Monday, March 19, 2018

Austin Bombing - Possible Tripwire

The warning about suspicious packages on doorsteps has been widened to include everywhere.

Hillary Clinton Apologizes Badly

Last week, Hillary Clinton said horrible things about American women and Americans living in the heartland.

Now, she's accusing people of misinterpreting her statements.

Hillary Clinton
March 17 at 4:06pm ·

During an interview last week with an Indian news publication, I was asked about 2016, and whether Trump is the "virus" or a "symptom" of something deeper going on in American society. Like most Americans, people overseas remain shocked and dismayed at what they are witnessing daily.

My first instinct was to defend Americans and explain how Donald Trump could have been elected. I said that places doing better economically typically lean Democratic, and places where there is less optimism about the future lean Republican. That doesn’t mean the coasts versus the heartland, it doesn’t even mean entire states. In fact, it more often captures the divisions between more dynamic urban areas and less prosperous small towns within states. As I said throughout the campaign, Trump’s message was dark and backwards looking. I don’t need to list the reasons, but the foundation of his message, “Make America Great AGAIN” suggests that to be great we have to go back to something we are no longer. I never accepted that and never will.

I'm from the Midwest. I had plans that, had I been elected, would have focused on the real needs of hard-working yet struggling Americans in every part of the country. Raising the minimum wage. Paid leave. Affordable college. Affordable, quality health care for everyone. Training for good jobs that don’t require a college degree. And giving workers a larger share of corporate profits and tax cuts. So far, Donald Trump has done nothing positive to ease the pain of the people who most strongly supported him, from the loss of jobs in coal country to the opioid epidemic to the tax bill that increases the debt by $1.5 trillion with a massive corporate tax cut, only 13% of which went to workers in the form of bonuses or pay raises.

I was also asked about women, specifically white women, the majority of whom have not voted for Democrats in recent history. I did better with them than previous Democratic nominees, but still lost them overall to a candidate who relies on scare tactics and false attacks, masking the fact that he is otherwise no friend to most Americans.

I also mentioned something in passing that's gotten a lot of negative attention: that there is anecdotal evidence and some research to suggest that women are unfortunately more swayed by men than the other way around. As much as I hate the possibility, and hate saying it, it’s not that crazy when you think about our ongoing struggle to reach gender balance – even within the same household. I did not realize how hard it would hit many who heard it. I was out there having a conversation, and this was one piece of a larger point about how Democrats need to do better with white women, because I know in my heart that Democrats have much more to offer them. Do I believe that some women look at a powerful woman and question whether she can lead, maybe voting for the man their husband is voting for instead? It may not be universally true or easy to hear, but yes, it’s a dynamic still at play in our society. I know this because even I spent parts of my life wondering if I could achieve the same as male leaders, and a lot of that insecurity stemmed from my gender and how society views women. When I was serving in various roles in public life, I was always more popular when I was working for or defending a man then when I was out there on my own. That’s the point I was making, in an effort to explain to an audience some of the many dynamics that have gone into these tumultuous last few years.

I understand how some of what I said upset people and can be misinterpreted. I meant no disrespect to any individual or group. And I want to look to the future as much as anybody.

But our future requires us to learn from 2016. We need to protect our election systems from intrusion by Russia or anyone else. We need to combat voter suppression and the propagation of fake and misleading news. I fear we are not doing anywhere near enough on those fronts, and I know we can do better.

I love our country every bit as much as a private citizen as I did as a candidate, Secretary of State, Senator from New York, and First Lady. That’s why I don’t want us to remain passive in the face of these threats. I want us to be free to focus on the future. A future in which I hope to be fighting for Democratic values of equal opportunity, social inclusion, and strong communities; for an economy that works for everyone; and for lifting up the next generation of leadership, particularly women.

So to those upset or offended by what I said last week, I hope this explanation helps to explain the point I was trying to make. And I hope now that we can get back to the real business before us: Protecting our democracy and building a future we can all share.

She's awful.

I'm so happy Hillary is never going to be president.

Mark Pocan and Andrew McCabe

Mark Pocan is an embarrassment to the state of Wisconsin.

Hillary and Women Voting for Trump

No husband, boss, or son convinced me to vote against Hillary Clinton.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Andrew McCabe Fired

Andrew McCabe is not happy about losing his pension.

McCabe whines that he's being singled out.

Sorry, Andy. You're not being singled out. You're simply being held accountable for your wrongdoing.

Hopefully, you're just the first to be held accountable.

I'm trusting the OPR's recommendation that firing McCabe was the right thing to do.

Jimmy Fallon: Donald Trump Jr.'s Divorce Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I read that Donald Trump Jr.'s wife Vanessa has filed for divorce. His dad consoled him and said, 'It's OK. The first divorce is always the toughest. The others will be much easier.'

