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God and the Border

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 4:46am

The Use and Abuse of the Bible In the Immigration Debate
By James K. Hoffmeier

Secularists and liberals, both political and religious, are typically loath to consult the Bible when it comes to matters of public policy. So it is somewhat surprising that in the current debate about the status of illegal immigrants, the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible is regularly cited in defense of the illegal. Debra Haffner, a Unitarian Universalist minister — a denomination not known for taking Scripture seriously — offered a recent critique of the Arizona illegal immigration law in the Washington Post online (May 25, 2010), saying “It’s as if the 70 percent of Arizonans who support the law have forgotten the Biblical injunction to ‘love the stranger for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.’” This verse and others like it are frequently quoted in the name of “justice” for the illegal immigrant. A left-wing Chris- tian advocacy group Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which is affiliated with Sojourners, had this passage on its website: “When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the stranger. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you.” (Leviticus 19:33)
A second area where advocates for illegal immigrants rely on the Bible (whether they know it or not) is the “sanctuary city movement” that defies the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. Cities like New York, New Haven, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Denver have declared themselves to be “sanctuary cities” and will not cooperate with federal authorities in matters related to illegal immigrants. Some churches have even permitted their facilities to be so-called sanctuaries for illegals.

As an Old Testament scholar I was first intrigued by the fact that the Bible was even being used in the immigration debate, and yet knew that the Bible was not being read seriously. So I decided to do just that. The result of my study was a small book, The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible (Crossway, 2009). The observations made in this article summarize briefly some observations reached in that book.
The very positive statements about the treatment of strangers in the Bible, some of which were already quoted, show compassion for the alien in ancient Israel. The defenders of illegal aliens point to these passages as the rationale for rewriting current laws. The problem is that they make a simplistic correlation between the ancient Israelite social law and the modern situation as if the Bible was addressing the same problem. Three important questions must be raised before one attempts to apply Israelite law to the modern situation: 1) Was there such a thing as territorial sovereignty in the second millennium B.C. when these laws originated; 2) Within that socio-legal setting, what was a “stranger” or “sojourner;” and 3) How does one obtain this status?
Regarding the first, the answer is unequivocal. Nations small and large had clearly recognizable borders, typically marked by natural features such as rivers, valleys, and mountain ranges, much as they are today. Warring Egyptian Pharaohs often claimed that they went on campaigns to widen or extend Egypt’s borders. Wars were fought over where boundary lines would be drawn, and forts were strategically placed on frontiers to defend the territory and to monitor movements of pastoralists. Permits akin to the modern visa were issued to people entering another land. In the tomb of Khnumhotep, governor of central Egypt (from ca. 1865 B.C.), a band of foreign travelers are shown before the governor. An official presents him with a permit or visa, which spells out that there were 37 people from Syria-Canaan. At the key entry points of Egypt, forts would have issued such entry permits. Recent excavations in north Sinai have revealed a pair of such forts at Tell Hebua, located less than two miles east of the Suez Canal. Three miles southeast of the second Hebua fort is Tell el-Borg where I directed excavations between 1999 and 2008. There we uncovered two forts that guarded the road to Egypt between 1450 and 1200 B.C. The ancient Egyptians were very careful about who they allowed into Egypt.

Center for Immigration Studies
The Israelites were well aware of the need to respect territorial sovereignty. After the exodus from Egypt, Moses and the Hebrews lived a nomadic existence for 40 years in Sinai. Since no country, not even Egypt in those days, claimed hegemo- ny over the peninsula, the Hebrews could move freely and required no permission. But when they left Sinai, they needed to pass through Edom in southern Jordan, and permission of the host nation was necessary, as Numbers 20:14-21 reports:
“Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom: ‘Thus says your brother Israel … here we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your territory. Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or vineyard, or drink water from a well. We will go along the King’s Highway. We will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory.’ But Edom said to him, ‘You shall not pass through, lest I come out with the sword against you.’ And the people of Israel said to him, ‘We will go up by the highway, and if we drink of your water, I and my livestock, then I will pay for it. Let me only pass through on foot, nothing more.’ But he said, ‘You shall not pass through.’ And Edom came out against them with a large army and with a strong force. Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory, so Israel turned away from him.”

Despite politely seeking permission and offering to compensate the Edomites, the Israelites were refused; furthermore, Edom sent out their army to make sure the Israelites did not enter their territory. It is clear: foreigners had to obtain a permit to enter another land.
Secondly, what about the “stranger” or “alien”? The Bible is not “a living breathing document” that can mean whatever you want it to say. This question must be answered contextually and based on what the key words meant when they were written before we apply what that might mean in our own times. The most significant Hebrew word for our discussion is ger, translated variously in English versions, which creates some confusion, as “stranger” (KJV, NASB, JB), “sojourner” (RSV, ESV), “alien” (NEB, NIV, NJB, NRSV), and “foreigner” (TNIV, NLT). It occurs more than 80 times as a noun and an equal number as a verb (gwr), which typically means “to sojourn” or “live as an alien.” The problem with more recent English translations (e.g. TNIV and NLT) is that they use “foreigner” for ger, which is imprecise and misleading because there are other Hebrew terms for “foreigner,” namely nekhar and zar. The distinction between these two terms and ger is that while all three are foreigners who might enter another country, the ger had obtained legal status.

There are several episodes in the Bible that illustrate how a foreigner became a ger. The individual or party had to receive permission from the appropriate authority in that particular culture. Perhaps the best-known story has to do with the Children of Israel entering Egypt. In the book of Genesis, we are told of how during a time of famine in Canaan, the sons of Jacob did the natural thing under the circumstances — go to Egypt where the Nile kept the land fertile. Even though their brother Joseph was a high-ranking official who had recommended to Pharaoh that they be allowed to settle in the northeast delta of Egypt, they felt compelled to ask Pharaoh for permission:

“And they said to Pharaoh, ‘Your servants are shepherds, as our fathers were.’ They said to Pharaoh, ‘We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. And now, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is before you. Settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land. Let them settle in the land of Goshen.’” (Genesis 47:3-6)

Here we notice that they declare their intention “to sojourn” (gwr) and deferentially they ask “please let your servant dwell in the land of Goshen.” No less authority than the king of Egypt granted this permission. This means that the Hebrews, though foreigners, were residing in Egypt as legal residents, gers.

A second story illustrates how permission or an invitation to a for- eigner to reside in a foreign land resulted in Moses becoming a “sojourner,” “stranger,” or “alien.” After Moses struck and killed an Egyptian taskmaster, he fled Egypt and crossed Sinai, ending up in Midian (most likely in northwestern Arabia). At a well he met the
daughters of Jethro, the local priest, who had come to water their flocks. When they were harassed by other shepherds, Moses came to their aid and helped them, so that they were able to return from their chore earlier than normal. So their father asked:
“‘How is it that you have come home so soon today?’ They said, ‘An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.’ He said to his daughters, ‘Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.’ And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, ‘I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.’” (Exodus 2:18-22)
While the details are limited, it is apparent that Moses, after being invited to Jethro’s home (tent?) for a meal, made an arrangement in which Zipporah, the priest’s eldest daughter, was married to Moses who then took on responsibilities caring for Jethro’s flocks (see Exodus 3:1). Moses was thus able to call himself a sojourner (ger), not a foreigner (nekhar), even though he lived in a foreign (nakhiriyah) land. Gershom, his son’s name, contains the word ger, reflecting his change of status.

From the foregoing texts we can conclude that in the ancient biblical world, countries had borders that were protected and respected, and that foreigners who wanted to reside in another country had to obtain some sort of permission in order to be considered an alien with certain rights and privileges. The delineation between the “alien” or “stranger” (ger) and the foreigner (nekhar or zar) in biblical law is stark indeed. The ger in Israelite society, for instance, could receive social ben- efits such as the right to glean in the fields (Leviticus 19:9-10; Deuteronomy 24:19-22) and they could receive resources from the tithes (Deuteronomy 26:12-13). In legal matters, “there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before the LORD. One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you” (Numbers 15:15-16). In the area of employment, the ger and citizen were to be paid alike (Deuteronomy 24:14-15). In all these cases, no such provision is extended to the nekhar or zar. In a sense, the ger were not just aliens to whom social and legal protections were offered, but were also considered converts, and thus could participate in the religious life of the community, e.g. celebrate Passover (Exodus 12:13) and observe Yom Kippur, the day of atonement (Leviticus 16:29-30). They were, moreover, expected to keep dietary and holiness laws (Leviticus 17:8-9 & 10-12). It is well known that within Israelite society, money was not to be lent with interest, but one could loan at interest to a foreigner (nekhar). These passages from the Law make plain that aliens or strangers received all the benefits and protection of a citizen, whereas the foreigner (nekhar) did not. It is wrong, therefore, to confuse these two categories of foreigners and then to use passages regarding the ger as if they were relevant to illegal immigrants of today.

Finally, a brief word on the biblical practice of sanctuary. This had its origin in the wilderness period in Sinai after the exodus from Egypt. There, the entire community lived with the Tabernacle, Israel’s sanctuary, in the middle of the camp. Exodus 21:12-14 establishes the practice: “Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death. However, if it is not done intentionally … they are to flee to a place I will designate. But if anyone schemes and kills someone deliberately, that person is to be taken from my altar (in the sanctuary) and put to death.” Cases of involuntary manslaughter or negligent homicide (Exodus 21:33-36) were not capital offenses. So to keep the lex talionis (law of retribution), “eye for eye, tooth for tooth … life for life” (Exodus 21:23-25) from being carried out by family members, the offender was to run to the sanctuary where he would be safe and his case heard. Once the populace spread throughout their new home- land, it was impractical to have just one place of sanctuary. Consequently six cities of refuge were designated, three on either side of the Jordan River (Numbers 35:11-30; Joshua 20:1-6). Once again the conditions for sanctuary protection are plainly stated, “these six towns will be a place of refuge … so that anyone who has killed another accidentally can flee there” (Numbers 35:15 – NIV). Sanctuary, then, is explicitly a place to get a fair hearing in the case of accidental death, but for no other crime. The cities of refuge were not a place to avoid trial or punishment. American cities that use their communities to circumvent the law to help the illegal alien in the name of justice are doing a gross injustice to the letter and spirit of the biblical law.

The intention of my above-mentioned book and this paper is not to discourage Americans from consulting the Bible or even using it to shape public policy and law, but to call attention to the abuse of Scripture and to urge that it first be read carefully and contextually.


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Mexican Dirt Weed

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 6:55am


I’m starting to be very selective in what I share on Facebook. First and foremost Facebook is useless for serious publishing. Next, you have to navigate the algorithms. There should be an app letting you know if you have used a trigger word. Kinda like Spellcheck only “FlakeCheck.” So if you should write the word “SnowFlake” it can let you know that SnowFlake is no longer politically correct and automatically inserts a link to the Weather Channel instead. Wait! That won’t work. Liberals champion climate change.


