America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- December 28, 2015 – January 1, 2016 Remember 9/11

Are you ready for the last week of 2015??!

Hello, and start thinking “election year ahead” and all that that means.

Trump continues to confound media figures and establishment figures alike.

And across large sections of the country 60+ million people were affected in some way or other by the weekend weather. Blizzard, snow, ice, flooding rains and tornadoes…that is the storm fittingly named “Goliath”.

More Surveillance needed Cong. Peter King… we have the will to do this??

Science under Wraps Boston Herald

Bernienomics 101 Megan McArdle

The Mother of Peace: Deterrence Victor Davis Hanson

Bill kills Hillary’s! sexism Charge Wash. Times

NSA spied on Congress, Israel…. to protect Iran deal, of course

Why would Anyone want a Firearm? NRO

The Left’s Fake Middle Class

The Goldwater Talking Point Erik Ericson

Estimate: 30,000 cows killed in Texas blizzard Breitbart



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95 Responses to America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- December 28, 2015 – January 1, 2016 Remember 9/11

  1. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • The Raven says:

      Well, Happy New Year ( I think) —
      I just got done reading a WSJ article that Trump’s tactics are vintage Saul Alinsky and on purpose and practiced. Be that as it may, I wonder how the world turns out if the RINO revolution led by Paul Ryan and the Trump revolution both backfire and we get rejection and disgust by a majority of the voters toward the Republicans. That’s my New Year’s worry with no answer worth considering. So I’m making a resolution not to fret anymore.

    • lysie says:

      Darn. I have to subscribe to view that article, Rav.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      lysie…I can do a long cut and paste of the relevant parts….will try to make it as clear as possible…

      “It’s a textbook example of Saul Alinsky’s fourth tactical rule: “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.” (That is as true of feminism as of Christianity.)

      And Trump is perfectly situated to level this attack, for precisely the reasons some Chozicks imagine otherwise. He himself is a voluptuary, not a moralist, which immunizes him through pure logic against any accusation of hypocrisy. As a practical matter, his tabloid lifestyle inoculates him against inquisitions into his private life of the sort that snared Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston during the Clinton impeachment. It all reminds us of a now-quaint anecdote in Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”:

      During a conflict with a major corporation I was confronted with a threat of public exposure of a photograph of a motel “Mr. & Mrs.” registration and photographs of my girl and myself. I said, “Go ahead and give it to the press. I think she’s beautiful and I have never claimed to be celibate. Go ahead!” That ended the threat.

      Thinking about all this prompted us to re-read the relevant chapter of “Rules for Radicals.” We were not entirely surprised to find that Trump is applying much of Alinsky’s advice, whether knowingly or not. Here are rules No. 2 and 3:

      The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat. It also means a collapse of communication, as we have noted.

      The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

      Now you understand those quotation marks in our first paragraph. Trump’s application of the third rule seems self-evident, as he’s managed to flummox just about every candidate in both parties, not to mention the media, liberal and conservative.

      As for the second rule, this is from a Washington Post article by Paul Schwartzman and Jenna Johnson titled “It’s Not Chaos. It’s Trump’s Campaign Strategy,” published earlier this month:

      The Post’s analysis found several qualities to Trump’s approach. First is a pattern of experimentation that suggests that he is testing his insults and attacks as he goes along. Like a team of corporate marketers, Trump understands the value of message-testing—but he appears to do it spontaneously, behind the lectern and on live television.

      After 74-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, underwent outpatient surgery for a hernia, Trump tried joking about it. At a rally in Georgia on Nov. 30, Trump said the condition was caused by “carrying around too much tax problems.” The response from the audience was tepid.

      Trump tried again at a rally two nights later in Virginia: “He was carrying around the tax code he wants to make larger.” It still didn’t get many laughs—and Trump stopped trying.

      Continuing with Alinsky:

      The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.

      The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.

      The seventh rule: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment, like going to church on Sunday mornings. New issues and crises are always developing, and one’s reaction becomes, “Well, my heart bleeds for those people and I’m all for the boycott, but after all there are other important things in life”—and there it goes. . . .

