I have a wealth of things to be thankful for this year. No health problems, no home disasters, no natural disasters. A promotion and big raise, and lots of praise at work, where I make a difference every day. I am so fortunate to have been born in the United States of America, the very best place on Earth, the place that everyone in less-developed parts of the world wants to come to. [If the USA is such a bad, racist, misogynist, homophobic, capitalistic, place, just why do so many “migrants” clamor to be admitted?]
And it helps that I live in one of the most beautiful corners of the United States, the Pacific Northwest. My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary last month, and we are lucky to be in good health and fine spirits. And here’s a toast to the superlative American medical system, which got him through knee-replacement surgery in fine style-he is mostly recovering, and back at his squash workouts again. I love my Sweetie!
I have been a member of two warm, welcoming conservative blog sites, Ricochet and Ratburger. I have posted both places, as well, as here, and garnered comments and friendly argument (ONLY on conservative sites and with conservative people can “friendly argument” not be an oxymoron). I am especially thankful for all the members from both sites, for keeping me sane in an increasingly insane world. And Thanksgiving can’t go by without mention of the One who inspires me each day, the Doctor of Democracy, Rush Limbaugh.
And here’s a little Thanksgiving present for the followers and readers of Calling-all-RushBabes. Thanks for helping make my blog a success! Click on the link below.
I am currently on a cruise ship, the Crystal Symphony, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, heading east toward Mexico, in the company of a large contingent of Hillsdale College supporters and employees. On our sea days, we have been presented with a group of the best speakers known to conservatives. Self-identified Democrat Pat Caddell has treated us to some inside secrets of the polling universe, and we have been often startled by how conservative he actually sounds. In fact, I have been pleasantly surprised at how many times he has seemed to agree with my Hero, Rush Limbaugh, about events taking place in the US recently.
Nearly the first idea he expressed, that “the sovereignty of the US has been hijacked by the Political Class against the American People”. Funny, but Rush has been saying this for years. Mr. Caddell cited results showing that 70% of Americans have expressed the opinion that the country is “in decline”, and that today’s children will not be as prosperous as their parents are. He says that the political class has all the power, and uses it to make their own rules-there are essentially separate codes of conduct for the political class, and the rest of the people (to whom they are supposed to be answerable).
Here is Caddell’s Law: The Wisdom of the American People in the aggregate cannot be denied. Pat notes that the elites are allied with the mainstream Press in telling the People what they should think. Again, another place where he agrees with Rush Limbaugh, who has been discussing this for nearly as long as he has been in the public eye. And he agrees with Rush that today’s Democrats and bureaucrats are attempting to nullify the results of the 2016 presidential election that brought Donald Trump to power. He even used the same word to describe what is taking place! Both men, one a staunch conservative, the other a Democrat, have described the same actions of those who believe that Trump’s election was illegitimate, and that he is mentally unstable and unfit for the high office to which he was elected.
In Caddell’s talk on the polling business today, he started by describing how the media’s polls are biased, and ignore responses that are counter to their anti-Trump narrative (thus presenting false results). Bingo! Another area of agreement with Rush! He pointed out the colleges, like Marist and Quinnipiac, that have started their own polling operations, and how their student poll-takers are subtly influencing the answers they receive from those they poll. Remember now that most colleges in the US today are strongholds of progressivism, safe-spaces, snowflakes, and Trump-hatred. And he also noted how often media and college polls over-sample Democrats. Bingo again! Rush has been mentioning this for a long time, that this artificially lowers the ratings of Republicans, and understates the actual popular support for President Trump.
Caddell also notes how the media do minute-by-minute polls when the Republicans are doing poorly or in the midst of a (often media-fueled) scandal; but they go silent when the Conservative party is doing well. Bingo! Rush has mentioned often how the press kept the heat on President George W. Bush, and misrepresented the economy as doing worse than it actually was. Our speaker went over the whole Benghazi scandals, and how the media and the Obama Administration perpetuated lie after lie after lie to deflect attention away from Hillary Clinton’s culpability for the deaths of four of our American diplomats. Bingo!! More agreement with Rush!
Mr. Caddell says that the media are telling us which “truth” we may know, and they suppress the Truth. He thinks, and our audience agrees, that the press are making themselves the enemy of the American public. He emphasized how the advent of 24-hour TV news coverage has expanded the power of the media, and enabled them to literally destroy a law-abiding American’s life and career. Remember Joe the Plumber, whose life was turned upside-down when he was seen as not supporting the previous president? He notes that in the 20th Century, the press deferred to presidents, and did not ask tough questions. Now, they try to destroy the duly-elected president!