Are you beginning to see what we are up against? Freedom of speech, information, even ideas are no longer part of the landscape. Media manipulation is the order of the day. To make sure that only approved ideas get distributed. Only the homogenized version. When a majority of the population turns to something like Facebook, Houston, we DO have have a problem!


Facebook has reached “peak oil.” It has already started the downhill slide. It happens to all internet phenomenons. How’s that MySpace working out for you? Soon, all that will be left are Facebook addicts, and there will be a twelve step program for them.
Facebook was, and is a true addiction. You know you count likes. Don’t be in denial. You get disgusted and leave, only to return. One little post won’t hurt. Before long you have a fifty shot a day habit. Then Facebook Jail. Just like a junkie. You dry out, but you GET out, and the whole cycle begins again. Standing on the corner of Cyber and Space under an LED. 


Alternative media is coming on strong. From Alex Jones to American Voice Radio, information is beginning to get out. Yes, they’re not as big as Facebook, but ask yourself; if nobody gets to see your stuff what does it matter how big Facebook is?


Facebook is one big marketing scheme. Designed to sell you to its advertisers. They don’t care what you think, only what you buy, and they treat you like Pavlov’s dogs, knowing that when the bell rings you will foam at the mouth. There is no room for what you have to say! Only room for you buy! YOU are a commodity!


But, it’s all coming to an end just like Ma Bell. Oh, it will change it’s stripes. It will say it’s more “group” friendly. It will say it is fair to all ideologies and beliefs. That is the death rattle of a day gone by. Other companies have come and gone the same way. Blackberry, Polaroid, Kodak. Ma Bell! Trot down to your local Sears for a lawn chair why don’t you?


Listening to Mark Zuckerberg last week as he expounded on how “likes” affected the pleasure centers of the brain, I began to realize that this boy has too much time on his hands, and then it hit me. His ideas worked! Just like Pavlov’s dogs. Like, foam! Bark, bark.


Facebook is like Mexican dirt weed. Alternative media is like hydro. Pharmaceutical grade! People are seeing through Facebook’s manipulations and lies. Mexican weed ain’t working no mo’! Everyone, conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat and everything in between knows this. And they know what the mainstream media is too.

But, alternative media is raising its head among the masses. It’s not perfect, but people are becoming sophisticated enough to separate the chaff from the wheat. They know the difference between dirt weed and hydro.


The Millennials will see the day when they talk about the “good old days” to their grandkids. All about how they’d take all the trouble to let a very limited number of people know that they “liked” tuna fish. And their grandkids will cock their heads like a confused puppy. Just like when I tried to explain a 45 RPM record to my grand kids! And you will see Zuckerberg sitting there at his house, looking out at the sea repeating, “I used to have power!”




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There Was A Little Girl . . .

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 9:12am

There was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. And behind that curl was a confused mind. Call it Reactive Attachment Disorder, call it bi-polar, call it a bad hair day. Her life was a tangled web, complicated by type one diabetes. Meters and needles were her morning. Coma tugging at her elbow should she eat a slice of cake at a birthday party. “Should I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take!” And the Lord stood ready beside her bed each night because it was never assured that her precious blue eyes would open in the morning.

Her birth mother had lost her years before. Grandmother stepped in and gave up all for this little girl. As she lay in coma, grandmother held her little hand, lest she die alone. She’d been alone all her life, and grandmother was determined that she would feel the hand of a friend on the way out.

She lived that day. Grandmother adopted her, and her brothers. A man came into to picture. A highly decorated soldier who gave all of his medals, ribbons, and benefits to the little girl and her brothers when he died so that she, and they would never want for anything be it food, or shelter, or insulin. All seemed right.

But there was a dark cloud in this silver lining. No one ever told the little girl about “Real MaMa!” She had no memory of her, and grandmother led her to believe that as it is, it always was, and forever will be. Life was hard enough as it was. In a world where her next morning was not assured, “Real MaMa” could wait!

But, there are people who won’t let sleeping dogs lie. Instead of letting the little girl grow up, with a wealth of memories, and search for her own answers, they chose to tell her all about “Real MaMa!” It was more than she could bear, and she had a relapse. She descend into confusion and anger as she lost what little identity she had, and she had to begin again.

What is family? Who is “Real MaMa,” or daddy, or brother, sister? Is it the narcissist who fled, who lost custody, or the “grandmother” who didn’t share one strand of DNA yet sat beside the bed of a dying child because there was no one else? The person who will pick up the pieces of a shattered little life and will now slowly, lovingly put Humpty Dumpty back together again? And take her to the salon to make sure that little curl is just right.

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Free iPhones For Everyone

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 6:00am

Few things get my attention as much as stupidly. And when it comes from Democrats that just makes it that much worse. Kamala Harris showed her entire ass on last night’s Democrat debate.

First, we have to change the way candidates are billed. Heretofore it would be Kamala Harris (d). That won’t do anymore. Just identifying as a Democrat is not sufficient enough to define representation. That would imply that she represented Democrats. We must refine that. Now a congressman (or woman) would traditionally represent the people in their district. Pave THEIR roads, fund THEIR schools. Steal THEIR money. This having been said, there is yet another subset. This could readily be identified by presenting the candidate thus: Kamala Harris (d) (b).

That way the voters would know that she is a Democrat who represents black people only. Oh, she’ll take a white vote, but wouldn’t give a white person a bottle of Ozarka water in Death Valley. Naturally this begs to add representation for the Cracker contingency, ie Billy Joe Jim Bob Montgomery (r) (w).

You would think that someone who has risen to national prominence would have had a broader view of national issues than the color of her skin. First off, Harris is not black! She’s more of an Irish Cream. So she’s standing up there beating the hell out of this dead horse and Joe Biden’s head is twirling like the little girl on the Exorcist! And he gave the traditional white folk defense! Started enumerating all the great things he’d done for civil rights. I was surprised that he didn’t hand Harris a slice of watermelon. Then he shifted gears and waved the Rainbow Flag, which brought a huge cheer from the audience. (There’s a message there.) JOE! Where did THAT fit in? You like little girls, remember? FYI: My granddaughter, Puck, said that she’d vote for you after I told her you’d give her a bag of candy, and since the Democrats want to lower the voting age to TEN that’s entirely possible. Now, where was I? Oh yeah, the re-invented Aunt Jemima.

Kamala rode this bull to the ground because that was all she had in her bag of tricks. KAMALA! The Millennials don’t CARE if you were bussed to a white school. They think Martin Luther King freed the slaves. And the “Z” generation? They’ll just bring slavery BACK! You are as out of touch as Sleepy Joe. But, you ARE from California.

So, as of right now it looks like the front runner in the Democrat race is Donald Trump. You heard me. Democrats! Your two superstars just got in a pissing contest over something the majority of voters really don’t care about. They want free iPhones for everyone. Hey! Run Oprah! Make Michelle Obama her running mate. Everyone loves Oprah, and Michelle will be bringing Obama back. The perfect SnowFlake ticket. Because Kamala Harris is just a tar baby!

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Left Wing Lunacy for June 2019

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 7:41pm

Left Wing Lunacy for June 2019

Democrats continued their lunacy into June talking about Socialism.  They know from history that Socialism leads to poverty (See Venezuela) and poverty leads to dependency on the government and that dependency leads to more Democrat voters.  So for Democrats, they need as many people willing to get free government services in order to gain more power.  Therefore, it is not what is best for America; but what is best for the Democrats.

California is an example of Socialism in progress as the homeless are dying on the streets of Los Angeles.  There has been an outbreak of measles, whooping cough, mumps, scarlet fever, bubonic plague, typhoid fever, typhus, and tuberculosis from illegal aliens at the border.  Several Los Angeles police officers became ill from the diseases.  Who can the Democrats blame?  They own Los Angeles and California too where more and more Americans struggle despite a thriving economy.  ICE had to quarantine five thousand aliens with such diseases.  Yet, the Democrats are more concern about protecting illegal aliens and providing them free services because Democrats view them as a future voting block for power.  This is why the Democrats have blocked emergency funding to assist Border Patrol and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has compared the conditions to the Holocaust.  I suppose AOC doesn’t know the Jews were forced into actual death camps and 6 million were executed.  Not only are Democrats putting the illegal aliens in danger; but also Americans.

In Mexico, the government responded to President Trump’s threat of tariffs and they have frozen human traffickers bank accounts and sent 15,000 Mexican National Guard to their border.  Maybe Trump is also “Making Mexico Great Again”.   The Trump-Mexico deal will likely end “Catch and Release” as the court also ruled asylum seekers must wait in Mexico for their case to be called.  This will also wreck the cartel’s business of forcing aliens to pay to get them into America.  Border Patrol was also able to stop 116 Africans attempting to come illegally into America and it was revealed a plot by ISIS operatives to sneak terrorists through smuggling routes into America to target Americans and financial institutions.

Meanwhile, California and New York, Democrats have provided driver’s license to illegal aliens with the objective to allow illegal aliens to vote.  Isn’t that foreign influence on an election?  Yes it is.  Suppose we allow those throughout the world to get a ballot and vote for our leaders?  Of course Democrats would love that since they are for globalization and have become the anti-American party.  California Democrats have already used voter fraud in California and AB 693 is another effort to legalize voter fraud.  In Congress, Democrats overwhelmingly rejected a motion to condemn voting by illegal aliens.

Those in California, who already pay the highest amount in the country for gas, must get ready to pay more as Democrats have set gas taxes to increase again on July 1st.  California Democrats will provide free health care to illegal aliens by taxing and penalizing those in California who cannot afford health insurance while New York Democrats have provided 27 million toward college tuition for illegal aliens.

The enemies of Democrats are Christians as California Democrat David Canepa declared war on Chick-fil-A since the company is Christian based.  In Nebraska, a school that declared candy canes too religious has removed any religious symbols from the yearbook.  Diana Martin, an 86 year old widow, was evicted from her California apartment sharing her faith and offering to pray for others. 

Whatever the Democrats can’t get by voter fraud, they will attempt to get by brainwashing our children.  The Cartoon Network promoted “LGBT Pride Month” to kids and Disney introduced “Boy Princess” that introduces first gay kiss.  “My Little Pony” featured two lesbian ponies while Target has donated $100,000 “to promote gay lifestyle to school children”.  A seven year old trans child was the center of attention as the boy in heals during the Los Angeles Pride Parade.  Netflix also promoted pedophilia with a drag queen in an indoctrination series.  In Wisconsin, teacher Mark Busenbark, who goes by Vica Steel forced 5 year old students to watch a video of his “transgender coming out” with the blessing of the principal.  Parents were not provided an option to exempt their child and the students must now call the teacher “Mx Steel”.  Vermont will now allow sex reassignment surgeries for children. California is pushing a law (Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99) trying to force churches to embrace the LGBY ideology.

