I am not a huge fan of the “Zombie” craze that particular series holds a spot somewhere between “Plan 9 From Outer Space” which for years has been dubbed THE WORST MOVIE EVER MADE, and “Pee Wee’s Big Top” which was one in a series of movies starring Pee Wee Herman.
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I am getting ready for the Super Bowl and since our Daughter and all of our Grandkids live in Colorado, I will be pulling for the Denver Broncos. I would like to see Peyton Manning go out on top with a Super Bowl win. From everything I have read, seen, and heard, Peyton Manning is a Class Act. Even some old time NFL retired players give him a lot of credit for being as good a representative of the game as anyone they have ever seen.
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I received the obituary of one of the folks who has been receiving my weekly letter for a number of years. I knew that this man, Carl W. Sundstrom Jr. had served in the U.S. Navy and later worked with ONI/NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) and the United States Customs Service. I hate to hear of men of his caliber and character passing on.
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Also, last Saturday I was treated to be able to meet in person John Schoen and his wife Sue who were traveling in their motor home from Alabama to Tucson. They had stopped at one of our parks to spend the night and sent me an e-mail letting me know they were in town. I communicate with so many people and my wish is to be able to meet every one of you in person but I know that is not possible. However on occasion, lady luck will knock on my door and offer me an opportunity to meet folks from all over our country. And we found out that they had lived in Houston for a number of years and also visited Colorado in the Gunnison/Lake City area which is where several of my Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren live. I just wish their visit could have been longer but it was a real pleasure getting to meet them in person.
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I am a big believer in keeping notes in case I see or hear something which I want to check into later on. An old friend who passed away a couple of years back also had the same habit. I have written about him before. His name was Cliff Peiser. He was one of the sharpest and funniest people I have ever known and unfortunately that was only for about 10 years. I ran into his sister last week and she showed me one of Cliff’s notebooks and some of the stuff he had written down. Some of it, I had seen and heard of before but he had a couple of one liners that I had never seen until I read Cliff’s pocket notebook. Here is a sample of the kind of sense of humor that Cliff and I shared:

THE DISH ” CHICKEN TERIYAKI ” WAS NAMED AFTER THE ONLY SURVIVING KAMIKAZE PILOT ” IN WW II.
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Incidentally, I am not only boycotting “The Academy Awards” program but I also refuse to watch the Pro Bowl which the NFL screwed up when they decided to let Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice “Draft” the teams. Not worth watching.

GOOD GUYS:

TED CRUZ; ALLEN WEST; JOHN BOLTON; COL. RALPH PETERS; GEN. JACK KEANE; DAVID CLARKE, TOM COTTON; MIKE LEE
SEE Y’ALL NEXT WEEK

JEM

America’s Desperate Search for an Aggressive “Un-Transformer” By John W.Lillpop

After seven years of deliberate transformation (mutilation) of what used to be the world’smost successful civilized nation into a lawless third-world hodgepodge of affirmativeaction and PC failures, it seems that we the people have finally had it!

Thus, the rise in fortunes of the one presidential candidate who needs no rise in monetary fortune….their repressible, shoot-from-the-hip, straight talking, bullying billionaire from the Big Apple, Donald J. Trump.Trump is the quintessential anti-socialist in each of us who deplores the wretched tearing down of American Exceptionalism and substitution of same with idiotic policies which view monetary success as rooted in racist bigotry.

He, like most Americans, resents the fact that our nation is no longer protected by borders and enforced immigration laws, but is instead governed by ideologues intent on building constituencies comprised of illiterate, uneducated,non-English speaking foreign invaders unable to understand, much less adhereto, the rule of law.

He bitterly renounces a Commander-In-Chief who routinely acts as an agent of our most ferocious terrorist enemy rather than as an unwavering American patriot with jingoistic leanings.