Rush has often discussed how the Press does not report what happened, but what they Want to happen, and Pat Caddell is in agreement with that. Mr. Caddell also discussed how in times past White House correspondents for major media organizations were experienced veterans of years in the news business, while today’s “reporters” are raw college recruits, with little knowledge of the way the White House should be covered. They mainly report on events that coincide with their preferred narrative, and ignore things that don’t. Bingo! Another agreement with Rush.
Mr. Caddell also discussed how today’s news-readers sound exactly alike when reporting a particular news story, to the extent of even using all the same words and phrases. Triple Bingo! Rush Limbaugh has had his experienced production team producing montages of all the news readers expounding on the same subject, and you can plainly hear how everyone sounds exactly alike! In fact, those montages are the best part of Rush’s demonstration of how today’s media operate.
So, Mr. Pat Caddell, when are you going to finally admit the obvious? Isn’t it time for you to leave the “dark side”, and come out and admit that you are not really a Democrat, but a Republican? If you do that, and join us, you will discover that we conservatives are real people, who work for a living and appreciate all work and workers. We conservatives do NOT attempt to destroy the lives and livelihoods of those with whom we disagree, we reason with them and try to help them see the light. We clean up after ourselves, and don’t leave the mountains of garbage behind at political rallies like the “progressives” do. And we welcome new people-the best conservatives are reformed “liberals”. You have already seen, over the past week on the sea and in Hawaii, how friendly we are. Join us!
I’m hoping you’ll help me with a very simple data-gathering project! It will take maybe five minutes, and should be painless.
a.) go down through the following list of statements and count up those with which you DISAGREE.
b.) don’t overthink it. Even if the phrase doesn’t precisely match your view, if you generally agree, don’t count it.
c.) let me know ONLY the number of items with which you DISAGREED (e.g. somewhere between 0 and 25!) . You don’t have to tell me which ones or why! *Put your answer in the comments below*
I am not making any presumptions of your political leanings-just list a number, how many of the following statements you Disagree with. Thanks!
AGREE OR DISAGREE:
1.) Sexism remains a very significant obstacle for women in America.
2.) Racism remains a very significant obstacle for Americans of color.
3.) Race-based affirmative action is necessary.
4.) The minimum wage protects workers from exploitation.
5.) To be white and male in America confers significant unfair advantage.
6.) Climate change is a real and urgent problem.
7.) Islam is no more likely to inspire violence than Christianity or Judaism.
8.) Systemic racism explains the disparity in arrests and imprisonment of black men.
9.) Systemic racism is a significant factor in recent shootings by police of black people.
10.) Income inequality is a problem in the United States.
11.) Abortion rights are good and necessary.
12.) Same sex marriage is a human right.
13.) Americans have a right to good quality healthcare.
14.) Diversity on college campuses confers significant educational and social benefits.
15.) Republicans are ideological rather than practical in their approach to things like controlling gun crime, reducing poverty, increasing affordable access to good quality healthcare and bringing down rates of teen pregnancy and abortion.
16.) Stricter gun laws are necessary to prevent gun violence.
17) Corporations are not people and thus do not have First Amendment rights,
18.) Government led educational standards are the best way to make sure the next generation is well-educated.
19.) Social problems are usually the result of prejudice/hatred/discrimination against that person’s “group” rather than character failings or poor choices on the part of the people involved.
20.) Government regulations protect citizens against harms caused by profit-driven corporations.
21.) Fossil fuels are a threat to the climate and must be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
22.) Israel is at least as responsible as the Palestinians for the continuing hostility between Israelis and Palestinians.
23.) The tax code should be used to redistribute income from wealthier citizens to poorer ones.
Songs on the Death of Children. In his book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, Michael Walsh opines that the German Romantic Movement of the late 19th and early 20th Century, foretold the decline of Western Civilization. Two stories in the news today perhaps reflect how far we have fallen. Both stories are horrifying.
Hubby and I went on the Hillsdale College 10-day cruise to Alaska, aboard the Crystal Serenity. We spent about three years’ worth of travel budget, but we sure got our money’s worth, and more. Hillsdale does a big cruise every summer, and this was our first time. There were “Seminars at Sea”, with noted speakers, including Michael Walsh, screenwriter and author; Victor Davis Hanson, Classicist and thinker; David Goldman, journalist, and John Steele Gordon, historian. There were shore excursions at every stop (I didn’t do any, and hubby did one, walking on a glacier). We mostly did our own exploring, traipsing through Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, and Ketchikan.
The luxury ship was everything we expected. Lavish breakfast buffet with every kind of food you could possibly want, lunch in the Grill, or The Bistro, and dinners in the ritzy Crystal Dining Room. There were two specialty restaurants, one Asian and one Italian, and we had delightful dinners at both. There was a full movie theater playing first-run movies, and we took the opportunity to see Jungle Book, which was fun and well-done. I had a pedicure in the Spa, and had a nice conversation with the technician, a beautiful young lady from North Yorkshire.