In Virginia, Democrat Joe Morrissey, who had resigned after he impregnated a 17 year old intern and was twice debarred as a lawyer, was renominated for the State Senate even after he was arrested and convicted of child pornography.

In Michigan, mosque leader, Iman Bassem al-Sheraa is “educating” students on the proper role of “wife beating” is she misbehaves. 

And that is just some of the lunacy from Democrats in June 2019.

Frank Aquila is president of the South San Joaquin Republicans and author of the book, “Sarah Palin Out of Nowhere”.  He can be emailed at [email protected]

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CigarBox

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 9:21am

Somewhere In the West Texas Sand

The days turned into weeks, and the weeks turned into months after Ray was buried. The little town drifted back to normal and Ray was mentioned in passing at Fat Eddie’s over coffee every now and then, but soon he faded and it was as if he had never been there. It was a little odd at first when he didn’t show for catfish, or eggs in the morning, but time made the entire episode fade into history. Lives moved on, and the little grave began to grow weeds here and there. June went to the little real estate office every day, and put in her time, taking in all that she could about the operation. Mike continued to work with his stepfather, and tried again to take the real estate classes, but he was simply no good at it. He wasn’t much good at other things either, and he and June began to drift farther, and farther apart. She put him in the same category as the man she’d met in Vegas, and like him, she soon lost all respect for Mike. She began to resent him more and more, and oddly enough, she began to identify with Claudette. At the funeral she’d seen a softer side of the broker, but she’d also noticed that she knew just when to stiffen her back and walk away. Also the advice she’d gotten just before the wedding had taken root and June had actually kept a wary eye on Mike at all times.

June was walking away from other things now too. She really was seventeen now, and not just saying it. She really was married, and she really did live in the Bend. It was almost becoming her usual habit. Before, it was as if she was visiting and would shortly return to those shacks behind Fat Eddie’s once again, but now she began to feel as if she belonged there. There was a spiritual attraction between her and the land of the Bend. It made her feel as if she, and it were actually one!

The day-to-day operation of the real estate market began to interest her. Real Estate was never boring to her, but alive and exciting. She was amazed by the details and little “in’s and out’s” of the business. Claudette told her she needed to seriously begin taking the “fast classes,” and be ready to test for her real estate license when she became of age.

Claudette’s reading disability let June into some very private maneuvers and she learned every time she saw one of them. One such move came one afternoon when a former client called and blasted June out on the phone, admonishing her to have Claudette call him back.

“Oh, him,” Claudette said, “I won’t call him. He wants his ‘V. A.’ back on the house he sold and he can’t get it.”

“Why,” June asked?

“Well, I put in paragraph eleven that the new buyer would apply for the loan to be transferred within a year of the closing. Well they applied.”

“And?”

“The mortgage company said, ‘No.’ They won’t let the seller off the note. He’s on it until it runs out.”

“Isn’t that dishonest. You said the people would assume the note in full within a year?”

“No, it’s not dishonest. I never said they’d assume, I said they’d apply. They did apply. The answer was ‘no.”

“Slick.”

“Slick as scum on a hot rock, child. In this business, every comma means something. Never take anyone at their word, especially a real estate agent!”

June became used to the open house duties that her job entailed. She’d fix the food, and sit in the mansions of the Bend, or a shack on the north side of the little town with equal enthusiasm! She was a local celebrity of sorts and her open houses were real events. She began to learn the history of the dream that became the Bend. Claudette showed her this history in the documents that filled the cabinets of the office. When viewed in that aspect the Bend seemed so absolutely normal, and natural, but when perceived from a realistic standpoint it was an impossible thing. June began to understand that perhaps the main reason there was only one bidder that day on the courthouse steps was that no one in the little town thought the land was worth anything! It certainly wasn’t worth braving the cold wind on the north porch of the county court house. It was Claudette’s vision that made the Bend come alive. June began to realize Claudette’s genius as she studied the plot maps, and the ideas that sat silently in the office of the little west Texas real estate company now gathering dust.

June could also see how the very advent of the Bend, while bringing some construction to the area, had actually left a vacuum. There were no more homes to be built there and all the plans to expand were scrubbed. The Bend had been built and all of the construction money that could be made had been made. This very fact was what had driven Ray to Killeen. There was no work among the fat wallets of the Bend. There were very few sales, and no expansion. The Bend was settling down into exactly what Claudette had planned for it to be all along. It was a place for the privileged few to retreat when the world became too much and the west Texas deserts would keep them safe.

She could see how the wise old broker had effectively neutralized the town, and it’s city officials to achieve her ends in the construction of the Bend. What June could not see was that this had led to some bitterness. When the money was new, and the excitement was still in the air, the old men who ran the town were happy, but with the winding down process they resented the lady from Memphis who had insinuated herself so dramatically in their town. The Subdivision wasn’t just a mass of brick and streets, but an idea, a concept; indeed, it was Rome in its entire ancient splendor! When one turned from the interstate highway into the Bend, they turned back into time. Within its walls were the privileged few. No one dared penetrate this inner sanctum, for it in its own way was a very holy ground, sanctified by blood, and sealed for time, and eternity! It was not just a subdivision, implying that it was a part of a greater whole, but it was the whole, and it sustained itself. Its inhabitants would truly wonder why it was a “sub” division at all! It was actually larger than the little desert community it had sprang from. The Bend would recreate itself again, and again, at the will of its masters, the elite few who lived within it, and who empowered it, compelling it to greater heights.

And it would do it at the expense of anyone who dared to stand in the way! During June’s tenure as secretary of Claudette’s little real estate venture, she met with Juan. Juan had been around so long that no one could remember when he wasn’t there. Juan was an aspiring homeowner, hoping to put a house together in the most prestigious subdivision in the state! The Bend! He submitted his plans to the “committee” which actually amounted to Claudette, and her husband, and was initially approved. He had paid for his lot in four payments. Then he gathered his clan around him to build the house a little bit at a time. He would pay in food and help to various members of his family who helped with the project. He’d skip over a lot of red tape by doing this. In skipping over the bureaucracy he attracted more than a little attention. One night a visitor came to Claudette’s home.

After dinner, when the scotch was poured liberally, and the “visitor” made his pitch.

“Claudette, you know that Mexican that’s putting up his place, out there on the point?”

“Why hell yes! You think I’d have a house going up out here that I didn’t know about?”

The man poured a bit more whiskey and continued, “Well let me ask you this; wasn’t this supposed to be an ‘exclusive’ area?”

The wise old broker sat her drink on the oak table, “Jim, I don’t know what you’re driving at, but you know as a broker with the state of Texas, I can’t be a party to any such shenanigans as what I know you’re leading up to.”

“Ain’t askin’ you to, hon, ain’t askin’ you to. Just askin’ you to appoint a few more ‘committee’ members to help you with this heavy load I know you must be carrying by now. We could hold meetings; enforce deed restrictions, and such things as that. He’s out there using his family to pour concrete, frame, put in septic, hell, everything! I don’t think the word ‘code’ is anywhere in their vocabulary.”

She stared at him. “Juan’s money is green. That’s the only color I see. I’m from a sand bar in the middle of the Mississippi, and I don’t give a damn about your codes.”

About that time her husband cut her off, “Now, hon, just let Jim continue. He’s not trying to hurt you. He’s trying to help you.”

“That’s right, Claudette,” Jim said, “We’re just trying to help you smooth things along. I’m not interested in what that Mexican is putting up out there. All I want to do is make sure the code is adhered to, and that our property values stay right where they are. There are a lot of people with a lot of money invested here in this little neighborhood of yours, and you can’t let us down, now.”

“Oh, I see.” Claudette saw a way out of this little trap. “Then let’s go ahead and have a little vote, and form a new committee, right?”

“Yeah, that’s it. Now ol’ Juan out there, he can even run for the committee if he wants to. We’d be proud to have him.”

“Naturally. I can see how you’d be overjoyed for him to sit on the committee.”

Jim smiled, “I knew you’d see it our way.”

In point of fact, Claudette had written the so-called “code” with her husband, Bill, but had never actually taken it seriously. With the caliber of buyers she’d had she’d have felt like a fool trying to steer them this way or that if they decided to do something with their property, and in truth that’s the very reason most of them were there in the first place is to live in peace and solitude and not be tampered with. In her mind Juan was one of the least offenders. All he wanted to really do was build a house!

Within a month Juan had more complaints against his construction than he ever imagined possible. His septic tank wasn’t up to state standards, it spite of the fact that it was exactly the same as the one on the adjacent lot. (That land is higher elevation than Juan’s land. His must be a spray type unit!) Juan’s deck wasn’t in conformity with the specs on the original plan. (We have the plan right here. That deck sits on ground that was hauled in and is very unsound. Why it would just slide right off into the river at the first rain!)

After such delays, and hearings, the little man was simply disgusted and left his unfinished house to be host to the tumbleweeds that blew across his property. When the fines mounted for that Juan disappeared from town, and the only reminder left was his daughter, Sabrina, still serving drinks down at the little bar that Buddy frequented. The last house to be built in the Bend was at that time a foundation with gray two by fours reaching for the west Texas sky. With his friend, Ray now dead, Juan’s trips to the town became fewer and fewer. Those who did know him thought they saw other worries in his eyes, but they could never quite put their fingers on it.

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Queer as Folk

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 6:28am

Please explain to me how this is normal. The evolution of the LBTGQ understanding, shortened to just BLT is sheer poppycock.

Genesis 1:27
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

The human design, in fact the master design for creatures in general is there are pairs. An “inie” and an “outie!” You put the outie into the inie and you get child support. While the good fairies have gay pride month, and dress little boys up like little girls, the more conventional among us are held to a different standard. While a Drag Queen can have a little boy/girl sit on his lap and read, “I Have Two Daddies” if I comment on the beauty of a little girl at H-E-B I’ll end up plea bargaining down at the courthouse. “If your honor will allow the bailiff to lend me his gun with one bullet I’ll save the State of Texas a lot of time and money.”

And everyone is afraid to address this head on.

Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual or are not cisgender. Originally meaning “strange” or “peculiar”, queer came to be used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late 19th century. Beginning in the late 1980s, queer activists, such as the members of Queer Nation, began to reclaim the word as a deliberately provocative and politically radical alternative to the more assimilationist branches of the LGBT community.
(Wikipedia)

I have become increasingly aware that “queer” has joined the ranks of “nigger” and a host of other words that make the Millennials ill at ease. The end result of this is we began to turn a blind eye to events stemming from deviant lifestyles. Those lifestyles are sexually centered and leave very little room for anything else.

I like pretty girls. Hey, I ain’t even gonna lie to you. I don’t like porn, and I’m a face man. What that means is that I can appreciate beauty in a girl from five to fifty. I don’t have sexual designs on every girl I see. And that is not because I’m a moral upright guy because I’m NOT! I just know that there is more to a girl than the cut of her jeans. Queer as Folk are not folk. They’re Queer! Let me show you the difference.

