davidl on July 18th, 2015

Up front, I do not like Donald Trump the person, or for that matter John McCain the politician, but on the other hand, I have found no actual quote of Trump saying John McCain was not a war hero.

The controversy, from Boston Herald:

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump took shots at John McCain’s military history on Saturday, arguing that the Arizona Senator was “not a war hero.”

“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said. “I like people that weren’t captured.”

McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for six years, recently criticized Trump for stirring “the crazies” for his controversial remarks in recent weeks.

Trump did not appear to slander McCain. Although Trump did ignorantly impugn McCain. Trump said that he prefers soldiers who were not captured. The Code of Conduct requires that our soldiers never surrender. Attempting to evade capture and failing is not surrender. It is not dishonor. It not conduct for which a soldier should ever be criticized. The fact that Trump impugned McCain for the fact that McCain was captures, shows Trump to ignorant, and unfit to serve as Commander-in-Chief.

McCain was shot-down and ejected over enemy territory. As for as I know, all our airmen who ejected over North Vietnam, and survived, were captured. I fact, three of them went on to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor based on their conduct as prisoners of war. Being captured did not make McCain a hero. Flying off a carrier into enemy territory, and hopefully back, is heroic. Building casinos that go bankrupt in Atlantic City is not.

Trump knows how to spot the enemy.  Sadly he fires before he aims, and is the Fearless Fosdick of politicians.

As for McPain, we might have prevailed in Southeast Asia, if McCain had managed to drop as many bombs on North Vietnam as a naval aviator, as he did on his fellow republicans as a politician.

davidl on July 18th, 2015

We have found something even more elusive than the gene for homosexuality.  What is this magical something that converts a biological male or female into believing his inner sex is opposite from his physical, god given, sex?  The trannies and their apologist don’t know what it is, but they are adamant that it exists, as one Ben Shapiro discovered, from American Thinker:

On Thursday, Ben Shapiro appeared with several other guests on a television program called Dr. Drew on Call. The topic of discussion was whether Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner deserved to receive ESPY’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award. And before you know it, another guest by the name of Zoey Tur, who, like Jenner, is a male who identifies as female, responded to a comment made by Shapiro with a physical threat.


Zoey Tur, nee Robert Albert “Bob” Tur, is free to wear a dress, a bad wig and to call himself a girl.  Tur is free to assert that chromosomes are not relevant.  Tell that to a person with Down’s.  Yet if Tur wants to preen about as girl, he should learn to behave like a girl.

Had the actions of Tur and Ben Shapiro been reversed, and it was Shapiro who assaulted Tur, the PC lynch mob would have already been formed and Shapiro would be unemployed.  Yet as it was, Tur was the guilty party, and will get was a lame excuse to the effect that trannies should not be expected to hold their temper. I guess acting like a civilized lady or gentlemen is too much to expect from a tranny.

davidl on July 17th, 2015

Had the Chattanooga gunman but been a white Christian, Obama would have already called for more gun control. Yet it is government gun control which is killing our heroes in uniform.

Dear Mr. Obama,

I have little hope that you’ll ever read this, but I have to get this off my chest. Since 1993, our military personnel, many of whom have had extensive weapons training including sidearms, have not been allowed to carry weapons openly or concealed on military properties. Yet on your watch the following incidents have occurred:

These incidents, which resulted in the deaths of 35 innocent people and serious injuries to 51 others, might all have been minimized or even prevented by trained, armed military members.

Why is it that these men and women, who carry firearms on our behalf, whom we entrust with the security and well-being of our nation, aren’t allowed to bear arms on military bases in order to defend themselves and others?

And, of course, these are only the incidents that result in deaths or injuries and thus cannot be hidden from the public. As a military wife, I recall more than one incident in which miscreants on base were stopped by MPs or other law enforcement personnel. In one case at Fort Gordon, a person who was later captured blew through the checkpoint without stopping. Similarly unaware gate security allowed the 2014 shooter at Norfolk Naval Base to get through. Why? Anyone who has sat in line to get through a military base checkpoint can figure this one out easily.

I don’t blame gate security for these incidents. I do blame misguided leadership that seems to believe that this one layer of security is adequate.

