A Trip to Southern California, First of Two Posts

A Trip to Southern California, First of Two Posts

This week, we went to Southern California for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar, the subject of which was Politics and Principles.  The venue was a nice Hilton Hotel  near the John Wayne Orange County Airport.  Over two days, we had a President’s Club reception, a nice dinner, with remarks by Dr. Larry Arnn, the President of the college, and an excellent lecture by Andrew Roberts, on The Importance of Churchill for Today.  He brought, and signed, copies of his book on Churchill.  Which weighs about 5 pounds!  I bought one, and from just the first few pages it is going to be a joy to read.

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The second day, there were talks by Peter Schweitzer, who spoke on the corruption of America’s political elite (which we are all familiar with already); Dr. Arnn, who discussed American Principles and Public Policy;

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Christopher Bedford, on Trump and the Media;

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And Dr. Shelby Steele, who discussed the current state of race relations in America.  I know of him through his excellent writing in the Wall Street Journal, and I was excited to hear him speak.

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I was very lucky, because on Saturday as we were just packing to leave, I actually met Dr. Steele in the hotel corridor, so I got a chance to exchange a few words with the man, who is very gracious.

The Hillsdale program ended Thursday at 3:00PM, so we had the rest of the day free.  We headed over to the nearby South Coast Plaza Mall, which is any shopper’s dream.  Inside the main court, we saw their wonderful Chinese New Year display.  They did the Year of the Pig proud!

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That’s a pretty happy pig, sitting on all that gold!  But you really have to look up to get a real feel for the holiday.

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The epitome of Festive!

On Friday, we headed up to Santa Monica, to meet a Ricochet friend of ours.  Ray really wanted to see Venice Beach and its Canals, and our friend offered to take us on a stroll, and then out for lunch.  It was a bit later than we planned, but we had a nice walk.  Just in case you are not familiar, the “canals” of Venice, California, are narrower, and much shallower than the real Venice!  But one of the canals is named The Grand, and people whose houses back up to the canal milk it for all it’s worth.

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That’s their house number on the left!  Very creative painting on their wall.

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Very pretty, but that water is about two feet deep.  No danger of drowning if you fall in.

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We figured that the owner of this yard was a modernist type of artist.  Both the tree with the crows, and the legs above, are in the same big yard.

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When was the last time you saw a dinghy with a figurehead?

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This is definitely Southern California!  Ripe lemons!

Of course, when we were done and back to the car on the main road, what should we see across the street?

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Yep, the homeless encampment.  It was like we’d never left home.

 

 

The Gosnell Story (abortion butchery) Will Stay Top of Mind Here Beware Graphic Images Below

[Author’s Note: October 14, 2018.  A Movie has been made about this Butcher of Philadelphia.  I urge ALL my followers and readers to see this movie.  I especially urge my so-called “pro-choice” readers to see this movie.  From comments that have appeared over at Ricochet.com, no one can see this movie without becoming emotional, so take your tissues if you see the movie.  And, like below from 2013, the Drive-by Media (hat tip to Rush Limbaugh for the descriptor) is ignoring this phenomenon.]

This story has been totally ignored by the “mainstream media”, because it reflects badly on one of their favored groups, Abortion Supporters. Following is a link to the Grand Jury Findings in this butcher’s trial in Pennsylvania.

http://www.phila.gov/districtattorney/pdfs/grandjurywomensmedical.pdf

This evidence is not to be denied, or swept aside for any reason.

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Found at Butcher Gosnell’s “Clinic”.

 

 

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! (Dem) Pollster Pat Caddell Agrees with Rush Limbaugh!!

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.

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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!

 

So, Democrats…Let’s Talk Money in Politics, Shall We?

So, Democrats…Let’s Talk Money in Politics, Shall We?

Democrats just love talking night and day about getting the big money out of politics.  They constantly rail about elections being “bought” by “special interest groups” and rich donors (they love to demonize the Koch brothers and Wall Street).  Their cure for the big money in politics is often “public financing”, meaning government support of political candidates (don’t they care that some of their money might be used to finance campaigns by those filthy Republicans?).

This week, there was a well-publicized and analyzed special election in the state of Georgia, to replace Republican Tom Price who left to join the Trump Administration.  The Democrat candidate was a first-time youngster, who didn’t even live in the district he claimed to want to represent.  His opponent was a well-regarded, experienced local candidate, with lots of name recognition.

