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What’s changed? The left sure hasn’t.

August 9, 2018

 

Does someone from the left want to actually defend this? 50+ years and no core values have changed on the left, none.

The Switch that never happened.

July 26, 2018

There is an open-ended debate on Twitter in which I was trying to explain to some folks the oversold and untrue story around the “switch” liberals want you to believe happened in the 1960’s, in political parties. If you aren’t interested in history stop reading now. It’s important to understand the history to understand the present so let’s start there.

Reconstruction Era 1863-1877

This was the end of the Confederate Nationalism as well as the ‘end’ of slavery. Slaves were supposed to receive the same legal rights as everyone else through the 13th 14th, and 15th Amendments passed within a few years of the end of the war.

So the ¾ of a million deaths from the War was the “price” paid by White AND many blacks as well, to end the South secession movement and abolish slavery.

I think it is imperative to at least have a top-level understanding of what those 3 amendments were intended to do, not what they actually did.

  • The 13th Amendment abolished slavery. No gray area, no nebulous meanings or intentions, slavery was now against the law, no exceptions.
  • The 14th Amendment in a nutshell basically gave every person living in the US citizenship rights AND more importantly equal protection under the law. This was mainly to allow now freed slaves to ‘enjoy’ the same freedoms as non-slaves.
  • The 15th Amendment added voting rights for ALL citizens of the USA, regardless of race, color or previous enslavement. There were no caveats. If you were a legal citizen, you could vote.

Two things to mention here. It’s hard for anyone to understand in even the slightest capacity what blacks had to, were, and would continue to endure long after the civil war. I often times make the argument that “if these amendments were passed in the 1860’s, why on earth would we need a civil rights march over 100 years later? Why would people need to march for rights already afforded them in the Constitution?”

Unfortunately, the answer is simple, our government and law enforcement failed to uphold those amendments in both word and deed. The terrorist arm of the Democratic party, the KKK, was born out of all of this legislation as a way to suppress, oppress, terrorize and murder blacks, and jews for decades AFTER these amendments were put into “law.”

Also, remember this. The day the war ended, the day emancipation was declared, north of 3.95 MILLION slaves were freed. Almost 4 million people who’d spent their lives in conditions no animal should endure much less a human being was now “free.” Why is this a thing?

Very few of them had even a grade school education. The ones that did, Booker T Washington Up From Slavery and Frederick Douglass My Bondage By Freedom explain the chaos that resulted. Yes, they were all beyond ecstatic they had their freedom now, but what were they supposed to do? They had quite literally no possessions, no money, no savings of any kind. Many willfully remained “employed’ by their previous masters as a way to stay ’employed’ and earn a living. I don’t think I can come close to conveying the world they were now in. But if you are truly interested in this country, its history and how we got here, please read one if not both of these books. You cannot begin to imagine the horrors these men endured. I will add this. I don’t know how either of them came out of the war without a bitter hatred for white men and women, but they didn’t. Not only that but they came out self-educated and with a burning desire to make the world ‘right’ and for that, I think we owe them a level of gratitude reserved for few people.

So at this point, right around 1870, the war to end slavery and preserve the colonies as one was over. Laws were all in place to give blacks, whites, and women equal rights.

What happened?

It’s imperative to also note the following. Try google searching for the history of African American voting. You will notice one odd but now familiar trend. It is going to take you a rather long time to find ANY information about the black vote before 1936.

Why is that?

1936 was the seminal moment of the African American Voters relationship with the Democratic party. FDR’s “New Deal” would present the black voter a ‘welfare state’ in which you could not only receive gov’t assistance but you could in many cases do so without having to actually do anything. What’s not to like? Democrats knew exactly what they were doing and why they did it.

Before 1936, the votes of blacks leaned over 80% Republican and why wouldn’t they? The (R) party was the party of abolition and freedom.

Many Democrats like to present this shift as one of ideology, which is in fact completely untrue. Doctrines didn’t change, policies did.

For a group of people who had suffered unspeakable horrors for well over a century, there was a government that was going to ‘give them something’ for nothing. Just for being black and/or poor, the government would give you money. Now understand that was it. You got nothing else, you didn’t get business preference, or education preference, hell the country was still segregated, and that was still a deal breaker for Democrats. FDR actually appointed a member of the KKK to the supreme court as well as vetoing not one but TWO pieces of anti-lynching legislation. Democrats weren’t looking to help the black voter get ahead, they were just after the black vote, period. Nothing more, nothing less. Take a quick look ahead to 1944 and the GI Bill. This was legislation intended to help returning veterans get to college, buy their own homes and essentially ‘get on their feet.’