When these bad guys are on base, there is little or nothing our disarmed military members–people like my husband–can do save hide, call 9-1-1, and hope like hell the MPs hurry up. Isolated recruiting stations are in a worse position, open to the public and completely vulnerable.

With the recent threats by ISIS to target military personnel and their families, why are we pretending our military bases and stations are not military targets, ripe for exploitation by hidden terrorist assets or lone-wolf nut cases? For the love of God and country, allow our military members who pass standard background checks and have weapons training to carry personal sidearms in or out of uniform. The lives of military members and families alike–families just like mine–could depend on the courage of these armed and honorable individuals.

The lives of four military members could have been saved today in Chattanooga by such a change in policy. May God comfort their families. I doubt, Mr. Obama, that you will.


A Military Wife

Hat tips:   Jamie Wilson, Ed Driscoll

Eric Florack on July 17th, 2015


From Bill Hobbs…

If only that “no guns allowed” sign on the recruiting offices in Chattanooga had been written in Arabic.

davidl on July 16th, 2015

Four American heroes dead.   One stupid policy   Gun free safety zones yet again used to commit mass murder:


Salute: Ace

Marines volunteer to defend their nation.  For God’s sake let them defend themselves.

Addendum I, Doug Powers @ Michelle Malkin:

The unsettling bottom line: To paraphrase Mark Levin, our soldiers aren’t trusted with guns at military facilities but the Obama administration trusts Iran with nukes. This is the world we now live in. Sleep well.

Islam continues to wage war on the West, politicians fiddle.\

Addendum II, MOTUS:

So instead of dealing with an enemy who wants to establish a caliphate and kill everyone who will not submit, we have “lone wolves,” “lone gunmen” and “workplace violence.”

Odd, isn’t it, that Barry doesn’t like the fact that small town Americans cling to their guns and religion butt is seemingly “content” (h/t Major Garrett) with our enemies doing the same.

We cling to our guns and our religion, because, unlike the moron in the White House, they both serve to protect us.

davidl on July 14th, 2015

What  Rolling Stone likes:


What the rag does not like:



Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is one of the most hardcore right-wing extremists in America. His slash-and-burn policies have gutted Wisconsin workers’ collective bargaining rights, defunded Planned Parenthood and more – all of which has made him a prime punching bag for progressives around the country.

Scott Walker has slashed Wisconsin’s debt, taxes and unemployment.  The unions hate him.   The voters of Wisconsin, not so much.  As for the nation, let us see.

davidl on July 14th, 2015

If you call a rabid dog peaceful, he is still just as apt to bite you.   If you deem Iraq’s nuclear ambitions as peaceful, she still just as apt to nuke you, from the Pallet bureau:

Vienna (CNN)After arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators have reached a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran’s nuclear program.

The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East.

From Mehr:

– The world powers will recognize Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and respect the country’s nuclear rights within the boundaries of international treaties.

– Iran’s nuclear program that was unjustly introduced as a threat to global security will now be recognized as a field for international cooperation with other countries.

– Iran will be recognized by the UN as a country with nuclear technology and entitled to rights of peaceful nuclear program including enrichment and full fuel cycle.

– All economic and financial sanctions against Iran will be removed through a new Security Council resolution.

– With the new UNSC resolution under article 25, in addition to article 41 on provisions related to removal of past sanctions, the treatment of UN Security Council toward Iran will also undergo a fundamental change.

– All nuclear facilities in Iran will retain their activities. Contrary to the initial demands of the other side, none of the nuclear sites will be shut down.

– The policy to prevent Iran’s enrichment activities failed. Iran will continue nuclear enrichment.

– Iran’s nuclear infrastructure will be preserved. No centrifuge will be destroy and research and development on all advanced centrifuges including IR-4, IR-5, IR-6 and IR-8 will continue.

– Arak heavy water reactor will remain as such. Any demands to return the facility to a light water reactor have been dismissed. The facility will be modernized and enjoy new additions through cooperating with owners of most advanced and secure world technologies.

In exchange for blessing from Dim Won, b/k/a Obama, and Forbes Kerry, what if anything did Iraq give up?