      The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

      You can see all these tactical principles at work in this description of Trump’s campaign from Schwartzman and Johnson:

      No one is off-limits—not even a New York Times reporter with a disability. And no one is too small, as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) learned when Trump dismissed his struggling campaign in three tweets, the last of which read: “Oh wow, lightweight Governor @BobbyJindal, who is registered at less than 1 percent in the polls, just mocked my hair. So original!”

      “Choker,” “weak” and “clown” are the words Trump repeats to brand GOP rivals such as Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, as well as critics such as Republican consultant Karl Rove. More recently, Trump has questioned whether [Mrs.] Clinton has “the strength or the stamina” to be president, while boasting that he needs only four hours of sleep every night.

      This mastery of Alinskyite tactics is impressive, but is it enough to get him to the White House? Alinsky, after all, was a “community organizer”; electoral politics was outside his experience.

      Trump, too, is a successful community organizer. As the L.A. Times’s Finnegan puts it: “The words vary, but the themes stay the same—all in service of solidifying and expanding his core audience of blue-collar white men.” Winning the presidency, and probably even the nomination, would require expanding his appeal beyond the blue-collar white male community.

      Still, if Trump’s rivals want to understand what they’re up against, they could do worse than to study Alinsky. Mrs. Clinton did so, albeit long ago: “[She] met with Alinsky several times in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing,” as the Washington Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman noted last year.

      Goodman also notes that “[Mrs.] Clinton devoted just one paragraph in her memoir Living History to Alinsky, writing that she rejected a job offer from him in 1969 in favor of going to law school. She wrote that she wanted to follow a more conventional path.” Mission accomplished. “

    • lysie says:

      Thanks, Molly.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      It’s a complicated piece with quotes from Alinsky, plus a WP piece, and maybe some others as well. The author of the whole thing is James Taranto

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Good morning, and Happy New Year. We can count our blessings in spite of our concerns and worries. I will try to remember what is permanent , good and transcendent, not the latest crazy notion coming out of Washington, DC or the gruesome actions of hell-bent terrorists.

      Whoa, it is sure dark and stormy to the south….
      A bunch of people will be enjoying some football today. That’s a nice thought.

    • lysie says:

      Good morning, Rav and Molly.

      What fun we had with our friends last night. I didn’t sleep well because songs kept going through my head. If possible I might take a nap. That’s not likely because over the years I have found..I don’t..I can’t nap. 😦 Maybe with the new year I can. Ha!

    • tillacum says:

      Happy New Year Everyone. Yes lysie, Lord God Please hold our hand tightly to help us walk in Your way.
      We’re having a bunch over for feasting and footballing today. It’s actually cold in central Texas, but up in north Texas it’s really, really cold.

    • The Raven says:

      And where’s Jem?… I was watching old football games this morning and they had clips from the run in the mud (ken stabler )… Man are there a lot of Bama v. Auburn games with last minute results

  2. lysie says:

    Prayer for our country for the New Year

    We are ushering in another year, untouched and freshly new. So, here we come to ask You Lord will You renew us too?

    Forgive the errors we have made. Let us try again dear Lord to walk closer in Thy way.

    Father, we are aware we can’t make it on our own. Please take our hand and hold it tight, for we can’t walk alone.

  3. Prairie says:

    I’m not sure if I mentioned that I’m back on steroids for a while. Woke up wide awake at 3 AM and functioned at high energy level until 1:00 PM when I managed to catch a bit of shut-eye for tonight’s dance. Potent drugs to be sure.

    Secondly, at my MD’s recommendation I saw an ENT yesterday and had a scan. He is recommending balloon sinus procedure (in office) to try to clear up the sinus infection. So, it’s always something. I’m focusing on being glad there is a better procedure than there used to be. Many people are sick around here with respiration, ear infections, sinus, and even pink eye. I really loathe winter….so much sickness.

    Yes, the fines for mis-identifying a transgender in NY City are appalling. And since one of the featured in the article says that he/she/it can wake up feeling one way in the morning but consider themselves as something else by afternoon…..who is to ever know?

    I composed a well-written and well thought-out rant about this on Facebook but I’m not certain that the Facebook Word Police have let it go thru to my Friends page feed. I did say “homosexual” but otherwise wrote nothing vulgar. A couple of intentionally mis-typed “obscenities” for emphasis….just to get the point across. Otherwise, well reasoned and lucid……especially for being on steroids. Happy New Year everybody.