Well, that is unless you were a black GI. Veterans of color were not able to utilize the housing provisions of the GI bill because banks would not make mortgage loans to blacks and even worse was the fact that blacks were excluded from living in the suburbs by a lethal combination of racism and deed covenants that made that option a pipe dream and affected generations to come.

So yes, the New Deal ‘helped’ the black voter, it certainly bought their votes, and in many ways still does, but there was and never has been anything close to a serious effort from Democrats to allow those same voters to not just ‘survive’ but most importantly get up, dust off and get ahead.

Also, don’t forget this was the “peak” of the KKK’s influence and terror. A democratic creation of insatiable violence and terror to blacks and Jews in America. Many members of the party were actual MEMBERS and LEADERS of the KKK.

  1. Robert Byrd Senator and liberal “Icon” (Exalted Cyclops of his chapter) also known to Americans worldwide as Hillary Clinton’s “mentor.”
  2. Hugo Black joined the KKK in the early 20’s (to gain votes from Alabama voters who were staunchly anti-catholic)
  3. Bibb Graves (Exalted Cyclops of his Alabama Klan Chapter)
  4. Clifford Walker (Gov of Georgia) was a Klan member,
  5. George Gordon US house of reps was one of the Klan’s first members,
  6. John Tyler Morgan was the Grand Dragon of the KKK in Alabama,
  7. Edmund Pettus, a senator from Alabama, was also a Grand Dragon of the Alabama KKK,
  8. John Gordon Brown US Senator from Georgia was a member, and there was evidence he was actually the head of the Klan for Georgia as well,
  9. John Clinton Porter Mayor of LA was a member of the 1920s
  10. David Duke who began life as a Democrat and then when it became apparent he couldn’t get anywhere there, he switched parties and received even less recognition from Republicans, was the founder and grand wizard of the Knights of the KKK in the mid-1970’s. He ran for President in the 1988 Democratic primary.
  11. Benjamin Stapleton was the mayor of Denver and a klan member who used his position as mayor to appoint other members of the KKK to local govt positions.
  12. Harry S Truman paid the KKK’s 10$ membership fee in 1924

Now don’t be misled, there were men labeled Republicans who were members of the Klan. The main difference is they were nobodies who the party distanced themselves from when those affiliations became known. A quick look at their voting records shows you they were the first true RINO’s (Republicans in name only). Democrats LOVE these folks as they allow anyone not willing to look for themselves an opportunity to do what they always do, paint someone else in a horrific light that if you were to actually turn it on, would shine directly in their own faces.

Very much the same as the pedophiles, perverts and sexual deviants today. Both parties have them but don’t you find it disturbing that not only do Democrats merely destroy any other ‘party’ or ‘group’ in numbers of deviants, but their deviants aren’t “nobodies.” They are Presidents, Clinton, Kennedy, and world-changing power brokers like Harvey Weinstein and the Epstein clown and some of the biggest names Spacey, Gunn, Silverman and more. They have now started an effort to make pedophilia and rape “funny,” ‘uncomfortable” and “edgy” humor instead of being the tent pole for sexual deviance and repulsiveness that should be accompanied with life in prison or the death penalty.

But as usual, I digress.

We have the history of the black vote up through the second world war, and into the post-war period where segregation, racism, and Jim Crow Laws still ruled the day.

A quick note about Jim Crow laws.

They encompass any and all of the laws that enforced racial segregation in the south between the end of the reconstruction period, 1877, and the beginning of the civil rights movement of the 1950’s.

Minstrel shows were a theatrical form created in the early 1900’s to show and mock racial stereotypes. Think of “Blackface” and all that other crap. Jumpin’ Jim Crow was a particular “minstrel routine” which started in 1828 and was imitated for a lengthy period of time after. Jim Crow became a derogatory epithet for African Americans and has always remained just that.

But Jim Crow laws were the brainchild of the same Democrats that launched the KKK. These laws were passed to keep blacks and whites separated in every public forum from buses to schools, parks, cemeteries, restaurants, movie and show theaters. It was a concerted effort to keep blacks and whites from public contact. If you can believe this, it was actually codified into law by our very own US Supreme Court in 1896.

That lasted until the same supreme court reversed Plessy v Ferguson in 1954 in Brown v Board of Education Topeka. School segregation became unconstitutional. Sadly that lengthy period of time between 1896 and 1954 did not confine itself to our schools. Hell in 1898 Louisiana, soon followed by the democratic bastions of Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama and Virginia passed “Grandfather clauses” to keep former slaves and their descendants from voting. The registered black vote fell from 44.8% to 4.0% in 1900.

How did that happen? How could these things happen when 70 some years before our Constitution was amended to stop this very thing from ever happening again?

