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As usual…

…all you have to do is wait a day or so, and the truth outs.

Narrative Destroyed, Synagogue Shooter Says He Hates Trump And Conservatives

Not only was the shooter not a fan of President Trump or conservatives, he despised them as “traitors” in what his demented mind is a race war.

“Are you a Trump supporter?” the shooter asked himself in an open letter in a section he called a “lightning round.”

“You mean that Zionist, Jew-loving, anti-White, traitorous c**ksucker? Don’t make me laugh,” the shooter responded.

In another section of his manifesto, [which reads like a who’s]* who of white supremacist hate, he asked himself if he was a conservative.

“I am not a useless, spineless coward so no—I am not a conservative. Conservative is a misnomer. They conserve nothing,” he said.

Watch this story fall out of the major media in 3, 2, 1…

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* Sorry, I had to edit this, because in the original article it made no grammatical sense, but I got the gist of it anyway.

Happy Dearth Day

As in, I have a complete dearth of the cares that it’s Earth Day.

Did you know that Earth Day was co-founded by a murderer who composted the body of his victim?

Kind of like how Kwanzaa was created by a guy who did time for felonious assault and imprisonment.

But hey, fight the power, man.

A word about Passover

Those who know me well know that I am a great fan of bacon, despite my religious heritage.  They may also know that I don’t much care about mixing meat and milk.  But Passover is something most of them probably never think about.  And I don’t care for matzoh all that much, or all the stuff that’s made from matzoh meal for the holiday and pretends to be just like the real leavened thing.  And did you know that the Ashkenazi even forego legumes during the holiday because THEY SWELL UP WHEN YOU COOK THEM??????  (Sephardim are smarter about this, partly because so much of their ancestral diet was based on such things that they would have starved during Passover if they hadn’t eaten them.)

So if I may be blasphemous for a moment — The law in Torah prescribing that unleavened bread must be eaten for seven days during Passover says only

.שִׁבְעַת יָמִים, מַצּוֹת תֹּאכֵלוּ

This is found in Leviticus 23:6 and repeated in Numbers 28:17, as part of the list of holy days that G-d commanded to be observed.  Now, I’m no rabbi, but I have been reading biblical Hebrew most of my life, and I spent three semesters of formal study of that language with a professor at my university.  And that does not say that ONLY unleavened bread may be eaten — it says simply “seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread”.

In my opinion, if I eat even just a bite of matzoh every day during the Passover, I have fulfilled the commandment.

Unfortunately we have this thing called “building fences around the Torah”, which like most of our religious laws, takes a simple order from G-d and turns it into a fetish. (Most kosher laws are the result of such fence-building; there is no law in Torah that says, in no uncertain terms, that I can’t have a nice glass milk with my steak. But because that verse about not boiling a kid in its mother’s milk is repeated three times in the Torah, the rabbis interpreted it to mean “don’t ever eat milk with meat”.)

Well, rabbis are men (and today even women), and humans are fallible, so what if they got that wrong and G-d simply meant exactly what He said? “Don’t do what those filthy Philistines do and eat goat that was boiled in milk from its mother.” I mean, a lot of negative Torah law is based on stuff the Egyptians and the Philistines did that Hebrews were admonished not to do — simply because those other bastards did it and we didn’t want anyone to mistake us for them.

I mean, G-d might be just fine with goat Alfredo with a nice creamy Parmesan sauce, but somehow that didn’t make it into the Torah…

Let’s face it:  If the Egyptians had driven on the right, the Hebrews would have been admonished to drive on the left. If the Philistines had played soccer, modern Israel would have American-style football.

The Talmud, the Mishnah, the Shulchan Aruch, and all the bazillions of words of commentary pumped out by rabbis like Rashi and Maimonides over the centuries are all a form of OCD aimed squarely at making it so completely impossible to violate the laws of G-d that modern Jews walk around in metaphorical straitjackets and blinders.  Set apart, indeed!

There are things about Judaism that I simply can’t accept.  Rules about what can and cannot be eaten is one of those things.  So I ignore them.  And to be honest, I firmly believe that the entire idea of being a Chosen People and being set apart as special among the nations is precisely what has gotten Jews into trouble ever since the fall of the First Temple, clear up to the present day.

So I will follow the dictate of Torah and eat unleavened bread every day during Passover.  But I’m not going to allow an interpretation of G-d’s law by fallible man prevent me from eating things my co-religionists — including my wife — won’t eat during the holiday, because I am unconvinced that G-d meant we should deny ourselves foods we would otherwise eat on regular days.  Eating matzoh is the mitzvah.  But giving yourself constipation over it should not be part of the deal.

