Megyn Kelly and Others are WRONG about Bill Clinton


Megyn Kelly has let her distaste for Donald Trump show one time too many for me to stomach. I had been determined not to post anything in this election cycle and to let “talking heads” have their way. On the night of October 25, 2016, that changed.

In the midst of what became a contentious debate between Megyn and former Speaker Newt Gingrich over Bill Clinton, She repeated a meme I’ve been hearing way too often during the past few weeks – that Bill Clinton is not running for office. To put it bluntly, this shows a naivete that is shocking for someone as seasoned as her. At its worst, it shows just how much she dislikes Mr. Trump. And this came after Megyn tried to insist that poll numbers were (somehow) more accurate than actual voting numbers

The exchange had been going fine until Newt brought up the fact that if Hillary Clinton wins the election then Bill Clinton moves into the East Wing (long the domain of presidential wives). The response from Megyn brought up the standard meme of ‘Bill Clinton isn’t running for President’. The debate get testy between the two of them after that with Newt challenging Megyn to call Bill Clinton a sexual predator, based upon his past actions, and her refusal to do so. They did not end the debate on amiable terms.

And here is my problem: no one can be so naïve as to believe that because a spouse isn’t running for this high an elected office that they will have no influence on it. Hillary in the 1990s tried to get the Democratic idea of Healthcare Reform – actually having the government create it as an entitlement known as ‘single-payer’ – passed by Congress. To add fuel to this is the fact that Bill, acknowledged as a sexual predator by any objective person, will be able to indulge his sexual appetite in the White House once again. Surely that is reason enough to keep him and Hillary out of the building!

There are many reasons (real and imagined) for people not to vote for a candidate this time around. But to say that a former president who is married to a current candidate isn’t running ignores the influence Bill Clinton will have, both political and sexual, upon a second Clinton White House. Megyn Kelly should acknowledge how wrong she was in this instance and the disservice she is doing to women that will be in the reach of Bill Clinton.

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History Repeats


Recently I started to read Churchill’s The World Crisis, his history of the First World War and the events that led to it. Readers may wonder why I bring this up. In the first chapter, which describes historical events from the rise of Bismarckian Germany to 1902, he makes the case that all the treaties and accords that occurred in this timeframe are really just bits of flotsam and jetsam that served only to appease the rising German Empire in one way or another. It is telling that he wrote this in the period between the two World Wars and could see by the mid-1930s that England and Europe were heading into the same situation again – although without the military presence that it had before the Great War to End All Wars.

It is telling because England was more of an appeaser the second time as was known by the cry by Prime Minister Chamberlain of “Peace in our time!” It’s even more telling that we have the same cry today with President Obama and in much the same situation. Like England with Germany in the 1930s, so is the situation with the United States and Iran. The President also seeks to appease that which he is afraid of and tries to hide it with not quite as flowery rhetoric, even though the sentiment is the same.

He cries out, “The choice is War or a Bad Deal!” and refuses to acknowledge that there is a third choice – Keep things as they are. So there was pressure by other countries to lift the sanctions. So what? The pressure was probably by arms merchants behind the scenes. There is no real reason otherwise for all these other countries to suddenly want a deal that will come back to haunt all of us with a Third World War.

Some may think me as just another hawk. I think of myself as a voice that cries out in the wilderness saying, “No More!” I look at the Iran Deal with its secret side deals and ask, “Why do you hamper US and not Iran? Why are the numbers of our troops cut down with no justification? Why do you continue to support a deal that helps no one but Iran?”

The answer is appeasement. President Obama has not learned the lessons that history has harshly taught us time and again. By lifting these sanctions we are paying the Danegeld to Iran, but the result will be the same as it was for the English in Viking times, as it was for the world in the two previous World Wars. As Kipling wrote:

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve  proved it again and  again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

If we appease Iran by passing this deal and release all the previously sanctioned monies to them, we will be setting up the seeds of war to be harvested once again. Democrats and Republicans alike must oppose this Bad Deal. History will remember President Obama as being another Chamberlain, willing to sacrifice anything necessary to warrant the legacy of the Nobel prize he received and wring out the same familiar cry of “Peace in our time!” to which Kipling replies:

“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!”