How? Democrats and the KKK are how. Their coordinated campaign of violence and terror kept this nation from moving forward for decades. This wasn’t an “American issue’, this was a Democrat issue.

You don’t believe me? Ask someone about the “big switch” that supposedly happened in 1964. That switch? It involved precisely 4 members of the democratic party. Yes, 4.

And here is an enormous part of our history I will bet you never ever heard before. Every democrat that swapped to Republican in 1964 did so behind Barry Goldwater. Now liberals will tell you this is because these anti-segregation ‘racists’ were what republicans came to be.

That’s a lie. If you care about the truth check out the voting records in many cases. Goldwater voted against the act for a reason having  NOTHING to do with segregation or race. Like most every conservative his ONLY concern was the addition of power to the federal government and removal of states rights. That was the position of almost all Republicans in opposition to the bill. They didn’t want states rights to be jeopardized because they knew something about Democrats that we’ve learned the hard way. It’s never enough. Democrats have always been ‘give an inch take a mile,’ and we’re seeing that now in their approach to our border laws and 2nd Amendment. There is no situation ever where Democrats have rescinded even an ounce of power they’ve managed to steal from the people.

So no, there was no major ideology shift, it never happened.

The left is the party of ‘the people’?

Last presidential primary anyone?

Republicans? A Cuban, a world-class African American neurosurgeon, a woman who ran a fortune 500 company and some ‘old white guys.’

The Democrats?

The most corrupt repulsive and irrational old white women to ever run for any office north of dog catcher

“Two old white guys” one of whom allowed his OWN PARTY to rig the election so his opponent would win.

Who in the hell would want a man who won’t even fight for himself to get elected to a position that would force him to fight for others?

So a diverse group of candidates vs. three old wealthy whites. Party of the people my ass.

If you’ve stayed this long thanks. I hope you read something you might not have known before. You can absolutely hate my opinion, disagree with my opinion. It’s the same as Breitbart and CRTV. Our beliefs are conservative, and always up for debate. But? Facts are facts and always will be.

If you don’t believe me look for yourself.

I will warn you in advance though, be ready to have some things revealed to you that you never thought possible.

This “Walkaway” movement? That’s exactly who makes up that group, people who’ve listened to their whole lives to a message not a single one of their leaders or politicians lives.

The left has become the very thing they despise. They are the very thing they profess to hate.

Think “Antifa.” Antifa is a group of people acting EXACTLY like the brownshirts of the 1930’s, that is to say, fascists, all the while trying to convince the world they are AGAINST fascism.

And for the love of God would you liberals stop invoking Nazi history in ways that have nothing to do with actual history? Nazi’s were and still, today are a group of intolerant, hatred of anything and anyone that is not aligned with their ideology.

They launched their ‘movement’ shutting down stores and burning property of things and people they don’t like and disagreed with and/or were violent towards people for speaking out in opposition to their ideology. That’s EXACTLY what this ‘progressive’ movement is about.

Remember the photos of ISIS tearing down Christian statues in the middle east? They were statues of a religious ideology they oppose. Remember the images of Antifa tearing down statues of Confederate War Generals? Those statues weren’t erected to ‘support’ slavery, they were erected as monuments to our history. Our history is certainly not paved in gold and lined in platinum. We’ve made mistakes, horrible ones. But we still remain the only nation in existence that went to war, with ourselves, to end slavery. It’s imperative that we never forget the mistakes we made as we move forward. In the liberal world, it’s out of sight out of mind. Remember when they told us the way to the hearts of terrorists was jobs? Ya, those guys. Our liberal education system has stopped teaching our kids correct US and world history. Combine that with removal of public monuments and what are you going to get?

Think that’s insane? Why on earth is there a Holocaust museum? A museum to WWII? There are some ‘displays’ inside both you will never unsee. Why are they there? To remind us of true evil, laws, no laws, wishes, and dreams will never make true evil go away. You cannot ever forget where we’ve come and more importantly what we’ve done, both good and evil, to get here.

No borders? No one is consciously that stupid. You cannot even feign to be a sovereign nation without boundaries that you PROTECT.

Could they honestly be waking up?

July 1, 2018

I want you to watch this video and then come back.

Could it be happening? I am not talking about the sheep, the Jim Acosta’s, Lena Dunham, Rosie O’Donnell, but the mainstream every day ‘common man’? Are we seeing the beginnings of a true awakening? Are they finally turning their eyes away from the shiny objects CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and the rest of them are distracting them with?

Let me add this to the video above.

