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Putin and the Gringoskis, First Principles

Putin and the Gringoskis, First Principles

The first principle of any serious discussion with Russia and Vladimir Putin is that in the final analysis the United States can annihilate Russia, and they cannot destroy us back, no matter how hard the American Left tries to emasculate us.

Vladimir Putin is well aware of this, so any neogotiation with the United States is to test the will of American leadership. Putin already knows Trump is firm while “Sidesaddle” Barack Obama (see my prior Hot Take) was feckless and easy to manipulate. Any handshake agreement that will come out of this Helsinki “summit”, regardless of the theatre, will reflect that basic first principle, understood by both parties.

Show me a Cowboy who Rides Sidesaddle and I will Show you a Gay Ranchero

Show me a Cowboy who Rides Sidesaddle and I will Show you a Gay Ranchero–Nick, Bob, John, the Kingston Trio, 1961, from the song Coplas

Forrest Gump, an Update

Forrest Gump, an Update

I saw “Forrest Gump” when it was first released around July 4th, 1994. I saw it the second time yesterday, July4th 2018. It’s aged much better than I thought. I was 48 then and things that were just a part of the passing show, the panorama of the times, have come into clearer focus.

Who knew that those maggot-infested hippies that stormed the Washington Mall in 1969, and featured prominently in the Gump film, would still be seen today, their children no doubt, in almost all the same haunts their parents tromped, singing the same insipid songs, the same unwashed clothes, taking the same drugs, and the same slogans? And the same self-indulgence.

I recommend you see it again. If you are over 50, it will amaze you how much you can see today that you couldn’t 25 years ago.

Bill Clinton’s Key to Success

Bill Clinton’s Key to Success

Quoted from Richard Brookhiser’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, about Aaron Burr, the vice-president who killed him:

“…an old man who had met Burr when he was young was asked about Burr’s rare attraction, and said it came from his ‘manner of listening’. ‘He seemed…to find so much more in your words than you had intended; no flattery was more subtle.’

Listening is a virtue of the judicious and compassionate. But narcissists (also) do it surpassingly well. We associate Narcissus with beauty and self-regard, but the key to his myth is that it is about surfaces. Narcissus was captured by his reflection because that was all he had. Narcissists must live through their interactions, because there is no one home. Burr’s charm, attentiveness, and promiscuity: his ability to get schemes going, and his failure to follow them through; his lack of principle—all flow from his character. He was like a new refrigerator—bright, cold and empty.

Brookhiser wrapped up one man in a paragraph, and we’ll wrap up another.

When Laura Bush Read Her Lines for the Washington Post

When Laura Bush read her lines for the Washington Post, it broke my heart.

Well almost.

You see, the Washington Post did everything in its power to destroy her husband, but apparently he’s asked for their forgiveness.

I can understand GW speaking his lines for the global team, Or even Jeb.

But the Keeper of the Family Bible?

To condemn a sitting president for obeying and enforcing the law? To condemn a president for doing the same thing her husband and his successor did for sixteen years, separating children from their accompanying adults without comment?

That she would break faith with millions of Americans who believed her faith in America was unshakeable…..is heartbreaking.

So sad.

 

More Arrests Equals Losing Border Battle (WAPO)

More Arrests Equals Losing Border Battle (WAPO)

In 1968, after what was one of the greatest feats of our military arms, when the United States repelled a multi-front attack by communist forces in Vietnam, the major US news media declared we’d lost the war. Instead of firing it’s Harvard architects, the Democrat Administration abdicated and declared “America’s Last Liberal War” to be the Republicans’ next one, “Nixon’s Failed Bailout”.

This same thinking went into a Washington Post analysis that because the Trump administration has arrested 50,000 border-crossers for the past three months, our border security plans have failed.

Where to begin.

Obama-math.

John Wayne Sings “God Bless America”. Yes, sings.

John Wayne Sings “God Bless America”. Yes, sings.

1970. Just 50 years ago.

Bachelor’s Corner, My Annual Decoration Day Prayer

Bachelor’s Corner, My Annual Decoration Day Prayer

Bet you didn’t know it was called Decoration Day for close to a 100 years before it was a national holiday (1971), but the government gave the unions and working folks a day off on Monday, so as to keep them at the beach, full of beer, instead of in church. But Decoration Day was always on Sunday.

Because the 9/11 wars aren’t over, we don’t yet have a name for their war, or a national monument for their dead or their service, but I think they’re finding ways to remember.So should we.

Remember, in all the world’s history, the only men who ever gave up their lives for total strangers were Americans.

That is the American beat, and it still goes on.

I Remember Mama

Every Mother’s Day for as many years as I can remember, I crack open a bottle of wine, in honor of one of the stars of the film, Uncle Cris, and a box of Kleenex, to honor the rest of the cast, and watch the 1948 film, “I Remember Mama.” The first time I saw it I was as a kid in high school, and I never watch it that I don’t find something new I’d overlooked.

It’s just a story of a family of Norwegian immigrants living in San Francisco around 1900, and how they dealt with everyday life; paying the bills, raising the children, dealing with illness, extended family, and giving up the old ways of the old country and adapting to the new ones in America.

To me it is still a melancholy reminder of what America used to be when assimilation and becoming American was a Good Thing. Today it is also a melancholy reminder of what Hollywood once was, for I know many of the people involved in the production of that film were of the Left, but who still approved of the “becoming American” part.