The Democrats figured that this was a good chance to confirm that everyone hates Trump, and are most anxious to replace Republicans with Democrats so they can take over the House in the 2018 midterm elections.  In pursuit of that goal, prominent Democrat celebrities held fund-raisers and made commercials in support of Jon Ossoff.  The party raised over 23 million dollars for their candidate.  Now, that sounds like Big Money to me!  The Democrats out-spent the Republicans three to one in this election.  Here is the result.  How about those long faces on the CNN “reporters” on Tuesday night?

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They don’t look very happy, do they?  TWENTY-THREE MILLION DOLLARS spent, 90% of it from outside the state of Georgia!  And they still lost.  In fact, there have been a total of five special elections recently to replace officials who joined the Trump Administration, and not one Democrat won.  Congratulations to Karen Handel, new Representative from the 6th District of Georgia.

The sound that could be heard from many conservative households this week?   BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Disrespect THIS president?

So the mainstream (?) media are hysterical about a letter that 47 Senators sent to the evil mullahs of Iran, warning them that any “agreement” signed with Obama would be non-binding.  The media outlets are claiming that this letter disrespects the president and his office.

My question is, “Does THIS president deserve respect?”  He has demeaned the office since Day One, preferring to appear on late-night television rather than a news conference (at which the lickspittle “press” asks him softball questions).

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Is THIS “presidential” behavior?

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How about this?

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This is where he gives his most important interviews:

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And then, there’s this:

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If the current occupant of the White House wants the public to give him respect, he needs to EARN IT!

The Banality of Evil…Meet CNN’s Carol Costello

http://www.mrctv.org/videos/cnns-costello-gleeful-she-hypes-palin-family-brawl-audio

Remember the standard Liberal diatribe against “Violence against women”?  The Web sites and numerous articles everywhere speaking out against domestic violence, and legislation introduced in legislatures everywhere making violence against women especially punishable?

Of course, that only applies to LIBERAL women.  This disgusting video shows a nationally-famous CNN Anchor taking pleasure and glee in hearing audio of Ms. Bristol Palin (yes, daughter of Sarah Palin) describing her rough treatment at the hands of a strange man while she was trying to protect her little sister.  These liberal banshee women, just love to denigrate Sarah Palin and her entire family, in front of everyone, on national TV.  The many cited expletives in this video are Bristol Palin’s description of the words of the man who violently dragged her across the pavement and grass.  Those are NOT her words!  But the evil, small-minded sorry excuse for an “info-babe”, Carol Costello, just revels in the nasty language and violence, when directed against a woman whose mother she hates.

And then, Costello “apologizes” for her despicable behavior.  Just like a liberal.  They can say or do anything they want, against someone with whom they disagree, and get off scot-free.  You will not see any mainstream media organization speak out against her behavior.  Let me know if you see even one editorial in the NY Times (Pravda-on-the Hudson), Washington Post, or any other media, decrying Costello’s behavior.

…crickets…

Horriffic Story Suppressed: 1,400 White Girls in One UK Town Sexually Abused by Muslim Men

For many years, in Rotherham, North Yorkshire, UK, a ring of Pakistani Muslim men serially abused One Thousand, Four Hundred (yes, 1,400) young girls over a period of at least sixteen years.  Here is an excellent writeup in the UK Daily Telegraph about the situation.  It seems that the City Councillors and Police of Rotherham knowingly let this awful abuse continue, due to Political Correctness and the desire to keep their jobs and the votes of Muslim constituents.  Mostly-white children were taken from schools and child-care centers and raped and otherwise abused, often being trafficked around the area by the Muslim Pakistanis, almost with impunity.  The thoroughly “multicultural” elites refused to see what was happening in their midst, and refused to deal with it when they were forced to notice it.  And even now the mainstream media in the UK and abroad have suppressed this horrifying story.  Kudos to the Daily Telegraph for this story.

For many, many years the UK has admitted millions of immigrants from Pakistan, and ignored their Muslim radicalism, in spite of awful crimes like their own soldiers being murdered in broad daylight in front of witnesses.

The Politically-correct British have sown the wind, and they are reaping the Whirlwind.  Many more murders and rapes will happen, until they root out the malignancy they have welcomed to their country.