He is disgusted by the abhorrent use of Executive Orders when our weak “Executive”lacks the intelligence and social skills needed to function within the framework of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, where separation of powersand equal branches of government were specifically designed by the Founding Fathers to prevent tyranny and abuse of power.He is outraged that a community organizer with no prior experience in management or leadership has the audacity to propose a fundamental transformation of the world’s greatest success story in human history.

Donald Trumpmay be bellicose, rude, crude and lacking in civility, but thank God, HE’S NO BARACK OBAMA!And THAT is a good thing!

Sudden Jihad Syndrome’s Related Pathology by Michael Shannon

 
Most of us with a cable, newspaper or Internet subscription are familiar with the 21st Century’s global epidemic: Sudden Jihad Syndrome. First identified outside the laboratory by Daniel Pipes, the disease is typically confined to males.

There also appears to be a correlation with Islam, but that’s controversial.

Mainstream media practitioners usually apply the Sudden Jihad Syndrome diagnosis to quiet, younger men who keep to themselves and do a great deal of research on YouTube.

Hobbies include building pipe bombs, going to the shooting range and collecting anhydrous ammonia.

The rest of us know we’re in a Sudden Jihad Syndrome outbreak when, for no particular reason, the young man yells Allahu Akbar and either starts shooting or explodes.

Now, in the wake of the Philadelphia attack on a police officer, I’ve identified a related pathology called Sudden Imam Syndrome. This occurs when a secular politician, typically a Democrat although weak–minded Republicans exhibit low resistance, assures us after an attack that the Moslem terrorist “had nothing to do with Islam.”

In Philly the shooter was captured on camera firing at Officer Jesse Hartnett 11 times, scoring three hits. At the news conference announcing the arrest, Police Commissioner Richard Ross said: “According to him, he believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the [Koran].”

Police Captain James Clark added the suspect “stated that he pledges his allegiance to Islamic State, he follows Allah and that is the reason he was called upon to do this.”
Mayor Jim Kenney — in office all of four days, but learning fast — stepped up to the microphone and suddenly underwent a startling transformation. Imam Kenney assured us that in spite of what the shooter admitted, “In no way shape or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam has anything to do with what you’ve seen on the screen.”

CAIR (Conceal All Islam Responsibility) seconded the mayor’s propaganda. Reuters reported “At this hour, it does not appear that he was an observant or mosque–going Muslim.”
As much as I respect the mayor’s reputation as an Islamic theologian, I’m going to have to lean toward the shooter’s explanation of his motive.

Reuters interviewed Jannah Abdulsalaam “who asked to be identified by her [Moslem] name.” (?!!!) She said the shooter was “’exceptionally knowledgeable’ about Islam. A neighbor said she saw him attend services at the local mosque “each Friday” and another acquaintance said the triggerman was quite familiar with Arabic before he signed up for classes at the mosque.
(Evidently CAIR was calling mosques in Philadelphia, MS a mistake anyone could make in the heat of the moment.)

Mayor Kenney appears to be the kind of cafeteria Catholic who can support a Democrat party that worships at the altar of abortion, while still claiming to be a Christian. So if Kenney’s so shaky on Christian doctrine, what gives him any credibility on the Koran?

Here we have an ISIS–pledging attacker wearing a dishdasha, screaming the traditional “Allahu Akbar” while trying to kill a cop and it “has nothing to do with Islam”? It’s like saying Japanese kamikaze pilots wearing a hackimaki headband had nothing to do with Bushido.

And where do these non–Arabic speaking instant imams gain the confidence to interpret Islam?

I’m very familiar with pre–Christ Judaism, but I wouldn’t presume to tell a Jew where he’s gone wrong. Just as I wouldn’t tell a druid he’s worshiping the wrong shrub or a wiccan she’s mistaken grass clippings for sacred herbs. But both the mayor of Philadelphia and Sen. Bob Casey assure the nation there’s no Islam here.

But there is Islam here, just as there was in San Bernardino, Ft. Hood, 9/11 and the rest of the terror attacks. It’s commonality among these events that’s inescapable, yet the powers–that–be won’t acknowledge it.

