Friday, June 22, 2018

Things That Matter: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles Krauthammer

Charles, on everything:

Stupidity:

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Youth:

I was a Great Society liberal on domestic issues. People ask me, 'How do you go from Walter Mondale to Fox News?' The answer is, 'I was young once.'

Canadians:

I don't know about you, but I lie awake nights worrying about Canadian uranium. I know these people. I grew up there. You have no idea what they're capable of doing. If Sidney Crosby hadn't scored that goal to win the Olympic gold medal, there's no telling what might have ensued.

America’s favorite pastime:

Baseball is a slow, boring, complex, cerebral game that doesn't lend itself to histrionics. You 'take in' a baseball game, something odd to say about a football or basketball game, with the clock running and the bodies flying.

Politics in America:

To understand the workings of American politics you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.

Obama:

In the course of his presidency, Obama has gone from an almost magical charismatic figure to an ordinary politician. Ordinary. Average.

One World Order:

The international community lies at the center of the Obama foreign policy. Unfortunately, it is a fiction. There is no such thing. Different countries have different histories, geographies, necessities, and interests. There's no natural, inherent, or enduring international community.

Liberals:

What’s the definition of a liberal? Someone who doesn’t care what you do as long as it’s mandatory.

The tyranny of the left:

The left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences from social ostracism to vocational defenestration upon those who refuse to be silenced.

Equality of opportunity v equality of outcome:

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Liberal Media:

Fox News is no monopoly. It is a singular minority in a sea of liberal media. ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, CNN, MSNBC vs. Fox. The lineup is so unbalanced as to be comical - and that doesn't even include the other commanding heights of the culture that are firmly, flagrantly liberal: Hollywood, the foundations, the universities, the elite newspapers.

Pharmacology and Advertising:

Consider the oddity of those drug commercials on television. Fifteen seconds of the purported therapeutic effort, followed by about 45 seconds of a rapidly muttered list of horrific possible side effects. When the ad is over, I can't remember a thing about what the pill is supposed to do, except perhaps cause nausea, liver damage, projectile vomiting, a nasty rash, a four-hour erection, and sudden death. Sudden death is my favorite because there is something comical about it being a side effect. What exactly is the main effect in that case? Relief from abdominal bloating?

Gun Control:

In the liberal remake of 'Casablanca,' the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to 'round up the usual weapons.' It's always the weapon and never the shooter.

Economics:

If you subsidize apples, you get more apples; if you subsidize unemployment, you get more of it.

Great Leaders (which explains why Obama wasn’t)”

Great leaders are willing to retire unloved and unpopular as the price for great exertion.

Multiculturalism:

History has blessed us with all the freedom and advantages of multiculturalism. But it has also blessed us, because of the accident of our origins, with the linguistic unity that brings a critically needed cohesion to a nation as diverse, multiracial and multiethnic as America. Why gratuitously throw away that priceless asset? How mindless to call the desire to retain it 'racist.

I could go on, but suffice to say the world is a little worse off today for the loss of another brilliant mind.

Besides, I see that the world of media has already moved on to obsess over the intent of Melania’s cloaked message:

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Answer: No.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Summer Solstice: Let There Be Light

I don’t know about you but I can’t bear another day of the Left’s posturing, pirouetting and pouting over a border policy that’s been in place since the days of the false light bringer.

Instead on this, the longest day of the year, let’s pause to celebrate the light.

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Wishing everyone an endless summer. And a chance to leave leave your paw prints on the beach.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It’s the Seriousness of the Allegations, Stupid

"We have no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, but the seriousness of the allegations, and the weight of circumstantial information, compel an effort to establish the facts." – Reagan’s October Surprise

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When an unsecured email server was used to handle confidential governmental communications, Comey found “no clear evidence” of Secretary Clinton’s intent to violate the law, so he concluded that “no reasonable prosecutor would have pursued charges.”

When the IG investigated the FBI, Horowitz found “no clear evidence” that the people who headed the Clinton email probe were biased despite their biased comments and therefore concluded that there was nothing a reasonable prosecutor could pursue.

I wonder if Special Counsel Mueller will apply those same standards to the facts when he wraps up the “Trump-Russia-Collusion” witch hunt. Although I guess you have to ask yourself if facts really matter when you’re looking to ensure an “unbiased” prosecution conclusion.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Always Go With the Visionary

"That's no moon. It's a space station." - Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars IV A New Hope

Air Force, Space Force: may the Force be with you.

