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What do Democrats want?

Democrats want to destroy the Electoral College so deplorables, middle America and fly-over country will just go away and let California and New York run things. Kill babies, remove borders, let 16 year olds, illegals, and felons vote, pay reparations, take away your cars and cows, grab your guns, pack the Supreme Court, buy off the college coaches and presidents, and as all the 2020 candidates say, "return to our core values."

Michael Smith, guest blogger on the wokeness race for the White House.

This is an important read--the Democrats are about identity--and don't you believe you don't need an ID to be acceptable. They care only about the color of your skin and your sex. They only care about your wealth and religion if they need a third or fourth category to separate you from the herd.

Michael Smith, whom I know through Facebook and blogging, has handicapped the Democrats on their road to wokeness.  Interesting--some of these folks I've never heard of, especially his winner.

"I thought I would try to handicap the Democrat Presidential Olympics in their current state – if the Democrats lived up to their progressive Wokeness rulebook:

Beto, Booker and Sanders have all announced they would select a female running mate (well, Sanders actually said “other gendered”, so we don’t really know who or what he will pick) – but isn’t that a disqualifier coming from a cis-gendered white male? Shouldn’t these candidates step aside for a woman?

Anyway, Booker is the only one who might get a pass because Beto and old “Three Dachas” Bernie are cis-gendered, rich, white males and as King Arthur said about the number 5, they are “right out.”

What about the other honkies?

Bland Biden is about as pasty as they come – he checks none of the boxes for wokeness. Neither do Hickenlooper, Inslee, Delaney or Weld. All white, all cis-gendered and all rich. In the annals of wokism, none are as unworthy as Emo Beto, Three Dachas Bernie, Bland Biden, Loopy Hickenlooper, Comrade Inslee, John “Who” Delaney, and CBD Oil Bill (Gary “Weed” Johnson’s running mate the last time this circus came to town).

Three strikes for all – white, male, and rich.

Then there is Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Dude is gay – but also white and privileged (Harvard – BA in history and literature and as Oxford man, a Rhodes Scholar) – and that cancels out his honorable military service. I don’t know if he identifies as a top or a bottom and while his gayness gains him points over the other white candidates, he still is white. Unless he does a Rachel Dolezal or Talcum X, he’s toast as well based on the Rules of Wokeness.

The slogan for the Donks is Democrats2020 – No White Dudes (not even a gay white dude).

Then you have a few male, cis-gendered racial/ethnocentric candidates.

Andrew Yang is out because he is rich, Ivy League privileged (Brown, Harvard Law) but blacks are on a higher rung than Asians on the Ladder of Woke, he’s done.

Julian Castro is also out because while Hispanics outrank Asians, they still don’t rank as high as blacks – plus, he is also a cis-gendered (as far as we know) dude. He also has an identical twin, so there would always be a fear of he and his brother doing a “Dave” and taking turns in the Oval Office.
For black dudes, we have Booker and Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Florida. Booker might identify differently (his imaginary friend T-Bone might have been his boyfriend) but for now, he is cis-gendered according to his beard, Rosario Dawson, and unless that changes, he is still male and as mentioned before, the Rules state he must step aside for a woman.

Nobody has heard from Messam since he was a third string wide receiver for Florida State back in the early 90’s but playing a cis-gendered sport like football and attending college in Florida isn’t going to help.

Now for the Democrat Womenses:

Gillibrand is so painfully white she is transparent and flops around like a fish on a hot dock.

Kloubachar is white, bitchy and mean.

Warren is a real white communist and a fake Indian.

Marianne Williamson is a white, new age religionist who studied theater and philosophy for two years at Pomona College in California.

Sounds like the cast of Mean Girls. The cast is right out.
That leaves Kamala "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Harris and the K-Bar Surfer Chick Tulsi Gabbard.

Unlike Warren, Kamala Harris is a real Indian and a POC (Person of Color). Her parents are Jamaican and Tamil Indian – but Kamala is also Willie Brown’s crazy ex-girlfriend, sleeping her way to the top of the California government. She prosecuted people as AG for things she now supports, so even though she is a real POC, she comes off as a real POS. She’s out as well.

Gabbard is multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-religious. So much multi for one woman. Her father is of Samoan and European ancestry and an active lector at his Catholic church. Her mother, who was born in Decatur, Indiana, is of German descent and a practicing Hindu. Gabbard herself chose Hinduism. She took her oath of office on the Bhagavad Gita in 2013 and describes herself as a karma yogi. She is also a Major in the Army National Guard and she also seems to have a little common sense, a wish to work across the aisle and supports some policies that are almost libertarian. Gabbard is half Haight-Ashbury and half Military Industrial Complex. For Democrats, that’s going to cancel out all the “multi” in her background.