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Tonight’s California Results – Last Update Tonight


As of 12:10 am  –  44.92 percent for Los Angeles approximate,   63.2 percent for State results

 

My votes:                                                           Los Angeles Result                       California Result

Gov: Neel Kashkari                                       Gov. Brown                                      Gov. Brown

Lt. Gov: Ron Nehring                                   Gavin Newsom                                Gavin Newsom

Sec. of State: Pete Peterson                         Alex Padilla                                      Alex Padilla

Controller: Ashley Swearengin                  Betty T Yee                                       Betty T Yee

Treas: Greg Conlon                                      John Chiang                                     John Chiang

Atty. Gen.: Ronald Gold                              Kamala D Harris                            Kamala D Harris

Ins. Commissioner: Ted Gaines                Dave Jones                                      Dave Jones

St. Super. of Pub. Instr.: Marshall Tuck  Tom Torlakson                               Tom Torlakson

St. Brd of Equalization: G. Rick Marshall    Jerome E Horton                      N/A

Los Angeles Assessor: John Morris            Jeffrey Prang                                N/A

Sheriff: Jim McDonnell                                 Same                                              N/A

U. S. Representative: R. Adam King          Karen Bass                                    N/A

State Assembly Member: Glen Ratcliff     S M Ridley-Thomas                     N/A

State Senator: Isidro Armenta                    Holly J Mitchell                            N/A

Prop 1: No                                                       Pass                                                 Pass

Prop 2: No                                                      Pass                                                 Pass

Both of the above were strongly supported by Gov. Jerry Brown and is reason enough to reject

Prop 45: No                                                   Fail                                                   Fail

Prop 46: No                                                   Fail                                                   Fail

Prop 47: No                                                   Pass                                                  Pass

Prop 48: No                                                   Fail                                                   Fail

Measure P: No                                              Pass                                                  N/A

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Tonight’s California Results – Next Update at Midnight


As of 10:00 pm  –  10.11 percent for Los Angeles approximate,   26.3 percent for State results

 

My votes:                                                           Los Angeles Result                       California Result

Gov: Neel Kashkari                                       Gov. Brown                                      Gov. Brown

Lt. Gov: Ron Nehring                                   Gavin Newsom                                Gavin Newsom

Sec. of State: Pete Peterson                         Alex Padilla                                      1% difference

Controller: Ashley Swearengin                  Betty T Yee                                       Betty T Yee

Treas: Greg Conlon                                      John Chiang                                     John Chiang

Atty. Gen.: Ronald Gold                              Kamala D Harris                            Kamala D Harris

Ins. Commissioner: Ted Gaines                Dave Jones                                      Dave Jones

St. Super. of Pub. Instr.: Marshall Tuck  Tom Torlakson                               Tom Torlakson

St. Brd of Equalization: G. Rick Marshall    Jerome E Horton                      N/A

Los Angeles Assessor: John Morris            Jeffrey Prang                                N/A

Sheriff: Jim McDonnell                                 Same                                              N/A

U. S. Representative: R. Adam King          Karen Bass                                    N/A

State Assembly Member: Glen Ratcliff     S M Ridley-Thomas                     N/A

State Senator: Isidro Armenta                    Holly J Mitchell                            N/A

Prop 1: No                                                       Pass                                                 Pass

Prop 2: No                                                      Pass                                                 Pass

Both of the above were strongly supported by Gov. Jerry Brown and is reason enough to reject

Prop 45: No                                                   Fail                                                   Fail

Prop 46: No                                                   Fail                                                   Fail

Prop 47: No                                                   Pass                                                  Pass

Prop 48: No                                                   Fail                                                   Fail

Measure P: No                                              Pass                                                  N/A

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Tonight’s California Results – Next Update at 10 PM


As of 8:45 pm  – 6.82 percent for Los Angeles approximate,  11.5 percent for State results