At a meeting of National Space Council intended to transfer space responsibilities from military to civilian hands, president Donald Trump surprised attendees by ordering the top US military officer to launch a new branch of the military in space.

While the creation of a Space Force has been debated for several years, the move has been opposed by the military, which has instead begun restructuring the Air Force Space Command to better address threats in space. - QZ

Oh sure, the Left and the media – but I repeat myself – will have their fun with this. But a more serious observer may consider this a very good idea given that WWIII may well be orchestrated from outer space rather than in the air or on the oceans. When survival is the the objective I say go with a visionary, very stable genius.

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You know, a guy who knows how to take a vision and implement it.

May the Force be with you, Obi Wan Donaldnobi.

Make America Great Again Logo

Always go with the visionary

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Hyperbole: The Official Language of Progressives

Summer re-education camp curriculum for progressives, history and civics division. Lesson Plan #1:

This is a concentration camp:

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This is NOT a concentration camp:

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“Surrounded by high fencing, the South Texas Family Residential Center, as it is officially known, has a basketball gym, a school for the children, a state-of-the-art medical clinic and a beauty salon… ‘I would be lying if I said they didn’t treat us well,’ said Y.G.G., a 27-year-old woman who has been at the camp here since February.” – NYT

It’s not exactly a Hilton, or even a Holiday Inn Express. However it is also not a facility where people are subjected to hard labor; innocent people are not worked to death, starved to death, gassed, and their bodies stuffed into an oven either. See the difference?

dilley washing machinesWhat!? They have to do their own laundry?!!

Hyperbole: the official language of progressives everywhere, always. Because, FEELINGS!

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father’s Day

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And a big shoutout to Progressives for helping us redefine fatherhood:

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Any questions?

Happy Father’s Day to all the good Dads out there who somehow managed, with or without the manual.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

When Democrats Rule, Money Literally Disappears

I’m going on a picnic today,

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so I suggest you take a break from the FBI as well and instead contemplate reasons # 587-89 why Democrats should never be allowed to be in charge of anything. (Shot/Chaser/Hangover format borrowed, with attribution, from the Instapundit)

Shot: “WHY ARE DEMOCRAT MONOPOLY CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF FISCAL PROFLIGACY?”

Philadelphia’s government has the worst accounting practices among the nation’s 10 largest cities, with $924 million in bookkeeping errors alone last year…That’s on top of the now-infamous missing $33 million, the discrepancy between what the city’s records say it has and what is in the bank.

Chaser:

Disgraced Former Detroit Mayor Convicted Of Corruption While City Struggles To Survive

kwame 2Since when is any of this illegal in Detroit?

Hangover:

In a Facebook post, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick asks President Donald Trump for a pardon or clemency from the 28-year prison sentence he is currently serving for corruption.

Given that even his clemency-for-minorities happy buddy, Barack Hussein Obama, couldn’t find it in his heart to give Kwame a pass I wouldn’t be selecting my get-out-of-jail pimp suit just yet.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Gives a Whole New Meaning to the Term “Free Press”

The quid pro quo of the Swamp:

The IG Report shows 300 documented instances of FBI members communicating (off the clock and off the record) with the media. That’s often known as a leak and it’s often illegal. Plus, they frequently accepted expensive gifts from their ‘friends’ in the media as well. Arguably that encouraged them to provide the media with even more confidential information: because that’s how quid pro quo works. That the members of the media are banned from accepting such bribes themselves would indicate they know how effective such “gifts” can be. But when you have a yarn to spin, a story to tell, you pull out all the stops.

Oh well, it’s #FLOTUSFriday and our FLOTUS is back. And looking good.

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imageServing as honorary chair of the Ford Theatre’s annual gala celebrating President Abraham Lincoln, June 10

The so-called ‘free press’ continues to spin - on and on - their most recent Trump-fueled conspiracy. I guess there’s “no documentation of bias” there either; unless you read their stories.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Best Birthday Present Of All Time. EVER. (UPDATED)

Happy Birthday President Donald J. Trump!

What do you get a Very Stable Genius who has everything for his birthday?

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  “President Trump, now that you have the IG’s report, what are you going to do?”

Hillary-Clinton-Jail-Bars.001 “I’m going to lock her up.”

P.S. Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Army too.

And Happy Flag Day.

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It’s almost as if Donald Trump was destined to be president, or something.