A friend of mine was in management at a large company in Austin. He had to interview applicants for hiring. He told me that one thing disturbed him when he did that duty. An applicant could apply. Background good, stats from previous employment impressive, letters of recommendation, the whole nine yards. But, on several occasions when my friend extended his hand to welcome the person to the company they’d say, “I feel that you should know . . . I’m gay!”

He asked me, “What the HELL does that have to do with anything? I’d figured that out when he swished into the room! It didn’t bear on my decision to hire him.” He went on to say, “That would be like me applying for a job, and when I was told that I was going to be hired, saying, ‘I think you should know . . . I like to screw women!”

Now, let’s roll this turd ball a little farther down the hill, shall we? In heterosexual land, if I cuddle up to a girl one minute after midnight on her eighteenth birthday it’s love. One minute before, it’s a felony. Don’t work that way in Fagatopia. All are fair game. That picture of that little boy at the head of this article. The kids sitting on a Drag Queen’s lap at “StoryTime.” Man/Boy love organizations. And the rest of us better NOT object! That’s “hate speech!”

Now, I’m not condoning gay bashing. I don’t agree with the lifestyle. I have hemorrhoids and frankly can’t get my mind around the concept, but live like you wanna live. Only DON’T “drag” kids who don’t even have the hormones yet into your little fantasy!

And let’s end the double standard. The very fact that Doc Greene was arrested for trying to cover a story about some child doing a lap dance on a convicted child molester is an abomination before God!

Matthew 18:6
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.


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Killdozer

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 6:14am

Today is a special day. June 4th 2018 marks the 14th anniversary of the Killdozer’s rampage through Granby Colorado.

Sit down kids and let me tell you a tale, about a reasonable man driven to do unreasonable things.

Marvin Heemeyer was a man who owned a muffler shop in Granby Colorado. The city council ordained to approve the construction of a concrete factory in the lot across from Marvin’s shop. In the process this blocked the only access road to the muffler shop. Marvin petitioned to stop the construction to no avail. Petitioned to construct a new access road, and even bought the heavy machinery to do so himself. Denied.

The concrete factory went up in disregard to the ramifications on Marvin’s business. To add insult to injury, the factory construction disconnected the muffler shop from the city sewage lines. An indifferent city government then chose to fine Marvin for this.

His business and livelihood were in ruin. Rather than lie down and die, Marvin chose to fight back. Over the course of a year and a half Marvin secretly outfitted the bulldozer he bought to save his business with three foot thick steel and concrete armor, camera systems guarded with bulletproof glass.

On June 4th 2004 Marvin Heemeyer lowered the armored shell over top of himself, entombing himself inside the Killdozer to make his last stand.

He burst fourth from the walls of his muffler shop and straight into the concrete factory that ruined his business. Over the course of the next several hours Marvin drove his Killdozer through 13 buildings owned by those officials that had wronged him, including the city council building itself.

Swat teams swarmed the dozer, but it proved immune to small arms fire and even explosives. Another piece of heavy machinery was even brought out to fight the Killdozer, but it too fell to the dozers righteous fury.

In the end, Marvin’s Killdozer became trapped in one of the buildings it was built to destroy. Marvin chose to take his life, the only life he took that day.

Today we celebrate Killdozer day and Marvin Heemeyer, the last great American folk hero. A man driven to the brink who chose to fight back against an indifferent system.

From notes left behind after his passing:
“I was always willing to be reasonable until I had to be unreasonable. Sometimes reasonable men must do unreasonable things.”

When injustice becomes the law, resistance becomes duty

I did not write this but thought it was interesting and needed to be shared.

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How Costco Ruined Buying a New Car

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:48am

And it’s not just Costco. There’s plenty of blame to share. Consumer Reports, Sam’s Club, BJ’s and every other organization that promises to guarantee participants the lowest price possible on a new car are all co–conspirators.

This may seem hard to believe but until the ‘90s it was almost impossible for consumers to find accurate car price information. A sheep, excuse me, customer entering a car dealership was presented with a situation where the dealer had all the cars and all the price information.

Even worse, dealers would not discuss price over the phone. Buyers had to go to each individual dealership and be waterboarded by a different ‘sales team.’

The sales process was akin to the procedure the KGB used to force the condemned to sign confessions. The customer sat in an uncomfortable chair while a team of ‘good salesman’ and ‘bad salesman’ badgered you with false promises and assurances that if you’d just sign the sales agreement they’d let you go to the bathroom.

Asking to see the invoice on a car was greeted with laughter or outright hostility, much like the response one gets today after asking a hospital administrator what a hernia operation will cost.

If a customer had a couple of weeks to visit every dealer within a reasonable radius of home and a high tolerance for psychological pressure, there was a chance he could negotiate an excellent price.

Consumer Reports ended that agonizing process by first providing accurate cost information and second, by urging customers to negotiate over the phone instead of submitting to the time–consuming process of in–person visits for every dealer.

That put customers and dealers on a level playing field. Even with information, many car buyers still hated the negotiation process. Edmunds found 33 percent of the car–buying population would rather do taxes, go to the DMV, sit in the middle seat of an airplane or watch Beto live–stream a root canal than negotiate car prices.

Costco, CR and other like–minded marketers responded with a car–buying service for their customers. Some charge for the service and others just direct you to a dealership where the price has already been negotiated. All of the services promise to eliminate negotiation.

Which is the problem. Today’s consumer can’t seem to figure out the “No Haggle — No Hassel” pricing has a flip side, which is “Take It or Leave It.”

As dealer Brent Emon commented on the Three Thrifty Guys site, “I can say that there is ALWAYS someone who will buy our car at our price. It’s not like that poor Corolla is going to rot away on the lot because you walked away, it just means we sell it tomorrow instead of today.”

So Costco et al did eliminate negotiation, most because the dealers stopped.

I have yet to buy or lease a car from a Costco dealer, even after getting the Costco price, because they won’t budge from that number. And many other CR or TrueCar dealers are doing the same.

I blame the buying and price quote services. Consumers are so sheep–like they would rather take a price set by a third party — secure in the knowledge if the price is high they aren’t the only people paying it — than use that price as a starting point to negotiate their own deal.

Dealers like Emon conclude if cars are going off the lot at the “No Haggle – No Hassel” then why waste time trying to seal the deal with a penny–pincher like me? There’s always some relieved Millennial to take my place.

The last two times I’ve leased a car only one dealer of the five or six I contacted had a salesman ready to negotiate a deal, instead of order–takers who wait for a customer to buy at the set price.

I once had a Mercedes finance manager tell me that on some days a customer would come into the dealership, see the list price of a car on the window sticker and write him a check for the full amount. And he didn’t feel the least bit guilty for making a premium on that car, because on other days people like me would come into the dealership.

Don’t passively put dealers that won’t negotiate in the driver’s seat again. Make them talk or take a walk.

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Bikers, Cowboys, and Girls Without Braziers

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 6:39am

Right about the time when I run out of something to write about something comes along that is so stupid I just gotta chime in. Crackers giving the “OK” sign. Naturally the alt-left calls them Trump supporters which they may well be, but I really think it’s just another reason to hate on Trump.

This country wasn’t this divided during the civil war. And going tit for tat don’t work. If I go off on Black Lives Matter then I owe them money ‘cause great grand pappy was a slave. Mexicans? Forget it. They’ve all got kids. Women? #yourass. So old white guys are the drug of choice for the alt-left, rainbow colored, marching, demonstrating populace of the America of the twenty-first century.

I’ve always been happy being a white guy. I’m even happier being an old white guy. When I was thirty if I dated a girl fifteen years my junior I’d STILL be trying to make parole. Now I can date someone forty years my junior and everyone just gets mad. I’m not politically correct because I don’t know how. Things like the “OK” sign are now the symbol of white supremacy. What’s the middle finger a sign of. Too much to keep up with. Life is just a song. That makes liberals mad.

So anyway someone put up a video of a bunch of Peckerwoods parading down the street giving that hand signal and all the liberals went to ground. I love it. MY PEOPLE! I love bikers, and cowboys, and girls without braziers!

But, we’re a dying breed, and you’re gonna miss us when we’re gone. Who’s gonna fight that civil war you’re going on about? We fought the last one. Who’s gonna enforce the law, keep your family safe, keep Sharia Law from killing your daughters? As you try to negotiate your way through crime ridden streets you’ll miss those guys who put up the statues. And we’ll be up yonder, shaking our heads, talking about the Used To Be.


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Zuckerberg Has No Clothes

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 6:05am

If Facebook charged one dollar a year, I wouldn’t use it. With its frontal assault on free speech, its manipulation of posts, interfering with elections, and troll armies it would be sued for fraud should it charge for its services. Right now Facebook is looking like Ma Bell right before the fall.

Brother Theo had a most interesting talk with a guest of Bill Mahr recently. Bill, as you know, is so far left that he’s right, and usually his guests are as whacked out as he is, but even a stopped watch is right twice a day, and according to this guy it is high noon for Facebook.

According to this prophet of doom before the election of 2020 Facebook will loose half of its subscribers. Now, you must understand something. Facebook is a bit like the Mormon Church. While flaunting fifteen million members most Mormons are not active. The numbers include all persons who have been baptized into the fold, including at one time, six million dead Jews from the Holocaust, even though they had to give them back. It doesn’t account for those who, while registered, never go to church, or those who have died, and no longer have a voice (kinda like the Democrats on Election Day) or those who never attended services after their baptism. Getting up that first Sunday morning, having to dress up and sit through three hours of drivel without a cup of coffee, or a morning smoke will have a profound effect on one’s faith. Some coffee beans fall on rocky ground. Suffice to say all is not well down at the old Temple!

Well, Facebook is like that. If you will notice, Facebook was a lot like the early McDonalds. Back in the day the sign in front of the burger franchise had a number that was constantly being updated. It was fascinating to see. Eventually they sold so many Big Macs they had to replace the ever increasing numbers with the simple statement, “Billions and Billions served!” They didn’t subtract how many were puked out on the floor, but that number is negligible. I’d still like to know if the LDS Church subtracted all those dead Jews.

That’s Facebook Common Core math. Once you join your theirs forever! Even if you’re in Facebook Jail. It’s like a rapist considering his victim to be his girlfriend. And the numbers never go down, even if you die. In the used to be when you died Facebook would deactivate your account. Then they came up with the idea of “memorializing” those accounts so now those dead Peckerwoods are all members too! And due to remembrances put up by friends and family, they still post! And just like those Jews and Big Macs, they never rot!

Bill the Butcher

Also, you must account for those who use Facebook for the first time, some troll threatens to screw their three year old daughter, and they never return. Oh, they’ll cancel their account, but that doesn’t mean that Facebook will drop them from the rolls. Long ago the service switched from an accurate count to just stating that half of the earth’s population was aboard.