Out of all the Dem candidates, I think Gabbard would give Trump the most trouble.

Conclusion:

By the current rules, Gabbard should be the pick for the Democrats – but she won’t be. They will pick Biden because the Democrats are just as fake as their candidates. They believe Biden has the best chance to win and while Gabbard might be his VP pick, they will go with the rich, white, establishment dude in the end.”

What stresses millennials?

If you look up “millennials + stress” you'll see some charts and graphs and a few ideas on how to handle stress, but not much on what is causing the stress. Limbaugh read a list today, which I found so vacuous and funny, I had to check and see if it was a real survey. Well, you still don't know about things published as "a study," or "research,' but here's the list--I looked it up--supposedly, someone asked them. I surely would have guessed losing a smart phone would be #1. They don't breathe without them. Notice how much is digital--perhaps they need to go off the grid now to prepared for the New Green Deal, which will necessarily also have to eliminate the phones. Don't know why choosing what to wear would even be on the list--how hard is it to pick out a pair of jeans? And shouldn't school loan payments be higher, like maybe #2 or #3? https://www.studyfinds.org/survey-millennials-life-more-stressful-than-ever-before/.

Here are the top 20 stressful scenarios reported by millennials:

1. Losing wallet/credit card

2. Arguing with partner

3. Commute/traffic delays

4. Losing phone

5. Arriving late to work

6. Slow WiFi

7. Phone battery dying

8. Forgetting passwords

9. Credit card fraud

10. Forgetting phone charger

11. Losing/misplacing keys

12. Paying bills

13. Job interviews

14. Phone screen breaking

15. Credit card bills

16. Check engine light coming on

17. School loan payments

18. Job security

19. Choosing what to wear

20. Washing dishes

Hens in the Fox house

Rep. Omar is a Muslim, a Somali immigrant refugee given a home here in the U.S. Her religion has declared that Israel needs to be wiped off the globe. Israel is a U.S. ally. She has said hateful things about Jews. Somehow, the Democrats have managed yet once again, with the help of the media to make her an innocent, and Fox in a panic that they are in top place in the ratings (fear of success?), thinks it needs to remove Judge Jeannine from her popular show for telling the truth about Omar. We live in strange times.

This has been a horrific month for Democrats so far by guest blogger Brian

So what happens? John Podesta, the Clinton/Obama long-time fixer, goes to New Zealand a week ago for a "Progressive Conference," leaves and, suddenly, a mass shooting happens at a New Zealand Mosque in a country with some of the strictest gun laws. The right wing "white supremacist" shooter live streams it on Facebook, blames black conservative Candace Owens and writes a manifesto that sounds like something Christopher Steele or Jussie Smollett would write. Immediately, Twitter is filled with left-wing pundits blaming Donald Trump for Islamophobia and calling for gun control.

49 people are murdered so that we look the other way. Sick. This is what they do. Every. Single. Time.

Catching up with CBS

Listening to CBS News this morning I hear they are still blaming Trump for New Zealand. Big worry about "white supremacists." Nothing about all the Christian churches, Jewish Temples and Islamic Mosques attacked or bombed by Islamists in the past year. Everything is about Trump since 2016--the media just bump, grind and strip on this false narrative, pushing up his poll numbers. There was a big bombing of a Catholic Cathedral in the Philippines on January 29—did you hear about it?  I just noticed it in a social media post yesterday.  Don’t recall prayers for them from our pulpit as we did for New Zealand.  And in early March, it was Christians in Nigeria.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/20-dead-111-hurt-in-jan-29-bombing-at-catholic-cathedral-in-philippines-1.4270952?

I rarely watch 60 Minutes (CBS)., but last night saw J.D. Vance (Hillbilly Elegy) of Columbus talking about the lack of venture capital in areas beyond the coast. At first (2016) the liberals loved Vance--talked about him sort like a cute pet--but a quick glance at newer reports I see they are back to hating common sense, believing someone who actually was poor and knows the system, and who used his grandparents' love (changed his name to theirs) and his own determination to pull himself out of poverty. The Left just doesn't like anyone who leaves the government run plantation.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/venture-capitalist-steve-case-spreading-funding-to-middle-america-with-rise-of-the-rest-60-minutes/?