I took this from a young man’s twitter feed, here are the tweets condensed into one piece. You can follow him at @bryandeanwright

Yes, I’m an angry #Democrat. We’re not a reasonable party anymore. We’ve exhausted ourselves with conspiracies & outrage while ignoring facts & careful analysis. Then we have the audacity to complain about the fatigue of it all. Let’s review the party’s madness. (1/11)

Since our #2016Election loss, we have flopped in every direction to find an excuse for our failure. Blame the 63M deplorable Trump voters. Blame the #ElectoralCollege. Blame Comey. Blame the Russians. No. Stop it. Blame Clinton, the DNC, & her primary voters. They suck.

About those #Russians. We have assured ourselves that Trump is a Russian traitor. We’ve held up the #SteeleDossier as proof. Nevermind that CIA Director Brennan gave it “no particular credence.” Rather than let Mueller find the facts, we’ve already executed POTUS for treason.

Meanwhile, we’ve defended the #FBI, calling them unquestionable defenders of freedom. Nevermind that Hellen Keller could see that the senior ranks — Comey, Strzok, etc — deserved scrutiny & punishment. Indeed, the #IGReport laid out a damning case in painful detail. Oops.

Socially, we’ve also fanned the flames of discord. After #Charlottesville, we were more concerned about tearing down Confederate statues than holding #Antifa’s feet to the fire. And those statues? America wanted new ones next to the old. Add to history, not destroy it. But no.

And then there was #BLM. Less than 1,000 people die annually at the hands of a cop. Out of 325 million people. And most of the dead are white. Studies do show people of color suffer harassment by cops at higher levels than whites. But not deaths. Where was that nuance?

Now let’s talk #Islam. Democrats scream that “We’re All Muslim” while wearing scarfs that actual Muslim women dream of taking off w/o being jailed. And what about Salafi Muslims who hate gays, science, & democracy? Are Democrats those Muslims too? Zero reasons in this debate.

Which leads to #immigration. We’re embracing #AbolishICE knowing full well the history of the Abolish movement is to create #OpenBorders. Nevermind that polls overwhelmingly show Americans want illegals deported, humanely, and our border strengthened. But Dem elites don’t care

Now we’re embracing #Socialism w/ no concern for its dark history or how we’d pay for all of those “free” programs. Normally the media would hold these folks accountable. But no. They’re too busy calling Socialists “badass” and “super impressive.” How objective.

None of this means Trump or Republicans are the answer. Some of the garbage that’s coming out of their mouths is equally wrong. But unless Democrats present a credible alternative, our arguments won’t matter. Rightfully so. We will have whined & cried wolf one too many times.

I’m done w/ #Progressives. I’m done w/ the #RESISTANCE. I’m done with the Nazi talk, the bashing of Trump voters. I’m done with the refusal to own our mistakes. And yes, I’m done with folks like @michaelianblack, who sit in mansions & complain of fatigue. They can pound sand.

Red Hen proves there is no more middle ground

June 23, 2018

At least they are consistent in their two-faced day after day hypocrisy.

A bakery refuses to bake a “HYPOTHETICAL” wedding cake for a gay couple and liberals want both the Government and the Supreme Court to step in. (Which the USSC did step in, ruling in favor of the business for those denying truth and reality)

Conservatives everywhere, including me, remark that whether you agree or not with the bakery owners stance, choosing who they do and do not do business with is their right. Capitalism and free markets will cull the weak and fix the stupid.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a true woman if there ever was one, is denied service in a restaurant that apparently looks at itself as ‘tolerant, loving and inclusive’.

She’s publicly embarrassed but instead of creating a scene, protesting, asking for pickets and rioting, she leaves.

Conservatives everywhere are outraged. Myself included. But you don’t see the difference? It’s blatant, it’s obvious and it IS consistent.

I am outraged at a company acting one way and saying something else. I hate liars, phonies, and cowards.

Democrats in the south used to refuse service to ‘undesirables’, we called that racism.

See the difference is at the core of what a liberal is and what a conservative is.

As a conservative, I don’t care what business you run or how you do it. I have the right in a free market economy to pick and choose who gets my disposable income. I want the people to speak in opposition to oppression, racism and the rest, the laws are already in place, I don’t need my government once again overstepping its boundaries and imposing their perverted sense of morals and lack of ethics and integrity on my country any more than they already have.

Liberals want laws for anything and everything that offends them (which at one point or another is everything). Liberals want laws to save them, protect them and not offend them. They fail to recognize all those laws exist, but there will always be people who don’t abide by them.

Then they take it a step further, they want those laws to apply just ‘some of the time’ and to be ‘malleable’ when they are enforced. In other words let us tell you who to prosecute (Dinesh D’Souza) and who to look the other way on (Hillary Clinton) because we’re smarter, richer and better than you.