That’s why when you post something, and say like five people “like” it, it’s not censorship. Those people aren’t THERE! It’s a lie! Those low numbers reflect the truth. If you account for real people you actually know, and family stupid enough to read your posts, the number of people interacting with you is just about right! It’s like YouTube. You could post a video of you circumcising yourself with a pipe cutter and you’d be lucky to get fifty hits.

In addition to all that there is the exit of bloggers and columnists who leave in disgust after thirty days in Facebook Jail for writing the word, “Muslim” and you have what amounts to #Facebook Walkaway!” Alternative Media such as The Liberty Beacon, The Dam Good Times, The Tea Party Tribune, and yes even The Young Turks gain more traction every day. That’s because they are more reliable.

Then there are people who rarely or never use Facebook. Some people get up in the morning with stuff to do. They actually check the weather. In fact, it is becoming fashionable to NOT have a Facebook account. Imagine an employer asking for your Facebook account and you tell him you don’t use that. What’s he gonna do? Insist that you get one so some kid in Albuquerque can masturbate to pictures of your wife?

And if you’re waiting on the “govment” to step in have I got a bridge for you and it’s on sale! When Zuckerberg appeared before congress, sitting on that stack of phone books, he just threw them a fish and they clapped their flippers, barking at the moon. Ted Cruz was the only cognitive voice, but he couldn’t be heard with all the acclimation and palm branches being thrown in front of the boy wonder from Silicon Valley. You do understand that Jesus was riding a Democrat on Palm Sunday, don’t you?

Anyway this bubble will probably burst by the time Trump begins his second term. All of these factors, and the loss of all that Russian money will begin to shrink Facebook down to a more manageable size. And it will not recover because it doesn’t know how. It’s a fluke. More interested in social manipulation than simply providing a legitimate service at a reasonable price. Some kid with a lemonade stand has more on the ball. A meth dealer has more.

You will See other platforms emerge. Oh, they won’t be the megalithic world shaker that Facebook appeared to be, but don’t you see, it never was. Zuckerberg had no clothes. And I “Like” that!


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First Kiss

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 8:39am

A mans walks into a bar and sees Ted Cruz and Donald Trump sitting at a table. He asks the bartender if that’s really them, to which the bartender says that it is. The man eases over to the table and asks what they are doing there.

“I’m planning a war in Iran that will kill two million Muslims and one big breasted blonde,” Trump says.

The man looks puzzled and asks, “Why would you want to kill a big breasted blonde?”

Trump smiles and tells Cruz, “See! I told you no one cares about Muslims!”

Now, when this goes up on the Tea Party Tribune, and some kid reads it to a friend during lunch at the University of Texas I just broke the law of Greg Abbott. Apologies to all the big breasted blondes on campus.

It is now illegal to tell such a joke, hear such a joke, or even hear ABOUT such a joke on campus in the Lone Testicle State. But, what constitutes a joke? A #METOO supporter wearing a pussy hat? Two students kidding each other about Becky Rottencroutch? Or a picture of Dennis Bonnen’s wife?

The biggest joke here is the rape of freedom of speech. We have gone from not being able to express political ideas outside of Free Speech Zones to Doc Greene doing a free show on campus and getting into trouble for singing “Skinny Legs and All!!”

All this overt attention to women makes you consider that ten million gay men can’t be WRONG! We’re back to animal farm. Some animals are more equal. Now, I know this article is going to raise the ire of practically every femenazi out there.

Y’all have to understand that I come from a time when men were men, women were women, and the sheep were nervous. And we didn’t have MORE rape. We didn’t have MORE disrespect. If anything we had more consideration for women than now. We cherished our girls. That’s why you have all these golden anniversaries from our era and are damn lucky to get five years out of a Millennial marriage if you get a marriage at all! That’s why boys married girls. That’s why you had Doc and Joanna Greene!

Imposed social behaviors will never replace nature. There’s that little spark that comes when a boy kisses a girl for the first time, and neither of them has it quite right but know that there is something there they can’t see, and know that it’s special. Something between them and them alone. Something in the words, “I love you” that Webster can’t define, and Abbott can’t legislate. I still remember the exact spot in Condor Park where Pam Burns let me kiss her. A first kiss is like crack. You’ll never top the first one. That kiss forever belongs to me and Pam, and I can’t make a joke about that!

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The Political Game Called Conspiracy

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 4:44pm

By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio

First we saw two years time being wasted, over 500 subpoenas being issued, with almost $35 million of our hard-earned taxpayer monies being spent on an investigation that itself was corrupt from the start, an investigation pushed forward by the disgruntled simply because Hillary Rodham Clinton…who was to be Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s coveted third term in office…lost to Donald Trump.

And we all remember how the Democrats, especially those of the “snowflake” kind, threw temper tantrum after temper tantrum while hugging their therapy puppies, blowing bubbles, and coloring in coloring books while safely ensconced in their “safe spaces,” as the party hierarchy was busy helping to “manufacture” a dossier in a desperate attempt to right what they perceived was an election wrong.

But in their trying to prove that then candidate Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election, what the Democrats did instead wasprove themselves to be the very colluders they accused Donald Trump of being. And their recourse…their hoping to save “political face” if you will…is to call for now President Trump’s impeachment even though no wrong doing on his part was found…except to beat Hillary Clinton that is.

Refusing to set the entire sorted mess aside, and with the gaggle of Democrat presidential hopefuls having no legitimate platform to run on, the Democrats desperately need the collusion now morphed into the impeachment nonsense to remain a key component of the 24/7 news cycle and to remain so right up until November 3, 2020.

Impeachment is now their sole platform as Democrats have proven themselves to be totally useless in Congress for they refuse to do the job they were elected to do…as in focus on the truly important issues we as a country now face. And besides, too much time and too much money has already been wasted not to keep the collusion morphed intoimpeachment nonsense going…it’s the Democrats way and has been since even before they retook the House in 2018…it’s just more laser focused now.

So with the Democrats call for impeachment showing no sign of abating, what is the current status of two of the key players in this most vile of political games…a game called “conspiracy” whose end they hoped would see the overthrow of newly-elected President Donald Trump.

Let’s start with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged back in 2017 with conducting the investigation into eleven “episodes” supposedlyinvolving President Trump…“episodes” ranging from possible collusion with the Russians to the firing of FBI Director James Comey to Trump’s ‘supposed’ attempts to dismiss Mueller himself… that man decided in the end to play both sides against the middle when in a public statement concerning the end of his investigation said that, “We concluded that we would not reach a determination, one way or the other, about whether the president committed a crime,” because it would “be unfair” to accuse the president of a crime when he can’t be legally charged.

And with those words Mueller has now basically left the charge of “obstruction statutes” open to if not further investigation at least to further time and money wasting discussion.

But discussion of what exactly? How about discussion asking the questions did President Trump’s actions meet three key elements pertaining to “obstruction statutes”…as in were said actions obstructive acts; did said acts progress to an official proceeding; and was there corrupt intent in said actions. And by leaving this discussion basically open-ended in both time and content, Mueller has allowed the call for impeachment to gain momentum amongst those on the left side of the aisle even though he knows well the answer to those three questions is an emphatic…no.

And while Robert Mueller might take some warped sense of pride in his now actually being the defacto leader of the “Impeach Trump” movement, he is also the man who once again is finding himself being suspected of having committed a crime…the crime of violating the Brady Act.

And what is the Brady Act…it’s the very act that clearly states all prosecutors must turn over all the exculpatory evidence to the defense, which Mueller did not do in the case pertaining to Lt. General Michael Flynn and 13 Russian agents. This was the case where the prosecutors were members of the special counsel’s office and defendant Lt. Gen. Flynn was a cooperating witness. Simply, Mueller refused even when ordered by D.C. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to produce and turn over any and all FBI interview reports (called 302’s) and/or memorandum pertaining to the original interview of Lt. Gen. Flynn…a witch hunt actually of President Trump’s first choice and probably best choice to be National Security Advisor… until John Bolton came along that is. And this request is standard procedure in order to “protect a defendant” before sentencing as it’s the defendant who must bear the burden to prove that the undisclosed evidence was both material and favorable.

But why at this point in time are Brady Act allegations again being talked about regarding Robert Mueller… because with Mueller having withheld evidence during the Flynn case it’s believed by some that he’s withholding evidence now…evidence that would exonerate President Trump of all charges leveled against him. And why so… because with Mueller and his team having learned about the Steele dossier from some of Lt. Gen. Flynn’s former national security team members while the case against the general was both ongoing and dominating the media spotlight means Robert Mueller knew of the Brits serious concerns about said dossier long before being appointed to investigate possible election collusion… he knew and still went ahead with this anything but impartial farce of an investigation.

It seems that a week or so before President Trump’s inauguration Great Britain’s top National Security Adviser, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, sent a private communique to a few key members of the incoming Trump administration…a communique addressing Britain’s part in the counterintelligence probe into the Trump-Russia collusion accusations. Kept from the media and the public, as well as from President Trump himself, was the fact that the British government lacked “confidence” in both the “credibility and reliability” of Christopher Steele’s supposed evidence.

Lacked confidence…translation: the Brits did not believe either Christopher Steele himself or his vile dossier’s musings…and yet Mueller knew this and went ahead with the investigation or should I say witch hunt. And how do we know this…because Lt. Gen. Flynn was told about the communique when Mueller’s team questioned him during debriefings after Flynn reached a plea deal on a charge of “making false statements to the FBI” as well as making a “cooperation agreement” with Mueller…a keep your mouth shut or else deal perhaps. And Robert Mueller in turn kept the communique from the investigators, the media, President Trump, and most importantly from his finalized investigative report.

So even though Robert Mueller has resigned his position as special council and while he also officially resigned from the Justice Department itself saying, “I’m done with the investigation and will not testify if asked,” Democratic House leaders remain salivating over these words of Mueller’s, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

Translation: for the Democrats the race to impeachment is courtesy of Robert Mueller’s very own words..words that implied that both the Constitution itself and the institutional legitimacy of Congress as an independent body requires an immediate start to impeachment hearings…the right side of the aisle and the truth be damned.

See video ‘Mueller Statement’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DWzzMlMIRI

But in the end Robert Mueller will, I believe, be subpoenaed to testify before Congress not if but when impeachment charges are brought to the House floor, and his apparent newest Brady Act violations will rightfully be brought up by Republicans. Remember, the Michael Flynn case was what started the actual ball rolling against President Trump.

Now regarding main character number two…actually ground zero of this entire baseless witch hunt…enter center stage the Steele Dossier itself and its author, former British M16 operative Christopher Steele. According to leading British papers, Steele…who had declined being interviewed in the past because of the possibility of “impropriety” regardinghis involvement in a previous internal Justice Department investigation…will now supposedly meet in London with Justice Department officials within the next few weeks to discuss his “dealings with the FBI.” But Steele’s willingness to meet comes with an important caveat…the caveat being only if U.S. officials first reach an agreement with the British government for him to do so. Interesting to say the least.