My favorite part of cruising is relaxing on deck and watching the water go by, and I had ample opportunity to sit out on our private verandah on the starboard side of the ship, with my camera and binoculars at the ready. As usual, I was a picture-taking fool, see below.
On the final day, the last stop was Nanaimo, British Columbia, and we were met by a Ricochet member who is now our friend. He took us on a nice stroll by the waterfront, we had a very good pizza lunch, then went back to his home for more good conversation on his patio.
Here is a selection of the photos I took.
This is Vancouver harbor, with the cruise ship terminal.
Here’s an example of a working waterfront. It’s almost like a ballet, the way the tugboat maneuvers the barge.
It was such a beautiful afternoon, I basically stood on deck with my camera until the sun went down. Sunset over the Inside Passage.
The next day was spent entirely at sea, and we had lectures most of the day. I tried to get outside as much as I could. I took lots of pictures of the ship itself, which I found gorgeous. I did a double-take when I saw this tiny detail that most people probably would miss. Crystal Cruises logo is two seahorses. Here’s an interesting place for it.
Yes, that’s the sandbox used for people to stub out their cigarettes! This is the pool. Notice that it’s empty-there was only one pool, and it didn’t get much use.
This is what I gazed upon from the Promenade Deck (the only level with an outside walkway all the way around the vessel.
Inside, these ladies were playing beautiful string quartet music, in the Crystal Cove. They are the Astoria Quartet, and they are all from Russia. Also note the piano, and the chairs the ladies are sitting on-Crystal!
Juneau was the first port of call, and I took pictures of the channel approaching town, the town itself, and some of the other ships and boats in port.
That’s a little river, cascading down the hillside-you can see how its path traces from the top to the bottom of the hill. Too bad it was very misty that day.
This is the cruise ship Disney Wonder. See the logo on the stacks? It’s huge!
Here are some shots of the town, and some other vessels we saw. Also, our National Bird, doing what big birds do.
The next day was a stop at Hoonah, and the weather was terrible, and the town was not too interesting, at least to me. So I did what came naturally-took pictures from our balcony.
The following day was the one we had all eagerly anticipated-the trip to the Hubbard Glacier. That’s what is in the new header, and here are a bunch of closeups of the glacier, the ice-flecked channel, and the mountainsides with many “mini-glaciers”.
I thought the glaciers behind the main channel looked like big waterslides.
After a morning of glacier-viewing, we retreated to the nice, warm Palm Court Lounge, where lunch was served.
Next stop, the town of Skagway. The weather cooperated, and we had a nice stroll through the gold-rush town, with all its tourist-trap stores. But it was fun anyway. Herewith, pictures of the town and the channel where the cruise ships dock, and the wind blew very hard, late in the afternoon.
Next port of call was Sitka, a place we’d never been to. All I knew was that there is a summer chamber music festival that has gone on for 30 years, run by string-players Paul and Linda Rosenthal. It’s a pretty remote place for chamber music! Just after being dropped downtown-5 miles from the cruise ship dock, we found the Lutheran Church. They have a small pipe organ, built in Estonia in 1844. Hubby got to play it, and he was thrilled!
Here are shots of the famous (three-times-rebuilt) St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church, and an interesting artifact that I couldn’t pass up.
Now, the harbor, and the working marina.
The next stop was Ketchikan, where we’d been before. We remembered from that trip that Ketchikan has a Starbucks, and no other stop had. So we walked for nearly a mile, and found it! Ahhh, the taste of your first Frappuccino in a week! Unfortunately, it was pouring rain, so we didn’t spend too much time. Here is what I saw.
The following day was again at sea, back south through the Inside Passage around Vancouver Island. I spent a lot of that afternoon hanging off our balcony, taking pictures of the beautiful islands, sea, and sky.
This next shot is an intersection of two channels. You can see the roiling waters, and the still picture can’t really convey the sense of the movement. I got out the video camera, and got video, to be posted on my YouTube site.
Thursday night we were honored to have dinner with our speaker, Michael Walsh. He had lots of interesting Hollywood stories to tell, and we enjoyed the dinner very much.
We knew that the cruise was about to come to and end. The next day was our last port call, Nanaimo, on the east coast of Vancouver Island. It was a gorgeous day, and when we went out on our balcony, we found at the next dock, a ship being loaded with logs bound for China.
We spent the afternoon with our new Ricochet friend, Pete. We went to a farmer’s market and to the marina for a stroll.
You can see the two cannons on either side of that piper. They were fired at noon, to great effect.
Here we are with our new friend. And here we are just before getting back on the ship for the last night’s festivities.
Friday night was the Hillsdale Farewell Reception. Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale gave a speech, and everyone mingled and drank champagne. It had been an extraordinary trip, and we hope to be able to do it again in the future.
And, here we are with Dr. Arnn. He is just wonderful, and we are blessed to know him.