A tippy stool

The Democrat party has a 3 legged stool--media, entertainment, and academe--on which all its socialist, leftist, feminist, Marxist, destroy-western-civ theories are built . The #MeToo movement damaged the left-leaning entertainment industry, the news media embarrass themselves daily with their anti-Bush, anti-Trump, anti-Reagan fake news stories, and now the corruption is exposed in the elite schools who have been ridiculing the hoi polloi (masses, deplorables) on the one hand and taking bribes with the other. And we still have politicians in Congress and running for 2020 who claim it will all be fixed with more government!

Oh to be young (and ignorant) again

There's a guy on Twitter claiming that the generation born between 1985-1995 is the most unique [sic] ever because of what they've experienced. Ha! Unique? That's nothing. My grandmother (Bessie) was born in the late 19th century and lived to see all the changes in communication, transportation, entertainment and business through the late 20th century. From horse drawn to jet plane, from home deliveries of her babies to high tech hospitals for her old age problems, from church sings to radio, TV and computers. But that's OK, he's too young to know better. What better time to be ignorant about history than when you're young and have time to grow up.


New Zealand killer a media hound, hungry for attention

His manifesto shows he certainly understood the gullible media.

Why did you choose to use firearms?

I could have chosen any weapons or means. A TATP filled rental van. Household flour, a method of dispersion and an ignition source. A ballpeen hammer and a wooden shield. Gas, fire, vehicular attacks, plane attacks, any means were available. I had the will and I had the resources.

I chose firearms for the affect it would have on social discourse, the extra media coverage they would provide and the affect it could have on the politics of United states and thereby the political situation of the world.

He also described him self as an eco-fascist.  People cause pollution, so why not kill people. Admired the Chinese communists.

Meanwhile, CNN blames Trump, and SJW blame Chelsea Clinton for defending Israel.

https://reason.com/blog/2019/03/15/49-dead-in-alleged-eco-fascist-attack-on

https://www.theepochtimes.com/new-zealand-mosque-shooters-manifesto-apparently-posted-online-admires-communist-china_2839838.html

Had you heard about the Christians murdered in their church?

This is not an equivalency statement, just a statement of fact. When churches and mosques and temples are attacked, usually the news media do not blame the President or use those tragedies for political gain--because many are done by Muslims. New Zealand was different. Now they repeat the lies of Charlottesville made up by CNN and seen around the world. The fact remains, when mosques or politicians are attacked, the assailants are usually Muslim, like the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the London bombings, the hotel in Mumbia or Chechnya, so the media move on quickly. But if there's an opportunity to smear Trump, they are all over it--without prayers, of course.

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2019/march/radical-muslims-murder-32-nigerian-christians-torch-church-in-brutal-attack?

Mr. Reagan’s blog

There’s a new blogger on the scene who calls himself, Mr. Reagan.  He’s catching the eye of a number of older, more established conservative writers and journalists>  He’s figured out who is behind Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. . . the so-called Justice Democrats, writes Paul Kengor at The American Spectator.

“What we need to do is take over the Democratic Party,” insists Cenk Uygur, a Justice Democrat and one of the left’s leading voices. He’s pushing for what he openly calls a “hostile takeover” of the Democratic Party. “We’re going to primary all of them — all vulnerable Democrats,” he vows. “We want hundreds — we want to replace Congress.”

“Mr. Reagan” calculates that of the 79 candidates endorsed by Cenk and the Justice Democrats in the last election, 26 won their races. That’s a very successful record that could prove explosive as they seek to increase their candidates into the hundreds. Give them two dozen political figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the delightful Rashida “we’re-going-to-impeach-the-mother-[blank]” Tlaib and they will launch a revolution. You think there’s chaos right now? Just wait. They’re not running through a third party. The Democrats have provided the vehicle, the Trojan Horse, for them to enact their ideological agenda.

A comment on Kengor’s article at the Spectator site, and I certainly agree.