But why the intense focus on the Steele dossier and it’s nefarious Obama and Hillary supporting author now and not before the official investigation got underway? The answer is really quite simple…because while the claims Steele made in his dossier were known beforehand by Mueller to be but a compilation of lies, Mueller needed those lies as the basis by which to go forward with said investigation…an investigation that saw to the Democrats chagrin their hoped for “Trump is guilty” scenario instead not being substantiated by the very key piece of “manufactured” evidence at hand…the bought and paid for Steele dossier. And logic then dictates that without the much needed substantiation, and with Mueller not even mentioning the dossier in both his investigation statement and his news conference, how can Mueller’s report, let alone the investigation itself, be taken seriously…simply it cannot

Remember, this is the very same dossier talked about in the communique from British National Security Adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant…the very same dossier that Grant claimed the British government lacked “confidence” in… the very same dossier Mueller knew was “unreliable” way back when Lt. Gen. Flynn was under investigation. And Mueller and his team never bothered to personally check on the dossier’s verifiability let alone its accuracy, as they needed Trump to be proven guilty of collusion. All the key players knew well that said dossier was dirty…that its author was dirty; that it was funded by the DNC and the Hillary campaign (with Hillary obviously knowing); and most importantly their actions or lack thereof allowed the dossier to be used in 2016 by then-President Barack HUSSEIN Obama to secure surveillance warrants for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Also, not to be forgotten regarding what is indeed actual collusion is that back in August 2018 it was revealed that Steele himself…the very man who had assisted in past FBI investigations and who in October 2016 reached a deal with the FBI to continue doing research and to be paid for what became the Steele dossier…saw that deal being made in the guise of his being a “Confidential Human Source” (CHS). In fact, Steele himself told the FBI that he had informed a “third party” that he was acting as a CHS for the FBI…the what was then the Comey corrupt, Hillary supporting FBI that is

So with AG William Barr’s appointment of Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead the review as to what was the FBI’s role in the Russia probe, and with Barr saying that he himself as well as the Justice Department will be reviewing the “very unusual” role both Christopher Steele and his dossier played in the Trump-Russia investigation along with whether or not British officials supported intelligence-gathering activities targeted at Trump and his associates or if they coordinated in any way with Christopher Steele.

And to this affect, I believe, somehow, someway William Barr will get to the bottom of this sorted mess and that in the end arrests will be made. And here I mean arrests of the true conspirators and collusionists behind it all…former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, Robert Mueller himself, information-leaker and disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, sore-loser Hillary Clinton, as well as the head of the snake…one Barack HUSSEIN Obama himself…the man who in my opinion gave the orders to Christopher Steele to compile “whatever was necessary” to take Trump down….after all his third term in office truly depended on it.

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An Arrow Aimed at America’s Heartland

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 4:42pm


Are you ready to get down into the weeds and look at a current attack on our Federal System through the lenses of American Constitutional History to gain an understanding of something which is nothing less than an arrow aimed at America’s Heartland? 

This is a wakeup call to citizens of Middle America of a plot to strip us of our electoral importance by the entrenched elites of the Deep State. 

Recently, Nevada became the 15th state to pass a measure granting its Electoral College votes to the candidate winning the nationwide popular vote regardless of how the citizens of their own State voted. 

This movement is being led by an organization called National Popular Vote.  The founders of the 501(c)(4) Are election law expert and attorney Barry Fadem and John Kaza (co-inventor of the scratch off lottery ticket).  

Fadem and Kaza both have impressive careers filled with professional achievement.  However, it’s easy for anyone with even a smattering of knowledge of civics to discount their efforts by assuming though they may be intelligent and accomplished they don’t know much about how our government is designed to work. 

In reality the exact opposite might be the case.  These two and their organization aim to disrupt the balance between the States and have intentionally launched this arrow aimed at America’s Heartland. 

Their objective is to influence a group of States whose electoral votes total 270, which is the number needed to win the presidency, into an alliance binding them to follow a majority vote attainable by a combination of New York, New England, and the Left Coast without regard to how the citizens of the States voted. 

During the Constitutional Convention the Framers vigorously debated how the government they were designing should operate.  When looking at the election of the chief executive they rejected direct democracy because they believed it was too prone to result in a majority that would act as a tyrant. 

Looking back across time this collection of largely homeschooled patriots drew upon their knowledge of history and philosophy.  Specifically they looked to the writings of Plato who wrote in the Republic that the people or the demos, as they were called in Greek could not be trusted because they would inevitably vote for whoever promised to meet their desires of the moment even if that meant taking from others or from the national treasury.  In other words they would vote for a Santa Clause over a Washington or a Jefferson.  A lesson well learned and applied by the pitiful politicians promising paradise who make up the best Congress money can buy.    

Plato thought the majority would lack the knowledge and wisdom to make sound choices.  Of course he didn’t know about our enlightened American education system that spends more time indoctrinating the young skulls full of mush about Al Gore’s Climate hoax religion than it does about the founding of this country.  A federally controlled union infected system spends more energy turning our children into good little socialist than teaching them that capitalism has raised more people out of poverty than any other system ever devised. 

Instead of echoing the platitudes of Comrade Sanders and AOC as if they had any chance of working in the real world our government indoctrinators could teach about how the Connecticut Compromise led to the structure of our bicameral legislature and the executive branch.  They could teach that the electoral college was created to prevent the United States from becoming a place where the majority subjugated the minority. 

Hamilton and Madison, two of the key strategists in devising our government focused on factions or combinations of likeminded people who work together to advance their own interests.  Mainly they spoke of majorities and minorities.  Madison especially thought that government must be structured in such a way as to fragment the power of the majority so that it could not become tyrannical. 

When you read Federalist 9 (Hamilton), Federalist10, and Federalist 51 (Madison), these deep thinking political theorists identified three key elements they felt existed to help give the new United States a chance for success: its population size, geographic size, and the differing interests of the independent States.  Back in those days before smartphones, the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and 24-hour cable news, these factors made it difficult if not impossible for minority factions to combine into a coalition large enough to do any real damage to our system.  But today with near instantaneous communication people can be rallied quickly which means emotions can easily out run reflection 

In America today intolerant minority factions can be whipped up into tyrannical majorities in a way the Framers never imagined.  At the very time in our history when we are more vulnerable than ever to manipulated majority rule the National Popular Vote movement wants us to embrace direct democracy at the presidential level. 

The Framers designed a system of government limited in scope and shackled by the Constitution.  A system designed to do little as opposed to doing too much.  They attempted to build a system based on the nature of man.  A system of divided power able to control humanity’s less desirable tendencies.   

As Madison said in Federalist #51, “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” 

This identifies the basic problem perfectly.  We aren’t angels.   

Because of this we need controls designed to prevent unfettered majority dominance.  The Electoral College is the tool given to us by the Framers to make sure all of the States have a voice that is heard.  However, if enough States adopt the National Popular Vote this safeguard will be neutralized, not through amending the Constitution but instead by doing an end-run around it.  If this happens we’ll take a long step towards the dystopian vision our Framers sought to avoid: the tyranny of the majority. 

One question I have is, “How do these political manipulators convince people to vote to make their future votes irrelevant?”  To paraphrase Lincoln, “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.  But you can probably fool enough people to convince a majority to vote themselves onto the sidelines of History.”  If this arrow finds its mark a bicoastal electoral juggernaut will trample the voice of the Heartland into the dust of History. 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2019 Contact Dr. Owens [email protected]   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

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Saving 2020

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 4:39pm

By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio

You’re going to see the right to life people very harshly criticizing Justice Kavanaugh because this is the second time he disappointed them by presumably agreeing not to interfere with a decision that is perceived as being pro-abortion. They were expecting him to be more, let’s say, decidedly pro-life.” – Judge Andrew Napolitano, on Justice Kavanaugh’s decision to overturn an appeal to reinstate Indiana’s abortion law

As the 2020 election draws near not only is the political discourse heating up but the animosity is heating up as well…discourse and animosity even within ones own party. You’re leaning way too far to the left…you’re leaning way too far to the right…you’re too conservative…you’re not conservative enough…I hear it every day. Keep it up folks and the wedge will be driven so deep that the party fractures to such a degree that it cannot be fixed…and here I’m talking about the Republican Party v. those within it who lean decidedly a bit too far to the right regarding certain issues

First lets get some things straight…there are two main political parties in this country…the Democrat and the Republican party…two parties alone who determine the presidential election. All other political parties including the Independent Party, the Libertarian Party, the Conservative Party, the Constitutional Party, the Green Party, as well as the truly obscure political parties who constitute the “fringe element”…sees that when push comes to shove it’s their party’s candidate who goes down in flames as the two major parties, for the most part, are the ones to not only get out the vote but get it out in numbers that the other parties can never come close to matching.

That is simple reality folks…reality whether some want to hear it or not.

And another reality…a reality causing a great deal of friction today…is between those who identify as Republicans and those who identify as conservatives but register and vote Republican. These folks are wise enough to know that the Conservative Party itself is not strong enough to win a general election let alone the presidency, and so they register as Republicans as the Democrat Party…the new Democrat-Socialist Party specifically…is not an option…and rightly so

However, while the Republican Party…the political party of Lincoln and Reagan…does share many conservative leanings that does not mean one has to be a die-hard conservative to be a Republican as there are some key differences between the two. Generally, Republicans do favor small government; states rights; high tariffs on foreign goods (which helps push the “Made in America” scenario); “sound money” tied to the value of gold and tangible “treasure;” reduced taxes as a means of stimulating the economy thus encouraging individual economic stability; are pro-second amendment, pro-military, and want a strong national defense; say NO to ILLEGAL immigration and YES to LEGAL immigration; know the “social issues” belong to the states; the list goes on and on.

Conservatives…or should I say those who embrace the “philosophy of conservatism” for conservatism is but a philosophy…generally favor most things Republicans favor policy wise, but do tend to bring religion and the Holy Bible into most (but not all) of the political discourse, especially discourse regarding the social issues…especially the discourse regarding abortion. That is the main difference between the two entities…that and the fact that while most Republicans honor “separation of church and state” most die-hard conservatives actually want to meld the two together…something our Founding Fathers would never want to see happen

Then there’s a new, while not quite a party but a political movement, by the name of Republican-Conservatives (as opposed to Conservative-Republicans) who take the best policies of the Republican Party and mix it with a healthy but not all consuming dose of the moral compass that now defines the “conservative philosophy.” And by using simple logic and the law as laid down in the Constitution as their legal guideline, Republican-Conservatives strive to present a new option to help bring the two factions together into one cohesive Republican voting block.

And I freely admit I am one of those just named folks for where I differ with die-hard conservatives is that under no circumstances do I want America to become a theocracy…which is what many die-hard conservatives want without actually saying it.

