Good or Bad for the Jews

"Good or Bad for the Jews"

Many years ago, and for many years, I would travel to Morocco to visit uncles, cousins, and my paternal grandmother. Some lived in Tangiers;...

Thursday, July 18, 2024

A New GOP? Maybe

I have been glued to the TV watching the Republican National Convention. These things can be boring and irrelevant, but, I think, I hope, there is something very different and even exciting with this one. I think, I hope, that we are seeing the birth of a new Republican Party. 

Before I go on, let me acknowledge that I have been wrong before. I had high hopes for the TEA Party and its populist message to transform the stodgy the GOP into something more in touch with the people being hurt by bipartisan economic policies which were hollowing out our industrial base, and bipartisan foreign policies which produced only war after war-- overwhelmingly fought by the very people clobbered economically. That didn't happen; the TEA Party got absorbed by the GOP and faded, with only a defective smoke alarm-like chirp heard every so often in the background. The Republican party, what passed for a conservative party in the USA, remained hardly indistinguishable from its nominal rival, not unlike the British Conservatives vis-a-vis Labour. The West went all in for the "globalist vision" which destroyed Western industry in favor of China's, and now destroys the very basis of Western culture with its promotion of unfettered "immigration"--invasion, really.

Like the Tories in Britain who could find no replacement for Margaret Thatcher's leadership, our TEA party got lost becasue it had no national leader, nobody who could galvanize us into action. It had nobody who could take on the globalist infrastructure and withstand the abuse, the violence, the economic stress, and the "lawfare" that would get thrown at him or her. Those of us of a conservative bent, appalled by what we saw, had to settle for the tepid conservatism of the GOP here, or of the Tories in Britain--a conservatism that in the end conserved next to nothing, if not, in fact, nothing. 

In sum, there is--Surprise!--a role for leadership, and sometimes it emerges in the oddest places.  In our case it came from Donald Trump, a billionaire real estate developer and--Horrors!--a coarse-talking, reality TV star. Many of us laughed at him, saw him as a distraction, and just wanted him to go away, and let us elect Jeb Bush. I was one of those. I was very wrong. Trump saw the malaise and confusion sweeping over our country; he could see where the globalist elites were taking us. Maybe because of his background in construction, and long association with blue collar workers, he understood the mood and anger of the forgotten country. He began asking long-forgotten questions which can be summed up with, "Why do we have to do this, this way?" 

We all know what happened. Trump demolished the line-up of approved GOP establishment candidates, and went on to take-down the despicable Hillary Clinton. The media hated him. He didn't care; he was Rhino not a Rino, with thick skin and incredible energy. Once elected, he suffered repeated attacks which you all know; he made newbie mistakes, the biggest one was trusting other Republicans, e.g., Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, and despite an amazing economic boom and highly successful foreign policy, got taken down by the COVID scam, the Russia Hoax, and, quite likely, some, ahem, creative vote counting in the  2020 elections. 

But he's back, and this time he's not making mistakes. The establishment types, again, are trying to destroy his reputation, his wealth, his freedom, and making it clear that he needs to be stopped by any means. They, at a minimum, created the atmosphere for the attempted assassination--one in which Trump showed incredible bravery. None of this has worked out for the establishment.

As we can see on our screens, MAGA has taken over the Republican Party. I see the choice of J.D. Vance as an inspired one, which augurs well for the future of a MAGA GOP. I had a friend, of sorts, write me and say that it was very unusual for a former Republican President George Bush, and a former GOP standard bearer,Mitt Romney not to be invited to speak. Exactly. This party is not that party anymore. Those people can go speak at the Democrat convention, well that is, as soon as the Democrat circular firing squad runs out of ammo and we see who is left standing. 

Maybe, just maybe, we are witnessing an historic AND positive event. 

Saturday, June 29, 2024

The Great Debate

I decided to wait a couple of days before commenting on the June 27, Trump-Biden debate. I wanted the post-debate furor to calm down a bit. 

Mind you, I, as a strong Trump supporter, had serious misgivings about the debate, and feared Trump had let his cockiness lead him into a trap. Trump, it seemed, hastily had agreed to every condition laid down by the Biden camp and CNN--well, I repeat myself: The date; no audience; a mute button switch in the hands of CNN's wildly anti-Trump moderators, who had in the recent past compared Trump to Hitler and had promoted a variety of anti-Trump hoaxes, e.g., Russia collusion, denying the authenticity of the Hunter laptop, pushing the "inject" bleach story, the "suckers and losers" and the "fine people on both sides" canards. CNN spent the typical news day blasting Trump as a "convicted felon," and heaping every possible insult on him, as you all know too well. No way, I thought, could Trump walk out alive politically.  