“The Democrat party may be blowing up, but radical leftists are gaining ground. Like all authoritarians, they lie, intimidate, threaten, and exert violence against those who oppose them. They are ruthless and immoral thugs. Authoritarians do not need a political majority to gain control over government. The communists didn't have majorities. Hitler didn't have a majority. They seize power to exploit others for their own benefit. You cannot win a political struggle against them using customary debate and campaign tactics of a democracy because they are not "democrats." “

The 737 Max is grounded

The U.S. has joined many other countries in grounding the 737 Max jet after two crashes killing a total of 346 people in 5 months. I often wonder why some lives are worth more than others. Half a million people, mostly brown and black, are killed each year by malaria, by mosquitoes, which could be controlled with DDT until a vaccine is found or appropriate sanitation developed to fight insect resistance. But no. Rachel Carson who was not a scientist writes a book 56 years ago, Americans get excited about "saving the environment" and in turn cause more Africans to die than all the Atlantic slave trade. Millions more are crippled for life. And counting the other vector borne diseases including Chikungunya, Zika, Dengue, West Nile Virus, and Yellow Fever, the annual death toll is 700,000.

Even this puff piece by pbs shows the dire predictions made at the time by scientists have come true. Claiming that resistance is the problem, is in part a problem. What if they hadn't killed off millions in the 80s and 90s? Environmentalists/climate cults will block any new pesticides that are effective using the same excuses, in my opinion.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/Rachel-carson-malaria-and-silent-spring/

What does college stand for?

Many of the colleges named in yesterday's scandal are bastions of hostility for free speech, of political correctness, of bloated diversity and inclusion departments so they can feel morally superior, whose administrations remove paintings and statues of flawed people long dead because they weren't up to 21st century standards and morality. I realize none of the colleges have been blamed, however, this net will widen. I can only assume those parents so desperate to shoe horn their teens into those schools at least agree with those sentiments. Did I see a post recounting the political donations of those charged? None of the wealthy and powerful had donated to Trump.

The Get into College for a ransom scandal

It is a scandal involving rich celebs yes, but it’s much bigger. . .those we know about in today’s stories  “conspired with others known and unknown”. Before it rolls into history (came out on March 13—there’s little being said today) there will be hundreds, and probably a few college presidents.  Someone will be squeezed to tell all.

“American higher education, from the ivy covered walls of Yale and Georgetown to the sun drenched campuses of USC and Stanford, was rocked Tuesday by a federal racketeering case that alleges celebrities and other wealthy parents funneled millions through an Orange County non-profit foundation in return for fraudulent entrance test scores and college admission facilitated by corrupt coaches and athletic department administrators.” https://www.pe.com/2019/03/12/newport-beach-is-at-the-center-of-nationwide-bribery-for-admissions-scandal/

I think the whole College Board/SAT/ACT is a scandal—so many kids get special tutoring, and it’s not illegal, those are valid, incorporated legal companies that do this, but many cannot afford it, and I’m sure some can be bought and stand-ins are used.  https://www.sfgate.com/education/article/sat-act-cheating-scandal-huffman-test-students-13682741.php

And how about the “volunteer” requirement that high schools have and colleges request—supposedly to even the playing field so less academically qualified have something to show.  Ha.  The “best” students also garner that area and need that to get into the Ivy League or the California system.  If it’s “volunteer” why is it required? And the lower or middle class kids who need to work can’t afford to take “free” internships.   What about those students who are shy or have poor social skills, but are good in academics—they can flunk “volunteering.”

And the whole athletic business.  That was one of the biggest outrages in this current scandal, but how many others have done this not connected to this particular named crook William Singer, owner of the Edge College & Career Network and CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation.  Photoshopping faces onto someone else’s body!  Coaches heads are rolling.

In this scandal, millions of dollars changed hands, but what about the kids who can’t attend out of state colleges because it’s too expensive, but illegals can attend? What about those who claim they are 1/32 black or Indian and are bumped ahead of the poor white teen from Appalachia?  This scandal involves people who can afford  to drop $100,000 to get kiddo into Yale or Harvard or Dartmouth, but we have all sorts of “jump ahead in line” from illegal immigration, to “who do you know who can drop your name to  HR” to donating to your alma mater a few years before junior wants to enroll. 

And what about colleges/universities using rich Nigerian and Egyptian foreign students to claim on their “diversity” quota or recruiting black students who could do well at OSU-Marion campus but will flunk out with debt at Yale, just so the school doesn’t get in hot water with government regulations. 

The money game of the higher education system  is a whole lot bigger than this scandal.

Those named:

“The following were charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud:

Gregory Abbott, 68, of New York, founder and chairman of International Dispensing Corp., a food and beverage packaging company.

Marcia Abbott, 59, of New York.

Gamal Abdelaziz, 62, of Las Vegas, the former senior executive of resort and casino operator of Wynn Macau resort in Macau, China.

