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Miss Gabbard shot out of the starting gate like a rocket. She was a total natural and millions of people immediately started Googling to get more information. Unfortunately, that’s not how the Democratic Party works. You wait your turn. They put the fix in and Google shut her down. “Sit down and shut up it […]

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I have been a Road Warrior for 25 years now, racking up over 2 million actual miles traveled and somewhere around 2000 nights in hotels. Marriott has even awarded me Lifetime Titanium status (a dubious honor at best). I’ve also said for years that I was going to write a book on all of the […]

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Dems, Media Keep Handing the Narrative to Trump

 

OMG! Did you see what Trump tweeted?! Democrats, presidential candidates, and journalists losing their minds over the President’s Twitter feed is hardly new, but the past week has been illuminating. It also spells trouble for those trying to unseat him in 2020.

About a week ago, Trump attacked Ilhan Omar and the rest of her America-bashing squad with a rude “send her back” tweet. The next few days were dominated by screams of racist, misogynist, and Islamophobic. After the great Mueller fizzle, Trump blasted Baltimore as a rat- and crime-infested mess run by Democrats unwilling to improve it. Two more days screaming racist, un-American, and anti-urban. On Monday morning, Trump mocked Al Sharpton, leading to a day screaming racist, un-American, and anti-tracksuits-with-medallions.

There’s much to criticize about anyone, let alone a president, constantly flinging personal insults. It’s uncivil, tacky, and just not done. But, damn, if it isn’t politically effective.

Echo in the Canyon

 

Laurel Canyon is a beautiful hilly area just a few miles northwest of downtown Hollywood. And in the late ’60s, it became ground zero for a sort of Cambrian Explosion of rock music. Somehow, all the greats collected there at the same time: Frank Zappa, CSNY, The Mamas and the Papas, the Monkees, the Doors, Carol King, Joni Mitchell, the Byrds, and so many more. And they were all feeding off of each other’s musical creativity (and drugs).

Bob Dylan’s son, Jakob, has just released an impressive documentary of the scene.

But there’s more here, not surprisingly. Jakob Dylan brings together the old musicians for their stories, newer musicians to connect, and creates fascinating cultural bonding.

Until It’s Written

 

I’m trying hard to get to know a guy. The problem lies in that he doesn’t fully exist yet. I mean, he has a name, I’m pretty sure he has a family, and I know he’s a total stud, but other than that he’s a mystery. I’ll figure him out in time. 

Great storytelling involves us becoming invested in characters we love. Even though we know they’re fictional, they matter. We want them to succeed, to win, but sometimes for the good of the story we have to put them through the grinder.

In Defense of Adulting at Disney Parks

 

Friday’s New York Post released an article, “Sorry, childless millennials going to Disney World is weird,” commenting on a rant by an angry mom who is clearly morally superior based on her obscenity-riddled Facebook post that has gone viral. The story was that a childless young woman was in line ahead of a mom and her 3-year-old son to get a pretzel, and because it took too long and the mom got frustrated, her child cried. Lady, nobody made your child cry but you, when you told him, “no,” because you did not feel like waiting. Perhaps you should have used this as a moment to teach your child how to wait in line and how to be patient. Rather, you post a vicious attack on Facebook that anyone without a child should be banned, blaming them for entitlement and creating long lines… all while strongly believing you should be able to skip ahead – how ironic.

Johnny Oleksinski laments in his article that people between 23 and 38 (mostly millennials) have an “unhealthy” relationship with the biggest corporation geared towards children in the world. The claim is that adults are “throwing their money away” on frivolous things meant for children. Certainly there are some that are a bit… overboard… on the Disney stuff. You know the ones – they have the full-on Little Mermaid themed bathroom, or Mickey ears for every single occasion… it’s a little weird, but what really is the harm in capitalism?

By the way, my husband and I are 37, childless, and Disneyland Annual Passholders.

For Shame, Twitter

 

Update: The Real David Hogg is back. I just read this tweet from him, which was posted at 7 PM EDT:

I’m back! They reinstated my account just a little while ago, even though Twitter said it ‘would not be restored.’ Thank you to everyone that helped clear this mess up! I’ve been very clear from the beginning that I am not THAT David Hogg. 🙏 🇺🇸

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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49145664 I run into this over and over….now the “Duchess of Sussex” has chosen a world based gang of “activists” (that’s always positive, too) for featuring in a Vogue magazine issue (somehow AOC got left out). The main virtue to belong is to be shaking things up and some of what they are doing is […]

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Engaging the Enemy

 

Van is a spitfire. She is a dedicated conservative and she loves this country. She left Vietnam with her family right after the war. She is an entrepreneur, having started several businesses, and now in her senior years runs a nail business (does fingers and toes, as my husband would say) from her home, and does my nails. I’ve known her for more than ten years, so we know each other pretty well. The other day she stunned me with a story of bravery and determination. And it wasn’t about leaving Vietnam.