Want an example..how about conservatives recent actions or should I say reactions regarding our newest Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

How so? Many conservatives are now voicing their disappointment in Justice Kavanaugh, the man they counted on being their anti-abortion savior on the High Court. But when a case that could have challenged the constitutional right to abortion recently reached the High Court, Kavanaugh, instead of taking the high moral anti-abortion ground, chose to join with his fellow justices in “sidestepping” a key component of that case. Choosing to overturn an appeal to reinstate Indiana’s strict 2016 abortion law…a law banning all abortions at any time during a pregnancy no matter the circumstances…a law which had been signed by then Governor Mike Pence…the justices chose to uphold only part of said law…the part regarding the disposal of “fetal remains.” 

In other words, this “without dissent” ruling tried to placate both sides of the abortion issue which can in the end backfire. Placate indeed…to make those on the left happy the ruling did not violate a woman’s right to choose abortion or put an “undue burden” on those who choose to abort. How so…because the justices left in place lower court rulings that blocked Indiana’s law from making it illegal for a woman to end her pregnancy because of the race or gender of the fetus or if she received a diagnosis of Down syndrome. And to make those on the right somewhat happy the justice’s decision treats aborted babies with dignity and respect in regards to body disposal…as in no selling of aborted babies or their body parts allowed…these babies are to be buried or cremated…period.

Some trade-off…huh…no wonder many conservatives are not happy with Justice Kavanaugh right now…but…what they don’t understand is that Kavanaugh based his decision not on the moral and religious righteousness ofthe “philosophy of conservatism” regarding abortion, but solely upon the words of the Constitution…the very document he swore to uphold…which was absolutely the right thing to do.

Putting aside his own personal beliefs regarding abortion, Justice Kavanaugh chose not to play the role of an “activist justice”…a favorite role for liberal Obama-appointed justices and judges…but to rule as the Constitutionalist he always said he would be. And Brett Kavanaugh did so by following the precedent set in Roe v. Wade “faithfully and fully”…his wordsin regards to this ruling. Knowing that he could never make all conservatives happy all the time, especially concerning the legalities of abortion, the truth is that nothing will make some die-hard conservatives happy unless the words of the Holy Bible trumps the Constitution as law of our land…a criticism…no, an observation…yes.

But this is not the first time some conservatives have been “irked” by Justice Kavanaugh’s decisions, Now seeing him as a “sellout,” these conservatives claim that not only has Kavanaugh sided more with the court’s liberal justices than with the other conservative justices, but that he has partnered, if you will, with Chief Justice John Roberts, the very justice regarded by many as not just the current court’s swing vote, but as a true sell-out to the Republican Party itself due to his ObamaCare deciding vote.

But this thinking is in error for being more moderate and flexible in certain decisions accomplishes more in the end than being so far to the right in a given situation that one can actually shake hands with the left…emotionally, stubbornly, and ever so misinformed-wise that is.

Misinformed or just simply blinded by their passions has some conservatives forgetting that in regards to the issue of abortion…the number one issue for conservatives… has the justices rightfully moving slowly as they are not yet ready to address abortion head on…not yet ready to revisit let alone ‘overturn’ Roe v. Wade…at least not during the upcoming presidential election year. A wise move on the conservative justice’s part because had the High Court heard the Indiana case, said case would have been “argued” this fall and decided by June 2020…a mere four months before the presidential election.

Now just imagine the Democrat turnout if the Indiana case had led not just to Roe v. Wade being overturned but with it being replaced with a decidedly more stringent anti-abortion ruling. Imagine that turnout while conservatives stayed home reveling in their anti-abortion “mission accomplished” scenario now blind to the fact that whomever the Democrat candidate is could actually win due to sheer Democrat voter turnout alone. Remember, it’s always all about votes and by creating an issue that draws voters to the polls, and abortion is such an issue, it is best not to make it the key issue heading into 2020, especially with the Democrat Party being this country’s majority party.

And when the majority party is as vile as today’s Democrat Party is, the problem is that conservatives tend not to look at the political puzzle fully assembled, but choose instead to look at each individual puzzle piece that suits their specific agenda, in this case their anti-abortion agenda. Dangerous indeed for their Republican counterparts do tend to look more at the puzzle fully assembled even if it means certain pieces are still missing…revisiting Roe v. Wade now is one such missing piece that needs to remain missing until President Trump is reelected. Kavanaugh knew this and acted accordingly.

I hope die-hard conservatives understand that here is where the divide between Republicans and conservatives comes into play with Justice Kavanaugh being but one puzzle piece of the bigger puzzle picture…a picture that has Democrats waiting in the wings to help fracture an already fractured party. The party that booed God and seemingly shuns morality is using God and immorality to divide us even more, and they’re getting help from the Rinos who remain the Republicans main Achilles heel.

So how can the Republican Party fully embrace conservatives so as to assure President Trump his second term in office.

Simply, the divisive hot-button issue of abortion must be toned down if not tabled for awhile as now we see states going too far to the right which is as bad as going too far to the left. Republicans know well that the right to have an abortion will remain albeit with stricter guidelines in place, and conservatives must accept this as fact and move on to other more pressing matters…more pressing matters like the economy, illegal immigration, and foreign affairs (including Iran and the Middle East) to name but a few…in order to help Republicans…in order to help Donald Trump…solidify an unbeatable 2020 voting block.

So while die-hard conservatives will always remain staunch proponents of “social conservatism”…Republicans in turn must accept that for those folks their faith will remain a key component of the political discourse with total “separation of church and state” not an option for them. Thankfully, that number does not make up the majority of conservatives… conservatives who understand that while one’s faith can be strong they can separate faith from the political discourse.

So…in 2020 here come we Republican-Conservatives to save the day.

Copyright @ 2019 Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / All Rights Reserved.

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Once Upon a Time in America

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 9:11am

I didn’t intend to jump into this, but this is what I do. I’m including our most recent article on the Iran controversy. It was submitted by Peter Ehlers. You don’t know who that is, do you? Well, he is a British citizen, born in Iran, who has studied the situation in the Middle East for longer than most of you have been alive. He is my mentor. I know that doesn’t seem to make sense, a proper gentleman and someone like me, but it is true. He submitted this article as a head on explanation of the most recent event in The Persian Gulf. And you won’t read it because it hit the national trades via the Tea Party Tribune. Peter in no conceivable way could be considered to be a “Trumpet!” Yet, the Trib printed his words, and you will not read them. Racism comes in all flavors.

Iran Over a Mine?

If you want barbaric behavior you need to look no farther than the Middle East. The religions of that region are the Westboro Baptist Church on steroids. They will stone a pretty girl to death for being pretty, and the only reason Westboro doesn’t do that is that we have a constitution and not Sharia Law!

America is torn along ideological lines. Extreme ideological lines. You are either left or right, and there is no middle ground. There is no compromise. Only hate, and unreasonable assumptions. To the American culture it is inconceivable that someone can be a mixture of liberal and conservative, right and left, loving yet firm. If a couple takes a traditional wedding picture someone will claim the white cake is racist. People demanding “reparations” when the only cotton they ever picked was in their closet, and others claiming to be white supremacy supporters would have been the first ones hung in the 1950s Louisiana that I grew up in.

We have overlooked the fact that we will all bequeath this brave new world to something known as the “Z” generation. The Children of the Corn. The sons and daughters of the Millennials, that entitled, non-productive offspring of the Baby Boomers who sought to thwart nature using a book by a deranged doctor as a Bible for child rearing. And the butterfly effect has brought us here.

It will be a good thing when we’re all gone, and the Zs are in charge. Although they may not actually kill us, which may be a distinct possibility, they will read our obituaries with a great deal of enthusiasm. Then the Civil War will be over. Then the Civil Rights marches will be but a mention in the history books. Then there will be a new America. And all of our forefathers’ dreams will be fulfilled. Once upon a time in America.


The Butcher Shop

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CigarBox – The Funeral

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 4:42am

June was finishing her coffee when Mike walked into the kitchen.

“How are you feeling?”

Without looking at him she said, “How do you think I’m feeling? I’m about to put my father in the ground because some jerk couldn’t get a date in Killeen, Texas!”

Mike wasn’t a coffee drinker, but poured himself a glass of apple juice. “Hey, don’t get mad at me. I didn’t do it.”

“Gonna hit me again, Mike? Seems like that’s the only thing you can do right to a woman. Maybe you need to find yourself a café to shoot up.”

Mike put his glass down and simply left the room. June was spoiling for a fight, and he knew she was upset. She had a right to be. He had pointed out to her the previous evening that she was in Las Vegas looking for her “Real Daddy” just a week before, and the statement had led to a big shouting match, which Claudette had to put down. The whole thing was written off as “nerves” due to the death in the family.


The casket arrived at about eleven-thirty and was wheeled into the church and set in front. It was closed, as the funeral director had requested. A few people were there, and there was some press, both local, and national, since Ray had died at such an event. The family began to arrive soon after that. June’s little sister came in and put a floppy cowboy hat on the casket. It wasn’t Ray’s hat, that one having been lost in Killeen after his death, but it was one of his “spares” that he wore on occasion. The meaning of the hat was not lost on the people coming into the room.

As Claudette, June, and company came up in the limos the people began to all fill up the church. Angie had come down, as had Buddy. All were there in force, all arriving in limos looking like royalty. Then the common people came, and came, and came, until there was standing room only and the crowd spilled out into the street. Cars were parked all the way down to Fat Eddie’s and back up again. High school girls were crying openly, and old men were wiping their eyes, too. Dish Bob looked at the crowd and was amazed. It seemed that the little carpenter had known every one in the little desert town on a first name basis. For all his crusty outward appearance, he’d loaned money to, talked to, or been a friend to just about every one in town.

The music came up a bit and began to play the standards that the funeral home played at times like this. Dish Bob sat in the area behind the casket and waited until a few minutes after ten to rise and walk to the podium.

“Let us pray.” They all rose and bowed their heads. “Lord, look down upon this assembly with mercy today. We are here to commend the soul of our brother, neighbor, and friend, Raymond Clowers, to you. We pray this and all things in Jesus’ name, amen.”

The crowd mumbled, “Amen,” and was seated.
Bob drew himself up to his full height, such that it was, and drew in a deep breath. Then his face was overcome with emotion, and in a loud voice he shouted, “How long oh Lord?” slamming his fist down hard.