Diane Blake, 55, of San Francisco, an executive at a retail merchandising firm.

Todd Blake, 53, of San Francisco, an entrepreneur and investor.

Jane Buckingham, 50, of Beverly Hills, California, founder and CEO of Trendera boutique marketing company.

Gordon Caplan, 52, of Greenwich, Connecticut, co-chairman of New York-based Willkie Farr & Gallagher, an international law firm.

I-Hin “Joey” Chen, 64, of Newport Beach, California, operates a provider of warehousing and related services for the shipping industry.

Amy Colburn, 59, of Palo Alto, California.

Gregory Colburn, 61, of Palo Alto, California.

Robert Flaxman, 62, of Laguna Beach, California, founder and CEO of real estate development firm Crown Realty & Development.

Mossimo Giannulli, 55, of Los Angeles, fashion designer and founder of Mossimo fashion company (also married to Lori Loughlin).

Elizabeth Henriquez, 56, of Atherton, California.

Manuel Henriquez, 55, of Atherton, California, founder, chairman and CEO of Hercules Technology Growth Capital, a publicly traded specialty finance company.

Douglas Hodge, 61, of Laguna Beach, California, former CEO of investment management company Pacific Investment Management Co.

Felicity Huffman, 56, of Los Angeles, actress.

Agustin Huneeus Jr., 53, of San Francisco, owner of wine vineyards in Napa Valley and listed as co-founder of the Quintessa vineyard estate.

Bruce Isackson, 61, of Hillsborough, California, president of a real estate development firm WP Investments.

Davina Isackson, 55, of Hillsborough, California.

Michelle Janavs, 48, of Newport Coast, California, former executive of a large food manufacturer.

Elisabeth Kimmel, 54, of Las Vegas, owner and president of First Busey, a media company.

Marjorie Klapper, 50, of Menlo Park, California, co-owner of jewelry business.

Lori Loughlin, 54, of Los Angeles, actress.

Toby MacFarlane, 56, of Del Mar, California, former senior executive at a title insurance company.

William McGlashan Jr., 55, of Mill Valley, California, senior executive at a global equity firm TPG Capital.

Marci Palatella, 63, of Healdsburg, California, CEO of a liquor distribution company.

Peter Jan Sartorio, 53, of Menlo Park, California, president and co-founder of Elena's Food Specialties.

Stephen Semprevivo, 53, of Los Angeles, executive at Cydcor, a privately held provider of outsourced sales teams.

Devin Sloane, 53, of Los Angeles, founder and CEO of aquaTECTURE LLC, a provider of drinking and wastewater systems.

John Wilson, 59, of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, founder and CEO of private equity and real estate development firm.

Homayoun Zadeh, 57, of Calabasas, California, an associate professor of dentistry.

Robert Zangrillo, 52, of Miami, founder and CEO of private investment firm Dragon Global.”

Athletics

According to Sports Illustrated, “Among coaches indicted are Stanford's sailing coach John Vandemoer, former Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith, former Georgetown tennis coach Gordie Ernst, current Texas men's tennis coach Michael Center and current UCLA men's soccer coach Jorge Salcedo. Ernst, who is accused of taking multiple six-figure cash bribes to admit fake recruits, resigned without explanation from Georgetown last summer. He is now coaching at Rhode Island. . . Wake Forest volleyball coach William "Bill" Ferguson was indicted in the scheme on the same charges as Vandemoer.”

“Four USC athletics staff members were also charged including the Trojans former women's soccer head coach Ali Khosroshahin, former women's soccer assistant coach Laura Janke and current USC Senior Associate Athletic Director Donna Heinel and water polo head coach Jovan Vavic. Heinel and Vavic were fired as a result.

Mark Riddell, the Director of College Entrance Exam Preparation at IMG Academy, a private college preparatory school and sports academy in Bradenton, Fla., has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud alongside charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering.” https://www.si.com/more-sports/2019/03/12/college-admissions-recruiting-bribery-scheme-indictments-felicity-huffman-lori-loughlin

The Mercury News reports: “In April 2016, Giannulli and Laughlin expressed concerns about their older daughter’s “academic qualifications” for USC after meeting with a college counselor, as detailed in a 204-page federal complaint

But Heinel presented their daughter as a prospective member of USC’s women’s crew team in a meeting with the university’s subcommittee for athletic admissions later that fall.

The daughter posed for a photo on an ergometer, a rowing machine, as part of an elaborate effort to demonstrate her participation in the sport despite no experience.