    • Prairie says:

      I composed a well-written and well thought-out rant about this on Facebook but I’m not certain that the Facebook Word Police have let it go thru to my Friends page feed. I did say “homosexual” but otherwise wrote nothing vulgar. A couple of intentionally mis-typed “obscenities” for emphasis….just to get the point across. Otherwise, well reasoned and lucid……especially for being on steroids. Happy New Year everybody.

    • Prairie says:

      Oops, guess I didn’t need to copy and paste the last part after all.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Keep us updated on this procedure, then. We are concerned about you. Be sure to read lysie’s prayer above. We are not designed to bear these burdens, whatever they are, alone…but in His care, and in the company of His people.

  4. lysie says:

    Owner of horse shot in Oneida County: ‘He wasn’t just a show horse, he was my life’

    You don’t want to know what I’m thinking.
    I know there are good people out there, but sickos seem to be on the increase.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Glad they caught the guy

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      We have done about all we set out to do today…now it’s rest time, quiet evening…we still have some pepperment stick ice cream! Maybe we should have 2 scoops each tonite, instead of just the one, to celebrate the NEW YEAR. Wow! That’s exciting. lol!

      Weekly Countdown beginning Monday, and updated every Monday? Or would you like to do it via the Weekend thread??

    • lysie says:

      We are going to the American Legion tonight. Greg’s idea. I’d rather stay home.

      The Weekly Countdown ?? Hmmm. What would be best? I think it might get seen more on the weekly.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      On the weekday Thread? yes , that is a good point. Didn’t think of that myself.

      Have fun…Be safe!

  5. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Thank you lysie. Now we don’t have a KMart around here anymore, and Sears…golly that’s not a significant presence either,

    • tillacum says:

      Happy to hear you have your e-cards straightened out.
      It’s a cool cloudy day in central Texas.
      Prairie, hopefully you are on the mend.

    • lysie says:

      Thanks, till.

      Molly, I believe Kmart and Sears have declined since merging in 2004. I think it was that year. Plus, Sears used to be more of a “guy” thing, then when Sears campaigned for the softer side of Sears I bet sales dropped, too.

  6. lysie says:

    I went back to Kmart where there was (once again) little help. However, since I was near a Sears I thought I would ask for help there.

    Dana, who was in the tool department at the time, was able to solve the problem. She contacted an e-card rep and after 20-30 minutes was able to get both cards activated. I don’t understand why my phone calls to e-card reps were not handled as efficiently.

    I’m a Kmart and Sears happy customer. This last episode casts doubt on that. I don’t like admitting that, but after putting 6 hours or more trying to solve this and mileage on my vehicle I’m not as happy as I was before. So very sad.

    Dana’s desire to help me is greatly appreciated. I will be sending a card of thanks to her.

  7. lysie says:

    An email from till for you Molly. 😉

    For Molly, so she won’t forget where she originated.

    A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.

    There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in the South.

    There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in the South, plus a couple no one’s seen before.

    If it grows, it’ll stick ya. If it crawls, it’ll bite cha.

    Onced and Twiced are words.

    It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy!

    Jawl-P? means, Did you all go to the bathroom?

    People actually grow,eat and like okra.

    Fixinto is one word. It means I’m going to do that.

    There is no such thing as lunch. There is only dinner and then there’s supper.

    Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you’re two. We do like a little tea with our sugar. It is referred to as the Wine of the South.

    Backwards and forwards means I know everything about you.

    The word jeet is actually a question meaning, ‘Did you eat?’

    You don’t have to wear a watch, because it doesn’t matter what time it is, you work until you’re done or it’s too dark to see.

    You don’t PUSH buttons, you MASH em.

    Ya’ll is singular. All ya’ll is plural.

    All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect, or animal.

    You carry jumper cables in your car – for your OWN car.

    You only own five spices: salt, pepper, mustard, Tabasco and ketchup.

    The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local high school sports, the motor sports, and gossip.

    Everyone you meet is a Honey, Sugar, Miss(first name) or Mr.(first name)

    You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.

    You know what a hissy fit is..

    Fried catfish is the other white meat.

    We don’t need no dang Driver’s Ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive!!!

    You understand these jokes and forward them to your Southern friends and those who just wish they were from the SOUTH.