Eric Florack on July 13th, 2015

Today, I’ve run from outside Rochester to Batavia New York – Carlisle Pennsylvania. A fairly short run, but my truck was down for routine service for a while. So I guess all is good. Not sure where I’m going now just yet, but that’s also par for the course. I do want to try and get the truck washed today. I’ve got my high speed polisher with me and should be able to attack these wheels pretty quickly too. All is well except I miss my wife and kids already. Welcome to my world.


Readers who are music fans will appreciate this comparison.

You know how bands will occasionally change their lineups of personnel. Personal falling out, health problems, what have you. When foundational players change in a rock group, their popularity tends to wane, because the entire feel… the entire sound of the band changes, and usually not for the better. Now, admittedly, there are occasional examples of bands surviving such changes, but never for very long. The magic, once the change happens is gone.

Cultures are like that too. Change an element in the culture, and the magic is gone. That unquantifiable that made the culture great, disappears and eventually so too does the culture itself.

That’s particularly true of cultures forcibly changed by the power of government. We’ve discussed this several times before. I suggest a lot of what we’re seeing right now, comes directly back to that discussion.

And the sad part is the Republicans don’t seem to have the stomach to stand up to it.

Notice it looks like that’s going to change anytime soon.
I observe that while the GOP establishment is busy denouncing Trump, Hillary Clinton is not busy denouncing Bernie Sanders. Nor, for that matter is anybody else in the Democrat Party.

Ponder why that might be, and you’ll have some idea of what’s going wrong with the Republican Party lately.

It’s certainly no secret that Romney was dismissing and disavowing conservative Republicans while having no objections whatsoever to his Democrat opponents, this previous cycle.

In fact, they’ve been doing it since before Reagan. Remember, the GOP wasn’t too happy about drinking either, which is why we ended up with Bush as VP. The establishment thought Reagan was too conservative.

Ponder also, Sarah Palin had a larger following on the top of the ticket, John McCain. Observe the treatment she received and explain to me how it’s any different than what Trump is receiving, or before trump came along what Ted Cruz was receiving, Rand Paul, or any of the other more conservative leaning candidates.

The damage these people are doing to the party is in measurable. I note with dry amusement Lindsey Graham the other day, complaining how Trump is ruining the party, while ignoring the damage that he himself has caused with his left leaning.

. I’ve been saying since Obama got elected, but the Republican Party will not win another presidential election until such time as they start putting genuine actual dyed in the wool constitutional conservatives in power.

What I am seeing so far it does not make me very hopeful but that’s going to happen in this cycle. By the time these idiots figure out which way things are going, it’s going to be too late for the party, and more importantly for the country.

And down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

davidl on July 13th, 2015

Richard Trumka and Joaquin Guzman have something in common.   If you are an honest hard working, law abiding citizen, neither Trumka or Guzman are you friend.   However the politician man enough to stand up to either thug just might be your friend.


First up,  Donald Trump, from Nick Allen, Telegraph (UK):

Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, the fugitive Mexican drug lord, appeared on Monday night to be taunting authorities and threatening US presidential hopeful Donald Trump while on the run.

The country’s most notorious cartel leader broke out of a maximum-security jail at the weekend in a Hollywood-style escape that saw him scurrying down an elaborate, mile-long tunnel dug under his cell.

Guzman and his supporters wasted no time lambasting Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto as a “coward” but reserved particular ire for Mr Trump, who has accused Mexico of sending rapists and criminals to America

Second,  Scott Walker, from Daniel Strauss, Politico:

“Scott Walker is a national disgrace,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement released ahead of Walker’s formal announcement on Monday.

There isn’t much love to lose between Walker and unions. As the Wisconsin governor has geared up to run for president, he’s repeatedly called attention to his record of fighting unions in his state and his support for right-to-work legislation. Supporters have also highlighted Walker’s ability to overcome a recall effort supported by unions, a victory that thrust him into the national spotlight and electrified conservatives.

If the measure of a man is the nature of his enemies,  Trump and Walker stand tall.

davidl on July 13th, 2015

Clinton_Gore_92Mrs. B.J. Clinton speaks to the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, from D.C. McAllister, Federalist:

“Removing this symbol of our nation’s racist past is an important step towards equality and civil rights in America,” Clinton said in a written statement after the South Carolina legislature voted to remove the flag. “The flag may soon no longer fly at the State Capitol, but there is still unfinished business in confronting and acting on the inequalities that still exist in our country. We can’t hide from the hard truths about race and justice. We must do everything in our power to have the courage to name them and change them”

If Speaker with Forked Tongue, Mrs. Clinton, is right, and maybe she is not always wrong, then she needs to repudiate her (vote for one, get two) use this symbol of our evil racist past to gain elective office.