Well, guess what? Trump proved me wrong, again. Almost every time ever since he rode down that escalator in Trump Tower  in 2015, to announce his candidacy, Trump has shown himself as a master politician with an almost unerring sense of the political game. He, however, did let himself get trapped in a no-win situation by the Covid scam, but I have dealt with that at length elsewhere and won't go over it again. I have no doubt that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump by a combination of overt electoral fraud, and a massive Federal-high tech censorship operation, and, as we have seen lately, the use of the DOJ as a political weapon. But, back to the debate.

Let me start by saying that the Diplowife (ret) did not want to see the debate, as it made her "too nervous." She worried as did I, see above, that Trump had fallen into a trap laid by the sort of crafty South Pacific cannibals who had eaten Uncle Bosie. So my three dogs and I sat in the den in our Wilmington, North Carolina house to watch the debate, while the Diplowife (ret) locked herself in another room downstairs to watch Netflix. The minute, however, I saw Biden walk haltingly out on stage with his signature weird gait presumably produced by those no-fall swim fins he wears as shoes, and timidly point at the podium, into my head popped a snippet from the theme from an old TV show, "Petticoat Junction":

                                And there's Uncle Joe/

                                          He's amovin' kinda slow/

                                          At the Junction . . .

Right there, I knew it had ended, game over. I started frantically calling my wife to come upstairs, she would miss a great and rare spectacle of live TV. "Biden is finished!" I kept shouting before he had said a word. Then Trump walked onto the stage, like a great hungry Kodiak bear looking for food along the river bank. It now would prove just a matter of time; the Delaware salmon would get eaten. 

This time I was right. 

Within minutes, it became an embarrassing blow-out. I won't go over it all. You've seen it. Biden had spent days sequestered with 16 advisors at Camp David prepping for the event. His clearly feeble brain had been pumped full of a jumble of facts, one-liners, ready ripostes, and words, lots of words, lots of them. He overloaded; he stumbled; he froze; he stared vacantly into the distance, away from Trump. I expected to see a spinning circle on his chest with the words, "Buffering, Buffering, Buffering."  Trump apparently had prepared out on the streets and fields campaigning, holding his signature mass rallies. He looked energetic, fresh, and relaxed; the contrast with the doddering Biden could not have proven more stark. The split screen was devastating for Biden, who had a vacant, almost frightened look, as though he feared his turn would come up. When it did, his answers made no sense or were just, no other way to put it, lies, delivered in a raspy voice, hard to hear much less understand, and then he would switch into angry old man mode, shouting incoherently. The Diplowife (ret) came by in the middle, and was horrified. She said what I have heard many others say since, "I almost feel sorry for Biden."

Let me take that up. Feel sorry for Biden? Nope. Not one bit. For the past fifty years, Biden has been one of the most disgusting, unprincipled politicians on the American scene. Look up his performance on the Clarence Thomas hearings, for example. He stole years' worth of classified documents, tried to peddle them to a ghost writer, participated in his crack head son's shady businesses, took money from foreign businesses and governments, and was clearly a racist and an abuser of women, and his daughter. He is a borderline pedo. He tanked his first run for the Presidency when he plagiarized an entire speech from, of all people, Neil Kinnock (Ugh!) He has been a serial fabulist making up wild Walter Mitty-type stories about his past, e.g., arrested on his way to see Mandela, taking on Cornpop. He has lied repeatedly about his first wife's death, and that of his son, Beau. More important, he has been a disaster as President, and has caused our nation, and the West serious, perhaps irreparable harm. He has destabilized the Middle East; led Putin to invade Ukraine; encouraged Iran and its proxies to seek nuclear weapons and increase their global terror campaign; he has opened our border and our society to a flood of millions of illegal aliens from all over the world, murders, rapes, and other mayhem have followed. Feel sorry for him? Hardly. 

What will be the consequences? I don't know. Will it all blow over, and the abysmal Biden performance be forgotten? Will he make it to November? Lots of questions. Let me know if you have the answers.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The European Elections: A Slight Shift to the Slight Right

It's a rainy day in San Sebastian, Spain. I am sitting in my apartment there, having peeled off layers of soaked clothing, I turn to the results of the just-held elections for the European Parliament. 

Reading the leftist press, and most press and TV in Spain (and France) is of the MSNBC leftist variety, you would think the Nazi panzers are rolling through the streets. The hysteria is quite remarkable and reminiscent of the left's reaction in the US to Trump's 2016 electoral victory. Postings on X are quite vehement in decrying the victory of the "Nazis and Fascists." I read of violence in some parts of Europe where bands of lefties attack people and institutions considered "right." Sob stories echo throughout the media from "immigrants" decrying the imminent arrival of trucks and trains to send them off to camps and deportation. God forbid that those wanting to live under sharia, should have to live under sharia. 