Van has mostly senior customers from all walks of lives, an assortment of religions or no-religions, and many cultures, ethnicities, and races. I’m going to share her story as she told it to me the other day, in her inimitable style:

So I’m talking to my customer about many things, and I asked her why she calls herself an African-American. Why? She is an American! She isn’t from Africa and she doesn’t have family from Africa, so why doesn’t she just call herself an American? I don’t call myself a Vietnamese-American!

A Politically Incorrect Reflection on Traffic Stops

 

I’m no longer a police officer so you’re all safe from me.

Warning: My sarcasm filter is rather low. Do not take it personally. There were many different encounters with people that helped to hone my sense of the absurd, my sense of humor, and my sense of wonder. I cannot thank them enough.

Sex, God and Natural Rights

 

If I had a dime for every immutable, indisputable definition of Natural Rights, I would take the money and buy pornography so I would understand Justice Potter Stewart’s legal test “ …I know it when I see it …”. For men know not what Natural Rights are, but they think they know it when they see it.

The Trump Administration and Mike Pompeo’s State Department have had enough. Today’s version of Natural Rights has transfigured into what is referred to as Human Rights, which encompass all the original Natural Rights handed down to man by his creator, and all the other things to which modern Western philosophers and social justice advocates feel man is entitled. The reaction to the State Department’s announcement from the left was to raise concerns over the imposition of religious dogma which is opposed to liberal sexual practices, (i.e. homosexuality, gay marriage and birth control by abortion).

Today’s developed world is not the world of Thomas Hobbes. It has abundance, peace, security, and believes it is marching toward a sustainable, verdant utopia. Past questions of chaos, survival, competition, and anxiety are off the table. The developed world concerns itself with political correctness, restraining hate speech, and creating safe places where threatening thoughts are disallowed. The phrase Natural Rights has replaced the word ‘Natural’ (which sometimes is taken for ‘the creator’ or religious precepts) and replaced it with ‘Human,’ denoting reasoned. For ready reference, it is codified by the ever-growing list of Human Rights contained in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, first adopted in 1948, in its Articles 1-30. Almost all nations, including a long list of those who do not comply, have signed on to the following:

Coats Out as DNI, Ratcliffe In

 

Donald Trump just announced on Twitter that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will be stepping down. The President’s choice to replace him is Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX). From CNBC:

Coats had previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Germany during former President George W. Bush’s administration, and as a U.S. senator representing Indiana. He was confirmed as Trump’s Director of National Intelligence in the spring of 2017, making him the head of an intelligence community that had been attacked on multiple occasions by Trump himself.

Dangerous Turn-Signal Scofflaw Stopped by Daring Lawman, Vows to Mend His Ways

 

As I turned onto the main thoroughfare, the officer behind me turned on his lights and siren, maneuvering his vehicle close behind mine. Almost a tailgating position. Very unsafe. If I had to stop suddenly and he smashed into my rear bumper, he would clearly be at fault, yes? But I did not stop suddenly. I did not stop for a while, in fact. I don’t like stopping on the shoulder of busy roads, so I proceeded a good distance until the next intersection, pulling into the corner gas station. The officer pulled in behind me.

I turned off the engine and waited. The officer approached me in the usual fashion, and then laid out his case for the crime for which he had stopped me.

When Dinner Plates Attack!

 

Just when you thought there was nothing left for the outrage mob to mob outrageously about, along comes…dinner plates! Macy’s Department Store sold novelty plates imprinted with concentric circles outlining “skinny jeans”, “favorite jeans”, and “mom jeans” meant to correspond to portions on the plate. But CBS TV host and podcaster Alie Ward’s discerning eye spotted them at the store and instead of an eye roll and moving on, decided to spare humanity of this scourge by tweeting a picture of the offense along with the caption, “How can I get these plates from @Macys banned in all 50 states” Offended yet?

The Offending Plates

Obama, Cameron, Trump and Steele

 

Right before the 4th of July holiday former Obama staffer Ben Rhodes, a man not known for being particularly discreet, appeared on the BBC and confirmed the rumor that then-British Prime Minister David Cameron specifically requested that the American President interfere in the Brexit Referendum vote in the Spring of 2016.

From Sky News:

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday. Book Review ‘Destination Moon’ a fresh take on telling the story By MARK […]

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Defending Trump . . . When You Don’t Want To

 

When you dislike someone, it is easy to believe almost any rumor you here about that person.

Ronald Reagan was a popular president (look at his 1984 reelection numbers) but the people who opposed him, hated him and were apt to spread stories about the president. I remember people trying to say that Reagan would sneak out of the White House to steal cans of beans from the homeless*. The logistics of that are pretty crazy, but people would spread that rumor. One Reagan hater I knew stood up and said that was ridiculous. This person defended Reagan, not because he liked him, but because the story was obviously false.