Giannulli sent Heinel $50,000 days later, and she was admitted.

The following year, Giannulli and Laughlin made a similar effort for their younger daughters. In this instance, they presented her as a crew coxswain for the L.A. Marina Club team and also had a photo taken of her on an ergometer.

In exchange for her admittance, Giannulli again sent Heinel $50,000.” https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/03/13/four-connected-to-usc-athletics-indicted-in-college-admissions-scandal/

Is AOC real? She’s an actress claims Mr. Reagan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h5iv6sECGU&feature=youtu.be

A casting call? An Actress? A puppet? A scripted front for an organization? Sometimes brilliant, often bumbling? Who's the man behind the curtain? A political operative who's sort of awkward, but very smart and Cenk Uygar of the Young Turks. I've seen this floating around. Take a look and see what you think? And it probably isn't illegal to put up an actress for Congress and tell her what to say.

Trailer for Mr. Reagan. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf1EWeQ7DefD6Ds3KdeQ-uQ

This is socialism. . .

appropriately made famous by The Police, popular rock band of the 70s and 80s

Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you.

Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I'll be watching you.

Oh can't you see
You belong to me?

The Reparations movement

I'm guessing very few Americans can trace their ancestry to slave owners, either black owners or white (higher percentage of free blacks owned slaves than poor whites), but Democrats will do it by color, after all, that's how they see everything. If they didn't, Barack Obama wouldn't be eligible, Kamala Harris wouldn't be eligible, Ilhan Omar wouldn't be eligible nor Tashida Tlaib (although she might be a descendant of a slaver); and all those Africans who immigrated legally in the 20th and 21st centuries, millions, wouldn't be eligible. More Africans come here in 10 years than the 330,000 who arrived as slaves in the 17th century. Plus all those descendants of Africans and Arabs who assisted in the capture and enslavement several hundred years ago would have to be found and punished.

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/whats-problem-reparations?

Men need abortions, too—NARAL

"Women aren't the only people who get pregnant or the only people who need to access abortion." —NARAL.  Only in a Democrat world. The irony is in this article they are referring to transwomen as men who might need abortions. https://rewire.news/article/2019/03/01/women-are-not-the-only-ones-who-get-abortions/

Finland’s government resigns due to failures

I don't understand how governments that resign work. They should just use the adversarial system like ours where one party spends all their time, our tax dollars, and energy trying to undo the last election rather than have an election. It's been awhile (2006) since we've been in Finland, a fabulous country, but I did notice there were 2 health systems. One for the base, usually the low income and young adults (who are basically healthy) depended on that, and then a private pay system which the wealthier, older and well educated use to supplement that. Taxes to pay for this were unbelievable, but education was "free." I was very impressed that the African grocery clerk spoke to me in English and my friend in Finnish--somehow she knew. Their immigrants also need to learn Swedish since that is a 2nd language.

Finns are very thorough and systematic and no immigrant comes in uninvited (although a some Russians do just walk or bike over the border--and because of their history with Russia that's like a small invasion) and it takes about 10 months to be processed. We met (in stores) Vietnamese and Chileans, who were refugees from an earlier time, and we saw Somali youth congregating on the streets of Helsinki. But during the 2015 immigration crisis in Europe, many more were accepted. Even the president shown in this photo took refugees into his own home as an example for the citizens. What if every politician in our country did that? We had 70,000 at the southern border in February--Pelosi and Schumer could take a few. About 1/5 of Finnish refugees who came during the rush, have been sent home, and many who claimed to be children/teens turned out to be adults. Sounds more tidy than the way we do it, where the Democrats in Congress say hundreds of thousands need to be processed in 20 days or they have to be set loose in the general population with a "promise" to return for a hearing on their eligibility. Meanwhile large "family" groups, some with rented children to drop off to be used again and again, cross our borders, and drug cartels use them for cover. But unlike Finland, we don't have a system.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/finlands-entire-government-resigns-after-breakdown-of-agreement-on-welfare-state-reform

At the gym

I used to write a blog about the people I met in coffee shops.  But I gave it up—going to coffee shops.  Now I go to the gym and I see a lot of interesting people, and even talk to some, although I rarely know their names.

Today on the next exercycle there was a woman who is an immigrant. We’ve chatted numerous times. She goes to her “home” country for 5 months of the year, but her adult children were born in the U.S.  “I’m very close to my children,” she told me today.  “We talk first thing in the morning, and later maybe 8-9 times.”   I would like to think I misunderstood that, she having an accent, but I don’t think so.