The people sat up straight. Bob Continued, “How long do we put up with people such as this man who killed our brother? How long? Ray was a hard working, long suffering, humble member of our town, driven to find work in a distant city to support his family, and came to this! When I look down upon his humble casket I am overwhelmed, indeed I am not worthy to be here. I am not worthy to live, when such a man must die!
Ray walked among us for only forty-two years. Our Lord walked among us for thirty-three. Ray was a carpenter, like our Lord. He was a convicted man, like our Lord. Now I know a lot of you didn’t think that I’d mention Ray’s record today, but let me tell you this; the only man in the Bible that we know for sure went to heaven was a man who was being executed at the same time as Jesus! He cried, ‘Remember me when you come into your kingdom,’ and our Lord told him, ‘Verily, I say to you that this day you will be with me in Paradise!’ ‘Today, you will be with me in Paradise!’ Think about that my friends. And while you are thinking, think about this; Jesus told us that there is no greater love than that love that lays down life for friends! Ray didn’t hesitate. Ray didn’t think, rationalize, analyze, or hold back. Ray did what needed doing. He saw a woman down, and a monster about to kill her. Ray had seen many people killed that day and he cried in his soul, ‘How long oh Lord? Enough!’ And with that Ray saved one life.” Dish Bob held up one finger. “One. How much is one life worth? One lady will have children. One lady will become a grandmother. One lady will see many more days because this man,” he pointed the raised finger at the casket, “this man chose to give his life for her life. And the only thing that all of those people will ever know about Raymond Clowers is that he saved her life. Don’t grieve for Ray. Grieve for yourselves. I’ve spoken over many a casket, and never have I been surer that a man was with our Lord as I am today. Let us pray.”

As they rose and bowed heads Bob led them through the final prayer. Then the whole town began to file past the family and Ray’s simple casket. When they were all finished a group of six men came up and moved the casket to the hearse outside, and the group began the three-mile drive to the cemetery. When all were there and the casket was resting on the stainless steel bars above the grave Dish Bob came over and placed his hand on the casket.

“At a time like this I’m supposed to say that Ray is not here, but that would be wrong. He is here. He lives in each and every one of us. He left us with so much. He doesn’t need a monument, because his monument is resting in a hospital right now, with her family around her. I’m very proud to have known this man.” Bob led them in one last prayer and the people began to leave, each stopping to express sorrow to the family sitting beneath the green tent. Claudette rose and walked to the limo first, without looking back. As she reached the car the funeral director came over to her and told her something. Buddy was right behind her.

“What did he want?”

Claudette was smiling and crying at the same time. “The family of the lady Ray saved called and wouldn’t allow us to pick up the tab for this. They insisted on paying for it.”

June was the last to get out of the chair. Mike came over to her and said, “June, let’s go. We gotta get back to the Bend.”

“You go Mike. I wanna stay here just a little while longer.”

Looking around at the people getting into the cars, pickups and limos Mike leaned over and whispered into her ear, “C’mon baby, you don’t wanna watch him go down.”

She looked up at Mike, “I done seen him go down, Mike. I want to be here with him, alone, for just a little while.”

“Ok. I’ll leave the man with a car.”

“You do that, Mike.” She reached into the rear of the limo and retrieved a small object, and went back to sit beside the grave on one of the chairs as the men began to remove the lift, and shovel dirt into the hole.

All that could be heard was the west Texas wind, and the sound of the dirt as it hit the casket.
As the last car drove away, the form of June sitting beside the grave as it was covered was the last thing they saw. She was quietly singing “When I die I may not go to heaven cause I don’t know if they’d let cowboys in,” and gently stroking the King Edward cigar box resting on her lap.

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The Fig Leaf

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 8:05am

These are just two of the reasons you should not listen to theologians.

I’ve read religious analysts debating where Cain’s wife came from if Adam and Eve were the first man and woman. Then, someone theorized that since sisters weren’t mentioned in the Genesis account that perhaps he’d married one of his sisters. That would throw religious history askew and validate the Book of Mormon by proving the Garden of Eden was in Arkansas. Or, he had a fling with his mom, who from what I’ve seen was quite a vixen with that little fig leaf. One might note that Adam’s fig leaf was small also which would explain why Eve left Adam for Cain, who had the ”mark of Cain,” being supposedly a black skin. Small fig leaf, black skin, well, you know.

Then there is the confusion dealt by the double creation story. It says very clearly in Genesis:

Genesis 1:27
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Then it turns right around in Genesis Chapter Two and states:

Genesis 2:22
And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

Now, this produces an issue. If this first passage suggests that Adam and Eve shared the same birthday, perhaps maybe were twins, (back to Arkansas) what’s with the second chick? Was Adam a polygamist? The answer is quite simple if you look on the face of it. Divorce!

Since Genesis was written by the Jews, divorce is the only logical conclusion. Maybe they had a falling out, maybe she wasn’t pleased with Adam’s fig leaf, maybe she ran off with the snake, I don’t know. What I do know is one day she was there, and the next day she was not! And since the Bible is without error we must account for her. I think she was a black chick. Here’s my reasoning. If she were black, and I’m assuming that the snake was, too, and Adam had that fig leaf problem, well? Hey, YOU’RE the one who believes in talking snakes. Dude! Something just occurred to me. The snake messed up Adam’s first marriage, got Eve to have lunch with him, and we already have seen that she most likely ran off with Cain . . . the snake was a PIMP!

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 7:17am

We here in the United States take the first amendment for granted, or at least we used to before free speech zones, fake news, and the Muslim invasion. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi pulls these three things together in a bone chilling way.

A journalist killed for exercising his freedom of speech by Islamic fanatics drives home the world situation that Muslims wish to bring to America. For the life of me, I don’t know what was in Khashoggi’s mind when he walked through that consulate door. Now I’m going to try to keep this civil, but I haven’t had any use for Saudis ever since they blew up the World Trade Center.

And this “crown prince,” Mohammed bin Salman, what is that? Princes have names like Charles, and they hang around Queens named Elizabeth, not some guy with four wives and forty-seven concubines who has a breakfast of peacock tongues and orchestrates the death of a news reporter that simply disagreed with him.

And Trump gives him a pass! Jesus Christ! See? They’d kill me for even saying that name. So, why do we put up with this guy? Oh, I already hear it. Oil! Look, I’m a Texan, ok? I am totally unimpressed with Saudi Arabian oil. I’d be happy if not one drop of KY Jelly came through the Straight of Hormuz. We put a choke hold on Venezuela, but let Saudi Arabia murder reporters and blackmail us with oil.

If we just stepped back Iran would come crashing down on bin Audacity, and put a plastic bag over HIS head! I’d pay two dollars to watch that myself. Watching this guy parade around like he’s some kind of world leader makes my butt want to suck buttermilk.

Now, I believe in making America great again, but if we’re gonna be great we need to step up. We were the last country to pull the 737 MaxiPads out of the air, and while practically every country in the world has condemned the murder of Khashoggi we are still “gathering evidence!” Hey, Mr. President! Don’t go back to El Paso and cuss them Meskins, go to Baytown and sniff the air! That’s OIL! A hell of a lot more, and a hell of a lot cheaper than anything oozing out of the ground in Saudi Arabia. Attention Walmart shoppers! A special over on the Texas isle.

I apologize, but this rubs me wrong on so many levels. And I know, I know, I can hear it already. “Oh Bill, you just don’t understand the complexity of international politics.” Like hell I don’t. We SHOT Pancho Villa! And when I see the steady stream of these degenerates coming to America I read the first amendment with nostalgia. It was written so long ago. Hey, wait a minute. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t one of the writers of that amendment design the navy just to jump on these guys when they tried to bring the “Religion of Peace” over here? Yeah. Heard that on Doc Greene’s show.


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George Soros Continues to Collect District Attorneys

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 8:59pm

Last week’s Democrat primary in Virginia’s Fairfax and Arlington Counties was great news for companies whose business model includes cleaning human poop off the sidewalk. The sanctimonious leftists in both counties just nominated new prosecutors who plan on increasing justice by ignoring crime.

Thanks to almost $1 million contributed by George Soros, Parisa Dehghani–Tafti defeated the incumbent DA in Arlington and Steve Descano defeated the incumbent in Fairfax. Those two victories bring the total number of campaigns that Soros has tried to buy to at least 23.

The $583,000 that Soros gave Tafti represented 78 percent of her total campaign budget. The $392,000 George sent Descano was marginally less at 71 percent of his budget. In those two true blue counties winning the Democrat primary means winning in November, too.

So, what did Soros buy? Two more DAs who won’t be prosecuting “quality of life” crimes. This means that in Northern Virginia, just like in San Francisco, pooping in public, being drunk in public, camping in public, sleeping in public, shooting up in public and waving your pubes in public will no longer be illegal.

These “reform” DAs also won’t ask for the death penalty, won’t prosecute for “minor property crimes” and will be working as hard as they can to end “mass incarceration.” I can’t think of another elected office where the winner got there by promising he will take a laid–back approach to performing the duties of office.

Maybe you’re skeptical and wondering just how bad could it really be living under a Soro’s DA? Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx — the woman who broomed the charges pending against racial incident hoaxer Jussie Smollett — was a $408,000 addition to the Soros CollectionTM.

The politically naïve will contend the two new Virginia DAs — who between themselves have never tried a criminal case in state court —told the Washington Post both campaign’s issues were “use[ing] their discretion to no longer prosecute marijuana possession, ask for cash bail or pursue the death penalty. They said they would expand efforts to keep nonviolent offenders out of jail and charge in ways that lead to lower sentences across the board.”

Nothing about sidewalk BMs and discarded syringes there. That is true. And that is irrelevant. 

Soros knows exactly how Tafti and Descano will operate in office because his PAC interviewed them in person. If both of these worthies weren’t chapter and verse on the Soros Soft on Crime program, George never would’ve cut a check. What they said in private to Soros’ operatives and what they fed the public only bear a slight resemblance.

In addition, Descano explained to Inside Nova that he “would not charge theft of property under $1,500 at the felony level.” And Tafti quoted, in Bacon’s Rebellion, is appalled that “Arlington produces felony convictions at two to three times the rate of neighboring counties despite having less crime.”

Watching where they step on the sidewalk will be the least of Arlington and Fairfax county residents problems in the near future. Wait until someone breaks into Buffy’s Prius and steals her airbag and stash of granola bars. Buffy’s not going to be happy when she learns fighting “mass incarceration” doesn’t involve fighting street crime.

Speaking of “mass incarceration” Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys, corrected another Soros’ candidate on that topic, “…as of 2016, 91 percent of state prison inmates are serving time for a violent, serious or sexual offense.”

Those aren’t black teenagers caught taking a toke or shoplifting Juul cartridges. Those are hardened criminals and if they’re back on the street in California or Virginia you will be reading about them sooner or later.

Another characteristic of Soros’ DAs is mass firings when they do take office. If I were a prosecutor in either county I would not be taking on any long–term financial commitments.

As the LA Times reported, “In Philadelphia, Soros financed DA Larry Krasner fired 31 DDA’s in his first week of office; nearly one-third were in the homicide unit and included a prosecutor set to begin a murder trial the following Monday …In Houston, the Soros financed DA Kim Ogg …fired 37 veteran prosecutors in pursuit of her “culture change.”

The Post assures voters neither Laurel nor Hardy, excuse me, Tafti or Descano “has plans to fire career prosecutors.” But Descano muses, “the question is, can these individuals can get on the program with reform?” 

I’m guessing the answer will be no.

Both Tafti and Descano want to re–write the law without bothering to go to Richmond. If a conservative did this, it would be called ‘tyranny.’ When leftists do it, the term is ‘reform.’

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