UPDATE Check it out, Donald J. Trump as a boy:

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Proof that he was sincere when he said he loves the Mexican people, and has since he was a very young boy:

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He and Juan Valdez grew up together!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Doomsday Clock: Change It Back

“In 2017, the clock moved from three minutes to midnight to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. The Bulletin cites the rise of nationalism, Donald Trump's comments over nuclear weapons and the threat of an arms race between the US and Russia. The year was also the first time a fraction was used in the time.” – Wired 

By the same time in 2018, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists saw fit to nudge the clock even closer to the hour of the apocalypse:

In moving the clock 30 seconds closer to the hour of the apocalypse, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists cited "the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change." - The Washington Post

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I wouldn’t begin to think myself worthy of advising the esteemed Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on the accuracy of their Doomsday Clock, but come on guys: CHANGE IT BACK!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Peace: In a New York Minute

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There are lessons in the North Korea deal signed by Kim Jung Un and Donald Trump for everyone.

For the media: don’t write your (dire) headlines before history happens.

For Obama: You want a nuclear-free world? This is how it’s done, son. It’s called “peace through strength."

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Never-Trumpers: “He’ll never get it done” Trump: “Hold my covfefe”

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Justine Trudeau: If you wanted me to ink a trade deal all you had to do was play it straight

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Iran mullahs: Ours are bigger than yours.

Liberals: I don’t want to hear anymore about family reunification. If North and South Korea reunification isn’t enough for you you’ll never be satisfied.

World: Never underestimate the Donald.

donald-trump-trade-wars-change-mind Yeah, I’ve got this

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Robert Di Niro Speaks His Mind

Celebrity Trump Derangement Syndrome: the inability to speak without spewing spittle, F-bombs, C-word and unleashing your inner demons. And liberals think President Trump – the one in Singapore negotiating a denuclearized North Korea - is the one out of control. Go figure.

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“I’m going to say one thing, F— Trump,” De Niro said while pumping his fists in the air. “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f— Trump.”

The comments are hysterical.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Man-Brows: If You’ve Got Them Flaunt Them

From Small Dead Animals by way of Instapundit: What’s the deal with Justin Trudeau’s eyebrows?? 

Paste on eyebrows, seriously? Is that a real thing? And what’s up with all that man-liner?

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Caterpillar_Eyebrows_by_absolute_freak_thumbThey’re alive!

I know eyebrow fashion has cycled between Sharpy thin and boyishly fat,

but stick-ums? Not a good look on a world leader. I’m afraid little Justin is suffering from some kind of Daddy-brow envy.

trump eyebrowsMan-brows: you’ve either got ‘em or you don’t

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

National Rosé Day? Now It’s Doomed.

Did you know that today was National Rosé Day?

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“Everyone's going crazé for rosé…it's one of the trendiest items of the past few years.”

I hate it when something I like gets trendy** in no small part because the first clue of its going vogue is price escalation. I’ve loved rosé since my college days (and nights) of cheap Mateus

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and Lancers. When the sweet-as-cotton-candy Pink Zinfandel made the scene in the late 70’s the availability or real rosé, even in wine stores, all but evaporated. But when you could find it even the best French rosé was relatively cheap and the Spanish and Italian varieties were nearly as cheap as soda. No longer, my friends.

Which is why I was so excited to discover the Kirkland Provencal rosé at a reasonable price. On the other hand, when Costco starts sourcing and branding their own product you know the trendoids now own it.

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But if you don’t care for rosé wine, grab yourself a pair of rosé colored glasses and have yourself a great National Rosé Day anyway.

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**Except for Trump. I loved it when he got trendy.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

#FLOTUSFriday - Let Us Be Grateful

I know it’s #FLOTUSFriday, and we haven’t seen Melania for weeks other than the tiny Instagram image sent from the White House Gold Family event last week.

But I did see this photo the other day that reminded me for some reason of you-know-who.

bathing beautyA Niki de Saint Phalle statue in the garden of Len and Louise Riggio’s Long Island, New York, house  Photo: Nicholas Alan Cope for WSJ. Magazine

So I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind everyone just how fortunate we are. Have a nice weekend, even if it is going to rain (again) like it is around here.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Bye, Bye Ms. American Pie

Thanks, advocates of the self esteem movement (aka Let’s Make America Mediocre Again).

Thanks #MeToo, for solidifying the belief that all women great and small are the same: victims.

Thanks Social Justice Warriors, for imposing your standards of “justice” on the world.