Jimmy Fallon: 'Kiss Me I'm Irish,' 'Kiss Me I'm Fired' Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Of course, a lot of people are wearing buttons that say 'Kiss me I'm Irish,' while staffers at the White House have buttons saying 'Kiss me I'm Fired.'

Happy St. Patrick's Day

May we live in peace without weeping.

May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing.

And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Marquette NIT 1970

Jimmy Fallon: Trump and Bill Gates Jokes

JIMMY FALLON: Today, President Trump had a meeting with Bill Gates. At one point, both of them looked at each other, then go, 'Wow! What a terrible haircut!'

Gates and Trump actually have a lot in common because they've both given away millions of dollars. Gates calls it 'philanthropy' while Trump calls it 'hush money.'

Jimmy Fallon: Obama and Trump NCAA Brackets Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Just like he did when he was president, Barack Obama released his own bracket. Let's take a look at who he's got in the finals: VIRGINIA and MICHIGAN ST. I guess President Trump released his own bracket, too. Let's see his finals: VIRGYNA and WEST VIRGYNA.

Hillary Slips in Bathtub, Breaks Wrist

From FOX News:
Hillary Clinton's visit to India suffered another setback this week as the former secretary of state fractured her wrist after slipping in the bathtub at the five-star resort where she was staying, according to a report by DNA India.

The website reported that Clinton was taken to a hospital in the city of Jodphur at around 5 a.m. local time Wednesday. Clinton underwent an X-ray and a CT scan that confirmed a hairline fracture of her right wrist.

The Times of India reported that Clinton had been given a plaster bandage and advised to go for another checkup in three days. The injury does not impact Clinton's ability to travel.

The Times of India and DNA India both reported that Clinton had been treated for pain in her right hand since she arrived in Jodphur Tuesday afternoon. The pain forced her to cancel a planned visit to the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort Tuesday evening.
So, Hillary fell twice going down stairs on Monday. Then, she fell in the bathtub on Tuesday and fractured her wrist.

That's a lot of falling.

We've seen video of falls on the stairs. There was no hiding those mishaps. The bathtub injury, of course, was not captured for the world to see. Had she not sustained a serious injury, we wouldn't have heard about that fall. Who knows what really happened?

Given the terrible comments she made about Americans living in the heartland, especially white women living there, it's hard to feel sorry for her. But, clearly, there is something wrong.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

H.R. McMaster - No Changes at NSC

National School Walkout

Some American kids have not been successfully indoctrinated by their Leftist educators.

Marquette NIT

Jimmy Fallon: Trump and Secretary of Veteran Affairs Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I heard that Trump wants to fire his Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Trump said he might do the job himself since he's a veteran of several affairs.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump Space Force Jokes

JIMMY FALLON: Trump wants to create a Space Force. He said that it would join the other branches of the military, like the Air Force, Army, Navy, and his personal favorite - the PAW Patrol.

Later, reporters asked Trump who should lead the Space Force. And he said, 'That's easy. Buzz Lightyear.'

Ides of March

Beware the ides of March.

From History:

“Beware the ides of March” was famously scribbled by William Shakespeare in his play “Julius Caesar” as the ominous warning given by a soothsayer to the soon-to-be ex-Roman emperor as he made his way to the Capitol that fateful day in 44 BC. And although good old Bill probably thought it was far from a throwaway line, even the great poet and playwright could not have imagined the life it’s taken on the 500 years since.

Not only did Shakespeare’s words stick, they branded the phrase with a dark and gloomy connotation that will forever make people uncomfortable. It’s probable that many people who use the phrase today don’t know it’s true origin. In fact, just about every pop culture reference to the Ides—save for those appearing in actual history-based books, movies or television specials—makes it seem like the day itself is cursed.

But the Ides of March actually has a non-threatening origin story. Kalends, Nones and Ides were ancient markers used to reference dates in relation to lunar phases. Ides simply referred to the first full moon of a given month, which usually fell between the 13th and 15th. In fact, the Ides of March once signified the new year, which meant celebrations and rejoicing.
So, don't beware? Instead, celebrate and rejoice?
...Did the death of Caesar curse the day, or was it just Shakespeare’s mastery of language that forever darkened an otherwise normal box on the calendar? If you look through history, you can certainly find enough horrible things that happened on March 15, but is it a case of life imitating art? Or art imitating life?

Perhaps it was Julius Caesar himself (and not the famous dramatist) who caused all the drama. After all, he’s the one who uprooted Rome’s New Year celebration from their traditional March 15 date to January…just two years before he was betrayed and butchered by members of the Roman senate.
Bad and good things can and do happen every day.


Scott Asheton