They want the most corrupt body of humans in this country, Dems and swamp-dwelling republicans, to make our laws.

Haven’t we just learned that our gov’t, from the FBI on down, doesn’t give two shits about the ‘common man’. You know, the common man living in those flyover states Hollywood and liberal elites look down their noses at.

Let private business do what it wants, let the people fix the problem. This garbage can of a restaurant will live or die on this action they chose to take. If there’s justice then they’ll go belly up for practicing the very intolerance they claim to be fighting. Pretty much exactly like Antifa. They are the exact thing they profess to hate.

Do they really understand what a Nazi is?

June 17, 2018
noun, plural Na·zis.
  1. a member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, which controlled Germany from 1933 to 1945 under Adolf Hitler and advocated totalitarian government, territorial expansion, anti-Semitism, and Aryan supremacy, all these leading directly to World War II and the Holocaust.

 

The term “Nazi’ has been used for over 80 years. In the past 2, it has been overused to the point of watering down the true evil the word really defines.

I had an epiphany today. The left somehow has been led to believe Nazi, and Fascist is a ‘right wing’ ideology. I don’t know how, my guess is the liberal education system has been allowed to teach that lie and the ignorance surrounding it, unchecked for too long.

But today I realized that it can and does apply in a very simple and direct way, to both parties.

See as conservatives we understand “Nazi’, true scum of the earth anti-semitic trash will exist in this country. You cannot now nor will you ever be able to legislate a person’s morals, no matter how despicable they are.

To enjoy freedoms like no other country or people on the planet you will always have to put up with that ‘element’. That’s not to brag or pontificate but that’s just fact. Evil and disgusting people are legally allowed to live and speak here.

One of the reasons is pretty simple. If you were to try and make that ‘evil’ person a criminal, who would define ‘evil’? You? Me? A body of government?

That last one, that is exactly where the road splits between left and right.

See we as conservatives, true Republicans, we recognize no matter how repulsive they are, no matter how hateful their speech, our Constitution affords them that right.

As conservatives, we understand a “Nazi” can live in this country legally, as long as they abide by our laws and don’t harm others. We don’t have to like them, in fact, we despise them, but our being offended isn’t legal grounds to do anything nor should it ever be.

Liberals? Liberals want our GOVERNMENT to act as their Nazi’s. They want a government that can ban ‘hate speech’ (with no answer as to who or what it is, it is just speech that ‘offends’ them).

These people define socialism and fascism.

Definition of fascism

often capitalized a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

Hell, they created a group called “Antifa”, which is supposed to be short for “Anti-Fascist” and the ENTIRE GROUP IS MADE UP OF FASCIST!

The left is trying to scramble up our “Nationalism” which is a love of our country, and ALL who legally live here regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or any other human trait with Aryan Nation nationalism. That was a belief that White Germans, pure Aryan, born and bred, and ONLY they, were superior to all other races. That Jews, Gypsies, and others were sub-human.

See the difference? It’s extreme but they’ve somehow managed to confuse people.

The left want’s our elected officials to be able to act like Nazi’s.

They want to be able to tell you not only how much money you can make, but how much you can keep. The more successful you are the more you owe them.

They want you to trust them to redistribute YOUR wealth.

They want to be able to define ‘hate speech’ and make it illegal.

Hell, they wanted to make denying the worlds greatest scam, climate change, acid rain, global warming and coming ice age (whichever it is this month) a criminal offense.

Let’s be very clear, they want to abolish the 2nd Amendment. They’ll scream to the heavens as they always have “no one wants to take your guns’, while they take your guns. Just ask law-abiding citizens of Deerfield, IL or veterans in California who had their legally owned firearms confiscated with no due process, for checking the wrong box on a government form.

If legislation was on the table tomorrow, that completely eliminated your 2A rights, 99% of, if not 100%, Democrats would sign it without a second thought.

See that’s what Nazi’s, Socialist, Fascist, that’s what they are. A group of people who believe they are so much smarter than you that you can’t make up your mind on your own. They need to intervene in your life to tell you what is and is not good for you, and/or right for you.

They want to tell you what you can say, they want to tell you what you can earn, they want capitalism to go away. The thing that drove this country to the greatness it is now just beginning to recover.

I’ve said for years the left is the very thing they are currently screaming about.

They have screamed collusion for 2 years only to have it revealed it was the DNC, Clinton, Obama, Holder, Rice, Lynch, Comey, McCabe, Strzock, Page, Fusion GPS and Russian actors who colluded to make sure Donald Trump did not win the 2016 election.