Then after addressing our nation’s evil racist past, maybe Mrs. Clinton would deign to address our racist present.   Like why does our elected president personally interject both himself and  his administration, into the deaths of black thugs, who just happen to be media darlings, but ignore the death of a while women in San Francisco due the President’s failed sanctuary city policies?

If a private business declines to provide birth control to support a single woman’s preferred life style, the regime will move both Heaven and Earth.   Should a mayor decide that federal immigration laws to not apply in his city, the I Know Nothing Regime, looks the other way.

davidl on July 12th, 2015

Clinton_Gore_92Social Justice Warrior is just a euphemism for ignorant bigot.   If you don’t like the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, then it is your right not to display it, via David French, National Review:

It is a fine thing that the Confederate flag will no longer fly above the South Carolina state capitol. But displaying the Confederate flag anywhere is, at bottom, an act of hate. It should be recognized as such, and punished as a hate crime.

Given the millions who suffered under the whip of slave masters, and all the families separated as slave traders sold sons and daughters away from their parents, and wives away from their husbands, All Americans should recoil from the Confederate flag with the same horror we feel for the Nazi swastika.

That, I feel confident, is what Frederick Douglass would think.

In a free society, hate is not a crime. Thought is not a crime. In Fidel Castro’s Cuba, free thought is a crime. I suggest that Nick Bromell, social justice warrior, idiot, and so-called professor move to Castro’s Cuba, where he would fit in better.

The United States forgave the rebels who laid down their arms and pledged their loyalty to the United States.   Abraham Lincoln did, and so should Bromell.   It is the least an American can do.

davidl on July 9th, 2015

Something is killing blacks in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s People’s  Republic of Chicago, and it is not the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia.  How strange.   Chicago is a liberal utopia, a gun free sanctuary city.  Meanwhile back in South Carolina, a republican governor takes down a democrat governor’s Confederate flag.

Meanwhile in Lala Land, a/k/a Washington City, two dingbats try blame racial violence on Jewish comic:

Wouldn’t it be funny if Donald Trump and the wildly popular feminist comedian Amy Schumer joined forces and ran on the same presidential ticket in 2016?

You might not think this duo has much in common, but they certainly share similar views about Mexicans. Whether joking or not, both draw on shared cultural stereotypes and use dehumanizing language that gives life to an ecosystem of racial fear and violence.

No comedian can force anybody to laugh at his jokes. A joke is only funny because it has the ring of truth to it. Amy Schumer did not fail to secure our southern border. Barack Obama did that.    It Obama, not Amy Schumer, who supports sanctuary cites, video:

Hat tip video:   MRC.

Oh by the way, Mrs. Clinton was for sanctuary cities before she was against them.

Oh did I mention, Nikki Haley took down the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Eric Florack on July 9th, 2015

Tonight, I’m just outside of Wharton New Jersey. Been a long day, the truck is giving me a little trouble right now. Mostly, the PA mandated garbage is fouling up again. I suspect a wiring issue, but we’ll see once I get it back up to the shop. When I do, but it’ll probably means that I’ll have to give the truck up for a week. That’s the most annoying part of all of this. Welcome to my world.

I note with interest the handful of stories the last couple of days regarding deaths involving fireworks, and stupid people. One launching a rocket off of his chest, another off the top of his head,etc

Almost invariably, attached to these stories is the empassioned plea to outlaw such things.

To that point, I can only suggest that the problem with using law to protect idiots from themselves is, you end up with Democrats.

I’ve been sitting and watching this business with Donald Trump going by for the past several days, that all I can do is laugh and shake my head.

That Trump is so far out in front of the GOP chosen, suggests that the GOP leadership still hasn’t learned what the rank-and-file voters want. The rest of the GOP field, they’re all including Carly Fiorina, claim that Trump doesn’t represent the party. Seems obvious to me, that given the popularity of the man has, particularly in comparison to the rest of the field, that  *they* don’t represent the party. Or perhaps more correctly if they do, the party may as well call in sick because it’s not going to win anything in this next cycle.