One older (older than me) man dresses up for the holidays.  This month he’s all about green—hat, tie, shirt, knee socks, neck wear, etc. We chatted a bit one day—he’s also a graduate of the University of Illinois, sometime in the mid-1950s.

The fashions are fascinating.  Some women are perfectly color coordinated—shoes, pants, shirt.  If the women are very young, say 18-25, they might wear shorts, but very few do that. And only those with really fabulous legs.  Some men wear shorts—old guys have really baggy shorts, and if a young man wears tight fitting shorts, he’s probably gay.

One woman has been recommending books for me to read.  She suggested “What Alice Forgot,” which I checked out of the library, and really enjoyed.  She also suggested “Elegance of the Hedgehog,” originally published in French, which I’ve started.  Today she suggested a non-fiction title, “After Emily,”  about the 2 women who organized Emily Dickinson’s poetry. https://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2018/11/06/emily-dickinson-dobrow  I often see people reading, so I don’t talk to them.  I haven’t had much luck reading on the treadmill, although I do it on the cycle. Most people have their smart phones with them and ear buds, so they are not interested in chit-chat.

I often talk to a very friendly couple who moved to Columbus from California. She’s in excellent shape.  They came here because two of their children live here and their only grandchild.  Her mother is 101 and still lives in California, so she goes there a few weeks of the year.

Another couple I’ve met are also living in Columbus because of their son and grandchild. They actually own 3 homes, and vacation in the summer in Minnesota, and go to North Dakota to ski.  It’s a bit tricky to catch up with them—they are always traveling.

And then there’s Dan.  He has neuropathy, is always in a lot of pain, but struggles in every day using his walker.  He was getting much better, but one day was hit by a car in the parking lot.  Although he had been able to give up his walker a while back, he is now using it all the time.  He’s an inspiration.

Another woman has had her leg amputated; the other day I saw a man using a white cane with another man explaining the machines to him; I’ve seen several people who appear to be recovering from strokes.

I’ve seen a number of members of our church there.  Sometimes so many I think we should have a committee meeting.

Movie night

We don’t see a lot of movies.  The last time we went to a theater, it was sold out on-line, not only for that showing, but the next.  But our daughter recommended a movie when we went out for dinner Friday night, and since I was picking up some books at the library yesterday, I looked for it.

So last night we watched the movie, "Chef," which although it has an awful lot of food prep and f-words in it, is a wonderful story about a boy and his relationship with his divorced dad. Well worth your time. Also a lot about social media, which the son knows how to do, and dad doesn’t.  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2883512/videoplayer/vi3075386649?ref_=tt_ov_vi

More and more research is showing how important it is for children to have a relationship with their fathers.  It’s best if they can be in the home, but even ordinary things like rough housing with kids can help their experience later in life, and cut down on crime and improve school performance. And of course, single parent households are more likely to be poor which affects even longevity. https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2019/03/07/why-growing-up-poor-could-hurt-your-brain-in-old-age/?

Oppression Olympics (ala Candace Owens)

"I'm a woman so I'm oppressed; well, I'm a black woman, so I'm more oppressed than you; well, I'm a disabled black woman, so I'm more oppressed than all of you. I'm a disabled black transwoman, so I've got you all beat--I win."

Great video with Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk with Turning Point U.S.A. meeting with Turning Point U.K. Very interesting discussion.  Many of the same problems in U.K. with free speech, open borders, political correctness that we have across the pond.

https://www.facebook.com/realCandaceOwens/videos/818228165180938/?

Candace Owens now has her own show on PragerU.  I think this is her second episode, interviewing the chair of Black Lives Matter.

https://www.prageru.com/video/the-candace-owens-show-hawk-newsome/

Radical feminists are attacking heterosexuality

Ladies, if you ever thought feminists were a bit silly or just out of step, you really need to watch this Janice Fiamengo video.  Second wave feminism has definitely flowed over the edge of sanity. 

Remember when "women's lib" was about women's sexual freedom--to be one of the guys? No more--that's just grandma's day. Now, "normal sex" is violence against women and abuse--even if married, and consent is non-consent. Wonder what the college permission forms men should be signing will look like? What new laws to "protect" women will Congress enact? 