When you don’t have a Bill of Rights…

New Zealand Parliament votes to ban semi-automatic weapons after Christchurch mass shootings

Unfortunately, this is what happens when you don’t have a Bill of Rights, and sufficient armed citizenry to defend it.

So:

A bill outlawing most automatic and semi-automatic weapons and banning components that modify existing weapons was passed by a vote of 119 to 1 in the House of Representatives after an accelerated process of debate and public submission.

(my emphasis).  Holding therefore to the Professor’s dictum that

When people say things like “don’t let this moment pass without acting on gun control,” what they’re really saying is our arguments are so unpersuasive that they can only succeed when people aren’t thinking clearly.

Millennials aren’t making $12/hr?

I just read something in the WSJ that kind of astounded me.

“Shrinking Middle Class A Threat to Stability”, p. A6 of the dead tree edition, below the fold.  Basically it says that in order to be considered middle class, a household has to have income between 75% and 200% of the median.  (This is per the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD.)

“In the U.S.,” the article says, “a single person would have to earn between $23,400 and $62,400 to be part of the group.”

$23,400 is less than $12/hour at a full-time, 40-hour-a-week job.  Are millennials really having that much trouble finding decent, full-time jobs in this booming economy?  Or are they just lazy?

The article goes on to state, “While 70% of baby boomers were members in their 20s, that has fallen to 60% of the generation known as millennials.”  It doesn’t indicate, however, what the percentage is in the US — this appears to refer to millennials in “developed countries”.  So I wonder if it really means the number of millennials who are considered “middle class” in the US is actually dropping to that extent.

Of course, around the middle of the article, it becomes clear that what the OECD really wants is for countries to expand their middle classes by imposing “lower taxes on middle-income workers, and higher taxes on the rich to pay for that, as well as steps to limit housing, education, and health costs.”  In other words, eat the rich, go socialist, become middle-class.

Don’t think it works that way.  And no thanks.

I found this article (not from the WSJ) a lot more heartening, and I hope millennials are hearkening to Ms. Ahlgren’s clarion call, rather than sitting around waiting for everything to be given to them as the OECD seems to think is the way forward.

(By the way, the dead tree version of the WSJ article cuts off in an odd place, and the reason for that is the online version is a lot longer and has data graphs — and there’s a lot of important stuff in the part left out of the dead tree version.  If you can find a way to get around or through the WSJ paywall, I’d recommend doing that rather than grabbing a copy of today’s dead tree edition.)

Sorry…

Apparently there’s been a database glitch, I have no idea for how long, that’s been preventing single posts from being viewed (which also prevented any commenting).  I fixed it this morning when I posted the Candace Owens beatdown of Ted Lieu.

The only thing I can figure is that the last WP update didn’t correctly update the database format.

In Lieu of Lieu, Candace canned his ass.

What a smokin’ hot babe. And I mean that with all due respect. The lady is smart and not afraid to enact a beatdown on a lying-ass Congresscritter — but I repeat myself.

Ted Lieu has no business being in Congress.  But that’s true of most Democrats.

This is what the hubbub is about:

Eric Holder is a fucking cunt.

Eric Holder, former asshole-in-chief at the Department of Justice under Barry Soetoro, is quoted as saying, “When I hear these things about ‘Let’s make America great again,’ I think to myself: ‘Exactly when did you think America was great?’”

With all due respect to this fucking cunt, the best part of whom obviously dribbled down his mama’s leg, most of us have never wavered in our belief that America has always been great.  Our faith in the jerkoffs holding office and running the place for the last couple of decades is another story, because you assholes frankly sucked.  And yes, I’ll include George W. Bush, for whom I voted twice.

Holder’s former boss, the Big Zero, did everything he could to knock this country off its pedestal, and yet, it’s still the place everyone wants to come to live and still the country everyone looks to for help defending against the baddies China and Russia.

Donald Trump may not be perfect, and certainly in some respects he is not anywhere close, but I’ll take him in a heartbeat over Obama and Obama’s third term Hillary any day of the week.  So Eric Holder and anyone else with his attitude can go take a flying fuck at a doughnut.

A couple of observations

There is no possible way that the media can wrap itself in the banner of the First Amendment to get away with the fact that they have lied repeatedly, since before Trump was even inaugurated, that the repudiation of Hillary Clinton was somehow connected to Trump colluding with the Russians.