 

My votes:                                                           Los Angeles Result                       California Result

Gov: Neel Kashkari                                       Gov. Brown                                      Gov. Brown

Lt. Gov: Ron Nehring                                   Gavin Newsom                                Gavin Newsom

Sec. of State: Pete Peterson                         Alex Padilla                                      Pete Peterson

Controller: Ashley Swearengin                  Betty T Yee                                    Ashley Swearengin

Treas: Greg Conlon                                      John Chiang                                     John Chiang

Atty. Gen.: Ronald Gold                              Kamala D Harris                            Kamala D Harris

Ins. Commissioner: Ted Gaines                Dave Jones                                      Dave Jones

St. Super. of Pub. Instr.: Marshall Tuck  Tom Torlakson                               Tom Torlakson

St. Brd of Equalization: G. Rick Marshall    Jerome E Horton                      N/A

Los Angeles Assessor: John Morris            Jeffrey Prang                                N/A

Sheriff: Jim McDonnell                                 Same                                              N/A

U. S. Representative: R. Adam King          Karen Bass                                    N/A

State Assembly Member: Glen Ratcliff     S M Ridley-Thomas                     N/A

State Senator: Isidro Armenta                    Holly J Mitchell                            N/A

Prop 1: No                                                       Pass                                                 Pass

Prop 2: No                                                      Pass                                                 Pass

Both of the above were strongly supported by Gov. Jerry Brown and is reason enough to reject

Prop 45: No                                                   Fail                                                   Fail

Prop 46: No                                                   Fail                                                   Fail

Prop 47: No                                                   Pass                                                  Pass

Prop 48: No                                                   Fail                                                   Fail

Measure P: No                                              Pass                                                  N/A

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Did You Vote Today? A Roots of the Nation story.


I did because my vote always counts, whether or not I am on the winning side of that vote. If I don’t vote, I can’t complain about the result. Everyone who votes are ultimately the Roots of the Nation. How did you vote? Look for results in another blog post later tonight.

My votes here in California:

Gov: Neel Kashkari

Lt. Gov: Ron Nehring

Sec. of State: Pete Peterson

Controller: Ashley Swearengin

Treas: Greg Conlon

Atty. Gen.: Ronald Gold

Insurance Commissioner: Ted Gaines

St. Super. of Public Instruction: Marshall Tuck

St. Brd of Equalization: G. Rick Marshall

State Supreme Court: No to all

State Court of Appeal: No to all

Superior Court Judges: Yes to prosecutors seeking to become judges

Los Angeles Assessor: John Morris

Sheriff: Jim McDonnell

U. S. Representative: R. Adam King

State Assembly Member: Glen Ratcliff

State Senator: Isidro Armenta

Prop 1: No

Prop 2: No

Both of the above were strongly supported by Gov. Jerry Brown and is reason enough to reject

Prop 45: No

Prop 46: No

Prop 47: No

Prop 48: No

Measure P: No

So, again, how did you vote?

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Obama DOES Own This Operation


I have decided that President Obama’s air strikes operation, which is still being refused a name by The Won and the White House, does deserve a name. That name should be Operation Nameless. Think about it. The president and the WH refuse to give it a name for fear that it somehow legitimizes what Obama has tried to avoid his entire presidency – that we are at war with terrorists.

“It’s Bush’s fault,” “the surge won’t work” and other similar messages have been repeated too often by this weak-willed and weak-kneed fop of a president, and his allies, who try to constantly impose the rule of man whenever the rule of law gets in his way. It’s what always happens when he and they get in over their heads.

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In Remembrance of 9/11


“Lord God Of Hosts,

Be With Us Yet,

Lest We Forget,

Lest We Forget”

We should never forget how cravenly we were attacked 13 years ago. That the people who attacked us were Islamic radicals and extremists. That their war on us is never-ending. And that our response to them should be their complete and utter annihilation. Not of mainstream Islam, but of its attacking radicals and extremists. Mainstream Islam, however, has this strange, continuing reluctance to even say one thing against their crazed cousins. It is well past time they shake off this reluctance.