Actually, heterosexuality is what they are attacking. They're again saying, women don't have a clue. 

https://youtu.be/xlVTNVFvryc

Illegal immigration does hurt black and Hispanic Americans

"Both low- and high-skilled natives are affected by the influx of immigrants. But because a disproportionate percentage of immigrants have few skills, it is low-skilled American workers, including many blacks and Hispanics, who have suffered most from this wage dip. The monetary loss is sizable. The typical high school dropout earns about $25,000 annually. According to census data, immigrants admitted in the past two decades lacking a high school diploma have increased the size of the low-skilled workforce by roughly 25 percent. As a result, the earnings of this particularly vulnerable group dropped by between $800 and $1,500 each year." 

This is the reason blacks and Hispanics are turning to Trump. He speaks to their concerns. They know Trump is not a racist--if he is he's really bad at it.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/trump-clinton-immigration-economy-unemployment-jobs-214216

Thomas Sowell on the history of slavery

This is an audio version of Chapter 3 of Sowell's  book, "Black Rednecks & White Liberals". 
He carefully lays out the world history of slavery, including Europeans enslaved, then moves on to explain how Africans were involved in the enslavement and selling of Africans to the Europeans at the ports, who couldn't survive in the interior.  Discusses the practice of castrating Africans to be sold to Muslims as guards for harems. Also notes the black slave owners in the U.S. and Caribbean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWrfjUzYvPo
 
Wisdom from Thomas Sowell's book including the other essays:  https://www.conservativebookclub.com/book/black-rednecks-and-white-liberals
  • Proof that the peculiar subculture of Southern whites and that of blacks did not result from slavery
  • Why the low test scores of some European immigrant children cannot be automatically attributed to their being new to the United States — and hard facts about how some kinds of cultures tend to produce lower mental test scores, whether the people in those cultures are black or white, American or European
  • How elements of transplanted Southern culture came to be seen as immutable features of a distinctive “black identity” — despite their mirroring very similar cultural patterns among Southern whites in times past
  • Evidence that black pioneers and leaders of the early twentieth century were not just “the cream of the crop” but emerged from a culture very different from that in which most blacks were raised and educated
  • How racial barriers erected by “black rednecks” prevented black cultural elites from separating themselves as much as they would have liked from lower-class blacks
  • White liberals: how Leftist intellectuals, politicians, celebrities, judges, and teachers have aided and abetted the perpetuation of a counterproductive and self-destructive lifestyle among blacks
  • The much-overlooked source of many of the prevailing misconceptions of the histories of both blacks and whites in America
  • How white liberals have promoted a conformity of beliefs and affirmations among blacks, with those who hold different viewpoints banished from consideration intellectually and ostracized socially
  • “Middleman minorities”: how certain kinds of economic activity engaged in by minority groups increases resentment against them more than their ethnicity
  • How the widespread belief that Jews and other middleman minorities have made no productive contribution to the economies in which they lived has often been belied by the decline or collapse of those economies after their departure
  • Proof: contrary to liberal myth, for most of history, slavery was not based on racism — and most slaves did not differ racially from their masters
  • What the Western world — and the United States in particular — had that made the abolition of slavery possible, while slavery was still taken for granted in the Islamic world and other non-Western societies
  • Why modern-day liberal critics are wrong, and Abraham Lincoln was wise not to have made the moral case for the abolition of slavery in the Emancipation Proclamation
  • How Leftists scream for slavery reparations from the American government while saying nothing at all about non-Western slaveholding countries past and present, from which no reparations or other concessions can remotely be expected
  • Bias: how scholars have long known that slavery was a worldwide institution, going back thousands of years, but this has not led them to provide adequate coverage of slavery outside of Western civilization
  • A cardinal and illuminating reason for German cultural predominance in Eastern Europe
  • Why the genocide of the Jews perpetrated by Hitler’s Germany is even more chilling than most people realize
  • How the differences between W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington have been exaggerated by modern-day liberal revisionists for political purposes
  • One of the most obvious — and most overlooked and suppressed — reasons for the deficient educational performance of black students
  • How putting unqualified people in charge of black colleges and universities for the sake of racial proprieties was a serious setback for the schools, and for the young people who were educated in them
  • Revealing details of the decline and academic collapse of Dunbar High School, once an elite school for blacks in Washington, DC
  • How the desire of predominantly white colleges to secure a demographically representative student body made lower standards of admissions for blacks virtually inevitable
  • Why the magnitude of employment discrimination cannot be reliably measured by the relative numbers of blacks in particular occupations
  • Prominent educational “experts” who ignore or dismiss examples of black educational success because they don’t fit in with their ideological agenda