As usual, the left's minions need to switch to decaf. 

Yes, there has been a welcome shift to the right in Europe. With a couple of exceptions, e.g., France where Macron has dissolved the French parliament and called for snap elections, hardly earth-shaking. The left/center-left continues to hold a sizable mass of seats with which to block the right/center-right and prevent a serious correction to the disastrous voyage on which Europe has embarked. As mentioned above, the left continue to hold the media, and, of course, the entrenched large and very deep state. 

Parliamentary politics has a great failing: the need, very often, to form coalitions to govern. That means, often, a particular party's voters feel betrayed when their party make compromises to get into a coalition. It's prime operating theater for RINOs and their European equivalents. 

I remain pessimistic about the future of the West. Yes, there are some bright spots, e.g., Netherlands, Hungary, but overwhelmingly the left holds a grip on the future, and it's a dark future. I fear for the world of my grandkids.

 

Friday, June 7, 2024

"Decency and Democracy on the Ballot"? Yes, but Not How the Dems Want You to Think.

I am sure you've noticed that the DNC talking point flooding the social media platforms is some nonsense about "democracy and "decency" being on the ballot this November.

OK. That's fine, except for one little inconvenient truth: the man they promote as the savior of democracy and as a paragon of decency, Joe Biden, is neither. The Biden regime exhibits classic fascist/communist traits: The use of censorship to silence debate; the use of the powers of the state to imprison and impoverish opponents on bogus charges pursued through compliant prosecutors and judges; attempts to remove opponents from the ballot; consistent efforts to disarm the populace; flooding the country with illegal "migrants" to pervert the census and the voting system; and on and on.

It is the Biden regime, nominally headed by a zombie-like "president," that presents a clear and present danger to democracy. The "decency" label does not belong to the Bidenistas, either.

Biden is clearly, at best, a gaga borderline pedophile who showered with his teenaged daughter; stole for financial gain thousands of classified documents since at least 1974; participated in his crackhead son's money laundering and bribery schemes, all the while unleashing "intelligence" officials to label such evidence as "Russian disinformation." He is a serial liar and a plagiarist.

Biden is not decent; he is corrupt and has produced corrupt policies everywhere he turns. Under Biden, our immigration situation is disastrous; our military a woke husk of its former self; crime and prices though the roof. He fuels the Iranian repression and war machine, and eagerly pushes for a war with Russia, while backstabbing our Israeli ally.

Chaos rules. Our fate and that of the West is at stake. Biden and his criminal fascists/communists must go.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

The Tump Trial; From Kafka to Freisler

When I first started following the NY criminal trial of Donald Trump, I kept comparing it to Franz Kafka's novel, "The Trial." You will remember that the novel tells the nightmarish story of a young clerk, Joseph, suddenly arrested and put on trial without being informed of the charges against him. I always had thought that such a scenario could only play out in the old Eastern Europe, Stalinist USSR, Maoist PRC, or in some Big Man dictatorship in Latin America, such as Castro's Cuba, or an Idi Amin-type African country. It could never, I thought, happen in the USA with our "checks-and-balances," our Anglo judicial system, and our precious Constitution. Sure, I had read and followed miscarriages of justice, e.g., the Scottsborough Boys. I thought, nevertheless that such injustices would be corrected and were rare events happening in "backward" regions of the country. I never, in a million years, could have imagined a trial such as the one just concluded in NY in which the felony crimes were never spelled out, and in which the Judge, Juan Merchan, would in essence TELL the jury to convict Trump of something, anything, and actively stymied Trump's defense. The Judge made clear he would accept nothing less than a conviction. The more I followed the trial, however, I thought that instead of the corrupt judicial machinery in Kafka's book, what we were seeing was an American equivalent to the trials run by Karl Roland Freisler in his Nazi People's Court from 1942-45. Watch some of the documentary footage of Fresiler in action and you will see what I mean. His insulting of the defendants, the refusal to allow an effective defense, and a pre-ordained verdict of guilt. At the risk of being called overly dramatic, Merchan seemed to have learned a thing or two from Freisler's behavior. This is a sad day for America. This is the most blatant attempt in American history to stop the major political opponent of the incumbent president. Our system needs to redeem itself. We need a full investigation of Merchan and Bragg and the whole corrupt NY judiciary. The Appeal Courts and even the SCOTUS need to jump in right away. In the meantime, Repubican AGs and DAs need to open cases against Democrats--NOW. I would start with Obama's corrupt real estate dealings, ex-Gov Cuomo, the Biden family for a whole host of corrupt actions, put the word out that President Biden will be investigated and prosecuted the minute he leaves office for a number of crimes committed before he was President, etc. This is hardball time. This cannot stand or we are Idi Amin's Uganda or worse. The stink of Freisler must be removed from our courts.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

"Disproportionate"

Keep hearing from the pro-Hamas crowd that Israel's response to the massacre of 7 October 2023 is "disproportionate." 