They go to free speech rallies and physically assault American citizens marching for free speech. That is EXACTLY WHAT THE NAZI’S DID IN THE 1930’S.

fascists

This is no mistake. This is no coincidence. Once again they are exactly that which they profess to hate. You folks did know the “green movement’ of wind/solar started with Nazi, Germany in the early 1930’s right? That’s not a big issue as far as this conversation is concerned but if you want to discover why it is and how it came to be, read about the origin and history of the movement and how, why it came to be.

So anyway that’s the “epiphany”.

Conservatives accept that laws won’t make morals change, or attitudes. That laws are there to protect. We understand that shitty, evil people are legally allowed to live here because we don’t want corrupt, perverted, amoral, immoral politicians deciding for us just what is and is not acceptable for a society with laws.

Liberals want our Government to provide everything for them. Moral and ethical guidelines around what you can say, wear, sing, etc.

They want our government to provide them with life’s necessities and they want our government to take from the wealthiest and most successful, you know the folks that actually create all of our jobs, and give to those less fortunate AND those that choose not to earn their own way but also want no business in differentiating those two.

They want our government to control any and all firearms in this country and if not place as many laws as possible between a law-abiding citizen and the acquisition of a firearm our Constitution specifically spelled out as a right for our self-defense and defense against a tyrannical government. They gave that right because they were victims of that same tyrannical government. .

That’s what Hitler and the Nazi party did in their rise to power. They took complete control of the population from cradle to the grave. A disarmed and starving nation took to them like heroes because they put them all to work during a nationwide depression.

Nazi’s seem to have complete control over everything. Nazi’s want laws to prevent anyone from doing anything they find offensive. They also want to be able to tell you what is and is not offensive. You don’t get to agree/disagree on that one either.

So, in the end, the left want’s to act like Nazi’s, no matter how much they yell that everyone in the world but them is Nazi-like.

They think you are so stupid that you can’t run your own lives and you need and want them to do it for you.

Oh and did I mention they want all that and they want our borders to be completely open. As Hillary said “Hemispherical Borders” is their aim.

You cannot be a sovereign nation without borders.

Lastly? You want to see what they left is after? Look at Germany, France, the UK and now some of the Nordic territories. Oh and Venezuela and Cuba too.

That is what socialism and socialized medicine looks like. It always had and always will. Capitalism is the sworn enemy of socialism.

In other words, earning your own way is frowned upon if you earn your way far enough to be considered ‘successful’. They want the government to tell you how successful you can be…….

Is that what we want?

Put me in the “no” box on that one.

 

GOD BLESS THE USA

(And the left will tell you the above saying is ‘dog whispering for white privilege’)

 

Need some folks ‘smart at math’

May 13, 2018

I’ve been nosing around twitter analytics for awhile as I watch the left and the silicon valley social media giants admit to being hardcore liberals bent on silencing conservative voices.

I’m very curious to hear from anyone versed in mathematics who understands probability and averages as to their thoughts on these numbers.
On October of 2016, I had 223K followers.
Now, month by month, and I am sure anyone versed in math and probability as well as the law of averages can see something here…
These are the monthly totals of followers +/-
10/16 223,000 Followers
11/16 +4003
12/16 +2564
1/17  +15.2K
2/17 +11.3K
3/17 -126
4/17 +2119
5/17 +206K ????
6/17 +2076
7/17 +3527
8/17 +1390
9/17 +6085
10/17 +1694
11/17 +1764
12/17 +1808
1/18 -386
2/18 -657
3/18 -279
4/18 +584
5/18 -23
5/18 225,000 followers
In addition to these numbers, I am now hearing from many followers who have been asking me about my lack of tweets. They are not receiving Periscope notifications anymore or seeing my twitter activity.
My guess is that in/on/around 5/17 someone on ‘the other side’ was in my account and doing some manipulation of some sort. Why? For what?
Also, I spent my life in data and numbers. I understand ebb and flow and averages and how much of this works. But this dataset has issues and speaks to something/someone behind the keyboard playing around and/or manipulating my account.
Honest to God I say this not to whine or complain. I say this to back up and verify much of what we know about how social media is aggressively trending to silence conservative opinions on any/all social media platforms while under the protection of Gov’t laws and friendly tax codes meant to ignore a clear monopoly on social media.
All that to say this. I totally get it, it is who and what they are. I just wish someone, anyone, on that side had the balls/guts to just openly admit that the cowards are doing exactly what we all know they are doing.

My 2018 HOF ballot

January 28, 2018

Ya, I don’t get one but so what. Unlike the voters, I also get to share some personal memories of these guys.