    AND one more: Why did the chicken cross the road? To show that stupid possum that it CAN be done!

  8. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

  9. The Raven says:

    Democrats in the news

    I see two big hurdles to a Cuomo indictment. First, federal charges would need approval by the Obama Justice Department, and it puts politics first, second and last.

    Michael Goodwin, NY Post

  10. lysie says:

    Oh dear. Sorry about the arm pain, Molly. Feel better.

    Wow! What a mess we had at a Kmart shopping trip.

    Over one week ago I bought Kmart e-cards for our family and my b-i-l’s family. They were emailed to me and I printed the two. The deal was buy $100.00 worth of gift cards get a $ 20.00 card free. That email was received and printed.

    Greg and I went to Kmart this a.m. to buy cat food, kitty litter, batteries, CO2 and fire detector and other things. At the checkout I handed the cashier the gift cards. ($50.00 and $20.00) The free $20.00 card was accepted. The $50.00 one was declined. The cashier tried several different ways. Nope $50.00 not valid. Huh? If it wasn’t valid why was the free $20.00 card sent to me and why did it work? Over an hour was spent trying to get the dang thing to work. I felt bad for the cashier so I said I’ll use the free $20.00 card and pay for the rest another way. She said she was sorry and that I should contact Kmart customer service. Yes, I will!! Oh boy! I will , indeed.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Golly, how frustrating. I hope K mart makes it good.
      My arm is better…2 ibuprofen did the trick..
      Ok, how about this? Chicago on the edge. Details of how Emanuel operates are amazing….among other astonishing tidbits.

    • lysie says:

      Happy you are better.

    • lysie says:

      Greg was on the phone for an hour with a foreign speaking Kmart gift card rep. Nope. Not resolved.

      I’m going back to the store early tomorrow..I will insist that the store’s customer service call the gift card center.

      I worked as a phone company rep for years. I enjoyed helping customers. This WILL be resolved and a follow up letter to corporate office will be sent praising those who helped and criticizing the e-card terrible service.

    • edinva says:

      lysie, has anyone else you bought cards for had this problem? It’s bad enough it happened to you as the purchaser, but if you sent a gift and the recipient can’t use it, it’s a MAJOR screw up that K-Mart should want to fix immediately, if not sooner!

      Speaking of Barnes & Noble … I saw today that at at least one of its stores they displayed Trump’s and Dr Carson’s books in their ‘humor’ section. How hilarious is that? Hell will freeze over before my next B&N visit.

    • lysie says:

      ed, I was able to go online to check the balance of the card I sent Greg’s brother. Same thing happened…not valid.

      Last night I knew I wouldn’t rest so I emailed a letter to a corporate email address I found at the e-card online site. I’m waiting for an answer.

      That is really a dumb thing for B&N to do. I haven’t been in that store in years after trying to find a book that was online, but couldn’t find it in the store.

  11. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Ok! Now we are energized and tanked up. Thanks lysie.

    • lysie says:

      You are welcome, Molly.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Here’s something from ED that she posted last night on last week’s thread (too much holiday partying?!)

      oh… about the conclusion of our four day Christmas Festival (Part I). As we were wrapping up brunch yesterday, dd said “we have another big occasion to celebrate coming up” and I thought she was referring to plans for my sons’ birthday on January 5, or possibly dh’s on January 13 (that’s Parts III and IV). I’d managed to forget completely that this coming Thursday, 12/31, is our 35th wedding anniversary. So, turns out the kids made a reservation at a New Orleans style restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria where Larry and I had one of our very first dates!!! They’ve arranged for a driver to pick us up to get us there and back safely. Old Town has an annual “First Night” festival on New Years Eve, with midnight fireworks over the river, so that should add to the fun. We’ve had so much non-stop fun the past week, this morning I slept in till 11:20am!

    • lysie says:

      Wow! ED, have a great time. Thanks, Molly for bringing this over. Wow!

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Several things to do this a.m., so better get going. Have a good, safe morning everyone.

    • lysie says:

      About 1 inch of *s* here. We’ll be waiting for it to melt (suppose to get warmer) before heading out to the store.