The First Amendment protects a lot of things, including what the left is pleased to condemn as “hate speech”, but one thing it does not condone is out and out lying for political gain and/or to swing elections.  News organizations and individual reporters need to be hauled up before federal grand juries and forced to testify to what they knew and when they knew it, and who told them to spread their lies to an unwitting* American public.  As has been noted repeatedly since forever, this is not Watergate and the Administration was not trying to get the press to play along with its coverups.  There were no coverups, but the press attempted to infer that there were, and have been lying at Mueller’s feet like slavering dogs waiting for the master to drop doggie treats ever since the special counsel inquiry began.

Glenn Reynolds highlights a Rich Lowry tweet this morning:  “That there was nothing to Russia collusion gets to a key point about Trump’s motivation that the media and the Left were never willing to credit – he *really thought* he was being treated unfairly, and for good reason.”  To which Reynolds adds:  “Yep.  He knew what they were trying to do to him from the beginning.”

The press (and in fairness, the Dems in Congress) are now baying about Mueller’s unwillingness to find any evidence that Trump obstructed justice, claiming that means he must have done, and that AG Barr is Trump’s buddy and must be covering it up.  They demand that the entire special counsel report be made public.  AG Barr has already said that his end intent is to make public everything that can be legally made public, which means some of the report is going to be redacted because it contains privileged grand jury testimony and other such things that the DoJ has traditionally never made public.  (In other words, AG Barr is going to do exactly what any other AG before him would have done, and possibly more, because he understands transparency in this matter is the only way the grumbling will ever be muted — and of course it will never completely go away, because after all, Orange Man Bad.)

The other thing about obstruction is that to credibly claim it happened, you have to show that actions claimed to be obstructive were unusual and would actually have hampered a legitimate investigation.  It’s become clear that the FBI was complicit in the lies surrounding the Steele report, and that FBI agents were working to discredit Trump and (effectively) to pull off a “soft” coup that would remove him from office.  (Not that I’m sure what that would have accomplished, since Pence would have become President, not Shrillery.)  It’s also become clear that Trump had every right to fire FBI Directory Comey, without that being prima facie evidence of obstruction of justice, because it’s not illegal for the President to remove people who work for him.  That’s just the bottom line.  This isn’t 1867 and we don’t have an unconstitutional Tenure of Office act that the Radical Republicans used to trip up Andrew Johnson when he fired Secretary of War Edwin Stanton.  And Comey was obviously a loose cannon who needed to be terminated the very day Trump took office, and not a moment later.  Instead, Trump inexplicably kept him around for a couple of months and then terminated him, so that was sort of a self-inflicted media wound on his part, notwithstanding the fact that it was done legally and with cause.

If there is no collusion and no obstruction, there is no case, and the media have out and out lied for months with their sole purpose being to either bring down or severely hamper the President of the United States.  This calls for severe punishment of all involved, both in government and in the media, and some solemn and heartfelt promises that this sort of thing will never happen again.  It also points up the fact that the bureaucracy is far too large and out of control — the swamp really does need to be drained, and there really is a Deep State apparatus working against the best interests of the United States.

On top of this, we now have calls to “pack the Court” (an unfortunate slogan for the left, since their idol FDR got a beat-down over that very phrase) and to abolish the Electoral College.  These calls are not originating in a vacuum, since the millennial children who are making them are not sufficiently educated in civics to know either what the proper function of either of those institutions is, or why it is important to keep them as they are.  Whenever the youth start agitating to overthrow institutions, you can bet they are being gently prodded by shadowy agents of change funded by those who do not love this country and would prefer to run it themselves as a fiefdom, with the rest of us as their compliant serfs.**  Follow the money.  It will lead you to interesting places, as it generally does — Tom Steyer, George Soros, et al.  And who knows?  Possibly “the Russians”, too.

But Trump won’t be the one they’re colluding with.

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* Well, not really unwitting, if you already didn’t trust the media — like most conservatives.

** Good luck with that.

Nothing really to be said

about the Meuller fiasco that hasn’t already been said for the past two years by anyone with any sense.  But I’ll try to condense my general thoughts on the subject:

Ya got bupkis, progs.  Ya had bupkis, ya got bupkis, and you’re going to help re-elect your own worst nightmare in 2020 and probably have negative bupkis after that.

Although I think negative bupkis is like dividing by zero.  Still, that’s what you’re going to have.  That giant sucking sound is not the economy, it’s the black hole opening under the feet of the Democrats.

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