My 2018 Hall of Fame Ballot

No limit to votes and I am not included

  1. Chipper Jones – No brainer. When you think about the greatest switch hitters of all time, Mantle, Murray, Chipper is absolutely in the conversation. Enjoyed the hell out of competing against him. He was so good he made the game plan easy. No repeat pitch, no repeat location, ever. The only issue was that meant you needed to have 3 workable pitches every AB.
  2. Vladimir Guerrero- Yes. I think he snuck up on me as I wasn’t thinking he was a lock for some reason. Then seeing his numbers and understanding his toolset it really does get easy. The approach was simple, yet complex. You threw every pitch knowing he was swinging and did everything in your power to make sure his contact was away from the barrel. Insane plate coverage. I idolized Clemente growing up and Vlad was the closest thing I’ve ever seen to Roberto in RF.
  3. Jim Thome – Might sound dumb but the guy should have gotten in on character alone. An amazing man who I wish I’d been able to play with. Didn’t face him too much but he left me a parting gift. Drilling me on the elbow in the final game before the all-star break in a game that ended up going 18 innings. I faced one more hitter and was done literally and figuratively. The amazing stat for me? 612 Home Runs AND a .402 OBP.
  4. Trevor Hoffman – For all the talk of Mo’s cutter, I thought Trevor’s changeup was every bit as lethal. In addition to being an awesome guy, he had the uncanny ability to forget last night. I think people who’ve never played the game fail to understand just how hard AND how different those last 3 outs are. When he had command and his changeup it was like watching someone play Nintendo baseball.
  5. Edgar Martinez – Yes. I think it’s insane he’s not in yet. In addition to one of the most gorgeous RH swings of all time, this guy just hits, and hits and hits. I don’t understand how you penalize a guy for playing the position he’s given.FWIW in 2055 games, his OPS was higher than Chipper AND Vlads. He was one of those insane combos of power and contact.
  6. Mike Mussina – Yes. I think, no, I know folks just don’t understand this fact. He won 270 games with a 3.68 ERA ALL while pitching his entire career in the most offensive division in the game, the AL East. Add to the fact he pitched in Camden Yards, and Yankee Stadium and again I think this election should have already happened.
  7. Clemens – While he was a HOF before he cheated, clearly IMO, I would not ever vote for someone that cheated. I hate that in this case because Roger was an ENORMOUS part of my career and every interaction of our lives was a good one. I wasn’t pissed nearly as much as I was disappointed when it all came out. FWIW matching up in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series was one of the most ironic and awesome experiences of my career. Not to mention when he threw me a 92mph split I laughed, out loud…..
  8. Bonds – Same thing. This guy was on the way to being the greatest to ever play before he cheated. I just don’t think I would or could vote to reward someone who willingly and knowingly cheated. Having said that this was the ultimate combo of power and speed. Hit more HR off me than any other player. In the years he was huge, and hitting everything I am not exaggerating when I say you either threw the ball 95+ inside or off the inside corner or you just put him on. He NEVER chased. Told me early in my career he could see my split which is why he never swung at it, so I never used it again…
  9. Omar Vizquel – The HOF is the ONLY place I feel defense has little to no value. If Omar hit .200 for his career he should still have a plaque. Alex Gonzalez had the best single season I’ve ever seen at SS in 2006 but Omar was the best defensive shortstop of my era, hands down. I remember getting out early for BP just to watch him take ground balls.
  10. Larry Walker – Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.Like punishing a DH I don’t understand punishing someone for being extraordinary even if you think it was the Coors effect. This guy was a 5 tool player in Montreal. Had a career .313 average over 17 YEARS! FWIW his WAR is higher than Vlads and .3 behind Thome. He had every bit the arm Vlad did and he brought speed as well stealing 230 bases. If he’d stay healthy I expected him to be a legit 40/40 guy. Fun to face too, we always seemed to be guessing each other every AB.
  11. Fred McGriff – Yes. In addition to being what seemed like a great guy and teammate, the guy hit 493 home runs and he did it clean, absolutely clean and I have zero doubts about that. My most vivid memory was his trade to Atlanta when he seemed to homer every day and help them into the postseason. Had a gorgeous swing too. .377 OBP and .886 OPS over 19 years is insane. Stacks up to and surpasses folks already enshrined.
  12. Manny Ramirez – See Bonds and Clemens. The worst part of this is he was without a doubt one of the two smartest offensive players I ever played with. The only guy I ever saw spend almost as much time in the video room as I did. The word majestic comes to mind when I think about his swing, it was perfection. Combined with a very intelligent approach he was the ultimate combination of power and average. A CAREER .996 OPS…… That’s just stupid. He once told me he was going into a game and was not going to swing until the starter threw him a curve ball, he knew it was coming and when it did he was going to crush it. 3rd AB of the game, no swings as of yet, 1 walk 1 K, 1st pitch curveball and he hit it to Landsdowne Street. I always laughed when he talked to young players and they asked him for advice. “Get a good pitch and swing” was his offering. He was so good, like many, that hitting really did boil down to that.
  13. Jeff Kent – Am I mistaken or didn’t this guy end up as one of the top offensive 2B of all time? I don’t know if he’s in or not but I do know he’s far more than a 14% vote guy…
  14. Gary Sheffield – See Bonds, Clemens, Manny. I remember very vividly the day I heard him say he intentionally made errors to lose games. That sucked beyond all reason as this guy was absolutely a hitter to be feared. His insane pre-swing movements belied a swing that was picture perfect. Yes, he seemed out of control but damn if every still shot of contact didn’t show him in the perfect hitting position. That bat waggle came before a swing that was at the top of the charts from a bat speed perspective. I compare him to Paul Molitor in this sense, there was never a pitch he couldn’t barrel. As we would say ‘the guy could pull a bullet foul’.
  15. Billy Wagner – Made hitters swing and miss like few others, ever. I don’t know the criteria for relievers but this guy was one of the 3-4 best closers of my era hands down.
  16. Scott Rolen – 10.2% for the best defensive 3B of all time?I had the honor of watching him from day 1 through his first couple of years and I agree with Mike Schmidt, Scott was the best defensive 3B to ever play the game. The game’s over a century old when you’re the best ever at something that means you’re a hall of Famer. He could have been a marginal offensive player (which he was not, he could hit) and he still should be in. He was Omar Vizquel at 3B. I always said this about Scott, he had range at a position no one else did. 3B is for most a position of reaction. Few guys, Arrenado, Caminiti, and a few others actually had range left and right. I remember opening day 1997. One run lead, bottom of 9, Brett Butler slaps a ball down the 3B line and Scott catches it on the bag running into foul territory, spins and throws a BB to Rico Brogna at 1B beating Butler by like 3 steps. I remember thinking “Wow, that sucks. You just made the best defensive player in history in your 1st season. Nowhere to go but down from here.
  17. Sammy Sosa – See Bonds, Clemens, Manny…
  18. Andruw Jones – I would say this. I would vote for him because I think he was the best CF of my generation and I can’t imagine he wasn’t in the top 3-4 all time. I never saw anyone (except Devon White) who seemed to glide when they ran. Never ever looked like there was any effort. I honestly think many times folks got on him for ‘not hustling’ it was because he was so effortless. He was quite honestly “pretty’ to watch. Another example of defense being worth too little to HOF voters IMO. As an aside, I got to sit next to Andruw on our flight to Japan in 1998. A more well mannered and well-spoken young man I have not met. Speaks multiple languages. Also? This was the year Bobby had pulled him off the field mid-game. He talked about it and how he regretted it. I wished he’d stayed healthy and that good, he could have been the best CF to ever play the game.