    • tillacum says:

      Boy do we need that this a.m. It’s cool today and cooler last night 29 degrees. Today I’ll be baking for Thursday eve and Friday afternoon. We’re having a gathering to celebrate the new 2016. The END of Obama and his crew in our government. We even have some democrats who want to help. YIIPPEE! We’re primed, we’re ready and we will succeed.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Sounds like great fun till…we are busy wrapping up some end of year chores, visits, and projects… that Prevnar (?) pneumonia shot today, and my arm is now sore, altho the nurse said that wouldn’t happen…

    • tillacum says:

      Sorry about your arm Molly. We get one every year and it has been working.
      We’ll have a GREAT time. It’s the usual bunch and we really like one another. We have a new City Manager, and he is quite a cook, so I “think” I made a deal with him. I’ll put up the smoked turkey someone gave us, if he’ll fix the stuff that goes with it. I’ll do the desserts. I’m doing a Arcadian cake and pumpkin cheese cake made with EggNog and maybe a pecan pie. All this while watching football.

    • edinva says:

      Molly thanks for the repost… you know I still can’t figure my way around the site. STILL catching up on sleep. This getting old business ain’t fun.

      BTW, Molly, I had that pneumonia shot this past October, and don’t recall any pain after. Then again, in short order I had several vax shots: flu, pneumonia, whooping cough. Important thing is if they work. We were told the earlier edition of the pneumonia shot, if taken after 65, would be all that would be needed in this lifetime, then retraction and a new edition to be had. I’d certainly call if the pain persists into tomorrow, as most docs offices will be closed at least Thursday afternoon and Friday, then you have the weekend.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Thanks ED. All better now. Sometimes those shots hurt, sometimes not….

      Congrats on your anniversary, and have a great time Thurs, nite. You are one of 3 couples I know who have that anniversary date.

  12. The Raven says:

    Morning quote

    “Modern journalism is all about deciding which facts the public shouldn’t know because they might reflect badly on Democrats.” — Jim Treacher

    From “Best quotes of the year” by John Hawkins

    Travel update – We have broken the trip to Florida into three shorter drives and two intermittent camp sites. We hit the first on, Perry, GA, about two hours late as we encountered heavy post Christmas traffic on I75 after Atlanta. Bumper to bumper for 15 miles. My leg was cramping from the constant accelerator to brake motions. Sleep came early last night after a quick pizza dinner. There is a restaurant here (Swansons) with the best darn fried chicken I have ever tasted. Nothing even close. That’s tonight. Then on to stop # 2 in Ocala on Wednesday

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Yay! You’re here…thanks for the travel update, and info…yes, shorter legs makes a lot of sense…terrible traffic, sounds like.

    • tillacum says:

      Safe travels Rave. About modern journalism. Yep. Another. Yesterday I heard some newspaper editors talking about their jobs. One fellow said his most difficult job was deciding what stories to release. I chuckled, because what I’ve seen and heard, in the talking and printed news, are all the same. They copy one another. the Inquirer is the only one that prints what it wants. (chuckle)

    • Jemian says:

      Atlanta traffic. Terrifying. I prefer Jakarta traffic to Atlanta traffic. I can well believe the problem with your leg. In fact, if we are traveling to something on the other side of Atlanta, we’ll take two-lane roads around the city in order to avoid it. It scares me so much I am always gasping at something or other and hubby doesn’t want to hear me do that anymore. I don’t mean to do it, it just slips out. Yes, I am that scared.

  13. lysie says:

    Chilly with a few flakes of snow. So far, I’m not complaining. Tomorrow could be different. I might be grumpy. 🙂

  14. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.Thanks for the start, Molly.

  15. The Raven says:

    Morning quotes:

    It is a fraud perpetrated by the cynical and greedy on the ignorant and credulous, just like a Ponzi scheme.
    Powerline’s John Hinderaker on socialism

    The fact is that Hillary is a grossly incompetent, venal, poisonous shrew, a monstrous hypocrite who runs as a feminist yet trashes her partner’s sexual abuse victims as nuts n’ sluts with a viciousness that nauseates any decent human being.
    Townhall’s Kurt Schlichter [stop sitting on the fence, Kurt, and tell us how you really feel]

    Odd News

    Eight of the top 20 selling books on Amazon currently are coloring books designed for adults.

    – WSJ today in an article on new popularity of adult coloring books

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