The fact is a Christian who becomes confused about Christianity will often be seen supporting homosexual marriage or Joel Osteen, but when a Moslem gets confused about Islam the result frequently involves the coroner.

There is no hope for a reform of Islam unless Moslems admit there is something wrong and Islamic leadership unites to solve the problem. Relying on condescending practitioners of Sudden Imam Syndrome to deflect blame only serves to create more suspicion and distrust.

You’re Not Owed Asylum By Jack Perry

The news finally can’t help the German government cover up the mass sexual assault of German women by “immigrants” anymore. Now the news states that Finland was tipped off that there was actually a conspiracy sent out by tweets and texts to do it there and they caught three of them in the act over there. What’s right is right, so with my usual candor, something needs to be said about this.

First, about refugees and immigrants. You know what, guys? Nobody owes you asylum, got that? It is basically an act of mercy and compassion, since you are coming from a nation that is oppressing you or threatening your life. Now, keeping that in mind, what does that mean? It means you do NOT oppress the people in the country that took you in! Pardon me, but why does this need to be said?! I don’t give a hoot what your religion or culture is. If your religion or culture approves of this sort of thing, then it is not a religion or culture that is worth importing into a country that probably has enough problems of its own to deal with. If your religion or culture does not approve of this, then why were several hundred of you involved in this? Hmmm? Care to answer that question? And why do the apologists only come out AFTER the attack? “That wasn’t us, don’t persecute us for that! I hope this doesn’t make us all look bad!” Then where the heck were you whiners when this was going on?! This isn’t about YOU! This is about the women that were victimized! Where is the grand apology for them? You guys need to stop the after-the-fact damage control and start wading into your countrymen and kicking their keesters if you’re worried about their behavior derailing the gravy train.

See, I can’t believe this all went on and none of you were aware of it. People that do this kind of thing probably took selfies of themselves doing it and videotaped it. Then brag about it. So where are the people coming forward to the authorities with the identities of these jokers? Hmmm? Care to answer that question? See, I’m not just singling out refugees and immigrants here, because this same thing happens at Spring Breakdown in Florida, too. And the police caught some of the guys from video taken on cell phones. Meaning people stood around and WATCHED as a woman or women were sexually assaulted. So, ok refugees, that’s how I know someone among you knows who was doing this. So, ball’s in your court. Besides whining, what do you plan to DO to make this right?

I’m sick and tired of all the whining that comes out when things like this happen. “Don’t single us out, don’t target us, it’s not our fault…” Fine. Then DO something besides whine about it. I mean, what, did you become a refugee because there was a death sentence on your head for doing this same thing where you came from? Or is this just a case of raping the hand that feeds you? I don’t get it. People take you in, feed you, house you, clothe you, provide free medical care, and so the way to repay this is raping their wives, sisters, mothers, and daughters? I don’t know of any culture where this is acceptable. It probably wasn’t in your own. But now you’re in this new country, I suppose you think your own cultural values no longer apply. Since you like to brag, tell us what happens in your country when you sexually assault someone’s mother? Right. It touches off a clan war that goes on for generations, unless the government steps in and offs the culprit themselves. Well, you know what? I don’t think people have time to figure out what’s going on. Maybe it’s time to say if you cannot behave properly as a GUEST, then you cannot come into the house.

Number One, first and foremost, you guys. Pay attention here. If you cannot respect the women in a country you are coming into, then you should not be allowed into that country. Period. I don’t care how it’s done in your country. You’re not in that country. If you come into a country and start committing crimes, then I’m not buying this poor, woeful waif story anymore. So, don’t whine when people decide to start keeping you out of their countries. You want a new life in another country? Then EARN IT. You are not owed it. And if you break the law, you should be deported right back to the country you came from, even if their secret police is waiting for you on the tarmac with a pair of vise-grips and jumper cables in their hands. Not our problem. YOUR problem.

There. I said it. Nobody is OWED a new life in another country. It is EARNED.

SOURCE: LewRockwell.com