 

  • Guys that dropped off the ballot.
  • Johan Santana – The 2nd guy to destroy the 2nd half of a season and beat me in Cy Young voting. Won unanimous and deserved it. Honestly, when he got going early on he was a lock hall of famer. I don’t remember a lefty with that much ‘stuff’. His changeup was a game changer. I knew facing him that the winning run was up the minute the game started. I don’t think he played long enough. But I do know he sure as hell deserved more of a look than 2.4%
  • Johnny Damon – I don’t think he got the overall numbers you’d need but I can tell you this. At 7:05 every night I loved the fact he was my CF. After Steve Finley, I think Johnny was as good a CF as I ever had the honor of pitching in front of. His game 7 in the 2004 ALCS was one for the ages.
  • Hideki Matsui – Clearly nowhere near the duration needed but I can tell you this. Of the guys on that team in his days in NY he was the hitter I most hated facing. I never ever got a feel for his approach and he was a very smart hitter. In 2004, game 6 of the ALCS he was the one hitter I was most concerned with that night as I knew I didn’t have anything sharp breaking to get swings and misses from him. Thankfully he didn’t square up the mistakes I made to him that night!
  • Kerry Wood – Injuries kept him from being the HOF he would have been. I will say that I played with RJ, watched him punch out 20, saw Clemens do it, saw Pedro k 17 Yankees and all that. Saw many awesome games. But I still to this day believe his 20 K game vs the Astros was the most dominating game of my lifetime. FWIW a fantastic guy too.
  • Orlando Hudson – I loved this guy. Hated his guts before I met him. Legit game changer on defense and a decent bat.

 

 

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