ON JUNE 5th Miss America announced that it would ditch the bikinis and become a “competition”, rather than a pageant. “We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance,” announced Gretchen Carlson (pictured), the chairwoman of Miss America’s board of directors, and a former Miss America (1989). “That’s huge.” – The Economist

And that is where the intersectionality of participation trophies and pussy hats gets you:

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Climate Change Update From Fly-Over

"Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's." - Matthew 22:21

It’s frosty here this morning, 46 degrees at 5:00 am to be exact. It was just 38 degrees at the same time 60 miles due north of here. I double checked and yes, it is June 6th.

No wonder the Pope is meeting with oil company executives from around the world to discuss climate change. After all, who would know more about the science of climatology than the man of God who is likewise an economic expert?

I’m just glad I cut my last few straggler peonies yesterday, before they froze to death. They were not the most beautiful of the season, but their unexpected appearance made them the best. And their scent wafting through the house makes me forget entirely about the tragedy of global warming.

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If that makes me a bad person so be it.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Smart Money’s On Trump

Remember  when “political football” was a euphemism and conservatives were always the Charlie Brown to the libs Lucy?  Once again VSGPDT has changed the rules.

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Smart money’s on Trump.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Food For Thought

Just when you thought restaurants couldn’t get more pretentious, along comes Vespertine, a place of shadows and whispers.”

A restaurant poised to disrupt the space-time continuum, a self-described “spirit between two worlds,” Vespertine is, according to its website, “from a time that is yet to be.”

Sounds like Obama.

Vespertine “has its own gravity” and even it’s own musical score which, according to the the Chef, Jordan Kahn, “might be the most important part of the whole experience….” When music is the most important part of a restaurant’s “experience” you’ve failed. Again, just like Obama.

Hero_Vespertine_edit_0And it seems racist as well

(Day 1 of my Summer Semi-Sabbatical: so far so good)

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

MOTUS’ Semi-Irregular Summer Sabbatical 2018

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Specifically, time has come for MOTUS’s Semi-irregular Summer Sabbatical. Those of you who’ve been around for a while will recall I’ve taken, or tried to take, them occasionally in the past. I skipped 2016 altogether, as the battle of a lifetime was brewing, and last year I had good intentions but ended up posting more often than not as VSGPDJT was under constant assault – a condition we’ve all grown  accustomed to now.

So this summer I really do need to tend to various matters on the home front because, as you all know, the chores don’t do themselves, half-done projects do not resolve on their own and new maintenance projects multiply like rabbits.

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And this year, as PDJT continues to drain the Potomac swamp,  Raj and I will attempt to clear our own of the debris and detritus that has collected of its own volition over the course of 45 years.

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So for the balance of the summer I will provide a jumping off point for your daily forum to discuss the daily news, views and ruse(s). I know you are quite capable of entertaining yourselves and I trust you can also moderate and resolve any misunderstandings or disagreements. I will irregularly do a regular post and will still check in on the comments as time permits.

So as summer rolls languidly along like old man river…

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I trust I can count on the MOTI to carry the load - with all the wit, snark and je ne sais quoi we’ve come to expect.

I wish you all a wonderful summer.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Lightbringer Fails To See The Light

TRUMP ECONOMY ON FIRE: Unemployment now 3.8% (Jobless rate at 18 year low!), and so much more of that 3 letter word: JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! (h/t Joe Biden). Everything Beating Expectations! Naturally, Barry takes credit: “I've got the economy set up well for him,” Obama said, according to Ben Rhodes upcoming book.

bo lightbringerThe Lightbringer, setting up the economy for Trump, one subsidized lightbulb at a time

Funny, I don’t recall the Obama economic plan implementing any de-regulation initiatives. Or championing and passing a yuge income tax reduction  – both of which actually stimulated an economy that had languished for the previous 8 years.

In fact, I don’t remember any part of Obama’s economic plan beyond extended unemployment benefits and increased food stamps.  Oh, and the Stimulus Gigundulus  of course -

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the largest transfer payment plan in the nation’s history: taking billions of taxpayer dollars and giving them to crony capitalists in various favored business sectors.

Ah yes, it was magical! Eight years of “Keynesian fairy dust”

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that created the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression (even with the aid of a zero percent interest rate artificially maintained to gin up the economy); or as Obamaphiles like to refer to it “the fourth longest expansion in U.S. history.”

Obama ended his 8 year reign ranked thirteenth out of 13 presidents in terms of economic growth: and several of them only had 4 years to play with.

13th of 13 economic growthImagine ranking below Gerry Ford’s economy. And Jimmy Carter’s! Brilliant!!

So I guess you could say Obama set the economy up well for Trump: there was no way to go but up.

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The Oracle gazes into his crystal ball and fails to see Trump

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