President Obama has finally ordered some military action against ISIS/ISIL, but again, like every other time the Campaigner-Against-Military-Force-in-Chief speaks about the use of force to protect the country, he appears to believe that less is more. This may be due more to the life lessons he didn’t learn such as that if you want to be a credible threat to evil in this world then you need a corresponding sized military to go with being such a force; you don’t downsize to pre-WWII levels when you keep fighting threats. “Speak softly and carry a big stick” is still the best way this has ever been phrased. If only our Campaigner-in-Chief would take it to heart, but given his upbringing it is doubtful that he was ever allowed an opposing viewpoint until it was too late in his education to think in any way other than he does. I hold his mother and his grandparents in contempt for this because they didn’t challenge his world view. Why would they? It accorded perfectly with their own.

The younger President Bush, and Mitt Romney, in contrast, are now seen, by people whose brains have not fossilized, as remarkably prescient in foreseeing what has now come to pass in our fight against terrorism. Yet the Left continues to treat them as pariahs to America when it is the Left’s own attitude in sticking its head in the sand and quailing at any thought of conflict, other than ensuring that they get to be the only ones allowed to speak, that constantly and continually puts this nation at risk of attack.

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My Schedule for Today


This is a rare break for me today. I have nowhere I need or want to be and so will spend the day with my wife and son watching patriotic movies on TCM. We will start the day with “1776,” though not on TCM – I have it on DVD and will watch it that way. It’s almost as complete as the laserdisc version which I have as well. The only major difference is in the first song John Adams sings by himself. Both the DVD and the TCM versions have a cut version of the song while the LD has the complete version of the song similar to how it was sung in the stage musical.

We’ll probably pause for a lunch of hot dogs and a call to my mother to wish her a happy 4th. Afterwards we will watch James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and Gary Cooper in “Sgt. York.” Later in the evening we will go to a nearby park to watch fireworks.

It’s been hectic these past six weeks since my wife suffered an incident with her leg that was at first thought to be a torn hamstring, but now appears to be a moderate meniscus tear in her right knee. This basically causes the muscles in her leg to basically just shut down to prevent further injury to the leg.

The conditions for this started back in April, on the 9th, when she mentioned to her primary care physician that she was feeling some pain in the right leg. The doctor apparently did not hear her say this. Fast forward to May 17. As she was walking across the street, after leaving her job, in order to catch a bus home, her right leg gave out. She was able to call me and I arrive in a cab to take her to emergency at the hospital. They think it’s a possible torn hamstring and she is given a week off from work. After having an MRI taken of the leg, it becomes obvious there is no hamstring tear. She sees her primary care doctor who gives her until the 23rd of June off and we are then referred to Physical Medicine and an Ortho specialist. Ortho says it might be a meniscus tear and gives her a cortisone shot to help with it. Ortho sends us on to Physical Therapy. After seeing her primary care doctor again on June 23, she was put on off-work status until July 31. So we are now waiting for State Disability to kick in as her own pay, PTO/Vacation and Sick Leave have all been utilized and exhausted.

I have been at home most of this time, except for grocery runs and other needful tasks, to ensure that she follows the schedule for exercising her leg. During the first month, it lost a lot of its tone and muscle mass. As Ortho may still do a more thorough exam of her right knee (and the meniscus), more muscle needs to be present, and in good shape, before they do any kind of procedure.

I just we don’t have any trouble with her workplace the way her sister did when she got breast cancer (get a mammogram today!) and was fired by her work after 12 weeks of absence – as she’s undergoing chemo. We contacted her union – I’m not a big fan of unions, but this is one of their needed duties; protecting the rights of workers – and they were able to ensure that her job was kept available due to the Americans With Disabilities Act.

I’m hoping the same situation doesn’t arise with my wife as she may need more months of therapy if they do an operation, something she is dreading. She doesn’t want to lose her job; she’s really good at it and serves as a standard for all the other workers there.

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Roots of the Nation: The Declaration of Independence


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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