 Really? 

As even the pro-Hamas BBC now has acknowledged, the casualty numbers coming out of Gaza at least double the real numbers. In other words, they're false, and BBC has used them. This comes from relying, as does the UN and media outlets, upon the "Gaza Ministry of Health," i.e., a paper-thin cover for Hamas. We also read all sorts of numbers put out by the professional liars (Taqiyya masters) on X/Twitter: blatantly false, "supported" by poorly made Pallywood productions full of fake blood, "doctors" running in circles, wailing and gnashing on cue from cameramen, etc. All fake. 

It also seems, as I have noted before, that Israel's bombs kill only children, women, and world-famous journalists, professors, poets, and surgeons, and demolish world-beating schools, universities and hospitals. An amazing open-air prison, Gaza. So many Nobel prizes . . . 

Ok, forget about the fake Hamas casualty numbers. Let's focus, instead, on "proportionate." On another 7th, this one in December 1941, the Empire of Japan attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, killing about 2100 Americans. Once we got our act together, we proceeded to kill some two million Japanese, perhaps more, in response. Proportionate? Who cares? We reduced Japan's cities to dust, cut off their food and oil supplies, and demolished their empire, navy, army, and air force. We dropped two atomic bombs on them when they still refused to surrender, and then occupied Japan for years after. Proportionate? I think so. 

Oh, and by the way, the British and we also reduced German cities to rubble, making them look even worse than today's Democrat-run Detroit and San Francisco--and I haven't mentioned what the Soviets did to Germany. MANY, MANY more Germans were killed by Allied bombing of Germany than Brits were by the Nazi bombing of the UK. Proportionate? Who cares? "Bomber" Harris, Hero of Humanity as far as I am concerned. We also occupied Germany and split it. Millions of Germans died in a war their leaders started. 

Oh, and another by the way, Germany never bombed the USA. Their leaders gratuitously declared war on the USA, and, well, as the saying goes, FAFO. Consequences, consequences, consequences. 

The only way to have at least a semblance of peace is for the IDF to destroy Hamas, totally and completely, and put the word out to Hizbullah and the rest of the Muslim Murder Machine, that they can see their future in what's happened to Hamas. Long live Israel. The West needs more "proportionate" responses.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Elections, Part 2

On March 30, I posted some thoughts on the forthcoming national elections in the USA. I made clear that under no circumstance would I, nor could I vote for Joe Biden who, among other things, is a habitual liar, fantasist, plagiarist, bully, borderline pedo (e.g., showers with his teen daughter), racist, big time crook receiving millions of dollars from foreign companies and governments, long-time lobbyist for the Delaware LLC and credit card businesses, thief of national security documents for some fifty years, participant--along with Obama, Clinton, the FBI and the CIA-- in an attempted coup against Trump, participant in the fraud that tilted the 2020 elections, verging on senility/dementia, and has haters of the USA and the West run "his" domestic and foreign policies. Catastrophe at home and abroad has resulted. My fiercest critic, my wife, read my post and said, "Well, you made a good case for not voting FOR Biden, how about why to vote for Trump?" She's got a point. I am voting for Trump, as I did twice before, for the simple reason that Trump understands America and its people in a way that no other president or candidate has in my lifetime.

He understands the corruption in the media, judicial system, and bureaucracy, and is suffering personal harm because of it. He understands that we cannot continue to hollow out our industrial base, and hope to remain a world power and a source of creativity and prosperity. We have to make things, such as cars, medicines, and the other billion widgets that come out of a genuinely industrial country, not just buy them from China and Vietnam. He understands that our once world-beating colleges and universities are now steaming heaps of woke ideological garbage, producing millions of self-entitled, credentialed morons, who want you to pay for their "education," and couldn't change a tire if their lives depended on it. He understands what insane environmental policies and the open border mean to our independence, safety, national culture and cohesiveness. I hear a lot of blather about how crude and divisive Trump is; that's nonsense. Obama, Clinton, and Biden not only attack Trump but attack his supporters: "Cling to guns and rifles," "Deplorables," "Cultists and insurrectionists," "White supremacists," etc. Trump doesn't do that.

He asks us all, regardless of race or religion, to make America great again, in other words to live up to our lofty aspirations. That's why I not only will vote against Biden but for Trump.