Quote of the Day: Always Have Plan 2A

 
“(I) don’t get mad at ’em, don’t hate on ’em. Man, it’s not that serious. The First Amendment is first for a reason. Second Amendment is just in case the First one doesn’t work out.” Dave Chappelle

I don’t think I have heard a more pithy description the first two amendments to the Constitution than this. Freedom of speech, religion, and association needs a backstop, which the right of self-defense with arms covers. Witness the brave people of Hong Kong, facing a police state with umbrellas. It is harder to enslave a nation willing to defend itself.

It reminds me of another quote on the interplay of the Bill of Rights:

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The problem with a single payer health care system, is well there is a single payer, with a budget. Lets face it, nobody is willing to spend more on your healthcare than you. Global News has heard from several patients and doctors who are frustrated with long wait times for CT scans in the Edmonton […]

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Nationals Win

 

The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 of the World Series. This is the first championship for the franchise and the first for DC since the Washington Senators won in 1924.

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Game 7 of the 2019 World Series is on. Apropos of that, in the the 50s and 60s we neighborhood boys spent a lot of that portion of our outdoor discretionary time not spent bicycling or fighting greenie wars playing baseball or football. How this is relevant will become clear momentarily. Preview Open

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Number one and Number two gone! This actually described President Trump’s announcement that our Special Forces nailed the No. 1 and No. 2 leadership of ISIS this week – huge news and accomplishment! The leadership behind mass murder, terror, beheadings, rape, kidnappings and torture has gone to meet his 64 virgins in paradise, and his […]

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Rand Paul Tries to Cut Growth of Spending 2%, Only 24 Senators Support Him

 

Sen. Rand Paul’s amendment would have reduced spending by 2 percent compared to fiscal 2019 levels. The Republicans who voted against it are mostly a grand list of entrenched moderates and RINOs who have been in the Senate for years. I don’t know what people like Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley, and Rick Scott were thinking.

Nice to see President Pro Temp Chuck Grassley, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, and Senator Delecto on the list though.

First Call!

 

4:30 am. Monday. Temperature -20F. Ray Barracks, Friedberg, West Germany.

It’s the coldest winter since the Battle of the Bulge. That was in 1944. This is 1978.

Every Monday and Friday, our mechanized infantry battalion, 1/36 Infantry, 3rd Armored Division, has battalion P.T. or physical training, calisthenics. The other days, its company level. But on Monday and Friday, the whole battalion turns out on the battalion parade field for P.T.

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I prefer to read the original source documents instead of relying on opinions of others.  Following is the October 29, 2019 Opening Statement of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman before  the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.  October 29, 2019 Preview Open

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Obama: ‘Hey, Pajama Boy, Chill Out’

 

During the recent Obama Foundation’s third annual summit in Chicago, “The Woken One” said that current Wokeniks are not being civil enough.

“One danger I see among young people, particularly on college campuses, is that I do get a sense among certain young people, and this is accelerated by social media, that the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people and that’s enough. Like if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right, or used the wrong verb, then I consider that I can feel pretty good about myself because, ‘man did you see how woke I was, I called you out.’ That is not activism, that is not bringing about change. If all you’re doing is casting stones, you are probably not going to get that far.”

Coming from the person who practically fueled and encouraged these antics to thrive during his administration? No, Mr. Obama: you own this mess.

Latest Scandal: Trump Shares ‘Faked’ Image of Hero Dog

 

One of the DC press corps’ constant demands is that they be taken seriously. Very seriously. This would be easier if the journalists in question took their work seriously. The latest silliness was the media’s reaction to a lighthearted Photoshop Donald Trump shared on social media Wednesday.

The President noticed the bipartisan celebration of the service dog who helped take down al-Baghdadi, so he joined in on the fun. Originally created by the Daily Wire, the image showed Trump placing a paw-print medal over the heroic Belgian Malinois with the caption “AMERICAN HERO!”

Super-serious journalists were shocked.

Snubbing the President to Own the Cons

 

The President of the United States visited Chicago yesterday. It’s an occasion which has traditionally been met with a warm welcome regardless of partisan divides – even Richard J. Daley met with Richard Nixon amid the Watergate turbulence. But by the way some local officials here have acted, you wouldn’t know it. I guess it’s still the president who’s been shredding our norms.

Some may remember Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson from the Jussie Smollett case, back when he won a few new fans. This time, not so much. In protest of the president’s speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Chicago’s own chief of police remarked, “I can’t in good conscience stand by while racial insults and hatred are cast from the Oval Office or Chicago is held hostage because of our views on new Americans.”

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The Atlantic has a prescient column by David A. Graham on line today.  https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/three-paths-ahead-republicans/601039/  He begins:  “Is Alexander Vindman’s testimony the smoking gun of the Ukraine scandal? Or was it Bill Taylor’s? Was it Gordon Sondland’s decision to defy the White House and speak? Was it the whistle-blower complaint, or the partial transcript that the White House itself released? “Just as in previous Trump-related […]

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Unqualified Support

 

. . . my campaign and giving you my unqualified support. I’m looking forward to being an important part of your campaign and administration.

That’s great, young fella. You seem like a bright young fella; I’ll be sure to put in a word with my hiring director, uhh, Bill. You’ll find the application at Joe30330.com, that’s Joe33030.com.

Military Heroes Are Not Only Humans

 

Meet Conan. He’s the amazing dog that led Delta Forces A- Squadron into the tunnel pursuing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He’s recovering from his injuries and is one of many courageous dogs who are serving with our armed forces. The military holds these dogs in high esteem:

The multipurpose canines, usually German shepherds or Belgian Malinois, are capable of a variety of tasks, including attacking the enemy and bomb-sniffing. They are often the first into the breach in a fight, giving them special significance among the special operations forces with which they operate.

The Belgian Malinois has become so highly regarded that there is a Special Operations Force Dog Memorial in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
‘The dog holds one rank higher than who’s handling them because that’s how valued they are as a team member,’ Deborah Scranton, a filmmaker who directed the documentary War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend, told the Washington Examiner.

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The image above accompanied a Jim Hoft post on his webpage, The Gateway Pundit, At This Critical Point In Our History Americans Must Stand with Our President, Country and Constitution! I rather fancy it. While I am not quite as passionate as Hoft I nonetheless do see the great harm that comes to the Constitution if #theResistance […]

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(Some of) My Very Best Rico-Posts

 

Are the ones where I changed my mind because someone else found flaws, or advanced data that I was unaware of. It is one of the reason I love this community.

I was speaking with @susanquinn yesterday, and she echoed the thought: Ricochet is a great place to not only share what you know and test new ideas; it is also a superb place to improve what you know and the quality of your thoughts.

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“The farmer who lives self-sufficiently outside exchange society can call his fields, his plough, his draught animals his own, in the sense that they serve only him. But the farmer whose enterprise is concerned with trade, who produces for and buys in the market, is owner of the means of production in quite a different […]

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When Trump and supporters say “No quid pro quo” what they mean – and should be more clear about – is “no improper quid pro quo”.  When you look back at it, Trump was clearly suspicious of the Ukraine government and considered it corrupt. He campaigned on limiting financial support to unworthy partners across the […]

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