Understand, please, that I’m no fan of Donald Trump. He presents his own issues, and those issues currently under discussion don’t scratch the surface of them. That said, I’ve been saying it for quite a while now, we either get somebody nominated who is an actual conservative, and is willing to stand up for his beliefs without compromise, or we lose the next election. It’s really that simple. Like him or hate him, Trump qualifies, there.

And in the meantime, another of our Mexican brothers makes headlines.

I see an expert has popped up saying that voting machines in Illinois and Maryland were rigged for Democrats. Well, this should be no surprise to anyone.

Actually though, it is. At least to some degree. We’re talking about two of the most heavily left leaning states in the Union. Even there, the Democrats don’t think they can win without tipping the scale?

And finally, I’ll close this evening with this horror story about the doctor who made millions off of the government, by prescribing and performing all kinds of treatments that weren’t necessary including chemotherapy to patients who didn’t have cancer. Nothing wrong with them. Until he got his hands on them.

I want you to ponder something today in all seriousness.Can you imagine this happening, without a governmentally driven guaranteed payment for the doctor?

Tell me again about how government belongs anywhere near health care.

And down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

Eric Florack on July 7th, 2015

As this is written, I’m sitting on the dock at a food distributor ship outside Newburgh New York. It’s just down the street from where Orange County Choppers headquarters is located.

Started the day outside Rochester went to Mountain Top Pennsylvania and then came over here. The truck gave me a little grief along the way, but nothing unusual really.

Spent the weekend with Donna on a special trip we’ve been planning for some time. It was without question among the most enjoyable trips I’ve ever taken. Too bad it was just one night. We’ll have to see about doing a two nighter at some point, soo

Welcome to my world.

. I’m watching all of the changes that are going on in our culture, being largely driven by governmental empowered Democrats and I find culture is being damaged by these changes.  I think most Americans are at the very least concerned about all these changes, and what they indicate about future, both individually and collectively as a nation. I can in no way see tearing down bits of the culture to be anything but damage.

First of all, because cultural changes that are aredriven by government in the long run always a failure, and the government usually ends up a failure as well. This has been shown throughout history in its original intention is supposed to be the servant not the other way around.I think most americans are at the very least concerned about all these changes, and what they indicated about our future mobile individually mission. I can unknown way see tearing down bitch the culture give me anything good. First of all, because cultural changes that are government driven are in the long run always a failure, and the government the prices, usually ends up a failure is well. This has been shown clearly throughout history. Government in its original intention is supposed to be the servant of the culture not the other way around.

There is a deeper concern here as well. It is this culture is this American culture, this unique American culture that our founders recognized in their writings and even in their official documents that has managed to produce the freest society in the history of the world. Changing that culture, by goverment fiat, by definition moves us away from the freedom that this culture inspired and demanded.

Freedom is not well served by moving us away from that culture. Particularly when it moves us toward more government.

I fear that the damage inflicted on us will be a long time in repairing. Is that makes the assumption that it even can be repaired, and frankly I have my doubts anymore.

Down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

davidl on July 7th, 2015

B.J. Clinton gets accused of rape, and the media remains indifference.  Bill Cosby gets accused a sexual misconduct, what ever that means, and the media turn heaven and earth to unseal confidential court records:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and “other people,” according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

The AP had gone to court to compel the release of the documents; Cosby’s lawyers had objected on the grounds that it would embarrass their client.

As Justice Roger Tanney Kennedy might have ruled, “The conservative has no right of privacy that the liberal press or liberal judges need respect.”

Thoughts.   It appears that Cosby testified honesty.   Mr. and Mrs. B.J. Clinton were not available for immediate comment.   Cosby’s offenses appear to be civil and not criminal.   Again the no comment for Mr. and Mrs. Clinton.    The White House has been quick to provide comment in cases where blacks have been victims.   Will the White House have comment on the court sanctioned invasion of Cosby’s privacy?   Not likely.

I find Cosby conduct to sickening.    Likewise, the lame streams only seem to care about the sex lives of conservatives.